Double chocolate chip cookies

November 6, 2017

160g butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani)
3/4 c coconut sugar or brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c oats, ground in a coffee grinder to make flour
2 c buckwheat flour
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 c dark chocolate chips or 150g dark chocolate cut into chunks

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add in egg. Then mix in flours and dry ingredients. Lastly mix in the chocolate chips.

Wrap dough in cling film and chill in freezer for half an hour.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Roll dough into 3-4 cm balls. Place 12 on each baking tray and flatten out. Bake to 10-12 minutes, rotating trays halfway through.

Cool on a wire rack.

Any dough you don't use can be rolled into balls and kept in the freezer for quick cookies when you want them. I made these cookies smallish and thick, but next time I'll try bigger and thinner. Buckwheat flour can be a little gritty in the mouth so I think a thinner, crispier cookie will suit it better.

 

Trio of bliss balls - chocolate, strawberry, cookie dough

November 3, 2017

It all started with our daughter wanting chocolate chip cookies. I decided to make healthy chocolate chip cookie bliss balls and found this easy recipe from Wholefood Simply. Then I decided to make my own recipes using different sweeteners, flavours and flours, but all still raw, whole, organic, sugar and gluten free.

Makes about 24
2 c rolled oats
1/3 c tahini
2 tbsp honey or rice syrup
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/3 c dark chocolate chips
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Vegan marshmallows

October 30, 2017

Another experiment with aquafaba. Turned out well, although they became quite sticky after a day, need to dry them out at room temperature for longer. Quite satisfying making your own marshmallows without gelatin. You'll need a kitchen thermometer. This is adapted from Seitan Is My Motor.

For dusting:
1/2 c cornflour
1/2 c icing sugar

1/2 c toasted desiccated coconut

For the marshmallows:
1/2 c  water plus 1/4 c water
2 tsp agar powder
3/4 c sugar
1/3 c glucose syrup
1/2 c aquafaba (brine from can of c...
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Healthy Halloween snacks

October 29, 2017

So easy to make these cute Halloween snacks for kids. Pumpkin mandarins with a bit of celery as the stalk (or use cucumber), boonanas or ghost bananas with chocolate drop eyes and pretzel broomsticks with sliced cheese brooms (held together by a string of spring onion or chive)
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Chocolate thins

October 27, 2017

If you make anything heart-shaped with icing it's a guaranteed winner with the kids. This is a very basic but easy chocolate biscuit. The key is to chill the dough and roll out to an even 3mm thickness.

125 g chilled butter or non-dairy spread (I used Olivani this time and it worked well)
2/3 c coconut/brown/rapadura sugar (I used organic golden sugar that I put in a spice grinder first)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 c cornflour
1/2 c cacao or cocoa powder
1 1/2 c flour

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Ghost pretzels from scratch

October 27, 2017

Last year for Halloween I painstakingly chocolate-dipped about 50 tiny pretzel sticks and added chocolate chips for eyes and a mouth. They sure didn't last long at the kindergarten's Halloween party. This year I decided to make my own thick pretzel rods so they'd be much quicker to coat with chocolate. It's quite a process making your own pretzels; like bagels, you poach them before baking, but in a special solution. The result is a flavoursome crunchy stick. It's adapted from Serious Eats.

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Chocolate and strawberry chia jam cups

October 25, 2017

It's great to make your own chocolate and jam as you can control the sweetness and get your kids to get used to less sugary foods. Grown-ups will like these too, of course!

Make the jam first by blitzing in a blender 1 c strawberries or other berries, 2 tbsp water, 2 tbsp brown rice syrup and 2 tbsp chia seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and heat over medium heat until mixture starts to bubble. Cook for 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly, until mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and c...


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Raspberry rose macarons

October 22, 2017

This is adapted from Crazy Vegan Kitchen, I've cut down on the sugar a bit. My first time making macarons with aquafaba. I know they're not perfect, they don't have macaron 'feet' and they're not completely smooth on top (I ground up almonds with the skins on), but they're good enough for me and they taste delicious. Our 5-year-old proclaimed it the best thing I've ever made!
Macarons take an age to make, you need to start the night before. It's a real process, and it makes you understand why ...
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Healthy Shrewsbury biscuits

October 19, 2017

Shrewsburys, also known as Jammie Dodgers in England, are two shortbread-style biscuits with jam in the middle. I found this healthy version from Niomi Smart's Eat Smart (HarperCollins, 2016). The biscuits are not too sweet, however, they don't have a super crunch, as they use a liquid sweetener, not sugar. I would make these again a little thinner and maybe add some coconut sugar for crunch.
Makes 25
1 1/2 c ground almonds
2 c buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinna...
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Coconut almond macaroons

October 15, 2017

Whenever I make hummus with canned chickpeas it's an excuse to make something with the aquafaba as well. It's a perfect vegan alternative to egg whites. I've been experimenting to make macaroons with the least amount of ingredients possible.

Makes about 16
1/2 c aquafaba
1 tsp cream or tartar or 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 c brown rice syrup
1 1/2 c desiccated coconut
1 1/2 c ground almonds
150g dark/bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
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