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Healthy florentines

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, September 7, 2020, In : sweets 

A refined-sugar-free treat for any time of the day. I think the thinness of a florentine is the secret to its success, so use flaked or slivered almonds. Pepitas and oats add extra nutrition.


Makes about 25

1/2 c rolled oats

1/3 c almonds

1/3 c finely chopped walnuts

1/3 c pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 c finely chopped apple-sweetened cranberries (I didn't have any so used sulphur-free apricots. Other tangy dried fruit would work well too, such as cherries or blueberries)

1 tsp mixed spice (or a mix o...


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Happy apricot cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, July 2, 2020, In : cookies 

These cookies have such sunny dispositions! Decorate them with any nuts, seeds or coconut.

Makes 16
2/3 c (100g) dried apricots
200g pitted dates, soaked for 5 min in boiling water then drained (or use fresh medjool dates)
1/4 c (30g) desiccated coconut
1/4 c (40g) pumpkin seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
For decoration: cashew nuts and sunflower seeds, or macadamias or almonds, whatever you fancy

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Blitz all the ingredients except the toppings in a foo...
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Healthy carrot cake

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, June 20, 2020, In : big cakes 


I came across a great book called Natural Baking by Carolin Strothe and Sebastian Keitel (DK, 2019). They use seasonal fruit and vegetables, natural sweeteners and healthier flours in their bakes. I've made many carrot cakes before, but it was nice to include all these wholesome ingredients and feed a large playground playdate with 7 kids and 4 adults.


2 eggs

1/2 c natural liquid sweetener (I used a maple and rice syrup mix)

75ml mild vegetable oil

1/4 tsp black cardamom seeds (or 1/2 tsp ground ...


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Cinnamon swirl bread

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, April 9, 2020, In : bread 

It's the world's first Easter Friday in lockdown. I admire all the bakeries who are continuing to safely deliver hot cross buns to eager breadaholics at this time. But if there's no service near you, why not try to bake your own treats? This is my kind of Easter baking. I much prefer apricots to raisins so have used these in my cinnamon swirl loaf. You can replace with any dried fruit you like.

3 c flour

3 tbsp granulated sugar

2 1/4 tsp dried yeast

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 c milk

4 tbsp salted

1 1/2 tsp va...


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Hastbullar (Swedish scones)

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, In : small cakes 

Swedish hastbullar ("quick buns") are like fancy scones. You can make them without paper cases, but the Swedish like to present their fika nicely.

Makes 12
2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cardamom seeds, crushed (or used ground cardamom)
1/2 c unrefined sugar
100g cold butter, cubed
1/2 c chopped dried fruit (I used apricots, they used figs, anything works well)
1 egg
3/4 c milk

For the topping:
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts) or demerara/raw/turbinado sugar

Preheat oven to 220C. L...
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Rocky road

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, In : sweets 

Quick and easy rocky road to give to the teachers this year, and for random visitors to our house this festive season.
1 c cacao butter
1 c cacao or cocoa powder
1/4 c maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/2 c cranberries
1/2 c toasted hazelnuts
1/2 c mini marshmallows

Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Melt the cacao butter in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan with 2-3 cm water. Heat on a low-medium heat until melted.
Take off the heat and stir in the maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla, sal...
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Quick chocolate hearts

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, April 13, 2018, In : sweets 

There are a few recipes for homemade chocolate on Bake Club. I've experimented and tweaked amounts many times and have found this one works best for me if I want to make hard chocolate as it's easy to remember and measure. You can use any size moulds you like. I wanted generous servings filled with a nut/fruit mix so I used heart-shaped silicon muffin moulds. The servings weigh around 40-50g each. The good thing about chocolate is that if you make any surplus to needs you can just store in an...
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Apricot bites and chocolate brownie chews

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 11, 2017, In : sweets 

In my constant search for the perfect muesli bar/granola bar/bliss ball/fruit bites that my four-year-old will eat, I've come across these two recipes that work really well from Wholefood Simply by Bianca Slade (2013). Great lunchbox fillers whatever age you are!

For the apricot bites you only need 1 c organic dried apricots, soaked for 30 min in boiling water then drained. Then put in a blender or food processor with 2 c desiccated coconut. Blitz on high for a while until it's all combined. P...
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Breakfast cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 5, 2016, In : cookies 

One of my new favourite blogs is My New Roots by Sarah Britton. In her book of the same name (Clarkson Potter, 2015) is a recipe called Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars. I'm always on the hunt for a healthy cookie I can give my 3-year-old in the morning when she's not fussed by porridge or toast, or if I'm pressed for time.
Makes 12-14
1 Tbs chia seeds
3 1/4 c rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 c cooked white beans such as cannellini, butter, navy ...

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