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Healthy caramels

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, October 12, 2017, In : sweets 

Mmmmmm - make your own caramels for a guilt-free sweet treat.

Makes 14-16
1 cup pitted dates (medjools are superior but you can use deglet noors too)
1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond or cashew work well)
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch sea salt
For coating:
150 g unsweetened dark/bittersweet chocolate
or 1/2 c cocoa butter, 1/2 c cacao powder, 1/4 c rice syrup

Line a small tray or plate that you can fit in your freezer with baking paper.
If you are going raw, soak the dates in a bowl with a little bit of wa...
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Fruit straps

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, In : sweets 

Been meaning to try drying my own fruit leathers for a long time - so easy! Just roughly cut up 4 organic apples and blitz in a blender with 5 medjool dates (pitted) and about 1/2 c filtered water until a thick paste forms. Spread onto paraflexx dehydrator sheets and dehydrate for about 12 hours. I have a round dehydrator, so my sheets look like giant donuts.
This lot were quite thin and turned out crunchy but that's all good. I'll spread them thicker next time and get more of a leathery texture.


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Vegan banana loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, In : big cakes 

I made this recipe from scratch! Just to experiment making a GF, DF, SF cake. It turned out a bit holey and dense but delicious all the same, and even better toasted. Without creamed butter and sugar, cakes tend to have a few holes. I will also use a lighter touch next time and not overmix the batter.

2 c flour (I use spelt)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c dates
2 ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c water
1/4 c softened coconut oil

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.
Wh...
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Walnut jam drops

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, In : cookies 

These healthy jam drops combine walnuts, coconut and your favourite jam to make a cute cookie reminiscent of a Louise slice. Another one from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015).

Make about 18
2 c walnuts halves
1/2 tsp salt
1 c dates
1/4 c water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c desiccated or shredded coconut
strawberry or raspberry jam or any other favourite

Preheat oven to 175C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. In a food processor blitz the walnuts ...
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Oatmeal raisin cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, November 3, 2016, In : cookies 

I'm really liking 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). Like her chocolate chip cookies, these oatmeal cookies are sugar-free and gluten-free. I've experimented with cashew nuts, buckwheat and spelt flour and they've all come out well. Everything is done in the food processor - you basically blitz the dry ingredients then add the wet. Dates are a great sweetener.
Makes 18 small cookies
1 2/3 rolled oats
1/2 c almonds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon...

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Chocolate chip cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, In : cookies 

A really easy recipe from 'Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family' by Jennifer Katzinger (Sasquatch Books, 2015). The recipe is also refined sugar-free (I used dark choc chips that weren't sugar-free though as I didn't have 85% dark chocolate on hand). You could do many variations on this recipe - raisins or other dried fruit instead of chocolate, add coconut, use hazelnuts, oats, add cinnamon.
Makes about 20
2 c almonds (I used 1 c almonds and 1 c oats)
1 c dates (or about 10 medjool dates)
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Vanilla and chocolate bliss balls

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, February 29, 2016, In : sweets 

Two more easy raw recipes from The New Enlightened Eating by Caroline Marie Dupont (Books Alive, 2012).
For the vanilla bliss balls:
2 c walnuts
2 Tbs rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/2 c cashews
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c desiccated coconut

Blend walnuts in a food processor until smooth, Add sweetener, vanilla and salt and mix until combined. Add cashews and raisins and process until evenly distributed but not completely smooth so the mixture has some texture. Roll into little balls and r...


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Sweet potato brownies with chickpea cookie dough

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, In : slices 

This is from a great book called Kenko Kitchen by Kate Bradley (Hardie Grant Books, 2015). It’s sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan. She’s based in Melbourne. This brownie recipe caught my eye because it adds in vegetables where our daughter won't notice them.

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 5cm pieces (I used golden kumara)
14 medjool dates, pitted (I like to soak dates in filtered water for an hour before using, then drain)
2/3 c ground almonds
½ c  buckwheat fl...


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Brilliant breakfast muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : small cakes 

My little baby girl used to love porridge - one of her first words, one of her daily favourite foods. But at 3 and a half she's a bit more picky and some days breakfast is a scant affair and I'm left to eat the porridge she didn't touch. As I was pondering this dilemma I came across Nadia Lim's super breakfast muffins in her Good Food Cook Book (Random House, 2013). I used her recipe as a base but reduced the sugar content by 1 whole cup; I don't think you need it with the dates and banana in...
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Raw ginger slice

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, November 30, 2015, In : slices 

This is another Little Bird beauty that I adjusted with my ingredients on hand. It has a great gingery taste and not too sweet. I do find their bases can be a bit thick and dry and one note so I like to add buckinis (activated buckwheat) for a bit of crunch and a bit less of the nut flours so make a thinner base.
Makes 24 pieces
Base:
1 c cashews
1 c almonds
1/2 c coconut flour
1/2 c buckinis
1 c pitted dates
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 pinches salt
1 tsp lemon rind
Ginger topping:
1 c melted coconut oil
2 c ...
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Chocolate & almond butter cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, In : cookies 

I made these after attending Kelly Gibney's wholefood cooking class from Bonnie Delicious. It was lovely to meet her and see her prepare several recipes. She made sauerkraut and almond butter look easy so I tried them myself and they worked! You can use different nuts or dried fruit in these cookies and their cute size are perfect for little hands.

3/4 c dried dates soaked for 10 min in hot water and drained
1 c desiccated coconut
1/2 c almond butter (homemade in 5 min in the Omniblend!)
1/2 c wa...
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Pear, ginger and date loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, In : big cakes 

Mmm, a nice spicy loaf that's sugar and dairy free. It's from the April/May 2015 issue of Little Treasures magazine. Kelly Gibney founded the Bonnie Delicious blog, full of wholesome recipes.

1 1/2 c dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes then drained well
1/4 c melted coconut oil or butter
1 1/2 c ground almonds (can be with or without skins)
1/2 c flour (I used wholemeal spelt)
3 tsp ground ginger
tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 heaped tsp baking powder
tsp ...

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Oaty bars

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 20, 2015, In : slices 

I finally created my own recipe for some chewy wholesome bars that are great for our 2.7 year old to eat. Next time I'll try roll them into cigar shapes or more long and thin bars so they might look a bit more 'attractive' to her.
1 c oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
1 c dates, soaked for a while until soft (you can also use raisins, prunes or a mix)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20x20cm baking tin.
Grind the oats and sunflower seeds in a food processo...
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Nut butter cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : cookies 

Another simple recipe from Petite Kitchen. Next time I will add more nut butter so the mixture isn't so crumbly.

1 c almond meal
1/2 c nut butter (I used peanut but almond is good)
1/2 c seeds
1 c dates
1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 160C and prepare a baking tray.
Put everything in the food processor and process until it forms a dough. Knead for a little bit, add more nut butter to bind if necessary. Roll into a log and divide into 16 or 20 even sections. Roll each int...
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Easy peasy sugar-free cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, January 3, 2015, In : cookies 

Probably the easiest cookies I've ever made! Found on sugarfreekids.com.

1/2 c dates
1/2 c dessicated coconut
1/2 c oats
1/2 c almonds (I used almond pulp from making almond milk)
3 Tbs butter or coconut oil
orange juice to bind

Process the dates, oats, coconut and almonds in a food processor until a crumb like texture.
Add cold butter and juice of a small orange and process further to combine. The dough will hold its shape when formed together.
Roll into a log, wrap in cling film and place in fridge ...
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Homemade snickers bars

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, July 25, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances
Like the homemade bounty bars, these are SO much better than the bought ones! Great satisfaction from making them yourself with wholesome ingredients.

Base:
1 c almonds or cashews
1/2 c rice malt syrup

Caramel nut layer:
1 c dates, soaked (or you could use rice malt syrup)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

2 Tbs peanut butter (or tahini or almond butter)
1/4 c water if needed
1 c peanuts (I dry roasted mine)

Chocolate coating:
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c cacao butter
1/2 c cacao powde...

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Chocolate walnut fudge

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, May 23, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances
An extremely easy raw recipe from The Complete Book of Raw Food by Julie Rodwell (Hatherleigh Press, 2004). They use carob powder but I prefer cacao powder.

3 1/2 c raw walnuts
1 3/4 c pitted dates, soaked in water
1/2 c cacao powder
1/2 c dessicated coconut, optional

Grind walnuts in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Make date paste in a blender with soaked dates and enough of the soaking water to make a paste. Mix walnuts, date paste, cacao and coconut in a bowl. Firmly ...
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Chocolate bliss bites

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, April 7, 2014, In : sweets 

By Frances

This super easy raw recipe is from Amaze Kitchen. A great sugar-, gluten and dairy-free treat. I made them into mini bites for my toddler, but didn’t roll them in cocoa as I thought it might be too messy for her.

250 grams dates or 12 medjool dates pitted

4 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons coconut oil
extra cocoa for rolling

1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor.
2. Wet or oil your hands, and ro...


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Tamarind, date and sour cherry muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, April 5, 2014, In : small cakes 

By Frances

 

I started out wanting to make lemon poppyseed muffins. A quick flick to the index of Marian Keyes’ Saved By Cake (Penguin, 2012) didn’t have what I wanted but I saw these muffins under M - mmm, tamarind, interesting. Indeed, Marian says tamarind is her ‘thing’ and these muffins have a ‘wonderfully intriguing sourness’. I used cranberries instead of sour cherries but they still tasted yummy and tangy.

 

100g dates

100g dried sour cherries (I us...


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Florentine cake

Posted by Bake Club on Sunday, March 16, 2014, In : big cakes 

By Frances

A rich nutty cake by Annabel Langbein from the February issue of Life & Leisure magazine.

Base:

¾ c flour

¾ c wholemeal flour

¾ c oats

¾ c brown sugar

180g cold butter, diced

 

Process all ingredients in a food processor until it resembles a fine crumb. Press into a 20cm round cake tin.

 

Cake:

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

¼ c brown sugar

½ c walnuts

½ c flaked almonds

¾ c almonds

¾ c dates

¾ c apricots

¾ c choc melts

¾ c coconut

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Raw chocolate raspberry slice

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, December 14, 2013, In : slices 

By Frances
Got this one from the Amazing Paleo website. The banana gives it a softer texture than other raw slices I've made. Eat it straight from the freezer.

  • 2 ripe bananas
  •        ¼ cup fresh raspberries
  •        12 medjol dates
  •        ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa (divided)
  •        ½ cup almonds
  •        ½ cup walnuts
  •        5 tablespoons almond butter
  •        5 tablespoons RAW honey

Steps:

  1. Place dates, almonds, walnuts and ½ cup cocoa powder in food processor. Process for about 3-4 minutes, until all i...

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Mama Chan’s spice and date bread

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, In : big cakes 

A classic tea loaf! Extra yummy spread with butter.

150g butter
½ c brown sugar
½ c golden syrup
½ c treacle
¾ c finely chopped dates
¾ c chopped walnuts, optional
2 c self-raising flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
½ c milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat oven 160C. Line 23cm loaf tin with baking paper. Melt together butter and sugars in small saucepan. Set aside to cool.

Mix dates and nuts with butter mixture. Sift flour and spices...


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Frances makes Mairi's sticky date pudding

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : desserts 


Nothing like a steaming hot date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream!


Recipe from Toast: http://www.toast-nz.com/2010/09/supper-club-4.html

Sticky Ginger Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce
200g dates, chopped
1 1/4 cups boiling water
60g butter
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g crystallised ginger, finely chopped (I added powde...


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Frances's gluten-free vegan date loaf

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, October 10, 2011, In : big cakes 

No eggs, no wheat but still tastes great. The brown sugar and dates caramelised.
I found this recipe on bestrecipes.com.au that doesn’t use eggs.

1 c chopped dates
2/3 c brown sugar or even less
60 g dairy free spread or butter

1 c boiling water
1 and 3/4 c gluten-free flour

1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb of soda

2 tsp vanilla essence

You could also add chopped walnuts and ginger if you're feeling spicy.

Put dates and sugar in bowl then add margarine. Pour in boiling water, stirring until ma...


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Sticky date and toffee puddings by Mama Chan

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, December 11, 2010, In : desserts 


Makes 4

100g pitted dates, finely chopped
¼ boiling water
50g butter, chopped
½ c brown sugar
1 egg
¾ c plain flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
2 Tbs milk
icing sugar to serve

Toffee sauce:
100g butter
½ c cream
½ c brown sugar

Preheat oven 180 C. Place dates and water in a bowl and set aside for 5 mins. Put butter and sugar in bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add egg and beat well. Sift flour and baking powder of the mixture. Add ginger, milk an...


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Baked apples deluxe by Frances

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, In : desserts 


Don’t get me wrong – I’ve got nothing against Annabel Langbein’s recipes as featured on her TV programme The Free Range Cook. I just wish this obviously bright and successful woman could add a few more adjectives to her vocabulary! Her superfluous gushing of ‘so good’, ‘so delicious’, ‘so easy’ and ‘so yum’ send me into a groaning fit. On the other side of the culinary coin, Nigella finds ways to promote food porn unlike any other TV chef: everythin...


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Ruth B uses marvellous measuring cups to make date bran muffins

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 29, 2010, In : small cakes 

Nothing like kitsch kitchen utensils to inspire some baking. I have utensil envy of Ruth’s new ‘matryoshka doll’ measuring cups. Each head and bottom section is a different measurement! The muffin recipe is the one from the Edmonds cookbook, with dates and some ground linseed added. Ruth says: “It pretty much always works!”

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups bran
3 tablespoons ground linseed
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon b...
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Ruth H's fancy walnut biscotti

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, In : cookies 

Ruth brought these tasty little numbers into work - what a treat. AND she personally shelled the walnuts herself!

2/3 cup of sugar
½ cup of vegetable oil

1 tablespoon of grated orange peel (I change ingredients depending on what’s available – favourites are dates,
walnuts, almonds, apricots)
1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
2 medium eggs
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon of salt
4 oz of semisweet chocolate, melted (I use Valrh...


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Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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