Κυριακή, 6 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Πέμπτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Here is my DIY recipe for almond butter. It is a much healthier option than peanut butter, since peanuts are often full of moulds and are difficult to digest (even the organic ones).
Add some healthy protein and healthy fat to your snack or breakfast with a homemade nut butter.
Sliced apple with almond butter is a wonderful start to a Fall day.
Use this butter in my Power Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. and watch for my Almond Butter Cups (better than Reese's) and Flourless Zucchini Brownie recipes... both coming soon!
2 cups raw almond
1/8 tsp salt
1-2 TBSP flaxseed or sesame oil (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 180 C
2. Spread the raw almonds on a baking sheet and roast them for 10 minutes.
3. Cool only slightly, and transfer the warm almonds into your food processor. The warmth speeds up the process!
4. Blend the almonds on medium speed for up to15 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary. Really, this works!
5. When you have a good creamy almond butter, add the remaining ingredients and blend for 2-5 minutes more.
6. I like to add the extra 1-2 tbsp of oil to have a nice spreadable butter to serve with apples for my kids’ snack or breakfast.
**If you are not sure about the ‘endurance’ of your food processor, take some breaks in the blending process to prevent it from overheating. Some will need 15 minutes blending others will need 5 minutes. It depends on your food processor.
Τετάρτη, 2 Οκτωβρίου 2013
Power Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Flour free, Gluten free, Dairy Free, Egg Free)
Here is our newest creation and I am excited to share it with you! It is a great cookie recipe for more reasons than just because it is gluten, dairy and egg free. It is a great recipe because it is packed with protein and fiber from the chickpeas and that means NO big blood sugar swings from eating this. Did I mention that my kids get excited when they see the chickpeas soaking the day before? They taste delicious.
Finally a cookie that is really a great snack!
Makes at least 24 Cookies
1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked overnight
1¼ cups almond butter (See my Homemade Almond Butter Recipe)
½ cup honey
¼ cup raw cacao powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven at 175 C
2. Boil the chick peas for several hours to soften (3-4 hours)
3. Blend cooked chickpeas, almond butter and honey in the food processor until smooth.
4. Add cacao powder, salt, baking powder, vanilla and continue to blend well
5. Add chocolate and pulse them into the mix with the food processor
6. Drop heaping tablespoon of batter on baking trays lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the baking sheet, and leave them to cool completely on a rack.