Dark & Peanut White Chocolate Granola Cups

Hello and happy Monday!

Another sweet treat recipe today as, let’s face it, they’re the most fun to make (and eat). While chocolate nut butter cups have, rightly, been all the rage, I wanted to switch things up a bit by combining the silky smoothness of chocolate with the hearty crunch and hint of saltiness from the granola.

Hands down the best granola I’ve come across is the one by Nuts & Friends, a Swiss company that makes insanely delicious, organic granola in, currently, four flavours: No. 1 The Original (my personal fave), No. 2 The Basic, No. 3 The Kokos and No. 4 The Chocolate. This recipe is part of a collaboration with Nuts & Friends.

Besides the granola I’m also obsessed with the peanut white chocolate – it’s basically the love child of peanut butter and white chocolate and therefore literally my idea of foodie bliss. The peanut powder, which I originally brought back from London, I wasn’t able to find it stores, but could order online (see link below). The powder has most of the fat removed, so is not quite the same as simply grinding peanuts. If you don’t have any on hand, feel free to make a regular chocolate version or melt your favourite chocolate bar.

Dark & Peanut White Chocolate Granola Cups

Makes: ca. 10-15 mini cups (depending on the amount of granola used)

Ingredients:

  • 50g cacao butter (you can find cacao butter in the baking section of health food stores or online)
  • 50g cacao powder or peanut powder (the peanut powder I ordered online)
  • 3 tbsp rice syrup
  • granola (I used No. 2 The Basic from Nuts & Friends, whom I collaborated with for this recipe)
  • optional: large pinch of ground vanilla bean

Method:

  1. Melt the cacao butter in a small pan over medium heat. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cacao or peanut powder, rice syrup and vanilla, if using. Stir until smooth and there are no lumps. (If you find yourself without any of these ingredients or in need of a sweet treat ASAP then simply melt some of your favourite chocolate)
  2. Method 1: Fill some of the chocolate mixture into praline or mini cupcake forms, sprinkle some granola on top, cover with more chocolate and finish off with further granola. This is the way to go if you want to have chocolate cups with the extra crunch and excitement of the granola. If, however, you want a more equal ratio of chocolate to granola use Method 2: Add the desired amount of granola directly into the chocolate mix in the pan and combine before evenly distributing in the paper cups. (Or, like me, try both: I used Method 1 for the Peanut White Chocolate Cups and Method 2 for the Dark Chocolate Cups).
  3. Place the cups on a plate in the fridge until set.
  4. Enjoy either directly out of the fridge or at room temperature!

For more information on Nuts & Friends as well as further recipes with granola (most of which are in English) check out the N&F website.

 

Enjoy!

xoxo

Chocolate Peanut Snack Attack Squares

Hello and happy Sunday evening!

I hope you’re all well and staying healthy and sane. In a time where it’s not as easy or advisable to go to the shops too often and where your favorite local cafe is most likely closed, it’s all the more important to be able to whip up some satisfying treats using simple, ingredients you have in your cupboard and fridge. I’m sure I’m not the only one who enjoys having a little pick-me-up to look forward to mid-afternoon…

Which is where these delightfully easy, fun and delicious chocolate peanut date squares come into play. They don’t require too much prep and use ingredients that you can keep for ages. Whether you’re at home working, studying or just chilling, one of these with a cup of tea or coffee is the perfect way to have a mindful moment.

The bottom layer, which sets the stage for this stack of goodness, is a crumbly oaty base with a hint of vanilla. The fudgey date layer is sandwiched between the oats and a layer of peanut butter, which is in turn topped with some luxurious chocolate and salted peanuts, for extra crunch and a salty kick to all that sweetness.

What I love about these slices is that they taste WAY more indulgent than the list of ingredients would suggest (mainly oats, flaxseeds, dates, peanut butter and dark chocolate, with the main sweetness coming from the dates). This also makes them a suitable pre- or post-workout snack, for instance, or breakfast on the go (for a time when we have places to go to again! 😀 ).

Makes: 6 squares

Ingredients:

Base

  • 100g oats, ground into flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean
  • 2 tbsp neutral coconut (or other) oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp liquid sweetener (I use agave / brown rice or maple syrup)

Layers

  • 200g soft and pitted dates (I use these sukkari dates; if yours are dry, try soaking them in hot water first before draining and blending)
  • ca. 3 heaped tbsp peanut butter (mine was a thick, spreadable 100% peanut one; avoid one that is too runny)
  • ca. 100g of your favorite chocolate (I like using 70-85%, depending on my mood and what’s in the cupboard);
  • optional: salted peanuts for on top

Method

  1. Base: Mix the ground oats with the ground flaxseeds, salt and vanilla powder. Next add the melted oil and your sweetener. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and press the mixture down (first with your hands – bit easier if they’re slightly wet – and then smooth with a spoon). Depending on the size of your tin and the desired thickness of your base you may not need to use the whole tin. Place in the fridge while you turn your attention to the dates.
  2. Date layerIf your dates are super soft you can mash them with a fork or even your hands. I like adding some carob powder but if you don’t have any you can omit this step. Remove the oat base from the fridge and press the date paste down evenly with your fingers before spreading a layer of peanut butter on top. Put back into the fridge while you melt the dark chocolate.
  3. Chocolate: Gently melt the chocolate in a pan on low heat. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the peanut layer and sprinkle some salted peanuts on top before placing back into the fridge.

Once the chocolate has hardened enough for you to cut it (shouldn’t take too long), use a sharp knife to slice the layered loaf into even squares.

Hope you enjoy!

Variation ideas: use other nut or seed butters (e.g. hazelnut, almond or tahini); add a layer or raspberry jam after the oat or peanut butter for a PB&J-vibe. For extra nuttiness add some nut butter to the date layer.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hello and happy Monday!

After sharing some recommendations for plant-based eating in my last two posts, I’m finally back with another recipe. I’ve been making this fully plant-based banana bread pretty much weekly lately, as it’s so quick to throw together and perfect for snacking on at work or enjoying on the couch with a cup of tea. I love how fudgy it is when I don’t bake it quite through and how melty the dark chocolate chunks are, before the loaf cools!

The fact that it’s made from simple and nutritious ingredients and is only sweetend with fruit and maple syrup makes it even more irresistible (#begoodtoyourself 😉 ) and the perfect staple bake for week nights or lazy weekend mornings.

The recipe is actually an adaption from my Pumpkin PB Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves, which are perfect for fall. Definitely check them out too if you enjoy this recipe.

Makes ca. 6-8 slices.

Ingredients:

  • 250g mashed banana (i.e. ca. 2 large-ish bananas, peeled)
  • 2 tbsp ground flax- and/or chia seeds
  • 100g soft dates*
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup natural, unsalted peanut butter (almond/cashew/hazelnut should work too)
  • 1/4 cup (65 ml) plant-based milk
  • 130g wheat or spelt flour (wholemeal or regular; buckwheat flour should work too for a gluten-free version, but I haven’t tested this yet)
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla bean
  • 1 pinch salt (unless using salted nut butter)
  • Ca. 50g chocolate of choice (I use 75-85%), chopped
  • optional extras:
    • spices (e.g. cinnamon, cardamom)
    • chopped nuts: peanuts, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts etc.
    • dried berries: cranberries, raisins, goji berries etc.

* E.g. medjool or sukkari (I order ‘sukkari cooking’ dates from Palmyra Delights: Swiss website / EU website and am obsessed with them!). If your dates are on the dry side, try soaking them in hot water and draining before blending.

Method:

  1. Combine the mashed banana with the ground flax/chia seeds and set aside.
  2. Blend together the dates, maple syrup, plant milk and peanut butter and combine with the banana mixture (don’t forget to lick the spoon – it’s divine 🙂 ).
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder, vanilla and salt (and spices) and combine with the rest of the batter. Finally, add in the chocolate chunks and chopped nuts and/or dried berries if using.
  4. Pour the mixture into a small loaf tin that you’ve greased (e.g. with coconut oil) or lined with baking parchment and bake in an oven preheated to 180°C for ca. 35-40 minutes. Oven times vary, so keep an eye on your bake. The top should be firm to the touch but the middle should still be slightly moist. Leave to cool in the tin for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Serve as is or with some extra nut butter, jam and/or (n)ice cream.

Note: Once cooled, you can slice and freeze this cake to save for later.

I hope you enjoy!

Celine

P.S. Tag me (@blueberrysmiles22) if you share your bake on Instagram! I’d love to know your feedback. 

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Chestnut Hazelnut Squares

Hello and happy Saturday!

Thursday, November 1 was World Vegan Day – a day for celebrating veganism, brought into life by The Vegan Society of the UK in 1994, 50 years after the term “vegan” was conceived. And what better way to celebrate it than to eat lots of fabulous plant-based food with other vegans/vegan-friendly people?

Here in Switzerland, the Vegan Society of Switzerland (Vegane Gesellschaft Schweiz) hosts an awesome annual potluck on November 1st. This year they kindly reached out to me, asking if I would like to bring some dessert and share the recipe, which is where these Chestnut Hazelnut Squares come in. They may not sound very sexy, but I can’t get enough of them: soft yet substantial, sweet and nourishing. Paired with a cup of hot chocolate or a turmeric latte they’re my favorite fall treat and personal epitome of autumnal “hygge 🙂

Chestnut Hazelnut Squares

Makes: 12 squares

Ingredients:

  • 400g cooked and peeled chestnuts (much easier if you can buy them like this)
  • 100g ground hazelnuts
  • 180 ml plant-based mylk (rice or hazelnut are my favorite here)
  • 120g soft dates (I always use these for my baking)
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 50g hazelnut chocolate (I use White Nougat Crisp from iChoc, which is heavenly!)
  • 30g of the same chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp hazelnut butter

Method:

  • Grind the chestnuts into a course flour and combine with the other dry ingredients (ground hazelnuts, flaxseeds and salt) in a large bowl.
  • Heat up the mylk and melt 50g of the chocolate in it. Mash up the dates with a fork, add the mylk-chocolate mixture and hazelnut butter and blend the mix.
  • Add the liquid to the dry mixture and combine thoroughly, before stirring in the chocolate chunks (I saved a few to sprinkle on top).
  • Fill the thick, lumpy mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper and heat in an oven preheated to 180°C for ca. 30-40 minutes. It should be firm enough to hold together but not dry in the middle. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, at least, before taking out and slicing into squares.

To turn this into a slightly more fancy dessert, serve warm with some ice cream, berry compote and a drizzle of hazelnut butter!

For more Potluck Recipe contributions and vegan goodness check out Vegan.ch.

Enjoy 🙂

xoxo

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Sweet Potato Nice Cream

Hello and happy Sunday!

One of my favorite things for staying cool in this hot weather is a serving of delicious, smooth and creamy, refreshing nice cream. I love how a frozen banana is pretty much all you need for a cooling and naturally sweet treat – but I also love experimenting with different flavors and fun ingredients.

Yesterday, for a post-workout meal I added some frozen sweet potato to my blender and ended up with a super satisfying, dessert-like concoction that left me with a big smile on my face. You can blend frozen sweet potato, frozen banana and cacao for a very simple version (with dates or maple syrup for extra sweetness), but below I’ll share with you exactly what I used.

I love the deep flavor the raw cacao powder gives this as well as the hint of fruity sweetness from the lucuma – the two powders complement each other perfectly and add extra goodness and nutrition to this already nutritious treat.*

Ingredients:

  • 150g sweet potato (cooked and frozen)
  • 1 ripe, frozen banana (mine was 130g)
  • 1.5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1/2 tbsp carob powder
  • ca. 1 tbsp rice mylk
  • optional: 1 tbsp maple syrup / 1-2 dates (for more sweetness)
  • optional: 1 tbsp pea protein
  • Toppings: berries, chocolate sauce, nut butter such as peanut or almond butter, jam

*I use “superfoods” from Iswari, because I love the taste and quality. You can get 5% off orders from Iswari Suisse with the discount code “blueberrysmiles” (Disclaimer: I earn a small commission on such orders). 

Method:

  1. Blend the frozen sweet potato and banana (and dates, if using), adding the mylk. (Depending on how powerful your blender is, you might have to let the frozen ingredients defrost a bit).
  2. Stir in all the other ingredients.
  3. Enjoy as is or with your desired toppings.

Variation

To make this more of a mousse, simply use a non-frozen banana and/or non-frozen sweet potato [as in the photo below]. For extra creaminess, stir in some nut butter 😉

I hope you enjoy!

xoxo

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Ultimate Banana Bread by Nourishing Amy

Hello and happy Sunday!

Today’s recipe is from my wonderful friend Amy from Nourishing Amy (@nourishing.amy) and I’m so happy to share it with you, because it’s epic.

There are arguably some recipes that we all should have in our repertoire and one of these is banana bread. We all need a good banana bread recipe for cold winter evenings and a cup of tea, just as much as for summer brunch outside, served with fresh fruit, and for that any-time-of-year moment when we realize those bananas just need to be eaten.

I’ve made this recipe several times and particularly enjoy making it before a trip (nothing better than a chocolate chip version of this moreish loaf on the train or plane 😉 ). It’s super simple, not requiring any outlandish ingredients or a special trip to the grocery store, and can easily be whipped up. It’s also a really great one to play around with – adding chocolate chips, peanut butter, fresh raspberries or all together, depending on what mood you’re in. I’ve also seen Amy do this recipe in muffin version, which always looks incredibly irresistible!

Without further ado, let’s get baking!

Nourishing Amy’s Ultimate Banana Bread

Ingredients:

WET

  • 3 large bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (ground flaxseeds will work too)
  • 1/3 cup plant-based milk [I use rice, while Amy loves oat and almond]
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, or coconut honey

DRY

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar [I’ve also used raw cane sugar]
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour*

Optional: sliced banana for topping, ½ cup walnuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips etc. 
Optional: 1 tsp maca, lucuma

* I’ve also tried this with buckwheat flour, which worked really well too. Apparently plain flour also works well, although Amy doesn’t recommend wholemeal flour, as it was a bit too dry.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160Fan/180°C. line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Mash the banana well in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add all the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then add in the dry ingredients together and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Add in ½ cup optional extras, if using. The mix will be very thick and seem ‘dry’ but this is perfect.
  5. Pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper, smooth over the top. Add sliced banana on top, if using.
  6. Bake for 30-40 mins, ovens vary, until the top is browning nicely and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Keep checking the cake very 5 mins if it’s not done and add some foil to cover if it is getting too dark on top.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack. After 10 mins, remove from the tin and peel away the parchment. Allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It freezes well in slices too.

To serve, eat as is, or slather on some peanut butter, chocolate and raspberry chia jam, as I like to do 😉

Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out Nourishing Amy for more plant-based goodness, wonderful recipes and lots of feel-good vibes!

xoxo

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Fluffy Cacao & Date Swirls

Hello and happy Sunday!

Baking with yeast is one of my absolute favorite things to do in the kitchen, for the simple reason that it’s so rewarding. Taking that extra bit of time (the rising!) and effort (the kneading!) is well worth it in my opinion, when you consider that sense of accomplishment of seeing your dough rise, and the delight of that first doughy bite (and all the next 😉 ).

Today I’m sharing a recipe with you for super soft swirl buns with a sweet cacao-date filling. They’re perfect for brunch or a snack – eaten as they are or with some nut butter on top 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Makes: ca. 10 buns

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 465g Zopfmehl (this is a mix of plain white flour and spelt flour that the Swiss like to use for making the traditional platted loaf Zopf; if you can’t get this, I’d suggest mixing ca. 90% plain white flour with 10% spelt flour)
  • 15g cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1/2 40g cube fresh yeast (room temperature)
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2.5 dl rice milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 80g margarine; soft
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

Filling

  • 300g soft dates (I used the Sukari cooking ones from Palmyradelights.ch)
  • 6 tbsp peanut butter/ other nut butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 4.5 tbsp cacao powder 
  • 4.5 tbsp rice milk
  • optional: dark chocolate chunks, chopped nuts (e.g. pecans)

*Note: Due to a collaboration with Iswari you can get 5% off orders from iswari.ch using the discount code “blueberrysmiles” (I earn a small commission on such orders). I’m loving the quality of their products – from “superfood” powders to their unique mixes such as the Breakfast Protein. I linked the cacao and lucuma to the website as I used the Iswari products for this recipe.

Instructions

Dough

  1. Lightly heat up the rice milk so that it’s lukewarm (not hot), add 1 tbsp of maple syrup and crumble in the 1/2 cube of fresh yeast. Leave for a few minutes.
  2. Measure the flour and cacao into a large bowl, add the lucuma and mix well before adding the salt on the side (not mixing in, as you don’t want it to come in touch with the yeast yet). With your hand, create a well in the center of the bowl.
  3. Pour the yeast/rice milk/maple syrup mixture into the middle of the flour well, sprinkling a little bit of flour on top. Leave for ca. 5 to 10 minutes – you should see some bubbles form.
  4. Next, add in the margarine and the remaining 2 tbsp of maple syrup and mix together using your hands until it all comes together. Knead the dough until elastic (ideally it should stretch until almost transparent – if it breaks apart instead of stretching it needs some more kneading). It took me a good 15-20 minutes by hand (alternatively knead it by machine using a dough hook, for ca. 10 minutes on low).
  5. Shape the dough into a round, place in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave somewhere warm to rise for ca. 1 hour 45 minutes.
  6. Filling – Blend together the ingredients for the filling (dates, peanut butter, maple syrup, lucuma, cacao powder and rice milk) until a thick, sticky paste forms. (My dates were so soft I could just mash them with a fork and mix everything together without having to use extra equipment – always great when there’s less washing up to do 😉 ).
  7. The dough should have at least doubled in size. Punch the air out and roll it out to a rectangular shape. Spread the sticky cacao-date mix onto the dough evenly. At this stage you can also sprinkle some dark chocolate chunks and/or chopped nuts on top of the filling.
  8. Roll the dough inwards, starting from one of the longer sides of the rectangle, gently but also firmly, so that you form a compact log. With a sharp knife slice up the log into even slices and place these on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  9. Bake the swirl buns in an oven preheated to 200 °C for about 20 minutes (oven time may vary, so keep an eye on them. They should be lightly browned on the top and bottom, but still spring back a bit when you press the sides).
  10. Leave to cool on the baking tray and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Celine

xoxo

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Pumpkin PB Chocolate Chip Mini Loaves

Hello and happy Saturday!

Rarely does it happen that a bake turns out exactly as I visualized in my head, but this is one of those wonderful times. While trying to fall asleep the other night I was dreaming up recipes to use up some leftover pumpkin (who doesn’t, right?), and I’m absolutely delighted with how these little loaves turned out this morning. Soft, moist, sweet and so satisfying – with richness from the peanut butter and bittersweet bursts of dark chocolate.

I’ve already eaten three today and am seriously wishing I made more. They also received the thumbs up from my boyfriend, who had one as a post-workout snack. Whether you’re looking for an indulgent weekend breakfast, afternoon treat or something for on-the-go, these will definitely hit the spot 😉

Let’s get baking!

Makes: 5 (generous) mini loaves

Ingredients:

  • 250 g puréed pumpkin*
  • 100 g soft dates – I use these Sukari ones; the 3kg box lasts me for ages and is really good value for money
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (or ground flaxseeds)
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
  • ground vanilla bean / seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • good pinch of cinnamon
  • 130 g (1 cup) flour – I used half buckwheat, half wholemeal spelt
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup (65 ml) unsweetened rice mylk
  • 1/4 cup (65 ml) unsalted, all-natural peanut butter
  • dark chocolate, chopped (ca. 60-80 g, I used 85%)

* Alternatively, I could imagine puréed butternut squash, sweet potato or even mashed banana would work too. Will keep you updated if I try these versions 😉

Method:

  • Mix together the pumpkin purée and chia seeds.
  • Blend together the dates with the maple syrup and pinch of salt, adding this sweet mixture to the pumpkin.
  • Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, (lucuma powder).
  • Add the baking powder to the flour and stir into the pumpkin mix.
  • Finally, stir in the rice mylk and peanut butter, before adding the chocolate chunks
  • Divide the mixture into your mini loaf tins (if you don’t have any, make muffins instead).
  • Bake in an oven preheated to 180° C for ca. 20 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean). Leave to cool on the tray for a few minutes.

Happy baking and enjoy!

Celine

xoxo

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Double Chocolate Cookies

Hello and happy Sunday!

I’m back with another simple, speedy and satisfying recipe – this time for chocolate cookies. Double chocolate cookies. These came about last Saturday morning, when I realized I had just over one hour left to shower, get ready and prepare a dessert to bring along to my boyfriend’s.

Whenever I bring something with to someone’s, I tend to go with a tried and tested recipe, or something new that I’ve carefully thought out. Last week, however, I quite enjoyed wildly chucking ingredients into a blender, fueled by adrenalin and faith that, somehow, this would not be a disaster. The cookies I ended up with definitely exceeded my expectations, and got great feedback at the event I made them for.

I’ve since made them again twice, and love having a little stash of them on hand during the week, for when I want a little something sweet at work or before bed. They’re so simple to make, super soft and almost fudgy (the more so the less you bake them), and they can be enjoyed baked or raw. 

Ingredients:

Makes ca. 10 small/medium cookies (I tend to double it)

  • 1 cup soft dates – I use Palmyradelights sukari, but medjool should be great too
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened rice milk (or almond, oat etc.)
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup*
  • ca. 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsbp lucuma powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • chocolate chunks (I use 85% dark chocolate, but whatever floats your boat)
  • chopped walnuts (pecans or peanuts would be amazing too)
  • Variation: Leave out the walnuts and – before stirring in the chocolate chunks – add 2 tbsp smooth, slightly runny peanut butter for chocolate pb cookies. (Even better: add some chopped peanuts too!)

* The amount is totally up to you, depending on your preferred level of sweetness. The first time I used 2 tbsp maple syrup, and loved them, but they were almost a bit too sweet. I made them again with 1 tbsp, which is probably my go-to if I just make them for myself. If making them for friends who aren’t necessarily into healthy eating, I’d probably use 2 again. You can also leave the maple syrup out completely, in which case you may have more of an energy-ball situation going on. The maple syrup basically takes this from sweet snack to serious sweet treat, if you get what I’m saying 😉

Method:

  1. Blend together the dates, rice milk and maple syrup (this only works well with soft dates; if yours are slightly drier, try soaking them in hot water first).
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (pinch of salt, buckwheat flour, ground flaxseeds, cacao and lucuma) and mix till combined. It should be a thick, slightly sticky dough.
  3. Stir in the chocolate and walnut chunks.
  4. Shape the mix into equal sized balls with your hands (the mix shouldn’t be too sticky, but if it is, wet hands or adding more flour make it easier), slightly flattening to get a thick cookie shape.
  5. Bake in an oven preheated to 175° C for ca. 8 minutes, or eat just as they are. (Or snack on some raw ones while the rest bake 😉 )

Hope you enjoy!

xoxo

P.S. If you’re interested in more healthy cookie recipes, check out my breakfast cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies

Hello and happy Tuesday!

I’m back with another recipe – just in time for Christmas, if you still have some festive baking to do 😉

Gingerbread cookies are probably my favorite festive bake, as they’re just so much fun to make and decorate (especially while singing along to Christmas music)! Last year I was too busy trying to keep up with the demand for mince pies to make any other bakes. This year, however, I went straight in for my first ever plant-based gingerbread men. I made a batch yesterday and another today – slightly sweeter in taste and thinner and crispier in texture – which I am very happy with (as evidenced by the undisclosed amount I have already eaten).

As I didn’t want to make a traditional icing with powdered sugar, I experimented with a tahini-based one (sweetened with maple syrup and lucuma) which I absolutely love.

I hope you enjoy these cookies too if you give them a go!

 

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Ingredients

Makes: ca. 12-16 cookies (medium sized gingerbread men/similar shapes)

  • 130 g wholemeal spelt flour (ca. 1 cup)
  • 80 g buckwheat flour (ca. 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 130 g soft dates (I used these Sukari dates from Palmyra – ca. 9 – but medjool would be perfect as well)
  • 2 tbsp rice milk

Icing

  • 6 tsp tahini*
  • 6 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 tsp lucuma**
  • liquid food coloring
  • rice milk, to make it more liquid if needed

* If you don’t have tahini or simply prefer a more neutral icing, almond or cashew butter will probably work just as well (I haven’t tried this though).

**The lucuma adds some sweetness but also acts to thicken the icing. If you don’t have any, cornflour may be a possible alternative or otherwise skip the rice milk (I haven’t tried this variation though, so just experiment until you get the desired consistency).

Method:

  1. Combine the dry ingredients (flours, ground flaxseeds and spices) in a mixing bowl, before adding the molasses and melted coconut oil.
  2. Blend together the dates and the maple syrup to form a sweet paste, before adding to the mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients with your hands, adding 2 tbsp of rice milk so that it all comes together nicely. Form the dough into a disk, cover with clingfilm and leave somewhere cool (the fridge – or outside if it’s also cold where you are!) for around 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the tahini icing by combining the tahini, maple syrup, lucuma and food coloring in a cup or small container. You can easily make more or less by adjusting the ingredients accordingly. If by the time you are ready to ice your cookies you find the icing too thick, add a dash of rice milk. (Rather add too little than too much, as it’s easier to add more liquid than to thicken the icing up again).
  4. Roll out the dough and cut out the desired shapes. The amount you get will depend on the shapes you use as well as the thickness of the dough. I like the dough rolled out quite thin so the cookies become nice and crisp in the oven – a thicker dough will make doughier cookies.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 °C for ca. 8-12 minutes (depending on the thickness).
  6. Leave to cool completely (on the tray for a few minutes, then on a cooling rack/ or outside) before icing your lovely cookies. (Note: the icing does harden a bit, but do be gentle with your iced cookies/ i.e. I wouldn’t recommend stacking them on top of each other).

Happy festive baking!

xoxo