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Coconut Tea Cake

Coconut Tea Cake

I’ve never been a real baker, like the kind who works hard to perfect that light airy sponge. It doesn’t interest me at all. Don’t get me wrong, I love cakes and making them, but I don’t really dig the technical side. ‘How’s the bake?’, fingers prodding here and tapping there…..kinda stuff. I’d rather concern myself with taste, health and do I feel good eating this.

I love it when something turns out particularly well, but my priorities lie more toward feeling good after and creating a balance between health and getting a sweet treat. A healthy treat! Cakes and desserts can taste equally good if not better when using more healthful ingredients such as whole ancient grains, substituting white sugar for coconut/date/maple syrup, thinking outside the box for icing inspiration (avocado, sweet potato, coconut, cashew bases) and ditching the eggs and dairy.

coconut tea cake

Now that Eden’s turning one, I feel a parental pressure to up my game and start wowing with my baking and I will…….and you can guarantee not only will it feel like a treat, it’ll be jammed packed full of goodness too.
There’s always coconut in our cupboard, so by using some of the desiccated variety, I feel makes this cake have that extra texture and taste you’re after.
This is a coconut tea cake, so enjoy the cake and enjoy the coconut with a gorgeous cuppa!

coconut tea cake

Coconut tea cake

1 cup spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons egg replacer (I used Orgran) or use chia/flaxmeal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup coconut sugar-free yoghurt
1 banana, pureed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 175 °C + grease a loaf tin.
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the last 3 ingredients in a separate bowl + add this to the dry mix. If the mixture is a little dry add a splash of milk.
  4. Transfer to the pan + bake for 40 minutes.

The Tastiest + Easiest Gluten Free Vegan Waffles Ever

My favourite breakfast recipe hands down.

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

These gluten free vegan waffles are as light as a feather, free from oil, dairy, egg and gluten but best of all, absolutely delicious. Just as important, they are so simple I can make them in my sleep. Literally measure the whole lot into a blender + whizz away. I’m sure there’s a more technical way of preparing waffles, but why would you when these are tasty, fluffy and so simple that you really can get away with waffles for breakfast whenever you want!

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

I’ve played around with the flours a lot and have settled on sorghum and millet for the taste more than anything. Oat and almond flour are also pretty good. Adding the coconut flour gives a great consistency and a hint of sweetness too, but as it makes the batter thicker please add more of the sorghum or gram flours if you are omitting. I find that once the batter sits for 5-10 minutes it thickens a little. Depending on which coconut flour/flours you use, be sure to adjust the liquid accordingly to get the right pancake consistency. I haven’t sweetened the batter as I usually don’t find it necessary as I like to smother in date syrup but if you’d prefer a sweeter waffle then add liquid sweetener of choice or some regular cane sugar.

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

Gluten Free Vegan Waffles

(makes 10 waffles)

1/2 cup gram flour
1 cup sorghum flour (millet works well too)
2 tablespoons coconut flour (or add more sorghum or gram)
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana
2 – 21/2 cups dairy free milk

Method:

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender + whizz until smooth. Adjust liquid/flour until pancake consistency is reached.
  2. Heat + grease your waffle iron + cook waffles as per your maker’s instructions. Mine typically takes 6 minutes per batch.

Black Bean Mocha Brownies (Gluten and Sugar free, Vegan)

Black bean mocha brownies…for that day when you NEED brownies like now! Blender brownies that are not only super quick to make but oh so healthful. These are those brownies that tick every box – no dairy, grain, gluten, egg or sugar.

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

But but but, honestly they are still tasty as hell. Oh, and oh so adaptable too. Swap out the black beans for white beans, sub the walnuts for pecans, tahini for PB or coconut oil, ditch the coffee altogether + sweeten as you like. See, really, these are like a brownie for anyone and everyone 😉

Black Bean Mocha Blender Brownies

Black Bean Mocha Brownies

(make 12-16)

2 tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons tahini
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 can black beans, drained (230 grams drained weight)
2 tablespoons dark strong coffee granules soaked in 2 tablespoon hot water

Dark chocolate chips  + walnuts

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC + line a small baking tin (8X8 inches is good).
2. Throw the lot into a blender (not the chocolate chips or walnuts) + blend until smooth.
3. Transfer to the tin, press copious amounts of chocolate chips and walnut pieces into the batter + bake for 25 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, slice + enjoy. Freeze like a dream.

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain Free + Vegan)

Chocolate chip cookies…they’re a go-to comfort snack to match that cool refreshing glass of almond milk or your favourite hot drink during the day or evening. It’s a social snack, most people’s eyes light up when ‘cookie’ is mentioned as an offering. It’s a fact. As you may have guessed (from the way we do things on the blog here) it’s not any old cookie, it’s made with…plantain?!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Err, why? Well you searched for grain-free vegan paleo cookie recipe. And you got plantain chocolate chip cookies as your answer.
These are as good as they look too.
The facts:
Plantains are high in fibre, vitamin A & C, rich source of B vitamins (B6) and loadsa minerals too just look for yourself here livestrong will tell you more than you need to know.

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Personally, we love how these are healthy and yet you’d find it hard to find anything wrong with the taste and texture…they’re that good! Small, moreish, yet simple to make!

Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Plantain Chocolate Chip Cookies

(makes 12)

1 ripe plantain
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC. Lightly grease baking tray.
2. Combine all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips in a blender/food processor. Once processed fold through chocolate chips.
3. Spoon tablespoon sizes of cookie dough onto the baking pan + bake for 12-15 minutes.

Recipe minimally adapted from this recipe at Purelytwins.

Probably the Healthiest Chocolate Cake Ever – Guess what the unusual Ingredient is?!

I’ve said this is probably the healthiest chocolate cake out there, which is probably not much of a big deal to you. Yet. However, when you taste this you’ll soon realise that not only is it healthy but highly likely the best chocolate cake you ever had. Really.

healthiest chocolate cake

I’m completely in love with this cake. This chocolate cake. It’s rich, dark, light yet moist. The frosting is to die for and the chocolate chips give this a double smash of chocolate. I used dark chocolate chips with the first ingredient cocoa mass rather than sugar which really helps ramp up the richness and limit the sugar content.

Cauliflower. Yep, that’s right. Frozen cauliflower in your chocolate cake. I urge you to try this but if it really doesn’t float ya boat then you can replace with one cup of apple/sweet potato puree. But frozen cauliflower chocolate cake is the bomb!

Anyway, right now this is all hear say so just go ahead and make it. See for yourself!

healthiest chocolate cake

Healthy Cauliflower Chocolate Cake

3/4 cup spelt flour
1 teaspoon each of baking powder + bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons egg replacer
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups loosely packed frozen cauliflower, thawed
1/2 cup coconut milk
4 tablespoons coconut oil

1. Preheat oven to 175 ºC + grease an 8″x8″ baking pan.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients, mixing well.
3. In a blender add the remaining ingredients including the frozen cauliflower + blend until very smooth.
4. Stir the two mixtures together, transfer to the pan + bake for 30 minutes.

Ice/Frost with this bad boy:

Original recipe here at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Eden’s Apple Cake (Low fat + Vegan)

apple cake
As part of Eden’s weaning, I’ve been on the look out for some decent wholesome finger food. It’s not that easy to find clean, healthy food full stop, let alone actually ‘healthy’ baby food for Eden. I also wanted a simple, quick recipe which can be made with minimal ingredients. This is it. Her own apple cake.

apple cake

Your first apple cake is kind of a big deal……….

apple cake

She liked it…….it’s a keeper…especially as this is a good bowl-licking recipe 🙂

apple cake

Eden’s apple cake

2 cups spelt flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups apple puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC + lightly oil an 8″ cake pan.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda + cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl throughly mix the remaining ingredients.
  4. Combine the two separate mixtures to form a smooth cake batter.
  5. Transfer to the greased cake tin + bake for 45 minutes. Sorted.

Healthy Darkest Double Chocolate Flourless Cookie Bites

carob chickpea cookieI can’t stop baking with beans, and not baked beans or pulse based curries but sweet nutty desserts bursting with the humble chick pea or fudge like black bean. It’s a pretty good feeling knowing that your sweet, dark and decadent cookie is actually 75% chick pea! Or your chocolate fudge brownie is crammed with black beans and you know that creamy cookie dough butter, yep you guessed it – it’s mainly white beans! Is it wrong to get excited over carob, chocolate, almondy, chickpea based goodies? Even the raw dough is hard to resist.

Cookie dough that's good enough to eat

Baking with beans is the way forward – who needs margarine and white flour when any pulse would do a better job, mega boost the nutritional content higher than you can imagine and transform a pretty unhealthy dessert to one which is plant based and truly good for us. Good news.Plate of cookies

And here’s a bit more good news:

flourless, no grain whatsoever so yep they’re gluten free
no dairy and entirely plant powered
so rich and chocolatey it almost hurts
so easy to make, literally throw it all in the blender and adjust ingredients for correct consistency
they really are healthy with such a tiny amount of sugar
less than 50 calories per cookie, eat lots
carob, ummmmStack them cookies up!

Technically carob isn’t chocolate but it does have a chocolatey taste with a sweeter, nuttier flavour than cocoa and it is super delicious. Also packed full of antioxidants and unlike cocoa contains zero caffiene. I absolutely love it. I use carob purely for a change of flavour as cocoa is one of my favourite ingredients ever and would work equally well in this recipe too. I do feel guilty cheating on cocoa but carob is so worth it. A plate of cookies for you!

Healthy darkest double chocolate flourless cookie bites

(makes 15-20 cookies)

1 can chickpeas, rinsed + drained (240 grams)
1 banana, peeled + chopped
3 teaspoons non dairy butter or coconut oil
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon of flaxmeal to 3 of water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons carob powder (or cocoa powder)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons almond meal or almond flour
4 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Add all the ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor or blender until smooth. Stir through the chocolate chips. The mixture should be a cookie dough consistency so you may need to adjust almond flour to make it drier or add a dash of almond milk to loosen it.
2. Lightly grease a baking tray + form 15-20 small cookies from the mixture. They will not spread so allow enough room to remove once baked. Flatten slightly with a fork.
3. Bake for 20 minutes until crisp on the outside. Allow to cool fully before removing from the baking tray + get stuck right in. Store in an airtight container for 7 days.

Gluten + Dairy Free ‘Snickers’ Pancakes

snickers pancakesDessert for breakfast is sometimes the only way forward. Chocolate. Peanuts. Caramel. Pancakes. I shouldn’t think it gets much better than this. Well not in pancake world anyhow! I wish I had more creativity at breakfast but I always stick to my oats and a thousand trillion toppings. It’s only when I have something like this that I tell myself – ‘eat more pancakes, you crazy person’. Everybody should be eating more pancakes….as long as they’re plant based and super good for you!snickers pancakes

So not only was I trying to jazz up my pancakes ‘Snickers’ style but was also trying to perfect my gluten and dairy free pancake and I tell you what, this was right on target. Utterly delicious actually. You know they’re a success when you literally cannot wait to make them again and eat the whole damn lot. snickers pancakes

These Snickers pancakes have an ever so slightly sweet taste (I figured they didn’t need much sugar when they’re studded with chocolate + drowned in caramel sauce!), a nuttiness from the wholesome gluten free flour, creaminess from the almond milk and flax and they rose like a treat too! So happy with that.pancakes glorious pancakes

You gotta expect a slightly denser pancake when your using GF flour and no eggs and these were still much lighter than I envisaged. Let’s face it, who wants a pancake you could break into someone’s house with? Not me and in taste terms these are miles better than any white processed pancakes I’ve had in the past. I’d always recommend using roasted nuts as the taste is way better and makes them super crunchy too. These Snickers Pancakes are really very delicious. I want them again, right now. snickers pancakes + caramel sauce

Gluten + dairy free ‘Snickers’ pancakes

(serves 2)

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I used Dove’s Farm)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 cups almond milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips
raw caramel sauce or shop bought

method:

1. Combine the first 4 dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile add the milk, apple cider vinegar, flax + vanilla extract to a jug + whisk thoroughly.
2. Add the wet mixture along with the coconut oil to the dry ingredients + mix thoroughly. Stir through half the peanuts + half the chocolate chips.
3. Grease a non stick pan with coconut oil + scoop 1/4 cup size amounts of the mixture onto the griddle pan. Allow to brown (about 2 minutes) on one side + flip for another 2 minutes. Transfer to a warm oven whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
4. Top with the remaining peanuts + chocolate chips. Drizzle generously with caramel sauce + revel in all this snickers glory.

Vegan Frittata with a Quinoa Crust

vegan quinoa frittataSometimes only tofu will do. I have a love hate relationship with the stuff, it’s the whole soya ‘is it bad for you or not’ thing but occasionally I just want it cos I like the stuff and it really does make the perfect egg substitute in this frittata. The rare occasions I cook with tofu I’m always sure to use organic stuff too. It’s pretty versatile and makes a fantastic egg substitute too and more randomly a super chocolate mouse.vegan kale frittata

Better than traditional egg based frittata and omelette. Honest.A slice of frittata

The creamy yellow ‘egg’ mixture is delicious, it looks more than taste like eggs but in a good way. The miso, nutritional yeast and mustard give a cheesy, nutty deep flavour that beats egg hands down. It really does. I had some leftover quinoa for a sturdy base/crust which is a really nice addition to an otherwise light snack. This vegan frittata is super quick and not too dissimilar to an original egg based recipe – fry off your chosen veg, mix up the egg mixture and throw it all together before baking. Easy really. This frittata has no saturated fat or cholesterol either. There’s so much kale in here there’s easily a serving per person, in fact this dish delivers 3/4 servings of veggies to each person. I love a happy ending. vegan kale frittata

A super charged plant powered frittata.

Delicious hot or cold, for lunch or breakfast and super tasty the next day!vegan kale frittata

Vegan frittata with a quinoa base

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flax: 3 of water)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 red pepper, chopped into small pieces
2 small chilis, chopped finely
4 mushrooms, sliced thinly
100 grams kale, torn into pieces
1 cup broccoli florets, broken into very small florets
handful coriander, roughly chopped

‘egg’ mixture
1 package firm organic tofu (362 grams)
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons miso paste
1 teaspoon English mustard
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200ºC. Grease a 10″ springform baking pan + set aside. Combine the quinoa + flax egg thoroughly + press down to form a crust in the greased baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile gently fry the onions, pepper, chili + mushrooms in the olive oil for 10 minutes until softened. Add the kale, broccoli + coriander + contine to cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Turn off the heat.
3. Add all the ‘egg mixture’ ingredients to a blender + blend until smooth. Combine the vegetables + ‘egg’ mix well + spread evenly onto the quinoa crust. Bake for 4o -50 minutes, checking half way through. Allow to cool for 30-45 minutes before removing from the baking pan.

Pumpkin Spiced Coconut Pancakes (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakesToday is mostly about delicious stacked pancakes and awe inspiring quotes. These words of wisdom made their way into my life this morning:

“Only the truth of who you are, if realised, will set you free.”

Eckhart Tolle

Deep eh? Man I gotta read ‘The Power of Now’, like now!  I love it when a quote just sparks something in me, inspires, motivates, ignites and this is definitely one of those quotes for me. Discovering and accepting our true authentic selves, existing as we truly are, the good, the bad and the ugly, practicing self acceptance and lending the same sentiment to others. It’s authenticity that I value more than anything and it’s clear to see when someone is being their true and authentic self, these people are magnets as we’re always drawn to the real. I vow never to be afraid of being the truest realest me, embracing self discovery always, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want to be free? Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Who we are when people aren’t looking, listening, simply observing ………… well that’s how we should allow ourselves to be all the time. It’s a journey at the end of the day so let’s have some pumpkin + coconut spiced pancakes along the way. See how I did that, eh?

Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

I’m really rinsing the pumpkin thing at the mo and seeing as i’ve never had pumpkin pancakes there was very good reason to keep going with this pumpkin theme, I mean obsession. It’s hardly a crime is it?! Honestly, it’s fair to say I have a pumpkin preoccupation all year, not just halloween!Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Well what about these then, a stacked pile of loveliness. So yum but unfortunately I didn’t make enough. Their moreishness (yes, in my world it is a word!)  plus sharing with Russ proved hard to do…..soul destroying really.Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

These pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes are oat based, eggless and pumpkin packed so they’re great for dairy and gluten free diets or for anyone who is simply cutting back on these things. I used a little coconut oil for greasing, maple syrup for drizzling and nuts for dressing. A pretty good breakfast I’d say.

Be happy and proud of who you really are and eat pancakes, often. Pumpkin spiced coconut pancakes

Pumpkin Spiced Coconut Pancakes

(Serves 2)

1 cup gluten free oat flour (make your own by processing oats to a fine flour)
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg + ginger
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup almond milk
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseeds combined with 3 tablespoons water)
pecans + maple syrup
coconut oil for frying

  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk the pumpkin puree, milk + flax egg in a measuring jug.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry + combine thoroughly to form a thick batter.
  3. Using a 1/3 cup, ladle the batter into the pan + cook well on both sides. Transfer to the oven to keep warm whilst cooking the remaining pancakes.
  4. Tower the pancakes on a plate, sprinkle with pecans + drizzle with maple syrup.