Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Cookies

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These bad boys definitely hit the spot if you’re after something sweet, a pick me up or a dessert. You could even have these for breakie! We absolutely love them, and being gluten free our bellies are left feeling super happy

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Ingredients

1.5 cups of almond meal

1 large organic egg

1/4 cup of cold pressed coconut oil (melted)

1 heaped tbsp of melted organic unsalted butter

1 tsp of baking powder

1/3 of a block of dark 85% Loving Earth chocolate

1 tsp of organic pure honey/raw honey


Method

  1. In one bowl mix all the dry ingredients together, leaving out the chocolate
  2. In another bowl add the wet ingredients
  3. Now you can add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients
  4. Roughly chop the chocolate into small chucks. Add these in last, gently folding them through the mixture
  5. Okay so now you have made your cookie dough. Make it into a small ball and place in some glad wrap. Then place in the fridge for around 1 hour or so, whilst also pre heating your oven to 180 degrees celcius
  6. After an hour, remove the dough and set up a baking tray with some baking paper. Pull off tablespoon sized chucks from the dough and roll into balls using your hands. Place them on the tray and flatten them into nice neat cookie shapes. You should make around 9-11 cookies depending on how large you want them to be
  7. Place in the oven for around 10 minutes. 10 minutes will mean your cookies will be moist, if you want your cookies to be slightly crunchy simply leave in the oven for longer. However be aware you may burn them!
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Spring Salad Series No# 4

Spring Salad Series

Shaved Beetroot and Shredded Chicken Salad with Quinoa and Spiced Cumin Yoghurt. 

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Recently we’ve been experiencing a croissant craving. Now, we don’t usually get immense food cravings as we eat a pretty balanced diet, incorporating all food groups and tune into what our bodies need on a daily basis. For some reason however, we’ve been really wanting to indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of a freshly baked croissant. We’re thinking it’s the fact that we leave for europe in two months time (omg!) in combination with our desire to visit our favourite bakery in Melbourne – Tivoli Road Bakery. Literally the best bakery. We absolutely love everything about it. Mmm their smoked trout on rye is to die for. As well as their fruit toast (apparently, we’re yet to try it)

So last night we decided that this morning we’d make the long over due visit to our favourite bakery and indulge in the buttery-ness and crispness of their famous croissants.

Best Decision Ever.

After our delicious breakfast we stopped by the markets and bought some fresh deli sicilian olives, goats feta and organic grass fed lamb straps (for dinner tonight!)

With the beetroots, chicken and quinoa that we already had in the fridge, we put together this fun, italian inspired spring salad. To go with our french inspired breakfast of course. 

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Ingredients (Serves two as a main dish)

-3 small beetroots

– 6 leaves of rainbow chard

-1 cup of pre cooked quinoa (we make big batched and leave in the fridge)

– Half a punnet of strawberries

-1 chicken breast (poached and then shredded with a fork)

– 10 sicilian olives

– 2 – 3 tablespoons of full fat greek yoghurt

– 1 teaspoon of cumin (can use less if you find cumin too strong)

-1 teaspoon of tahini

– A few leaves of flat parsley

-Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

-1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees celsius. Whilst you’re waiting for the oven to warm up, leave the beetroots whole and cover them with aluminium foil. Finely chop your rainbow chard and layer evenly on two plates.

2. When the oven is ready, place the beetroots on the middle rack and bake for about half an hour.

3. As the beetroots are in the oven, heat up a saucepan of water on the stove with a tad of salt and bring to the boil. As you’re waiting for the water, you can prep your chicken by dicing up the breast into generous sized pieces. (You can also poach the chicken whole, however this will take you more time)

4. When the water is boiling, pop in your chicken. It will take about 6-8 minutes to poach (depending on the size of your pieces). It is important to keep a close eye on it as you don’t want it to over cook!

5. As the beetroots are in the oven and the chicken is poaching, heat up your quinoa on the stove (ours was pre-cooked so we just had to quickly re-heat) and start to prep your yoghurt. Grab a small bowl and scoop in two to three tablespoons of full fat yoghurt. Add your cumin, tahini and pepper and mix together. Set aside. You can also slice your strawberries either in halves or quarters.

6. The chicken should be ready by now so remove from the stove and drain. Poached chicken should be extremely tender so shredding with a fork should be relatively easy. Basically just ‘stroke’ the pieces with your fork so they almost rip apart. (Sorry that’s a little hard to explain). Set the chicken aside on a plate

7. Remove the beetroots from the oven and test whether you can insert a knife through the middle. If you can they are ready to be finely shaved with either a sharp nice or a large grater. Finely shave the beetroot and place half onto of the rainbow chard that you have already placed on the plates.

8. Evenly distribute the quinoa onto the two plates, alternating with beetroot, shredded chicken, sicilian olives and strawberries. You’re basically layering your ingredients.

9. Now top with a dollop of your yoghurt that you set aside just moments ago and garnish with himalayan salt, pepper and parsley. You can also drizzle with some olive oil if you wish!

10. EAT

We hope you enjoy it! Please let us know what you think!

Oh and also, head over to Tivoli Road Bakery in Melbourne and indulge in one of their croissants.

M + S xx

Carrot and Walnut Loaf

Gluten free, sugar free and dairy free Loaf. Perfect for sensitive tummies.

If you have a normal stomach unlike us and can tolerate milk and gluten, feel free to use milk instead of the water and spelt flour/wholemeal flour instead of the buckwheat!

Absolutely brilliant with our Pumpkin, Rosemary and Feta mash on a cold wintery morning. Comfort food at it’s finest

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Ingredients

Wet ingredients 

– 1 cup of buckwheat flour

– 1 cup of almond meal

– 1 – 2 tbsp of psyllium husk powder

– 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

– 1/2 cup of walnuts

– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– 1/2 tsp of nutmeg

– 1/2 tsp of himalayan salt

Dry Ingredients

– 2 cups of grated carrot (about two medium sized carrots)

– 3 organic eggs

– 1 chia egg (1 tbsp of chia in 3 tsp of water –  let it sit)

– 1/4 cup of coconut oil

– A few drops of liquid stevia or 1 tsp of raw honey.

– 1/4 cup of water (may not need – depends on the consistency when mixing all ingredients together)

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Method

Turn your oven on to 180 degrees celsius 

1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl

2. In a separate bowl, add all the wet ingredients (except the carrot) together and throughly whisk.

3. Once adequately mixed, add the carrot.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold with a wooden spoon. Try not to mix it aggressively as you need the mixture to stay light. If you find it is too dry, add more water, if it is too sloppy, add more psyllium husk powder.

5. Transfer the mixture into a lined loaf tin or a silicon tin and top with extra sunflower seeds.

6. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until golden on top.

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Enjoy with organic butter, almond butter, avocado or our scrumptious pumpkin mash. Delish!

M + S x

Zucchini Paleo Loaf

Paleo Loaf, what a complete fluke.

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We’d spent the morning pottering around the kitchen, listening to Bon Iver and searching our favourite blogs for some breakfast loaf inspiration. A popular theme that we came across was Paleo Loaf. Paleo baking is definitely ‘in’ at the moment.

Now, we’re not the type to lean towards a particular diet label (i.e. paleo, vegan, vegetarian, high carb etc), but we are gluten intolerant so paleo bread is actually quite suited to our sensitive stomaches. Being paleo, it has no flour, almond meal is the substitute. This loaf is not only gluten free, it is also dairy free, sugar free and high in protein! The eggs give it the protein punch, sorry vegans!

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Anyway, here is the recipe that has been adapted from Brown Paper Bag‘s zucchini loaf and Luke Hine’s Paleo Bread.

Ingredients

—-Dry ingredients—-

– 2 cups of almond meal

– 1 tbsp of psyllium husk powder (optional)

– 2 tbsp of pepita seeds (plus more for topping)

– 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds

– 1/2 tsp of himalayan salt

– 1 tsp of baking powder

—-Wet ingredients—-

-3 eggs

– 1 chia egg ( 1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed in 3 tbsp of water and let sit)

– 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil

– 2 medium zucchinis  – should equal 2 cups once grated

Method

1. Set the oven at 180 degree Celsius

2. Line a tin loaf with baking paper.

3. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl

4. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, chia egg and melted coconut oil.

5. Grate the zucchinis and squeeze out the excess water.

6. Combine the zucchini with the other wet ingredients and mix throughly

7. Fold through the zucchini mixture with the dry ingredients. Make sure you fold the mixture rather than aggressively stirring it. You want to keep it light and airy.

8. Spoon into the tin, reaching all edges and evenly spreading out the top. Sprinkle with the excess of pepita seeds.

9. Bake in oven for 1 hour or until golden on top.

10. Once golden, remove from oven and let it sit in the tin till it cools. Vital step!

11. EAT

M + S x

Banana and Oat Cookies

Now we have been meaning to post the recipe for our scrumptious and just quite damn tasty banana and oat cookies..

Firstly, we must acknowledge where our inspiration for these tasty treats stemmed from. We tried out a recipe for banana and oat cookies on Ashlyn Lincoln’s blog, and of course we became obsessed with baking these babies! Once to twice a week we whip them up to munch on as snacks or post dinner ‘I’m still hungry’ moments.

Through baking many batches, we have slowly twigged Ashlyn’s recipe to suit us.

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So here it goes guys…

Ingredients:

1 cup of either oats or rye oats. If you are gluten intolerant quinoa flakes also work well, or simply gluten free oats.

1 cup of almond meal (organic if possible)

One medium ripe banana. You may use more more banana, keeping in mind that the more banana you use the more moist the cookies will be

Half a cup of shredded organic coconut (optional – but highly recommend!)

1/4 cup of melted coconut butter

One tablespoon of organic rice malt syrup. Organic maple syrup can also work (1/4 cup) or honey (one tablespoon)

One teaspoon of cinnamon

For the topping: (optional- choose one or add them all on!)

Frozen berries of choice (blueberries or raspberries work well)

Your choice of nut (almonds, macadamias, pecans)

Raw organic cocoa nibs

Shredded organic coconut

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 160 degrees

2) Mash the banana

3) Melt the coconut butter in the microwave

4) Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl (wet and dry)

5) Use your hands to massage the mixture until all the ingredients are combined. The mixture should not be too ‘sloppy’ or too dry. You should easily be able to make round balls without the mixture sticking to your hands too much or without the mixture falling apart

6) Divide the mixture in small round balls on a tray with baking paper. We usually use around one heaped tablespoon of mixture for every cookie. Flatten the mini balls out into the shape of cookies (flat and roundish)

7) Place your choice of ‘topping’ (berries, nuts, cocoa nibs, coconut)

8) Sprinkle with more cinnamon (this gives it a nice brown colour around the edges when they are ready)

9) Oven time! Around 25 minutes should be enough. However in saying this, every oven is different, therefore oven time may vary. Check the cookies at 20 minutes, if they have a little bit of moistness when pressing them and if brown around the edges.. they are most likely ready!

10) Let them sit for 10 minutes to cool

Keep them in an air tight container to keep fresh. They should last around 3 days.

Enjoy with a cup of tea, or you can even break them up, add some yogurt and fruit and you have yourself a tasty filling breakfast!

Love M + S

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