CHOC-NUTTY COOKIES

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I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for double chocolate buckwheat and almond cookies for a couple of weeks now but it hasn’t been going to plan. The first batch was too shortbread like once cooled and the next was to cakey. I wanted them to be a fudgier texture. So I made these instead. Peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup and coconut sugar add to the texture. The coconut, buckwheat and roasted almonds add a nutty flavour profile (along with the peanut butter) and the chocolate chips because chocolate chips.

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CHOCOLATE SELF SAUCING PUDDING – THE WHOLE FOODS VERSION

IMG_2520 This doesn’t taste like health food, and I’m not going to pretend it’s an all the time food. It’s a chocolate pudding so of course not, however it uses great whole foods ingredients and can easily be adapted to suit a variety of diets. There is no refined sugar and you could probably make it vegan by using an egg substitute (I haven’t done this yet). And it tastes like comfort food, because it’s a chocolate self saucing pudding and there are few other desserts as comforting as that. It also passed the boyfriend, family and house mate test. Gooey chocolate sauce, a chocolate sponge with hints of coconut. Sold? You should be.

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VANILLA YOGHURT PANNA COTTA

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This weekend is clearly all about cooking for me! My boyfriend and housemates are away and I have been so tired that I’ve been losing my voice this week, so I am trying to rest. And this is my version of resting ha. I’ve made this a couple of times now, and this version uses maple syrup to sweeten and vanilla and tangy greek yoghurt to flavour. I’ve served it with candied nuts, warmed berries, fresh berries, lime all are good and I’m sure you can come up with you’re own delicious combinations so I am just posting the actual panna cotta recipe here, sans toppings. I have even had this for breakfast (whoops) with some light and crunchy superfood muesli!

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CHOCOLATE AND BERRY MUFFINS

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I have a problem. I really like baked goods. Especially in the afternoon, anything sweet really, although fruit just hasn’t been cutting it lately. I need more. But when I eat too much processed food and sugar I sleep really badly; then I’m tired; and then I want more sugar in the afternoon to stay awake. It’s a sugary, circular battlefield. To solve this ‘problem’ (really I’m using that term in a pretty fast and loose way – my problem is on the pathetic side!) I’m trying to find low fructose, whole food solutions that are free of refined sugar to stop this cruel circle. Saving lives over here, solving world problems and the like haha.

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GLUTEN FREE QUINOA PANCAKES

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I hate wasting food, and the other night when I made the KALE, LENTIL AND POMEGRANATE SALAD I made way too much quinoa and had a container of it sitting in my fridge waiting to be eaten. I really wanted to use it today and felt like something that would feel indulgent because it’s Friday and that’s always worth celebrating (even if I am still on holidays right now..)!

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‘ICE CREAM’ SANDWICHES

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I am sitting on my bed with the sun streaming through the window eating ‘off cuts’ of these while I write this. Well if I’m being honest I actually finished eating while I waited for my computer to start up….

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BANANA BREAD

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This is so delicious. I made this a month or so ago but sometimes I dream about it. It fills the house with such a delicious smell. And slathered in peanut or almond butter – or just plain butter – it is ridiculous. This also passed the boyfriend test and he is both a lover of sweet things and banana bread so I feel that speaks volumes.

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OVERNIGHT SPELT WAFFLES

Vanilla waffle with orange, shaved coconut sugar, organic plain youghurt, chocolate syrup.
Vanilla waffle with orange, shaved coconut sugar, organic plain youghurt, chocolate syrup.

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has just read the above title. But it is always best to be upfront about these things. Here it goes: you need to start this recipe a day ahead. Maybe a few hours would be fine… but I haven’t tried that! It is so worth it though. The flavour develops so much more and makes for delicious, crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside waffles. What could be better?

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