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Blackberry, Lemon and Sour Cream Pound Cake (Coconut Flour)

14 Aug
Moist and delicious

Moist and delicious

I had some blackberries and sour cream left over in the fridge and thought that I could either (a) Eat them together in a bowl (b) Make a cake.   The Chief Taster’s choice won, so I decided that I would try a pound cake out of coconut flour and added some lemon to give the cake a bit more flavour.  It was delicious, moist and tasty.  You do not need a large piece (well, perhaps, depending upon how hungry you are!) as it is very filling.

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream

16 Jul

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I’ve been playing around with ice cream recipes that do not require an ice cream maker (although I now want one!) and a few no churn ice recipes seem to rely on condensed milk which is out for so many reasons!  This was the most simple recipe and the Chief Taster loved it so much I “had” to make it again the following weekend.   It’s also vegan and also great for anyone who is intolerant to dairy.  I made another ice cream with cream and yoghurt, but in all honesty, I preferred this one.

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Pecan and Coconut Cookies (Flourless)

29 Jun

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I have been having a cookie baking spree with various nut butters much to the delight of the Chief Taster.  These are number 2 on his list (the peanut butter ones win apparently).   I’ve found that you can make a delicious gluten free cookie with nut butters and pecan nuts make a great cookie.  With the addition of dried coconut the cookie is delightfully chewy too.  It must be dried coconut as I tried this again with fresh coconut and it did not yield a decent cookie.   I just love that these are so simple to make and tasty to eat too!  Soft and chewy as a cookie should be!  Feel free to play around with the flavourings too!  Some orange rind would be tasty.

You can leave out the egg to make them vegan and they still yield a nice moist cookie.

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Cream Cheese Mousse with Berries

12 Jun
Creamy and delicious!

Creamy and delicious!

The Chief Taster ate this dish with a loud, “mmmm” and cleaned the glass dish it was served in with a loud clatter of his spoon.  It’s an easy dessert to make and I was just using up some cream cheese I had in the fridge.  This would make a great last minute dessert when you have hungry eyes staring at you with a sweet tooth!  You will need a blender of sorts for this though.  I used a hand blender. Yummy! Tell me more Diva…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies

23 May

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I have tried this recipe with using just peanuts and grinding my own butter, and also with a jar of peanut butter.  The version with the ground nuts wins hands down over the already made peanut butter which I suspect is due to the oils added to the jar.  The short story is make your own peanut butter.  It’s just so simple to make and delicious too.  Throw a couple of cups of peanuts into the food processor, blitz until you have a butter.  You can sweeten it to your own taste without any nasty additives thrown in.   These are currently the number 1 cookie recipe in our house.  What amazes me is just how easy they are to make.  Although I add high cocoa chocolate chips to the mixture, these cookies would be just as delicious without them and perhaps some added seasoning.  Cinnamon perhaps?

They are just lovely the next day and seem to firm up when left in the fridge, keeping their soft centre.  The joy of cookie baking using nut butters!  Gluten free and low carb goodness in cookie form!

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Almond Meal Pulp and Avocado Brownies

10 May

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The left over almond meal when I make almond milk presented me with a challenge as I did not want to throw it out.    I will not speak of the crackers I tried for fear of the reoccurring nightmares.   I did finally  make a lovely version of falafel though and also a delicious, moist brownie.   I am currently having a love affair with avocados and used them in this brownie recipe instead of butter.  The result is a soft, moist brownie.  You could use melted butter or coconut oil instead.   A tasty and healthy way to use the almond meal.

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Lemon and Chia Seed Muffins with a Cream Cheese Filling (Almond Flour)

1 May

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A popular muffin flavour is lemon and poppy seed, so thought I would susbtitute the poppy seed with chia seeds.  They were lovely and crunchy and everything they should be.  To add to the delightful lemony taste, I thought I’d fill the muffins with a creamy cream cheese filling.  I was not wrong with this decision and the Chief Taster munched happily on them.

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Lemon and Basil Muffins (Almond Flour)

15 Apr

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Lemon and basil is a flavouring that is usually used for sauces but I thought I’d put it in a muffin.  It works, with the sweet taste having a slight savoury aftertaste of the basil.  It’s a taste of Spring in your mouth!  I half expected the Chief Taster to throw them across the room and demand chocolate, but he loved them and munched them with relish.  I decorated mine with a lemon cream cheese glaze but you could happily serve them plain.  Or with the topping of your choice…go crazy and get creative!

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Sour Cream and Coconut Milk Ice Cream

8 Apr

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I had a large tub of sour cream sitting in the fridge and had two choices.  Eat it all with a large spoon or bake with it.  I decided to try to make an ice cream out of it.  As I don’t have an ice cream maker (yet!) I had to hand churn it, so added vodka to help stop the crystallization of the ice cream.   However, if I had an ice maker I would still add the vodka!   This was my first time making ice cream with coconut milk and I was pleasantly surprised.

You need a few bowls in this method too, and a bit of organisation.  Just get everything ready ahead of time and it is easy to make.  You can use this recipe as a base to play around with other ice cream flavours too. I had another play with this and used tequila and lime.  Delicious!  The Chief Taster almost licked the bowl clean and I suspect he is hoping for a weekly ice cream dish!

Yummy, tell me more Diva…

Avocado Chocolate Cookies (Almond Flour)

2 Apr
Soft and delicious

Soft and delicious

Although I am a big fan of butter, I had read how avocado can be used to replace it in cooking so thought I would give it a try.  The end result was a soft, brownie like cookie after 30 minutes in the oven.  They were better the next day so a bit of will power is needed not to eat them all when they are out of the oven.  Since the mixture was very moist, I think you could possibly make this vegan by omitting the egg and it would firm up the cookie.   I was also making some ice cream and made a cookie ice cream sandwich out of the last two.  Delicious.  I kicked myself for not doing it when I had more cookies left, as they were perfect for an ice cream sandwich!

Make sure you use a soft, ripe avocado.  If it is a bit firm, wait a day or two.

 

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