Catch up over Macarons and Gluten Free Baking

Catch up over Macarons and Gluten Free Baking

I have been MIA for a while! Due to…no actual reason, I had a major dinner party at work, that had me off the planet of the living for a few days, and then just casual laziness of not trying new recipes.

Over the past few days, I have been busy, pushing myself out of my slump, and I’ve been trying new things by the dozen. I made macarons again, after like almost 10 years, also made a batch of Madelines, which I am not really a fan off, and opted not to use them with my menu that I did. The macarons went down well (excuse the pun) I filled them with a coffee flavored buttercream and they were delicious! I also made a Whiskey Fudge, that I topped with a Whiskey Sugar (which i also made) and flaked Maldon sea salt – this was the best fudge I have ever tasted in my entire life guys! SOOOOOOOO velvety, and ridiculously soft and all types of the melt-in-your-mouth craziness!

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Yesterday I made some fresh tagliatelle, I always find a therapeutic quality in making your own pasta. I served it with a Thai Basil Pesto, that I found over at Tales of a Kitchen – which is a staple favorite on finding new and fresh ideas. This pesto is insanely delicious, as its completely raw and went so well with the pasta, that I couldn’t stop eating it, tossed in some freshly blanched peas, and Bob’s your uncle! (Meaning = it was the business)

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Then this morning, I got handed a copy of Jessica Sepel’s new book, The Healthy Life, Instagram =  jshealth , which has become a favorite in less than a day. I tried four recipes out of it, The Gluten Free Banana bread, The signature Gluten free loaf, The protein breakfast balls, and The Zucchini Fritters – which I adapted slightly, but still remained awesome! Amazing recipes that are flavor packed and healthy. You can find the book in any good book store.

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Also, if you love smoothies and haven’t invested in a Nutribullet, I don’t know what you are doing with your mornings, its the easiest and best appliance you will have in your kitchen! (This is not a sponsored thing) I just really feel that you should go out and get one!

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I also made a heavenly mushroom and black truffle “risotto” using Pearled Barley – which was so yummy, earthy and wholesome – perfect for the cold Johannesburg evenings we’ve been having!

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Ok!! So that’s the round up!

See the brownie, eat the brownie. 

See the brownie, eat the brownie. 

Hello! Please! Look at these delicious pieces of heaven!!!! 

Once again on the raw situation! I found these on www.therawtarian.com 

They are packed with superfoods. 

They are amazingly rich and decadent. 

Although a lot of ingredients, this recipe is easy to make and delicious to eat! Obviously 😁 

Ingredients 

1 cup of sunflower seeds 

1 cup of cashews 

2 1/4 cup of dates, pitted 

1/2 cup of cacao 

1 TBSP of vanilla paste 

1 TBSP of coconut oil

1/4 tsp of salt 

1/4 cup of raw cacao nibs or goji berries 

1/4 cup of chia or hemp hearts 

1/4 cup of flaked almonds (my addition) 

Method 

In a food processor, process the sunflower seeds, add the cashews…process. 

Ok. Now the tricky part. Add the dates, bit by bit, you need to keep adding and be patient here, you might need to remove half the mix and add, then add more and keep processing. 

The mix should resemble a crumbly cookie mix. 

Ok! 

Add the coconut oil, cacao, vanilla, salt – process! 

Transfer to a bowl and with your hands mix in the cacao nibs and chia seeds. 

Shape into a brownie pan, press and compact into the pan, and then pop into the fridge for about 1 hour. 

Take out, cut to size, and store in a airtight container in the fridge! 

Don’t cut the pieces to big as its really rich! (But yummy) 



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“Mind over munch” 

“Mind over munch” 



I follow @mindovermunch on Instagram. She’s cool. (www.mindovermunch.com)

She’s also got really awesome low carb high protein recipes that are easy to follow and really quick to make! 

Her concept is true though, you can have healthy substitutions of most of the butter laden, flour heavy, sugar driven snacks things that we all love to binge on. 

I have a two really amazing friends of mine (they are a couple!) One loves to bake new treats, and is always wanting the “healthier” alternate to a cookie. Although he did make a recipe that he got from his boyfriends mom…(sugar, love, happiness) and let’s just say I sat with the jar in my lap and couldn’t stop eating it. Shocking. (Thanks Queen B) 😉

Anyway! These are obviously much MUCH more healthier. Although it might not be to everyone’s taste, it’s cool to have in the morning if you on the run, just grab two or three and you are set. 

Ingredients 

1/2 cup of oat flour (you can also use gluten free) 

1/2 cup of brown rice flour 

1 avocado 

1 egg 

1 TBSP of coconut oil 

1/4 cup of dark brown sugar 

1 tsp of vanilla paste or extract 

1 tsp of baking soda 

1/2 tsp of baking powder 

1/4 tsp salt 

3 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs 

Preheat oven to 180C 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper

Mash the avocado in a bowl, stir in the coconut oil, egg, sugar and vanilla 

Combine the dry ingredients

Mix the two, and stire in the chocolate chips 

Scoop out cookie balls, and place on the baking tray 

Lightly press to flatten 

Bake for 10 minutes or until beginning to brown 

Allow to cool slightly 

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