snack

Peanut Butter & Raspberry Mini Cookies

Tres healthy!

These cookies are (get ready for it):

VEGAN
HAVE RASPBERRIES (ABOUT TIME KRISSY)
HAVE CHOCOLATE

HAVE PEANUT BUTTER

ARE ONLY 40 CALORIES PER COOKIE

(although I almost consumed the whole batch the minute they came out the oven…wooops)

It was a cold summer night (bit of an oxymoron) but I had the biggest cravings for cookies – and not the healthy kind.

Now I knew I needed to find a healthier alternative, and dug through some old vegan recipes I had been saving for a rainy day, and discovered a cookie recipe worth its weight in gold.

It doesn’t get any better than peanut butter and raspberries in a cookie!

Makes: 16

Time: 30min

Peanut Butter & Raspberry Mini Cookies

Equipment:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Weights
  • Hands (best tools for mixing)
  • Oven
  • Timer
  • Measuring cups & spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 120g ground rolled oats (oat flour)
  • ¼ cup sweetener of choice (I used stevia)
  • Pinch salt, cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 128g unsalted peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp. milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 16 raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Method:

  1. Line several baking trays with baking paper, and turn oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Place all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and using your hands, combine till a uniform ball of dough.
  3. Roll the dough into 1 inch cookie balls, then place onto a baking tray, finishing off with a raspberry on top of each cookie.
  4. Bake each tray for 12 minutes and leave to cool on the trays.
  5. Consume!

cookienutrientsyaaay

 

 

 

Basil, Vinegar, & Garlic Sweet Potato

I got a little carried away in Photoshop today, but isn’t that what photography is all about?
Holidays right now and life is fantastic, I managed to get my P plates today (so I can officially drive solo) 😉
I think I will panic the first time I drive by myself, I mean shouldn’t someone be in the seat next to me?
The freedom will be incredible though – I can’t wait just to drive anywhere and everywhere!

What was your first solo drive? Did you buy your own car?
I’m not buying a car, luckily my mum is happy to share hers. I’m probably moving somewhere to study after high school, so I can do without for a while.
My dream car is a mini cooper though – how cute are they!

Back to the recipe.
I have this recent obsession with sweet potato, this vegetable is packed full of nutrients – protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, etc. Couldn’t get much better.
This recipe is great as a quick snack or a small meal,  just add more sweet potato for a bigger serving.
If you are a peanut butter nut like I am, try having steamed sweet potato and peanut butter – it’s INCREDIBLE.

Serves: 1-2

Basil & Garlic Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato (preferably organic)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch white pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. olive oil

Method:

  1. Set up steamer of choice. I use a steamer that works in the microwave, which cooks the sweet potato in approximately 5 minutes.
  2. The skin of the sweet potato contains valuable nutrients, however needs to be cleaned before consumption. Scrub the skin of the potato till shiny and dirt free, then proceed to slice into coins of approximately 5-8cm thickness.
  3. Place the sweet potato into the steamer and cook until soft, but not too long, or they will collapse when tossed.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Finely dice garlic and place into a serving bowl alongside the peppers, salt, vinegar and oil.
  6. Wash the basil leaves thoroughly, and then shred using your hands or a knife. Place into the serving bowl.
  7. Toss the sweet potato in the serving bowl, distributing equally.
  8. Viola! An easy snack or small, nutritious meal (:

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Oreo & Tim Tam Stuffed Cookies

Life is finally slowing down – School holidays are just around the corner and I am desperate to get back into my hobbies.
Last Sunday I ran a fun run which is quite popular in town, I managed to time 12km in an hour and 8 minutes!
For a first marathon, I’m damn pleased.
I’ve only just regained full motion from my muscles without pains though 😛

So Nicholas and I were wondering what to do with a packet of Oreos and some left over Tim Tams – and I had a brainwave.
What about covering them with cookie dough and baking them….

I think I should have had an animated light bulb above my head.
It’s not an original idea, it has been all over Tumblr, but it was definitely worth playing around with!

Try experimenting with changing the ‘surprise’ inside the cookie!
On wards to delicious goodness:

Makes: 30

Oreo & Tim Tam Stuffed Cookies

Ingredients:

©       230g unsalted organic butter (softened)

©       100g milk chocolate

©       150g Tim Tams

©       150g Oreos

©       1 cup organic brown sugar

©       2 free range eggs

©       1.5 cups whole meal plain flour

©       1 cup self-raising flour

©       Pinch salt

©       Pinch cinnamon

Method:

  1. Preheat an oven to 180C or 160C fan forced.
  2. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper.
  3. Cream butter in a bowl with a wooden spoon, until white and fluffy.
  4. Stir in sugar, eggs, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Stir in flour until well combined. Crush chocolate into small pieces, and then fold through the cookie dough batter.
  6. Chop each Tim Tam into 4 pieces and each Oreo in half.
  7. Take a ball of cookie dough and flatten in the palm of your hand. Place either a piece of Tim Tam or Oreo and roll the dough until completely covered.
  8. Place each cookie onto the baking trays.
  9. Bake each tray for approximately 12 minutes, then leave to cool – they will firm up, don’t move them until they are completely cooled!
  10. Serve to unsuspecting guests, watch them discover chocolaty goodness.

nutrion fact

 

Skinny Strawberry Banana Muffins

Right now our family is going through bananas like they are never ending… Seriously!
i managed to use 3 in my baking, Dad took 2 with him to work and my little brother had one for breakfast….

So much for rationing 😛
These muffins conjure up memories of summer, and strawberry banana smoothies…

yum.

I miss summer so much! Winter just seems to lack any real appeal factor – other than hot chocolate or chai tea 😉
So if you are in the mood for some skinny summer muffins, or just love strawberries and banana in a muffin shaped serving, you will love this completely healthy recipe!

Serves: 12

Skinny Strawberry Banana Muffins

Ingredients

©       100g rolled oats

©       ¾ cup whole meal flour

©       1 tbsp. baking powder

©       Pinch salt

©       1 tsp. cinnamon

©       1 tsp. nutmeg

©       2 mashed bananas

©       ½ cup fat free unsweetened yogurt (I recommend Jalna)

©       1 egg white

©       1 tsp. vanilla paste

©       2 tbsp. xylitol (or sugar of choice)

©       1 tbsp. shredded coconut

©       ¼ cup diced strawberries

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 180C.
  2. Line a 12 muffin tray with liners of choice.
  3. Combine mashed bananas, coconut, diced strawberries, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt with a wooden spoon.
  4. Mix in xylitol (sweetener of choice), egg, and all other ingredients.
  5. Combine well, then fill each muffin liner till ¾ full or the batter is evenly distributed.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool on a drying rack.
  8. Store in the fridge, due to the moist nature of these muffins.

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