Almond Choc Chip Balls

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May 032016
 

Russell Hobbs

A few weeks ago I picked up a few big bags of almond meal at an excellent price, ready for plenty of cooking, baking and of course eating with the kids in the school holidays (calories don’t count when you’re on holidays right?). During term I have to abide by the school’s no-nut policy so it was nice to be able to cook whatever we wanted for a change. These were two of our favourite creations, both made in the Russell Hobbs Colour Control Multi-Processor:

Raw Almond Bliss Balls

Almond Choc Chip Balls

1 2/3 cup Natural Almond Meal (Blanched is OK too but natural is slightly healthier)
2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil (Melted)
3 Medjool Dates
1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Rock Salt
1/4 tsp Bicarb Soda
1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Bean Paste
3 tbsp Dark Choc Chips

Russell HobbsTo make my super easy Almond Choc Chip Balls I set up my Colour Control Food Processor with the titanium coated blades and added all the ingredients except for the choc chips. Using speed 3 (Blending) I combined the lot to create a mixture that appears very crumbly but will stick together when you squeeze it, this will take about 30 seconds. Toss in the choc chips and give it a quick whizz to combine, but not actually chop the chocolate.

Using your hands press the ‘dough’ together to create 12 yummy Almond Choc Chip Balls, when made by little kids’ hands they may not be perfectly round but they’re just as tasty. Pop them on a plate and in the fridge to firm up. Enjoy!

Raweo

Raweos
Raw ‘Biscuits’
1/2 cup Natural Almond Meal
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Flour
4 medjool dates, pitted
4 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil (Melted)
1/4 cup Raw Organic Cacao Powder
1/4 tsp Queens Vanilla Bean Powder
Pinch of Himalayan Pink Rock Salt

Raw Filling
1/2 cup Coconut Butter (Make it yourself like I did or save time and buy ready-made)
2 tbsp Coconut Cream
2 tsp Maple Syrup
Pinch of Queens Vanilla Bean Powder

For several months I have been wanting to try my hand at some homemade Raweos (a healthy take on the famous Oreo cookie), they look so good and very indulgent. There are lots of different Raweo recipes available online so I mixed and matched a little to create a recipe that would work with the ingredients I had in my pantry and fridge already.

Raweo Processor

Making the biscuit layers was a simple food processor job (speed 3, blending), initially I thought the mixture was too crumbly but once compressed it was just sticky enough. I placed the biscuit mix on a tray between two layers of baking paper and rolled it with a rolling pin to create a nice slab for easy cutting. The outside of the slab was quite crumbly so I picked up the loose crumbs and added them to the middle, then rolled the slab again until the whole slab was sticking together. I was able to cut enough shapes for 11 sandwich biscuits (22 halves). Pop your tray in the fridge so the biscuits can firm up a little.

Raweo Biscuit

As I did not have ready-made coconut butter on hand to use for the sandwich filling I decided to make my own, it’s definitely cheaper than using store-bought but also a lot more time consuming. Lots of food bloggers say that many food processors tend to struggle with small quantities so I used twice the amount of coconut flakes, that way the blending would be easier and I could use the left-overs for another recipe.

Coconut Flakes

Blend, scrape down the sides, blend again, scrape down the sides, blend more, scrape down the sides, you have to be patient but eventually the dry flakes will transform into a paste that resembles a thick and creamy peanut butter. This could well take around 10 minutes or even longer, depending on your processor, the quantity you are working with etc. As you can see my huge processing bowl full of coconut flakes eventually looked a lot emptier, great to see my food processor was up to the task.

Coconut Butter

To my freshly made coconut butter I added the remaining ingredients and blended them in the processor to make my biscuit filling. All that is left is to sandwich the biscuit together with the filling and your raweos are ready. I was really pleased by how they turned out and they looked really special, perfect for a birthday or to serve to guests with a nice drink.

Note: Quite some time went into making these yummy raweos (mainly due to me making my own coconut butter) so I think next time I would make a double batch, just to make my efforts more worthwhile. They were absolutely delicious so my hungry tribe gobbled them up in no-time, that’s the downside of having such a big family!

Scrumptious Sundays

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Apr 102016
 

Almond Cookies

I generally try to resist after dinner treats but sometimes I just can’t help it, we all crave a bit of something sweet and scrumptious every now and then. Obviously a prepackaged snack would be quick and easy but I have discovered that (while more effort) making my own treats is much more rewarding and at least I know exactly what goes in them.

Almond Biscuits

It can be a bit of a puzzle to create with what’s in your pantry at the time and it doesn’t always work out but I was super duper pleased with how these almond biscuits turned out. They were simple to make and the kids absolute loved them too, in fact I thought they were even more delicious the next day:

Dry ingredients:
2 cups of Almond Meal
1/4 tsp of Baking Soda
2 pinches of salt

Wet ingredients:
70ml Coconut Oil (melted)
4 tbsp of Maple Syrup
4 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

Dusting mix:
2 tbsp of Cinnamon
2 tbsp of Coconut Sugar

This is how you do it:
Preheat your oven to 175° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Prepare your dusting mix and set aside for later.
Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Combine the wet and the dry mixtures into one, gooey, sticky dough
Using a metal spoon create a little ball (roughly the size of a small walnut) and gently roll it through the dusting mix to coat, it will be sticky! You should get about 20 balls out of this but of course you can make your biscuits as big or small as you like.
Place each ball on your baking tray whilst leaving enough space in between (they will grow in the oven) and flatten them slightly with the palm of your hand.
Bake for approximately 9 minutes until golden and still soft in the centre.
Be patient and let the biscuits cool before removing them from the paper or they will fall apart. Enjoy!

Fun in the kitchen

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Jan 122013
 

Hook-a-CookieIf you are following Hip little one on Facebook you may have seen the photo I posted yesterday of our Friday cookie creations. The kids had so much fun using the Hook-a-Cookie Cutters ($5.95, Minifashionista), I should have pulled them out of the box ages ago. To try and limit the mess I made the dough myself and just let them do the cutting which worked really well. The cookies turned out tasty too so everyone was happy.

After seeing how much my tribe enjoyed our time in the kitchen I am determined to do it again soon, so I am now on the hunt for some other cool cookie cutters to use.

Fun with Hook-a-Cookie Cutters

Fun with Hook-a-Cookie Cutters

Fred Letter PressedI am definitely going to grab this Fred Letter Pressed Set ($20.95, Gigglepot Kids) as I know they will love it and it will keep them busy for ages. This set contains all the letters of the alphabet so it is educational too, kids can spell their own name, words or a special message. How cute would a box of home made ‘Merry Christmas cookies’ be? Big bonus: No arguments about who made which cookie, the letters will speak for themselves.

Fred Letter Pressed

Looking forward to sharing some more of our kitchen adventures with you soon.

Nov 192011
 

Before I moved to Australia I had never heard of Movember. Of course by now I understand the purpose of this hairy concept but it has not changed my opinion on moustaches and beards, they just don’t appeal to me. I am glad my husband doesn’t take part in the hairgrowing part of Movember, we’ll just stick to the sponsoring part instead. Whether you love or loathe hairy faces, you can’t help but adore these MUNCHstaches from Minifashionista.

With MUNCHstaches you don’t have to worry about crumbs on your upperlip, they are supposed to be there! Each set contains five different cookie cutters in the shape of moustaches, one side cuts the shape and the other stamps the details into your very own edible moustache. Do you like your moustache thick and bristly or curled at the tips? If you don’t like the look you just eat it and try the next one.

During this Movember month Minifashionista is donating 25% of the profits of these fabulous MUNCHstaches kits to Men’s Health, so your baking fun and dressing up games are doing much more than just give you a laugh. You could even sell some homemade MUNCHstaches and raise funds for this great chairity! A 5-piece kit costs $14.95, the cutters are made of durable, food-safe plastics and packed in a reusable storage tray.

To find out more about Minifashionista and to order your own MUNCHstaches kit visit www.minifashionista.com.au. For more information about Movember visit au.movember.com.