All posts filed under: Baking

Vegan Cocoa Coconut Treats

You may have read my recent post on The Caker, aka Jordan Rondel. She makes unusual but mouthwatering cakes, cookies and sweet delights. This recipe is from her first book, as pictured below. These cocoa coconut treats are super simple to recreate, and are perfect as a lunchbox snack, a ‘pick me up’ at work or enjoyed with a hot cup of tea. Jordan says in her book that because the treats are vegan, they can also be served raw – just chill the balls in the fridge for an hour or so. However, baking them in the oven gives them a texture, somewhere between a truffle and a cookie, crisp on the outside and soft in the middle. Sounds perfect! Makes approximately 20 treats. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups dried shredded coconut 1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder 30g rolled oats 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (I used Nudecoconut) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon extra shredded coconut for rolling balls in Method 1. In a bowl of an electric mixer, combine the coconut, cocoa powder and rolled oats. Mix in …

Berry Berry Bliss Balls

Bliss balls are a great healthy snack to have in the fridge and also the perfect pick-me-up. I have eaten numerous bliss balls over the years, but have never actually made them! So, after coming across this website a few weeks ago, I found a recipe for ‘Berry Berry Bliss Balls’. They looked and sounded great, and are filled with frozen raspberries, freeze dried raspberries and raspberry powder (plus a few other goodies) – yummy! They are simple to make and a fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. I have used this recipe here, but have opted for Nudecoconut coconut oil instead. I recommend buying your cashews in bulk (Bulk Food Savings on Dominion Road is great) as they are cheaper than the supermarket. You can also buy the Fresh As freeze dried raspberries and raspberry powder from Farro Fresh, Sabato (online or in-store) and Commonsense Organics. Makes approximately 16 bliss balls. Ingredients 1 cup cashew nuts 1/2 cup almonds 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1 tablespoon melted Nudecoconut coconut oil 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1/3 cup Fresh As freeze dried …

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making chocolate chip cookies has always been my favourite weekend activity. It is a chance to unwind from the working week and bake something delicious for family and friends. I have made numerous cookies over the years, but this recipe always seems to come out on top, hence the ‘Best Ever’ title. The recipe below comes from a favourite cookbook of mine, Gran’s Sweet Pantry by Natalie Oldfield, but I have tweaked it slightly, for example, the recipe originally says to bake the cookies for 15 minutes, but I like mine chewy in the middle, so I bake them for 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 24-30 cookies. Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients 2 cups plain flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate buttons, roughly chopped 180g unsalted butter, slightly melted 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1 egg 1 egg yolk 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line two (or three if needed) baking trays. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, …

The Food Show, Auckland

  I don’t know about you, but every year I get very excited about the Auckland Food Show, held over three days in July/August at ASB Showgrounds. I love it because it gives you a chance to meet all your favourite product owners, try new foods, take home free samples/goodie bags and taste, taste, taste! Last year, I discovered The Lucky Taco at The Food Show and it is definitely one of my favourite foodie experiences to date! Delicious tacos in either a corn or flour tortilla plus an agua de horchata (sweetened, iced rice milk infused with cinnamon) and you’re all set for the day! I attended the show on Friday and was instantly surprised at how much bigger the event was compared to last year. I was also excited to see that many new companies have popped up over the last year and that really gave me a chance to talk to the owners about their product, which is what I really love. My new favourite products that I tasted included the Deluxe Hot Chocolate by West Coast Cocoa, Coconut Flour …