Sunday Funday

Sunday Funday

I love sundays. We always have a family outing in the mornings; today was spent at the beach. While the toddlers slept this afternoon, I got to cooking. It was a mega cook up for next week’s lunches.

I made:

1. crispy baked chick peas. They marinated for 2 days in braggs liquid seasoning, pure maple syrup and liquid smoke. They are so delicious, I had to force myself not to eat them all.

2. Brocolli and spinach tots. I used chickpea flour instead of breadcrumbs and they turned out absolutely delicious!

3. Blueberry and apple chia jam. I added the chia seeds after I had blended the fruit. It sets in the fridge and is good to eat after 30 minutes. It’s the easiest jam I’ve ever made!

4. Spelt flour and raisin scones. With only 4 ingredients, these scones only took 5 minutes to make and cook in 10! They’re lovely with the jam.

5. Date and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. I use buckwheat flour for these cookies, as it creates an amazing texture alongside the peanut butter. I use just enough flour to hold everything together. They melt in your mouth.

6. Date, almond and oat cookies with vanilla are a favourite.

7. Potato curry balls coated in buckwheat flour and breadcrumbs.

8. Dinner was the potato curry mix as patties with rice and veggies.

I’ll only need to add veggies and fruit to the lunchboxes now which will make life much easier.

If you’d like any of these recipes, look out for my next lunchbox workshop!

Banana & Buckwheat Pancakes

Banana & Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are so quick and easy to make, my 11 yr old can make his own in no time!

Buckwheat flour is a great alternative if you’re gluten free or if you just want something different. The flour soaks up a lot of liquid and binds really well, so there is no need to use a flax egg. They also cook much quicker than when you use regular flour. I don’t add any sweetener to the batter, but feel free to add any sweetener that works for you.

I have added grated apple to the mixture and that worked really well. You could also make them savoury, by adding peas and sweet corn.

I have frozen these pancakes and used them for lunchbox fillers. They are also great for little hands.

This recipe makes about 11 medium pancakes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

  •  Pre heat a non stick frying pan to a medium heat
  • Mash the banana in a large bowl
  • Add the vanilla essence and mix
  • Add the flour, baking powder and milk. Mix well
  • Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency
  • Spoon the batter into the hot pan, ensuring there is space between each one
  • Cook for around 2 minutes or until bubbles start forming
  • Flip and cook the other side until brown
  • Continue until you’ve used all the batter

Serve with pure maple syrup, coconut yoghurt,  fruit or all 3!

 

Banana & dark chocolate muffins

Banana & dark chocolate muffins

As you probably know by now, I bake all the lunchbox items and we love muffins! These ones are pretty simple, a bit decadent and very yummy.

I’ve used Whittakers 72% cocoa dark Ghana instead of chocolate chips. Only because I actually bought it to eat a few weeks ago and I forgot about it. Just goes to show that I’m not addicted to sugar and chocolate as I once was!!

So, these muffins will freeze really well if they last that long. They’ll keep for a week in an air tight container in the fridge.

This recipe made 12 small muffins and 2 large ones.

Ingredients:

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp pure maple syrup (I didn’t use it, but if you want some extra sweetness put it in)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 flax egg

3/4 cup of chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

2 cups wholemeal flour

2 cups plant milk (I used rice milk)

Method:

1. Pre heat the oven to 180°c

2. Prepare the flax egg and leave it in the fridge (1 tbsp ground flax seed mixed with 3 tbsp water)

3. Mash the banana

4. Add vanilla, cinnamon, flax egg and maple syrup if using and mix

5. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and baking powder

6. Add flour mix and milk to the banana and mix well

7. Stir in the chocolate

8. Spoon into muffin cases and cook for 15 minutes until golden and well risen

Let me know what you think if you make these xx

Banana & blueberry muffins

Banana & blueberry muffins

I tried these muffins last week and they didn’t rise properly, as I opened the oven door too early or so I thought. After another test batch, I’ve realized that almond meal doesn’t allow muffins to rise and stay risen once they’re out of the oven. So these are not your typical 3inches tall muffins. They are however really tasty and full of goodness.

I’ve made them with half wholemeal flour and half almond meal/flour for an extra boost of calcium and healthy fat. Plus the almond meal gives these muffins a lovely texture. I used apple sauce rather than pure maple syrup for these, but you could use any sweetener you like. All the fruit makes them quite naturally sweet anyway.

This recipe made 12 regular sized muffins and 2 extra large ones. You might want to make them smaller and use 2 trays.

My 2.5 yr old loves to help me make muffins. He loves putting the cases in the tin, mixing, pouring and licking the bowl of course!

They freeze and defrost really well and they’re perfect for the lunchboxes and finger food for babies. They last a week in an air tight container in the fridge.

Ingredients:

1 cup wholemeal flour

1 cup almond meal

2 tablespoons apple sauce

2 overripe bananas mashed

1.5 cup unsweetened plant milk (I used rice milk today)

1 tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla essence

.5tsp cinnamon

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 flax egg

Method:

1. Prepare your flax egg and set it in the fridge

2. Mash your bananas

3. Add cinnamon, vanilla and apple sauce to the bananas and mix to combine

4. Add the flours, baking powder, baking soda and milk. Mix well to ensure all flours are combined

5. Add the blueberries and mix

6. Spoon into muffin cases and put on the top rack of the oven on 180° celcius. Cook for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out dry.

Rice flour pea & sweetcorn pikelets

Rice flour pea & sweetcorn pikelets

We all loved the sweet version of these pikelets that I made last week, I thought I’d try a savoury one.

Peas and sweetcorn are a great match because they cook really quickly from frozen and my kids love them.

I froze a batch of these for the lunchboxes and they defrosted really well.

I used a Moroccan garlic seasoning just to give them a real flavor kick. I buy this from a supplier at the seaside market here in New Plymouth.

This recipe made 24 small pikelets.

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or other plant milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 flax egg

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp Moroccan garlic seasoning

1 cup of peas and sweetcorn (I used frozen)

Method:

1. Prepare your flax egg and set in the fridge for 10 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl mix the rice flour, baking powder and seasoning with a whisk.

3. Add the flax egg and milk, mix well.

4. Add the peas and sweetcorn.

5. Heat a non stick frying pan to medium without oil. Spoon small amounts of the mixture into the pan. Don’t overcrowd the pan.

6. Cook for around 2 minutes or until brown and flip for another minute.

7. Serve immediately with hummus, any sauce you’d like or a salad. Alternatively, cool and freeze.

Enjoy.

If you make this recipe don’t forget to share a photo and tag me on Instagram 😉

Rice flour apple and banana pikelets

Rice flour apple and banana pikelets

I’ve been experimenting with different flours the last few weeks and I love rice flour. The best thing I’ve made is these pikelets. They’re surprisingly light and don’t taste of rice!

Rice flour is just dry ground rice. It can be used to thicken soups and stews, as well as making crackers and pikelets. It’s really cheap, healthy and gluten free.

These pikelets can be made with savoury ingredients too. I’m going try grated carrot & peas with nutritional yeast at the weekend.

When I made these yesterday my plan was to freeze some for the lunchboxes next week. The kids had different ideas and polished most of them off for afternoon tea. I ended up making a batch for breakfast this morning too. I used frozen blueberries but they didn’t rise as well. The kids still ate them; they don’t care what they look like!

They cook much quicker than when using wholemeal or oat flour, so you can have a batch on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish.

This recipe made 11 medium pikelets. I served them with peanut butter spread on top, but you can use maple syrup, fruit or whatever you’d like. Chia jam would be yummy.

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1.5 cups plant milk

1 tsp baking powder

1 flax egg (1 tbsp of ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp of water and set in the fridge for 10 minutes)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tsp pure maple syrup (optional)

1 small banana, mashed

1 small apple, grated

Method:

1. Prepare your flax egg

2. Mash the banana and grate the apple (I peel my apple as my youngest children don’t eat the skin)

3. Mix the rice flour and baking powder with a whisk

4. Add the vanilla, flax egg, pure maple syrup if using and the milk to the flour. Mix well.

5. Add the banana and apple and mix well. The mixture shouldn’t be too runny or it’ll be hard to get nice round shapes in the pan.

6. Heat a non stick pan and when hot, add spoonfuls of the mixture. Don’t add too many or it’ll be difficult to turn them over.

7. Cook for around 2 minutes on the first side then 1 minute on the other side to get a nice golden colour.

Serve warm with pure maple syrup, fruit or nice cream ot freeze for later.

Enjoy. If you make them, let me know what you think x

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