Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies

Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true for you, then you want to be eating something delicious and nutritious right?! These cookies are absolutely delicious and easy to eat on the go. So many people eat on the run, which isn’t ideal, but sometimes can’t be helped.

I’ve called them breakfast cookies because I made them late at night and I forgot to prep some oats for breakfast. In the morning, my eldest asked if the cookies were what we were having and I thought, why not! Of course you an eat them at anytime of the day and they’re great in the lunchboxes.

The recipe is very adaptable, so you can add any type of nut or seeds that you have. If you don’t have nuts or seeds, just use extra oats! As usual, these cookies are oil free, dairy free and egg free. I made these cookies fairly large, but you can make them smaller to make the ingredients go further.

If you’re not used to cooking without eggs, oil and butter; the cookies won’t be like the traditional cookie you’re used to. They’re not crunchy and light, they are soft, deliciously chewy and satiating. The dates give them natural sweetness, so there’s no need for any extra sugar. If you’re introducing children to these cookies for the first time and you’re worried they won’t find them sweet enough, add half a cup of dairy free chocolate chips.

Recipe:

Makes 10 large cookies

  • 1/4 cup organic nuts or seeds (I used almonds & hazelnuts)
  • 2 cups organic dates (soaked in hot water for at least 15 minutes)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 1/2 cups jumbo oats (not quick oats)

Method:

  • Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray
  • Boil the kettle and soak your dates in a bowl
  • In a food processor or thermomix, blitz your nuts or seeds (not the flaxseed) until they’re small, but not ground and set aside
  • Add the dates to the mixing bowl along with the cinnamon and vanilla. Blend until nearly smooth. You might need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a few times
  • Add the oats and nuts/seeds to the dates. Blend until the oats are just mixed in, but still whole
  • With damp hands shape the mixture into tablespoon size balls and flatten slightly on the tray.
  • Cook on the top shelf for 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and still soft.
  • Remove from the oven and cook on the tray for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before storing. Otherwise dig in!

Tips:

  • Use any seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds in place of nuts
  • If not using any seeds, ad an extra 1/2 cup of oats
  • Add 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips for a sweeter cookie
  • You can leave out the flaxseed if you don’t have it
  • Make the cookies extra large and top them with ice cream, fresh fruit or chia jam for an extra boost of colour and nutrients
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months
Potato curry roll

Potato curry roll

We had spent the morning at the farmers market and museum with all the kids. We’d had a big breakfast, so didn’t need any morning tea but on the drive home I was dreaming of samosas.

I just love the mix of spicy potatoes and peas, but I don’t love the deep fried pastry. By the time we got home, I’d decided on my ingredients and how they would come together.

I’m so happy about these that I’m posting the recipe now, so you guys can also experience the yummy potato goodness. Feel free to play with the spices to suit your taste.

We loved the cardamom as it added a sweet element which balanced well with the spice. I don’t add salt in our cooking, but feel free to add some if you wish. You could use some miso paste for that salty taste, but the nutritional yeast is enough for us.

We ate half of the batch pretty much as soon as they were cool enough! They would be better once cooled just so the potato mixture doesn’t ooze out so much, but that part was fun!

I’ve put these rolls into hubby’s and the kids’ lunchboxes. I wouldn’t freeze them after cooking though, as the pastry will go soggy when it’s defrosted. You could however freeze the potato mixture to use later.

Recipe makes 4 rolls with some mixture left over, which I just ate!

Ingredients:

7 medium mashing potatoes, peeled and chopped (I used the agria variety)

3/4 cup plant milk, plus extra for brushing

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 cup frozen peas

1 pack vegan puff pastry sheets (I used a brand called New Way from Countdown)

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tsp cardamom

1 tsp garam masala

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Pinch of black pepper

Sesame seeds for garnish

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180°

Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or baking paper

Boil the potatoes until cooked

Remove the pastry sheets from the packet and defrost them

Meanwhile fry the onions, garlic and spices in a frying pan with 1/4 cup water on a medium/high heat until the onions are nearly cooked. As the mixture cooks and the water evaporates, you will need to add a tablespoon of water every so often so the mixture doesn’t stick

Add half a cup of water and the peas to the onion mixture. Cook for 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened. Take the pan off the heat

Mash the potatoes with the milk and nutritional yeast, leaving a few small lumps of potato

Add the onion and pea mixture to the potatoes and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning as required

Lay a pastry sheet on a chopping board

Spoon 1/4 of the potato mixture onto the shortest side the pastry sheet, leaving 1cm from the edge.

Using the 1cm edge of pastry, roll the pastry over the mixture carefully tucking it underneath the potato

When you reach the end of the sheet, brush the edge with plant milk to help it to stick

Place the roll onto a lined baking tray and continue with the rest of the pastry and mixture

Brush each roll with plant milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry has risen and is brown and crispy

Remove from the oven and cool in the tray until cool enough to eat!

Cool completely before storing them in an air tight container in the fridge for a week

Enjoy x

Chunky Tomato soup

Chunky Tomato soup

This soup is so tasty and comforting, you’ll be making it every week like I do.

You must know by now that I love 1 pot meals which require minimal effort. This is one of those meals. You can add whatever veggies you have on hand or that are in season.

We always have leftovers so I divide it up into small containers for the freezer.

This recipe was inspired by a jar of passata I had in the pantry and my husband’s love of tomato soup. A month or so ago, he was sick and only wanted tomato soup. I had a think and just grabbed the ingredients I thought would fill him up, provide essential nutrients and taste great.

This recipe makes 5 servings with lots of leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 700g jar passata

1 tin crushed tomatoes or whole and just roughly chop them

3 tsp crushed garlic

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 tsp onion powder

1 tbsp miso paste

1 small red onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 large celery stick, chopped

1 cup organic dried lentil, split peas & barley mix (not the packet soup mix as it has lots of salt and other things added to it)

1 tbsp tomato paste

1.5 litre homemade vegetable stock

2 cups quinoa penne pasta or whatever pasta you like

Method:

• Reserving the pasta and half of the stock, add all your ingredients into a large saucepan

• Bring to the boil, then turn down to a low heat

• Cover the saucepan with the lid and cook for 20 minutes

• Remove the lid, add the remaining vegetable stock, stir and cook uncovered for a further 20 minutes or until the dried pulses are cooked

• With 10 minutes cooking time left, add the pasta. You’ll need to stir the soup occasionally to ensure it doesn’t stick

• Taste the soup and add seasonings to your taste

• Add more stock if you prefer a thinner consistency

Serve with fresh basil & crusty bread or toast and enjoy x

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.

Vegan sausage rolls!

Vegan sausage rolls!

I’ve been wanting to create a great sausage roll recipe and after a few attempts, here it is. I can’t take full credit though as I did get inspiration from a lovely lady on a vegan Facebook group I’m in called ‘what kiwi vegans eat’.

We love sausage rolls, who doesn’t? The crispy, crumbly pastry and delicious filling dipped into a yummy sauce is divine.

These are super easy to whip up and are perfect for lunchboxes, morning tea, lunch with a side salad, or even dinner with a larger serving of veggies.

I tried filo pastry and it didn’t really work for me. This time I’ve used a store bought pastry; while not whole foods because it has oil in it, it is vegan. It’s called New Way puff pastry and I got it at Countdown. You could make your own, but I don’t have the time or patience for that!

So all you need is a food processor and a lined baking tray.

This recipe uses 3 sheets of pastry and you can cut them to whatever size you need.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups cooked cannellini beans (I use dried but you can use tinned)

1/2 brown onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp cumin

1.5 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (I used corriander)

1/2 cup baby spinach

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp plant milk

Salt

Pepper

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°

2. Take out your pastry sheets to thaw

3. Chop onion and garlic

4. Add all ingredients except spinach, milk and sesame seeds to a food processor.

5. Blend until combined, but you dont want the beans totally mushed up. A bit of texture is good.

6. Line one edge of pastry with spinach. Top with 1/3 of the filling.

7. Roll up the pastry, leaving a 2 cm at the end. Brush with plant milk to help it stick.

8. Repeat with the other 2 sheets.

9. Place on a lined baking tray, brush the rolls with plant milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

10. Bake for 15 mins or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed up.

Enjoy hot or cold.

If you make this receipe let me know what you think. x

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