Sunday, January 31, 2016

Healthy Chickpea Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Chickpeas are my favorite "weird" ingredient in healthy desserts. They produce a soft, chewy and rich texture without adding any unwanted taste. These cookies are made with good for you ingredients. There's no flour, sugar, butter or oil added so you can have the whole batch for yourself and feel good about it. Also, they come together in no time! 

Healthy Chickpea Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

1 can chickpeas (200g drained)
125g / 1/2 cup homemade peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
60ml / 4 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt (if using salted PB, omit salt)
90g / 1/2 cup chocolate chips 

1) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F.

2) Add all the ingredients except for chocolate chips in a food processor. Blend until smooth.

3) Transfer to a bowl and mix in chocolate chips.

4) Form small balls and flatten slightly. They will not spread a lot. The dough will be very sticky. Wet your hands so it doesn't stick that much.

5) Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before transferring to a plate. 

Makes 1 dozen.

Recipe adapted from here.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cranberry Walnut Grain Medley

A healthy, filling meal that is packed with ingredients that are good for you. It has sweet, salty, spicy, it's crunchy and soft. It's easy to prepare and you don't have to serve it right away. It should be served cold so you can make it in advance and store in the fridge. Also, feel free to experiment. Add other nuts, dried fruits, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, orange or lemon zest, maple syrup, etc. Possibilities are endless!

Cranberry Walnut Grain Medley

1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cl garlic, minced
100g / 3.5 oz dried cranberries
100g / 3.5 oz pearl barley
100g / 3.5 oz brown rice
60g / 2 oz walnuts, chopped
a pinch of pepper
a pinch of mustard powder
a pinch of thyme
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

1) Cook rice and pearl barley separately and let cool.

2) In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened and golden brown. Let cool.

3) In a large bowl, combine together onion/garlic mixture, dried cranberries, barley, rice and walnuts. Season with salt, pepper, mustard, thyme and cinnamon. Mix everything until combined.

Makes 2-4 servings.

Recipe by collecting memories

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