Sunday, August 30, 2015

Chocolate courgette (zucchini) muffins - grain, nut & dairy free

I read an article in a UK newspaper in which the journalist stated going out of a summer evening was dangerous.  The reason being was the fear of coming home to a bag of over sized courgettes (aka marrow) on their doorstep at this time of year.  Sadly this doesn't ring true in my neck of the woods, but I do have my own courgette plants to deal with.

I've written up various recipes for courgette overload (click here) and this one is a variation of the chocolate cake recipe I posted before. However this version is grain & dairy & nut free. My eldest has a friend who is allergic to nuts & dairy and I struggle for 'exciting' things to give her for a snack. This recipe hits the mark; just don't let them see you make it (its rather off putting!).

Chocolate courgette muffins

4 eggs
1 ripe banana
2 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp cinammon
1/4 cup of maple syrup (or honey)
1 medium sized courgette grated
1/2 cup of chocolate chips

This makes about 12 muffins or it can be made into a loaf.

Preheat the oven to 350F and grease the muffin tin.

Blend all of the ingredients together (except the courgette & chocolate chips) in a blender until fully combined.  Take care to ensure the baking soda is mixed in well with the coconut flour before you add it to the wet ingredients. It can clump otherwise.  Stir in the courgette & chocolate chips by hand.  Fill the muffin tin about 3/4 full, they don't rise much.  Bake for about 35-45 mins, test with a skewer (if they are done it will come out clean).  Cool on a wire rack.  

If you do the loaf format it will take longer.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Snack attack - Raspberry and almond bars

The girls are back to school so packed lunches and afternoon snacks are back on the menu.  These bars are healthy-ish, tasty and filling which is a must in an after school snack. Almond and raspberry is a winning combination.  Will even declared them the best thing he'd tasted all day; thumbs up all round!

Raspberry & almond bars
Recipe adapted from Real Simple

1 cup of jumbo (old fashioned) oats
3/4 gluten free flour
1 1/4 cup of whole raw almonds
6 tbs coconut oil
1/4 cup of honey (mild flavored)
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raspberry jam

Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8" square tin with baking parchment.   Blend the oats, flour & 1 cup of the almonds in a food processor until ground.  Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the jam, and pulse until combined. It will form a gritty thick paste.  

Reserve about 1/2 cup of the mixture.  Using your knuckles press the remaining mixture into the tin until flat & evenly distributed.  Using an offset spatula spread the jam over the base.  Take care to get jam up to the edges and in the corners.  Pulse the remaining 1/4 cup of almonds until roughly chopped. Sprinkle them with the reserved mixture over the jam.

Bake in the oven until golden brown on the edges and bubbly, about 45 minutes.  Leave to cool completely in the tin before cutting up.  I made about 16 squares. Store in the fridge.

Almond jammy goodness.