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Double Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits

Double Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwich Biscuits

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It has been a little quiet around here lately – I have been working hard on some new projects and can’t WAIT to share some awesome new things with you all!! It all got a bit too much the other day, so I made these biscuits. These are some pretty awesome biscuits, delicious day fixers in fact! You are welcome to enjoy them straight up, but if you need next level excitement (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you can sandwich them around a cheeky layer of ice-cream. So if you’re having a day when you can’t decide if the moment your drink bottle exploded over the inside of your bag, or noticing the dribbled toothpaste on your shirt half way through the day was the greatest moment, make these. And then eat them!

I have made them gluten free, and they are easily adaptable to dairy free and egg free if needed.

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE SUNFLOWER BISCUITS

Makes around 14

½ cup ground sunflower seeds – blitz in a blender or food processor (you can also use any other nut/meal)

½ cup raw cacao or dutch cocoa powder

½ cup brown rice flour

¼ cup cornflour (corn starch)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

A good pinch of fine sea salt

½ cup chopped almonds (or extra sunflower seeds or activated buckwheat if you’re nut free)

1/4 – ½ cup good quality dark chocolate

 

½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup melted butter / ghee / coconut oil

1 egg (or 1 tbs chia seeds soaked in 3 tbs water if egg free – but it will be more crumbly)

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

For the Ice-Cream {ice-cream adapted from the lovely Danijela of HealthyAlways Instagram greatness!}

4 ripe bananas

2-3 tbs cacao powder

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Express Cashew Yoghurt – straight up, vanilla cream, and choc-mint.

Express Cashew Yoghurt – straight up, vanilla cream, and choc-mint.

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It all started with the above creamy vanilla cashew ‘cream’.  Then I wanted more of a tang, so it morphed into a yoghurt situation, and then I made a choc-mint version – because everything should have a choc-mint version! If you are restricted with a dairy free diet, you will no doubt have a hyper appreciation of all things creamy and delicious. Normally, coconut milk is my go-to in these situations, but cashews make a wonderful alternative. I have added probiotics from powder in this recipe, rather than actually fermenting the cashews to make it quick and easy, but stay tuned for more dairy free ferments where I have used the traditional fermenting method. Use the yoghurt as you would any creamy or yoghurt topping – on breakfasts, pancakes, atop of curries, in Mexican fiestas, in smoothies, or just enjoyed with a handful of nuts or some seasonal fruit.

Cashews are high in magnesium, which is one of my favourite minerals as it is all about helping out muscles and nerves to relax. Magnesium also assists healthy blood pressure, and can prevent muscle cramps, headaches, migraines and PMS. Cashews have a wonderful healthy fat profile, have a lovely dose of zinc and copper, and a great, mild flavour that lend themselves to well to loads of different dishes. Because of their creaminess, they are an awesome alternative for yoghurt and cream, when you are after that sort of texture.

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This is a very versatile recipe. You could use different nuts, add lime juice instead of lemon, adjust the thickness by adding more or less liquid, and if you don’t have psyllium you can use 2 tsp soaked chia seeds in its place.

1 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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Golden Turmeric Milk – to cure what ails ya.

Golden Turmeric Milk – to cure what ails ya.

turmeric milk 0Turmeric is a magical spice. From the same family as ginger, this root herb is warming and bitter in nature, but has a lovely mild, woody flavour. The healing properties of turmeric have been greatly researched, and it is used widely by natural therapists, both in liquid, capsule and powder (dietary) form. It has a long tradition in India, where it is used generously and daily in the diet.

Turmeric is a beautiful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals and protecting our DNA. It is also massively anti-inflammatory (great for arthritis, menstrual pain), is protective of our liver, improves liver detoxification, and can decrease blood lipids – improving cholesterol levels. Not only that, but turmeric can promote wound healing, is antimicrobial, and its active component curcumin can be used in cancer treatment.

turmeric milk handThe great thing about turmeric is that it is fairly easy to get through your diet. You need around one teaspoon daily to have a therapeutic effect, or less for general wellbeing. Apart from adding it to your curries, stews, soups, and rice or grain dishes, turmeric is also great friends with cauliflower, and egg, so feel free to sneak some into your omelettes.

One potential downer of this superhero called turmeric, is that it can be quite poorly absorbed by the body. Lucky I have a couple of fancy tricks for you. First of all, turmeric is fat soluble, so be sure to consume it together with some fat – usually the meals that you would be adding it too do have fat of some kind, so this is great. Secondly, black pepper increases the bioavailability of turmeric by over 1000% – wowsers, so add some black pepper into the same meal.

Another idea is this golden milk, an ancient, traditional drink. This is my version. It is a …

Double Chocolate Pancakes vs Blackberry Buckwheat

Double Chocolate Pancakes vs Blackberry Buckwheat

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Pancakes are great! I’m fairly sure I’m not on my own there. The reason I love them so much is that they are so versatile – savoury, sweet, traditional, thin crepe-like, thick pikelet style, and they lend themselves beautifully to catering for any food intolerances. A few weeks ago, The Urban List asked if I would create a healthy pancake recipe for them, which I was super chuffed about, but it got me thinking. I don’t really like to use the word ‘healthy’, as I don’t think it means a whole lot. People have vastly different ideas on what healthy is, and compounded with a complete overload of information available these days, it makes for a confusing world! So, in putting these recipes together, rather than holding them up as the perfect healthy pancakes, I thought about giving some great, sustaining nutrition in the morning, I thought about making them as allergy friendly as possible, and of course I wanted to make them simple and delicious!

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I was very fortunate to have the lovely Jacqui Wilkins in my kitchen to take these beautiful snaps for Urban List – thank you Jacqui. This has inspired me further to take that big grown up step of organising an actual real camera to take my photos with, rather than relying on the ol’ iPhone – which I think has done a pretty good job so far… It also inspired me to clean up my kitchen, ha ha!

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I ended up with two pancake recipes – Blackberry Buckwheat, and Double Chocolate and Coconut. As promised they are easy and quick to make, contain no gluten, dairy or sugar, and are deee-lish! The double chocolate numbers are grain-free, so take extra care when flipping.

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I think you’ll be pleased! You can find the recipes here.