Recipes

Below are some of my favorite recipes, may of which are my own creation. I love baking but I’m not so good at following recipes, I usually change them up somewhat. Feel free to try them out but if you post them elsewhere online, please make sure you link back to here :)

First of all, I just have to post this yummy cookie recipe – if you are into healthy eating but still love sweets, you might want to give these a try – I love them so so much! I actually found the recipe on the back of my Oatmeal package, but I modified it somewhat. I will write the recipe here as stated on the package and put my modifications in brackets. :) Enjoy!

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Oat Cookies

1 cup whole wheat flour (I used Spelt flour)

1 tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt (I omitted this altogether)

½ allspice (I didn’t have any on hand so used pumpkin spice, hehe)

2 tsp cinnamon (I added more like 4 or 5 tsp – love cinnamon!)

2 tsp ginger (only added 1 tsp – not a big ginger fan…)

2 eggs (I used egg beaters egg substitute)

1/3 cup vegetable oil (I omitted this too and added more applesauce instead)

1 ¼ cups unsweetened applesauce (I added about 1 ½ cups)

¾ cup brown sugar (I used 1 cup of splenda)

1 tbsp grated orange rind

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups porridge oats

¾ cup chopped almonds

½ cup sunflower seeds (I omitted these)

1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, allspice, cinnamon and ginger. Stir well and set aside.

Place eggs, oil, applesauce and sugar in a large bowl and beat together well. Add orange rind, vanilla, oats, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Stir until combined. Add flour mixture and stir well. Add dried cranberries and stir until combined.

Using about ¼ cup of cookie dough for each cookie, place on prepared cookie sheet and press down with a fork. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Yummy Lemon Squares

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Crust:

1.5 cups flour

3/4 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)

3/4 cup butter

Lemon Filling:

6 large eggs

3 cups sugar

1 1/3 cup lemon juice

grated zest of 1 lemon

1/2 cup flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Sift the flour and powdered sugar for the crust and then add the butter. Mix it by hand – it should be a crumbly texture. Press it into the bottom of a 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake the crust for about 20-30 minutes – it will smell SO GOOD – like shortbread!

Filling: Whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the zest and lemon juice. (I also squeezed the lemon into it after I used the zest). Sift the flour over the mixture and stir it until its mixed in. Pour over the baked crust and pop it back into the oven for another 35 minutes. Let it cool completely before cutting, then store the bars in the fridge. Enjoy!!

 

Hummus

1 large can chick peas (590 ml)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp plain yogurt
fresh garlic crushed
sea salt
onion powder
parmesan cheese (about 2 tsp)
(for the crushed garlic, onion powder and salt, add to taste)

I don’t like it too lemony so if you do like the more sour taste, add more lemon juice.

Mmmm, this turned out so yummy and perfectly the way I like it.

Crisp some tortillas in the oven and you have some quick and easy chips to go with it. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp caramel or vanilla extract

mix eggs well, add sugar then peanut butter, and mix well again. Add baking powder, extract and then flour. Drop spoonfuls onto greased pan, then press with a fork. (tip: spray the fork with cooking spray before pressing into cookie dough – this way it won’t stick to the fork!)

bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until done. (if you like the cookies chewy take them out at about 8-10 minutes (depending on your oven, but before they start to brown. If you like them crunchy, wait until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown)
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No bake egg-less, flour-less sugar free protein coco balls

For all you who might be on special diets or if you’re allergic to certain things, try this out – so easy, quick and delicious!

1/2 cup oats
1 tbls pure cocoa powder
1/8 cup chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup all natural almond butter
bit of unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp caramel or vanilla extract

Mix oats, cocoa powder, protein powder, extract and almond butter together until well mixed. The mixture should be crumbly. Add a bit of unsweetened applesauce so the mixture is the consistency of dough (something you are able to roll into balls). If you add too much applesauce, add some more oats in.

Once well mixed, roll the dough into small balls and place on a wax paper covered plate. Place in the freezer. This is my first time making these so I’m honestly not sure how long they will keep in the fridge or freezer. I can tell you that they won’t last long in mine! I’ll probably have them all eaten up by tonight, lol.

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