Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm back!  As you may notice by looking at the dates of my posts, it's been almost three months since my last entry.  In other words, I basically took the summer off to spend a lot of quality time with my kids, my husband, my extended family, and friends.  I still spent a lot of time in my kitchen baking, cooking, trying out new recipes and perfecting old ones, but I chose to go to the beach, or the pool, or a neighbor's house afterwards instead of sitting at my computer organizing recipes and photos.  But now that my kids are back in school (6th and 2nd grade!), I don't have any great excuses as to why I am not writing up new and exciting recipes for the world to enjoy.

This is a very basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, with the healthy twist of using mostly whole wheat flour.  It is basically the same recipe you will find on the back of most bags of chocolate chips, but I felt that a food blog is not complete without the most standard American cookie recipe, and my family's favorite.  And since it is back to school time, what better way to send your kids off with a little love than a homemade chocolate chip cookie as a snack. 

I hope everyone reading this has a great school year, and I promise to keep posting new and exciting recipes that will be perfect for quick weeknight dinners, fun weekend get togethers and of course, school lunches.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Chick Pea Flour Banana Bread

Chick Pea Flour Banana Bread
I have to give credit for this recipe to a friend of mine who made it first.  Like me, she loves to be creative in the kitchen and admitted that she just threw this together without measuring and hoped that it would turn out.  From the photos she shared online and her promise that it was delicious I knew I had to try it myself.  Luckily she remembered enough to give me a ball park of what she used, and I went with it.  And she was right, it is delicious. A moist, delicious banana bread, surprisingly full of fiber and protein thanks to the use of chick pea flour.  I had heard of that type of flour before, but since I didn't know how it would work with baking, I had been afraid to try it.  I wish I had known sooner how perfect it is for recipes like this. It's basically similar to using pureed beans, which I've done before, with the addition of a little extra moisture, which in this recipe is the bananas and the yogurt. With only a 1/4 cup of both oil and sugar, this recipe is as healthy as they come, so the addition of a few dark chocolate chips is completely understandable. Plus adding chocolate chips to anything makes it an instant hit with my kids.  We actually just finished off the last of the third batch of these I've made this morning, so it's time for me to make some more, and to share the recipe with all of you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dark Chocolate (Sweet Potato) Brownies


Dark Chocolate (Sweet Potato) Brownies
Considering my kids have been taking these delicious treats to school all week for snacks, I thought I would finally post the recipe I have been making over and over again this past month because we my family and I keep devouring them.  I am not sure where exactly I first saw the recipe that gave me the idea to try sweet potato as the base for this brownie, but I am so glad I did.  I love a dark, fudgy brownie, and this is now my definite new favorite dessert.  It is so simple to make, free of any refined sugar, and packed with hidden nutrition.  Instead of flour, and like the beans in my black bean brownies, the sweet potato in this recipe is the starch that serves as the base for the recipe.  But sweet potatoes have the added benefit of natural sugars as well, so I only have to add 1/4 C. of pure maple syrup to sweeten these brownies perfectly. And sweet potatoes are also full of fiber, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C. (1 cup of sweet potato actually provides over 370% of your daily vitamin A!). The one thing you need to remember about this recipe however is to let the brownies cool completely before cutting into them.  If you're in a hurry, like I often am, you can refrigerate them once they are partially cool, but if you cut them too soon, they will not come out of the pan well.  I have thought of adding an egg or two the next time around to see if it helps bind them, but am reluctant to mess up something that is so perfect as is.  I have been storing mine wrapped individually in the freezer to grab on the way out for snacks, but they should last up to 4 or 5 days in the fridge as well.