Oh my gourd, it’s officially fall festival season. Autumn calls for everything pumpkin spice y’all! seasonal flavor. My baking spirit happens to thrive during autumn so I made some pumpkin spice donuts. Here’s to (hopefully) some cooler temperatures and baking.
These are pretty simple to make and if you don’t have chickpea flour feel free to use almond flour. I know this because the recipe originally asks for almond flour, but I was out so I followed my impulse to use chickpea flour instead. Chickpea flour is so underrated and translates beautifully. It is a little bit denser than almond flour. Highly recommend baking with it!
Sometimes I get the urge to bake. Think of Lara Jean Covey from Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I loved Before Series. I can stress bake, creative bake, leisure bake, etc. It’s a habitual meditation for me – carefully measuring out the ingredients and mixing for a proper consistency. It is also creative when it comes to integrating new flavors and textures, an art form at best. However, it is frustrating when you’re missing key baking ingredients but don’t get the urge to run out to the market as replenish what is needed. So I improvise, mentally taking note of what I do have and what can be used in place of.
These are some of the most delightful cookies I have savored and they come together quite easily. If you don’t use tahini very often, this recipe will come in handy as you can use the remaining tahini to recreate these cookies when your first batch disappears. I will admit the variety of chocolate is absolutely important and it took this recipe to see that. I had some Taza chocolate discs in my pantry that I thought “what the heck, let’s put them to use.” They look like jeweled cocoa jewels nestled in the brown (coconut) sugar color of the cookies.
This recipe is adapted from The Chalkboard Magazine, I highly recommend following all the directions and making them for a cozy day. If you don’t have chocolate feel free to sub with almonds, cranberries, or dates. These cookies are chewy and not too sweet – just right.
To make these cookies:
1 large egg replacement (like flax egg) or egg ½ cup tahini ½ cup blanched almond flour ½ cup coconut sugar ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla one 2.7 ounce Taza chocolate disc (I used Salted Almond) ¼ tsp pink sea salt
Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix together the egg replacement/egg, tahini, almond flour, cinnamon, coconut sugar and baking powder. Chop the chocolate into medium chunks, a little bigger than a chocolate chip and fold in the mixture gently.
Taking about 1 tablespoon of batter and form into a cookie shape. Place on the baking sheet and space each cookie 2 inches apart, until you have used all of the dough.
Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet.
Per the Chalkboard: “These can be stored in a cool place in the pantry for 2 days or in the fridge for 1 week. You can freeze these for 3 to 4 months.”
I’m a sap for breakfast provisions. Perhaps because of their indulgence: fluffy pancakes dripping with maple syrup, the warm buttery glaze of a good French toast, and of course a deliciously rich waffle.
I haven’t had too many waffles in my life, and no the refrigerated variety you can continentally heat & go don’t really count. A true waffle is created from batter and baked to a golden consistency and immediately consumed with butter & fruit (or chocolate chips if you’re feeling daring). But don’t get me wrong, when you can’t make waffles from scratch, do enjoy a frozen waffles!
These traditional breakfast spreads go amiss when you can’t have them due to a food allergy. Or so you think – the beauty of today is how versatile we are becoming when it comes to revising the menu. Case in point: cassava flour. Hailing from the yucca root – it’s an under the radar ingredient that can yield a delicious waffle full of airiness and the old-fashioned cake-like consistency of a waffle. It’s a wonderful grain-free/paleo/gluten-free option, and this recipe came together quite easily, just be sure to stir very well!
After a long work week sometimes you need a bit of downtime to yourself. I repeat: take time to do your own thing. Never feel like you can’t dedicate some time to unwind, especially on the warm sunny summer days. Because ideally, I would be taking a languid stroll through the lake but you know, I can dream. While August is wining down (but those darn templates still rising!) I wanted to take it easy. Like maybe embrace the summer day. You know?
So onto this easy dusk-time meal. Pizza is one of my favorite things in life, you can top it with whatever is local, whatever is a bulk find, and its quite easy of a recipe because the weekends are(should be) for chilling (and getting down to relaxing). I added a plant based + vegan ricotta cheese but feel free to change it up! I ended up making this roasted summer veggie pizza to split with my mum + some galaxy (flower) iced lemonade that is a radially beautiful, albeit not traditional lemonade color!