Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

I have been experimenting with heaps of different dessert ideas lately for my upcoming desserts eCookbook 'BecomingSweet'. It is due out in early December and I cannot wait to show you what I have been working on. 

Something that I came up with yesterday are these Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars. I had heard about raw cookie dough being a popular dessert and thoughtwhy not make some that are gluten, nut, egg and dairy free?” I am pretty chuffed with how these turned out. They are really popular in my household. I had to stop Jason from eating too many of them, before I was able to photograph them. My toddlers also loved them!

They are really easy to prepare, just mix the ingredients, spoon them into a lined square baking pan and place in the freezer to firm up. You also store them in a airtight container if they don't all get gobbled up after they are ready.

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Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding

Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I am constantly on the lookout for healthy, minimally-processed and allergy-considerate meals. This is a quest that often leads me to non-traditional ingredients.

Chia seeds are one of those foods that are somewhat in vogue, though there seems to be some basis for the hype - they are made up of dietary fibre, protein and fat plus a tonne of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous. It's also a versatile ingredient - I have included in recipes as diverse as Chia Berry Parfait and Quinoa & Chia Seed Bread.

The downside is that they don't always come cheap - I have taken to buying them in bulk from Costco (thanks Mum!) - for about 60% of the cost (per gram). As a result, I have quite a lot of chia seeds in my pantry. I decided to try a new chia pudding flavour combination, and am happy to share my Blueberry & Macadamia Chia Pudding with you today.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

Slow Cooker Beef Ribs

This recipe appears today courtesy of my husband; he didn't cook it - but he did put in a special request! They turned out really nice and I thought they were worth sharing.

We recently visited our awesome friends who live in Sydney, and dropped in to Ribs and Burgers for lunch at their recommendation. They do what it says on the sign out front, and do it very well! Jason typically goes for the salad option - but had the epiphany that he'd never actually had ribs before. Apart from the sauce, the likelihood of gluten was pretty minimal, so he took the plunge.

I don't think I heard from him for about 15 minutes from the moment they hit the table...and then it was done, and he had a new contender for his favourite food. We think that the sauce might have caused him a few issues, so I made up my own version of Slow Cooker Beef Ribs - the flavours are different, but still very, very tasty!

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Dairy Free Mochaccino

Dairy Free Mochaccino

Now that summer is coming (well in Australia anyways), I wanted to swap my coffee for something a bit more refreshing for the warmer weather.  Most coffee shops that are nearby do not have almond milk or coconut milk and I try to avoid soy milk wherever possible due to the GMO implications, so a Becomingness creation was needed!

I decided to make a dairy-free ice-mochaccino, using an almond milk base. I was really impressed with the results - admittedly I am a regular consumer of almond milk (and haven't had regular milk for quite a while) - I don't know if you'd pick the difference unless you'd read the recipe.

The best thing about this drink is that it is super easy to make - Just add all the ingredients to a blender and blend it on high for a couple of minutes to get a frothy consistency.

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Raw After Dinner Mints

Raw After Dinner Mints

Over the past month, I have been working feverishly to create plenty of delicious desserts for my upcoming dessert book, "Becoming Sweet. I am very excited with what I have come up with, and I can't wait to share it with you. I don't want to leave you without some desserts on the blog in the meantime - so I am happy to introduce my Raw After Dinner Mints!

These Raw After Dinner Mints are great for those of us who love the flavour combination of peppermint and chocolate, either as the finishing touch to a meal, or as a stand-alone treat. Or sometimes both!

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Greek Lamb Cutlets with Garlic Aioli

 Greek Lamb Cutlets with Garlic Aioli

If you are after an easy to cook meal, then you can't go past my Greek Lamb Cutlets with Garlic Aioli – they are flavourful, quick and easy to make, and make a great component of a main meal, or a great appetizer by themselves.

I am a such big fan of the marinade; oregano, garlic and lemon might seem like a simple flavour combination, but seems to be just right for lamb. I’ve also used the same marinade in my Greek Lamb Pizza recipe. The garlic aioli is a great addition if you are looking for something a bit extra to add to your meal – it’s the same one I have used on my popular Quinoa Fritters recipe.

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Dairy Free Strawberry & Banana Yoghurt

Dairy Free Strawberry & Banana Yoghurt

Today's recipe is Dairy Free Strawberry & Banana Yoghurt and it is so tasty you'd never guess it was dairy free - or so quick and easy to make!

Yoghurt has always been one of my go to snack options. Up until a few years ago, I would always have tubs of low fat fruit yoghurt in the fridge. Even after I found out I was lactose intolerant, I found that I was able to eat yoghurt (it has to do with how the bacteria in yoghurt kills off the lactose). While I was studying, I researched journal articles which detailed the full fat vs low fat debate, and found that full fat is the much better option - as the low fat varieties of most foods tend to have a lot more sugar and additives which compensate for the loss in flavour. I also learned that eating full fat from dairy and meat does not mean that you will get fat. That is a blog post in itself for another day as I am still researching and finding out what I can. 

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Sweet Potato Rosti

Sweet Potato Rosti

After making my Quinoa Fritters earlier on in the year, which has turned out to be one of my most popular recipes, I wanted to make another easy, light, snack-or-side type meal. I've come up with something I think you'll really like - my Sweet Potato Rosti.

These are really delicious and are made with 4 ingredients (well, five if you count the coconut oil to grease the frypan) They can be a little fiddly to make, but once you get the hang of it they are really easy. When making them for the first time, I recommend scooping out a small quantity (I use two soup spoons to lift out the mixture, then flatten the mixture in the pan using the back of one) - if you notice that it is sticking, or the rosti isn't holding together when you attempt to flip it, you may need to increase the heat. Once you have a feel for it, you should be fine!

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Slow Cooker Mongolian Lamb

Slow Cooker Mongolian Lamb

A few months ago I shared with you my recipe for Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, so I decided it was time to bring you my Slow Cooker Mongolian Lamb, which happens to one of my favourite dishes. I have made some adjustments to the sauce, notably the removal of stock, and I have added some more vegetables. So I will most likely amend my Mongolian Beef to see if the adjustments will work better for it too.

Mongolian Lamb, Honey Chicken and Cashew Chicken were always my favourite Chinese dishes and when dining in a Chinese restaurant, I would always order one of these three dishes, without fail.

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