I am not a big valentine’s day person to be honest, at least not in it’s commercial form but as an excuse to make cute little heart shaped yummy things then I think it’s great! 😉
Sooo I’ve been playing again and have come up with a few simple, tasty, low gluten, dairy free valentine’s treats! These are available in limited numbers to order, just drop me a line if you’d like some.
Ginger love hearts
1/3 cup Olive oil
3/4 cup unrefined raw sugar (golden raw caster sugar, coconut palm sugar, or dark raw cane sugar)
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup soya milk
1 cup amaranth flour / quinoa flour
1 cup gluten free flour mix (make your own or you can use an organic pre-mixed one. If you want low gluten not gluten free then go for spelt flour instead of the amaranth and gluten free flours)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan rock salt salt
This recipe will make about 50 small heart biscuits (2 – 3 cm) so you may want to halve it or even quarter it depending how many you want and how big your cutters are.
Whisk the oil and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the soya milk and the molasses and whisk all together. Sieve the flours, spices and baking powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda in to the wet ingredients and mix until it forms a dough. The dough may seem quite moist. You want it to be workable but not so sticky that you can’t lift it. Add a bit more flour if it is too wet. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge to chill for an hour (the dough can be left in the fridge for several days so you don’t have to use it all at once. It can also be frozen).
Preheat the oven to 175 C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Roll the dough out on a floured surface. It’s worth trying small amounts of dough at a time and be generous with the flour. It will stick a bit but don’t worry. You want it to be rolled out fairly thin but not too thin – maybe 5mm thick or so. Use a small heart shaped cutter (I use a 2 – 3cm cutter) to cut out the biscuits and transfer to the baking tray. Bake for 8 minutes. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool on the tray for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. They will seem soft when they come out the oven but as they cool they harden. If you want super crispy biscuits just pop them back in the oven for another few minutes.
Give them to the one you love.. or just eat them all yourself!
(these are available in bags of 20 for £2.50 – contact me for more details)
Brownie love bites
165g Silken tofu
100g white spelt flour
65g Whole-wheat spelt flour
70g Cocoa powder
6 tbsp Water
8 tbsp Agave syrup AND 2 tbsp Date syrup
200g unrefined raw sugar/ coconut palm sugar
A handful of chopped pecans and dried cherries
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp Ground brown linseed
1.5 tbsp Hot water
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
Mix the ground linseeds with the 1 1/2 tablespoons of hot water and set aside to thicken. Preheat the oven to 180 C and then line an 8-inch x 8-inch x 2-inch baking tin with greaseproof paper and lightly oil.
Blend the tofu, water, agave syrup, date syrup, cocoa powder, linseed mixture, and vanilla extract until completely smooth. Place the remaining ingredients, except the pecans and cherries, in a mixing bowl and stir until they are well combined. Then pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir well. Finally, gently fold in the pecans and cherries. Pour the mix into the tin and place in the oven for 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then cool on a wire rack. Whilst still warm use a small heart cutter (2 – 3 cm) to cut out heart shaped brownie bites. You should get 12 – 15 out of one tray of brownie (and you get to eat all the little off cuts!) 🙂
Available in bags of 5 for £4
Chocolate orange cupcakes – full of gluten free dairy free chocolately love!
1 cup rice flour
3/4 cup raw unrefined sugar (coconut palm sugar, raw cane sugar etc)
1 cup soya milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp natural valencia orange extract (omit this if you don’t like orange flavour – could be replaced with 1/2 tsp almond extract, chocolate extract or more vanilla extract)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp himalayan rock salt
For the icing:
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 Agave syrup
1 – 2 tbsps Unrefined golden icing sugar
Sugar hearts to decorate
Preheat oven to 175 C and line a muffin pan with muffin cases (this should make about 12).
Whisk together the soya milk and vinegar and leave to one side to curdle. Add the sugar, oil, vanilla extract, and any other extracts you’re using. Beat until foamy using a hand whisk (or you could use an electronic one if you’re feeling lazy!). Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add to the wet mixture a little at a time, stirring in between. Mix until smoothish (some lumps are ok). Taste it at this point and if necessary add more extract if needed. Pour into the muffin cases and place in the oven for 18 – 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. When done, remove and allow to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
In the meantime you can make the icing. Put the cocoa and agave into a small saucepan and heat very very gently (this is important – do not over heat it!). Stir continuously until it is well combined. Add the icing sugar and stir well. Have a taste to check it’s sweet enough for you, if not add a bit more agave or icing sugar. The mix will be quite runny when warm but will harden when cool – it will never be completely hard (unless you add a lot of icing sugar!) so it will be a bit sticky – which I personally love! 🙂
Once the cakes are cool you can apply the icing and then add some decorations – then enjoy!
These are available in boxes of 4 for £5.50