Sunday, 20 November 2016

Healthy Gingerdoodles (Ginger Molasses Cookies!)

Fun fact:

I found 3 new gray hairs this week.


YES THIS WEEK!


And I am SURE they are new because I have to blow dry and straighten my hair and I am lazy AF and only go through the bother once a week. 


So these little bastards are new and I am sure of it.
Hopefully you have been keeping up to speed with my goingsons (not a word) on IG/FB -- if not the links are around somewhere -- I am sure you'll find me ;) So you will probably have a clue as to why my delicate black strands are fraying and graying at the speed of light.






IF NOT DON'T WORRY BECAUSE TODAY WE ARE HERE TO DISCUSS THESE:






I was so excited with how bakery-esque these turned out. Even without using butter/sugar/dairy -- these cookies turned out so luxurious. Slightly crisp around the edges and chewy on the inside.


SO LOVELY!


If you don't love molasses I would stick to my normal doodles. The snickerdoodle.


However -- especially for the holidays -- these cookies are perfect.







My goal has always been to make my healthier treats look just as good as the 'normal' ones.


Not that weird discoloured dry and kinda crackly uneven thang that most GF goodies have going on. You know what I am talking about?!






I love the slight crackled tops. While you don't have to toss them in sugar (makes them not refined sugar free anymore) it does add to the texture in a nice way. Plus the sugar caramelises a bit and adds to the crunch along the edges.





I promise these are easy to make, too!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

No Bake 5-Minute 'Trail Mix' Bar





As I sit here typing this post I am looking at two giant containers of Halloween candy. You know how Halloween crazy I am. So of course I bought all the BEST candy and was super super excited to give it out to all the cute little kiddies. See excited face below:







Well ya know what. NO ONE CAME! We had maybe 10 kids total. And I had an entire other bowl of candy not pictured above.


I was crushed. I wonder why this is the case. We used to get a lot of trick or treaters! Whatever the reason is it made me really sad. Luckily with all the cakes I make I can use the chocolate BUT COME ON KIDDOS :'(









I decided to do this recipe because it's super quick, super easy and absolutely delicious. The protein powder isn't integral to the structure here, so I didn't list it as a necessary ingredient. I did add it in this batch, though. You know me ;)







Store bought bars are usually horrid for you. I am addicted to Quest bars and even I know my home made bars taste better and are more nutritious (sorry Quest).


So with these you don't have to worry about wasting time and it's something my whole family loves. Even the picky people.











Best of all you really can use whatever you would put in your favourite trail mix. That's the beauty of a trail mix!!!!!


I always make it myself because every store bought trail mix has like...ONE thing I don't like that ruins the experience.


So picture these as the best trail mix ever that is formed into a compact bar that tastes like chocolatey fudgey delciousness.







The only problem is...these will disappear far too quickly...so ...you may want to hide half of them at the back of the fridge in an opaque container.....labelled DANGER DO NOT OPEN.


Not like I'd ever do that....



Anyways here is the super simply recipe!

Monday, 31 October 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN: A Jack Skellington Edition








How else could I commemorate this -- this my favourite day, this -- the grand finale of Halloweek -- than with this beautiful Jack cake?!?


Speaking of which -- have you checked out my HALLOWEEK RECIPE ROUND UP?! Not too late to whip up some treats for tonight ;)






I feel like since taking a brief hiatus from caking and food styling on a bigger scale I've really struggled. I just feel like lighting is never right and props are falling over or breaking and my set is on the verge of collapse every time.


I was admittedly nervous to make this cake.


Y'all know Jack is BAE. I have worshipped at the alter of Tim Burton since I was a kid. Half of my room is macabre little accents inspired by Tim Burton's world.


That being the case, there were of course some things I wasn't thrilled with and had to start over. Word to the wise -- the Wilton ribbon cutter is a lot harder to use than just a ruler and a pizza cutter. So I can't suggest it if you have a lot of stripes to cut.


The base of the cake is vanilla cake. I make a butter cake because I think the flavour is delicious and it's a sturdy cake. Layered in between is strawberry buttercream. I made a strawberry reduction and folded it into my vanilla bean buttercream, DIVINE! Probably my favourite flavour so far. I used fondant for the stripes. I don't think piping buttercream stripes on black buttercream is reliable. Make one mistake and bye bye colours.








More on the decorations...



Thursday, 27 October 2016

Happy Halloweek! Healthier Halloween Recipe Round- Up!




EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!



Halloweek technically won't end until Monday but being that most people will be partying it up on the Friday and Saturday I figured it's pretty important to release this before hand so people have time to make their goodies.


WHICH YOU ARE GOING TO DO, RIGHT???? I SWEAR TO GOD RANDOM PERSON READING THIS YOU BETTER DO IT.



As promised this week has been full of a combination of old and new Halloween recipes -- but here is an official round- up of all the Halloweek treats you could possibly handle. There is something in here for everyone so if you can't find a recipe you'd want to try THEN YOU NEED TO HOLLA AT ME and I will get to cracking on developing something new ;)



Also I have no idea what to be this year. I usually am so on my costume. Basically by September 1st I have all my Halloween decor our and costume ready. The past few months have been a bit blurry but I am sure I will pull something our of my closet and figure it out. I have been watching late night Youtube Halloween Make up tutorials. Those folks make me believe anything is possible with make up and then I try it and look at a very muddy looking mess in the mirror and cry litres of purple glitter tears.


I hope you give some of these recipes a try. I keep saying it but this is worth repeating - I am your life line! If a recipe doesn't work for you or you have questions I am always happy to help :) That being said I try to be as clear as possible but sometimes the baking Gods are not on our side, you know?!



Here we go!



11 Spooky (but Healthy) Halloween Treats

1. PROTEIN SNICKERS BAR 







If you were like me then Snickers were one of your most beloved treats. They made me mad, though because they were hella small. SO MAKE THESE INSTEAD! They'll cure your hunger (actually). 



2. PUMPKIN PATCH BROWNIES (GF) 





These brownies are great because they are so much healthier than normal brownies but just as fudgey and delicious. I think these are super cute to bring to school or to a party!



3. HEALTHY NO BAKE VEGAN TWIX BARS





Twix were also a member of the 'you are my favourite but why you so small doe' club. Be like a coffee crisp. OR A KIT KAT. Those were decently sized!!!!!

Anyways these are kind of annoying because everyone loves them too much and they disappear too quickly. But still make them just to know their joy. 


Keep reading because there are 8 more ideas!!



Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Pumpkin Pie Protein Cheesecake Blondies




Confessions of a frantic food blogger:


I have made this recipe 5 times before intentionally making the time to make them for a post.  YEAH THAT'S A LOT.


Every time I was either taking them to a function or we just ate too many and had none left for me to photograph or some other nonsense.


I did, however, release this recipe in my last newsletter so this will be old hat to you if you are a subscriber ;)


These are a PUMPKIN PROTEIN BLONDIE. YES. WITH A CHEESECAKE SWIRL.


YES YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN!





The blondie ends up being really moist and delicious and pumpkin-y and the cheesecake layer adds the perfect amount of creaminess. YUM.
I loved making these in cupcake liners because it made them more portable and I just thought they were cute. You can totally make them in an 8 inch square or circle pan, too, though!









Word to the wise if you think you may want to freeze them (they freeze amazing) then I would bake them in paper liners and NOT the foil ones because you can't microwave those and its annoying to have to peel them off. Take it from me ;)





I shared these with friends and family and they were a hit every where I went. They have the perfect balance of creamy and pumpkin spicy that really warms the soul.



Sometimes too warm. As in they just came out of the oven and now I burnt my finger tips trying to box them as I run out the door.








Also even though I promised myself I wouldn't I bought some new Halloween decor. Fml, right? The cake stand was from Marshall's or Homesense...or Winners. Somewhere. I think the same place my mom found the Ouija board decor from my last post.



I got this mason jar skull cup from Dollarama tho. I freaking love Dollarama. I can't even think of going to any of the OTHER GREEN AND YELLOW DOLLAR STORES. You heard me Dollar Tree/Dollar Giant/Dollar other things.






My hair is black as night but for today. I am all about the blonde so let's go!