Sunday, March 8, 2015

Something Sundays: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies





I've been trying out new recipes over the weekend lately and yesterday I tried out Double Chocolate Cookies from OhSheGlows.com. I bought her book back in December but haven't really tried out any recipes yet. This one is from her website and can be found by clicking the link [here]. I didn't have some of the ingredients so instead of palm sugar, I used brown sugar and instead of rolled oat flour, I used Scottish Oats. I also substitute sunflower seed butter with chunky peanut butter and added some chocolate chips. Next time I'm going to try this recipe with rolled oat flour though but these still came out oh so delicious.

Recipe:
Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (do not melt)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (see note)
  • 1/3 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dry Ingredients:
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups gluten-free rolled oats, processed into flour (or 1.5 cups oat flour)
  • 1-2 teaspoons non-dairy milk (only if needed to moisten batter)
  • 100 grams finely chopped dark chocolate (1 chocolate bar)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flax and water and set aside for a few minutes so it can thicken up. Whisk the flax egg again once thickened.
  2. Add the rest of the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flax egg (coconut oil, sunflower seed butter, brown sugar, cane sugar, and vanilla). With a hand-held electric mixer, beat the ingredients until combined and smooth.
  3. Now, beat in the dry ingredients, one by one, as you go down the ingredient list (baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, oat flour). If your dough is a bit dry, add a teaspoon (or two) of non-dairy milk and beat the mixture again. The dough should be moist enough to form balls without cracking, but not super sticky.
  4. Finely chop the chocolate (it should be the size of peas). Beat the chocolate into the batter or simply stir by hand.
  5. Shape balls of dough (about the size of a golf ball or 2 heaping tablespoons) and place on the baking sheet 2-3 inches apart. Gently press down on each ball with your hand to form a disc (it should be 1/2-inch thick or so).
  6. Bake for about 12-13 minutes (I baked for 13 mins) until the cookies are spread out nicely.
  7. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 7 minutes or so and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10-15 minutes.
Notes:
Instead of sunflower seed butter, you can try peanut or almond butter (this means they will no longer be nut-free, of course)

Recipe and directions taken from OhSheGlows.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday: Coffee Shops & Cafes

      Images taken by me from  Kensington Market/ 7 West CafeBad Wolf Coffee/ Toni Patisserie

Boy, no wonder I haven’t blogged in the past in awhile. With working full time and other things on my plate, I have trouble scheduling time to blog but this will have to change! I've thought of a new series for my blog and am excited about it as it will give me a direction for my blog content. On Sundays, I will do “Something Sundays” where I can share anything I want to (Most likely about life and recipes).On Wednesdays, I thought of doing “Wanderlust Wednesdays” where I will do worldly posts (Travelling, finding new places, and street style from around the world).

Today’s Wanderlust Wednesday post is about coffee shops and cafes. There’s something about cafes that I just adore; the fresh smell of coffee, baked goods, unique decor and the chit chatter of strangers making connections in the background. I don’t even like coffee that much but enjoy discovering new small cafes with friends to catch up and share ideas. With this winter feeling like it’s never ending, I’m always looking for warm and comforting atmospheres to spend my time.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Fresh Start


Hello Lovelies!

I haven’t blogged in so so long but really want to get into the habit of doing it again as a creative outlet. I forgot how much I missed it! I’m starting this blog fresh and have deleted my old posts. I’m also going to be starting a new website (details to come in the future!) but will keep this one as a more personal one. Although the new year has already begun, here is my 2015 to do list.

 What’s on your list for this year? I'd love to hear from all of you!

 Leeanna
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