Snacks

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have finally mastered the perfect cookie recipe!!! Like THE perfect chewy inside-crispy outside-sweet (but not too sweet)-doesn’t fall apart-isn’t hard as rock-tastes like a traditional cookie, recipe. BUT vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. And I promise you, you would never tell the difference. For ages I’ve wanted to make free-from choc chip cookies which don’t taste free-from and finally that day has come! You guys are in for a treat!

I mean…
…Cookie goals or what

I know that there are so many vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes out there so what makes this one different? Well firstly, its gluten-free. I use a mixture of gluten-free flour and ground almonds. And it’s also not only refined sugar-free but also low in sugar overall. I found so many recipes where they used 100g of brown sugar and 100g coconut sugar. I know the sugar content doesn’t bother some people, but it really bothers me. I feel a million times better since cutting out almost all refined sugars from my diet! In this recipe I used just 50g of coconut sugar and a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup and I think it has the perfect amount of sweetness!

The perfect cookie stack

With just 8 simple ingredients, 1 bowl and 20 minutes of your day, you can make these delicious cookies. They are the ultimate crowd-pleaser and enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike. Make these for all your family and friends and see if they actually notice! They are a dream eaten warm straight from the tray, crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, melting chocolate chips with a lovely nutty (almost buttery) flavour. So so lush. Scroll down to see the last pic. COOKIE HEAVEN!!!

I have also included step-by-step photos to demonstrate how ridiculously simple are are to knock up!

Can I also just point out that there is absolutely NOTHING unhealthy in these cookies. Simply just wholefood ingredients mixed together to create something delicious. Healthy eating is all about having a bit of everything. No dieting and no restrictions.

nom nom nom

These cookies are:

  • Slightly crisp on the outside
  • Soft and chewy in the middle
  • Packed with chocolate chunks
  • Sweet but not too sweet
  • Taste so much like traditional cookies
  • Taste slightly nutty and coconutty
  • Made with only wholefood ingredients, no rubbish
  • Vegan, gluten & wheat free, egg free, refined sugar-free
  • Made with A LOT less sugar than other vegan cookies
  • Blooming delicious!

Enjoy! Let me know if you make them!

Ingredients

100g Ground Almonds
50g Gluten-free Plain flour (I use Doves Farm)
50g Coconut sugar
½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
2 tbsp Maple syrup
3 tbsp Coconut oil, melted and cooled
1 tbsp Dairy-free milk
40g Dark chocolate, chopped into chunks

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C fan. Grease two baking trays.
  2. Start by mixing the dry ingredients together in a bowl: the ground almonds, flour, coconut sugar and bicarb of soda.
  3. Then add the wet ingredients: the maple syrup, coconut oil (melted and cooled) and milk.
  4. Mix everything together to form a dough.
  5. Finally stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 8 evenly sized balls and place on the baking trays, leaving enough room for them to spread.
  7. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before placing on a wire rack (if they make it that far!!). Otherwise just eat them straight from the tray. You know what to do 😉
  9. Any remaining cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. But we all know that they won’t last that long!

Healthy eating is all about having a bit of everything. No dieting and no restrictions.

Cookie close up

Free from dairy, egg, gluten and refined sugar. But absolutely no compromise on deliciousness!

Mmmmmmmm…

As always guys, if you’re making these cookies make sure you tag me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter , I’d love to see your recreations! Like and comment your thoughts below and share this recipe to spread the cookie love! I’ll be back next weekend with a recipe for Mylkplus nice cream!!!

Ellie
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Dessert, Snacks

Raw Ginger Brownie Bites

Happy Bank Holiday weekend! I have some extremely exciting news to share with you all! My online shop is up and running! You can now order a range of six different homemade treats, all vegan and gluten-free with five being refined sugar-free too! They are made in Dorset using only natural wholefood ingredients, in small batches of 9 portions. We post to any UK address, 1st class, using plastic-free packaging. You can browse our range here.

Now time for this delish raw brownie bite recipe. Just another really simple one; a combo of dates, cacao, oats and ginger, all blended up together and rolled into balls. Quick and super easy, no bake, little chocolate ginger balls. They are so healthy and nutritious too. PLUS they are naturally free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar, soya as well as nuts! I purposely used oats instead of nuts to make them nut-free! They are great when you are short on time and want something sweet and satisfying to grab on your way out the door on busy days!

Little chocolate ginger balls
Naturally free from gluten, dairy, refined sugar, soya as well as nuts

Ingredients

Makes approx 10

230g pitted Dates
60g Oats (gluten-free if desired)
3 tbsp Cacao powder
2 tsp ground Ginger
2 tbsp Cacao nibs
1 ½ tbsp Coconut oil, melted
Pinch of salt

Method

  1. Add all the dry ingredients to a processor: the oats, cacao powder, ginger and salt. Blend for a few seconds until combined and the oats are ground slightly. Then add the cacao nibs.
  2. Depending on what dates you’re using, you might want to soften them in boiling water first before adding them to the mix. If your dates are soft already just put them straight in (but make sure they’re pitted).
  3. Give that a good blend before finally adding the melted coconut oil.
  4. Roll the mixture into balls (not too big) and leave to firm up in the fridge for half an hour.
  5. And that’s it!
Raw brownie mix ready to be rolled

Want to make these extra yum? Dip in melted dark chocolate for even more chocolatey indulgence!

Amazing dipped in peanut butter!

Love these brownie bites, you might like these other no bake balls!

Cacao & Hazelnut Energy Balls
Carrot Cake Energy Balls

Rich and decadent raw brownie bites

If you’re making this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter and use the hashtag #elliesrecipes. You can like this recipe and let me know what you thought in the comments below! Enjoy the long weekend!

Ellie
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Dips, Lunch, Sides

Moroccan-Spiced Houmous

Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had a great week! I’m back with another really simple houmous recipe today but before I get on with it, just a quick update on the online shop I’m currently setting up; it will go live on Friday 23rd August with 6 different products, all vegan and gluten-free, homemade to order and sent to any UK address! You can find it buy clicking onto the order online tab in the menu bar above!

Now for this yummy houmous! Or hummus? I never know which way to spell it!

This makes a lovely change from your usual blended chickpeas, tahini, lemon and garlic. It still has all the main houmous ingredients but with loads of lovely spices! I’m talking cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger and chilli. Mmmmmmm…

It definitely tastes as good as it looks!

I did go to extra lengths to make it extra yummy, like frying the onion in cumin seeds and roasting the garlic, but this isn’t essential if you’re short on time.

I did think about testing some gluten-free crackers to go with them but they would take a few trials to get right! Defo a recipe for another day!

Again, this is really simple to make, just chuck it all in and blend. But I have still included the extra steps because it really makes a difference to the overall flavour!

You might look at the ingredients and think it’s a lot of ingredients for houmous. Well yes, but it’s all spices and that’s all flavour! Then you might look again and think sultanas? In houmous??! YES! That’s where you’re going wrong peeps! No, the sultanas are just there to add a sweet note to complement the spices. It’s like putting dried fruit into curries. You get a lil nugget of sweetness!

Ingredients

Serves 3-5

1 x 400g tin Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Onion
3 Garlic cloves, peeled
3 tbsp Tahini
3 tbsp Olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp tamari
½ tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground ginger
¾ tsp mixed spice
25g sultanas
Few big pinches of salt and pepper

Just chuck it all in and blend

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C fan.
  2. Place the garlic cloves in a tray and roast for 12 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the onion and fry on a medium heat with the cumin seeds, chilli fakes and a splash of olive oil.
  4. While the onion and garlic are cooking, add the rest of the ingredients to a food processor: the chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, tamari, sultanas, all the spices and lots of salt and pepper.
  5. When the onion has softened, remove from heat and set aside to cool for a few minutes.
  6. When cooled slightly add the onion and garlic. Blend everything together until smooth and smelling lush!
  7. Serve and eat straight away or store in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to dip in cucumber, pepper and carrot batons! See tip below for more ways to enjoy it!
All blended and ready to serve

This houmous is free from dairy and gluten!

Homegrown veg + homemade houmous = #winningatlife

It’s so amazing when you dip your homegrown veg into your homemade houmous. This year we’ve grown chantenay carrots as well as cucumber and they are just so crunchy and juicy!

TIPS

  • Serve with crudités, crackers, rice cakes, breadsticks, warm pitta bread, on toast or with some falafel!
  • They would go really well with my Mediterranean Falafels! Or why not dip in some homemade tortilla chips!
  • Perfect for snacking on with crudités.

Houmous fan? Check out my roasted aubergine houmous!

If you’re making this recipe, I’d love it if you tagged me on InstagramFacebook and Twitter  and use the hashtag #elliesrecipes. Let me know what you thought in the comments below and share this recipe with your houmous-loving friends! I’ll see you next Sunday with another recipe!

Ellie
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