Brownies – with chickpeas (albeit no one will ever know…)

I made brownies the other day – I am also starting to realise that most of my receipes are snacks or treats.  But I do think eating well is much easier i.e. fish or meat with vegetables and sallad is always tasty and easy.  Not sure if people agree?

Anyway these brownies are great as they are really ‘fudgy’ and gooey and contain no gluten, no dairy or refined sugar.

Chocolate Brownies – oven at 175 degrees C 

  • 2 tins of chickpeas – rinsed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 dl coconut sugar
  • 6 tbsp of cacao
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 150 grams of dark chocolate (70%+)
  • large pinch of vanilla
  • large pinch of salt

Melt the chocolate and the coconut oil and whilst this is melting blitz all the above ingredients. You don’t want there to be lumps of chickpea!  Add the melted chocolate and oil mixture and place in an oven proof dish – I used one about 20×25 cm.

For the topping:

  • 50 grams dark chocolate (70%) chopped
  • maldon sea salt – or as I did in this case used Saltverk Licorice Salt – I would add around 1 tsp.

Bake in the oven for about 15 min – keep an eye on it you want it to be gooey!

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Chocolate Mousse/pudding

Today has bee a beautiful day and I was actually in Stockholm seeing how pretty it is.

Stockholm2I am rather pleased that my daughters friend ate my avocado based chocolate mousse/pudding.  I don’t want to call it a mousse as it is heavier than that, but they both loved it.  Her friend thinks we eat crazy things so I had bowed down and made pasta (spelt, wholemeal which my kids love) … she did not.  And of course the joy of kids they are VERY honest.  But then I redeemed myself!

  • 1 banana – ripe
  • 1 avocado – ripe
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 2 tbsp of agave

For adults I add a pinch of salt and reduce the agave.  This filled 2 espresso cups so enough for the three children.

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Chocolate Mousse

I read on Kostdoktorn today about dairy free chocolate mousse where the only sugar comes from 70% dark chocolate. A recipe I made long before I started to eat less carbs and no refined foods (saying none I may be being a bit enthusiastic but a lot less than before is honest).  I had almost forgotten about my chocolate mousse until I read this.  It is super easy and really tasty.  Sometimes I serve it with a few raspberries, of course you could have some whipped creme if you are not dairy adverse either.

Ingredients are for 4:

  • 5 eggs (beaten to stiff peaks)
  • 100 grams of dark chocolate – 70% cocoa (melted)
  • pinch of salt

Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks

Add the melted dark chocolate – add one or two egg yolks if you want it a bit sturdier, with just egg whites it is very light and fluffy.  Just ensure you don’t whip in the chocolate and remove all the air of the egg whites – make sure it stays fluffy.  Pop into portion pots and refrigerate at least 30 min before eating.

No dairy and very easy! Enjoy – I haven’t made it for a while so will have to do so and post a picture.

Tacos and Ice Cream

This morning was another wet and non summery morning hence I made some seed bread and some ice cream. Our neighbours have hens which we are looking after hence I had 4 VERY fresh eggs to use.  I am ridiculously proud of the fact that for nearly 2 years I have had home made seed bread (or frökex) in the house.  Makes me feel like a domestic godess which is quite a nice feeling.  To make the ice cream (which is not dairy free i´this tie sorry!) I did the following in the morning and the kids had it in cones after dinner.

Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 5 dl of whipping cream (40% fat) – whipped firmly
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of birch sugar
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Whip the eggs, sugar and vanilla and add it ot the whipped cream (you can use the same utensils!).  I was rather fancy in my domestic bliss that I then churned it for 25 min in the ice cream maker.  If not just mix it after 15 in in the freezer.

Of course you can skip the vanilla and ad fresh raspberries or something else…. I served this is cones (bought in the shop with gluten sugar the whole lot… easy and very happy girls) if I hadn’t been so tired from doing very little for the rest of the day I would have made chocolate sauce to go with it – it is very easy to make ‘healthily’. I include a picture below – excited girls means very little focus – sorry!

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BEFORE the ice cream we had tacos – another thing that is very easy to make without any bad stuff in it. I fried the mince with my taco mix.  Then I made some guacamole with 2 avocados, some lemon juice, salt and pepper and dried chilli.  Salsa with dried chilli, olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of chopped coriander and then served it in an ice berg lettuce leaf with grated cheese, creme fraiche, chopped cucumber, jalapeno’s.  Really tasty and so easy and easy to make dairy free or vegetarian. Face it guacamole is good with anything!

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Taco Deluxe – Slow cooked beef

To make my slow cooked beef for my deluxe taco’s I use one portion of the Taco seasoning and add:

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one small onion – chopped

2 garlic cloves  (in addition to the one in the seasoning) – chopped

2 tbs of oil for frying

Cook all the seasoning and the above for a few minutes and them brown the beef.

1 kg of Chuck Steak (Högrev)

Then add:

One small chopped chilli

1 tin of tomatoes

1/2 dl of red wine

Place in the oven in a pot with a lid for a minimum of 6 hours at 100 degrees C – but another 2 hours is no problem.  I would either do it over night and just reheat it when you are eating it or if you can all day!

Serve with your usual Taco condiments.  I always have Salsa, Guacamole, Turkish Yogurt/Sour Cream and grated cheese (I love cheddar). This time I also made a coleslaw which I can add recipe for later.

I would say I loved the food but when our guests arrived the red wine started to flow hence I chatted and laughed way to much!  A great Friday evening dinner – quick to prepare (say around 15 min) and very tasty – I had the leftovers with half an avocado and some scrambled eggs. Delicious!!

The rest of the weekend we ave pottered in the garden, drunk coffee had Saturday sweets (in Sweden this is a very common tradition and one we have not let go despite eating very healthily at other times). Mr M. and I don’t tend to have any… albeit last night the kids had not finished theirs hence I went to bed sugared up feeling way to full! Sunday morning football for eldest and run for me! Ready for the week ahead!

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