Okay, I finally did it. A healthier crust which still has the taste (and easy prep) of an all-butter crust just became a reality! Plus all that fruit can’t hurt, right?
I was originally trying to decide between making almond pancakes or almond cranberry cake, but then while watching my brother’s soccer game, I started thinking about a galette with berries. I literally visualized the entire recipe and result as I watched a soccer ball being bounced back and forth between the two teams. (Okay, the crust was adapted from Joy of Baking’s Cranberry Galette recipe because I had no idea about proportions.) I was going to use almond flour for the crust, but I forgot to, so next time I’ll try that and see how it goes.
With a healthier (yet still amazing) crust, this galette filled with delicious berries is sure to wow crowds.
Ingredients: Dough: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
52 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil, soft (not melted)
1/4 cup butter, cold and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/8 to 1/4 cup ice cold water Filling:
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 cup strawberries, halved
1/2 cup blueberries (I used frozen with great results)
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup brown sugar
Dough: In the food processor, pulse the flour, coconut oil and butter together until it’s grainy. Add a few tablespoons of water at a time, pulsing three times in between each addition, until dough becomes slightly sticky. Dump the dough onto a clean counter-top surface and, using your hands, form a 1/2-inch tall disc. Refrigerate for one hour.
Filling: Meanwhile (around the 30 minute mark), preheat oven to 200 °C (400 °F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together cranberries, strawberries, blueberries, pecans, and brown sugar. Let rest until dough is ready to take out of the fridge.
Assembly: Roll out the dough onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet to form a 15-inch round circle ( I had trouble doing it on the counter-top because it would crumble before I could transfer it on the baking sheet, so I did the entire process on the baking sheet instead). Now pour the fruit mixture onto the middle of the dough circle, making sure to leave a 1-inch border untouched. Fold that 1-inch border over the edges of the fruit filling.
Bake for 20 minutes, then cover with tinfoil to prevent the fruit from burning and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes until crust is golden brown and the fruit filling has started bubbling. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving with ice cream! Can be covered and stored at room temperature for a few days.
My mom has tried so many granola bar recipes and most of them turned out into a crumbly sweet mess that she kinda gave up after a while. But for us, those recipes were never a fail because we got to eat all those sweet nutty little pieces of granola with some berries and yogurt for a snack and it was so good. The crunch of the nuts and oats with the little hint of honey or maple syrup in smooth homemade yogurt? There was no better snack than that.
On Saturday, I was at the Cranberry fest for volunteering and it was pouring rain! It also didn’t help that my station was right next to the performances and one of them was crazy high-pitched bagpipes. For that performance, I was crouching behind my recycling bins, trying to put a barrier in between me and that noise. Yes, I did look a little crazy but the music was loud!
Thinking back, I probably looked like a madwoman who hovered around the recycling bins for the entire day and I’m pretty sure I inadvertently photobombed most of the performers’ pictures. Hey, it’s not my fault my station was placed right beside the stage!
On Saturday, my brother had a soccer game that was pretty far away from home, which meant I was home alone for the entire day. Which also meant that I had to make dinner. My mom requested soup, so I had to look in the fridge and there were not a lot of vegetables. Just a few stalks of celery, carrots, and bell peppers.
And that is how this soup came to be.
Considering that I only added water (chicken stock, to me, always seems so unhealthy for some reason) and spices, the result was so creamy, I was shocked!Read More »
(Disclaimer: This recipe is from the lovely Margaret Anne from Natural Chow, but I’m just posting how I made it using her recipe.)
I was procrastinating bored yesterday and I really wanted to make something easy. When I need inspiration, I always head over to Pinterest and there were like five pictures of bagels that popped up instantly, so if that wasn’t a sign, I don’t know what would be.
My first attempt at these weren’t so bad, if I say so myself. Sure, they aren’t perfectly round and the hole might be a bit too big, but it tastes way better than a store-bought bagel (no preservatives and all those other bad things!).
So when I was looking at the other bagel recipes floating around the internet, all of them had to boil the bagels before baking them. I thought that was very weird, like putting dough in water before baking it? Who came up with that?
It’s gluten-free! I usually don’t care if it’s gluten-free or not, but I had a gigantic bag of almond flour (purchased, of course, at Costco. Where else would we get big bags of anything and everything?) so I decided to try and experiment with it. I know a few people who have problems with gluten and they literally cannot eat anything with flour, or only in small amounts, which I definitely would hate because I love baked goods!!! There are oats in this, but they do not contain the protein gluten which is found in wheat, barley and rye grain, instead, they contain a protein called avenins so oats are still gluten-free.
Did I forget to mention that these taste incredibly delicious and it’s only sweetened with maple syrup?
I never knew these bars even existed until this summer, when I went camping and someone brought these for dessert. I still can’t believe I never ate these! Like what have I been doing with the first fifteen years of my life?
A rich piece of chocolate for dessert. Sounds good, right? Well what if it was healthy for you? I think that’s even better.
Coconut oil is one of the must-have ingredients in my pantry because I use this healthy oil to substitute for butter and vegetable oil in my baking experiments. There are many reasons why it is considered healthy (I found my info here):
It’s a saturated fat, which is a good kind of fat
Decreases appetite for unhealthy food, such as sugar
Helps kill bacterias
Speeds up your metabolism
Fatty acids in coconut oil can turn into Ketones, which can reduce chances of seizures
And mixed with cacao and honey? An unbeatable healthy chocolate dessert. Of course, eating too much of anything is not good for you so don’t eat the entire batch (although I am very tempted to)!Read More »
Healthy fries just got real. Sure, they don’t actually taste like salty potato fries, but don’t compare them to that unhealthy junk. Think of it as soft baked zucchini coated with a crispy layer of cheesy goodness and breadcrumbs.
I think summer flew by way too fast. I did summer school for a month, went camping one time and now it’s already school again. I don’t know if I should be sad or happy. On one end, I know I’ll have lots of homework and projects and classwork and tests, but on the other hand, I am excited to see my friends again and see if there are any new kids coming (our school is small so a new kid is a big deal)!
I will now veer away from the topic of school since that’s making me anxious.🙂 Read More »
A friend came back from a trip in France recently and they came over to our house, bringing lots of dreamy chocolates for us to taste. They were melt-in-your-mouth type of delicious. Anyways, that day, I had made muffins using the zucchini from our garden because we always have way too much, and my friend tasted one and said it was pretty good. I was happy, but then he paid me the utmost compliment any baker can get (or at least, in my rankings of compliments). He asked for another one! And then cheerfully gobbled it up.
Whenever someone asks for a second serving, I know they truly like it and that can brighten up my day no matter what kind of day it is. Even if it’s pouring rain and I have soccer practice. Outside. And my friend didn’t even flinch when I said it had zucchini in it🙂. A true eater.Read More »
This jam has me hooked! No sugar (just a few tablespoons of maple syrup), no need to cook and it still tastes damn fantastic and thick with chia seeds. I still can hardly believe that it worked because most jams without sugar means a liquid mess, but the chia seeds are the perfect healthy ingredient to make the jam thicker. I was amazed when I stumbled upon the concept of adding chia seeds to the jam. Like why didn’t I ever think of that before?
The plums I used were from our plum tree. This year we have way too many so I’ve been making everything from plum pie to plum apple crumble to this easy plum jam. But I can’t complain because I would rather have too much fruit than none at all.Read More »