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Vegan rye spelt olive oil cookies

This recipe is inspired by the Greek olive oil  cookies Koulourakia. The ingredients, flavors…may vary, bu the main ingredients stay the same: olive oil, brown sugar and the type of flour you prefer, ideally a healthy one such as whole wheat, rye, barley or spelt. It’s easy and quick to make, especially if you keep the ingredients simple. The cookies are wonderfully  crunchy, especially if you bake them thin.

Ingredients:

4 cups of flour (a mix of rye and spelt)

2 cups of olive oil

half cup orange and lemon juice mixed

one cup (or less) brown sugar

one spoon flax seeds

one spoon chia seeds (optional)

one teaspoon baking soda

one teaspoon cinnamon

one spoon grated ginger (optional)

one teaspoon grated lemon peel

one teaspoon vinegar

one pinch of salt

optional, for variations: sesame seeds, coconut,almonds, cardamom, brandy, spicy cayenne

 

Directions:

Mix the flours, salt, sugar, chia seeds, flax seeds, in a bowl. In a bowl, mix the baking soda with the vinegar, let it foam, and after that add it to the flour mix. Add the oil and the orange/lemon juice and mix well, then knead with your hands tot shape it into a ball. Add more oil or flour as needed, to make a dough that stick together and can be shaped well. You don’t want it crumbly, but too oily either.

Shape the dough into the desired form, you can shape it with your hands, balls, balls that you press flat, or cut it into various shapes with cookie cutters.

Arranged on a greased pan, and bake in the preheated oven at 170 degrees for about 20 min, or until golden brown. They will still be soft when taken out of the oven, but will harden as they cool down. Remove them  from the pan carefully while they are still warm, not hot, but not completely cooled down. When they are hot they break easily, and when they are completely cooled down, they tend to stick more to the pan.

You can make variations: add one cup of shredded coconut, or sesame seeds, or 2-3 spoons of brandy. Add vanilla or orange flavour, cocoa, almonds, cayenne, coffee. Be creative!

Here in the image you have: flat round cookies are cinnamon/ginger. The round ones – coconut, the long ones – sesame. DSCN0141.JPG

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Strawberry oats and chia seeds pudding

Craving for something sweet and healthy, that will also fill you up so you won’t need to eat a big portion, and you won’t crave for more? Blend some fresh strawberries, add some oat flakes and a teaspoon of coconut oil and blend more. DSCN0342 (3) For a titchy bit of spiciness add a few slices of ginger root and blend well. Add a teaspoon of chia seeds and stir well with a spoon. Let sit in the fridge for about an hour, so the chia seeds absorb some of the liquid and expand. Serve cold, honey or agave nectar on top if you wish and added sweetness. Sprinkle some cinnamon or coconut on top, or even a bit of cayenne pepper if you wish.

Chia seeds are very filling, coconut oil has lots of healthy properties and taste great. Ginger is great for your digestion, weight loss, detox….Oats are an excellent soruce of….blah blah…it’s delicious and healthy, and really easy to make! Enjoy!

 

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vegan orange-ginger-rum cake

Another successful experiment: vegan, and filled with fiber and flavor! Can’t go wrong with this cake, it’s more than healthy, really easy to make, moist, light,dscn0232 and it’s absolutely delicious!

Preparation time: 10 min

Baking time: about 40 min

Level of difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

whole wheat self rising flour (about 4 cups)

oat flakes (one cup)

one cup or less brown sugar

flax seeds (half cup or less)

grated ginger

grated orange and lemon peel

fresh squeezed orange or mandarine juice and lemon juice (one full cup or more)

cinnamon

unrefined olive oil

one spoon of rum

one cup oat milk optional

Mix all the dry ingredients. Add the juice and the olive oil, and mix well. The dough should be kind of liquid, not quite as liquid as to be poured out of the bowl, but not as consistent as to form a big lump. If it’s too hard, then add as much oat milk as needed to make it more runny, add the rum and mix again. Pour it into a greased pan and bake for about 40 min, medium temperature (170 Celsius, preheated oven), or until golden brown on top and until the inside is fully baked, doesn’t stick to a wooden stick when inserted.

Let it cool down before you cut it, otherwise it will be sticky.

Since it’s vegan, you can’t have it with a glass of milk!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Vegan chia seeds, oat flakes and rye cookies

Ingredients:

half cup chia seeds

one cup rice milk or oats milk

pinch of salt

brown sugar

flax seeds

one cup oat flakes

one cup rye flour

one cup white self rising flour

one cup olive oil

Directions:

place the chia seeds in the milk and let them soak for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Mix the dry ingredients, and add the chia seed. Mix again. Add the olive oil, knead. Adjust the consistency with milk or flour. Shape as desired and bake at medium heat for about 30 min or until golden but still soft inside. They will harden once they cool down.

 

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vegan pumpkin-chia seed and chocolate nibs thanksgiving cake

I don’t have a lot of experience with vegan baking. My first vegan cake…with psyllium husk, was…edible. But this cake came out wonderful, moist, full of flavour and texture, couldn’t believe it myself. And so easy to make, with such simple ingredients. Except the chia seeds, all the ingredients are common ingredients you’ll find in most kitchen cupboards.

Ingredients:

half cup chia seeds

2 cups oats milk (or rice or almond milk if you prefer)mi

one cup baked or boiled mashed pumpkin (use canned pumpkin if you prefer)

brown sugar (only half cup in my case, but if you like your pastry sweet, you can use more)

5 cups self rising flour

one cup olive oil

pure dark chocolate chopped or chocolate nibs – optionally

Cinnamon

Directions:

Place the chia seeds in the oats milk, stir, and set aside at room temperature or in the fridge for a few hours. Stir from time to time to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom. It should become like a thick pudding. If it seems to thick at some point, add more milk to it.

Mix flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the chia seed pudding, the mashed pumpkin and olive oil. Mix, and if needed, add more milk. Add the chocolate and mix again. Pour into a greased pan and bake for about 40 minutes on low heat (130-140 degrees Celsius). Check from time to time to see if it’s fully baked inside, it should not stick to the toothpick, but it should still be moist and soft.

 

 

 

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Molasses cookies with rice and garbanzo flour

These cookies are not too sweet and great for kids as well. They have a chocolatey flavor, and are packed with nutrients such as iron, proteins, folate, B6, Thiamin, vitamin K, magnesium, selenium, manganese, calcium… and low in carbs. The rice flour makes them kind of hard but crunchy, great for coffee or tea!

1 cup of garbanzo beans (chick peas) flour

1 cup rye flour

1 cup unbleached white self rising flour

olive oil

1 spoon molasses

1 spoon brown sugar

flax seeds (grinded)

cinnamon

half cup or a cup or organic milk

Directions:

Mix all the dry ingredients. Ad just as much olive oil to get the right consistency, a dough that can be made into a ball but it is still kind of crumbly. Then add just as much milk to get a dough that can be easily shaped in your hands, not too crumbly, not too sticky. Shape, place in a greased pan and bake  – medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly brown (it’s difficult to see it in this color, because they are already brown!). You don’t want them to get quite hard, as the cookies harden more after they cool down. If you’re not sure when they are done, better turn off the oven sooner, set them aside, check how they are when they are a bit cooler and if not done enough put them back in the oven, for a few more minutes.

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rice cookies

Very easy to make.

Mix rice flour (brown rice or white rice or a mix, whichever you prefer) with butter, until you get a thick consistency, but not too sticky. Add a bit of milk and knead a little more until you can shape it into a ball.Place on lightly greased pan.

You can use coconut oil instead of butter, for a healthier version.

Dip your fingers in flour and shape the cookies into a little ball then press them flat. Or feel free to use a cookie cutter.

Bake for about 20 min or until golden brown.

You can add some honey for a sweater taste.

For adults you can add sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, almond meal, flax seeds, sesame seeds, vanilla flavor, coconut, chocolate chips…etc.

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