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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Healthy Quinoa Cookies


These protein packed treats will leave you wanting more then one! These don't only have the comforting taste of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, but they also offer a good source of energy with protein for that afternoon snack you always crave. The best part about these? You won't feel guilty about this addiction! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Quinoa Cookies
2 cups chilled, cooked quinoa (I used a quinoa blend which also contained black quinoa)
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (I used chunky and worked perfect)
1/2 Tbsp maple syrup 
1 pinch of salt 
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut 
3/4 cup rolled oats 
1/2 cup chocolate chips 

Mixture after adding chocolate chips.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Combine all but the chocolate chips in a mixer bowl equipped with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until mixture come together and becomes smoother (see picture above). 
3.Stir in chocolate chips.
4.To shape these cookies, I used my tablespoon measure which has a nice dome shape to it. Place shaped cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until bottoms a golden. 
5. Allow to cool completely after taking out of the oven. 

Cookies placed on tray BEFORE baking. 

Happy baking and enjoy! 

Alix 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mid winter night's dream!

Raspberry-Strawberry Cupcake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
            Winter in Winnipeg, MB is at its peak and mother nature is not sparing us from her strengths. While the -45C winds were howling at my windows and the 5 feet snowbanks were casting the full moon's shadows, I was dreaming of warmer days! Green meadows, flower gardens along river banks and full-leaved trees in all their majestic splendor! All of a sudden, I caught myself laying in the grass, cupcake in hand, summer breeze gently caressing my face. Wait... cupcake in hand?! 

         When I woke up the next morning, the endless snow was reflecting the sun's rays and that never relenting wind had only grown stronger. All of a sudden it seemed like a brilliant idea to turn on the oven and start baking what else, but cupcakes. Trying to hold on to any memory of the warmth found in my dream, I decided to try our these whimsical treats and kick them up a notch!  


 All of a sudden I felt transported back in my summer meadows enjoying the warmth of a summer afternoon, and all in the dead of winter! Here we have a "Vanilla sprinkle cake, with a Strawberry-Raspberry Jelly Filling and topped with a light and creamy Cream Cheese Buttercream"!

Split view of the cupcake
Well, after enjoying this treat, I sadly had to go outside and confront this lasting winter and make the most of it! 

Happy baking and keep warm! 

Alix