Coconut Cookies

We love everything Coconut and I have been having this idea for making coconut cookies for a while now. And finally I took the time to make some. It turned out really yummy, coco-nutty…they are gluten free and refined sugar free. A yummy, sweet treat that’s easy and quick to make!!

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Coconut Cookies

Yields: 20 big cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, soft
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 pinch salt

-line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C

-whisk the butter with the eggs until creamy, add the maple syrup and vanilla, whisk until well combined. Stir in the coconut, oat flour and salt.

-Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.

(I use quick oats and grind them into flour using my coffee bean grinder.)

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Happy July!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Strawberry-Tiramisu Cake

This was my Birthday Cake, celebrating my 40th!!

It was so delicious; a creamy Mascarpone filling with strawberries and a touch of liquor, the base simply made with ladyfingers and butter. And the cake is a no-bake recipe, perfect for summer and strawberry season!

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Strawberry-Tiramisu Cake

For the crust:

  • 200g Ladyfingers, finely crushed
  • 100g butter, melted

Filling:

  • 500g Mascarpone
  • 200ml 35% heavy cream
  • 80g + 2tbsp honey
  • 1 1/5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp liquor
  • 400g strawberries, finely cut
  • a few strawberries for decoration

-grease a 22cm Springform.

-mix together the finely crushed ladyfingers with the butter, fill into baking form and press down evenly. Let rest in the fridge while you make the filling.

-in a large mixing bowl, stir together the mascarpone, honey, vanilla and liquor. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form add 2 tbsp of honey, whisk until combined. Gently fold whipped cream under the mascarpone filling, then add the strawberries. Pour the filling into the form. Let cool for at least 6 hours. Top and decorate the cake with some more strawberries.

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Happy June!

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

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Carrot Cake Cookies

Hello everyone, I wish you all a Happy Easter and a wonderful weekend!

These carrot cake cookies are super yummy, with a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves.

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Carrot Cake Cookies 

Yields: 25 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.

-Whisk together the butter and maple syrup, add eggs one at a time, add spices and salt.

-Mix in the carrots, then add the flour, baking soda and ground almonds. Stir until well combined.

-Drop by spoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving some space between cookies. The cookies will spread a bit.

-Sprinkle with some coconut sugar if desired.

-Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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(These pretty Easter eggs were made by my late grandmother who was a very talented crafter!)

 

Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almond Coconut Fruit Tart (gluten-free)

This year we have some special celebrations in our family, we’ll be celebrating 10, 20, 40, 50, 60, 70th birthday as well as some anniversaries. First up was my husbands 50th birthday!

Because of some digestion problems he did not ask for a cake, that is why I came up with this gluten free almond fruit tart. Pretty easy to make and tastes delicious.

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Almond Coconut Fruit Tart

Almond Crust:

  • 3 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs

-Whisk together butter and eggs, add coconut sugar, salt and cinnamon. Stir in ground almonds until well combined. This will be a sticky dough.

-Line the bottom of a 28 cm tart form with parchment paper, grease the sides. Fill in almond dough, works best using your hands, press down evenly. Bake in preheated 350F oven for 30 minutes. Let cool completely.

Coconut Custard

  • 500 ml coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-In a medium saucepan whisk together all ingredients, except vanilla. Let come to a boil, while whisking, then reduce heat and let cook until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and let cool a few minutes then fill in a bowl and let cool completely in the fridge.

Assembly:

-Place almond crust on a serving plate or cake stand. Fill with custard then decorate with your fruit of choice. I used about 5 kiwis, cut in slices, 1 orange and some grape halves.

-Store in refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Swirls

It’s another snowy, ice rain kind of day here in Ontario. I sure hope Winter will not stick around for too much longer ;))

In Switzerland you will find a pastry called Nusschnecken, a cinnamon bun style pastry filled with ground hazelnuts or almonds and are pretty flat compared to a traditional cinnamon bun. I think this is the first time I’ve tried copying the shape and I really liked how it turned out. Filled with ground pecans, maple syrup, orange zest and a touch of cinnamon-so good!
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Maple Pecan Cinnamon Swirls

Ingredients:

  • 400 g white spelt flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp quick instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 80 g butter, melted (+ 80 g melted butter for brushing dough)
  • 250 ml warm milk

Filling:

  • 300 g ground pecans
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 organic orange, zest only
  • 200 ml milk

-For dough: In a large mixing bowl or your standard mixer, combine flour, salt and yeast, add melted butter, honey and warm milk. Knead to form a soft dough. Cover and let rise at room temperature for about 1 hour or double in size.

-For filling: Mix all ingredients together, set aside.

-Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-On a floured surface roll dough out thinly into a large rectangle. Brush with the melted butter, ( leave some for brushing the swirls before baking). Spread the filling evenly onto dough. Starting from the longer side, roll dough up tightly. Cut into 2 cm thin swirls/buns. Lay onto prepared baking sheets, leaving some space between. Brush with remaining melted butter, let rise another 15 minutes. Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

-I brushed the warm swirls with a maple butter and orange icing. You can use a regular icing if desired (icing sugar and orange juice).

-Makes about 25 swirls.

-Ground hazelnuts, almonds, or walnuts can be used instead of pecans.

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Have a wonderful week!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

Maple Almond Muffins

Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

It’s been a kind of a slow week as we were dealing with very cold and stormy weather, which lead to 3 cancelled school days and exams being pushed forward several times. It was a bit of a mess.

These Maple Almond Muffins are our delicious Sunday afternoon treat, using spelt flour and sweetened with maple syrup. It’s yummy and not too sweet.

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Maple Almond Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 175 g butter, melted
  • 180 ml maple syrup
  • 4 eggs, yolk and whites separated
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 g spelt flour
  • 150 g ground almonds
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder

-Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare 10 -12 muffin tins.

-Mix together the butter and maple syrup. Add the egg yolks one at the time, mixing well.

-In a separate bowl whip the egg whites, with the salt and baking powder, until stiff peaks form.

-Add the flour, almonds and egg whites, a little at the time, and carefully mix under the butter mixture. Mix until combined, do not overmix.

-Fill into prepared muffin tins and bake in preheated 375F oven for 10 minutes then set oven to 350F and finish bake another 20 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted comes out clean.

-Let cool completely.
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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Walnut Cranberry and Coffee Granola Bars (Vegan)

These cereal bars are one of the most delicious snacks I’ve ever made, I have to keep them out of sight to not eat all of it ;))

It is high school exam week and has already been pushed one day forward because of the weather. We are under a snow fall warning and it is very cold. Great excuse to make a hot beverage, hide under a cozy blanket and watch the snow falling from inside your warm home.

I’ve used a coffee substitute I have from Switzerland but any Instant coffee, maybe decaffeinated (for older kids) would work well in this recipe or can be left out completely.

Walnut Cranberry and Coffee Granola Bars

(Vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 8 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely ground walnuts
  • 3 cups oats

-Grease a 9×13 inch (around 22×32 cm) baking dish. Or line with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

-In a small bowl stir together the water, flax and chia seeds, let sit for 15 minutes.

-In a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, instant coffee, vanilla and salt. Stir in the flax and chia mix. Add walnuts and oats, stir until well combined.

-Grease a 9×13 (around 22×32 cm) baking dish. Or line with parchment paper.

-Spread granola mix evenly into prepared form. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

-Let cool before cutting into bars or bites.

-Can be stored in a airtight container for 1 week.

 

Enjoy!

Stay cozy!

Ursula

 

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