Girls Night Part II: Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies

And dessert number two from Saturday night was Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies – but they’re not your average cookie… To make them gluten free, the dough is actually made from… Wait for it – CHICKPEAS! You’re mind blown right? I didn’t believe they would work and actually taste okay, but better than that they tasted AMAZING! Some of the girls said they were even better than normal cookies… Maybe even the best cookies they’ve ever had! So another winner right here. A really fun thing to do is actually get a person to take a bite first and once they’re saying ‘oh my gosh this is amazing!’ to actually tell them the main ingredient πŸ˜‰

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[Chickpea] Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies
Makes 12 – 15 depending on size

Ingredients
400gm can of chickpeas (no added salt) – you’ll need to just dry them on some paper towel
1/2 cup NATURAL peanut butter (100% peanuts)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 cup honey
Drizzle of olive oil (I used extra virgin and maybe only used a teaspoon or so)
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (you can use more if you wish but I didn’t use so much because the only chocolate chips I could find weren’t more than 70% which means more sugar the lower the percent!)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper (I sprayed it lightly with olive oil too)
  2. Make sure chick peas are dried off and purΓ©e in a food processor until the ‘dough’ is completely smooth
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and purΓ©e some more
  4. Pour into a bowl and mix in the Choc chips
  5. Spoon out the dough onto the parchment – dont even try to flatten them or make them into perfect cookie shapes – it’s pretty sticky and you’ll just end up getting frustrated πŸ˜‰ who needs perfect circles anyway? That’s boring πŸ˜›
  6. Bake for about 13 – 15 mins.
  7. Leave them to sit for 5 minutes or so as they harden up a bit once they cool – otherwise they’re pretty mushy and you can’t pick them up πŸ™‚

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Another healthy hit! So good for kids (what kids don’t love making and eating cookies?) but a group of 20 something girls loved them too πŸ˜‰

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Girls Night Part I: Banana & Walnut Fudge

I know, I know! It’s been a verrrrry long time since I’ve posted! I do apologise but sometimes life gets busy – but I’m making up for it by giving you not one, not two but THREE new recipes today. And you are in for a treat too – not tooting my own horn but they tasted amazing! So hopefully I will be forgiven for my disappearance on the blog scene πŸ˜‰

I cooked up a culinary storm last night because my roommates and I decided to throw a girls wine, cheese & dessert night with some friends. It was a night of indulging but at least the desserts I put together were guilt free (and gluten free for my coeliac roommate who will now love me forever!). So whilst i wait for the the other girls who are still sleeping (my body clock loves to wake me up no matter what day it is or how late I went to bed) I’m going to share with you the first dessert – Banana and Walnut Fudge. Super easy to prepare and was the winner of the night! Found the recipe on thegraciouspantry.com

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Banana & Walnut Fudge
Makes about 24 pieces (depending how you cut it)

Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup pure and unsweetened cocoa powder
1 medium ripe banana
10 dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
Walnuts (optional)

Method

  1. In a small sauce pot, melt the oil.
  2. Whisk in the cocoa powder while the oil is still warm
  3. In a food processor, blend the banana, dates and vanilla extract. (I had to use the stick blender towards the end to get a really smooth consistency)
  4. Add the chocolate to the processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
  5. Pour into a small, parchment lined baking dish and place dish in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I used a spatula (the thing you use to scrape bowls with?) to press it down and smooth it around the tray and it was super easy!
  6. Cut into 24 pieces (a pizza cutter works great)

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Hands down favourite of the night by all of the girls and I’m lucky there’s still some left in the fridge for dessert tonight πŸ˜‰ I forgot to get a photo of the fudge cut up so here is one of me looking very pleased with myself holding a plate of it and also the dessert that features in Part II of the girls night!

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