Chickpea Chocolate Oat Cookies

Who doesn’t love a treat you can enjoy and the kids enjoy that isn’t high in fat and loaded with good things for them, like protein and potassium, rather then just sugar and empty calories? I can tell you this will now get made a lot more often instead of regular cookies in our house. It was so much higher in protein that we found them to be actually very filling. While taste wise I wanted more then one I actually felt full enough to resist. Make a batch of regular cookies and I would polish off the whole batch in one sitting if I let myself. So the idea of having a quick and simple go to cookie recipe that is so tasty and nutritionally has a lot to offer is amazing. I would say this was the most exciting recipe creation of the year so far. They have a lovely, soft cake like texture on the inside with a crisp outer making these almost like brownies.
 
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Chickpea Chocolate Oat Cookies

400g (15 oz) tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
142g (1/2 c.) all natural almond butter or peanut butter
115g (1/3 c.) honey (maple syrup if you want to keep it vegan)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
50g (1/2 c.) oats
45g (1/4 c.) cocoa powder

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Special Thank You to Royal Berkshire Hospital

So I going to break my own new rule, I know this month is all about 30inute meals but I am not going to be sharing one today and I hope you don’t mind but this whole post is going to be unusual and special for me. You might have noticed there was no blog posting last week. You see I was a little too busy having a baby!!!! It was a crazy week, physically and mentally. And like many things in life it didn’t go the way I planned it. But the care I received at my unplanned hospital birth was so amazing that I hope you don’t mind but I would like to dedicate this post to thanking them.

First to my first midwife Suzanne I can’t thank you enough for being the rock and support I needed. You listened to me so that I felt heard something that I needed. You were the voice of reason when I needed to be reasoned with and you were also there to help calm me when I got too stressed. Thank you for being in my corner and helping argue my case in bringing me back to the midwife led unit. You and Laura helped us create the kind of environment that we were wanting to create at home, to be honest in the beginning it did feel more like we were on a date night then at a hospital having a baby. The aromatherapy, the relaxing environment and peace and quiet that Chris and I were able to have was so soothing and I believe it is the only reason I went into active labour on my own.
My second midwife, Laura, I hope you realize how amazing you are. You were calm and encouraging especially when you noticed things weren’t right. I was scared and I can imagine you were a bit scared too but you didn’t let that show and that helped me stay as calm as I could in the situation.

Now it gets complicated in the thanks because of the amount of people there are to thank and so I am sorry I am not able to personally name you all. To the midwives and nurses downstairs in the delivery suite the calm you all displayed in what felt like an impossible birth situation was incredible. I am aware that probably few if not no one in the room had ever witnessed a breech delivery like that, let alone assisted but handled the situation with such calm and professionalism. You helped me achieve what I won’t lie, felt like was impossible, push her out.

To the staff in Buscot Baby Care Unit, the hardest moment for me was when she was born and I couldn’t hear her cry, you rushed her to the side to work on her and I felt like time has stopped. You worked so quickly on her and as you said at times she recovered quicker then you could finish what you were doing. But you made sure she was okay after such a traumatic birth. And while no parent ever wants their baby whisked away from them I am at least grateful she was whisked away to your care. Thank you for always being happy to have me sit by her side during the night and taking her out of the incubator so I could feed her. You helped make a horrible situation a little bit easier for this scared mummy.

To the staff in Marsh ward, spending the first 5 days of my daughter’s life in a hospital was so hard and I got stir crazy and frustrated at times but the care we received was so wonderful. Everyone, from the midwives and care assistants to the sweet ladies who brought me cups of tea throughout the day. You helped make this patient feel like a person, not a patient. I have stayed at hospitals in the US many times in the past and trust me there is a big difference. You all touched our lives and helped us get home as quickly possible and I want you all to know how positive of an impact you made on our lives that crazy week in October when a little baby’s head turned out to be a bottom and all of our lives turned upside down. Thank you all.

As a thank you I am sharing these amazing Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies. And yes before you ask I am delivering these beauties to the staff so they can enjoy them too.

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

227g (1 c.) butter
150g (3/4 c.) granulated sugar
150g (3/4 c.) packed soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
312g (2 1/2 c) plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
60g (1/2 c.) cocoa powder
170g (6 oz.) Milk Chocolate chunks *could use chips
170g (6 oz) White Chocolate chunks

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Hoisin Beef Chili #SundaySupper

The Sunday Supper team isn’t adverse to a little competition so today we are excited to share a chili contest. We have all been challenged to share our best chilli recipe and it is up to you to vote on which one you think is the best. After reading through everyone’s titles I am so excited to say that competition seems to bring out the best in us because we have come up with some incredible sounding chilies.

And just to make things interesting, there will be prizes involved. The dish with the most votes at the end of the voting period will get one ticket to the 2014 Food and Wine Conference, being held once again in sunny Orlando, Florida this July + a $25 gift card. If the person with the most votes is unable to attend, then they will still get to keep the gift card, but the ticket will be passed on to the person with the next highest votes.

How do you vote? We will be holding votes through Thursday February 27th on the Sunday Supper website. Choose a tried and true one that you have attempted or let your taste bud imagination make the choice. This is such an incredible list I know it won’t be an easy choice to make.

What I have decided to try and tempt you with today was an attempt to step a little outside my box of regular chili thinking. I have actually already shared some of my favourite chili recipes so I wanted to challenge myself by creating something completely new that I had never tried before. Seeing as how my natural instincts is to go more towards Asian flavours I decided to play around with Hoisin sauce. The result was incredible but definitely a 9 out of 10 on the heat scale. So make sure you serve it with a nice big scoop of sour cream for those nervous about heat.

Hoisin Beef Chili

1 400g (14.5oz) tin diced tomatoes
65g (1/4 c.) tomato paste
1-2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
80g (1/4 c) Hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp cocoa powder
Freshly cracked pepper to taste
1 Kilo (2 lbs) top round or beef chuck, cubed
2 bell peppers, chopped
1 large onion , chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 4oog (14.5 oz) tins kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
*Optional: Sour cream.

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Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

I had such a fantastic birthday weekend. I feel so overwhelmed by the love I have felt from my friends and family. So publicly I want to say thank you to the best friends and family I could ask for. One of my favourite gifts I received this year was a doughnut baking tray. This is one of those things that I have wanted for a long time but it was just one of those items I wouldn’t buy for myself. I was so excited that I have already given my first baked doughnut attempt this weekend and the family have already started putting in their requests for different varieties for me to make. If you have never had a baked doughnut before it is different from fried doughnuts but in my opinion it is better. There is something so delicate and light and full of flavour with baked doughnuts that I don’t get from fried doughnuts. The only downside to that is where I could only eat one, maybe two of regular fried doughnuts I could probably have finished off the entire batch of these on my own.

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

120mL (1/2 c.) double cream
50g (1/4 c.) granulated sugar
73g (1/3 c.) packed dark brown sugar
60mL (1/4 c.) vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g (1 c.) flour
(1/4 c.) dark cocoa powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
220g (2 c.) icing sugar
2 Tbsp greek yoghurt
Sprinkles, if desired
recipe adapted from Sugar Crafter

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Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake #SundaySupper

Happy Christmas! Well it is almost Christmas. I am enjoying a wonderful time at my parent’s house and I am loving watching them and my daughter bond all over again. With Christmas upon us Sunday Supper decided to talk about some of our holiday traditions. When I think of Christmas traditions the first thing that comes into my head is my dad’s omelets. Every year without fail my dad would do his omelet bar for a Christmas brunch and then still had energy to cook up the entire Christmas meal with all the fixings. I am in awe at the energy he had to do this. As much as I would love to carry on his tradition I just don’t have what it takes to cook up a large Christmas meal and a large breakfast. So I have taken to doing something different when it comes to Christmas breakfast. I prep something up the night before that can then be cooked up fresh in the morning. I haven’t set my heart on one particular item trying everything from oven French toast to egg casseroles. Last year and this year I decided to do a coffee cake. I love having a simple breakfast that doesn’t require a lot of effort since Christmas tends to be a long day in the kitchen for me.

What are some of your Christmas breakfast traditions?

Cinnamon-Streusel Coffeecake

Streusel topping
248g (1 1/4 c.) granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt (if you use unsalted butter)
177g (1 1/2 c.) Plain Flour
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
85g (6 Tbsp) butter, melted
213g (1 c) soft brown sugar, light or dark
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Cake
170g (3/4 c.) butter
1 tsp salt (1 1/4 teaspoons if you use unsalted butter)
298g (1 1/2 c.) granulated sugar
71g (1/3 c.) soft brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
185mL (3/4 c.) sour cream or plain yogurt
312mL (1 1/4 c.) milk
454g (3 3/4 c.) Plain Flour
Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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