Sunday, 19 February 2017

One Bowl Sweet Potato Brownies (Low Fructose)

I'm really into one bowl cooking at the moment (as you can probably tell!), I still love the Bellini but at the moment I tend to bake things whilst I am cooking something else so using one bowl is super easy and doesn't add to the washing up.

There was some leftover sweet potato in the fridge the other day, I added a few other ingredients and voila! Awesome brownie! You can't taste the sweet potato which is great if your little ones are super picky (mine are only like this with 'green' things!!) and you are sneaking in more veggies!

Miss M has been having it in her lunch box for the last week (I froze most of it) and loves it! 
(I literally just made another batch and it turned out great again- definitely a winner!)



One Bowl Sweet Potato Brownie (Low Fructose)

Ingredients

1/2 cup mashed sweet potato* 
1/4 cup coconut oil melted** 
2 eggs
1/4 cup rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup white spelt flour
1/4 cup cacao
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

Method

1. Preheat oven 180 degrees celsius and line a 20cm square cake tin
2. Place mashed sweet potato in a medium sized bowl
3. Melt coconut oil in microwave in a separate bowl
4. Pour melted coconut oil into bowl with sweet potato and combine 
5. Add eggs, vanilla and rice malt syrup and mix together
6. Add spelt flour, sifted cacao, baking powder and baking soda
7. Mix together until combined
8. Mix in the chocolate chips
9. Pour into lined tin and spread out to corners
10. Place in oven for approximately 15 minutes
11. Leave in tin for 5 minutes before placing on cooling rack 

They are awesome warm! Dollop some cream on it and you have a quick dessert!

*(I steamed some sweet potato and mashed it with a fork, doesn't matter if its lumpy, adds to the appeal!)
**(If you don't use the coconut taste- which my kids don't you can use butter or odorless coconut oil)

Pretty proud of this one! 





Sunday, 12 February 2017

Best Ever One Bowl Chocolate Cake! (Low Fructose) ...and First day of School blues

Like a lot of parents last week I sucked up the tears and waved Miss M off on her first day of school. She was ready, so ready, she couldn't wait and apart from a little tear on the third day she has just loved it so far. It's great to see. 

The actual first day for me wasn't too bad, the logistics and organisation involved kept me occupied enough to not focus on the momentous (insert super emotional) occasion, but the weeks leading up, well that was another story...


In the weeks prior I experienced the full spectrum of the 7 stages of grief. There was the shock and denial that she was now 5 1/2 years old, where did those 5 years go?! Wasn't I just recovering from their babyhood?! Can't we just stop the clock?! Then there was the guilt; that I didn't spend enough quality time with her, that we never had one one time, that I spent too much of our time running around doing chores than taking it all in.(I still drift into this stage at times, but what Mum doesn't?) 

The anger and bargaining soon followed (husband certainly suffered through this part) five days at school is too long, maybe we should move to Finland where school days are shorter? Maybe we should home school them?  The sadness and loneliness was next. The house just wouldn't be the same without her around. How would Master Q cope without his bestest buddy? Many a night tears rolled down my cheeks as I thought about how much I would miss her. I still have days like this, but in the few days before school I had come to accept that this was an unavoidable part of life. That no matter how hard you try, your babies grow up. This next stage of our family's life would bring new adventures, new challenges and I am privileged to be able to witness it all. We are so proud of you Miss M! 

Just in case you still need a little comfort cake after school drop off I managed to come up with an awesome one bowl low fructose chocolate cake! I made this for husband's birthday and it worked out a treat! I detest cleaning up and love a recipe that calls for minimal equipment and minimal cleaning! 

Here it is!

One Bowl Chocolate Cake (Low Fructose)

Ingredients

125 grams 85% chocolate
125 grams butter
4 x large eggs
1/3 cup stevia
1/3 cup rice malt syrup
1/2 cup cacao
3/4 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi carb soda 

(Note: If you are using self raising flour reduce the baking powder to 1 tsp)

Method


1.  Pre heat oven to 180 celsius
2.  Grease and line a 23cm springform tin
3.  Melt chocolate and butter in microwave in a glass bowl in 20 second spurts until fully            melted
4.   Let chocolate and butter mix cool a little before beating in the eggs, one egg at a time. 
5.   Sift in the flour, baking powder, bi carb and cacao.
6.   Add the almond meal, stevia and mix well with a spoon. 
7.   Once combined add the rice malt syrup and the milk and mix until combined.
8.   Pour mixture into tin.
9.   Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
10. Remove from oven and let it sit in the tin for 10 minutes before removing. 
11. Let it cool on a rack before icing.




I used a chocolate cream icing for this cake as it is super easy!

Chocolate cream icing

1. Whip 1 cup of thickened cream until thick
2. Sift in 2 tablespoons of cacao
3. Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of stevia.
4. Make sure cream is whipped enough to hold its own and spread onto cooled cake!