Honey Oat Cakes

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Oat cakes do not usually contains eggs,  however, I am always looking for recipes that are healthy breakfast options and these fit the bill. A few coffee shops and bakeries here in Nova Scotia make oat cakes and I have changed the recipe to contain honey which cuts down on the amount of refined sugars in the recipe by half, so you can feel good about giving these to your family for breakfast. These are especially handy for your kids to grab on the way out the door in the morning on the way to school. And back to school is almost here!

 

Honey Oat Cakes

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl:

  • 2 cups large flake oats
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup baking soda

Cut in:

  • 3/4 cup softened butter

Then add:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water

Mix by hand until a dough is formed. It will be sticky.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface about 1/4 inch thick and cut into 3 by 2 inch rectangles. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Bake 350 degrees F for approximately 12-14 minutes. Cool. Makes approximately 16.

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Mint Chip Ice Cream

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We are having a very hot summer and a sure way to cool down is with ice cream! This ice cream recipe is made with fresh mint and is very refreshing! My kids love making homemade ice cream in the summer and this is one of their favourites!

Mint Chip Ice Cream

In a saucepan, whisk and simmer until sugar is dissolved:

  • 3 cups heavy cream (35%)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch salt

Remove from heat and whisk in:

  • 1 cup milk

Then add in:

  • 1 cup steeped mint leaves in hot water, strained (I took a big bunch of mint leaves and steeped them in hot water and then strained the leaves out and used 1 cup of the liquid)
  • drop of green food colouring (optional)

Cool the ice cream mixture completely.

When cool, churn in your ice cream maker.

During the mix in cycle add in 1/2 to 3/4 cup mint chocolate chips chopped up. This makes approximately 2L of ice cream.

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New Product Review

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One of my readers alerted me to a new product called Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted, which is an eggless sandwich spread. I hadn’t heard of the product so I went looking and found it in my local grocery store here in Canada and I also found it at my sister’s local grocery store in the United States. I have already tried Vegenaise which is also an eggless sandwich spread but is only available at a health food store in my neighbourhood as opposed to the grocery store where I frequent. Here is my post about Vegenaise: https://myegglessworld.com/2014/03/20/vegenaise/.

I tried Hellmann’s Carefully Crafted on a sandwich and it is a good mayonnaise substitute. It has a good flavour and the fact that it is readily available is a bonus. One slight drawback is that it is not as thick as a regular egg mayonnaise. Since giving up most egg products when my son was 11 months old due to an egg allergy, I must say that mayo is not necessarily a product I have missed. I love vinaigrette and oil based salad dressings and anytime I want a creamy dressing, I make it out of greek yogurt, which I love, or sour cream. But, if you are a mayo lover and want to use an eggless one as either a health choice or due to an egg allergy, this is a good option.

Biscotti

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Biscotti seems more of a holiday type cookie to make and not a summer treat, but I wanted to make these because I was watching my favourite British baking reality cooking show and they were making biscotti. I made these with pecans and chocolate chips with a hint of cinnamon but really the possibilities are endless. If you want to make these nut free, omit the pecans and replace them with coconut or dried fruit or simply leave them out. You can change these up by keeping the base the same and changing the flavour combinations.

Chocolate Pecan Biscotti

In a large mixing bowl, cream together:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Then mix in:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (or egg replacer equal to 2 eggs)

In a separate bowl, sift together:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and combine until it looks like cookie dough. Then add in until just mixed:

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans (dried fruit or coconut can be used instead to make nut free)
  • 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Form into a long oval, partly flattened log, approximately 14 inches long and 3 inches wide. Bake at 350 degrees F on a parchment lined cookie sheet for approximately 35-40 minutes until lightly golden brown.

Cool for 30 minutes. Using a cutting board and sharp serated knife, cut the log into diagonal 1/2  to 3/4 inch pieces. Place on the parchment lined cookie sheet and bake again for approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees F until lightly golden brown and crisp. Cool. Makes approximately 15.

 

 

 

 

Not Your Mama’s Potato Salad

Summer is here!! Enjoy this yummy Italian inspired Potato Salad recipe!!

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Summertime is coming and with it brings outdoor fun, family, friends and BBQ’s! Of course there’s the inevitable potato salad, laden with mayo and eggs.  An egg-allergic, and not to mention high fat nightmare. I have been experimenting with potato salads in the past few years and have come up with some delicious alternatives to a traditional potato salad. I make Italian potato salad, a Mustard-based potato salad and a Bacon Cheddar Ranch potato salad. Today I made an Italian one to have for the long weekend. I will post the others as I make them.

Italian Potato Salad

  • 2 and half pounds new potatoes 
  • 3 generous tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • basil
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • salt and pepper

Cook the potatoes until just fork tender. Remove from pot and cool. I like to mix in the dressing when the potatoes are…

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Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

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A last minute request from school for cupcakes when you have an egg allergic child means you can’t run out to the bakery and buy a dozen. Luckily I had some bananas on the counter which inspired me to write a new cupcake recipe!! Banana Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting! These would also be yummy with a chocolate frosting or a maple frosting.

Banana Cupcakes

In a large mixing bowl, cream together:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups brown sugar

Then add in and mix well:

  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equal to 3 eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients

  • 2 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Alternate the dry ingredients into the batter with:

  • 1 cup milk plus 1 tsp vinegar

Mix together well. Scoop into paper-lined cupcake tins approximately 2/3 full. Bake at 350 F for approximately 18-20 minutes.

Caramel Frosting

Melt butter in a small saucepan and then add in the brown sugar, cream and salt:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (35%)
  • pinch of salt

Make sure the sugar and the salt is dissolved and bring to a boil on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in:

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Allow to cool to room temperature and then gradually beat in the icing sugar until the consistency you want:

  • 3 cups icing sugar

Frost the cooled cupcakes.

Coconut Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

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I have a new bundt cake pan so I have been anxious to try it out. I have been thinking about a coconut cake and decided cream cheese and lime would make a tasty combination with the coconut. I really love how this cake bakes up nice and sturdy, yet moist and delicious!

Coconut Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

In a large bowl cream together:

  • 1 pkg cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar

Then add in and mix well:

  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt (equivalent to 2 eggs)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl, sift together:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup coconut
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Then alternate adding in the dry ingredients into the batter with:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups coconut milk

Mix well. Bake 350 degrees F for approximately 45-50 minutes.

Glaze:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix together until smooth. Pour over cooled cake and top with toasted coconut.

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