Flourless Chocolate Cake with Amaranth Crust & Matcha Icing (Gluten-free)

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I made this cake last month for some friends who came over. I wanted to make a slightly different flourless chocolate cake, so I added an amaranth crust and some matcha icing sugar. I really love the combination of matcha with chocolate. If you also like this combination, maybe you want to check out my matcha brownie sticks, chocolate matcha popcorn or my matcha alfajores filled with fudge.

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This recipe is for a 21cm cake mold.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

2 cups of puffed amaranth

3 tablespoons of icing sugar

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the cake:

230gr of dark chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons of butter

6 eggs, whites separated from the yolk

½ cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

For the matcha icing:

4 tablespoons of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of matcha

 

Preheat the oven to 135C/275F and line the bottom of the cake mold with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Then spread it over the bottom of the cake mold, pressing firmly. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time. Stirring in between, until it has completely melted. Set aside to cool down a bit. Then whisk in the egg yolks and the vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, slowly adding the sugar. Add about 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Mix well to loosen it. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Carefully pour the batter over the crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the cake starts to pull from the edges.

Let the cake cool down completely before removing it from the mold. Don’t worry about the cracks on the top, the icing sugar will cover that. Then sift the icing sugar with the matcha. Sift the matcha icing over the cake.

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Buckwheat-Banana Waffles (Gluten-free)

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It has finally started to feel like summer again, after all the rain and crappy cold weather. And it looks like it’s going to stay like this way for a little while (knock on wood). Hopefully, it will last the whole month.  We had a really nice weekend. On Friday we went out for cocktails and watched the sunset from the Skylounge of the DoubleTree hotel. And on Sunday we spent the afternoon cruising around Amsterdam on a friend’s boat.

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I love this gluten free waffle recipe. I have been making it very often lately. It is better to do it with very ripe bananas as they add most of the sweetness to the batter. I try to always have bananas in the house and let them get ripe for a while. So there is always an excuse for banana-oatmeal pancakes or waffles or cake.

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Ingredients:

1 1/3 of a cup of buckwheat flour

½ cup of rice flour

2 ripe bananas, mashed (the riper, the better)

1 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

1 egg

3 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey

3 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Pinch of salt

 

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave and then let it cool down a bit.

Mash the bananas and place them in the blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Brush your waffle iron with some vegetable oil or use cooking spray. Pour in the waffle batter. The cooking time will depend on your waffle iron. Mine takes 4 minutes per waffle.

Serve with the topping of your choice. I like to add dulce de leche and fruit, or ice cream.

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Beet Crepes with Whipped Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction (Gluten-Free)

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Growing up I didn’t like beets. Then all of the sudden I started to crave them for some reason. This was a few years ago, nowadays I cook with them so often. Maybe I am making up for the time I didn’t eat them. I am even growing some on my balcony now.

I used buckwheat flour for these crepes so they are gluten free. This is just a basic savory crepe recipe, you can play around with the filling. Maybe top it with a green salad or use them as tacos.

To keep the pink vibe going, I made a raspberry slushy. This was my very bright lunch today. If you like beets, maybe you want to check out my beet tartare with roasted strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette by clicking here.

This recipe makes about 9 crepes.

Ingredients:

For the batter:

1 cup of buckwheat flour

1 1/3 cup of milk

1 egg

1 cooked beet, shredded or blended (I used a food processor)

1 pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of olive oil

For frying:

Olive oil or coconut oil

For the whipped goat cheese:

300gr of goat cheese

6 teaspoons of Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon of agave or honey

Toppings:

Balsamic reduction

Fresh cherries

Fresh Strawberries

 

If you have never made balsamic reduction before, it is super easy to make. Pour 250ml of balsamic vinegar into a pan. Reduce over medium-low heat until it has reduced to about 1/3 of a cup.  Don’t let it get too thick though, as it will thicken as it cools down. If it gets too thick, you can always warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds to loosen it up. You can make this in advance and keep it in your pantry.

To make the whipped goat cheese, just place it in the food processor with the Greek yogurt and honey. Then pulse until smooth. Transfer it to a bowl, cover with plastic film and keep it in the fridge until ready to use.

To make the batter, just blend all of the ingredients together. Let the batter rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add a bit olive oil or coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, add about 1/9 of the crepe batter and swirl it around the pan. Once bubbles start to form on the top, loosen the edges with a spatula. Then gently flip it using the same spatula. Let it cook for about 30 seconds on the other side, then transfer it to a plate and repeat for the rest of the batter.

To plate up, fold each crepe in half, and then fold it in half again. Serve with some of the whipped goat cheese and fruit. Finish it by drizzling some of the balsamic reduction.

 

 

 

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Beet and Chickpea Brownies (Gluten free)

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With summer around the corner and my sweet tooth nagging me, I wanted to make a dessert that was on the healthier side. They are packed with protein because of the chickpea flour and are lighter in calories because of the beets. A good compromise if you ask me! I cannot live without chocolate in my life!  They are cakey and decadent. I had them for dessert and also for breakfast the next day.

I have a recipe for healthy protein cookies, which I also made with chickpea flour plus mandarins and chocolate if you like to check it out.

This recipe is for a 22cm square baking dish, makes about 16 brownies.

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Ingredients:

1 cup beet puree (about 2 cooked beets)

1 cup of chickpea flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons of agave syrup

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, melted

150gr of dark chocolate, melted

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3 eggs

For the topping:

1/3 cup of pistachios, chopped

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a small square baking dish (22cm) with parchment paper.

To save time, you can buy the beets already cooked. If you want to cook them yourself, just place them in the oven and roast them for about 1 hour or until tender at 180C/350F. Or just boil them until tender. Once they are cooked, peel them and chop them. Place them in the food processor and pulse until you get a puree.

Chop the dark chocolate. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave. I do it for 30 seconds intervals at a time, stirring every time until it has all melted.

Place the beet puree in a bowl. Add the eggs, sugar and whisk until combined. Add the chickpea flour, agave, cocoa powder, vanilla essence and mix. Finally add the melted chocolate. Mix until combined.

Pour the brownie batter in the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the chopped pistachios.

Bake for 20 minutes.

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Buckwheat Crepes with Roasted Figs & Gorgonzola (Gluten-free)

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I have been seeing figs at the market lately and had to get some. I love to eat them with gorgonzola. Fig season is so short that I try to eat as many of them as I can before they are gone. I remember when I was a little kid in Lima and we would drive to the beach outside of the city. On our way back home, we would stop and buy a box or two of fresh figs that they would sell by the side of the road. For me that was the best part of the day. The beaches near Lima are very cold so that was never my thing. But getting my hands sticky, by peeling the skin off fresh figs because I couldn’t wait till we were home to wash them and eat them, sure was. I remember them always being so sweet. Figs are one of those things that, if they are in season while we are on holiday in Lima, I always stuff myself with until I cannot see them anymore.

It has been a while since I have eaten crepes so I combined the two in one dish. This time I used buckwheat flour to make gluten free crepes. It is also nice to drizzle some balsamic reduction over the finished dish. I always have some in my pantry. But when I went to grab it, I realized it was pretty much empty so I didn’t add it. You can make it by just reducing a bottle of balsamic vinegar in a pan over medium heat until it becomes a syrup and just store it in an airtight container.

This recipe makes 6 crepes.

Ingredients:

For the crepes:

2/3 cup of buckwheat flour

1 cup of milk (I use semi-skimmed milk, but you can also use whole milk)

3 ½ tablespoons of butter, melted (plus a bit more for the pan)

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of sugar

Pinch of salt

For the roasted figs:

9 fresh figs

150gr of gorgonzola

2 shots of port

Honey

Salt

Pepper

For the toppings:

1/3 cup of pistachios, chopped

Honey

Start by making the crepe batter. You can whisk together all of the ingredients in a bowl, or you can just use a blender. I used a blender. Cover the bowl with the batter with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.

To roast the figs, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Slice the figs making a cross in the middle and stuff them with a piece of gorgonzola. Drizzle some port and honey on top of each stuffed fig. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 180C/350F for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add a bit of butter to the pan. Once the butter has melted, add about 1/6 of the crepe batter and swirl it around the pan. Once bubbles start to form on the top, loosen the edges with a spatula. Then gently flip it using the same spatula. Once it is golden on both sides, transfer it to a plate and keep it in a warm oven while you make the remaining crepes.

To plate up, fold each crepe in half, and then fold it in half again. Serve with the stuffed figs, drizzle extra honey on top and add some of the chopped pistachios.

 

 

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Healthy Protein Cookies (Gluten Free)

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I made these cookies for the first time a while back when I was experimenting with chickpea flour. I wanted to make a healthy cookie recipe that would be good for the body as well as for the taste buds. I used chickpea flour, coconut oil, mandarins and agave to sweeten it up a bit.

picThese cookies are quite addictive, neither my husband nor I can stop eating them. They are a bit cakey and I love the mix of mandarin with chocolate.

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This year almost half a million tulips were planted around Amsterdam to celebrate the Tulip Festival. In some locations they are already in full bloom and yesterday was a nice sunny day, perfect to go visit some of the locations. I made these cookies again on Saturday and we devoured them when we came back home yesterday. They were a nice treat after biking around town.

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This recipe makes about 38 cookies.

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Ingredients:

For the cookies:

400gr Chickpea flour

1 ½ tablespoon of Mandarin zest, plus more for garnish

5 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

12 tablespoons of agave syrup

2 tablespoons of mandarin juice, I just squeezed the mandarins over a sieve

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the dipping:

150gr of dark chocolate, melted

 

Place all of the ingredients for the cookies in the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well combined. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can also just mix it using a whisk.

Cover with plastic film and let it sit in the freezer for 30 minutes. It is important that the dough rests and gets cold; it will be easier to shape the cookies later.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line an oven tray with parchment paper.

Once the 30 minutes are up, remove the cookie dough from the freezer.

Take about one teaspoon of the dough and shape it into a ball using your hands. Then flatten it as much as you can, using the palms of your hands. They will puff up in the oven. Place the cookie on the prepared tray. Repeat for the remaining dough.

Bake them for about 6 to 7 minutes, until slightly golden.

Once you take them out of the oven; using a fork, press a bit in the middle of each one to flatten it slightly. Allow them to cool down.

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Once the cookies are cold, start melting the chocolate. You can just microwave it for 30 second intervals, mixing it in between until it has completely melted.  Line a cutting board with plastic wrap.

Dip half of each cookie in the melted chocolate. Then place it on the prepared cutting boar. Repeat until all the cookies are dipped in the chocolate. Then sprinkle some extra mandarin zest on top of the chocolate part of each cookie. Allow for the chocolate to harden.  You can keep them in an airtight container for a few days.

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