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The Low FODMAP Vegan: Gluten-Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The worst thing about being on this low FODMAP diet is not knowing what to make when you have a craving and don’t stock 20 different types of gluten-free flour in your house. I had Sourghum and Tapioca flour – which i’ve been trying to make use of – i’ve made chocolate brownie bites, banana muffins, and now, chocolate chip cookies.

The more I eat them, the more I love them. But they didn’t come easy – I had a few disasters along the way as I was adapting a recipe to my own needs and disregarding things like the wet : dry ingredients ratio. I suppose I better start at the beginning…(you’ll have to excuse the awful photos, i still havent mastered the art of food photography – i’ll get back to that one at some point!)

I started with the following ingredients:

1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp egg replacer with 3tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sourghum flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (dairy free if you can, i used dark chocolate chips)

I used my new stand mixer with a paddle attachment and creamed together the oil and sugar. Added the egg replacer and vanilla. Beated well. In a separate bowl, combined the dry ingredients. Added the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mixed for a minute to incorporate. Stir in the chocolate chips. Droped by the teaspoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Baked for 8-12 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 180C until the sides and top are golden brown.

So far it looked good..

Ok so it did look a bit on the shiney side..too much oil maybe? I gave it a go anyway and put them on my baking sheet oh so carefully…

Ok now it really looked greasy…and they really kind of…smooshed into each other and spread way too much. I didn’t take a picture of it in the baking tray..I was way too dissapointed with the look, but when I tasted them – all I wanted was more! So how was I meant to rectify this?

I added another 1/4 cup of sourghum flour, put it back in the mixer with the paddle attachment, wizzed away for a bit until it was all incorporated, and then tried again, this time – they turned out better – didn’t spread as much, but resulted in slightly cakey cookies that tasted awesome. Even my dad liked them and you wouldn’t be able to tell they were gluten free. By no means are they the best GF, Vegan chocolate chip cookies in the world, but definately a great first try!

The ones at the top of the plate in the picture are the smooshed out ones that just crumbled in your hands – way too oily. The lower ones are far less oily – much tastier.

I’ll keep trying though!

Rxx

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Baking, Cookies, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Snacks, Vegan

 

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The Low FODMAP Vegan: Snack Attack

There’s nothing worse than sitting at your desk all day with a craving for something to much on and feeling like you can’t eat anything and that you are turning into a tree with greens coming out of your ears.

That’s how I felt today. Lucky for me the Life Cafe in Wanchai, small as it is, has a snack section that suited my needs perfectly – I found these Banana Chips which, in small doses, suits me perfectly.

The best part was reading the ingredients on the back: Bananas. That’s it. Nothing added, nothing extra. They are the perfect desk-side sweet treat and a fab FODMAP friendly snack since bananas are on the allowed list. The FODMAP food list suggests you limit dried fruit intake to 1tbsp at any serving, and spread servings out by 2 hours. Well I’m not one to have measuring spoons at my desk so I had about 10 of these banana chips in my serving and it suited me just fine.

Rxx

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Gluten Free, Low FODMAP, Snacks, Vegan

 

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Day 6: That Feeling..

I have had THAT feeling all week, you know the one – where you’re craving sugary sweetness and coffee and diet coke that comes loaded with caffeine?

I’ve been hungry all day too. OK, so the gloomy weather doesn’t help much with THAT feeling but still…I haven’t known what to do about it..until now.

Two fantastic products that helped me overcome my cravings..the first being Nature’s Path Organic Optimum Energy Bar in Blueberry with Flax & Soy. Satisfyingly filling, and sweet and perfect.

The second is Zevia’s Diet Soda.

According to their website, Zevia Diet Soda’s use only the purest ingredients, ZEVIA contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives found in other diet sodas. ZEVIA is 100% natural, has zero calories, zero net carbs, zero fat, and little or no sodium (depending on flavor).

Suitably vegan-friendly! Cool huh? I had their ginger ale which tastes awesome so I definately recommend a try!

It come’s in a whole range of flavours:  Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Dr. Zevia, Twist, Ginger Ale, Black Cherry, Orange, Grape, Cream Soda, Caffeine Free Cola, Mountain Zevia, and Grapefruit Citrus!

Happy Craving!

Rxx


 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in Indulge, Snacks, Vegan

 

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For the love of…Yummy Earth

Short but sweet today, I still have that funk, god only knows why. I’m going to put it down to the fact that i’m unhappy in multiple aspects of life at the moment (I count the hours until 6pm – that surely is a sign that I need to make some life-changing decisions), and I really need to give myself a good kick up the backside. But while I think about doing so, I’m munching on these divine organic candy drops by Yummy Earth, a wonderful organic candy company based in the U.S. Thankfully their products are on sale in the handful of organic supermarkets based here…and I whole heartedly recommend them. I’ve tried a number of their products – their organic lollipops included, but my favourite by far are these candy drops – I especially love the Mango ones.

If you can get your hands on a bag, I definately suggest you try them – they’re 100% vegan and made with real fruit juices!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2010 in Candy, Dessert, Food, Snacks, Vegan

 

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