Chocolate pumpkin brownies and this week’s meal plan

Pumpkin is a vegetable that my kids and husband are a bit resistant to. They only tolerate it in very small quantities (if at all), so I am always looking for ways to integrate (read:hide) it in different things I cook.  There’s only so many vegful meatballs they’ll eat, so this week I turned to chocolate to help me out 🙂

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Today, I am sharing a chocolate brownie recipe, which is loaded with pumpkin and the kids gobbled it up! It’s low in fat too (if you’re worried about that type of thing 😉 ).

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3 minute crackers – gf, vegan

I know I have been absent a lot lately, I have just been soaking up life. Its good times and its crappy times.

Miss 2 is at that stage where everything she does is hilarious and cute, and I just want to enjoy it. Having said that, the last few months have also been very trying as my older two are now pre-teen, and we have entered the attitude era. Any energy I have left at the end of the day is spent hauling my butt into bed and staring blankly at a screen of some sort. Sad, I know.

Cooking makes me happy though. So I’ve been cooking heaps of different things lately, and so many things I want to share with you over the coming weeks!

I love crackers. I could eat an entire packet of them in a sitting, which is the reason why I have always wanted to make my own. It just seemed like I was taking things to a whole new level though. Making my own crackers? Really? Now that I have made them once though, I have realised how quick and easy they are. Well worth making a few batches at a time so that you have them on hand when you want something tasty and crunchy 🙂 Continue reading

Pumpkin chocolate cake Dairy free, Egg free

If you are reading this post, we have reached 500 likes on the kids, recipes and organised chaos facebook page . Either that, or I’ve gotten impatient and want to share this recipe with you all anyway! Thanks to all those who shared the page 🙂

Earlier this week, I was reading on a facebook health page about someone having excess cooked pumpkin, and what should they do with it? A reply came, pumpkin chocolate cake. No recipe was given, so I searched the internet for a recipe, but was having trouble finding what I wanted. I found lots of pumpkin bread recipes, lots of pumpkin shaped chocolate cakes, lots of chocolate cakes with pumpkin ganache between the layers, but no pumpkin chocolate cakes. I was getting impatient. I had pumpkin, and I wanted desperately to use it in a cake!

So, I came up with this recipe. I hope you like it!

choc pumpkin cakeThis is  a lovely fluffy cake, and would be great at parties when you have kids with intolerances or allergies.

 
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE VEGAN CAKE

3 cups plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
2 tbs white vinegar
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup heaped raw cacao or cocoa
between 3/4 – 1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup heaped sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil (could use butter if dairy is ok, or other veg oil of choice)
1, 1/4 cup hot water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth (or mix by hand)
Bake in moderate oven, 180’C for around 40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.
I would assume this recipe could be used to as a basic vegetable chocolate cake recipe, where you could sub in most cooked veg instead of pumpkin, like beetroot or carrot. Hmmm, maybe even a mix?
I imagine it would be nice with a cream cheese icing too – but I imagine most things would taste good with cream cheese icing! Also, choc chips in the cake would be nice, or even some nuts or seeds. My kids devoured this happily, and I hope yours do too!

Grain free, nut free, refined sugar free, dairy free biscuit recipe

Grain free, nut free, refined sugar free and dairy free biscuit recipe
Two weeks ago on my facebook page, I promised a grain free (and therefore gluten free), dairy free, nut free and refined sugar free biscuit. Then I hurt my back, and was so low on supplies, I couldn’t even play with the recipe. Today, I finally got to my dry goods supply store, so tonight, while Master B cooked the BBQ, I whipped up the biscuits and am now procrastinating cleaning my kitchen while I type up the recipe for you all. Ahhh, the things I do for you lovely people! Continue reading

Just another manic monday…

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The Bangles weren’t kidding when they said Monday’s are manic! On Monday, I try to get on top of things so that the rest of the week runs smoothly. I do my grocery shopping and then plan my meals around what was on special and fresh. We are off to my sister’s house for dinner tonight for my nephew (and Godson) birthday, so while I don’t need to cook dinner, it’s always handy having soup in the fridge for lunch and after school snacks, served with cheesy toast. Today, the soup of the day is carrot soup < >