A few weeks ago, I made this awesome Caramel Rum Banana Bread. It was pretty delicious, so when I had to make something “breakfast-y” for today, I decided to turn more or less the exact same recipe into a coffee cake by adding a streusel topping. Equally as epic… and it doesn’t hurt that you can say that you had rum for breakfast on a Friday! 🙂
I’ve been playing around with something different, something healthier, something not along the lines of my usual baked good, and that would be these Roasted Chickpea Snacks. Sort of like roasted nuts, these are a quick and healthy, protein packed pick me up. It actually took a few tries to get these right — not because I burned them or anything, but more because the spices didn’t quite jive. Now that I have them sorted though, I love them. They last a couple of weeks in an airtight container (not refrigerated), but I’ve found I can eat almost an entire batch in a day. The curry spice ones are my personal favorite.
PS; They’d also be good on salad, sort of like croutons. 🙂
Another day of going through the pantry and finding loads more half used bags of chocolate chips and dried fruit, so along those lines — and because I didn’t have time to run to the shops and I had to make a bunch of cookies for a bake sale — here are another one of my “everything but the kitchen sink” cookies, sort of like the Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from a few weeks ago. They are even sort of healthy this time!
In my attempt to expand my “flavor-profile” horizons, I decided to make these “Moroccan” meatballs. For the record, I don’t know that they have turkeys in Morocco (I am guessing more lamb?), so it’s more the flavors that I am going for in this recipe: cumin, coriander, paprika, nutmeg and cinnamon. An interesting combination, to be sure. But they turned out quite lovely. I’ve frozen a batch so when I have visitors in the next few weeks, they might be good as an appetizer or a snack. If going for the whole meal thing, service with cous cous. Nom.
This week I learned that it is possible to make cookies without flour, sugar, eggs or butter. Neat trick, eh? Yes, I thought so. But these super simple to make Almond Joy Cookies have none of those four ingredients, thought there is sugar in the chocolate chips and sweetened shredded coconut, and the binder is condensed milk, so I can’t say that they are vegan. The nuts? Well that makes them Almond Joy cookies instead of Mounds cookies, right? Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t … you can finish the jingle. 🙂