Monday, August 11, 2008

Delicious Desserts without Guilt!

How you ask?

Well all it takes is some education and a little planning. You just have to fill your kitchen with the right ingredients if you want to make simple substitutions to your dessert favourites. And guess what ...I can teach you how.

In this cooking class I will be outlining the different sugar alternatives that are available to you to use with ease. Not to mention their individual sweetness and subtle flavours. I will also be discussing whole grain flours flours that can be used rather than traditional white or now more commonly used whole wheat. These new whole grain alternative flours that can be used in your baked recipes, have some incredible health benefits and you can't even taste the difference!

Most importantly I will cover how baking can be done without any dairy. That means no milk, cream, butter or eggs. Baking can be done without these timely staples. It is really that simple!
You will now have more fun than ever while baking your favourite recipes!

So come and join me on Wednesday August 20th for a wonderful and delicious exploration of healthy baking at it's best.
Here is a recipe just to get your taste buds going....
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (you can do more...I always do!)
1/2 sucanat (natural form of sugar)
1/4 cup maple sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpats.
3. Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
4. Mix sugars, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil and vanilla together in bowl. Add flour mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the oats and raisins.
5. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
6. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the cookies sheets.
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes and let them cool for 5-8 minutes on cookie sheets then scoop onto a cooling rack.
8. Enjoy them with a glass a cold glass of Vanilla Rice Milk.!

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