Yesterday on my shopping trip I bought a box of organic pears for $2 as they were desperatly in need of cooking! So today, I stewed the pairs, froze 4 lots for future use (stewed pears and yogurt, pear crumble, stewed pears on pancakes or french toast), we had some for afternoon tea and then I thought I would bake with some as the sweetner in my recipes! And to my suprise, everything turned out just lovely! I made peanut butter biscuits and chocolate goodie balls! I have included the recipes below. I didn't think of taking photos of the processes involved, but everything is pretty simple and there is a photo of the end result, which is the most important bit anyway!
Peanut Butter Raisin Biscuits.
I made these biscuits following a recipe from a book called Cookies Collectors Addition, but I changed the recipe so much that they are pretty original! I used wheat and gluten free flours in this as I like to use other flours besides wheat to get away from wheat overload!
You will need
65gm butter at room temp
65gm coconut oil at room temp (you could use all butter or all coconut oil)
175gm pear puree
80gm almond flour (meal)
95 gm coconut flour (instead of these two flours, you could use all rice flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 large egg, beaten
125gm natural peanut butter
3/4- 1 cup raisins or sultanas
Preheat oven to 180C and line baking trays with baking paper and grease. Cream the butter, coconut oil and pear puree together. Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well. Stir through the egg, peanut butter and raisins. The dough should be a soft texture, easy to roll. If you need more moisture, add 1-2 tablespoons of pear puree. Roll into balls, flatten slightly with a fork and bake for 10-15 min. Ive already eaten 2 with my cup of tea! They are not sickly sweet which is good and are quite filling as the coconut flour and almond meal are both high in fibre, protein and fat so I'm quite full which means they will last longer, hopefully...hooray!!
And now for the Chocolate Goodie Balls..
I call these chocolate goodie balls because they are jam packed with lots of good things! This recipe made 16 large balls so you can have 32 pop in your mouth size balls if you want or 8 if your super hungry! These taste like dark chocolate so if your more a milk chocolate person then add more sweetning!
You will need
3/4 cup pear puree
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
1/4 cup natural peanut better
1 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup seeds, i used flax, chia, sunflower and pepitas
3/4 cup oats
1/2 cup raw organic cocoa powder
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup raisins or sultanas
1/2 cup sesame seeds for rolling
Throw everything in a food processor and process till combined or mix all my hand in a bowl till combined. Roll into balls, roll balls in sesame seeds and place in a container! I store these in the fridge as the coconut oil and peanut butter can start getting soft if it gets warm (they're actually really delicious when slightly warmer, so it's not a huge disaster!)! These are really addictive but its all a-o-k as there is nothing bad about these at all! Well I dont think so anyway!
Hope you enjoy, and if the recipes dont work for you for some reason, let me know!