Friday, September 26, 2014

Dairy free Double Chocolate Avocado cookies

It seems like a long long time since I last baked cookies. I'm not sure why, but cookies usually doesn't appeal to me that much. I guess I am more of a cake and bread person in general ;P But lately there has been this hype about this new, all too delicious cookie call Ben's from London in Singapore. Everyone I talked to seems to be raving about how good it is. Hmmm...really? How good can  a cookie be? And just so happen I was in town last week and walked pass that very cookie store (unintentionally) selling Ben's...famous, smelling all too yummy, cookies. BUT! I was so shock to see that each cookie, no bigger then my palm, is selling for $2.60++ etc...EACH. O.M.G. I mean seriously...even if they are really really that good, I refuse to pay that kind of money for a cookie. So being the stubborn me, I tell myself...I am gonna go home and bake me some awesome kick-ass cookies, and save some $$$! Ha!
Did a bit of research and finally came up with this "Dairy free Double Chocolate Avocado cookies". Dairy free? Yup, no butter, no milk, no dairy, period. So this recipe gets it's "fat" from the creamy avocado, which is a nice thing since fat from avocado is a good thing. And to make this recipe even more awesome, I am making it all simple using my handy dandy MaxoMixx blender from Bosch. Life's much easier with this gadget around I swear.
Okay, here is the rundown of all the ingredients you need to bake this cookie. The avocado is probably the most "exotic" item in the whole ingredient list. So remember to prep yourself, buy it earlier and let the avocado ripe nicely before use. A slight give when you press it or when its skin turns dark brown like  you see in the above picture, shows it's good to go. 

Main reason why I use MaxoMixx blender here is I skipped the step of mashing or separately blending the avocado before mixing into the batter. Simply dump all the ingredients in the blender and zap away, easy as that! Can't wait? Let's get on with it!
First, you add all the dry ingredients, flour, cocoa powder, salt and brown sugar into the blender container. I used the XL blade container so there's ample room for all the ingredients.(refer to my previous post on more reviews on MaxoMixx)

Next add the wet ingredients; egg, vanilla and the avocado flesh. Then mount back the blender base unit and switch on the power.
When you're ready, press the button and zap away! Let it run for a couple minutes till it becomes a smooth and creamy consistency.
Tah-dah! Simple as that! Smooth and luscious cookie batter all ready within minutes! Told ya life is easier with this MaxoMixx haha!
Preheat the oven to 170C. Using two spoons, scoop the batter on the baking sheet or silpat. Then gently press in the chocolate chunks on to the dollops of cookie batter. Bake in the oven for 10-12 don't wanna over bake these babies. :P
10-12 minutes have these awesome kick-ass cookies right in front of you. Ben what? And don't get me started on controlling myself on not grabbing one right away to stuff it in my mouth haha! Let them cool completely before you shaft them down ya?

This recipe is a close adaptation from Jamie Oliver's Dairy free, gluten free avocado cookies
Ingredient for Dairy free Double Chocolate Avocado cookies (bakes 12-16 cookies) 
1 ripe avocado
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
150g light brown soft sugar

50g cocoa powder (I used valrohna)
pinch of salt
70g cake flour

100g large dark chocolate chips or chunky cuts of dark chocolate (65% cocoa)
  • In the MaxoMixx blender XL container, add in flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. No sieving required if you're using a blender, but please do if you are not. :)
  • Then add in the "wet" ingredients, peeled and seeded avocado, egg and vanilla extract. Then blend mixture till smooth, should only take less then 2 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Scoop out cookie batter on the baking sheet, about a heaping tablespoon each. 
  • Gently press chocolate chunks onto the dollops of batter.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake it, so it is still gooey inside.
  • Let cookies cool completely before consuming or storing them. Enjoy!
Ahhh...yes. Chocolaty, gooey and all so satisfying! The cookie actually taste yummier the following day! So save a couple and not gobble up everything please.

Being a chocoholic myself, I can guarantee this cookie is gonna satisfy any cookie monster or chocolate lover's craving! Yup, who need Ben's when you have Bee's cookies haha! Who's ready for tea break? I am! Komamon too!

Happy baking and enjoy!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Review of Bosch MaxoMixx Handheld blender and easy Honey Almond Butter recipe

Recently I had the privilege to receive Bosch's MaxoMixx handheld blender to review. In my previous post Brown Butter Wholewheat Pecan Banana cake , I whipped up this delicious cake using the whisk attachment of MaxoMixx blender.(See below for the various attachments) As I mention before, MaxoMixx ain't your usual one function handheld blender which only pulverized your chunky soup. It has up to 5 different functions that will slice, chop, blend, mince and liquified your food the way you want it to be.
You can see from above, those are basically all the things in the whole package. Not that complicated so far. Usually I'm plain lazy to read up the manual but luckily the instructions available in the package has clear pictorial format, yay! It basically shows you which parts can be attached to the other. All very clearly labelled too, cool. :) I bet even my 8 year old kid can put this together. 

It is really easy to attach or detach the base unit from the Blender Foot. You just have to give the release button a firm press on both sides and pops it comes off.

Here is a look at the four-winged Quattro blade stainless steel foot. The blades might looks short and small, but it packs a whole lot of power! This is also MaxoMixx's key feature which makes it more powerful and stronger then other well known brands. Which we all know that most of the other handheld blenders only has 2 or 3 wings. I guess in this case, the more the merrier right?

There is actually two mode for the blend, normal and ...turbo. So far so good, no rocket science here.
You can see a series of numbers on top which ranges from 0-12 on top of the Base Unit of the MaxoMixx. That is actually the setting for the speed of the blade. I did not take note of it initially as the two buttons at the bottom; (my finger is pressing on "Turbo") is already suffice to achieve what I needed the MaxoMixx blender to do. In other words, pretty much powerful enough and not having to switch to level 12 at the moment....for now. :P Note that my thumb is actually pressing on the "turbo" button, and the button above turbo is "connected" the controllable speed range of 0-12. Sounds complicated but its just need to hands on to find out. I did! And I feel "powerful" with that in my hand haha! :)

So my advice is go normal or low speed first, you won't want to clean up all those food that is flying out when it whirls haha! Well, this actually brings me to the part on the containers / jug in this whole package :
I love for the fact that the blender jug given is actually tall enough which allows ample room for your food to blend nicely without spilling out. And there's more!
Check out the suctions at the bottom of these containers for the Universal cutter "L" and "XL". These suctions will most definitely help hold the container when it! And yes, it comes with its own lid for easy storage too. That is definitely a plus!

Note that there is a blade each in these left two containers. So when we attach the base unit to these containers, they operated just like a blender which can crush ice (wow!), cut meat, hard cheese, onions, herbs, garlic, fruits, vegetables, nuts and almonds. Did you say Almonds? I was stoked when I saw the word Almond! What better way to get "acquainted" to your new tool then to actually try it out and put it to the test eh? Almond butter it is! 

I immediately roast 300g of raw almonds! (yes I am constantly stocked up with nuts haha!)
Once the almonds are nicely roasted, let them cool down before using them. 
Place the cooled roasted almonds into Universal Container XL and sprinkled a good pinch of flaked sea salt inside....or any salt will do too. Cover up, attach the base unit and give it a whirl!
After a good 2-3 minutes, you would get something like this below:

Continue to blend! After a few more minutes, you will start to feel like when will it ever gonna get creamy? No will come, just continue to blend. And then after another 3 to 4 minutes, magic happens..... 
See how it has become creamier? At this point, you will feel that the base unit of the MaxoMixx is slightly warm to the touch. I suggest giving a 30 secs to a minute "break time" for the blender before continuing. At least that was what I don't want to heat up the blender too much. In fact its never a good idea to over heat any of your home appliance!

So there you have it...creamy almond butter! At this point, IF you wanna make the butter even smoother and don't mind the additional of small amount of oil, you can add 2 tsp of sunflower seed oil or peanut oil to the mixture and blend another 10 seconds. These 2 tsp of oil will make the butter really smooth! And if you like it slightly sweetened, add 2 tsp of honey to make Honey Almond Butter....yum! I added wild Clover honey which I lugged back from California a couple months back, heehee!
Blend another 15-20 seconds and you are done! Feel free to substitute with other form of sweetener, powder sugar, brown sugar or maple syrup. 
Scoop the almond butter into a clean container and you can store this delicious spread up to 2-3 weeks at room temperature. (if it even last that long heehee)

I suggest doing small batches of 300g, maximum 350g each time for making nut butters. So that the MaxoMixx blender doesn't over work or get heated up too much. Make sure to give the blender a 1 minute break between each 3 to 4 minutes blending. Yes, love your appliances and it will last longer.

Well, thanks to MaxoMixx, this almond butter making process does seems a whole lot easier! And I am glad that MaxoMixx was so easy to use too. Plus cleaning up was a swift. I only had to wash the Universal Cutter XL container and blade. Plus my first ever homemade Honey Almond butter tasted so creamy and delicious! Never will I buy another off the shelf bottle of almond butter ever again! Yay!
With the Honey Almond Butter I made, I also whipped up some Honey Almond Butter Milkshake! So simple and yet so healthy and satisfying. Here is the recipe, try it!

Ingredients for Honey Almond Butter Milkshake (For 1 pax)
3 Tbsp honey almond butter 
1 tsp chia seed
1 tsp honey
3 Tbsp honey Greek yoghurt (or any plain yoghurt)
250 ml fat free milk (can be less or more, adjust to your liking)

Place everything in the blender jug, then insert the MaxoMixx Base unit attached to the four-winged Quattro blade stainless steel foot...and blend! When smooth and creamy, its ready! Drink up!

Keen? Do try out these recipes, especially they are so simple. Or perhaps a MaxoMixx blender too to help your almond butter making easier? Haha!

I am already looking forward to trying out more recipes using MaxoMixx blender. Stay tune guys!
In the meantime, have a good day ahead guys!