Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a favourite in our house.  This classical cookie is delicious and easy. Here’s my favourite recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

1 1/4 cup Olive Oil

1 7/8 cup Brown Cane Sugar

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

3 Eggs

1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder or substitute

1 tsp. Salt

1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips (this amount may vary)

3 cups Flour (or as much as needed to reach cookie consistency)

Mix the oil and sugar together, add in the rest of the wet ingredients.  Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together separately.  Mix the dry and wet ingredients together, then add chocolate chips.  Bake cookies in a 400* oven for 10 minutes or until done.

Baking Powder Substitute

img_0931[1].jpgSome people are allergic to corn.  Unfortunately, baking powder contains corn.  Here’s a simple substitute for baking powder that I have used in many recipes.

2 TBSP Cream of Tartar

2TBSP Arrowroot powder

1TBSP Baking Soda

Mix it up and use as a replacement for regular baking powder.  Enjoy fluffy food again!

 

Do Allergies Make You Miss Out? Not anymore with these substitutions!

Do you feel like you can’t eat because of those annoying and painful allergies?  Allergies seem to be able to make you miss out on so much, but not any more with these substitutions.  Substitutions, when done right, can transform your world!  Here are a few.

Dairy

  • Ice Cream.  Check out this dairy allergy free recipe for coconut milk ice cream here.
  • Cheese.  Try this substitution for cheese.
  • Butter.  Coconut oil makes a great substitution for butter, both as a spread, and in baking.
  • Milk.  Coconut milk or almond milk are great alternatives for milk allergies.
  • Whipped Cream.  This is a trickier one, but it can be done.  Coconut milk is again the substitution.

Corn

  • Baking powder.  Did you know that baking powder has corn starch in it?  Try this simple substitute.
  • Icing sugar.  Icing sugar also has corn starch in it.  Just take a cup of cane sugar, whiz it in the blender, add a tablespoon of arrowroot powder, and use as a normal icing sugar.
  • Corn is hidden under many names.  Maltodextrin, found in many foods, is often corn based.  Make sure you know the “secret names” and watch for them on the ingredient lists as well.

There are many allergies and many substitutions out there.  If you have any questions, or foods you are wondering about substitutions for, you can ask them in the “comment” section and I’ll see what I can do.

Top Ten Super Healthy Foods

Here’s a list of ten super healthy foods.

  1. Coconut Oil-Coconut oil is beneficial for almost anything.  Coat dry skin with coconut oil to soften and moisten your skin.  Use it internally for many things as well.  Coconut oil is full of vital medium chain fatty acids that are extremely important.  Coconut oil is one of those “use for anything” foods.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar-Apple cider vinegar is similar to coconut oil in how beneficial it is.  Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, then a teaspoon of raw honey right after to clear out a cough.  If your fighting a cold at any stage, it is a big help.  Apple cider vinegar can be used to help almost anything.
  3. AvocadoAvocado is an amazing food.  Like coconut oil, it contains similar health properties.  Slice a somewhat unripe avocado up and have on bread.  Or make a veggie dip or salad dressing.  See Super Salad Dressing under the Baking/Cooking category.
  4. Honey-Honey needs to be raw.  Raw honey has so many health benefits.  It will sooth the throat, or even help with seasonal allergies!  You can even put it on a burn to heal it scar free!  Raw, organic honey is very beneficial in many other ways too.
  5. Kale-Kale is good for many things.  It’s a super green.  It’s bitter flavor goes great with mustard on a sandwich.
  6. Yogurt-Yogurt has bacterial culture.  Sounds gross, doesn’t it?  The bacteria in the yogurt is very beneficial though.  Organic yogurt is a good brain stimulant as well.
  7. Garlic-Yes, that smelly garlic is extremely healthy.  Garlic is a good antivirus food as well as a spice.
  8. Onion-Onion is a lot like garlic.  It is also good for the immune system.
  9. Raw Nuts-Raw nuts are good protein.  They are good for many things. 
  10. Oatmeal-Oatmeal, also know as porridge, is a great start to the morning.  Oatmeal is good for the heart and a number of other things.  It can even help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Eating healthy is both beneficial and tasty.