Single Serving 100% Peanut Cookies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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100% Peanut Cookies

No. of servings: 1 = 4 smaller cookies or 1 gigantic cookie

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Ingredients

35g raw deskinned peanuts
2 tsp pure maple syrup/ agave syrup
1 tsp soy creamer/low fat condensed milk (OR add 1 more tsp of pure maple syrup/ agave syrup and an optional 2 tsp soy milk powder/skim milk powder)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
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Optional ingredients:

Chocolate chip cookies : 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Oatmeal Raisin cookies: 1 tbsp oats/ oat flour , 1 tbsp raisins (presoaked in water to plump them up) and 1 tsp vanilla/rum extract

Funfetti cookies: 1-2 tsp sprinkes

Carrot cake cookies: 2 tsp grated carrots and 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Double chocolate cookies: 1 tsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Directions

  1. Use a food processor or a grinder (but this takes much more time) to grind the peanuts till they are in between the powdery and peanut butter stage such that when you press the ‘powder’, it becomes a paste.
  2. Remove the peanuts, add in remaining ingredients and knead into a dough.
  3. Form 4 small balls. Place onto baking tray and use the back of a fork to flatten the balls.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius/ 350F
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before consuming!
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On a side note, have you been bullied before? Please share if you don’t mind! 

My brother has never! 

What I Ate on Wednesday (9) WIAW

Sometimes, a picture does say a million words. I’m not feeling too good today. So, let’s let the pictures speak.

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Not in pictures: a handful of red globe grapes, a couple of chips and 3 peanut creme Oreos

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I finally got these for a reasonable price! They were in my Dream List!

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Hey everyone, I’m really sorry that I haven’t been visiting and commenting on your blogs recently! I promise I’ll get on to that once my ‘A’ levels are over! 😀

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Ever buy things for yourself like I do? 😀

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A Guest Post @ Lactose Free Lizzie

Updated my ‘About’ page! Do check it out! 😀

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Hi guys!

Just a short post to let you know that I’m guest posting at Lizzie‘s today!

What to expect: 3 words– Fresh. Pumpkin. Puree. In less than 15 minutes hands-on time. And me telling you what some of my favourite recipes on my site are.

What are you waiting for? Click here and go!

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PS: I’m kind of confused! Am I a Healthy Living Blogger or just a health-conscious-food-blogger

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What I Ate On Wednesday (8) WIAW

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I’m soo busy these days! In between my (very boring) studying, I fuse (and eat) leftovers from the weekend (cooked by my mum) into new dishes. And make dinner for my bro who now blogs at ‘iwritewhoreads‘ versus my ‘ibakewhoeats‘ (among other things). Not too funny, bro. Please excuse our lameness (wow, this is a word!!!!). Our blogs are now affiliated. How fun (not sarcasm, I do think its kinda fun 🙂 ).

Today, I had fried rice for lunch. Again.  The lady of the house tends to cook too much rice. Always.

It was curry-slash-briyani fried rice (yes, she cooked waaay too much curry too). The mish-mash of flavours was not exactly agreeable. But what the hell, its fried rice! How bad can it get? My dad said it tasted ‘okay’. Really, I’m no cook. Pass me a chunk of raw meat and I’ll disappear in a sec. Hand me raw liver/heart and I’ll throw up in your face. I stick with eggs and fried rice. With minimum oil. I have suffered way too many oil-splashes to enjoy cooking with oil. Note: it hurts. Like crazy.

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Fudgsicles again! I got sick of yogurt 😦 Chocolate’s the remedy. ? Pretty soon, I’ll crave my yoplait yogurt again.

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A cup of my favourite skim milk! Greenfields! I had the ‘Shop ‘n’ Save‘ housebrand version before and it was such a disappointment :-(.

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And I made Chocolate Covered Katie’s Pumpkin bars!!! She gave an option of using agave syrup instead of sugar which would make the bars more cakey… which I thought would be more muffin-like so I made mine into muffins!! 😀

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Please check out Katie’s original recipe here:

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/23/pumpkin-cream-cheese-bars/

Her’s are gorgeous!!

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I changed the ingredients slightly; added chocolate chips, chocolate paste and used maple syrup instead of the agave. The choco chips and paste would add roughly 70 calories to the 434 calories below (maple syrup wasn’t included in the calorie count below), bringing it to 504 calories for the entire batch. Not bad! 😀

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(sorry for bad saturation!)

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They were super moist and fluffy and to sum it up– I loved it!!! I ate 1/3 a batch (according to the above ingredients) + a blueberry bun (below) for dinner!

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That’s it! I’m kind of cutting down the calories I’ve been eating. Because let me face it: I gotta diet and exercise. Its no fun.

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Just curious: Do you read your sibling’s blog (if they/he/she have/has one) and do you link each other? 

I think its really fun to share the blogging world with my bro! Its kind of like our own little online ‘thing’ our parents can only just hear about and don’t have to interfere in 😀 

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Brown Sugar/Unrefined Sugar Popcorn (Vegan, Healthier Popcorn in 10 MINUTES)

I made POPCORN!

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Uncaramelized

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In 10 minutes. And yes, it includes caramelization time.

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Of course I had to make it healthier. White sugar? PPPhhhffff… please use brown! Do yourself and your friends more good!

I always feel guilty serving people unhealthy stuff (bakes laden in butter and tons of white sugar) –hence these healthy recipes I made. And I will admit it. Its not easy. Butter and sugar simply makes anything taste good. No matter how much you put.

Even popcorn. But not THIS popcorn, which is absolutely delicious without any of those.

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Its so beautiful! Watching those unattractive teeney weeney hard-assed corn kernels explode into gorgeous fellas made the highlight of my day. (on the other hand, since I’m studying, anything I’m doing besides that is a ‘highlight‘)

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So I want you to enjoy it with me! Its SOO easy! And much cheaper than buying those from shops and carnivals (my mum absolutely hates the ‘c’ word. She thinks it makes us sound crass. But what the heck, I love ‘c’heap stuff! :D). Most importantly, HEALTHIER!

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Brown/Unrefined Sugar  Popcorn

No. of servings: Enough for 3 to share! (or 4)

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Popcorn.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unpopped corn kernels
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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Directions

In a deep and heavy pot (that comes with a heavy lid), pour in the oil and shake the pot till it forms an even surface on the pot. Spread the corn kernels in a single surface on the oil (you can sprinkle them into the pot than shake it to form the single surface). Sprinke on the salt.

Cover the pot with its lid. Heat over high heat. Popping will begin soon. Keep shaking when popping is vigorous to prevent burning. When popping slows down, turn off the heat and do not remove the lid. Wait for popping to stop completely before removing the lid and transferring to the popcorn to a large metal bowl.

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Caramelization

 
Ingredients

1/4 cup brown sugar/ coconut sugar / Sucanat/ black sugar (Yes, all work!)

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Directions

Over medium heat in a non-stick pan, add brown sugar/ coconut sugar/ Sucanat and stir till it dissolves completely. Then turn up the heat to high and stir till the syrup boils. Add in the popcorn and stir vigorously to get all the popcorn caramellised. When evenly mixed, remove the caramellised popcorn and transfer back into the metal bowl to cool.

Optional step: Sprinkle 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 tsp cinnamon and mix with popcorn.

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Tell me: Do you ever feel guilty serving other unhealthy stuff like I do??

I always feel guilty. Its not a good feeling! 😦

++ Any more popcorn ideas for me? I have so much more to pop! (Bought about 500g!)

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Submitted to Diet, Dessert, and Dogs’ Wellness Weekends!!! Thanks for organising, Ricki!!!! :D

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What I Ate On Wednesday (7) WIAW

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My brother gave me some goodies! A Hershey’s Almond Milk Chocolate and some Iced Lemon Tea Sweets!!!! I love it when he gives me stuff. 🙂 We like to surprise each other. He got pizza last week. I’m a good sister. 😉

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On to this: 

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My diet really has been relatively boring! A savoury meal and starchy-sweet other meals with desserty stuff in between.

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I ate an entire loaf of this Mini Red Bean Loaf! Not all at one go, I split them between 2 mini meals. Its really the swirls and whole beans that attracted me. The unnatural yellow tinge that most probably came from a mixture of chemicals innocently named food colouring– not so much.

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A highly photoshopped photo of the innards! 🙂 Still yellow after desaturation! But so soft and fluffy! That’s why I love bread… or the feeling of cotton in my mouth anyway ;-). Which reminds me! I saw this list yesterday: The 10 Most Bizarre Eating Disorder News Stories. One girl ate cigarette ashes because she loved the gritty texture. Another thought the foam inside sofas were delicious. Another ate soap and detergent. Just don’t get me going about the girl who ate her own scabs and stored the excess under her fingernails. Even more weird that she’s vegetarian. Nonetheless, the guy who ate glass shocked me the most. I could barely watch the video without grimacing. No way that I’ll do anything like that. Let’s just stick to bread, or cotton candy at the most, shall we? 🙂

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Drink milk! Skim milk anyway. In a Hello Kitty cup. I don’t EVER want to grow up. Wanna use it FOREVER! My daddy bought it for me!

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My favourite yogurt (recycled photo) though I had Mango flavour this time! The supermarket ran out of my strawberry ones! 😦

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Wanton Noodles from a stall I’ve patronized since I was 6! After 12 years, the taste is still the same. The noodles are practically flawless but I don’t like the wanton filling and fatty sections of char siew much; they have this ‘porky’ smell I hate. Its also a very small serving for S$3! Haha. This is me nitpicking ’round stuff. 😉

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What do you feel about those super-weird eating habits?? Ever done anything like that just for the fun of it when you were a kiddo who knew no better?

I tasted my own blood once! Licked my bleeding thumb because I learnt that vampires drank blood and was curious if it tasted good!!! My classmates in primary school ate pencil lead and eraser dust. My mum said it’ll make me dumb so I didn’t! 🙂

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Healthier, Easy Fried Rice (with vegan option)

I’m annoyed.

By a supposedly breakthrough invention called a cellphone. For what reason, you say. It opens up a world I’ll rather not face, a reality I rather not be part of my life. To some extent, it kind of has irritated me (badly).

Okay, maybe not the cell phone part of the cell phone (how does this even make sense???), I really mean the SIM card part of the cell phone. I’m actually quite happy with the cell phone. It does a splendid job functioning as an iPod.

Nonetheless, I have must have done one of the following things (thus explaining my lighter mood 🙂 🙂 today 🙂 ):

1. I have happily lost my phone (which always happen except this time, I didn’t bother to find it)

2. I have generously lent my cell phone to a lonely old lady in my block, who happens to be amused by this ‘cell phone’ thing that mysteriously allows her to listen to her favourite antique songs and talk to people who are actually miles away. She was so delighted by my kind offer! (which actually benefits me more than her)

3. I have changed my cell phone number (see, this way, I get to keep the phone aka iPod)

I think I really did one of the above.

I’m no longer annoyed.

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I’m ready to have some Healthier Fried Rice.

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I promised you a fried rice recipe on Tuesday!

There is an apparent misconception that Fried Rice is always unhealthy. That’s not true. Made with the right ingredients, fried rice can be healthy!! We had tons of leftover  rice last weekend and my mum asked me to help cook some fried rice. So I did. Though I’m not exactly into the savoury thingies, I’m happy to oblige. I love fried rice.

If there’s one thing I have in common with Barney Stinson, its that we both love shrimp fried rice. Other than the fact that we both love suits (on men).

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Because I had some Fry’s Vegetarian Traditional Sausages on hand, I added two in. They’re too salty to be eaten alone. I think they are vegan, according to the ingredient’s list, which I added below.

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Ingredients
Vegetable proteins (Soya), Wheat protein, Vegetable oil, Starch, Wheat flour, Flavourings, Spices, Sea salt, fibre,Colour: caramel. 58 kcal per sausage

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Healthy Easy Fried Rice

No. of servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups Overnight cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 head cabbage (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1/2 head garlic, chopped into tiny pieces (use less if you don’t like garlic. Its healthy though!!)
  • 2 Medium to Large Sized Vegan Sausages, cubed/chopped
  • 1 egg (optional: if not used, add one more sausage)
  • 3 stalks spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp mushroom ‘oyster’ sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce (optional)
  • dash pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the wok on high heat.
  2. Add the oil and continue to heat. Don’t let the oil burn!
  3. Add in garlic and fry them till they’re fragrant, and only very slightly brown.
  4. Switch to medium heat.
  5. Add in vegetables and stir fry till slightly cooked
  6. Add sausages and stir fry till slightly brown.
  7. Turn to high heat (the highest). Wait for the wok to be very hot.
  8. Add rice in middle of the wok.
  9. Stir until heated through (about 2 minutes), using a spatula to turn and move the rice around the wok. (Note: You can remove the stir-fried vegetables before adding the rice if the pan is too crowded, and then add them back before adding the seasonings. It’s generally not necessary though, since the rice is already cooked and just needs to be heated through).  Tip from here.
  10. If using eggPush everything to the sides of the wok. Crack an egg in the middle of the wok. When half-cooked, stir together with the other stuff in the wok
  11. Stir in all seasoning. Taste and add more seasoning if desired. Stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  12. After this stage, I like to let the rice sit in the wok for about 10 more minutes to get a wok-hei-like texture (the soy sauce and oyster sauce sort of caramelizes the rice)

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For more tips on making fried rice, visit:

http://steamykitchen.com/68-secrets-to-cooking-the-best-chinese-fried-rice.html

http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2011/01/21/how-to-make-the-best-fried-rice/

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That’s it for today!!

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Tell me: Do YOU like fried rice? If so, what kind? 😀

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