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Peanut Butter & Jelly Frangipane Pie with PB&J Ice Cream (vegan and gluten free)

That’s it. I give up being boring. Wry , senseless dry humour, incoherent thoughts, nonsensical behaviour (I’m guessing no second person has ever dislocated their ankle by being asleep) is the definition of my name, which I must add people have found many ways to pronounce– some in a way that terrifies every fibre in my body, some downright insulting, some ingenious… but almost never correctly.(PS, its not ‘cheating’, that’s a lame shortcut I respond to but no longer want to. QT is the safe way to go.) From next post on, I’m going back to my roots (or whatever they are).  These couple of days, I’ve been downing bowls of dead bitter medicine instead of yummy herbal chicken soup, exercising like a crazy person, studying, baking, trying to record the sound of my brother snoring for my ringtone (how fun would that be?), going for physio, learning to drive and so on. 

I’ve been experimenting on frangipane for the longest time. Typical frangipane is clogged with lumps of butter, sugar and eggs. Trying to make it healthy is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever taken on. I wanted to make it vegan, lower in fat and with peanuts instead of almonds since almonds are pricey. And finally, this happened.

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Peanut butter and Jelly Frangipane Pie with a gluten free crust, healthier frosting, berry cream and Peanut Butter & Jelly Ice Cream, of which all components are significantly healthier than typical counterparts.

And the best thing about this pie is that it is really easy to make!

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Recipe for Shortbread Crust is inspired by Chockohlawtay.

Recipe for Berry Cream is also from Chockohlawtay.

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Pie — The Ultimate Makeover

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Imagine a delicious, guilt-inducing pie that’s all these…

Alright, quit imagining because its reality. 

Just look at that! A square piece of Peanut Butter & Jelly Pie and a cup of Homemade Soy Milk. A vegan high tea set! 

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I like the pie frozen, but if you’re not into an ice-cream like,  peanut butter and jelly confection, and more into a creamy, mousse-like pie, just have it chilled and equally delicious. 

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Recipe for shortbread crust is adapted from Chockohlawtay, one of my favourite blogs.

Vegan: Use tofutti cream cheese.

A visual presentation of the process of making soy bean flour:

1. bake soy beans at 200C for 15 minutes. let cool.
2. grind in a grinder till powdery.

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Till next time!

Guest Post: Counterfeit Chocolate Cake Balls (Vegan)

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I really get you.

I know your heart.

I read your mind.

I recognise your innermost desires. 

Alright, I lied. I’m no mind reader but I guess that you’re probably sick of my ridiculous sarcasm, limited vocabulary and dry sense of humour. And I apologise, alright? 

I’m sorry. 

So I got someone more interesting than I am to write today’s post. 

Like me, Madison creates healthier versions of classic desserts. And she’s darn good. I mean, who can give you a recipe for healthy Mexican wedding cookies??? You can find it here. Thank her later. Or now. 

Please welcome her! 

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Hi everyone! My name is Madison and I write about my healthy baking adventures over at a little blog called Peanut Butter Lover. First I want to start off by thanking Qi Ting for allowing me to write a guest post in her lovely world of desserts! All of her recipes are so tasty and more than once have been the inspiration behind some of my experiments in the kitchen.

 

This is Madison!


In the past, I have struggled with my eating like many other fellow health food bloggers. Then one day I realized that I can still bake and eat healthy at the same time. Actually, it’s better that way! You see, instead of relying on packages to tell me what is in the food I eat, I get to decide what goes into my body.

There have been many ups and downs with my eating since then. Days of binging, days of restriction, but along the way I have come to find that nobody is perfect. While my body is made up in an exact science, it doesn’t take a scientist to fuel it properly. As long as I attempt to choose whole foods to fuel me and as long as I make good choices most of the time, I’m good.

However, since I do try to restrict myself from eating “bad” foods, I sometimes crave those old processed snacks that I’ve done away with. This is also where baking comes into play. My goal in the kitchen is to make healthy recipes that sustain my cravings. In no way do all of my recipes taste “exactly” like their unhealthy counterparts, but for the most part they do a pretty dang good job.

My inspiration in the kitchen comes from all places under the sun: cooking shows, my grandmas who love to bake, cookbooks, old family recipes, and of course- food blogs.

The recipe I am going to share with you today was actually created over a year ago after I stumbled across an online recipe for chocolate black bean brownies.

 

Christmas break had just begun and my mom, being a middle school teacher, had brought home sweet treats from her students. A dessert-lover’s heaven.

Among the boxes of confections were chocolate chip cookies, chocolate turtles and … chocolate cake balls.

This was my first experience with cake balls and it was love at first “bite.” If you don’t know what cake balls are, let me give you the 411- These decadent balls are made by mixing crumbled cake pieces with frosting and forming them into balls. Then the balls are coated with a layer of chocolate and frozen to perfection.

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My mom was trying to make them last though, so I decided to make my own to keep all for myself. They turned out great, but after indulging in one too many; I realized that cake balls were definitely not part of a healthy diet.

And that’s when I remembered that black bean brownie recipe. You could say that a lightning bolt had struck my brain at this point, and in a flash of inspiration I set to work in my kitchen to make a tasty, but healthy “cake ball.”

What I came up with is not overly sweet, but rich, moist and a chocolate lover’s dream. Oh, and did I mention that it contains no added sugar whatsoever? Well then, by all means, here’s the recipe that will knock your socks off:

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Counterfeit Chocolate Cake Balls 


No. of servings: Makes 16 to 20

Calories: About 55 calories each (With 18 cake balls)

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Ingredients

1 small, ripe banana, mashed (approximately )

½ cup dates

¼ cup egg beaters

1 can black beans, drained (or about 1 ½ cups)

8 Tbsp cocoa powder

Splash vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

*Additional ingredients needed in step 8 of the directions

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Directions

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees/180C.

2.      Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with mashed banana. Microwave for 2 minutes on medium. (This replicates soaking dates which takes several hours!)

3.      Place the soaked dates, banana and egg beaters in a food processor and blend until smooth.

4.      Then add the beans by a ½ cup, processing as you go along until completely combined.

5.      Add remaining ingredients and combine.

6.      Spray an 8×8 glass pan with nonstick cooking spray and spread the brownie batter evenly into the pan.

7.      Place in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

8.      When the brownies are baking, make the Banana Chocolate “Frosting.” To make the “frosting,” combine two large bananas (about ) with of cocoa powder in a food processor until smooth.

9.      When brownies are done, let cool.

10.  How to assemble the cake balls: Crumble half of the black bean brownies into a bowl. In the same bowl place 1/3 of the “frosting” and mix together. Then, form 16 to 20 balls out of the mixture and place on a sprayed lid/cookie sheet. Freeze for an hour. Remove when frozen and coat with remaining “frosting.” Freeze until solid. Thaw for a few minutes and enjoy!

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Thanks again to Qi Ting for letting me do this guest post on her blog. It was a little late in coming, but I enjoyed writing this so much!

Please come visit my blog, check out my recent posts and my About Me page. I enjoy reading everyone’s comments and I love meeting fellow foodies!

 

Madison @ Peanut Butter Lover

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Thank YOU, Madison!! Remember to hop over to Madison’s. Right now. 😀

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Failed Macarons– Round 3

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Macarons and I have the dumbest love-hate relationship. I love the challenge of making and the not-very-challenging activity of eating them. But I hate it when the stupid macarons crack/sink/refuse to leave the lovely parchment paper. Dumb macarons.

I would like to say I almost succeeded this time. After all, THEY GREW FEET! Now they can stand on their own 😉 But they were a failure.

The egg whites were leftover from the CNY pastry-baking. I made the macarons with peanut flour instead of almond flour.

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The completed meringue. I flipped the bowl upside down and the meringue didn’t move at all.

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The macronage. 

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This is the prettiest one I got. But its far from perfect.

 

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It has weird airy tops that burst!

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Look at these (the ugliest ones; I took away all the ‘prettier’ ones)

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Barney Stinson would say: “Awf-some”. 

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Guest Post: Hi-Protein Smoothies by Shannon of Healthiful Balance

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Okay, its me again. I know you guys are probably getting tired of me already (Yes, I’m aware its possible). So I’ve been (very desperately) begging for guest bloggers. 
Today, we welcome the beautiful Shannon of Healthiful Balance who will kick off this blog’s collection of guest posts! 😀
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Hi, my name is Shannon and I blog over at Healthiful Balance about my life in Germany, health, food and fitness. I also love posting product reviews, giveaways and recipes. I’m a big fan of the recipes Qi Ting’s posts, they always look so delicious! 🙂
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Today I’m going to be sharing two of my current favorite smoothie recipes that I recently came up with.
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Chocolate Covered Bananas Smoothie

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This smoothie is packed with many great health benefits and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients! Cocoa helps improves cardiovascular health and studies show that it could even help fight cancer. Bananas are very rich in potassium and can reduce menstrual pains.

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Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 scoop Madre Labs CocoCardio OR 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder OR 1 scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • A few drops of cocoa bean extract
  • A few ice cubes
  • 2 oz. water or skim milk (50 ml.) (Give or take, depending on how good your blender is.)

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Directions

Put everything in your blender and blend together until it has a smooth consistency. If you don’t want it to be so thick, just add some more water or milk.

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Strawberry, Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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Craving something sweet? This is the perfect smoothie..it tastes like chocolate covered strawberries! Plus, its healthy and loaded with protein!

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Ingredients

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder
1 packet of stevia
A few drops of cocoa bean extract OR 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup water or skim milk (Give or take, depending on how good your blender is.)

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Directions

Put everything in your blender and blend together until it has a smooth consistency. If you don’t want it to be so thick, just add some more water or milk.

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I hope you enjoy the smoothies!
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What are you waiting for? Hop over to Shannon’s! 😀
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And just an update to tell you guys,
You can now request sweet recipe makeovers here:
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PS: I’m looking for Guest Bloggers! You can write on any topic related to health-and-wellness or anything about food or recipes of course! No other limitations. Contact me at qiting93@hotmail.com please! 😀 😀
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Glutinous Rice Balls (Vegan, Fat free & Gluten-free)

My mum had been pining for these for days.

And today, I finally got down and dirty to conjure up these babies.

Easiest dessert ever.

They are glutinous rice balls, more affectionately called “Tang Yuan 汤圆“.

I made original, matcha and cocoa flavoured skins, all with peanut filling.

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The skin

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The filling

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Glutinous Rice Balls

No. of servings: NIL

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Ingredients

For Skin
  • Glutinous Rice Flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Matcha powder
  • Cocoa powder
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For Peanut filling (sticky)
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut powder
  • maltose
For Peanut filling (not sticky)
  • Peanut flour
  • Peanut powder
  • Unrefined brown sugar
  • Water

Directions

For Skin

*more sugar for cocoa skin

To some glutinous rice flour (and matcha or cocoa powder if using), add some sugar (roughly 1 tbsp per cup of glutinous rice flour). Add a little water. Stir with fork. Add water and stir and repeat till you can use your hand to knead the mixture into a non-sticky dough.

Weigh into 10g doughs.

Peanut fillings:
Simply mix preferred amounts of each ingredient together. For the sticky filling, you will need to knead the mixture into a non-sticky dough withe the help of more peanut flour.

Weigh into 6g balls.

Assembling and cooking:
Fill skin doughs with peanut filling. Roll into round balls without fillings leaking. Make sure there are no holes.

To cook, cook some water in a saucepan till it boils. Add in glutinous rice balls.

Balls are ready when they float to surface of water.

Serve with syrup or simply plain.

For leftovers, freeze balls individually in perhaps egg cartons or coat with rice flour and freeze in a pan. 

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I hope you have working jaws and good teeth.

You’ll understand why when you try them 😉

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Single Serving Taiwanese Oyster-less Oyster Omelette 没蚵仔的蚵仔煎 (with Vegan option)

I sincerely apologise for the low quality pictures you’re about to see here!

The best way to help yourself not miss a place is by having some signature food from that place. And so I made Taiwanese Oyster Omelette… without the oysters. I strongly despise the smell of raw oysters. Hence the oyster-less oyster omelette!!

Exams will be over in 2 weeks! After which I’ll have 1 day to study for my SATs and less than 4 months to get my Chinese back to the standard its supposed to be i.e. remember how to write my name in Chinese again… (how on earth did this happen????) Something to do with trying to make a dream come true…

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This was done in my ‘new’ non-stick pancake pan. Hence the nicer shape.

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Oysterless Oyster Omelette

No. of servings: 1

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Ingredients

For Omelette
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato powder
  • 1/8 cup tapioca starch
  • 6 tbsp water
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded lettuce/ chopped xiao bai cai (chinese cabbage)
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan option)– honestly, you won’t taste much of this!
  • 3 tbsp minced meat/ about 8 straw mushrooms (optional)
For Garnish
  • 1 piece lettuce
For Sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili sauce/ garlic chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp peanut butter/peanut powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch
  • 5 tbsp water

Directions

Place lettuce leaf on plate.

Cook sauce first:
Add tapioca flour to water, mix and heat in a saucepan at low heat. Stir continuously until mixture is a little thick and add the remaining sauce ingredients. Stir till mixed evenly and remove from heat.

To cook omelette:
If using meat, prepare beforehand by mixing it with a tbsp tomato sauce and 1 tsp dark soy sauce, letting it sit for at least 15 minutes.

Mix first 4 ingredients for omelette till everything dissolves.

If frying pan is not non-stick, add a tbsp of oil (or any sufficient amount). Let the oil heat for about a minute. Add in the meat and lettuce. Stir fry till cooked. Pour in the mixture of the first 4 ingredients. When it becomes slightly translucent, break in the egg and break the egg yolk with your spoon.

After 3 minutes, try to flip the omelette (it’ll be difficult) to cook the other side. Cook for 2 minutes and plate up!

Pour about 2 ladle-spoonfuls of sauce over the omelette.

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Ever had oyster omelette before?

My parents and brother loved this lightened-up version!

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