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Gluten & Sugar Free Vegan Good Times in a Ball – Monday Made


This is sort of like a rum ball. But without the rum. You could put some rum in it. I’m sure it would taste great.chickpeas

I actually think you could lots of different things to this recipe to make awesome new tastes. Like using peanuts and a pinch of salt instead of almonds. Or add an orange rind. Or some peppermint oil. Cinnamon and ginger. The possibilities are endless.

I have just made a basic recipe here for chocolatey yummy protein packed vegan treats. If you used raw cocoa powder, they could even be RAW food.

Some trivia: One can of chick peas drained weighs 245g.

What you need:

  • 120g Chickpeas (half a can, drained and rinsed)
  • 100g dates, about a cup (doesn’t have to be medjool)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice malt syrup (non vegans can use honey)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 100g natural almonds (could also experiment with oats if gluten wasn’t an issue)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 70g shredded coconut, about 1 cup
  • extra coconut or cocoa for covering the outside.

What to do:

  1. Blend the dates, chickpeas, rice malt syrup and vanilla in a blender until fairly smooth.
  2. Add the almonds and cocoa. Blend until almonds are finely chopped.
  3. Add the coconut. Don’t blend it so much that the coconut gets completely obliterated.
  4. Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls and then roll in coconut or cocoa. Mine made approximately 20 balls.


Coriander Pesto – Monday Made


“Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro (Spanish), Chinese parsley or dhania”

I love love love coriander.photo 1

The sad thing about coriander is that it wilts really fast so today when I saw big, beautiful bunches for a low price I decided I would need to find a way to keep it in my fridge longer…..

So, here is coriander pesto. When my basil gets a bit past it’s prime I always make pesto and keep it in the fridge for ages (or freeze in an ice cube tray).

It goes well with…..well, everything, in my opinion! Omit the honey to make this recipe truly vegan.

You might think me weighing my garlic is a bit O.C.D. however there is a very good reason for this. A little while ago I got a clove of garlic that covered up a large portion of my palm!! Imagine if you were a real beginner cook and didn’t know what your average garlic clove looked like?! DISASTER WOULD ENSUE!!

photo 2

What you need:

  • Large bunch of coriander (about 65g, including stems)
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 smallish clove garlic (mine weighed 7g)
  • 70g Cashews (or other nut of your choice)
  • 1 generous tsp of honey (omit for vegan or use substitute)

What to do:

  1. roughly chop coriander (including stems) and garlic
  2. put all ingredients in your blender and blitz it
  3. store in a plastic container in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the flavour develop.



Raw (well, no bake) Nut Patties – Monday Made


I don’t really know what to say about this one. I think the photography on Minimalist Baker‘s site just sucked me right in. And then I read the recipe and realised that it was so simple and not full of disgustingly naughty foods. Sort of. They aren’t exactly diet food, but they are nutritious.

I made my Nut Patties using peanut butter, macadamia and almonds. The original recipe calls for almonds and peanuts but I didn’t have those in my pantry today.

I was also thinking, as I made a note NOT to put one of these in my son’s kinder lunch box for fear of children with nut allergies, these could be made using no-nut-butter (or whatever that peanut butter alternative is) and other seed stuff or just nuts that kids aren’t allergic to.

They are dairy-free (Lindt 70% and 85% do not contain milk), and I think gluten-free….do oats have gluten? I know that you can get gluten-free oats…..or maybe use those quinoa flakes or rice flakes that make up the exciting gluten-free breakfast menu. I guess this also falls into the Paleo category too. Oh, oats. That’s not Paleo. You could probably swap the oats for something Paleo.

These are super tasty, but definitely a treat. Peanut butter has a lot of healthy oils, but they are still oils!peanutmix

What you need:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (with salt)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup macadamia
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 2 x 100g blocks of Lindt 70% chocolate.

What to do:

  1. In your food processor finely chop the oats and pitted dates. Remove from processor.
  2. Put the whole nuts into your food processor and turn into meal.
  3. Add the peanut butter and then the oats and dates and combine well. If the mixture is too dry, add some more date.
  4. Form the dough into patties and put in the freezer to firm up.
  5. Melt your dark chocolate (in the microwave?) and in small batches, so the patties don’t get really soft while they wait, dip them in chocolate. Store in the fridge.