Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Blog, new food series!

Are you a Baking Powders reader? are you wondering why I disappeared?

Due to health considerations, my intake of sweets has greatly diminished and my time has been spent making crochet items. I have decided to start a new series in my crochet blog: 
Crocipes. Crochet patterns + recipes. 
What's that about? I'll be pairing up a crochet pattern with a new recipe hopefully on a regular basis. The first one will be about lime tarts! 

Would you like to see it? find me at or on facebook at

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Raw brownies and a giveaway

It's been a long long time since I last posted here. Months seem to go by as fast as days and the recently gone summer was full of new activities and lots of work. After xmas I took on a new crafty hobby. Knitting and crocheting, which have kept me busy with all sorts of projects for family and friends. Baking has still been a part of what I do, but the continued heat over the last few months has kept my oven turned off to avoid heating our small apartment.

However, I recently purchased a food processor that needed some use. I had seen many many raw brownie recipes all over the internet and I was certainly curious as to whether or not they would be a suitable alternative to their baked cousin. Turns out they are incredibly flavorful and filling, but not heavy or sugary.

These little cubes of joy can be made from whatever ingredients you have in your pantry. Play with the nuts and the dried fruits to achieve the perfect brownie according to your taste. Add protein powder to them to make them post-workout protein bars. In other words, have fun with them.

My version of the treat had figs, date pieces, pistachios, walnuts and cocoa powder, along with a little bit of Zulka pure cane sugar. This recipe is part of the Non GMO month challenge hosted by Zulka. As part of this challenge, one of my readers will receive a free bag of their pure cane sugar. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling me what is your favorite fall recipe to make with pure cane sugar. The giveaway will be closed 10/31/13 at midnight. The winner will be selected at random. 

Now for the recipe...

1 cup walnuts (or pecans)
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup dried figs
1/2 cup date pieces (or chopped dates)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup Zulka pure cane sugar

Into a food processor fitted with the cutting blade (not the dough blade), add the figs, cocoa powder and sugar. Process the mixture until you obtain a dark homogeneous paste. Add the date pieces and pulse 5 times until only small bits remain. Add the walnuts and pistachios and pulse a few times until the nuts are chopped but visible chunks still remain. Cover a glass or plastic container in parchment paper and add the raw brownie mixture. Press the down until flat and cut it in squares. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.


Disclaimer: I received no compensation to host the Zulka giveaway