How healthy is your baking game?
Whether it’s Wimbledon, the Euros or the Yogis that have got you thinking about your health, we are here to help. Serving up healthy baking ideas from our London coffee shop, with easy baking recipes you can try at home.
Health conscious baking doesn’t have to mean boring bakes. Days of guzzling on almond croissants and cakes are numbered! And much as we might love a large dose of butter, refined sugar and flour, wouldn’t it be great if we could get the same unrefined sense of indulgence from nutritious healthy snacks? Here’s the good news: we can! Yes, these are actually delicious not just good for you!
Vegan? No Problem
Gluten Free? Of course
No Refined Sugar? We gotchya'!
In the kitchen of our Battersea coffee shop, to offset our ‘carb’ footprint, we have developed a range of high protein snacks with vegan baking which is both free from refined sugar and gluten free.
Each tasty bite aims to be filling and nutritious enough to eat alone, yet light enough not to ruin a low calorie meal.
Healthy Baking Recipe 1
Vegan Millionaire's Shortbread
Our vegan millionaires shortbread is like a caramel slice gone paleo. Replacing the flour with ground almonds, making raw caramel from maple syrup or honey and topping with dairy-free dark Belgian chocolate. How good is that?!
This is something you must try but we appreciate that not everyone can come to the Black Cab Coffee shop in Nine Elms, so let’s share the recipe for this amazing healthy treat which you can bake at home.
First take a trip to your local health foods store to pick up these ingredients.
For the base:
- 110g almond flour
- 40g coconut flour
- 80g maple syrup or honey
- 50g coconut oil (or coconut butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt (preferably Maldon Sea Salt)
For the topping:
- 70g nut/seed butter
- 80g. Honey or Maple syrup
- 160g dairy-free dark chocolate chips
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp sea salt salt
- Coconut flakes for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 175°C
- Combine the cookie ingredients into a dough.
- Roll into eight pieces then press each one into a lightly oiled muffin pan, leaving a little crater for the topping.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 175°C until golden brown on the edges.
- Wait for 30 minutes or so until they are cool before flipping out of the pan.
- Combine the caramel ingredients with a whisk, adjusting the ratio of coconut oil and nut butter until it’s a nice consistency (thick but still pourable)
- Fill each shortbread cup with a generous dollop of caramel
- Allow them to firm up in the freezer for a while
- Add the melted chocolate on top and finish with a sprinkling of coconut flakes or you could try Maldon Sea Salt.
- Put them in the fridge and try to resist them until the topping has set.
Healthy Baking Recipe 2
Raw Vegan Energy Balls
Stay fit for game set and match with these balls of pure power. This healthy sweet snack has become a favourite among cyclists coming into the shop, panting from spinning classes, which the folks at Static rock in our outdoor space. These chocolate energy balls don’t even require baking so they are raw vegan friendly. Bursting with energy and high in protein these little beauties can be made in minutes with just 5 simple ingredients:
- 30 g Dairy-free dark chocolate
- 14 g Chia Seeds
- 50 g Peanut Butter 230 g Dates
- 60 g Rolled Oats
- Make sure the dates are pitted then blend until the pieces are small enough to form a ball.
- Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until everything combines nicely. The pieces should be small and consistent but don’t process the mixture too much.
- Use the palms of your hands to roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
- Give them around 15 minutes in the freezer to set. Enjoy!
They will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to a week and can be frozen for longer term storage.
We hope you have fun trying these healthy baking recipes. Stay on top of the world.
The Black Cab Team. x