I’ve made only four recipes this weekend for the cookbook and here is one of them. These are super decadent whoopie pies which have all the taste and flavour of the sugar and grain-laden ones. The book has over 40 recipes now so I only need a few more before it is complete.
Meanwhile I just wanted to talk to you about something interesting that I found out the hard way.
A few months back we had some testing done in our house to test the levels of toxic gases, moisture and unhealthy living conditions. This was not something we commissioned. In fact, someone who was doing a thesis at university approached us about using our house as part of the test for their studies. Most of our house was just fine but one thing came out of the study. Our bedroom had high levels of carbon dioxide, which is detrimental to health. We both always woke up feeling more tired than when we went to bed and I always had a headache. It would take all morning to feel normal again. There were also some other inconclusive results on other materials for that room.
I spent the day after hearing the news scrubbing the room from head to toe, de-mildewing all the windows behind the blinds, vacuuming under the bed, washing all the bed linen etc. then we opened several of the windows and have never shut them again. We also now sleep with the door open to create an air flow.
The result is that we sleep better, wake up fresher and I seldom have those morning headaches. A fresh pillowcase always means a great night’s sleep but how often can you change them? Apparently one of the things that can accumulate in bedrooms is skin cells so bedding and sleepwear should be changed often. We spend up to 8 hours sleeping in our bedrooms so it makes sense to make that one of the healthiest rooms in the house.
Most of you are probably more than aware of all of this but I thought I would pass on my experience anyway, just in case.
This is NOT a low Fodmap recipe.
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup oil
- 2-3 tbsp date puree (depends how sweet you want your cookies)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup of coconut
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 150g /5oz sugarless chocolate
- Heat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Mix the flour, butter and date puree in a food processor.
- Add the eggs and vanilla and mix.
- Add all other ingredients except the coconut.
- Remove the mixture from the food processor to a bowl and add the coconut.
- Place a sheet of baking paper on an oven tray.
- Drop big spoonfuls of the dough onto the paper and shape them into circles.
- Bake about 10 minutes until they are golden but still soft.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for half an hour so they firm up a little.
- Heat the coconut cream gently in a saucepan.
- Break up the chocolate into smallish pieces.
- Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it stand for a while.
- Stir vigorously to a smooth paste.
- If there are still pieces of unmelted chocolate, place in the microwave for 20
- seconds and stir again.
- Place in the fridge to firm up - about 15 minutes.
- Pipe the chocolate ganache onto half the cookies and cover with the remaining cookies.