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Eight heavenly treats you can make without flour

Sometimes we want a piece of delicious dessert so badly, but there’s none of that all-important ingredient — flour — at home. This leaves you with two choices — going to the shops to buy some, or (the better option) just cooking one of these amazing desserts without flour. These ones are guaranteed to impress everyone who comes to visit you.

1. Chocolate-coconut bars

INGREDIENTS
200 ml of light cream (20% fat)
200 g of shredded coconut
300 g of milk chocolate
85 g of sugar
50 g of butter
2 tablespoons of seed oil

PREPARATION
1. Melt the butter, sugar, and cream over a low heat, but don’t allow them to boil.

2. When they’re melted, turn off the heat. Add the shredded coconut and mix everything together well.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, pour the mixture on it, and place it into the freezer for an hour.

4. When it becomes solid, cut it into bars and put the bars in the fridge overnight.

5. Now they are frozen solid and ready to be coated. To make the chocolate coating, melt the chocolate over a water-bath and add the seed oil.

6. Coat each bar in the chocolate using a fork. Coat the top and sides evenly first, then the bottom.

2. Chocolate and nut whipped cream

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
100 g of sugar
400 ml of milk
100 g of dark chocolate
100 g of ground nuts
1 tablespoon of gelatin

PREPARATION
1. Place the gelatin in a bowl and pour in some water (you will need 1/4 cup or less). Let it expand a bit, then melt it over a water-bath or in the microwave. The gelatin should melt completely.

2. Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar using a mixer.

3. Bring the milk to the boil.

4. Carefully add several tablespoons (4 or 5) of hot milk to the egg mixture to equalise temperatures.

5. Put the milk on a low heat, pour in the egg batter carefully and mix everything together thoroughly. Simmer until it thickens, but do not bring it to the boil.

6. While the eggs and milk are simmering, grate the chocolate with a fine grater. Add the grated chocolate to the batter and mix well to let the chocolate melt completely.

7. Add the gelatin and ground nuts.

7. Put the cream into silicone molds and place them in the fridge overnight.

3. Light and airy cheesecake

INGREDIENTS
3 eggs
120 g of cream cheese
120 g of white chocolate

PREPARATION
1. Separate the egg yolks from their whites. Put the egg whites in a bowl and cover with kitchen film. Put them in the fridge.

2. Melt the chocolate over a water-bath and add the cheese. Mix the ingredients together.

3. Add the yolks and mix everything again.

4. Whisk the egg whites and add them to the mixture.

5. Line a baking mold with parchment paper and grease it with oil.

6. Bake the cheesecake for 15 minutes at 170°C.

7. Cool it down and garnish with powdered sugar.

4. Oatmeal cookies

INGREDIENTS
100 g of butter
140 g of rolled oats
1 egg
100 g of sugar
A pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking powder

PREPARATION
1. Make flour from rolled oats using a blender or coffee-grinder.

2. Whisk the softened butter together with the sugar to make a smooth cream.

3. Add an egg and whisk everything together.

4. Add the oat flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, and mix everything together with a scapula.

5. Cover the dough with an airtight cover and place in the fridge for an hour and half.

6. With wet hands, form walnut-sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment. There should be 4 cm of space between the cookies.

7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 180-190°C.

5. Berry cakes

INGREDIENTS
4 eggs
The zest from 1 lemon
3 tablespoons of corn starch
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
Dried cranberries, blueberries, or raisins to taste
A dash of salt

PREPARATION
1. Separate the egg yolks from their whites. Whisk the whites together with salt.

2. Mix together the egg yolks, ground zest, corn starch, sugar, and baking powder using the low setting of a mixer. Then add the dried berries and mix everything carefully with a fork.

3. Put the paste in small molds or in one big baking mold. If your molds aren’t silicone, grease them with oil a bit and sprinkle with starch.

4. Preheat the oven to 180°С and bake the cakes for 20 minutes until they turn golden.

6. Cottage cheese pancakes

INGREDIENTS
1 egg
4 tablespoons of semolina
1 tablespoon of sugar
600 g of cottage cheese

PREPARATION
1. Mash the cheese with a spatula.

2. Add the semolina, egg, and sugar.

3. Mix everything well to get a smooth paste.

4. With wet hands, form patties from the mixture.

5. Coat them in a small amount of semolina and fry them with seed oil on both sides.

7. Banana pancakes

INGREDIENTS
2 bananas
4 eggs

PREPARATION
1. Mash bananas to make a puree.

2. Whisk the eggs.

3. Combine the banana puree and the eggs.

4. Roast in a dry skillet without oil.

8. Chocolate brownie

INGREDIENTS
7 eggs
200 g of chocolate (60% or more)
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
150 g of butter
220 g of sugar
A dash of salt

PREPARATION
1. Separate the egg yolks from their whites. Whisk the egg yolks and 150 g of sugar together.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter over a water-bath and mix thoroughly.

3. Mix together the chocolate and egg pastes.

4. Whisk the egg whites together with the cocoa powder, salt and the rest of the sugar.

5. Combine the egg whites with the chocolate batter and mix them together carefully.

6. Place 2/3 of the batter in a baking mold greased with oil. Bake it for 20 minutes at 180°C. Use a wooden stick to check if it’s done.

7. Take it out of the oven. Spread the rest of the batter over the cake. The edges of the brownie (about 1 cm) shouldn’t be covered with the batter. Cover it with kitchen film and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

8. Bake for 10 minutes at 200°C. The top of the brownies should remain liquidy.

19 Insanely Genius Kids’ Snacks To Start The Summer Off Right

Solve the “Mom, can I have a snack?” problem this summer.

1. Pizza Crackers
Iconic. Recipe here.

2. Sour Patch Kids Grapes
HEL-LO, this snack is made of two ingredients and is healthier than the candy. Recipe here.

3. Olive Penguins
Adorable. Good for your kiddies. Recipe here.

4. Apple Sandwiches
Flawless as heck. Recipe here.

5. Watermelon Pops with Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt = healthy snack. YES. Recipe here.

6. Italian Pepperoni Rollups
Basically the Italian version of those fancy party pinwheel snacks. Recipe here.

7. Whole Wheat Apricot Jam Granola Bars
Step aside, brand name bars. Recipe here.

8. Healthy Firecracker Popsicles
So delicious you’ll make one for yourself… or three. Recipe here.

9. Tulip Tomatoes
Almost too pretty to eat. Recipe here.

10. Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
Did somebody say “delicious”?! Recipe here.

11. Whole Wheat Pita Chips with Yogurt
Put those potato chips away. Recipe here.

12. Energy Bites
These might be more for you, TBH. Recipe here.

13. Oatmeal Raisin Popcorn Bars
So beautiful we might cry. Recipe here.

14. Watermelon Strawberry Lime Slushie
*Heart eyes* Recipe here.

15. Tropical Frozen Yogurt Bars
Timeless. Recipe here.

16. Peanut Butter Snack Spread
Simple, yet effective. Recipe here.

17. Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
GENIUS. Recipe here.

18. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Too perf. Recipe here.

19. And Cheeseburger Dip
YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. Recipe here.

OATMEAL RAISIN POPCORN BARS

Oatmeal raisin cookie lovers will love these fun Oatmeal Raisin Popcorn Bars full of oatmeal, walnuts, cinnamon and raisins, then drizzled in white chocolate.

Are you kids “snackers”? My three angels have always loved their snacks. When they were toddlers, I looked forward to snack time, too. Snack time meant happiness in our house. It didn’t matter if the precious little two-year-old was having a terrible, rotten, fussy day. As soon as I pulled out our standard toddler snack of graham crackers and apple juice, all was peaceful, even if just for 20 minutes or so. On special occasions, I’d give them a package of fruit snacks. I can remember Maddie playing with her “Finding Nemo” themed fruit snacks for a good hour at the table. She’d have those little gummy fishies swimming all over the place!

We’re past the stage of me handing out snacks at set times of the day, but my kids still love their snack time.  Lately their favorite snack is popping up a bag of microwave popcorn.  Those popcorn snacks got me in the mood for making some popcorn bars. This time of year always has me craving cinnamon. And that’s how these Oatmeal Raisin Popcorn Bars came to be!

As soon as I tasted the buttery, sweet, cinnamon flavor paired with the slightly salty popcorn and crunchy steel cut oats, I fell in love. These popcorn bars will literally melt in your mouth. Matt and I worked together creating these. He’s the genius mind behind many of our best recipes. It’s embarrssing to say how many of these popcorn bars we put down in the name of “sampling the recipe to see if it is blog-worthy”.  It’s  a hard job, ya know?  The kids were hooked, too, which was actually a good thing so that Matt and I didn’t eat the whole pan.

You’ll need just under 30 minutes to make these snack bars. Popcorn, walnuts, raisins and oatmeal are the main ingredients that make up these bars.  I used steel cut oats, but you can use regualar old-fashioned or quick cooking oats, too. Each kind will give you just a bit of a different texture, but any will work. I liked the steel cut oats because it gave them more of a nutty flavor and crunchy texture.

By pouring a mixture of honey, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla and butter over the freshly popped popcorn mixture, that cinnamon flavor that you love will soak in to each and every bite.  Then you’ll make the “glue” that holds the popcorn snack together.  It’s just butter and marshmallows, the same mixture you’d make for rice krispie treats, but with a dash of cinnamon thrown in.

Press that gooey mixture into a 9×13 pan that you’ve lined with wax paper.  Sprinkle a few extra steel cut oats on top, then drizzle with white chocolate if you’d like. Try to eat just one of these cinnamon & raisin infused bars. I dare you. Popcorn snack time in our house will never be the same!

INGREDIENTS
7 cups popcorn
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup walnuts
2/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon molasses
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
20 large Kraft Jet-Puffed marshmallows
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 additional tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
3 tablespoons white chocolate

PREPARATION
1. In a large bowl, place the popcorn, raisins, walnuts and steel cut oats.

2. In a saucepan over low heat, heat the honey, molasses, vanilla, cinnamon and 1 tablespoon butter together just until melted. Pour this mixture over the popcorn mixture and mix well.

3. In the same saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter and the marshmallows, stirring constantly until the marshmallows are melted. Add in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and mix. Pour this mixture over the popcorn and mix well.

4. Press the popcorn mixture into an 8x8 pan that has been lined with wax paper. Rub a bit of butter on your fingers and press firmly on the mixture to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the additional 3 tablespoons of steel cut oats on top of the bars and press them in lightly with your hands.

5. If desired, melt 1/4 cup white chocolate over low heat on a double boiler. Drizzle the melted white chocolate overtop the bars. Cut into 16 bars.

ENERGY BITES


Full of many healthy goodies, peanut butter energy balls are exactly what you want to be snacking on! 

Introducing – The easiest snack you’ll ever make!  Made with all healthy ingredients and refined- sugar free.  These energy balls will satisfy all your late afternoon cravings.

This same recipe exists already on the blog, deep down in the archives.  Actually one of the first things I ever shared here on The Well Floured Kitchen.  I had made square energy balls, which is still an option.  Yet, most people are looking for round energy balls, so I thought it might be time for an update.

I did change one thing about them.  The amount of honey has been reduced to 1/3 a cup.  I was so happy to find that they are still sweet enough to appease my nagging sweet tooth.  Also, did I mention the hint of chocolate?  I used a couple tablespoons of my Navitas cacao powder – my favorite and I highly recommend it.  But these can definitely be made with any cocoa powder you have available.

They are so simple to make, literally dump all the ingredients in the food processor and give it a whirl.  They will form a dough in about a minute, then roll them into balls.  Little kids can easily help with this recipe, they will especially love rolling the balls.  Like playdough that you can eat.

Really the only downside is how quickly they disappear!  It makes about 30, depending on the size of the balls.  I use this 3/4 ounce scooper, which is about a tablespoon and a half.  With 6 of us, that is less than 4 each!  I need to start making a double batch.

Store them in the refrigerator, and grab one whenever the craving hits!

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
⅓ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

PREPARATION
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until it is well mixed, and forms a dough.

2. Roll into balls. If the dough is too soft, place in the refrigerator for ½ hour until it firms up, then roll the balls.

3. Refrigerate until serving.

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PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL COOKIE SMOOTHIES

Finally, a smoothie I can embrace.  Although I make smoothies all the time, I never drank one until now.  Much to my dismay, I do not love fruit.  Why oh why do all smoothies have fruit?  I do tolerate a certain amount for my health, but it is not my favorite.  (BTW, this has been very helpful in growing adventurous eaters.  If they see you continuing to try a food you are not crazy about, they will be encouraged to do the same.)

But now that I’ve found a new way to enjoy a smoothie without fruit, I am excited by the possibilities.  I am on a mission for “fruitless” smoothies, or maybe just ones so tasty I don’t notice a bit of fruit.
Check out that straw!  Do your kids love to drink from a straw?  Mine do, but I hated throwing away all those bits of plastic.  Stainless Steel Straws have been a great eco-friendly alternative.

This smoothie tastes just like a cookie, but it is naturally sweetened with just a bit of honey.  Yum!  The sweetness will depend on your brands of peanut butter and yogurt, so adjust the amount of honey to your liking.

I did try making this with just whole oats and the immersion blender.  It was a bit too chunky for my taste.  Now I process the oats first in the blender, I like them ground just slightly larger than oat flour.  Then I just add the rest of the ingredients for a quick, easy and filling snack.

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats, Finely Processed
2/3 Cup Whole Organic Milk
1/2 Cup Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
1/3 Cup Organic Peanut Butter
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp. Honey

PREPARATION
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or blend with an immersion blender.

Recipe: Overnight Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk

When we gave away those Crock-Pot Versaware slow cookers, we asked readers what they would make in their slow cooker. Reader Louie C said that she would make overnight oatmeal with buttermilk and apricots.
Well, at least two readers immediately wanted the recipe! We adore steel-cut oats too, so when Louie C kindly gave us the recipe we tested and ate it twice. Here it is, for your morning oatmeal enjoyment!

Here is reader Louie C's original recipe, explanation and one major disclaimer. We tweaked the recipe that follows just a bit - see our explanation below.
My cooker has only one temperature, which is quite high, and as a result I've never successfully made this -- I end up with a thick gummy crust on the bottom and top which has to be scraped off and thrown away -- it's a real waste. However, it does work on the stovetop, with a slight adjustment of the amount of liquids, and I can't think of any reason for it not to work in a more sophisticated crockpot. I have suggested the recipe to others who have successfully made it, although not everyone has liked the buttermilk part.
It's adapted from Alton Brown's very good "Good Eats" episode on oatmeal from several years ago, which is what first made me think of making oatmeal overnight.

1 cup steel cut oats, 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 cup dried apricots snipped into quarters, and/or any other dried fruit you like, 3 and a half cups of water, and 1 cup of buttermilk. I hear that it can cook for 7-8 hours on low and even those who did not like the buttermilk said the oatmeal was perfectly cooked and the amount of liquids well balanced.
We tested this twice, and while we did find some burning on the very bottom, we felt that we didn't get that gummy top. Also, we tested this the second time with a greased liner and that seemed to help the burning and sticking.

The best thing about this recipe is how the dried apricots soften and plump up overnight. They become full, juicy, and soft. Their flavor also spreads throughout the oatmeal; there was a strong apricot tang and orange tint to the oatmeal.

Now, about the buttermilk. We are all for buttermilk and its tangy freshness. But here we did feel that it gave a bit too much sourness to the recipe. We (and our breakfast companions) preferred a second version made with half/half and milk. The apricots already give the recipe so much tartness that we felt the buttermilk was a bit much. It might be different made on the stove. But that's our own preference - try it yourself and see.

Overnight Oatmeal with Apricots and Buttermilk

INGREDIENTS
1 cup steel cut oats
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried apricots, snipped into small pieces
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup buttermilk, milk, or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons wheat bran (optional)
Tools
2-quart saucepan

PREPARATION
Spray a Crock-Pot liner with cooking spray, or rub with butter. Mix the oats, brown sugar, salt and apricots. Pour in the water, milk, and vanilla and stir. Add the wheat bran, if you want. Turn on low and cover. Cook for 7-8 hours. Serve with extra milk and sugar.

How To Make Creamy Make-Ahead Steel-Cut Oatmeal


Do you eat steel-cut oats for breakfast? This time of year I turn to them gladly: nothing like a bowl of hot, tender, pearly oats, all creamy and delicious. Steel-cut oats take a little longer to cook than rolled oats, but that's not a problem. Set them up the night before and you'll have hot oatmeal in the morning almost instantly. It takes only two or three minutes to heat them up. Here's how I prep my oatmeal the night before.

I call for 1 cup oats here. This will make enough for 3 to 5 servings. Remember, when you make steel-cut oats you really should make enough for a whole week, or at least several days. Unlike gluey, sticky rolled oat oatmeal, steel-cut oatmeal is great when reheated the next day. It just gets creamier — not ickier.
So make a big pot and eat out of it all week.

How To Cook Steel-Cut Oats for Breakfast the Night Before

INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon butter or olive oil
1 cup steel-cut oats
3 cups water
3-fingered pinch salt
1 cup milk (optional)

Tools
2-quart saucepan

PREPARATION
1. Start this the night before you want to have steel-cut oatmeal. Measure out your oats. This quantity will make about 4 servings.

2. Heat about 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil in a 2-quart saucepan set over medium heat. Add the oats and fry them for about 3 minutes, or until they start smelling toasty.

3. Pour in the water and add the salt. Stir.

4. Bring to a rolling boil.

5. Turn off the heat and cover the pan. Leave it on the stove, and go to bed!

6. The next morning, uncover the pan and bring the oatmeal back up to a simmer. If you would like thinner and creamier oatmeal, stir in a cup of milk before reheating.

7.When the oatmeal is warm, scoop out and enjoy!

Tip
Cover and refrigerate any leftovers. 

Re-heat leftovers in just the same way: warm up on the stove, or in a bowl in the microwave.

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