Thermomix Anzac biscuits (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free)

Thermomix Anzac biscuitsThe humble Anzac biscuit is traditionally made with rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and boiling water. A delicious combination, but not really the best for your health.

This recipe offers a healthier spin on this much-loved treat. Almonds are full of protein and are good for your heart, macadamia oil contains heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats, quinoa flakes are a complete protein – containing all nine essential amino acids and coconut contains dietary fiber, manganese, copper and selenium.

Ingredients

  • 100g almond meal
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 75g organic desiccated coconut
  • 75g quinoa flakes
  • 80g honey
  • 50g macadamia oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 10g water

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 120 degrees.
  2. *Do this if you need to make almond meal* Weigh 105g of raw almonds into Thermie bowl, mill 10sec/speed7. Set aside.
  3. Weigh honey (80g) and oil (50g) into bowl. Heat 1min/80deg/sp2.
  4. Add bicarb soda (1/2 teaspoon) and water (10g). Mix for 30sec/sp2.
  5. Weigh in coconut (75g), quinoa flakes (75g), flaked almonds (100g), along with reserved almond meal. Mix 30sec/reverse/sp3.
  6. If need be, add a little more water to combine.
  7. Using a teaspoon, spoon dough onto a baking tray. Flatten with a fork slightly to create a disc shape. You should yield 20 cookies.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

Variation: you could omit the quinoa flakes and replace with more desiccated coconut.

ENJOY!

Sweet potato and lentil soup

Thermomix sweet potato and lentil soupI had coriander leaves left over after making green curry paste so I threw this together for lunch. It’s pretty tasty and bubs liked it too which is great as this soup is a powerhouse of fibre and nutrients!

Sweet potato is rich in vitamin B6 – which helps to keep our arteries and blood vessels flexible and healthy, and allowing blood to flow freely. It’s also rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), an important antioxidant that is not only useful in the prevention of several different types of cancer, but also helps to protect our skin from sun damage, plus it’s an excellent nutrient for eye health. Furthermore, the humble sweet potato is rich in vitamins C and E which play a huge role in the health and beauty of skin and hair.

Lentils are high in fibre which helps to reduce blood cholesterol and prevents our blood sugar levels from rising, whilst also providing slow-burning energy. Lentils are also packed full of iron and folate (great for pregnant or lactating ladies and growing children!)

Ingredients:

  • Handful of coriander leaves
  • Handful of basil leaves
  • 300g of sweet potato, roughly chopped (peeled)
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 100g dried lentils
  • 2 tbsp of TM vegetable stock
  • 1L of water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

  • Place coriander and basil into Thermie and chop 5 seconds/speed 7.
  • Add sweet potato, carrot, lentils, stock, water, salt and pepper. Cook for 25 minutes/100 degrees/speed 1.
  • Puree until smooth/speed 7 (about 40 seconds).
  • Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese (if desired).

Variation

Add 1/4 teaspoon of chilli powder and 1 teaspoon of cumin for some spice.

Strawberry breakfast smoothie

Thermomix Strawberry SmoothieThere’s nothing artificial in this little baby. Sweet strawberries, banana, oats, milk and the goodness of flax meal and chia seeds to get your day off to a great start.

Ingredients:

  • 300g of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana (if you don’t have either fruit in frozen form, add a bit of ice to the mix)
  • 230g of water
  • 230g of milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 40g of oats
  • Teaspoon of flax meal
  • Teaspoon of coconut nectar or honey (optional)
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds to sprinkle on top

Method:

  • Throw everything into the Thermie bowl (except chia seeds).
  • Blend 1 min/speed 9.
  • Sprinkle chia seeds on top.

My 1 year old drank his portion and was fighting me for mine!

Homemade yoghurt

Thermomix YoghurtIf you go through a lot of yoghurt, then this has to be one of the surefire ways to save some coin with your Thermomix… make your own!

All you need is milk and a couple of tablespoons of some good quality yoghurt to get your culture started.

I made mine via the recipe found on Simone’s Thermomix Essentials website, which originated from ThermoFun:

Ingredients:
1 litre lite OR Full cream milk
50g Milk powder  (not essential – refer to Q&A on page 3 of this doc)
3 tbsp pot set Natural Yoghurt (this is your ‘starter’ – use a reputable brand of natural Greek Yoghurt for your first batch) eg: Jalna, Mundella, Farmers Union, Chris’s, Aldi/Woolies/Coles Greek yoghurt.

Method:
Pour milk and powdered milk into TM bowl and blend for 10 seconds on speed 7.

Cook for 30 minutes at 90 degrees on speed THREE (if cooked on speed 1 you will get a burnt film of milk on the bottom of your bowl – which does comes off quite easily after soaking using the Thermomix spatula) – however if cooked on speed 3 there is nothing left on the bottom!

Then place TM bowl into fridge for approx 40 mins to drop the temp down to 37 degrees. (put a timer on so you don’t forget!)
Or somewhere cool but it will take a lot longer to cool down.

NB: this is also a great time to have a second TM bowl when the other is in the fridge with yoghurt cooling!… just saying!

When the 40 minutes is up – turn your Thermomix back on – place TM bowl on to unit and the temperature light should light up on the 37 or 50 degrees.  If it lights up on 50 degrees or higher – put bowl back in fridge for another 15 or so minutes.  Then take out and test again.

The 37 degree temp is crucial for the yoghurt to be a success.  You need to wait for the 37 light to go OUT so you know it is no hotter than 37.  The bowl will be warm to your hands, but not hot, as 37 is normal body temperature.  If you accidentally forget it in the fridge and it gets way below 37 – don’t worry just put it back on to heat up again for say 5 mins, 37 degrees speed 3.  Once you see the light come on at 37 degrees you can then stop it.  (I say 5 minutes (number just picked out of my head) as you need to have a time set in order for the temperature to work).  (Remember the rule of TIME, TEMPERATURE, SPEED).

Once at 37degrees add the 3 tbsp pot set natural yoghurt and mix for 4 seconds on speed 4.

Cook for 10 minutes at 37 degrees on speed THREE – (if cooked on speed 1 you will get a burnt film of milk on the bottom of your bowl).

At this time pre warm your Thermoserver with boiling water from the kettle.

When the 10 minutes of cooking is finished – drain your water filled Thermoserver – then pour the cooked milk from the TM bowl into your pre-warmed Thermoserver.

I then wrap my Thermoserver in a thick towel or blanket (baby blankets are great) to keep warm for a minimum of 6 hours (leave it somewhere in the house where it will be left undisturbed) – it can actually be left up to 24 hours!  (The longer you leave it the thicker it gets).

After the minimum of 6 hours I then take the lid off the Thermoserver and Voila I have yoghurt!  I can honestly say it still NEVER ceases to amaze me the chemical reaction of what cooking milk and leaving it does – it still does my head in every single time!  Amazing!

I then pour the yoghurt into a Tupperware container and also reserving 3 tablespoons into a smaller container to keep to use as my starter for my next batch.

Trust me – Your yoghurt WILL get thicker and creamier the more frequently you make it using your own starter from each batch.

I really do hope this helps those of you that have had trouble – to give it another go or if you have never made it….. once you have success you will never need to buy it ever again!

My yoghurt (pictured) has a layer of cream on top as I used unhomogenised milk bought from the farmers markets. Delish! I’m yet to make a fruit coulis to go with it. I’ve just eaten it either natural, with honey, or with a bit of the Quirky 8-minute strawberry jam mixed through.

Fluffy lemon almond cake

Yes… I did mention fluffy and almond cake in the same sentence. (Or maybe it’s just me)… but gluten free cakes made with almond meal can be quite dense.

Props to Me and My Thermie for the wonderful cake recipe. The butterfly attachment helps make the batter all nice and fluffy.

Mill speed 9 / 10 seconds, then set aside:

  • 120g (240g) almonds

Place the butterfly in the Thermomix bowl and whip 4 Min / Speed 4 / MC off:

  • 40g (80g) rapadura or coconut sugar
  • (4) large eggs

Add and blend 1 Min / Speed 4:

  • (8) tbs butter OR 35g (70g) oil – I used Rapeseed

Add and mix 1 Min / Speed 4:

  • 120g (240g) almond flour from earlier
  • ½ (1) tsp salt

Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add and blend 30 Sec / Speed 4:

  • 60g (120g) full fat coconut milk OR your preferred milk, if not paleo or dairy free

Add and mix 10 Sec / Speed 4:

  • 1 (2) tsp baking powder
  • Zest of a lemon

Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat the blend.

Bake for 35-40 Min / 200°C or 180deg fan forced, until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Lemon cream cheese frosting

This is the same frosting used on Louise Fulton-Keats’ Carrot Cupcakes. (Try these too! They’re SO good!)

Ingredients:

  • 150g cream cheese
  • 40g icing sugar
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Method:

  1. To make icing, place cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice into mixing bowl and blend 10 sec/speed 6. Scrape down sides of bowl and blend a further 10 sec/speed 4 or until mixture is smooth.
  2. Spread icing over cooled cupcakes to serve.

Enjoy!

Green smoothies

Green smoothie ingredientsGreen smoothies are a super easy way to get some greens into me and my little boy (with a helping hand from my Thermie!)

One of my favourite combinations at the moment is:

Berry creamy choc delight

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed)
  • Handful of lettuce leaves
  • 2 handfuls of frozen berries (e.g. blueberries or mixed berries – I buy the Omaha ones from Woolworths, or Frozberries from health shops)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder
  • Cup of coconut water (or more water if you like it thinner)

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and sprinkle with chia seeds. Creamy, chocolatey, berry goodness! So filling too.

Simply green smoothie

This is a really basic recipe but it’s very tasty! You could also use it as a base for experimentation.

  • Bunch of kale (stems removed) or spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 400-800ml of water

Blend on speed 9 for about a minute. Pour into glass and enjoy!

I will add more recipes as I get to them 🙂