Confections, Snacks

The Best Healthy-ish Candy Bar Ever

This bar is a mish-mash of a couple recipes from one of my many idols/internet crushes: My New Roots. It’s healthy in the way that most things are healthy. In the end its healthy-ness is dependent on how much you eat and also what your specific nutrition requirements are. This is not something I’ll pretend to know anything about. I know some people avoid fat, while some avoid sugars, and others avoid carbs in general. This bar has these things. But it’s made with nice, whole, unprocessed foods. No refined sugars. Also plant-based and gluten free if that’s your deal. All in all, it’s a really great alternative to those sugar-loaded, ultra-processed candy bars that are so delicious and yet so horrible. Continue reading “The Best Healthy-ish Candy Bar Ever”


Black Sesame Shortbread

These black sesame shortbread cookies make for an addictive, not-too-sweet afternoon treat. We finished ours by dipping in matcha white chocolate, and topping with a sprinkle of candied black sesame.

Sesame Shortbread (Yields 20 x 11g rounds)
50g candied black sesame (1:1 ratio of sugar to sesame seeds) (extra for topping, if desired)
75g butter (at room temp)
100g all purpose flour

Candied, lightly caramelized black sesame seeds.

 The all-purpose flour is sifted into a bowl.

 The candied sesame seeds are ground into a powder and added to the flour.

 The flour and candied sesame are whisked together.

Butter is rubbed into the flour mixture until it forms a dough.
 You can roll it out to 1cm thickness and cut rectangles, or scale small balls of 11g.

Bake cookies at 350F for 15 minutes.

 If you’re going to dip cookies in matcha (or any other flavour) of chocolate, make sure the cookies are completely cool first! Top immediately with candied sesame (or other garnish).
What do you do with left over matcha white chocolate and candied sesame? You pour the matcha chocolate onto a tray and sprinkle it with candied sesame and enjoy it as a snack.

Matcha, Sesame Seed and Candied Orange Cookies

Perfect timing for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: These matcha cookies have a few fun add-ins, and a soft, cakey texture that’s great for cookie sandwiches (recipe below). What better way to eat them then with a scoop of vanilla ice cream?

Matcha Cookies 

133g butter
60g granulated sugar
70g light brown sugar
pinch salt

1 egg
1 tbsp + 1 tsp honey
2 tsp vanilla syrup

150 bread flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
20g matcha powder

1/4 cup candied orange
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
1 tbsp white sesame seeds

1. In a stand mixer bowl, add butter, salt and both sugars
2. Using a paddle attachment, mix on low speed until combine
3. In a separate bowl, combine egg, salt, honey and vanilla syrup
4. Add egg mixture to butter mixture. Mix until combined
5. Sift bread flour, baking soda and matcha powder
6. Fold in flour mixture.
7. Fold in candied orange, black and white sesame seeds
8. Bake at 325˚F for 12-15 minutes

Pastry, Snacks

Matcha Maddies

Green Tea Madeleines

150g butter
165g eggs
140g sugar
24g honey
4g salt
4g baking powder
15g matcha powder
150g pastry flour
1. In a stainless steel bowl. Sift all your dry ingredients
2. In a small sauce pan, heat up butter
3. In another stainless steel bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and honey together
4. Combine melted butter with egg mixture
5. Mix in dry ingredients and refrigerate
6. Grease moulds with butter
7. Pipe batter into moulds
8. Bake at 392F/200C for 10 minutes