Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies

Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies

If you’re anything like us, we’re always on the hunt for wholefood, guilt-free desserts that hit the spot when those late-night cravings appear. Well, good news ­– the hunt is over!

These Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies are so good you’ll never go back to regular old cookies. In addition to being absolutely delicious, you’re actually getting some nutritional benefits from the high quality, wholefood ingredients in these cookies.

Don’t get us wrong; nutritionally it’s not the same as a bowl of salad. However, the ingredients in these cookies are clean enough for guilt-free indulgence, and perfect to pop in lunchboxes as a recess snack!

They’re gluten free, packed with protein and healthy fats, and are refined sugar free. These can even be made vegan by substituting out the honey for a good quality agave.

Chickpeas are packed with nutrients and are an excellent source of fibre and protein. When blended, they create the perfect doughy base for these gooey cookies.

We recommend that you make sure all your ingredients for these cookies are high quality (and organic where possible). These cookies do really depend on the quality of the ingredients.

As always, you can tick all these ingredients off your shopping list at your local WholeLife. However, we would recommend buying double quantities, because you’re going to want to make a second batch of these straight away!

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Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfood
Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfood
Organic Choc Chip Chickpea Cookies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfood

ORGANIC CHOC CHIP CHICKPEA COOKIES

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Manfuso Organic Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 ½ cups WholeLife Healthfoods Almond Meal
  • ¼ cup B Brothers Manuka Honey MGO 30
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ cup melted cacao butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 80g (1 bar) Loving Earth 72% Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Chef’s Choice Vanilla Essence

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C and line baking tray with baking paper (or reusable baking sheet)
  2. Blend the chickpeas until smooth (if your blender is unable to get every single chickpea blended, you can use a spatula to crush the stragglers)
  3. In a large bowl add the blended chickpeas, almond meal, honey, coconut sugar, cacao butter, coconut oil, baking soda and vanilla essence and mix everything until well combined
  4. Allow the dough to cool before folding in the roughly chopped dark chocolate
  5. Rest the dough for 20 minutes to allow for it to firm up (see note)
  6. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls and place on the baking sheet making sure to leave enough space between each one to spread as they bake
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Allow to completely cool before eating (if you can’t wait, pop them in the fridge to speed up to process!)
  9. Enjoy!

 

Note: Allowing the cookie dough to rest is optional, however we think they turn out a bit better when rested. Below you can see the batch on the left were not rested, and the batch on the right were. The rested batch do hold their shape a bit better, were easier to roll into balls, and aren’t as crumbly once cooked.

Chickpea Cookies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Chickpea Cookies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Make sure you store these cookies in a container in the fridge to maintain optimal freshness. These cookies can be enjoyed both cold and warmed in the microwave; it’s up to your personal preference what you like best. They are firmer when cold, but crumbly and deliciously melty when warm!

We’d love to see how these organic chickpea choc chip cookies fared in your house. Did the kids like them? Were they the perfect lockdown snack? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Instagram!

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Cashew Cheese with Peace, Love and Vegetables

Cashew Cheese with Peace, Love and Vegetables

Deliciously creamy, gut-loving AND super healthy? The trifecta of spreads does exist, and it has manifested in the form of Peace, Love & Vegetables Cashew Cheese spreads!

For those who haven’t heard of the notion that cashews can in fact be made into cheesy goodness, these spreads may be a little intimidating and maybe even a little confusing. What does it taste like? How do I use it? What do you mean it’s vegan?? I thought you said it was cheese?

We hear you – and we’re here with the answers.

Peace, Love & Vegetables are all about gut-loving, fermented, raw foods and their range of Cashew Cheese spreads are organic, vegan, paleo, and gluten free. The ingredient panels are super clean too, only containing cashews, multiple strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (good bacteria) and those delicious flavourings like dill, olive oil, garlic, and onion to name a few.

Cashew cheese is made when cashews are soaked and then blended. You could easily DIY your own cashew cheese at home (which is also delicious), but you’d be missing out on all the fermented goodness that Peace, Love & Vegetables are so good at providing. Plus, you’d have to clean up. Let’s agree to leave cashew cheese to the experts.

These multi-strain probiotic cashew cheese spreads are so good you could eat them straight out of the jar, but they are also super versatile and can be used in so many recipes. We had a long, hard think in the WholeLife kitchen about how we could spice up some simple recipes with these gut-loving spreads to avoid eating the whole jar in one sitting with a spoon.

Keep reading for some delicious vegan recipe inspiration!

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Portobello Mushroom Burger with PLV Cashew Cheese | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Portobello Mushroom Burger with Peace, Love & Vegetables Medicinal Mushroom Cashew Cheese

Ingredients:
• Crusty bun
• 1 large portobello mushroom
• Alfalfa sprouts
• Beetroot
• Avocado
• Peace, Love & Vegetables Medicinal Mushroom Cashew Cheese

Method:
1. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat
2. Cook the portobello mushroom for about 5 minutes on each side, making sure to coat the mushroom in olive oil
3. While the mushroom is cooking, toast the bun (optional)
4. Assemble your burger with a generous helping of Medicinal Mushroom Cashew Cheese on one side of the bun and mashed avocado on the other side
5. Place your portobello mushroom on top of the avocado and stack on your sliced beetroot and alfalfa sprouts
6. Enjoy!

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Winter Roast Veggie Buddha Bowl with Peace, Love & Vegetables French Onion Cashew Cheese

Ingredients:
• ½ cup WholeLife Healthfoods Quinoa, rinsed
• 1 small sweet potato
• 6 Brussels sprouts
• 6 asparagus spears
• ½ punnet of cherry tomatoes
• A handful of baby spinach
• Juice of half a lemon
• 1 tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Peace, Love & Vegetables French Onion Cashew Cheese

 

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Cook ½ cup of quinoa according to packet instructions
3. Prepare vegetables by chopping sweet potato into 1cm cubes, cutting the Brussels sprouts in halves, and removing the woody stems from the asparagus
4. Spread vegetables on to a lined baking tray and drizzle with olive oil
5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes
6. Prepare your salad dressing by combining 1 tbsp of Peace, Love & Vegetables French Onion Cashew Cheese with 1 tbsp of olive oil and the juice of ½ a lemon
7. Assemble your buddha bowl and drizzle with dressing to serve

Black Bean Chipotle Wrap with Peace, Love & Vegetables Chipotle Cashew Cheese

Ingredients:
• 1 can of black beans
• Half a small sweet potato
• ½ an avocado
• A handful of spinach leaves
• 1 Herman Brot Low Carb Wrap
• Peace, Love & Vegetables Chipotle Cashew Cheese

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC to roast your sweet potato (same as in the Roasted Veggie Buddha Bowl recipe)
Alternatively, if you don’t have 30 minutes spare, you can pierce a whole sweet potato with a fork all over and then microwave for 5 minutes
2. Place your wrap on a chopping board and cut it from the centre to the bottom of the wrap
3. Arrange your wrap fillings and Chipotle Cashew Cheese on to each quarter of the wrap
4. Fold your wrap up TikTok style, by beginning to fold from the bottom left quarter upwards, then the top left quarter to the right, then the top right quarter down
5. Toast your wrap in a sandwich press or in a heated pan until desired toasted-ness is achieved. Enjoy!

Vegan Toastie | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Vegan Toastie | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Vegan Probiotic Sourdough Toastie with Peace, Love & Vegetables Dill Cashew Cheese

Ingredients:
• 2 slices of sourdough
• Ceres Organic Sauerkraut
• Ceres Organic Gherkins
• Dijon Mustard
• Peace, Love & Vegetables Dill Cashew Cheese

Method:
1. On one slice of sourdough, spread your Dijon mustard (as much as you’d like!) and spread a generous helping of Peace, Love & Vegetables Dill Cashew Cheese on the other half
2. Load up your toastie with a large handful of sauerkraut and your sliced gherkins
3. Toast on a sandwich press and enjoy!

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Collagen Jellies with Nutra Organics

Collagen Jellies with Nutra Organics

Warning: the kids (and adults) are going to LOVE these healthy Collagen Jellies! These Collagen Jellies are full of protein, low in sugar and packed full of all the benefits you get from Nutra Organics’ Collagen Beauty. Just 3 of these a day is equal to a full serve of Collagen Beauty.

We’ve used pomegranate juice in this recipe but can be substituted for whatever juice you’d like. Get creative!

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Collagen Jellies with Nutra Organics | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Collagen Jellies with Nutra Organics

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup Nutra Organics Gelatin
  • 8 tbsp Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty Unflavoured
  • 400ml Pomegranate juice
  • Pomegranate seeds to garnish

 

Method:
  1. Bloom the gelatin in a bowl by combing ½ cup of gelatin with 1 cup of water (1:2 ratio). Stir until a jelly-like consistency forms.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the pomegranate juice and collagen.
  3. Add the bloomed gelatin to the heated liquid and stir until all lumps dissolve and you’re left with a smooth liquid.
  4. Pour the liquid into your tray of choice. We’ve used ice cube moulds, but you can also use deep baking tray.
  5. Top with pomegranate seeds.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until the gelatin has set.
  7. Turn out the jelly onto a board or plate. You may have to run the back of the mould under warm water to loosen the jelly.
  8. Slice up your jelly into bite sized pieces (if you used a tray) and enjoy!

 

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Banana and Wattleseed Pancakes with Manuka Honey & Macadamia Crumble

Banana and Wattleseed Pancakes with Manuka Honey & Macadamia Crumble

What’s better than a stack of fluffy, warm pancakes on a cold winter’s morning? In celebration of all things Native Australia for the month of July, we’ve put an Aussie twist on a comforting classic by using Australian owned brands and native Australian ingredients where possible in this recipe.

The star of the recipe is undoubtedly wattleseed, which is the native seed from Australian Acacia trees that have been traditionally used for thousands of years by Indigenous Australians. The roasted and ground wattleseed gives the pancakes an earthy, chocolatey flavour. If you’ve never tried traditional Australian bush tucker flavours before, these pancakes are the perfect introduction.

We’ve topped the pancakes with a 100% Australian Manuka honey and macadamia nut crumble which has a toasted, sticky, and sweet toffee flavour. Macadamia nuts are native to southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales and were an important source of food for Indigenous Australians. The nut is known by the names of bauple, gyndl, jindilli, and boombera in local Indigenous languages.

We’ve used Australian owned and made ingredients in this recipe where possible.

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BANANA AND WATTLESEED PANCAKES WITH MACADAMIA CRUMBLE

 

INGREDIENTS

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups WholeLife Healthfoods Organic Plain Flour (GF option: WholeLife Healthfoods Buckwheat Flour)
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (we used Milklab Almond Milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp WholeLife Healthfoods Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Herbie’s Wattleseed Roasted & Ground
  • ½ tsp Chef’s Choice Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

Crumble

  • 1 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Raw Macadamias
  • 1 tbsp B Brothers Manuka Honey MGO 100+
  • Pinch of salt

 

METHOD

  1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and whisk all ingredients together. Be sure not to over combine the batter – it’s ok if it’s a little lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan with butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Use a half cup measure to scoop the batter out of the bowl and into the frying pan.
  4. Flip the pancake once it starts to bubble and cook for a further 2-4 minutes.
  5. Heat a smaller non-stick frying pan for the macadamia nut crumble.
  6. Combine roughly chopped macadamia nuts and a tablespoon of Manuka honey over medium heat until the honey has coated all the nuts. Set aside.
  7. Serve pancakes with sliced bananas, macadamia nut crumble, and a drizzle of Manuka honey on top. Enjoy!

 

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The Flu Shot Wellness Juice

The Flu Shot Wellness Juice

Warning: this flu shot wellness juice is not for the faint hearted! It is, however, for the lovers of immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich superfoods like turmeric, ginger, Manuka honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper.

While the ingredients may seem scary for some, we can promise you this wellness juice is actually quite palatable! The Manuka honey works to soften the spice of the ginger and cayenne pepper, while the lemon and orange add a zesty flavour that helps to mask the tang of the apple cider vinegar.

This wellness juice can be juiced up in less than 5 minutes (or blended and then strained if you don’t have a juicer). A perfect mid-winter pick me up!

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1 knob turmeric (turmeric powder is fine if you can’t find it fresh)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

 

Method:
  1. Prepare the lemon and orange for juicing by removing the skins
  2. Peel the skin off the ginger and turmeric if using fresh ingredients
  3. Juice (or blend) the lemon, orange, ginger and turmeric
  4. If blended, strain through a cheesecloth or fine strainer into another container
  5. Stir in the Manuka honey, cayenne pepper, sea salt, apple cider vinegar (and turmeric powder if unable to find fresh)
  6. Pour 50ml into each glass to serve
  7. Bottoms up!

 

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Dark Chocolate Lava Baked Oats

Dark Chocolate Lava Baked Oats

Baked oats have been trending across platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels for months now – and it’s no wonder, because who could say no to cake for breakfast? Although it looks like a not-so-healthy sweet treat, baked oats are actually a great breakfast option.

Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain that are naturally gluten free. Often oats aren’t labelled as gluten free due to cross-contamination concerns on processing equipment, so if you’re gluten sensitive or coeliac it’s always best to check labels on your oats to be safe.

You’ll be getting a healthy hit of carbs and fibre with your morning oats, including the gut-loving beta-glucan. The beta-glucans in oats are a great prebiotic which is food for the good bacteria that live in your gut. Your gut will love baked oats as much as you do!

The beta-glucans in oats also attract water and increase the thickness of digested food, which in turn increases the volume of food in your gut and slows digestion. Oats will have you feeling fuller for longer to keep those mid-morning munchies at bay.

We’ve added cacao for its antioxidant properties and chocolatey flavour, chia seeds for an omega-3 boost and manuka honey for a dash of sweetness (add more if you have a sweet tooth!). And finally, the ‘lava’ component comes from 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate buried in the batter and baked until it becomes an oozing delight – but of course, you can skip the chocolate if you want to keep it super healthy!

This recipe is a super easy and fast way to whip up an indulgent healthy breakfast. You could also mix it up and add in nuts or protein powders for extra nutrients. We’re huge fans of this recipe in the WholeLife kitchen.

 

Ingredients:
  • ½ a ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup Oatly oat milk
  • 2/3 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Certified Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp B Brothers Manuka Jellybush Honey 30+ MGO (or use agave for a vegan alternative)
  • 1 tbsp WholeLife Healthfoods Certified Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tbsp WholeLife Healthfoods Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate (plus more finely grate on top)

 

Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 200°c
  2. Add banana, milk, oats, Manuka honey, cacao powder, salt, chia seeds and baking powder to blender and blend until a smooth batter has formed
  3. Spoon the batter into your ramekin
  4. Place 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate into the centre and cover with batter
  5. Bake in oven at 200°c for 18-20 minutes
  6. Finely grate some leftover dark chocolate on top and enjoy!

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