Protein cookies: these are addictive!

My gym stocks Complete Cookies by Lenny and Larry … and these cookies are addictive! I mean, you train really hard and then you get to stuff your face with these delicious cookies. It’s a bit counterproductive, but they are hard to resist! Anyways, when I realized they were not particularly good for you (lots of fats and sugars) and had a ton of ingredients (including palm oil), I decided to try and make my own.

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I stumbled upon this very detailed recipe and decided to give it a try. I changed it a bit, and I thought I’d share my favourite flavours here.

Here is what you need for 2 big cookies or 4 regular cookies:

  • 3 tbs almond flour
  • 30 g protein powder (I used Iron Vegan’s vanilla athlete’s blend)
  • 2 tbs nut or seed butter
  • 1 tsp to 1tbs coconut nectar or maple syrup (depending on your taste)
  • 2-3 tbs oat milk

Flavour combinations:

  • Birthday cake: 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tbs sprinkles
  • Hazelnut chocolate: 1 tbsp chocolate chips + 1 tbsp whole hazelnuts (also use hazelnut butter if you can find it)
  • Double chocolate: 1 tsp cocoa powder + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Choco-coconut: 1 tbs coconut flakes + 1 tbs chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter – chocolate: use peanut butter + 1 tbs chocolate chips

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Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Mix all the ingredients for your flavour combination in a large bowl until well combined. You might need to add a bit more milk to make every thing smooth. I found that 3 tbs were good for some of the flavours with dryer ingredients.
  3. Devide the batter to form 2 or 4 cookies.
  4. Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let cool completely (if you can) before eating them. Store in an air-tight containter. Enjoy!

I really enjoyed making these because the combinations you can come up with are endless. Since you are only making 2 cookies at a time, you can easily mix and match the flavours.  Let me know if you try this out!

 

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Serving: 1 cookie (half the recipe)

 

 

 

 

 

Banana Bread Muffins

I’ve been on a food waste reducing mission since the beginning of the year. I’ve tried to really keep track of the food I buy so that minimal amounts of it end up in the trash.

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With that in mind, when I saw that two perfectly innocent bananas were starting to get rather tanned, I made this banana bread. It’s a simple one-bowl recipe, packed with flavour and good ingredients. Plus, it’s refined sugar-free! Well, if you don’t count the chocolate chips… that doesn’t count, right?

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Here is what you need:

  • 2 tbs ground flax seeds + 6 tbs water
  • 2 ripe bananas (we’re talking brown spots here)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce (I pureed some raw apple with my stick blender for this, but if you’re out, an extra mushed banana will also work great)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 3/4 cup oat flour (I made mine in my blender using regular oats)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • to make them extra cute: extra chocolate chips + some sliced banana

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flax seeds and water together and let sit for 5 minutes or until they form a gel-like substance.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F (180C) and oil your muffin tin.
  3. Mash up the two bananas with the flax mixture until smooth.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients one by one. Whisk until smooth between each addition.
  5. Fill up your muffin tins with two tablespoons of the batter.
  6. To decorate, add a few chocolate chips and a banana slice to the top of each muffin.
  7. Place in your oven for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Leave to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin and enjoy!

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Super simple, super delicious! These are not too sweet, so the chocolate chips really add in a nice touch. Also, because they are made with oat flour, they are perfect for breakfast and will keep you full for quite some time. Let me know if you try them out!

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Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been on a baking rampage these last few weeks: cakes and sweets are pretty much all I think about! I’ve been trying out a lot of recipes, tweaking them and coming up with my own. This week, I wanted to finally bake the perfect chocolate chip cookies. These are chewy, naturally sweetened and so easy to prepare.

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Here is what you need:

  • 6 pitted dates soaked in 1/3 cup warm water for 15 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In your blender or food processor, mix the dates with their soaking water until you have a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients until you have a smooth paste.
  4. With wet hands, make 6 to 8 balls out of the mixture and place them on a lined cookie sheet. Press down on each ball to make out your cookies. These won’t spread too much or change shape while baking so make sure they look good!
  5. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cookies are golden all around and slightly soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and let cool before removing them from the cookie sheet. Enjoy while they are still warm. They will keep in an air-tight container for a few days in the fridge if you can resist them! Enjoy!

Man, these are amazing cookies! The rims of the cookies are nice and crunchy while the middle is so chewy! I love that they are made from wholesome ingredients and are completely gluten-free. I used mini chocolate chips because they are so cute! Let me know if you try this out!

Chocolate Overload, Cheat Day Brownies

I love chocolate. If I could, that’s the only thing that I would eat. This is why I’m always trying new chocolate recipes. Well, this one is perfect if you’re looking for a rich, cakey brownie. Seriously, it’s delicious and not too sweet, which makes it perfect for the dark chocolate lover of your life… oh, and they’re gluten-free too!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 tbs arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbs potato starch
  • 1/4 cup black bean flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbs unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 tbs chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 1 handful of chocolate chips
  • 1 handful almonds

Here is what you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease your brownie pan.
  2. Melt the 3 tbs of chocolate chips and mix in the apple sauce, and oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the different flours and starches, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. Add in the liquid chocolate mix and vanilla, and mix well. Add in the warm water until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Fold in the remaining chocolate chips and almonds.
  6. Pour the batter into the brownie pan and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the brownie cool down for 30 minutes before cutting it. Store in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

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This is glorious! I cut this up to make 16 brownie bites that are easy to take with me in case I might be craving chocolate. This is super simple to prepare and so delicious. You just have to try it out!

 

 

Blueberry Cheesecake – A raw vegan treat

It’s blueberry season over here, and they have been so good. I love that blueberries are so tasty and so beneficial for the digestive system. This cake is slightly tart, creamy and purely delicious! The hardest part is really just waiting for it to set overnight. It’s perfect for a family dinner or an end-of-summer picnic.

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Here is what you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Process the almonds in your food processor until they form a loose flour.
  2. Add the dates and the vanilla and process until the mix is smooth and starts to stick together. If you take a small handful of the mixture, it should stay together after it has been pressed.
  3. Spread the mixture at the bottom of a springform pan. Use a glass to even it out. Let sit in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the cake.

For the cheese layer:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashew nuts, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 to 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • the juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a little almond milk, as needed
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your food processor and processor until you get a smooth cream. You might need to add a little bit of milk to help smooth everything.
  2. Pour over the crust and put the cake back in the fridge. Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the blueberry layer:

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries
  1. Process 1 1/2 cups of the blueberries in your food processor until completely smooth.
  2. Pour over the cheese layer and sprinkle the rest of the blueberries all of the cake.
  3. Place the cake back in the fridge overnight. Enjoy!

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I really hope you try this recipe because it’s so delicious! I’m always amazed to see how thick the blueberry layer sets to be all naturally.

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The cake is very refreshing and perfect to end a meal. Let me know if you try it out!

1 bowl chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies! \\ Biscuits au chocolat et à l’avoine!

For the last few months, I’ve been trying to eat healthy and to pay attention to portion sizes… except for when it comes to chocolate chips cookies. After resisting that craving for a bit, I finally caved in, and started to try out recipes. I wanted chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside oatmeal cookies, all vegan and gluten-free of course. Here’s a really quick, simple, 1-bowl recipe for just that!

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Here is what you need for 8 cookies:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut butter (or any other nut butter you like)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbs chia seeds + 6 tbs water (mixed together to make chia eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup chocolate chips (choose your level of chocolateness!)
Here is what you need to do:
  1. In the bowl of your food processor, mix together the coconut oil, nut butter, and sugar until smooth. Add in the chia eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until smooth.
  2. Mix in the two flours, oats, salt, and baking powder until everything is smooth.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until everything is well combined.
  4. Line a cookie sheet, and preheat your oven to 350F (180C).
  5. Form balls of cookie doughs with 1 tbs of dough and place them on the cookie sheet. Flatten them to the size you want them to be as they will not spread much.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  7. Remove from the oven, and let cool on a wire rack until completely cooled, and enjoy!

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I really hope you give these a try because they are delicious! Let me know what you think!

Depuis quelques mois je fais des efforts pour bien manger, avoir des légumes verts plusieurs fois par jour et m’assurer que mes portions sont raisonables… sauf pour les biscuits au chocolat! Après avoir resister à la tentation pendant quelque temps, j’ai finalement essayé quelques recettes, et voici ma préférée: croustillants à l’extérieur et tendres à l’intérieur, ces biscuits sont parfaits!
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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin pour 8 biscuits:
  • 1/3 tasse d’huile de coco à température piècecup coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 1/3 tasse de beurre de noisettes (ou d’un autre beurre de noix de votre choix
  • 2/3 tasse de sucre de coco
  • 2 c. à soupe de graines de chia + 6 c. à soupe d’eau (mélangés pour former un oeuf de chia)
  • 1 c. à thé d’extrait de vanille
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre à pâte
  • 1/2 c. à thé de sel
  • 1/3 tasse de farine de riz brun
  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine à cuisson rapide
  • 1/3 – 2/3 tasse de pépites de chocolat (choisissez votre niveau de chocolatitude!)
  1. Dans le bol de votre robot culinaire, mélanger l’huile de coco, le beurre de noix et le sucre. Une fois le tout homogène, ajouter les graines de chia et l’extrait de vanille et bien mélanger.
  2. Ajouter les farines, les flocons d’avoine, le sel et la poudre à pâte et bien mélanger.
  3. Ajouter les pépites de chocolat et pulser pour les incorporer.
  4. Préparer une plaque à biscuit et préchauffer votre four à 350F (180C).
  5. Former des boules de pâte avec 1 c. à soupe de mélanger et les placer sur la plaque à biscuit. Applatissez-les à la taille que vous préférez car ils ne s’étendront pas pendant la cuisson.
  6. Placer au four pour 15 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les bords soient dorés.
  7. Retirer du four et laisser les biscuits refroidir. Régalez-vous!

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Ces biscuits sont sérieusement délicieux et j’espère que vous les essayerez!

Protein-packed Brownies \\ Brownies Protéinés

I love chocolate. I could live off of chocolate… probably. One of my favourite thing to do is add cocoa powder to my morning oatmeal. It feels like a treat, while still being healthy and delicious. Now these brownies are the same way! They are delicious but so guilt-free: oil-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and full of protein! Yum!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1/2 cup oats (I used quick oats, but rolled work too)
  • 1 can of black or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 dates, pitted and soaked in water for at least 1 hour
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or any other plant milk)
  • 2 heaping tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • optional: chocolate chips

Here is what you do:

  1. Process the oats in your food processor until you have a fine flour. Set it aside.
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in your food processor and process until everything is well combined. Mix in the flour and chocolate chips if you are using them.
  3. Place your brownie mix in a lined or non-stick pan and bake in a pre-heated oven set on 350F (180C) for 20 minutes. Poke a skewer in the middle: if it comes out clean, your brownies are ready! Serve warm, and keep in the fridge in an air-tight container. Enjoy!

These are so great! They really fill you up so they are a great alternative for breakfast if you’re feeling that way, or make for a perfect snack on the go. Plus, they are so chocolaty! Let me know if you make some!

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Parce que le chocolat c’est une des meilleures choses de la vie, voici une recette de brownies pleins de protéines à manger sans modération (ou presque) puisqu’ils sont sans sucre, sans huile et sans gluten. Oh oui!

  • 1/2 tasse de flocons d’avoine (j’ai utilisé des flocons rapides, mais l’avoine à l’ancienne fonctionne aussi)
  • 1 conserve de haricots noirs ou rouges, rincés
  • 10 dates, dénoyautées et trempées dans de l’eau pour au moins 1 heure
  • 1/2 cup lait d’amandes (ou un autre lait végétal)
  • 2 c. à soupe bombées de poudre de cacao
  • 1/2 c. à café d’extrait de vanille
  • 1/2 c. à café de poudre à pâte
  • optionel: pépites de chocolat
  1. Placer les flocons d’avoine dans votre robot culinaire et broyer jusqu’à l’obtention d’une farine fine. Réserver.
  2. Mettre le reste des ingrédients dans le robot, et mélanger jusqu’à ce que tout soit bien incorporé. Ajouter la farine et les pépites de chocolat et mélanger.
  3. Placer le tout dans un moule recouvert de papier sulfurisé ou anti-adhésif et placer dans un four pré-chauffé à 350F (180C) pour 20 minutes. Tester à l’aide d’un cure-dent: si le cure-dent ressort propre du brownie, c’est prêt! Sinon, laisser encore quelques minutes. Servir chaud et garder au frigo dans une boîte hermétique. Savourez!

 

Hazelnut Pear Oatmeal Cookies

This is a great recipe if you are in a rush in the morning and don’t want to bring a jar of oatmeal with you. You can prepare a batch of cookies ahead and just grab a few when you are ready to go. These little cookies are packed with rich flavours as well as delicious nutrients to keep you full until lunch. Plus, they are sugar-free, oil-free and gluten-free! And they are super simple to make!

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw hazelnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free quick oats)
  • 3 ripe pears
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds

Here is what you do:

  1. In a frying pan, place the hazelnut and roast them on medium-high heat until they have a nice golden colour. Remove from the heat and let cool completely. Rub the hazelnut between your hands to remove the skins. Separate the nuts from their skins, which you can throw out.
  2. In your food processor, roughly grind 1/2 cup of hazelnut so that you still have big chunks. Place them in a large mixing bowl. Process the rest of the hazelnuts until you have a fine meal. Add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Process one cup of your quick oats into a fine flour and add this to the mixing bowl. Add the rest of the oats without processing them.
  4. Wash and peel the pears and remove their hearts and stems. Process them with the vanilla extract and lime juice until you have a smooth sauce. Add to the mixing bowl along with the hemp seeds.
  5. Mix everything together until you have a thick batter. Make balls with 1 tbs of batter at a time and set them on a lined cookie sheet. Lightly press them down to form your cookies. Place in an oven set at 350F and bake for 15 minutes. Take them out, turn them over and bake for an extra 5 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven, and place them on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

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I love how chunky and tender these cookies are. The hazelnut flavour is delicious, and the pears add a nice level of sweetness, without being too much. This is another recipe where your food processor is pretty much doing everything for you, which makes it super easy and fast to prepare. The hemp seeds add some protein which will help you feel full. By the way, if you want to win a bag of hemp hearts, check this out!  Finally, these are incredibly delicious and perfect on the go! Let me know if you try them out!

Coconut and Passion Fruit Cheesecake

At the moment, my boyfriend and I are completely obsessed with Friends. We are rewatching this show and are loving it like if it was the first time. We love that it’s funny without being stupid and that it’s not violent or graphic for no reason. Before that, we were enjoying Vikings a lot… well the first two seasons anyway. I have been fascinated by Viking mythology ever since I was a kid, and when I got the chance to learn runes in one of my uni classes (how cool is that by the way?) I was just the happiest camper. So of course, when a show on Vikings came out, I just had to watch it. Now, it’s not the most peaceful show, but the characters were interesting, the story compelling and the intrigue was really captivating… until season 3. I feel like season 3 is where the makers of the show have decided to jump on the  Game of Thrones bandwagon and throw in random sex, violence, and torture just because they could. And we hated that! So much in fact, that we stopped mid-season, abandoning Ragnar and his idea to raid Paris (I mean seriously!). Because we were so spooked about one particularly disgusting scene, we jumped on Friends as a safe and funny show.

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All this brings me to me point, I promise. A few days ago, we watched the episode where Chandler and Rachel find a wonderfully delicious cheesecake in their hallway and just can’t get enough. Well, I have been craving cheesecake ever since! This is what I came up with: a tropical, frozen, coconutty version of this rich and decadent dessert.

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Here is what you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil

For the filling:

  • 450g silky tofu
  • 1 cup soaked cashews
  • 1 can (400mL) of coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tbs maple syrup
  • zest of one lime or lemon
  • 8 tbs lime or lemon juice

For garnish: the pulp a 2 to 4 passion fruits

Here is what you do:

  1. Process the almonds in your food processor until you have a fine meal. Add the coconut flakes, pitted dates and coconut oil. Process until everything is well combined. When pressed, this should stick together.
  2. Place the crust powder in a springform pan and press at the bottom in an even layer. You can use the bottom of a flat glass to make sure everything is flat. Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest.
  3. Rince and dry your food processor, and add all the filling ingredients. Process until smooth. Pour in over the crust and place in your freezer. Let sit until the top of the cake is solid. This is perfect when the center is still creamy, and also delicious when completely frozen.
  4. Wash and cut open your passion fruits. Scoop out the pulp and spread on the cake. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

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This is so good! I love the fact that you don’t need to bake anything and that it’s so refreshing. The coconut flavour is great paired up with the passion fruit. It’s not yet the perfect cheesecake, but it’s really great if you want something easy to whip up. I love how rich and smooth this cake is, while not being too sweet. It’s really perfect for a hot summer day!

I mean, even our cat was intrigued! Let me know if you try this out!

 

Mini Chocolate-Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yesterday I attempted aquafaba macarons again. Now, I have experimented with these multiple times, but there’s always something wrong: they melt in the oven, they are hollow, they taste weird, the meringue does not get stiff… But, I keep on trying! Well, the batch I made yesterday is the best so far. Chewy and tender, they don’t have feet, but at least, they did not melt! I’ll consider this one a success!

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As it is supposed to reach 40C today, I really didn’t feel like making a creamy filling. So I went with raspberry quick ice cream. Basically just frozen raspberry, this filling was a great addition to my chocolate cookies. It is tart and fresh and goes really well with the chewy and sweet chocolate!

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Oh, you might be wondering what aquafaba is. Well, it’s the liquid that’s left after you have cooked beans, or the liquid you usually drain out when using canned beans. You might have noticed that this liquid is sticky and egg-like. Well, it can replace eggs in many recipe, including when making meringue! Extraordinary! What I usually do is keep this liquid in my freezer and just take it out when I feel like using it.

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Here is what you need:

  • 200 mL aquafaba (about the amount you can find in one can of beans; I used the liquid from kidney beans.)
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar.
  • 2/3 cup ground almonds
  • splash of vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tbs maple syrup

Here is what you do:

  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the aquafaba to a simmer and let reduce until you have about 100mL (a little less than 1/2 cup). Remove from the heat and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Pour the aquafaba in a large mixing bowl and use your electric mixer to whisk up until you have stiff peaks. This will take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes, so hang in there!
  3. Once the meringue is thick, add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to help it stay stiff. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk a little bit more, until the liquid is all mixed in.
  4. Put the sugar, ground almonds and cocoa powder in a sieve and add that little by little to the meringue. Fold in the meringue using a spatula. Be gentle with the meringue: you don’t want all the air to leave, but you want all the dry ingredients to be well mixed in.
  5. Using a piping bag, pipe a dime size amount of batter on a line cookie sheet. Keep the bag perpendicular with the cookie sheet to have round cookies. Or go crazy!
  6. Preheat your oven to 250F and place the cookie sheet on the top rack. Bake for 30 minutes. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN! After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let sit the cookie sheet in the oven for 30 more minutes without peeking.
  7. Take out the cookies and let cool completely before removing them from the cookie sheet. Set aside.
  8. For the ice cream, place the frozen raspberry and maple syrup in your food processor or blender, and blend until smooth.
  9. Scoop some raspberry ice cream on one cookie bottom and top off with another cookie to make super cute miniature ice cream sandwiches! Place in the freezer to set and enjoy!

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I have to say that the no-peeking-in-the-oven is really hard for me because our oven does not have a window: it’s always a complete surprise! I was really happy to see that these little cookies were nice and not puddle-like!

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I love that they are bite size because they make for the perfect no-mess ice cream sandwiches. And, they are adorable! Let me know if you try them out!