My most profound apologies to Noelle of An Opera Singer in the Kitchen. Although I love to sing and I love music, I have to admit… I’m not a big fan of opera. Like real, actual opera, where they dress up and sing tragical stories where everyone dies.
However, I am a big fan of the well-trained classical voice, and I can’t help but feel a thrill when I hear the depths of passion and power an excellent voice can exude. As a choral singer, I’m particularly fond of oratorios (Handel’s Messiah is a famous example) and the like, but as long as I’m being honest, I must say that my favorite music genre is pop opera. I know that makes me totally plebeian, but there you have it. Sarah Brightman, Amici Forever, Il Divo, Josh Groban… yes, I confess I am a fan of all of these.
But you don’t have to be an opera fan to enjoy Noelle’s blog! You just have to be a fan of food… and I think we all qualify. Noelle has got quite a fabulous collection of recipes there, including a large number of vegan recipes. Now is the perfect time of year to try out her Fluffy Vegan Pumpkin Biscuits or perhaps Almond Quinoa Hot Cereal. Her BBQ Chickpea Burgers are on my list to try.
As you know, I love spelt, so I was quite happy to discover her selection of spelt recipes. In fact, I ended up trying her Spelt Choco-Peanut Butter Cookies as a treat for My Certain Little Someone to share with his Wednesday night class at church. They were a huge hit! I have to admit, that despite the fact that I am avoiding carbs and sugar right now, I snuck one or two. Or maybe three.
I made a few adjustments to the recipe to make them allergy-friendly for The Boys, the most notable being eliminating the peanut butter chips because they can’t eat those. I still wanted to retain the “peanut butter flavor”, though, so I thought maybe I could try replacing the margarine in the recipe with homemade sunflower seed butter. It didn’t exactly work like I thought it would, and I ended up having to make additional adjustments. The final result was delicious, though! Thanks, Noelle, for a fabulous recipe!
- 2 cups freshly ground spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
- 4 TBSP coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw sugar
- 2 TBSP flax meal + 6 TBSP hot water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, sugar, flax meal and water, and vanilla.
- Stir the liquid ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Form dough a tablespoon at a time into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 325F for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden in color.
Now, go and listen to some of Noelle’s beautiful singing. Why, yes, even this non-opera lover enjoyed it!
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