Amazing Disappearing Almond Meal Biscuits, err, Slice.

The thing is that I’m not a great baker.

Or homemaker—as you’ll know if you’ve been following my toxin-free, grain-free journey: aka, crash course wrought with confusion and rookie disasters.

The things I prepare for my ever-supportive family, are affectionately referred to as experiments. “Mummy, can I try one of your biscuit experiments?” Followed by, “Oh! It’s actually pretty yum!” is a usual fare of conversation in our home.

-I’m editing out the bits in which my kitchen experiments end up being gifted to the chickens. I’m a Kitchen is Half-Perfect type of mama. Anyway, the chickens always like my offerings.

The other thing is that to go organic and grain-free without a gazillion dollars in your budget, there’s not much choice other than to make things from scratch / homestead / go grain-free mama chef, or whatever you want to call it.

We’ve chosen not to re-mortgage our home to eat harm-free, nutrition-dense, whole-foods; so we’ve had to learn to make them. And grow them, but that’s a different post- one that I’ll hopefully write when the climbing spinach actually starts climbing.

Needless to say, this recipe: Insanely Easy Almond Cookies, had me at “insanely easy”. It makes less sense that I didn’t actually try baking the recipe. First, it calls for 6 tablespoons of honey, and I’m PRECIOUS about our honey supply (we’re rookie bee keepers, but again, that’s another post). I’m also too measly about cash to buy blanched almond flour. I buy plain old almond meal instead. It’s not as fluffy white or texturally pleasing perhaps, but it’s tasty.

I also omitted the chocolate chips. Yes, this is astounding given my passionate love of chocolate induced bliss. I do try to keep my chocolate habit in tow, though, so the choc chips didn’t make it to my final cut of this recipe. 

I’m super proud to say that this non-chef grain-free mama made her own version of the “insanely easy” recipe, and it worked!

Well, kind of…

Remember: “worked” for me, means nutritious and taste-worthy. It’s pretty much never about me baking something that looks a treat. When it comes to aesthetically pleasing baking, it’s someone else’s kitchen. Not mine. And it has to be said that “insanely easy” doesn’t always apply to mamas with my kitchen abilities. My stuff is always more “baking surprise” than “easy, guaranteed”. (I can claim “insanely” though. It’s an apt description of my baking methods.)

Truth is, I experimented with ingredients and what came out of the oven, instead of biscuits, was a sweet, sticky slice.

I know!

My ever-stoic children said, “Oh! Those are the biscuits? They look… umm, lovely.” And then proceeded to eat a piece each. And then another. And then, even though we’re not usually ones to indulge quite so splendidly, another. 

When my husband came home from work, same story. And I might have snuck in a piece or two, or three, of the insanely lovely accidental almond slice, too. 

The recipe from Shinee, plus my poor baking prowess, turned out to be the perfect ingredients for a splendidly-made mistake.

Here’s how the almond slice creation looked:

Surprise!

Here it is now:

Disappearing trick! Magic.

And it didn’t go to the chickens. It was voted Most Popular Kitchen Experiment in Weeks. Here’s how I made it:

Accidental Almond Meal Slice.

Ingredients

1 clueless rookie grain-free mama

2 cups almond meal

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch salt

4 tablespoons raw honey… or just a touch less…

4 tablespoons coconut oil… or just a touch more… (err hmm, the recipe from Shinee who is quite obviously a competent baker, calls for 2 teaspoons, but what can I say, I LIKE coconut oil…)

2 handfuls certified-organic dried sultanas

1 handful certified-organic shredded coconut

1 bucket-load of hope.

(The original recipe calls for vanilla extract. I forgot.)

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Mix the almond meal, baking soda, salt, honey and coconut oil into a bowl. Add sultanas and shredded coconut. 

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Dollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the parchment paper and press down with a fork.

Place tray in pre-heated oven and hope for the best. For 8-9 minutes.

After 9 minutes, remove tray from the oven and maintain hope, even though your round biscuit blobs have joined together into one, tray-sized slice.

Leave the slice to cool (10 minutes). Remove from tray. Cut into random quadrilaterals of about the same size.

Be brave, mamas and papas, be brave! It might just taste okay.

Back to the biscuits:

Happily, I did make yet another version of the original recipe, and this time when I opened the oven door, biscuits appeared! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the world really is magic

Here’s my version of the almond meal biscuits. I only made half a batch. For some reason, I wasn’t quite certain that they’d work (?) so I proceeded with caution. 

Almond Meal Biscuits.

Ingredients

1 cup certified-organic almond meal 

2 teaspoons certified organic, extra-virgin coconut oil

1 handful certified organic dried sultanas

1 handful certified-organic shredded coconut

¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 pinch salt

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until a sticky mixture ensues.

Use a spoon to form the mixture into biscuit sized balls. Place on a lined baking tray, press down with a fork and place tray in the oven.

Wait 8-9 minutes. Remember to hope for the best. It might just work this time.

Take the tray out of the oven and allow the biscuits to cool for 10 minutes or so before eating or storing.

Here’s how they turned out:

Chewy and delicious. And yes, insanely easy. Who knew?!

Once again, I forgot the vanilla extract. I’ll remember to add 1 teaspoon to the biscuit recipe next time. 

The accidental slice, I’m not touching. I plan to make exactly the same mistake again. Soon.

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2 Comments

  1. You’re so funny, Linda. I’m so glad you tried and you and your family enjoyed the cookies. 🙂 And thank you for sharing.

    1. linda@shells says:

      Oh (blushing) thank you Shinee! I’ll keep trying to make the cookies look like yours😄. Thank you so much for commenting, (my first comment!) that’s so lovely of you, and I really appreciate it.🌸 Glad you didn’t mind me sharing!

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