Ever since February I’ve been in a bit of a body funk, not knowing what to eat or what’s going to make me regret eating, and unfortunately basic cauliflower is not my friend. Mashed down and hidden in different forms, however, it’s a dream come true because it’s such a versatile ingredient that happens to be healthy and low-carb. I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily on a low carb kick (definitely not, in fact), but it’s just one of those added bonuses. Flourless, easy and a good staple to keep in the house, these flatbreads are pretty ninja at keeping you full on the go.
I admit that I’m secretly still a bread monster, even if I don’t actually eat bread every day. It’s just the easiest vehicle for food in yer belly that I can think of on the go, since lettuce wraps (my actual favourite) can be pretty messy (which I love but that’s then a home treat). I therefore decided to try and use aquafaba for something that is not sweet, and it’s really a jolly addition that gives moisture but also acts as a binding agent – ridiculously well on that front! I’ve made these three times now and yes, they are awesome and easy, which is just what I need in the middle of the busiest assignment period for my library diploma.
Ingredients (makes 8):
- 3 cups raw cauliflower florets
- 2/3 cup chickpea flour
- 5 TBSP aquafaba (chickpea brine)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp nutritional yeast
- 2 TBSP dry parsley
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Preheat to 180C and line a baking tray.
- Blend cauliflower florets and aquafaba until smooth, then add the spices (with extra to taste). Add in chickpea flour and mix til combined.
- Form handful-sized balls (these won’t be dry, dough-y balls but rather squishy/moist) and squash them down on the tray in a compact, 1cm high circle. Tuck the edges in to make flipping them easier.
- Bake 25 minutes, flip, bake 10 – 15 more until golden crisp.
Top with pesto, hummus, grilled eggplant slices, diced peppadews…anything!So good! You can pretty much add any herbs you like, but I figure the nutritional yeast is a must – it’s so deliciously cheezy that I’m going to use this recipe as a basis for cheeze rolls, but even as is I’m ridiculously pleased. It holds up well to any topping and can even be a lovely pizza base or modified to be a base for sweet things like PB & jam or even ice-cream and caramel sauce if you have super weird cravings like I do. :pEven though they’re oil free they still have a wonderful moisture to them because of the aquafaba, so it’s not dry cardboard that you’re eating (obviously if you burn it to a crisp in the oven it’s a different story). I topped mine with smoky lentil hummus (minus strawberries), peppadews, sauerkraut and chickpeas and that’s a pretty solid lunch which includes veggies and protein just like that 😀 I’m not using my new oven as much as I’d like because of all the busy nonsense one has to get through in a day, but these are very quick to whip up since it’s basically a bake-and-blend recipe, which is nifty for lazy. I feel like my general mindset these days is lazy, just because everything in life is zooming off at a ridiculous speed and I just can’t keep up and keep trying to dig my heels into the fabric of time to try and slow it down, with very little success. Having pre-made snacks like this on hand at least helps me feel like I’ve made some small effort to not just eat out of a can or packet. Man-thing, admittedly, is not impressed by cauliflower and refuses to even have a bite, despite saying it looks good, so I’m going to have to bake a sneaky cauliflower cake to convince him of its magical powers. 😉Chino, our foster boy, is not safely in his new home and his new lady says he’s already jumping onto beds and couches and slept next to her the whole night, so I’m so grateful he found a fantastic forever home ❤ I’ve been dreaming of cats every single night for the past few weeks and I honestly can’t imagine not fostering, because it’s the most wonderful feeling to hand over a creature that you’ve known into a new life and a happy one to boot. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to have the study open again to our cats because it means Freyja has taken her rightful position on my lap for snuggles and snoozes, which I love.