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Guest Blogger: Little Chef Adam Makes Single-Serving Brownies

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today's guest blogger is a special little boy named Adam who just loves baking Happy Herbivore recipes (with mum's help!). Adam will also be appearing in my new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore

Now, let's get to it!

Hello everybody! My name is Adam and I am six years old. I can tie my shoes and I am learning to ride a two-wheeler. I like to bake (and eat — hee, hee, hee) sweet stuff with my mum, who likes to blog at roboticwhimsy.com. Today I am baking HH's single-serving brownie that is kind of like a cupcake.

The first thing I do before I start baking is put on my apron and wash my hands so they're clean and shiny. Then Mummy helped me get out all the ingredients.

I sprayed my cupcake holder with oil so that the brownie wouldn't stick. I don't want brownie bits to stick because that means less brownie for me to eat (Boo hoo).

I carefully measured out the flour.

I also measured out the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are my favourite part. I ate two chocolate chips to make sure they were good. They were.

I mixed all the dry ingredients together. I am a super mixer.

When everything was super mixed, I added the wet ingredients.

I put the batter in the muffin cup. Some batter got on my fingers so I licked it off. It was good.

I was a little scared of putting the brownie in the toaster oven because it was hot. So Mummy helped.

While the brownie was baking, I ate the leftover batter that didn't fit in the muffin cup. Yummy!

The brownie was excellent! Awesome! Great! Turbo Genius! I shared it with mum and Leah (my littler sister). Everyone loved it and I can't wait to make it again. 

What is kelp?

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I pride myself on using normal "everyday" ingredients in my recipes but there are one or two "weird" items I use sometimes... Kelp is one of them.

A friend of mine who follows a strict salt-free diet turned me on to kelp. (She uses it as a salt alternative). I'm not one for salting my foods, but I like kelp because it has a fishy taste. 

It's the "secret ingredient" in HH's Mock Tuna Salad. It's what makes the whole thing taste fishy. If you want a fish taste without the fish, kelp is where it's at. 

What is it? Kelp is a sea vegetable. I know, that doesn't exactly sound appetizing, but it's delicious. It's granulated like a spice so you never feel like you're eating seaweed or algae. 

Kelp is also an excellent source of iodine.

Where can you get it?health food stores, whole foods market, some stores that sell supplements and other vitamins, online (Amazon). A canister (like mine in the video) is usually only a few dollars and it lasts a really long time. They're well worth the investment to be able to make HH's mock tuna alone! 

What Are Rolled Oats vs. Instant Oats, Interchanging Them & Other Tips

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

A common question I get is what is the difference between instant oats and rolled oats and can you interchange them?

Rolled oats are bigger than instant oats and take longer to cook (see the size difference in the video). If a recipe calls for instant oats, but you only have rolled oats, no problem. 

How to turn Rolled Oats into Instant Oats: Chop the rolled oats up in your food processor or blender so that they're smaller, more granulated and the consistency of instant oats. 

You can also use instant oats in place of bread crumbs in most recipes, I actually really like using them in my burger recipes. Instead of bread crumbs I use a small handful of instant oats (about 1/3 cup). 

When using oats instead of bread crumbs, do not automatically do a direct 1:1 substitution since oats are so much bulkier and they're thirsty, so they can dry out your food if you add too many. Start with less, about 1/3 cup and add more as necessary.

Mmm... HH's Apple Crisp Muffins use oats! 

Depending on your oats, oats can also act as an easy gluten-free substitute! My new favorite thing to do with oats is make oat flour