GF Double Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

I’ve been hounding the husband for a food processor for a while now, yesterday I sent him to Briscoes for some new pans and he came home with pans AND a brand new food processor! So naturally I wanted to make something using it ASAP. I had chickpeas in the cupboard, so did some googling and altered a few recipes to suit what ingredients I did and didn’t have.

I present to you… gluten free double chocolate chickpea brownies (bit of a mouthful haha)!

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed. (KEEP THE BRINE and make some egg free meringues with it!)
2 eggs
1/3 cup cocoa powder (or raw cacao if you have that in the cupboard)
2/3 cup of sugar/coconut sugar
2 tablespoons of coconut cream/milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
16 squares of Whittakers milk caramel chocolate (or whatever flavour you want but I used the caramel and it was amaaaazing)

1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius and line a 9″ x 9″ pan with baking paper.
2. Chuck all ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate squares, into the food processor and blitz until well combined and smooth.
3. Pour the mixture into your lined baking pan and pop the chocolate squares in evenly, so that when you cut it up – each piece will have a bit of yummy gooey chocolate in it (I didn’t do this very well haha, next time!).
4. Bake for approximately 25 mins or until clean utensil when tested.
5. Let it cool for 20 mins, cut into 16 squares, eat.
6. Eat another piece.
7. Put the rest in a container before you eat it all.

Enjoy! Tag me in a pic if you make it!

J x

Meet ‘The Whittakers’

We have lots of new followers/likers/friends here, on Facebook and on Instagram. So I thought it was about time I told you a bit more about us – The Whittakers!

We’re a family of 5! A few of you probably don’t know that! There’s myself – Jordan, The Husband (Nare – Henare without the ‘he’ for those that are pronouncing it wrong, or Henry if you prefer), Jayden who is 17, Brooklyn who is 3.5 and Marlo who is 9 months. Jayden is my step son, he lives with his Mum in the North Island but is still very much a part of our family. I always laughed when people said “Oh a pigeon pair!” when we found out Marlo was a girl, or how lucky we were to get one of each. Lots didn’t realise that there was 2 boys before the girl!

Anyway, a bit about us…

Jordan | I am 24 years old. I am a Whittakers chocolate snob. Except for Cadbury mint oreo, current exception. I was a dance teacher. I was born and raised in Whangarei, NZ. I have one brother. My own wardrobe lacks style because I spend money on the kid’s ones instead. I wear jandals 80% of the year… the other 20% is for chucks and ugg boots. If everyday could be a PJ day, it would be.

Nare | He is 35 years old. He is also a Whittakers chocolate snob. He is in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He is a super geek who spends his evenings on his PS4 talking to his fellow geeky friends. When he’s not at home, or work, he is playing sports (mainly basketball) or running around in his undies with other brown people (kapa haka). His love of basketball inspired Brooklyn’s name and one of Marlo’s middle names (Kobe).

Jayden | He is 17 years old. He is in his last year of high school. He loves being a gym bunny and also being a geeky gamer (though I think it’s less geeky when you’re 17 than when you’re 35, sorry Nare!). He is into photography and design (woohoo!). He was born and raised, and still lives, in Palmerston North. He is an awesome big brother and Brooklyn thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. When he was younger, a professional golf coach poached him because he was really good at softball.

Brooklyn | He is 3.5 years old. He goes to pre-school 3 days a week and loves it. He is FULL of character, and attitude (threenager in full swing).  He loves singing and dancing – mainly to One Direction and Justin Bieber. He likes superheros, cartoons and current favourite you-tube videos to watch is ‘Chase’s Corner’. He hates veges, loves meat and treats. His best friends are Hunter and Eli (he will always answer with this if you ask him, it’s quite cute). He absolutely adores Marlo, sometimes too much! He’s a pretty typical 3 year old kid.

Marlo | She is 9 months old. She is scrumptiously chocolate skinned and full of chub. She never cries. She has only just taken to loving solids and goes for anything savoury, she acts like we’re poisoning her with any fruit remotely sour. She has been crawling for a month and has 8 teeth. She has only just started sleeping through the night (like literally, the last 2-3 nights), because we’re in the middle of sleep training her. She is a Mummy’s girl. She is a bit sensitive with new people and doesn’t like strangers holding her (fair enough!).

That’s a wee bit about each of us. Hopefully you learnt something new! We currently live in Blenheim, NZ and will be here for another 3.5 years before Nare gets another posting. I absolutely love it here, it’s beautiful all year round! If you want to see a bit more of our lives behind Instagram and Facebook, you can follow us on Snapchat: thewhittakers

J x

High hopes with the threenager

I always have high hopes for non pre-school days. I have grand plans to be an amazing not-grumpy Mum, not to yell, do baking, do some arts and crafts, make a delicious lunch, go for a walk. My expectations are high. Every time. 

Reality is, today I had yelled at Brooklyn before the clock even hit 8.30am. Not a great start. Cue Mum guilt. He then asked if he could go to preschool. I don’t blame him 😳 He then proceeded to pull all the couch cushions off the couches and barricade Marlo into the lounge. Cue crying baby, yelling Mum (again) AND crying toddler. Ugh. 

I then took the iPad off him, only to give it back a few minutes later because I preferred the sound of ‘Chase’s Corner’ over his whinging. And to top it all off, he’s told me that he’s hungry about 10 times in the last 2 hours. 

Its 9.30, it’s raining, I’m still not dressed, Brooklyn’s walking around with no pants on because I won’t help him put his undies on (which he is more than capable of doing himself) and I’m going in for coffee round two.

Some days are just write offs. But tomorrow will be a new day… And the threenager will be at pre-school πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™Š

Please tell me I’m not alone! 

A winter investment – the ultrasonic vapouriser

I get asked at least once a day at the moment, about which vapouriser we use, why we use it, what it’s for, what I put in it, where to get it from, how much it is, etc, etc. So I thought it was about time I whacked it all into a post so that I can send everyone here for all the nitty gritty!

When Brooklyn was a baby, he got sick loads. I don’t know why, he just did. Every little cold ended up in bronchiolitis, endless GP visits, hospital trips, the works. I guess some kids are more prone to sickness? His first winter was hell. Until we bought our first vapouriser. After borrowing a friends Vicks vapouriser and waking up in the morning to Brooklyn’s bedroom walls absolutely DRIPPING with water, I decided that was not for us. So I went with the other option, an ultrasonic vapouriser.

Ultrasonic? How does it work? Ultrasonic basically means that it uses tiny wee vibrations to make cool steam (rather than heat like a traditional vapouriser). So there is no heat component at all. It’s totally safe to touch and leaves NO condensation. NONE AT ALL! The no heat component was a biggy for me once he was in a bed and could get out and touch things.

I kid you not, from that moment Brooklyn did not get bronchiolitis that winter again! Yes, he still got sick. But his symptoms were no where near as bad as previous times, and I honestly do put it down to the vapouriser.

What does it even do? Adding moisture into the air helps to relieve cold/flu symptoms; helping clear blocked noses and soothing irritated/chesty coughs. Especially helpful with babies as their nostrils are so teeny that it only takes a little bit of snot to block it right up!

I love to put essential oils in our vapouriser! I’m all for trying everything and anything to help my wee ones get better ASAP, so no harm in using oils in it too! (though you do need to give it a clean after each use if you’re using oils) I get mine from The Modern Apothecary and use the following: Thieves – this is a blend of essential oils that is highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-infectious. It literally kills all the germs flying around in the air! I put this one in during the day when the kids are sick. At night I use RC – (respiratory congestion) this one gives relief from colds, bronchial symptoms, sore throats, coughs, etc. I got RC with Brooklyn in mind, as he is the one that often gets asthma, croup and other nasty breathing issues. I’m loving them so far!

The other cool (no pun intended) thing I like about this particular vapouriser is that it runs most of the night. On intermittent setting (30 seconds on, 30 seconds off) it runs approximately 8 hours!

I rave about these to everyone and truly do believe they’re an investment. If we had the kids in separate rooms, I would purchase another one. THAT is how much I rate them!

You can buy one HERE from Sleepytot (currently on sale for $99.95!) and Fiona also sells some oils that you can use in them too – so check them out. If you use the code SAVE15, it will give you 15% off storewide at Sleepytot including health products (excluding sale items), woohoo!

Any other questions, feel free to fire them my way and I will try my best to answer them for you! If you have questions about different essential oils – Jamie from The Modern Apothecary is your gal and has all the knowledge with that side of things.

J x