these biscuits, are like what would happen if a jam and coconut slice had a love affair with a coconut macaroon and gave birth to a jam drop. but in totally delectable, into-tea-dunkable biscuit form

this blog has allowed me to gain confidence when it comes to making up my own recipes. sometimes it's epic and sometimes it's an epic fail. muesli slice with coconut oil to replace butter??? delicious and nutritious!!! vegan carrot cake attempt one?? too crumbly and ridiculous!!!

I used to just wing it when it came to baking and use dairy products, and cop a sore, uncomfortable, nauseous stomach the next day. but the more I experiment, and the more I research, I find how easy it is (with some practise mind you) to still have that chocolate cookie, and not feel ill. also, as I was doing this auspicious research, I've come across much debate over the whole "yes dairy" and "no dairy" thing. I'm not going to get into it, as my reasons for omitting are health related, but I find myself agreeing more with the "no dairy" crowd. there are, it turns out, many many actually not bad reasons to reduce or omit dairy from your diet (although I'm not quite donning fluro nikes and tropical print booty shorts, let's leave the health and fitness stuff to those who....you know...."health" and "fitness").  

if you're interested in a good ethical, environmental and health debate, however, this definitely is one worth reading up on.

now everybody hold up. before you do anything in regards to cutting out a major food group, talk to your doctor, someone who is also dairy free (and has consulted a doctor) or a very reliable website (although maybe don't talk to them per se....because it'd be a pretty one sided conversation..). k thanks!!!

basically, if I can help someone else through this blog, whether they be vegan, lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, I've achieved my goals and will be the happiest little home cook in all the land :) because whilst (conveniently) lots of dairy free foods are "health" foods, "healthy" is good for the body, but "indulging" is good for the soul. I aim for somewhere in the middle.


jammy coconut drops

{makes 24 cookies}


1/2 cup castor sugar

1 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)

2 1/2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

200g vegan butter (I use nuttelex), softened

1 egg

1/2 cup jam of choice (I used raspberry)


preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

combine  sugar, coconut, plain flour, baking powder, vanilla, butter and egg in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer.

mix until a batter/dough is formed that can be rolled and shaped into balls (if needed, adjust flour/egg quantities accordingly)

on two lined baking trays, roll dough into small balls. using the back of a teaspoon, make an indent in the centre of the cookies. fill with about 1/4 teaspoon on jam.

bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

cool completely (hot jam burns!!) and serve. will keep in an airtight jar in the pantry for about 5 days.

- jess x