Kid Approved! Peppermint Matcha Chocolate Chip Scones

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Scones are a favorite at our house. I have been buying bakery scones every week and my kids eat them for breakfast and snacks. This recipe is a basic one from the Better Homes & Garden cookbook that I’ve tweaked to transform it into a healthier one.   Several iterations of the recipe were tested by my kid-crew and their feedback was that they were not sweet enough. Since I’m using maple sugar in the recipe there are a couple options to increase the allure for picky eaters; coat with some coconut milk and sprinkle with sugar prior to baking or drizzle with frosting afterwards. If I’m baking these just for myself I cut back on the maple sugar and add chopped nuts and dried fruit.

Peppermint Matcha Chocolate Chip Scones

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons maple sugar (or coconut palm sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon green tea Matcha powder (optional)
  • contents of 1 bag of peppermint tea
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk beverage
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine flour, maple sugar, baking powder, matcha powder, and contents of peppermint tea bag in a large bowl. Add coconut oil and cut into the flour mixture until it resembles large crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. In another bowl whisk together the egg and 1/2 cup of coconut milk; add to dry mixture. Stir until fully incorporated. Knead dough until nearly smooth. Shape scones into 12 large triangles and place on a lined baking sheet. Brush tops with the additional coconut milk; sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

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These are best served warm from the oven but you can also toast in a toaster oven for the same delicious effect.

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My family balks at the use of whole wheat flour in recipes and are less likely to try something if they suspect that whole wheat flour has been used. That’s why I’m using white whole wheat flour here and added the matcha powder for a bit of a green hue. You could also add a tablespoon of cocoa powder for double-chocolate yumminess.

peppermint matcha chocolate chip scones 2One important thing about getting picky eaters to try new foods is to consider presentation. Don’t hide away something healthy in a covered container. Stack them up on a plate, cover and leave them front and center on the counter. If it’s in view, my kids are more likely to grab a healthy food instead of searching for the cookies hidden in the pantry.

My 9-year-old son gave these scones two thumbs up.

Lemon Noodles Recipe

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I held onto this recipe from a co-worker for nearly a year before I worked up the courage to try it out. Seems weird from a person who writes a blog called “Try It You Might Like It,” right? For one thing it was missing measurements for the ingredients. I think that might be the sign of a really great cook. The other thing was that I needed to research some of the ingredients because I didn’t know them. That’s what Google is for. Even with my guesswork on the quantities for ingredients this recipe turned out very close to how I remember it tasting from the many potluck lunches where I indulged in this delicious dish. My research discovered that this is a South Indian dish, which makes sense because my co-worker is from India. Read more…

4 Recipes for Easter Brunch

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I adore Easter brunch. It’s so much more relaxed than Easter dinner and the foods are delicious. When I think of brunch I think of finger foods and light fare because we all know you’ve engorged on chocolate and jelly beans first thing in the morning. Another benefit to brunch is being able to drink alcohol before noon without any guilt. Mimosas anyone? If you are planning on attending an Easter brunch this weekend here are four delightful recipes sure to impress everyone. Read more…

Teaching Kids to Bake with the Best Chocolate Brownies

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My son is at the perfect age to start teaching him how to bake independently.  A 9-year-old can finally follows the steps in a recipe. That’s something we’ve been working on with his homework anyway. Enthusiasm for getting homework done quickly causes him to jump right to the end without following all the instructions. I’m the “worst mom” for forcing him to redo his homework multiple times. But I’m a good mom for recognizing that following instructions is an extremely valuable lesson for life.  I’m also working on teaching independent thinking so it was his decision to select the recipe. Read more…

Product Comparison: Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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The kids eat a LOT of granola bars and while I bake more than the average person I definitely can’t keep up with the demand for granola bars. Both kids take a granola bar in their lunches and usually will have one with breakfast as well. Since I’m a mom who cares about the quality of the food that my family eats I regularly check labels. I was dismayed to find sorbitol as an ingredient in the previously favored Quaker chewy granola bars as well as in the Special K Pretzel bars that my son likes. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to teach the kids about checking ingredients and about how to make good decisions about the food we choose.

Introducing our first product comparison review on Chocolate Chip Granola Bars… my daughter will take it from here writing about our experience. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Black Mission Figs

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This week I’m loving black mission figs from Woodstock Foods.  I’ve been reluctant to write about these delicious dried fruit because honestly they look like turds on the plate. Instead I’m celebrating the turd-like appeal to my kids but they have yet to taste them. When I was a kid my mom would buy the hard figs that were strung together in a circle and wrapped in cellophane.  I loved them but my jaw was always sore after eating them.  I’m sure that they were extra dried and hardened because they had traveled from Greece to Northern Ontario where we were one of a few people who would purchase them. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Time-lapse Videos

This week I’m loving the time-lapse function on my iPad. We had two snowstorms this week and I captured some fun videos of husband clearing the driveway and of the neighborhood kids coming over to play in our yard. You simply need to set up your iPad in a steady spot pointed towards what you want to record and select the time-lapse function on the camera. Let it run for a long time, then when you stop it, your iPad will create a video. The kids and I had a fantastically fun time making these videos and are already planning some more.

Our next ideas involve setting up to record the movement of the clouds and the sun rising and setting. Too bad that this historic snowstorm Juno mostly occurred throughout the night or I would have recorded that as well. Husband thinks I’m a nut but I’m having too much fun to care.

 

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