Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
So I arrived home this morning after my run to be greeted by the nearly 2 year old Miss L in a pair of bathers. Ordinarily this would be a cute welcome home but it’s June… in Australia, which means it’s winter. And it wasn’t just any winters morning. It was 0C outside (if that; the other morning it was -4C and today felt no warmer), there was a frost over the grass and a soup-like fog had landed upon my sleepy neighbourhood. It was not bathers weather.
confronted asked queried my Husband on her seasonal outfit he told me “that’s all she would wear”. “Really?” I yelled sarcastically queried him. Miss L (being the only girl out of my 3 children) has a clothes selection bigger than all my wardrobe choices for the last 10 years combined yet the only thing she would wear was a pair of old and faded Minnie Mouse bathers? Hmmm.
Don’t think this is turning into a hubbie bashing session (I save that for Tuesday mornings at Playgroup with my pal Leanne) but more of a deeper look at who the boss of our house is. Or as I
demanded yelled queried this morning “Who’s the parent here?”
We all know the old saying about choosing your battles wisely. There are some days when what the kids are wearing (old shoes, no undies, a jumper two sizes too small which is inside out and on backwards) is the battle for the day. We refuse to leave the house until they are dressed ‘properly’ and usually it ends with a teary child and an emotionally drained Mumma (who needs to reach for the chocolate just to make it to 9am). Then there are those days when you couldn’t give a hoot what the kids are wearing; the fact that they are dressed at all is a victory. Those are the days when the battle is far bigger than odd socks and it’s often the culmination of too many battles and not enough sleep. I call them ‘survival days’ as just getting through to bedtime with everyone still in tact (although your sanity might have taken a battering) warrants a celebratory drink/cake/nap and some Netflix.
As parents, there are some days when we will shine like the sun, and there are others when we feel like a stinky turd. Not every day has to be movie perfect and full of ‘exceptional learning opportunities’; Some days are just about Pj’s, ABC Kids and eating leftovers from the fridge. And both are ok. Our kids will be fine. They’ll be fine because we have acknowledged when we need to rest ourselves and when we need to recharge our batteries for the parenting ahead. You don’t get days off as a parent but you can make sure you have ‘down time’ from the stress of trying to reach the gold medal of parenting (which, P.S., is a fictional land that makes us feel insecure and less than perfect).
How do I recharge? Some nights I watch bad rom coms in bed, sometimes I take a really really long shower, I run (which might sound counterproductive but it recharges my soul) but mostly I bake (and eat). My favourite comfort food at the moment (always!) are these Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings. They remind me of a simpler time when Mum would make these for me on a cold winters night, when all I had to worry about was whether I would watch ‘Moesha’ or ‘Heartbreak High’.
These Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings are a bit different to the ones Mum used to make me. The dumplings are made both Gluten and Dairy Free using a mix of Arrowroot and Coconut Flours (my new favourite baking combination) and instead of butter; coconut oil is used to rub into the dry mixture. The biggest difference is the sweetness of the sauce. The sauce in these Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings is not the sickly sweet syrup that you may be used to. I mean you can if you want to add more sweetener to your pot but I found the mild sweetness much easier to handle (and it meant I could eat twice as many dumplings without feeling like a diabetic coma was setting in). I have used the traditional Golden Syrup for the sauce but you can change it for Maple Syrup, Molasses, Treacle or even Honey.
When you are cooking the Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings be sure to leave the lid on the pot the entire time to ensure that the dumplings cook through. The dumplings cook by simmering them in the pot of sauce and they are ready when they are cooked through (you’ll obviously need to take the lid off to check!). Make sure you don’t overcook them as they will be rubbery and possibly bounceable. I like to serve my Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings with Whipped Cream but you could also add Custard and they taste great reheated for breakfast (don’t ask me how I knw that!)
Gluten Free Golden Syrup Dumplings
- 3/4 Cup plus 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot
- 1/3 Cup plus 1 teaspoon Coconut Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil solid or slightly softened
- 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
- 1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Milk of choice
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup or more if desired Golden Syrup (this can be swapped for Maply Syrup, Honey, Mollases)
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Take the coconut oil and rub it into dry ingredients. To do this, use your fingers and rub the coconut oil and the flour mix together.
- Add the wet ingredients and stir gently until combined.
- Using a dessert spoon, take heaped spoonfuls of dough and form into balls (dumplings).
- Repeat with the remaining mixture (you should get 6 or 7).
- Take a large saucepan and place the water and golden syrup in it. If you want a sweeter sauce add the extra golden syrup now. Bring the mixture to the boil then reduce to a simmer.
- Quicky add the dumplings to the saucepan (trying to make sure they aren't sitting on each other) and put a lid on the saucepan and simmer for 16-18 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked. DO NOT remove the lid whilst the dumplings are cooking.
- Serve immediately with whipped cream.
- Surprisingly they do re heat well...the surprise being that there was any left to reheat in the first place!!