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Homemade Wagon Wheels Recipe by Peachy Palate

Paleo Wagon Wheels recipe by Peachy Palate

Boy do these bring back memories, the moment I bit in to one it was like stepping back in time. A childhood me about 10 years old, jammy wagon wheel in hand of an evening as a post dinner treat. I LOVED them! There was something so indulgent and oh so grown up about the individually wrapped biscuit sandwich, covered in chocolate and filled with jam and marshmallow. The kid of biscuit dreams were made of.

My homemade version is not quite identical in appearance, thicker and smaller in diameter, but loaded with delicious goodness. Sugar free stevia sweetened marshmallow, which was so darn easy to make I can’t believe I hadn’t tried it before now! Who am I kidding homemade are so much more awesome! Lots more marshmallow, more jam, thicker chocolate and just enough biscuit to hold it all together! They’re big enough for sharing though slicing them with precision takes patience, room temperature wagon wheels, a large serrated knife and a woman on a mission, to capture a perfectly pretty picture of the layers made it happen!

Trying to slice one in to three in the middle of a coffee shop using a butter knife was a whole different kettle of fish, and sure it didn’t matter, the crumbly mess still tasted amazing. I made two rounds of these, the first with just one layer of marshmallow and slightly thicker biscuits that were just TOO thick. With two layers if they’re too thick it just doesn’t work. With two layers of marshmallow and the jam in the middle it prevented it seeping in to the top layer of biscuit and also made the chocolate coating process a heck of a lot easier! The marshmallow sticks quite well to each biscuit layer once frozen but the previous jam topped sandwich slid all over the place! Again edible but not quite as pretty.

Next on the agenda is definitely the tea cake, and my friends all time favourite, Mikados!!

Makes 8 wagon wheels

Ingredients:

Biscuits
1.5 cups (150g) almond meal
3 tbsp (21g) ground flaxseed
1/2 cup (60g) tapioca flour
3 tbsp (42g) coconut oil softened not melted
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp coconut milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp (40g) raw honey
Pinch of salt

For the Jam
130g (1 cup) frozen raspberries
1 tsp (4g) grass fed gelatin + 2 tbsp cold water
1/2 tbsp (10g) raw honey or 1 tbsp (10g) stevia erylite
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder

For the Marshmallow
1/2 cup (125ml) cold water
1/2 cup (125ml) boiling water
3 tbsp (21g) grass fed gelatin
1/2 cup (120g) stevia erylite or up to 3/4 cup (180g) depending on desired level of sweetness

Coating Options
250g (1.5 cups) 80- 90% dark chocolate OR
180g (1 cup) raw cacao paste + 3 tbsp (42g) coconut oil + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 1.5 tbsp (30g) raw honey

Method:

For the Biscuits

Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
Mix the almond flour, flaxseed meal, tapioca flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
In a separate bowl whisk the coconut milk, vanilla and honey. Add in melted coconut oil or butter; try ensure it’s not too hot as is somewhere close to room temperature.
Mix dry ingredients with wet to form a batter and refrigerate for 30 minutes
Place chilled batter between 2 sheets of parchment paper and using a rolling pin roll the dough to ⅛ inch thickness. It doesn’t have to be exact, just picture the desired thickness of the end result!
Cut dough using round cookie cutters; approx 5 cm diameter. You should get about 16 cookies. Reform dough and roll out to make the most of it!
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden.
Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes set over a wire rack.

For the Marshmallow

Whisk together boiling water and stevia over a medium heat for a couple of minutes until stevia has dissolved.
Mix together cold water and gelatin. Allow to sit while you dissolve the stevia.
Add vanilla to the hot water and pour hot water mix over the gelatin. Whisk on low for 2 minutes in a large bowl. Whisk on high speed (using an electric whisk) for 6- 8 minutes until the mixture is white and thick like marshmallow fluff; it should hold soft peaks!
Pour mixture in a large baking paper lined tray or two 8*8 inch square trays. Place in the fridge to set for 4 hours or overnight. Once set cut circles using the same cookie cutter as the biscuits.

For the jam

Mix honey and berries. Place into a pot and allow to cook out of a medium heat for 25 -30 minutes; until the fruit has cooked down and reduced by half.
Add vanilla.
Mix together gelatin and water and allow to bloom for 5 minutes.
Add gelatin to hot fruit mix and stir to dissolve.
Place jam into a jar and allow to cool at room temperature before placing it into the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight.

To assemble

One biscuit, topped with a marshmallow round, a teaspoon of jam, another marshmallow round and another biscuit. Repeat 8 times. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and put tray into the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Melt dark chocolate or cacao paste with coconut oil before combining with vanilla and honey in a bain marie or in 30-second intervals in the microwave.
Remove cookies from the freezer. Gently place into the dark chocolate using a large fork to hold it underneath and spoon it over the chocolate. Carefully lift up ensuring it’s fully coated, tap off the excess and then return to the tray. Repeat with the remainder of the biscuits.
Drizzle with remaining chocolate and leave to set at room temperature unless it’s particularly hot! Once fully set they can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to one month.

RECIPE BY PEACHY PALATE

Peachy Palate I’m Shel but some people call me “Peachy”…I’m the food loving, fitness fanatic, blogger behind Peachy Palate, a website which is now my hub for all the paleo, keto and grain free recipes I create, hoping to inspire people to think outside the box, eating whole foods that truly nourish. Fueled by a desire to improve my own health I love to create sweet and savoury recipes, sharing them with the world ensuring no one need feel deprived regardless of their dietary restrictions or preferences. Living in Wicklow, Ireland, when not dreaming up recipes I’m lifting with the men folk in my local gym, tapped into social media or out on the road delivering, merchandising and being a super duper brand ambassador for a local health food company.

My relationship with food wasn’t always so bright, in fact it wasn’t at all harmonious for quite sometime. Having overcome a decade of eating disorders I’m in the best place I’ve ever been. I’m happy, healthy, confident and I now enjoy every nourishing mouthful, giving my body what it needs. One of my favourite quotes from a  sensational foodie … “Nothing is too much trouble if it turns out the way it should.” Julia Child. Life, love and food! www.peachypalate.com

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