BUCKWHEAT’NANA BREAD

Hearty enough for a hangry man… or woman!

Buckwheat is not wheat –YAY! It’s a seed-based flour substitution that’s awesome for baking. It’s flour is grainer, darker, richly flavorful, and distinct.  You can swap buckwheat flour 1 – 1 for or mix up how you prefer!  The nutritional profile of buckwheat is excellent. For every 1 cup of flour there is approx. 402 calories, 15 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber and 3.7 grams of fat. It’s a good source of vitamin B6, thiamin and niacin, and is rich in trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, iron, phosphorus and folate. Here’s another article about it!

As you can tell, I am using buckwheat more and more because it’s healthy heartiness!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 3/4 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated monkfruit (I used Lakanto brand) – sub 1/4 cup of date paste or 1 Tablespoon of stevia if you prefer… or don’t add any sweetener at all and just add another 1/2 a banana!
  • 1 Tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Himalayn pink salt
  • 5 large very ripe bananas, mashed 2 cups (if you use date paste above, reduce by 1/2 banana here)
  • 1/3 cup light flavored olive oil and/or walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 small pasture raised farmers market egg or sub with chia “egg” and splash of apple cider vinegar

WHAT TO DO:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the buckwheat flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, mix well. Mash bananas, oil and vanilla paste, and stir together. Mix all ingredients…saving just a bit of dough for topping mix.

Chop up walnuts or GF oats or your topping of choice with bit of dough you set aside… put atop and mix in to surface area of bread batter you put in a parchment lined or lightly greased 9×5 loaf pan.

Bake on the middle rack for 50-60 minutes.  Test with toothpick or slender chopstick if you have plenty like I do in my kitchen.

Let cool about 15 minutes and yum it up!

OPTIONAL… mix in some blueberries or raspberries for a completely fun and vibrant taste profile. But I suggest gently pressing the whole frozen berry into batter from the but before adding nut topping so they keep their shape.  It makes an aesthetic difference once done baking.  Otherwise, you can end up with a fully colored loaf instead of spots of lovely color.  Oh…. And uh, chocolate, is a good idea, too! 🙂

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This nutty crumbley topping is sooo delicious and hearty.  

Spring green apple muffins

I feel awful when I waste food…good, organic, good-for-me food.  And so I do whatever I can to NOT let goodness go bad.

I had a bunch of pasture raised eggs and 6 imperfect granny smith apples that needed to get gone, so they mixed together to make a yummy treat for me and my pups Rocky the Rescue and Contessa Bear Smith!  Yes… win-win for all!

I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because sweeter, not tart, apples are typically used for baked breads and cakes, but I figured if the green goodies can go into pie, then why not a muffin?!  Besides, it sounded fresh for Spring! Experiment challenge taken!

INGREDIENTS:

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Simple ingredients; easy recipe to try!

1 cup coconut flour

1 tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon

2 teaspoons of each baking powder and baking soda

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

2 cups applesauce (or 5 average size apples pureed with juice squeezed from 1/2 lemon and 6 dates–fresh, homemade is always better!)

8 pasture-raised eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil melted

2 teaspoons each local or favorite honey and vanilla paste

WHAT TO DO:

 

=Heat oven to 350 degrees.

=Add all wet ingredients (applesauce, coconut oil, eggs, honey, and vanilla paste) and mix by hand or mixer machine.

=Sift together dry ingredients and combine with wet and mix thoroughly.

=Scoop into silicone muffin molds or paper-lined muffin tins.  These do not rise too much, so filling almost to top is fine.

=Bake for 20-25 minutes… I ended up going close to 25 minutes.

wp-1491358673612.jpg=Optional: save a scoop of batter, add date paste of 5 Medjool dates, and 1/4 up of GF oats and mash together.  Take a little bit and mix this mash onto the top of each muffin batter in the tins or mold.  This will bake for at least 25 minutes.  It’s just a little bit sweeter and has a nice touch of texture that delights.

=BONUS!  This was baked with our best pup pals in mind!  My two rescues licked their plates clean… If your pup likes apples, this will be a great treat to enjoy together!

=FOOD TRIVIA: Did you know that various sources say it takes anywhere from 55 to 120 gallons to produce one egg?  I imagine the wide range is for the allowances from conventional to biodynamic farming… and everything in between.

Nevertheless, it’s best to eat up what you get and avoid wasting food and resources it takes to produce that food…for the love of people and our planet!  

AND LOOK WHAT YUMMY GOODNESS THAT FIGHTING FOOD WASTE INSPIRED! 🙂

PALEO CARROT CAKE & MUFFINS!

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Carrot Cake… swoon.  *sigh.

Yes, it’s one of my favorite treats, but I don’t enjoy it as much when there’s Gluten and especially when sugar is the first or 2nd ingredient on a long list of too many not-so-goods!  But, it takes a bit more of an effort than other nice cakes, so I don’t make it often. However, my mom’s recent birthday prompted me to try re-making a version I loved because my parents both love carrot cake…they passed that preference to me! LOL

This is a good number of ingredients, but they are all wholesome and you can cut down even further on the fruit and the maple syrup if you want less sweetness.

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1.5 cups shredded carrots (about 7 medium to large sized)

1/4 pure maple syrup (grade B for least processed variety- use up to 1/3 cup)

 

2/3 cup coconut flour sifted with 1/2 cup arrowroot flour

3/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 Tbsp vanilla bean paste

1 Tbsp Ceylon Cinnamon

1 heaping tsp each of allspice, ground ginger, and baking soda and baking powder

8 pasture raised eggs

1/2 cup crushed pineapple (measured after squeezing out juice) (omit for strict paleo)

1/2 cup each of raisins and white mulberries (omit for strict paleo)

1 cup or so activated walnuts (I save this for the frosting for distinct texture from cake)

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WHAT TO DO:

1- Prep your fruit.  If you have fresh chunks of pineapple, put them in a food processor, then squeeze as much as possible out and allow the raisins and mulberries to sit in the juice. Set the pineapple fiber aside for mixing in to batter.  If you don’t already  have the date paste ready and softened, put your seeded dates into the food processor and make a nice paste 🙂

2- Peel and then shred carrots in food processor and let sit in maple syrup overnight, preferably, or an hour or so. Again, do what you can to squeeze as much of the carrot juice and syrup from the fiber by hand.  I usually press it between two stainless steel bowls.

3- Sift all your dry ingredients together (coconut flour, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, baking soda and powder.)

4- Mix up wet ingredients (eggs, date paste, vanilla paste, melted coconut oil)

5- Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing.

6- Wring out your wet ingredients another time and add pineapple pulp, carrot shreds, mulberries, and raisins and stir everything together.

7- Grease cake pans of your size preference or muffin pans and fill!

8- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (smaller pans)-60 minutes (9-inch pans).  Because this is sooo moist, you may need to bake longer depending on how well you squeezed out the juices.

9- Test cakes/muffins at 45 minute with a toothpick and remove if/when done.

10- Let cool… Frost and garnish with activated walnuts. (Frosting recipe below.)

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NOTES: Adding pineapple and the dried fruit makes it not so Paleo, so omit if that’s a major matter for you.  I added them because I love the taste.  Also, if you prefer a denser cake and not the lightness of the flour mixture in this version, then sub arrowroot with more coconut flour or buckwheat flour.

FROSTING –INGREDIENTS:

1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

5 teaspoons arrowroot flour

1 Tbsp rum extract

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 cup coconut manna or 1 cup soaked cashews to blend together

WHAT TO DO

1- Put all in your food processor or high-powered blender.  If you need some liquid to help move along the processing (if the manna or cashews are too thick,) then use some of the pineapple juice from above.

2- Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and when it’s solid enough, yet spreadable enough, decorate your cake/muffins!  I love sprinkling light coconut shreds on top along with the walnuts for a pretty touch.

 

True Ginger-no-bread cookies

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The cookie in the foreground is the focus in this post… the other one is an experimental vegan salted caramel cookie 🙂

This would be considered paleo without the white chocolate chips.  It’s certainly a Gluten Free cookie 🙂

Ingredients

-1 and 1/2 cup fine almond flour; 1 cup cashew flour (just use almond if you don’t have cashew)

-1 teaspoon baking powder

-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

-3 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

-3 tablespoons fresh finely grated ginger (more if you want spicier!)

-6 tablespoons unrefined, fair-trade molasses

-6 tablespoons coconut oil gently melted (can do a little less…5 tablespoons)

-dashes of Himalayan pink salt

What to do:

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

-Mix all dry ingredients together.

-Add in ginger and thoroughly mix in molasses and oil.

-Use a scooper to make cookie dough rounds. Hand roll them into a ball and then flatten them a bit once on your lined baking sheet. You can leave then as balls if that is what you want…but flatten to give a cookie-shape if you want them more classic cookie-shapes. These cookies won’t melt down and flatten on their own.

-Bake 12-14 minutes or until browned around the edges…depending on the size of your scoop.

-Cool at least 10 minutes.

-These are crispy once cooled on the first day. After storing a few hours or longer, they become chewier and lose the crisp due to the moisture and fat content of the cookie. They are tasty either way! This is just to let you know what your options are.

Happy note: My father in law said these were his most favorite cookies and asked for the recipe which is why this got typed up at all!!! Thanks, dad J

Option:

-For the holidays, I added 1 cup of small white chocolate chips for a festive touch. These would be delicious without the chocolate chips and healthier, too!

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You can see how these cookies add a different color and texture to this homemade dessert buffet 🙂

Pumpkin muffins for pups and peeps

I call one of my rescue pups named Tessa “my roley-poley pumpkin muffin.” As silly as that sounds, she inspired me to make a pumpkin muffin my pups can enjoy along with me… and so here’s what love for my furbabies yielded.

wp-1477961094601.jpgThis is the base recipe for the pumpkin muffins… It starts out Paleo for those who want that, but can become what you need and crave with the optional swaps.  One version is a pup-friendly option that is super easy!  This makes this a must-have and must-do recipe for any health-conscious dog lover!

wp-1477961094719.jpgINGREDIENTS:

2 cups blanched almond flour (sub buckwheat flour or spelt flour for puppy version)

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon each of Ceylon cinnamon and Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt (leave out for puppy version)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup date paste

1/4 cup unrefined maple syrup ( leave out for puppy version)

3 eggs

1 cup pumpkin mash (from can or fresh if you have the time)

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

options: date crystals, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips.

wp-1477961095232.jpgWHAT TO DO:

1- preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2-sift together dry ingredients (flours of choice, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin piece spice, and salt)

3- mix together with wet ingredients (pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla…and add apple cider last.)

4- fill mini muffin cups or larger… this recipe will make about 24 mini muffins

5- FYI: Almond flour versions take about 21 minutes…test and be sure because they are very moist and may need more time. The buckwheat flour versions will also be about 21+ minutes to bake.  These will rise more like standard muffins and brown easily.

optional: add cup of soaked raisins and chocolate chips.  Leave enough raisins to add garnish atop each muffin or use nuts instead for added texture and decor.

other option: sprinkle date crystals atop each muffin for plain versions like the puppy version to add a bit more natural sweetness.

PUPPY VERSION POINTERS:

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Rocky the Rescue and Contessa Bear Smith wait so sweetly.  www.ROCKYTHERESCUE.com

It’s important to substitute the almond flour which makes the base recipe a paleo version for people because dogs don’t do well with high fat in their diets.  The coconut oil is a healthy fat and plenty for them.  Plus, just using date paste is sweet enough for some people and definitely enough for pups…and leaving out the salt is very important since less is best for pups.  The puppy version is actually quite delicious and I found myself wanting the doggie version more than the sweeter human-designed version!  Seriously!

Lastly, I love the puppy version using buckwheat flour instead of almond flour… just enough of everything–heartiness, flavor, and health value! It’s a fruit’s seed, not any kind of wheat, so it is gluten free! Here are some other compelling reasons to try it: buckwheat flour benefits .

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Puppy version taste good and is worth the wait!

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Version for peeps with chocolate chips and raisins for extra sweetness 🙂

Happy-making Homemade HUMMUS

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Add more olive oil and/or water toward the end of food processing to make yours more runny and light.  I love mine rather thick to scoop and eat by the spoonful!

It’s a handy to have healthy food ready because you know you’ll have a hankering for something when there’s no time to make anything good for you!  One of my go-to goodies is homemade hummus. Why?  It does not require a lot of time or ingredients and there are so many short cuts to make it even quicker, as long as you are not purist about Middle Eastern cuisine sticklers! lol

That being said, this version is for a traditional version, but I like adding various things to it or on top for fun and variety.  It’s your call…and per your craving.  I just want to help you make it a craving you will feel great about feeding.

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What you need other than tahini and chickpeas…skip tahini if you don’t have sesame seeds and try subbing another seed or nut butter.  Different, but doable and delicious.

INGREDIENTS:

1 BPA-free can of organic chickpeas (rinsed & drained) (save a few for decoration)

1/4 cup of organic tahini

2 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup juice of 2 small lemons

3-6 Tablespoons of high quality cold-pressed olive oil (The more you use, the runnier it will be.)

1/4 teaspoon cumin powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt according to taste

dashes of paprika for granish

1/2 cup of purified water on hand for mixing needs

optional: nutritional yeast, coconut aminos, harissa, parsley

YOU MUST HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR OR BLENDER YOU ARE PATIENT WITH.

WHAT TO DO:

1- Pour your tahini (found at most stores in ethnic aisle) in your food processor and process until smooth and then pour in lemon juice with olive oil and continue.

2- Add spices (salt, cumin, and minced garlic cloves) and process more

3- Skin the chickpeas if you have the time. If not, just add into food processor and allow at least 5 minutes to make extra fiber from the skin incorporate smoothly.  The mouth-feel removing the skin is minimally smoother and may not be worth your time to take to do this.  You decide!

4- Drizzle water to thin out hummus and make into creamy smooth goodness.

5- optional… ad a few drops of coconut aminos (if you are not purist) and want a smidge of savory, sweet in the flavor

6- Spoon into serving bowl, drizzle olive oil atop, dash with paprika, and dot with whole chickpeas…and serve!

SO EASY, QUICK, and all things are adjustable per your tastebuds.  Add or subtract salt or garnish with parsley and harissa (red pepper salsa of sorts) instead… This is so much fun!

If you are using this in lieu of cheese for a healthy pizza, for example, make sure you add nutritional yeast for a cheesier flavor.

Stop buying from the store and make your own, YOUR way! Yummy #DIY is a goodie any day!

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Took another 10 minutes to peel.

 

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EGGY BRUNCH FOR TWO

It’s rare that a lazy weekend day actually happens, but this is a good recipe on hand to have for those days.  Perfect for breakfast in bed for your special someone or just to make for your special self! 🙂

This took me 10 minutes to assemble and 3o minutes of oven time…and then some minor cleanup, so this goodie will make you look like a fab foodie at-home chef with ease and little time investment.

INGREDIENTS:

1 ripe avocado halved

8 slices of prosciutto (nitrate free, please)

shredded goat cheese (or your preference)

Eggs from your farmers market (organic or sustainably sourced)

salt and pepper to taste

garnish of choice

hot sauce for kick

WHAT TO DO:

If you have silicone cups as I have pictured here, line them with prosciutto so they make a little cup. Sprinkle some cheese at the bottom and then crack your egg to fill the cup. If you prefer, use baking muffin tins instead of silicone and grease them slightly.

Repeat with your halved avocado.  Sprinkle more cheese on top of all the egg holders to create a nice browned topping from the baking process.

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This level of “runny” took 22 minutes.

For the prosciutto option, bake at 375 degrees for 22-25 minutes depending on how your guest likes their egg (runny or firmer).  The avocado may take longer.  I used a Reed avocado and it took 3o minutes to get the egg moderately cooked and runny how I like it.

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This is so satisfying for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike!

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