Black Bean Brownies with rich benefits!

  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 10 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or macadamia or cashew butter)
  • 1/3 cup date paste (moistened with water to help mix)
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/4 cup fine almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 raw cacao
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (about 4 flowing Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • fine salt grater to add fine powder to top
  • 2 Tablespoons of water to use in food processor to help mix
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (with stevia or other lightly sweetened only versions)
  • OPTIONAL–for sweet tooths–omit date paste, increase black beans to be 15-16oz (or 1 full drained can), and replace molasses with 1/4 monkfruit granules… but using something like coconut palm sugar would make it most like a normal brownie. My version with above listed ingredients are for non-sweet-tooths and it is quite satisfying!

WHAT TO DO :

  1. Put all wet ingredients in first and slowly incorporate dry ingredients in gradually as food processor makes it in to a thick, smooth batter.
  2. Spoon and level batter into a baking pan…8×10 would be best as dates make this brownie rise a bit… but 8×8 would be fine, too
  3. Mix chips into top third of the batter
  4. add fine freshly grated salt powder to top of prepared batter to bake
  5. bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees…. check if ready with a toothpick.
  6. Enjoy with nice-cream on top as a nourishing dessert snack.

WHY organic, unsulphured MOLASSES? It offers minerals that are enriching…iron, potassium, B6, and calcium…as well as an earthy caramelly old-world flavor that is deeper than just simple sweeteners. I believe every ingredient should have a body-blessing-benefit!

Carrot (Cake) Blondie Bar Vegan & GF

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/8 pineapple chopped well in food processor
  • 3/4 cup date paste
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons ground flax with 6 Tablespoons on preferred non dairy mylk)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup fine almond flour
  • 1/3 cup tiger nut or oat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. all spice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon Ceylon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts and/or pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins (golden ones might be fun!)
  • FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup soaked Indonesian cashews
  • 1 cup warmed/soften coconut manna
  • 1/2 of coconut mylk cream (1/2 of the thickened cream from chilled coconut mylk in full-fat can)
  • 6 drops of Lakanto or oth.monkfruit (liquid stevia if you don’t have)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Mixture is now ready to put in baking pan!

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Mix wet ingredients : pineapple, date paste, flax eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract
  2. Add flours, baking powder, salt, all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and mix in mixer stand
  3. Toss in carrots, then nuts, and raisins and mix a bit more.
  4. Prepare 9×9 pan and fill with thick, moist mixture
  5. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees
  6. Let cool
  7. After blondie bar is cooled, put the frosting ingredients in a food processor until smooth…and smooth on top of blondie.
  8. Cool in fridge and cut into bars… these have dense, chewy, but textured consistency like a brownie, but it’s a carrot blondie for those times when I get a craving for Carrot Cake– this is a vegan, whole-food option to enjoy.
close up of cross section when cutting up into bars

ESSENTIAL SEED TOAST…strangely addictive! – Vegan, Keto

Another baked item I made the day before I plunged into Vegan-Keto eating as a just in case measure. I’m so glad I did… this was a go-to snack and meal-maker more often than I expected! It is also so delicious and very filling somehow all on its own–whether or not you toast it. I sliced, then froze my bread loaves so they would be easy to pull out and simply allow to defrost or lightly toast. Great either way! Don’t laugh, but you’ll see what I mean when I say this feels like an old-school style bread from generations past.

  • INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (prefer sprouted)
  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (prefer sprouted)
  • 1/4 cup cup psyllium husks
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup pea protein powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely ground nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup tahini warmed to room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoon ground flax
  • 1 slightly overflowing cup warm filtered water

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line your bread loaf pan with parchment and preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In large bowl, mix together, seeds, psyllium, salt, nutritional yeast, flax, and pea protein.
  3. In glass measuring cup, combine warm water tahini, and olive oil.
  4. Pour wet mixture into large seed bowl. Stir well so all combined with no powdery areas.
  5. Once well mixed, portion the thick dough into bread pan and use spatula to even out. You may need to tap the entire bread loaf pan on your countertop to even everything out well.
  6. Bake for 80 minutes or until you see a nice golden browning of the top. Should be super crusty 🙂
  7. Remove from oven and cool.
  8. Slice, save a few in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.

In Season Spice Muffins (V,GF,Low sugar)

Whether it is the holiday season or not, these little muffins will add just enough nice spice to make your day!  20171126_142032.jpg

I had some pumpkin left from Thanksgiving goodness, so I wondered about how best to 20171126_144757.jpguse it…and since I’m preferring to go more and more Vegan, this mini-muffin-madness happened. So cute with their little muffin tops that will melt in your mouth!

They make the perfect on the go snack of shareable morsels for a get-together.  So, let’s get this recipe sharing going!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cups of pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbsp freshly ground flax seeds mixed into double the amount of water
  • 1/2 small ripe banana
  • 1.5 cups of golden monkfruit (I use Lakanto)
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour with no skin
  • 1.5 cups of gluten-free old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups of whole grain buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut nectar syrup
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin unfiltered organic olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • dash of ground ginger
  • choice of vanilla extract or paste
  • fun topping option: figs or dates, and nuts…maybe chocolate!?20171126_141902.jpg

  WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line muffin pans with paper lining or spray to keep from sticking
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix up flax egg
  3. Add mashed banana, flax egg, pumpkin puree, monkfruit, vanilla paste, coconut nectar, olive oil in mixer bowl and blend a bit
  4. Sift together all the rest of the dry ingredients until evenly distributed
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients together until batter is thick and well combined.
  6. FUN OPTION–chop up remoistened Turkish figs, nuts of choice like pecans and walnuts and stir with coconut oil and couple spoonfuls of the batter. Then mix little dollops of it on each muffin.  You can even do chocolate, but avoid the sugar if possible!
  7. this will make about 36 mini muffins, so there’s lots to go around after you bake them for 17 minutes.
  8. Test for doneness with a slim chopstick and let cool before boxing up or devouring.

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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INGREDIENTS:wp-1488935949741.jpg

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.