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Zucchini Muffins or Birthday Cake

February14

Hello world!  Oh my – let’s quickly address that it has been almost 2 YEARS since my last post.  Why?  Well – let’s just pretend like I didn’t cook anything, eat anything, or have a problem with anything in the food industry and move on… No time to waste.

Here is my recipe for Zucchini Muffins that I have been asked about relentlessly for months now…  These are very popular in our house and I almost ALWAYS have a batch of them made either for us or to bring somewhere. They are Vegan, and Candida friendly (yeah – you missed that whole food journey in blog post form.) They are also incredibly fast and easy to make and even faster and easier to swallow.  I recently had a few of my very favorite girlfriends over and I had literally just made a batch of these for my boys right before my friends arrived.  I casually offered one up to them thinking “why would they want a zucchini muffin when there’s chocolate?  But I’ll throw it out there to be polite.”  Well, those ladies ate EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE before either of my boys were able to even see that they were there.  I was pleased.  I made a new batch the next day…

Brown is Beautiful!

Here is the most asked for recipe I have ever typed up:

Preheat oven to 350°
Mix the following ORGANIC ingredients together:
1/2 Cup Applesauce
3/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1.5 Cups Grated Zucchini (you can also replace this with grated Carrot if you want!)
then add
1.5 Cups Spelt Flour
1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Sunflower Oil

Spray muffin tins with Coconut Oil (I use use Trader Joe’s – it’s not labeled organic, but the oil is organic – so it’s organic)
Split batter up evenly (my pan makes 12 muffins)
Bake for 25 min.
Wait for about 2-3 min after removing from oven then flip over tray and dump them out onto a cooling rack.  Let them cool or just start eating them!  They are the best right out of the oven without a doubt.  I don’t refrigerate mine – mainly because they don’t usually last long.  But if they sit out for more than 3 days they will start to taste curious.  So either put them in the fridge or in a covered dish and eat them soon!

Side note: The inside joke here is that we eat these for any and every reason in our house – breakfast, lunch, late night snack, and if you don’t have time to make a birthday cake – just stick a candle in your zucchini muffin and you’re ready to celebrate.  Versatile AND festive.
Enjoy!

D-

Husband Rating 5 stars:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star stars : “Don’t leave them out when friends come over!”
Kid Rating 4 smiley faces: “These are so good but only with Earth Balance on top. ”

Chocolate Sesame Cookies for my girls (all three of you)

April28

My amazing friend Ellen has just requested this recipe, but I know Erin and Madey have also asked for it – and since you are my girls, I am posting it before all the other stuff I have drafts of….. These cookies are crazy good. I have done them both vegan and non vegan… Here’s how:

8oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (this is one time I make a sugar exception, but London doesn’t like these so it’s fine)
2 Tbsp. Earth Balance
3 Tbsp. Tahini (Organic only if possible!!! Seeds are very heavily sprayed)
2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour (I have also used Spelt and Quinoa mixed)
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Cup Applesauce (*or 2 eggs – more on this later)
3/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds

Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan over low heat stirring frequently. Remove from heat RIGHT after it is all evenly melted (if you wait it starts to harden/thicken) and add in the Tahini. Set aside.
Combine flour(s) baking powder and salt in a small bowl – set aside.
in a large mixing bowl or Mixer beat together applesauce, sugar, vanilla, then add chocolate mixture. Beat in flour mixture until just combined.
Cover and chill in Fridge until the dough hardens up… anywhere between 1/2 hour to an hour.
Preheat oven to 350°. Toast Sesame seeds in a flat iron skillet or frying pan until slightly brown and they start to pop out of the pan.  Let the seeds cool off a bit.  Roll dough into small balls (I use a small ice cream scooper when I am NOT using eggs, but with eggs you can make them bigger balls) Roll the ball in the sesame seeds to coat. Place them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for around 10-15 minutes. If using applesauce you may need to bake them for up to 20 minutes.  You will know they are done when they bounce back slightly when touched OR when they just don’t depress when touched and don’t look wet anywhere.
Transfer to wire rack to cool.

*Note about the eggs – the first time I made this I used eggs because I had them in the house from a friends Chickens down the street (I don’t usually purchase eggs. Terribly cruel industry – I can’t support it) SO they remained balls and came out almost like a brownie ball. I also made them much bigger – about 2 inches in diameter. They were admittedly amazing. However when I made them without eggs and used applesauce instead, they came out like flat, thin, chocolate brownie cookie crisps and they were also amazing. So I think both are great, but I prefer not buying, eating, or using eggs, so I opt for the vegan version. The applesauce version also took longer to cook which surprised me. Just go with the flow and let the cookies tell YOU what to do. Don’t be afraid. Even if you screw it up, it’s still gonna taste good and then you can change it next time. Baking is not THAT much of a science (like I was raised to believe.) Experiment and enjoy eating the fruits of your brave labor!

Let me know how they work for YOU!

D-

Husband Rating 4 star:gold-stargold-stargold-star gold-star“Open your mouth Sesame – cuz these are delicious.”
Kid Rating 2 smiley faces “Mommy – I don’t like those seeds on there.”

Vegan Lemon Squares

February24

These are NOT the ones I made, but if you use regular sugar I'm sure they will look just like this!!

I made these for our impromptu New Years Party this year because they are so quick and simple to make, and although they are sugarless and vegan, they were still pretty good. I actually didn’t think I would bother making them again because although they were good – they weren’t my favorites. BUT My Mother in law is in town and she isn’t eating sugar or eggs, and it’s her birthday, so I thought I’d try these again and while I’m at it, why not post it??
They came out better this time. Maybe because I wasn’t focused on anything else AND I wasn’t drinking while cooking them.  (It was New Years Eve last time , don’t forget.) I replaced sugar with Coconut Palm Sugar and it changes the color from yellow to caramel color. So you have to tell your brain you are eating lemon or it won’t recognize it. Weird how that works. These are another great treat for my boy who LOVES them and rarely gets to eat stuff like this.
I hope you like them too! They are almost completely guilt free. Hooray.

You can see the original recipe here: Veg-Web Time Warp Lemon Squares (odd name, right??)

Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons Earth Balance Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar (I grind this with my Morter and Pestal to be a little finer)

Filling:
4 1/2 teaspoon Ener-G Egg Replacer
6 tablespoons water
3/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar (I grind this too, with my Morter and Pestal to be a little finer)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon real vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2-3 lemons, zested and juiced

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For crust, in a bowl, combine crust ingredients and press into 8 X 6″ pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

2. For filling, while crust is baking, beat the Ener-G Egg Replacer  and water in a mixer (if possible) until foamy. Add the remainder of the filling ingredients and mix together on a lower (mixing) speed. Pour over the crust, and bake 20 minutes more, or until set. Cool.

Enjoy them!!
D-

Husband Rating 5 star:gold-stargold-stargold-star “ These are good.  I will eat them.”
Kid Rating 5 smiley faces “Yay!  I love those Lemon Squares! I’m so happy it’s Nonnie’s birthday.”

Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

January8

I used to buy these cookies every single time I went to Whole Foods.  They charge a very unreasonable amount of $1.25 per cookie and they are individually wrapped in saran (which I am NOT a fan of – that stuff is omitting god knows what kind of pvc chemicals right onto our food!!  Here’s a link to some basic info on that, if you’re interested) AND they are not organic!!!  What!!  Why am I paying for these??  But I was lazy and didn’t want to add something else to my list of things to do in the day so I kept buying them.  Until… one day Zeke asked the nice people at WF’s if he could buy some unbaked dough so we could make them fresh (because they always seemed too hard) and that’s when we found out that they are baked, frozen, shipped and then thawed and put on the shelf.  No wonder they are hard as a rock!  Why are we still buying these???

We aren’t… anymore.  Because I straight up stole the recipe and figured out my own better, healthier version, amounts, and bake time.  They are THE easiest dessert I make now and I can give them to London guilt free and even sometimes for Breakfast in a pinch because they are pretty healthy.  So here’s how I do it:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix the following ingredients together in a mixer or bowl:

3/4 Cup – Maple Syrup
1 1/2 Cup – Almond Meal
1 Cup – Oat Flour
1/2 cup – Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup – Safflower Oil (or Sunflower, or Walnut,… – just stay away from Canola as it is highly processed and hard on your blood)
1/2 Cup – Finely Chopped Walnuts (you can/should use a food processor for this, if you have one.)
1/4 Cup – Quinoa Flour (Grind whole Quinoa in a [coffee] grinder for this if you can’t find Quinoa Flour or don’t want to spend the money.  Or you can also use Barley flour, but Quinoa is so much healthier and tastes identical in this recipe.)
1/2 Tsp – Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp – Nutmeg (ground)
1/4 Tsp – Sea Salt
One or more Jam, Jelly, Fruit Spread of your choice (I only use Jams that contain NOTHING but fruit. Trader Joe’s carries several great organic fruit jams, as well as Whole Foods. You just have to read the ingredients before you buy!! BUT, we love the Fiordifrutta brand and order many of the varieties by the case. They only use apple juice to sweeten so it is lower fructose.)

Using a regular size ice cream scooper, scoop out a ball of dough, round it out with your hand, flatten it half way on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (if you don’t have paper, just do without it. No big deal) take a small spoon, like a demitasse spoon, or your thumb (thus the name) and create an indent in the middle that you will later fill with jam.
Bake unfilled cookies for 5 minutes, remove from oven and fill with Fruit Spreads, continue baking for another 12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for about 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.
Make approximately a dozen cookies.

This is the above recipe DOUBLED.

This is my nutty son eating his second cookie right off the rack.

What a face! Crumbs and all.

 

Husband Rating (a very dramatic) 10 star:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “ Thumb-prints? Print out this recipe because these are the best cookies ever!”
Kid Rating 5 smiley faces “Mommy – I only like the strawberry but I want one of the lemon because it’s reeeeeally good.”

Thanks to Whole Foods for listing the ingredients and giving me a huge head start on this one!
Enjoy!
D-

Peanut Butter Cookies for Katie

September8

Okay Katie! Here you go… (sorry it took me so long to get this to you.)  Let me know if you have any problems (you won’t).  It’s a pretty small recipe – I usually double it.  This recipe will make about 12 small cookies.  It’s really easy and really fast to make.  I sometimes have the cookies ready to go before the oven is even preheated.

1/2 cup Peanut Butter (I have used both TJ’s with or without nuts – organic.)
1/2 cup Earth Balance softened
1/4 cup Agave
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
2tsp. Ener-G Egg Replacer – dry, or 1 eggs (I have never used eggs so I don’t know how much it will change it) I have tons of this if you want to use it without buying some.
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour

Beat the Peanut Butter and Earth Balance together in a mixer until smooth.
Add Agave, Maple and Vanilla. If you’re going to use eggs then throw those babies in now and mix them too!
(by the way – I’m not suggesting that they are literally babies. I’m pretty sure not all eggs hatch into chickens.)
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (including the egg replacer if you’re going to use it) and gradually add the dry ingredients into the mixer (low speed speed works well)

I use a small scooper to get a pretty consistent size going otherwise some will be too dry. I have made them where I leave them in a ball and cook them like that (they won’t flatten) and I also make them where I flatten the ball slightly with my hand on the cookie sheet and then use a fork to do the traditional crisscross thing.  Nothing fancy or perfect, I do it really sloppy actually.

Bake in a preheated oven at 325° for 15-20 min. I have cooked them at 375° for about 10 minutes but they came out a little dry. I think you can get away with that though if you are going to use eggs. Either way they should be slightly golden brown, not too much. They end up a little dry if they are overcooked (I think because of the lack of sugar)
Anyway – tell me what you did, what you used and how they came out! If they aren’t good I’ll make some and bring them over ASAP.
As for the rest of you – ENJOY these!! They are the most requested family favorites.

D-

Husband Rating 5 star:gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “These cookies make me wish there was a sixth star.”
Kid Rating 4 smiley faces “I want to eat one for breakfast.”

a healthier version of Banana Nut bread or muffins

February24

I got this recipe from the Cookbook that came with my KitchenAid Mixer (Thanks again to the Taylor’s) so if you have one this is super easy to make with it, and you can follow the timed directions for mixing if you have the cookbook.   If you don’t – just do what I used to always do and improvise.

1/2 cup shortening.  (I always use the organic vegan shortening from Whole foods.)

3/8 cup agave or 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (recipe calls for 1/2 cup sugar.  I use agave instead and for every 1 part of sugar you replace it with 3/4 parts of agave.  I hope that make sense.  If not just use 1/2 cup – it shouldn’t be too devastating.)

2 eggs worth of Egg Replacer (3 tsp egg replacer whisked into 4 tbsp warm water)

1 cup all purpose unbleached flour

3/4 cup Kamut Flour (if you don’t have this you can just use regular flour, but you’re not uping the health factor by doing that)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 medium) mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup chopped nuts of our choice – or not (walnuts or pecans are pretty standard)

Mix Shortening and Agave together very well (this is where it’s very handy having a mixer) – add in Egg Replacer and mix well.  In a separate owl mix Flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Combine half the flour and half the mashed bananas in with the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, then add the remaining flour and bananas and mix until combined.  Add nuts.

For bread pour entire mixture into a greased (I use the shortening) and floured 9x5x3 baking pan.  Bake at 350゜ for 40-45 minutes.

For muffins I use muffin paper cups, but you can also just grease and flour a muffin tin.  Spoon some batter evenly into your muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes.  (Check at about 15 because I can’t remember how long I let them cook for exactly.)  It should make 12 good sized muffins.

Most important part to making these a healthy version is by using ALL organic ingredients.   Don’t skimp there – you can’t eat chemicals if you’re trying to eat healthy.  It’s virtually impossible.

Let me know if you make them how they turn out!  I have made both the bread and the muffins many times just to get rid of ripe bananas hanging around the house (hate it when bananas loiter) and I always get a great response.  Don’t tell anyone they are a little healthier than regular bread/muffins and they like it even more.  Sad, but true.

BREAD – Husband Rating 4 star:gold-stargold-stargold-star gold-star “Slather my tounge with butter and toss in the bread.”

MUFFINS – Husband Rating 3 star:gold-stargold-star gold-star “Why make muffins when you can make bread?”

Banana Quinoa Muffins

January14

I LOVE these and eat them all the time. I make them for my baby who loves them too and they are super good for him… I got the recipe off the back of the box of the Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes. I made a few changes, as always, to accommodate our household food rules (not sugar, no eggs)

preheat oven to 400゜

1/2 cup Quinoa Flour (hard to find – the only one I have found is from Ancient Harvest)

1/2 cup Quinoa Flakes (same as above, but not AS hard to find – in the cereal section at Whole Foods)

2 tbsp agave (or coconut palm sugar) (or raw honey)

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

2 Ripe Bananas

2 eggs worth of Egg Replacer (3 tsp egg replacer whisked into 4 tbsp warm water) (or 1/2 cup Applesauce)

preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients, in separate bowl mix wet ingredients. Pour into greased muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes. Makes 6 small muffins. These are great with Earth Balance Butter spread over the top like frosting.

No one I know like these as much as I do so don’t expect to love them. But know that they are my favorite snack in the house!! And they are totally healthy. Quinoa is very healthy! Great to bake with it when you can.

Husband Rating 2 star: gold-stargold-star “You know what…? I like them. But… I don’t like them a lot.”

Holiday Granola

January14
Photo by Zeke K copyright 2009

Photo by Zeke K copyright 2009

What makes it Holiday Granola?? Nothing but the bow I guess, AND it just happens to be what I made and gave out as gifts this year to friends. Zeke wants it to be my new tradition, but as you know you it’s not a tradition until it’s been done a few times, so… time will have to tell.

In the meantime (so much time in this post) here’s what was in it if you got it, or if you want to know what Zeke eats for breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!! (It’s too much sweetie. You need to shake it up)

preheat oven to 325゜

4 cups of uncooked oatmeal

1/2 cup rasins

1/4 cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries, or blueberries… whatever you like)

1/2 cup spelt flakes (I get these from whole foods. They are made by Arrowhead Mills and they are good. I like all Arrowhead Mills products, especially their flours.)

1/2 cup coconut

1/4 cup ground flax seed (I love Bob’s Red Mill)

1/4 cup cornmeal ( I usually use Blue Corn Meal from Arrowhead Mills. More nutritional value in the blue I think.)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 chopped walnuts

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup safflower oil

1/4 cup agave

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. Mix all wet ingredients together with a whisk and pour into big bowl of dry ingredients stirring it up so it’s all coated. Spread it all onto a large cookie sheet in an even layer and bake it at 325 ゜ for about 20 minutes, take out and mix it up and respread in an even layer and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Careful – it burns quickly once it’s done so keep an eye out once you hit about 25-30 minutes.

Husband Rating 5 star: gold-stargold-stargold-stargold-stargold-star “Take a holiday from your ordinary granola and crunch into happy goodness”