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Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins

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Blueberry season started early here in Florida. By the end of April we’d already gone blueberry picking and filled the freezer with berries for smoothies, jam, ice cream and muffins.

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I have two teens now, but when the kids were little we always read Blueberries for Sal before going berry picking. I loved the Before Five In A Row lessons that included activities to make reading even more fun. I found these printables good for any little ones you might have at your house right now.

“Little Sal picked three berries and dropped them into her little tin pail…kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!” – from Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

This year we are also getting handfuls of berries from our backyard bushes! I’ve tried converting our landscaping into as much edible landscaping as I can. Three blueberry bushes replaced some overgrown ligustrums a few years ago.

“You ought to have seen what I saw on my way To the village, through Mortenson’s pasture to-day: Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! And all ripe together, not some of them green And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!”
excerpted from “Blueberries” by Robert Frost

When we first moved in we planted bananas which have since grown into a tiny jungle by my daughter’s bedroom window. Right now we have both bananas and blueberries growing – inspiration for some seasonal baking!

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Sprouted Grains and Flours

I really like To Your Health’s Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix for these muffins. To Your Health, a small business in rural Alabama, is owned by Peggy Sutton whose own quest for health resulted in this answer:  “Eat a variety of all foods God made available to us in as pure form as possible.”

Sprouting grains makes their vitamins more available and makes the grains more digestible while reducing the phytic acid to nearly half.

You can find To Your Health sprouted flours and products at selected Whole Foods stores and other natural food stores, or you can order them directly from To Your Health.

Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins

2 1/4 cups To Your Health Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda

1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder

1 cup whole milk kefir or buttermilk

2 eggs from pastured hens

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil

1/2 cup unrefined sugar like sucanat or coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 very ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.

In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the bananas, mixing well.  Add the eggs and mix well. Add half of the dry ingredients, mix and then add half the kefir or buttermilk. Add remaining dry ingredients followed by remaining kefir/buttermilk.  Stir until incorporated. Then gently stir in the blueberries.

Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from the oven.

Allow the muffins to stay in the muffin tin for about 3 minutes. I’ve found that gluten-free baked goods are much more fragile and allowing them to set up a bit makes it less likely that you will squash or break one taking it out of the pan.

Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack. These keep best if refrigerated, and they also freeze well. Just wrap in a little foil to reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Gluten-free Blueberry Banana Muffins
 
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Recipe type: muffin
Serves: 12
 
Spring and summer berries, plump and juicy, fill this moist gluten-free breakfast treat. Add a big glass of raw milk or a lovely cup of tea for the perfect snack.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups To Your Health Sprouted Gluten-free Baking Mix
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda
  • 1 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
  • 1 cup whole milk kefir or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs from pastured hens
  • ½ cup butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup unrefined sugar such as sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 very rip bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, sea salt, baking soda, and baking powder, and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the mashed bananas, mixing well. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, and then add half of the buttermilk/kefir stirring well.
  5. Add the remaining dry ingredients followed by the remaining buttermilk/kefir mixing just until incorporated.
  6. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  7. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups, then bake for about 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven but allow the muffins to sit in the muffin pan for 3 minutes before removing.
  9. After the 3 minutes rest, remove the muffins to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins: grain-free with dairy-free option

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pumpkin chocolate chip muffin grain freeIt’s fall and time for all things pumpkin! We are eating far fewer grains right now because some in our family do better without them. But I needed a muffin that would also please the tastebuds of the others who don’t have to restrict grains. These muffins fit that requirement! They aren’t overly sweet, but the addition of chocolate chips gives a little burst of sweetness that goes well with the fall spices. Be sure to keep any leftovers in the refrigerator. For a dairy-free muffin use coconut oil or palm shortening in place of the butter.

Grain-free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup canned pumpkin

3 eggs from pasture-raised hens

1/4 cup melted butter, or coconut oil

3 Tablespoons raw honey

1 1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

3 Tablespoons coconut flour

1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup soy-free mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your muffin pan with muffin papers or butter.

Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, melted butter or oil, and the honey in a medium bowl. In a large bowl stir together the almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt and the spices. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and divide the batter equally between the muffin cups. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins: grain-free with dairy-free option
 
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Recipe type: grain-free muffin
 
Spicy cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove flavor this grain-free muffin perfect for the whole family. Chocolate chips give a nice twist on the traditional fall treat.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs from pastured hens
  • ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons raw honey
  • 1¼ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot flour
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅓ cup soy-free mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare your muffin tins with paper liners or butter.
  2. Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, melted butter or oil, and honey in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix together the almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt and spices in a large bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and divide the batter equally between the muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Sweet Potato Spice Paleo Waffles

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The days are getting a little shorter. The air has that special quality that signals the end of one season transitioning into another. Suddenly I’m craving nutmeg and cinnamon, ginger and cloves – sweet potato pie? How about waffles that taste like sweet potato pie?!

These waffles are Paleo-style which means no grains. These waffles won’t give you a sugar rush (unless you spill the maple syrup – oops!) as they are full of protein, complex carbs and good fats. Make a double batch and freeze some for easy school-day breakfasts. Just pop them still frozen into the toaster for a few minutes.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can blend your own from 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. Or for a fun flavor twist use Chinese Five Spice powder which is a blend of cinnamon, anise, clove, ginger and black pepper.

Top your waffles with plenty of butter if you can have dairy, and real maple syrup. Or for a more Paleo-style topping you can whip up some coconut cream and a little honey to make a fluffy topping.

Sweet Potato Spice Paleo Waffles

Ingredients

1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato

1 cup almond butter

2 eggs from hens raised on pasture

1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder (or equal amount of coconut flour)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or for a flavor twist use 1 1/2 teaspoons five-spice powder)

coconut oil for greasing the waffle iron

Preparation

Preheat your waffle iron according to the directions. Place the almond butter into a mixer and use the whisk attachment to whip the almond butter for about one minute. This helps to give the waffles a lighter texture and makes it easier to mix in everything else. Add in the remaining ingredients and continue to use the whisk attachment to mix it all up. The batter will be somewhat thick. Bake the waffles according to the directions for your machine. My Belgian waffle maker uses about 1/2 cup batter for 3 minutes. Yield from my machine was five waffles.

Sweet Potato Spice Paleo Waffles
 
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Recipe type: Paleo Breakfast
 
find the flavors of fall in the South with sweet potatoes, cinnamon and spices
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potato
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 eggs from hens raised on pasture
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder (or equal amount of coconut flour)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or 1½ teaspoons five spice powder)
  • coconut oil for greasing the waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Place the almond butter into the bowl of a mixer and use the whisk attachment to whip the almond butter for about one minute. This helps the texture of your waffles.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients (except coconut oil) and continue to whip until everything is blended.
  4. Bake according to your waffle iron's directions using the coconut oil to grease the iron.

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Chicken Parmigiana (gluten-free)

chicken parm on a plateChicken Parmigiana is a family favorite that I hadn’t made in a long time – about a year – since I went on a gluten-free diet. (Read more about my reasons here.) After reading through several paleo-style cookbooks from some very talented cooks I realized I could makeover our favorite version of this recipe so I could eat it, plus in doing so I reduced the carb count making this a decent recipe for anyone on a lower carb diet as well. The tapioca starch is a good Paleo-friendly substitute for all-purpose flour normally used for dredging the chicken before pan-frying.

The rolled presentation of this dish makes it special enough for a company dinner. If you’ve never flattened a boneless chicken breast before it isn’t hard. If the chicken is especially thick you can butterfly it first. Then place the chicken between two sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap, waxed paper, or inside a freezer strength zip top bag. Use the flat side of a meat mallet, or a rolling pin, or the bottom of a heavy skillet, and just pound the chicken – don’t be dainty – until it is a uniform 1/2″ thickness.  The time to be gentle is when you’re rolling the filling up inside. Don’t squeeze or press too hard or the filling will squirt out. Pin it up with toothpicks to keep it all together.

 Chicken Parmigiana (gluten-free)

1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken breasts or thighs

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup organic ricotta cheese

3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

8 large fresh basil leaves, rolled and shredded

freshly ground black pepper

arrowroot or tapioca starch for dredging

1 cup blanched almond meal

1 teaspoon dried basil

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons olive oil

2 Tablespoons butter

3 cups marinara sauce (see note)

8 slices mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. If the chicken breasts are large  you can butterfly them first. Place the chicken on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of waxed paper or heavy duty plastic wrap. Use a heavy rolling pin or meat mallet to pound the chicken to about 1/2″ thickness evenly throughout. I had larger pieces of meat so I ended up cutting them in half after they were pounded so the finished roll wouldn’t be so large. You may or may not need to cut yours.  Season the pounded chicken on both sides with the sea salt.

Mix together the ricotta, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the basil and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Set three rimmed plates or pans in a row. Sprinkle arrowroot powder or tapioca starch in the first pan. Beat the two eggs in the second pan. Mix the almond meal and the dried basil in the third pan.

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flattened and filled, ready to roll

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filled, rolled and coated in seasoned almond meal

 

Divide the ricotta mixture evenly between the flattened chicken pieces. Starting at the larger end, gently roll up the chicken taking care not to squeeze the filling out. Secure with toothpicks. Dredge the chicken rolls in the arrowroot tapping off the excess, then dip into the beaten egg letting the extra drip back into the pan, then coat them with the almond meal mixture. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, in batches if needed. Cook until browned and getting crispy on the outside, about 4 minutes per side.

Spread 1 cup of the marinara in a baking pan large enough to fit the chicken in one layer. Place the browned chicken rolls in the pan. Top with the remaining marinara. Layer the slices of mozzarella on the chicken and sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the topping is browned and bubbling, about 20-25 minutes.

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Gluten-free Chicken Parmigiana
 
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Cuisine: Italian
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds boneless chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup organic ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, rolled and shredded
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • arrowroot powder or tapioca starch for dredging
  • 1 cup blanched almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 eggs, preferably from pasture raised hens
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (homemade or jarred such as Rao's)
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. If the chicken breasts are large you can butterfly them first.
  3. Place the chicken on a cutting board and cover with a sheet of waxed paper or heavy duty plastic wrap.
  4. Use a heavy rolling pin or meat mallet to pound the chicken to about ½" thickness evenly throughout.
  5. Cut to uniform sizes.
  6. Season the pounded chicken on both sides with the sea salt.
  7. Mix together the ricotta, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, the fresh basil and a pinch of salt in a bowl.
  8. Set three rimmed plates or pans in a row.
  9. Sprinkle arrowroot powder or tapioca starch in the first pan.
  10. Beat the two eggs in the second pan.
  11. Mix the almond meal and the dried basil in the third pan.
  12. Divide the ricotta mixture evenly between the flattened chicken pieces.
  13. Starting at the larger end, gently roll up the chicken taking care not to squeeze the filling out.
  14. Secure with toothpicks.
  15. Dredge the chicken rolls gently in the arrowroot or tapioca, tapping off the excess, then dip into the beaten egg letting the extra drip back into the pan.
  16. Roll the chicken in the almond meal mixture.
  17. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  18. When the oil is hot, add the chicken, in batches if needed.
  19. Cook until browned and getting crispy on the outside, about 4 minutes per side.
  20. Spread 1 cup of the marinara in a baking pan large enough to fit the chicken in one layer.
  21. Place the browned chicken rolls in the pan.
  22. Top with the remaining marinara. Layer the slices of mozzarella on the chicken and sprinkle with the rest of the Parmesan.
  23. Bake until the chicken is cooked through and the topping is browned and bubbling, about 20-25 minutes.

chicken parm in baking pan

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Cranberry Orange Coconut Flour Muffins

cranberry orange coconut flour muffin resized titlesEver since the kids were little and we were doing Five In A Row as part of our homeschooling, I’ve had a craving for cranberry bread every time Thanksgiving rolls around. One of our favorite books from FIAR was Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. “At the edge of a lonely cranberry bog in New England and the winds were cold at the edge of the sea” lived Grandmother and Maggie. Every Thanksgiving they would each invite someone to share dinnerCranberry Thanksgiving book cover with them. This time around, however, Grandmother does not approve of Mr. Whiskers, Maggie’s guest. He behaves suspiciously and when the secret family recipe for cranberry bread just happens to disappear he is the first one Grandmother suspects.

I love the message of the story, that we cannot judge someone by outward appearances, but rather it is what is on the inside that makes someone a precious friend. I also love that at the end of the book they actually share Grandmother’s recipe for cranberry bread!

So here I sat, gray skies threatening rain and me in want of cranberry bread with a hint of orange and sweetness giving fragrance to the gloomy day.  But having put myself on a gluten-free diet I couldn’t make the traditional recipe from the book. Thanks to the Radiant Life free e-book on cooking with coconut flour I was confident and inspired enough to translate the tangy sweet flavors of Grandmother’s recipe into the perfect little gluten-free cranberry muffin. Even my husband, who is not a fan of coconut flour and frequently sighs longingly after the good ol’ days of gluten, said these were great and he could definitely have them again soon!

Cranberry Orange  Coconut Flour Muffins

6 eggs

1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil

3 Tablespoons of buttermilk

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (use organic oranges for this)

1 cup fresh cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.

In a food processor, blend the eggs, butter, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla until well mixed. Add the orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut flour. Blend until there are no lumps. Add the cranberries and pulse just until they are chopped.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin – use about 1/4 cup per each. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the tops are just golden and they begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for about 3 minutes before you remove them to a cooling rack. Serve warm with plenty of butter and a little raw honey if desired.

Cranberry Orange Coconut Flour Muffins
 
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Recipe type: quick bread
Serves: 12
 
Inspired by Grandmother's secret cranberry bread recipe in the book Cranberry Thanksgiving
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or butter
  • 3 Tablespoons buttermilk
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons fresh orange zest
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter a 12 cup muffin tin.
  2. In a food processor, blend eggs, coconut oil, buttermilk, maple syrup, and vanilla until well mixed.
  3. Add orange zest, baking powder, baking soda, salt and coconut flour and blend until there are no lumps.
  4. Add the cranberries and pulse until they are just chopped.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin using about ¼ cup per each.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until just golden on top and firm to the touch.
  7. Cool in the pan about 5 minutes.
  8. Remove gently to a cooling rack.

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Peach Almond Breakfast Cookies (GF)

peach almond breakfast cookies titleI goofed this week with my menu planning and grocery shopping – I never got anything for breakfast and now the kids have been foraging every morning for something to eat, never thrilled with my suggestions to just eat the leftovers from dinner the night before.  My son will make himself eggs, but my daughter doesn’t like them, she’s more of a sausage or muffin kid. On top of all that I ended up having to empty and defrost the refrigerator trying to find a mystery water leak. So this morning as I was tossing unidentifiable baggies of this and that I uncovered some almond flour and some frozen peach slices. It’s the little discoveries that get my creativity going. These breakfast cookies are what we ended up eating. I fed some to the contractor who is here working on the guest bathroom (did I mention that mom, dad and two teenagers – including a teenage girl – are all sharing one bathroom right now?) I had intended for them to be scones, but they ended up more like batter than dough so soft cookies it is.

Peach Almond Breakfast Cookies

2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

2 eggs (preferably from pasture raised hens)

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup melted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 peach, diced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or parchment line a baking sheet.  I like to use a food processor to whirl everything up, but you can certainly do this by hand in a bowl. Place the almond flour, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and melted butter in a food processor and process until mixed. Add the soda, salt and ginger and mix again. Finally add the peaches and pulse just until combined. You don’t want to chop them so much that you don’t have little juicy bits of peach left in the cookie.  Spoon the batter onto the prepared baking sheet using about 2 Tblsp for each one. Leave some space between them as they will spread more during baking. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden around the edges. Remove to a cooling rack. Freeze any leftovers and you can heat them up in a toaster later.

Peach Almond Breakfast Cookies
 
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Recipe type: breakfast
 
Soft almond flour cookies with peaches and vanilla, all real food ingredients and plenty of protein for a quick breakfast.
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 peach, pitted and diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease or parchment line a baking sheet.
  2. Place almond flour, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla in a food processor or mixing bowl.
  3. Mix well, and then add in the baking soda, salt and ground ginger.
  4. Mix well again, and then add the peaches and pulse gently to just mix.
  5. Spoon onto prepared baking sheet using about 2 Tblsp of batter per cookie.
  6. Leave space between each one as they spread more during baking.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack.
  9. Freeze leftovers and reheat in a toaster.

 

peach almond breakfast cookies

 

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Plantain Pancakes (GF/DF)

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So I was driving from Orlando up to Georgia to pick up my kids after a weekend with their grandparents, and I was listening to a podcast with Chris Kresser (functional and integrative practitioner and author of Your Personal Paleo Code).  His co-host was asking him what was for breakfast that morning. Chris started describing these plantain waffles he’d eaten and I just started salivating – I love plantains, green or ripe, and they also happen to be a really good carb for just about anyone – so I decided I would look for that recipe when I got home.  I bought two nicely mottled-brown plantains at the store and then checked out Bing for the recipe.  I was pretty bummed when all I could find were recipes using plantain flour instead of just ripe plantains. But that didn’t stop me for long, because after all of the GAPS cooking, gluten-free cooking and Paleo cooking I’ve been doing lately I can pretty much make a pancake out of anything; maybe not a waffle, but definitely a pancake.

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plantain vs. banana

If you’ve never had a plantain, they are similar in appearance to a banana, but a good bit larger. When you cook them green they taste a lot like potato. When you wait until they are nearly black all over and kind of squishy you can bake them or slice and fry them in butter or ghee for a sweet, warm, caramelized tropical treat.

For the pancakes I peeled the riper of the two plantains and cut it into chunks and stuck it in the blender.  I added two Lake Meadow eggs, a 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk, aluminum-free baking soda, sea salt and a little coconut flour and blended it all up until it was smooth.  A little coconut oil on the hot griddle and it was time to see if it worked.

plantain pancake cooking on griddle

the bubbles will tell you when it’s time to flip it over

One thing about non-traditional pancakes is they are sometimes tricky to flip. I waited for the classic signs of pancake flipping readiness….little bubbles that form all over the batter then pop and stay popped.  After one fail (still tasty, but not really a good pancake shape) I discovered I needed to be swift and confident making the metal spatula scoop and flip in one quick movement.  A few seconds to finish the other side and then onto the plate.  I used a 1/4 cup of batter per pancake and got about 8 pancakes. Slathered with some Kerrygold butter they didn’t need anything else in my opinion.  My husband enjoyed a little raw honey on the one I saved for him. These are good hot or cold. I could see them used as a wrap for some nut butter and jam, or maybe with a little sliced ham.  I enjoyed them stacked on a plate hot off the griddle.

Plantain Pancakes (GF/DF)
 
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Naturally sweet these pancakes are high in protein, good fats and good carbs.
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe plantain
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs, preferably from pasture raised hens
  • 1 Tblsp coconut flour
  • coconut oil or butter for the griddle
  • any toppings such as butter, fresh berries, or raw honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat a griddle on medium-high heat.
  2. Peel the plantain, cut into chunks and place in a blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
  4. Grease the griddle with a little coconut oil and pour the batter onto the hot griddle using approximately ¼ cup batter or less per pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles appear on the batter that do not disappear when they pop.
  6. Quickly turn the pancakes over to finish cooking the other side, about 1 minute or less.
  7. Serve hot or cold with desired toppings.

 

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Mud Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches (GF)

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So I’ve been teaching Sunday School for the past two years now. But this is Sunday School like you’ve never seen it. I have the coolest classroom – it’s a little cafe with a real kitchen area. We teach Bible stories and use hands-on cooking projects to cement the lesson in the kids’ minds and hearts (and stomachs!) This week we’ve been getting ready for a big Open House to show off all the neat classrooms and creative lessons being used to teach Jesus’ Love to these sweet kids. I’m going to do a cooking demo for the Open House – I’m making Mud Cookies. We used this recipe when we taught about the Miracles of Jesus. In chapter 9 of the New Testament book of John it tells how Jesus made mud with some dirt and saliva, and rubbed it over the eyes of a man who had been born blind. He then sent the man to wash it off in one of the city fountains. When the man washed off the mud he could see!

mud cookies

mud cookies

Our cookies start out looking like a bowl of lumpy mud. In fact they look pretty gross – you mix cocoa powder with egg whites which looks an awful lot like dirt and spit. But soon after stirring and stirring the batter gets shiny, then you drop spoonfuls onto a parchment paper and bake them. What you get are the most deep, dark chocolate cookies you can imagine!  My classroom recipe only makes 10 cookies because our little oven only holds that many, but you can easily double the recipe to make a bigger batch. And you will definitely want to do that because we discovered that these cookies make the perfect sandwich for homemade vanilla ice cream! Oh. My. Goodness. My son made the vanilla ice cream today from the Well Fed Family free ice cream ebook (have you gotten yours yet? sign up for the newsletter using the link on the right side of this website and we’ll send it to you for free!), we used these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches for dessert tonight. Perfect! They are just the right texture, just like those soft cookies that come with the eskimo pies from the ice cream truck. And oh so chocolatey!  What a perfect way to use up the egg whites leftover from making the ice cream!

Mud Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup egg whites (about 3)

1/2 cup organic sugar or honey

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

Mix everything together in a medium bowl. Use the honey if you don’t mind having a chewier cookie, the sugar will make it a little firmer but less nutritious. However these are dessert – so don’t feel like using honey means you can eat the whole batch yourself ;)   Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until they are dry on top to the touch but still springy. Cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two and then use a metal spatula to remove to a cooling rack. Use two cookies, flat sides together, with two tablespoonfuls of ice cream to make the sandwiches. Eat immediately or wrap in wax paper to freeze for later.

Mud Cookies and Ice Cream Sandwiches (GF)
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 5
 
Dark chocolate, gluten-free cookies bake up just right for using in ice cream sandwiches.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup egg whites (about 3)
  • ½ cup organic sugar or honey
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • vanilla ice cream, homemade or good quality store bought
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir all of the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Use a heaping tablespoon of batter for each cookie spooned onto the parchment, leaving some space between the cookies.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the top is dry but still springy.
  5. Allow to cool on the parchment for a few minutes before using a metal spatula to remove to a cooling rack.
  6. To make sandwiches place one cookie flat side up on a plate.
  7. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of softened ice cream onto the cookie and top with the flat side of a second cookie.
  8. Press slightly to spread filling to the edges.
  9. Eat immediately, or if desired, wrap in wax paper and freeze to eat later.

 

mud cookies with homemade vanilla ice cream

mud cookies with homemade vanilla ice cream

I can definitely see these with variations. Maybe sub peppermint extract for the vanilla for mint chocolate mud cookies. Or use any of the other ice cream flavors in our free ice cream ebook, wow, how about peanut butter ice cream with these chocolate cookies! Leave a comment and let us hear your great flavor ideas! Pin for later or share on Facebook using the links above the blog.

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Blueberry Banana Grain-free Muffins

The kids and I went blueberry picking with some homeschool friends recently. It is becoming a spring time tradition for us, one that I look forward to as much for the time with friends as for the juicy berries!  I managed to get 9 quarts of big fat blueberries frozen which I hope will mean smoothies and blueberry muffins for several months.

I’ve been using almond flour and coconut flour a lot more lately. We’ve gone gluten-free at our house. No one has celiac, but I’ve found that without gluten we have less brain fog and people are less grumpy.  Before you say it’s the hybrid wheat, or it’s the phytates or some such other aspect related to wheat understand that I had been grinding my own spelt (a non-hybrid ancient form of wheat) and soaking/fermenting/souring it before making our breads from scratch and still it was causing some problems.  So we’re taking a break from it for awhile.

blueberry banana almond flour muffins

I’ve found all sorts of great muffin and scone recipes from websites, e-books and friends so we haven’t been lacking too much for breakfast breads. The Paleo community is a great resource for anyone going grain-free by the way. This recipe uses almond flour which can be expensive. I discovered my local health food store, Hoover’s, carries bulk packages of almond flour for about $2/lb less than the brand name packages. If you have a Vitamix or other very high powered blender you can even make you own from directions here.

Blueberry Banana Grain-free Muffins
 
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Recipe type: muffin
Cuisine: breakfast
 
Grain-free blueberry muffins with a hint of banana, full of good fats and proteins to get your day started right.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ cups almond meal/almond flour
  • ⅓ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup finely shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 4 eggs, preferably from pastured hens
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Instructions
  1. Butter 12 muffin tins and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl or food processor, mix together the almond flour, coconut, cinnamon, baking soda and sea salt breaking up any lumps.
  3. Add the mashed banana, melted butter, eggs, honey and vanilla and mix well until mixture is lump free as much as possible.
  4. Gently stir in the blueberries.
  5. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until golden and set.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for 2 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

 

These aren’t very sweet, we have gotten to where we like things less sweet. Be sure your banana is very ripe, the riper the banana the sweeter the muffins. You could use a little more honey too, up to 1/3 cup, without changing the batter too much.

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Gluten-free Rosemary Lemon Mini Corn Muffins

rosemary bushThe rosemary out my front door is getting so big that I can’t help but reach out and brush it as I walk in and out. I love the fragrance of rosemary! I also love how rosemary tastes in so many different foods. Recently I went searching for a rosemary corn muffin but couldn’t find any recipes that didn’t also call for regular flour. I have personally been avoiding gluten for about three months. So I decided to do a little experimentation to see if I could make a gluten-free corn muffin the whole family would like.  I came up with these mini-muffins with the cornbread texture I wanted plus the bonus of fragrant rosemary and the bright notes of lemon. They were just what I needed to go with big bowls of summer vegetable soup.

I really like the sprouted cornmeal from To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company. Sprouting is one of the ways you can make grains easier to digest and more nutritious. Almond flour is made from grinding almonds. You can purchase it in most health food stores and some grocery stores, but it is also easy to make your own. I used sliced almonds from the bulk bins ground in my food processor.

Rosemary Lemon Mini Corn Muffinsrosemary lemon corn muffins

1 cup almond flour

1 cup sprouted cornmeal

1 Tblsp coconut flour

1/2 tsp  sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup melted butter

1 Tblsp chopped fresh rosemary

1 Tblsp lemon zest

juice from 1/2 of a lemon

I put everything into my food processor in the order it appears here in the recipe. Then I just rosemary lemon corn muffin with butterwhirled it up until everything was evenly mixed. I think the food processor gives these gluten-free baked goods a lighter, more tender texture. If you don’t have a food processor just mix everything well in a large bowl.  Grease your mini-muffin tin with a little butter or lard and then fill each cup with about one tablespoon of batter. This recipe made 24 mini muffins using 1 Tblsp batter for each muffin.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack. Serve warm with plenty of butter.