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Monday, January 11, 2016

Gluten Free Pancakes

CoverWe are big pancake lovers in this house.  I mean, come on…pancakes!  What’s not to love.  For years we made pancakes with teff flour, then I found a few other pancake recipes that used white gluten free flours.  Then over Thanksgiving break I found a gluten free mix at a Safeway up in Tahoe, this one. I liked it, but didn’t love the way the cornmeal tasted and the texture.  I susepct it was added to give the pancakes some fluff or non-stick.  I began to pay more attention to the ingredients in the many, many store bought gluten free pancake mixes (that you can find at just about any grocery store).  I noticed they use virtually the same ingredients:  a rice flour, one or two other gluten free flours, a starch, baking soda, corn meal or another mealy grain, salt, and a gum.  One brand was nearly $8.00!  I was like, oh no, I can make my own gluten free mix just fine thank you.  So I did, and I loves it.  This recipe works great on a regular pancake griddle or with oil in a skillet and they pop up nice and fluffy ya’ll (that’s what I’m talken’bout).  Enjoy…and long live breakfast food! Continue reading

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

I love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins

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I call these “I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins” because I make them especially for my children (Daddy gets a few too of course).  My kids LOVE these muffins—and they love to make them with me (it’s just a big ole’ love-fest).  I’ve included a few pictures of my son, Ethan, helping me one morning before preschool.  These muffins are moist, yet fluffy and have such a nice cinnamon apple flavor.  They make excellent snacks or can be part of a healthy breakfast.  I hope your family enjoys these muffins as much as we do.  Join me over at Gluten Free Easily for my gluten free Cinnamon Apple Muffin Recipe (gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free). I shared these muffins last month on March Muffin Madness over at my friend Shirley’s Blog, Gluten Free Easily.  You can check out the guest post here.  

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Festive Coconut Ginger Granola

I posted this granola recipe two years ago and thought it was worth revisiting this year.  At the time I included it with a homemade raw persimmon pudding as parfaits, but feel like this granola needs its own post.  I LOVE making homemade gifts and granola is such an easy (and always well received) gift.  So if you’re feeling a little stuck on what to make for your child’s teacher or searching for something to take to a gift exchange, this is a great option.  
Happy Holidays.  
Festive Coconut Ginger Granola 

Ingredients 
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dry:
-2 cups certified gluten-free rolled oats
-1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
-1/2 cup raw organic almonds
-1/2 cup raw organic walnuts
-1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
-2 tablespoons hemp seeds
-1 tablespoon chia seeds
-1/4 cup coconut sugar
-Pinch of salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 teaspoon ground ginger 

wet:
-1/2 cup local honey (vegans use maple syrup or coconut nectar) 
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-3 tablespoons melted coconut oil here or here

How To
Preheat oven to 350
1.  Combine oats and shredded coconut in a large bowl.  
2.  Add the almonds to a food processor (with S-blade), and chop up until they are in little bits, then add almonds to the oats and shredded coconut.
3.  Add the walnuts and pumpkin seeds to a food processor and chop until they are in small bits, add to mixture.  
4.  Then to the bowl add the hemp, chia, salt, ginger and cinnamon.
5.  In separate bowl add honey, coconut oil and vanilla.  Mix well with spatchula (I use a silicone)
6.  Add wet ingredients to dry and mix (with hands preferably) until the entire mixture is well incorporated and moist.  Now allow this mixture to rest for about 10 minutes.  
7.  Put a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Spread the granola out on the parchment paper.  Please note that when you spread out the granola, it needs to be in a very thin layer with small holes of parchment paper showing through.  This allows the heat to cook all around the granola and latch it together.  
8.  Bake for 10 minutes exactly (not a second longer).  Transfer the parchment paper to a cooling rack.  The granola will be soft out of the oven, but become hard once cooled.  

This granola tastes great with my vegan 
persimmon coconut pudding in sweet little parfaits 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin, Banana, Cranberry Muffins (gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free)

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all this baking.  My house always smells awesome.  No longer relying on store bought baked goods, we always have a muffin recipe on the ready for breakfast, snack, dessertanytime.  I’ve been learning a lot about gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free baking along the way.  I’ve limited myself to just a few gluten free flours to make things easy (brown rice, millet, and sorghum) and using only tapioca for the starch.  I have learned that psylum husk is a good sub for xanthan gum, and that coconut milk and applesauce keep egg-based baked good nice and moist.  There are so many gluten free flours to explore.  This is the fun of it – if think about it, compared to gluten baking, there are so many MORE possibilities with gluten free.  I have one more muffin recipe to share (chocolate of course), then I will start my vegan baking adventure.  Lastly, I will spend some time with grain-free, egg baking, then grain-free vegan baking.  
I hope you enjoy this fall inspired muffin recipe.  
Pumpkin, Banana, Cranberry Muffins


Ingredients:

wet
-2 eggs room temperature 

-1/2 cup pumpkin puree room temperature
-3/4 cup ripe banana
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil 
-1/4 cup applesauce 
-3 tablespoons full fat coconut milk 
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-10 drops stevia

dry
-100 grams sorghum flour (3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons) 
-100 grams brown rice flour (3/4 cup) 
-60 grams tapioca flour (1/2 cup)
-1 tablespoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum or 1/2 teaspoon psyllium husk
-1/2 cup dried cranberries

How To:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
1. In a medium bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients (except the cranberries).  
2. Next, in a large bowl, add in the eggs, banana, pumpkin, coconut sugar, coconut oil, coconut milk, applesauce, vanilla, and stevia.  Beat on medium with a hand mixer for 30 seconds.  
3.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Mix gently to incorporate then beat on medium with hand mixer for 15 seconds.  Hand mix in the cranberries.
4.  Fill batter to near the top of the muffin cups, add little pumpkin seeds for garnish.    
5.  Bake for 16 minutes.  
6.  Remove muffins from tin and cool on rack.  
Makes 12 muffins

Notes:
*For wet ingredients use a 1 cup glass Pyrex for measuring. 
*For dry, use metal measuring cups.  And when measuring flours, spoon the flours into the measuring cup, then level off with a knife.  Never pack in the flour. 
*The muffins will stay moist for 3 or 4 full days at room temp in a container.  
*I use these large baking muffin cups.

 Ethan just LOVES to help mommy bake!! 
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And lastly on my list here to share before I move on to vegan baking are these chocolate cupcakes
Here is a recap of my gluten free/dairy free/cane-sugar free recipes: 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Zucchini Chai Spiced Muffins (gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

Looking for ways to use up that summer garden zucchini?  Try using them in baked goods.  These muffins are my latest baking conquest.  With multiple attempts to get the texture and chai spice just right, they are ready to share.  If you follow my blog, you know that I’m on a gluten free baking adventure and teaching myself how to bake and create no fuss, tasty recipes that are easy to replicate.  So far, so good.  My friend Jen has been making my chocolate chip banana muffins for months now and her family gobbles them up.  Another friend enjoys my coconut blueberry muffins for her newly gluten and dairy free family.  These chai spiced muffins have been taste tested by traditional eaters (about 6 different children on traditional diets) with thumbs up all around.  So as always, a great stamp of approval.  
Zucchini Chai Spiced Muffins
(gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

Ingredients:
Wet
-2 eggs room temperature (weighing 4.5 ounces in the shells)
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-1/2 cup non dairy milk
-1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
-1 cup peeled and grated zuchhini
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla or plain stevia
Dry
-100 grams sorghum flour (3/4 cup + 2 level tablespoons)
-100 grams brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
-60 grams tapioca starch/flour (1/2 cup)
-1 teaspoon baking powder 
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 
-1/2 teaspoon salt 
Chai spices
-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

-1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 

-1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 


How To:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
1. In a medium bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients including the chai spices.  
2. Next, in a large bowl, add in the eggs, coconut sugar, coconut oil, milk, applesauce, vanilla, and stevia (please make sure everything is room temperature).  Beat on medium with a hand mixer for 30 seconds.  
3.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Mix gently to incorporate then beat on medium with hand mixer for 15 seconds.  
4.  Add in the zucchini and gently mix by hand until incorporated. 
5.  Fill batter to near the top of the muffin cups, sprinkle with coconut sugar, and add a little square of zucchini.  
6.  Bake for 18 minutes.  
7.  Remove muffins from tin and cool on rack.  
Makes 12 – 15 muffins

Notes:
*Try homemade non-dairy milks for great results: Almond, Walnut, HazelnutMacadamia, Hemp.  
*For baking, I suggest following the weight of the ingredients exactly. This might mean investing in a small kitchen scale.  I cannot guarantee results if the recipe is not followed as specified and measurements are not accuratejust sayin’.
*For wet ingredients use only a 1 cup glass Pyrex for measuring. *For dry, use metal measuring cups.  And when measuring flours, spoon the flours into the measuring cup, then level off with a knife.  Never pack in the flour. 
*The muffins will stay moist for 3 or 4 full days at room temp in a container.  
*Oh, and I use these large baking muffin cups.


Here are my other baking recipes
(all gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free)

Strawberry Coconut Cake 

And stayed tuned for these chocolate cupcakes comin’ atcha soon

Shared on: Fat Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, My Meatless Monday, 

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Raw Strawberry Chocolate Cereal (nut free, grain free, vegan)

Breakfast can be sort of difficult when on a grain free diet (and/or a nut free diet).  Ever try purchasing a cereal that’s grain free, nut free, cane-sugar free, and vegan.  Ha ha.  Good luck.  If one exists is’t probably off-the-charts expensive (or comes in a 4 ounce bag).  Over the years I’ve adopted the motto: If you can’t find it, make it, which has served me well.  I said good-bye to store bought cereals a while ago for several reasons.  But now I have only two reasons: it’s cheaper and healthier to make at home.  That’s really the bottom line.  I hope you give this cereal a try.  You can add just about anything to the base of seed mixture, so get creative.  I also must mention that my kids LOVE this recipe, as well as the apple cinnamon recipe, for breakfast or snack.  They literally squeal when they get up and see this breakfast waiting for them at the table.  Now that’s a great way to start the day! 
Raw Strawberry Chocolate Cereal 
nut free, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, vegan
Ingredients:
-2 cups organic raw sunflower seeds
-1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
-1 cup shredded coconut 
-1/4 cup raw hemp seeds
-3/4 cup coconut sugar
-2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries (small chop)
-1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder 
-3 tablespoons chia seeds 
-1 teaspoon liquid stevia 
-1 teaspoon ground chia 
-1 teaspoon psyllium husk
-1/4 teaspoon salt 

How To:
1.  In a large bowl add the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and cover with filtered water (about 2 inches over) and soak for at least 8 hours.  I like to soak mine as long as I can, so I gave mine about 15 hours. 
2.  After they have soaked, drain and rinse (do not pat dry or try to dry the seeds, you need the moisture).
3.   To a large bowl, add the wet seed mixture and all the other ingredients and mix well with your hands.  This is the really best way to incorporate all the ingredients. Here is the dehydrator  I use. 4.  I spread the mixture onto these screens (which come with the dehydrator). I do not use these fruit roll sheets. 
Make sure the seed mixture is in a nice thin layer so it dehydrates evenly and thoroughly.  
5.  I set my dehydrator between 110 – 115 degrees, put in the laundry room and let it rock.  After about 18 hours I check for the crisp level.  I dehydrate longer until that perfectly crisp texture is achieved.  
6.  The final mixture will be very stiff and pop out in a sheet.  Break into pieces and store in an air tight container.  This will keep for weeks.  But it never lasts that long.  
Here is what the cereal looks like when finished.  
It’s very crispy and brittle.  
This batch makes a nice amount.   
I store in glass containers in the cupboard.  
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Interested in another raw cereal?
See HERE for a Raw Apple Cinnamon version

And be sure to enjoy your homemade cereal with homemade nut or seed milk:

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Homemade Coconut-Cashew SCD Yogurt (dairy free, paleo, cane-sugar free, gum free w/ vegan option)

I have had a long somewhat frustrating run at homemade yogurt. The last batch I attempted was a runny mess and grew red mold inside (somehow) and I threw my hands up.  Last month I was really craving some yogurt, and felt motivated to try it again.  This time I turned to Kelly’s blog, The Spunky Coconut, for assistance.  She uses gelatin to thicken her yogurt and I was like, YES! This is it!  I took some time to experiment with the gelatin.  I was looking for a creamy texture, one much like store bought.  The two teaspoons of gelatin is PERFECT!  The texture is spot on!  I know you will love this recipe.  I am pleased with the outcome and happy to say I have been enjoying creamy, tangy (dairy-free) yogurt and loving it!  I also experimented with a vegan version for my vegan peeps out there.
Homemade Coconut-Cashew SCD Yogurt 
Recipe Modified and Inspired by Kelly @ The Spunky Coconut 
paleo, dairy free, gum free, cane-sugar free  

Ingredients:
-2 cups cashew milk
-2 cups coconut milk this or this
-2 tablespoons honey
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-2 teaspoons pure gelatin (plus 1/4 cup room temp water)
-5 capsules of probiotics

How to Make Cashew Milk:
-Soak 1 cup of raw cashews over night (8 hours is great).  Strain and rinse.  Blend with 4 cups of filtered water for 45 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes.  Scoop off any excess foam.  Stir and use 2 cups for the yogurt.  Save the other 2 cups for a thousand different uses.  Cashew milk/cream rocks!

Directions:

1.  Add the milks, honey, and vanilla to a large, heavy pot and heat until 185 degrees.  Stirring often, taking care that the milk does NOT burn on the bottom.  A very gentle, slight simmer is fine.  I like to use (and thus recommend) a dutch oven to heat the milk.

2. In another large pot, add your jars and lids, water to cover, and bring to a boil.  Simmer jars and lids for 10 – 15 minutes.  Set a clean towel on the counter somewhere and carefully remove the jars to cool when they have been properly sterilized.

3.  After the milk comes up to 185 degrees, remove from the heat and allow to cool.  To speed up the process, I pour the milk into a 4-cup glass Pyrex and line my crock pot with ice packs and put the Pyrex with the ice.

4.  In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup ROOM TEMP water and mix in the 2 teaspoons of gelatin.  Then add it to your milk, use immersion blender to incorporate the gelatin.  I usually add the gelatin between 110 – 120 degrees.

5.  When the temp drops to 100 degrees, give the milk another good spin with the immersion blender.  Break open the 5 probiotics and add them to the milk.  Use the immersion blender again to fully incorporate the probiotics.

6.  Transfer the milk into a sterilized 4-cup glass container (or 2 smaller containers), or bunch of little yogurt containers. Place in your yogurt maker for at least 12 hours.  Do not shake, move, or disturb in any way while the milk cultures.  Please see below for how I use my yogurt maker for this process.

7.  After culturing for 12 hours, remove the jars from yogurt maker and give the jars a good shake.  My jars always have a liquid in the bottom, so give it a good shake. Let them cool for about an hour before you place in the fridge.  Refrigerate at least 8 – 10 hours to allow the gelatin to set up and thicken the yogurt.

Notes:

*Gelatin contains many health benefits.  See HERE

*I cannot offer any milk subs here.  Cashews are great in that they thicken naturally, so I’m not sure how this would work with, say, just almond milk.  You would need to increase the gelatin, but not sure by how much.

*Vegans use maple syrup instead of honey and 1/2 teaspoon agar agar.  After the milk hits 185 degrees, remove a 1/4 cup of the milk and stir in the 1/2 teaspoon agar agar.  Then add it back in the milk and whisk until well incorporated.  When the temp drops to 100 degrees, add in the 5 capsules of probiotics.  Proceed as suggested above.  The agar agar yogurt will be thick after culturing. Place in fridge until cool.  Vegans might also want to experiment with pectin or sunflower lecithin as thickeners.  I personally stay away from seaweed based thickeners (such as agar agar), as it can exacerbate IBD symptoms and cause inflammation in the intestines.  I stopped ingesting carageenan long ago for this reason (it’s actually why I started making homemade nut milk 5 years ago).

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It’s extremely important to sterilize your jars.  I also sterilize anything that will touch the milk.  I even clean out my blender with a little hydrogen peroxide before I make the cashew milk.
Here is the milk coming to temperature (185 degrees) in my dutch oven.
After it reaches 185 degrees, I transfer into a sterilized 4-cup Pyrex.
Okay, the most annoying thing about making yogurt is waiting for it to reach temp, then waiting for it to cool down.  So I make yogurt in the evening after the kids are in bed, and I watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother or Arrested Development on Netlifx to pass the time.  Win-win!
Here is the gelatin mixed with water
I like to use these large 4-cup glass jars
To culture the yogurt I use an ice chest.
I simply put the bottom part of my yogurt maker in there, fill with jars, put a makeshift lid on it, and close the large lid.
(I use the bottom part of my salad spinner as a lid).
The ice chest heats up inside just fine and keeps temp.
Here it is before I close it up
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Here is the yogurt.  So creamy and perfect.  Not ONE gelatin lump found in this recipe!
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Gluten Free Banana Walnut Bread (dairy free, cane-sugar free)

 Okay, there is nothing earth shattering about banana bread, I mean, banana bread is a very popular recipe. I get it.  But I’ve never made gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free banana bread that wasn’t a dry, crumbly, “I need a glass of milk now or I am going to choke to death,” mess of a bread.  So I’m glad it turned out so well.  Because I LOVE banana bread! And I love saying things like, “Oh, yes, of course I will bring some banana bread to the brunch girl, no problemoI have just the recipe.”
  
And you know I’m trying to bulk up the ‘baked goods‘ section of my recipe page, so of course I had to get this one in.  As you might suspect, this is my near exact chocolate chip banana muffin recipe, tested as a “bread.”  Yes, you can slice it, but it’s not for sandwiches, so I guess you can also call this banana cake.  This is fabulous in the morning with a cup of tea. I like the muffin version for my kids as a snack at school, but something about the sliced version says breakfast.  This is also quite tasty as a dessert topped with coconut vanilla bean ice cream.     
Gluten Free Banana Bread 
dairy free, cane-sugar free 

Ingredients:

Wet
-10 ounces of peeled banana (about 3 largish bananas)
-1/2 cup coconut sugar (3.0 ounces)
-2 room temp eggs (weighing 4.5 ounces with shell)
-3 tablespoons full fat canned room temp. coconut milk
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia

Dry
-80 grams sorogum flour (3/4 cup)
-100 grams brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
-60 grams tapioca starch (1/2 cup)
-1 teaspoon baking power 
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (if you can’t use xanthan gum, try 1 teaspoon of psyllium husk instead). 
-1 tablespoon cinnamon (or more if you like)
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 cup chopped walnuts (small pieces)

How To:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
1.  In a bowl add in the banana and mash it around for a bit with a fork until it’s a wet mixture.  Then add in all the other wet ingredients and mix everything with a hand mixer (or stand mixer) for 45 seconds on medium speed.
2.  In another bowl, add in the dry ingredients (except the walnuts) and whisk everything together until everything is well incorporated.  
3.  In small batches, add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue mixing with the hand mixer.  Mix until everything is well incorporated.     
4.  Add in the walnuts and stir by hand.  
5.  Fill the bread pan  with batter and top with chopped walnuts and coconut sugar 
6.  Bake for 50 – 55 minutes on the middle rack (use the knife test to check the middle). I baked mine for 55 minutes.    
7.  Allow the bread to cool for about 15 minutes, then carefully turn it out and allow it to continue to cool on a rack.  
-Store in airtight container at room temp for 3 days. 

Notes:
*When baking, I suggest following the weight of the ingredients exactly (even the banana).  This might mean investing in a small kitchen scale.  I cannot guarantee results if the recipe is not followed as specified and measurements are not accuratejust sayin’.
*For wet ingredients use only a 1 cup glass Pyrex for measuring.  *For dry, use metal measuring cups.  And when measuring flours, spoon the flours into the measuring cup, then level off with a knife.  Never pack in the flour.
*I use a 5 x 9 inch glass bread pan.  I also line the bottom with some parchment paper.

My son LOVES to help momma in the kitchen.  
This is one of his favorite treats.  
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Raw Apple Cinnamon Cereal (nut free, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, vegan) For Go Ahead Honey

Alrighty-then.  Here is it finally.  I shared my attempts at a nut-free raw cereal with you on Facebook a while back and it has taken me many tries to get this puppy share-worthy.  And I’m so excited to share!

First off let me say that making homemade cereal is driven by two forces.  First off, it’s part of my dedicated attempts to keep a low-waste green kitchen (see more about that here and here).  You see, cereal produces a lot of waste.  There’s that nasty plastic bag, then the cardboard boxand you don’t even get THAT much cereal.  What’s up with that!?  Secondly, and perhaps most obvious to us all, making homemade ANYTHING is preferred as there is total control over the ingredients (and it’s usually waaaay cheaper).  So ditching store-bought cereal is actually one of my latest omissions from my kitchen cupboard   And I have to say, I don’t miss the store bought stuff at all.  In reality, I don’t eat cereal very much (mainly because it all has stuff I can’t eat) but I love my homemade recipe.  The verdict, thumbs up all around from the family on mommy’s homemade cereal.  We enjoy it on yogurt too, which always makes a nice breakfast or snack.  Let me know if you give it a try.  And perhaps with some homemade dairy-free milk: almondhempwalnut, or macadamia (my fave is walnut).  
My lovely and supportive friend Shirley from Gluten Free Easily and All Gluten Free Desserts, All The TIme is hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey.  And the theme: “When You’re Grain Free and Feeling Like A Nut, But Can’t Eat Tree Nuts or Peanuts!”
I’m SUPER pumped about this month’s theme, as I don’t personally eat a lot of tree nuts (can’t digest almonds worth a darn these days) and I’m DEATHLY allergic to peanuts.  So I knew this recipe would be perfect to bring to the party.  I can’t wait to check out all the other entries.  Make sure you follow my sweet friend Shirley on Facebook and subscribe to her blogs.  She is one lady you want to stay connected with!  Thanks for hosting, Shirley.
Raw Apple Cinnamon Cereal 
nut free, grain free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, vegan
Ingredients:
-2 cups organic raw sunflower seeds
-1 cup organic raw pumpkin seeds
-1 cup shredded coconut 
-1/4 cup raw hemp seeds
-3/4 cup coconut sugar
-2 cups peeled and small diced apples 
-3 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
-1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 
-1 teaspoon liquid stevia 
-2 to 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon (I used 2 T in this recipe)
-1 teaspoon ground chia 
-1 teaspoon psyllium husk
-1/4 teaspoon salt 

How To:
1.  In a large bowl add the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and cover with filtered water (about 2 inches over) and soak for at least 8 hours.  I like to soak mine as long as I can, so I gave mine about 15 hours. 
2.  After they have soaked, drain and rinse (do not pat dry or try to dry the seeds, you need the moisture).
3.  To the drained seeds add all the ingredients except the applesauce and stevia.
4.  In a separate bowl (I used a 1-cup Pyrex) mix together the applesauce and stevia.  This will evenly distribute the stevia.
5.  Mix the applesauce with the seed mixture (your hands work best) and then evenly spread onto your dehydrator I spread the mixture onto these screens that come with the dehydrator. I do not use these fruit roll sheets
6.  I set my dehydrator on about 110 degrees, put in the laundry room and let it rock.  After about 18 hours I check for the crisp level.  I dehydrate longer until that perfectly crisp texture is achieved.  
7.  The final mixture will be very stiff and pop out in a sheet, very stiff and crisp.  Break into pieces and store in an air tight container.  This will keep for weeks.  But it never lasts that long.  
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Here are the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in the early sprouting stage after soaking for about 15 hours
(soak the seeds at least 8 hours)
Here are all the ingredients piled on the seeds
I like to mix the stevia with the applesauce so it’s evenly distributed 
Mixing everything together 
Here is a link to the dehydrator I use.  
It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. 
Press the mixture evenly around… 
and make sure it’s not too thick.
You can see it makes A LOT.  
I dehydrate on 115 degrees for 18- 24 hours 
But the ultimate test for doneness is when it’s super-duper crispy! 
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I’ve also made Lauren’s 5-Ingredient Healthy Cocoa Crispies (another great homemade cereal), and and if you like the CRUNCH factor in your cereal, this recipe is for you!!  Lauren’s recipe does NOT go soggy in milk (reminds me of grape-nuts).  It’s super delicious and I love how chocolaty it makes the milk.  This is a must try.  Here is my picture of her cereal.  
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Just Right Coconut Blueberry Muffins (gluten free, dairy free, nut free, cane-sugar free)

You might remember last month I shared my kitchen epiphany regarding baking.  Well, I’ve been having a grand ole’ time here in the kitchen BAKING and loving it, yes, Amber the “I am soooo not a baker” loves to bake.  Why the change of heart?  Well, things are working out.  Things are happening.  Things are not tasting like dirt and cardboard.  Things are delicious.  

YEAH! 

I’m starting off here with basic gluten-free baking (using eggs)vegan gluten-free baking will be my next conquest.  Last month I shared my banana chocolate chip muffins (that I’ve also made into a banana walnut breadsharing soon).  I have to tell you, a couple of my friends have made my banana chocolate chips muffins and like them very much.  My friend Jen tells me she makes a double batch every week. How great is that!  I love it when my recipes are enjoyed by others.  So nice.  

Okay, so these muffins (that really taste like cupcakes) were my latest baking adventure.  I played around with the recipe about four times before I found the PERFECT moist factor.  Last night’s batch was the winning batch.  Yeah.  When I took that first bite, I thought, “ahhh, just right.”  These muffins are so moist, I just can’t get enough.  They are moist, yet light and fluffy.  The sweetness is right-on for me.  BUT, you know I’m not a huge sweet tooth, so make them once yourself and adjust the sweetness as needed the next time.  I think they’re fantastic.  I’m super proud of this recipe.  I hope you try it soon, and perhaps enjoy with a glass of non-dairy milk, such as: almond, hemp, walnut, or macadamia.  
Cheers.  
Just Right Coconut Blueberry Muffins 
(gluten free, dairy free, nut free, cane-sugar free)

Ingredients:
Wet
-2 eggs room temperature (weighing 4.5 ounces in the shell)
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-1 cup canned full-fat coconut milk (room temperature)
-1/2 cup melted coconut oil
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla or plain stevia
-3/4 cup fresh blueberries 

Dry
-100 grams sorghum flour (3/4 cup + 2 level tablespoons)
-100 grams brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
-60 grams tapioca starch/flour (1/2 cup)
-1 teaspoon baking powder 
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum 
-1/2 teaspoon salt 

How To:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
1. In a medium bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients.  
2. Next, in a large bowl, add in the eggs, coconut sugar, coconut milk, vanilla, and stevia (please make sure everything is room temperature).  Beat on medium with a hand mixer for 30 seconds.  Drizzle in your coconut oil with the beaters running on low.  Beat on medium for 15 seconds.  
3.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Mix gently until incorporated   Then beat with mixers on medium for 15 seconds.  
4.  Fold in the blueberries.  
5.  Fill batter to the top of the muffin cups.  
6.  Bake for 18 minutes.  
7.  Remove muffin from tin and cool on rack.  
Makes 12 muffins

Notes:
*Due to the high coconut content in these muffins, they will stay moist at room temperature, but if they get cold, they will become stiff.  It’s warm here in my neck of the woods (high 80s to mid-90s).
*When baking, I suggest following the weight of the ingredients exactly. This might mean investing in a small kitchen scale.  I cannot guarantee results if the recipe is not followed as specified and measurements are not accuratejust sayin’.
*For wet ingredients use only a 1 cup glass Pyrex for measuring.  *For dry, use metal measuring cups.  And when measuring flours, spoon the flours into the measuring cup, then level off with a knife.  Never pack in the flour. 
*The muffins will stay moist for 3 or 4 full days at room temp in a container.  
*Oh, and I only use these large baking muffin cups.

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