Saturday, April 10, 2010

Special Brownies

½ cup butter
1 cup rapadura
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. Melt the butter. Combine all ingredients with a mixer and spread into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook. Top with homemade ice cream!

Coconut Oil Cookies

2 c. whole wheat pastry flour (Azure)
1 tsp. Baking soda (aluminum free)
½ tsp. Celtic sea salt
¾ cup brown sugar or (½ cup brown sugar and ¼ cup rapadura)
1 cup virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 cup quick oats
½ cup rolled oats
Chocolate Chips

In bowl, combine sugars, eggs, oil and extract. Mix well. Blend flour, soda and salt. Add flour mix to sugar mix. Stir well. Fold in oats and chocolate chips. Drop on greased stainless steel cookie sheet. Bake @ 325 for 8-10 minutes.

This is not a sugar free recipe. You can play with reducing the sugar amounts or subsitiuting other sweeteners. I have used this recipe and it goes over well with my husband who demands some real sugar!! At least its whole wheat and it gets him and the kids some healthy coconut oil.

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes

2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¾ cup milk
1/4 c. olive oil
¼ cup vinegar

Add ingredients in order given. Don’t beat too much. Optional: beat egg whites separately and add the whites last.

The vinegar seems like a strange ingredient but you cannot taste it in the pancakes. It reacts with the baking soda to make a very fluffy pancake. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

BTW: If you have never cooked pancakes use a medium low heat and drop the batter in the pan or on the griddle. Let dough spread out, then wait til the surface gets a little dull and bubbles rise up. Its time to flip then. Don't wait too long or they loose their fluffiness and get stiff.

Coconut Flaxseed Pancakes

1 ¼ cup white whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
¼ tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. flaxseeds, freshly ground (optional)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
2 Tbsp. Coconut oil, melted

Combine dry ingredients. Beat egg in 2 cup measuring cup, add milk to measure 1 ¼ cup. Add melted coconut oil to egg mixture while whisking. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and blend.

You can subsitute any flour I would think and you could use olive oil instead of coconut oil.

Curry Salad Dressing

3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp white vinegar
½ tsp garlic salt
¾ tsp. Curry powder
1 tsp. Prepared mustard
1 tsp. Lemon juice
(Maple syrup or stevia to sweeten if necessary)

Use a canning jar with lid to keep it in so you can shake it. I would not refrigerate it because the olive oil will solidify. If you do you need to remember to take it out of the fridge half hour before using.

Almost all store dressings have sugar or high fructose corn syrup in them and we are used to the sweet taste. If you need to just sweeten your with a little stevia or a few drops of Maple Syrup to wean yourself off the sweet taste.

Friday, April 9, 2010

100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

This recipe is adapted from the site. I am not happy about using the dough enhancer, but without it it does not rise nearly as well. I will update this listing when I figure out how to improve it.

Bread Machine:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbps. coconut oil
3 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp. dough enhancer
3 Tbsp. vital gluten
1 1/2 tsp. SAF instant yeast

1. Pour water into bread machine. Add the honey and coconut oil ( I don't melt the oil, it just melts when I add it to the warm water.)

2. Mix flour, salt, dough enhancer and gluten in a bowl. Add gently on top of water in the machine. Make a dent in the flour for the yeast.

3. Add yeast and start machine.

Whole Wheat Tortilla recipe

3 cups hard white whole wheat flour
1 cup water
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil

1. Combine flour, water, baking powder and salt in mixer. Stir and slowly add oil.
2. Knead together by hand.
3. Let rest 10 minutes.
4. Divide into 10 balls.
5. Roll each ball out on greased surface until very thin. Pick it up once or twice to get it even thinner.
6. Heat on dry cast iron griddle.