Sunday, December 13, 2015

"Chocolate chip bread"

  • 2 cups grated fresh zucchini/pumpkin/butternut squash
  • 1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar or other granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light olive oil, melted coconut oil, or any light tasting oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (this reacts with the soda for rise)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup millet flour 
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon x-gum 
  • ½ cup chocolate chips 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the zucchini/squash, applesauce, sugar, oil, and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Sprinkle in the dry ingredients in order over the top,
  4. Carefully whisk the dry ingredients together before incorporating the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips, and the lemon juice/ACV.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes for a regular loaf. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean, and you may need to bake longer to achieve this (moisture content of squash will vary).
  8. Cool for 10 minutes and invert on a cooling rack to cool he rest of the way.

pull apart apple bread

Original recipe from here
I am just recording what i changed so i won't forget, and of course in case the recipe disappears as so often happens when i find one i like on another blog ...  

I want to try using this dough for cinnamon rolls, or some kind of chocolate chip version of this bread..

* 1 3/4 cup sorghum
* 3/4 cup millet
* 3/4 cup tapioca starch
* 3/4 cup potato starch
* 1¼ cup + 2 tbsp milk of choice
*  2½ tsp yeast
* 3 tsp xanthan
* ½ tsp salt
* ¾ cup sugar
* 2 Tbsp melted vegetable shortening/earth balance spread Filling
* 3 Tbsp shortening/butter substitute
* 1-2 apples sliced thin
* ¾ cup brown sugar
* 2½ tsp cinnamon
Glaze (optional)
* 1 cup powdered sugar
* 4 tsp water

1. Heat ¼ cup of milk of choice to 100 degrees. Add yeast and set aside for until foaming.
2. Mix all dry ingredients for the dough. Combine yeast, melted shortening and remaining milk of choice.
3. Vigorously mix ingredients by hand for 10 minutes or stand mixer for 5 minutes to help activate gum. Cover bowl and let dough rest for 10 minutes. Work on apples while waiting.
4. Wash, peel and core apples. Thinly slice apples into small bite size bits, set aside until needed.
5. Lightly grease a sheet of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet. With greased hands, gently press out dough to form a rectangle approximately 16x20 inches.
6. Lightly spread shortening over entire dough. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar and evenly sprinkle over entire dough (reserve 2 Tbsp for sprinkling on top)
7. Slice dough into 6 equal rows lengthwise (right to left) and 4 equal columns width wise (top to bottom)
8. Gently drop apple bits over entire dough in a single layer. (You'll have a little apples left over)
9. Carefully move each square into a 9 x 5 inch bread pan stacking upon one another. For the last end piece, make sure the filling side is down so the it won't stick to the pan. Sprinkle with remaining filling.
10. Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm area for 20 minutes. (do not allow dough to double in size or risk collapse during baking)
11. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until top turns golden brown and internal temp reaches 190 degrees F. Remove from oven and allow to sit in the pan to steam another 10 minutes before removing to fully cool on a wire rack.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Elderberry gummies

Elderberry Gummies 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened elderberry "juice" (recipe below)
  • 2 tbs orange juice
  • 3 tbs raw honey 
  • 2 tbs gelatin 
  • a little vitamin C powder (optional for added immune boosting power) 
combine all ingredients (add gelatin slowly or it will clump) and then heat just enough to melt the gelatin, pay attention not to get it 'hot' or you'll cook out the goodness of the raw honey! you should be able to stick your finger in and taste it.   - I almost never make this little, i usually at least triple this recipe and use ice cube trays to make the gummies.  (I spray them with coconut oil to ease removal) I give one 1/2-1 tbs gummy to each of my kids every day with their vitamins.

Elderberry syrup/juice 

1/2 cup elderberries (dried, or whole cup fresh) 
3 cups of water 

bring water to a boil, add elderberries, reduce to a simmer for 45 mins.  once cooled, add 1 cup honey to make elderberry syrup (great for sore throats/coughs immune boosting etc) or leave out the honey and make gummies!  you can freeze the gummies (or the juice, though i've never tried that!)  the honey will act as a preservative for a while but it is best to freeze if you know you won't be using the gummies or syrup within a few weeks. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015


4lbs ground beef
1/4 cup flax meal 
2-4 tbs spinach powder 
1 tbs zucchini powder
2 tbs Italian seasoning 
2 tbs minced garlic  
1 can tomato paste + 1-2 cans water
Garlic salt to taste 

Roll into balls, place on parchment paper on a jelly roll pan and bake at 350 for 20 mins 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Zuchinni Breads and cakes

3 great recipes that i will someday remember to update with my pictures and modifications - a few quick things that will make sense after you read all the recipes --  I always puree my zuchinni, these recipes are interchangeable with pumpkin and while they are good as is they taste WAY BETTER with pumpkin puree (fresh/frozen/dehydrated are all better than canned)..  maple syrup can be subbed for honey or coconut/regular sugar - the cake works with all coconut flour but the breads do better with minimal coconut flour and more millet/rice/sorghum - the apple sauce can be subbed for more zuc or pumpkin

Chocolate Zuc Bread

Chocolate Chip Zuc Bread

Chocolate Chip zuc cake

Green Tomato Muffin recipe (VEGAN/GF)

2 cups pureed green tomatoes
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1 cup coconut sugar
2 flax eggs (1T flax meal + 3T water = 1 flax egg)
2 cups GF flour (I did a 1/8cup Tapioca Starch, the rest millet or sorghum flour)
1/4 t Salt
1.5 t baking soda
1t ground nutmeg
1t ground cinnamon 
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350

Mix wet & dry (except nuts) ingredients in separate bowls,  then combine and add nuts be careful not to over mix

Immediately and carefully transfer to greased muffin tins (this recipe makes about 18-20 muffins)

Bake for 20-25 mins

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Flats Challenge Day 7

Today is the last day of the 4th annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  During the challenge, moms all over the country have used flats and hand washed them.  The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness and spread the word that cloth diapers are a viable option for families struggling to afford clean diapers for their babies, even for those who may not have access to a washer and dryer.

This year's challenge was really nothing new for me - this is my 4th year participating, and *yay* my 4th year completing the challenge. After last year's flats and handwashing challenge - I didn't keep hand washing (as I had considered) but I did line dry much of the year - even indoors.  I changed my diapering routine, I used flats and covers until my little man was about 9 months old, then he got REALLY wiggly and strong so i switched to flats and pockets. I wouldn't have switched just because he was trying to crawl away at every diaper change, but I did because I HAD a whole stash of pockets.  After a few months of using pockets stuffed with flats I started to go back to flats and covers at home and pockets for while we're out and for nap time.  I think I will go back to that routine. It feels weird to do the flats and handwashing challenge and not feel like it has changed me - So, how many challenges does it take before it doesn't even mess with your routine to hand wash and use flats for a week? 

4, the answer is 4.  

This year my hand washing routine was a little different.  I washed my diapers in the afternoon instead of in the morning. (yeah, so mostly exactly the same..)  I dried them mostly indoors overnight (only one day did i get around to hanging them outside).  I've heard a lot of complaining about drying indoors but it works fine for me, even when I forget to turn on a fan everything is dry in the morning.   

This system is doable.  Doable as in I could make it work full time for myself - I don't know what i would do with all the other laundry if I didn't have a washer and dryer, but I'm sure I would work that out as well - and being set up to hand wash a small load just might make that easier too.  Hand washing fit in with my other kitchen chores. (dishes, sweeping etc) I didn't feel pressured to get them washed and dry by a certain time because i had so.many.flats.  I think a stash of 2-3 dozen flats is a good idea - they are so inexpensive, it is worth it to be able to give yourself some wiggle room on washing and be able to use one as a cleaning rag, or doubler without having to worry about running out.  I had less help from my kids this year - my 8 year old helped twice, and then she got over it and i just did it myself.  Wringing the diapers didn't seem as hard this year, but I had 7-8 diapers in a load instead of the 12 i had last year so that probably explains that - I also feel like i've finally perfected my wringing skills.  

I did feel a bit silly at times this year, throwing a load of laundry in the washer and then washing diapers in the sink.  Though in a way it was like multitasking and it all got done faster in the end.  I feel like my napkins and my big kids' night time super-undies (cloth overnight 'pull ups') got cleaner this week because they were in the washer without a dozen diapers.  Thinking about that makes me want to keep hand washing my flats - they really do get just as clean, and as i said last year, it shaves hours and hours off the time my washer is running.  In order to make the loads smaller, i would have to wash diapers in the washer EVERY DAY and that would leave not enough time for regular laundry.. or I would be doing laundry pretty much all the time.  What felt extra silly was when we got poop on a diaper cover and could have EASILY thrown it in a load of laundry that I had just started, but instead I waited until later to hand wash it and then it wasn't dry in time to use it for bedtime. (I had other covers for bedtime, so no big deal) 

Ok. now that i wrote this out, just like last year - hand washing diapers (part time or as is actually needed) is sounding like a real option that i am actually considering.  I think I will leave my wet pail of borax-y water under the sink for now and see if i use it. 


And PS. once again, blogging is harder to keep up with than the actual challenge.  I even skipped a day (no day 6, ha! didn't notice, did you?) It is much harder to fit in quiet time to think and type than it is to throw some diapers in the kitchen sink.