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"Usually the Lord gives us the overall objectives to be accomplished and some guidelines to follow, but he expects us to work out most of the details and methods." -Ezra Taft Benson-







Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amazing little GF muffins

I accidently found this recipe this morning. I now have so many food restrictions that it is getting more difficult to find fun things to eat. this little gem is flour free! Can be made sugar free! The texture is like a light fluffy muffin! Love it. Unfortunately this is not a nut free recipe. But there are so many options out there for nut and seed butters. No, you may not use cow butter or ghee. Sorry.

I found this amazing recipe over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. A great site for those looking for better options. I will post the recipe as is posted on the site, then put in my changes at the end. I highly recommend you visit the site, lots of great stuff over there.


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins or 24 mini muffins
Serving Size: 1 regular muffin or 2 mini muffins
Recipe adapted from The Sweet Spot
Ingredients
  • 1 cup nut butter - you can buy nut butters here
  • 2 medium sized bananas (The more ripe, the sweeter!)
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (try making your own!)
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey(or other sweeteners such as maple syrup, stevia, etc.)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Toppings: dehydrated unsweetened coconut flakes, raisins, flaxseed, dark chocolate chips, cinnamon, and/or anything else you can think of. I added even more tupelo honey ;) Feel free to lather on apple butter, strawberry preserves, or even more peanut butter. Ever heard of carrot jam? It's very tasty with this snack, too!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. You can also use a stick blender if you have one.
  3. Blend until well mixed.
  4. Pour batter into a greased muffin tin. You can also use a mini muffin tin to make 24 mini muffins.
  5. Add additional toppings of your choice to each muffin and lightly stir into each cup
  6. Cook time: 15 minutes for full size muffins and 10 minutes for mini muffins.
  7. Reheat in a toaster oven for about 4 minutes at 350 degrees F, or eat at room temperature.
Notes: I first made this in a half batch. I used half almond and have peanut butter. I used 1 1/2 TBS RAW honey, and I added 1/4 cup mini gf chocolate chips. I also used my stick blender to blend them.

What I would do next time: use a riper banana (mostly brown almost black), only use peanut butter. Taste the batter and check for sweetness.. maybe use a little more honey, but using a riper banana will help with sweetness as well.

The texture was NOT rubbery, was NOT dense, WAS light and fluffy, like a normal muffin.

This one is being printed and being put into my GF recipe file.

Definetly also check out Averie Cooks  These little GF puffs look very promising, although not dairy free, I am wondering if they can be made with a dairy free alternative. Like dairy free sour cream (for those who are DF). 
 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

GO HAWKS!

Football season is upon us!! So is high school wrestling season!!

For wrestling, we only have a few more weeks before State Championships!! So proud and happy for the boys in our ward. They should all make it to state! Two of my girls saw their first wresting match the other day.. THEY LOVED IT!!  "Wow Mom, you were Wrestling manager in High School, you were so lucky"  "It looks like so much fun!"  (OH it is, and then some!!) I was very lucky to be the wrestling manager and I absolutely loved it! I loved keeping score, I loved taking pictures for coach, I loved bandaging the guys up, I hated shoving tampons up their bloody noses, but hey it worked! I even loved washing the singlets, straps and towels, and then repacking bags for the next meet! I know I was crazy. But I love, LOVE Coach! He respected that I wanted to wrestle too, but I respected that he thought it was wrong for boys and girls to wrestle each other. (I actually strongly agree! They have parts I don't want to accidently grab, and I have parts I know I didn't want to have grabbed).. Long time ago, but why does it feel like just the other day?

Anyway, tomorrow the SeaHawks play the Packers, for a spot at the Super Bowl!!  Am I excited? Not as much as I am about my kids being on the Sports Med team at the High School Wrestling Invitational today!! Nothing like a couple dislocated shoulders, broken noses, sprained wrists, broken wrist, sprained ankles, and a few scratches and mat burns.  Fun.. I missed it..

Instead, I kept myself overly busy with..... canning!!!!  I know crazy as usual. I need chicken broth, so I picked up some rotisserie chickens, boned them, canned the meat, and have the bones and skins in the crock pot so I may can the broth tomorrow. After canning the chicken, I canned up 3 quarts + (4) 1.5 pints of pinto beans, and now I have 8 pints of hamburger in the canner!

While I worked on this Hubby and DS worked on the sewing/storage room/closet. It's almost done!!  Then I will be able to hopefully get back to sewing.. if baby ever takes a long enough nap.

Right now that is all that is going on here.. Stocking up on stuff, kids eating it all, getting ready to send one to college, and hopefully another one or two also.. Trying to keep my wits about me.. they've escaped again by the way....