Saturday, January 29, 2011
I also made my almond/garbanzo bean flour pizza crust for him for the trip and he loves to eat it plain. We call it foccacia! Between the baked goods, Larabars, hummus, nuts, and dried fruits and veggies, we made it through our road trip without having to stop for food or snacks.
Posted by J. Carlin at 8:52 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
2 big tablespoons of peanut butter
2 teaspoons agave
2 tablespoons of coconut flakes
1 tablespoon of coconut flour
Mix it all together thoroughly.
Bake at lowest heat in the oven, or use a dehyrator, at least one hour, probably two hours is better, so that it can set and hold together as a bar.
You could also add raisins or goji berries or dates.
This made 3 big bars.
I hope you enjoy!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
2 scoops of peanut butter
Organic, wheat free, low sodium tamari sauce (I only use organic soy products because 90% of soy is genetically modified.) - you only need a little bit of this to your liking
agave nectar (I have a sweet tooth!)
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
unsweetened organic coconut milk
Heat them on low in a sauce pan until everything is combined and has the right consistency that you like (you can add more agave to make it sweeter, more coconut milk to make it thinner, etc.) I have learned not to be afraid to taste as I go and to modify and make changes as I go, too. I'm so glad because it didn't taste good at all at first, and then I realized that adding coconut milk instead of more tamari would make it much better, and it did!!
Then, add some kelp noodles and let them sit in the sauce on low heat for a few minutes until they are soft.
You can add any veggies that you like. You can steam or saute them first, or just use them raw.
Mix it all together, and enjoy! My tummy and my mouth are both very satisfied now!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
First of all, it's REALLY EASY to make these!! Trust me, it really is!
All you need is organic medjool dates and any nuts or seeds of your choosing.
It is optional to soak and then dry the nuts in a dehydrator. This takes many hours and you have to plan ahead.
My son likes the nuts ground really fine into a flour, like you see in the picture. I like them chopped into bigger pieces so that I can crunch them when I take a bite.
So, grind the nuts (you don't need many, just a small handful) to the consistency of your liking in a food processor or coffee/nut mill. The ones you see above are made with raw peanuts, cashews and hazelnuts, and the one in the middle has chia seeds added to the mix.
Slice the dates in half and take out the pits. I have made these using a food processor, but I find it much less messy, loud, and much easier to just chop them by hand. I use a sharp serated steak knife and chop them into several small pieces each. Then, I smush the pieces together by hand. Once the dates are smushed together into a ball, put them into a bowl. Then, take about the same size pile of nuts and mix them into the dates with your hands. Work them in thoroughly and then form them into a bar shape. That's it!! It's so easy! I store them in the refrigerator. You can wrap them in plastic wrap to form nice rectangular bar shapes if you want, too. After eating the homemade ones, my son and I don't even like the store bought ones anymore! Enjoy!!
I also made some with organic dried figs and they were delicious! Tasted like fig newtons!
Here's a link to some recipe resources for other flavors: http://www.healthhabits.ca/2010/06/18/homemade-larabar-recipes/
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Choose some nuts that you like. I used hazelnuts, peanuts and cashews.
Grind some into a flour. I use a coffee/nut grinder and it is so simple and only takes a minute to do. Don't over grind them or they will turn into a paste like peanut butter.
Choose another type of flour to add. I used a little buckwheat flour and a little garbanzo bean flour.
Mix all of the flours together.
Add just enough water so that it forms a dough (be careful not to make it too watery)
Spread the dough into a thin layer on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Cut lines to make squares.
Sprinkle salt on top if you want.
Bake in the oven until they are browned and crispy.
That's it! Isn't that easy? I've also recently made some crackers out of just seeds and it was basically done the same way. Grind the sunflower seeds into a flour, then mix in sesame and chia or whatever you want and some garlic and salt and bake them. Voila! Crackers! It's so easy!
It's only recently that I have started to make my own recipes for foods instead of borrowing other people's. I am so grateful to all of the amazing women out there whose blogs I have looked at for ideas for so long. It is because of them that I have found the confidence in myself to create my own! So, today I am happy to share my grain free/egg free pizza crust. I had been searching for a recipe, but couldn't find one that didn't have eggs, so I made it up! This was the pizza for my son as it fits his dietary needs right now. Here are the basics of what I did:
Grain Free/Egg Free Pizza Crust:
1 cup of blanched almond flour
1/3 cup of garbanzo bean flour
1/4 tsp aluminum free baking soda
dash of salt
about 1/2 tsp each of dried oregano and basil
garlic powder or fresh garlic (use to your liking)
enough almond milk to make a doughy consistency
1.5 tsp of chia seeds ground into a flour, then mixed with some water and allowed to sit for a few minutes to form a gel (this is the egg replacer)
Preheat oven to 375
Mix everything together in a bowl and then spread it out into a pizza shape on a piece of greased parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Allow to bake until bottom feels firm and inside isn't gooey.
Spread tomato sauce on top, and top with whatever else you like (we used Daiya cheese today)
Bake until for a few minutes until cheese is melted.
You could replace the garbanzo bean flour with another kind of flour. I think that the extra flour helped to hold it together better than when I've tried to make this with just almond flour alone.