Buttery Almond Flour Bread

October 24th, 2018 | no comments

I’ve never been much of a bread girl. Just like pasta, I can take or leave it. However, a bowl of soup seems sadly incomplete without a slice of bread and butter.

In the past, crusty French or chewy sourdough were my go-to favs, but since I’ve made it a goal to minimize gluten in my diet, I had to find another option. Gluten-free breads are just OK, but they are loaded with carbohydrates…and to be honest, I’d much rather get my carbs from the beans in my chili or after-dinner chocolate than bread. Some aren’t willing to compromise their bread, and that’s A-OK. Look, I get it— I’m not willing to compromise my cheese…so don’t even try messing with it! 

Buttery Almond Flour Bread is not dense, crusty or chewy, but rather light and more “cake-like”. It pairs beautifully with a bowl of turkey chili or, as pictured here, White Bean-Chard Soup

If you’re like me and even looking at a slice of bread is enough to send your blood sugar busting through the roof, you’ll adore this bread all the more because it has only a mere gram (that’s one gram) of net carbohydrates per slice. 

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Buttery Almond Flour Bread
Buttery Almond Flour Bread is not dense, crusty or chewy, but rather light and more "cake-like". It pairs beautifully with a bowl of turkey chili or White Bean-Chard Soup.  With just one gram of net carbohydrates per slice, it is extremely gentle on your blood sugar. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Course Side Dish
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 6 large organic free-range eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. Kerrygold butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt
Course Side Dish
Servings
slices
Ingredients
  • 6 large organic free-range eggs, separated
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 4 tbsp. Kerrygold butter, melted
  • 1.5 cups Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-2 dashes Sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 9x5 loaf pan. Using a hand mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  2. Using hand mixer, beat egg yolks, butter, almond flour, baking powder and salt until combined (dough will be thick).
  3. Add 1/3 of the beaten egg whites to the almond flour dough mixture and mix together. Add the rest of the egg whites to the dough mixture and combine. Do not over mix!
  4. Add bread mixture to buttered pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 slice): Calories: 90; Total Fat: 8 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Sodium: 60 mg; Potassium: 21 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 2 grams; Dietary Fiber: 1 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 1 gram; Sugar: 0 grams ; Protein: 4 grams

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)

September 19th, 2018 | no comments

If you liked my recipe for Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins from last week, you’ll adore these muffins too! They sport the same fudge-like texture (thanks to the addition of beans) and are also gluten and dairy-free.

This recipe uses gluten-free quick oats vs. quinoa flakes, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) vs. bananas and pecans vs. walnuts. In addition, it uses pumpkin spice, which is essentially a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins pair nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). What a nice change of pace from plain old regular coffee!

Another shout out to Katie (www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com), as this recipe is modified from her Pumpkin Blender Muffins. 

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Maple Pecan Pumpkin Muffins (flourless)
A bean-based, flourless, and gluten/dairy-free muffin that pairs nicely with a veggie-loaded omelet or as an afternoon treat with a cup of pumpkin spice coffee (just sprinkle a few dashes of pumpkin spice into your coffee grounds before brewing). 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Course Breakfast, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree I like the Farmer's Market brand
  • 1 15-oz can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup + 2.5 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats, dry
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend pumpkin through baking soda until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in pecans.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups and smooth the tops with a butter knife. Bake 20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 195; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.8 grams; Sodium: 180 mg; Potassium: 230 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 20 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (9 grams added sugar from maple syrup); Protein: 6 grams

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins (flourless)

September 13th, 2018 | no comments

This muffin isn’t the typical crumbly, sponge-like muffin…so if you’re looking for that, you won’t dig this recipe. Because it’s made with beans (yep!) it has a dense, fudge-like consistency that is actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, it calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient “grain” that’s actually a seed.

Enjoy a Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffin for breakfast, paired with a hard-boiled egg and a mug of Golden Milk, or with a tall glass of my Gut-Loving Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

I adapted this recipe just slightly from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com. Thank you for this amazing creation Katie!

If you are on the fence about beans and quinoa in your muffins, give it a try anyway; I think you’ll like it.

PS: These freeze really well.

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Banana Walnut Breakfast Muffins
Because these muffins are made with beans (yep!) they have a dense, fudge-like consistency that's actually quite decadent! And instead of flour, the recipe calls for flaked quinoa— an ancient "grain" that's actually a seed. A gluten-free, dairy-free recipe the whole family can enjoy! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18-20 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes I like the "I Heart Keenwah" brand
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 medium banana, overripe (about 1/2 cup)
  • 15 oz. can Cannellini or Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/4 cup nut butter almond; pecan; walnut; peanut; sunflower; cashew butter (Any one will do; just make sure the only ingredient is the nut/seed. Salt is OK.)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line nine muffin cups or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a food processor, blend quinoa flakes through cinnamon until smooth. Transfer to mixing bowl and stir in walnuts.
  3. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups (don’t overfill or they will rise and then sink in the centers) and bake 18-20 minutes. They will look underdone, but will firm up if you let them sit for 20 minutes or so.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1 muffin): Calories: 190; Total Fat: 9 grams; Saturated Fat: 0.7 grams; Sodium: 150 mg; Potassium: 215 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 24 grams; Dietary Fiber: 5 grams; Net Carbohydrates: 19 grams; Sugar: 10 grams (8 grams added sugar from honey); Protein: 6 grams

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Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust

July 5th, 2018 | no comments

Seriously, I love pizza- the spicy sauce and ooey gooey cheese, topped with red onions, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil. But for the past couple of years I’ve gradually scooted gluten—the protein found in wheat, rye and barley—out of my diet, which means no pizza! 

I’ve attempted sweet potato-crust pizza, kale-crust pizza, and my favorite: cauliflower-crust pizza. Although delicious, cauliflower-crust pizza is a LOT of work! I jokingly asked my husband if he liked it, to which he replied “Oh YES!” My reply: “Well enjoy this one because I’m NEVER making it again!” 🙂 

Then I found a recipe for quinoa-crust pizza that really had me intrigued…but I have to say, I wasn’t overly optimistic.

I made a few adjustments in the recipe and am pleased to report that this pizza crust turned out beautifully, and is really easy to make. The only time-consuming step is soaking the quinoa, but if you begin the soak in the morning right after you wake up, it will be ready to use by dinnertime! 

Please note: I used pre-rinsed quinoa in this recipe. If you use quinoa that is not pre-rinsed, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer both before and after soaking. 

PS: Most pizza sauce on the market contains added sugar. Boo! Fortunately there are a (very select) few without. Rao’s Pizza Sauce contains no added sugar, only: Italian whole peeled tomatoes, Italian cherry tomatoes, olive oil, carrots, onions, salt, dried oregano, garlic, and basil.

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Garlicky Quinoa Pizza Crust
A better-for-you pizza crust made with just five simple ingredients. Serve it alongside a fresh arugula salad sprinkled with chopped veggies and toasted pumpkin seeds and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My favorite pizza toppings include: Pizza sauce (with no added sugar) or pesto sauce, shredded asiago and Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives, red onions, fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh basil. This recipe makes two small pizza crusts and yields six servings per pizza. 0 Earthfoods per serving.
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Servings
servings per pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups pre-rinsed quinoa I like Ancient Harvest brand
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place quinoa in a bowl and cover it with water (about one inch above quinoa). Let soak overnight or at least eight hours. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it through a fine mesh strainer before soaking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Drain quinoa very well. If not using pre-rinsed quinoa, you will have to rinse it again in this step.
  3. Place quinoa, water, salt, baking powder and garlic powder into a food processor and process for about two minutes until smooth in consistency.
  4. Line two 8- or 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper. To make it simple, place the cake pan on top of the parchment paper, draw an outline of it, cut it out, and place it into the cake pan. Pour one tablespoon of oil into each pan atop the parchment paper and then pour the batter evenly into both cake pan atop the oil, smoothing it out evenly.
  5. Bake the crusts for 15 minutes. Carefully flip the crusts over, remove the parchment paper and bake for another five minutes.
  6. Top the pizzas as desired. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until your toppings have cooked through. Cool, cut, and serve!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving (1/6 of one pizza not including sauce or toppings)Calories: 110Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat:  0.3 g; Sodium: 275 mg; Potassium: 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 16 g; Dietary fiber: 2 g; Net Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Sugar: 2 g (no added sugar); Protein: 3 g

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