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Healthy Gluten Free Cocoa Granola Bars

February 12, 2013

Healthy gluten free chocolate granola barsThis is a more chocolatey variation on my original Gluten Free Granola Bars from about three years ago. Despite the fact that those original bars were so amazing that I couldn’t stop eating them, I never made them again. But they stuck in my mind. And I’d been wanting to try a more chocolatey version for my husband.

I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly, because I went to two stores and couldn’t find a new bag of gluten free flour, so I had to add almond flour to compensate. Plus, I didn’t have any puffed amaranth seeds.

So, why are these healthy? I know that everyone has a different opinion of what’s healthy and what’s not. Personally, I’m doing the Whole 30 this month, which is basically paleo, so I’m not eating any grains at all. I still consider these to be “healthy” because they’re refined-sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Plus, they’re loaded with nuts and seeds. I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole “superfood” concept, but some people consider nuts and seeds to be superfoods: they’re high in protein and vitamins, and they have good fat.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Doves Farm Gluten Free flour
  • 1 cup Almond flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup Mixed nuts, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut
  • 1 cup Mixed seeds (I make my own blend of sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, poppy, and both brown and golden flax seeds)
  • 1/2 t. Sea salt
  • 1 t. Xanthan gum

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Honey
  • 2 t. Vanilla
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325°F/165° C.

Lightly grease or use a Silpat to line a cookie sheet.

In a large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients separately, then add to dry and mix well.

Lightly press mixture into the prepared sheet, spreading it out evenly, about 1 cm. thick.

Bake for 29 minutes, or until done. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.

Enjoy! These bars are amazingly delicious, and very healthy!

Healthy Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins 2.1

November 13, 2012

This is an updated version of a previous recipe, which dates back a year and a half ago, which dates back to August 2010. The basic recipe is below. Sometimes I add chocolate chunks, other times I ad 1/4 cup of shredded coconut.

And sometimes I turn them into healthy chocolate cupcakes: I frost them with a healthy frosting made of unsweetened coconut cream, honey, and cocoa.

Everyone has a different definition of what is healthy. So, why do I think this recipe is healthy? It’s gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free. I use honey rather than sugar, though you could also use dark brown muscovado sugar if you like. It’s also got very little flour in it, and it’s packed full of nuts and seeds. Lots of fiber! Each muffin is a healthy snack on its own, perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1  cup Dove’s Farm Gluten Free white bread flour (or other gluten free flour blend)
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Nut milk (I make my own in the Vitamix)
  • 1/3 cup Peanut butter, unsweetened (You can also substitute hazelnut or almond butter, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Mixed crushed nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc. )
  • 1/2 cup Mixed Seeds (flax, sesame, sunflower, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa nibs (Optional; it doesn’t make much of a difference if you can’t find them)
  • 2 t. Vanilla extract
  • 1 t. Baking powder
  • 1/2 t. Salt

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

Line muffin tins with your muffin liner of choice.

In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together moist ingredients, except the nut butter. Slowly add the blend of dry ingredients to the moist, mixing lightly until just combined. (Yes, in theory I do it this way. In reality, I just mix it all together, leaving the nut butter separate.)

Divide batter among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full. Drop a small spoonful of nut butter in the middle of each one, on top. If you have leftover batter, add it to the muffin cups. Bake for about 17 minutes. This recipe should make 12 muffins. If I have extra batter (usually because I’ve added something extra like coconut), I fill a glass ramekin or two with the extra and bake them along with the muffins.

If you’ll be frosting, let them cool before doing so. The healthy frosting recipe I mentioned above doesn’t take the heat well, so the frosted version is not good for carrying with you as a snack away from home. Unless you don’t mind a mess. :)

Enjoy!

Moroccan Lemon-Olive Tagine

August 3, 2012

We’re currently in Morocco, and both my husband and I have had birthdays down here so far. For his birthday, I made a lemon-olive tagine. The recipe below is almost an exact replica of this recipe, with some added comments and adjustments on my part. This is a long post, and it’s really not that complicated, but it does take a long time to cook so it’s a good idea to prepare this in advance.

These are the official measurements. In reality, I just grated some ginger and sprinkled the ras al hanout over the tagine. I used a bit more smen…probably a tablespoon. And I left the olives out as this was a birthday dinner for my husband, and he hates olives. But the traditional dish is with lemon and olives.

If you’re not actually in Morocco when making the dish, you might have trouble finding the smen (Moroccan preserved butter) or the preserved lemons, which are easy to find in any Moroccan grocery store. Try looking online for alternatives (try using butter instead of smen), or for a recipe on how to preserve the lemons. Apparently it’s not difficult.

The almonds were my own addition. I found some nice slivered almonds at the grocery store that morning, and thought they might be a nice replacement for the olives.

Read more…

Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins 2.0

January 22, 2012

This is an updated version of a previous recipe, which dates back a year and a half ago, when we were still living in Argentina. As you’ve noticed, I haven’t been experimenting much in the kitchen. Partly because shortly after arriving here, I discovered this great gluten free flour mix, and partly because I just haven’t been baking all that much.

The muffins to the left look different because I sprinkled crushed nuts on top of some of them, and added the nut butter to others. The basic recipe is below.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Dove’s Farm Gluten Free white bread flour

1 cup Honey

3 Eggs

3/4 cup Homemade plain yogurt, unsweetened (if you go dairy-free, just use water or nut milk)

1/3 cup Peanut/Hazelnut/Almond butter, unsweetened

1/2 cup Olive oil

1/2 cup Mixed crushed nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, etc. )

1/2 cup Mixed Seeds (flax, sesame, sunflower, etc.)

1/4 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened

1/4 cup Cocoa nibs

2 t. Vanilla extract

1 t. Baking powder

1/2 t. Salt

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

Line muffin tins with paper liners, or use silicone liners (I’m still unclear as to how I feel about silicone baking ware, but for the moment I’m using it anyway).

In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together moist ingredients, except the nut butter. Slowly add the blend of dry ingredients to the moist, mixing lightly until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups, filling about 3/4 full. Drop a small spoonful of nut butter in the middle of each one, on top. Bake until a knife comes out clean, about 20 minutes. This recipe should make about 12 muffins, plus a bit extra. I usually fill two glass ramekins with the extra and bake them along with the muffins.

Enjoy!

Soul Food for Women

April 18, 2011

And yes, it’s yet another inspirational event here in the London area. If you’re in the area and are interested, consider trying this out as a way to stretch out of your comfort zoneshake up your social life or spice up your exercise plan.

Invitation to LAUNCH PARTY: SOUL FOOD FOR WOMEN

 – RECEIVE AN INSPIRATIONAL NOVEL AS A GIFT –

“Soul Food for Women”, a new, women-only soulful social networking group will launch in Kingston on May 10th.

Founder Susanne Meis, said: “Life can feel like All Work and no Play as women tend to look after everybody else and put themselves last. Actively scheduling time to focus on female Wellbeing is absolutely vital.”

“The new Soul Food for Women group welcomes all women to meet in a beautiful space to nourish their Female Wellbeing through joyful & easy holistic Dance, friendly group chanting, shared laughter and inspiration. You will feel nurtured, inspired and uplifted – ready to take on the world again!”

The free Launch Party takes place at Market House, Market Place, Kingston from 8-10pm.

Register & receive inspirational gift novel at www.nia-in-surrey.com

Space limited. Register now!

The Abundant Thinking Programme

April 18, 2011

Are you transforming your beliefs about money? Here’s another great tip: I just heard about this event that’s centrally located at the St. Stevens Club near St. James Park in London, and wanted to let you know about it. It sounds amazing!

Attention: Coaches, Consultants and Solo Entrepreneurs

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to slipstream into success while you take the rocky road to getting by?

Always have “just enough” but don’t know where you are going wrong?

Do your dreams of success seem modest yet still remaintantalizingly out of arms reach?

Have you tried countless things to build your business but seem to curiously remain stuck and below your expectations?

Want to learn how to turn abundant thinking into here and now reality?

You may not be aware that your beliefs, issues and emotions around money could be sabotaging your business success. We all carry a weight of issues, expectations and even fears around the subject of money. Yet there are some powerful ways in which you can harness the laws of attraction which could enhance not just your business profile but show real financial increases.

The Awesome Elevation of Abundant Thinking event is a unique four-hour programme designed to unlock your potential for prosperity and to harness the money-magnetising energy that could currently be alluding you and your business.

Held at the St Stephen’s Club – 9am-1pm, on 2nd June 2011, you can expect to learn:

  • Where the toxic thoughts lie as obstacles to financial success in your business and personal life
  • How to re-orientate your thoughts to create new financial possibilities
  • Design an Abundancy Programme you can implement that very day
  • Create a follow on plan for ongoing financial freedom
  • Learn the secrets to effortless abundance attraction 

Click here to sign up. 

Effortless Energy Experience

April 15, 2011

I just heard about this event near Epping Forest, and wanted to let you know about it, in case any readers are from that area. It sounds amazing, and I hope it will be run again in the future, because I can’t make this date. Enjoy!

Do you feel like you’re running on empty and need time out to recharge your batteries?

Do you have good intentions to look after yourself only to find they get lost in the midst of demands on your time and attention?

If you are wondering whether there’s another way…

Then join us for the Effortless Energy Experience!

During this one-day workshop you will experience

  • Simple techniques to relieve stress and tension
  • The enormous benefits of taking time out for yourself (and how not to feel guilty about it!)
  • The limitless reservoir of energy available to you
  • A special resource within you which makes life effortless and easy
  • How to do less and be more

What: The Effortless Energy Experience
When: Sunday, May 22, 2011 10:00 AM

Price: GBP55.00 per person

Where: Oriental Therapies
98a Hermon Hill E18 1QB
London
07855 357167

We are delighted to offer this workshop in a unique location near Epping Forest (only 20 minutes from Liverpool Street Station by Tube). Oriental Therapies provides an exceptional environment, combining workshop venue with idyllic Oriental Garden.

Nourishing our energy involves nourishing our tummies! Wellbeing is enhanced by nutritious, high energy food that tantalises the tastebuds and satisfies the senses. During the day you will enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired organic lunch provided by Bite Entertainment.

We are offering an exceptional package including energy-enhancing workshop, delicious food and drinks in stunning surroundings for an investment of only £75. A whole day of energising bliss – just for you!

Early Bird Offer – book before 30th April and pay only £55!

For more details see www.effortlessenergy.co.uk/experience

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