Saturday, March 24, 2012

Healthy Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Muffins

Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (~3 bananas)
semisweet chocolate chips
pecans

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, honey, yogurt and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas, chocolate chips, pecans. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Honey Strawberry Oat Bread

I always watch chick flicks and have sleepovers with my friend Dora, who is also a health nut. When she told me about making bread without sugar, I was admit I was skeptical but curious. I had never tried oat flour either, but it was always on my cooking bucket list. Needless to say, the bread turned out absolutely delicious, and the best part is I feel no guilt eating it whatsoever!

This our modified version, adapted from Allrecipes. We made a half batch but this is the full recipe (2 loaves)

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups oat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup oats
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups fresh strawberries
2 cup chopped almonds

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 8x4 inch loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats.
In a large bowl, mix together honey, vegetable oil, eggs, and milk. Mix in flour mixture until just moistened. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.

Divide batter into prepared pans equally. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the loaves comes out clean.
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