Tuesday, August 16

{GF & Vegan Blueberry Oat Bread}

As an update, I am allowed to follow my regular diet now and how sweet it is to be eating more "normal" again.  I will do my best to never complain about my delicious diet ever again! Since then I have had such fun creating recipes, whenever wedding planning and work permit.  I created this moist loaf a bit ago and forgot to share it with you, so here it is! Try the rescipe or use it as a guide and  experiement.  Let me know how yours turns out! Any other baking risk takers out there? It's a favorite past time of mine to take a few recipes I find and combine their ideas or even to just gather some favorite ingredients from my pantry, pile them onto my little kitchen table and start playing.  I'm not a rule follower, nor an "in the lines" type of artist... 

Here's the steps for my yummy treat.  I loved using Almond and Coconut Flour in this; they are both full of protein and fiber and produce a yummy moistness to the treat.

P.S.  I always get my Almond Meal/Flour from Trader Joes.It's less than half the cost anywhere else!

{GF & Vegan Blueberry Oat Bread}

1/2 C Almond Meal/Flour
1/2 C Brown Rice Flour
1/4 C Coconut Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

1/4 C Grapeseed Oil
1/3 C Agave Syrup
1/3 C Unsweetend Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2 C Water or Almond Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Xanthum Gum

1 C GF Oats
1 tbsp Chia Seeds

Fresh or Frozen Organic Blueberries

Mix your dry and wet separately, then slowly pour the wet into the dry until well blended.  After this, gently mix in the Xanthum Gum.  Be careful not to overmix.  Xanthum Gum helps the batter rise, waht gluten usually does in baked goods.  The only downfall is that it can make your batter gummy, so avoid over stirring it.  Next fold in the Oats and Chia, then pour prepared batter into a greased loaf pan.  If you are using fresh blueberries you can fold them in with the Oats and Chia.  If you are using frozen berries, wait and carefully place them (with the help of a spoon) into the prepared batter in the loaf pan.  Otherwise the frozen berries will dye the loaf blue!  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a butter knife comes out clean from the center.  This tends to vary from oven to oven, I have found.   Let it cool and then slice and serve with a delicious buttery spread.

{For Other Yummy Treats}

Friday, August 5

{Local and Seasonal}

 A rich color of burgundy caught my eye right as I entered the market. Shiny and perfectly plump, I couldn’t help but sample one.  A sweet flavor filled my mouth and warm summer memories flooded my thoughts.  Yes, it’s really that wonderful time again, cherry season!

Many of you may have noticed a new "trend", signs for local and seasonal foods.  Well, it’s more than a trend, it’s a very healthy approach to life.  Here’s a bit about this wonderful movement:

Why eat seasonal? Well, a simple answer could be, it’s cost effective! It also means the produce will be ripe and at its sweetest and most flavorful point.  How do I know what is in season? A wise woman once told me, the best way to tell what produce is at its peak season is by seeing what’s on sale at your local market.  Farmers and markets typically have more than they know what to do with, so the produce is sold for fabulous bargains and you can eat it right away, enjoying the rich flavors!  A pretty nice little situation if you ask me. 

Why eat local? I believe in supporting the individuals that work hard to produce whole, nutritious and fresh foods.  It has become a lost art as norm of our culture is mass production.  The men and women that fight against the grain to provide quality food for their community should be supported and encouraged.  Thankfully, many markets have picked up on the grassroots movement towards local and seasonal foods.  Whether it’s supply and demand or profit-based, I am grateful for the turn our culture is taking.  We need to reevaluate what we are putting into our bodies and remember the age-old saying, “you are what you eat”.

So head on down to our local farmers market or health food store to find other delicious seasonal produce! Enjoy!
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