Healthy and Great tasting Breads/Rolls

 

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I have been on the hunt once again for a bread or roll – something that actually tastes like a bread.  I found a couple things here from “alldayidreamabout food.com

Garlic Parmesan Knots   Really Good.  These are made with Mozzarella cheese as part of the dough.  I couldn’t believe it.  Never heard of it before, but wow, was it good.

MultiPurpose Low Carb Bread Recipe   – I made this as a pan bread, but it didn’t turn out the first time, so I made some rolls instead using this recipe and it turned out great.  I think the problem I had with the pan bread is that I did  not bake it long enough.

Chocolate Walnut Swirls – If you need something sort of sweet, this is the ticket.

Blueberry Loaf:

I can’t remember where I got this recipe.  too bad because it was very good, and I would really like to give the author of this recipe credit.  If I come across it again, I will be sure to let you know.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 7 tbsp truvia mix (or 7 tablespoons of your favorite sweetener like erythritol, monks fruit, etc.
  • 3 tbsp oil (I used avocado oil)
  • 4 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and 7 tbsp truvia mix
  • combine oil, heavy cream and vanilla
  • mix dry and wet ingredients together with a whisk.  batter will be thick
  • pour blueberries on top and gently fold into the batter
  • line a loaf pan with  parchment paper and spread the batter in evenly
  • bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes making sure to turn the loaf pan at about 30 minutes in
  • let cool

If you make mini muffins instead of the loaf bread, bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes until tops are golden brown.

serves 8, 221 calories for bread

serves 24, 74 calories each for mini muffins

ok, this should give you something to try.  hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Grain free Brownies and Chocolate Chip Cookies

It has been awhile since I posted any recipes, but it has taken me 18 months to finally find a great brownie recipe and chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Coconut Flour Browniesimage

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (I used 1/4 cup raw honey and 1/4 cup Erythritol Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

mix all together and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes – put in 8 x 8 pan.  it is not very thick so you may even want to double the recipe.

I then melted butterscotch chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips to spread on top

If I had to rate this from 1-10 based on how it tastes compared to my regular flour and sugar brownie recipe I would say a 10.

I found this recipe on the Honeyville site.

Chocolate Chip Cookiesimage

This recipe came from the  wellness Mama blog site

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used the Erythritol sugar)
  • pinch of salt  (1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used both butterscotch and chic. chips)
  • I added nuts and coconut

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes – approx. 18 cookies

  • Blend dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda in a large bowl
  • Add stick of butter and mix well
  • Add egg and vanilla to mixture
  • Add chocolate chips and anything else you desire

Roll 1 inch balls by hand and place on baking sheet with parchment paper

Do not flatten cookie – they will bake up really soft in the middle if you leave them in the rounded shape.

Bake until they start to get brown on the top and then remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes.

Eat and enjoy—I would probably rate these an 8.5 in comparison to the flour and sugar recipe I had for chocolate chip cookies.

 

Chocolate Muffins- Grain free

I have got to say, these are the best.  I am on my second batch.  The woman who created this recipe calls herself the “recipe Hacker”.  Boy, she is good.  She created these because she loved the big chocolate muffins at Costco.

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Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup dark chocolate (I put in 2/3 cup dark chocolate)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (I put in 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 (15 oz) can beets, drained (I put in 2/3 cup applesauce the second time around and liked it better)
  • one cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line 12 muffin tins with liners.
  2. Combine the dark chocolate, coconut oil and honey in a small pot (I put it in the microwave)
  3. combine the melted chocolate mixture, eggs, vanilla and almond extract and beets in a food processor.  pulse until smooth. (or applesauce)
  4. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in the food processor.
  5. Mix the chocolate chips into the batter with a large spoon. Bake for 20 minutes or until baked through.

From realhealthyrecipes.com

Italian Pasta Dough & Alfredo Sauce

I am kind of into Italian food and this is super excellent.  The Alfredo Sauce is from Mr. Alfredo himself.  If you do not have the 00 flour, the source I am giving you has a recipe on her site using wheat flour.

Pasta Dough

  • image1 1/2 cups 00 Flour
  • 1/4 cup semola or semolina flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

serves 4-5 people

  1. Place flour on wooden board – make a well in the center of mound of flour
  2. crack the eggs into the center of the well and add the olive oil and salt
  3. take a fork and beat the eggs and other ingredients in the center of the well, slowly mixing in flour until dough is all blended.  (before you mix in the entire amount of flour check the dough to see if it is still sticky or not, if so, keep adding in the flour, if not, push the remaining flour aside)
  4. once your ball of dough is firm you can begin kneading.  The more you knead the dough the more flexible it becomes.  approx 10-15 minutes.
  5. place dough in plastic wrap or in a bowl covered with plastic wrap and let it rest for at least one hour or as long as 3 days in the fridge.  (I let mine rest for three hours).
  6. roll out pasta dough and shape it, dust with flour, cover and seal so it doesn’t dry out – good for 24 hours if you don’t want to use it right away
  7. salt the boiling water for 1# of noodles, use 2 1/2 -3 quarts water.  add one tablespoon salt and bring to a boil
  8. cook only a few minutes.  I think I cooked mine for approx 5-6 minutes.  the recipe said 3-4 minutes.
  9. drain and rinse with cool water for a couple of seconds.

Alfredo Sauce

  • 12 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated parmigiano
  • less than 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • salt to taste
  1. melt butter on low heat
  2. slowly add the cream and let simmer for one minute, it will thicken slightly
  3. sprinkle with nutmeg and salt
  4. remove from heat and add parmigiano cheese

immediately add your noodles to this mixture and serve.

This was the Best Fettuccine Alfredo I think I have ever made.

I forgot to take a picture but when I make it again, I will add it.

pasta-recipes-by-italians.com

Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

For those who cannot have grains in your diet, here is a really good muffin recipe.  Very low carb…in fact approx 3 carbs per muffin if you have 12 to a batch, which this makes; good fats and little sugar.

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
  • 1/2 Cup coconut flour
  • 2-3 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey (I use truvia Mix)
  • I added nuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil or use muffin tins
  3. Put all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix well
  4. let sit 5 minutes
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes, (I did 20 minutes)
found this recipe at wellnessmama.com

 

Grain Free Banana Breadimage

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (55 grams)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (50 grams)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp stevia OR 15-20 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 oz walnuts (1/4 cup)

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup mashed over-ripe bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 7.5″ x 3.5″ pan
  • whisk dry ingredients
  • in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla
  • add dry ingredients to wet ingredients using a hand-held mixer
  • fold in the bananas and nuts
  • put in pan and bake 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean

16 slices, 123 calories ea. 10 g fat, 6 carb, 2 sugar, 2 fiber, 3 protein.

found at Healing Gourmet

French Baguette Recipe

I didn’t know it was really possible to mimic the French Baguette, but, once I found the “00” Flour, I found a french recipe and it was absolutely delicious, according to my husband, who is the ultimate food critic.  I found this recipe at instructables.com

French Baguette Recipe

  • 18 oz of Bread flour or “Caputo 00 Flour”
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast or 1/3 oz of fresh yeast
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 12.5 oz waterimage
  1. Measure your bread flour into large bowl.
  2. Add salt
  3. Add yeast to flour and crumble into the flour
  4. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the water
  5. Fold the water and flour mix together
  6. plop your shaggy mess of dough onto a wooden board and try to avoid adding more flour or your bread will be tough and hard to rise.
  7. Initially try to incorporate any flour that was left in your bowl and then push and pull the dough, start folding it over itself, then change directions and fold again.  Keep doing this.  It adds air to the mix, and activates the gluten and the yeast.
  8. Keep kneading and folding the dough until it becomes elastic and stretchy.  This process usually takes about 10 minutes
  9. once the dough is smooth and elastic and activated, fold it in quarters a final time, making a big loose ball (you want the air pockets to stay in your folds)
  10. Put the ball in a lightly greased bowl and roll it once to coat the bread with butter or fat of your choice.
  11. cover with a lint free tea towel or cover bowl in plastic.
  12. put somewhere warm and draft free to rise
  13. rest the dough for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  14. once the dough has risen, scoop out of the bowl and divide into two pieces.
  15. roll into baguettes by pressing each piece into a rectangle

  1. Flip your baguette over and place on a lightly floured lined baking tray, seam side down.
  2. Once on the tray, use a sharp knife to make 5-7 diagonal slices in the top of the loaf
  3. cover your prepped baguette with a lint free towel and let rise for about an hour in a warm spot
  4. during the last ten minutes or so of your rise, preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Bake your loaves at 450 for approx 30 minutes until they are a rich golden brown.
  6. for a crunchier, thicker crust, spritz your oven with a few squirts of water just before you add the bread or place an oven safe bowl of hot water in the rack below the bread
  7. enjoy

 

 

Authentic Italian Pizza

My Husband, who is Italian, has been asking me to find a real Italian Pizza Crust recipe, and I found it.  Made it twice and it bakes up thin and crispy just the way he likes it.

Authentic Italian Pizza
Authentic Italian Pizza

The trick is in the flour.  European flour is totally different than what we have in the United States.  So I ordered it from Amazon….Caputo 00 flour.

Makes dough for 4 pizzas, each one about 12 inches in diameter.

  • 600 ml of warm water (approx 2 1/2 cups)
  • 7 cups (1 kg) flour, type 00
  • 25 grams yeast (approx. 2.25 teaspoons)
  • 6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tsp sugar

*A note on the flour:  In italy, “00” or doppio zero, flour is the most highly-refined and finest ground flour available.  If not available where you are, an all purpose flour should work just as well.

  • Sprinkle the yeast into a medium bowl with the warm water.  We don’t mean hot, and we don’t mean cold…we mean warm.  thats the kind the yeast likes best.  Stir until the yeast dissolves.
  • Place almost all of the flour on the table in the shape of a volcano (you can do this in a bowl as well).
  • Pour the yeast and warm water mix, along with the other ingredients, into the crater of the flour
  • Knead everything together for 10 to 15 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic, keeping your surface floured.
  • Grease up a bowl with some olive oil and put the dough inside.  Turn the dough around so the top is slightly oiled.
  • Cover the bowl and put the dough aside to let it rest for at least 4-5 hours.  (I let mine sit for 24 hours).
  • For those who want their pizza really authentic, make a cross on top of the dough with a knife.  An old italian tradition, this is seen as a way of “blessing” the bread.
  • Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees or about 200 cel
  • Dump the dough out of the bowl and back onto the floured surface.  Punch it down, getting rid of any bubbles.
  • Divide the dough in half and let it rest for a few minutes
  • Roll each section into a 12 inch disc.  Now is your chance to decide how thick you want to roll it out, thin or thick.
  • transfer the dough onto an oiled pizza pan or baking sheet  (I put ours on a pizza stone).  However, you must heat the pizza stone for at least 1/2 hour prior to putting the dough on it.
  • Add your tomato sauce and brush the edges of the crust with a little bit of olive oil.
  • add your pepperoni and spices
  • Bake pizza for about 10-15 minutes, then add mozzarella cheese on top, as well as any onions or peppers
  • let the pizza bake until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with a few basil leaves for a real italian touch.
  • enjoy

I found this recipe at walksofitaly.com

 

Healthy Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Brownies

When I say healthy, I mean healthy.  Look at the ingredient list; there is not a single ingredient that is bad for you or that would raise your blood sugars.  I have made these a couple of times and they are pretty decent.  I found this recipe at: ChocolateCoveredKatie.com

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shredded zucchini (100 g)  best if shred in food processor)

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (80g)

1 cup plus 2 tbsp water (270 g)

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp flaxmeal (18 g)

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp coconut oil (115g)

3/4 cup cocoa powder (65 g)

1 cup coconut flour (135 g)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup sweetener of choice (I use ethritoyl and stevia )  see my recipe under scones

1/16 tsp pure stevia extract or 2 extra tbsp coconut sugar

2 eggs ( I added these in to make it more moist—this is not on her recipe)

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips optional

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350, and line a 7 x 11 pan with parchment paper or grease well

in a Large mixing bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients and let sit for at least 5  minutes

Combine all other ingredients in a separate bowl, and stir very well.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients

I also add nuts to the mixture or you can put on top once you put it in the pan

Bake for approx 20 minutes, but be sure to check a few minutes before that.

if you wait until the next day, after putting in the fridge overnight, they will be more flavorful.

Grain Free Bread using almond flour

Grain Free Bread Recipe

I have been searching for a bread recipe for about 10 months now; tried many and many went directly into the garbage.  But, I have recently found a couple of recipes that have worked.  Here is one of those. From the picture you can see the dark texture is the flax.

Ingredients:

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal

1 tsp whole flaxseedsimage

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup arrowroot powder

6 tablespoons butter or coconut oil. 

4 eggs (separated)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup greek plain yogurt (or coconut cream)  I used yogurt

Instructions:

Dry Ingredients

1.  In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, flaxseed meal, whole flaxseeds, salt, baking soda, and arrowroot powder.

Wet Ingredients (#2 and 3)

2.  In a saucepan, melt the butter or coconut oil and let cool for 5 minutes

3. Whisk melted butter together with the egg yolks, apple cider vinegar and yogurt

4. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix wet and dry ingredients together

5. Beat egg whites until very stiff

6.  Fold egg whites into mixture very gently

7. Pour batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 medium loaf pan greased or lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle whole flaxseeds on top

8.  Bake at 350 until toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.  Approx. 25 minutes.  (I baked mine for approx 40 minutes)

9.  NOTE:  In order to get the bread to have a decent rise, you must beat the egg whites and fold in last.

This recipe was found at: http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/category/desserts/breads/    The name of the recipe is Paleo Sandwich Bread

this is the pan I used:  It is called a Pullman Loaf Pan.image

Super Healthy Smoothies

I know Smoothies seem to be all the rage right now, but, if you can make your own they are extremely healthy and a quick food to make.  I myself have experimented with juicing for awhile, and then decided to try making my own smoothies.  This recipe is something I concocted for myself.

Berry Smoothie

Approx. 1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt (with the live cultures) and no sugar added

2 Tbsp Egg Protein (I use vanilla)

1 tsp. soluble fiber

2 Tbsp Golden Ground Flax

1 Tbsp Chia Seeds

1 Packet Truvia (to sweeten)

1 Tbsp coconut Oil

1/2 Cup or more Berries of your choice (I use Fresh or Frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

Cover all of this with Unsweetened Coconut Milk and Mix in your blender.

Enjoy.