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Cinnamon Apple Pancake Mix [Recipe Redux]

21 Nov

Tis the season for the holidays! And you know what that means…a lot of delicious food!

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I literally get so excited and happy when the holidays come around each year. Something about this time of year, and being with all the people I love. Not to mention having time to spend bakin away in the kitchen. Ever since I was a young, I would spend the holidays in the kitchen with my momma and grandma. My baking has just become a little healthier now :)

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I can’t help but to dream about all my pumpkin creations, like my pumpkin dip, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin smoothie, or pumpkin pie walnut butter! <3

But with the holidays, also comes the season of gift giving. And you know what is the perfect gift to show you truly care?

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A homemade one. And this right here, would be a delicious one to start with! The theme for this month’s recipe redux was mixes in a jar :)

Most people give hot cocoa mixes and cookie mixes, but this is a fabulous apple cinnamon pancake mix I created!

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We all have enough cookies laying around the house during the holidays, so why not give a gift of a delicious breakfast?!

This is healthy, gluten free, dairy free, and filled with a lot of fiber packed ingredients to keep you satisfied! Not to mention, this pancake mix is filled with the delicious taste of cinnamon apples…reminds me of apple pie<3

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Perfect as a gift or even just for yourself for an easy, quick breakfast option! This is great to have around on the holidays when you wake up to a hungry family :)

And you know what would be a delicious topping on these? My homemade Apple Pumpkin Butter :)

HaPpY hOlIdAy SeAsOn!

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Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix
•    1 cup oat flour/whole wheat
•    1/2 cup oats
•    1/2 cup dried apples
•    1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
•    2 tablespoons light brown sugar
•    1 tbsp flaxseed
•    2 teaspoons baking powder
•    1 tbsp ground cinnamon
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    Optional: any other add-ins desired: coconut, chocolate chips, fresh diced apple
Directions: Layer all ingredients in jar starting with flour and going down the ingredient list. If making to simply keep on hand at home, you can mix all ingredients together first before storing in jar for easy cooking. If giving as a gift, layer for aethestics.

To Make Pancakes
For every 1 cup mix add:
•    1 egg
•    3/4 cup Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
•    1/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce (or increase milk to 1 cup)
Directions: Add egg, milk, and applesauce to bowl and mix until combined. Add in 1 cup of pancake mix. Heat nonstick pan on stove on medium heat. Pour batter into stove to form pancakes. Cook as normal. Serve with maple syrup, my homemade apple butter, or whatever you choose :)

Apple Benefits
1)Reduces tooth decay by lowering levels of bacteria
2)Keeps Alzheimer’s away and fights aging effects on brain
3) Curbs Cancer because of flavonol richness
4)Decreases risk of diabetes (due to soluble fiber amount)
5)Reduces Cholesterol
6) High in fiber keeps digestive tract optimal
7)Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome (high fiber content)
8) Detoxes Liver
9) Boosts immune system

Flaxseed Benefits
1)High in fiber, both soluble and insoluble
2)Contains all 9 of the essential amino acids your body cannot make
3)Contains lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities
4)Rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids
5)May reduce inflammation

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being
high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

Rolled Oats Benefits
1) High in fiber, low in fat
2) Makes you feel satisfied
3) Stabilizes blood sugar
4) Removes bad cholesterol
5) Great gluten-free options
6) Contains unique antioxidants
7) Enhances immune response to disease

Cinnamon Benefits
1) Regulates blood sugar
2) Reduces LDL cholesterol levels
3) Contains natural anti-infectious compounds. Fights against ulcer-causing bacteria
4) Reduces pain linked to arthritis
5) May reduce proliferation of cancer cells
6) Is a natural food preservative
7) Contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese
8) Effective for menstrual pain and infertility

 

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{Travel Snacks} Homemade Nut Butters

21 Jul

Sometimes, the food is the best part of the journey.

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One thing I never forget to pack when I am leaving home is my food. Whether it be for a long day of classes as a college student, a road trip for the weekend, or hours in the airport traveling across the country, I always remember to plan.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

That is something I heard awhile back that always stuck with me. It is so very true. The times that I haven’t had time to plan my food for a long day away from the house, I always end up eating unhealthy, last resort foods after becoming too hungry. That is why I’m sharing with you an easy, travel-friendly snack that is a safe option no matter how far your travels are taking you.

I must admit, this is my favorite snack, even when I’m not traveling. It is my go-to food whenever I get those hunger pains mid-day. But when the theme this month for Recipe Redux was travel food, I knew immediately what I wanted to share.

Homemade Nut Butter. All kinds. With fresh, crunchy celery as dippers, or even apple slices. Could there be anything more delicious or refreshing? Is has those healthy fats along with protein to keep you satisfied.  The best thing about it, is they are airport safe! I take a little container of my nut butters every time I fly, and have never had a problem. What is the great result? Instead of eating those salty, oil saturated peanuts, I enjoy my healthy, all natural nut butter with some veggies or fruit!

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I have a couple of homemade nut butters on my site already, like my Pumpkin Pie Walnut Butter, my healthy version of Nutella called “Not-tella“, and my Almond Joy Butter. But I made two new, absolutely delicious butters to share with you today. Something I love to live by for most of my diet, keep it simple, yet keep it tasty. These nut butters are just that. Coconut Cashew Butter & Cinnamon Java Butter

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Cinnamon Java Almond Butter

– 1 cup almonds, toasted
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp instant coffee powder
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Place nuts in food processor and blend until butter forms (this will take at least 5 to 10 minutes).

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Cashew Coconut Butter

– 1 cup cashews, toasted
– 1 tsp coconut extract
– 1 tsp coconut oil
– optional: 2T unsweetened shredded coconut, stirred into final product
Directions: Place nuts into food processor. Blend until butter forms (again, about 5-10 minutes). Add extract and oil and blend for about 10 more seconds. Keep in container.

*Neither of these butters need to be refrigerated if consuming within a week!

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Yum. And benefits?

Almond Benefits
1) Reduce Heart Attack Risk
2) Lower Bad Cholesterol
3) Protect artery walls from damage
4) Build strong bones and teeth
5) Provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
6) Lower rise in blood sugar after meals
7) Alkalize the body

Cashew Benefits
1) Prevents Cancer
2) Heart Health
3) Increases Hair and Skin health
4) Beneficial for Bone Health
5) Good for the nerves
6) Prevents Gallstones
7) Aids in weight loss

Coconut Benefits
1) Fights viruses and bacteria growth in body
2) Fights yeast, fungus, and candida
3) Positively affects hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control which leads to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
4) Aids in digestion
5) Absorbs fat soluble vitamins
6) Lowers cholesterol
7) Special fat called medium chain triglycerides (Research shows 2T a day allowed women not only to gain less weight but lower abdominal fat)

Sources: doctoroz.com, care2.com

Homemade Pasta from Scratch

30 Mar

As you all know, I performed a cooking demo in front of other students last week for my Culinary Arts Student Union club (CASU), showing them how to make pasta from scratch. But I never got to give all of you the details as to how YOU can do it too! So I decided I would take today to do exactly that so that you can make this delicious, better-than-you-would-get-at-an-italian-restaurant, pasta yourself!

It is SO simple. you really only need three ingredients for the pasta itself, and NO special machinery, just a simple roller, and knife to cut the dough with.

First step:(If not wanting to do it the true Italian way, you can simply mix all these things in a bowl for less of a mess!) Take two cups of flour and put on counter, making a volcano type shape so you have a “pit” that will hold your eggs. Crack two eggs into the “pit” of flour, add a touch of olive oil, and begin to slowly beat it all together, incorporating the flour little by little from the sides, without breaking the barrier completely so that the liquid does not run out. As it gets thicker and more “dough-like”, you won’t have to be careful anymore, and can incorporate the rest of the flour until a ball forms.

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Step 2: Knead dough by folding it over on itself, and then pressing in with the heels of your hand. Repeat until the dough is pliable and has been thoroughly kneaded.

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Step 3: Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until desired pasta thickness

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Step 4: Roll the flattened dough up into a log shape, and then cut the log width-wise.

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Step 5: Unravel the cut up pieces from the “log”, and prepare boiling water on stove with a touch of salt

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Step 6: Place pieces of dough into boiling water, and cook until done!

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Step 7: Prepare any toppings you would like, such as these veggies which we cut up and sauteed in a pan.

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Step 8: Serve veggies over freshly cooked pasta, top with any cheese or sauce you may want (we drizzled olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and topped with veggies+shredded Parmesan cheese). Mix and allow all the flavors to combine and the cheese to slightly melt. Enjoy!

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I hope you all will give this a try! It is so much fun to do, and it’s a delicious, easy, and healthy meal!