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Gluten Free Bread Loaf

I’ve been testing some gluten free flour mixes and this is the best one so far, I can use it in any recipe requiring regular flour, in a one to one ratio, so no further calculating is necessary.
I have been using it for my quick gluten free bread loaf, pancakes and even pizza bases.


GLUTEN FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR MIX;
In a large bowl mix;
150 gr. potato starch (or corn starch)
150 gr. tapioca flour
200 gr. brown rice flour
200 gr. oat flour
300 gr. white rice flour
1 tsp xanthan gum

Stir until everything is mixed very well and store in an airtight container.

Prep time : 30 minutes (this includes making the flour mix)
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Makes : 1 loaf
INGREDIENTS;
• 3 1/2 – 3 3/4 cups gluten free all purpose flour mix
• 2 tsp. instant yeast
• 1 tsp himalayan salt
• 2 1/2 cups plus 1 or 2 tablespoon warm water
• 1 tbsp. honey or agave syrup
• 1 tsp. (apple cider) vinegar
• 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil or olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS;
1. Combine 3 1/2 cups of flour mix, the instant yeast and salt in mixer bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
2. In a jug measure out the warm water and add the agave or honey, the apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
3. Add to flour mixture.
4. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes. It should be the consistency of a thick batter which is too thick to pour but not thick enough to form a ball. Add additional water or flour 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to get this consistency.
5. Generously grease bottom and sides of 1 loaf pan. I find cooking spray works best, but you can use butter or oil.
6. Spread batter in loaf pan, slice down the middle with a very sharp knife. (see photo)
7. Let rise in warm place for about an hour. Covered loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
8. Preheat oven to 190°C / 375°F
9. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until bread looks firm and is fairly brown on top. Knock on it and if it sounds hollow it’s done.
10. Let cool for 20-30 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack.
11. Let cool completely before slicing.
12. I like to brush the loaf with a little olive oil for shine
13. It will keep for only three days tops, so I slice it and freeze it and take out as needed.
NOTE: You can add things like sesame seeds, or sunflower seeds to the dough if you like, not more than a 1/4 cup. Sprinkle some on the top too!

Enjoy!
Myra

Morning Glory Muffins

The best Home made Grab and Go Breakfast Muffins. With all natural ingredients.

Packed with apples, coconut, carrots, walnuts, spice, raisins, and sweetened with maple syrup, basically everything I love in one.

I have added some applesauce instead of oil, making these beauties not only addictively delicious but also healthy and fat free.


Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup all purpose (spelt) flour
• 1/4 cup corn starch
• 1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 3/4 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp mixed spice (ginger bread spice)
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 3/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 1/2 cup grated carrot
• 2 small apples, grated coarsely
• 1/3 cup raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  4. Mix all the wet ingredients in an other bowl including carrot and apple.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and stir carefully until just combined. If you still see dry ingredients it’s ok. Don’t over mix.
  6. Now add the raisins, walnuts and coconut flakes, stir just once or twice.
  7. Pour into the muffin cases and place on a rack in the middle of the oven.
  8. Bake for about 23 to 25 minutes.
  9. Test by inserting a dry skewer into the muffin center. If it comes out dry, they are done.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from the tin and placing the muffins on a rack to cool completely.
  11. You can freeze them at this point in an airtight container or zip lock bag, they will keep in the freezer for up to three months.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

Chia Seed Bread

Hello Folks, I just need to tell you about my new Chia Bread. My absolute favourite bread as of now.
It’s easy, nutritious, delicious and soooo all round good. You just have to try it. The Chia seed works as a moisturizer for the bread so it doesn’t dry out for….well at least two days, because that’s how long mine lasted. But it would have kept for another day, for sure. Normally home made (natural) bread goes stale within a day. But this one stay nice and fresh for days.
It’s high protein and high fibre, but mostly I can’t stretch enough how yummy it tastes.
I have a lot of favourite breads and I absolutely adore baking bread, like  Fig walnut bread, High Fibre Health Bread or  Norwegian Bread .
But I feel that this is the easiest one.
There is no real baking skill involved so don’t worry if you’re not an every day baker. All you do is knead and bake.

The smell from the oven will make it the best day of the week with a full sense of accomplishment.

Let’s do this!
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Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 50-60 minutes
Makes : 1 small loaf

INGREDIENTS:

  • 340-360 ml hand warm water, about 1 1/2 cup
  • 1 sachet instant yeast, 7 grms. / 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
  • 1 cup plain spelt flour
  • 30 grms. / 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt


INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre heat the oven to 210°C / 410° F
NOTE: Don’t add all the water in the beginning, leave out about a quarter cup and add the remainder if it seems dry.
Put all the ingredients in a mixer equipped with the hook attachment and knead for 5 minutes.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another minute or so and shape into a loaf.
Place the dough in a 20cm / 8″ loaf tin, and cover loosely with cling film that has been sprayed with a little oil.
Let it rise for about an hour. This bread will not rise as much as a conventional loaf, just a bit above the tin.
Place in a pre heated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Check after 50 minutes, by tapping on the bread, If it sounds hollow already insert a wooden skewer. If it comes out dry, remove the bread from the oven.
The baking time also depends on your oven, so be sure to check. Although this bread is very forgiving.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack before slicing.

Serving tip: A thick slice topped with avocado mash, coarse sea salt and a squeeze of lime.

Enjoy,
Myra XO

low carb brownies

The Best Low Carb, Tiger nut Brownies

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These are my favorite Brownies, until I find new favorite Brownies (wink). But seriously, the flavor of these little guys is amazing. The tiger nut flour gives it an amazing bite and I am super excited to share the recipe with you. Having grown up in Spain, I have known tiger nuts all my life for making Horchata, but never knew they were also used as flour in baking. The crazy thing is that I found out about it in Germany out of all places. A lady in a shop told me, so I had to buy it straight away. After some research I came up with this…

Tiger nuts have various uses; in particular, they are used in Spain to make horchata.

Tigernuts are also said to act as a mild appetite suppressant because they contain resistant starch, a type of starch which resists digestion.

This helps keep us feeling fuller for longer, and also reduces the amount of calories we absorb from the food. Hola…would you like me to say that again?

Flour of roasted tiger nuts is used in baking as well as in making oil, soap, and starch extracts. It is also used for the production of nougat, jam, beer, and as a flavoring agent in ice cream and in the preparation of kunnu (a local beverage in Nigeria). Tiger nut oil can be used naturally with salads or for deep frying. It is considered to be a high quality oil.

Known by different names, such as chufa sedge, nut grass, yellow nut sedge, tiger nut sedge, edible galingale, water grass or earth almond, it is a crop widespread across much of the world. It is found in most of southern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Since I am mad about Brownies I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make them delicious and heathy but still with the right consistency, which is half cakey/half fudgy. I have used a combo of both coconut flour and tiger nut flour and they are just perfect. We have been eating them a lot lately, since they are actually good for you and so simple to make.


Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 25 mins
Total Time : 30 mins

Servings: 16 or 9 big ones

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Ingredients:

  •  250 gr. Black Beans, drained
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla
  •  2 L. Eggs, room temperature
  •  1/2 C. Cocoa
  •  3 tbsp. Tiger nut flour
  •  4 tbsp. coconut flour (finely ground)
  •  1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  •  a pinch of salt
  •  3 – 4 tbsp. milk of choice, unsweetened
  •  1/4 C. unsweetened apple sauce* (see note)
  •  2 tsp. Liquid Stevia Extract* (see note)
  •  1/4 C. mild flavoured olive oil
  • 1/3 C. 70% Dark Chocolate, roughy chopped**
  • chopped walnuts, (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Pre heat oven to 180 C / 350 F.
2. Line a square 20 cm / 8 ” baking tin with parchment paper.
3. Start by blending the drained black beans with the apple sauce in a food processor until very creamy and smooth.
4. Add all the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips and walnuts.
5. Start with 3 tablespoons of milk and see if you need the remaining one. It should be thick but still pourable.
6. Blend for a few minutes until completely smooth.
7. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts if you are using them, and pour into the prepared baking tin.
8. Sprinkle with some more chocolate and/or walnuts.
9. Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes.
10. You can insert a wooden skewer to test if they are done, it should come out just dry.
11. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes in the tin.
12. Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a rack before cutting, the colder the better.
13. Will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. They freeze well too.

Myra XO

* Replace apple sauce and stevia for same amount of maple syrup.
**Chocolate chunks will first melt, but once the brownies have cooled the chocolate will solidify, giving you great chunks. So yummy.

Nutritional value
Despite its name, tiger nut sedge is a tuber. However, its chemical composition shares characteristics with tubers and with nuts. It has been reported to be a “health” food, since its consumption can help prevent heart disease and thrombosis and is said to activate blood circulation and reduce the risk of colon cancer This tuber is rich in energy content (starch, fat, sugar, and protein), minerals (mainly ), phosphorus and potassium and vitamins E and C. Tiger nut tubers contain almost twice the quantity of starch as potato or sweet potato tubers. The oil of the tuber was found to contain 18% saturated (palmitic acid and stearic acid) and 82% unsaturated (oleic acid and linoleic acid) fatty acids. The moderately high content of phytosterols further enriches the quality and value of tiger nut oil as a food source.

low carb brownies

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

A classic chocolate cupcake, delicious, moist, soft, super easy, super chocolaty and pretty much fool proof.

Prep time : 30 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Makes : 12 cup cakes

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 large eggs or 3 medium at room temperature
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
• ¼ cup yoghurt
• ¼ cup milk
• ¾ Cup all purpose flour
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp. baking soda
• A good pinch of salt

Chocolate Cupcakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pre heat the oven to 375° F / 175° C
2. Line a muffin tin (12 hole ) with liners
3. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs and sugar together until well mixed, add the melted butter and vanilla.
5. Mix the yoghurt with the milk.
6. Pour half of the egg mixture into the flour mixture and some of the yoghurt mix, stir to combine. Repeat. Gently mix everything together without over beating.
7. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, only halfway!
8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
9. Remove from oven and let cool completely on a rack before frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
• ½ cup cream cheese at room temperature
• ½ cup butter at room temperature
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ cup powder sugar, sifted
• 2 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
INSTRUCTIONS:
Melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted, set aside so it can cool a bit.
Beat the cream cheese and butter together until completely smooth, add the cocoa and powdered sugar, whisk until fully incorporated.
Add the vanilla.
When the melted chocolate is no longer warm add to the butter mix. Beat until well mixed.
Using a piping bag and a star tip, frost the cupcakes. I keep mine in the fridge on warm days and also if you don’t eat them all at once, best to keep them refrigerated.
Let them sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before eating, to bring out the best chocolaty flavor.

Enjoy!
Myra XO

Chocolate Cupcakes