Thursday, April 28, 2016

sunflower seed butter

3 cups roasted sunflower seeds, unsalted
1/3 cup canola oil

In Vitamix, start on variable, speed 1 and quickly increase speed to 10, then turn to high. Use tamper. In one minute you should hear a high pitched sound. Then watch for butter to flow. At this point you should hear a low laboring sound. Stop.

Caution from Vitamix recipe book: Over processing will cause serious overheating to your machine! Do not process for more than 1 minute after mixture starts circulating freely.


-may roast seeds in pan or in oven. 3 cups seeds and 1 T. canola oil.
-use immediately and freeze whatever you won't use immediately. The sunflower seed butter gets "nippy" as it sits, even in a half hour or so. May store in fridge for a couple days if you don't mind some "nippy-ness." But it gets more nippy the longer it's there. It doesn't seem to get this way in the freezer. Interesting I also had frozen sunbutter that has thawed a couple days in fridge and it hasn't had the nippy-ness either.
-yummy to mix equal ratios unflower seed butter and frosting, with optional chocolate chips or raisins, crushed cereal (plain cheerios or chex) and form into balls. Freeze immediately(in ball form, so easier to eat partially thawed) what you won't eat in one sitting.

Variation: Almond butter- roasted almonds and 1/2 cup canola oil. Pour off excess oil next day.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Original recipe(not allergen free), from Rhonda Hair, pumpkin recipes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

2 1/4 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. each ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg
1/2 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. pumpkin
3/4 c milk
3/4 c. each nuts and raisins

Adapting without wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts:

April 27, 2016
Sweet potato cupcakes, double batch

1 cup oil- 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup canola
3 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup applesauce + 1 T. ground chia seed
1 1/2 cups Coconut Dream drink

4 c. flour of choice
1 1/2 t. xanthan gum
1 t. soda
4 tsp. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. ginger

Cream oil and sugar, then add applesauce and chia seed and mix. Add coconut milk and flour, slowly mix until flour won't fly then mix on medium high for a couple minutes. Turn into muffin tins. I made 18 muffins plus one 7X11 glass pan, to fit it all on one rack. Bake 375 degrees 23-25 min.

-light and fluffy! moist, flavorful. 
-Great with coconut-vanilla frosting I make.
-sweet, try reducing sugar to 2 1/2 cups. 
-find Coconut Dream on shelf in grocery store,    Tetrapak shelf stable
-Try reducing sugar to 2 1/2 cups, if using sweet potato puree.
-for flour this time I used a mixture of rice, oat, garbanzo, very fine cornflour, and cornstarch. 10 cups rice, 5 cups each oat and garbanzo, 2 cups cornflour, 2 cornstarch. Stored in gallon bags in freezer. 

Pumpkin Bread

April 27, 2016 sweet potato bread

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cup sweet potato puree and 1/4 cup Coconut Dream Drink, unsweetened
     (when I used homemade pumpkin puree I used 1 1/2 cups and no milk)
1/3 cup applesauce and 2 t. ground chia seed

2 cups flour of choice
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

Blend dry ingredients. Blend wet ingredients and stir into dry until incorporated.
Turn batter into 4 small loaf pans, 350 degrees, 35-40 min.

Flavorful, moist, tender but not crumbly. A bit heavy- settled a bit, but great texture.

Great with orange glaze(pictured above), or regular glaze on top. Or with coconut-vanilla frosting between two slices. Good for school lunches this way.

find Coconut Dream Drink on shelf in grocery store, Tetrapak shelf stable
-today flour was from mix I made:
10 cups rice, 5 cups garbanzo, 5 cups oat, 2 cups cornflour, 2 cups cornstarch
-batter seemed thicker than should be, so I added 1/4 cup milk to some, but that wasn't as flavorful. Consistency after baking was pretty much the same. So I would keep batter slightly thick as is.
-last time I made with homemade pumpkin puree. That was really yummy, with the coconut-vanilla frosting I make. I prefer pumpkin puree, but have sweet potato puree on hand to use. : )

delicious strawberry shake

My kids loved a shake I made for supper yesterday. I really enjoyed it too; only thing I would do differently is less sugar. I think kids would disagree  : ) 

2 cups Coconut Dream Beverage*
About 4 cups whole frozen strawberries
1/2 cup sugar

Blend and enjoy fresh!

*look on shelf at grocery store - it is a Tetrapak shelf stable version

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake

I made this for breakfast this morning. It's neat I can use the rule of thumb for oil, sugar, and flour that I use for making cookies, whatever oil amount I use, I double for sugar amount, then I double sugar amount to get flour amount. 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 2 cups. The difference for the cake is just more liquid and spreading into bar form.

1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup applesauce + 1 T. ground chia seed

1 cup oat flour
1 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
dash salt

add non-dairy milk if needed to thin batter*

Bake 13X9 pan 375 degrees for about 25 min.

*I wasn't sure whether to add extra liquid to this, I wasn't using a recipe, so I baked in two smaller pans.(about 8X8 each) Pan one as I recorded here, and pan two had coconut milk stirred in(maybe 1/3 cup for half the batter). Two of us preferred the batch without added liquid; it had really good flavor and was still moist and soft and fairly fluffy. Two other family members preferred the batch with coconut milk added- they loved the extra fluffiness. It was fun to experiment and get good results both ways!