Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Microwave Banana Muffins

You know how sometimes you really, really just want some banana bread? But if you make a whole loaf, it will take over an hour, and I know I would end up eating half the loaf without thinking. This muffin recipe is perfect for those times. It takes just about 2 minutes to throw together and will satisfy you with a perfect single serving muffin!

Individual Banana Muffin
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons brown rice flour (or other flour)
2 tablespoons mashed banana
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup, depending on how ripe your banana is

Directions:
1. In a small bowl or mug, mix all ingredients together.
2. Microwave the batter in a mug on high power for 90 seconds.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Almond Date Butter

One thing I realized not too long ago is that I love dates. They are sticky, chewy, super sweet, and brown-sugar-caramel-deliciousness. When I finally got a big bag of them from Costco, I knew I had two options: 1. Eat all of them at once and feel sick (It's impossible to eat just one) 2. Cook with them and pawn them off on others so I don't eat them all. I decided to opt for #2, and that's how this recipe was created!

This almond date butter is smooth, sticky, sweet, nutty, amazing, and tastes as decadent and non-healthy as a batch of cookie dough...yet it's got just a few natural ingredients and comes together in a snap!

Almond Date Butter
Ingredients:
1 packed cup pitted dates
1 cup toasted almonds
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond milk or skim milk

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
2. Leave the porcessor on and let it go until it's nearly smooth.
3. Add in the almond milk and process until smooth and creamy.

Tips:
-To toast almonds easily, I spread them out on a paper towel in the microwave and microwave them for 2 minutes, stir them around, then microwave for another minute. Pay attention to your almonds, since microwave powers vary and you don't want them to burn!
-Spread this on just about anything--it's amazing on apples, bananas, graham crackers, toast, your finger...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Bars

These sweet and moist bars are packed with protein from chickpea flour and quinoa, plus omega-3 from flaxseeds.They freeze really well--I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap and froze them, then I pack them in my lunch or stick them in the microwave for 20 seconds to eat them as a snack. Yum!

Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Bars
Ingredients:
2 cups cooked quinoa
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup chickpea flour
1/2 cup sucanat
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup almond milk
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the quinoa with the rest of the dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon).
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
4. Spread the batter into a greased 8 inch square pan, and bake for 28-30 minutes, until the bars are set.