A family fav for over 30 years
½ cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Put butter and sugar in a port and on low heat stir until melted
Remove from heat
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Pour in to greased or parchment lined square 8x8 pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes
Cool and cut in to squares. Serve
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup raw almond butter
(or nut butter of choice)
1/2 cup carob powder
(or cocoa powder)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
(or agave nectar)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
pinch fine grain salt, to taste
3/4 cup raw walnuts, roughly chopped
With electric beaters, beat together the coconut oil and almond butter. Sift in the carob powder and beat again until combined. Pour in the agave nectar, vanilla, and salt and beat until smooth. Stir in the walnuts (optional). Line a loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper. Scoop the chocolate mixture into the pan and spread out until even. Place in freezer for 1 hour, take out of pan and cut in to small squares. Serve
¾ c. organic dried black turtle (black) beans
(soak overnight, drain and cook until tender)
substitute 14 oz (532 ml) can of organic black turtle beans
3 organic large eggs
1/3 c. organic coconut oil, softened
1/3 c. organic carob powder
½ c. organic honey
1 Tbsp. organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place all ingredients in high speed blender. Line a 9x12 inch pan (for thicker brownies use a 9x9 inch pan) with parchment paper, spread batter evenly on to parchment paper. Place on middle rack in heated oven for 20-25 minutes or until inserted cake tester (toothpick) comes out clean. Take out of oven and place on cooling rack. When cooled, remove from pan with parchment paper, cut in to desired size. Larger pan normally yields 15 servings (60 “poppers” – bite size pieces)
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
Tips from the kitchen of Just Another Natural Nut
Whenever given a recipe, I like playing with the ingredients and the process to ensure a great end result.
If you are using dried black beans (following the procedure of soaking overnight before cooking), ensure they are well cooked (soft) before using in recipe. I find that adding 2 Tbsp. of hot filtered water will make the batter smoother (there is no need to do this if you are using canned organic black beans)
Liquid coconut oil works better than hard (Place your glass measuring cup of coconut oil in a hot water bath until fully melted)
Place coconut oil and eggs in blender first, add dry ingredients, followed by honey and black beans for best results in mixing.
from the Food Network
¾ cup whole wheat flour (all-purpose)
¾ cup cake and pastry flour
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
10 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces and then frozen for 10 minutes
1 large egg yolk
3 Tbsp cold water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
¾ cup evaporated milk
1 ½ tsp finely grated fresh ginger
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
⅒ tsp ground cloves
⅒ tsp salt
1 egg whisked with 2 tbsp water, for brushing
1. Pulse the flours, sugar and salt to combine in a food processor (or the dough can be prepared by hand or using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment). Add the butter and pulse it in quick pulses until just small pieces of butter are visible and the mixture as a whole just begins to take on a pale yellow colour (indicating that the butter has been worked in).
2. Stir the egg yolk, water and lemon juice together and add this to the dough all at once, pulsing until the dough barely comes together (it should look like a crumble dough). Shape the dough into a disc by hand, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before rolling. Alternatively, the dough can be frozen for up to 3 months and thawed in the fridge before rolling.
3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to just under a ¼ inch thick. Lightly dust a 9-inch pie plate (do not grease) and line the plate with the pastry, Trim the pastry off right to the edge of the pie plate and press it down gently to secure. Reserve any remaining dough for trim and chill it and the pie shell while preparing the filling.
4. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
5. Whisk the pumpkin purée, brown sugar and eggs together, then whisk in the evaporated milk, ginger, cinnamon, clove and salt. Pour this into the chilled pie shell.
6. To create the trim, roll out the remaining pie dough into a long rectangle and cut into strips about 1/3-inch wide. Braid three strips together, gently pulling the dough a little to stretch it as you braid it. You may have to make a few braids to cover the complete edge of the pie. Lightly brush the edge of the pie dough and place the braided dough overtop, lightly pressing. Brush the braid(s) with eggwash.
7. Place the pie onto a baking tray and bake the pie for 10 minutes at 400 F, then reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and bake the pie for another 35 to 40 minutes, until the pumpkin filling is set, but still has a little jiggle to it in the centre. Cool the pie to room temperature, then chill completely, about 4 hours, before serving.
8. The pie is best served chilled, and can be stored, refrigerated, for up to 2 days.
from the Minimalist Baker
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Continue to mix and simmer for 10-15 minutes so all the ingredients can meld together.
Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator for up to several weeks. You can also freeze it for longer storage.
from the Alive Magazine
Makes a great addition to your child's lunchbox, take to a potluck or to energize when your child is at an after-school event. Top with a dollop of sour cream for a burst of flavour.
2 large eggs
1/3 cup (80 ml) tomato paste
1/2 cup (125 ml) coarse ground cornmeal
1 cup (250 ml) cooked black beans
1 cup (250 ml) cooked kidney beans
1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 cup (250 ml) diced red bell pepper
1 medium carrot, grated
2 tsp (10ml) dried oregano
1 tsp (5 ml) chili powder
1 tsp (5 ml) onion powder
1/2 tsp (2ml) salt
1 cup (250 ml) grated cheddar cheese
preheat oven to 350 F (180 C)
In large bowl, gently whisk eggs. Stir in tomato paste. Stir in cornmeal, black beans, kidney beans, corn, red pepper, carrot, oregano, chili powder, onion powder, and salt.
Pack mixture into 12 greased standard-sized muffin cups. Bake for 20 minutes, sprinkle tops with cheddar cheese; bake for 5 minutes more. Let cool for 5 minutes before unmoulding.
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 big eggplant or two medium ones, peeled lengthwise in stripes
1 zucchini, diced
1 potato, diced
2 tbsp pepper paste or tomato paste
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tomatoes, grated or 1 can of diced tomato processed in a blender
1/3 cup water or vegetable stock
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
-Saute onions, garlic, and eggplant with olive oil on medium heat for 15 minutes.
-Add tomato/pepper paste, stir for 1-2 minutes.
-Add the rest of the ingredients except parsley. Cover and cook on low for 40-45 minutes.
-Sprinkle parley on top a minute or two before you turn it off.
Serve with rice and bread.
by Michael Smith
The Food Network
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 pinch salt and pepper
1 splash sunflower oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
2 clove garlic, chopped
2 apples, cored and chopped
¼ cup apple cider
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp grainy mustard
1 Tbsp dried sage
1 handful fresh sage leaves
1. Match your favourite heavy frying pan or skillet with a tight fitting lid and medium high heat. Splash and swirl in enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then swirl in a dollop of butter. Add the chicken breasts, searing their first side until it’s golden brown and crusty, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the breasts and continue searing until side two is equally golden brown and delicious. Add a splash more oil if you think the pan needs it. The goal here is not to fully cook the meat but just to add lots of brown flavour to the works while the pan temperature is high enough.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and remove the chicken breasts to a plate. Add the onion and garlic, sautéing for a few minutes until fragrant. Add the apples, cider, vinegar, mustard and dried sage. Adjust your heat to bring the works to a slow, steady simmer, not a rapid boil. Return the chicken to the pan, cover tightly and continue cooking, simmering the sauce and baking the meat until its cooked through and delicious, and registers an internal temp of 165ºF, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the breasts once during the simmer, to allow the apple flavours to fully permeate from all sides. Add the fresh sage leaves. Plate the finished chicken breasts, spoon on the saucy apples, serve and share.
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