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I decided to make a loaf this week instead of muffins because I’m always testing  how things taste when they are not fresh out of the oven. This loaf is a zucchini base with cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup cane sugar

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

3 tbsp water

1 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or organic milk

2 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 1/4 cups grated zucchini

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 1/2″X4 1/2″ loaf pan. In a small bowl mix ground flaxseeds and 3 tablespoons of water and set aside. In a larger mixing bowl stir in whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cocoa powder and cane sugar together. In another small bowl place milk and lemon juice together and let sit. Combine the flaxseed mixture into the milk mixture. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture. Stir the zucchini with a wooden spoon and then add in chocolate chips. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50 – 60 minutes. Check loaf to make sure it is firm on top before removing. Let cool in loaf pan and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

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Chickpeas are not just used for making dips and in salads. You can grind them and use them in baked goodies as well. I made these cookies with whole chickpeas from a can.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 cups chickpeas drained and ground

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter

1/4cup agave nectar

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tsp  baking powder

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor grind chickpeas first. Then add peanut butter, agave nectar, vanilla, sea salt and baking powder together. Once blended add in chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. Roll batter into teaspoon size balls and press down with a fork. If batter is too soft put in fridge for 20 minutes first. Bake for 10 minutes. Let stand on tray for a few minutes and then cool on a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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This week’s muffins uses one of my favourite fruits, avocado. There are so many ways to include avocado into your diet. I’ve used avocado in pasta dishes, on grain breads, in salads and smoothies. Avocados are rich in fibre and  potassium.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup spelt light flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 large organic eggs lightly beaten

1/2 cup agave nectar

1/2 cup safflower oil or melted coconut oil

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups ripe mashed avocado

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone liners. In a bowl combine flours, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt together. In a separate bowl mix eggs, agave nectar, oil, vanilla and mashed avocado. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Scoop batter into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes or until firm to touch. Let cool in tray for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

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My muffin of the week is a Banana Applesauce Muffin. I chose not to use oil in my recipe once again. The muffins were just as moist as they would be with oil. Substitutes for oil include applesauce, bananas, prune puree and greek yogurt.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup spelt light flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 organic large eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup water

3 – 4 mashed bananas

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone cups. In a bowl mix flours, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl beat together honey and unsweetened applesauce. Add one eggs at a time and beat until combined. Now add 1/2 the flour mixture and then add 1/2 the water. Repeat process until completely mixed together. Mix mashed bananas into the batter. Scoop mixture into muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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My muffin of the week has no added fat from oil or butter. These muffins include greek yogurt and extra bananas for added moisture.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup spelt light flour

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup greek yogurt

1/2 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup cane sugar

2 large organic eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3- 4 mashed ripe bananas

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone cups. In a bowl mix flours, ground flax seeds, sea salt and baking soda. In a separate bowl mix agave nectar, sugar and greek yogurt together. Add in eggs one at a time and then stir in vanilla. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients and then fold in mashed bananas. Add chocolate chips into batter and then scoop into muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

I always have ripe bananas in the fridge for baking. I made this banana bread with a mix of semi sweet and white and milk chocolate swirl chips for a little extra chocolate.

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INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup cane sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup safflower oil or melted coconut oil

2 large organic eggs beaten

1 cup ripe mashed bananas

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 8 1/2 X 4 1/2 loaf pan. Ina bowl mix together whole wheat flour, baking soda, cane sugar and sea salt. In a separate bowl whisk oil, eggs and mashed bananas together. Mix dry ingredients to wet ingredients and then stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until firm to the touch. Let cool for 10 minutes and take out of loaf pan. Slice and Enjoy!

 

 

 

I’m back again.  This week I chose a muffin recipe from Martha Stewart’s website. This recipe is a savoury recipe which is not something I usually do, but since we are big cheese lovers I decided to give it a try. I did alter some of the ingredients like the flour, using oil instead of butter and the type of milk.

 

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INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup spelt light flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp cane sugar

1 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup safflower oil or melted coconut oil

1 cup organic milk or unsweetened almond milk

2 large organic eggs beaten

1 cup of shredded zucchini strained in a sifter

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese 2/3 for batter 1/3 for topping

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray 12 cup muffin tray or use the silicone liners. In a bowl mix together flours, baking powder, cane sugar, sea salt and black pepper. In a separate bowl mix  oil, milk and eggs. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and whisk until blended. Stir in zucchini with a fork and then mix in 2/3 of the cheese. Scoop batter into muffin cups and then garnish with remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool in tray for 5 minutes. Transfer muffins to cooling rack for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

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This was my muffin recipe from last week which I’ve only had time to post now.(sorry) Apples always remind me of the fall season and changes which happen in our day to day lives.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup ground flax seeds

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup milk (almond, organic, soy) with 1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup safflower oil

2 organic eggs

1 tsp baking soda

3 mcintosh apples – cubed

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone liners. In a bowl mix flour, oats, ground flax seeds, baking powder and sea salt. In a separate bowl blend brown sugar, milk with lemon juice, oil, eggs and baking soda. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix only until blended. Add in cubed apples and mix once again. Divide the batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool in tray for a few minutes and then transfer to cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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I just came across a recipe for flourless banana bread from http://www.youtube.com/toddskitchen. I decided to make the recipe for breakfast this morning with my go to waffle recipe. Everyone was happy to wake up to a delicious breakfast. I decided to make the banana bread into muffins .

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe bananas

2 cups oatmeal

2 large organic eggs

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray  a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone liners. In a blender start to mix oats and then add the rest of the ingredients. Blend really well. Pour half the batter into muffin cups and then add chocolate chips to the remainder of the batter. Scoop out the other half of the batter into muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to touch. Take muffins out of oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

 

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I chose to make carrot muffins this week which are high in beta carotene and vitamin A.  What could be better then adding a vegetable that is sweet and great for your health.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup spelt light flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 large organic eggs

1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or organic milk with 1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/3 cup oil – safflower, coconut – melted

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrots

1/2 cup raisins

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line and spray a 12 cup muffin tray or use silicone liners. In a bowl mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and cinnamon. In a second bowl blend eggs, milk, maple syrup, oil and vanilla together. Put dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until blended. Add in grated carrots and raisin into half the batter, so anyone who doesn’t care for raisins won’t have to deal with picking them out. Mix once again. Bake for 25 minutes or until firm to the touch. Take out of oven and let sit in muffin tray for 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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