Friday, March 16, 2012

Cookies that make you younger!

Ok so I can't promise that they'll make you younger, but they're so healthy that they hardly count as dessert. Heres the recipe!

Fountain of Youth Cookies

You will need:
2/3 Cup coconut oil
2/3 Cup softened butter
2/3 Cup Agave Nectar
1 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 Cups spelt flour
1 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Cups chocolate chips

To make:

  • In a large bowl blend together coconut oil and butter.
  • Add Agave nectar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla and blend.
  • In a separate bowl mix together flours, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to large bowl and stir until well combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spoon onto nonstick cookie sheets and bake at 375'F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on tops.
  • Let stand on cookie sheet a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack until cool completely.
  • Store in a sealed container and Enjoy!
(I found that the substitute for 1 cup brown sugar is: 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 1/2 Tablespoons molasses. If this is the case In my next batch of Fountain of Youth Cookies, I will omit the brown sugar, add an additional 2/3 Cup Agave Nectar and add 1 1/2 Tablespoons molasses. If you try it before me - let me know if it works!)

Also, I really like using Agave Nectar in recipes of all sorts and as a sweetener for coffee. It's the consistency of honey, and doesn't have an after taste like (in my opinion, Stevia, Sweet&Low, and Splenda have.) AND it is low on the Glycemic Index (a GI of approx. 30).

Enjoy the day folks! The weather is fabulous here in CO!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bananas Meet Bread

The Ultimate Banana Bread Recipe

What you need:
2 Cups all-purpse flour
11/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
dash of salt
dash of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg

2 eggs - beaten
1 1/2 Cups mashed ripe bananas (5-6 medium)
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup melted butter (OR for a healthy alternative applesauce)
Optional - 1/4 Cup chopped walnuts (My Gramma hates nuts in food, so I never add them.)

Streusel Topping
1/4 Cup packed brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 Tablespoons of butter. Used a fork or pastry blender to cut in butter until he mixture is crumbly. You can also stir in 2-3 Tablespoons oats or nuts to the topping.

What You Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350'F - Grease your bread pan - set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (except sugar) and mix well. Make a well in the center. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and butter - mix well. Add all at once to the dry ingredients and stir until moistened. Batter will be lumpy.
  • Pour into bread pan. Top with streusel mixture.
  • Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Let cool 15 minutes then turn out onto wire rack to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and store over night. (It really does taste better that way.)

EAT! And Enjoy!