Healthy Cornbread – Whole grain, low fat, and dairy free!

HealthyCornbread

This recipe is a culmination of MANY years of tweaking many recipes I have found online. I wanted to try to use something other than sugar and no milk products but yet still have a “tangy” taste. This recipe fits the bill and best of all it only 170 calories per slice!

Ingredients:

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
5-8 tablespoons maple syrup *
1 tablespoon double acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon sugar for sprinkling, optional **
1 tablespoon vanilla, optional ***

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400°F or 200°c. Once preheated add in a large cast iron skillet or a metal baking tray and preheat for another 5-10 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl add in all your dry ingredients, mix well, and set aside. In another bowl mix all your wet ingredients except 1 tablespoon of the oil. Set these aside until your skillet or pan is heated.

After the 5-10 minutes of preheating your skillet, carefully remove it from your oven and add in your 1 tablespoon of oil. Use a brush if available to spread the oil around the bottom and sides to prevent sticking, this also creates a very yummy crust.

RIGHT before adding it to the pan completely mix the wet into the dry ingredients removing any lumps. Add the mixture from a height to remove large air bubbles and make sure it coats the bottom of the pan. Return to oven and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool in pan 20 minutes and enjoy!

NOTES:
* – in this recipe I used maple syrup. You can replace it with honey or another liquid sweetener if you choose. If you would like to use sugar you’ll need to add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup depending on sweetness and another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water to adjust the consistency. For a mild tasting cornbread only add 5 tablespoons of maple syrup (even then it’s slightly sweet), this is great for mixing with spicy chili. If serving as more sweet add 8 tablespoons maple syrup.

** – I used about 1 teaspoon of sugar to sprinkle on the top because it makes the top crunchy, this is totally optional and usually I don’t do it!

*** – I don’t normally add vanilla but if you want a more dessert tasting cornbread add 1 tablespoon of real vanilla extract.

Cut into 8 servings is suggested. Each serving is 170 calories, 28g carbs, 5g fat, 4g protein, 261mg sodium, and 3g of fiber.
These values were calculated on using whole wheat flour, whole grain cornmeal, coconut oil, maple syrup, and a large sized egg.

Enjoy!

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Dairy Free

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

(My first post in over a year, life has been crazy, but YAY!! )

My husband randomly asked me tonight, “Can you make oatmeal cookies?”…. I almost face palmed since I can make anything but of course I said, “yes!”. I wanted to make a cookie that had less sugar than the normal cookie which has 1-2 cups of sugar. I also wanted to make a cookie without butter or lots of added oil, and of course I wanted a cookie with TONS of raisins for that yummy sweetness. I think this follows it perfectly. It is soft yet chewy and would go perfect with a coffee or glass of almond milk. See notes for variations.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
3/4 cup all purpose flour*
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder (double acting is best)
1 egg
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cane sugar**
1 teaspoon molasses (optional but makes it more chewy)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract, only the real stuff please
2 tablespoons neutral oil, I used coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 unpacked cup raisins***

Directions:

Preheat to 350°F or 175°C.

This step is optional but if you want softer raisins I would advise it. Mix all your liquid ingredients (minus the egg) and let it soak for 20-60 minutes. You can go overnight but they get really soft and I dislike that. I did mine for only 10 minutes and that was good for me.

Next mix all your dry ingredients in your bowl and then add your raisin mixture and egg. Use a spatula to mix (or a spoon) thoroughly. It is a thicker batter so don’t be alarmed.

Line your cookie tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Spoon out a rounded tablespoon per cookie and squish them down. These cookies will rise slightly but will not spread outward. I suggest no more than 12 per tray.

Bake these cookies for 12 minutes and move to a wire rack to cool. They get chewier as they cool.

Variations:
* : You can use all whole wheat flour or all all purpose flour it’s a person preference. Whole wheat flour will make the cookies more dense. I would do no more than 1/2 and 1/2 but that is me.
** : You can use all sugar or you can skip the sugar and just use maple syrup (or honey). Brown sugar would be best but I used evaporated cane sugar and molasses.
*** : You can substitute raisins for any dried fruit to mix this up. Try blueberries and craisins, Delicious!

Makes 24 small sized cookies, 3 cookie serving suggested.
Each cookie is 90 calories, 16g carbs, 2g fat, 2g protein, 23mg sodium, 1g fiber, and 8g sugar.

Close-up cookie photo to tease you!


Closeup - oatmeal raisin cookie

Blueberry Maple Syrup

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Traditional fruit sauces take a long time boiling and reducing and frankly we don’t have the time in the morning these days. This took less than 10 minutes and was better than a traditional sauce. The thin version really absorbs into the pancakes but the thick version is oh-so gourmet looking that it will really impress your family and friends.

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen blueberries – small varieties suggested
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4-1/2 cup water
optional – 1 teaspoon tapioca starch mixed with 2 teaspoon water

Directions:

In a nonstick skillet, preheat it over medium high heat until a drop of water sizzles away almost immediately. Add in 1 cup of frozen blueberries (fresh can be used but wash them very well and pick out any hard bits) and stir until the berries release their juices and are thawed. This only takes about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes. The object isn’t to cook them through and squish them but just to thaw them. Add in your 1/2 cup of REAL maple syrup, no pancake syrup please. Let this bubble for about 90 seconds, you just want to heat through the syrup. Then add your water, I added about 1/3 of a cup but you can add less or more. This thins it out so it’s not super strong plus helps stretch your budget a little, you could skip this if you want.
At this point you could stop and serve and it would taste amazing but it’s thin and won’t really thicken until cooled. I suggest taking a mixture of 1 teaspoon tapioca (cornstarch would work but you’ll have to boil it harder) and 2 teaspoons water, mix well and turn off the heat. Add in this tapioca mixture and stir until you notice it really get thick. You’ll want to stir about 2 minutes in total just to make sure you get no lumps. You should notice all the white disappear and it will resemble a nice jam in texture. Serve warm on-top of pancakes, I suggest my No Oil Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes OR serve cold on-top of toast like a blueberry Jam (if you want to just make this a Jam, triple the amount of tapioca mixture).