Monday, February 6, 2012

Walnut Spice Cookies


I wish there was a way to capture smell on this blog cause WOW these cookies will make your home smell amazing!  The texture turned out GREAT and I just couldn’t stop eating them!  Good thing they are healthy.  Bonus for anyone that is gluten intolerant… they are gluten free (and totally vegan too). 

Makes 15-18 cookies

Ingredients

Dry:
  • 1 ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup teff flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice or allspice
  • Sprinkle of stevia
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional for added sweetness)


Wet:
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raw, unsalted walnuts, chopped


Preparation
  1. Mix together dry ingredients
  2. Add wet ingredients
  3. Place on greased baking sheet (I use canola oil spray)
  4. Bake 18 minutes at 350 degrees


The inspiration from this recipe came from a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour (The original recipe can be found here: http://www.bobsredmill.com/recipes.php?recipe=1923).  I modified it slightly by using almond milk instead of regular milk, Stevia and 1 tbsp of brown sugar instead of 1 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup apple sauce instead of 1/3 cup of oil.  I also left out 3 ingredients I didn’t have: tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum.

Friday, February 3, 2012

White Bean Hummus


This makes for a healthy (and easy to prepare) Super Bowl dip.  It is creamier than hummus that is made from chickpeas and is a huge crowd pleaser.  Pair it with raw veggies, whole grain pita slices or honey whole-wheat pretzel sticks.

Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz. can of white beans (cannellini beans)
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Lemon juice from ½ lemon
  • Fresh parsley and paprika for garnish (optional)
Preparation
  1. Rinse beans with water in strainer
  2. Place beans and all ingredients in food processor and blend until fully incorporated (about 1 minute)
  3. Refrigerate for one hour before serving
  4. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika
Health Benefits
Bean dips are always a great way to get fiber and protein and pair great with whole grains and veggies!  Touchdown!