Friday, March 29, 2013

Warm Chocolate Cake

This was SO timely!

Shawnie at 71 toes posted this on the perfect day - my birthday!

So of course I just HAD to try it.

But, in order for me to be able to eat it, I made some adjustments (but nothing major).

Here you go:

4 oz. butter (one cube or 1/2 cup)
7 oz. of Green and Black's Mint Chocolate
Melt on stovetop

Crack 4 large eggs into a mixing bowl with
3/4 c. Coconut sugar.
Beat together

Add 1 tsp. vanilla
Stir in melted chocolate mixture.

Sprinkle 1/2 c. spelt flour and
1/4 tsp. baking powder over the top and stir until barely combined. 
Pour in greased Bundt pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Cake will not look done.
Take out and let sit for 15 minutes (I set the timer again).
Serve immediately after the second 15 minutes is up. 
Warm and gooey. 
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and berries if you wish.  

This cake was a BIG hit with the whole family! It get's to be added to our collection!

And you know - it's even good cold. There was one sliver of a piece that I finished off this morning (after all, it was my birthday cake!

If you haven't gone to, you really should. I'm not much of a blog reader/follower but I check this one out everyday. And her recipes are posted on Thursdays.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Apples and Almond Butter

{wish I could figure out how to rotate this picture - sorry!}

This is my favorite breakfast/lunch/snack!

It is super-easy when I don't have a lot of time (which is most of the time).

I make this in about 2 minutes before leaving for our son's baseball game. And it was the perfect snack. (Even the kiddos had some)

The Almond Butter I LOVE is from Living Tree. It is SO good!! (And they also have Pecan Butter, Cashew Butter and Coconut Butter that I love too - plus others!)

Which leads me to what I have been thinking of lately....

"Eating healthy is SO expensive!!" and "It's too expensive to eat healthy!" (I've heard these before, and I've even thought this myself years ago)

Is eating healthy really expensive?

I don't think so.

Sure, it costs me A LOT more to buy this yummy almond butter and organic apples, but that's OK. These are high quality foods that will support my perfect health. No more of the Jiffy peanut butter that you can get for a buck. That stuff is just loaded with junk you don't need and made with low quality ingredients. So much of what you buy at the grocery store is low quality - but it's at a great price!! (Or so we think)

Low-cost food and high cost medical bills? Which would I rather have?

A few weeks ago our family went to Alpine for Spring Break. We were out of our routine and way of eating. The kids were SO excited to buy whatever they wanted for meals for those days. Well, what we bought for those 4 or 5 days cost us WAY more than what we usually spend on groceries. And by the end of the week we had runny noses, stomach aches and head aches (I won't name the guilty!) 

But not me! I had "clean" food. I ate salads every night. No flour products and hardly any sugar. I felt fantastic!

But, the one thing I've found is that bad habits are hard to break! Any habit for that fact. And eating healthy seems to be the unpopular thing to do. At least that has been my case. Oh well. I'm trying to do what is best for MY body and teaching my family as I go along. And I've also found that it is HARD and there is SO much to learn. But I think that I would be doing my family disservice if I didn't teach them about health. Seems like I've been on this mission of health since my mid-teens. And I'm finally getting somewhere. Wish I would have known this a whole lot earlier, but I am so glad for all that I have learned and continue to learn!

Friday, March 8, 2013

HERSHEY'S Disappearing Cake

This came from a Hershey's Book "Hershey's Homemade". The same book that we got our brownie recipe from. But here is how we modified it:

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups spelt flour
3/4 cup raw cacao
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 3/4 cup milk (any)

In large mixer bowl, beat butter, coconut oil, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.

Add eggs and beat well.

Add dry ingredients and milk and mix thouroughly.

Pour batter into glass 9x13 pan and back on 350 for 35-40 minutes

I would show you a picture, but the cake disappeared :)

The pan was pretty much scraped clean! This was an absolute keeper - kids loved it!

{And coconut sugar hides really well in chocolate}

Thursday, March 7, 2013


A few weeks ago I made Macadamia nut cookies. I wanted to try some so I made a healthy version. The differences were in the sugar and the flour.

For the "white" cookies I used regular white and brown sugar and all-purpose flour. For the "healthy" cookies I used coconut sugar and spelt flour.

Here is the recipe {for the healthy version, of course}:

1 egg
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (or white chips and macadamia nuts)

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Why is it that "healthy" doesn't look "pretty". That's the hardest part about eating healthy, or better. Desserts just don't have the prettiness that regular treats do. And my kids are really wanting the "white" stuff lately.

Trick - don't keep it in the house. While we do have white and brown sugar, you won't find any all-purpose flour anywhere. It's whole grains around here! Sugar is a pretty bad habit to break - I know because I used to be a junk food junkie!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Banana Bread

This recipe came from a book that we got for a wedding present ~ Betty Crocker's New Cookbook.

I just added my little twist:

1 1/4 cups coconut sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3-4 medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup milk (any)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups whole grain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Mix sugar and butter.

Stir in eggs until well blended.

Add bananas, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until moistened.

Pour into greased pans.

Bake at 350.

{and the kids love it! This rarely keeps longer than a day}