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GF Pumpkin Millet Muffins with Cranberries

wpid-2014-08-31-10.17.00.jpg.jpegHere is my new healthier version of a very Fall favourite muffin. Millet and Pumpkin go so well together and with all the spices and lightly sweet coconut sugar these muffins are the perfect chilly morning with tea kind of treat.
I chose to use half almond flour and half prepared gluten free flour mix but you could go all almond flour or go the other way and swap out the almond flour completely to make these nut free (omit the pumpkin seeds too then of course). Might change the baking time slightly but just keep an eye on them as they near the 25 minute mark. You could also use organic wheat flour if you wish. I use a full fat Greek goat yogurt here but you could use a dairy version or even buttermilk if you wish but do your body a favour and stay with organic and do not try to use a light yogourt. Only other ingredient detail to mention I think would be the cranberries, I only have juice sweetened cranberries in my kitchen, if you haven’t tried them yet I suggest you do, they are SO much tastier and better for you than the oiled sugar, sulphonated ones. Whole Foods carries them in bulk or every health food store should stock them. Pumpkin seeds can be purchased already toasted but to toast the millet, heat on medium high in a pan, shaking often until you hear them start to crackle and pop then remove. This recipe makes two dozen smaller muffins, filling the cups almost ¾ full but you can fill a one dozen pan to make 12 larger ones.

Oven 350 degrees
2 Muffin pans, oiled

3     large Organic Eggs
1/2  cup Coconut Oil, melted
1     cup Greek Goat Yogurt
3/4  cup Coconut Sugar
1     teaspoon Vanilla
1     can Organic Pumpkin Puree
1/2  cup Oats
1/2  cup Millet, toasted
1/2  cup Pumpkin Seeds, toasted
1/2  cup Juice Sweetened Cranberries
1     cup Almond Flour
1     cup Gluten-free Flour
2     teaspoons Baking Power
1 ½ teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2  teaspoon Sea Salt
2     teaspoons Cinnamon
1     teaspoon Ginger
1     teaspoon ground Nutmeg
1/2  teaspoons ground Cardamom

Beat Eggs with Oil, Yogourt, Coconut Sugar and Vanilla. I use a food processor but you can hand mix if you like.

Add Pumpkin, mix,

Add Oats, toasted Millet and Pumpkin Seeds, mix,

Add Cranberries, mix,

Add remaining ingredients and mix or process well.

Spoon into greased or lined muffin pan then sprinkle with coconut sugar and a few more pumpkin seeds.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes.

Home Made Almond Milk

*Addendum :  You can make quick nut milks (no soaking required)  with just a Nut-Milk-Bag_1024x1024nut bag and a good blender.  Creamy nuts like Cashews and Macadamias make great milk for coffee, tea, granola or smoothies.  Don’t be afraid to experiment either, I like  Cashew Almond or Macadamia and Toasted Coconut,  simply toss 1/2 – a full cup of nuts with  equal parts water (less or DIY-Coconut-Milk-All-Sorts-of-Pretty6more depending on the thickness you desire), a pinch of sea salt, flavour if you like: vanilla or cinnamon and/or sweetener like honey or stevia and blend until smooth.  Sheeze through the nut milk bag and you’re done!

 

I’ve been meaning to post these simple instructions on how to make your own nut milk for years, if you Google almond milk recipes you’ll find pretty much the same instructions, its super easy and much healthier and tastes fresh. You can make any sort of nut milk you like, Hazelnut is awesome, Walnut for an another example, Pecan, Brazil Nut, Macadamia, Cashew, the list goes on, or, mix more than one nut together like Almond Hazelnut! Yum! Beware this is raw, natural food so it will only keep for 3-4 days (as real food should). I used to make my nut milks with layered cheese cloth, its super cheap, you can buy it at a hardware store but eventually I bucked up and bought a re-usable nut bag, and honestly it’s well worth it. Look for future posts on using the left over nut pulp!

Makes 32 oz.
High powdered blender
Nut bag or Layers of Cheese Cloth
Pitcher or large bowl
2     cups Raw Almonds
4     cups Fresh, Spring or Filtered Water
Pinch of Sea Salt
Optional:
1    teaspoon Vanilla
Healthy Sweetener of your choice: stevia, coconut sugar, honey, maple or add dates to the soaking nuts and blend too.

Soak the almond in the filtered water over night or for 8-12 hours. Rinsing and replacing the water at least once is a good idea.

Drain and rinse your soaked almonds then blend with 4 cups of fresh water and sea salt on high for 2 minutes. If using a regular blender (not heavy duty, like a VitaMix) you may need to do two batches, blending 1/2 at a time.

Strain the milk from the pulp using your nut milk bag by squeezing as much of the milk out as possible. Add vanilla and sweeten to taste if you desire.

Reserve and store the pulp in the freezer to make other delicious recipes like crackers, cookies or bread.

Variations:

Chocolate Milk
32 oz    Almond Milk
1             tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4       cup Honey or Dark Agave
1            teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Blend.

Chai Milk

32 oz     Almond Milk
1/4        cup Honey, Maple Syrup or Dark Agave
1             teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1             teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2       teaspoon Garam Masala
1/4       teaspoon Nutmeg
Blend.

Bison, Kale, Goat and Sheep Cheese, Rice Pasta Lasagna

This lasagna is unbelievably flavourful and uses only easily digested healthy sheep and goat cheese, gluten-free pasta and nutrient dense kale. I serve it to three wheat, meat  and dairy eating people and they ALL loved it.  If you haven’t already given up beef for bison here is a link to my write-up on why it’s so much healthier for us.  I think this recipe would work just fine with ground turkey if you prefer that and, feel free to switch sheep ricotta for goat if you can find it.   I  bought all my cheese at Whole Foods.

Oven 400 degrees
Large frying pan
9×12 glass square baking pan
3          tablespoons Olive Oil
1          cup Yellow Onion, chopped
3          Garlic Cloves, minced
1 1/2  pounds ground Bison
1          tablespoon Braags
1          (28-ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes
1/2       (6-ounce) can Tomato Paste
1/2       cup fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley, chopped and divided
1/2       cup fresh Basil Leaves, chopped
1            bunch Kale, chopped (approximately 3-4 cups)
1/2       teaspoon  Sea Salt
3/4      teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
1            package Rice Lasagna Noodles
10         ounces Ricotta (Goat or Sheep), broken or chopped
5           ounces Creamy Goat Cheese, crumbled
3/4     cup grated Pecorino Romano Emma (like Parmesan but Sheep), plus 1/4 cup for  sprinkling
1          extra-large Egg, lightly beaten
1          pound fresh Goat Mozzarella, thinly sliced

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, add onions and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat or until translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the ground bison and Braags and cook over medium-low heat, breaking it up with a fork, for about 8 minutes or until just not pink (no need to fully cook).

Add the can tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, all of the basil and 1/2 teaspoon sea  salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered, over medium-low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until thickened.

Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with boiled water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse. They will be firm but bendable.

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Pecorino Romano, the egg, the remaining parsley, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.

Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9 by 12 by 2-inch rectangular glass baking dish, spreading over the bottom of the dish.

Then add the layers as follows:

Half the pasta,

half the kale,

half the mozzarella,

half the ricotta mix.

Then, another 1/3 the sauce,

the rest of the pasta,

rest of the kale,

rest of the mozzarella,

rest of the ricotta mix, and finally,

the last 1/3 of the sauce. Top with 1/4 cup of grated Pecorino Romano.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling.