Saturday, 29 April 2017

Granola Bars: Gluten And Sugar Free And YUMMY!

These yummy granola bars are gluten free [GF] and basically sugar free. They have as few sweeteners as possible - but some are needed to keep them together. The dates and raisins are healthier alternatives than filling with sugar. Eggs have been added for the purpose of keeping them together also. Experiment with alternative ingredients as you wish. Try to use organic [and local] ingredients if possible: especially the raisins and peanut butter - the "conventional" [sprayed with toxic sprays] are known to contain lots of harmful residue.

Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately:

4.5 c rolled oats
.5 c rolled barley [can be replaced with oats or alternative grain/seed]
2 c coconut flour
1.5 c dates finely chopped
1 c raisins
.5 c sunflower seeds
.75 c pumpkin seeds

1 c peanut butter
.5 c tahini
1.5 c butter [or oil but butter adds to richness and is healthier than polyunsaturated oils correlated with cancer]
2 eggs
.5 c blackstrap molasses [the most unrefined and healthiest form]
.25-.5 c honey

It helps to heat the butter slightly till it is in an oil state.

Mix all separately and then together. Oil 2 7"X11" pans.
Put ingredients in pans and press down firmly.
Heat at 350F for 20-25. Watch as the coconut flour burns easily

Let cool 20 min. before cutting. Enjoy!

Friday, 27 January 2017

Make Your Own Curry Powder - Garam Masala!

In India most people traditionally have made their own garam masala [what some in the world may call curry powder]. The homemade stuff kills the store bought mix .... as is usually the case with home prepared things.

It's real easy and well worth the time! Spices really make a meal taste fab! - if done right.

For "gm" use whole spices. They are toasted in a frying pan or a toaster over. Listen for when they start to pop. That is a sign they are almost ready.

Then you grind up or pound them to a powder. A coffee grinder can be used. Store them in a jar or freeze if you do a lot. Simple! Add to the food near the end of the cooking process. They can be used in soups, stir fries, dals, omelettes...

There are millions of variations of the spices and the amounts - depending on preferences. Here's a simple combination I have created - partially due to the availability of the spices.

1 part of each of the following seeds:
hot peppers [depends on how hot they are and how hot you like your food so alter accordingly]
turmeric [not to be roasted though]
green cardamon [remove pods]
black or brown mustard 

2 parts:

Keep a record of your mix. After trying a simple one like this one here, it's time to begin experimenting!