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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free



oat bake samich

Looks familiar, right?

Buckwheat bake?

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Nope!  Many of you have asked if you can use different flours for the buckwheat bakes.  Oat flour definitely works!  I ground this fresh, in my blender, from steel cut oats.  To make oat flour, you have to grind the whole oat groat.  Steel cut oats are just oat groats cut in a few pieces, so that works too.  I’m not sure if grinding rolled oats would work.  It might absorb liquid differently, but would most likely be okay.

The bake was not as voluminous as the buckwheat bakes, but I loved the flavor!

Oats have a subtle sweetness to them, in comparison to heartier buckwheat.  The moisture level of this was perfect!  It was thick enough it could be cut, but definitely not too dry.  I always feel like buckwheat needs a bit of sweetness added, but oats do not.

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Why would I cut it in half?  To make a samich of course!

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This was 100% messy + 100% amazing.

Stuffed with bananas, jelly + peanut butter.  I ended up eating it with a fork! 

Oat Flour Bake [serves 1]

  • 1/3c oat flour [ground from oat groats]
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 1.5t vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • 2T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Grease a small baking dish [4-5” diameter].
  3. In a bowl mash the banana until wet.
  4. Whisk in egg, then milk + vanilla.
  5. Mix in flour, chia seeds, cinnamon and baking powder.
  6. Pour into baking dish + bake for 30min.  The top will be cracked and the edges will pull away from the dish.
  7. Slide a knife around the edge of the dish, and flip over onto a plate. 
  8. Flip over + top away!  Or, cut in half and eat sandwich style.

I really enjoyed the oat flour for the bake.  I would say that I prefer the oat flour flavor, slightly more than buckwheat flour flavor.  However, buckwheat bakes hold me over much longer and are slightly more nutrient dense.

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Chris + I spent another full day at the house, focusing on taping + painting. 

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It’s really hard to tell what the color actually looks like from where we were cutting it in, but it’s a light creamy/gray.  The main living room has 1 full coat on now and we love the color.  It’s going to look much better when paper is pulled off the floor, because right now everything has a pink glow to it!

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We used the Mythic paint [non-toxic, no-VOC] for the main living space walls.  I thought we would only need 1 coat, but the wall texture just wasn’t cooperating.  After letting 1 full coat dry, we could see white coming through in numerous spots.  I applied a fairly thick coat, applied quite a bit of pressure, and used a 3/4” roller head, but not of that was enough. 

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I need to keep my painting game face on and get the walls wrapped up this week!

Maybe this is why I fall off ladders…

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Wacky wide-angle view!

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Back to work on the walls tomorrow.  I also need to pick up paint for the bedrooms.  I think it will be something similar and pretty neutral.  It’s hard to do anything too creative, color-wise right now, since the house is completely empty.  Once we’re in the house for awhile and get all of the important things done, then I’ll consider applying some fun accent colors.

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Monday to-do:

  • order back splash
  • order tile
  • order 2 ceiling fans
  • donate old fans
  • list stove on craigslist [that was left in the house]
  • buy bedroom wall paint
  • put on 2nd coat in living room + 2 coats in dining room
  • order new 2 new smoke detectors
  • grocery store
  • pack

Oh my my my…we’ll see how much of that I actually get done!



hello, Sunday

Gooooood morning!! 

Last night, complete exhaustion set it and I just couldn’t open my computer.  I figured I could get this post up while my breakfast was baking away this morning though!  The local natural food store [Natural Grocers] has been out of raw buckwheat groats for a few weeks now!  I’m all out and so sad.  I’m trying a bake this morning made with oat flour that I just ground in my blender.  We’ll see how it works!

Yesterday, after feeling a bit overloaded with eggs + maple syrup, I stuck with a simple batch of Steel Cut Oats.  

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I love the crunch + chew that Steel Cut Oats retain after cooking them.  It was packed with almond milk, banana, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Toppings included: Love Grown Foods Cocoa Goodness, currants, PB and walnuts. 

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Every last bite was enjoyed, but about 3 hours later I was already hungry again.  Nothing holds me over like the buckwheat bakes, especially this monstrosity.

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I thought I would show a few house photos from yesterday.

I know you can’t really tell here, but it’s evident in person.

There are lines on my ceilings!!!  They’re most noticeable in the living + dining rooms and were driving me nuts.  I don’t think I was using enough paint on the roller, but also think it had something to do with the paint.  I’ve been using a lot of Olympic No-VOC paint from Lowes, and it’s just not cutting it!  I’ll be giving a huge paint review when things are more wrapped up and go over the details. 

The ceilings were repainted with another brand of No-VOC paint, which also didn’t cover the best.  I may go insane if I have to paint them a 3rd time!

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I’m excited to start painting the walls today.  We’re using Mythic Paint [which so far has been lovely!] which was given to me free by Mythic, in return for a review.  I have two cans of color for the walls, that will be used in the living + dining room + super small hallway.

Yesterday, Pat [Chris’s bro] came up to help for the day.  The boys got a bit of dry-walling done and helped me tape off the ceilings and paint some trim.

This is what used to be the doorway, in the master bedroom, that went into the bathroom.  We’re closing it up, since there is only 1 bathroom in the house.  We want it a bit more private and that door took up a LOT of wall-space in the small bedroom.

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Remember our lovely opening??  My uncle had to get a bit creative fixing it, because the electrician made quite the mistake when he cut holes out of the structural beam running at the top.  Eeeek!  The wall isn’t structural for the house standing up, but it’s structural for that part of the ceiling + beam above to not fall down!

We had a lot of new wiring done too.  We needed a few extras switches + outlets installed, along with power for a dishwasher and disposal, which were not previously in the house.  The wiring for the washer + dryer were also flipped around, so they are no longer in the kitchen!

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Crazy tools, that my uncle is letting us borrow.  See the DeWalt compressor on the right?  I fell off a ladder onto that the other day and have the bruise to prove it.  OW!

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This closet will soon be extended out and split in half.  The washer + dryer will be on one side, and the other will be for clothing.  There is just no other logical place for the w/d to go.

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Drywall masters!

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You can see the back of our fridge in the kitchen now!  We had that delivered last weekend.  It was actually a Craigslist find and is brand new!  We didn’t realize the owners would be taking the refrigerator [somehow overlooked that!] and panicked when we realized we had to buy another big appliance.  Then, we also realized, we had to buy a counter-depth fridge because of it’s location.  Typically refrigerators are about 36” deep.  The counter depth fridge is about 27” and of course costs more because it is a special size.  Luckily we found exactly what we wanted on CL.  Like I said, it was brand new and the owner delivered it for a total cost of $1000.  It retails for over $1700, so we considered that a great deal!

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Woohoo!  Hole is covered!

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Bathroom side still needs some work!

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Isn’t the vanity area lovely?? hahaha 

We’re hoping to do a complete bathroom remodel in 1-2yrs.  For now, we’ll just be making a few easy changes to clean it up a bit. 

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We will be removing all of the handicap accessibility bars and filling them in with caulk. 

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I finished painting all of the trim yesterday, which I was so excited about.  It ended up looking great.  There are a few pieces that have to be replaced, that will need painting, but that is 90% done!

We decided to paint all of the trim white, so it looked bright + clean.  We first went with a semi-gloss finish, but it was way too shiny for my  liking.  Luckily, I only painted a few areas to test, and then realized I didn’t like it.  From there, we decided to move 1 step down to a satin finish.  Still has a nice shine and very easy to clean.

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The kitchen is coming along as well.  The boys + my uncle hung some dry wall to cover the holes where the soffit was ripped out.  We’ll also be plastering everything over, to get a nice smooth finish so the walls can be painted.

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There isn’t a ton we can do today, because we’re waiting on a few things, but I’m hoping to finally get color on some of the walls!!

We shall see! :)