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

 

Saturday
Apr232011

slip n’ slide

I’ve always loved the combination of strawberries + banana.

Milkshakes?  Yup

Smoothies?  Yup

Yogurt?  Yup

I just love it.

Buckwheat bake?

Yup!

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If you want your buckwheat bake to release from the baking dish, make sure it is well greased before baking and then once it’s done, run a knife along the edge.  Then flip over onto the plate + turn right side up.  Works every time!

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I used fresh strawberries.  My first container since last summer!  I’ve been waiting and they’re juuuust slowly starting to come into season.  Last spring, I wrote a post devoted to talking about conventional vs. organic strawberries.  It’s really worth your time in reading.

For me, it’s organic strawberries, or no strawberries.  Seeing as the price is usually quite high, I definitely ate less strawberries last year, and only bought them on sale.  But to me, it was well worth it!

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I would have preferred almond butter on this bake, but I’m out!  I haven’t had time to make a new batch lately.

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However the peanut butter was delicious.  So creamy + smooth.

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As I was shooting, the peanut butter started to slip.

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And slide.

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No problem there.  Nothing better than completely melted peanut butter, topped on breakfast!

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Strawberry Banana Buckwheat Bake

  • 1/4c raw buckwheat flour [grind raw buckwheat groats in your blender until powdery]

  • 1T raw buckwheat groats

  • 1/4c nut milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/4t baking powder

  • 2t honey or maple syrup

  • 6 small/medium strawberries, quartered

  • 1/2 banana, mashed

  • 1/2 banana, sliced

  • 1/2t cinnamon

  • 1.5t vanilla extract

  • 1T chia seeds



  1. Preheat your oven to 350*

  2. Grease a 4-5” oven safe dish. [can also use 2-3 muffin tins – cook time will be shorter]

  3. In a separate bowl, mash banana, until very wet and whisk in the egg + milk.

  4. Mix in buckwheat flour, groats, honey, cinnamon, vanilla + chia seeds, until well combined.

  5. Stir in the baking powder.

  6. Stir in the strawberries.

  7. Pour into greased dish + even out.

  8. Bake for ~30min.  Test with a toothpick to ensure it’s done.

  9. Top with sliced banana + anything else you like.


*I have subbed a flax egg for a real egg and it does work, although the texture + taste are a bit different.

*You can also use oat flour instead of buckwheat flour, by grinding rolled, steel cut, or whole oat groats.  Use 5T instead of 1/4 flour + 1T groats.

*This recipe is just barely sweet.  Buckwheat is much more bland in flavor than oat flour.  If you like things sweeter, add more to the mix or add when it’s done baking.

*”Toasted buckwheat” or “kasha” is not the same as raw buckwheat groats.  Raw groats are light tan/yellow/green in color and have a very mild flavor.  Toasted, or kasha, has a very toasted/burnt flavor, that I do not recommend for this recipe.

It was very moist on the inside, which a nice thick crunchy crust.  The texture is a little muffin-like, a little breakfast bread-like and a lot delicious.

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In other news…

We have window trim!!!  It still needs to be painted, but I am in love with it.

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It’s very simple + similar to the style of trim that was originally in the house.  I wanted to keep some of the 1940’s charm throughout the house and the trim was the perfect way to make that happen.

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My uncle has also been working on the 3rd bedroom closet.  If you remember, we were extending it out, so we can fit the washer + dryer on the left half of it.  We’re going to stack the units and then use the other 1/2 to store excess clothes.  The w/d used to be located in the kitchen, which was no bueno.

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I also organized the 2nd bedroom.  You can actually walk in now and access the packed boxes and closet!  It’s hard to tell here, but this is so much more organized than a few days ago.

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See!

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And in other news…

We got a fun package from my parents today!

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Loaded with Easer + house warming goodies.  I’ll be sharing the details soon!  My dad did the shopping + the wrapping + I am quite impressed. :)

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Time to get my sleep on.  Busy day tomorrow, installing backsplash!!  Hopefully we don’t screw it up! :)

Ashley
Thursday
Apr212011

things that make you go mmmm

Things that make you go mmmm #1

A new oaterific mix, with peanut butter swirled in.

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Extra Thick Scottish Oats

  • 1/4c Scottish oats [partially ground oat groats, can grind in the blender]

  • 1T raw buckwheat groats

  • 1T oat bran

  • 3/4c nut milk

  • 3/4c water



  1. In a small pot, add dry ingredients over medium heat and toast 2-3min, stirring frequently.

  2. Add water + milk [careful, it will spatter], stir and bring to boil.

  3. Turn heat down + simmer for about 12min, until desired consistency is met.  Stir/whisk every few minutes.


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Everything I like about breakfast was in this bowl.  The texture was extremely thick + creamy, with a slight chew.  The swirled in peanut butter ensured a little pnutty goodness with every bite.  I kept the mixture simple, as I’ve been doing lately, and topped with banana, raisins, and almonds.

If this doesn’t make you say mmmmm…I’m not sure what will!  Maybe recipe #2?

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I started putting together our new fans today, but came to a halt when I realized the screws that the fan came with, were not long enough to attach to the outlet box in the ceiling.  I’m sure you want to hear about all of these exhilarating details of my day-to-day…..

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The biggest bean I’ve ever seen!  Kenna got the nickname “beans” because she is like a string bean.  Very tall + lanky + slender.  She’s a Great Dane/Lab mutt, that we found at a Great Dane rescue in Charlotte, NC.

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Whenever I’m doing ANYthing on the floor, Dakota decides to make herself known.

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She plants herself at my side, practically on top of me, and stares at me in the eyes.

Just like this.

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And then she gets even closer.

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And she never even asks if I need help.  She could have at least passed the screwdriver!

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Things that make you go mmmm #2!

More chia pudding!!  I was so excited by the first batch, that I had to make it again today.

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Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

  • 3T chia seeds

  • 3/4c water or nut milk

  • 1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1c frozen cherries [or strawberries, blueberries, etc.]

  • 1-3t raw honey [or maple syrup or 1/2 banana]



  1. Combine chia seeds, water/milk + cocoa powder in a bowl.  Stir every minute for about 20-30min, until very thick + gelled.  Again, I just kept it next to me while I worked on the computer, so I could keep stirring.

  2. Throw in blender with frozen cherries + blend until smooth.

  3. Add honey or maple syrup if needed.  You could also add 1/2 banana for sweetness + creaminess.


Since eating this the past 2 days, I swear that I have felt more hydrated.  I’m typically a big water drinker, and have not felt as thirsty after consuming this chia pudding.

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Things that make you go mmmm #3

I seriously MMMM’d out loud when I tasted this and my eyes may have bulged out of my head.  Then I tasted it again.  And again.  Then I made dinner + poured it on top of everything + mmm’d again.

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I cannot take credit for this, but Mama Pea can!  It’s her “mmmm Sauce,” and it did not disappoint.  It took all of 3min to throw together, which was the best part.  I would definitely recommend making a double batch.  This is going to be gone in no time.

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It tastes like a mix between creamy ranch + caesar salad dressing, but without anchovies or raw egg.  Between all of my tastes + tonight’s dinner, it’s already half gone.

You really need to make this.

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And a big congrats to….

Nicole @ Of Cookies & Carrots
I’ve been experimenting with my limited supply in overnight oats… Im still working on the perfect amount of liquid ;)

though I definitely want to make that pumpkin concoction as it looks HEAVENLY.

You will soon be the proud owner of a 2lb bag of chia seeds.  Thanks for everyones' entries!

Happy Friday!

Ashley