Sunday, January 31, 2010

Bake Day..

After an afternoon at the beach the rest of the day was spent baking. It's not exactly wonderful weather for baking, but it's much easier to do the baking for breakfast and snacks and such on a Saturday or Sunday. We tuck it away in the freezer until we need it, which is really great for things like bread because it seems that we go through it like crazy around here. In fact, there's another batch brewing on the counter downstairs and promises of bagels tomorrow after we restock on honey. Today we made Mom's Applesauce Cake, which is a recipe we haven't tried yet with our natural sweeteners. We decided to use coconut sugar, and we can't wait to try it out.

Then there was a batch of large Honey Bran Muffins for our Monday Muffin Madness breakfasts we have around here. I omitted the raisins (I was out) and walnuts (we don't like them) and I split the honey and molasses 50/50.

There's also a dozen and a half raspberry muffins for our Monday Muffin Madness, they were highly requested by the guys so I decided to make them a batch.

Whole Wheat Pancakes, the boys love having these for breakfast. I usually use 3 "scoops" of stevia in place of the sugar and I swap the white flour for our whole wheat.

Cherry Oatmeal Bars, the fruit in the middle isn't always the same. Depends on what we have on hand or what might need using up. We had a bowl of cherries we needed to use, so we did. I have to say Oatmeal Bars tend to go over way better in the summer then a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal. Especially when they get a smoothie with it.

Homemade Chocolate & Vanilla pudding. The idea was to make pudding pops. Our ice cream maker isn't working at the moment and it dawned on my children have never indulged in a pudding pop. Unfortunately they aren't going to be greeted with one at snack time tomorrow either because their popsicle mold still had blueberry popsicles in them! This pudding never lasts long around here. We often use Laura's recipe from Heavenly Homemakers, but this time I went out on a limb and used stevia for the chocolate pudding. No one's eaten it (more then a lick) and the lick passed the test. Which means we'll be making both forms that way (in place of the sweetener called for use 1/4 t of stevia & 1-2 T coconut sugar or maple syrup, you may need more for the chocolate depending on how sweet you prefer your chocolate..)

Tomorrow it's bread baking and bagel making, not to mention another batch of breakfast cookies for the weekend. Not to mention tortillas and a few marinades for dinner(s)

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