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Making Baking Work For Your Household

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

bread

It may be that you want to make your bread and know it will save you money, but you just aren’t sure how to go about doing so. You may be worried that you don’t have the time or a machine. You may also be worried about how to build it into your meal plans. Here are a few tips to get you started saving money by making your own baked goods.

No Machine

Not having a bread machine is not a problem at all. In fact I have found that it is easier for me to make bread from scratch in my oven than in a bread machine. I can make it in various shapes and sizes. This comes in handy when tying to fit your homemade bread into a lunch for school or work. all you need is a detailed but simple recipe with ingredients you usually have in your kitchen every day.

Time

Find a recipe that works for your time schedule. My favorite bread recipe is Amish White Bread. It takes about two and half hours to make and a good portion of that time is waiting for the bread to rise. I can go about my daily routine while the bread dough does its thing. What also is a time saver for me when baking is to double the recipe. I end up with four loaves of fluffy white bread rather than two. You may think that’s too much bread, but home cooked bread seems to go faster in my home than store bought bread.

Fitting It Into Meals

Store bought bread to go along with a chili or stew seems a little sad, but homemade bread is heartier and seems to go better with a crock pot soup, chowder, stew, or chili. It’s also a great stand alone snack.

You can also add your homemade bread to a lunch box. There is an easy fix if you are worried your cut bread is too big for a sandwich bag or that it will crumble to bits before lunch time. Make bread muffins in a muffin pan. They will fit in a sandwich bag and has a crust all around it to keep it from turning to crumbs. Just add a small container of butter and a cooling block and you are set to go.


Healthy, Grain Free Coconut Flour Cake

Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

cake with text

The words “healthy” and “cake” are rarely ever used in the same sentence, much less the same title for a recipe. It doesn’t seem real or right to have cake that tastes good and is good for you, but it’s true and it’s possible.

There are generally two main ingredients that make cake bad for our health and for our waist line: white flour and white sugar. Replacing those two ingredients with other fillers that may not be as bad (like wheat flour or even gluten free mixes) don’t necessarily transform a cake into something nutritious. However, if you use coconut flour, it is a good source of fiber, protein, and healthy fat. When you replace the sugar with raw honey, you reap the benefits of the raw honey. Raw honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and is full of antioxidant properties, all great for immunity.

Talk about having your cake and eating it, too. Once you have cake like this, you’ll have a very hard time going back to cake that’s full of empty fattening calories. Keep in mind that you can adjust any recipe to your preference. So, if you prefer it sweeter, just add more honey. If it’s too sweet, just cut the amount in the recipe.

Here’s how to make tasty, good-for-you cake!

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
10 eggs
3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup raw honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

In a bowl, mix the coconut flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until no clumps are left.

Combine the coconut oil, vanilla extract, and eggs until well blended.

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.

Grease a 9 by 13 inch pan (I like to use Pyrex).

Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

cake 1

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.

cake 2

Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

 

cake 3

Yum!


Thrifty Tip: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

oat flour chocolate chip with text

Lately, I have been on a mission to make a healthy, tasty oat flour chocolate chip cookie. In my first attempt, the cookie tasted amazing. The only problem was that all the cookies melted into one big cookie. Again, not the worst thing in the world. The whole family loved the cookie(s). But, I didn’t want to bake one cookie; I wanted many cookies! So, I tried again. I tried a no bake recipe that I later transformed into a chocolate peanut butter oatmeal baked cookie. That was good but still not what I had in mind.

Then, last night, I tried again. I found another recipe. I modified the original to suit our tastes. So, here’s what I did.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups oat flour
1/2-3/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
chocolate chips (as much as you like)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.

3. Then, mix all the dry ingredients in a smaller bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well blended. Then, fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Put the bowl into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

6. Then, scoop onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove and enjoy! They tasted amazing with my coffee this morning!

Now, I have to say that these cookies are a great improvement from the others. They are good and generally hold together (although they are crumbly). I don’t think that my quest is over. However, I’m happy with what we have today.

Does anyone else get on kicks like this? I am determined to find or create a recipe that tastes great, not just good, and holds together nicely. Trust me, when I find or make it, you will hear about it! 😉


From Good To Great: Fixing A “Pretty Good” Recipe

Posted on March 13th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

cookies final with text

You may have heard of the best selling business/leadership book called Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap… And Others Don’t. I only mention the title of the book because it’s what came to mind when a recipe I made (and considered quite good) was transformed because my husband didn’t think it was “great.”

This is the recipe I just tried yesterday. It’s a yummy, healthy no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bar recipe. Here’s what happened. Rather than put it in the refrigerator, I left it out and it didn’t harden. And, while I was out running errands, our children dug in. I came back only to find that they had grabbed spoons and begun eating right out of the pan. (I wish I had taken a picture of that!) It was clear that they liked the non-bar bars, but my husband wasn’t a fan. He said he’d prefer baked cookies.

no bake

So, I took the remaining gooey bars, added a teaspoon of baking soda and a cup of white flour to form a batter.

cookie batter

Then, I spooned cookies onto a cookie sheet. I did this part quickly, as you can see (because I was fixing lunch at the same time. You know how it is, right?) By the way, another reason to do it quickly is to limit the amount of batter you “taste” while you are getting all that batter onto the baking sheet! 😉

cookies raw

I baked them at 350 for about 10-12 minutes and ta-da…Here they are! I transformed our “good” no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars into “great” chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies. I feel just as good about the children (and the hubby) eating them. And, by the way, now they are all eating them! 😉

cookies final

Have you ever transformed one of your good recipes into a “great” one?

 


Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted on March 10th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

cookie with text

I don’t know one mother who doesn’t think about how to get her children to eat healthy or healthier foods. Whether it’s sneaking healthy foods into their favorites or trying to make healthy foods tastier, it seems to be every mother’s mission to get those kiddos to eat something nutritious. I, too, share that mission.

One of the ways I do that is by finding healthier ways to make baked goods. I have used coconut flour, almond flour, and combinations of those with organic white flour in order to get them to eat healthier baked goods. And, while we have made variations of oatmeal cookies, I found a recipe using oat flour at just the right time. Since we recently joined a co-op and I got a great deal on organic rolled oats, I have 25 pounds of oats to do something with. 😉

So, in case you’re on a similar mission and would like your children eat healthier cookies, you may want to try this recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup oat flour (I just put a cup of oatmeal in my food processor for this part)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar or honey*
1/2 cup coconut oil
pinch of salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix all wet ingredients in a large bowl and dry ingredients in a smaller bowl.

3. If you haven’t bought oat flour, just put about a cup of oatmeal into a food processor until finely ground.

oatmeal oatmeal 2

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet until thoroughly blended.

5. Fold in the chocolate chips.

6. Use a spoon to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

one cookie cookie final

*I used honey (even though the original recipe called for sugar). As a result, when I baked the cookies (plural), they melted into one big cookie! So, if you decide to use honey, add some extra oat flour! :) In the end, as you can see, the “cookie” was a big hit!

How do you make baked goods healthier for your kiddos?

 


Go-To Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on December 23rd, 2014 by Discount Debbie

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Our family was recently invited to a “potluck” type Christmas party. And my husband suggested that since we have so many hatch peppers growing in our garden, we should make and take something featuring our peppers. Well, I put the peppers in almost every entree I make, but I don’t make anything that “features” them. So, I looked online for a recipe and found one. I wasn’t quite sure about it but it was worth a try. The only problem is that I should have tried it out for us before making it on the day of the party.

Long story short, it was not good. I needed a plan be and fast. Thankfully, a fast, easy, tried, AND tested recipe came in handy. They are healthier than most cookies but still so yummy. We use all organic ingredients, including raw honey and raw milk (from a local dairy). This is our latest go-to recipe just around the house, partly because they are tasty and healthy but mostly because they are very easy to make. They saved the day for us.

If you need an easy, tasty, and healthy back up, here it is.

Ingredients

3/4 cup flour

1 1/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup ground flax

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil or butter (melted)

1/2 cup honey or maple syrup

2 Tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, depending on your taste preference

Directions:

1. Combine all the dry ingredients into a small bowl and mix.

oatmeal

2. Mix all wet ingredients in a large bowl (make sure you have melted the oil or butter you are using).

melting oil

3. Pour the dry ingredients into the large bowl and blend.

3. Mix in the chocolate chips.

4. With a spoon, form cookies and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 10-12 at 350.

6. Enjoy!

cookies

What are your favorite go-to quick, easy, and healthy recipes?

 

 


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