SUPERFOODS – Hip or Hype? (+ A muffin recipe!)
It’s Newletter Time! This month I go over the facts on Superfoods. Go here to read my newsletter & learn more about Acai, Goji, Carob & Salba
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One of the superfoods I discuss is Carob. I had a rocky start with Carob. If you went to Brisbane P.S. in Erin, Ontario during the 80′s you may recall that dark time when a well-meaning parent changed our hot dogs to chicken hot dogs (that were GREEN!), and our desserts to Sesame Snaps and some kind of carob treat. The Nerve! After that I developed love for sesame snaps and a distaste for carob. Luckily healthy food has taken a turn for the better so our kids can enjoy healthy and delicious food.
Once I became a nutritionist and I did learn about the nutritional value of carob, I was still hesitant to embrace Carob. But I was reading jae steele’s cookbook ‘Get it Ripe’ where she mentions embracing carob for what it is and not thinking of it as a substitute, I thought, I’ll give it a chance. Her Carob Chai Cake with Cardamom Icing sounded like a good way to start! After that I tried a few other recipes until I finally got up the nerve to put it into some muffins. They were a hit! Give them a try and let me know if you also turned a page and have become accepting of the mighty carob!
Laurie’s Cranberry Carob Muffin
These muffins contain no eggs or dairy, so they are fine for a child 10 months and over
- 1/2 C dates, chopped fine (approx. 20 dates)
- 1 C boiling water
- 1/2 C dried cranberries
- 2/3 C sucanat (or brown sugar) **learn about sucanat here**
- 1/3 C milk (rice, almond, soy or cow’s )
- 1/3 C sunflower oil
- 3 T ground flax seeds (or salba!)
- 2 t vanilla
Combine all of the ingredients above in a medium bowl and set aside to cool while you combine the dry ingredients.
- 1 C light spelt flour (or whole wheat)
- 1/2 C whole spelt flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 1/2 C carob flour
- 1 t baking soda
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t nutmeg
- 1/2 t ginger
Sift together the dry ingredients. Ensure that the carob flour, which can be chunky, does break down into the flour.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Combine until the dry ingredients are fully absorbed into the wet. Put into a greased muffin tin. Bake at 350 deg. for 15 minutes, until a knife inserted into the middle muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!
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