healthy snacks

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread

It's full confession time: I am what I call a "wishful gardener." This is usually my pattern in the springtime: Get lots of flowers, veggies and other plants. Plant them and be super enthusiastic about them and care for them as much as I can. Then, when summer rolls around and I get busy- many of my plants die and I can only manage to care for a few. This is what happened to my veggies this year- including my "wishful" zucchini plant. So, instead of having an overabundance of zucchini growing in my garden that I need to use up, I made this yummy bread because I bought a bit too much zucchini at the store and didn't want it to go to waste! 

There is my full confession as a wishful gardener! I really do love gardens and plants, but so often my passion for food wins in the end! So, since I have been able to keep a few pots of flowers in front of my house alive this very dry summer, I will stick to that in the coming years. Next season for my deck I will be planting a few pots of succulents or other low water plants and planting more bushes and low water natives in my backyard. It is better for the earth and better for me- no gardening guilt! Ha ha! 

Here's the yummy recipe for the bread that came of buying too much zucchini! 

Lemon Ginger Zucchini Bread: 

3 eggs

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

zest of 2 small lemons or one large lemon

1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini

3/4 cup cassava flour

1 1/4 cups almond flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

1. Heat the oven to 375 F. 

2. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan with coconut oil or pan spray. 

3. Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. 

4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. Then, add the batter to the pan. 

5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (no wet batter is attached) 

-Let the loaf cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. 

Enjoy! 

Fresh Garbanzo Beans with Chili and Lime!

fresh garbanzo beans with chili and lime

This recipe came out of the fact that I bought an interesting new ingredient at the Mexican grocery store. I began to look up ways to cook these fresh garbanzo beans and I found that you could cook them in a frying pan. Who knew? I am so excited by this new ingredient. This recipe makes an amazing snack or side dish that is so flavorful! I love the tang of the lime and the chili and salt that hits your tongue as you pop a fresh garbanzo bean out of the pod and into your mouth, such a fun experience! I love it! Do you love to try new ingredients? I hope that you have fun with this simple and fun recipe! 

I hope that you have a chance to experience this fun ingredient soon! 

You can find these fresh garbanzo beans here locally at various Mexican markets, or you can find them at Winco stores in the section by the fresh chili peppers and mushrooms by the produce. 

Fresh Garbanzo Beans with Chili and Lime: 

2 cups fresh garbanzo beans

olive oil

fresh juice from 1 lime

1 teaspoon ground chili powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Drizzle in olive oil and heat. 

2. Add in the fresh garbanzo beans still in their pods. 

3. Fry the garbanzos in the olive oil until browned. 

4. Let the garbanzos cool in a bowl off heat. Then, add the lime juice, chili powder and kosher salt. Toss to coat. 

5. Serve as a delicious side dish or a fun, healthy snack. Yum! Note: To eat, you will savor the chili, lime outside, then take off the outer shell of the bean and pop the bean in your mouth. This is a really fun snack! 

Coffee & Cacao Granola

coffee and cacao granola

Ah! Breakfast really is my most favorite meal of the day! I absolutely love to eat and love food, so along my health journey this year I have looked for ways to creatively make all of my meals very healthy but at the same time very interesting and pleasing to the palate. I believe this is the way that we will eat healthy. Our eyes and our tastes must be happy at each meal. Each dish must evoke joy in its presence at the table. This is living! 

Coffee is something that really wakes you up not only with the caffeine but with the strong flavors. That is why I was attracted to the original recipe in Food and Wine magazine that this granola is based on. This granola has a wonderful combination of the pungent taste of coffee, the yummy flavor of cacao and the kosher salt really keeps your taste buds going back for more! 

I added in some almond flour for some additional protein to this recipe and also I love the combination of the coconut sugar and the maple syrup. This granola is not cloyingly sweet like most are. It has a balance of flavors that intrigue the palate and go perfectly with the tang of yogurt and the sweetness of fruit to make an amazing start to your day! 

I hope that you make a batch of this granola and enjoy it to start your day or make it for a friend for a lovely gift. I plan on giving this away to my friends and meal clients this week. Enjoy! 

Coffee and Cacao Granola: 

Adapted from a Food and Wine recipe, May 2017

7 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats

1/2 cup finely ground coffee or decaf coffee

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/3 cup gluten free flour mix

1/4 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder (or plain cocoa powder)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 sticks vegan margarine- cut into small pieces and frozen on plate (I like to use Earth Balance) 

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup brewed coffee (cold) 

1/4 cup molasses

1. Heat the oven to 350F. 

2. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 

3. In a large bowl toss together the rolled oats, coffee, coconut sugar, gluten free flour mix, almond flour, cacao powder and kosher salt. 

4. Mix in the small pieces of frozen vegan margarine. Make sure they are evenly distributed and coat all of the mixture. 

5. Stir in the maple syrup, coffee and molasses. Make sure all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated. 

6. Spread the mixture out evenly between the two baking sheets. 

7. Bake the granola for around 30 minutes. Stop to stir every 10 minutes. Make sure it is crisp. 

8. Cool completely before serving. Store in a zip lock bag or a glass jar or container with a lid. 

Serve with yogurt and fruit. I also like to make a breakfast with cut up fruit, put yogurt or coconut yogurt on top, then nut butter, then this granola! Yummy!! 

Enjoy! 

 

 

Almond, Flax and Seed Crackers

Delicious Almond, Flax and Seed Crackers!

Because I have very busy days as a self taught gluten free chef, working on my blog and also working on my business as a Josephine chef cooking meals for my clients I need a lot of healthy snacks! 

I love snacks that are super healthy and have lots of protein, yet don't require a lot of preparation once they are made. It is wonderful to be able to grab something like a healthy cracker and some nut butter with a cup of tea to relax with during my work breaks throughout the day. 

If you are a super busy person with a lot of tasks to do during the day I am sure you can relate. I hope that you enjoy baking up a batch of these snack crackers to have on hand. They are so pretty because they have an organic shape and they would be lovely at a party as well served with hummus or other dips. 

Enjoy the recipe! 

Almond Flax and Seed Crackers: 

Adapted from a recipe from Bon Apetit

1 cup gluten free old fashioned oats

3/4 cup finely chopped almonds

1/3 cup ground flax seed

1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

3 tablespoons poppy seeds

1 teaspoon kosher salt

4 teaspoons coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

3/4 cup room temperature water

parchment paper + baking sheet

 

1. Preheat your oven to 375F. 

2. In a large bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients. Then, stir in the coconut oil and the maple syrup. Mix in the water and let the mixture sit to soak for 10 minutes. 

3. After soaking for 10 minutes, place the mixture on a piece of parchment paper the size of the baking sheet. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and roll the dough out until very thin, or about 1/8 inch thick. Peel off the top layer of parchment paper and place on the baking sheet. 

3. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Then, flip the cracker over and peel off the parchment to bake on the other side. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Take the crackers out of the oven and then when they are cooled, break apart and enjoy! 

I love having these crackers as a high protein snack and also I love to put nut butter on them. Yum! 

Enjoy these crackers as a daily snack or as a fun appetizer for a party served with a dip like hummus! 

With care,

Trista