Jul
6
2010

Baking (and unbaking) Bonanza

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I hope everyone had a more than fantastic holiday weekend! I know I needed the extra time to unwined from life. I even went computer- (and email)-less for two whole days. It was great. I spent my time exercising (oh yeah!), hanging out with friends, attending a barbeque or two, hosting a barbeque, working out in the garden, and lounging by the pool.

Over the past few days, maybe even weeks, I’ve seen a few banana bread recipes, along with carrot cake, zucchini bread, and peanut butter bars, popping up on various blogs. It must be the abundance of veggies due to gardens exploding left and right.

Since I really don’t like to follow recipes and I couldn’t just pick one specific item to make, I made a combination of… well, everything. Let’s take a look at my baking adventures, shall we?

One recipe, in particular, did catch my eye. A few days ago, Katie posted a recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins which not only sounded great, but looked super gooey and cookie-dough-batter-y, so I decided to work off of this blueprint.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Banana Zucchini Muffins

  • 3/4 cup flour (chickpea/fava bean flour mix)
  • 3 T PB2 (see note below) almond meal (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp guar gum (only if using gluten free flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 2 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup 2 Tbsp raw sugar + a few drops of liquid Vanilla Stevia
  • 1 T canola oil 3 Tbsp plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips 1 cup shredded zucchini

Mix banana, eggs, vanilla, sugar, Stevia, and yogurt in small bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, guar gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in wet and mix until just combined. Fold in shredded zucchini.

Fill muffin tins about 3/4 full and bake at 350 for 15-20 min.

My variation was a little on the dry side but still pretty tasty. Thanks Katie for letting me steal your recipe and post it as my own!

For every baked item, one is required to unbake two. Or at least that’s what I did. ;)

Again with the zucchini love, I created these little guys as a quick zucchini drop cookie recipe. Raw, of course.

Raw Zucchini Drop Cookies (ingredients listed but exact measurements are still pending… when I start actually measuring what I’m dropping into the bowl. Will report back!)

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw sugar (larger chunks make a nice texture and taste)
  • liquid Vanilla Stevia
  • few dashes cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • handful raisins

Mix all ingredients together, tasting dough, if you wish (or as I do) for quality control and to see if you need to make any adjustments.

Dehydrate at 105 degrees until done to your liking. I have mine in the heater right now. I’m guessing it will take at least 4 to 5 hrs of dehydrating time, but I’ll let you know for sure tomorrow.

Stay tuned for updates on the dehydrating cookies, along with an additional recipe, which is also being dehydrated but remains unpictured as I forgot to snap a photo.

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Mama Thomas July 6, 2010 at 1:22 PM

ah…can I borrow your fantastic deyhrator? I am totally impressed.

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Katie July 6, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Gah those muffins look so good! Too bad that my zucchini haven’t exploded yet. You’ll have to remind when I post them that I have to make these!

I made some really great noochy-zucchini muffins last summer when the squashes were going nuts. I have to find that recipe.

Way to go wireless for the weekend!!!
.-= Katie´s last blog ..An egg-cellent recipe =-.

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Lauren July 6, 2010 at 6:15 PM

ohh creative! I like! I cant believe you have a problem with your muffins being too dry. Mine are almost always wayyy to doughy. Sometimes basically raw. Its so sad… we should combine and divide by two our baking temps and times!
.-= Lauren´s last blog ..Neener- =-.

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Sarah (GF vegan) July 6, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog :)

These muffins and drop-cookies look so good! Can’t wait to try out the muffins in particular.

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Monica July 7, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Wow, I’m really fascinated by your use of chickpea and fava flour in those muffins. They really turned out great. I’m like you – I can never follow a recipe word for word. I always have to add a little of one thing, substitute something else, whatever. It’s all good (usually, except for when it’s a total disaster). =)
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Slowing Down at CrazySexyLifecom =-.

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Pure2raw twins July 7, 2010 at 9:29 AM

The muffins looked great on Katies, and yours look beyond amazing!! YUM!!

And the zucchini bites, can have one??

Glad you had a great weekend, Lori and I have been spending less time in front of computer while we are home.

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Ashlei July 10, 2010 at 11:50 AM

What a unique idea! Raw zuke cookies! They look really fantastic! :)
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Indian-Spiced Halibut With Grilled Vegetables =-.

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Michelle July 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Ooh – those zucchini cookies/drops look good. We got literally baskets of squash from our CSA back in early June, but I guess the squash season is slowing down in San Antonio, because we haven’t gotten any lately. I’ll file this recipe away for next time I have pounds of squash to use up.

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Henry Barnes October 5, 2010 at 11:24 PM

the thing i like about stevia is that it is tooth friendly“*

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