Grain free

for now!!!  Yeah, part of the healing process my family is going through.  Healing the body from the inside out, repairing the gut so the system functions well and absorbs the nutrients that will help it heal.  Then more detoxing, but with less trauma once the gut is taken care of.  All along with regular bodywork and spinal manipulation.  MCS is not fun, but there is so much learning that has been going on for all of us.  Especially in eating healthier.  So, they’ve gone gluten free, along with the corn, soy, dairy, etc etc etc.  Now the diet (at least temporarily until the gut is better) is grain free and nut free and bean free, plus a lot of other things that are not allowed.  A lot of meat and veggies and figuring out a different type of bread for them.

Enter the mighty coconut!!!  Coconut oil has been a staple since the MCS started.  Such a healing oil and can be used for almost everything.  Now we are playing with coconut flour.  Of course, dear daughter now is sensitive to coconut….  as a young child living in Florida she was allergic to palm trees and especially coconut palms.  Went through the whole allergy shot business (this was before I knew about alternative methods of doing things), and that plus time pretty much took care of that.  Since the constant use of all things coconut recently, she’s become a bit sensitive to it again.  But it’s do-able as long as it’s not overkill.

So, anyway, with the elimination of grains and nuts, dear coconut will make do.  My first foray into coconut bread was a total disaster, although the pup likes when that happens.  She loves my disasters and waits for the yummy biscuits that they become.  After several tries and a very happy four-legged, I found something that worked, that tasted good and got the A-OK from all of us.  Adapted from the original at http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/06/03/grain-free-coconut-flour-zucchini-bread-recipe/, I tweaked quite a bit to make a batch that they could eat without any problems.  I halved the original, wanting to be sure it worked, and I decided to make mini-muffins instead of a bread.   The original recipe calls for regular coconut flour, but I used a mixture of ground dried coconut and coconut flour (two very different ingredients).  I put some unsweetened dried coconut into my food processor to make what is more or less a coarse powder instead of flour.  It works.  The recipe below will make 20 mini-muffins or about 9 regular muffins.

Grandmas Coco-Zucchini Muffins/Bread

  • 1/2 large zucchini, shredded
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 6 drops Stevia (or to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 C coconut flour
  • 1/8 C coconut powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (starch free)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir well until there are no lumps.
  4. Pour into an oiled muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes (for mini muffins).
  5. Let cool, and enjoy.

This is one to play with.  Because of the new diet, sweeteners are out except for stevia.  I used applesauce in place of agave, which I would normally use.  I also used the liquid form of stevia instead of the dry packets, which are mixed with other ingredients that won’t work for them right now.  I’ll probably add a bit of vanilla next time (vanilla bean is off limits but not sure about the extract.  I have to check on that).  It’s a pretty tough diet but it’s a temporary one.  I’ll also try this with apples and again with pumpkin.

So that’s my story for now.  Thanks for reading.

Angela

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