Homemade Fruit Leather

Today we tried making fruit leather for the first time. We made many different flavors and even used some yogurt in two of them. Some of them are good, some… need work. We’ll try again soon on those!

Here are the flavors we tried:

Yogurt with blueberry preserves and honey Yogurt with raspberry preserves and honey Strawberries, banana and honey (some with bilberry powder for color and vitamins!) Pumpkin with maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg Mango, banana and lime juice

Here’s what we did for each kind:

Puree the ingredients until very smooth Pour the puree onto a special fruit leather mat for your dehydrator (or you can put parchment paper on a cookie sheet if you’re using an oven) Use the back of a spoon to spread the puree to 1/8 inch, except for the edges, which should be 1/4 inch Dry in the dehydrator at […]

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

How delicious does that look?! Making cinnamon raisin bread is fun and easy, but it looks so impressive! Here’s how to make it yourself.

Make a bread dough of your choice (here’s what I used) and let it rise. Punch down the dough and then roll it out into a rectangle. The short end should be small enough to fit in the bread pan. Brush melted butter onto the dough. Sprinkle a cinnamon and sugar mix evenly on the dough (I used about 1/8 cup sugar to 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon). Sprinkle raisins, if desired, evenly. Just use as many as looks good to you. Roll up the dough tightly, started from the short end (so it will fit in the bread pan!). Pinch the ends together and place the loaf gently in the pan and let rise until double, then bake according to the directions for your dough.

That’s […]

Chewy Chocolate Coconut Balls

You have got to try these. No excuses. They are delicious! Also, they are full of protein, good fats and raw honey. They will fill you up and give you plenty of energy to get through to the next meal… or you can chow down and not bother with “meals”. Hehehe….

Ingredients:

2 cups finely shredded coconut 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2/3 cup raw honey 3/4 cup peanutbutter (or other nut butter) 1/2 cup chopped and toasted pecans 1/2 cup chopped and toasted walnuts 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until well combined. Yep, it looks like mud. That’s okay. You can make them pretty later. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (or use a glass pyrex, like I did) and refrigerate until firm. Roll in cocoa powder or shredded coconut, if you want to, and transfer […]

Smoothies, the “Real” Food Way

I have always LOVED a good smoothie. There is just something so indulgent about the creamy blend of fruits and flavors. Before we switched to real foods, I thought I was making a healthy choice by buying the prepackaged smoothies from the grocery store. Just the thought of all of the sugar, artificial flavors and pasteurized dairy makes me cringe! In fact, I’m pretty sure that my tastes have changed so much during this one year of eating real foods that I wouldn’t even like the store-bought smoothies. Happily, I have everything I need to make fabulous and extremely healthy smoothies here at home. If you’re new to real foods, you’re going to be shocked by how many delicious combinations you can make!

Side note: To make a good smoothie, you have to be able to blend it up well. Around this house, that means using our […]

Home-made Vanilla Extract

Once you’ve made your own vanilla extract, you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought stuff! This is a little more time-consuming than just tossing the beans into the alcohol like most people do, but I’m out of extract, so I’ve done it this way to speed things up!

You’ll need…

A bottle of liquor (we really like bourbon for this, but anything will do– I had about 20 ounces in this bottle) 20 (or more) vanilla beans (you could do less, but it will take longer to infuse)

Here’s how it’s done…

 

 

 

You’ll need a sharp knife and a spoon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut the vanilla bean open and press the two halves away from each other so that it is somewhat flat…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the spoon to […]

DIY Dessert Sauces

As promised in Monday’s post on remaking your holiday leftovers, here are three delicious dessert sauces that you can whip up for special occasions! When people think of chocolate or caramel sauce, they typically picture a squeeze bottle from the store, right? Well, that is NOT real food. Although we don’t want to overdo our sugar intake, I know we can all use sweet treats occasionally. These recipes will give you all the flavor and none of the bad stuff (like corn syrup and artificial flavor and color). Enjoy!

Chocolate Sauce This sauce can be made either thick, like a hot fudge, or thin, like you-know-who’s syrup. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although it may seem odd, the sea salt is a delicious addition which gives more depth to the flavor. (Makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:

1 cup cocoa 1 cup rapadura or sucanat (See note at the bottom of this post) 1 […]