Monday, January 20, 2014

Pears, Apples, and Bananas

Before my semester starts up tomorrow I wanted to get a blog posting in. If you couldn't get it from the title my recipes (yes there is more than one) have to do with pears, apples, and bananas.

Up first is a gluten free pear spice bread. It came out pretty darn good with out having xanthum gum on hand.

Gluten Free Spice Pear Bread

2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup millet flour
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 tablespoon baking power
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, allspice, ground caraway seeds, and salt
1/8 teaspoon cloves and cardamon
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon water
4-5 really ripe pears
1/4 cup golden flax seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease a loaf pan (I spray mine with coconut oil spray).

Combine the ground flaxseeds and water.

Mash the pears.

Add in the spices and the flax "egg".

Add in the flour, oats, arrowroot, and baking powder and soda. (If adding flax seeds, add them too.)

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and firm to touch and when a tooth pick inserted comes out clean. Also rotate pan half way through baking time.

That was recipe number one, here is number two: I still had one last pear left (it wasn't really ripe when I made the bread and saved it just in case I wanted to eat it, that never happened, so baking it was the only option.). I also had a super ripe banana on hand (well to tell you the truth I have about 15 or so frozen super ripe bananas, but this one was still out and ready for use). Add the same spice combo and instead of gluten free I used whole wheat white flour and you get:

Spiced Banana Pear Donuts

1 ripe medium pear
1 ripe medium banana
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
same spice mix as above recipe (allspice, cloves, nutmeg, salt, and cardamon)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray the donut pan with coconut oil spray.

Mash the pear and banana together. Add in the spices and flaxseed meal.

Mix in the flours and baking powder.

Put in a zippy bag and cut off a corner to pipe into the pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
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Frost with coconut manna (coconut butter) or a nut butter of choice or I mixed maple almond butter with apple butter and cinnamon.

I also topped them with some pomegranate seeds.

And last but not least, the third recipe is using apples and bananas.

Apple Banana Cake

2 ripe bananas
1/4 teaspoon vindaloo spice blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 small almost ready to be tossed cause they were softish apples, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven 350 degrees and spray a 8x8 pan or loaf pan with coconut oil spray.

Mash the bananas (could use 3 then omit water or use less water). Add in the flaxseed meal and spice and salt.

Combine the dry ingredients.

Add in the apples, toss, then add in the mashed bananas, and water. You may need to add more water if necessary.

Pour into the pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes. (I did 30 minutes 15 minutes then turned the pan.)

Yes I know I didn't add any sugar to these recipes but you are more than welcome to to make them sweeter. Just reduce liquids in recipes (if there is any) or add a liquid sweetener and add some more flour.

I pretty much like to top all my baked goods with a nut butter apple butter cinnamon combo. I absolutely love it, so my baked goods do too.

Well until next time all!! <3