quinoa

Sprouted Quinoa Cornbread


Fresh cornbread with homemade guacamole: yum!

Here's another healthy tasty quick bread for cornbread lovers ~

Recipe: Quinoa Cornbread

I've updated classic cornbread to make it healthier, without compromising flavour or texture. Like my Quinoa Rice Bread, this is also made with germinated/sprouted quinoa seeds, resulting in a moist delicious nutritious bread that's surprisingly easy to make. (I've served it to non-health nuts with rave reviews :-) It's also great for special diets, as it's naturally gluten-free, and optionally dairy-free and sugar-free.

Fresh cornbread with guacamole.

Surrounded by a lovely crust, this cornbread is terrific warm and fresh out of the oven. If keeping longer than a day, I wrap it up and store it in the fridge, and then toast or grill thick slices - particularly good topped with homemade guacamole, or butter and honey!

Toasted cornbread with butter and honey.

Gluten-Free Sprouted Quinoa Rice Bread


It's official: I'm off wheat gluten, for now... I've been avoiding wheat gluten for the last month, and have been feeling generally healthier: less bloating, less overall aches and pains, better mood too :-) I went on a bit of a wheat binge yesterday, and bam! Bloating, joint pain, and a noticeably compromised immune system. Good thing there are many other great things to eat besides wheat out there. Here's a delicious moist gluten-free quick-bread I've been enjoying:


Recipe:
Quinoa Rice Bread

Similar to cornbread, this bread is made with healthy sprouted quinoa and brown rice flour instead of cornmeal. Sprouting the quinoa is easy: rinse the seeds in cold water (3X), then soak the seeds in at least twice as much room temperature water (6-12 hours) and voila! your quinoa is germinated/sprouted. This makes the seeds healthier, easier to digest, and easier to puree (which is perfect for this recipe). This bread is great fresh out of the oven with butter, alongside hearty soups, or toasted and slathered with nut butter and honey for breakfast. The slice in the photo is embellished with almond butter, raw honey, and cinnamon: yum!

rich dark chocolate spread


As a child, I absolutely loved spreading nutella on my toast. These days, I'm more into dark chocolate, as well as natural healthy whole ingredients. I came up with this exquisite silky dark chocolate spread to satisfy my craving:
Recipe: Noir Chocolate Spread

It's perfect for slathering on toast, crackers, rice cakes, or for enjoying with strawberries or other fruit. This sweet decadent raw vegan treat is good for you too: rich in healthy omega-3 flax oil, full of antioxidant-rich cocoa, and sweetened with raw agave syrup.

The bread in the photo is gluten-free quinoa bread from Little Stream Bakery, a superb moist almost-cake-like sourdough bread, my current favorite :-)

Quinoa

In case you're interested in knowing more about quinoa, a fabulous high-protein gluten-free "grain"(actually it's a "pseudograin" as it's not a grass), there's a nice little write-up on it here: A nutty, gluten-free alternative to grains - by Brenda Farrell

(More on quinoa in the Wikipedia - and some interesting recipes.)