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Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in biscoff spread, Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, cookies, healthier | 0 comments

Here’s a great recipe to make with kids! These No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes are quick, cute, and secretly healthy.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Buckeye treats typically include peanut butter and brown chocolate. I switched in Biscoff (aka cookie butter, available by the peanut butter in most American grocery stores these days) but you can use peanut butter instead.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

What makes these secretly healthy, you ask, since I made them unhealthier with cookie butter? Well, the base ingredient of this recipe is… CHICKPEAS. Also known as garbanzo beans.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

You cannot tell there are beans in this. All you taste is Biscoff and chocolate. They keep in the fridge for up to a week, too; they get a little sweaty, that’s it.

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

The white chocolate drizzle is pretty fun. There’s no art to it. Just drizzle every which way, then very quickly add the mini chocolate chip eyes. (Hopefully your mini chips won’t have bloomed like mine did! That means the chocolate has a white cast to it. Perfectly fine to eat, it just doesn’t look as pretty. FYI Mummies don’t care about being pretty.)

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Modified from Cooking Light October 2017.

 

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

Bready or Not: No-Bake Mummy Biscoff Buckeyes

These one-bite treats secretly contain chickpeas, but all you taste is cookie butter and chocolate. You can substitute peanut butter for the Biscoff. Recipe makes about 24 mummies using a teaspoon scoop.

  • 1 15.5-ounce can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter (Biscoff, Speculoos, store brand, etc)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips

Pulse chickpeas in a food processor until smooth. Add cookie butter, honey, vanilla, and salt, and pulse more. Use a teaspoon scoop to measure out the dough; place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet that will fit in the fridge. Use hands to smooth out each ball. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

Carefully melt white chocolate in the microwave at 20% power in 15 second bursts, stirring well between each pass, until it's smooth. Dip fork prongs in the chocolate and drizzle back and forth over the buckeyes to create a mummy bandage effect. Immediately place two mini chocolate chips for eyes on each mummy head. If need be, melt white chocolate again to use some dots of it as glue for the eyes.

Store in the fridge for up to a week, but expect them to sweat and get moister.

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Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, gluten-free, healthier, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

I present to you my recipe for Nutty Bites. These are a fantastic snack or breakfast.

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

Plus, they are super-healthy, loaded with nuts and seeds, totally gluten-free, with honey as the sweetener and binding agent.

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

This is an easy recipe to customize, too. Keep the amounts of nuts and seeds the same, but switch in peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, wheat germ, sunflower kernels… whatever you like!

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

You can toast the nuts first, if you choose. I actually preferred it untoasted. Do note that some smaller add-ins like pepitas can burn quickly, and burned pepitas don’t taste that great. (Voice of experience here.)

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

I can report that these keep well in the freezer for at least a month, too. Just make sure to have something like waxed paper between the layers–and even then, in a few spots with heavy honey, the bars might stick.

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

Oh, and did I mention that this is entirely made on stovetop? No need to heat up the house by turning on the oven! Whip out your candy thermometer and you’ll have Nutty Bites ready in no time flat.

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

 

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

Bready or Not Original: Nutty Bites

Toast the nuts first if you choose (though watch out, pepitas can burn fast), but untoasted, unsalted nuts offer a nice clean flavor here. Feel free to substitute other nuts or other add-ins (like wheat germ for chia seeds or flaxseed). A candy thermometer is necessary for this recipe.

  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sprinkle salt

Mix the nuts and seeds together in a large glass or metal bowl. Prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and grease well.

Heat the honey and water in a medium saucepan on medium-high. Use a candy thermometer to track the temperature as it rises to 275-degrees (soft crack stage). Stay close to the pan at all times! Once the honey starts boiling, it will bubble excessively, so keep stirring and use great caution.

As soon as it reaches 275-degrees, pour the honey mix over the nuts and seeds. Stir to coat. It will harden quickly, so move fast! Pour everything into the ready pan and press out evenly.

Let set out for an hour. Use a knife or bench knife to chop into squares. Store at room temperature in a sealed container between wax paper layers; they can also be frozen.

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Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, healthier, main dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is expensive to buy. If you can catch a good sale on an eye of round roast, this recipe makes cheap and delicious Homemade Beef Jerky.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

It’s really amazing how easy this recipe is. Cut up roast into chunks. Cover pieces in spices. Marinate for a day in the fridge. Bake for 6 to 7 hours. Done.

I’ve made this recipe a couple times now, and honestly, the weirdest thing is keeping the meat at room temperature after baking.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

I mean, I’m used to doing that with store-bought jerky, but it feels weird to do that with home-cooked meat. However, I haven’t sickened or killed myself or various loved one with my homemade jerky, so I take that as a positive.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Most of the eye of round roasts I find on sale tend to be over 2 1/2 pounds. I just use more generous measures of spices for the rub. This isn’t a recipe where everything needs to be exact. Just make sure there’s enough rub to cover everything.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Also, the amount of cayenne looks like a lot, but the heat in this recipe is pleasant, not set-your-mouth-on-fire level. I can testify that myself and others who can’t stand spicy-hot have eaten this jerky without any issues.

And if you want more heat, by all means. Dump in more cayenne!

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Modified from Michael Symon’s Beef Jerky recipe in Food Network Magazine, December 2017.

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

Bready or Not: Homemade Beef Jerky

If using a larger roast, such as one closer to 3 pounds, just use heaping amounts of spices to create the rub. Note that the recipe requires a day of marinating prior to baking. After cooking, the dried meat is stored at room temperature.

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds beef eye of round roast, trimmed of all fat
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Slice the beef against the grain into chunks roughly 1 inch by 3 inches long. If the pieces look large, that's fine; they'll shrink a lot as they cook.

In a mixing bowl, combine all of the spices. Liberally cover the beef pieces, using the entire mix. Place beef in a gallon bag, and keep sealed in the fridge for 24 hours or so.

Preheat oven at 250-degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a metal rack on top; apply nonstick spray. Set the meat on the rack so that no pieces are touching.

Bake for 6 to 7 hours, until quite dry. If you want pieces chewier, remove closer to 6 hour point.

Let cool completely to finish drying. Store in sealed container at room temperature for up to several months.

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Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: The Grandmother Paradox Cherry Cupcakes

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, cake, chocolate, guest recipe, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not Guest Recipe from Author Wendy Nikel: The Grandmother Paradox Cherry Cupcakes

Today I welcome Wendy Nikel! Her novella The Grandmother Paradox is out TODAY from World Weaver Press. This is the sequel to The Continuum. I’ve read both, and I can testify they are fun, fast reads that reminded me of old favorite shows like Quantum Leap and Sliders. Find out more about her new release below, and grab a recipe for some cupcakes that are loaded with cocoa and cherries!

When Dr. Wells, the head of the Place in Time Travel Agency, learns that someone’s trying to track down the ancestors of his star employee, there are few people he can turn to without revealing her secrets. But who better to jump down the timeline and rescue Elise from being snuffed out of existence generations before she’s born than the very person whose life she saved a hundred years in the future?

But Juliette Argent isn’t an easy woman to protect. The assistant to a traveling magician, she’s bold, fearless, and has a fascination with time travel, of all things. Can the former secret agent Chandler, with his knowledge of what’s to come, keep her safe from harm and keep his purpose there a secret? Or will his presence there only entangle the timeline more?


THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes
by Wendy Nikel

Today is release day for THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX, the second time travel novella in the Place in Time series. Which means, once again, it’s time to celebrate with cupcakes!
In this novella, which can be read as a sequel or as a standalone story, Chandler – a man from our present who’s been living in the future – is sent back to the year 1893 to protect the great-great-grandmother of the woman who saved his life. There, he joins up with a traveling magic show touring Michigan before heading down to the Chicago World’s Fair.

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this book’s recipe. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit in baking also makes for a healthier cake, which is something I’ve had to keep in mind since I’m still recovering from having my gallbladder removed. Fortunately, I happen to have a cherry tree in my backyard filled with sweet cherries just ripe for the picking.


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Bready or Not Guest Recipe: THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX Cherry Cupcakes by Wendy Nikel

One of the many wonderful things that Michigan is known for is its cherries, which made cherry cupcakes an easy choice for this recipe inspired by Wendy Nikel’s novella The Grandmother Paradox. Substituting fats like butter and oils with fruit makes for a healthier cupcake.

  • Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup cherries (pitted & pureed)
  • Frosting ingredients:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 pkg cherry-flavored instant gelatin mix

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In separate bowl, mix egg whites and vanilla.

Add honey, sugar, applesauce, and buttermilk.

Gradually add the dry mixture into the egg and milk mixture until well blended.

Add cherries

Fill cupcake liners half full and bake for 22-25 minutes. Let cool.

After cupcakes are cool, frost.

Sprinkle gelatin mix on the top and enjoy!

 

THE CONTINUUM (book #1) out NOW
paperback via World Weaver Press $9.99
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
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THE GRANDMOTHER PARADOX (book #2) out TODAY
paperback via World Weaver Press $8.95
eBook via iTunes
eBook via Barnes & Noble
eBook via Amazon
eBook via Kobo


Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author whose short stories have appeared in Fantastic Stories of the ImaginationDaily Science FictionAE Sci-FiNature: Futures, and various anthologies and e-zines. She is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers Group and is a managing editor at Flash Fiction Online.

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Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, healthier, muffin | Comments Off on Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

These High Fiber Muffins are a delicious way to start your day!

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When I was challenged to make high-fiber muffins, this turned out to be more of a challenge than I anticipated. I wanted them to be delicious but to include ingredients I already had in the kitchen.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

In other words, I didn’t want to order some fancy high fiber mix-ins that I would never use again.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

I found a good base recipe from King Arthur Flour and set to work modifying it. Instead of Hi-Maize Fiber, I tried almond flour. I switched in white whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

When the topping portion of the recipe made way, way too much, I tested out reduced amounts in my next attempt. I judged how well the muffins held up after being frozen for weeks.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

The end result in a higher-fiber muffin recipe that’s light, cakey and delicious.

Note that the muffin tops will get soggy after about two days at room temperature. Make them last a lot longer by freezing them! Remove the paper liners and set muffins on waxed paper to freeze, then store them in a gallon bag or other freezer-safe container.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Modified from King Arthur Flour.

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

Bready or Not: High Fiber Muffins

These high-fiber muffins are light and cakey and packed with good things! Store them at room temperature for a day or two, or freeze to make them last longer.

  • Muffins:
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon King Arthur Flour Cake Enhancer, optional
  • 1/3 cup milk or half & half
  • 3/4 cup (one standard single cup) Greek vanilla or fruit-flavored yogurt (not nonfat)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (half stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup dried fruit such as golden raisins
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons white whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned (rolled) oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted softened butter

Preheat oven at 400-degrees. Place muffin liners in pan and apply nonstick spray.

In a big bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, almond flour, baking powder, salt, and cake enhancer (if using). Mix in the milk, yogurt, eggs, and vanilla, followed by the melted butter. Stir in the dried fruit until just distributed.

Using a muffin scoop or heaping spoonfuls, fill muffin cups until mostly full.

Combine topping ingredients. Spoon onto the top of each muffin and lightly press in with fingertips.

Bake muffins for 16 to 18 minutes, until lightly domed and center muffin passes the toothpick test. Immediately remove them from the pan to cool on a rack.

Store in a sealed container at room temperature for up to two days; after that, tops will start to get soggy, though muffins will still taste good. To freeze, remove paper liners and place on a wax-paper lined pan in freezer. Then place in gallon freezer bag or plastic container to store in freezer up to several weeks.

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Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, cookies, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Cookies for breakfast. Healthy cookies. No refined sugars. Vegan. Also gluten-free, if you use GF oats.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Even better: they taste delicious.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, one I’ve made at least once a month for the past five years. In fact, I posted it on Bready or Not back in 2014. Delicious as the cookies are, I couldn’t finagle the lighting then to do the recipe justice. Now, thanks to my Shotbox, I can.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I customize these cookies based on my mood and what I have on hand. I’ve used macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter–and combinations thereof. I’ve used apple butter, pumpkin butter, and date butter–and in a pinch, I’ve used applesauce and doubled the cinnamon.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

For the dried fruit, I often use a mix of golden raisins and dried cranberries, but I’ve thrown in dried blueberries, too. If you don’t have pepitas, use sunflower kernels or other chopped nuts.

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

I usually whip up a batch and freeze 2/3 of it right away. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week. Two or three cookies make for a great breakfast prior to exercising!

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Did I mention they are also delicious?

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies [Redux]

Bready or Not: Healthy Breakfast Cookies

These delicious breakfast cookies can be customized in a myriad of ways. Use any kind or combination of nut butters, dried fruit, or seeds and nuts. All kinds of fruit butters work here, or use a single-serving cup of applesauce and double the cinnamon. The cookies keep perfectly fine in a room temperature sealed container for over a week, and can also be frozen for over a month. Makes about 28 tablespoon-sized cookies.

  • 2 cups quick oats (not whole or old-fashioned oats)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 3/4 cup fruit butter (apple butter, date butter, etc)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, etc)
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) or other seeds or nuts
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ

Preheat oven to 325-degrees. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats, or use seasoned stoneware.

Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.

Using a tablespoon or tablespoon scoop, drop dollops of dough onto cookie sheet. Note that it won't spread. Use fingers to gently tamp down top and press in stray oats on the sides; it will be a little sticky.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are just set. Cool for several minutes before transitioning them to a rack to finish cooling.

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