Thursday, February 25, 2010

V'lishious Deserts

Banana Bread

1/2 cup unsweetened milk alternative of choice, Almond milk or Soy are my favorites
2 tbsp  flaxseed
2 cups whole grain spelt or whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1- 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
3-4 mashed ripe banana's
1/2 cup chopped nuts or dried fruit

Preheat oven at 350, grease a 9x5 loaf pan.  Set a side

In a large mixing bowl combine the milk and ground flaxseed and set a side.

In a medium size bowl sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

Returning to the large bowl, blend oil, vanilla and banana's until mixed well.  Stir in the dry ingredients by hand, don't over mix, some lumps are okay.

Gently fold in the nuts or dried fruit, if using.  Spread the batter in your greased loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until top is browned.  Allow bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing it to a wire cool rack.

Quick Baked Pears
4 Servings
2 large pears
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries or any dried fruit
1/4 cup granola
1/4 cup apple juice

Peel pears, cut in half lengthwise.  Hollow out the middle, use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to remove core and seeds.

Place Pear halves, with sides up, in a glass pie plate.  Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle evenly over pears.

Add cranberries and granola, mound into the center of the hollowed pear halves.
Cover dish loosely with wax paper.

Cook in microwave for 4-6 minutes or until the pears are tender.  Let stand in the dish for 5 minutes.  Before serving drizzle juices from pie plate over the pears.

Enjoy this healthy warm snack with a slice of warm banana bread!!!