Crunchy Nut Muffins

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 2, 2012
Yield: 16 muffins
Time needed:  20-25 minutes

I seldom bake desserts.  So to get muffin recipes in, I decided to bake them for breakfast.  I wasn’t too sure of that at first.  Usually I just put together some yogurt and fresh fruit.  Baking in the early morning was a new adventure for me.

Interestingly, I am finding it fun.  Muffins are quite simple to make and take only 15-20 minutes in the oven, so I can be eating warm muffins just half an hour after pulling the ingredients out of my cupboard.

There’s a little extra preparation with these: roasting the chopped peanuts and seeds.  But that only adds about 3 minutes to preparation.  I used coconut oil both in the muffins and to grease the pans.

Crunchy Nut Muffins

Crunchy Nut Muffins
1½ cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup soy flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, toasted
¼ cup peanuts, chopped and toasted
1/3 cup currants or raisins
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1-4 Tbsp. melted butter or oil
1-4 Tbsp. honey

Preheat oven to 375oF.  Oil muffin tins.
Stir together flours, baking powder, salt, seeds, peanuts and raisins.
In a separate bowl beat egg and blend in milk, butter or oil, and honey.
Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and stir just enough to moisten them.
Drop batter by spoonfuls into muffin tins and bake 15-20 minutes.
Serve hot.

Variation: Nutty Nut Muffins
Increase the quantity of peanuts to 1½ cups

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Almond Balls

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: May 27, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes  (or time to skin the almonds)

This is a nice and easily made cheese ball.  One addition I would make to the instructions is to grind the toasted sesame seeds so they don’t catch in your teeth and are easier to digest.

Almond Balls

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Middle East Tacos

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 16, 2015
Yield: 10 tacos
Time needed: 45 minutes including 30 minutes resting time

The filling here is essentially a homemade hummus and once that has sat long enough for the flavours to blend, the meal is a cinch to put together. In fact, it’s a perfect occasion for letting folks make their own at the table. I used taco shells, but you can also use pita breads cut in half to hold the filling, or simply spread on crackers and serve beside the salad fixings.

Middle East Tacos

Middle East Tacos

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Joan’s Brazilian Rice

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: May 26, 2014
Yield: 6-servings
Time needed: 50 minutes

A delightful easy-to-make rice pilaf suitable for a family supper. I had only red pepper so the colour contrast green chilies would make with the tomato does not show up in this picture, but I will certainly make this dish again soon and remedy that.  Toasting the rice and sesame seeds before adding the liquid contributes to a nutty taste.  The recipe is attributed to Joan Francis of Wisconsin.

Joan's Brazilian rice

Joan’s Brazilian rice

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Sesame Crisp Crackers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 15, 2013
Yield: 3-4 dozen
Time needed: 20 minutes

I do about as well with crackers as I do with pastry, which is not well at all.  However, the method for these is quite simple and quick.  Though I do hate recipes that say “bake until crisp and golden” without giving you any idea of how long that will take.  I guessed at ten minutes, and found 12 minutes did the trick.

I don’t have any cookie cutters, so these are not pretty:  just basic squares.  But they are tasty morsels.

Sesame Crisp Crackers

Sesame Crisp Crackers

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Cheesies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: April 22, 2014
Yield: 40 cheesies
Time needed: 25-30 minutes

A homemade version of this popular snack. It is very much like a cookie—a sort of baked cheese ball. I will have to give this recipe another try as it did not turn out as well as I hoped.

Cheesies

Cheesies
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sherry
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder & paprika
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. oil
11/2 cups sesame seeds, ground
walnut or pecan halves for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, mix grated cheese, sherry, Worcestershore sauce, and egg. Be sure the cheese is well separated, not in a limp.
Stir in salt, seasonings and flour. Knead lightly.
Add oil, and knead again.
Knead in the sesame meal 1/2 cup at a time.
Preheat oven to 400oF.
Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into small balls about the size of a large marble.
Place on an unoiled baking sheet.
Flatten them gently with a finger. Press a walnut or pecan half into each, if you wish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Variation: replace seasonings with 1/4 tsp. cayenne for a spicier version.

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Hearty Three-Grain Cereal

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: September 13, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes.

Next to my usual fruit with yogurt, I like a cooked cereal for breakfast—also with fruit.  Mixing grains provides interesting tastes and textures. This is a wheat, oats, cornmeal mix to which I added apples as well as dates.

Hearty Three Grain Cereal

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