Youth Group Cooking Class

Right before the holidays, we had the pleasure of hosting a Food Jules Cooking Party at my daughter’s youth group. It was so much fun! The girls really enjoyed baking some yummy sweet treats for those in need.

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The girls baked Cranberry Orange Muffins with an Orange Glaze, Pumpkin Muffins with a Maple Glaze, Oreo Truffles and Holiday Funfetti Cookies. The girls were so happy to be baking for the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. We hope they enjoyed their goodies, the girls (and boy) really put their love into them.

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To celebrate at the end of the party, the girls got to enjoy some of the cookies along with some Hot Cocoa.

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Our Food Jules parties are a lot of fun and a great learning experience for kids. If you are interested in hosting a party, please email us at liz@foodjules.com or call us (203) 414-6346 and we’ll give you all the details. You can also find more information here on our website.

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My Oat Flour Obsession

As most of you know, I have been on a gluten free cleanse for over 30 days. I have gradually started adding it back into my diet to see how my body reacts to it. So far, it really seems to depend on what and how much of gluten I am eating, smaller portions is definitely better and most times, I prefer keeping it gluten free as it makes me feel a bit more energetic.

When I first started exploring a gluten free diet, I did as probably most people with wheat allergies start, I purchased some gluten free products from the local supermarket. I quickly realized these products are mostly made of starches and white rice flours,  which isn’t the healthiest option for your body. Potato, tapioca and corn starches are full of carbohydrates and refined ingredients which quickly turn into sugar in your body and they don’t provide as many essential vitamins and nutrients found in whole grain ingredients.

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Then, one day, I discovered a recipe for banana pancakes made with oat flour. That was the beginning of my Oat Flour Obsession! Oat flour is made from ground up rolled oats. It was so easy to make. I poured a cup of whole rolled oats into my food processor and pulsed until I got oat flour, so easy! However, if you don’t have a food processor or the time to make your own oat flour, you can certainly purchase it. My family and I loved the pancakes and I have to admit, I liked them better then wheat floured ones.

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Oats are a natural gluten free, whole grain ingredient. Oats are  full of fiber and can help prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease and it makes a perfect substitution for gluten flours, such as all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Plus, you don’t have to add any xanthum gum or guar gum.

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I was so excited to find a great tasting, whole grain, gluten free option and quickly started transforming all of my muffin, bread, pancake, waffle, cookie and cake recipes using oat and almond flours.

So, now I want to share some of these delicious recipes with you so you can substitute some of your wheat baked goodies into whole grain, gluten free baked goodies. Remember, it’s a good idea to keep your metabolism going strong and a little change and balance between foods is always a good idea.

Today, I’m going to share some of my new favorite breakfast baked good recipes from Chocolate Zucchini Bread, to Banana Maple Oat Bread, Cinnamon Crumb Muffins, Morning Glory Muffins and Oatmeal Pecan Breakfast Cookies. These are truly some of the most delicious, wholesome breakfast foods and I hope you love them just as much as I do.

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As always if you have any gluten free or allergen free recipes or tips that you’d like to share, please let us know. I am always excited to try new things!

Double Chocolate Heaven!

Sometimes, you just need a little chocolate to make you smile, even for just a few minutes…. Well, yesterday I needed a whole lot of chocolate so I made these delicious, sweet, moist DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS!

If you need a little bit of chocolate heaven, go out and get all of these ingredients and make these yummy muffins. Trust me, you will thank me as you devour them right out of the oven!

Double Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups brewed hot decaf organic coffee
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups organic sugar
  • 1½ cups cocoa powder (Ghiradelli Double Chocolate)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 1½ cups organic buttermilk
  • ¾ cup safflower oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In small bowl, mix 3oz. chocolate chips with hot coffee until melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and remaining chocolate chips.
  4. In separate bowl, whisk eggs until creamy. Add buttermilk, safflower oil, vanilla extract and melted chocolate/coffee mixture.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture and stir just until combined. DO NOT OVER MIX! Spoon batter into muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Yields 18 standard muffins.

GRADE: A+++

Delicious, Moist, Sweet Muffins! I’m going to go eat another one right now!