…but not the famed Chia Pet that most of us have had and grown at one time or another, I could Never eat anything sooo darn cute! Especially my lil Bella girl! 😉
The Chia I’m excited about is Chia Seeds & also Ground Chia!! Most of us who are or are going Grain Free know how nutritious Chia sees are. But I discovered another amazing property! They are a nutritious high-protein way to bind batter together for baking! Just 1.5 tsp. of whole seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water (or Almond milk) produces the equivalent of 1 raw egg in binding batter for baking!! If you use ground chia seeds only 1 tsp. mixed with 1/4 cup of water will do the job of 1 egg. Chia seeds bind molecules together to form a very light and thin gel-like binding agent that also adds a slight nutty texture and produces moist baked goods. I tried a slightly modified version of a Paleo diet recipe for banana bread today and absolutely Loved the results!! My modification added an eight tsp. of both Ginger and Nutmeg.
The concoction yielded 1 typical loaf, but I separated it out into 2 smaller loaf pans because I’m watching my portions, big-time, of ALL baked goods and ‘treats’. I’m posting the link above. I used Coconut Flour, so it was totally grain-free. When I make it again, however, I will add 2 tspns. vanilla instead of 1, along with about an ounce and a half of Stevia–a naturally plant-based sweetener (with 0 calories) grown mostly in Brazil. Care must be taken with Stevia because it is such a concentrated sweeter, I will also increase the Nutmeg and Ginger to 1/4 tspn. I will also try Coconut oil instead of butter, although the butter worked very well. I just want to see if there is a difference in taste using Coconut oil along with Coconut four. Another modification will be to increase the Cinnamon to 2 1/2 tspns. I’ve always had trouble pronouncing Cinnamon, but I finally mastered the word by breaking it down to “Sin–Amen!” haha!!
But while this ‘bread’ is scrumptious, it’s in No way ‘sin-ful’, which is the awesomeness of it!! 🙂 I believe it’s the most nutritious banana bread I’ve ever made or eaten! 🙂
I must be eating sooooo much healthier, because I have absolutely NO more cravings for wheat, corn, starches/carbs from grains, or refined sugar. That’s also true with chemically created artificial sweeteners. I am the poster-child for the fact that artificial sweeteners actually help you GAIN weight, not lose it. Sigh.
My Wheat-Free, Corn-Free, Oat-Free journey has become quite the Adventure… stay tuned in for tomorrow’s Big and Bodacious (yeah, I know, no-one has used that word since the 70s) Wheat-Free report! 🙂 Leave a Reply & let’s hear about YOUR Big Excellent Wheat and/or Grain-Free Adventure! 🙂
A special ‘Thanks’ to Diabeteshealth for the cartoon photo &Shout-out to Diabeteshealth.com !! 🙂