Whole Grain and Almond Pulp Apple Quick Bread Recipe

whole grain apple quick bread with almond pulp | pamela salzman

I know not all of you are making your own almond milk and therefore aren’t desperate for almond pulp recipes.  But believe it or not, it’s one of the most common SOS’s I receive in my email inbox.  “More uses for almond pulp, please!”  “I have a freezer full — HELP!”  Believe me, I’m in the same boat since I make almond milk twice per week.  And almonds are expensive, so it is nice to have several great ways to use the resulting pulp which might otherwise be thrown out.  Or snuck into someone’s smoothie and at this point, my son is onto me.  “Mom, did you put almonds in here again?!”  Maaaaay-be.

dry mix and almond pulp

I actually do have two recipes on the blog already which use almond pulp, a banana quick bread and pancakes.  Both use almond pulp AND a whole grain flour.  I haven’t not had excellent results with recipes that only use almond pulp.  Unless of course I enjoy eating something that looks like tree bark.  I like nutritious food, but even I have my limits.  Adding a little flour is the way to go.  Gluten-free flour blends with a little xanthan gum works, too.

apples, walnuts and dates

The temperature outside may say one thing, but it is technically fall.  So I am embracing the change in produce with an apple recipe.  Everyone in my family loves apple anything, so I figured this was a safe bet.  And it was devoured on the first day.  Chunks of tender apples, cinnamon and spices and some little surprise nuggets of caramel-y dates all nestled in a moist bread.  Perfect with a cup of tea or a turmeric latte.  And if you’re not using almond pulp, I don’t want you to feel left out.  I bet you can take my zucchini bread recipe and just adapt it with apples and the spices from this recipe.

whole grain apple quick bread with almond pulp | pamela salzman

What’s wonderful about using almond pulp though, is that it gives a nice protein boost to whatever you’re making.  Normally I don’t like to give the kids muffins or quick breads for breakfast unless I can add a smidge of protein like nut butters or a side of yogurt.  But the almond pulp changes everything.  In fact, I offered some to Mr. Picky for breakfast a few weeks ago, on a school day mind you, and he said, “I can have just this?  Without anything else?  Really?”  Munch, munch.  And then he added,”Did you put protein in here??”  Definitely onto me.

whole grain apple quick bread with almond pulp | pamela salzman

whole grain apple quick bread with almond pulp | pamela salzman

5.0 from 2 reviews
Whole Grain and Almond Pulp Apple Quick Bread Recipe
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Serves: 1 8 ½ X 4 ½ -INCH LOAF
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unrefined coconut oil*, melted plus additional for greasing pan
  • ½ cup 100% pure maple syrup, Grade A or Grade B
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole spelt flour
  • ¾ cup almond pulp (from 1 cup soaked almonds used for almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ cups diced, peeled apple, about 1 large
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup pitted, diced dates (or you can use raisins)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8 ½ “ x 4 ½ “ loaf pan, or if aluminum, grease it and line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a blender, process the oil, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla until combined. This helps to emulsify the oil and keeps your bread from being greasy.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, almond pulp, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Fold in the apple, walnuts, and dates. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
  5. You can also make these in standard muffin tins and bake for about 20—25 minutes. This will yield 12 muffins.
  6. After one day, best stored in the refrigerator.
Notes
*I haven't tested it, but I'm sure olive oil would also work.

 

Grain-free Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe

grain-free cinnamon apple cake | pamela salzman

One of the first desserts I made my boyfriend-now-husband was the Chunky Apple Walnut Cake from The Silver Palate Cookbook.  Do you remember that book?  Even though it’s from 1982, I still have it on the shelf in my kitchen with more current titles.  It was probably the second cookbook I ever bought and still one of my all-time favorites.  That Chicken Marbella is legendary!

mixing it altogether

But I might have won my husband’s heart with that apple walnut cake.  It was dense, sweet and chock full of apples and walnut pieces.  I actually healthified it many years ago with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and sucanat, with delicious, but still decadent results.  But lately I’ve been trying to limit the gluten and indulge in it when it counts (e.g. crusty bread, pizza).  After the wildly successful grain-free chocolate zucchini cake (if you haven’t made that, you must!), I decided to do a twist on that and make a cinnamon apple version.

grain-free cinnamon apple cake | pamela salzman

This apple cake is very different from the Silver Palate one, but my husband has also come around to a lighter, more healthful way of eating, especially since we hit 40. When he and the kids went crazy for this grain-free cake, I knew I had to teach it in my classes.  It was a big hit there, too.

grain-free cinnamon apple cake | pamela salzman

When September rolls around, it’s not only back to school, but apple season and the Jewish new year, too.  This was the perfect week to post this recipe since this Sunday is the first night of Rosh Hashana.  Even if you don’t celebrate the Jewish holidays this cake is a delicious treat in a lunch box or after dinner with a dusting of powdered sugar to make it look a little fancier.  My husband loves pieces of walnuts or pecans in here, but my son preferred a version I tested with raisins.  Either way, this is a more wholesome, clean cake than most out there and who can resist tender chunks of apple enveloped in a sweet and cinnamon-y cake?   And you won’t know this is flour-free or grain-free.  It tastes as good as “normal” cake no matter how you slice it.

grain-free cinnamon apple cake | pamela salzman

It freezes beautifully and I found out that it even tastes great frozen after I tried to tuck some away so that I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it.  Can someone please explain “self control” to me?  Who eats frozen cake???  I am planning on making at least one of these for my Rosh Hashana luncheon next Monday and I know I won’t have to worry about leftovers.

grain-free cinnamon apple cake | pamela salzman

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Grain-free Cinnamon Apple Cake Recipe
Author: 
Serves: 1 cake
 
Ingredients
  • unrefined coconut oil or unsalted butter for greasing pan
  • 1 cup creamy, unsweetened, unsalted almond butter, raw or roasted (or use unsweetened sunflower butter for a nut-free cake)
  • ⅓ cup pure Grade A maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cut into ¼” cubes (about 1 ½ cups)*
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or you could use raisins)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 or 9 x 9-inch pan or an 8- or 9-inch round pan. If you want to remove the cake from the pan in one piece, line it with unbleached parchment paper as well. You do not have to grease the parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, egg, vanilla, and baking soda until smooth.
  3. Stir in apple pieces and nuts or raisins.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake until just set and a toothpick comes out clean or with dry crumbs. Do not overbake. A 9 x 9 pan will take 35-45 minutes. An 8 x 8 pan will take 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
Notes
I like the chunks of apple in the cake, but you can also use 1½ cups of shredded, peeled apples (about 2-3 medium apples.)

Whole grain mixed berry buckle recipe (gluten and dairy-free versions, too!)

whole grain mixed berry buckle | pamela salzman

I am so behind planning my Father’s Day menu!  I was just a lazy bones in Mexico last week and for some reason didn’t really have Father’s Day on the brain, but now here it is, coming up in 5 quick little days.   I have my father coming into town this weekend which is an extra special treat.  Most Father’s Day menus I’ve seen floating on the web all focus on the grill.  If I didn’t know any dads, I would assume from Pinterest that they are all obsessed with huge slabs of grilled steak.  And beer.  And maybe most of them are!  But that is not the way to my husband’s heart or my father’s.  And it’s probably better that way since my husband inherited off-the-charts cholesterol levels and my dad has had his share of arterial plaque.  Oy.  I think I’ll make a fruit dessert!!

lots of berries

Truth be told, my husband loves fruit desserts, especially pies and crisps.  And cobblers and crumbles.  And tarts.  Wink, wink.  In my May classes this year, I taught this absolutely delicious (and pretty clean fruit buckle.)  You have surely heard of the other desserts I mentioned, but most people have no idea what a buckle is.  And neither did I a year ago.  But my life was incomplete without it.

topping ingredients

A buckle is more cake-like than crisps and crumbles and cobblers.  In fact, I liken a buckle to a coffee cake but with double or triple the fruit.  Whereas I have seen pictures of buckles with varying amounts of fruit, all buckles have some sort of a streusel or textured topping, which makes the cake looked “buckled.”  I absolutely love fruit desserts because I absolutely love fresh fruit, but also because you can swap different fruit according to the season and make cool combinations of fruits, too.  I never over-sweeten fruit desserts because I like the true fruit flavor to shine through and not be muddled by too much sugar.  The most popular (and best) fruit to use in a buckle are blueberries.  Because the cake contains so much fruit, it can get a bit wet with too many peaches, strawberries or plums.  Blueberries aren’t overly juicy and they’re skins make them a little heartier.  In the recipe I photographed here, I used half blueberries, one quarter raspberries and one quarter blackberries.Continue reading

Sweet potato-apple-ginger juice recipe

sweet potato-apple-ginger juice | pamela salzman

I have been in a bit of a juice rut lately, making the same ones over and over again.  The bad news is that this boredom with my juice caused me to be less motivated to actually juice, and therefore I have been missing out on of the things that puts a spring in my step and makes me feel healthy.  My typical juice consists of greens (romaine, spinach, kale, or parsley or a combo), celery, apple, carrot, ginger and/or fresh turmeric.  Very good, but the same formula day in and day out was making me bored.

sweet potato=apple-ginger juice | pamela salzman

My friend and holistic nutritionist, Elissa Goodman, who is also a juicing queen, mentioned that she juices sweet potatoes.  I honestly never considered juicing sweet potatoes.  Roasting them and blending them into a smoothie is as close as I have come.  But I was curious about how they would juice, so I went for it and was just pleased as punch.  Sweet potatoes are JUICY!

ready to be juiced

It’s kind of like juicing a carrot, with a lovely mild sweetness.  So I started playing around and created a new, very different juice, one more seasonal  for fall.  Sweet potatoes and apple go hand in hand, so I put those together.  But I personally don’t care for overly sweet juices, so I added some celery to create some more liquid without sugar.  And then I boosted the flavor some more with fresh ginger and a small nub of turmeric.  The first time around I made the juice fairly spicy, which I loved, but the hubby thought was too gingery.  The second time, it was total perfection.

The cinnamon is a really fun addition.  You can add a pinch of ground cinnamon, but I don’t love the powderiness since it doesn’t dissolve.  I had great results steeping a cinnamon stick in the juice.  SO, so yummy.

juice in progress

I made a huge pitcher of this juice for a breakfast meeting and I served it over ice  with a cinnamon stick in each glass.  It was such a huge hit and I was so happy to share something so healthful.  Everything in this juice is super anti-inflammatory, especially the sweet potatoes, ginger and turmeric.  Sweet potatoes are also very rich in Vitamin C, E, B6 and Beta-carotene, which is amazing for your skin, eyes and hair.

I am going to keep playing with this base.  I had a juice recently at Sage Organic Bistro in Culver City with grapefruit in it that was outstanding and I’m thinking it might work nicely here, too.  I’m also considering making a huge batch for Thanksgiving and adding a drop of alcohol to make a fun cocktail.

freshly pressed sweet potato-apple-ginger juice | pamela salzman

I haven’t had a ton of experience working with different juicers, so I can’t make a good recommendation as to which to buy if you’re in the market for one.  I have an Omega, which is very nice, but the feed tube is so small that it’s a little too much work cutting everything into small enough pieces.  I have the Breville at our house in Park City and that is a breeze to use.  There’s a lot of controversy about juicers that juice slowly versus fast and the vitamins being compromised, but as Kris Carr, the doyenne of juicing, says, “the best juicer is the one you’ll use.”  Williams-Sonoma has a nice selection of juicers here if you’re thinking about buying one.

I’d love to hear what juicer you have and what you love or hate about it.  I’d also be curious if you have a favorite fall juice.  I’m motivated again!

sweet potato-apple-ginger juice | pamela salzman

 

 

5.0 from 9 reviews
Sweet Potato-Apple-Ginger Juice
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Serves: makes about 12 ounces
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled (about 10-12 ounces) -- you don't have to peel the sweet potato, but the skin darkens the color of the juice
  • 1” piece of fresh ginger or more if you like it spicy
  • 4” piece of fresh turmeric (if you can find it)
  • 1 medium apple or Fuyu persimmon
  • 2 stalks celery
  • cinnamon stick
Instructions
  1. Juice all ingredients except cinnamon stick.  Be sure to juice the ginger and turmeric early on so you can flush out those juices with something high water like the celery.
  2. Place the cinnamon stick in a glass and pour juice on top.  Allow to steep for a few minutes or refrigerate the juice with the cinnamon stick until you want to consume it.
  3. Always store juice in the smallest container possible with little or no air at the top so that the juice stays fresher for longer.  Store up to 2 days in the refrigerator.  Separation will occur, so shake before serving.

 

Apple Pie Granita recipe (refined sugar-free)

apple pie granita sundaes | pamela salzman

My grandparents had a cute place in the Pocono mountains when I was growing up.  We would go for a week in the summer and occasionally for a long weekend during Thanksgiving and Presidents’ weekend.  Summers were the best though, because we were always outside playing badminton or bocce on the bocce alley my grandfather built.   Or picking wild blackberries until our arms were scratched from top to bottom.

some of the ingredients

My grandmother, my aunt and my mother would go to the market every day it seemed.  I swear we weren’t done with breakfast before my grandmother nervously asked, “Ok, now what are we doing about lunch?”  Everything revolved around food and mealtime. “Don’t go out now or you’ll be late for supper!”  “What time does everyone want to eat?”  “What should we make tonight for dinner?”  And so on.  Now that I direct mealtime at my parents’ house in the summer when I visit, I sort of see the obsession.  You can’t just wing it when you’re feeding a crowd and it’s no picnic when you’ve got hungry kids (or adults!)

dissolve everything in the apple juice

I always loved everything the ladies cooked, but there was a special dessert that my uncle used to make that blew my mind.  He would take the leftover espresso from the morning and dissolve sugar into it and a little water and freeze the whole thing.  In between bocce matches, he would go to the freezer and scrape the mixture into slushy, icy bits.  He called it granita di caffe.  It was like coffee ice, but we actually made it at home without any fancy machinery and it was delicious!  Of course I couldn’t  have too much because I was like 7 years old, so eventually he made us children granita di limone, lemon ice.  It was like a lemonade slushy.  Heaven.

pour the mixture into a glass baking dish

I had a dinner party over the weekend and because the weather is still warm where I live, I decided to try an apple granita for dessert.  WINNER!!!  Talk about the easiest, tasty, fresh, light, seasonal dessert.  It was also perfect because two of my girlfriends are dairy-free.  If you can imagine a light and crispy apple slushy ice infused with fall spices, this is apple granita.  I also had a granita sundae bar set up so we could layer the granita with caramel ice cream, crushed gingersnap cookies and dehydrated apple slices.  Just so good and did I mention easy?  Plus I did it a few days ahead and you know how much I love getting things done early.

scrape with a fork

What I love about granita is that it seems like a special dessert, but it’s really so easy you could make it for your kids for an after school snack, which I did for Mr. Picky yesterday.  He freaked out!  And when I told him I made it by myself without a machine, he started making all sorts of plans for future granitas, like Gatorade granita.  Creative, but not happening of course.  Just a dollop of whipped cream on top and some crushed gingersnaps made Mr. Picky forget about everything else for a bit.  Just like when I was a kid.

apple pie granites | pamela salzman

apple pie granita sundaes | pamela salzman

Apple Pie Granita
Author: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups natural-style apple juice, preferably organic
  • 6-8 Tablespoons Grade A maple syrup or cane sugar
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch ground allspice
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and cook over moderate heat, whisking until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Do this step even if you are using a liquid sweetener as the heat will enhance the flavors of the spices.
  2. Pour mixture into an 8- or 9-inch square baking dish. Freeze until icy around the edges, about an hour.
  3. Using a fork, scrape the icy shards into the center. Continue to freeze, scraping occasionally and smashing any large lumps until coarse crystals form, about 3-4 hours longer. The end result should be a fluffy, coarse You can also use a large baking dish and the process will go more quickly. Keep frozen until ready to serve. The granita can be made a week in advance.
Notes
There are probably other sweeteners that you can use, but I only tested the recipe with maple syrup and cane sugar. I thought the recipe was a tad too sweet with ½ cup of sugar, but my friends thought it was perfect. If you tend to prefer desserts that are not too sweet, then use the lower amount of sugar/syrup.

Vegan apple spice snacking cake recipe (refined sugar-free)

vegan apple spice snacking cake | pamela salzman

I just took stock of my pantry because baking season has officially begun.  It started slowly with a few batches of cookie dough for back to school lunches.  Then Mr. Picky’s birthday rolled around last week and whoosh it’s Rosh Hashana this Wednesday night already!  I don’t need to tell you what is just around the corner, do I?

grease the cake pan and line with parchment if desired

Thankfully, I share the Jewish holiday cooking with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  We each host a meal and cook whatever we want.  I have the first day of Rosh Hashana lunch, as well as the break fast on Yom Kippur evening.  The break fast is actually one of my favorite holidays to host because people literally starve themselves for 24 hours (no water either!) and then come to my house to eat.  I could basically serve anything and it would be a hit!

dry ingredients

One of the nice traditions of the Jewish new year is eating seasonal foods.  Love that!  Apples are likely the most important food along with honey which symbolize the hope of a sweet year ahead.  I have been loving the new crops of local apples flooding the markets over the past month.  My kids particularly love Honeycrisp, Pink Lady (my personal fave), Granny Smith.  I use apples all over the place at this time of year — turned into applesauce, sautéed on top of pancakes and waffles, cooked into oatmeal, chopped in salads and folded into simple snacking cakes like this one.

wet ingredients

I saw a recipe a few years back for a Depression era chocolate cake called “Wacky Cake.”  The cake didn’t use any “expensive” ingredients like eggs, milk or butter and I think got it’s name “wacky” because somehow the crazy recipe actually produced a moist, delicious cake.  There are a gajillion recipes for the classic chocolate Wacky Cake, but last year I decided to put a twist on the (vegan) recipe and use apples and spices instead.  Delicious!

batter before apples and raisins

 

diced apples and golden raisins

The result was a moist, fragrant and just sweet enough little cake that I think is just perfect for after school snacks, lunch box treats, brunch or anytime you need a seasonal dessert for a fall gathering, like Rosh Hashana!!  I make some sort of apple dessert every year for my luncheon, but I am very fond of this one because it is so darn easy and it freezes amazingly well.  It is also pretty clean: whole grain flour, minimal amount of unrefined coconut sugar, and very little oil (I use unrefined coconut oil.)  My entire family loves it!

add walnuts to the top of the cake

You can do different things with this easy cake.  You can double the recipe and bake the cakes in 9-inch round pans for a 2-layer cake.  I would use this vegan frosting or a classic cream cheese frosting to go between the two cakes and on top.  If you don’t like raisins, leave them out.  Or instead of placing the walnuts halves on the top of the cake, chop them up and fold them into the batter.  Or make this into muffins.  For my do-aheaders, make this today and freeze it for the upcoming holiday (Rosh Hashana, Halloween, Thanksgiving — GASP!)  If you are celebrating the new year this week, may it be a sweet one!
vegan apple spice snacking cake

vegan apple spice snacking cake | pamela salzman

 

Vegan Apple Spice Snacking Cake
Author: 
Serves: makes 1 8 x8 cake or 12 standard muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or whole spelt flour
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar or brown sugar or cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cloves (optional)
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or unsalted butter (not vegan)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup orange juice*
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced, about 1 cup
  • ½ cup unsulphured raisins (optional)
  • 16 raw walnut halves, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You can grease your pan with coconut oil or butter and line it with unbleached parchment paper if you want to remove it from the pan to serve it. Otherwise, no greasing necessary if you will cut pieces from the pan to serve.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Make a well (indentation) in the flour mixture.
  3. Pour the coconut oil, vinegar, vanilla, water and orange juice in the well and stir until everything is just combined. Do not overmix!
  4. Fold in diced apple pieces and raisins.
  5. Pour batter into pan and smooth out top. If you want, evenly space walnut pieces over batter. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Notes
*Or use all water and up the coconut sugar to ⅔ cup.  You can also add diced dates.

Baked Cinnamon Cake Doughnuts Recipe (gluten-free adaptable!)

baked cinnamon cake doughnuts | pamela salzman

I love teaching people how to cook and I love working with food, but one business I don’t see myself in is the restaurant business.  That just seems like waaaaaay too much work!  But if I did open a restaurant, I would have a little casual breakfast and lunch place called “He Said, She Said.”  The menu would be split down the middle with dude food on one side and lady food on the other.

You need a doughnut pan!

I’ve seen plenty of women eat just as much as a man and I am one of them.  BUT it’s the food choices that men and women make that I find so interesting, and different.  My husband and I are the perfect example.  We have been married for almost 19 years and I don’t think we’ve ever ordered the same thing in a restaurant.  And I can usually predict what he will get!

put the batter in a ziploc bag and snip the corner

squeeze the batter out of the cut ziploc bag

I tend to graviate towards salads, vegetable-based dishes, lentils, beans, and ethnic foods and away from things that are fried, greasy and heavily sauced.  He, on the other hand, will order anything with melted cheese and/or lots of tomato sauce plus a side of fries or onion rings.  My husband is a meat-guy too, and doesn’t think about how he’s going to get his veggies at every meal.

they're done if they spring back when you spree on them

Since I do all the cooking in our house, I tend to make what I like.  However, when it’s my husband’s birthday or Father’s Day, I will think about his favorites and go that direction.  Father’s Day is coming up, on Sunday, June 15th to be exact.  And even though I would prefer a veggie frittata or a yogurt and homemade granola parfait, I know my husband would be THRILLED if I bought him doughnuts.  But since doughnuts are probably one of the worst possible foods you can eat, there is no way in the world that I would ever give them to someone with whom I would like to grow old.  I hate to be a party pooper, but doughnuts are completely non-nutritive, full of empty calories, high in simple carbohydrates which spike your blood sugar and are deep fried in the most damaged pro-inflammatory fat EVER.  So not good.

they are more golden on the part that's in the pan

I will, however, make baked doughnuts with some higher quality (but I didn’t say healthful) ingredients.  They still taste delicious and won’t put anyone in a sugar coma afterwards!  Yippee!  I am giving you plenty of time to order this doughnut pan because unfortunately you can’t make doughnuts without a doughnut pan.  I like this one the best because it is coated with silicone for a nonstick finish that doesn’t leach like toxic PFTE’s and PFOA’s.  You can also scoop the batter with an mini ice cream scoop into mini muffin pans for doughnut holes.

dipping in cinnamon-sugar

I recommend making these the day you want to eat them and I am partial to serving these alongside a hearty, high fiber and high protein breakfast and not alone because even though they are significantly better for you than traditional doughnuts, they’re not health food!  I kept these pretty simple with a cinnamon-sugar topping, but if you really wanted to throw in the towel, you could go for a glaze instead.  Fun!

baked cinnamon cake doughnuts | pamela salzman

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Baked Cinnamon Cake Doughnuts
Author: 
Serves: makes 6 doughnuts or 20 doughnut "holes"
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup whole milk or milk substitute, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour or whole spelt flour*
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or white spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (do not omit – this is the secret ingredient of all cake doughnuts!)
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted + extra butter for greasing the pan
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or less cinnamon for a more “authentic” ratio)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease the wells of the doughnut pan with some butter.
  2. In a glass measuring cup, mix together milk and vinegar and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 5 minutes to curdle.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, sugar, honey, egg, vanilla and curdled milk.
  5. Whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients, taking care not to overmix.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into wells of the doughnut pan, filling only ⅔ full.* If filled too high, there won’t be any doughnut holes. Another way to fill the wells is by transferring the batter to a quart-size Ziploc bag and snipping one corner ½inch and piping the batter into the wells. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until doughnuts spring back when pressed lightly. Allow to cool 5 minutes before turning doughnuts onto a cooling rack.
  7. While the doughnuts are still warm, combine the 2 Tablespoons cane sugar with the teaspoon of cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Brush the tops (or bottoms) of the doughnuts with melted butter and dip into the cinnamon–sugar mixture so that it sticks. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
Notes
*Or substitute a total of 1 cup King Arthur Multi-purpose Gluten-free Flour and ½ teaspoon xanthan gum for the white and wheat flours

**Or bake in a greased mini-muffin pan for doughnut holes.

 

 

 

Homemade Larabars and Laralollipops!

Homemade Larabars | Pamela Salzman

Larabars were one of the first snack bars that I remember buying.   There are no scary ingredients, no added sugars or colors, just dates and nuts.  I liked having them for the kids in my diaper bag, as a snack for the plane when we traveled, and more recently for all-day soccer tournaments in the middle of Taco Bell-land.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me that I could actually make them in my own kitchen.  Without a special Larabar machine!  And when I finally realized how disappointingly easy these are to make, I really wanted to hit myself over the head.  And I could have been making them organic to boot!

making chocolate-chocolate chip larabars

 

ingredients for oatmeal raising larabars

I had so much fun teaching these bars in my classes last month.  Once I revealed the secret ratio of dates to nuts (1:1 !), we came up with lots of interesting combinations of ingredients and shapes.  The most important ingredient is something sticky to hold it all together.  Usually Larabars contain dried dates, which you might remember are one of my obsessions!   But I had success making bars out of raisins and dried cherries, too.  Are we having fun yet?!  Then take your pick of a nut or seed — I use either almonds, cashews, pecans or sunflower seeds.  You can make a Larabar with just dates and nuts if you want.  Or you can add some yummy things like chocolate, cacao powder, cinnamon, candied ginger, coconut, peppermint extract, instant coffee powder and so on and so forth.  Are your wheels spinning?

date paste

These are very yummy, but let’s keep it under control and limit ourselves to one for a snack and not the whole delicious batch.  After all, you wouldn’t sit down and eat 14 dates just because.  I also wouldn’t use these as a meal replacement because they generally have under 200 calories which ain’t enough for anyone.  Larabars get bonus points with me because you can make them in approximately 5 minutes and they last for a heck of a long time in the refrigerator or freezer.

shape it in a piece of plastic wrap

I thought it would be great to post this “recipe” now because Easter and Passover are coming up.  Larabars are a great Passover snack because there’s nothing not kosher for Passover in them, unless you use peanuts.  I think making them in the shape of a traditional Larabar is great, but you can also make little mini squares, or shape them into small, flat discs like a cookie, or a little round ball like a truffle.  And then I went to Michael’s and bought lollipop sticks and made…Laralollipops!!  How cute would these be for Easter?   Dip them in chocolate if you have to!   I’ve given three different combinations here, but you can really make up your own according to what you like.  Or go over to the official Larabar site and copy some of their flavors.  Just don’t tell them I sent you!

Oatmeal Raisin Larabars | Pamela Salzman

Laralollipops | Pamela Salzman

 

Homemade Larabars and Laralollipops!
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Serves: makes 6 3” X 1 ½” bars
 
Ingredients
  • CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 ¼ cup dried, unsweetened dates (about 14), pitted
  • 1 ¼ cup whole raw almonds, cashews or pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet MINI chocolate chips or shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OATMEAL RAISIN:
  • 1 cup unsulphured raisins (or dried cherries for an oatmeal cherry bar)
  • ¾ cup rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
  • ¾ cup raw cashews or pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. The easy way to do this is to place all of the ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor and process until the mixture comes together in a tight ball (about 2 ½ minutes). Everything will be really finely processed. See the lollipop images for what that looks like. Or if you want a little more texture from the nuts, process the nuts and dates separately and mix them in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. See the other images for examples of that.
  2. The chocolate chips can be added at the end and mixed in with your hands.
  3. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and transfer the ball to the plastic wrap and press down to start to flatten into a rectangle. Fold the excess plastic over the top and use your hands to shape and flatten the mixture until it is about ½” thick, about 9” across and 3” down. Or make whatever shape you want!
  4. Refrigerate for a couple hours until firm and slice as desired. Keep wrapped in the refrigerator. Or transfer unwrapped bars to a tightly sealed container.
Notes
You can also do a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar:  1 ¼ cups pitted dates + 1 cup roasted, salted     peanuts. Sometimes I add 2 Tablespoons of Maca powder and a pinch of salt with or without a few mini chocolate chips.