Spicy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Dairy-free & Vegan options included

 

 

It’s been chilly here and it is almost Thanksgiving in Canada. So I decided to make some spicy, warming apple muffins in celebration of apple season. We used an apple peeler from Lee Valley, but you can peel by hand and chop them if you don’t have one. These muffins are dense, slightly sweet, and have a delightful fall spice flavor. If you've been following me on Facebook, you know that I recommend soaking all flour products because of phytic acid blocking the absorption of minerals and vitamins. Here's how to soak:

3 ½ cups of a mix of whole wheat & white flour (freshly milled & sprouted is best ) I get my flour from Grainworks

2 cups of buttermilk (Vegan: substitute coconut milk + 1 TB of lemon juice)

 

Mix well in a large bowl. Cover with a beeswax paper cover (like Abeego ) or saran wrap. Soak this mixture for 12-24 hours on your counter or in a warm place (in the oven with the light on is good, but make sure to write a note “Don’t turn the oven on!” or you might roast your mixture. Don’t ask how I know this!

After 12-14 hours, mix in:

 

¾ cup organic fair-trade brown sugar or ½ cup raw organic honey

2/3 cup of butter or coconut oil, melted (do half if using honey for a sweetener, as it adds too much moisture)

3 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cardamom

2 free-range organic eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups Apples, grated or finely chopped

¾ cup raisins

With a soaked flour mixture, it can be challenging to mix as it acts like bread dough. It will tighten up immediately. But you can fold in the ingredients by “kneading” them in while still in the bowl. Fold/knead the ingredients into the soaked mix and keep working at it until it’s thoroughly mixed. Or you can use a food processor to evenly mix. Eventually it becomes more liquid and more like muffin batter. Taste your end result to be sure it’s sweet enough. I tend to make recipes with less sugar to keep it healthy for my family. But when transitioning to a healthier lifestyle, you might want to ease off of the “sugar-wagon”. So add 2TB more of honey or sugar if necessary. Spoon the mix into muffin cups. I fill mine up to the top for large muffins. Bake at 375˚for 20 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom and a toothpick comes out clean. If you’re doing mini muffins it might be 10 minutes, but you will need to experiment as I haven’t tried doing mini-muffins. Let cool and store in the fridge for up to a week.  

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My 5 Flu Remedies

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Hot tea soothing the throat and calming the mind.

 

Napping with my sweet boy and watching him sleep. That's been my whole world the last few days.  

Matthew and I got the flu. But I was prepared with my 5 Flu Home Remedies, which are my partners in healing.

  1. Garlic is the Mother of all potent, health-giving foods. We eat garlic daily in my house. Even Dr. Joe Mercola believes in the power of this herb. He's written a really informative, thorough article about garlic's benefits that I highly recommend: http://tinyurl.com/oltk3xg. Not only is garlic anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral, but best of all it is a natural antibiotic that selects the bad bugs in your gut and doesn't harm the good ones (unlike antibiotics that are presecribed by the doctor, which annialate everything in your gut - very hard on your body). Yes, garlic is smelly, but don't be tempted to take a garlic pill. All garlic supplements do not have the potent allicin in them.You need to smash or chop fresh garlic before consuming it for the allicin to be present. We put it on sourdough toast, mix it into eggs (after they've cooled from cooking), put it into salad dressing and warm soups. Cooking garlic will greatly weaken it's ability to squash your flu. Eat it raw, baby!

  2. Fermented Cod-Liver Oil is another thing that we take daily, but especially when we're sick. Green Pasture makes our FCLO (Fermented Cod-Liver Oil)  which has natural (vs. synthetic) fat-soluble vitamins A & D EPA and DHA in a high-quality, pure product that is batch tested. Naturally occurring A & D boost the immune system. I can't even begin to explain fully the health benefits of FCLO, as it is a big topic. Luckily, Weston A. Price Foundation has a great article you can learn more from: http://tinyurl.com/pzuc5oo.

  3. Oregano Oil is another potent anti-fungal herb. It is also very, very strong. I find it hard to stomach, even in juice. So, when we get sick, I put a few drops in boiling water, cover it with a towel and breathe it in. Even this is pretty strong, but when you're throat is raw, well, you're willing to try almost anything! For babies and small children, I suggest using eucalyptus oil in a steam diffuser instead, as oregano oil is much too strong for them. I've also left a bowl of boiling water out on the table with one drop of oregano oil to diffuse into the air and that seems more suitable for young children.

  4. Chicken stock slow-cooked with bones has countless benefits. To do it properly, you need to cook a whole chicken or just the leftover bones from a chicken roast for at least 24 hours in a slow-cooker. I learned how to do this from my favorite recipe book: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. But if you don't have this book go and order it and in the meantime, here is Mama Natural's recipe: http://tinyurl.com/o6h4xuo

  5. I left my favorite for the last: Elderberries. I buy dried elderberries from Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk and when we get sick I grind them in a spice grinder (or coffee grinder) and sprinkle on our oatmeal. Matthew doesn't even know that I've changed the oatmeal recipe (like most 3 year olds, he wants his food to be the same each time...or else there's a meltdown!). Elderberries have been shown to reduce the length of a  cold or flu. Elderberries naturally reduce mucous membrane swelling and reduce nasal congestion. You can buy elderberry extract, however, I like to use whole foods to heal my body rather than processed extracts. That's just my preference, and I'm sure extracts are fine too.

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Natural Easter Dye: Saffron

 

Happy Easter! 

 

Matthew and I have been dyeing eggs today (so fun now that he is 3!). And I wanted to share a very effective natural dye that I discovered in my spice drawer: saffron! 

 

Saffron is from a crocus flower and is actually the stigmas, of which there are only 3 on each flower. It is the most labor-intensive spice to harvest and therefore is the most expensive (on a per gram basis). However, a little goes a LONG way in cooking. It's between $7-14 for a box of saffron and I still haven't used up mine in over a year of cooking Indian food occasionally.

 

For dyeing Easter eggs

Combine:

  • 2 papers worth (the threads are wrapped in paper, about 6-10 threads per paper)

  • 1 cup of boiling water + 1 tsp of vinegar.

 

This dye was the same strength as the food dye I also used for other colors.   

 

I'm sure you could use saffron in coloring frosting for desserts/cakes, although I have never tried it myself. My Indian cook book calls Saffron "the Queen of spices." 

 

Another great way to create yellow dye if you don't have saffron is turmeric. You can use either powdered or fresh, but either one is very potent and will actually dye your countertops if you're not careful! It sure beats using artificial chemical-laden dyes. 

 

I hope you all have a lovely Easter! We're keeping it low key and hiding eggs in the backyard and making some yummy hot cross buns. 

 

Blessings, 

 

Rosemary

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Crunchy Mamas group - Here’s their group description: “This is a group for those who are focused on living a natural lifestyle. Focus is natural solutions for health, organic living, minimalizing chemical effects on our lives and minimalizing our carbon footprint. The term "Crunchy" is used to describe a person who is health conscience and environmentally aware. All levels of "crunchy" is welcomed here. Please feel free to make yourself a home.” These ladies are really fun and friendly!

 

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