Whole Wheat Sweet Quick Bread Mix and Banana Bread

Who doesn't love sweet quick breads?  While they're not too terribly time-consuming to make, in my opinion anything that can be sped up is worth speeding up.  Enter the Whole Wheat Sweet Quick Bread Mix.


Make one large mix and enjoy quicker quick breads all the time.  I will be making different breads with this mix throughout the fall and winter, so be sure to mix some up so you can enjoy the other recipes when they come.


Whole Wheat Sweet Quick Bread Mix

  • 12 cups whole soft white wheat flour
  • 2 T baking powder
  • 2 T baking soda
  • 1 T salt
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups brown sugar, firmly packed

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, stir all ingredients with a wire whisk until blended.  
  2. Put in a large container (or multiple small ones) with a tight-fitting lid.  
  3. Label with date and contents.  Store in a cool, dry place and use within 6 months.  Makes about 20 cups.


Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  • 3 1/2 cups sweet quick bread mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Grease one 9x5 loaf pan or two 7x3 loaf pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring to blend.
  3. Turn into prepared pan or pans.
  4. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a wooded toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 5 minutes.  Turn out of pan onto a cooling rack. 

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Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake

Peach season is finally here!  To celebrate, I made a vanilla peach coffee cake.


I have to admit that this is most definitely not the most healthy thing to eat, or even a healthier version.  If you want, you can definitely make it using soft white wheat flour or oat flour (my favorite).  Every once in a while, though, I just need some good-for-my-soul food.

Take those peaches you haven't devoured or canned and use them to make this delicious coffee cake.  Your taste buds will appreciate you making it because they love things like vanilla, cinnamon, and peaches, right?


Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake

Cake:
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil*
1 tsp vanilla*
1/2 cup sour cream
3 cups flour*
1 cup sugar*
1 tsp baking powder*
1/2 tsp baking soda*
1/2 tsp salt*
Topping:
5 or 6 large peaches, diced
3 T butter, melted
1 1/4 cups brown sugar*
1T cinnamon*
1 tsp nutmeg*
4 T flour*
Vanilla Icing:
1 T butter
1 tsp vanilla*
3/4 cup powdered sugar*
2-3 T cream or milk
*These ingredients can be found in our store

Directions:

Prepare a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs on medium for 1 minute. Add oil, vanilla, milk and sour cream then beat for another two minutes. In separate bowl, mix flour baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add this dry mixture to the wet and mix for a few minutes until well incorporated. Do not over mix. Pour the batter into the spring form pan.

Peach filling: In separate bowl, mix the peaches, melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and the flour. Evenly distribute the mixture over the batter.
Bake for 1 hour and 5- 10 minutes. Check the cake after about 55-60 minutes, the add additional time if not done. When a toothpick or skewer poked into the center comes out clean the cake is finished.  Let cake cool and then drizzle with icing. 

Icing: Mix vanilla, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl, it will be lumpy so don't worry. Slowly add cream a little at a time until the frosting is the consistency you like.

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Sweet Potato Raisin Snack Muffins

School is right around the corner if not already in session and these little snack muffins will make the perfect school lunch treat of after school snack.


And what's best about them is that they're made of unrefined ingredients, so you know you're getting nothing but the best.  There's no reason to feel as guilty when you've downed your 10th one. 

Sweet Potato Raisin Snack Muffins

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a mini muffin tin by lining the tins with mini muffin liners or lightly spraying with cooking oil. In a medium bowl, sift whole wheat flour, brown rice flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt
  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, and the egg. Whisk until blended. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until just combined.
  3. Shred the potato with a cheese grater until you have 1 cup of shredded sweet potato. To the batter, add sweet potato and raisins and stir until combined.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons of batter into each muffin tin. Place the muffin tin into the center of the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow the muffins to remain in the tin for 3 minutes. Once the muffins are stable, carefully remove the muffins and place on a cooling rack to cool. 

*Recipe adapted from In Sock Monkey Slippers.

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Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

Your skin is exposed to hot and cold weather on a daily basis and this can cause your skin to become dry, itchy and flaky. Taking baths can clean away dirt but it does not remove the dry, flaky skin.
Sugar scrubs can be very healing for people with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.

Sugar scrubs are a perfect way to get rid of dry, flaky skin that develops over the day.  Repeated use of sugar scrubs can lead to healthier, glowing, and uniformly textured and colored skin.


Exfoliation, or the removal of dead skin cells from the skin, should be done on a regular basis. It is a process that makes skin look and feel healthier by improving skin circulation and riding it of toxins. Exfoliation also increases the production of collagen that gives skin its tone and elasticity.

Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup white sugar*
  • 1 T grapefruit juice
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil*
  • 25 drops grapefruit essential oil (lime and lemon are also great options)*
  • 1/4 tsp beet juice (optional for color) 1 or 2 drops of red food color can also be used

*These ingredients can be found in our store.

Directions:

  1. Place unmelted coconut oil and sugar in a bowl.  With an electric mixer, beat on low speed until a thick paste forms.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until incorporated, then turn the speed up to medium and beat for about 20 seconds or until the mixture is light and fluffy.  
  3. Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

Recipe from The Kitchen McCabe

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

We actually got a break in the heat this week, so I turned the oven on for a little bit to bake these granola bars.


I like chewy granola bars.  I'm not the biggest fan of the crunchy variety.  We have a no-bake version in this post (which are really good), but I actually found these ones to be easier to make.  You just mix everything together, stick it in a pan, and throw it in the oven.  There is very little hands-on time, which is something I really like.

I think one of the best things about making your own granola bars is that when your kids ask you for a snack, you know you're giving them something worth eating.  Not something processed or overly sugary.

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


*These ingredients can be found in our store.

 Directions:

  1. Line a small baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. Put the mixture in the prepared pan and pat down firmly.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Cool completely before cutting.

Recipe from My Humble Kitchen

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No-Bake Eclair Cake

I've challenged myself to not turn on the oven until things cool down a bit.  So last week, this week, and however many more weeks it takes to cool down, I'm going to be posting no-bake stuff.  This week it's a no-bake eclair cake.


Honestly, I can say that I knew this would be good, but I didn't know JUST how good.  I had to describe it as "heaven on a plate" because I didn't know what else to say about it.  It's so yummy.  I'm pretty sure it's the Bavarian Creme pastry filling that we sell in our store and on our website that makes the difference.  It's not just vanilla pudding like most of the recipes out there call for.

It only takes about 15 minutes to throw together.  (And then of course some refrigeration time.)  This would make a perfect potluck item that everybody will rave about.

No-Bake Eclair Cake

1 14-oz box graham crackers
1 pkg Bavarian Creme pastry filling
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar

For the Icing

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 T butter, softened
3 T milk
3 T cocoa powder

  1. Whip cream and sugar until stiff peaks form.  Fold in entire package of Bavarian Creme pastry filling.
  2. In a 9x13 baking dish, lay down one layer of graham crackers.  Carefully spread Bavarian Creme mixture over graham crackers.  Lay down another layer of graham crackers and cover again with Bavarian Creme mixture.
  3. Lay down a final layer of graham crackers.
  4. Mix together all icing ingredients until well combined.  Carefully spread over the final layer of graham crackers.
  5. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

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Strawberry Citrus Slush

I stumbled upon this recipe on the doTERRA blog and it looked so good and refreshing, I just had to try it.  On top of that, it's HOT here.  Popsicles have been my life-saving cooling down snack for the past couple of weeks.  But why eat 10-15 sugar-laden popsicles a day when I can whip up this super refreshing and cooling slush in about 5 minutes?


This slush uses lime and lemon essential oils, which make all the difference.  Using essential oils in cooking adds so much.  Not just health-wise, but also flavor-wise.  There's a total of just 8 drops of essential oils in this recipe, which makes over a quart of slush.  So, not only are you getting a power punch of citrus flavor, but the lime and lemon essential oils serve to waken up your digestive system and help you feel happier.

With all of that being said, make yourself some strawberry citrus slush today and give yourself a little pick-me-up during this hot summer.

Strawberry Citrus Slush

2 cups lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
Juice from 1 lemon
4 drops lemon essential oil*
4 drops lime essential oil*
3 cups ice
3-4 T sugar*

*These ingredients can be found in our store.

Put all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth.

*Recipe from doTERRA Blog.
2 cups fresh lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
Juice from 1 lemon
4 drops Lemon essential oil
4 drops Lime essential oil
3 cups ice
3 tablespoons white sugar or 1/2 teaspoon stevia. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-recipe-strawberry-citrus-slush-with-essential-oils/#sthash.bP8dFuID.dpuf
2 cups fresh lemonade
1 cup frozen strawberries
Juice from 1 lemon
4 drops Lemon essential oil
4 drops Lime essential oil
3 cups ice
3 tablespoons white sugar or 1/2 teaspoon stevia. - See more at: http://doterrablog.com/essential-recipe-strawberry-citrus-slush-with-essential-oils/#sthash.bP8dFuID.dpuf

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