Chocolate Mesquite Muffins

Sprouted wheat, mesquite flour, pastured butter and eggs, cacao nibs, sweet cinnamon..

Chocolate Mesquite Muffins

Chocolate Mesquite Muffins

Makes 10-12 muffins

5 oz sprouted wheat flour
1 1/2 oz pastry flour
1 1/2 oz mesquite flour
1 tablespoon cacao powder
2 oz non-refined sugar or other sweetener
1/2 cups grain-sweetened chocolate chips
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking soda

8 oz fresh whole milk
2 large pastured eggs
4 oz pastured butter, melted

1 teaspoon cacao nibs
1 teaspoon true cinnamon

Combine flours, cacao powder, sugar, salt and baking soda together in a bowl.

Whisk together milk, eggs and melted butter.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, stir until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Place large spoonfuls of batter into buttered muffin pan.  Sprinkle tops with crushed true cinnamon and cacao nibs and bake until muffins pass the toothpick test, about 30 minutes.

Best served warm.


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Blue Cornbread

Organic, stone-ground blue cornmeal, fresh buttermilk, pastured eggs..

Blue Cornbread

Blue Cornbread

(adapted from a recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon)

1 1/2 cups organic stone-ground blue cornmeal
1/3 cup organic, unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup roasted corn kernels
1/2 tablespoon dried jalapeño (optional)
1 1/4 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 pastured eggs
3/4 fresh buttermilk
1 cup fresh whole milk
2 tablespoons pastured butter

Cut corn from the cob and toast in a skillet with a little butter (and jalapeño, if using) until golden brown.  Set aside to cool.

Sift the dry ingredients together in a bowl

Whisk the eggs into the buttermilk, then add to the flour mixture.  Add corn and stir to combine, using as few strokes as possible.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Use a bunched-up paper towel to rub melted butter up the sides of then pan, then pour the remaining butter into the cornbread batter and stir to combine.

Pour the cornbread batter into the hot skillet and bake in a 350-degree oven until it passes the toothpick test, about 50-60 minutes.

Allow to cool and serve with raw honey butter.

Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

I debated about whether to call these triple chocolate brownies or chocolate fudge brownies or something else, finally settling on simply Hazelnut Fudge Brownies.

Made with sprouted spelt, raw cacao and pastured butter, these brownies are insanely delicious by any name..

Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

1 cup raw cacao beans
1/4 cup oz raw cacao powder
1/4 cup oz unsweetened chocolate chips
1/2 cup organic, raw hazelnuts
1/4 lb (1 stick) pastured butter, softened
1/2 cup rapadura or other non-refined sweetener
2 large pastured eggs
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
4 oz sprouted spelt flour
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 3-fingered pinch sea salt

Place the raw cacao and hazelnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes.  Do not allow to burn.

When cool enough to handle, place the cacao beans in a clean kitchen towel and bash with a small skillet or meat mallet. Take the towel outside and allow the wind to blow away the papery skins.  You’ve just made your own cacao nibs.

Now do the same thing with the hazelnuts, but don’t worry too much about the skins.

Combine flour, cacao powder, salt and baking powder in a glass bowl.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time, stirring vigorously.

Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture, add the cacao nibs and stir to combine.

Spread the batter (it will be thick and paste-like) into a buttered 9×9 baking dish and sprinkle hazelnuts and chocolate chips over the top.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until a knife blade inserted into the middle comes out almost, but not-quite clean, about 20-25 minutes.  Do not over-bake, or the brownies will be dry.

Cover the pan with a clean towel and allow to cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes.

Serving with a glass of fresh milk if you like.

Did you know that raw cacao has 30 times the anti-oxidant power of green tea?


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Keep it Simple

Books, movies, TV, the Internet..  its easy to be overwhelmed by the ton of health and diet information that’s out there, some of it good, some not so much.  How do you tell the difference?

What it really all comes down to is that we must stop eating those mass-produced things that contribute to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity and get back to eating fresh, whole, minimally processed foods.  You know, the stuff that our great grandparents ate and would still recognize today.

Throw away the processed sugar and flour, the pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and synthetic vitamins and eat the way nature intended.  Eat as if your life depends on it.

Here’s a simple, healthy and nutritious summer lunch of hard-cooked pastured eggs, homemade mayonnaise & mustard and just-gathered tomatoes, herbs and wild greens.  Totally delicious.  I’m heading back to work feeling good today..

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For egg salad, place pastured eggs in a deep pan and cover with cold filtered water; the eggs should be 2 inches below the surface.  Turn the heat to high and bring the water to a boil.  Immediately cover the pan, remove from heat and allow to sit 10 minutes.

Drain the water, roll the eggs around to crack the shells, and cover the eggs with ice water.  Allow to cool 5 minutes before handling.

Peel the shells and dice the eggs into a bowl.  Add approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons of homemade mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of coarse, homemade mustard for every 4 eggs, along with a squeeze of fresh lemon and good bit of sea salt and cracked pepper.  I’m adding fresh chives and tarragon, just because that’s what looks good in my container garden today.

To serve, dress field greens with oil & vinegar, mound egg salad on top and garnish with tomatoes and black olives.

(Mother Earth News) Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture.

Eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

• 1⁄3 less cholesterol
• 1⁄4 less saturated fat
• 2⁄3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene


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