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Whole Grain Oat Bread – gluten free

What a wonderful treat to be able to enjoy an easy to make, tasty whole grain, gluten-free, vegan bread. It has a mild flavor and soft texture, making it very digestible.
Try it with your favorite spread.

It toasts up beautifully. We love to toast it and then spread the toast with a little marmalade.

Watch out… it is addictive!

Fastballs

This is a recipe I developed to provide myself with a relatively low calorie replacement for commercially available honey and oat bars while on a Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD). Under such a diet I was restricted to a few hundred calories a day for a five day period. Commercially available honey and oat bars have about 100 calories per bar (usually packaged as two bars in a pack). They contain a lot of sweeteners and would quickly blow my calorie cap. These fastballs come in at about 50 calories a ball with much less sweetener. (incidentally, while writing this recipe up I could hear the announcer at the local ballpark describing fastball pitches).

These are great, nutritious snack items on a fast but are equally handy for snacks anytime and also for traveling.

It takes about 20 minutes of active involvement to make the fastballs, followed by about 45 minutes to set and cook. The finished fastballs can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or so. Alternatively they can be stored for longer periods in a freezer.

Cinnamon Raisin Scones/Quick Bread

This recipe provides healthy cinnamon raisin scones/quick bread which are both gluten free and yeast free. Ken had a need for this when he was temporarily on a yeast free diet. It adapts Bob's Red Mill Cinnamon Raisin Bread Mix to use baking powder instead of yeast. We find the bread is lighter and more scone-like when made with baking powder.

Hearty Whole Grain Bread – gluten free

I love to bake this bread. It is so much better than the gluten-free vegan breads
available from local stores… and it is so easy to prepare in a bread machine.
This bread is dark in color, yet not heavy.

It is best made in a bread machine that has a gluten free setting.  Of course the bread can always be made by hand, using the same ingredients; there is a recipe on the package for that.

The bread¬†is great without any spread. ¬†You don’t even need to use (imitation)butter on a slice. It does of course taste great with¬†various toppings.
Two of my favorites are:
hummus
– homemade key lime jelly.

Trail Mix Cookies (a.k.a. ‘Dessert Balls’)

These incredibly rich and tasty cookies are great for snacks and even deserts. They are strictly vegan.

 

As always, if at all possible use organic ingredients. The rolled oats should be the large flake kind that take a fair bit of time to cook (not instant rolled oats!)

 

There is lots of room for individual adjustment to personal tastes. The add-ons can be almost anything you might want to add for a cookie, including chopped nuts or chocolate. The honey and olive oil are completely optional (I seldom use them).

 

My step mother insists they are so sweet and tasty that they should be called 'dessert balls'.

 

Children delight in making these (and licking their fingers after rolling the balls) as well as eating them.

 

One of the great characteristics that I discovered is that they are much better for curing an upset stomach than antacid pills!