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Cheese Bread Bagels

March 3, 2020
Cheese Bread Bagels

Cheese bread bagels, yum!

One of the toughest swaps for me personally when I went gluten-free was when it came to bread and bagels. I did search to find an alternative but never found one that I actually loved. So I made the decision that if I want to eat a bagel or bread, I’m going to make it myself.

And this has been working great for me and my routine. For starters, bread usually comes with a decent amount of sugar and a few other ingredients that make me think “huuum, I can do better for my body”. So I control what I want to add to my baked goods. Not only that, when it’s over, it’s over. If I want more, I have to make more. And last but not least, NOTHING beats fresh when it comes to baked goods. Am I right?

That’s where my beloved cheese bread comes in. As you know, I am Brazilian. If you talk to any Brazilian, it will be very hard to find someone that doesn’t like Pao de Queijo – aka cheese bread. And this Brazilian LOVES her Pao de Queijo.

One day, I was getting ready to make some cheese bread and thought – why not experiment using my new doughnut molds? That’s how this recipe was born and it’s oh so good! It’s basically a cheese bread recipe but in the shape of a bagel.

It takes probably a total time of 25 minutes to make, including baking time. This recipe is naturally gluten-free and a definite favorite for all the cheese lovers. You can of course experiment with the types of cheese. I used fresh grated Parmesan, but as always feel free to make it your own.

See you in the kitchen my dear friends!

Cheese Bread Bagels

Cheese Bread Bagels Recipe

Yields about 12 bagels (depending on mold)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg (organic if possible)
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp salt – if your cheese is salty, add less

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and add olive oil, milk, cheese, and salt. Stir until evenly combined.
  3. Add the tapioca flour and mix well.
  4. Pour batter into doughnut mold and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Enjoy fresh with your favorite spread or just as is.

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Coconut Carob Granola

February 6, 2020
Coconut Carob Granola

Making my own granola has been on my to-do for a while. For one, a lot of the store-bought brands just have a lot of ingredients that I have zero interest on consuming. Remember, your body is your temple. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So being a chocolate lover, I knew that coconut and chocolate granola was the winning flavor to experiment with. Now, you might be wondering where’s the chocolate in this recipe. Well my dear friends, believe it or not there’s a cacao substitute. It’s called carob.

Before getting into the recipe, let’s start by answering some questions.

  1. The issue with cacao – Cacao has amazing nutrients and antioxidants. But social awareness is what made me look for an alternative. Once you see something, you can’t unsee it. Although there’s a lot of money to be made on chocolate, cacao farmers typically get the short end of the stick. Despite all their hard work in growing cacao, they make pennies for it and many times live in poverty.
  2. Should I never eat chocolate again? – Don’t be silly. Chocolate is one of the wonders in life in my opinion. Just make sure to look for “Fairtrade” chocolate. You can read more about it here. And when you can’t find Fairtrade cacao powder, give carob a go.
  3. What on Earth is Carob? – Carob is a tree that contain these edible pods that can be used as a lovely cacao alternative.

Now that we answered some behind the scenes questions about this recipe, let’s dive into the yummy stuff. Like most recipes that I post, this coconut carob recipe is quite simple to make. It’s basically just adding all ingredients in a bowl and taking it to the oven.

One of the great things about making your own granola is that since it’s super fresh, it has that amazing crunch that we all love. You can also add, swap, or just leave out ingredients. Really make it your own.

The original recipe that I found was in the website Pick Up Limes. I swapped the seeds from sunflower to pumpkin because that’s what I had at home. I also substituted the cacao for my carob while adding some flax seeds. And last but not least, tweaked the amounts of each ingredient to add more of what I love, like the coconut shreds. And that’s how my coconut carob granola was born.

You see? That’s what I mean. Use recipes as your base and just go banana nuts with it. Enjoy and see you in the kitchen!

Coconut Carob Granola

Coconut Carob Granola

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup cashews (chopped)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP carob
  • 2 TBSP flax seeds
  • Sprinkle Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, add wet ingredients (melted coconut oil and maple syrup) and mix well. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add all the dry ingredients (except coconut shreds). Combine with the wet ingredients and mix well with a spoon.
  4. Place granola on baking tray and into the oven.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes total time. In between baking time, stir granola every ten minutes for an even crunch.
  6. After granola is ready, mix in coconut shreds.

Coconut Carob Granola
Coconut Carob Granola

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