Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fruit and Nut Crisps


Is this a cracker?  A cookie?  No, it is a crisp!!!
 

I walked into the restroom at work and the sensor lights failed to go on.  If that isn't a boost of confidence I don't know what is.  Leave it to bathroom lights to deny the importance of my existence.  Darn lights.  Little do they know all I have to do is unscrew a light bulb and their existence will suddenly not exist...take that you cowardly lights!

"Cogito ergo sum"  I think therefore I am.  Lights don't think so they aren't.  See, I was paying attention in all of those philosophy classes I took in college. : )

So let's be real here for a second.  This is a safe place and a circle of trust...no judgement.  How is your resolution to get healthy going?  As far as I am concerned I have upped my gym attendance...but the diet is not as great as I would have hopped it would be at this point.  It is hard to detox when you have little siblings home on break requesting beignets and cinnamon rolls for breakfast...you know who you are.  It also doesn't help that I have had a few cake orders the last few weeks...someone has to eat all those scraps.

If you are craving something sweet try reaching for fruit or natural sugars instead.  Honey, maple syrup, molasses.  These little crisps are a great snack or dessert.  They also last for a while, so you can make them last.  Just remember that even though they don't have refined sugars in them you can't eat them all at once.   These little guys are great sandwiched with  nut butter, or cream cheese, or a cup of coffee.  Or they pair wonderfully with a nice cheese plate.  Or they pair well with ice creams...but don't do that because that would ruin your diet.

Yes, I play with my food...how fun is this? : )
These crisps are wicked easy to make, you can do it!

Fruit and Nut Crisps

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup raw millet or sesame seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped unsweetened dates (or cranberries, or another dried fruit)
1/2 cup pecans (or another nut)

In large bowl stir together flours, baking soda,and salt.  Add buttermilk, sugar, and honey.  Mix just until combined.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combined.  Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and spread smooth.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Cool and freeze.  Once 1/2 frozen slice into thin slices.  lay flat on sheet pan and bake in 350 degree oven 15 minutes on the first side and 10 minutes on the opposite side. Cool completely.   You can also store the loaves wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer until you want to bake them the second time.  If you do this allow them to defrost for about 15 minutes on the counter before slicing them.  Once baked the second time store in sealed container room temperature.  Should be good for about 10 days.

 


2 comments:

  1. Thanks British Mum! They are delicious, you must try them! : ) Hope everything is well on your side of the pond : )

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