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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Review of Nielsen-Massey Pure Coffee Extract




I LOVE Nielsen-Massey's Pure Extracts  !!  I use their Pure Almond Extract, Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Coffee Extract and Pure Peppermint Extract on a regular basis.

They ALL are high quality extracts and add such a GREAT flavor to whatever I am making.  I use the extracts in SOOO many of my recipes !!


I was SOOOO excited when Nielsen-Massey (#NMVspring) contacted me about writing a review of one of their extracts.   I chose the Pure Coffee Extract because I happen to LOVE the coffee flavor in LOTS of my recipes !!!!

You will NOT be disappointed with ANY of Nielsen-Massey's Pure Extracts!!  Be sure to check out their website and see all the GREAT Pure Extract flavors they carry - you will find they can be used in several types of recipes to enhance the flavor !!!!




Check out the recipes I made using Pure Coffee Extract:







Daniel Fast Coconut Raisin Banana Nut Muffins - Wheat Flour




These are REALLY REALLY good...

These are moist and chocolaty !!!!  LOVE the raisins and crunch from the nuts.

As with all Daniel Fast muffins, since you can not use leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda),  they do not rise like "regular" muffins - resulting in a denser muffin.

Adapted from this recipe.

This was a thicker batter.





Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup ground nuts
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp corn starch
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1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 large dates, chopped
2 Tbsp water
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2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar (I used white)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (no sugar) 
4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Directions:
Blend the milk, dates and water in a blender or food processor until well blended.

Mix vinegar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, peanut butter and mashed bananas in one bowl.   Add the blended dates (with the milk and water) and stir until well combined.

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  


I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.



The OXO Large Scoop  
is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 278,  Total Fat 11.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 70mg, Carbs 39.4g, Fiber 5.2g, Sugars 16.3g, Protein 6.9g



Each time he said, "My grace is all you need.  My power works best in weakness."  So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)



Friday, April 10, 2015

Mocha Coconut Banana Mousse (GF)




LOVED the coconut in this !!  

Comments from taste testers:  This is REALLY good.  I LOVE this.  REALLY like the coconut in it.  This is one of my favorites !!!!!

Adapted from this recipe .



Ingredients:
4 medium REALLY ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
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3 to 4 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) (depending on desired thickness)
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1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds and chocolate chips) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  

Then add the chia seeds and pulse just until the chia seeds are slightly ground into smaller pieces.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.

Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 223,  Total Fat 10.6g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 81mg, Carbs 33.7g, Fiber 7.8g, Sugars 15.5g, Protein 4g



Christ obeyed God our Father and gave himself as a sacrifice for our sins to rescue us from this evil world. 

Galatians 1:4 (CEV)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Banana Spice Mousse (DF, GF)




This was a BIG HIT with the taste testers !!!  They thought it was DELICIOUS !!!!   AND......the taste tester that is not a big fan of bananas, did NOT even know there were bananas in it !!!!  SUCCESS !!!!!!!

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".


Ingredients:
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk 
4 medium really ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
8 large dates, chopped
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2 to 3 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill) (depending on desired thickness)

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  

Then add the chia seeds and pulse just until the chia seeds are slightly ground into smaller pieces.

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.


Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.
  

Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 172,  Total Fat .7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 83mg, Carbs 42.9g, Fiber 5.7g, Sugars 26.2g, Protein 2.1g



Let everyone who lives in Zion shout and sing!  Israel's holy God is great, and he lives among his people."
Isaiah 12:6 (GNT)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sesame Seed Rice (DF, GF)




This is GREAT for dinner or lunch.  

I also cooked some broccoli in the steamer part of the rice cooker and mixed that in with the rice when everything was cooked.



Ingredients:
1 cup dry brown rice (I used brown and wild rice)
1 cup water
1 bell pepper, chopped or sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp dried cilantro flakes
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
3 Tbsp sesame seed oil
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground chili pepper  (I used  Nanami Togarashi   ) 

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a rice cooker and cook until done.


I really like the Rival 6-Cup Rice Cooker.   It makes cooking rice SOOO easy.  I just put all the ingredients in the cooker .  So my rice dish is complete with spices and veggies when the rice is cooked.  The 6 cup isn't a big rice cooker, but it is plenty for 2 people.  



Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 6 servings: Calories 218, Total Fat 9.3g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 454mg, Carbs 29.1g, Fiber 2.5g, Sugars 1.6g, Protein 3.9g



God is my savior;  I will trust him and not be afraid.  The Lord gives me power and strength;  he is my savior. 
Isaiah 12:2 (GNT)


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Basic Chocolate Overnight Oats (GF)




This has become my basic standard overnight oats recipe.  I make this on a regular basis.  I often vary it by adding 2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut or raisins or instant coffee granules or ground nuts.



Ingredients:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (I use Quaker Oats)
1 tsp caramel extract (I use OliveNation)
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Flaxseed (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
2 to 3 Tbsp peanut butter (no sugar)
1/2 tsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3/4 to 1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
1/2 banana, sliced
1 Tbsp maple syrup or brown sugar or molasses or date syrup (Use Date Syrup for Daniel Fast)

Directions:
Put all the ingredients into a jar with tight fitting lid and shake until well combined.  I use an "old" 16-oz glass peanut butter jar.  Then refrigerate overnight or for a few nights.  I had mine sit in the fridge for 4 nights and it was delicious the morning I ate it for breakfast. 

Warm up in the microwave for about 90 seconds or eat cold.



Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 1 serving:  Calories 537, Total Fat 25.1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 152mg, Carbs  64.9g, Fiber 15.1g, Sugars 20.6g, Protein 17.7g



Sing to the Lord because of the great things he has done.  Let the whole world hear the news.
Isaiah 12:5  (GNT)




Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Banana Mousse (DF, GF)




Chocolate and coconut is a GREAT combination - just like in a mounds or almond joy bar!!!  I LOVED this mousse.  It is thick with the peanut butter and chia seeds.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".


Ingredients:
2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk (if needed - I did not use it)
4 medium really ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla or coconut extract
1/4 cup peanut butter  (no sugar)
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Hershey's)
1 tsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)

Directions:
Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until well combined.  

Pour into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.  Place in freezer to firm.  Then store in fridge.


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 243,  Total Fat 11.2g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 80mg, Carbs 34.2g, Fiber 8.6g, Sugars 15.6g, Protein 4.4g



It is good to praise you, Lord, to sing praises to God Most High. 

Psalm 92:1 (NCV)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Daniel Fast Coconut Peanut Butter Muffins - Wheat Flour




These are REALLY REALLY good... LOVE the crunch from the nuts of the chunky peanut butter.  Of course coconut tastes good in anything !!!  I had swirls of peanut butter in the muffins which I liked - biting into a nice "chunk" of peanut butter !!!!  I could eat these all day !!!

These are moist and chocolaty !!!!

Comments from taste testers:  Nice and moist.  Love the coconut.  These are REALLY good.  

As with all Daniel Fast muffins, since you can not use leavening agents (baking powder or baking soda),  they do not rise like "regular" muffins - resulting in a denser muffin.

This was a thicker batter.



Ingredients:
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour )
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  (I use Hershey's)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground ginger 
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cardamom 
1/4 tsp salt 
1 tsp corn starch
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1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
8 large dates, chopped
2 Tbsp water
 --------
2 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar (I used white)
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce 
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 cup natural peanut butter - no sugar (I used chunky)
4 medium very ripe bananas, mashed  (if your bananas are smaller, you will probably need to increase the liquid by 2-4 Tbsp)

Directions:
Blend the milk, dates and water in a blender or food processor until well blended.

Mix vinegar, applesauce, milk, vanilla, peanut butter and mashed bananas in one bowl.   Add the blended dates (with the milk and water) and stir until well combined.

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  


Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  


I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.



The OXO Large Scoop  
is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!


Estimated Nutritional Value per muffin based on 12 muffins:  Calories 257,  Total Fat 11.8g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 73mg, Carbs 33.6g, Fiber 5.6g, Sugars 11.3g, Protein 7g


Thank the Lord because he is good.  His love continues forever.
Psalm 107:1 (NCV)




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cinnamon Coffee Peanut Butter Mousse - Bean Based (GF)




Comments from taste testers:  This is REALLY good.  I LOVE the bean-based mousses.  Nice texture.  Nice amount of cinnamon.

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".

This is REALLY thick and is not as sweet as most of my other mousse.  But one of my taste testers absolutely LOVED it !!



Ingredients:
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (I use Cannellini)
4 Tbsp almond milk   
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup natural peanut butter    
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/4 cup instant coffee granules
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup molasses
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1 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)  

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Then add the chia seeds and pulse just until the chia seeds are slightly ground into smaller pieces.

Place into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.


Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight..


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 239,  Total Fat 11.7g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 474mg, Carbs 23.4g, Fiber 6g, Sugars 3.9g, Protein 11.8g



Praise the Lord, the God of Israel.  He always was and always will be.  Let all the people say, "Amen!"

Psalm 106:48 (NCV)

Friday, March 20, 2015

"Caramel" Mousse (GF) - Bean Based




Oh my gosh, this is SOOOOOO good.  I LOVE the molasses flavor !!!

Comments from taste testers:  Smooth texture.  Nice creamy flavor.  Right amount of sweetness.  Mild peanut butter flavor.  

This is a GREAT way to eat more chia seeds, which are high in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and protein.

I actually make the mousse and then leave it in the freezer for about a week before I take it out to eat it.  I think it has a better flavor - this gives it time for all the flavors to "blend together".


Ingredients:
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (I use Cannellini)
6 Tbsp almond milk   
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup natural peanut butter    
2 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 tsp vanilla extract
6 large dates 
1/4 cup molasses   
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1 Tbsp Chia Seeds (I use Bob's Red Mill)  

Directions:
Place all ingredients (EXCEPT chia seeds) in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Then add the chia seeds and pulse just until the chia seeds are slightly ground into smaller pieces.

Place into a glass jar with tight fitting lid.


Then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight..


Estimated Nutritional Value per serving based on 4 servings:  Calories 328,  Total Fat 14.3g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 190mg, Carbs 43.5g, Fiber 6.9g, Sugars 21.8g, Protein 9.6g



There is joy for those who deal justly with others and always do what is right.

Psalm 106:3 (NLT)

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