Ruthie’s Challah

A Sabbath Favorite!

A Sabbath Favorite!

  • 5+ cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs yeast
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Stir 3 cups of flour, yeast, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add remaining ingredients. Mix, adding flour as needed. When the dough is difficult to stir, start kneading. Continue for 8 minutes, adding flour (or greasing hands with olive oil) as needed to keep the dough from sticking.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Shape the flattened dough into into 2 loaves. (I like to braid mine)

Let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Brush the challah with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic and salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes (I do 19 minutes in a convection oven). Serve warm or cooled. Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you Ruthie for sharing this recipe!

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Crazy Ingredient Chocolate Cake

Crazy Ingredient Chocolate Cake

The secret ingredient in this cake is cauliflower, but you’d never guess it. It’s rich and moist like brownies and topped off with Reese Fudge Frosting. We love it!

Cake:

2 cups loosely-packed frozen cauliflower, thawed completely (not cooked)
2/3 cups sucanat (or brown sugar)
2/3 cups almond milk (I used vanilla)
1 Tbs vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or almond flour)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 Tbs ground flax seed (this will help the cake to rise)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

In a food processor combine the thawed cauliflower, sucanant, almond milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips and process until smooth with no lumps (this will take a few minutes). In a separete bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, ground flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir the pureed chocolate mixture into the flour mixture just until combined (don’t over mix). Pour into a greesed 8″ x 8″ baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (it should still be soft to touch on top). Let cool; frost if desired. Store in the refrigerator.

Reese Fudge Frosting:

1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tbs cocoa powder
8 tsp maple syrup (or 2 1/2 Tbs)
2 tsp almond milk (or more depending on how thick your peanut butter is)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Blend in a small food processor until smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

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Coconut Lover’s Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Lover's Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup melted or very soft coconut oil
1/2 cup sucanat (or light brown sugar)
2 egg
2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut
Splash of vanilla (as desired)

Stir together the coconut oil, sucanat, vanilla and eggs until smooth. Add the oats and coconut, and stir until well combined. Scoop by tablespoons onto a baking stone.  Bake at 325 for 12 minutes (or until starting to golden and crisp) and then let cool at least 5, preferably 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack or plate.

recipe from Barefoot in the Kitchen

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Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Best Ever Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

We absolutely love these, and they are soooo quick and easy to make!

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup flaked (or shredded) coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or raisins or other nuts)
1 tsp vanilla

Heat the peanut butter and coconut oil until slightly warmed and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Line a 9″ by 13″ pan with parchment paper. Pour the mixture into the pan and place in the freezer till hardened. Cut into squares and store in the freezer. Enjoy! 🙂

Adapted from Money Saving Mom

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Grilled Beef Tips and Veggies

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef tips
  • 3 medium zucchini, thickly sliced
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 1/4 C sour cream
  • 1 T Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t tarragon

Brush vegetables with oil, then brush beef tips. Season all with salt and pepper. Grill, covered, turning at least once. Meanwhile, stir together mayo, sour cream, mustard, garlic, and tarragon.

Serve beef and veggies over rice with sauce.

(adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, June 2015, Skewered Steak & Veggies)

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Healthy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup unsweetened almond milk  (I use vanilla almond milk)
  • 2 Tbsp carob powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or to taste)
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)

Directions:

Whisk all ingredients together in a saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat until desired temperature. Be careful not to let it boil, or you will destroy the enzymes, and thus some of its nutrients.

This recipe was shared with us by a friend. Thanks, Ruth!

Makes about 2 servings

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Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

Moist, wheat-free strawberry muffins with a hint of coconut.

Ingredients:

  • 4½ cups oat flour (see notes below)
  • 2 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • ⅓ cup flaked coconut
  • 2 cups chopped frozen strawberries.
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the coconut oil, sucanat, honey, and buttermilk. (It should be warm to the touch. This will keep the coconut oil from hardening when you mix it.)
  3. In a large bowl, mix the warmed coconut oil mixture with the eggs, vanilla, coconut extract, and flaked coconut.
  4. Blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped strawberries.
  5. Line 18 muffin cups with muffin liners (or grease each cup with coconut oil). Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-23 minutes, or until golden and cracked.
  7. These are delicious warm or cooled, but are better set after cooling.
Notes:
Oat flour can be made by milling oats with a kitchen mill or by processing them in a food processor (or high-powered blender) until fine. I prefer to mill the oats with my kitchen mill, since that produces a finer flour, but either way will work.

makes 18 muffins

from Blog of Joy

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Basic Whole-Wheat Pancakes

Basic Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 4 C freshly milled flour*
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/3 C oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/2 C buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together. Add liquids. Stir just until mixed. Fry on hot oiled griddle.

Adapted from Bread Beckers Recipe Collection, which says you may use sweet milk instead by omitting the baking soda and increasing the baking powder to 4 t.

*We mill the following for Ezekiel Bread flour:

  • 1 1/4 C hard red wheat
  • 3/4 C spelt
  • 1/4 C hulled barley
  • 2 T millet
  • 2 T lentils (green preferred)
  • 1 T great northern beans
  • 1 T red kidney beans
  • 1 T pinto beans

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Teriyaki Chicken

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This is a family favorite!

Teriyaki Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 lb frozen crinkle cut carrots
  • 1 lb frozen peas
  • 2 cups teriyaki sauce (recipe below)
  • 4 cups cooked rice

Cook the chicken in a large skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Drain the greese. Return chicken to the skillet and add the frozen vegetables and teriyaki sauce. Cook over medium-high heat until carrots are mostly warmed. Stir in the rice and continue cooking until warmed and ready to serve.

Adapted from Wine & Glue

Teriyaki Sauce (recipe makes about 2 cups)

  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • heaping 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • 3 Tbs corn starch or arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbs cold water

Mix all but the cornstarch and cold water in a sauce pan and begin heating over medium-high heat. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and cold water until dissolved. (The mixture in the sauce pan should be warm by now, but not bubbling yet.) Stir the cornstarch mixture to the heated sauce. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens to desired thickness (this will take several minutes).

Adapted from Food.com

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Irresistible Double Chocolate Cookies

Black beans are the secret ingredient in these moist, cake-like cookies.

Black beans are the secret ingredient in these moist, cake-like cookies.

  • 1 (15 oz) can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbs vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or 1/2 tsp if not using organic beans)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

In a food processor, blend the black beans, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla until smooth (There will still be specks of beans). Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; process until combined. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until distributed. Spoon cookie dough by heaping tablespoons onto baking trays. Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes, or until cracked and beginning to set. Let cool on the tray for a couple minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool.

makes about 4 dozen

From Blog of Joy

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