Monday, April 19, 2010

"Spring Into Health" Recipes Using Stevia and Pumpkin Seeds!

For my "Spring Into Health" blog event, the "Frontier Coop" sent some samples of their stevia powder, pumpkin seeds and barley grass to try out and use for a review and giveaway on my blog!
I thought it would be great to share some recipes for the stevia and pumpkin seeds, and hope you will enter the giveaway so you can try out these great products from "Frontier Coops"!
I highly recommend that you visit "Frontier Coop" and check out their great site and try out their products! They are Top quality and a great place to buy your healthy foods!

Now for some Recipes I found using Stevia:

Berry Jam (Wow! I need to copy this off for my summer canning!)!

•1 1/2 quarts fresh berries
•1 cup unsweetened fruit juice concentrate
•2 tsp. pectin powder
•3/4 tsp. powdered stevia extract

Wash, rinse, and sterilize jars.
Clean berries, remove hulls, and mash. One and one half quarts of fresh berries will be 3 cups mashed. Place in a sauce pan.
Add 4 tsp calcium water to the berries and stir well.
In another small sauce pan bring the juice concentrate to a boil.
Place in a blender. Add 2 tsp of pectin powder and blend 1 - 2 minutes until powder is dissolved.
Bring fruit to a boil. Add the dissolved pectin. Stir vigorously 1 minute.
Stir in the stevia extract. Bring back to a boil and remove from heat.
Fill jars to 1/2 inch from the top. Screw on 2 piece lids. Boil 5 minutes.
Remove from water and let jars cool. Lids should pop to be sealed."

"Coconut Fig Chews"
1/2 cup chopped figs
•1/2 cup unsweetened fruit juice or water
•1 cup unsweetened coconut
•1/2 cup unsweetened sesame seeds
•1/8 tsp salt
•1/2 tsp powdered stevia extract
•2 tablespoon cashew butter
•1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil a cookie sheet
Stew the chopped figs in the fruit juice or water for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the coconut to the pan, mix and set aside.
Grind the sesame seeds in a blender. In a mixing bowl, place the stewed figs and coconut, ground sesame seeds, salt, stevia extract, cashew butter, and flour. Mix well. Shape the cookies with your hands. Place on the cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes
Note: You may add 1 tsp of powdered stevia herb

"Blueberry Muffins"
Yield: 12 muffins
•6 oz. pineapple juice
•1/4 cup oil
•1 egg
•1 1/2 tablespoons SteviaPlus®
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 cup plain yogurt
•2 oz. milk
•1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
•1/2 cup rolled oats
•1 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1/4 teaspoon salt
Pre heat the oven to 375°. Oil muffin pans. Soak the oats in the pineapple juice for 10-15 minutes in a small bowl. Beat together the oil, egg, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Thin the yogurt with the milk and add to the other liquid ingredients. Beat. Mix in the soaked oats. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring as little as possible. Fold in the blueberries just before the flour is completely blended. Spoon the batter into the muffin pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.

"Chocolate Zucchini Muffins"
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ginger powder
1 ripe banana, mashed
1.5 tsp stevia powder
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup plain cow or non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or other nut (optional)

Preheat oven 350F. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together. In another bowl, mix together mashed banana with applesauce and stevia. Add in milk, vanilla, zucchini and nuts to wet mixture and mix. Add flour mixture to the wet mix in 3-4 batches and stir until combined and mixture is moist. Spoon into a greased muffin pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.

There are a lot of great cookbooks on using stevia, like this one on Amazon!
For more recipes using stevia visit this link!

Now for some Pumpkin seed recipes!

The first is by Serene Allison, From her cookbook, "Rejuvenate Your Life! Recipes for Energy"! By the way, I love her cookbook, and Highly recommend it! =) This sounds like a great and healthy smoothie!
"Zinc Standard"
2 hearty handfuls of raw pumpkin seeds
2 cups purified water
1 TBSP. tahini (or any raw nut meat)
2 hefty TBSP. squished dates or a handful of regular dates
4 frozen bananas (chopped roughly before adding)
A dust of cinnamon
Whiz, whiz
(in a blender) and guzzle."

Both recipes below are by Serene Allison, From her cookbook, "Rejuvenate Your Life! Recipes for Energy" She uses pumpkin seeds in a lot of her recipes, like the "Crunchy Surprise balls" (below) and her Rejuvenation granola!

"Crunchy Surprise Balls"
"Throw in some of the unblended "Energy Flat Bread"
(recipe below)mixture in a bowel and start chucking in whatever you want-
A handful of raw pumpkin seeds,
A handful of sunflower seeds
A handful of sliced olives,
Maybe a smattering of sun-dried tomatoes

Roll into balls and dehydrate until crispy. Throw them in your salads, or munch as is for a savory treat!"

"Energy Flat Bread"
7 1/2 cups sprouted buckwheat
3 1/4 cups soaked golden flax seeds (measured after soaking)
3 1/4 cups carrot pulp (made from the process of making fresh carrot juice)
This adds bulk to the bread and gives it a beautiful color. You could mix beet in your juice for a rich salmon-colored bread.
4 TBS raw honey
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 TBS sea salt

This makes about a months supply or maybe a weeks worth for large families. (it usually lasts us a little over a week)

Mix it in batches in your food processor and transfer to one bowl. Lightly grease 5 teflex solid dehydrator sheets and cover with dough, a scant 1 cm thick. If making pizza crusts form into rounds. If making flat bread to tear off when desired make large squares. If you want to make sandwich slices, score beforehand into cracker shapes.

Dehydrate the flat bread at 105 degrees for a few hours until a crust is formed on one side and then flip them onto the mesh sheet below and dehydrate until thoroughly dry - about 12 to 16 hours.

When they are very well dried, they will keep well wrapped in loose linen and a plastic bag in a cool, dry place."

While looking for recipes I found this one on Soaked Granola!

» 8 c. rolled oats. (I buy my organic rolled oats through a food co-op. 25 lbs. for $17.00)
» 1/2 c melted butter
» 1/2 c. melted coconut oil. (Please don’t buy the nasty tasting stuff at Wal-Mart. Use that to lube your car engine.)
» 1 1/2 c. yogurt
» 2 cup water
» 1 cup raw honey.
» 1 tsp. sea salt
» 1 tsp ground cinnamon
» 2 cups of nuts

Visit the link above for how she made it. I think I will try it not soaked sometime!

1 comment:

  1. yummy

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