Delicious Monkeybread With Easy Shortcut

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If you ‘re like me, I like to make our own baked treats at home but sometimes I don’t want to make everything from scratch. This is a shortcut to making delicious monkey bread using a bread machine for the dough and finishing it off in the conventional oven. I’ve reduced the amount of the caramel sauce by half as I find it is just enough sweetness and buttery richness with half the sugar and fat. The result is a pull-apart bread with evenly distributed caramel/cinnamon goodness as an afternoon treat or dessert.

Here’s a step-by-step on how to make it. The recipe follows below.

  1. Prepare the dough as per your bread machines instructions. Use the dough only setting.
  2. Prepare the caramel sauce (with raisins) and set aside.
  3. Once the bread dough is ready, knead a few more times on a clean floured surface and divide into 4 balls. Make into logs and cut into 12 pieces to make approximately 48 pieces of dough.
  4. Dip each small ball of dough in the caramel sauce and layer in a bunt pan. Add the nuts (optional) in between layers. Remember to use oil spray on the inside of the bunt pan. Repeat until all balls of dough are in the bunt pan.
  5. Cover the filled bundt pan and let the dough rise for approximately 20 minutes or until the dough rises to the top level of the bunt pan.
  6. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. While still hot, using oven mitts, carefully put a plate on top of the bundt pan and invert the bundt pan. The monkey bread should easily slide off on to the plate.

 Recipe

For the dough

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For caramel sauce

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

Healthy options and tips

  1. Flour substitute  I substitute up to 3/4 of the white flour to a combination of 1/4 cup oat flour, flaxseed flour (2 tbsp), and whole wheat
  2. Use only half of the caramel sauce.
  3. Add a dash of freshly ground nutmeg.

 

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Banana Oatmeal Snack Muffin

Banana Oatmeal muffin with sliced applesHere’s a healthier version of a snack muffin with a few options to make it gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy free also. It is very easy to make, kid-tested recipe, with no mixer required. Enjoy it warm, fresh from the oven, freeze it as a quick snack. It is a quick and easy addition to school lunch.

A perfect alternative breakfast on-the-go for kids and adults.

Wet ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (Option: regular milk)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
    Options: Greek yogurt
    or 1/4 cup yogurt and 1 egg – Omega 3 preferred
    or 1/4 cup grated apple or unsweetened applesauce and 1 egg)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoons  unsulphured molasses (it adds great colour and added minerals)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Dry ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (option: maple syrup to eliminate processed sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (option: sea salt or Himalayan pink salt for added minerals)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 – 8 dried chopped dates – Option: to add more sweetness if desired.
    (Tip: coating the dates with the dry ingredients will ensure more even distribution of the dates)

Mix the wet ingredients together. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the dry to the mixed wet ingredients. Scoop onto silicon muffin cups using a regular ice cream scoop. Bake in 360 degree oven for 12 minutes or check with a cake tester.

Yields 18 muffins. Serve with sliced apples or pears.

Tip

  • Use reusable silicon muffin cups for easy removal. The lack of additional oil in this recipe, may make using paper muffin liners difficult to remove.
  • When checking for doneness using a cake tester, you might find bits of mashed banana on the cake tester. Make sure you test on another area.

To Make Oat Flour

Use a clean coffee grinder to mill small batches of oats into flour.

Making Simple Apple Butter in a Slow Cooker

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Easy Brownie Mix Cookie

This is the quickest way I found to make 2 dozen delicious cookies in a pinch. I am all for making cookies from scratch so I can adjust the fat and sugar content but these cookies worked really well if you are in a hurry. Done in about half an hour!

These cookies are chewy with a same brownie crackle top you find on regular brownies. It also freezes well.

Brownie Cookie Stack

Brownie Mix Cookie Stack

  • 1 box Brownie Mix (I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Mix all the ingredients (you don’t even need a mixer) until well combined. Use a cookie scooper to measure cookie dough for uniform size on a cookie sheet (I use Silpat or parchment paper). Bake on a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or the centre is done. Do not over bake. Let cool for 1 minute and transfer to a cookie rack to cool.

Yield: 24 cookies