Good day beautiful readers! So those that know me well, know that I absolutely love baking. There is always something freshly baked in my pretty little dessert stand from IKEA. It's just a Shelli thing. I remember sending Jas (my hubby) home with baked goods all the time when we were dating....I gotta say, food really is the way to a man's heart. :) Now truthfully, I don't know if my baking back then was as healthy as it is now but we all change, evolve, learn and aspire to be a better version of ourselves. I'm a better baker now and that's because I bake with an increased understanding of health and nutrition. But of course, I have always baked with my heart and sprinkled all my baked goods with love and positivity!
YES there is such thing as healthy baking. Don't get me wrong, some recipes still call for sugar but I always ask for less or sometimes even none. You have to be creative and do what your tastebuds desire...in a healthy way that is. ;) There are sooo many different flours you can bake with.
I have a teeny, tiny request to make...please get rid of your all-purpose white flour. I make this request with love and concern for your health. The bottom line is that white flour is not healthy. It is stripped of all vitamins, minerals, fiber and everything and anything healthy. It is high in sugar and fat and for those that consume white foods in abundance, this means an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more. I could go on about this for awhile but I will save that for another blog post. White foods such as baked goods, pastas, pizza crusts, breads are foods that you want to avoid and eliminate from your diet.
BUT I have great news... :)
There are many healthy and delicious flour options. Today we are baking with quinoa flour...just one of many different flour types you can bake with. There are many amazing health benefits of baking with and eating quinoa flour. Read through my Rainbow Quinoa Salad recipe blog post for the benefits of eating quinoa. Here are some more facts about quinoa flour:
Quinoa flour is made by grounding up the quinoa grain and turning into a very fine flour that is light and airy.
Quinoa flour has a slightly sweet and nutty flour.
quinoa flour is a great addition to your baking ingredients. it's healthy, packed with protein, gluten-free and vegan.
And finally...here is my delicious quinoa flour recipe I have been wanting to share.
Quinoa Flour Banana Muffins Recipe
Serves: 12 regular muffins/24 mini muffins Time: 50 minutes
- 1 2/3 cups quinoa flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
- 1/3 cup milk (dairy or nondairy)
- 1/4 cup natural cane sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, warmed
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together quinoa flour, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, bananas, milk, sugar, and coconut oil until well blended.
4. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir lightly until just blended. Do NOT over stir.
5. Scoop the mixture into your muffin trays. I love my nonstick mini muffin-cupcake pan from Crate & Barrel.
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the muffins are browned or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
7. Let the muffins cool down and remove from the muffin tray.
8. Enjoy...for breakfast, for a snack or dessert! These taste absolutely heavenly with my strawberry chia seed jam. I will share this recipe shortly.