I have a bit of a marshmallow obsession at the moment and decided to make some marshmallow bits for Easter treats. I used this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-marshmallows-recipe/index.html and I substituted the sugar syrup from this recipe, http://thecoconutmama.com/2011/05/homemade-marshmallows-2/, for the corn syrup. I used organic sugar and organic powdered sugar because they are not as processed as conventional sugar and have a lovely natural honey color when melted. This recipe is pretty self explanatory and not too difficult. I used my stand mixer to mix, I don't use my hand mixer as some recipes suggest. I have also never made the mini marshmallows because the liquid marshmallow is very sticky and I think it would just make a big mess. It is just as easy to use a pizza cutter to make bitty marshmallows.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Next stop on our quest for clean eating, cheese crackers. My daughter loves Goldfish crackers and the like, so it was only fitting that I at least make an attempt. I found this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a go: http://cleaneatingintexas.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/clean-eating-kids-recipe-goldfish-crackers/. The only alteration I made is I used whole grain KAMUT flour, an ancient unaltered grain. They were really easy to make, just zip up the ingredients in the food processor, chill, roll out pretty thin, and bake. I didn't have any mini cookie cutters so I just made square crackers using a pizza cutter. They turned out in several different sizes of squares, the smaller the cracker the crispier it was.
Monday, March 11, 2013
In my quest to make healthy snacks for my family I came across this recipe many times: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/08/12/hot-fudge-brownie-larabars/. The dates made me tentative to try it at first because I always thought of them as giant raisins. I was looking for a bar recipe to try and this popped up. "Hot Fudge" caught my eye, there wasn't a laundry list of ingredients, and the picture looked appetizing enough that I thought I would give it a try. I have a 7 cup food processor which is small and it all fit in at once. I put the dates in first and pulsed them until they were chopped. I then added the rest of the ingredients and blended it until it was pretty fine/mixed. The recipe direction said "feel free to experiment" and gave a few ideas, so I halved the amount of walnuts and added cashews. I put 3 tablespoons of cocoa and added 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. I put the mix in a plastic Ziplock bag to form the bars, just sort of mush them into a rectangle, and to store them.