Finding Clarity in a New Beginning

How to get rid of brain fog?

Living on a coast in Canada I am surrounded by water. Do you know what happens when you are bordered by water? You get fog — lots and lots of thick, cloudy and grey fog. On these days, if you are driving, and attempt to turn on your high beams you will not cut through the cloud. Instead, you make matters worse by even further impairing your capability to see.

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I can apply this analogy to what my thought process often feels like. When this sort of dense fog encroaches on my brain affecting my mental capabilities I become frustrated. No matter how many lights I turn on there does not seem to be enough illumination to cut through my clouded judgment and murky memory. I have spent the last three years coming to a better understanding of what I am experiencing. I was very fortunate, as it only took about 8 years to be diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Now I face a struggle that will take a life of commitment. I must learn how to deal with my disorder and listen to what my body needs. In a sense, I am incredibly lucky to be so self-aware and be given the time and resources to learn what my body and mind needs to be able to work at my full potential.

I have taken dozens of medication for a slew of different reasons, for my fainting, headaches, hallucinations, depression, anxiety and psychotic episodes. I no longer take medication of any kind. To clarify, I still have all of these symptoms. They are not nearly as frequent as before, but they do still occur. I am not admirable for not taking medication or foolish and selfish for not using medication as a resource. I am simply a person who is finding what works me through self study and therapy as well as trial and error.

It can hurt and be offensive when I am given unsolicited advice on what I should be doing to make myself better. I have been told countless times that I should be proud that I am “resisting medication” because I am “stronger than that”. Sometimes the exact opposite of this will happen. I have been told that it is my fault I have down periods and memory loss because I am not taking medication. This has taught me to not look for encouragement from external sources and not to apologize. We all must do what is best for ourselves.

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With time and confidence I am gradually learning how stand up and have clear conviction for what I believe in. I think that medication is a tool that can be wonderful and helpful. It has improved the quality of life of so many and for that I am thankful. However, this is not to say that in some circumstances alternative means of treatment are not as justifiable.

My goal is to get rid of, what I feel to be, my most destructive symptom; brain fog. I need a clear mind so I can deal with all of the other symptoms I deal with on a day to day basis. Without this, I feel as if I am driving with my high beams on, lost, confused, and only making matters worse.

The last 6 months of 2015 have been very difficult. I lost a dear friend, I went back to school and I had to re-learn many of my coping strategies that I had developed due to a change in lifestyle. Although these adjustments have been difficult, I have persevered once again and am determined to continue on looking towards my bright future.

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I am refocusing my message and with this change I am renaming it! Starting in February my sites name will change to clarifyingfood.com. I want my focus to be more about the battle of mental illness and healthy lifestyle. Regardless of your beliefs or restrictions regarding food I feel that many of us are simply looking to feel the best we can and live the most productive life possible with the limitation we all individually face.

As a wise man once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. Hypocrites knew what he was talking about. Not because he necessarily understood the ins and outs of organic chemistry, but rather, because he knew that he felt healthy and strong when eating certain foods. That is my what my journey is all about!

My name is Clara, my name literally means clarity. Clarifying Foods is my journey to heal myself through diet and mindfulness. I will let you in on tips for dealing with anxiety and depression using coping mechanisms I have found useful. My favorite part is the food I eat! It is beautiful, colorful and allows me to think clearly. Let’s face it, life is full of uncertainty, so I put a little clara-ty where I can!

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Changes you can expect to see in at clarifyingfood.com :

-Once a month I will post about dealing with my symptoms and how I deal with anxiety and depression.

-More options than purely vegan dishes! I will talk about brain food and focus on eating whole foods. This is food that has been scientifically proven to help people deal with depression and anxiety.

-I will share helpful literature and videos that I have personally used with coping with mental illness.

I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my journey!

See you there,

Clara <3

 

Gluten-free Waffels and Super Green Smoothie


Gluten-free waffles!

For many, the holidays have come to end. It is time to slip back into your work shoes and regular routine. This can be a relief but also can be sad to have to get back to grind. I often miss my family and friends throughout the year. I am always excited to see them before the business of school and work take up all of my time.

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I personally, have spent lots of time with family and am ready to get back to my routine! However, my holiday break is not complete until my family and I celebrate the Epiphany, this is when the Wise Men came to behold Jesus and brought him gifts of gold, frankincense and mer. La Befana, comes to all of the little girls and boys on the night of January 5th and brings them sweets and presents hoping that one of the gifts will be received by baby Jesus. This tradition is a bit like an Italian Santa Clause, except a women who travels on her broom!

As I have mentioned in other posts, I love traditions such as this one. I have a great appreciation that my family keeps this festivity alive. So, in celebration of the Epiphany I am posting a double recipe that is holiday themed. I hope that everyone found someone to spend time with through this time of year and that you all have a wonderful New Year that is full of exciting opportunities and goals!

East glutenfree waffles and green smoothie

Now on to the food! I made a delicious green smoothie and paired it with gluten-free waffles covered in strawberry jelly, cinnamon and more strawberries! Strawberries are not in season right now and can be quite expensive. So, I suggest using any fresh or frozen fruit that is available in you area this time of year.


Gluten-free Waffles

The smoothie is simple and delicious. It makes two serving, but honestly, I usually drink the whole thing myself! The chia seeds add an extra boost of protein, omega-3s, fibre, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. They also aid in stabilizing blood sugar, and they reduce your appetite keeping you full longer. Therefore, chia seeds=awesomeness.

These waffles were made from a pancake mix I found on The Minimalist Baker website. This couple has a fantastic website and I really like many of their gluten-free flour blends. I made the flour slightly thicker for the waffle iron than I would have for a pancake mix. I also added some all spice, vanilla and orange peel to give it a seasonal kick, feel free to omit these flavours and your own favourites!

Gluten-free Waffles

*Side note*: As you have might noticed, I have not been posting many recipes these last few months. My blog is going through a big change that will make it cleaner and more focused. I will be talking all about this in my next post. I am so excited to introduce it to you all and continue sharing my passion for clean and healthy food!

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Waffles

  • 1 cup of gluten-free pancake mix, or Bob’s Red Mill’s Pancake Mix
  • 2/3 cup of almond or soy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg or flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax and 2.5 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp of all spice

Green Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

Waffles

Makes 6

  1. Turn on your waffle iron and allow it to preheat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine milk with lemon and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes. If you are using a flax egg combine water a flax meal and let stand.
  3. Add the egg, zest, all spice and vanilla, whisk until well combined.
  4. Add flour and continue to whisk until batter is slightly thicker than a pancake batter.
  5. Grease waffle iron if needed and pour mix into the iron. My waffle iron makes two waffles at a time so I poured in a third of the batter.
  6. Place finished waffles on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
  7. Serve with your favourite fruit, maple syrup and fruit jelly!

Green Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Simply blend everything together and enjoy!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie
I have been meaning to post this smoothie recipe for ages! This is a simple recipe for those who are trying to get on the smoothie bandwagon but not sure where to start… or what a good combination is! Nothing worse then throwing a bunch of stuff in a blender and forcing your self to drink it… we have all been there. I find this combo is also great for kids who might not be adventurous enough to drink green smoothies.

I personally drink a smoothie practically everyday. I find that my body prefers that over solid food first thing in the morning. Now, I enjoy all sorts of veggie concoctions. I don’t necessarily need a sweet smoothie anymore. My taste buds have adapted. However, when I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis I started simple.

Banana Berry Smoothie

I will be posting more smoothies on my blog to give you an idea of the diversity of combinations you can have and  I encourage you to be adventurous and give them a go! They are such a tremendous way to get in veggies, fruit and water in to your diet.
Who knows, maybe you will not need your daily cup of Joe to wake yourself up in the morning. You would be surprised the healing and energizing powers that fruits and vegetables have on the body.
So, try this recipe out and see if you are ready to add more simple raw breakfasts into your daily regime!
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Banana Berry Smoothie 
Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Bananas**
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 11/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut yogurt
  • 1/4 of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
Directions
BLEND :)
**Note: Instead of freezing the whole banana with the peel; try chopping the banana into small rounds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the banana slices on the baking sheet. Pop it in the freezer to freeze overnight. I do a whole bunch at once and then store in a ziplock freezer bag for when I need it!

 

Heavenly Sweet Potato Soup

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Fall is here! This is my favourite time of year. It is when I bring out all my comfy sweaters, scarves, and pull out the outrageously long socks have lived in the back of my sock drawer all summer. There is no need for socks that reach your belly button… BUT THAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM SO AWESOME!!

My non-clothing obsession in fall is soup! Loads and loads of soup! Its warm and comforting. You can drink it in a cup, have it in a bowl or in a boat on a moat! With a fox or in a box! So yes, soup is good.
Sorry for the unoriginal rhymes… Dr. Suess is a better writer than me, I know. I just read that last book that was published, “What Pet Should I Get.” Pure gold. What a wonderful man.sweetpotatosoup
Back to soup. I am eating my Heavenly Sweet Potato Soup (which is also pure gold) for lunch at school whilst I write. I created this recipe two years ago and have been obsessed with it ever since. I dream about fall just so I have an excuse to start making this soup. When I first made it I told my friends that I should mail the recipe to a blogger and share this recipe with the world because it is too good not to share! Well, two years later I have ended up being the blogger to publish it. Go figure! ;)
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Be sure when you make this soup to not miss a step.. if you do not roast the sweet potato and onion before hand it will not taste as good I guarantee. Also, the brown sugar is a nice touch. I am not a huge fan of refined sugar, I usually replace it with sucanat. However, if you don’t mind a tablespoon or so in a serving for 8 it is worth the splurge.
So my friends, eat, be merry and try to share!
Heavenly Sweet Potato Soup
Heavenly Sweet Potato Soup
Ingredients
3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
1 carton of vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
1 zucchini, chopped
1 very large golden onion, chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp brown sugar, sub for sucanat
1 heaping tsp curry powder
1 tbsp garham masala
1/2 tsp all spice
2/3 cup coconut milk, full fat
1/2 cup water
salt as needed
My Favourite Toppings:
sliced green apple, spaghetti squash, hot pepper, coconut milk
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400ºC. Line a pan with parchment paper. Evenly spread the sweet potatoes, onion and brown sugar (or sucanat) onto the pan. Bake until sweet potato is tender; about 25 minutes.
2. In a large on medium heat sauté minced garlic with olive oil until fragrant. Add in the zucchini and spices. Mix until zucchini is evenly coated with spices and allow to brown slightly.
3. Add vegetable stock, sweet potatoes and onions. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. With an emulsion blender, blend soup into a smooth and silky consistency.
4. Add coconut milk. I add a 1/2 cup of water as well to cut the richness of the soup. Feel free to not add water if you prefer. Taste before adding salt. The vegetable stock might have already been salty enough.
5. Allow to simmer for 8 minutes more and then remove from heat. Eat immediately or allow to cool before putting in the fridge. Will keep for a week or longer if put in the freezer.

One-Pot Poached Pear Porridge

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I know I have not been posting lately. Alright, its been over a month! I can’t believe how quickly time flies! So much has changed for the good this past summer. I am finally picking up where I left off and carrying on.

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One thing that always calms and comforts me is baking and cooking. Doing it for myself and sharing it with the people I love is almost as peaceful as meditation.

If my food tastes awful, we laugh about it. If it is delicious we eat in silence because we are too busy trying not to leave a crumb behind. Regardless, it is always known that it was made with love.

This is something I whipped up for breakfast the other day and shared with my little sister. I find oatmeal is great for this time of year. It is warm, hearty and keeps me going all day long. Perfect for a long day at school…

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This September I started school again! Which is a really big deal for me. Last time I tried my hand at university I was expelled. I was miserable there, I was dealing with many physical and phycological set backs that I felt I had no control over. It seemed to be I was getting in my own way. But what was worse, was the feeling that I was getting in other peoples way. And for those who have experienced this you know that it is a horrible feeling.

I promised myself I would never go to school again. That I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough and people would realize this and not bother teaching me. Well, this July I made the decision to prove myself wrong and get back on the saddle. I am updating my math and sciences now but who knows what next year will bring! I no longer feel in the way of anyone including myself.

In fact, the only thing I feel currently is full. You know why? Because this porridge is awesome! What more do you need in life than a big bowl of love with a dash of self-confidence?

One-Pot Pear Porridge 

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Poached Pear:

2 bartlett pear, cubed (you can substitute with apple)

1/4 cup apple juice

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/8 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

Porridge:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup almond milk (or sub for more water)

1 cup gluten-free oats

1 ripe banana, mashed

Optional Toppings:

goji berries, nut butter of choice, shredded coconut, pepitas, cacao nibs

Directions

  1. On medium heat, take a small sauce pan and put in apple juice, maple syrup, and water. Allow to begin to simmer.
  2. Once ready, add pear. You can peel the skin from the pear if you prefer it this way. Then stir in the spices. Leave on medium-low heat string occasionally. After about 7 minutes you should have a syrup and poached pear. Pour this into a bowl and allow to sit while you make the porridge.
  3. Using the same pot add water and almond milk. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium and add oats.
  4. Once liquid has been mostly absorbed, about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat. Stir in nut butter and mashed banana.
  5. Divide it into portions and top with pear and the syrup.
  6. Lastly, add all your favourite toppings. I also added extra cinnamon.

 

 

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Summer Rice Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad

One final summer recipe. Summer is almost behind us now. I have been making this fabulous rice salad all summer. It is so tasty and sweet. Of course you can make this recipe with whatever vegetables are in season, however, this is by far my favourite combo.
Summer Rice Salad

This, in many regards, has been a long summer for me. I learned about about myself and the person that I want to become. There are so many things I thought I wanted to change about myself. I thought I wasn’t pretty enough, smart enough or capable enough. It took me this entire summer to realize the people who love and appreciate the most where right in front of me all along!
We all have days or doubt and disappear, that is an inevitable fact of life. But, it is so comforting to know that I have wonderful friends and family that support me and help me rise to every challenge I may face in my life. And you know what the best way to face every challenge? With a belly full of nourishing, plant-based, wholesome food! So, enjoy this recipe and share it with family and friends. Food is love so share a little with the special people in your life!

Summer Rice Salad

Summer Rice Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing

Serves: 2 as a main or 4 as a side

Ingredients:

Salad:
1 cup of brown rice, uncooked
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 orange or yellow bell pepper, julienned
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup kale, chopped
Dressing:
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt and papper
2 tbsp rice vinegar
5 tbsp olive oil
Instructions:
  1. Cook brown rice as instructed on the package.
  2. To make dressing: whisk honey, mustard and vinegar together until smooth. Then add oil. If you add it sooner it will separate. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Once rice has cooled, add the rest of the ingredients. Drizzle the salad dressing on top and toss until well combined.
  4. Serve immediately. It will keep for up to two days in the fridge.

My New Root Cookbook Review and Matcha Green-ola Bars

I am officially in love with this cookbook. I had read reviews of Sarah Britton’s book, My New Roots, before and was intrigued. So, I went to a local bookstore and scanned through her recipes. First of all, the pictures are beautiful and bright. Then I realized she breaks her recipes into seasons as opposed to “breakfast”, “dinner”, “dessert”, etc, which I think is a really cool idea. The book is hardcover so it’s a little more durable in my kitchen… things can get pretty messy!

My New Root's Granola Bars

Once I started making her recipes it didn’t take me long to realize this lady loves food! The taste combinations are incredible. She doesn’t stick to making “safe” choices. Instead, she really chooses to think outside the box.

Her cookbook is not vegan or gluten-free, it is vegetarian and healthy. At the top of each page it indicates if the recipe requires setting or soaking, if it’s gluten-free and if it’s vegan. I still find I can make most recipes, although sometimes I need to make small substitutions.

Sarah Britton's Matcha Bars

I decided to take a peak at her website since I love the book so much. I made her Matcha Green Granola Bars which ended up being my favourite thing I’ve made of hers yet! They are so tasty! I call them “Green-ola Bars” because I think it’s hilarious!

I wouldn’t change a thing. The recipe is perfect the way it is. I used quinoa puffs, dried cranberries, figs and dates. And I used a bit of sunflower butter because I ran out of tahini!

Overall, I give this cookbook a huge thumbs up! I think Sarah is incredibly talented and really inspirational! Making the world a better place one delicious recipe at a time!

My New Roots Granola Bars

Gluten-free Quinoa Thin-Crust Pizza

Gluten-free pizza

I haven’t posted for awhile. That is due to many reasons, but the main one being the lack of inspiration and motivation. My brain was in such a fog the entire month of July. To be honest with you, I hardly remember it and yet it feels like it was the longest month of my life. It’s funny how our brain works sometimes. But that is over. I am once again motivated to cook, write and take tasty-looking pictures.

Quinoa Flour Pizza

The reason I started this blog in the first place was so that, for the first time in my life, I would have a hobby. Part of my anti-anxiety therapy was to find something that brought me pleasure, but did not stress me out: an activity I have complete control over. If I am having a “down day” (or month) I don’t feel I have disappointed anyone.

This all being said, I am thrilled a few people are visiting my blog! Although this is more of a therapeutic experiment than anything else, it is nice that people are visiting. So, a big thanks to the people who have tried my recipes and have revisited my site!

Thin Crust Quinoa Pizza

Now, on to the recipe of the day! This is pizza at its best, my friends. I have been obsessing over gluten-free pizza recipes for a couple months trying to find one that I like. I found a few, but they lacked the flavor I was looking for. I wanted a dense crust packed with flavor! I have a thick crust recipe I enjoy (another recipe for another time), however, I was looking for a thin crust when creating this recipe.

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So, I thought to myself, what are my favorite flours? Personally, I love the taste of millet and quinoa. They are earthy and very filling. I decided, “What the heck! Let’s try it out!” I really enjoyed the result… and so did my little sister!

Gluten-free Quinoa Thin-Crust Pizza

Makes 2 personal crusts 

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups quinoa flour

1 cup millet flour

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

1 cup of warm water

1 1/2 tbsp dry yeast

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

4 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup brown rice flour, for dusting

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, put yeast, warm water and sugar together. Let sit until yeast expands and creates foam. Approximately 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix quinoa flour, xanthan gum, millet flour and salt. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Add olive oil and yeast mixture in with dry ingredients. Begin to mix ingredients together with hands until it forms dough. I put a bit of olive oil or water on my hands to prevent sticking. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water.
  4. Dust a clean countertop with rice flour and begin to knead the dough. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn on the oven to 350°F. Let dough stand for about 20 minutes.
  6. Once the oven is preheated, roll the dough into a thin crust. I made two 9-inch pizzas. Allow to bake for about 7 minutes and then add toppings and bake for another 10-12 minutes longer.

Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls

Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls

In the summer I tend to cook and bake less. I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for hours with no air conditioning to cool me down. Plus, I want to enjoy that beautiful sunshine! Living on  a coast, we get a lot of rain. I mean a lot. So, when that pretty little sun peaks through the clouds all I want to do is stay outside all day!

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Which brings be to these delicious and incredibly filling bliss balls. I want to say I love stuffing my face with them, but honestly, they are so filling I can only handle eating one in a sitting. They are packed with natural protein from nuts and seeds. I would choose these blissful bites over a slab of meat any day

My favourite time to eat them is after a morning workout. When I go to the gym early in the morning I usually don’t eat before hand. I always listen to my body. Somedays I wake up ravenous and I just feel like I need to eat immediately. But, usually my body needs a little time to wakeup before ingesting solid foods. Well, what better way to wake it up than with plenty of water and exercise?

Chocolate Bliss Balls! Perfect for a post workout snack :)

That being said, after a workout it is easy to grab the first thing that is around. It can lead to making bad eating choices after putting in all that effort at the gym. That is why these little guys are so handy. You can just pop one in your purse or backpack. When you get a craving have a guilt-free snack that is actually satisfying and keeps you full!

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Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Raw Chocolate Protein Bliss Balls
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Don't have all the ingredients? No need to fret! One of the many wonderful things about raw treats is that ingredients can easily be changed. Nut allergy? Use all seeds instead of nuts. Experiment with that you have on hand. Medjool dates are often expensive. Try using cooking dates. Just soak them in water overnight before using them, you might need to use a little coconut oil for binding though.
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-15 Balls 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Balls
Recipe Notes
  1. Soak your buckwheat groats for about a half hour before making balls. This will soften them slightly and then rinse.
  2. Put all ingredients (excluding those for coating) into you food processor.
  3. Blend until a dough-like consistency. You should be able to pack to dough to form balls easily. Use more dates or 1 tbsp of coconut if needed.
  4. Form balls and dip to coat them with whatever you like. My favourite is cinnamon! Leave in the fridge for up to a week. Makes about 13 balls depending on size.

*Idea: You can also make them into the shape of granola bars if you prefer. Leave in the freezer to set overnight.

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Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf

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Life can be frustrating sometimes. Lately I’ve found things have not been going my way. Even though I feel like I’m working so hard, it’s as if I’m running in circles, forever finding myself back where I started. My goals are unclear and I don’t know where the next page in my story is leading.

I’m someone who likes certainty. I don’t mind obstacles, as long as I have a clear goal I’m striving to achieve. However, life is not always so black and white, is it? It’s full of these peaks and valleys that make up the whole colourful picture, but the picture seems to come in a box like a puzzle.

It can be so frustrating. I just want to take out all this energy. But how?..

gluten-free breadHow about by kneading some dough? I have Celiac Disease, so I very rarely find a bread recipe that is either not too sticky or not too dry to knead. I never get to put all my energy into making a beautiful loaf of bread. Until now!

Gluten-free Teff LoafThis lead me to search the internet for a bread that I could knead. It is such a great stress reliever! (If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re going to have to.)

I stumbled across this lovely recipe. I didn’t have all the ingredients, but with some reworking I was able to make tasty, hearty, delicious gluten-free/vegan bread. And oh mama, is it ever satisfying! I tried it first toasted and topped off with bruschetta, but it would also make great sandwich bread. Absolute heaven.

IMG_1298_FotorMy mom came over and watched me make this bread and taught me how to knead properly. She said it brought back memories of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, where she watched her mother bake bread.

I think a big part of my passion comes from seeing how much fulfillment cooking has brought my mother. I asked her why they always cut an X in the top of the bread, and she said her mother would tell her it was a cross. It was a way to bless the bread and be thankful for what you have. I thought that was incredibly beautiful.

Now on to the bread!

 

Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf
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Adapted from the wonderful blogger Alta Mantsch. Check out the original recipe at: http://www.tastyeatsathome.com/2013/05/honey-teff-bread/
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Gluten-Free Artisan Teff Loaf
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Adapted from the wonderful blogger Alta Mantsch. Check out the original recipe at: http://www.tastyeatsathome.com/2013/05/honey-teff-bread/
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Ingredients
Dry
Wet
Servings: loaf
Recipe Notes
  1. In a medium bowl, mix warm water, yeast and molasses. Whisk together and let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all flours and salt together making sure they are well combined. *Only use 1/2 cup of white rice flour. The other 1/4 cup is used later while kneading the dough.
  3. If you do not have pre-ground chia seeds, put chia seeds in a blender and grind into a flour-like consistency.
  4. Pour chia seeds, psyllium husks and oil into the yeast mixture. Whisk until thick.
  5. Pour liquid into the flour mixture. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, begin to combine mixture. Once thick, start to fold the dough by hand. Dust a clean countertop with part of the the remaining white rice flour and knead. Now add herbs and sesame seeds. Continue to knead dough, adding more rice flour as needed until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Put the dough back into large bowl and cover with a damp towel for at least 30 minutes. For best results, allow to stand for an hour and a half. I allowed mine to stand overnight to see if results vary and there was almost no difference.
  7. Set oven to 400ºF. Preheat a castiron pan or pizza stone in the oven.
  8. Take dough and cut slits in the top. Sprinkle sesame seeds, course salt and/or olive oil. Carefully remove the stone or pan from heat and sprinkle a bit of flour on it. Place dough in the centre of stone.
  9. Allow to bake for 40-45 minutes. (Mine took 43 minutes.)
  10. Let cool on cooling rack for at least 10 minutes. You made amazing gluten-free bread! Worth every minute of effort!
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