This past summer, my family decided that we were going to attempt to climb Mount Temple, the highest peak in Banff National Park. Unfortunately, due to poor weather and many injuries, we didn’t get to try. I had made these bars as a celebratory snack to keep us going once we made it to the top, but we still enjoyed them nonetheless in the rain.
They are a variation of these energy bars I made four years ago for a backpacking trip with my mom. Very tasty, easy to make and Bean-family friendly!
Mount Temple Granola Bars
1/2 c. rolled GF oats
1/2 c. quick GF oats
1 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I used 1/2 c. each of almonds, pecans and hazelnuts)
1/2 c. (packed) chopped dried fruit (I used a combination of apple juice sweetened cranberries and cherries)
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. almond butter
- Grease an 8″ x 8″ plan with coconut oil. Set aside.
- Mix together oats, nuts and dried fruit in a bowl.
- In a medium sauce pan, mix the honey and coconut oil. Bring to a simmer and let boil, stirring occasionally for 1 – 2 minutes.
- Mix in almond butter until smooth.
- Stir in the dry ingredients until evenly coated.
- Scrape into greased pan and press evenly into pan.
- Chill for an hour or two in the fridge and cut into bars. Wrap bars in wax paper and store in a bag in the fridge.
For July’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Emily of Life on Food. Emily moved around the States a lot growing up, she even spent a semester in Paris (lucky!) and now spends her time looking at buildings (slightly jealous – part of me has always wanted to do things related to architecture). She love cooking from scratch and experiencing life with her Husband, who loves to help her. Lucky girl! :)
I had a bag of peaches that I bought at the farmer’s market this week that I needed to use up. I looked at Emily’s delicious peach recipes: Peach Mango Lassi, Peach and Blackberry Crisp, and Peach and Blueberry Buckle. In the end, I chose the buckle as it looked amazing and is the easiest to send along with Mr. Bean to work.
I made a few changes, like making it gluten free and using less sugar. I meant to make it vegan, but I couldn’t find coconut yoghurt at the store and didn’t have time to go to the health food store, so I said “what the heck” and used goat yoghurt and an egg. I used some almond flour to add some protein to offset some of the sugar, so it totally makes this a legit breakfast. :)
Gluten and Refined Sugar Free Peach Blueberry Buckle (with Vegan Option)
1/2 c. tapioca starch
1/4 c. potato starch
1/3 c. each almond, rice and millet flour
1 tsp. xanthan gum
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. dairy free margarine
1/2 c. coconut palm sugar (heaping)
1 egg or egg replacer
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. yoghurt (I used goat, for vegan use coconut)
4 peaches, cut into 8 slices
1 pint of blueberries
1/2 c. sliced almonds
- Preheat oven and line an 8 x 8″ pan with parchment paper
- Whisk together all the flours, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, beat the margarine and sugar together until fluffy (2 – 3 min). Add the egg, vanilla and apple cider vinegar and beat until combined.
- With the mixer on low, add half the flour, then the yoghurt and the remainder of flour, mixing well between additions.
- Fold in the sliced peaches and blueberries. Scrape into your prepared pan and smooth out.
- Sprinkle the sliced almond over the batter.
- Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until multiple toothpicks come out clean.
- Cool slightly before serving.
- Enjoy with or without (coconut) ice cream!
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For February’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Susan of Food Baby Life. Susan is an amazing baker – just look at all the Daring Bakers, Tuesdays with Dorie and Baking with Julia challenges she has done! It was very hard for me to decide what I was going to make! I spent so long looking through recipes like her cornflake biscuits (so similar to what my grandma used to make for us when we were kids!), Spiced Apple Baked French Toast, or her Mediterranean Lamb Salad.
I was having such a hard time deciding what I was going to make, so I asked Mr. Bean for help. I ended up choosing her chocolate zucchini muffins. I made them gluten free and a little bit healthier by replacing some of the oil with applesauce.
I had a few issues – all of which would probably have been solved had I squeezed the water out of the zucchini prior to mixing it in. My muffins took almost 40 minutes to cook because the insides were too wet. Once they were cooked, they were pretty tasty!
Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
1/4 c. each tapioca starch, potato starch, brown rice flour, sorghum flour and millet flour
1 tsp. xathan gum
2 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
1/4 c. cocoa
3/4 c. gluten free oats
1/3-1/2 c. coconut palm sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 small zucchini, grated & excess liquid squeezed out
3/4 c. almond (or other dairy free) milk
1/4 c. olive oil
1/2 c. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
- 1. Line or grease a muffin tin and preheat oven to 350F. (I used 12 mini muffins and 9 normal sized)
- Shift together flours. Mix in the remainder of the dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
- Pour the wet into the dry and mix until just combined.
- Spoon into prepared muffin tins and cook for 20 – 25 min for the normal sized muffins.
- Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before cooling on a wire rack.
Susan, it was great looking through all the beautiful recipes on your blog! :)
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For September’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired with Nicole of Hapa-tite. Nicole lives in the DC area and is strongly influenced by all the cultures in her family, which means some pretty delicious and varied foods! My favourite are all the cute Bento box things she has!
I spent a few days mid-September visiting with my sister in Quebec and since we planned on having a baking fest, it seemed like the perfect time to make something for secret recipe club! I was also really impressed with myself as I hardly procrastinated at all on these! (A first in the last few months!)
I ended up choosing her Zucchini Loaf and making it Bean Style – lower sugar, less fat and gluten free! We also just made half a recipe as we didn’t want to have that much food after all our baking expeditions. We definitely weren’t disappointed – I really wish that I made the whole recipe and took some home with me as these are perfect breakfast muffins as they aren’t too sweet and are packed with nutrition! When I make them again, I want to try using some almond flour to increase the protein and maybe even use a bit less starch as these muffins would still be awesome even if they were a little denser.
I have to admit that I liked being able to take photos not at my own house – especially for the different props! The house my sister lives in has an old picnic table in the back yard under an acorn tree, which helped make these photos super “fall-esque.”
Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Refined Sugar Free Zucchini Muffins
1/2 c. brown rice flour
1/3 c. sorghum flour
1/3 c. potato starch
1/3 c. tapioca starch
3/4 tsp. guar or xantham gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/8 c. oil
1/2 c. applesauce
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 – 1 1/2 c. zucchini
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. raisins
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners.
- Sift flours into a bowl and whisk in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy.
- Add the remaining liquid ingredients and beat until combined.
- Stir in zucchini.
- Pour liquid ingredients, walnuts and raisins into the dry and stir until just combined.
- Spoon into muffin tins and bake for ~12 – 18 min or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from the pan onto a cooling rack.
How are you making the most of fall?
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It’s days like today that I am glad we are a two computer family. (Two people are a family, right?) My laptop decided that it’s going to freeze all the time, so it’s at the shop for a little TLC. Cue Mr. Bean’s laptop – without it this post would have been written on my phone and then be known as the shortest SRC post ever with like one horrible phone photo (boo!). However, it still means that I don’t have my usual photo processing programs available – who knew one could get so attached to taking photos in RAW – so here are my attempts at using the jpg files my camera makes. Fun times!
For July’s Secret Recipe Club, I was paired up with JJ of 84th & 3rd. JJ lives in Australia and she also makes lots of vegan as well as gluten and dairy free recipes. (My kind of girl!) She also takes gorgeous photos, which makes it very difficult to choose what to make! Some recipes that caught my eye are her Raw Banana Cream Pie with a Raw Macadamia and Salted Caramel Crust, her Crackling Almond and Coconut Cookies, her Almond Pie Crust (Naturally Gluten Free!), and this delicious and easy looking Muesli!
I ended up choosing a variation of her Spiced Cherry Pie – but instead of cherries, I used Saskatoon Berries. I also used her Almond and Cornmeal Pie Crust as the shell as I love almond flour crusts and thought the idea of using cornmeal with it was interesting. I used blanched almond meal in the crust instead of the unblanched meal that JJ recommended as that’s what I had on hand. I’m used to quite a dense almond flour crust (ala Elana’s Almond Flour Cookbook), so having the crust be so light was unexpected – but that’s what eggs and coconut oil do. I might try it again but instead leave out the egg. It means one would have to probably bake it a bit more before filling, but that’s not a big deal.
Spiced Saskatoon Berry Tart
Based on this Spiced Cherry Pie
2 – 300g packages frozen Saskatoon berries (I didn’t thaw mine, but I think that the cooking time would be less if you did)
1 tbsp. Brandy (or other alcohol)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. honey
1/4 c. cranberry juice
1 tsp. cinnamon1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. each of cardamom and cloves
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Pinch of Salt
1 pie crust
- Place the berries in a medium sized bowl. Add all the liquid ingredients and stir to combine.
- Mix together the dry ingredients before adding to the berries. Stir until combined. Set aside to marinade.
- Make & pre-bake your Almond and Cornmeal Pie Crust I made mine in a 9″ tart pan, but you could use multiple smaller ones as well. If you’re using a tart pan with a removable bottom, make sure you put it on another pan.
- Pour all the berries into the crust and bake in a 350F oven for 30 – 45 minutes (depending on whether your berries were frozen or not) or until the liquid is bubbling, looks thicker and is no longer opaque.
- Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
- Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or plain!
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