Category Archives: Breads and Baked Goods

Corn-less Cornbread

Makes 9 squares

Advanced & Core Plan

This recipe was adapted from a post from my good friend and Maximized Living doctor, Dr. Rosie Main.  It is so delicious and for those of you who love and miss bread, this will leave you more than satisfied!

IMG_13181 cup almond flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
2 large organic eggs
2 Tbsp butter, softened
¼ cup grass fed plain yogurt or full fat coconut milk

Optional:
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalepeno, seeded and chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a bowl, mix yogurt or coconut milk, softened butter and eggs
Add the almond flour, baking powder and salt and mix again
Mix in the chopped green onions.
Pour into a greased 8” glass baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until the edges and top are slightly browned.

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Core Plan Stuffing

Here is a stuffing recipe that is Core Plan approved.  It replaces the traditional white bread with sprouted grain or spelt bread.  It tastes remarkably like the traditional stuffing everyone is used to so it will be a crowd pleaser for your holiday table.

gluten free stuffing2 packages organic chicken sausage, squeezed out of the casing, crumbled and cooked

1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onions
1 tbsp celery seed
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 loaf sprouted grain or spelt bread, toasted and cut into crouton sized chunks
sea salt and pepper to taste
4-5 organic eggs, beaten
½ cup organic, free range chicken broth

Mix all ingredients and put into a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until browned.

 

Banana Bread

Core Plan

Makes 2 loaves

Banana Bread is an all time favorite but is usually made with refined flours and sugars.  This healthier version uses coconut flour and almond flour and natural sweeteners.

IMG_9320½ cup coconut flour
½ cup almond flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pure stevia (like Kal brand), if desired
3 very ripe bananas
1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 pitted dates
12 free range, organic eggs
½ cup melted coconut oil

In a large bowl, mix flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and stevia (if using) and set aside.  Put all of the remaining ingredients, except coconut oil, in a VitaMix and blend on low-med speed until well mixed (do not mix on high speed as it will heat up the mixture).  Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir to incorporate.  Add coconut oil and mix well.

Grease two loaf pans (use stoneware or glass – no Teflon) with coconut oil and dust with coconut flour.  Add batter equally between the two loaf pans.

Bake at 350 for about 45-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

“Sugar” Cookies

This is a great go-to recipe for a stand in for traditional sugar cookies. They are great for the holidays because they can be dropped on a baking dish or rolled out and cut with cookie cutters. They can also be frosted with a Maximized Living approved frosting. You won’t be disappointed!

Advanced & Core Plan

sugar cookies2 ½ cups almond flour or cashew flour (for a more buttery-tasting cookie)
1 free range organic egg
¼ cup erythritol (like Swerve) or ¼ teaspoon of liquid stevia (more may be needed, just taste the batter)
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons coconut oil or melted grass-fed butter

Depending on how big you want them, take the batter and form it a bit in your hand and place on a parchment lined baking sheet or Silpat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

NOTE:  Chill for about an hour before rolling out if you want to use cookie cutters. (Roll out on parchment paper- TRICK:  put a slightly damp paper towel under the parchment paper to keep if from sliding around on you.  You may need to dust with extra almond flour to keep from sticking)

Frosting
1 bar organic cream cheese
¼ cup erythritol (like Swerve)
Few drops of liquid stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons butter (do not melt)
for chocolate: 1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder
for strawberry: 5-6 organic strawberries, smashed

Let cream cheese and butter come to room temperature in a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and beat with a hand mixer until blended and smooth.

Maximized Energy Bars

Core Plan

People love to have a grab-and-go option for a quick snack or for re-fueling after a workout.  Unfortunately, the options are typically not healthy ones.  Most are loaded with sugar, refined and/or high glycemic carbohydrates, soy protein and artificial flavors.  This recipe is simple to make, stores well, can be taken on the go, and can be altered to your taste.  This healthy recipe is loaded with raw enzymes, protein, good fats, and antioxidants.  Make a double batch and keep them in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Makes about 25 square bars

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Base:
1 cup almonds, soaked in filtered water overnight
¼ cup cocoa nibs
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup hemp seeds
1 scoop Chocolate Perfect Protein or 3 tablespoons cacao powder
7-8 dates, soaked for at least 30 minutes, and pitted

Optional Add Ins:
¼ cup goji berries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened blueberries
¼ cup dried, unsweetened cranberries
Soaked walnuts
Chia seeds

Using a food processor, mix almonds until it reaches a mealy texture.  Add all other ingredients except the dates and mix well.  While the motor is running, drop in one date at a time until the mixture starts to form a ball.  You may have to scrape the sides and move the mixture around a bit to be sure the dates get incorporated.

Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter over a damp paper towel (to keep it from moving around on you).  Put the mixture on the parchment and press into a square or rectangle with your fingers into an even layer about ¼” thick.  You can also cover with another piece of parchment and use a rolling pin.

Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares and store in a parchment lined/layered container.  Keep in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Maximized Chocolate Cupcakes (Grain Free, Sugarless)

Advanced & Core Plan

Makes about 48 mini cupcakes

I have been making the recipe for the Decadent Chocolate Cake for years but we were preparing for an event and I thought I would try the recipe as a mini-cupcake.  These bite-sized delights were perfect for feeding a crowd and made their way into my kids lunch boxes as well.

Mini Chocolate MuffinsIngredients:

1-15 ounce can of unseasoned black beans
5 large organic eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted organic butter OR extra virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup erythritol (like Swerve) plus 1/2 teaspoon liquid pure stevia extract
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon filtered water

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain and rinse beans and shake off excess water. Place the beans, 3 of the eggs, vanilla, stevia and salt into blender. Blend on high until beans are completely liquefied. Make sure there are no chunks.  Mix together cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter with erythritol until light and fluffy. Add the remaining two eggs, beating for one minute after each addition. Pour bean batter into egg mixture and mix. Finally, stir in cocoa powder mixture and water  and beat the batter on high for one minute or until smooth. Scrape batter into pan and smooth the top.

Line a mini-muffin pan with chlorine free liners.  Bake for 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Pop them out and let cool.

Optional frosting/toppings:  Chocolate frosting, organic whipped heavy cream with a little stevia, raspberries, etc.

Super Chocolaty Frosting

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted organic butter
1/4 cup swerve, pulverized into powder
5-6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Pure stevia extract, to taste

Optional addition for a glossy finish:
1 fresh organic egg yolk

Preparation:

Cream the butter in a small bowl until fluffy. Powder xylitol in a coffee grinder or for a minute or two, until extremely fine in texture (will look like powdered sugar). Stir powdered sweetener into butter with a spatula, then beat until smooth. Slowly blend in the cocoa powder (do this slowly so that it doesn’t explode), vanilla, and sea salt. Beat in the coconut milk and egg yolk. Add stevia, and keep tasting and adjust sweetness to your liking.

Mason Jar Cobblers

Core and Advanced Plan

Serves 4

 

photoAbout 3 cups of fresh berries

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup erythritol (like Swerve)

1/4 tsp sea salt

Organic Butter

Put the berries into four half-pint canning jars. Combine the almond flour, sweetener, and salt. Whisk it together with a fork and pour it on the fruit, and then top with a generous pat of organic butter. Put the jars in a square baking dish. Bake it at 350 for one hour.

Let the jars cool completely then put the lid on and store in the fridge for up to a week.  You can also top with cocoa nibs, stevia sweetened whipped cream, or chopped nuts.

 

Enjoy