GF Delicious Almond Flour Cinnamon Rolls

GF cinnamon rolls Hello, I’m back and it’s a perfect time because it’s Easter week…..which means celebration and therefore a time that calls for a special recipe.

You must know by now that I love cinnamon rolls as this will be the third recipe for cinnamon rolls that I will post but when you love something there are endless ways of making them and endless way of trying to get them to satisfy different phases of your life. I have the indulgent phase where I just want to have the real thing, recipe here,  there is a time I want a healthier version but that hits the spot recipe here, and then there is a time that I want both but I want to stay as close to healthy as possible putting only the best ingredients in my body that won’t cause any strain on my digestive system or when I might of eaten too much and want a sweet but stay lighter so then I created this recipe & I figured that seeing as a celebration is coming up and undoubtedly we are going to eat more I wanted to share a healthy but perfect for the occasion recipe…whether it be for breakfast or after Easter lunch.

Regardless of what you are doing for Sunday I want you to make these delicious little rolls because they are AMAZING!

So let’s get to baking. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Makes 8-10 rolls

For the  rolls

3 cups almond flour  
A smidgen of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda 
1/4 cup coconut oil, softened or liquid
2 tbsp of honey
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp. ground flax seeds + 6 tbsp. water, mixed & allow to rest for 5 min)
For the filling

1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 (175 C) degrees
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, salt and baking soda.
Now add the honey, flax eggs, and melted coconut oil, mix until dough forms.
Using a rolling pin roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper about an 1/4inch thick. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and place the clean side on your baking tray.
Drizzle the honey evenly over the dough, you can spread it around with your fingers or a knife but remember to be gentle. Then evenly sprinkle the cinnamon
Place the long end of the dough toward you and start rolling carefully using the parchment paper to help you roll as needed. Continue rolling until you have a log. Carefully cut the roll into about 9-10 thick slices.
Place the rolls cut side down on the prepared baking tray.
Bake for 10-15 min. Or until golden.
Enjoy!
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Healthy Yeast-free Vegan Honey-Cinnamon, Raisin Rolls

It’s that time of year where you just wanna get in the kitchen and start baking (at least it is for me). I enjoy whipping up healthy things on the weekend when I have time in the kitchen. I love to eat and when it comes to creating delicious, healthy goodness that nurtures your body for some reason I enjoy it 10 times more.

My blog turned 3 a day ago and I just can’t believe that I still have things to add but more than anything that I have such amazing followers. Thank you for all your support! I haven’t really had that much time to blog lately, but I try to experiment new recipes whenever I get a chance so that I can continue giving you some new and healthy ideas. Seeing that I am celebrating 3 years of me blogging I figured that I would start Sunday with a sweet treat.

I don’t get much time in the kitchen lately so I don’t have time to sit around and wait for stuff to rise, rest, etc.. I need to cook and whip up simple, fast but healthy recipes so I made some healthy no-yeast honey-cinnamon, raisin rolls.

You see, I love cinnamon rolls; especially the ones from Cinnabon, yeah you heard right, I think they rock! That being said they are not a great option for you. So, besides the fact that I don’t eat them anymore (mainly because I live in Italy and they don’t exist here) but also because I don’t get any nutrition out of it (they aren’t healthy at all), and I love nurturing my body. The option I have is to bake them myself and I must say that I find the ones I make so delicious. I have another cinnamon roll recipe here which I find to be delicious just as much.

This morning I woke up had my coffee and my husband looked at me and said ‘what can we have for breakfast? Cinnamon rolls?’ I had mentioned cinnamon rolls the day before so he had a craving I looked at him and quickly said ‘sure if you want to wait 40 minutes?!’ there was no need to wait for a response his face was lit up like a kid on Christmas morning. I quickly started preheating the oven and whipping up the recipe.
No more than 40 minutes later he was enjoying his much wanted cinnamon rolls.
They are moist on the inside crunchy on top (the way I like them) and just the right level of sweetness that doesn’t leave you feeling gross. I know that it’s that time of year that we all eat a little more than we should so I like to keep things lighter and healthier also because you don’t have to eat heavy stuff just because it’s that time of year. Sweet treats can be healthy and when they are you enjoy them so much more.

I hope that you enjoy them just as much as we did. I didn’t add any icing to these, but if you want to add icing you can find it in my other Sinnamon roll recipe here.

Ingredients:
Makes 16

For the dough:

  • 3 cups Kamut Flour
  • 1/4 cup Organic Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp. Lactose-free Butter (melted)

For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon
  • Palmful Raisins

Preheat the oven at 425º F (220ºC)
In a smaller bowl mix the almond milk with the lemon juice and let sit.

Put your honey jar in a bowl of hot water so it can soften.

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and stir together. Now pour in the milk mixed with the lemon and the melted butter, stir until well combined (not too much) knead with your hands until dough becomes a ball and slice in half.  On a lightly floured surface grab one 1/2 of the ball and begin to roll out into a rectangle; pour 1/2 of the honey evenly on the center avoiding the edges, and then sprinkle 1tbsp. of the cinnamon and some raisins.

Roll up carefully and trim the edges and cut into 8 slices, repeat same with the other half.
Place in a non-stick pan, (if you want you can put baking paper underneath and up the edges) or just put butter at the bottom. Once they are all in (they can touch) bake for 20 minutes or until tops are golden. Enjoy warm with a cappuccino. YUM!

 

 

My Tiramisu Gelato (ice-cream) Cake

Sorry for my absence I haven’t had the time to really do anything lately that has to do with my regular routine. I started a new job and moved into a new house; all things that I am extremely excited about but that have taken up huge amounts of my time and energy.
Our days have been filled with trying to do everything while still trying to work a 40-hour week, so yes; my pots and pans are still in boxes and hopefully this weekend we’ll get all the furniture needed and finally settle in.

Our meals have consisted of raw vegetables, salads with or without tuna or mozzarella and of course on some occasions are all time favorite cereal night were you put all sorts of berries in a bowl and/or other fruit, nuts and/or seeds, chia seeds and then my husband has his favorite oats and I have mine all topped off with either milk or greek yogurt with a sprinkle of cinnamon and if I use the yogurt then also honey.
All this to say that I have not had time to cook up any new recipes, but all the while we still make healthy choices each day. I don’t like the fact that even if you don’t have a full on kitchen set up or eat out you can’t make or eat healthy foods. So, I actually always strive to be on point because if you’re stressed and then top that off with unhealthy food you just feel worse.
It’s a lifestyle that you acquire but so beneficial and essential to feeling strong, healthy and energized.

Anyways, if you are anything like me you are already thinking of what you could potentially serve on Easter. I always try to opt for a dessert I can make before hand and then on the day of just focus on the main meal.

This is a simple and really delicious dessert that is refreshing especially after a big meal. It’s one of my favorite desserts with that extra something to it. It’s hassle free and fun to make. It’ll save you so much time but it will also make your guests think that you spent so much time on it and they’ll love every bite they take.

You’ll love this indulgent take on the classic Tiramisu dessert for Easter or also for any day. I made mine a little smaller for my Husband and I but the recipe posted is for a regular sized cake.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Serves 12

2 pints of Coffee Gelato

2 Pints of Vanilla Bean Gelato

A small Vanilla Sponge Cake

2 cups Espresso, freshly brewed

1/3 cup Coffee Liquor, (Baileys, Kahlua, Or Illy Liquor)

2 tbsp. Dark Cocoa powder, unsweetened

Chocolate shavings

 

In a small bowl stir together the Espresso and Coffee liquor.

Cut the cake in half horizontally.
In a 9×9 inch baking pan place a layer of the cake on the bottom. With a pastry brush, brush ½ the Espresso and liquor liquid.

Put the Vanilla Bean gelato in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour over the cake in the pan and smooth over. Sprinkle evenly 1 tbsp. of the Cocoa powder. Top with the second layer of cake. Brush with remaining Espresso and liquor.

Put the Espresso gelato in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
Pour over the cake and smooth over evenly. Freeze until completely hardened.

Take out of freezer and place in fridge about 30 minutes before serving and sprinkle the remaining tbsp. of cocoa powder and garnish with chocolate shavings.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies (Vegan)

I love love love love peanut butter. So, these were just perfect.

With this weather I’ve been craving some sweet stuff, but as you all know I’m not a sweet tooth so I needed something that was not a traditionally sugary dessert. And I love nuts so this was right up alley.

I made these Vegan because I am really trying to get into the chia seeds that are just a mega Super food and it makes my guilty foods a little less guilty with some healthy benefits. And they really are awesome to use as an egg re-placer. I haven’t noticed that they take any flavor away and actually really taste delicious. It keeps my desserts very moist and hey they really hit the spot. So, far the chia seed experimentation is really working out!

I also used the crunchy peanut butter because I love all things crunchy, all things seriously! I like the feeling of something crunchy in my mouth it makes eating a pleasure. But you use whatever you like, if you want smooth; use that.

Store in the fridge in a tight container. They also taste great cold.
I hope that you enjoy these as much as we did!

Vegan BrowniesIngredients:

2 cups Peanut Butter (crunchy or smooth)

3/4 cup Honey

2 tbsp. ground Chia or Flax + 6 tbsp. Water (make 10min ahead)*

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (organic, unsweetened)**

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Dark Chocolate, chopped***

Preheat oven @ 325.
Prepare a 9×13 pan (I use parchment paper, or you can butter & flour)

In a mixing bowl add the peanut butter, honey mix well. Then add the chia/flax mix, and then incorporate baking soda, cocoa powder and vanilla. Mix all ingredients well.
Pour in pan and sprinkle chopped chocolate on top or mix it in the batter. You see!

Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are browned.
Cool completely and try not to eat all of them in one sitting.

* you can use 2 eggs if you don’t find ground chia or flax seeds
**you can leave out the choco powder and make blondies
*** you can add the choco chips or not I made both versions

Valentine’s Day Recipe: Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes

Today I wanted to write about the lovely Valentines Day coming up and give you a healthy recipe that you could make for breakfast.

I think most of us don’t really celebrate Valentines Day anymore or somewhat think that it’s overrated?! I know if you’re single you probably hate this day because you feel like you have no one to celebrate it with.

If you are in a new relationship you are probably stressing or really planning this day out, from what present to give (if any)? where to go? what to write on the card? what chocolate to buy? or no chocolate? what to wear? lingerie? dress? how to make it romantic? etc…

If you are in a long relationship or married for 5 years or more you probably haven’t given this day much thought or maybe just planned to drink a glass of wine and have a nice dinner?!

I agree with a lot of you. I don’t think that you need to wait for this day to show love to someone and I also don’t think that just because it’s Valentines Day you have to go through all this. But I do think that it is a nice excuse to just stop and take time out of your day to really show your partner that you love them!

I know that love in a relationship is a given; but sometimes it’s nice to do a nice gesture of love than to just say “I love you bye, see you tonight after work and oh you decide what you wanna do I’m up for anything.” I look at it as a day that I have to put my Husband above all else. Not that I don’t already everyday, and not like he asks me, but if I can’t try to go out of my way once a year to sit and have a no rush catch-up conversation, coffee on the phone checking FB or Tweeter, see you tonight with our fave show; then I am really missing out on giving love on the day to show Love!

I’m not saying any of the above things aren’t nice, trust me I enjoy doing each and everyone of them and do do them. But sometimes we need to keep love alive. Do one thing different.

  • If you never eat out on Friday night and generally do Saturday’s switch it up and go out Friday night (seeing that that’s Valentines Day).
  • If you don’t have lunch together and usually stay in the office go out with him for lunch that day. Or meet up at a bakery and share a dessert or a coffee.
  • If you don’t have breakfast together because one of you leaves earlier than the other, either wake up earlier and have breakfast with each other or better yet leave him or her a card or note by the coffee machine.
  • Have a card sent to his or her office a couple of days before so that it gets there for Valentines Day.

Do something that is different and sweet and shows that you are not forgetting them and that no matter what life has going on you are always thinking of them. It’s fun, thoughtful and years down the line you’ll be happy you never stopped showing your love.

The reason I am posting this recipe is because it’s a romantic gesture to cook breakfast! Most times you cook breakfast the night before, or just grab something to eat on the way to work or at work. Valentines is all day so why not start it out at breakfast and get your mood on for the rest of the day. This way if he has dinner planned you have breakfast planned. We’ve all done the ‘I’ll cook dinner tonight’ or at least have planned the end of the day. So do something different. It’s not anything fancy but it’s the thought that counts.

And the best part is that these are healthy and light; so don’t worry about the fact that you are going to eat out or have a more indulgent dinner because these are just perfect to keep you full all-day long and to keep you looking sexy in that outfit you have planned.

Happy Valentines Day Mythineaters!!

Ingredients:
Makes about 6 small Pancakes

2 Eggs, whole

2 Egg whites

3 tbsp. Coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla

3 tbsp. Coconut, Shredded unsweetened

1/2 cup Chia and/or Flax seeds, ground

1/2 tsp. Baking powder

Whisk together eggs, egg whites, coconut oil, honey. Add salt, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and chia/flax mix well and then fold in baking powder.

Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.

Heat some coconut oil in a griddle over medium heat. Spoon batter onto griddle and allow to cook until top of pancake starts to get holes and then flip. and cook for another minute.

Serve with whatever topping you like.

P.s. the batter will be a bit more liquid the regular pancake mix. Don’t add anything else even if you are tempted too. They’ll be perfect when they cook.

Variations all tried and tested:

  • Substitute almond flour for the coconut.
  • Replace 2 eggs with a banana
  • Add berries or choco chips to the batter if you want.

 

 

My Healthy Coconut Oil Banana Bread

If you’re anything like myself this is the time of year where you really start enjoying some of the delicious traditional holiday foods.

With that being said you also try not to eat them everyday and try to stay healthier at least 80% of the time, whilst still enjoying the foods you love.

I personally love fresh baked cakes and breads. They truly are my passion; especially as far as eating them goes.The aromas, the softness, the texture, the crust, the edges; I could go on & on but I need to focus on the blog.
So, when I get in one of my baking, eating, wanting of something kinda like a cake, yet not to sweet I always opt for this Banana Bread. It’s delicious!

I don’t care for frosting’s, I actually really dislike them and whenever I see something baked cake wise I always want to get my hands on it before the frosting goes on top.
I grew up in Italy, frosting are really not common and I like it that way. A cake is perfect without all the added calories that frosting brings to it. I like to taste the actual cake not the sugary added part, but then again that’s me and I also am not a huge fan of sweets.

I know the holidays are around the corner and there is gonna be a lot of delicious food and desserts and we are all gonna just enjoy it and indulge in all the things we love some healthy and some not so much. So, I think that this is a perfect Christmas Healthy breakfast, snack or whenever you want addition to add to the roster of things to serve.

It’s gonna give you all the satisfaction a banana bread gives you, except that it’s much lighter and healthier than the traditional version. No one will notice the difference but your body will thank you! Enjoy!

Healthy Banana BreadIngredients:
Makes 1 4×8 loaf pan

2 1/2 ripe Bananas

1 cup Kamut flour

1/2 cup Coconut, shredded & unsweetened

4 tbsp. Coconut oil (melted)

1/3 cup Honey

2 Eggs

1/4 cup Walnuts, chopped

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Cinnamon

Coconut chips or walnuts for topping (optional)

Preheat oven @ 350°F (180°C)

Prepare your pan with butter and flour then set aside.

Mix all your dry ingredients in a small bowl & set aside.

In a larger mixing bowl mash your bananas. Add in your coconut oil, honey & eggs. Incorporate all the ingredients.

Slowly start adding in the mixture of dry ingredients and make sure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Pour batter in the prepared pan. If you are adding some topping sprinkle on top now.

Bake for 35-50 min. When toothpick inserted comes out clean.
I hope that you enjoy this delicious banana bread.

Merry Christimas From Mythineats
We wish you the warmest, happiest holidays and a wonderful new years. Stay safe and most of all enjoy it. Stop and take in this year and think of all you’ve accomplished.
Much Love, Mythineats family.

Goji Berry Energy Bliss Balls (Raw & Vegan)

This month for me is one that requires a lot of energy & when my body feels more exhausted.

Don’t get me wrong I do have fun running around doing all the wonderful Christmas things from parties, to cooking, planning and shopping; but I do feel like I run out of energy and my immune system get’s a little spent.
It is also a month where we tend to ingest a little more of the heavier foods causing the body to be just a bit more sluggish and bloated with not the best nutrition especially if you are eating out a lot. Unless you are watching what or how much you are eating you don’t generally realize the difference just a few here and there snack and meals for a whole month can do to the body.

I want something that really nourishes my body, fills me and gives me the energy that I need to workout, cook, attend parties, stay up later, work, shop and all the other housewife chores that still need to be done but that also keep me eating clean and healthy. These bliss balls do just that!

Here are some of ingredients that are in these little magic balls and their extraordinary benefits.

Goji Berry Bliss BallsGoji berries (Lycium barbarum) native to the Himalayan Mountains, Tibet & Mongolia are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth.
Amongst fruits they contain all the essential amino acids and also have the highest concentration of protein than any fruit. They are loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.

This amazing little super-fruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.

Gojis are most commonly available in dried form, and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.

Flax seeds (also called linseeds) are a rich source of micro-nutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3.

It is not only a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, and fiber; modern research has found evidence to suggest that flax seed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Cocoa Powder unsweetened is rich in Minerals. Just 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder contains 3 to 9 percent of the recommended daily intake of iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc.

In addition to carrying oxygen, iron helps make red blood cells and is essential for your immune system. Manganese is a component of enzymes that form cartilage and bones, metabolize nutrients and function as antioxidants inside every cell in your body. Magnesium helps produce energy and maintain a normal heart rhythm. Zinc is vital for the production and development of new cells, including immune system cells. Without enough zinc, the number of bacteria-fighting cells goes down and you become more susceptible to illness.

Flavonoids are the plant-based substances responsible for many of cocoa’s health benefits. There are many different types of flavonoids, but cocoa is a good source of two: epicatechin and catechin. The flavonoids in cocoa function as antioxidants that help prevent systemic inflammation. Epicatechin relaxes the muscles in blood vessels, which improves blood flow and helps lower blood pressure, according to research published in the March 2012 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

Speaking of antioxidants did you know according to a study at Cornell university the antioxidant concentration in cocoa is almost twice as strong as red wine, 3x’s stronger than that of green tea & 4x’s stronger than black tea.

These are just a few of the ingredients that are in these Bliss balls. There are many more health benefits for the rest of the ingredients. But I think that I should stop talking and give you the recipe.

This is the 1st time that I’ve attempted to make a raw, vegan dessert. I was kinda worried that they would taste like cardboard or just not be good but to my surprise they turned out delicious and I really enjoyed them as did my husband. I think these would be great to serve as an additional holiday treat, or to eat when you get that mid afternoon or after dinner craving.
They are simple, fast, nutritious and delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Makes about 24 balls

1 cup Seeds, mixed (pumpkin, flax, sesame, sunflower)*

2 cups Shredded Coconut, Unsweetened

1 cup Goji Berries, soaked at least 4 hrs prior

3 tbsp. Cocoa Powder, unsweetened

1 tbsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 tbsp. Raw Honey

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until becomes incorporated and thick. Make truffle sized balls and put in fridge for 1 hour or eat them right away.

You can roll the balls in coconut or leave them like that your choice.
Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks in sealed container.

*Use whatever seed you like if you have all use them all or you see what you have or want.