Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cranberry Orange Nut Bread (Grain Free!)

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Oh how I love fall.  And YES! Fall goes through Thanksgiving!  I am one of those people who could completely skip over Halloween, simply celebrating the season of Fall, and then jump right into Thanksgiving celebrations.  Thanksgiving is a holiday, right?  Sometimes I think stores (and people) forget that.  I know that you should be thankful year round, but there isn't anything wrong with having a time set aside to really focus on that.  I also love how Thanksgiving sets your heart and mind up so well for the Advent Season.  Heading into the Christmas season with a THANKFUL heart is totally good and appropriate.  After all, what greater thing should we be thankful for than what the true meaning of Christmas is?  Jesus Christ entered into His earthly form so that 33 years later He could DIE for our SINS once and for all.  I think that's pretty amazing and we SHOULD be thankful beyond anything else for that gift.

I love the cultural stuff about Fall too.  Especially the food.  Oh the food is yummy!  Let me say that the past 30 days were incredibly difficult to not have a ton of my favorite baked goods.  I did it... mostly.  But I did figure out a way to make one of my favorite holiday breads that is Paleo.  Oh Cranberry Orange Nut Bread... you are so tasty.  So, without rambling on any longer, let's get to the point.

Grain Free Cranberry Orange Nut Bread

1/2 c. sifted coconut flour
1/4 c. finely shredded coconut flakes
1/4 c. almond meal
1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. washed and dried fresh cranberries, halved
1/2-3/4 c. walnuts, coarsely chopped

3 eggs
2/3 c. orange juice
1/4 c. honey
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cider vinegar

Preheat your oven two 350*.  Grease two mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan with some coconut oil.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl combine your wet ingredients.  Make sure your oven is preheated at this point!!! Combine wet and dry ingredients together thoroughly, pour them into your pans, and place in the oven.  Do this process as quickly as you can!  This is important because the reaction between the vinegar and baking soda is the primary rising agent.  Bake for 35 minutes for the two small loaves or 45-50 minutes for the large loaf.   Pull out of the oven and enjoy a wonderful holiday bread!

Let it cool in the pan for a couple of minutes.  Cut around the edge of each loaf with a knife, and flip them out of the pans onto a cooling rack.  Let the cool completely and then wrap them in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.   To enjoy a slice later, cut off a piece and place in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to warm.

What are some other favorite holiday "treats"?

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