Cooking with Kids

Sweet Potato Bread

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Pumpkin bread and pumpkin scones are one of my favorite things on earth. It goes God, husband, kids, pumpkin bread. I thought I would never enjoy anything more than pumpkin bread. That is until I was out of pumpkin, and I didn’t want to go to the store, and I had a can of sweet potatoes. Then I found that there is indeed something better than pumpkin bread.

Sweet Potato bread is essentially pumpkin bread made with sweet potatoes. But there is a slight texture and taste difference that puts it over the top in yumminess. So give it a try, and if you decide that pumpkin is better, then save the leftovers for me!

Sweet Potato Bread

2 cups sweet potato puree (or pumpkin, if you prefer)
4 eggs
1 cup oil (olive, grapeseed, canola, vegetable; or coconut in combination with another oil)
2/3 cup water
2 cups white sugar
3 1/2 cups flour (I use a mix of half whole wheat, half white)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray or oil a loaf pan. You can also use parchment paper on the bottom to ensure the bread comes out clean. Bake for appr. 60 minutes, when a toothpick comes out clean.

For muffins bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean, or the muffin top bounces back to touch.

Goodness Granola

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I love granola. I am a sucker for yogurt and berries and granola, or granola and milk, and I will eat these at all times of day, which includes night. Want a healthy breakfast? Granola. Time for lunch! Maybe I'll just make it easy and have granola. Uh oh, I'm hungry but it's not quite time for dinner... granola. Dinner? Granola. You get the picture... of me eating granola for dessert. 

Yeah, granola is an anytime food for me. This recipe is simple, but has all the notes of honey, coconut, cinnamon and vanilla that makes granola so irresistible. Those sweet flavors also make it forgivable to hold off on some the sweetener and still enjoy treating yourself to its yummy goodness throughout the day... and night. 

This recipe is also flexible, which means you can add the nuts you prefer, and even add special things like chia seeds or flaxseeds to up your omega 3s, or chocolate chips or dried fruits like dried blueberries, raisins, chopped dates, etc. You can also omit the coconut if you have some terrible tastebud disorder that causes you to not absolutely LOVE it like I clearly do. You can even half the honey to 1/4 cup and it still tastes delicious. 

 

Goodness Granola

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cups nuts (chopped almonds, pecan halves, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc)
1/2 cup flaked coconut (I use unsweetened)
1/2 cup coconut oil melted
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, nuts, and coconut in a large mixing bowl. Pour in melted coconut, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir to combine. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola over the sheet. Put in the oven for 10 minutes, then pull out and gently stir. Return to over for another 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Serve when cool. If adding dried fruit or chocolate chips add once it has cooled.

Yield 5 cups