Summer over soon!!???? Crazy how fast time flies. I remember when I was a kid time seemed so long. The time between seasons was an eternity. Especially waiting on Christmas and the end of the school year. As soon as that last day of school and summer vacation was inevitable i was psyched!!!!!!!!!!!!! It seemed to go on forever!!! Playing outside with friends, pool parties, barbeques, sleep overs, up late nights sitting outside watching the stars and the most important the ICE CREAM man!!!!!!!!! I would hear those bells ring from the ice cream man’s truck for blocks, maybe even miles away. It didn’t matter what I was doing at the time, when those bells went off, I went running. One of my favorite treats was a creamsicle. That mix of vanilla and orange just made me so happy. To this day, I smell those flavors and immediately I’m a kid again standing on my stoop in Brooklyn with my sister. As many of you know I try to not feel deprived by this ever lovely disease that has joined my life. Any way of capturing the love affair from yesterday with a certain taste, texture or smell, and make it into something I can have today has always been my goal. And of course not just good taste, but must be nutritious as well, as always. I always believe that shopping for fruit and vegetables is best when it’s seasonal. Buying what nature is giving you at that moment in time is simply the healthier way to eat. Think about all the man made adjusting, I will be nice and say adjusting, that has to be done to a piece of fruit to keep its color or make it taste sweet when it really doesn’t want to even exist at that particular time. So before those gorgeous oranges leave the farmers market grab a couple and some fresh vanilla bean and taste the last bit of summer.
Oranges. When they’re fresh and juicy I cannot stop singing the praises of these juicy little gems. With their plentiful stores of Vitamin C, fibre and phytonutrients (which have an anti-oxidant effect, hunting down those free radicals in your bloodstream and boosting your immunity) not only do they keep your heart and colon happy, but did you know they can have an effect on your mood? Studies have linked Vitamin C deficiency with fatique and depression, with the addition of Vitamin C to the diet having mood boosting effects. How’s that for a delicious pick-me-up? Plus, poppyseeds have a decent dose of calcium and phosphorus, two essential components of building our bones. With that I share with you this delicious and nutritious muffin recipe.
Orange Vanilla Poppyseed Muffin
2 cups my all purpose gluten free flour or 1/2 cup quinoa flour, 1/2 sorghum flour, 1/2 brown rice flour, 1/2 cup starch. I would mix potato/arrowroot or tapioca/arrowroot.
1tsp baking powder
1tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp himalayan sea salt. You can use other salt i just love this salt. The taste and the benefits it brings, awesome.
1/2 cup date sugar or coconut sugar, maple sugar, cane juice sugar
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1/3 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
1 tsp fresh vanilla bean, then another splash for dressing top
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup rice milk or almond
1 cup applesauce unsweetened
half of a very ripe banana
2 tbsp of fresh squeezed oj
1 tsp unwaxed orange rind
1/4 cup poppy seeds
Preheat oven to 350
Whisk together all dry ingredients and set aside
Mix all wet ingredients except rice milk
Add dry a little at time to wet ingredients alternating with rice milk, don’t over mix.
Fold in poppy seeds
Put into muffin cups and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
can enjoy as is or combine some powdered sugar, (i make my own out of evaporated cane juice and arrowroot starch) some orange juice, and some vanilla until a thick consistancy appears then drizzle on top of muffin for an extra CREAMsicle expierience!!!