I was supposed to work today. I took a bunch of overtime work and we packed all day yesterday, leaving today open for me to hole up in my office and get some papers edited. However, I sat down to work and I had a java issue and couldn’t work. And even though I KNEW how to fix it, I couldn’t get into the issue because our work computers are pretty much locked down. I called the Help Desk and apparently even though I work from home from Iowa to the NJ office, the Help Desk guy can’t remote access my laptop from home and they put a ticket in for me for tomorrow morning.
Long story short. I was MAD. I lost an entire day of work and now will spend the next week working into the night to get this extra work finished. What do I do when I’m mad? I cook, bake, and lose myself in recipe development. I sat in a quiet room and made a list of the things I want to try. I cleaned the freezer for inspiration and found an entire bag of apples I had frozen. So that’s how this recipe came about. You can thank my IT department for it. The kids even loved this and it was moist and awesome with a schmear of cream cheese.
I don’t use sugar in my baking but instead make a “paste” with 1/2 c. dates and a couple tablespoons of honey. With the apples, it’s plenty sweet without any extra sugar. This recipe also makes a little more than can fit in one 9X5 bread loaf pan, so I made one loaf of bread and 6 muffins. You could also make two smaller loaves or half the recipe.
Grain Free Apple Raisin Bread
What you need:
- 1/2 c. dates
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 5 eggs, beaten
- 4 tbsp, melted butter
- 2 tbsp whey, buttermilk, or yogurt
- 3/4 c. coconut flour, sifted
- 1/2 c. chia seed meal
- 2 tbsp arrowroot
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder (grain-free recipe)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 c. raisins
- 3 c. apples, peeled and chopped
What you do:
- In your food processor or blender, pulse the dates until they form small pieces. Add the honey and create a paste.
- Add the eggs, whey, and butter.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients: coconut flour, chia seed meal, arrowroot, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well.
- Fold in apples and raisins.
- Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes for a 9X5 pan and 25-30 minutes for muffins.