Maple Walnut Oat Muffins

Happy Friday everyone!

I am finally able to do some baking again! We’ve had an ice storm last weekend that left us with power outages, especially Sunday almost all day and on Monday the power went on and off all afternoon and then it just continued for the last few days. So annoying!

Now I am looking forward to some warmer and sunnier days!

We’ve been munching on these scrumptious muffins this week! My kids put one in their lunch bags for school every day! They are lovely just plain or you can eat them warm or cold with some maple butter.

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IMG_4344Try to get your hands on some real Maple Butter from your local maple producer! Which does not contain any butter!! ūüôā

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Maple Walnut Oat Muffins

Yields: 14 large muffins

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups spelt flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups milk, room temp., I used cashew milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

-Grease or line your muffin cups. Preheat oven to 385F (convection setting).

-In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, salt and baking powder.

-Whisk together the eggs, add the butter, milk and maple syrup.

-Add the milk mixture and walnuts to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined, do not overmix.

-Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until tester inserted into middle comes out clean.

Optional, Maple Butter: 1/2 cup butter softened and 1/3 maple syrup, room temp. Beat together until smooth.

-Serve muffins warm with Maple Butter

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Enjoy! And happy, almost, weekend!

Ursula

 

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Zucchini and Sweet Potato Tart

This week went by rather quick. The weather is still in April fools mood, giving us a taste of everything, the only sign of spring has been some crocus blooming in my garden.

My veggie tart has been inspired by these gorgeous ratatouille tarts I’ve seen online. Instead of using all ratatouille ingredients, I’ve skipped the tomatoes and eggplants and used sweet potatoes and red peppers for some red color. Pretty simple ingredients but it will take some time and patience to assemble the veggies. In the end I was happy with the result, gorgeous and delicious!

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Before

and after baking

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Zucchini and Sweet Potato Tart

Crust:

  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • room temperature water

-In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, add the melted butter and a few tablespoons of water. Mix together, adding more water if needed. Knead only until well combined. Let rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Vegetable filling:

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 green zucchini
  • 2 yellow squash
  • 1 red pepper or italian tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 50 g grated old cheddar or Gruy√®re cheese
  • milk or cream
  • sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg, dried oregano and basil, or herb the provence

-Slice all vegetables thinly by hand or use a mandolin. The sweet potatoes have to be thinner than the other vegetables, because they need a little longer to cook through. You want to be able to see the green and yellow skin of the squash and zucchini. (You might not need all the vegetables)

-Line bottom of a 11-inch/ 28 cm tart/pie form, grease sides. Roll out dough to fit the form. Prick bottom with a fork. Sprinkle evenly with the grated cheese.

-Starting on the outside, alternate with sweet potato, green zucchini and then yellow squash until you fill the entire form. I’ve added the onions and red pepper last.

-Add some milk or cream and season generously and evenly with salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg and herbs.

-Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven (convection setting) for about 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sweet potatoes are tender. Cover with aluminum foil halfway through baking. If it looks dry, add some more milk or cream. Let rest for a few minutes before cutting.

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Tip: Try to get same size, and not to thick, vegetables for the slices to be similar, it will be easier to assemble.

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I would like to dedicate this to all the lives lost and those injured in the tragic #Humboltbroncos accident last week on Friday, in Saskatchewan, Canada. Our thoughts and prayers go out the families and everyone involved.

 

Ursula 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crunchy Granola Bars

I love to use the weekend to prepare some healthy snacks for the upcoming week. These crunchy granola bars are nutritious, healthy and most of all delicious. Great for kids lunch boxes!  IMG_20180409_115534_275

You can always use other seeds and nuts and instead of tahini you could use seed butter (like sunflower seeds) or any nut butter.

 

Crunchy Granola Bars

  • 1¬†cup oats
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt

-line a 9×9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 325F.

-mix all dry ingredients together. Add tahini and maple syrup and mix until well combined.

-fill into prepared baking dish, press down evenly. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

-let cool completely. Cut into bars.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

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Maple Walnut Croissants

On a wintry day like today, all you like to do is cozy up under a fuzzy blanket and sip on a hot tea and take a bite into one of these oh so delicious filled croissants! Yes it is actually snowing again since yesterday and I prefer watching the snowflakes from my cozy and warm spot inside. At least we had some sunny breaks this afternoon but otherwise I am officially ready for spring, it is April after all:)

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Vegan sweet yeast dough made with spelt flour and filled with walnuts and maple syrup.

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We call these “Nussgipfeli” in Switzerland

The recipe is adapted from my Almond Croissants recipe. Usually I would use ground nuts but I used finely chopped walnuts in this recipe, I really liked the texture!

I love walnuts! They are a great source of protein, iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E and most of all are rich in Omega-3 fats and antioxidants.

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Maple Walnut Croissants

Yields: 8

Sweet yeast dough:

  • 300 g white spelt flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp instant quick yeast
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk or other plant milk

-In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, yeast and maple syrup.

-In a small saucepan warm/melt the coconut oil with the milk.

-Add warm milk to the flour mix and combine well. If dough is to dry add some more milk. On a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and shiny dough forms. Place back into bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel, let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Maple Walnut Filling:

  • 150 g finely chopped walnuts
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cashew milk or other plant milk

-Mix all ingredients together. The filling should be moist, but not wet.

Extra:

  • 3 tbsp apricot jam or jelly, or use another fruit

-Preheat oven to 350F/180C (convection setting). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

-On a floured surface roll dough out into a circle.

-Cut into 8 wedges, then spread thinly with the jam.

-Divide filling equally.

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-Roll dough up starting on the outside.

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-Place on prepared baking sheet and let rise for another 15 minutes. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

-Brush hot croissants with maple syrup for some shine!

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Happy baking!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Ursula

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Mango Coconut Rose Tart

I hope you all had a happy Easter and a great start into April!

I can’t believe I am saying this but last week I did not feel like baking anything special for Easter. Last year I have made a¬†Swiss Carrot Cake¬†, this year instead of something Easter themed I was in the mood of making something bright and flowery. Thinking of daffodils, it looked more like a rose in the end, but surely made me happy. The mango pairs nicely with my coconut custard, a little exotic taste that makes you dream of a beautiful island.

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Mango Coconut Rose Tart

Crust:

  • 150 g white spelt flour
  • 50 g buckwheat flour
  • 100 g butter, soft
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of sea salt

-Whisk together butter, maple syrup and egg until creamy. Add salt, spelt and buckwheat flour, mix until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Line the bottom of a 9-inch/23 cm tart form with parchment paper, grease sides. Preheat oven to 375F/180C, convection setting.

-Roll dough out to fit form, prick bottom evenly with a fork, cover bottom with a piece of parchment paper, to add some weight, fill with some dried chickpeas or other legumes. Blind bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove parchment paper with the legumes half way through baking. Let cool completely before filling.

Coconut Custard

-You can find the recipe here: Coconut Custard mini tarts with mixed berries

-Prepare in advance as the custard needs some time in the refrigerator to set.

-(Instead of the 1 1/2 canned coconut milk, I used 500 ml coconut milk from a tetra pak that does only contain coconut milk.)

Mango Rose Topping:

  • About 1 1/2 large mangoes, thinly sliced

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-Fill tart shell with the coconut custard, about 3/4 full. To make the rose, start on the outside and work your way towards the center, as you like.

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I hope you’ll give it a try, let me know if you do! You can tag me on Instagram so I can see your creation:)

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I wish you all a lovely week!

Ursula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oat Seed and Nut Country Style Bread

I’ve been baking bread for a long time now. It kind of started to be a regular thing after I came to Canada (19 years ago) because I just couldn’t find a typical European style bread, you know the kind with an actual crust;) It is more common to get a soft white bread here, which is just not what I prefer on a regular basis.

Anyways, this is the style of bread I make once a week, changing the ingredients up a bit, this week I added oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts which turned into a rustic country style bread. My family liked it! Next plan for me is to try my hands on making sourdough bread. I’ve been thinking of this for quiet some time, it just seems a little intimidating to prepare and look after the sour dough starter. Wish me luck!!

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I love the smell of fresh baked bread!

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Oat Seed and Nut Country Style Bread

Ingredients:

  • 200 g white spelt flour
  • 150 g whole wheat flour
  • 100 g unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflowerseeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp quick yeast
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp honey, optional
  • 250 ml room temp. water

-Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl or use your standard mixer. Add oil and honey and start with 3/4 of the water, mix together, add more water if it is to dry. Once it comes together nicely, take it out onto your counter and start kneading the dough until it is a soft and shiny dough, or let your standard mixer do the work. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour or longer.

-Line a 9-inch bundt form with parchment paper.

-Take the dough out of the bowl and knead it again a few times. Lay the dough into your prepared baking dish and sprinkle with some extra oats and seeds if desired. Let rise until stove temperatures is set.

-Bake in preheated 375 F (I use convection setting) oven for about 40 minutes or golden brown and crusty and sound hollow if you tap the sides or take it out of form and tap bottom.

-Let cool completely.

Tip: the oil gives it a nice texture and helps preventing drying out to fast. I guess you could leave it out. If you do not like the all-purpose flour, just use more spelt flour instead.

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Enjoy!

Ursula

 

You can find me on Instagram: littleswisslittlecanadian

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spiced Turmeric Latte

Hello everyone! I am sure you all heard of Matcha or Turmeric Lattes before. I’ve been making these, especially the Turmeric Latte more frequently this winter, mostly because I really enjoy them but also because of all the health benefits they provide. Preventing getting sick is a big part and I think I was pretty lucky so far! Except an earache and the occasional sniffles I was fine. My kids and husband have been having colds for the last few weeks and it finely got me as well!

Turmeric, Cinnamon and Ginger have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, cancer preventing. These are just some of the benefits of these beautiful spices.

Pepper contains piperine and is believed to enhance the absorption of Turmeric. And because Turmeric is fat-soluble I added some coconut oil to the latte.

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Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture the beautiful yellow color!

 

Spiced Turmeric Latte

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut, almond, cashew or any other milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground or finely grated fresh ginger
  • pinch black pepper

-Add milk, coconut oil and honey to a small pot and bring to a quick boil.

-Reduce heat to low and while whisking add all the spices. Whisk until frothy.

-Serve immediately.

Tip: I used honey to soothe my sore throat, it is optional of course. If making it vegan use maple syrup or coconut sugar instead. Sweeten to your taste.

 

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I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Ursula

 

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