I am not the only one thinking about amaranth in recent days. After I posted my popped amaranth energy bars recipe on Thursday, I stumbled upon the following article about amaranth, published just three days earlier:…
[Post #33 for 365 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
These pucks are a variation of post from earlier today: Coconut Brown Rice Pudding. It’s one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make (i.e., dump in slow cooker and skedaddle for several hours until done). It also happens to be a smashing-good breakfast or snack, so, because I am obsessive compulsive about this topic, I had to turn it (or, at least part of it) into a portable power puck. Everyone needs rice pudding on the go, right? Right!
The transformation took a few tries
failures, but success eventually came with an additional coconut component: flour. I tried a psyllium egg and a flax egg, but, although both held the pucks together, the result was too sticky and fragile. Two tablespoons of super-absorbent coconut flour (plus the psyllium) rendered perfect pucks: sturdy enough to transport, minimally sticky, and arguably even more delicious than the pudding alone.
Just think of all of the creative ways you can vary these lovelies, with different fruits, spices, or seeds. Holy yum. Enjoy!
People fall into two camps with rice pudding: love or hate.
I am squarely in the love camp.
But I’ve made a discovery: if the aforementioned haters like oatmeal, and they are served the same rice pudding for breakfast, they move–or at least take several significant steps–over to the love camp.
So, for the time, being, let’s forget about calling this dessert. This super-simple, hands-free brown rice wonder is a breakfast for champions: rich, yet frugal, and nutritious, yet delicious.
Here’s how you make it: throw all of the ingredients in a slow cooker and walk away. A few hours later, you have this:
One essential characteristic of any worthy rice pudding is creaminess: it should have a silky richness without being soupy. The rice should be plump and tender, too. That’s why this rendition needs to go on your must-make list.
It’s not too sweet either: both the brown rice and coconut milk have a natural sweetness, so roughly two tablespoons of added sweetener is all that’s needed. I used coconut sugar, but any sweetener will do; you can even use stevia, if that’s your preference.
I am fond of the convenience of dried fruit, but feel free to omit it and top with seasonal fresh fruits. I can attest that summer blackberries and chunky, autumn-spiced applesauce are equally spoon-worthy toppings.
Since I cannot leave well enough alone, I also used this recipe to make a portable power puck. The world needs portable, pack-able rice pudding. The pucks only require half of the rice pudding recipe, so you can eat some pudding now and make pucks later. You are so welcome :).
[Post #7 for 365 days of Portable Power Pucks]
Confession: I eat and average of three breakfasts. Every day.
For years, I thought there was something terribly wrong with me. I’d get up, eat a healthy breakfast–for example, oatmeal, yogurt, whole grain toast with peanut butter, a big bowl of cereal, or scrambled eggs. I don’t have a huge appetite in the morning, but I have to eat something satisfying or else I quickly morph into a raging beast (to which Nick and Kevin can testify).
All was good for an hour. Perhaps two. But then, without fail, I was starving. I quickly became cranky, irritable, and unable to focus, but, most all, I was mad. Why me? I already ate a great breakfast, so what gives? I’d try to ignore the feeling, but by lunchtime my appetite was raging like an Orc on the trail of a band of hobbits.
It’s remarkable how we blind ourselves to the truth. The solution to my “problem” was plain: my body was screaming, “for heaven’s sake woman, you need more fuel!!!” The 100-calorie yogurt commercials and “200-calorie breakfasts!” articles in my fitness magazines had seeped into my consciousness. Granted, my breakfasts were more than 100 and 200 calories, but I had nonetheless convinced myself that my initial repast should be more than enough to keep me energized and satisfied all morning long and that there was something “wrong” with me if it didn’t.
It only took 20 years to figure it out.
These days, I eat all morning long. At LEAST three mini meals. And guess what? I feel happy, energized, and focused all morning long. I am a better athlete than I was 10 or 15 years ago. And best yet, no cravings and crazed hunger.
These millet pucks are a perfect example of one of my “mini meals.” 100% delicious, fruit-sweetened, perfectly portioned, portable power!
I am going to say it now, and will say it again: you need to eat carbohydrates, especially if you are engaged in any kind of endurance training! Your muscles are fueled primarily by carbs when you are doing sustained cardio work–being in short supply is a recipe for misery and fatigue. Who wants that?
The key is eating high-quality carbohydrates. The millet, apples and raisins in this recipe will make you feel like a superstar. Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain (technically, a seed) that is rich in dietary fiber, protein, thiamin, manganese, niacin and magnesium. Unlike many other grains, millet is alkaline-forming. Acid-forming foods are not “bad” per se, but the typical Western diet is heavily weighted towards them already; adding more alkalizing foods, like millet, to your eats is an easy way to create much-needed balance.
These power pucks are easy-peasy, too. Check out the minimal ingredients:
The millet gets partially cooked on the stovetop before heading to the oven, which results in tender grains that still have a bit of crunch (especially at the edges of the pucks). Yum! If you want to cut the (natural), you can sub water for the apple juice–the apples and raisins still provide ample sweetness, or you can augment to sweetness with some stevia.
The mixture should be thickened, like the above photo, before the mixture heads to the muffin cups.
Don’t forget to grease or spray the muffin cups. Be generous! These will stick like nobody’s business if you forget.
Here’s to mornings free of crazed hunger and, for heaven’s sake, eat your (portable power puck) breakfasts!