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sept_news_tbThis month we have a selection of rolled flakes and oats on special and a few ways that you can use them to make something delicious!

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Monthly Specials

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Ultimate Granola Bar

August 29, 2014

Ultimate Granola BarThat’s a bit of a bold statement really as I’m sure everyone makes a granola bar that they think could be considered the ‘ultimate’. This bar is so packed full of gorgeous goodness that no other word really seemed fitting so I’m sticking with the ‘Ultimate Granola Bar’ title. As usual pretty much everything can be substituted to suit taste and dietary preferences/allergen issues. But if no such issues affect you try the recipe just the way it is and experience the ‘ultimate’ for yourself. Happy baking. – J

Ingredients

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Cherry & Chocolate MuffinsNow I know our fabulous, all too brief, cherry season is over here in BC but if you managed to freeze some then this muffin recipe is a great way to use them. That is of course if they are not already all wrapped up in cherry pies! Cherries and chocolate always pair well together whether it be in ice cream; as cupcakes or even on pancakes the combination is amazing. Enjoy. – J

Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup neutral tasting oil (canola; coconut; grape seed; sunflower etc)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1 cups Anita’s Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic All Purpose White Flour
  • 1/2 cup Anita’s Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Anita’s Organic Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen (or fresh) cherries, halved

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Steel Cut Oat Mushroom RisottoNo Arborio rice in the house or just fancy a change? Try using steel cut oats in your risotto instead. This is a super easy switch out and just as tasty. For a perfect autumnal treat this very comforting, one pot, curl up on the sofa and watch a movie type supper hits the spot. Serve with a crisp green salad and some freshly made bread for a perfect autumnal treat. Yum! – J

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 leeks or small bunch of summer
  • leeks, sliced into 1/2 moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 12 ounces mushrooms (I used a mixture or white & crimini)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 tsp dry)
  • 1 tsp dried sage.
  • 5 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup Anita’s Organic Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish (for non-dairy alternative pulse to a powder equal parts almonds and nutritional yeast + pinch salt in a food processor)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

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aug2014-newstbHere at Anita’s Organic we currently have 25 different flours and are always looking to add new varieties to the family. This month our specials include three flours that may not be new members of the family but they are definitely the lesser known or under used cousins in this growing brood.

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Red Fife Whole Grain BreadI must admit to being a little lax with my bread baking of late. Maybe it’s this glorious summer that is keeping me from wanting to spend too long in the kitchen. But nothing beats that freshly baked bread smell. So here is one of my favourites and a staple in our house. Enjoy – J

Ingredients

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Nutty Chocolate Zucchini BreadSo most gardeners will tell you that they usually become overwhelmed with the sheer number of zucchinis that their gardens produce. So finding different ways to utilise this perfect summer crop is always a fun thing to do. A perfect way to use them is in this loaf. The combination of flours; a hint of spice; just the right amount of sweetness; chocolate; nuts and of course the zucchini make this loaf a perfect treat for any time of the day. Enjoy – J

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Almond & Raspberry Thumbprint CookiesSummertime is well and truly upon us and like lots of parents I find myself ‘sans’ offspring for a few weeks while one is working away for the summer and the other off to camp for a few weeks. Freedom I hear you all cry! So what exciting things might I get up to? Well quite frankly life continues as normal, there’s still work to do and even more chores (as there are no children around to put to work). Puppies still need looking after and of course I still need to bake. But as my allergy plagued child is away I can experiment with some ingredients I wouldn’t normally use which is kind of fun ;-) So these nut filled beauties (sorry baby girl) were a big hit with everyone who tried them. The combination of the not too sweet cookie; nuts and tart raspberry jam made them a lovely treat. Enjoy – J

Ingredients
  • 2 cup Anita’s Organic Barley Flour
  • 1 1/3 cups Anita’s Organic Raw Almonds, roughly ground (pulse a few times in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup neutral tasting oil (canola; grapeseed; safflower; coconut)
  • ½ cup maple syrup (# 3 grade tastes divine in this recipe)
  • Raspberry jam – or another tart jam

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Anita's Organic July 2014 NewsletterSummer, oh summer – how you crept up on us so quietly – springtime was pretty fabulous – will you be too? Will you help the grain crops that we so desperately rely on grow big and strong? Will you ripen those beautiful fruits and vegetables that no family dinner table should be without? Will you give us the rain we need to survive but enough sun so that we can play? Oh please beautiful summer, be kind to us. The lakes they are a calling and the mountains need some climbing.

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Spelt PizzaThis recipe is great for all you Spelt lovers out there. Here you can see it with my family’s favourite toppings (grilled veggies and pesto) but any topping will work well. As I grilled some of the vegetables on the barbeque I was tempted to try and bake the whole thing alfresco (as some customers have told me they do) but didn’t have the nerve. Maybe next time – watch this space. – J

Pizza Base

(Recipe makes 4 individual 6” size pizzas or 2 large 12” pizzas)

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups Anita’s Organic Sprouted Spelt
  • 2 cups Anita’s Organic All Purpose Spelt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Corn meal for dusting

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