I’ve been baking this week. But that’s not the only thing I’ve been doing. Having all of my friends and blogger friends talk about fall, post about fall, share apple and pumpkin recipes has put me in the MOOD for all the fall baking. So I made this ‘Apple Peanut Butter Crunch Loaf’ that is totally gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free, but it tastes like any normal, delicious sweet bread.
Of course, my food photography is always needing improvement, but I’m a work in progress.
Speaking of being a work in progress, this week I realized something, so I thought I would share the ‘Top 5 Lessons’ I learned this week for Kate’s ‘Top 3 Friday’ link-up.
These lessons were a bit painful, but that’s what the Christian life is about right? It’s about learning and growing; and sometimes the growing is a little painful or um… terribly painful.
What were these lessons that this girl (who apparently thought she had learned these already) learned?
#1) God knows exactly what I need and how I need to grow, even more than I know.
I was really struggling these past few days to just quit being selfish and wanting to serve others. I was so focused on my own problems, my own anxieties, and I knew in my head that the Lord already has a perfect plan for the future. I shouldn’t be worrying about the future, because tomorrow will take care of the things of itself.
And then I was reading ‘Morning and Evening’ by Spurgeon. I had been meditating on this verse earlier in the day, and ‘WOAH,’ this is what the meditation was on!
‘When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”
Most of us know what it is to be overwhelmed in heart; emptied as when a man wipeth a dish and turneth it upside down; submerged and thrown on our beam ends like a vessel mastered by the storm. Discoveries of inward corruption will do this, if the Lord permits the great deep of our depravity to become troubled and cast up mire and dirt. Disappointments and heart-breaks will do this when billow after billow rolls over us, and we are like a broken shell hurled to and fro by the surf. Blessed be God, at such seasons we are not without an all-sufficient solace, our God is the harbour of weather-beaten sails…’
Wow, God’s tenderness towards my weakness is just amazing.
#2) I need to grow in humility by about 8000%… Thankfully the Lord humbles and chastens His children because He loves them, and I have felt really humbled by my pride in the past few days. I want to love others more and care about them way more than my own problems.
Proverbs 29:23, ‘A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.’
#3) Life is all about perspective. I can either grumble or remember that Jesus has bought me with His own precious blood, not so that I could wallow in self pity or pride or feel gratified in sin, but so that I could serve Him more like a pilgrim on this earth.
‘But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. In times past ye were not a people, but are now the people of God; who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your way of life honest among the Gentiles, that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.’
Sigh… I have a long way to go, it feels like, but some day in eternity, this will all seem so short.
Perspective. It’s all about perspective. (I think I need to keep saying that to myself.)
In the midst of all that brain fog and a bit of a tougher week, I’m so grateful for time to stop and bake. Baking is truly one of the most restful and quiet things for me to do when I just can’t think enough to do other tasks.
The star of this baking was a little bag of ancient whole grain cereal; ok well I don’t think this bag was actually that ancient. But the creators of the cereal actually found that ‘pinole’ is an ancient food that people ate a long time ago. You can read more about their story here and how they discovered this delicious food.
I thought about it for a little while, and out of the refrigerator there emerged several ESSENTIAL ingredients:
Eggs and so forth…
and then I thought, ‘Maybe I should try to make this gluten free and dairy free…’
And that sent me to the cupboard to rummage for:
Peanut Flour (from my blogger friend KRISTY!)
Purely Pinole (Blueberry Banana Flavor) to be precise
I started measuring ingredients (mostly), and I stuck the loaves in the oven, praying that they wouldn’t turn into a big doughy loaf of bread. My goal was that these would be more of a bread consistency (lighter and fluffier), not as dense as a coconut flour bread.
And this morning?
I was so grateful when I tasted it, and it was so soft with small chunks of apple and a mild peanut flavor.
‘Okay, it’s time to share this with the blog readers.’
And here we are. This doesn’t taste weird; it tastes like normal sweet bread, so I hope you might try it?
Apple Peanut Butter Crunch Bread (Gluten and Dairy Free)
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A soft loaf studded with chunks of apple and peanut flavor.
- 1 cup blueberry banana purely pinole
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup peanut flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 c. coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 tbsp. apple cinnamon peanut butter
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 apple
- 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
- Line two loaf pans with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. In one small bowl mix the almond milk, eggs, honey, peanut butter, and coconut sugar until well combined and creamy. In another bowl mix Purely Pinole, baking powder, peanut flour, and almond flour. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until the batter doesn't have any dry clumps. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans and sprinkle your favorite granola + cinnamon over it. Bake for 40-60 minutes, checking frequently with a toothpick. When the toothpick comes out with no batter, the loaf is done!
And Purely Pinole is really graciously offering for one of my readers to win a FULL pack of all of their flavors so you can bake your own bread or make porridge for cool fall mornings.
From the nutrition facts on their website this Purely Pinole boasts some pretty amazing stats:
- 7g Protein (23g per bowl prepared with milk or milk substitute!)
- 7g Fiber
- 40g Whole Grains
- Powerful Antioxidants
It’s also GLUTEN FREE! 🙂
1) To enter the giveaway, comment on the post and tell me what your favorite fall sweet bread is?
2) For an extra entry tweet the giveaway and comment that you tweeted!
The giveaway will end on October 5th! I can’t even believe that I’m saying, ‘October’ already.
Other questions for you:
What lessons are you learning lately?
Do you like hot cereal?
Have you ever struggled with being humble?
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Today I’m linking up with Chocolate Runner Girl, Fit Foodie Mama, Fairy Burger, Hello To Fit, and Life in Leggings for Foodie Friday and Friday Favorites! Linking up with Erica Finds and Running with SD Mom for the giveaway round-up too!