I like to bake in the morning.
It’s just a great way to start the day IMHO. Besides, I get so busy with other things that by the time afternoon rolls around I have second thoughts about getting out the baking gear. After all, afternoon is the time to start thinking about cooking dinner and the idea of baking then just seems like something extra to try to squeeze in. For me baking is fun—I never want it to be a chore or something that must be done.
This summer there really is no choice but to bake in the morning. The past few weeks have been so hot that turning on the oven during the mid-day heat is not something I want to do. So I’ve been making most dinners on the grill and treats that are chilled or frozen.
While our stash of ice creams and sorbets is growing the frozen baked goods that usually reside in the freezer have dwindled to almost nothing. And, I miss baking. I like to bake. It’s that feel good thing. So, today, baking it is.
These little jumbles are quick and easy. Although the oven is set to 400 degrees they’re only in there for about 6-8 minutes. In and out. Simple. Delicious.
I’ve been enjoying them with my morning coffee for a quick breakfast. And, in the afternoon with tea. And….uh oh…they’re addictive! Freeze ‘em and you’ll have them whenever you want. Great for the kids, too since they’re packed with good stuff.
Breakfast, Tea, Anytime Jumbles
You can easily omit the brown sugar and/or reduce the agave/honey to 2 or 3 tablespoons if you want a less sweet jumble. You can also leave out the dried fruit. They will still be wonderful—not awesome, but still wonderful. (These are not overwhelmingly sweet but I know some of you watch your sugar intake.)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Make (and set aside) one faux egg by whisking together:
1 1/2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
2 tablespoons warm water
Whisk together in a large bowl:
1 1/8 cups almond flour
1/2 cup GF flour blend*
1/2 cup GF rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Mix together in a small bowl or 2 cup measuring cup:
The faux egg you mixed up earlier
4 tablespoons agave or honey
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
3 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together with a spatula or spoon until well blended.
Add and mix in:
1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
1/4 cup golden raisins, dried cherries, other dried fruits or a mix (I used raisins and cherries)
1/3 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or your favorite nuts
Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. The dough is nice and thick and these guys don’t spread. I fit them all on one large baking sheet about 1 inch apart.
Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes until toasty brown. The little peaks have a tendency to get quite dark.