Whole Wheat Molasses Cranberry- Walnut Bread

When I was younger, a close family friend baked us a loaf of cranberry-walnut wheat bread, I remember thinking it was the best bread I had ever eaten. At the time, I knew nothing about baking bread and the thought of someone making it homemade was so impressive to me. Now I know how simple and enjoyable it can be. You don’t have to be a well-seasoned baker to have fresh bread at home.

This bread is not just for your morning toast or simply just to slice and top with butter…..although it is great eaten like that……I love it to make sandwiches with it.  Especially a good turkey sandwich (Recipe will be at the bottom of this post).

Lunch with my little friend Emma 🤗

 

Here’s My Notes:

1)If you’re new to baking bread, I suggest reading through the recipe before beginning. The key to making bread is activating the yeast. Make sure your yeast has a good date and your water is 100-110 degrees. Anything less, and the yeast will not activate, if the water is too hot the yeast will die and be no good.

2)To me, the easiest way to know if your bread is baked through, is to use a thermometer to check the internal temperature. Bread is done when it reaches a temperature of 190 degrees F.

3)If three loaves of bread is too much, simply wrap the bread up in foil and freeze. Thaw on the counter when your ready to use. Or you can share with someone special……

 

Whole Wheat Molasses Cranberry Walnut Bread

Yields: three loaves; Approx. 32 servings

Ingredients:

•3 cups warm water (100-110 degrees F.)

•2 (.25 ounces) packages or 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

•1/3 cup molasses

•1 Tablespoons sugar

•5 cups bread flour

•4 Tablespoons butter, melted

•1/3 cup honey

•1 Tablespoon salt

•3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 (12 ounce) package dried cranberries, chopped

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, sugar, and molasses. Add in the bread flour and mix using a wooden spoon. Allow to set for 30 minutes, it will be big and bubbly.

Add in the melted butter, honey, salt, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts. Stir with the wooden spoon until well combined.   Mix in the 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Flour a flat work surface, knead dough with more wheat flour until it’s no longer super sticky, this may take an additional 2-4 cups of flour. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat the top. Cover with a clean dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Punch down the risen dough, and cut them evenly into three loaves. Place in greased loaf pans, cover and allow to rise again until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).

Bake the loaves in a oven preheated to 350 degrees F. for about 25 minutes. I’ve baked this bread many times and my loaves are always done at 25 minutes of baking, ovens very. Enjoy !

 

The Best Turkey Sandwich:

Toast two slices of Whole Wheat Molasses Cranberry-Walnut Bread. Spread a thin layer of room temperature cream cheese on each slice. Add sliced or mashed avocado, season with salt & pepper. Layer on deli-sliced turkey meat, lettuce and tomato. Serve with your favorite chips or fresh fruit … you seriously have the perfect lunch.

 

 

♥ Other delicious bread recipes:

 

Apple Cinnamon Crunch Bread

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Braided Orange & Almond Sweet Bread

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Chocolate Dipped Bananas {Super-Easy & Healthy Snack}

Are you ready to change your healthy snack game?


As far as snacks go, this is about as easy as it gets. Plus, they’re delicious and change things up from your normal everyday snack. 

Here’s My Notes:

1)If you want these to keep longer than just the afternoon, cover the entire banana with chocolate. The chocolate seals the banana and prevents browning.

2)I’m crazy about sweet & salty snacks, so the salted peanut topped bananas are my favorite. Salted pistachios would be amazing, but they’re a bit pricey. The peanuts are a nice alternative, but if pistachios are in your budget…go for it! 

3)I chose to use 60% Cocoa Bittersweet Chocolate Chips because they have less sugar than regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, but use your favorite kind chocolate chips. 

🍌 Chocolate Dipped Bananas {Super-Easy & Healthy Snack}

Yields: 12 banana pops; six servings 

Ingredients 

6 firm bananas 

12oz. bittersweet chocolate chips

12 wooden popsicle sticks

Optional toppings: chopped salted peanuts, sprinkles, and chopped M&M’s 

Directions 

Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and place in the microwave for one minute; stir. If the chocolate is not completely melted return back to the microwave for 30 more seconds. 

Cut the bananas in half and place a popsicle stick through each end. Using a small spatula, cover each banana with melted chocolate, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with desired topping; continue this process with all the bananas. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes. I like mine to be cold, so I chill mine for 30 minutes. Enjoy !

Here is an apple version:


Dip apple slices in melted chocolate, and then immediately sprinkle with chopped, salted peanuts. Place directly onto a plate. Then chill for 10 minutes. I like to use Granny Smith apples or Golden Delicious. They are just my favorite kind of apple. Use your favorite, or whatever you have on hand. It’s a super quick and delicious snack.
                                                   

Homemade Granola Bars {Healthy Breakfast On The Go}

Granola bars are the perfect quick breakfast to just grab and head out the door. They’re also super easy to give to kids for a healthy afternoon snack. But my only problem with store bought granola bars is that after an hour of eating them…..I’m hungry again!

I wanted an easy to make + satisfying + healthy homemade granola bar. The ingredients are simple. They are probably ingredients you already have in your pantry.  And, most importantly, they are satisfying…finally. They’re great to have before you work out, which is the way I prefer, but if you like to have a post-work out snack, this is an excellent go- to. I  also like these for breakfast with a cup of coffee, it will keep me full for almost three hours….a miracle.

I wrapped some of these bars up for my friends to try out. I cut strips of parchment paper and tied them up with a little twine. They all loved them! One  is a runner, and said she enjoyed it for a pre-workout snack. It also kept her full for a good two hours. If you’re looking for a good, healthy snack, or a quick breakfast,  I’ve got you covered!

Here’s My Notes:
1)I used coconut, sliced almonds, & dried cranberries. Use whatever combination of dried fruit and nuts you like… pecans, raisins, dried dates, dried apricots, walnuts…just make sure everything is chopped up and stick to the measurements. If you put extra, the bars will not hold their shape, and will fall apart.

2)To store…. I placed cut up bars in a plastic bag and stored at room temperature.

3)If you want to cut back on the sugar, omit the brown sugar and add 2 Tablespoons of water.

4)These bars must be room temperature before cutting. I wait two-three hours before cutting.  Or you could make them at night and allow them to cool overnight.  They will cut easily and hold their shape.

5)I cannot stress enough how important it is to line your pan with parchment paper. These are sticky!  They will stick to the pan if you don’t spray it with non- stick cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Homemade Granola Bars {Healthy Breakfast On The Go}

Yields: 12 bars

Ingredients:

2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup organic flaked coconut, unsweetened 

1 heaping Tablespoon coconut oil

2/3 cup honey 

1/4 dark brown sugar 

2 teaspoons vanilla 

Pinch of salt

1 cup dried cranberries, chopped 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the old-fashioned oats, sliced almonds, and coconut for about 5 minutes. It will smell fragrant and nutty once it’s toasted. Place in a large mixing bowl.

In a saucepan bring the coconut oil, honey, and dark brown sugar to a boil. Cook for about a minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, then remove from the heat, add vanilla & salt. Pour over the oat mixture and stir well. Stir in chopped, dried cranberries.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into the pan using the back of your spoon (I used a wooden spoon). Bake for 25 minutes. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Once cooled, remove from the pan and cut into 12 bars. Store in a plastic bag at room temperature or wrap individually in parchment paper. Enjoy !

This recipe was slightly adapted from HERE.