• 11Jan

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    After the busy Christmas holiday I had some cranberries left over that I didn’t know what to do with until lately. Also, I had some old oranges I decided to use up as well. I decided I was going to bake a gluten-free cranberry nut bread so I looked up a recipe on the internet and found one I rather liked. I made this delicious cranberry nut bread with orange flavor that brought out the taste and I added some “Truvia”, as a sugar substitute that worked out well.

    I used amaranth flour, which is a whole grain flour, gluten free, with fiber and protein. Also, I wanted the sweet bread to be healthy and nutritious as well. With some extra protein, I added walnuts along with organic cranberries which had plenty of antioxidants added to the bread. Instead of adding white sugar, I decided to use Truvia which is a natural sweetener without the added fat and calories to it.

    Having been a type 2 diabetic for the past 13 years now I had to change the ingredients I use as well as the foods I eat. Instead, I have been exchanging healthy ingredients for unhealthy ones. Being overweight, diabetic, gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant with other health concerns doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods, you just have to use different ingredients, like low carb flour, sugar substitutes, and different kinds of fat, but stay away from processed ingredients. In fact, when using healthy ingredients, you can lose weight and feel good about yourself.

    Chocolate along with cranberry nut bread is one of my favorite sweet treats. Making them healthier, even tastes better. The more we start eating better, the better we will feel about ourselves. We just need to make good food choices!

    Ingredients

    2 cups of amaranth flour, sifted

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    ¾ cup of Truvia

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    ¾ tsp salt

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    1 ½ tsp baking powder

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    ½ tsp baking soda
    1 cup organic, fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped

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    ½ cup walnuts, chopped

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    1 egg

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    2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
    ¾ cup of orange juice, freshly squeezed from a juicer

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    1 tablespoon orange zest

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    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
    2. Walnuts, and stir to coat with flour. Mix together the egg, oil, orange juice, and orange zest. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, and stir until just blended. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.
    3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack, and cool completely.
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