Well, things are healing nicely here at the Cotter household. The Kiwi seems to be moving around better after his little spill on Sunday (I’ll save you the road rash pictures). I like to think it’s because I’ve been feeding him so much good food and and nutritious meals. Yes, I’m taking full credit (sherpa sarcasm).
Actually, I think the healing process might have been accelerated by the double cheeseburger and mini cheesecake he had post race on Sunday. Maybe all that fat cushioned the muscles and joints to make the soreness go away. Hey, it could happen. Haha. I kid I kid.
But let’s go ahead and talk about the body for a little bit anyway. This past weekend I made an apple cider coffeecake. (see above and below). I usually make these types of grain free cakes for James right before a race so that he can absorb more nutrients. But they also help me maintain good gut flora, which I need! I’ve been through hell and back with my gut and I’m trying to do everything I can to keep it happy and well balanced. Apple cider vinegar is a fermented product made from crushed and aged apples, it’s a lifesaver when it comes to gut health and immunity.
Here’s some reasons to like Apple cider vinegar. Actually here’s some reasons just to drink it, you might not like it at all but you should still drink it!
- The healthiest versions contain “the mother” (kind of like a kombucha mother scoby) which is a colony of beneficial bacteria.
- Helps fight Candida
- Aids in digestion
- Helps ease heartburn and acid reflux.You can read more about it Here.
Okay, now that you know why it’s so good for you, let’s put it in a recipe. Here’s my Apple cider “coffeecake ” bread and of course it’s gluten-free and grain free. A sweet and sour buttery delight. Enjoy.
Grain Free Apple Cider "Coffee Cake" for Immunity. Eat up!
- 1 cup almond meal (almond flour)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup applesauce (regular or unsweetened)
- 1 oz dried apple (chopped)
- 50 grams Vanilla protein powder (about 2 scoops)
- 2 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tbsp nutmeg, ginger, and clove combined (or just one if you don't have both)
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp liquid stevia (optional)
- To make it sweeter add 2-3 tbsp honey (optional)
- butter or coconut butter
- Note: You don't have to use protein powder. But it does give it bulk. Sub any other flour there (about 1/4 cup). If you like it more dry, then take out the applesauce.
- Mix your flour and dry ingredients first. Set aside. Whisk your egg and then fold in the Grain free flours. Add the applesauce and dried apple and mix again. Pour into a greased bread pan (i used 9×9) or brownie pan. Bake at 350F for 15-16 minutes or so. Remove from oven and pour a little melted butter or coconut butter on top, then let it cool. This bread is lightly sour and sweet. If you want it to be sweeter, add in more stevia. It's great with yogurt or cream cheese!
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