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Morning Glory Muffins!

Here is another treasure from my own recipes! It does include coconut oil and coconut palm sugar.

You ask why I have said coconut palm sugar? Well I will tell you. Coconut palm sugar is low sugar on the glycemic index with a value of 35. What does that mean? It means that it will not spike your blood sugar nearly as much as something that has a value of 50 on the Glycemic Index. Coconut palm sugar also has more nutrients in it then normal table sugar.

It has a “molassesy” flavor and can be subsitituted cup for cup into recipes.

here is my own Morning Glory Muffins:

Hi Elaine, Here is the recipe that we were talking about in the store today!

1 1/3 cups of whole wheat flour 
3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup coconut oil (to make it easier to mix warm the coconut oil easier to measure and bake with) 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 apple cored and diced
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins 
1/2 walnuts
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes(plus 2 tablespoons for top) 
If I don’t have raisins on hand I substitute for chocolate chips… not as good for you but makes them takes just that much sweeter!
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Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt

In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and vanilla, then add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Add apples, raisins, carrots, walnuts and 1/4 cup of the coconut and stir gently until well combined.

Spoon batter into 16 paper-lined muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full. Top evenly with remaining 2 tablespoons coconut and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through.

This recipe is very versatile in the sense that I do not do exact measurements. I guess at the apple and carrots as well as the chocolate chips if I use them. It is a fun way to add those fruits and veggies to otherwise picky children. You can’t taste the carrot and the apple just makes it that much sweeter.
Keep note that you should limit your intake of coconut palm sugar just like regular table sugar because all sugar is sugar to the body and will all be converted to glucose to be used as energy. It all depends on the amount of fructose is in a sugar because the more fructose the less amount of energy can be transformed. Coconut Palm Sugar does not have a high amount of fructose, so is better than the normal table sugar.
Also do not be confused be palm sugar it is not the same as coconut palm sugar.
I hope you enjoy these lovely morning glory muffins. Every time I make them they are gone in a day or two but they are great to freeze if your family does not eat them as quickly.
Delliciously,
Mattie

Coo Coo For Coconuts!

Coconut oil! Coconut OIl! COCONUT OIL!!!!!!!!

This week we are all about coconut oil if you couldn’t tell. Why? Because it is so good for your body both internally and externally. It can come in several different ways such as virgin, extra-virgin, and RBD coconut oil, however, in the coconut oil work there is no difference between the virgin and extra-virgin title.  The RBD does stand for Refined, Bleached, and Deodorized but do not be alarmed by the BLEACHED term! It is a common process in most coconut oils and means it is just pressed through a natural clay to get all impurities out of the oil. It is steamed to rid the odor of the coconut oil. This is all the refined means and is still just as healthy for you as the virgin and extra-virgin.

Now pick the type of coconut oil you would like to use. All of them come in a solid state form because the melting point of this oils is 78 degrees Fahrenheit and will turn to a liquid. DO NOT be alarmed by this either it is still good and has a long shelf life. If you do not like the smell or taste of coconut oil RBD is the best for you. Coconut oil will only enhance the natural flavor of your food that you cook because it has little to no taste.

Internally coconut oil is great because it aids in digestion, improves bone health, prevents diseases affecting the kidneys and liver, and improves the immune system. This oil is also rich in Lauric acid to help maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. This oil is not recommended for people with high cholesterol because it does not lower it only maintains.

How about hair health? Coconut oil prevents protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair, conditions and protects from lice, It also helps rid of dandruff and is great for styling hair. Coconut oil can also help prevent baldness because of the prevention of protein loss benefits and nourishes dry hair and minimizes split ends. If you have a problems with boils it can also provide some relief of problems with those.

An egg and coconut oil mask is perfect if you have an hour empty about once a week before you shower. Simply take 1 cup of coconut oil and melt it in the microwave, then add an egg (make sure the oil is not too hot or else it will cook the egg) and lather the mixture into your hair and let set for an hour. then rinse out of you hair. I personally only conditioned my hair instead of washing it but you can wash it if you wish. towel dry and style as usual. It makes my hair shiner and softer!

You want to prevent wrinkles in you later age? Well Coconut oil has posed to be a great preventative for those along with a more youthful look. it is a great skin softener, makeup remover, relieves chapped lips, and moisturizes skin. If you have rough feet putting some coconut oil on them can help to sooth the skin. It not only repairs skin but coconut oil can also help give a natural glow to skin to make it more youthful.

How about a cornbread recipe that has coconut oil in it! This original recipe is a favorite in our house and is always gone in a no time!

Mattie’s Sweet Cornbread:

1 cup Flour

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Cornmeal

1 Tbls. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Real Salt

1-1/8 cup Sweet Cream Buttermilk Solids

2 eggs beaten

1/3 cup coconut oil 

3 Tbls. butter melted

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit, i usually put my coconut oil and butter in the oven while it is preheating to melt both.

Combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine buttermilk solids, eggs, coconut oil, and butter into a large bowl and mix well.

Add Dry flour mixture to liquid mixture and stir until well blended.

Pour into a well greased 8 inch square dish and baked for 38 minutes. (or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle sugar on top immediately after taking it out of the oven and let cool.

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We hope you enjoy that cornbread and share with us any recipes that you love to use coconut oil with! We always love to hear about recipes and learning new things!

Deliciously,

Mattie

Hey Honey!

This week it is all about honey! This sweet thing has a multitude of benefits to help in your everyday life besides to just sweeten up those teas and coffee. This lovely syrup has a natural antibiotic property to help with colds, coughs, and upper respiratory infections.

Honey by itself is a great aid in weight loss, helps to maintain blood sugar levels, so you can sweeten things up without the use of sugar. It regulates insulin in your body as well as removes free radicals from the body. It is used as an antiseptic and aids in wound healing. Honey also can help in creating smooth, healthy, and beautiful skin.

If you mix Honey with milk you get the added benefits of promoting bone health, soothing on the tummy, aid in curing of intestinal disorders, and makes the body more agile and youthful.

Adding ginger to this already miracle nectar can help to reduce blood pressure and heart ailment risks. It can reduce the growth of cancerous cells in the body (Because it help to remove free radicals), and because of the ginger can aid in digestion and stomach irritation. These two can also reduce the side effects of chemotherapy such as vomiting

Cinnamon is also a great addition to honey because they both have natural antibiotic properties to help cure the common cold. They can reduce cholesterol, pull glucose out of the bloodstream, promotes good digestion, and so much more. Topical uses of honey and cinnamon can help treat insect bites, treat minor skin infections, and pimples. These two can prevent bad breath and toothaches as well as help aid in weight loss. Making a paste out of these two are a great way to keep you immune system strong too.

Honey is a great way to sweeten those teas and hot drinks, especially now that cold and flu season is upon us. However, be careful with those hot drinks because the antibiotic property in them is easily broken down in hot drinks. So make sure you are taking a little bit extra Honey each day, but is that really bad thing? IT TASTES SO GOOD!

Be careful when buying honey in the local grocery store because if it is not local it does not have you local allergens in it, which will not do any good come allergy season. The more local the honey the better your allergies will be for that season.

Here at Mattie’s we love honey and sell local honey (literally a mile away from the store!) and have honey candies, which are great from personal experience and have kept me relatively healthy throughout this chilly season.

Honey Oat Bread Recipe:

3 cups Sir Galahad Artisan Flour

¾ cup Rolled Oats #5

2¼ teaspoons instant yeast

1½ teaspoons Real Salt

1 cup Milk (Almond Milk preferably but can use regular)

¼ lukewarm water (110 degree to activate Yeast)

2 tablespoons butter

¼ cup honey (local)

Topping:

¼ cup Honey (local)

2 tablespoons Rolled Oats #5

In a two cup measuring cup warm the milk up just enough to melt the butter but do not boil. Add water and honey.

In a large mixing bowl (our in a stand mixer) mix together all your dry ingredients (¾ cup oats, yeast, real salt, and flour). Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture and mix until dough has formed. Let knead in mixer for 10 minutes with dough hook. If still very elastic after 5 minutes add flour a tablespoon at a time. (I usually have to add a half a cup more but sometimes not that much.) If the dough is too dry add more water 1 teaspoon at a time (However I seldom have to do this).

Set dough in a greased bowl, make sure to turn to get all sides of the dough coated, and let sit in a warm place (I set mine in front of my fireplace) until doubled (Usually 45 to hour depending on how warm it is).

Once dough has doubled punch down and turn out on to a floured surface. Flatten dough into a 9 x 12 inch rectangle. Roll tightly and place into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Set aside and let double for about ½ an hour (this could take up to 1 hour but mine only took 35 minutes).

While dough is rising again preheat your oven to 350 degrees and places loaf pan with 2 inches deep of water (To keep the bread moist with baking) and let that get warm with your oven.

When dough has doubled brush top with honey and sprinkle oats on top. Then bake about 40 minutes. The internal temperature needs to be around 190 degrees.

This bread is great for sandwiches and toast to put you honey on in the morning. It has a sweet taste and is very soft.

Honey is such a wonderful and scrumptious thing to add to your diet or if you already have incorporated it you should splurge a little bit! (Just a little don’t get too carried away now!) We also carry ginger and cinnamon in our store as well!

-Mattie

How About Them Peppers?!

With the Super Bowl just around the corner why not invite the peppers to your party? I am of course talking about Cayenne and Chipotle, which are great additions to food that can only enhance the flavor.

Cayenne and Chipotle are great to add as a pinch to any recipe to give that extra kick. Because of the amount of vitamin B6 that these peppers provide they are great metabolism boosters too. They also both stimulate blood flow and cayenne pepper can distract nerves from arthritis pain if applied directly to the skin. They can both provide relief of headaches as well.

Cayenne pepper can also reduce cholesterol levels, aid in stomach pains, intestinal issues and can rid sinuses of mucus.

Chipotle pepper is a great preventative for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis, macular degeneration as well as night blindness.

Cayenne Pepper is great on wings as I said in the email, so how could I not give you a wing recipe?

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings:

3/4 cup of All Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper power

1/2 tsp Garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

20 chicken wings

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 Hot Sauce 

In a ziploc bag combine flour, cayenne, garlic, and salt shake to combine. Then add chicken wings and shake to coat. Put in the refrigerator for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit

Combine the butter and the hot sauce after an hour take wings out of the refrigerator and coat the wings in the butter mixture and place on an oven safe pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Put wings in oven for 30 minutes and then take out and dip in butter mixture again and put back in the oven for another 20 minutes. This is the perfect time for chicken wings in the oven from finding out myself. They are still juicy and are slightly crispy too!

Chipotle pepper has a sweeter taste and is great to make those bar nuts that everyone loves to munch on!

Honey-Chipotle Pecans:

1/2 cup of honey 

1/4 cup Coconut Palm Sugar (Our personal preference)

1 tsp ground chipotle 

2 cups pecan halves 

Coarse Kosher Salt 

Aniseed

Boil and stir honey, sugar, and chipotle until sugar is dissolved. Add pecans and stir until the syrup begins to thicken and get dark. This can also have a little bit of smoke too.

Lay out on aluminum foil and spread with a fork and sprinkle with salt and aniseed. let cool and then serve.

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These are just a couple of the recipes that we found that could be great for your super bowl get together!

If you would like to become part of the email list you can just email us at mattiespantry@gmail.com to get the full health benefits of things that can be a great addition to your everyday diet!

Deliciously,

Mattie

The All Powerful Seeds!

Flax seed, Hemp seed and Chia seeds are a few SUPER foods that have so many benefits, including: aiding in digestion and regulation, maintain blood sugar levels, boost immune systems, and so much more. They can be added to your smoothies, juices, or shakes in the morning when you are mixing them up or add them into your spaghetti sauces, baked goods, or drinks.

Flax is probably the easiest to incorporate into your diet because it dissolves so easily. Sprinkling a tablespoon or two into your sauces are a great way to add it to your meal. They are great in the morning in a muffin or in your oatmeal. all it takes is a sprinkle to let the seed do its magic. Keeping it in a sugar bowl with a spoon on the counter is the best reminder for you. Flax seed has a nutty flavor as is also a great coating for your meat because it makes it a little bit crispier. Just use the flax seed like you would flour when you are making your meat. Baked goods are also a great way to eat this seed here is a recipe for Chocolate Chip cookies:

1 cup Butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated

1 tsp Vanilla

2 eggs beaten

2 cups All Propose Flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup Chocolate chips

1/4 cup of Flax seed

Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Mix you dry ingredients together and set aside. Cream together sugars, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a mixer and then add you Flour mixture then add chocolate chips.

Drop cookies on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

**Be careful not to eat to many! Flax seed does make you very regular!**

**Also make sure that you have ground up your flax seed or have it already ground. Your body can not process this seed and your body will not absorb anything.**

You can find more flax seed recipes Here

Hemp seeds also have a nutty flavor and are great in smoothies and adds a great texture to your salads. They have all 9 of your essential amino acids, are high in protein, contains Omega-6 (GLA), as well as a high levels of zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and iron. Hemps seed are known as a complete protein because of all those mentioned details that it has for your body.

Because of the hemp seeds’ high levels of irons, it is great to treat anemia, and promote blood circulation. it also promotes bone health, treats insomnia, great source of fiber, and so much more. Hemp seeds also can help to treat cancer because of the quantity of amino acids that can help repair DNA.

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 large ripe banana
2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
2 cups baby spinach
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
Put all these in a blender or your vitamix and enjoy! This recipe has all the seeds from this post in it! This ensure that you have all your seeds for the day!

Chia seeds are an excellent source of fiber and are great for digestion. This powerful seed helps to regulate blood sugar, cholesterol, Control hypertension, and so much more. It is a great for circulation and is heart healthy as well as inflammatory properties. In foods chia seeds can be soaked in water and create a gel to have in cakes and cookies to eliminate the use of butter as well as be incorporated into shakes and smoothies.

There is not a recipe like a cookie or cake in particular that I have but if you are looking for a great egg substitute 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 3 cups of water (Chia seeds need to be put into a grinder before being mixed with the water) per egg.

You can also use the ground up chia seeds and use it as a thickening agent for gravies and soups and it is gluten free so it still give you that texture without the grains.

There are so many benefits of these seeds and so much that I can not list them all! Organicfacts.net has a great site that has plenty of benefits of these seeds as well as more about your food that you consume or should consume!

Deliciously

Mattie

The 3 C’s

Cardamom, Coriander, and Cinnamon. All three of these spices are great to sweeten your fruits with. they bring out the natural sugar that is in your fruits and are a much better alternative than salt because they do not affect your cholesterol levels in fact they help to reduce blood pressure and promote good cholesterol levels.

Cardamom is a good meat sweetener and is great in roasts. Cardamom is also a great spice to put into soups along with coriander. these two spices pair great together in soups, on cooked carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and so much more. Cardamom has a very strong flavor and dishes do not need much to get the taste of the spice.

Here is a recipe that incorporate both Cardamom and Coriander

2 skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces

1 Tbsp of oil (olive oil will go great)

salt and pepper to taste

1 potato chopped

1/2 cup of chopped carrots

1 tomato chopped

scant 1/2 teaspoon of roasted granulated Garlic

1 Tbsp onion powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

5 teaspoons Mrs. Millers Chicken Bouillon

1/2 teaspoon Red chili pepper (optional)

1 Tbsp Flour

2 1/2 cups of water

Mix flour, salt, pepper and chicken

Cook chicken in oil until browned and then put more oil in pan and cook vegetables except for tomatoes for two minutes on each side. Add spices and tomatoes and stir for another 3 minutes.

Mix the hot water with the chicken bouillon and add to the pot with the chicken and vegetables. let boil until chicken and vegetables is cooked thoroughly.

This recipe is great for the cold days coming with winter as well as something to freeze for lunches! It is also great if you have fresh veggies from your garden and you do not know what to do with them!

To incorporate cinnamon into this delicious meal you can make some homemade applesauce to go with and a smidgen of cardamom to sweeten it up!

Deliciously,

Mattie

Mattie’s Blog!

Hi Everyone!

Yes we have decided it is about to have a blog to follow up on our emails! This is where you can find recipes and more interesting things that will help to incorporate those spices, seeds, oils, and etc.

We are located in Hickory, NC but if you are not from around here and would like to find out more about our little store here you can always become part of our email list, as well as like us on Facebook! You can always email us at mattiespantry@gmail.com

We are a bulk food store that carries everything from spices, oils, veggie chips, and candies! We love to learn about new things and inform our customers of the new things that we learn!

Deliciously,

Mattie