Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blueberry Corn Cake and Maca Almond Mylk



I was looking for a way to use some local organic corn meal I obtained at a Vermont Co-op when I stumbled upon a recipe for corn cake from Bob's Red Mill.  I adapted a little bit and added some blueberries to it to add some additional flavor and antioxidants.

Corn is a very interesting, nourishing grain in its organic, natural state (much of today's corn is genetically modified).  According to Paul Pitchford's Healing with Whole Foods, corn:

  • Nourishes the physical heart
  • Influences the stomach, improving appetite 
  • Regulates digestion
  • Promotes healthy teeth and gums
  • Tonifies the kidneys and helps to increase a low libido
Did you know that corn is the only commonly used native grain of the Western Hemisphere?  According to Macrobiotic theory, food that is grown in your local area (and even mores so, indigenous to your local area) is especially balancing and strengthening.

Gluten-Free Blueberry Corn Cake
makes 18 servings

1 c. organic corn flour
1 c. brown rice flour
4 T. palm (coconut) sugar or whole cane sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. sea salt or himalayan salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. xanthan gum
4 T. flax seeds mixed with 5 T. water
1/2 c. rice milk or water
2 T. melted ghee or coconut oil
about 8 oz. fresh or frozen blueberries, preferably wild!

Instructions:

1- Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, and then add the remaining ingredients.
2- Pour batter into two greased 9-inch square pans.
3- Fold in blueberries.
4- Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

Maca Almond Mylk

1 c. almonds
spring water
2 T. raw honey
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 generous pinches of dry ginger powder
2T. tocotrienols (rice bran solubles)
2 tsp. maca powder
one pinch of sea salt
1/4 tsp. raw vanilla bean powder
2 T. coconut oil

Instructions:

1- Place the almonds in a blender.
2- Fill the blender up with water to the 4 c. mark.
3- Blend until creamy and then pour the liquid through a nut milk bag or a fine strainer.
4- Return the strained liquid to the blender and add in the additional ingredients.
5- Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Add probiotics to almond mylk to add friendly, healing flora to your drink and to make it last longer in the fridge. 





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