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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

There are a lot of transitions going on in our house lately.  Beyond school winding down for the year, I have recently been home on the weekends.  This is a very welcome change, but it's taking some getting used to for everyone.  We have not been home all at the same time for any length of time as a family for a long time.  DH works long hours during the week days and does not get home until the girls are asleep for the night, and I had been working weekends, so DH and I had been flip-flop parenting.  Now the girls are seeing DH and I interact and discuss and negotiate.  Sometimes this upsets Anna and she'll think we are arguing.  We have to explain that this is actually healthy discussion, not arguing, and this is grown-ups do - share our opinions, consider someone else's opinions, and come to an agreement together.  I can see how that would be a little startling to them, as they are not even used to seeing us together a whole lot.  I think it will take a little time to settle in to our new normal, but it's a good normal.  It's fabulous to be together as a family.  In addition to frantically spring cleaning (because now I have the time to do it!), I have been baking more, hooray!  And as soon as school ends I'll be teaching the girls in earnest how to bake, too.

I've been making more treats lately, happy to be home and making something special for breakfast on a Saturday morning.  This treat of a recipe orginally comes from Better Homes and Gardens.  Of course, I have modified it to be "safe" for us (no gluten, casein, eggs, peanuts, etc.).  You can use any nut butter that is "safe" for you (cashew, almond, walnut, pecan, hazelnut, sunbutter, etc.).  Enjoy!

Nut Butter and Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Streusel Topping
1/4 cup GF flour blend
2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
2 tbsp. nut butter
1 tbsp. Enjoy Life dairy free, soy free margarine
1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Coffee Cake
1/4 cup nut butter
2 tbsp. Enjoy Life dairy free, soy free margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1 cup GF flour blend
1 tbsp. flax meal
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup So Delicious coconut milk
1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease one 8x8 inch baking dish, set aside.

For the streusel topping:  Combine the flour and sugar with a fork until well blended.  Cut in the nut butter and margarine with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Set aside.

For the coffee cake:  Cream the nut butter and margarine in a large bowl with the back of a large spoon until well blended and airy.  Add the sugar, cream to mix well.  Add the applesauce and combine.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, flax meal, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt.  Add the flour mixter to the nut butter mixture alternately with the coconut milk, blending well after each addition.  Fold in the chocolate ships.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.  Scatter the streusel evenly over the top of the batter.  Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.  Serve warm.

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