Bread & A Spread Fit for A Hike

Gluten & Dairy Free Hiking Bread

Thanks to Bob's Red Mill for supporting this post through providing me the flour to make this tasty recipe along with three other tasty recipes as part of a series of gluten free camping friendly recipes. 

On a typical camping trip, my husband and I don’t sit around and hang out at camp all day. We may have a leisurely breakfast – but you won’t catch us sticking around our campsite. Before long we’ll head off on our chosen adventure of the day, so we’ll take our lunch with us on the trail or the road.

For lunch we’re most often eating sandwiches made of homemade gluten free bread (which doesn’t require toasting for maximum taste) and a quick spread. Rather than packing this bread full of starch – I opted to tip the scale towards whole grain flours and seeds to provide a heartier nutritional punch to fuel our long hikes. Our choice of spreads varies between a nut/seed butter and jelly combination or a quick salmon and chive spread for which I’ve included the quick and simple recipe below.

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Rhubarb Tea Bread

Gluten Free Ratio Rally Rhubarb Tea Bread

It's been a couple of months, but now I'm back on the Gluten Free Ratio Rally wagon! This month Brooke from B & The Boy is hosting and we're baking up tea bread. From the research I did, I learned that tea bread is very similar to a quick bread but with fewer eggs and only slightly sweetened. It's also best served on the same day it's baked, of course, with some tea. My favorite pairing with this particular bread? Darjeeling. For my ratio, I ended up with 6 parts flour, 5 parts milk, 1 part egg, 1 part sugar, and 1 part butter (fat).

Since I've been going on a total rhubarb frenzy recently (which you've likely noticed if you follow me on instagram), I decided I had to make a rhubarb tea bread. My final version, the one in the above photo, was actually made with rhubarb stalks from our edible garden - so that feels pretty good. I pumped up the flavor with vanilla and my other all time favorite, meyer lemon zest.

Make sure to check out everyone else's recipes too! I've included links to their tasty tea breads at the bottom of the post.

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Chewy Blueberry Muffins

What do I do when I'm home alone, feeling low, with no clear idea of what I want for dinner?

I look for something to bake.

On this particular night, I came up with a number of ideas which were then thwarted by my realization that I was out of both butter and eggs. So that lead me to experiment with one of my favorite muffin recipes. Gluten Free Girl & The Chef's Whole Grain Muffin recipe is a fantastic template to experiment with, I've made everything from chocolate zucchini muffins to lemon poppy-seed. This time, I deviated a bit more and come up with something I think I'll make again and again. 

These muffins are vegan and frankly, I think they taste better than any other muffin I've ever made. They've got a chewy crust and they're soft and moist on the inside. Since we're trying to adjust our household's relationship with sugar, I used coconut palm sugar and halved the amount from the original recipe. The combination of the oats, teff, and sugar make a full yummy flavor that I just love.

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