Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Cranberry and Banana Nut bread...

It has been a painful and troubling week for me.  It has been super cold and it snowed last Thursday and Friday so I was cooped up in the house until yesterday.  That is okay though as I do not feel good most of the time and all that cold just aggravated it more. I have been getting depressed because of the increased pain, arthritic pain in hips and hands, coupled with the increased fibro pain makes me unable to accomplish most of what I would like to get done.  I have got the Christmas stuff out of the shed and on to the patio but have yet to find the motivation to bring it in the house and to start decorating.  I wanted to smack myself yesterday when I heard me complain to a friend about being so lazy and not having anything done yet...  Fibro people forget we are special...we have to put up with stuff and issues others don't and if we aren't kind to ourselves who will be?   Okay enough pissing and and moaning...

I started on a gluten free and mostly dairy free diet just over a year ago at the urging of some friends and a doctors visit.  I posted about my reasons for cutting out gluten, sweeteners, dairy, and processed meats here.   I have added back in a little dairy but continue off the rest of the stuff and I seem to have less fibro fog and maybe a little less pain.  I do know though that my gut appreciates the non-gluten diet cause if I eat gluten I end up with horrible stomachaches, gas, gloating, and diarrhea for days.  I tried to eat some biscuits and gravy about 6 months into the change over and as in bed in agony for about 3 days...almost like having a horrible flu or something.  Anyway it taught me a lesson and I have been less likely to slip up and eat gluten and can always tell if I get it foods when I eat out.

I made a really good loaf of Cranberry Nut bread yesterday using a recipe I have used for years from Ocean Spray Cranberries!  Love Cranberry bread and this cooked up so moist and it is a heavy bread due to the fruit and nuts.  Here is a picture of what mine looked like cut...

Gluten Free Cranberry Nut Bread

About This Recipe
"From Ocean Spray 1998. Modified to be gluten free."

1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in half (I used a food processor and lightly chopped them)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons shortening or 2 tablespoons butter (I used coconut oil)
3/4 cup juice (one orange and one Meyers lemon and add water to equal 3/4 cup)
1 egg, well beaten

1. preheat oven to 350.
2. Prepare cranberries, nuts and orange peel and set aside.
3. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl.
4. Cut in shortening.
5. Add juice, egg and peel and mix until moist.
6. Fold in cranberries and nuts. Loaf Pan: grease and flour. Baker 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out
7.  Loaf Pan: grease and flour. Baker 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out
8. Cupcakes: makes 16. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
9. I do not wrap due to the gluten free flour, best if kept at room temperature.  (I wrapped mine and today cut it up and put waxed paper between each slice before putting it in a plastic bag in the freezer.  Gluten free doesn't keep well here more then two days)

Cranberry Fruit Nut Bread Recipe -
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The banana nut bread is awesome also.  I have made it several times and it always comes out moist and "banana-ish"

Gluten Free Banana Nut Muffins of Bread with Crunchy Topping

4 cup gluten free baking mix
1 cup sugar
1 1/2  cup almond milk
4 eggs
4 tsp. vanilla
5 bananas mashed up
1 cup chopped pecans

Crunchy Topping
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
1/2 c butter (I used coconut oil)
1/4 c pecan bits
  1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl except those for the crunchy topping.  
  2. Mix the crunchy topping ingredients together in a separate bowl.  You may need to use a little more sugar if it doesn't look like lumpy sand.   
  3. Line baking tins with cupcake liners and spray lightly with nonstick spray.   
  4. Fill each cup about 3/4 full of batter.   Top with about tablespoon of topping.  
  5.  If making a loaf this will make 2 good sized loaves so you may need to to make more topping.
  6. Bake 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean. Makes 36 muffins.  
  7. Loaves...bake at 350 for 1 hour or  until a toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean.
I plan on doing some more baking today so I will add recipes and pictures as I make stuff...I think I better watch out though I may be getting into the Christmas spirit or the Snowman Day spirit as I like to call the holiday!


CraftygasheadZo said...

Aw I know how you mean, I've been really bad for quite a while to the point where I need my wheelchair a lot more and need help in home to do normal things like getting out of bed and showering. I'm interested in the GF diet etc as it's something I'm considering. My dad is Coeliac but I'm not. I do get really bad IBS coz of the Fibro. You mention the decrease in pain and fibro fog. I've stopped drinking squash with Aspartame in as it's supposed to aggravate Fibro. Anyway take care and try to enjoy Christmas. Mine will be very quiet. Zo xx

Steve Finnell said...


What are the things that do not make you a member of the body of Christ?

What are the requirements for membership in the Lord's church?


1. Simply believing that Jesus is the Son of God does not grant you membership in the Lord's church.

Mark 5:1-12 .....7..."What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?....12 The demons implored Him....

Demons believe that Jesus is the Son of God, however, that does not give them membership in the Lord's church. Legion was not part of the body of Christ.

2. Sprinkling infants with water does not make them part of the body of Christ. Sprinkling unbelieving babies is not an act that adds them to the Lord's church.

Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

Only believers who have been baptized are added to the Lord's church. Babies are not capable of believing.

3. Joining denominations, such as the Catholic Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Methodist Church, etc. does not grant you membership into the Lord's church. Joining a denomination cannot save anyone. You cannot join the Lord's church.

Acts 2:47...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

The requirement for being added to the Lord's church is not joining a denomination. The Lord only adds the saved to the church. The church is the body of Christ.


The apostle Peter said, on the Day of Pentecost, " Be saved from this perverse generation!" (Acts 2:40)

Who was saved? Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day were added about three thousand souls.

Three thousands souls were added to the Lord's church on the Day of Pentecost. Why were they added to the body of Christ?
They received Peter's message and were immersed in water.(baptized).

Peter's message: (Acts 2:22-38) They were taught that Jesus was the Christ. That Jesus was Lord. That God raised Jesus from the dead. They were told to repent and be baptized so their sins could be forgiven and that they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Those who believed Peter's message, and repented and were baptized, were added to the body of Christ by the Lord Himself. (Acts 2:47 ...And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.



1. FAITH: John 3:16, Mark 16:16
2. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:37
3. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19
4. BAPTISM: Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, 1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27.