Secret Suprise Bread


Have you tried the oatmeal bread yet? If you have, I am sure you loved it; it is really good whole-grain bread.  If not, here’s a little more motivation to get that mixer out or better yet get your kids in the kitchen to help you knead the bread.  The kids really do love doing all the hard work. 

To make it even more fun we like to hide a secret note in the bread.  The kids think it is great to hide a note in a cute little loaf and then give it to someone so they will get a surprise.  Most of the time we use a scripture verse for our notes. And then make a cute little tag that says, “The scriptures are like bread, meant for daily use; not like cake, just for special occasions.”  To give a little hint as to what the surprise might be.

To keep the note safe while baking we wrap it up in aluminum foil and then as we shape the loaf we flatten out the dough and roll the note up right in the middle.  No one will have any idea what the surprise is until they slice the bread.  How fun is that?

Foolproof Homemade Whole-Grain Bread and Leftover Oatmeal


I just finished cooking for an Emmanuel Institute 10-day class. We served two healthy vegan meals every day—breakfast at 8:00 am and lunch at 2:00 pm. It is so fun cooking for the students because not many are vegan at home and they are very worried when they arrive that I will be feeding them cardboard.  They are always shocked at how much they love the food and start to worry that they may gain weight while at Emmanuel. 


We make oatmeal every morning to go with whatever we are having for breakfast.  Unfortunately we always have some leftover and it usually goes to waste. I hate to waste food.  So I was racking my brain to figure out what creative way I could use leftover oatmeal. Then it hit me! Oatmeal Bread from Kidlicious. I should have thought of it sooner.


The bread comes out so good and soft and it is so easy even a kid can make it! So we started making five loaves of bread almost every morning.  Wow, did the students LOVE it!

Oatmeal Bread

2 cups luke warm

1 cup oatmeal, cooked

 ¼ cup oil

 ½ cup honey, cane juice crystals, or other sweetener

 ½ tablespoon salt

 ½ tablespoon lecithin granules

 ½ teaspoon vanilla

 5-6 cups whole wheat flour

 ½ cup gluten flour

 1½ tablespoons instant active dry yeast

   1. Measure all ingredients, except 2 cups of the flour, into the bowl of a mixer that has a dough attachment.

  2. Start mixer on the lowest speed and allow to mix for 1 - 2 minutes.

  3. Gradually add in the additional flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the bottom and sides of the bowl. The dough should be soft and a bit sticky.

  4. Allow to knead for 7 minutes.

  5. Pre-heat oven to 350˚ and prepare pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

  6. Put a little flour on your counter top to keep the dough from sticking. Place dough on floured counter top and divide into 3 equal portions.

  7. Make each lump of dough into a ball and allow to rest on the counter for 15 minutes.

  8. Shape dough into two regular loaves or make Scripture Surprise Bread as a gift.

  9. Cover the loaves with a damp or slightly wet dishtowel and let sit on the counter until dough doubles in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

 10. Bake 30-35 minutes, remove from oven and place on cooling rack until cooled.

 In the Kidlicious book we show you how to make it into secret surprise bread!   I can’t tell you what makes it a secret surprise right now but,  I’ll post a “how-to” in a couple of days.



Meatless Monday: Ukranian Borscht



Last year my favorite son went on a mission trip to the Ukraine with his senior class. They all raved over the food but because of the language barrier they were not able to bring home any recipes.  I must say I was disappointed, after all, I may want to write an international cookbook someday.  And to hear them talk we should all be eating Ukrainian food. 


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Sweet Healthy Creamy Vegan Peanutella

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During our trip to Iceland, our host Adrian prepared our breakfasts for us.  It was truly the highlight of the day, and not just because I didn’t have to cook. We would have granola, Wheatabix, and oatmeal every morning with homemade bread and tons of great toppings each day. One of my favorite creations that he came up was this Peanutella Spread.


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Meatless Monday: Healthy Vegan Frito Pie!

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I wasn’t going to do it…but I felt obligated after all this talk about chili.  I have made over the Frito pie recipe.  The funny thing is I have never ever made a Frito pie before.  I have seen the recipe and it always looked good, but never could get passed the fact that it was so unhealthy.  So I fixed it!


Do you remember the Baked Chili Cheese Baked Fritos I made a few weeks ago? Because they are baked with just a few sprays of cooking oil and the tortillas are whole grain corn, they are super healthy and low fat. These healthy Fritos became the base for the “pie”. I used my low fat, high fiber Spicy 3 Bean Chili. Then I topped the whole thing off with a great new nacho cheese dip that I have been creating.  It was really, really good!


I served it up with some shredded lettuce, tomato and homemade salsa to round out the meal. Even my anti-chili son thought it was pretty tasty!