Friday, January 9, 2015

Sweet Cinnamon Socca Skillet Bread

One night, my boys really wanted Peanut Butter and Jelly. We save PB&J as a special treat around here. It's easy to fall into the trap of making the same "kid friendly" dishes over and over. 

While there is nothing inherantly wrong with peanut butter and organic strawberry jam spread on two pieces of sprouted whole grain bread, I don't want to succomb to the temptation of underestimating my childrens' palates. There are so many foods out there that they will only learn to appreciate through exposure. 

In any case, one night they were really hankering for a Peanut Butter sandwch, and it had been a while so I wanted to fulfill this request. However, I felt like doing a little more in the kitchen than slapping condiments on bread.

Socca to the rescue!

Socca is the result of using chickpea, or garbanzo bean flour to bake a flat bread of sorts. We usually enjoy it in the form of pizza crust and savory dishes. However, I realized that when seasoned correctly, it also makes a delicious sweet bread and there are myriad options as to what you can garnish your sweet bread with to customize it and make it extra awesome.

    Sweet cinnamon skillet socca bread
    Makes enoughh for one 12" skillet, or two 5" mini skillets

    1 C. Besan flour (also called Chickpea or Garbanzo bean flour)
    3/4 C. Non-dairy milk of choice
    1 t. Cinnamon 
    1/2 t. Baking powder
    1/4 t. Salt
    1/2 t. Stevia or 2 T. natural sugar
    1 t. Coconut oil, divided if using small skillets
    Preheat oven to 375.
    Combine all ingredients except oil.
     Place oil in the skillet, and put the skillet(s) in the oven while preheating to melt the oil. 
    Take your skillet(s) out of the oven and pour the Socca mixture in.
    Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a fork stuck in comes out clean. 
    Top however you want! I topped these with a dollup of peanut butter, coconut and buckwheat crispies (soaked and dehydrated buckwheat groats)
    Vegan “cream cheese” frosting, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate sauce and coconut shreds, or coconut butter, chopped pecans and extra cinnamon would all taste fantastic. 

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