Kitchen Therapy


I flew to LA today, but before I left I made breakfast for my family.  For someone who has to fly so often I am actually very afraid of plane rides, and I am always sleepless the night before departure.  It’s amazing how the act of cooking restored in me a sense of well being after an insomniac night.  I had made gluten free muffins before, and sometimes as a comfort to myself, but today was the first time I was able to make the almond flour pineapple muffins without referring to any recipes.  I just went with whatever I felt like and they turned out quite delicious.  For my two growing vegetarian daughters, these muffins pack a lot of protein.

While that muffins were baking, I read the Wall Street Journal and there was an article called Kitchen Therapy: Cooking Classes Help Mentally Ill Teens.  It began with “Many cooks know what a sanctuary the kitchen can be.”  My feelings exactly.  Cooking must do something to to change your hormones like hugging and kissing do.  Well, it does mine, I think.  I can see Angela cringe right now. (Ewww, can you not? – AH)


1 1/2 cup almond flour

3/4 cup oat bran

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 heaping cup ripe juicy pineapple (diced)

1 large banana

Preheat oven at 350F

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick no longer sticks.


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