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If you children are anything like mine they are always hungry and they hardly ever want what’s good for them. I have 4 hungry monsters ( I use that term lovingly) here that are always on the prowel for snacks.
I gently suggest carrot sticks, celery with peanut butter, or apples. I have even suggested a salad. The laughter that I received from these suggestions, espically the last, only subsided long enough for them to ask for chips!! Yes I do keep a few “unhealthy” snacks around but I try to limit their distribution.
My boys LOVE carbs. I often think they will be excellent distance runners based on the amout of carbs they consume in a day. Luckly for them ( and me) I love to bake bread. There’s nothing better than a fresh loaf of home made bread just out of the oven. Even I cannot resist the wonderful smell and warmth of this delightful treat.
Using all of my mom powers I went to work on a recipe that makes both parent and child very happy. This bread recipe is so easy and I promise you the pickiest eater will gobble it up. You can rejoice in the fact that you’ve hidden squash, yes I said squash, among their carbs..and now is the time of year for this wonderful bread. I know many gardens and farmers markets are teeming with yellow squash or zucchini if you like.
This recipe is for a large batch of bread. You can make rolls, loaves, free form loaves, and even use it as pizza dough!! it yields: 2 loaves in bread pans, numerous free form loaves or rolls (depending on size), 2 large pizzas.
Yellow Squash Bread
4 1/2t yeast
2c. warm water (110)
4c. all-purpose flour or
3c. all-purpose flour and 1c. white whole wheat
1/4c. coconut oil
2t. sea salt
2T raw honey
2T flax seed
2T chia seed
1 medium yellow squash, grated. About 2c.
Allow the squash to “dry” out a bit by placing it on a towel for a few hours or press between 2 towels until dry.
Prep a Sheet pan with olive oil or parchment.
Preheat oven to 400
Using a stand mixer, place water, yeast, coconut oil, and honey in bowl. Mix a bit and allow to stand for 10 min or so. Add squash. In a separate bowl mix flour, seeds, and salt. With mixer on low speed slowly add flour mixture. You may need to add a bit more water if dough is too dry. You want to mix dough just until it pulls clean (away) from the sides of the mixing bowl.
Allow dough to rise in a warm place, covered, until doubled. Punch dough down.
Shape as desired and place on sheet pan. Bake 20-30 min. or until hollow when tapped. Baking time will depend on size of loaf. For the best results bake until crusty on top, remove from pan and place on wire rack in oven for remainder of baking.
And you are done!! See if you can let it cool before you dig in, we can’t!!
I have even made this bread with grated frozen yellow squash. Just be sure to allow it to thaw and squeeze out as much water as possible before making bread.