Boy, do I love summer. Basking in the sunlight and feeling how my body thrives in the warmer temperatures. A sense of freedom and excitement in the air. Baby animals are all around, busy getting the hang of life, and fresh fruits and veggies are plentiful. If you have a garden, or friends and neighbors with one, you’ve probably been harvesting some squash. If you’re running out of ways to use it, I've got the perfect healthy, seasonal recipe that the whole family will love!
I combined several different recipes and did a little recipe modifying to make this recipe gluten-free and also swapped out the sugar for honey. You can use whatever gluten-free baking flour that you prefer. Also, feel free to add nuts, raisins or craisins.
Keep in mind: the more of these ingredients you can find locally - like the squash, the honey and the eggs - the better it will be (for your family AND your community)! Did you know that eating a little local honey everyday can help with your seasonal allergies?!
- Summer Squash of your choice, 2 cups pureed (I used yellow crook neck squash)
- 3 cups gluten-free Flour (I used half brown rice flour and half oat flour)
- 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract (organic)
- a couple dashes of Pumpkin Pie Seasoning (or cinnamon, if that's all you have)
Place lemon juice, lemon essential oil, honey and oil in a bowl and beat. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in flour, baking powder, and baking soda, then add summer squash. Pour into two well-greased and floured 8x4 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Wrap or bag when completely cool.
It’s even better when you share! Since the veggies were given to us, we made sure to spread the love and made an extra loaf for one of our neighbors. It's great at room temperature or heated a bit. My daughter, Kamryn (5, pictured right), likes to drizzle a little honey on top of her pieces!
I hope you enjoy... and Happy Summer!!
*All essential oils are not created equal! It's important to use high-grade, pure essential oils when cooking - as not to add artificial fragrances or chemicals to your food. I used Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil. You can sign up as a Young Living member under me and receive 24% off all of your purchases or sign up as a retail customer and, (although you'll skip the savings) you'll still be able to shop. Click here!