Mother’s Mouth-Watering Gluten-Free Oregano Buns (Stuffed)

I walked down to the kitchen yesterday and was a bit too late- my mom prepared a gluten-free loaf of oregano bread.  It was sitting in the plate for 30 minutes to rise, so I had time to get her exact recipe and write it down.

I walked down and found this loaf waiting to rise.

I walked down and found this loaf waiting to rise.

Oregano, known as za’tar, is a very healthy herb. It’s full of Vitamin K, iron, fiber, and even calcium. It’s usually eaten dipped with Olive Oil and bread, and this bun recipe put a twist on the traditional. Thanks mom.  :))

This week for my health advice column in the newspaper, someone asked whether 35 calorie toast was a good idea. I emphasized on the misconception of calories in this country, and how people are so desperately trying to eat “low-fat,” sugar-free,” and “low-calorie” foods- parallel to the obesity epidemic we see.

Food is meant to give us energy, and calories are energy. If we are trying to replace these calories with scientific lab made chemicals in order to make them low-calorie, fat-free, and sugar-free, while retaining their flavor, texture, and not to mention shelf-life, then we have a problem. Not only are these chemicals and preservatives unnatural, some are very hazardous to our health. Bread is meant to be made of a few ingredients, water, flour, yeast, salt, and sometimes milk. The addition of 30 preservatives and unpronounceable chemicals is unnecessary. Obviously, corporations are not looking to feed us well, not if it means a tighter wallet for them. Don’t be fooled by a bag of bread advertising itself to you.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread in the house. So these buns could be made with gluten-free all purpose flour, or organic unbleached flour. If you plan to use whole wheat flour instead, be wary that it may change the texture of the dough.

The seed toppings, chia, flax, sesame, and black seed all have numerous health benefits I can write a book about. I believe every kitchen should have those on hand- including yours. If you don’t already use these superfoods, I included links below. 

 

Ingredients:

Dough:

1 cup warm water

3 teaspoons dry active yeast

1 pinch organic coconut palm sugar 

4 cups organic unbleached flour or gluten-free all purpose flour

1 egg (organic/pasture-raised preferred) 

 1 egg yolk (organic/pasture-raised preferred) 

1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt (feel free to use any salt you’re used to)

1 cup whole Oregano leaves (za’tar) soaked and drained

 

Filling:

1 cup organic goat cheese

1 cup organic feta cheese

1/3 cup fresh or dried parsley

1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Toppings:

2 organic/pasture-raised eggs, beaten

¼ cup Organic whole Sesame Seeds

1/8 cup organic whole black seeds (habit al barakah- Sunnah Food!)

1/8 cup Organic whole Flax Seeds

 1 tablespoon organic raw chia seeds

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Prepare two flat cookie sheets.
  2. Place the warm water in a cup with yeast and sugar. Allow to sit for several minutes.
  3. Place all dough ingredients (including the water/yeast mixture) in your food processor and pulse until dough-like texture forms. It shouldn’t take too long.
  4. Place tough in a glass Pyrex and cover with wax paper for about 20-30 minutes, or until it rises well.
  5. Meanwhile, beat the eggs (toppings) in a separate bowl.
  6. In another bowl, mix all the seeds (toppings) and set aside.   

    Beat eggs in one bowl. Mix all the topping seeds in another.

    Beat eggs in one bowl. Mix all the topping seeds in another.

  7. In a large bowl, mix all the cheese filling ingredients well.  

    Organic Cheese Filling.

    Organic Cheese Filling.

  8. When the dough rises, take a small round in your palm and flatten just a bit. Fill with a scoop of the cheese filling and close with your fingers pressing together the edges well.  
  9. Dip the top of the bun with the egg topping, followed immediately by the seeds topping. Place on the baking dish. 

    Stuff with cheese filling, dip in egg, dip in seeds.

    Stuff with cheese filling, dip in egg, dip in seeds.

  10. Follow step 8 and 9 for all the buns until you run out of dough.
  11. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t mind if the cheese pops out from one side or the other- it’s what makes them look great. ;)     

    Close up after baked.

    Bake for  10-12 mins or until golden brown. Close up after baked.

  12. Serve warm with a cup of hot tea. 
    Seed Full Buns

    Seed Full Buns

    Serve with tea.

    Serve with tea.

Noory’s Heavenly Sunnah Bites

 

OK, as promised to my friends who tried these, here is my recipe for the mini brownie bites. I know everyone likes brownies, but sometimes in little bites things taste even better. Top it with sunnah “caramel” sauce that doesn’t make you crash and well, you found the perfect recipe for a sweet treat.  This is a whole food dessert, no sentence long preservatives and chemicals necessary. Layan loved these the most. 

Guilt free.

Guilt free. Good stuff.

Ingredients:

My Same Old Black Bean Brownie Ingredients (varied a bit for this recipe’s texture):

1/3 Cup Organic Sweet Potato Puree (pumpkin works just fine)

2 Tbsp Organic Cashew Butter, Almond Butter or my favorite Walnut Butter (or even peanut butter works)

1 Can Black Beans, washed and drained

2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg, Certified Organic/pasture-raised 

1 1/2 tbsps Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Organic Carob Powder

½ tsp Baking Soda

1/8 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

4 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey, dates, or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

1/4 clean-ingredient carob chips (choc chips can replace it just fine if you prefer) 

 1 teaspoon whole black seeds (the powerful seed!)

From the Sunnah Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates (balah or fresh)

3 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

2 Tbsp Organic Cashew Butter (or my favorite walnut butter!)

1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt

2 Tbsp Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

 

Nut Topping

24 Whole Cashews or Raw Walnuts

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray your mini muffin baking cups with olive oil spray.
  2. Place all Brownie Ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth. Pulse it well. 

    Place all the brownie ingredients in the food processor.

    Place all the brownie ingredients in the food processor. I pulse it for a few mins.

  3. Spoon batter evenly into the mini muffin tin. You’re welcome to grease your pan with organic coconut oil. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

    Fill the muffin tin with batter.

    Fill the muffin tin with batter. 

  4. Let the brownies set for a few minutes and cool before adding the sunnah caramel sauce.
  5. Place all Sunnah Caramel Sauce Ingredients into your food processor and blend until smooth stopping to scrape down the sides so you don’t end up with uneven chunks. 
    Place caramel sauce ingredients in food processor.

    Place sunnah caramel sauce ingredients in food processor.

    Scrape the sides down and allow it to become smooth.

    Scrape the sides down and allow it to become creamy and smooth.

  6. Add sunnah caramel to the top of each mini brownie. Top each with a single Cashew or raw Walnut. 

    Top w/ sunnah caramel

    Top w/ sunnah caramel

  7. Bismillah and enjoy!

 

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Black Bean brownie bites with "sunnah caramel" sauce.

Black Bean brownie bites with “sunnah caramel” sauce.

Noor's Clean Black Bean Brownie w/ Sunnah "Caramel" Drizzle

Noor’s Clean Black Bean Brownie w/ Sunnah “Caramel” Drizzle. Rectangular shape, same dough.

Secrets Behind Noor’s 1-2-3 Black Bean Brownies

Zoom in on the good stuff. No bean in sight.

Zoom in on the good stuff. No bean in sight. 😛 Dairy, gluten, soy, refined sugar, and preservative junk free. 

Noor's famous sunnah-full black bean brownies.

Noor’s famous sunnah-full black bean brownies. Topped with raw almond butter swirl.

Okay putting up a picture of delicious looking brownies does not justify the cravings. “How can these be guilt free?” one asks. Forget gluten free, these are JUNK free. 

My recipe answers the question. Forget the hydrogenated oils, bleached flour, and worst of all, pounds of refined sugar found in usual brownies. Forget the list of unpronounceable ingredients in boxed brownies. Throw in black beans for a hidden kick of protein, fiber, and a fudgy texture. Your kids will never know, and neither will your husband. 😉

Personally my favorite part about these brownies is this: all you do is toss the ingredients in your food processor all at once, and pulse away! No messy bowls, no sticky whisks, no hand blender, none of that!

I secretly add in whole black seeds and cold-pressed black seed oil. Black seed has been mentioned in the sunnah of the prophet (pbuh) and is suddenly showing up in research now. The benefits of black seed for many health conditions and diseases is breathtaking. Shhh don’t tell the kids.

Now, I don’t want to keep you holding any longer, let’s get to the bottom of these.

Black Bean Brownie Ingredients:

 

Nutty Swirl Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp Organic Almond Butter (you can use any nut butter or nut butter powder)
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey or Organic Coconut Palm Sugar (sugar replacement)
  • Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt/Himalayan Pink Salt
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract (make sure it’s pure and alcohol free)

STEP 1:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place ALL “Black Bean Brownie Ingredients” in your food processor. Pulse well. Pour into desired pan (13 by 9 works perfectly well for me. The thicker you want your brownies, the smaller the pan)

STEP 2:

In a small bowl place the “ Nut Butter Swirl Ingredients” and mix well. Spoon on top of brownie batter and create a swirl with a knife. I personally prefer walnut or pecan butter.

STEP 3:

Place in oven for approximately 25-30 minutes. The deeper the pan the more time they’ll need.

Okay here you have it, my secret way of indulgence without sabotaging my health. Enjoy now, you have some baking to do.

Noor's Black Bean Brownies :)

Noor’s Black Bean Brownies dark raw cocoa version w/ cashew butter swirl 🙂

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