Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I did not intend to leave you all for so happened by accident; I was bombarded with finals, sports practices during my final week of school in 2008. Unfortunately, I didn't get much cooking or baking done until last night, and even then it wasn't very much.

However, I did make these babies - Pomegranate Buttermilk Bites. First, they were going to be scones. Then cookies. Then...bites. I'm a little out-of-touch with my inner baker, but I've got time to improve. I've also got time to improve my cooking skills. I took a trip to a local Asian grocers and picked up some tapioca pearls & soba noodles, among other things. Also, my birthday is coming up, so I'll be baking myself a cake. There is a lot to look forward to in the New Year!

These bite-sized delights remind me of my Poppyseed Plum Teacakes because of their size and somewhat because of their flavor, though the two are definitely different.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas...stay warm and enjoy some good food!

Pomegranate Buttermilk Bites
Makes about 12 bites.

  • 1½ cups amaranth flour
  • 1 cup hazelnut flower
  • 2T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T agave nectar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • dash of salt
  • powdered sugar, for topping

In a small dish, stir together the almond milk and vinegar. Mix the dry and remaining wet ingredients in separate bowls, omitting the pomegranate. Use a fork to cut wet ingredients into the dry. Add the buttermilk (almond milk + vinegar mixture) last. Switch to a large wooden spoon and stir until the mixture forms a slightly moist dough. With an ice cream spoon, scoop onto a parchment papered cookie sheet for about 15 minutes at 400°F. After they’ve cooled, sprinkle each bite with powdered sugar if desired.

*EDIT: I am entering this in Joelen's Tasty Tools: Baking Sheet Pans event. Why don't you submit one of your recipes, too? The deadline is New Year's Eve! The lovely Joelen also hosts many other monthly blogging events - be sure to check out her blog!



More beautiful pictures Katie. The bites look tasty. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Isle Dance  

Once again, you amaze! Stunning photos! Nourishing post! And what exciting fun to look forward to! I'm wishing you a safe and merry holiday, filled with meaningful blessings! :o)


i just love your pics, what camera do you use??
The cookies look delish! merry xmas!


absolutely beautiful!


Mmm, these look amazing! I can't believe I never thought of baking with Pom seeds! Is there any way to make them non gluten free? I don't have access to all those different flours but would love to try these out.


Those are gorgeous! A must-try. Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! I agree with everyone else over here--your photos are stunning, and I love your recipes, too!

Hope you have a wonderful holiday--sounds like there's lots you'll be celebrating! :)


Happy Holidays!


I have the same question as Shelby! Thanks for the links on alkalizing! I'm totally fascinated by it. If I decide to go for it you'll be the first to know! Actually I'll probably tell my husband first. :)


Beautiful, Katie! It sounds like you definitely have some excitement ahead of you in 2009. I'm looking forward to reading about it!

To answer your question on my blog, I typically weight train 4 days a week, always on non-consecutive days. Two days are designated to upper body and two are for lower. I think separating it out this way is definitely good for muscle recovery and it has worked for me! I hope that helps...please let me know if you want any more details!

Merry Christmas!


Wow, those are great, colorful pictures (I wish I could take such lovely pictures)! :) Your little cookies look delicious. Happy holidays to you!


Beautiful pictures and what a great recipe using pomegranate! I'd love to feature your recipe in the upcoming Tasty Tools blogging event roundup. We're highlighting baking sheets and the picture of the pomegranate buttermilk bites on your baking sheet would be a great addition to this month's Tasty Tools event. Details are in my blog's left sidebar. Hope you can join in!


gorgeous photos, seriously helped kick me in to full holiday mode :) merry xmas


these pomegranate bits look wonderful! and beautiful photos, as always :)

wishing you a very merry christmas katie!

That Girl  

You have such a knack for capturing color.


those little bites are adorable!!! i've never used pomegranates in baking because they were always too tart for me.

what kind of cake are you making???? my mom thinks it's weird that i make my own cake, but i love it.


the buttermilk bites look adorable. Season's greetings and a happy new year! :)


Gorgeous pics!


Hope you have a great birthday! I'm the same way when it comes to baking :D....but as long as it's tasty, that's all that matters :D!


i love winter pictures! i wish delaware had winter :( its so pretty!

along with your tasty buttermilk bites, of course.


Beautiful pics, as usual! Those buttermilk bited sound delicious! YUM!


Your pictures are beautiful!!

Those pomegranate buttermilk bites look yummy!


Your pictures are beautiful!!

Those pomegranate buttermilk bites look yummy!


Your blog is such a feel-good blog! All your pictures are always so vibrant, beautiful and uplifting! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday! :)


As usual, I love the photos!


These sound interesting! I have never thought of cooking something with pomegranate seeds. Neat! ;)


These look really good! I actually just had my first pomegranate (in the form of a martini) on Christmas Eve, but I love the idea of baking with the seeds.

Let us know what happens with the recipe contest!

Happy New Year!



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