I’ve been dabbling in sprouting and soaking my grains for quite a while.   Though I haven’t completely been won over by the soakers & sprouters, I’m heavily veering that way.  Sometimes, too much information makes it difficult to make an informed decision.  Regardless, I know my body.    I know that I feel better when I eat fewer grains or grains that have been soaked or sprouted. In January, I went gluten-free.  Just for a month.  No one in our family has any issues with gluten but, again, I just feel better when I’m cutting back on grains.  And, you know what happens when mama ain’t eating gluten?  No one eats gluten.  I’m such a great wife and mother.  Aren’t I? I played around and did some baking with coconut flour and almond meal.  The desserts were fab.  These carrot cake cupcakes at Healthy Indulgences are fabulous and Elana’s Pecan Shortbread cookies are divine.  I tried a few different bread recipes.  All were edible; none were worth a 2nd try. Unfortunately, I let my sourdough starter go bad.  I tend to be a slack with the keeping of the sourdough.  I’m not one to measure or change the jar daily.  I just dump in some milled wheat flour, dump in some water and mix it once a day.  Every few days, I’ll change the jar.  I have learned that sourdough is very forgiving.   People should be more like sourdough. Being the great mother that I am, I decided to treat my kids to a freshly baked, wheat,  bread product.  Having no starter, I decided to make Laura @ Heavenly Homemaker’s Vanilla Cinnamon Muffins.  I had most of my dry ingredients mixed and ready when I realized that I was out of Succanat.  While pilfering around the pantry, I found a mammoth canister of Starbucks Hot Cocoa.  This was a Christmas gift and, boy, is it tasty.  Guess what the main ingredient is?  Yup, sugar.

So, I threw all caution to the wind and subbed ½ cup of Starbucks Hot Cocoa for the ½ cup of sugar in the recipe.  Just to be on the safe side, I added a healthy squirt of stevia.  In my mind, this was somewhat of a frugality vs. purity issue.  The kids wanted muffins.  I didn’t want to have to ditch the wheat.   Frugality won.   The grand prize….Starbucks Hot Cocoa Muffins.  Note the bottle of home made vanilla in the pic.  I’ll be posting about that soon.

The muffins were a success.  The kids ate them with big smears of butter.  My nephew ate one and declared it to be “pretty good.”   I took a teeny bite and thought it a bit dry.  But 3 out of 4 is passing and I can live with that.

How do you balance frugality vs. food purity in your own life?  What sacrifices are you willing to make in regard to your foods?  What are you unwilling to concede?