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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Nutty DF GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been playing around with lots of different recipes and finding something that is still somewhat healthy and tastes like a treat too. This recipe might seem a bit more detailed but that's mainly because I just grabbed what I had around and had some fun.

- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup quinoa flour
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 hazelnut "flour"
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup agave nectar
- 1/3 - 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup DF margarine

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the apple sauce, bananas, maple syrup, margarine, vanilla and agave nectar. Once the liquors are incorporated add the cooked quinoa. Then add the chocolate chips.

Heat your oven to 350.

Scoop dough in 1 in balls and place 2cm apart (they will not expand).

Cook 15 - 25 minutes.



Gluten Free Pancakes (That are actually good!)

- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour blend (1 cup quinoa flour, 1 cup brown rice flour, 1 cup coconut flour)
- 11/4 milk (or almond, coconut etc. any type of your choosing)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoon oil (coconut is preferred)
- 3 teaspoons tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)


Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl; stir in the milk, vegetable oil, and salt. Whisk in the rice flour until no dry lumps remain. Cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or in the refrigerator overnight.

Heat a lightly-oiled griddle over medium-high heat.

Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry. Flip and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.

Adapted from here, here and here.




Sunday, 1 March 2015

Breakfast Cookie (Dairy free, grain free, sugar free)


I'm the hugest fan of a good high energy, high fiber, high protein breakfast cookie (or snack really!). I've tried out a few recipes but need to stick to something that's grain free (and I didn't want all the sugar either). 
I found this recipe and fell in love. I made a couple of changes to make it 100% what I want and make a batch almost every week (and freeze to have them ready for when I need them too). 
I hope you love it as much as I do! 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour ( or 1/2 cup quinoa flour)
  • 3 bananas 
  • 1/2 apple sauce (if you want it just a touch sweeter add 4 tablespoons maple syrup)
  • 1 cup peanut butter 
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or nut of your choice)
  • 1/2 pumpkin seeds (or pine nuts!)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2-1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit – I LOVE apricots so I use those)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. In your Kitchen Aid mix all the dry ingredients EXCEPT baking soda 
  3. Add bananas
  4. Add apple sauce 
  5. Add peanut butter and coconut 
  6. Add baking soda
  7. Add dried fruit 
  8. Make palm size balls (size of about a racquetball) and flatten into 1 inch discs non-stick baking sheet (They don’t flatten out so make them about the size you want).
  9. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. DON'T over bake them. They will become a bit dry so watch out for that! 

Enjoy! 



Adapted from here

Saturday, 6 December 2014

English Vanilla Sandwich Cookies


Now I remember growing up eating these cookies. A few of my friends mom's would always make them and I remember us sneaking into the freezer and getting one, and then other, and then another.

I lost touch with those friends and could never find the recipe (and I searched). Then I had them at a family event and tracked down who made them to get the recipe (got to love the menno connect). 

SO I'm crazy excited to finally get to make these in my house, and eventually have my kids be the once that are sneaking cookies (but until then I'm more then happy to fill the gap).

Cookie
1 cup butter 1/3 cup whip cream or evap. milk 2 cups of flour
Mix and chill. Roll about 1/8 inch thick. Cut in rounds and coat with sugar. Bake at 375 for 7-9 min.
Icing 1/4 cup butter 3/4 cup icing 1 teas. vanilla Food colouring (I make the icing pink). Put together with the icing.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Key Lime Pie



I tried this out for the first time. I'm so hooked on all things key lime after traveling through the Keys. It was such a fun time, and I had to learn how to make this pie!

I'd say it worked out amazingly. It was my first go, and wow, was it easy!

I found a good receipt, and adapted it as follows:


Crust:
 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
 2 tablespoons sugar
 5 tablespoons butter, melted

 Filling:
 1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
 1/2 cup sour cream
 2 teaspoons grated lime peel

 Topping:
 1 cup heavy whipping cream
 1/4 cup powdered sugar
 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Directions
 Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and stir until evenly moistened. Press mixture into bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate to form crust. Bake 10 minutes or until crust begins to brown. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack.

Whisk sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and sour cream in large bowl until blended. Stir in lime peel. Pour filling into crust. Bake 10-18 minutes or until tiny bubbles begin to form on surface of pie. Cool completely on wire rack.

Beat cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until stiff. Top pie with whipped cream. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Best served the same day.

(I've tried freezing mine so I'll keep you posted if it worked well!)

Adapted from here

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Lemon Cake - The best you've ever had


I was going through my freezer and forgot I had lemon curd in there (I made it a while ago!). I had a dinner party, and a family lunch the next day so I made a big batch of lemon cake.

I found this recipe and was really excited to make it. I adjusted a few things and make it 100% better (Ha, in my humble opinion, and those of my family, that couldn't get enough of it!)


Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , softened - (I used veggie oil)
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
5 tablespoons lemon juice - (I used 6 tbsp of lemon curd)
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons lemon zest - (I didn't put any in, it was already in the curd)

Icing - (I doubled the recipe, I love a lot of icing!)
1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter , softened
2 tablespoons lemon juice - (I used 2-4 tbsp of lemon curd)
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest - (I didn't use this, it was already in the lemon curd)
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Additional lemon juice or milk , as needed



Instructions:

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 10 x 10 in. pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2
 In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla; mix until smooth. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in lemon zest. Place batter in prepared pan.

Step 3
Bake 30-33 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 4
For icing, beat shortening and butter in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add lemon juice and zest; mix well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. If icing is dry, add additional lemon juice or milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Color as desired with icing color. Ice cake and if desired, garnish with fresh lemon zest curls and mint.

I thought the above cake was pretty, this picture (below) is what it really looks like.


Salted Peanut Butter Brownie



I love peanut butter and chocolate, putting the two together is a baked piece of heaven! So, when I found this recipe I was thrilled. I added even more cocoa then is listed below to make it that much richer, and it really added to the contrast of the peanut butter and chocolate.

If you love either of those two things, and a rich dessert, this recipe is the way to go.


Brownie:
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cold large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Prepare an 8 inch square pan by spraying with pan spray. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Spray the foil or parchment with pan spray.
Preheat your oven to 325.
Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a heat-proof bowl and place over a large pot of simmering water. The bottom of the bowl should rest in the pot but not touch the water.
Stir occasionally. When the butter is just about melted, remove the bowl and let the residual heat continue to melt the butter. Stir until smooth. Carefully touch the cocoa mixture. It should feel warm, not hot. (If hot, wait until warm to add the eggs).
Once the cocoa mixture is warm you can stir in the eggs, one at a time. Wait until each egg is completely incorporated before you add the next. Stir in the vanilla. Once the mixture looks cohesive and shiny stir in the flour. (Stir 40 times after the flour has been completely incorporated).
Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes up with a few moist crumbs. This will take about 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Once cool, frost with peanut butter frosting and sprinkle with flake salt.

Peanut Butter Frosting:
6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick) softened butter
¾ cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
pinch salt 
1 teaspoon flake salt
Cream the butter and the peanut butter until combined. Slowly stir in the powdered sugar until completely incorporated. Spread over cooled brownies. Sprinkle the flake salt all over.

Adapted from here
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