I made these for dessert last night and they went over really well. I adjusted the original recipe to fit our family’s particular dietary restrictions, and they turned out perfectly! It’s like carrot cake and oatmeal cookies all rolled into one. Continue reading
Growing up, I always loved those little spritz cookies that you punched out and sprinkled with colored sugar. When we went gluten free seven years ago, I missed them a lot.
But then I decided to make sugar-cookies from a new recipe I found from a 2010 Taste of Home magazine. I tweaked them a little and made them gluten-free, and upon tasting them I realized that they reminded me so much of the spritz I loved growing up! Light and buttery and melt-in your mouth; crisp and yet soft; crumbly and yet chewy. Continue reading
When I went sugar free nearly four years ago, one of the things I had to give up was our homemade banana bread, which called for about two cups of sugar (choke, gag, cough). But my wonderful mother created this recipe, and it’s splendid. No sugar, and it’s much quicker to prepare than my ‘normal’ recipe!
Banana Nut Bread ~ Gluten, Dairy & Sugar Free
- 2-3 mashed bananas (I generally blend this with a hand mixer until it’s pretty smooth)
- 1/2 Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (Or butter if dairy isn’t a problem– sometimes I use 1/4th cup Coconut oil and 1/4th cup butter), room temperature EDIT: a reader just said that she replaced the oil with applesauce and it resulted in a lovely moist loaf. I’m trying that next time!
- 1/2 tsp salt (Don’t forget this….please don’t forget it…believe me, I know!)
- 2 cups gluten free flour (I have used rice flour, buckwheat flour, and sorghum flour or a mix of the three)
- stevia to taste (I never measure stevia, but I use NuNaturals “NuStevia”, which is a powdered stevia extract, and just tap it into the batter until it tastes right– it takes very little, indeed!)
After blending these ingredients well, mix in
- 2-3 eggs
Blend the eggs in well, then add:
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2-1 cup nuts if desired (I use walnuts)
Pour into greased bread pan and bake at 350f for about 60 minutes (watch it carefully). Test with a toothpick, and when the pick comes out clean, take out your bread, cool for a few minutes, and enjoy! It will mould after a few days, but it rarely lasts that long. It also freezes very well– just wrap it in plastic wrap and tinfoil and throw it in your freezer!
this recipe was shared at Gluten Free Wednesdays (linky party)
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If there’s one fruit suited to making desserts, it’s the lemon. For one, it’s sunny yellow color is enough to cheer anybody. Two, it’s tartness will wake up your dormant, bored tastebuds. And who can resist a sweet-tart burst of flavor exploding in their mouths when they take a bite of a sunny yellow lemon bar? Sure wouldn’t be me. I love lemons. 😀
I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Gutsy. She’s got some of the most wonderful recipes, including frog’s legs! (sorry, Caroline, I just lost any new readers to your blog)
Being the lemon fanatic that I am, I tweaked her recipe just slightly. For one, I doubled the filling and increased the amount of lemon juice. I think that the latter alteration was what made my bars so soggy, but I don’t care–I’ll eat it with a spoon if I have to. It’s lemon. It’s worth it.
Healthy Lemon Bars (Paleo)
1 1/2 cup blanched almond meal flour (I’ve heard it said that you can use coconut flour if you double the amount called for)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1-2 TBS honey
2 TBS room temp butter (I haven’t tried this, but I imagine that you could replace this with coconut oil to make your bars dairy free as well!)
1 TBP vanilla extract (we use homemade vanilla extract because a lot of times the store-bought stuff has sugar in it. Isn’t that silly? Sugar is in everything!)
1 cup organic lemon juice (this will be about 4 squeezed lemons. If you’re not wild about lemons like I am, you can half this, as the original recipe prescribes, or reduce it to 3/4 cup, which would be 3 lemons)
3 pastured eggs (this is when having your own chickens comes in handy)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup melted butter (again, I imagine coconut oil would work)
Preheat oven to 350f. Grease a 9X9 baking dish with butter or coconut oil (I did use coconut oil for this). Dust the dish with almond flour (I think I forgot to do this last time and my bars ‘stuck’ more–but that might of been because of the extra lemon juice).
For the Crust:
In medium sized bowl, mix almond flour and salt. Add the butter (coconut oil if you’re using it), vanilla and honey. Mix until all is combined in a ball. Now, at this point, you may take a bite and decide that your lemon bars don’t need a crust. I’m telling you, maybe you ought to double the crust recipe and save half to eat by itself. It’s like healthy, grain-and-sugar-free cookie dough. Yes, it has more texture than a gluten cookie dough, but I’ve been gluten free for so long that I don’t care. 😀
Press your almond dough (what’s left of it) into the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes until it’s golden brown. While it’s baking, mix all the filling ingredients together in a medium sized bowl (I use used the crust bowl, rinsed out and dried). Mix filling together with a whisk or blender until smooth. When the crust is done, pour lemon mixture over it and return to the oven for 20 minutes or so until the edges and top are slightly golden brown (watch it carefully, you don’t want your golden to turn black).
Cool on the counter for 30 minutes. I prefer to put it in the refrigerator after it cools (for one, I like my lemon bars cold–two, they’re much easier to cut when they’ve set in the fridge for two hours or so). Maybe you can’t wait and want to eat them still hot…..to each his own, go ahead.
So there. Very easy, very lemony, and very good!
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Yes, folks, now we’ve got a breakthrough recipe. Cake–for dinner! It’s true, honest! This cake is so good for you –no flour, no sugar, and optionally no dairy- and yet it tastes good! It’s moist, and chocolatey, and makes you say oh-boy-can-we-have-that-again-soon?
Know what the cake is made of? You don’t? Weeeeellll, maybe I shan’t tell you. After all, I know you’ll like the cake, and I don’t want to make it so you don’t try it.
All right, I’ll tell you……
Yes ma’am, beans! Oh, come now, it isn’t as bad as you think it is. I promise that it doesn’t taste like beans. If you didn’t know, you’d never guess that beans were the foundation of this lovely cake! Take my word for it. Honest. It’s really, really good. And that’s coming from the gal who does NOT like cake. At all. When I was little, I used to have Texas Chocolate Cake for my birthday and eat only the frosting. But now I can have my cake and eat it, too–literally! And it’s so very easy to make. Just give yourself a days’ leeway, since it has to sit overnight to develop flavor. After that, just whip up your frosting, and there you go! I often will mix the cake up and bake it after dinner, then frost and serve the next day. I imagine that you could freeze it, but around here it never lasts long enough for me to try the experiment! 😀
Notes in italics are mine.
Healthy Flourless Chocolate Cake
makes a 9″ layer cake or one 9X13 single layer
1 1/2 -2 cups cooked black beans (I’ve used pink beans too–makes no difference. After cooking your beans–I always cook a lot extra so’s I can use them for dinner sometime soon, in black bean soup or such)
5 large eggs
1 TBS pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. sea salt
6 TBS unsalted butter OR coconut oil
3/4 cup erythritol+1/2 tsp pure stevia extract + 1 TBS water
OR 1/2 cup honey+1 teaspoon pure stevia extract
OR pure stevia extract to taste, with extra water (a TBS or more) added to replace the moisture of the honey. If you don’t add the water, your cake will be dry.
6 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Mint Chocolate Variation:
2 teaspoons mint extract (in place of vanilla)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 9″ cake pan (I use a 9X13 baking dish) with extra virgin olive oil cooking spray, or just grease it with a thin layer of butter (or coconut oil if you’re trying to go dairy free). Dust cocoa all over the inside of the pan, tapping to evenly distribute. Cut a round of parchment paper and line the bottom of the pan, then grease the parchment lightly. (Since I was using a baking dish and didn’t intend on removing the cake before serving, I didn’t use parchment paper.)
Drain and rinse beans in a strainer or colander. (Make sure to rinse your beans WELL. Rinse them until they no longer foam and bubble. This will remove the factor which gives beans an ill reputation in mannerly circles) Shake of excess water. Place beans, 3 of the 5 eggs, vanilla, stevia (if using), and salt into blender. Blend on high until beans are completely liquified. No lumps!
Whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat butter with sweetener (erythitol or honey) until light and fluffy. Add remaining two eggs, beating for a minute after each addition. Pour bean batter into egg mixture and mix. Finally, stir in cocoa powder and water (if using), and beat the batter on high for one minute, until smooth. Scrape batter into pan and smooth the top. Grip pan firmly by the edges and rap it on the counter a few times to pop any air bubbles.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. Cake is done when the top is rounded and firm to the touch. After 10 minutes of standing out of the oven, (if using a cake pan), turn cake out of pan and flip over again onto a cooling rack. Let cool until cake reaches room temperature, then cover in plastic wrap or with cake dome (could use an overturned plastic chip bowl). For BEST flavor, let cake sit overnight. I promise this cake will not have a hint of beaniness after letting it sit for eight hours! If you are stacking this cake, level the top with a serrated knife, shaving off layers until it is flat and even.
Frost immediately before serving. You can use any sort of frosting you please, if you’re not worried about sugar! Store cake IN THE REFRIGERATOR. Beans are highly spoilable–if you store the cake in the open, it’s gonna mold very quickly, which can cause symptoms of sadness, despair and wild sobbing. When refrigerated, it will be hard, but you can always set it out before you eat it, then refrigerate again…We have eaten it by itself (chocolate doesn’t need any help, says they), or with strawberries and whipped cream (oh!), or with raspberries. I like my raspberries frozen (which is the condition they’re in in these pictures). But no matter how you eat it, you MUST have a glass of milk alongside. Take it from an expert. Everything tastes better with milk.
~Healthy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting~
Some like this frosting alone as a fudge! It’s very dark chocolatey, so not everybody likes it.
Makes enough to thickly cover one layer, or fill and frost a halved stacked layer.
1/2 cup (I stick) unsalted organic butter, softened, OR 7 tablespoons nonhydrogenated shortening (I use coconut oil)
1/4cup plus 1 TBS erythritol, powdered, OR 1/4 cup xylitol, powdered
5-6 TBS half and half OR coconut milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
Good tasting pure Stevia extract, to taste (I use NuNaturals® ® NuStevia powder. Doesn’t take much! If you use solely stevia (not erythritol or xylitol), then I would suggest supplementing it with honey to taste. Otherwise the cocoa powder stays bitter and makes the frosting taste almost dry.)
Optional addition for a glossy finish:
1 fresh organic egg yolk
Cream butter in a small bowl until fluffy. Powder erythritol or xylitol in a coffee grinder or Magic Bullet for a minute or two, until extremely fine in texture (reminiscent of powdered sugar). Let sweetener settle in grinder before opening the top. Stir powdered sweetener into butter with a spatula, then beat until smooth. Slowly blend in the cocoa powder (unless you want to redecorate your kitchen), vanilla, and sea salt. Beat in the half and half and egg yolk (if using). Add stevia, starting with 1/16 teaspoon. (I don’t use erythritol or xylitol, just sweeten the whole thing with stevia until it tastes right). You’ll probably use less than 1/4 tsp…just keep tasting and adjust the sweetness to your liking. (Be careful. Stevia is powerful stuff. 😀 )
We use coconut oil in place of the butter. It is the opinion of a local chocolate lover (whom, I’ll have you know is NOT me) that the frosting, when put into a pan and refrigerated sans the cake, is better than a truffle. Very rich and chocolatey, and with the coconut oil supplying a very healthy fat, is a treat that is actually good for you!
*For those of you poor people who count carbs, this frosting is 7g net carbs, if you are using erythritol.
The cake is 57.6g net carbs for the whole cake, using erythritol/stevia. (5.7g net carbs per 1/10th)
It’s 125.6g net carbs for the whole cake using honey/stevia. (12.56g net carbs per 1/10th)
So there you are! Now you have a lovely, moist cake, and no one needs to know what your secret ingredient is (nor do they need to know that it’s dairy free, grain free, and paleo-friendly!). Thanks to a kind commenter, I can now give credit for this recipe to the Healthy Indulgences blog— which I’d never seen before, but oh! She’s got some wonderful looking recipes there. 😀 Run over and thank her profusely, would you? (She’s also got a vanilla version of this cake here)
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