Grain Free No Oatmeal,Oatmeal Cookies

I do love oatmeal cookies but I’m still trying to eat grain free so I went on a search for a grain free recipe that might fit the bill .I adapted this recipe from Against All Grain.While not an exact duplicate of a chewy grain filled cookie, it is nice to have on hand when the sweet tooth comes a calling.They freeze well.
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon  salt
  • ¾ cup finely shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raisins or chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the butter and egg in a bowl  and cream with a hand mixer for 1 minute on high.
  3. Add the honey and vanilla and mix for another minute, until creamy.
  4. Place the cinnamon,  flours, baking soda, and salt in another bowl
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix for another minute, until combined.
  6. Add the coconut and raisins or chocolate chips, then mix again for a minute.
  7. Using a spoon, drop balls of dough the size of a golf ball onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on a wire rack completely before eating.
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Gluten Free, Grain Free, Blueberry Banana Muffins

This is a great recipe for using up ripe bananas you may have.They are nice treat with a cup of tea or pack in lunches.They freeze well

1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup  coconut flour
3  ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
2  eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup  honey
1/3 cup  butter , melted
3/4 tsp  baking soda
1/2 tsp  sea salt
1 tsp  lemon juice
1 .5 tsp  vanilla extract
1 .5 tsp  cinnamon
2/3 cup blueberries(I used frozen)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin liners in muffin tin.
2. In a large bowl, add coconut and almond flours, baking soda, salt; mix to combine.
3. To the same bowl, add eggs, mashed bananas, honey, butter, lemon  juice, vanilla, cinnamon; mix again to combine. Gently stir in blueberries.
4. Drop by tablespoons into the muffin tins. Fill 12 muffins full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack. Enjoy!

Recipe: Gluten Free Platz

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White peach-Blackberry platz before it heads to the oven.

Until a week ago, I don’t think I had a clue what a Platz was, but boy am I happy I do now! A friend of mine Mama__B posted a great recipe on her blog for a peach raspberry platz. It looked absolutely delicious, and I had a TON of peaches to use up so I decided I was going to try making a gluten free variation… and it turned out great!

You can see the original recipe here. My variation is posted below. It was super simple, and a big crowd pleaser. Something you can whip up in a pinch! Give it a try this weekend and let me know what you think.

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 
1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 
1/4 cup cold butter
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1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 peaches, chopped (I used white peaches)
  • 
1 cup raspberries (I used blackberries, but I think any berry would do!)

Crumb

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and (rice) flour an 8×11.5 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I just do this with my hands….seems to do the job well!
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir into the rice flour mixture.
Pour into prepared pan and cover evenly with the fruit.
Combine the crumb ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the fruit and batter.  I wanted the fruit to poke out a bit so I just made a half recipe of the crumb (which is what I have included above) but you can double that if you want a more full cover of crumb on top.

Recipe: Chocolate Macarons

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Macarons.
I’ve never had one before but I see my foodie friends rave about them on Twitter. They are supposedly crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. Two wonderful shells filled with buttercream delight.

I knew that there were gluten free recipes out there as they are made primarily with almond meal/flour. I hesitated in making them because I watch a lot of cooking shows and its always this huge crazy deal to attempt making French macarons. Hard to perfect apparently

Well, this recipe is one I came across in Pinterest, and it used ingredients I already had in the house. So one night, when hubby was at work I decided to try em.

To be honest, they were one of the easiest cookies I’ve ever made. And to me, they were perfect. Crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside. Two wonderful shells filled with vanilla buttercream delight.

My size was off (too big) and the shape wasn’t perfect (each shell has a point on it) but the most important part (so I read) was that the shells had feet (the ridge around the bottom)- which they did.

I think EVERYONE should try making macarons! I’m now addicted and will be making them often, different flavours, different fillings. I CANT WAIT FOR MORE!

Macarons:
http://www.onlyglutenfreebaking.com/1/post/2012/12/chocolate-macarons-naturally-gluten-free.html

Buttercream:
I made this up myself. I dislike most of the buttercream recipes out there so I just mixed up butter and sugar and vanilla until it tasted good to me. Not too sweet, more on the buttery side. MMM…..

Recipe: Hello Dolly!

IMG_1871Last week I was bad. All my main meals were healthy. But all my snacks were bad. And in abundance. Today, I am back on track but on Saturday (when I was still being a bad sweets eater) I baked these for my husband and I (and of course I share the wealth with my parents too!)

They have to be one of the easiest squares to make, and they are INCREDIBLY divine! I cut them up into small squares because they are rich. This recipe in an 8×8 pan makes 16 squares (im sure you could cut smaller too)

Hello Dollys
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1 1/2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
3/4 cup of chopped walnuts
3/4 cup of coconut
1 can of condensed milk

Heat oven to 350°F

Melt Butter and add ground almonds. Mix together and then pat into a 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.

Sprinkle the walnuts over the crust, then the chocolate chips and then the coconut. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the top.

Bake for about 25 minutes until the coconut is lightly brown. Cool completely (I put mine in the fridge until ice cold) and then cut into squares.

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