Christmas cookies (gluten & grain free)

 

Christmas Cookies 
(Gluten, Grain, Cane Sugar Free)

We all really loved this year’s version of Christmas Cut-out Cookies! You just have to try them out for yourself. They bake out wonderfully!

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without cut-out cookies, who are we kidding? And I refuse to give them up, even with our dietary restrictions. Cut out cookies are much more than cookies, they are tradition, memories, and togetherness that symbolize the entire reason of the season. That’s a pretty important cookie, so there’s  nothing worse than dough that’s too sticky to release from the cutters or cookies that crumble when you are trying to decorate them.  I absolutely  love the way this recipe turned out; the dough rolls out beautifully and holds up to the cutouts, bakes in 5 to 6 minutes, and provides the perfect canvas for edible decorations! Perfection.

The Cookie Recipe:
2 cups garfava flour (if you can’t find Garfava flour, you can sub. brown rice flour)
1 cup arrowroot powder (or potato STARCH flour)
1 cup organic shortening (Nutiva or Spectrum brand)
2 eggs (or egg replacer or 1/2 cup applesauce)
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Bake on parchment lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes.
*Refrigerate dough until ready to roll & cut shapes.

For the icing this year, we mixed together equal parts Nutiva Shortening & honey with some vanilla, and for a festive green, we used liquid chlorophyll. It was the perfect minty flavor, too, for the holiday season. We will be making these again before the holiday is over, that’s a definite, and this recipe will be staying in our repertoire! Hope you enjoy! And please, let me know if you experiment with other natural colorings and decorating ingredients!

~Happiest of holidays from my family to yours.

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Muffins

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Gluten & Dairy Free Gingerbread Muffins (option for Grain Free)

1 1/3 cup Brown Rice Flour {or Garfava Flour for grain-free}
2/3 cup Arrowroot Flour
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil {liquid measure}
2 eggs
2 teaspoons organic lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon grass-fed unflavored gelatin (like this one)
1 1/2 teaspoons organic ground ginger
3/4 teaspoons organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Makes 36 mini-muffins.

In a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and fork whisk to incorporate everything together. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl. Mix until your batter is smooth.

Line your baking tins with parchment / paper baking cups. Fill each cup 23 of the way full. Bake mini muffins for 11-13 minutes. (I haven’t baked them as regular sized muffins yet, but will check cooking times and update that when I do).

These are the prefect holiday-time muffin, and are gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and cane sugar free, & free of xantham and guar gums.  I have not tested with egg substitutes, but I am almost positive that  flax egg or applesauce would work just fine.

Orange Halloween Gummies (dye-free)

Hauntingly Orange Gummies
HAUNTINGLY ORANGE (no sugar, no artificial ingredients) GUMMIES!

I am getting started early for our Pirate themed Halloween Birthday Party for our littlest of littles next weekend. Boy, his Halloween birthday sure does make things fun.

For this bright orange gummy, I used the following:

These molds that I ordered here.
And these, as well (though they aren’t pictured here).

Recipe:
1/2 cup Organic Carrot Juice (I used this one.)
1/2 cup Organic Pear Juice (I used R.W. Knudsen brand)
1 teaspoon Organic Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons Grass-Fed Gelatin ( purchase here – you definitely want to buy this much, these are too fun not to make again and again! If you want, you can even stock up with a 3-pack! See. I usually buy the 3 pack and it lasts me for quite a long time.)

In a sauce pan, measure out your juices, then sprinkle the 3 tablespoons of gelatin into the liquid until the lumps are dissolved. Turn on the heat until just starting to bubble, then remove from heat. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes.

Place mold on a flat baking sheet. Pour your liquid into the molds. Chill in the refrigerator until set. (About 20-30 minutes is usually all it takes).

Store in an airtight container in your fridge.

I have posted several recipes for gummies. I love this bright orange color from the carrot juice. Once you have the hang of it, experiment with adding in powdered vitamins (very good quality) or even probiotics to make your own healthful gummy treats, perfect to pop into a school lunch box!

Happy eating ~ and HEALTHY Halloween.

 

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

Bundt Cake

Cinnamon-Apple-Nutbutter Bundt Cake

1 1/2 cup cashew meal (or other nut or seed flour)

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 pastured eggs

1/3 cup raw organic honey

1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk

3 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
Toppings:
1/3 cup Cashew Butter Mixed with 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fresh Organic Apple, finely diced

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, sifted together with a fork or a whisk all of your dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients for the cake and mix to combine.

Transfer to a silicone bundt cake pan. Bake for 38-42 minutes at 375 degrees.

Let cool for 10 minutes or so before turning the bundt out onto a cake platter.

In a separate dish, mix your nutbutter and honey and vanilla extract. Transfer it to a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner cut off and pipe your thick drizzles onto the cake. Finish off with a sprinkling of fresh diced apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Elderberry Gummy Bears

Elderberry Gummy BearsI don’t know where you live, but here in North Texas, it went from summer to fall seemingly over night this past weekend! The winds came through, the cooler temperatures kissed our skin, and, unfortunately, the fall allergies rushed the field.

It is the best of times and the worst of times, this FALL, this AUTUMN! I absolutely love this season, but for some reason, it just does not love me back most of the time. I have definitely been feeling the effects and have some kiddos with some runny noses, too, so this morning, after I had my two school goers shuffled off to their school,  I decided to load up on artillery for the onslaught of the allergy season!

I started my morning by juicing some carrots, apples, and fresh ginger.

Then, I made some Elderberry Gummy Bears! If you haven’t read about the benefits of elderberry, they are abundant for this season. To list a few:

~ a very powerful antioxidant
~ anthocyanin levels make it anticarcinogenic
~ more vitamin C than oranges
~ antiviral
~high ORAC
~improves the coordination of the immune system

This article is worth the read and gives all the proper props to Elderberry!

Recipe:

1/2 cup Elderberry Concentrate
1/2 cup organic pomegranate juice
2 tablespoon organic lime juice
3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin (I used Great Lakes, the orange bottle)

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small sauce pan and then heat just to almost a boil/low boil and remove from heat. I like to let mine cool down for 5-10 minutes before transferring to my molds. Refrigerate until set.

You can use any silicone mold for these, or even a glass dish and then simply cut into squares. I found my bear molds on Amazon.com.

These are certainly the most expensive$ gummy bears I have ever made, but I know that my kiddos will be so happy to chomp these down, and I will be equally as happy knowing that they will be getting such great nutritional benefits from this healthful & protective treat.   ~Happy Fall~

Strawberry Lemon Avocado Tarts {no bake, grain free, honey & fruit sweetened}

Lemon Avocado tarts

I saw this delicious looking post on Instagram for these avocado tarts, and I thought I would put my own spin on them. They were definitely a treat both to our plates AND our palates. Look at these gorgeous pops of color!

For the “Crust”:
I cup almond meal
1/2 cup pitted dates
2 Tablespoons boiling water (careful!)
Zest of 1 lemon

For the Filling:
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup raw honey
Zest of 1 lemon

For the TOPPING: I did half with fresh kiwi & half with crushed Freeze-Dried Organic Strawberries. The strawberry variety was my favorite! So yummy, and so healthful! Hope you enjoy!

Fruit Pizza {Grain Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo}

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Fruit Pizza ~ Grain & Dairy Free

 

 

This fourth of July, I was really in the mood for some cream cheesy, fruity flavor/ I LOVE the look of fruit pizzas, they are so beautiful, so I went with this:

Basic Grain-Free Cookie

1 cup almond butter (any nut butter should work)
1 egg, preferably from a pastures & happy hen
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I prefer to use my food processor for this recipe. Simply mix the ingredients together and then transfer to a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Make one large circle with the dough. Bake for 14-15 minutes.

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For the Cream:
{ Approximate Measurements…I wish I could give you exact measurements, but this was one of my
“keep adding til it’s right” kind of deals. I will gladly try it again!1 🙂 and post exact measurements once I get them figured out.}

1 cup cashew meal (you can use cashews, I just had cashew meal on hand, it was mealed raw cashews)
1/2 cup water* + hemp milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Zest of 1 lemon

Place your almond meal in a high-powered blender (I have a Vitamix). Add in your water,I started with 1/2 cup of water, but I continued to add a little hemp milk at a time until I got the perfect texture, then added a little more maple until I got the sweetness I wanted. I will probably add more lemon next time.

Once the cookie was finished baking, I let it cool slightly, then simply turned it over onto a round serving platter and peeled off the silpat. I put a layer of the cream on top of that and then decorated with fresh fruit! So Yummy! Happy Fourth of July to us ~ fireworks in our mouth 😛
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Raspberry Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches {grain-free, dairy-free, honey & fruit sweetened}

Solo delicious! Messy! But, Solo delicious!
Raspberry Dreams

The “cookie”:
1 cup almond butter
1 egg
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon real salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together in a food processor. With a spatula, spread out into a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Let cool completely.

**Some tips: I scored my dough into rectangles before I baked; Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before filling your sandwiches, be prepared t lick some delicious messiness from your fingers and hands as you build these; As you work, you may want ot keep a cookie sheet into he freezer and place each new ice cream sandwich into the freezer before you move on to the next. They melt really quickly.

While the cookies bake, simply rinse out your food processor and then start the ice cream.

The raspberry “Ice-Cream”:
3 frozen bananas
1/2 cup fresh raspberries.

Mix in the food processor until creamy, like soft-serve ice cream. Transfer to a freezer-safe bowl and stick in the freezer to chill until your cookies have cooled.

Once your cookies are cooled, scoop out a spoonful of ice cream into the back of one cookie piece, sandwich with another cookie piece, and smash down slightly. I used a flat spatula and made a lap around the edges to try to sort of square off and clean up my edges, but that is completely optional. Make them as full and as messy and as wonderful as you see fit!  These will definitely get some remakes in all sorts of flavors this summer!

If you want to save for later like I have done here, you can wrap them up in parchment and store them in the freezer.

~ Happy Ice-Cream Sandwiching! ~

Watermelon Lemonade {no sugar}

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Ever notice that MELON and LEMON have all the same letters? Sounds like a perfect match to me!

Fresh watermelon juice was created by blending fresh seedless watermelon (cut from the rind) in my Vitamin blender. Once it was well blended, I strained it all through a fine-mesh nut-milk bag to get a smooth and grit/pulp-free juice.

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Strain blended watermelon through a fine-mesh bag to get roughly 2 cups.

Now comes the hard part. Okay, just kidding – now simply add in 1/4 cup of organic lemon juice. Yes, that’s it!  SO very refreshing and SO watermelony 🙂       {watermelony? … Works for me!}

Once special touch that I did add to these cups of melon goodness is the flake-salted rim. Does this sound odd to anyone? My mom is a salt-lover. My daughter is also a salt-lover. Both of these girls-of-my-world seem to believe that watermelons and salt go hand in hand; one simply can’t happen without the other. So, I thought the perfect way to celebrate this combo was to do a salted rim. The salt I used was a pink Himalayan flake salt. I thought it was an interesting and fun addition, and it definitely got a thumbs up by my sweet girly.

Happy Weekend!

Watermelon Lemonade In The Grass

Red, White & Blue Frozen Bananners

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I love recipes that the kids get to help with, and this one was perfect to include them on. We had lots of fun, and they helped come up with the idea for what was RED and BLUE and HEALTHY to use as “sprinkles” on our Nanner-Pops, too. Smartie pantses ;)!

I still want to perfect this dip, but it was definitely a hit with the kids, and it checked all of our allergy-friendly boxes here, so that is always a bonus!

First, prepare you toppings. We used some fresh organic strawberries, some fresh organic blueberries, and even some freeze-dried organic blueberries. Any nuts WOUDL be fabulous! Get creative!

Next, prepare your bananas by peeling, cutting in half, and skewering with kabob skewers, popsicle sticks, or I used cake pop stick that you can find at almost any craft store. Set aside.

Now, in a small saucepan {you will want one deep enough to be able to dip, or at least roll, the sauce 3-4 inches deep onto the bananas. IN the saucepan over medium heat, combine:

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
&
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut butter (coconut manna)
&
3 tablespoons of honey

Once the coconut butter has melted down, add in:

6 tablespoons of coconut milk (or more if you feel like your sauce is still too thick)
&
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)

Stir together until smooth and then turn off your heat.  Now, simply dip your banners and set them onto a freezer-safe dish. Take a pinch of your topping of voice and sprinkle it onto the dip. Continue with all of your banners until done. Now, simply freeze until you are ready to enjoy! (we could only wait about 2 hours!).  Enjoy!