Cranapple Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

So one morning I was hungry and didn’t have my usual ingredients to make smoothie. There are many things that I could have made, but what I really wanted was a cookie… ūüôā

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I’m a big girl, with no kids in the house anymore so I could have gotten away with eating a cookie and no one knowing.

Then I had a thought… What about making a breakfast cookie that would be quite healthy and completely¬†legitimate to eat first thing in the morning… Filled with healthy fats, oats, flax and fruit.

Alas a new cookie and breakfast was created! If you have a child that just doesn’t like eating breakfast or doesn’t have time, just pop a few of these into them ūüôā

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Cranapple  Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Dry Ingredients:

1 c. gluten free oats (I use Only Oats)

3 Tbsp. coconut flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. sea salt

3/4 c. palm sugar (or desired granular sugar)

1/4 c. ground flax

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1/2 c. chopped dried cranberries

Wet Ingredients:

1/3 c. coconut oil

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. grated apple **

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium size bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Set aside.

In another medium size bowl, cream coconut oil. Add in eggs and vanilla, cream. Stir in grated apple.

Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and stir thoroughly.

Drop by spoonful onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Flatten cookies with fork.

For teaspoon size cookies bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden.

For tablespoon size cookies bake for 12-13 minutes or until golden.

Let cook completely. Store in sealed container on the counter for approximately three days or you can freeze them.

** One cup of apple is approximately one medium sized apple. I grate it with the skin on for added fiber. You can peel the apple before grating if desired.

Cranapple Breakfast Cookies

Makes approximately 48 teaspoon size or 20 tablespoon size cookies.

Store in sealed container on counter for up to five days. They also freeze well.

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Simple Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free)

Now that I have my buns tasting great, it’s back to being able to pick up sandwiches such as Sloppy Joes!!

Simple Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes (Gluten Free)

1 lb. extra lean ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 medium onion-chopped
1/2 medium green pepper-chopped
2 cloves garlic-minced
1-7oz. can tomato paste
7oz. water
1 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. palm sugar ( or desired granular sugar)
sea salt and pepper to taste

In frying pan over medium heat brown meat and drain fat; add onion and green pepper and saute until vegetables are soft; add garlic.
Then add tomato paste, one can of water, and rest of ingredients. Let simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on my¬†hamburger buns¬†or desired buns… Makes four servings.
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Mother’s Day Ideas (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

With Mother’s Day on Sunday, you should start thinking about different wonderful meal ideas.

Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, dinner or dessert, you’re covered!!

Mother's Day Meal Ideas

Ham and Veggie Fritatta

Grain Free Waffles topped with blueberries.

Cinnamon Loaf

Blueberry Scones

Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Chicken Asparagus

Broccoli and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes with Honey Garlic Ribs

Apple Pie with Whipped Coconut Cream

Caramel Kissed Flourless Chocolate Cake

Truffles

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Easy Truffles (Dairy Free)

I haven’t made Truffles in so long… They are very easy to make.¬†

You can switch them up with your flavourings and toppings. They look so pretty and fancy sitting in the mini muffin cups that everyone will think that you slaved…¬†

It will be our little secret just how simple they are to make…

Coconut Milk Truffles

 These Truffles are so easy to make and you can enjoy them with whatever flavours and toppings you would like!!

Easy Truffles (Dairy Free)

one can coconut milk

dairy free dark chocolate-72%

flavouring

topping

Put a can of coconut milk into the fridge overnight.

The next day open the can and scoop out however much hardened coconut cream it has made. Reserve the coconut water for a different recipe.
Measure the coconut cream (I had 2/3 cup)
However much coconut cream you end up with, double that amount of chopped dark chocolate(for mine it was 1 1/3 cup)
Put the coconut cream into a double boiler(I use a metal bowl above a small pot with about an inch of water in the pot)
Simmer the milk until just before boiling.
Remove form heat and add chopped chocolate and one teaspoon of flavouring(I added vanilla, but you could add any flavour)
Stir until your ganache becomes smooth.
Pour into a glass dish and put into the fridge for about an hour until it has hardened.
Now for the messy part. Take about 1/2-1 teaspoon of ganache and roll into balls. Rolls your truffles into whatever coating you’d like. Cocoa, coconut, ground almonds, or you can get really fancy and dip them in melted chocolate.

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For 2/3 c. coconut cream, 1 1/2 c. 72% dark chocolate, 1 tsp. vanilla…. I ended up with 26 delicious Classic Dairy Free Truffles.

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Coconut Almond Chewy Bars (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I have been finding that I miss granola bars. Yes there are some out there that are gluten free. The problem is that with multiple food allergies, even the products that are gluten free just don’t work because many still contain sugar or milk. The other thing is that those products just don’t taste that good. So I started playing with a bunch of ingredients, trying to make a healthy yet tasty granola bar. I think this worked out well, but I’ll continue making different flavours so that there is are variety.

Do you ever miss nice chewy granola bars? I did!

I wanted something that tasted sweet and yet was healthy!¬† I found it now ūüôā

Chewy Almond Granola Bars

Coconut Almond Chewy Bars (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. quinoa flakes
1 c. almond flour
1 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 c. ground flax seed
1/2 c. chopped almonds
1/4 c. dried cranberries or raisins
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 c. coconut oil(melted)
1 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all your dry  ingredients together in a good sized bowl. Then mix in your wet ingredients.
Pour all ingredients into a greased 9by13 inch pan.
Bake for about 20 minutes/ until edges start to brown.
Then let your bars sit for at least ten minutes before cutting.
Store in the fridge or freezer.

Coconut Almond Chewy Bars
Makes 16 bars or 32 squares.

Mexican Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

With the warmer weather coming we tend to steer more towards salads. Here’s a great one with protein and vegetables.

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Mexican Quinoa Salad (Gluten Free)

1/2 c. quinoa
1/2 vegetable bouillon cube
1- 19 oz. can of black beans
1-10 oz can of niblets corn
1 red onion- diced
1 stalk celery- diced
1/2 cucumber- diced
1/2 red or green pepper- diced
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
sea salt and pepper to taste

Cook quinoa with bouillon cube in one cup of water as directed. Set aside to cool.
After cooked quinoa is cool, add diced vegetables. Drain and rinse beans and drain corn; add to salad.
Mix thoroughly.
In a cup mix oil, vinegar, cumin, and chili powder together. Pour over salad and mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Makes 6-8 side servings. Will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Hamburger Buns (Gluten Free/ Yeast Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

So with summer coming I wanted to start playing with a bun recipe. I used to have one, but you get to the point that the old recipe just isn’t good enough. For the past two years, I have eaten my hamburger on a plate with a fork and knife. Although many people choose not to have a bun, I really wanted to be able to pick up my burger ūüôā

So as I said, I have been playing around with the recipe. As you know I can’t have yeast, so it is more of a challenge. I did figure that if I could make Bread¬†work then buns wouldn’t be that difficult… First try was good, but the second try was even better!

Just remember that these buns don’t have to be just for hamburgers. They can be used for any kind of sandwich that you would use a regular bun for.

Enjoy ūüôā

Hamburger Buns

Hamburger Buns (Gluten Free/ Yeast Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

3/4 c. gluten free flour mix

1/2 c. teff flour ***

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

3 eggs

2 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/4 c. water

1 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, flax, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, stir together eggs, oil, water, and vinegar. Add dry mixture to wet and stir thoroughly.

You can use a pan like mine that has 3 1/2 inch spots.

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You can also use 4-5 inch oven ready glass bowls.

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Drop spoonfuls of dough into greased pan. This makes  5-6  buns depending on how thick you want them.

Bake for 18-21 minutes (depending how big you are making them), or until slightly firm to the touch.

*** You can make the buns with 1 1/4 c. of the gluten free flour mix if you don’t want to use the teff flour.

Here is my hamburger with just flour mix.

Hamburger Buns

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