Almond “Sugar” Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Spring and summer can get pretty busy, but you still need want some nice cookies around đŸ™‚
So if you don’t have time or don’t want to go through the fuss of rolled out sugar cookies, these will work out great for you. All the taste of rolled sugar cookies, but much less work.
Almond Sugar Cookies
Almond “Sugar” Cookies (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1/2 c. coconut oil (or dairy free margarine)
2/3 c. palm sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
1 3/4 c.  gluten free flour mix
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. almond flour
1/2 c. dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cream the shortening and sugar together. Mix in egg and extract. In another bowl whisk together flour mix, xanthan gum, and baking powder.
Add dry ingredients to creamed ones and mix well. Roll into small balls and roll into the almond flour and place onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Then flatten the rounds down with a fork.
Bake for 7-9 minutes or until cookies are just golden. Let cool.Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Then you can either dip the cookies into the chocolate or drizzle the chocolate on them.
I even added a few sprinkle to a few…Almond Cookies

Keep in sealed container for up to five days. They also freeze well.

Almond Cake (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I  married into a Dutch family. One dessert that they make and have at almost every function is Buttercake or Boterkoek. It a denser cake almost like a cookie.
I knew when I found out about my allergies that I had to make a ‘safe’ version for me or I would cheat, because it was so good. I was quite happy how my version worked out.

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Almond Cake (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)
1/2 c. margarine(dairy free)
2 eggs reserving 1 tsp of beaten egg for brushing top of cake
1 c. palm sugar
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/4 c. gluten free flour mix
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. sliced almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix marg., sugar, 2 eggs and almond extract together in one bowl; mix dry ingredients in another.
Add dry ingredients into wet and mix.

Pour batter into greased 9″ by 9″ pan. Brush with beaten egg. (Optional sprinkle with sliced almonds)
Bake for 22-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean.

Apple Quinoa Breakfast (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I love eating apple crisp!!
With spring coming and the morning temperatures are still a little cooler, I keep making warm breakfast cereals.

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to mix apple crisp and breakfast cereal. The lovely aroma of cinnamon cooking. To top it off, its healthy! Packed full of protein from the quinoa and almonds, antioxidants from the cinnamon and apples, this cereal not only tastes great, but is good for you!

Apple Quinoa Breakfast
Apple Quinoa Breakfast
1/2 c. quinoa
1 c. water
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar (or desired granulated sugar)
2 medium apples (I used Macintosh)
1/4 c. almonds (chopped)-Optional
almond milk- Optional

Put quinoa, water, cinnamon, and palm sugar into a pot with a lid and cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

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While quinoa is cooking, wash and chop apples. I leave the skins on, but if you prefer you can peel them. When quinoa is cooked, add in apples and mix through. Put the lid back on and let mixture sit for five minutes.
The apples will still have a slight crunch. If you prefer softer apples, add them into you quinoa about half way through the cooking process.

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Put cereal into a bowl, top with chopped almonds and enjoy!!

If you like, add a small amount of almond milk.

This makes enough for about three servings. Its also great the next day. Just heat it up and enjoy!!