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 🙂
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.

Spring Asparagus Crustless Quiche (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

Spring has sprung and so has Asparagus!!!

Asparagus tastes like spring to me, because when it is fresh in our markets your know that warm weather has sprung as well 🙂

This dish is lovely as a breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s so versatile that it compliments many dishes…

Spring Asparagus Quiche

Spring  Asparagus Crustless Quiche (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegetarian)

1 tsp. olive oil

1 pound asparagus-chopped into one inch pieces

1 medium onion- diced

1 clove garlic- minced

5 large eggs

2/3 c. almond milk ( or desired milk)

1/2 tsp each sea salt and pepper

1/4 c. chopped chives

1/2 c. Daiya Shredded Cheddar ( or desired cheese)- optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium frying pan saute asparagus and onion in olive oil on medium heat for five minutes; add garlic and cook for one more minute.

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Pour into 9 inch pie plate. Break eggs into a bowl and beat with a fork; pour on top of vegetable mixture.

Add milk, salt, pepper, chives and cheese if using. Stir lightly to combine all the ingredients.

Bake uncovered for 35-45 or until eggs are set.

Asparagus Quiche

Makes six servings.

** This time I did not use any cheese. Still tastes great!

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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… 🙂

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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 🙂

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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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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 🙂

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.

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 🙂

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 🙂

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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Chicken Fingers (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

What kid doesn’t like Chicken Fingers? Well I’m sure there are a few but not many.

Even if your child or you have food allergies, you can still enjoy the simple enjoyments of breaded chicken fingers…

Dip them into honey garlic sauce that is out of this world!

Breaded Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

2 chicken breasts – boneless, skinless
1/2 c. rice flour
1 egg- beaten
1/2 c. chex cereal or tortilla chips- crushed
2 tsp. spice mix– divided

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Slice your chicken breasts into strips. You’ll need three bowls or plates. One for the rice flour, one for the egg, and one for the chex cereal. Mix 1 tsp. of the spice mix into the rice flour. Mix the other 1 tsp. of spice mix into the cereal. Dip each piece of chicken; first in flour, then egg then cereal. Then put onto a baking rack. Repeat for all the chicken pieces.
Bake chicken for about 20-30 minutes until cooked through. Makes two adult servings.

I served them with potato wedges and honey garlic sauce for dipping.

Or you may want to feed the kids chicken fingers while the adults enjoy Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken.

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Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free)

There are many of these recipes out there. It’s the same idea as my Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust.

I figured that with summer coming and the layers of clothing starting to come off, that everyone would love another low carb pizza crust. If you are not worried about carbs then you can always try my regular Pizza Crust.

Oh my goodness!! 🙂

This is the ultimate in guilt free pizza enjoyment!

After playing with this, I am quite pleased!! I hope that you are as well.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Gluten free/ Dairy Free)

1/2 head of cauliflower (approximately 4 c. after it is riced)

2 eggs

1/2 c. Daiya mozzarella cheese (or whatever shredded cheese)-Additional for on top

2 tsp. dry basil

3 cloves garlic- minced (or less if you prefer)

Put florets of cauliflower into your food processor, pulse until it resembles rice.

I usually end up removing the riced stuff and adding in the bigger pieces if they didn’t break down the first time.

Put the riced cauliflower into a glass bowl and microwave uncovered and no water for 6 minutes.**

Let it cool slightly. (This is so you eggs won’t cook mixing them into the hot cauliflower)

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mix in eggs, cheese, basil, and garlic.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Spread onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet. You can make it as thin or thicker if you would like.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges start to brown.

Remove from oven and top with sauce(i even add pesto to my pizza) and whatever toppings you enjoy.

Pop your pizza back in under broil to melt the additional cheese.

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You can make a 9″ by 13″ pizza with a half of a cauliflower. If that is all you are eating, then it’s two servings.

A half batch makes a 9 inch crust- one serving.

** If you do not own a microwave or do not like using one, then you can put your cauliflower into boiling water for 3 minutes, but you have to drain it well, then use a tea towel to squeeze the all liquid out.

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