Thursday, January 05, 2017

Almond Thumbprint Cookies (Dairy, Gluten/Grain, Egg and Refined Sugar Free)

I really should have posted these before Christmas as they were created for our Christmas cookie tray however time slipped away.  Life, baby, homeschool, Christmas...you know what I mean :)

These cookies turned out really well and stuck to my diet of egg, dairy and refined sugar free.

Ingredients (makes 12-15 cookies)

  • 1 1/3 cup ground almonds or almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 1 tablespoon pysllium husk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or palm sugar (optional-if sweeter is desired)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons water (adjust for rolling into balls)
  • 1/3 cup softened coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (for rolling)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of your favourite jam (I recommend strawberry or raspberry)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare cookie tray.
  2. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients except shredded coconut.
  3. In a medium size bowl combine all wet ingredients except jam.
  4. Add shredded coconut to a plate.
  5. Add wet to the dry and mix just until combined. 
  6. Roll into balls and add a little water if needed to help them stick together.
  7. Roll balls into the shredded coconut.
  8. With your thumb press into the middle of the ball creating a little dip.  You may need to reshape your cookie to ensure it stays together.
  9. Add a little jam into each dip of your cookie balls.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Store in air tight container in the fridge or freezer.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Bake

I love a good baked vegetable dish.  Squash and apples are a great combination, especially with a hint of maple syrup and some warm spices.  This makes a great side to bring to a potluck or just enjoy at home :)

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 1 regular size butternut squash peeled and cut into bite sized cubes
  • 2 medium apples or 1 apple and 1 pear, cubed (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped dates (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients into an oven safe dish and stir to fully coat.
  3. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until squash is tender.  Stirring 2-3 times while baking to rotate the squash and apples.



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Vegan "Cheese" Sauce (Dairy and Gluten Free)

My family has been loving this "cheese" sauce.  Since I am intolerant to dairy, I have been creating this sauce as an alternative.  The girls love it as a dip for vegetables or as a sauce.  This is definitely not my recipe, I will give a shout out to Oh She Glows for this recipe. I have also altered it very slightly.  This recipe came from her new book Oh She Glows Everyday.


Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked in water for 3 hours*
  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and chopped (190g or about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 large carrot, peeled and chopped (55g or about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 small onion, peeled and chopped (about 1/4-1/3 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine or rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons warm water or adjust according to desired thickness

Directions
  1. Soak cashews in water, covering them with about 1 inch of water.*  Soak them for 3 or more hours and then rinse and set aside.
  2. Cook potatoes and carrots until soft and then drain.
  3. Combine potatoes, carrots, cashews and all remaining ingredients into a high speed blender and puree until smooth.  Adjust water amount according to desired thickness.


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

I had not idea that smoothie bowls were so popular.  We had actually been consuming them for awhile as I often make smoothies too thick for drinking ;)  The only addition we have recently included is the toppings.  Oh my, the toppings are key.  While I make the smoothie I also throw some seeds and nuts into a pan and roast for a couple minutes. They add a lot of flavour, crunch and protein!  Even the little guy devours these smoothies.  Here is a popular one at our house.

Ingredients (makes 3-4 servings)

  • 1 cup coconut milk or milk of choice (or more depending on desired consistency)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or pinch vanilla powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1-2 cups spinach/kale

Toppings
  • roasted coconut, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chia seeds

Directions
  1. Place all items into the blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Place into bowls.
  3. Roast seeds and nuts for topping.
  4. Place roasted seeds/nuts on top of the smoothie.
  5. Enjoy!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Crock Pot Vanilla Apple Butter (Refined Sugar Free)

Despite the drought for most of the summer, our apples seem to have recovered and are weighing down the trees in abundance.  It has been wonderful to share and bless others with this awesome crop. So far I have been making pots of apple sauce and many apple crisps.

This year I decided to take a stab at apple butter and am glad I did.  It was rather easy and so tasty.  I used the crock pot and set it to a high heat because I am impatient like that, but you can definitely use a longer slower heat and relieve yourself of continually checking so it doesn't dry out or burn.  I also left the skins on the apples as it adds nutrients and I can also be lazy ;)

Ingredients
  • 5 pounds sliced and cored apples 
  • 1/2 cup organic apple juice (you could use water or nothing if it isn't sticking to your pot)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-2 teaspoons liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon  or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (to help preserve)

Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients except lemon juice and placed in crock pot.
  2. Set to low for 8-10 hours of high for 4 hours.  If setting on high to stir frequently to ensure it isn't sticking to your pot.
  3. Once all apples are soft and mushy.  Puree until smooth.
  4. Set on a low heat for 2 hours with the lid off. This will allow the butter to thicken, basically change from apple sauce to apple butter.  Stir in lemon juice.
  5. Cool and set into jars.
  6. Store in fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

Ways to Use Apple Butter: