Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whenever I’m trying out a new recipe, I take it into work and have everyone try it.
They then give me their Honest opinion on it. This one was a Winner!

 Everyone seemed to like these over the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookie,
which was interesting because the Paleo are so much healthier!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Almond Flour
1/3 cup Tapioca Flour
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
1Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Egg
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Organic Apple Sauce
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup paleo/ gluten free Chocolate Chips
1tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Line baking sheet with parchment paper or I used coconut oil on
my Temptations bakeware and they were easy to remove
*In mixing bowl whisk together the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice
*In a separate bowl whisk egg, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, oil, and apple sauce until smooth
*Pour dry ingredients into wet mix together
*Add chocolate chips and mix
*Use a Tbsp to scoop out dough and place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet
*Bake 8-15 minutes until golden brown on top
*Let cool for 7 minutes
* Can be stored in freezer for a week or eaten within 2 days

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Paleo Pumpkin Banana Bread

There is nothing better than Baking during Fall and Winter.
It brings warmth to our house and the smells are delightful!
I tried a Paleo version of Banana Bread and added some pumpkin instead
of apple sauce. The outcome….. AMAZING!!

Ingredients
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup melted Ghee (clarified butter)
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp baking soda
optional 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Instructions
Pre Heat oven to 350
Combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda in a large bowl
In a separate bowl combine eggs, butter, maple syrup, bananas, pumpkin puree,
and vanilla. Mix everything until smooth
Poor liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until mixture is combined.
Pour batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes
Check by using a toothpick , if it comes out clean after poking the center your good!
Cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

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Gluten Free Goodness to Get You Started

Not sure how to get started on your gluten free journey? These recipes will give you a little tasty inspiration.

Kickin’ Kale Salad
1.5 lb of green curly kale, stemmed and chopped
5 Tbsp lemon juice, divided
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 shallot, minced
10 green grapes, halved
1 C roasted pecans, chopped
1/2 C pitted dates, chopped

Directions
Combine kale with 3 Tbsp lemon juice and use salt to “massage”- this will help make the kale more tender.
Combine 2 Tbsp lemon juice, olive oil, honey and shallot in a small bowl. Stir until well combined.
Put kale into large bowl and add grapes, pecans and dates. Stir until well mixed.
Pour dressing mix on top and stir again to coat the salad.

Note: This makes approximately 20 servings, so you it’s perfect for large get-togethers. You could also make a smaller batch and separate out for lunch each day.

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Quinoa Stuffing
1 lb ground turkey
2  C quinoa
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
2.5 C cubed butternut squash
1 C roasted walnuts, chopped
1/4 C apple juice
1 C dried cranberries
4 C reduced sodium chicken broth
1 C flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/2 C chopped sage
2 tsp kosher salt

Directions
Cook quinoa and set aside
Cook ground turkey in 4-qt pot until lightly browned and then transfer to a bowl
Add onions and olive oil to pot, cooking until brown and tender
Add butternut squash and cook for 3 minutes
Add apple juice and continue to stir
Add kosher salt and stir in cranberries and walnuts
Stir in broth and bring to boiling, then reduce heat
Simmer for 20 minutes
Add in ground turkey and quinoa and simmer for another 20 minutes
Remove from heat and stir in parsley and sage

And there you have it- another warm and tasty side dish that won’t have you missing the gluten. This serves approximately 12 people, and the added protein and fiber from the quinoa mean you can skip out on the carb slump!

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