Dream Salad

There’s a cafe here in Vancouver, Eternal Abundance, that is amazing! They have this Super Salad that I love and will buy on occasion; however, I can’t buy it every day so I’ve made a few attempts at recreating it on my own. I think I did a pretty good job with this one.

Super Salad

Salad:
Short grain brown rice (cooked as you see fit – I kept it simple with just water)
Kale-slaw mix from Whole Foods (Kale, carrots, red and green cabbage)
Red and Green Peppers
Avocado
Sprouts
*I would have also added cucumber and celery, but I kept them separate for an afternoon snack.
**Obviously add any other veggies you want!

Dressing:
Olive Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Orange Juice (I cut about 1/3 of an orange off and squeezed it)
Miso (about a table spoon??)
Garlic (1 clove, crushed)
Ginger (1 inch, crushed/chopped)
*Sorry, I have no idea how much of everything I put in, just work it around until it tastes right to you 🙂

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Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies (Year 2)

The original purpose of this “blog” was to have a place to store my favourite recipes. It has since turned into somewhere to post my teaching schedule. This means that I haven’t been posting much content. I’m not saying that’s going to change, but I felt the need to put these few recipes up as good recipes are worth sharing!

Today was a day of retail therapy. I could call it Christmas shopping, but only some of the purchases were presents (for others). Finally, I tore myself away from shopping to attempt some gluten-free baking. I had found this recipe a couple of weeks ago and, after some additional searching, decided to give it a shot — good choice! These babies melt, like actually melt! I guess a pound of butter will do that to a cookie… These are definitely NOT healthy, but that’s ok — life is all about balance right?

I followed her recipe pretty much exactly (unheard of for me, I know).

Gluten-Free Shortbread

Velma’s Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
3 C White Rice Flour (I used Bob Red Mills)
1 C Corn Starch
1 C Icing Sugar
1 lb Softened Butter

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
Sift the dry ingredients together
Cut in the butter — in chunks
Throw caution to the wind and get your hands in the bowl! Kneed the dough until it forms a large, sticky ball
Pinch off small pieces and roll into balls, place balls on parchment paper lined cookie sheet
Press down with a fork and bake for 20 minutes — rotate at the 10 minute mark
Let cool for a moment before moving to cooling rack — I just transferred the parchment paper over to the cooling rack
Enjoy sparingly! They might feel light and fluffy, but they are anything but!

Gluten-Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti (secret ingredient below)

Uh, so, this happened this weekend!

Almond Biscotti

I realized I needed to get some Christmas baking done so I started a bit of research to see what could be easily done gluten-free and I found these little gems (which I made a few changes to. The original recipe can be found here).

The last time I made biscotti it was with wheat flour and I couldn’t find my friend’s recipe so I was a little nervous.

Apparently being nervous baking is a good thing because these turned out mind-blowingly good (if I do say so myself)! Are you ready for this?

Gluten-Free Cranberry Almond Biscotti

3 C Almond Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill because it’s all I can find, and the meal-like consistency was perfect for these)
Pinch Salt (I used a fine sea salt)
1/2 tsp Baking Soda

2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Vanilla (yes, a full tablespoon! So good!)
1/4 C Liquid Sweetener (I used some Agave because I have some I’m trying to use up, and I didn’t want to use my honey)

1/2 C Dried Cranberries (approximate measure…I just dumped some into the mix until it looked like a reasonable amount)
And the secret ingredient…
Secret Ingredient

Melted white chocolate (Boom! Life changed! Thank you Carrie and Brooks for this secret) I used that much (less the pieces that ended up in my mouth…and the leftovers in the bowl after adding to the mixture).

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 325
Melt the chocolate (you can use white, milk, dark, combination, go crazy, it’s chocolate and Christmas!)
Combine the Almond Flour, Salt, Baking Soda
Whisk the Eggs and Vanilla until fluffy (I used my hand blender’s whisk attachment; add the Agave and melted Chocolate and quickly whisk again to combine
Mix dry and wet
Add Cranberries
Transfer onto a Parchment-lined cookie sheet and form into a log (the mixture is quite sticky so I ran my hands under cold water to help form the log)

Bake for 30 minutes
Remove and let cool for 20 minutes
Slice and return to the oven for 15 minutes
Flip and return to the oven for a final 15 minutes

I packaged mine back like this for gifts.

Gift

I ate a lot of them…must make more!

Alternatives
1. Add dry-roasted pistachios
2. Dip in melted chocolate
3. Add slivered almonds
4. Milk/dark chocolate with mint chocolate dip
5. Let your imagination run wild!

Cashew Alfredo

Sometimes I get so excited about healthy food that I get overwhelmed and end up ordering take-out…not tonight!

After a morning of sweaty fun (hiked up Grouse Grind then went to a flow yoga class), I was about to drag myself off to Whole Foods to stock-up for dinner when I realized I actually had everything I needed to try Cashew Alfredo on quinoa pasta (I love GoGo Quinoa) with broccoli! Woohoo!

Cashew Alfredo with Broccoli

Cashew Alfredo
1C Raw Cashews
1/2C Water (I used some water and some soy milk)
1tsp Nutritional Yeast
3 Garlic Cloves (mine were small cloves)
1Tbs Lemon Juice
Dash Nutmeg
Dash Chili Flakes
Salt & Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth.
Cook pasta. I throw the broccoli in a few mins before the pasta is cooked. Drain, return to pot, and mix in Alfredo.

Cashew Alfredo

Kale & Beet Salad

Sometimes (most of the time), I’m a bad grocery shopper. I love grocery shopping so much, I’ll actually “window shop” at the grocery store! Anyway, the other day I was on my way home from visiting my grandma and found myself at Whole Foods (aka my favourite store). It was actually time to stock up for the week, but I found myself unprepared, as in, I had no idea what I wanted to be eating for lunches this week, never mind breakfast and dinner! As I stared, bright-eyed, at the produce, I thought: “BEETS! Oooh, and KALE!” Ok, I had a path… “Oh, and goat feta!” Done!

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Kale & Beet Salad
1 Bunch Kale
3 Medium Beets (roasted)
Quinoa
Goat Feta
Lemon Juice
Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)

*I learned how to strip kale from its icky (and wonderful, life-giving) stalk this weekend: hold the stem in one hand and the base of the green leaves with the other hand, pull the hand holding the green leaves away from the hand holding the stalk and voila! let there be stalk-less kale leaves!

Once my kale was stripped, I chopped it up and put it into a bowl. Instead of massaging each piece (like I’ve done for kale chips), I grabbed handfuls and squished it (like balling dough).

I roasted my beets (with their skins and stems) in a 450 degree oven, covered, for about 1 hour, rotating every 15 minutes or so or until I could poke them with a chopstick. After letting the beets cool, I peeled the skins off and chopped them up.

I made quinoa (with avocado, cucumber and Spike, wrapped in nori sheets) for dinner so it was an afterthought addition to the salad.

I mixed the kale and beets with a little lemon juice then added some quinoa, apple cider vinegar, and the goat feta in the morning; shake-shake-shake and yum!

Gluten-free Applesauce Muffins

So last weekend I tried out this recipe for gluten free banana muffins and they ROCKED! So this weekend, I thought I’d try the same concept, but with applesauce and a few tweeks….totally worked 🙂

GF  Applesauce Muffins

Gluten-free Applesauce Muffins

1/2 C Cashew Butter
2 Unsweetened Applesauce cups (probably about 1 C of applesauce)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/4 C Honey
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 C Ground Oats/Almonds/Flax — I just put them all in the food processor attachment of my hand mixer and ground them up together
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Optional Add-ins: 1/2 Apple — sliced, raisins, chocolate chips, berries, chopped nuts…I added apple slices AND chocolate chips 🙂

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes
Flip uncooled muffins onto cooling rack — this works for me because I use silicone muffin cups

A weekend making dishes…I mean, delicious delights

So first up, an update, the day after I posted about the fitness photo shoot, it was canceled. I had to decide if I wanted to set one up myself or keep the deadline just ’cause or scrap it. I was toying with at least keeping the deadline, then my twitter feed was inundated with Kate Upton on the cover of Sports Illustrated and I decided I quite like my fit, yet curvy body! The silver lining is I remembered I love lifting weights and will try to do so at least twice a week 🙂 If the opportunity presents itself again, I might say yes, but for now, I’m happy with where I am.

Where I am allowed me to have some fun in the kitchen this weekend!

Homemade Clif bars
I used this recipe and they are AMAZING!

I used honey and Nature’s Path Crispy Rice cereal (it’s gluten free) and I forgot to use my trusty protein powder. With that being said, they came out a little dry and crumbly. I threw them in the oven for a moment to soften up the peanut butter and honey…still a little crumbly. Will add a small amount of water next time, or less rice cereal and oats.

Flourless Banana Muffins
Adapted from this recipe. The original called for 2 bananas and 3 eggs and no “flour” of any kind, but I wanted a different texture so this is what I came up with:

1/2 C Peanut butter
3 Mashed Bananas
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp Salt (a few sprinkles)
1/4 C Honey (could probably cut this back due to the bananas)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 C Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
1/2 C Ground Oats/Almonds/Flax — I just put them all in the food processor attachment of my hand mixer and ground them up together
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Optional add-ins: chocolate chips, berries, raisins, craisins, chopped nuts…I added chocolate chips to mine and I could eat the whole batch in one sitting!

Banana Muffins

Preheat oven to 350
Combine all ingredients (it will be quite runny)
Scoop batter into muffin liners (I use silicone ones and love them)
Bake for 15-20 minutes — until a toothpick comes out clean and muffins are golden
Flip onto cooling rack

One pan wonder!

Not gonna lie, I’m horrible at making dinners at home; well, here’s the way I see it: I work, then teach Monday-Friday so I’m not usually home until after 6pm anyway, then I try to make it to yoga most nights of the week, plus I’m single…so I eat at the Whole Foods salad bar A LOT! And I’m ok with that; however, I actually like to cook! And my recent discovery of Pinterest has only increased this love. Unfortunately, eating out has become a habit, so even when I have the time to make food, I don’t. So tonight I took it upon myself to make a quick, simple, one pan meal…SO GOOD (and easy)!

Shrimp, Veggies and Rice Noodles

That’s right, all that came out of one pan!

Another quick story, when I was young, my mum would buy me a bag of shrimp meat, and I would eat at least half of it…before we got home! This happened for a few months. Needless to say, I overdosed and I hadn’t eaten shrimp since. Over Christmas this year, I was at my sister’s house and she made shrimp for dinner, and I was hungry, so I went for it…and liked it! Which is good, because the nutritional content of shrimp is amazing! And they’re pretty inexpensive, in the scheme of meats.

Chilli Garlic Shrimp and Veggies

Butter
Chilli flakes
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 C Broccoli – maybe it was more
1/2 C Cauliflower – maybe it was more
10 pre-cooked Shrimp
Bundle Rice Noodles
Water

In a frying pan on medium heat, I melted some (a lot of) butter, threw in two cloves of chopped garlic, a sprinkle of chilli flakes, broccoli and cauliflower (my other new favourite ingredient). I added some water and covered until the broccoli and cauliflower started to become tender. Then I added some cooked shrimp (I was able to get them pre-cooked from Whole Foods) and rice noodles, a little more water, and covered again.

Once the noodles were looking done, I took the lid off to crisp everything up. And done!

Christmas Baking in the Gluten-Free Kitchen

Since removing gluten from my kitchen many, many years ago, my Christmas Baking has suffered 😦 Until this year!

I found a recipe for sweet and spicy nuts and gave them a go; they’re good, but I think I’m going to switch back to my Mumma’s for the next batch:

1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne
1 Tbsp Sugar

3 Tbsp Oil
2 C Nuts (my mum uses Almonds, but I think Pecans lend themselves well to everything so a mix could be good too)
1/2 C Sugar

1. Combine first four ingredients and set aside
2. In a pot, caramelize the last three ingredients and keep them moving; remove from heat
3. Add the spice mixture into the warm
4. While still hot, empty onto two cookie sheets (parchment-lined) while spreading and separating
5. Allow to cool

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I also found…are you ready for this? Gluten-free (and healthy) Ginger Cookies! Cue the gasps! They’re not quite the same, but they’ll do (as the half-eaten batch sitting in my kitchen will tell you).

You may have caught on that, even when I’m baking, I don’t like to follow recipes word for word, but I did with this one. The edges turned out fantastic; I just need to figure out how to make that happen all the way through the cookie…

1 C Oat Flour (just grind oats to flour in blender – I used the food processor attachment of my hand blender)
1/2 Cup Almond Meal (just grind raw almonds in blender)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 C Stevia baking formula (or 6 packets of stevia – I used the packets)
1/4 C Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Molasses
3 Tbsp Butter, softened (if you have to be dairy free, use margarine, but butter will produce a better result)
2 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
2 Egg Whites (I used 4 Tbsp)

1. Mix dry (to Brown Sugar)
2. Mix wet
3. Mix together
4. Spoon (very liquidy dollops) onto Parchment-lined baking sheet
5. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (I rotated at the half-way mark)
6. Let cool

Ginger Cookies

I found the middles of these cookies to be slightly dry, but as far as a gluten-free healthy cookie is concerned, these are good!

 

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies…Alannah’s Way

So apparently I bake when I’m bored! Having a quiet Saturday evening and was craving something sweat. After having a moment of weakness at Whole Foods the other night, I have some gluten-free “Oreos” in my cupboard, but I’d really rather eat something I’ve made. So last night I cracked open Oat and Raisin recipe again and tonight I went for Peanut Butter…

I had made a version of three ingredient peanut butter cookies in the past, but apparently didn’t post the recipe, so I found the following, basic recipe:

1 C Peanut Butter
1 C Sugar
1 Egg

And I changed it:

1 C Nut Butter – Peanut & Mystery (because that’s what I happened to have in the fridge)
1/2 C Organic Cane Sugar
1 Scoop Vanilla (Whey Gourmet Naturelle) Protein Powder
1 Egg
Chocolate Chips

Roll into balls and flatten with a fork, bake at 350 for approximately 10 mins.

I definitely feel better eating these over the craptastic, overly refined “Oreos”, but I know I still shouldn’t eat the whole batch 😦

 

Quinoa Bites

I had the TV on the Food Network before running off to my next engagement today and Recipe to Riches happened to be on and I heard the words “quinoa bites” so I Googled it and found tons of recipes! So tonight I made these little gems:

 

I used this recipe as my guide, but, as you might have noticed, I’m not very good at following recipes; so below is a basic guide for what I did.

1 C White and Red Quinoa (cooked)
1 Grated Carrot
1/2 Grated Small White Onion
1/3 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 C Chopped/Crumbled Frozen Kale
Garlic & Chili Powder to taste (frankly, I was too lazy to peel and crush a garlic…)
Salt & Pepper
1 Egg (beaten)

Combine everything except the Quinoa and Egg in a large mixing bowel
Add the Quinoa and mix
Poor beaten Egg over the mixture
Scoop into muffin cups (I use silicone ones)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (until lightly browned)
Pull out of the oven and cool on a cooling rack
Enjoy!

Rediscovering my love of baking with gluten-free blueberry muffins!!

Last night I had a shocking craving for my godmother’s blueberry muffins my mum used to whip up for me, but since going gluten-free I haven’t been very pleased with the muffin selection out there…and then this recipe happened…and now everything has changed!

These muffins are moist and fluffy, and oh so yummy!!

I made a few tweaks to the original muffins:

Gluten-Free, Yogurt, Flax, Blueberry Muffins

2 Eggs (yes, I use organic free-range)
1/2 C Extra Light Olive Oil (I had Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil on hand so I used 1/3 C combination of those instead – I don’t think the full 1/2 C is really needed)
1 1/4 C Packed Light Brown Sugar (I had regular Brown Sugar and Organic Cane Sugar so I used 1 C combination of those, not packed – these definitely don’t need the extra)
2 tsp Vanilla
1 C Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt (I used Fat-Free Greek)
2 C Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix (I don’t usually like gluten-free flours, but Pamela’s is AMAZING!)
1 C Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
(I added approx 1/3 C Ground Flax)

Preheat oven to 375 and line a muffin tin
Mix Eggs to Yogurt until smooth, add Baking Mix and beat until batter forms, fold in Blueberries
Scoop into tins and bake for 20-25 mins, until golden and a toothpick comes out clean
Cool on a wire cooling rack

I’m nervous about how they’ll be tomorrow, but I can’t eat anymore right now because it’s already past my bedtime…well, maybe just one more… 🙂 Enjoy!!

Gluten-Free Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!!

I don’t think this batch of cookies will last as long as it takes me to post the recipe!

These are the most “real” gluten-free I’ve had to date 🙂

I try to avoid using gluten-free flour mixtures because they can spike your blood-sugar more than regular flours so I found this recipe from Shockingly Delicious, and tweaked it a bit.

1/3 C Earth Balance
1/3 C Sugar (I used mostly brown with a bit of Organic white)
2 Tbsp Liquid Egg White
1 tsp Vanilla
1 C Gluten Free Oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
1/4 C Ground Flax
1/3 C Almond Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I love Whey Gourmet Naturelle for my baking)

Melt Earth Balance and Sugar
Mix in Egg White, Vanilla, Oats, Ground Flax, Almond Flour, Cinnamon and Protein Powder
Chill in fridge or freezer (this is IMPORTANT)
Once chilled, place balls onto parchment-covered cookie sheet (I didn’t press them down at first, but noticed they were browning before they should be so pressed them down a bit about 5 minutes in)
Bake for 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees, rotating about half-way through
Remove and allow to cool, as hard as this will be to do!

A Labour Day in the Kitchen

After an exciting three nights in Whistler competing in the Meet Your Maker 50 relay, I got home EARLY this morning and emerged from my kitchen many hours later!

What came out of my experimentation…

  • Steel-Cut Oat Muffins — adapted from Busy But Healthy (adapted from sugarfreemom.com)
  • Raw Cinnamon Buns — from Health Damy
  • Potato Salad

Steel-Cut Oat Muffins

My typical breakfast has been home-made granola and plain greek yogurt for the past…MANY years. So in a quest to switch it up a little, I found this beauty, which I altered slightly in an attempt to make a half batch and not use applesauce (mine had been sitting in  my cupboards for longer than I care to remember).

1 1/4 C Steel Cut Oats
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Ground Flax
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1 Mashed Banana
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 C Milk (I used Rice Milk)
1/2 C Water
1 Egg White

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 Minutes
Combine dry ingredients, combine wet ingredients; mix together
Fill muffin cups — I put Strawberry Jam in the middles; to do this, fill 1/3 muffin cup, add dollop of jam, add more batter

Raw Cinnamon Buns

My wheat-weakness is Cinnamon Buns so this recipe has been on my “to-try” list for a while now and I finally got around to it…and…although good, they won’t be replacing the real deal any time soon! But they ARE good. 

I followed this recipe pretty closely so I’m not going to write it out; however, the change I’d suggest is to cut down on the sugar!! I don’t think I’ll use any Agave next time as the dates are sweat enough.

 

 

 

Potato Salad

I always forget how much I LOVE red potatoes! Potatoes aren’t a staple in my diet, but I definitely have a soft spot for them and summer, although it’s nearing an end, just screams red potatoes!

3 Hard Boiled Eggs
6 Cooked Red Potatoes
1 Small Red Onion
3 Green Onions
1/2 Bunch Kale

Place chopped Eggs and Red Onion into a bowl
Mix in HOT cubed Potatoes — adding them hot soften the Red Onion just enough and really helps the flavours
Add Green Onion and chopped Kale

An Evening at Home

I’ve been running around, a lot, recently and tonight, instead of going to a yoga class (as I had hoped to), I made the decision to spend some time at home; making some food I keep meaning to make — zucchini pasta with home made pesto followed up with a blueberry-strawberry crisp 🙂 I feel like I made a good decision!

Pesto
1 Large Garlic Clove
3 Tbsp Shaved Parmesan
1 Bunch Basil — I used one of the packages from Safeway
3 Tbsp Toasted Walnuts —I wanted to use the traditional Pine Nuts, but my local Safeway didn’t have any and I didn’t want to go to another store
5 Tbsp Olive Oil

Place Garlic, Parmesan, Basil, Toasted Walnuts into food processor and let it run
Scrap down the edges
Drizzle Olive Oil into the bowl while the food processor is running
**Adapted from the Cuisinart Food Processor Guide

Zucchini Pasta
Peel skin
Using a peeler, peel one area until you get close to the seeds, then work your way onto the next side
Place “pasta” into lightly oiled frying pan and soften
Add 1 Tbsp of Pesto and warm —stir a few times
**I wouldn’t suggest this as a full meal, but definitely an amazing side dish for some white fish or something

Blueberry-Strawberry Crumble
1 C Frozen Blueberries
1/2 C Frozen Sliced Strawberries
1/2 tsp Cornstarch
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/3 C Earth Balance —or Butter, or whatever you use
1/3 C Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 1/2 C Oats —I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free

Pour Berries into a baking dish —I use a 4×4 CorningWare one for these proportions
Sprinkle and stir in Cornstarch
Sprinkle with Pumpkin Pie Spice
Melt Earth Balance and Brown Sugar
Stir in Cinnamon and Oats
Pour Oat mixture over Berries
Cover with tinfoil and bake for approximately 15 minutes at 350
Remove tinfoil and bake until golden —approximately 10 more minutes

The Great Peach Experiment!

After a somewhat successful Pumpkin Experiment, I decided I wanted to try peaches! And this is what came out of it…

Aren’t those cups cute!?

They collapsed a little bit because I tried to add some streusel topping – I need to work on my gluten-free streusel!

The (approximate, as always) basic recipe is:

1/2 C Ground Flax
2 Peaches – blended
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Honey (*my peaches weren’t fully ripe so I felt a little extra sweet was required, but I’m sure this can be omitted without hesitation)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

Whisk all ingredients and scoop into muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes – until tops are golden.
You can try with the streusel – I combined sugar, Earth Balance, almond flour and cinnamon.
As with the Pumpkin Loaf, you can sub the egg to make these dairy-free as well as grain- and nut-free!
These came out eggier than the Pumpkin Loaf so I’m thinking less peach and/or more flax and/or some oat/almond flour next time.

Random Ginger Pumpkin “Loaf”…

I’m not really sure what to call this because, during all of my many moves, I have ended up without my mini loaf tins AND my muffin tins 😦 Both are on my “to buy” list!

I think this batter will definitely lend itself well to being a loaf and/or muffins and turns out extremely moist.

I finally did it! I made something gluten-, grain- AND nut-free! It could also be dairy-free by using egg replacer and vegan protein powder.

The following is a rather bland recipe and I will need to tweak it a bit, but it currently ticks off all the boxes that I needed it to! *Note: measurements are approximate.

1/3 – 1/2 C Ground Flax
1 1/2 Tbsp Grated Candied Ginger
1/2 C Canned Pumpkin
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Egg
Pinch Salt
1/8 C Coconut Oil
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda

(*I should have added 1 tsp Vanilla, but didn’t; I think I will also add Raisins next time)

Mix all ingredients (I used the whisk attachment of my hand blender). Pour into tin of choice and bake for approximately 20 mins at 350 degrees, until a knife/toothpick comes out clean and top is golden.

Best “cookies” EVER!

Thank you to a random post on my facebook news feed between two friends, I was introduced to this most amazing “cookie” recipe from Kumquat; she calls them breakfast cookies, but I find myself eating these any time, any place!

My interpretation is as follows:

1 1/2 C Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free)
1 C Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Ground Flax
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 C Pecans (this last time I used Pecans & Walnuts)
1/2 C Dried Blueberries (I usually use a combination of Blueberries, Cranberries, Raisins & Chocolate Chips)
3 Ripe Mashed Bananas (I use my hand blender to get them really mushy)
1/4 C Liquid Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp Agave (I have some Agave that I need to use up, but once it’s gone, I’ll probably change this to Maple Syrup or Honey – here’s some information on Agave)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash/blend bananas, mix in coconut oil, vanilla and agave. Combine with all other ingredients. Press 2 tablespoons of mixture into a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden, rotating approximately half-way through. I store mine at room temperature in an air-tight container for about a week — if they last that long!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Sometimes life gets crazy and as much as I’ve wanted to post, I’ve also wanted to get some sleep at night! Novel idea, I know!

I went to bed last night with the best of intentions to go on my second LSD (long slow distance) run since signing up for my first half marathon (which, btw, is on August 11, but let’s not talk about that right now…dun dun dun), BUT baking won out when I woke up this morning!

I’ve been meaning to play around with making gluten-free cookies that don’t focus on nuts (just ’cause) for a while now and I finally got around to it this morning! And they aren’t bad! I feel that they might be better as muffins, but that will take a little more playtime (read, a few more months)…

But for now, here are the basics:

1 C Oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free)
1/2 C Almond Meal
1/4 C Honey
1/2 C Canned Pumpkin
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or some random combination of yummy spices)
1 tsp Coconut Oil
1 Egg
1 scoop Protein Powder (I love Whey Gourmet Naturelle Vanilla)
1/2 C Raisins

Combine all ingredients – I excluded the raisins from the whisking; then stirred them in.

Bake on parchment paper (or greased cookie sheet) at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes – I rotated the sheet three times so they’re golden all the way around.

So for this first batch, I totally forgot to put in some baking soda and, after making them, I think the baking soda will turn them into great muffins!

Enjoy!!