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To share tasty, nutrient dense Gluten Free recipes, fitness & wellness tips and best prices for GF ingredients & healthy products in my locale.


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Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese

Cauliflower Artichoke Mac n Cheese

Roasting caramelizes the sugars in vegetables and makes their flavors shine. That’s why I was intrigued by this recipe by Traci. Also, I liked the Dijon and Cream Cheese in this one pot recipe.

So I snuck in more veggies – Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, added some Jalapeno heat and and Sour Cream. There’s over 3 Cups of assorted Cheeses so stop reading if you’re on a diet. Instead of a breadcrumb topping, I sprinkled a generous amount of Nutritional Yeast and Parmesan on top.


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Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

This recipe reminds me of our Halloween scores of Nestle Crunch Bars. Arman from the The Big Man’s World knocked them off and healthified them.

It only takes a few minutes to make and an hour to set up in the fridge.

Simply melt the Chocolate, Nut Butters of choice, Maple Syrup and Coconut Oil. Mix in your crispy Rice cereal. I found the mixture really gooey so I added 1-2 Cups of Pecans and Sunflower Seeds. Any of your favorite Nuts will do. Press it in a pan and start chillin’.


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Falafels with Tahini Sauce

I sure miss the Crispy Falafels in White Rock. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to get hooked on these deep-fried Chickpea Patties. It was something new for my Donair-loving friend, Olive Warrior, now she’s ordering them regularly at Klasske’s Bistro

Inspired to make a healthier, gluten free version, I found this video, The Best Falafel Recipe. Author Lisa, has travelled to the Middle East and tasted many versions in restaurants and street corners. She adds Cilantro and some heat to the typical Parsley laden treat. She offers a basic Tahini Sauce with these variations too: Green, Spicy, Garlic and Lemon. Naturally this recipe is healthy, but even more so when you “fry” it in a hot oven, serve it in a gluten free Coconut Tortilla or Flatbread, slathered with Hummus and Tahini or Tsatziki Sauce.

This PDF link shows amounts for single, double and tripling the recipe.

Appies to the left. Samplers to the right. Raw Falafels to try in the Air Fryer vs. “Oven-Fried”
Green Goodness !


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Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I suggested to Hubby that I was going to experiment healthifying this recipe by replacing half of the Maple Syrup with Erythritol, he said, “No, No, No, No, No…don’t change a thing. Note this Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is Twitch and BF approved too.

The only thing I didn’t like is that it only makes 10-12 cookies.

Sean’s protest reminds me of that crazy TikTok song I hear from his cell. Maddening !


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Bourbon Bread Pudding

What to do with under-baked Brioche type bread ? Have a stiff shot of Jack Daniels and make Bourbon Bread Pudding !

Well most of the Power Potato Bread was fine but part of it sunk, as I took it out of the oven too early. I turned to Alton Brown for help. I like that he uses twice as much Bourbon than others, but I got turned off by the need to separate the Eggs. I used the simpler Neely’s recipe courtesy of the Food Network. The Serious Eat’s Guy suggested trying Spiced Rum so I used 3 Tbsp each Kentucky Bourbon and Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum.

Many recipes serve a Bourbon Sauce over top but I skipped that. This dessert is good warm and even better cold.

Tip: Hubby suggests I use Wild Turkey next time.


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Blueberry Yogurt Pound Cake

Blueberry Yogurt Pound Cake is a rich, buttery cake flavored with fresh Orange Juice and zest with plenty of Blueberries in every slice.

Be careful with this one, as its important not to incorporate too much air and definitely do not under bake or your cake will sink faster than the Titanic.

If you don’t have Yogurt, I’ve made this with Sour Cream in a pinch.


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Mango Pudding

Ever buy a case of Mangoes and notice how they ripen all at once ?  I was looking for a recipe that non-dairy, not too sweet, quick and easy to make.  Many had Condensed Milk, lots of Sugar or Cornstarch.

This Mango Pudding has fresh Mango puree,  Coconut Milk, Gelatin, Water and Sugar.  Instead of 1/3 Cup Sugar I used 1/4 Cup Powdered Erythritol and 2 Tsp Honey.

I tasted the pudding and it didn’t seem to have enough Mango flavor.  I didn’t start with 2 whole Mangoes, so I wasn’t sure if the sliced Mango on hand was enough so I defrosted some frozen Mango and whirled it up and added a pinch of Sea Salt.  After I poured the into ramekins, I looked at the Spruce Eats recipe reviews.  The author suggested that 2 Mangoes would be about 2 Cups.  Drained canned Mango would work if you’re short too.

Hubby liked it so we’re all good.


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Blueberry Velvet Cheesecake

Luckily I printed this Knox recipe umpteen years ago.  Blueberry Velvet Cheesecake is no longer available on their website.  This particular version has sliced Strawberries and canned Jackfruit.

Cheesecake made with Knox Gelatin

The hardest part is deciding what kind of gluten-free cookie to bake for the crust.  I’ve used a GF Graham Cracker base in the past, but my hubby loves anything with molasses so now I make a GF Gingerbread cookie and make sure I hide enough to make 1 Cup of Crumbs. There’s blanched Almond Flour in the recipe so I omit the Almond Extract from the crust.  To minimize calories without sacrificing gluttony, replace 1/4 Cup of the Sugar with Erythritol and use Low Fat Cream Cheese.

You can garnish each Cheesecake portion with fresh Strawberry, Mango or Kiwi slices and maybe some homemade fruit sauce on top or on the side.  In a rush, I’ll just use canned Blueberry Pie filling for the topping but I don’t bother swirling it into the Cheesecake as the recipe suggests.

 

Tips:  Make sure the Gelatin and Sugar is completely dissolved by the boiling Water.  If you’re slow to assemble the Cheesecake, the Gelatin can start setting up and even the food processor won’t get the lumps out.  If running behind, reheat the Gelatin mixture in the microwave before you add it to the Cheesecake mixture.

Save your non-stick springform pan by lining with parchment paper.

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Power Potato Bread

Finally GF Sandwich Bread that looks, feels and tastes like white gluten bread.

GFPowerPotatoBread

See how “bendy” it is, a bit brioche-like.

FlexiblePotatoBreadSlice

I found this recipe in the Gluten-Free Flour Power book and online.  The author has revised their WHAT IiF (Ideas in Food) Flour blend recipe a few times, see on-line or print my WHAT IiF Flour Blend 3.0 PDF and the Power Potato Bread PDF

Note: the blend contains Potato Flour not Potato Starch.  The bread’s moisture comes from six Eggs, cooked Potatoes and Potato Water.  With the blend on hand its very easy to make.  Blitz everything in the Vitamix then blend in the GF Flour.  Pour the batter in the Pullman Pan, proof and bake.

My oven has a bread proofing setting and my Pullman Loaf pan doesn’t have a lid so my times differ from the recipe.  Proofed 90 minutes, baked at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.  Tent with foil then bake at 350 for another 30 minutes.

Its hard to wait for the loaf to cool when fresh baked bread permeates your kitchen.  I put the loaf on a wire rack and leave it outside to speed up the process.


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gfJules Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns

Rebecca’s Buttermilk HB Buns has a biscuit like texture. It was our Standby to toast up for burgers or to sop up stew. But then I tried another recipe…

Well move over Rebecca, I think Jules Shepard’s Gluten Free Hamburger Buns are more like the White Spot HB Buns we love…soft, light and a tad sweet.  Excellent with Umami! Burgers.

Didn’t need oil or egg wash to make a nice crust as I had it on 375 instead of 350 convection.

The recipe makes 8 plus buns depending on what kind of equipment you’re using. You can use English Muffin tins, salmon tins, Mason jar lids, bun pans etc. Since I only have 6 Wilton mini spring-form pans, I slice each bun into thirds. Click on this gfJules GF Hamburger or Hot Dog Buns link for the PDF.  If you didn’t buy gfJules’ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour mix, simply make your own, here’s the Jules GF Flour Blend recipe

6 Extra Large HB Buns using Wilton mini springform pans