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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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Buttermilk Hamburger Buns

We used to buy our beloved Gluten Free Potato Hamburger Buns  and Bison Burgers from the Healthy Monkey Cafe when we lived on the Coast.  Now the new menu indicates that there are traces of FLOUR in addition to Potato Flour…soooo disappointing, what betrayal.  When my Hubby said a clerk informed him of this…I was in utter disbelief, now it’s in Black and White on their menu.

 

Bun Rings

Wilton spring form pans, tuna and salmon tins

Well, here’s the Bridesmaid’s choice, Buttermilk HB Buns, that I found in a Gluten Free & More Magazine.  Ginger, Baking Powder on top of lots of Yeast caught my eye.   You need to make Rebecca Reilly’s GF Flour Blend first.  Its a pain pulling out my mix master, so I just activate the yeast and mix by hand instead.

I divide the batter into 6 Wilton mini springform pans and sometimes Tuna or Salmon tins.   They rise well using my oven’s Bread Proofing setting.  Hubby likes to split and toast the buns for his Eggwiches and Hamburgers.

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Healthy Balls !

Healthy Balls

Healthy Balls rolled in toasted Coconut

Whose Balls are Better ?!

6 Pack Abs guy, Mike Geary,  referred his readers to Healthy Cookie Dough Balls by Danette May then he came up with a new and improved version, Healthy Balls !   Just reach into the freezer for a chocolatey, chewy treat to tide you over. Mike claims there’s enough to last you a week, NOT !

My Healthy Balls PDF includes theses substitutions:  Kaizen grass-fed chocolate stevia sweetened protein powder, Carob Powder, Hemp Hearts and toasted Coconut.

 


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Chocolate Pumpkin Tart

This Chocolate Pumpkin Tart can be enjoyed any time, not just at Halloween.  Simply press in the crust, bake it, fill it, chill it and dig in.  I didn’t bother decorating the top with a spider web but here’s the original recipe link complete with how-to pictures.  Click here for just the tabular recipe PDF.


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Flax Breakfast Bars

I bought my GF sister some flourless cookies from the Red Square Bakery.     She liked the “Honey I Cheated On You” cookies so much, she knocked it off.

Flax Breakfast Bars has her original recipe plus a few of my healthifying substitutions.

Warning:  Due to rapid, end results…be close to “the facilities”.


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Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies

Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies are a Winner !  Hubby asked, “what did you put in the frosting to make it taste like REAL frosting ?!”  Short answer: Coconut Milk, Cocoa and Lakanto. You chill 2 cans of Full fat Coconut Milk and scoop up the healthy fat solids that rise to the top.  Whip the rich fat with Cocoa and Lakanto, a natural Monk Fruit sweetener. I used the Monk Fruit-Erythritol blend found at the Bulk Barn.

I reduced the suggested baking time from 12-15 to 10-12 minutes.  In my haste, I accidentally put ground Himalayan Sea Salt in the brownie.  Its supposed to be sprinkled on top, but it still turned out great.

My Caramel drizzle didn’t look too appetizing so I put shaved Dark Chocolate all over the top of the Brownie.  What’s a few extra calories at this point, right ?

Note:  Next time I may reduce the Maple Syrup in half by adding 1/4 Cup Lakanto or  1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.


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Curried Beef Stew

This Curried Beef Stew is based on GLICO curry paste.  Use the 110 or 220 gram package depending on the amount of meat you have on hand.  Simply sear Beef cubes that have been dredged in seasoned Flour.  Then place it in a crock pot.  Saute vegetables, add GLICO, plus other curry seasonings on hand and deglaze the pan with a bit of stock.  Add a can of Coconut Milk to your mixture and pour over the Beef. Several hours later you’ve got tender morsels of comfort food.  Serve over Chinese Pilaf and garnish with Cilantro.

For chicken, you can sear or broil pieces with or without the skin. Simmer the stew in a frying pan or dutch oven for 30 minutes or until tender.

Note:  Full fat Coconut Milk is good for you, but can always use low fat versions.  Another option is to place cans of Coconut Milk in the fridge ahead of time.  You can reserve the creamy fat that rises to the top for New Roots Herbal’s Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies and use the de-fatted liquid for your stew.  Voila !

 


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Pumpkin Crumble Cake

Almond and Coconut Flour gives this Pumpkin Crumble Cake a nice light crumb.  Before I could take a picture, Hubby & I devoured half of it…ignoring the suggestions that it serves 8-10 and that we should let it cool first before slicing !  I used homemade Pumpkin Puree, Cinnamon, Ginger and fresh grated Nutmeg; reduced the Sugar by 1/4 Cup by using 1/4 Tsp Green Stevia.