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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.

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.

Tip:  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.


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Power Potato Bread

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

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

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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

 


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Hamburger-Sandwich Buns

Yikes the Umami Burgers are almost ready and you thought you had time to make gfJules Hamburger Buns or Rebecca’s GF Buttermilk HB Buns, but you don’t…no need to panic ! These Yeast-Free Keto Buns are ready in 15 minutes.

You probably have these main ingredients on hand:  Parmesan & Psyllium Husk Powder, Almond Flour.  You can find the recipe at Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen or look at my Hamburger-Sandwich Buns recipe, I’ve added another column to make a double batch.  This recipe makes 4 skinny buns that are hard to slice in half because I used a Wilton mini-spring form pan.    If you have a Muffin Top pan  you should be good to go !


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Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt

Ever buy a case of Mangoes and have them all ripen at the same time ? I process them to make Mango Custard, flavour my Kombucha or just freeze it.  When I have 3 Cups on hand, I make Mango Coconut Frozen Yogurt.  If you’re a bit short, some fresh Pineapple can pick up the slack.  This was the best of the 4 FroYos on the Buzzfeed Mexico page.


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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Strawberry Froyo

Many recipes use Bananas as a natural sweetener but I just find it overwhelms the flavour of any FroYo, especially the berry ones.

I was happy to find Gemma Stafford’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt recipe, no ice cream maker required. If you’re short on Strawberries, let Raspberries pick up the slack.

If you loved it, click on my Strawberry Frozen Yogurt PDF to see both single & double batch amounts.

 


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Nutella Frozen Yogurt

Who has time to roast Hazelnuts and rub the skins off ?!   Not me!  I chose Chocolate Covered Katie’s 2nd version of this frozen treat.  Just use Nutella or your Kirkland knock-off.

Tastes like a Fudgsicle.  Tried it with Hershey’s Cocoa first, then Dutch Cocoa the next time…didn’t notice any difference.

Hubby suggested I add Coffee to improve the flavour…so I filled up an ice cube tray with leftover Coffee.  Added 3-4 cubes…try Katie’s and Sean’s take on  Nutella Frozen Yogurt


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Sweet Potato Paleo Crackers

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I was looking for a cracker that was Gluten Free, didn’t contain Corn and tastes great but wouldn’t set me back 10 bucks if I ate a big box of   RW Garcia Sweet Potato Crackers

Luckily I found Sarah’s recipe.  I replaced the Garlic Salt with Roasted Garlic and added Nutritional Yeast and spices.  Click on this Sweet Potato Paleo Crackers PDF to see the tweaks and the measurements for double and triple recipes.

You can roll out the dough on parchment paper and  transfer to a cookie sheet.  I have tried it the lazy way and rolled directly on my large rectangular pizza stone. I cut it with a pizza cutter, pierced with a fork.  The dough is not as thin as it should be  so I had to flip them over to make sure I got a crispy result.

Here’s a link explaining the difference between Yams and Sweet Potatoes…it’s confusing.  But I have successfully used Sweet Potatoes, Yams and Kabocha Squash separately or in tandem with great results. They’re more nutritious than Potatoes but nonetheless  starchy veggies so try not to rack up your Carb Count.