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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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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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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.


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Seed Lover’s Granola Bars

As a kid, I loved gooey Rice Krispie Squares !

Seed Lover's Granola Bar in silicone 8x8 pan

Seed Lover’s Granola Bar in silicone 8×8 pan

I adapted this recipe from the Alive magazine.

Well it’s not low fat or low cal but this bar is nutrient dense with 9 grams of Protein and rich in Magnesium.  All you need are Nut Butters, Puffed Millet and a variety of  Seeds.  They’re so addicting, I have to put them in the garage freezer for future lunch box rations.

All the ingredients for  SeedLoversGranolaBars may be found at  Bulk Barn or the bulk & natural food section at your local grocer.  If you don’t have Tahini, use Almond Butter & Peanut Butter.  If you don’t have natural Nut Butter, reduce the Honey.  If you find the Chocolate Chips & Raisins too sweet, try Chocolate Nibs and Frozen Cranberries.


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Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

Pumpkin Custard

 

Pumpkin is one of those comfort foods that you love to eat around Thanksgiving and Christmas.   This Pumpkin Custard is good warm or cold.  We prefer it cold any time of the year !

Usually Pumpkin is paired with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon.  This recipe caught my eye as the main focus is Coconut Milk and Maple Syrup in addition to the usual spices.  It’s a lighter custard unlike the heavier versions used for Pumpkin Pie filling.

This Pumpkin Custard recipe is easy to make too.  Whisk it by hand or combine in a blender.  To reduce the calories without sacrificing sweetness, you can use Green Stevia to enhance the Maple Syrup.   For some reason our family doesn’t like Nutmeg, so we substitute with Allspice.

RANT:  Save the Pumpkins !  Be a Pumpkin Beggar.   It’s such a shame to see people pay for fresh produce, chuck it in the Bin, then pay again for a canned product.    DIY !   I cut away the candle drippings, wash the rind & chop up my Halloween Pumpkin to fit into a large roasting pan.  Pumpkins are 90% liquid.  If you add any water, serve with a ladle!  Bake at 350 for an hour, then food process in batches. I freeze 1 cup portions in zip lock bags.  Usually around 10 cups.  I’ve used it for pies but some experts say you should use denser, smoother canned pumpkin for that purpose.  Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Fruit & Nut Bars and Holy Crap!

Fruit and Nut Bars and Holy Crap!

Fruit and Nut Bars and Holy Crap!

Holy Crap!   What’s that ? Folks from the Sunshine Coast pitched their new healthy cereals, Holy Crap! and Skinny B on the Dragons Den TV show.  Read all about it, hereHoly Crap! contains organic chia, hemp hearts, buckwheat, cranberries, raisins, apple bits and cinnamon.  The recipe only uses 2 Tbsp so you can make your own version of it or omit it altogether.  In fact, I found this recipe on the Gluten Free Expo site and they didn’t use it.  I suspect if you like a chewier, moister version you should include Holy Crap!  I reduced the Sugar and used frozen Cranberries instead of the dehydrated one. See my version in this PDF, Fruit & Nut Bars and Holy Crap!


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GF Zucchini Brownies

GF Zucchini Brownies

GF Zucchini Brownies

Kathy Smart does a great job sneaking in veggies into her desserts.  Check out this moist, chocolatey GF Zucchini Brownies.  You can mix everything in the food processor.  But if you don’t like the noise or the clean up, grind up your Oats in the coffee grinder and mix up the batter by hand.  I reduced the Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate, but you don’t have to!