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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Jules Shepard's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Chocolate Cupcakes

You’ll die for these Red Velvet Cupcakes but you won’t use Red Dye in the process.

These babies are gluten freed and healthified.  I reduced the Sugar and the guilt by using Erythritol and Green Stevia.  Your family doesn’t need to know  that you snuck Veggies in their dessert nor do they care about the benefits of BEETs:  has anti-cancer properties, supports your brain & gut health and reduces chronic inflammation.

Thanks to Jules Shepard for her GF Flour blend and this recipe.

Beet Mixture

Beets and liquid ingredients for Red Velvet Cupcakes


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GF Chocolate Beer Cake

GF Chocolate Beer Cake

GF Chocolate Beer Cake

Unbelievable…this GF Chocolate Beer Cake is incredibly light…like Angel Food Cake. Just use Jule Shepard’s versatile GF Flour blend,  stir most of the ingredients in a pot and pour into a bundt pan.

To healthify, I replaced one of the two Cups of Sugar with 1/2 Cup NOW non-GMO Erythritol and 1/2 Tsp Green Stevia and no one was the wiser.  You can get Monk Fruit or Stevia Erythritol blends from the Bulk Barn.  Better deals can be had online from Swanson’s Vitamins.

What made me want to bake with beer ?    A helpful family member, “She, who cannot be named” accidentally put our GF Beer bottles in the upright freezer in the garage (we have a chest freezer too that added to the confusion). There were a few casualties but I just couldn’t bear chucking the rest.   I knew there was a Guinness Chocolate Cake recipe out there but I stumbled across this GF Knock-Off, thank you Jules!

I used a light GF Beer…now I need to track down a dark one and re-test this recipe.  Cheers !

 


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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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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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Guilt-Free Brownies

I watched Lauren Goslin’s My Life With Food Allergies video and was intrigued by this  no egg, no flour, no bean, brownie dessert made with healthy sugars.  Nice thing about this small recipe, you get your Sugar Fix and the evidence disappears in a hurry.  My daughter usually turns her nose up on GF confections but had Two Thumbs up for Guilt-Free Brownies !

Note:  Simply combine everything in the food processor.  You can reduce the Coconut Sugar or replace the Dark Chocolate with Raw Cacao Nibs.   This sweet, sticky & gooey treat works perfectly in a small pan or double it up for a 9×9 silicone pan.

Guilt-Free Brownies

Guilt-Free Brownies


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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

This forgiving recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Muffins offers up a light, moist chocolate snack.  You can use a tad extra zucchini, less oat bran or more sugar to suit your taste.  After I read nasty things about artificial sweeteners, I’ve stopped using Splenda and Brown Sugar Splenda. I’ve had good results with alkalizing Green Leaf Stevia and potassium rich Coconut Sugar.  If it’s not on hand, there’s always Brown Sugar !

Eat plain or frost with a healthy Nutella substitute.  I use a stiffer version of  Mike Geary’s Healthy Chocolate Pudding Recipe which is on the 6 Pack ABs website, one of my favourite Blogs.  It’s high in protein and good fats using Coconut Milk, Almond Butter, Avocado and Protein Powder.  Note: I used grass-fed, Stevia sweetened Kaizen Protein Powder, both Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream flavours.  Delicious !