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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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Coconut Matcha Latte

I can’t sleep if I drink a single cup of coffee.  So I drink my warm Lemon Water then have a Coconut Matcha Latte to kick start my day.   I journal, I reflect on what I did right yesterday,  jot down a few things that I’m grateful for then plan my day over a cuppa.

Matcha has less caffeine than Coffee but more than regular Green Tea as we’re drinking the tea leaves not just the steeped liquid.  You get the Buzz but not the jitters due to the L-Theanine content which reduces anxiety.

Matcha and Coconut Oil are loaded with many benefits:  “improved heart health,  lowered blood sugar levels, increased weight loss…may prevent cancer”, boosts your metabolism and immune system, offers a great source of anti-oxidants (ECGC). The Blue Zone Centurions drink a lot of  Tea!

Simply microwave the Almond Milk and Coconut Oil in a mug.  Stir in Matcha Tea,  Sweet Leaf Stevia and add hot Water.  Blend well with a Japanese Chasen.  If you don’t have this  bamboo whisk, push the Matcha through a fine sieve with a spoon.

If money is no object, use Ceremonial grade tea.  It can run $20 per 100 grams for David’s Tea connoisseurs.  I use Culinary grade tea.  It’s a brownish-green, more bitter, not organic but affordable.   Hamasaen brand is $43 for a Kg bag at the local Asian grocery.  I like it strong so for Newbies,  please start off with half the amount of Matcha and Sweetener.  Some pre-made mixes include Vanilla, Cinnamon and Coconut Milk, so you can try these add-ins and adjust to your liking.


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Coconut Flour Tortillas

Pliable Coconut Flour Tortilla

Coconut Mama’s Coconut Flour Tortilla

Coconut Mama’s recipe moniker is a bit misleading, but these Coconut Flour Tortillas are fantastic for Burritos and Sandwich Wraps.   It’s so easy to make these tasty & pliable Tortillas. I’m holding one, ready to fill it with Chicken Salad,  Fajita or Taco Mix.  You can add Vanilla to this versatile batter to make Dessert Crepes too.

Tiffany makes 8″ Tortillas, cooking both sides till golden brown.  I ladle enough batter to cover a 9″ crepe pan on medium heat.  I  cook them just long enough so I can flip them, then lower the heat to finish the other side.  Both sides are light with toasted Flax Seed Meal flecks.

Cool on wire racks and separate the Tortillas with wax paper or parchment paper.  If you don’t use them all, place them in a bag or container in the fridge.

Coconut Flour Tortillas

I added another column in the Coconut Flour Tortillas PDF if you want to start with half a recipe.

 


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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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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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Pumpkin Harvest Pancakes

I love Hemp Hearts ! They’re a great nut substitute high in protein, Omega 3s and other essential fats and vitamins.

I stumbled across this Pumpkin Harvest Pancakes recipe on Adam Hart’s Power of Food website. Many of his recipes feature Hemp Hearts as he credits his new found wellness to this Super Food.

WHERE TO BUY HEMP HEARTS
Check out Roger Snow’s Hemp Heart products on www.hemphearts.com/ and send your order to roger@hemphearts.com.

9 one pound tubs fit in their packages. $10 each plus shipping. I’m interested in trying the new fat reduced/high protein Hemp Heart Flakes, $11 a tub.


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Golden Butternut Squash and Wild Blueberry Pancakes

Gem Squash

Gem Squash

I used to hate anything green when I was a kid.  Now, I’m all over vegetables.  I’ve only introduced myself to a variety of  squashes recently. I love Kobucha the best.  I roast wedges with garlic oil, pepper medley, rosemary and a drizzle of maple syrup.  So good I even eat the rind !

The last time I was at the Kamloops Farmers Market I picked up two small Kobucha and Gem Squashes. Both were green and speckled but the Gem Squash had a lighter, wetter flesh similar to zucchini.  I wanted to put my cooked Gem Squash leftovers to good use.  I found Gluten Free Gigi’s Golden Butternut Squash and Wild Blueberry Pancakes  recipe.  I  increased the squash to 1 Cup.   I misread the recipe and included the Coconut Oil in the batter plus threw in the extra yolk on hand .  I usually have light Blueberry Cottage Cheese Pancakes daily, so I used frozen Raspberries instead of Blueberries to change things up.  This forgiving recipe worked out well…my teenager even ate 2 without complaint !

Golden Butternut Squash Pancakes

Golden Butternut Squash Pancakes


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GF DF Whole Grain Bread from Kim’s Kitchen

Upon surfing YouTube, I stumbled across this “Gluten Free Bread Recipe – The BEST you’ll ever taste”.  No matter how many new recipes I try or how many store-bought loaves I buy, this is still my favourite ! Watch the video or just click on “About” to see the original recipe. If you agree you can subscribe to her channel, “Einekleinewitch“.

I don’t fuss over it as much as Kim does. Just Set It & Forget It ! Fresh, tasty bread in 2 hours on the Rapid Bake – Light Crust cycle ! You’re supposed to let it cool on a rack for an hour but FAT CHANCE that’s gonna happen ! It’s great toasted with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil spread on top and excellent for sandwiches as it slices so well.

I discovered 2 other versions that Kim’s Kitchen published on her GF Real Food Blog. One is the ‘simplified’ version with fewer ingredients. The other offers up various substitution ideas. Note: I use the original recipe but omit the Quinoa Flour. I love Quinoa in Tabbouleh Salads but Quinoa Flour is bitter, even in small quantities. I substitute Quinoa Flour with Teff Flour or one of 3 flour blends.

Print my PDF to see all 3 versions of GF DF Whole Grain Bread from Kim’s Kitchen. It tastes so good, slices well and the Millet, Sorghum, Teff flours,  Coconut Milk & Oil offers high protein and fibre. Try it out and let me know what you think. If your FAVE is better than mine, you have to share !