Monthly Archives: November 2019

Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

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This dark chocolate cashew bark is so pretty and scrumptious, and it has just two ingredients!

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This is how it looks before you cut it up into pieces. This would make a beautiful gift in a clear bag with pretty ribbon packaged whole.

This is the time of year for food gift giving, most people love to get food gifts, and homemade is even better because it has love in it!

Toasting the raw cashews brings out their flavor more and turns them lightly golden brown.

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I used Organic Gluten Free Guittard dark chocolate baking wafers and Raw Cashew to make this bark. That’s it……..simple and good. I like to get my nuts from nuts.com They have a large selection of gluten free nuts and dried fruit, and the nuts are always very fresh.

Two Ingredients Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

Ingredients:

1  Cup of Guittard Dark Chocolate Baking Wafers

1/3 Cup of Raw Whole Cashews

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lay the cashews on a small baking sheet in a single layer, and toast them in the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes until they are just turning a golden brown. Remove them from the oven and set aside.

Lay out another small cookie sheet, and line it with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, bring an inch and a half of water to a full boil. Then turn it down to a simmer. Put 1 Cup of dark chocolate baking wafers into a small stainless steel mixing bowl that will fit inside the saucepan but not touch the water. Place the stainless bowl with the chocolate into the pan with the simmering water (you have just created a double boiler), and stir slowly and constantly until the chocolate is completely melted and creamy.

Scrape the melted chocolate out of the bowl right onto parchment lined cookie sheet and pick up the pan to swirl the chocolate until it is about a 1/4″ thick layer. Now, take the toasted cashews, and sprinkle them evenly over the melted chocolate.

You can set the pan aside at room temperature to harden for 24 hours, or for quicker results, refrigerate it for an hour and a half.

When your chocolate has set, take a large cutting knife, and cut it into pieces.

Store the cashew bark in a sealed container at room temperature, or keep it in the refrigerator. You can also store it whole, and gift it whole, or broken into pieces.

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Enjoy and Gift this homemade bark with Love added as the extra ingredient!

Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark Gluten Free and Easy Gifts to Give

 

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Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour

Hello November!

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It’s been awhile since my last post, but I have still been in the kitchen developing new recipes to share. My schedule is very busy this Fall, but I am sitting down today with a cup of coffee and am determined to get this delicious Pumpkin Bread recipe to you all.

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As my regulars know, I have been on a food elimination diet for some time due to food sensitivities, joint pain, rashes and reoccurring SIBO. It is important to work with a doctor who specializes in these health challenges to help you figure out how to approach healing. I have been able to figure out which foods I am reacting too and don’t work for my body and also make lifestyle changes, including more self care. No more rashes, joint pain, fatigue and tummy troubles.  I have introduced and have been using Quinoa in my baking and cooking now regularly. Quinoa is actually what is called a pseudo cereal grain and it in fact a seed.

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Quinoa flour is absolutely delicious in this Pumpkin Bread recipe! It is a gluten free baking resource that has a nice nutrition profile with protein, fiber and these vitamins and minerals:

  • Manganese. Found in high amounts in whole grains, this trace mineral is essential for metabolism, growth, and development
  • Phosphorus. Often found in protein-rich foods, this mineral is essential for bone health and maintenance of various body tissues
  • Copper. A mineral that is often lacking in the Western diet, copper is important for heart health
  • Folate. One of the B vitamins, folate is essential for cell function and tissue growth and considered particularly important for pregnant women
  • Iron. This essential mineral performs many important functions in your body, such as transporting oxygen in red blood cells.
  • Magnesium. Important for many processes in your body, magnesium is often lacking in our diet
  • Zinc. This mineral is important for overall health and participates in many chemical reactions in your body

I’ve been whipping up these mini Pumpkin Loaves for a few months now and still get the urge to make more when it’s gone. Don’t you love how cute a mini loaf is? They are good gifts too! This is the size mini loaf pan you will need for this loaf. It is 5.75″ x 3 1/4″ x 2.25″ and works perfectly for a nice domed loaf.

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Here’s the recipe! I use maple sugar to sweeten the bread, but you can swap it out for any sugar such as organic cane, coconut, or date. I like the maple taste in this bread.

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:

3/4 Cups of Quinoa Flour

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Powder (corn free here)

3/4 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice (I use Primal Palate)

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Sale or Pink Salt

1/2 Cup of Canned Pumpkin Puree

1 Egg

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil or Avocado Oil

6 Tablespoons of Maple Sugar

Directions:

Cream together the maple sugar and oil. Then, add the egg and beat well until creamy. Add the pumpkin puree and beat. Sift together the dry ingredients, then add to the wet and beat until smooth.

Pour the batter into your greased mini pan, and bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the bread springs back to the touch and is baked through. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Mini Pumpkin Loaf with Quinoa Flour and Maple Sugar

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