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Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Walnut Grain Free Cookies

I am super pumped about this cookie, because it is the real deal, and it uses Banana Flour!

It does not taste like bananas. It tastes like a legit white flour cookie, but it is a grain free, Paleo, maple sugar sweetened, gluten and dairy free cookie! It even spreads in the oven without having to press it with your palm! If you are not a recipe developer, this might not be significant to you, but trust me, it’s awesome!!!

We have had a lot of batches of this cookie version around, as I’ve been testing it repeatedly and tweaking the ingredients. This is the one!

Gluten and Grain Free Banana Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond flour, coconut flour and other grain free flours are great for baking as well. But if you know me well enough, you know that my passion is writing recipes for food intolerances and those who want to eat healthier. Banana Flour isn’t something I have worked with before until now.

Grain Free Banana Flour Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie has dark chocolate chips, dried fruit sweetened cranberries and brain benefiting walnuts in it. For a nut free cookie, just omit the walnuts and increase the chocolate chips and cranberries equally. There is olive oil in the recipe as well….a very Italian and healthy baking ingredient! It is good in cookies! I did a 50/50 split between it and organic shortening. Shortening gives it the mouth feel you crave and helps with spreading and browning evenly.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

This is the banana flour I have been using to test and make these cookies. It is GMO Free Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo and contains only 100% bananas.

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies Healthier Bakiing

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Cookies (Grain Free)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

6 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Sugar

1/2 Cup of Banana Flour

1/2 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/3 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips (I use Enjoy Life)

1/3 Cup of Dried Fruit Sweetened Cranberries

1/3 Cup of Walnuts (chopped)

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat together the olive oil, shortening and maple sugar until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat for one minute. Sift together the banana flour, sea salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir it with a spatula into the wet mix until it is starting to incorporate. Then, beat it with an electric hand held mixer until incorporated and creamy. If you don’t stir it in with a spatula first, the banana flour is very light and will fly everywhere.

Fold in the chocolate chips, cranberries and walnuts with a spatula.

Banana Flour Cookie Dough

Scoop the dough into tablespoon mounds on two parchment lined cookie sheets. You should have 14 cookies.

Oven Ready Banana Flour Cookies

Bake in your preheated oven for 11 minutes, rotating the sheets half way through the baking (top to bottom and turning side to side). Cool for five minutes on the sheet, then remove to a wire rack to completely cool.

Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Chip, Cranberry, Walnut Grain Free Cookies, Dairy Free, Paleo, Gluten Free

 

 

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Hidden Fruit and Veggie Chocolate Muffins Your Toddler Will Love!

While so many are obsessed with Keto lately, some of us are still just trying to get a toddler to eat their veggies!

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These Hidden Fruit and Veggie Muffins appeal to all ages, but if you are trying to get a toddler to eat more veggies, and his palate is just not there yet, these taste like regular ole chocolate muffins! They are quite nutritious and low in added sugar.

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My 2 year old Grandson, Theodore, gobbles these up happily! Sometimes he even eats two at a time!

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Such a happy face!!! toddlerapproved

Hidden Fruit and Veggie Chocolate Muffins

Preheat your oven to 350° F.  Line a muffin pan with muffin liners.

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1 15 oz. Can of Butternut Squash (I use Farmer’s Market Organic which is readily available in most grocery stores)

1/2 Cup of Diced Zucchini

1/2 Cup of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries (thawed)

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Cacao Powder (I used this kind)

1/4 Cup of Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

1/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder (Here’s my DIY Corn Free Baking Powder Recipe)

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Directions: It is so simple because we are using a food processor with a blade attachment. Add your eggs, diced zucchini, butternut squash and blueberries to the food processor and process until smooth. Add all the remaining ingredients and process for one minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, and process another 30 seconds.

Fill your muffin cups evenly. I like to use a muffin scoop. Bake in your preheated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Makes 12 Muffins

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Cranberry-Orange English Muffins – Grain Free

Cranberry Orange English Muffins Gluten Free Dairy Free

Reducing your grain consumption or eating grain free, whether for health reasons, or because you are eating a lower carb diet, doesn’t mean you have to be without English Muffins!!!

English Muffins, I have missed you so!

Cranberry Orange English Muffins are one of my favorites! You can make these English Muffins in a little over 30 minutes. They are like a warm hug. Slather them with your favorite spread. The ones shown here are topped with American Spoon Blueberry Spoon Fruit. They always list allergens on their jams, spreads and products, and almost everything is gluten free.

This recipe makes 4 English Muffins. To make these a Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin, substitute raisins for the cranberries, omit the orange zest, and add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.Cranberry Orange English Muffins Grain Free

Cranberry-Orange English Muffins – Grain Free

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Spray four English Muffin Rings with cooking spray and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I used Avocado Oil Spray.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Avocado Oil or Olive Oil

4 Teaspoons of Ground Flax

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Orange Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Orange Zest

1 Tablespoon of Honey (may substitute maple syrup)

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder (here is my recipe for corn free baking powder)

1/4 Cup of Dried Cranberries (I used apple juice sweetened)

Directions:

Beat together eggs, honey, orange juice, orange zest and avocado oil until creamy. Add in the coconut flour, ground flax, sea salt and baking powder. Beat until thickened. Fold in the cranberries.

Fill the four English Muffin Rings evenly. Using the back of a wet spoon, smooth the batter to the edges of the rings evenly. Re-wet the spoon as needed. No sticking this way!

Mist the tops of the English Muffin batter lightly with more cooking spray. Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges are turning golden brown and the center are baked through. Remove from the oven, and cool for five minutes. Remove the rings. If they stick a bit, run a knife around the edges. Cool completely. Split the English Muffins carefully with a bread knife. Enjoy!

Cranberry-Orange Grain Free English Muffins

 

“Cacao” Dusted Snickerdoodles

Paleo Snickerdoodles AIP sameatshernutrients

When a cookie has just the right amount of fat in it, it has a certain melty mouth feel. That’s the sweet spot! Snickerdoodles are a cookie I have loved since my twenties when I would order them at my favorite coffee shop. They were ginormous, so I would split them with Doug or my kids and savor my half.

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What I love about Snickerdoodles is their simplicity. That vanilla cinnamon taste is comforting. They are a smooth cookie, straight up, with no chunks. Sometimes I’m in the mood for that! They take you buy surprise, because they look simple, but when you take a bite, and that melted feel begins in your mouth, and then the cinnamon vanilla warmth hits your taste buds, ahhhhhh heavenly!

Since I am a rebel at heart, my Snickerdoodles aren’t flat, but round and mounded, which makes them about a three bite sensation. That way I don’t have to split them in half to share. Plus, I dusted some Carob Powder on them before baking.

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“Cacao ” Dusted Snickerdoodles

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup Avocado Oil or Melted Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons of softened Coconut Butter (I used this)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Grass fed Gelatin (Like This)

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Powder (or vanilla extract if not strict AIP)

Carob Powder for Dusting (I use this)

Directions:

Add the Avocado Oil or Melted Coconut Oil to a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the gelatin, and with a hand held mixer, blend the olive oil and gelatin together. Add the softened Coconut Butter. I soften it by microwaving the glass jar ten to fifteen seconds. Add the coconut sugar and honey and blend until creamy. Now, add the coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and vanilla powder. Blend with your hand held mixer.

Lay out a parchment lined cookie sheet, and with a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto the parchment. Take 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Carob Powder and with a fine meshed strainer, dust the Carob Powder on top of the cookies. Bake in your preheated oven for ten minutes, or until the cookies are just golden brown on the edges.

Makes 10

Cacao Dusted Paleo AIP Snickerdoodles

 

Cashew Lemon Cookies

Cashew Lemon Gluten Free Cookies

Light Lemon Cookies made with Raw Cashews and Flaked Coconut are perfectly delicious! The best part is they have good for you ingredients and no dairy or grains in them. In fact, I am liking all these ingredients so much, I am having a hard time not giving the green light to eat these for breakfast!

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Cashew Lemon Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Lay out parchment lined cookie sheets.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Cashews

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour (I used this)

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Syrup (substitute honey for SCD Legal)

1 Pastured Egg

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Zest of one Lemon

1/4 Cup of No Sugar added Finely Shredded Coconut (like this)

Directions:

In a food processor with a blade attachment, add the Raw Cashews and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Add the coconut flour. Pulse again until you have a flour consistency. Add in the Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Egg, Vanilla, Lemon Zest, Salt and Baking Soda. Blend until you get a creamy dough that starts to form a ball in the processor.

Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls. Roll the balls in shredded coconut, pressing the coconut into the balls of dough. Flatten each ball onto your cookie sheet until they are approximately 1/2 inch thick. Bake in the oven for 11 minutes or until the edges are turning golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

Yummy. I love Lemon!!!

Cashew Lemon Cookies - Light Delicious Grain, Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies Rolled in Coconut. So delicious with ingredients nourishing enough for breakfast!!!

 

 

Best Grain Free Graham Cracker’s Ever!

 

The Best Graham Crackers Paleo Egg Free

Oh my goodness, do I love a good, crunchy graham cracker! Since going gluten free and mostly grain free, a good graham with clean ingredients has been hard to find, and the other recipes I have tried either fall apart, don’t taste amazing or are too soft and wouldn’t hold up to toppings or s’mores.

The Best Grain Free Grahams Ever!

These I literally had to put out of my sight in order to keep myself from munching on them every time I came into the kitchen. If you are a fan of the Sandlot Movie, like I am, (It’s an all time family favorite), you know Smalls would never settle for a whimpy gram to stuff his face. Watch the scene here:

These grahams are delicious in every way……texture, flavor, sturdiness….. and you can make them any size you want. They also happen to be egg free. I have been testing them for several months, and never was completely satisfied until this week when I was in a hurry and whipped together some while making dinner on a busy night, because we needed some Grahams in the house. They turned out great! Since I wasn’t actually in “testing” mode, I didn’t write it down until after they were done, and turned out so well. So, the next day, I retested them with honey instead of maple syrup. They turned out tasty with the honey, but you have to watch them carefully so they don’t burn. I again tested them using maple syrup, and they were s’more worthy! The maple syrup version is my favorite. It gives the grahams a true graham flavor and doesn’t over brown. These graham crackers can be enjoyed year-round. They are great for packing in lunches sandwiched with some nut butter and good quality fruit spread, and they are so, so s’more worthy! So campfire season, watch out, because Everyone should have good grahams!

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The Best Grain Free Graham Crackers Ever!

Preheat your oven to 350° degrees F.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Coconut Flour (I used this brand) scooped and leveled

2 Teaspoons of Ground Cinnamon

2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed

2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin (I used Vital Proteins)

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Cup of Avocado Oil (it is heart healthy and has high smoke point)

1/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup (You can substitute honey for SCD compliant, but watch carefully to prevent over browning)

4 Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, cinnamon, flax and baking soda. Then, in another bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients which are vanilla, avocado oil, maple syrup and lemon juice. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, and beat with a hand held mixer for one minute. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top, and beat again until it is completely incorporated.

Form the dough into a ball, and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Flatten the ball with your hands, starting to form a rectangle. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle to fit a cookie sheet pan. The parchment paper should still be sandwiching the dough. This prevents your rolling pin from sticking. The dough should be about 1/4″ thick. Remove the top piece of parchment. With a fork’s tines, poke holes all over the dough, then use a pizza wheel to score vertical and horizontal lines making the graham crackers the size you like. Place the parchment with the rolled out grahams onto a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. They don’t take long. I recommend checking at eight minutes. When the edges are starting to turn golden brown, they are done. Remove them from the oven and cool completely on the cookie sheet before breaking them apart at the score marks.

How do you like to eat your grahams?

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Grain Free Peach Cobbler

Grain Free Peach Cobbler on a Spoon

The peaches are fresh, juicy, ripe, and begging to be baked into something with cinnamon and nutmeg. There is nothing like peach season for eating peaches! They are at their most excellent and not to be missed! Peaches are sweet juicy pleasures, but they also are packed with health benefits and a broad range of nutrients!

The fiber in peaches helps keep you regular, they are rich in ascorbic acid and zinc (which also has anti-aging properties) to aid your immune system, rich in vitamin C and flavonoids for healthy skin, and contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health.

The batter for the cobbler features coconut flour, pastured eggs and natural maple syrup as the sweetener.

Grain Free Peach Cobbler

Grain Free Peach Cobbler

Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Grease a 8″ x 8″ square pan with coconut oil.

Ingredients for Filling:

4 cups of peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced (about 4 peaches)

1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup (I used local)

2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)

1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/8 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Toss the peaches and filling ingredients together in a bowl, and set aside to let them start releasing some of their juices.

Ingredients for Cobbler Topping:

1/3 Cup of Coconut Flour (I use this brand) scooped and leveled, it makes a big difference with coconut flour how it is measured!

1/3 Cup of Coconut Milk

2 Tablespoons of Melted Coconut Oil

3 Pastured Eggs

1/4 Cup of Applesauce (no sugar added)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (gluten free here)

1/2 Teaspoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling the top before baking

Directions:

In a medium mixing bowl, add the eggs and beat with an electric hand mixer until frothy. Add your coconut milk and beat. Slowly pour in the melted coconut oil while beating. Add the applesauce, vanilla extract and lemon juice and blend. Sift together the coconut flour, cinnamon and baking soda. Add it to the egg mixture, and mix with the electric mixer for one minute. It will thicken.

After mixing up the cobbler topping, pour your peach filling into the prepared 8″ x 8″ square pan. Dollop the cobbler batter on top as desired and sprinkle with some additional cinnamon, about 1/4 teaspoon, no need to be perfect with this, just a pinch or so though.

Bake in your preheated oven for 30 minutes. The peaches should be bubbling and the cobbler topping golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cool slightly before serving warm. You can also reheat any leftover cobbler quickly in the microwave if you want to eat it warm.

Sliced Peaches in Pan for Grain Free Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Filling

Batter on Peaches for Baking a Grain Free Cobbler

Ready to Bake above.

Serves Six

Enjoy!

Sandra

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