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Gingersnap Pudding Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

It’s foggy and wet and cold outside. The leaves are changing, the wind is blowing, and it is seriously impossible to find a break in the weather to get some cute family photos! Autumn is kind of a double edged sword that way…its so beautiful outside with all the colors and makes for a really nice photo background BUT, the weather is so stinking unpredictable this time of year that you can plan a photo shoot umpteen times before it actually works out weather-wise, and then you pray and beg and hope that your children will cooperate too! LOL. We’re still waiting for the weather… so Ive’ been busy crafting (Seriously, who has the patience for crafting with kids?!? amiright?!) and baking, and getting ready for Halloween!

I don’t know what made me crave Gingersnaps yesterday, but its been a really long time since I’ve had a good one because gluten free gingersnaps have never worked out for me, and Ive tried a bunch of different recipes. I’ve found the secret to amazingly delicious cookies (gluten and dairy free) and that is a box of instant pudding. You’ll see this in my chocolate chip cookies and snickerdoodles (recipe coming soon!) So I thought, why not try that trick with gingersnaps?! So…. I whipped up this recipe and prayed it would work! And guess what?! OMG, they’re even better than I remember gluten ones being! My house smells amazing now, and my tummy is happy. The kids may be hyped up on sugar from sharing a cookie (they don’t get sweets a whole lot, but I thought they should try one and they both loved it!) but it was worth it! Give these a try and enjoy 🙂

Gingersnap Pudding Cookies    (Printable Version)gingersnap-pudding-cookies

 Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

1 (3.4 oz) “Jello” Instant butterscotch pudding mix

1/4 cup molasses

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups gluten free flour

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Dash of salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a Kitchen-Aid Mixer, beat the coconut oil, sugars, pudding mix, molasses, eggs and vanilla until creamy.

Gradually add in the flour, gum, baking soda, salt and spices. Beat on low speed until just combined.

Using a #40 cookie scoop, place cookies onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. (Do not over bake!)

Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets set on top of cooling racks.

Yields: 2 &1/2 dozen cookies

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Cast Iron Sugar Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I had yet to find either a boxed or from-scratch version of white/yellow cake that is both gluten and dairy free. They’re always too dry, too crumbly or too dense, etc… I wanted a light, fluffy, moist cake and I have finally found The. Perfect. Cake. I’ve always been a fan of cast iron baking, but now I’m truly convinced of its awesomeness! Everything i make in a cast iron pan turns out amazing, and this cake is super delicious in both flavor and texture. We used it for strawberry shortcake, but you could use it for any recipe that calls for a white or yellow cake i bet. I’m looking forward to using it to make a boston cream pie cake, one of my favorites, or a jello poke cake would be yummy too! I will admit, (only because Im preggo and can get away with it! LOL) that i had this cake for breakfast with fresh strawberries and raspberries on it, on more than one occasion… Its just that good! Its been so hot here lately (100+ degrees) that even with the AC on, I just stored this in the fridge and then heated it up for 20 seconds or so before eating. Lasts much longer that way, though that wasn’t really a problem, its that tasty! LOL So, get out your trusty cast iron pan and whip this up this weekend and enjoy! 🙂

Cast Iron Sugar Cake (Printable Version)Cast-Iron-Sugar-Cake

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 2 cups + 2 Tbsp gluten free flour
• 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 4 large egg whites
• confectioner’s sugar for dusting

Instructions:
1. Mix together coconut oil and milk. Add in vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl combine flour, gum, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add flour mixture and blend well.
3. Add egg whites, beating just until combined.
4. Pour batter into a greased and floured (use a silicone pastry brush to spread out flour) 10 inch cast iron skillet.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, using a toothpick inserted in the center to test for doneness.
6. Let cool on wire rack for an hour before serving, lightly dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Even before I had to go gluten free, I never had much luck with chocolate chip cookies! They always turned out too flat, crispy, greasy, etc. but they got even worse with gluten free flour! I had pretty much given up on them, tried so many different recipes, each complete with an epic fail! Which is just too sad because i love chocolate chip cookies! After brainstorming what I could do to kind of thicken them up and hold them together better, I thought, pudding mix! After a quick trip to the store, I whipped up a batch of these little babies and voila! Perfection! I’m talking soft, thick, chewy, chocolatey goodness! And to make them dairy free, and healthier to boot, I used coconut oil instead of butter. These are amazingly delicious…and addicting! So don’t say i didn’t warn you! LOL Give these a try & enjoy! 🙂

Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies (Printable Version)CC Cookies

Ingredients:
3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 (3.4 oz) “Jello” Instant vanilla pudding mix
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups gluten free flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (12 oz package) semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a Kitchen-Aid Mixer, beat the coconut oil, sugars, pudding mix, eggs and vanilla until creamy.

Gradually add in the flour, gum and baking soda. Beat on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a #40 cookie scoop, place cookies onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. (Do not over bake!)

Remove from oven and let cookies cool on cookie sheets set on top of cooling racks.
Yields: 2 &1/2 dozen cookies

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

We made it through Halloween, and next up is Thanksgiving! The one tasty thing they have in common is pumpkins, and I’m definitely in a fall baking mode! Again… LOL, and my waistline can attest to that! This recipe is simply fabulous! It combines the classic pumpkin pie taste with chewy oatmeal cookies and becomes a cake/pie hybrid in texture! Can we say YUM!? That’s putting it mildly…give this one a try and it’ll be your go to dessert for this Autumn baking & holiday season! Enjoy 🙂

Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars (Printable Version)

Ingredients:Pumpkin Pie Crumb Bars Photo Nov 04, 2 07 35 PM

Oatmeal Crumb:
1¼ cups gluten free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1¼ cups quick oats
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup non-dairy margarine, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Pumpkin Pie Filling:
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1¼ cups canned pumpkin
¼ cup coconut/almond milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Make the Oatmeal Crumb:
Spray an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, gum, oats, baking soda and salt. Add the sugars. Add the margarine and vanilla, then stir until the mixture is evenly moistened. Press half of the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.

Make the Pumpkin Pie Filling:
In another medium bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt. In a glass measuring cup, combine the eggs, vanilla, pumpkin & milk and whisk until well blended. When the crust has finished baking, pour the pumpkin pie filling over the bottom crust and bake for 15 minutes. Then sprinkle the topping evenly over the pie filling. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool 1 to 2 hours. Chill in refrigerator before serving and store in refrigerator.

Apple Crisp (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Its really starting to feel like fall out there, and apples and pumpkins are my biggest cravings right now! A short drive out into the country to pick up some fresh orchard apples and viola! A delicious apple crisp! I will warn you this is the perfect apple crisp; its addicting and you wont stop eating it! For breakfast, for a snack, for dessert….and before you know it, its all gone! LOL Next up is dairy free caramel apples! YUM! But for now…enjoy 🙂

Apple Crisp (Printable Version)

Ingredients:apple crisp
5 cups Golden Delicious apples,
peeled, cored and sliced
½ cup sugar
2 tsp gluten free flour
Dash of xanthan gum
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup water

Topping:
½ cup quick oats
½ cup gluten free flour
½ tsp xanthan gum
½ cup brown sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
¼ cup non-dairy margarine

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the apples in a 8×8 glass dish. Combine the sugar, flour, gum and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Pour the water evenly over the top.

Combine the oats, flour, gum, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Sprinkle evening over the apples.

Bake for 45 minutes.

Coconut Cream & Fresh Fruit Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Its definitely summer weather now…. and we’re up to 106 this weekend! Yikes! It all started with the 4th of July…at least we got some great family time in, went to the beach, the zoo and got some shopping in too! This pie was a result of the holiday weekend as well! And I have to say, it is amaaaazing! I made it with raspberries this time, but I’m going to do peaches next, then strawberries, and blackberries, etc as the fruit gets ripe! You could probably do it with any kind of fresh fruit or even a mixture. Make sure your fruit is ripe, so that each bite is nice and sweet and juicy! You can also make your own crust if you want, but one of the local stores had pre-made gluten free graham cracker crusts which is super tasty! S0, I’m off to the store soon to stock up! They are way better than I could make and who has time to make a pie crust?! I barely had time to make a stinkin pie! LOL, it was well worth it tho! I might try it with my yummy oatmeal crust too. The coconut cream layer is delicious and you can use up the rest of the whip cream on the top if you want, or use it all on the bottom with a  thicker layer, you cant really mess this pie up! Its the perfect mixture of crunchy crust,  creamy coconut whip cream, and sweet, juicy fresh fruit! Stay cool….and take the opportunity to play around with it….most of all though, enjoy! 🙂

Coconut Cream & Fresh Fruit Pie (Printable Version)IMG_5157

Ingredients:
1 premade 9-inch GF graham cracker crust
2 pints (2 lbs) fresh fruit (berries, peaches, etc)
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/3 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract (opt.)
Coconut whipped cream (see recipe below)

Directions:
Wash the fruit. Mash 1 & 1/2 cups to make approximately 1 cup puree.
Combine mashed fruit with sugar, cornstarch and water in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, then remove from heat, add in the vanilla extract if desired and stir the mixture for about 5 minutes to cool it down.
Meanwhile, make your coconut whipped cream following the recipe below and prepare the fruit as needed.
Spread a layer of the coconut whip cream on the bottom of the pie shell and then arrange the fruit evenly on top. Pour the sauce evenly over the sliced fruit. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until ready to serve. Top with leftover whipped coconut cream.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Ingredients:
One 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon sugar or more to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla or more to taste

Directions:
Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator and leave it there until well-chilled or overnight. Open the can of coconut milk. Scoop out the firm layer of coconut cream that has solidified at the top of the can. Stop as soon as you reach the water at the bottom of the can; don’t include anything but the solid cream.
Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl. Turn your mixer or hand beaters to high speed, and whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes. Whip until it becomes fluffy and light, with soft peaks. Mix in sugar or vanilla.

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I’ve found that having a baby sure limits your time to blog, try new recipes, cook more than the same 3 easy meals on rotation or even have more then 2 minutes to scarf down some food! Kudos to those of you who have it down, I guess Im still learning! LOL But….I must be getting better at it, because not only did I have the time to bake and enjoy a new recipe, Im making time to post it on here so you can enjoy it too! I love strawberry shortcake, but it always seems to be too dry, and i dont have the time to whip up some yummy dairy free coconut whip cream, so this is the amazing, portable version! And yes, its both gluten and dairy free! Summer time is the best, since you can have all the fresh fruit and veggies you want! This is a great way to use some up, just be careful you eat them quickly because with this hot summer weather, they can mold very quickly! Not that that is going to be a problem they’re that good! LOL I also cut the recipe in half… but feel free to double it if you want 12 muffins. You can also whip up some coconut whip cream (or regular if you can have it!) and top these off with whip cream, throw on some more sliced strawberries and enjoy! 🙂

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins (Printable Version)

Ingredients:Strawberry Shortcake Muffins
• 1 cup gluten free flour
• ½ tsp xanthan gum
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup cold non-dairy butter
• 1/2 cup almond milk
• 1 large egg
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 3/4 cup fresh strawberries, diced
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 6 cups in a muffin tin with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, gum, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender. In another bowl, mix together the milk, egg, and vanilla. Dump the wet ingredients into the dry and mix by hand until just incorporated. Gently fold in the strawberries.
Scoop batter and fill prepared muffin tin cups. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in muffin tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Snickerdoodle Blondies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

So, I’m actually finding some time to bake once in awhile, especially since I have such a sweet tooth! Thank goodness you have to eat extra calories while you’re nursing! YES! LOL. Hubby’s been busy doing yet another reno project (YAY new laundry, mud and bathrooms on the way!) so I wanted to do something nice to reward him and satisfy my sugar craving all at once, why not make us both happy right?! His fave is snickerdoodles, but i have to be honest and say that GF snickerdoodle cookies suck! LOL I’ve tried alot of different recipes and they always come out flat and too crunchy and it frustrates me, but these……omg, these are to die for! They’re absolutely perfect, soft and chewy and flavorful, but in a bar form. I will warn you, these are super addicting, and we can vouch for that because the whole pan disappeared somehow in less than 24 hours! LOL uhm……oops?! How bout YUM! They mix up in a snap and come out perfect, and are delicious both warm and cooled. I think I’m gonna have to hide the recipe from myself cause I’ll end up a snickerdoodle junkie! Haha…..fair warning! Get in the kitchen, whip up a batch of these bad boys and enjoy 🙂

Snickerdoodle Blondies (Printable Version)

Ingredients:
snickerdoodle-blondies 1/2 cup non-dairy butter
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten free flour

½ tsp xanthan gum
1 tbsp sugar + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8×8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in salt, egg and vanilla. Add in flour and gum. Put dough into prepared baking dish and smooth it into an even layer.

Stir together remaining 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the dough.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until bars are set and the edges are just very lightly browned. Cool in the pan before slicing.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I know, I know……I’m kinda on a pumpkin kick these days! Can you tell I’m ready for fall!? LOL  But really, what are you supposed to do with a huge ole can of pumpkin, especially when you’re freezer is full! I’m ok with it, cause I love pumpkin, so I’ll just keep the delicious pumpkin recipes coming! If you haven’t made the pumpkin swirl brownies I posted last you definitely need to! I made them in a mini muffin tin the 2nd time i made them and OMG, so stinking good! Addicting actually….good thing I can blame eating 4 of them in a day on being a prego craving! LOL Anyways…on to today’s recipe; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I had to make these twice because the first time i made them, I used the entire cup of shortening; bad mistake because I didn’t realize that shortening is made of mostly soybean oil, and with a soy allergy, lets just say the stomach-ache wasn’t worth it! But…these cookies were sooo yummy i wanted more! So, after I gave the entire batch away to hubbies office (which were devoured in less then 5 minutes!) I gave it another try! I substituted half the shortening for applesauce, and used my non-dairy butter for the other half instead of shortening. They turned out a little lighter and fluffier then the first batch but less greasy and much more healthy! They were eaten very happily and with no tummy troubles! All in all a winner in the end thats not only super tasty, but allergy friendly, and quick and easy to make! That said… hope you’ll give them a try and enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies (Printable Version)

Pumpkin Choc Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
•    1/2 cup shortening or non-dairy butter
•    1/2 cup applesauce
•    1 cup white sugar
•    1 cup canned pumpkin puree
•    1 egg
•    2 cups gluten free flour
•    1 tsp xanthan gum
•    1 tsp baking soda
•    1 tsp cinnamon
•    1 tsp salt
•    1 cup Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
1.    Cream shortening/butter, applesauce, sugar, and pumpkin.
2.    Add egg and mix well.
3.    Add sifted dry ingredients and mix.
4.    Mix in chocolate chips.
5.    Using a cookie scoop, drop onto greased cookie sheet.
6.    Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.
7.    Remove from oven and cool on pan 3 minutes.
8.    Remove from pan and place on cooling rack.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

I am SO ready for fall! I absolutely love everything about Autumn; the crisp cool air, the beautiful leaves falling, a cozy fire in the fireplace, roasting marshmallows in our backyard bonfire, wearing comfy jeans and sweaters, and not to mention the food! Fresh crisp juicy apples right off the tree, fresh pressed apple cider, and pumpkin spice anything,….I could go on and on! LOL I’ve been in the mood lately for pumpkin, but also for chocolate….thus a new creation was born; Pumpkin Swirl Brownies. Ohhhh my goodness these are soooooo stinking good! I put mine in the fridge so they would keep longer (ha who was I kidding?!), and it was the best move Ive ever made! These taste just like pumpkin pie but with a brownie crust! Totally the best of both worlds! I think I ate almost the whole pan by myself, but hey, I’m eating for two now right, so it’s ok! These would probably be really tasty with whip cream on the top too! These are definitely on my top fall dessert list now, so Im sure they’ll be made quite often around here! Hope wherever you are it’s starting to cool down, and we can all enjoy some cozy fall weather! Get a great start on it by making these….trust me you’ll be thanking me later! LOL  Enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (Printable Version)
Pumpkin-swirl-brownies
Ingredients:
4 tablespoons non-dairy butter
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup gluten free flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon solid-pack pumpkin
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, optional

Directions:
1.    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch glass baking dish.
2.    Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until well combined.
3.    Beat in the flour, gum, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
4.    Melt chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl in microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth.
5.    Divide batter between two medium bowls. Stir chocolate mixture into one bowl. In other bowl, stir in pumpkin, oil, and spice.
6.    Pour half the brownie mixture into the pan first and then top with the pumpkin batter. Put spoonfuls of the brownie mixture on top and use a knife to swirl batter. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate chips, if desired.
7.    Bake until set, 30-35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

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