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Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

You know how they say time goes by so much faster the older you get? Maybe its the age but I think that its more the busy with kids and life that makes the time just fly by! I totally understand this now, because I just realized how incredibly long its been since I last posted. And I apologize to you and to myself! LOL I have missed blogging and baking and cooking and working with new recipes. 😦 I guess I have been in “survival mom” mode the last couple years! Now that baby #2 just turned one (again, how did that happen so fast!?) and baby #1 is about to turn 3… Ive pretty much stuck to a few basics… IE, things that are quick, easy and usually guaranteed to be eaten! But… now that my little man is a little eating champ, seriously a meat and potatoes boy after my own heart, especially since big sister is in that threenager full of spitfire refusing to eat anything stage! I’ve deemed its time to get back into the swing of things and start trying to make time to try new things and actually get them posted on here! This being said as I look around and see the hurricane disaster obstacle course that is now my living room thanks to my two little lovebugs whilst I post this long overdue post!

Ok, so on to the good part, you heard me, gluten and dairy free goodness! This coffee cake is one of my absolute favorites from way back when, when I was still able to eat gluten and dairy. Then, years later I was craving this and decided to find a way to have it again. Its amazing how far things have come in the gluten and dairy free food department! I actually found coconut milk yogurt! That is the key to this coffee cake being so moist and delicious. I’m a huge fan of coconut oil, milk, yogurt, etc. I don’t find it adds a coconuty flavor, but it sure makes food yummy! This cake doesn’t seem to dry out as quickly as other gluten free coffee cakes, though maybe its just because its so good it doesn’t last as long in our house! With the rainy, fall weather, this is the perfect way to start off your fall baking. It makes your kitchen smell divine as well! Hope you enjoy this one as much as we do! And with some much needed luck, you’ll be hearing from me again soon with some new stuff to try!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake (Gluten & Dairy Free)                                                 Printable Version

cinnamon-coffee-cake Ingredients:

2/3 cup coconut oil

2 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla

4 eggs

3 cups gluten free flour

1 & ½ tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups coconut milk yogurt

Topping:

2 Tbsp cinnamon

½ cup chpd walnuts

¾ cup sugar

 Directions:

In mixer, cream oil and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla & eggs and beat well. Combine flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add alternately with the yogurt. Beat just enough after each to keep batter smooth. Spoon 1/3 of batter into a greased 10 in tube pan. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nuts & sugar. Sprinkle 1/3 of topping over the batter in the pan. Repeat layers 2 times. Bake at 350, for 70 min or till cake tests done. Cool 10 minutes on a cooling rack, then remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely.

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Grilled Chicken, Peach & Caramelized Sweet Onion Pizza (Gluten Free)

You might be thinking what in the world is this girl thinking?! LOL I know it sounds a little…. uhm, gourmet, but just trust me on this one ok?! It is incredible!! The peach and caramelized sweet onions (and not just any onions mind you, these were amazing Walla Walla Sweet Onions, omg are they gooood!) add a nice sweet flavor that is an amazing flavor combination with the savory basil and smokey bacon flavors. I can’t even tell you how freakin good this pizza is!! Its similar to the Strawberry-Basil Chicken Bacon Pizza I made a while back. That one is delish too! I’m kind of on a mission to make as many different and unique kinds of pizza! I absolutely loooove pizza, I mean who doesn’t right?! LOL  Its hard for me since I can’t have tomatoes or dairy, really, so coming up with new and exciting recipes for delicious pizza is my new thing! These are great cause the crust is super easy to make, and its yeast-free! Bonus for me!! To make it dairy free, just sub the cheese for soy-cheese. I splurged on regular mozzarella this time but to each their own right?! I’ve got some great pizza ideas rolling around in my head, so stay tuned!! Plenty more options to try soon! In the meantime tho, give these 2 pizzas a try!! It IS Friday….. so how bout some home-made gourmet pizza and a movie?! YAY for date nite right?! Enjoy! 🙂

Grilled Chicken, Peach & Caramelized Sweet Onion Pizza (Printable Version)

Ingredients

3 prepared mini pizza crusts made w/ basil

3 Tbsp peach jam

1/2 Medium sweet Onion

1⁄2 teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 large Peach, peeled & sliced

1 tsp basil

1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 boneless chicken breast

1/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare pizza crust as directed on GF Bisquick box.
  3. Spread dough into 3 greased mini tart pans. Bake 10 minutes.
  4. Rub oil and basil onto the chicken breast and grill on a George Foreman grill on med-high until cooked thru. Cut into strips.
  5. Caramelize the onion on medium heat, add in garlic for last 5 minutes.
  6. Remove crust from oven and spread with jam and half the mozzarella cheese.
  7. Add the peaches, chicken, caramelized onions and bacon bits. Top with rest of cheese and sprinkle with basil.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned.

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