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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

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

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.

Tomato-Free Ketchup & BBQ Sauce

Finally! Some gluten, dairy, soy and most of all tomato free sauces! Earlier I posted the Nomato Sauce for tomato free red sauce, which you can use for spaghetti & pasta sauce, as well as pizza sauce. But… whats life without ketchup and bbq sauce!? That’s where these recipes come in! And they’re so good! You can use them in a bunch of other recipes as well, its like my long lost fave foods are back in my life which makes me super happy! Slopy joes, home made chili, bbq chicken, ribs, etc! YUM! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! They’re really easy to make and made with natural ingredients, which means they’re not full of the yucky fake stuff like preservatives etc like the store-bought ones. Take a few minutes to give these a try and i promise I’ll be posting more recipes in which you can use these. You won’t regret it….enjoy! 🙂

Tomato-Free Ketchup (Printable Version)Tomato Free Ketchup

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (16 ounce) can pear halves in natural juice, drained
1 (16 ounce) can sliced carrots, drained
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup (Karo)
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Store in refrigerator.

Tomato-Free BBQ Saucetomato free bbq sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups tomato-free ketchup
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp black pepper

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Cashew Butter

Peanuts are the enemy, which kinda sucks when you love peanut butter! But, the stomachache isn’t really worth it, so I decided to make my own cashew butter, since the only kind you can buy is super expensive! It’s really hard to find too, so i figured I’d stock up on cashews from Costco and make a bunch of cashew butter. It was way easier than i thought it would be and it makes quite a bit! I’m already on my second batch, I guess the peanut butter and jelly (ok, really its homemade jam, YUM!) toast used it up pretty quick! I also made a batch of granola bars and oatmeal cookies substituting the peanut butter with this yummy cashew butter and they turned out fantastic! Speaking of Costco, they now have Udi’s multi-grain gluten free bread in the freezer section and its a much larger loaf, the pieces are bigger too, and its a pretty good price! I was super excited to see it, and will be stocking up on it as I’m going through it pretty darn quickly! Its funny how the things that you cant have and then find out that you can have again, you’ll have it a whole bunch like you’re making up for lost time or something! LOL  If you can have peanuts or almonds you can use this recipe and make your own nut butter. Any kind is better than the preservative filled ones at the store! Nothing beats fresh, natural nut butter. Oh, just make sure you use unsalted nuts, or it’ll be a little saltier than you expect. Yep, I learned this the hard way, Oops! Oh well, it’s still good! So give it a try and enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Cashew Butter (Printable Version)cashew_butter

Ingredients
4 cups unsalted roasted cashews
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar

Directions
Place the nuts in a food processor and process until fine. Add the oil, salt, and sugar. Process on high for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and process to desired smoothness. Transfer to a bowl to use as a dip, spread, or to use in other recipes. Or place in an jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

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.

Taco Pie (Gluten & Dairy Free)

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things and getting around to cooking some new things and posting them. If you couldn’t tell by my 2 month absence on here that I had my little bundle of joy….and she takes up a lot of time! Thank goodness for all those freezer meals I prepped in advance! She’s 2 months old now and giving me more time to do things, and I have a little more energy since she’s sleeping longer, so I’m taking advantage and getting something posted before she wakes up from her nap! This awesome taco pie is not only impossibly easy to make, its super tasty! Even the leftovers are yummy, and thank goodness for leftovers these days! There are some variations on this you could do like using chopped or shredded meat, adding tomatoes or peppers or whatever else you want to throw in to make it your kind of tacolicious! Have fun with it and enjoy! 🙂

Taco Pie(Printable Versiontaco pie

 Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey, beef or chicken

1 small onion, diced

1 tsp taco seasoning

1/2 cup GF Bisquick

1 cup almond milk

2 eggs

1/2 cup shredded cheddar or soy cheese 

1 cup corn kernels, cooked & drained

¼ cup sliced black olives

2 medium green onions, sliced

Crushed tortilla chips

Shredded cheddar cheese for topping

 

Directions:

 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.

 2. In 10-inch skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Stir in taco seasoning, corn, and olives. Spread in pie plate. Top with cheese.

 3. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick, milk and eggs with wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate.

   4. Bake 25 minutes. Top with cheese, green onions, and tortilla chips. Bake 2 to 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Italian Baked Ziti

I know, I know….. I led you on in my last post with the promise of an amazing pasta recipe to use up the Nomato Sauce you just made! By the way…….how was it?! I’ve made like 3 batches since I posted the recipe and countless casseroles and other dishes using it! Which kind of explains why I haven’t gotten to posting anything yet! LOL  My freezer is slowly filling up (yay!) so I’m hopeful I’ll have a good variety and stash of meals ready to go before baby gets here! The countdown has begun….. down to just 1 more month…although it could technically be any day right?! You just never know! Between that and being crazy busy with work lately, posting has kinda got put on the back burner. So…..I’m going to live up to my word now and give you one of the best and yummiest Italian recipes that you’ll ever eat! Again…… gluten free, tomato free, and dairy free (if you sub out the cheese with soy cheese).  I’ve made this a couple different ways, and this one is the by far the best, although they’re all really tasty! Having the Italian sausage really adds to the Italian flavor, and using the penne instead of spaghetti gives it a little more sustenance and holds up better…no one likes soggy pasta! LOL This dish is super addictive, or maybe its just me since its been so long since Ive had anything like this!? And as bad as it sounds, and as bad as pregnancy indigestion can be, this is something I don’t mind tasting the rest of the day! Haha…..sorry, tmi right?!  Anyhow….. give this one a try! Its quick and easy to make, especially if you have the sauce already made. If you don’t, you can find the recipe for homemade Nomato Sauce here. Enjoy 🙂

Italian Baked Ziti (Printable Version)

Italian Baked Ziti

Ingredients:
•    2 Tablespoons Oil
•    1 & ½ teaspoons Minced Garlic
•    1 small Onion, Diced
•    1 & 1/2 pounds Italian Sausage
•    1 pound Ground Turkey
•    2 cups Nomato Sauce (see recipe)
•    2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
•    Salt & Pepper, to taste
•    16 ounce Package Uncooked Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
•    1 to 2 cups Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
•    ½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
•    Minced Dried Parsley

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until it starts to soften. Add the Italian sausage and ground turkey and cook until browned. Stir in the salt, pepper & Italian seasoning.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions until not quite al dente. Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking and cool it down. Place the pasta back in the pot and stir in the meat, sauce and cheeses and toss to combine.
Place pasta into a greased 9×13 inch baking dish OR (2) greased 8×8 inch baking dishes.* Sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.
*** If making 2 pans, bake one and cool the other before freezing. When ready to cook the frozen casserole, defrost overnight in the fridge and bake normally or until cooked through.

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce

Having food allergies can make cooking a pain in the butt! If you have any at all, or multiple, then you definitely know what I’m talking about here! It has been years since I had anything with tomato in it. The other day I had a craving for pizza…..and not my typical no sauce, low dairy pizza, but a REAL pizza! And, as it gets closer to baby’s due date, I’m trying to get some things made and put in the freezer ahead of time. Looking at freezer meals I’m finding that most of them have tomato sauce. And let me tell you how good a classic Italian lasagna sounds! I had heard of this amazing product called “Nomato sauce” which sounds like a great idea, but who wants to pay that much money for a little jar of it, and then still have to wait for it to actually get here after you order it!? I wanted immediate satisfaction for this wonderful preggo craving, so I decided to just make my own. After searching online for awhile, and reading lots of reviews, I came up with this super tasty and easy tomato-free red sauce. Its hard to actually believe that it doesn’t have tomatoes in it…. even hubby was impressed at how similar it was to the “real” thing! It’s got to be much healthier for you too, since there are no preservatives or additives like the jarred stuff. You can adapt the spices as needed for whatever dish you want to use it in!

We used it for pizza, which was a nice change for me, as we usually just skip the sauce part. I even splurged on the new Pillsbury pizza dough in the refrigerator section, which I have to tell you was a waste of time and money! I figured it would be yummy and more like what i remember the wheat-based pizza dough tastes like. This was dense and heavy and doughy and just plain gross! I had read the reviews even and cooked it based on them to make it better, and we just ate the toppings off and threw it away! So…….don’t waste your money!

There was still plenty of sauce leftover so I froze a couple small jars AND made a double batch of baked spaghetti (which will be my next post, so stay tuned!) which turned out amazing!! It totally hit the spot, was even better then i remember, and the best part? NO TOMATOES!! I made a pan for the freezer as well, so feeling especially productive! LOL Only 6 more weeks or less to go, guess i better get going on stocking up that freezer! With so many food allergies it’s hard to let anyone else cook for you, so if you have any great freezer meal ideas please let me know! In the meantime I’ll hopefully be trying out some new recipes to share with you, cause once baby arrives who knows how much time I’ll have to cook! So, for those of you non-tomato eaters and even those who just want to try something new and different, this sauce is quick and simple to make,not to mention delicious and healthy, so give it a try and enjoy! 🙂

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce (Printable Version)
Nomato Sauce
Ingredients:

•    6 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 (15 oz) can of sliced beets, drained
•    ½ of a  large onion, cut into large pieces
•    3 celery ribs, chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 & 1/2 cups water
•    Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper & sugar to taste

Directions:

•    Put all the veggies and water into a covered pot and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until veggies are soft.
•    Pour into blender and blend until smooth. Blend in spices to taste, spicing appropriately for the dish you are using it in.

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