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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

Nomato Sloppy Joes (Gluten, Dairy & Tomato Free!)

Now that I have a tomato free ketchup sauce, there are soooo many yummy foods to eat! One of my all time favorites is sloppy joes! Its been a loooong time since I’ve had one since I couldn’t have the tomatoes, but now, now I can have sloppy joes anytime! And after you taste these bad boys, you’ll want them all the time! LOL They are soooo good…nice and messy and flavorful with a nice soft bun and crispy, crunchy pickles! Yum, yum YUM! The leftovers are just as good too. I made a big batch of the ketchup and froze little containers of it, so that I can just take one out and use it for this or meatloaf or whatever i need it for. Plus then you don’t waste any. So give these a try and enjoy! 🙂

Nomato Sloppy Joes (Printable Version)sloppy-joes
Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1/2 medium onion, diced
• 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
• 1 celery stalk, diced
• 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 1 & ½ cups Nomato sauce (see recipe)
• 1/4 cup tomato free ketchup (see recipe)
• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
• Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
• 4-6 gluten-free hamburger buns
Instructions:
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, or until soft.
2. Add the ground turkey and cook.
3. Add the nomato sauce, tomato free ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened.
4. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
5. Serve on gluten-free hamburger buns.

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.

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.

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