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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gluten & Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Cherry cookies...

~Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies~

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt

¼-1/2 cup
½ cup Ghee, palm shortening, or coconut oil
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring or pure syrup (or any other flavor desired without sugar)
1 teaspoon natural vanilla flavoring 
1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips (make sure the chocolate is gluten free. I like Enjoy Life!)

In a large bowl, stir together the almond flour and salt. In a small bowl, combine oil, honey and extract. Stir wet ingredients into dry. Put dough in freezer for 30 minutes. Roll dough into several bite sized balls, lay on parchment lined cookie sheet, and slightly press cookie down. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes until brown around the edges. Cool for ½ hour

In a small saucepan, melt chocolate over very low heat, stirring continuously. Remove saucepan from heat and drizzle chocolate over each cookie. Allow cookies to cool on a parchment lined baking sheet. Serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Blueberry Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting...

I was experimenting last night and made up this creation for my parents and Philip. My family said it didn't even taste gluten free and wholeheartedly gave their approval. I hope you enjoy this. It is wonderful that those of us with Celiac's or a gluten sensitivity can still enjoy dessert without having to suffer the consequences later. :-)

~Blueberry Spice Cake with Peanut Butter frosting
2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 grapeseed oil (or melted butter)
3/4 cup honey

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla extract

1/2-3/4 cup fresh blueberries

Oven: 350

Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with the oil (or butter) and sprinkle with almond flour.

Take two bowls. In larger bowl, stir in all the dry ingredients in order given. In the second bowl, mix the oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk together well and pour into the wet ingredients. Stir together until it is well mixed. Add blueberries and stir. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool and then frost and serve.

~Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting~
1 cup creamy peanut butter (gluten free, no sugar added)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (McCormick spices are gluten free)

Stir all ingredients together and then put in freezer for 10 minutes until thickened. Frost cake and serve!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Baked Salmon & Onions with Creamy Olive & Macadamia Nut Sauce...

It is nice to be in North Carolina for a visit! Compared to the Texas heat, it feels like paradise. :-P

Mom made some salmon today and I thought it looked kind of bare so I decided to experiment with some random ingredients. :-D This is the result and it was unanimous that it was yummy. Make the sauce before you bake the salmon so you can serve the fish right out of the oven. Just a note to say that this is gluten, egg, dairy, soy, and peanut free. :-)

~Baked Salmon & Onions~
4 pieces Salmon
1 onion, sliced
Olive oil
Brush Salmon and onions with olive oil and season to taste.
Bake at 350 until it flakes with a fork.

~Creamy Olive & Macadamia Nut Sauce~
1 teaspoon ghee
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
2 small cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
1 can coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
Dash of curry
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Saute onion in ghee and coconut oil until transparent. Add garlic and stir until browned and then toss in the nuts. Watch carefully because you don't want the nuts to burn! Add in the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium low until thickened (about 10-15 minutes), stirring every couple of minutes. Pour over Salmon and serve with a sprig of fresh basil!


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