Easy Healthy Yeast Bread

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This bread has no rise time, but still has a lovely yeasty quality and smell. Oh. That smell.

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons honey or brown rice syrup
  • ½ cup warm water (about 110-120 degrees fahrenheit, see instructions on the package of your yeast)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal (golden flaxseed meal is preferably as it lends a more bread-like color.)
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 packets nunaturals brand stevia packets (depending on how sweet you want your bread)
  • 4 room temperature eggs or 2 tablespoons ener-g egg replacer mixed with ½ cup water
  • 5 tablespoons applesauce or mashed banana

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, pour the warm water into the bowl of stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl), and whisk in the yeast and the honey or brown rice syrup. Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until it is foamy, beautiful, and smells like happiness. With the paddle attachment, beat in the coconut flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, salt, and stevia until combined. Add in the eggs or egg replacer, and applesauce or mashed banana and continue to beat until the dough is smooth, light, and airy.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead a few times until it comes together. Form into a loaf (longer and thinner is better so it cooks properly) and make scour marks over the top with a knife. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and spray with cooking spray (either olive, canola, or coconut oil spray). Bake in the oven at 350°F for 35-40 minutes or firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set oven to broil and place the baking sheet under the broiler for 1-3 minutes, or until the outside of the bread is nicely browned. Let cool on a wire rack, slice with a sharp knife as needed, and top at will. Devour.

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Pasta and Cherry Salad with Mint Pesto and Roasted Almonds

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I love to experiment with fruit in pasta salads. I have found that pasta goes very well with many types of fruit and many types of sauces/dressings. Sometimes getting “lost” is the best way to find something new, even when it comes to recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces small shell pasta
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 2 cups firmly packed mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia or stevia powdered extract
  • 2 tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and halved

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Prepare pasta as shown on package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water in a colander. Set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, roast almonds. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast in the oven until golden brown, approx. 4 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Create pesto by combining mint and sugar substitute in a blender or food processor. Process until the mint is finely chopped. Add the oil, vinegar and pepper. Process until well blended.
  5. Place pasta in large bowl and add celery and cherries. Toss together gently. Pour pesto over pasta mixture and toss again,gently but thoroughly. Serve immediately; sprinkle with roasted almonds over each bowl or plate. Pasta dish can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 hours. (Note: The pasta will darken the longer it sits in the vinegar.)

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Apple Cinnamon Protein Muffins

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These muffins will be super dense and moist, thanks to the applesauce and yogurt. The egg whites and protein powder give it a little kick of protein! They’re really dense, but also filling and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup applesauce
  • ⅓ cup egg whites
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ 1 and 1/2 scoops protein powder (any kind would work, but I used vanilla!)
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup sugar free vanilla syrup (or 6-8 packets of stevia, or 1/4 cup honey/agave)
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix everything together (doesn’t matter the order) until well combined.
  3. Line your muffin tin, preferably with foil liners (they won’t stick so much) and add about 1/4 cup batter to each muffin liner. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Quinoa-Berry Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 pint blackberries, preferably organic
  • 1 pint raspberries, preferably organic
  • 1 Teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 Cups mixed greens
  • 2 scallions, chopped finely
  • 2 Tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon amazon stevia powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest, plus more for serving
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseeds

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Gluten Free Lemon Almond Pancakes

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Inspired by our Tiramisu Pancakes and love the idea of combining lemon and almond together. Recipe is easy to make and is made with gluten free ingredients and vegan too!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup millet flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 piece lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions:

  1. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and mix.
  2. Next add in your wet ingredients and stir till combined.
  3. Place a little oil of choice into a skillet over medium heat. And scoop pancake batter into heated pan.
  4. Cook for a few minutes on each side till done.
  5. Top with favorite syrup and toppings.

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Simple Morning Oatmeal

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A dairy-free and deliciously simple breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked oats
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp. stevia
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1¾ cups rice milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. honey, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Combine oats, almonds, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and sea salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk rice milk, egg, butter, and almond extract.
  3. Transfer oat mixture to prepared baking dish; layer the almond milk mixture on top of oats. Scatter blueberries and strawberries on top.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and the oat mixture has set. Remove from oven; set aside to cool for 5 minutes before serving with a drizzle of honey.

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Strawberry Layer Cake with Pastry Cream Filling and “White Chocolate” Covered Cookie Crumbs, PART II

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This is the rest of the recipe called “Strawberry Layer Cake with Pastry Cream Filling and “White Chocolate” Covered Cookie Crumbs.”

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds
  • 6 tablespoons light agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened plain or vanilla rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour mix (i use my own recipe, on my blog)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
  • 4 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 30-50 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid, to taste
  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 10-20 drops plain or vanilla liquid stevia, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons agar powder (not flakes)

Instructions:

  1. TO MAKE THE COOKIES: Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment, or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the agave, chia seeds, soymilk, vanilla and lemon extraact. Set aside while you measure the dry ingredients, or at least 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine evenly. Drop the coconut oil in large chunks over the flour mixture. Then, using your hands, pinch the mixture between your thumb and forefingers repeatedly until it comes together and the oil is completely blended into the flour. The mixture should appear crumbly but hold together when squeezed in your hand. (Note: the dough should NOT be the same as a pie dough, with visible, pea-sized bits of coconut oil distributed throughout; it should all be smoothly and completely blended into the flour).
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir well to combine. You should have a soft and sticky dough, but one that holds together.
  5. Gather the dough and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about an hour. Once firm, remove the dough from the plastic and place on a lightly floured piece of waxed paper or countertop and roll out to about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) thickness. Cut into rectangles about 3 x 2 inches (8 x 5.5 cm) big. Place the cookies about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on cookie sheets. Gather any remaining dough and roll again; repeat until all dough is used.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes, rotating the cookie sheets about halfway through, until cookies are deep golden brown on the edges. Cool completely before removing from the cookie sheets. Makes 24-30 cookies. May be frozen: wrap in plastic and store in an airtight bag or container in the freezer until ready to use, up to 3 months
  7. TO MAKE THE “WHITE CHOCOLATE” COATING:Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use a VitaMix) and blend until perfectly smooth and almost liquid; this will take some time, and you will have to push the mixture toward the blades using the tamper. When it’s done, it should be pourable and the consistency of a very thin natural almond butter. Use immediately to make the Cookie Crumb Garnish.
  8. TO MAKE THE COOKIE CRUMB GARNISH: Have the freshly made “White Chocolate Coating” at the ready.
  9. Break the cooled cookies into chunks and place them in a food processor. Process until you have coarse crumbs. No pieces should be larger than a pea. Turn the crumbs into a medium bowl.
  10. Pour the fresh white chocolate coating over the crumbs in the bowl. Toss with a fork until they begin to clump together and form little balls; keep tossing until all the crumbs are coated. If the mixture seems too wet, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and then toss again; repeat until the coating is firm and you have a bowl of little clumps. Break apart with your fingers if necessary to ensure that none of the pieces is larger than a pea. If you’re making the garnish ahead of time, transfer to a covered container and store in the refrigerator. Otherwise, refrigerate until ready to use.
  11. Separate 2 heaping cups of berries (about 15 large berries), choosing the most beautiful looking ones for this purpose. If you’re making the cake now, hull and slice about 2/3 of the berries into slices; hull and quarter the other third of the berries (keep the two piles separate). The slices will be used beween the cake layers and the quartered berries will be used as garnish on top. If you’re making the cake a day or two later, don’t slice or cut the separated 2 cups (480 ml) of berries; leave those whole, and store them in the fridge until you need them. Slice and quarter right before you assemble the cake.
  12. Hull the remaining berries (everything but the 2 cups you removed) and wash well. Place berries in a blender, in batches if necessary, and purée until liquefied. Transfer the liquid to a medium pot. Squeeze in the lime juice and stir.
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower heat to medium-low and cook, stirring frequently to avoid scorching, until the mixture reduces to 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) total (about half the original volume), 1-1.5 hours. Add the stevia and adjust sweetness level if necessary. Whisk in the agar and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Allow to cool until it reaches room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator and refrigerate until cold (it will be firm at that point). If making ahead, store, covered, in the refrigerator up to 2 days (and keep your fresh berries in the refrigerator as well until ready to use).
  14. TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Keep the cake layers frozen (they will defrost very quickly–mine were defrosted by the time I assembled and finished photographing the cake–but it’s much easier to assemble everything with frozen layers). Bring all your other components to your work station: the coated cookie crumbs, the pastry cream, the strawberry spread and the sliced and quartered fresh berries.
  15. Measure out one cup (240 ml) of the cookie crumbs and set aside for garnish. Divide the remaining cookie crumbs in half.
  16. Place one frozen cake layer on the center of a cake platter or serving plate. Cover the top with half the pastry cream; spread evenly with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with one half of the (non-garnish) cookie crumbs. Measure out 2/3 cup (160 ml) of the strawberry spread and dot the top of the cake layer with spoonfuls of it evenly over the crumbs, then spread it as evenly as possible to cover the surface evenly using the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with half the sliced fresh berries.
  17. Top the first layer with another frozen layer, and repeat the toppings, first spreading with the rest of the pastry cream, sprinkling with the other half of the non-garnish cookie crumbs, covering with 2/3 cup (80 ml) of the strawberry spread, and sprinkling with the other half of the sliced berries.
  18. Place the final frozen layer on top of the cake. Cover the top with 2/3 cup (160 ml) of the strawberry spread, leaving about 1/4 inch (1 ml) of cake uncovered around the edge. Sprinkle with the quartered strawberries and the cookie crumbs you reserved for garnish. (You may have a bit of the strawberry spread left over at this point; if so, store in a jar in the fridge up to 4 days. It’s great as a jam or atop pancakes).
  19. At this point, you may serve the cake immediately, or store, covered, in the refrigerator for 6-24 hours. Serve cold, from the fridge. Makes 8-10 stupendous servings. It doesn’t keep well, so should be made for an occasion with 8-10 eaters, if possible. . . the cake will absorb moisture from the spread and will seem more like a trifle by day two (not that there’s anything wrong with that. . . . ).

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Coconut Lemon Sugar Cookies

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This was one of my first experiences baking gluten-free by weight and ratio. I was very pleased with the results and they ended up being a huge hit at the Austin Bakes for Japan bake sale. Lemon and coconut pair very nicely together in this healthier cookie recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces sweet rice sorghum flour
  • 1 ounce stone ground garbanzo bean flour
  • 1 ounce finely ground tapioca flour
  • 1 ounce organic cane sugar
  • 1 ounce light brown sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened flaked coconut, crushed with hands
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounces organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 heaping tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 large egg
  • Powdered sugar, for topping

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place silpat mat or parchment paper on cookie sheet.
  3. Measure dry ingredients one at a time on a kitchen scale (flour, shredded coconut, gum, salt, and baking powder) and place in a bowl.
  4. Gently combine dry ingredients with hands
  5. In a standing mixer bowl, add the coconut oil, vanilla extract, stevia, sugar, lemon zest and mix until they are combined.
  6. Add egg and incorporate through wet ingredients.
  7. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in the mixer bowl. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  8. Roll out approximately 1 inch size cookie dough balls and place in an even row on cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie is firm to touch and the bottom edges are slightly browned.
  10. When done, place on baking rack to cool. Sift a liberal amount of powdered sugar over cookie before serving.

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Strawberry Layer Cake with Pastry Cream Filling and “White Chocolate” Covered Cookie Crumbs

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I saw this recipe on Fine Cooking’s site and had to re-create it to fit my dietary restrictions–that is, without gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, soy, corn or refined sugar. The result was a spectacular showpiece that tasted absolutely amazing–hubby ate 3 pieces!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons finely ground flax seeds
  • 3/4 cups light agave nectar
  • 3/4 cups unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1/3 cup sunflower or other light-tasting oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour mix (i used my own recipe)
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dry millet
  • 1/2 cup water or vanilla rice milk (no other milks will do)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (14 oz or 400 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon packed coconut sugar
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric, optional
  • 20-30 drops plain or vanilla stevia liquid, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or lemon extract, optional

Instructions:

  1. FOR THE CAKE LAYERS, Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line three 8-inch (20 cm) round pans with parchment paper, then spray the parchment with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flax, agave nectar, soymilk, oil, vanilla and vinegar. Set aside while you mix the dry ingredients, or at least 2 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and whisk again to combine; do not overmix.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans. If you have a kitchen scale, you can weigh them to ensure they are exactly the same; if not, set the pans side by side on the counter and just estimate. Spread the batter evenly in the pan and smooth the tops.
  5. Place two pans on the top shelf and one pan on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake 20-25 minutes, rotating the pans about halfway through, until the tops are puffed and deep golden and a tester inserted in the center of each pan comes out clean (depending on where they were situated in the oven, the cakes may not all be ready at exactly the same time; if necessary, remove one or more as they are ready and keep baking the others). Leave in the pan until completely cool, then run a knife along the sides and invert onto a cooling rack. Peel off parchment, then gingerly wrap in plastic and place on the cooling rack (or a cutting board or plate) in the freezer until firm. Store in freezer bags until ready to use. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  6. FOR THE PASTRY CREAM, Place the millet and water or rice milk in a medium pot and bring to the boil; lower heat to simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid is almost absorbed, 15-20 minutes.
  7. Add the coconut milk, coconut sugar, salt and turmeric and return to the boil over medium heat. Lower heat to simmer once again and continue to cook, stirring frequently to avoid scorching (a silicone spatula works well for this) until the grains of millet have begun to open and break apart and the mixture has the consistency of very thick oatmeal or thick wallpaper paste, 30-50 minutes. If necessary, add a bit more water, 1/4 cup (60 ml) at a time, to ensure that the mixture has cooked long enough. Don’t worry about overcooking at this point–the longer it cooks, the better!
  8. When it’s reached the desired consistency, stir in the stevia, vanilla and almond extract. Stir and taste; adjust sweetness if necessary. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour the mixture into a high speed blender (I use a Vita Mix) and blend, scraping down sides as necessary, until perfectly silky smooth. Pour into a large bowl. (If you are using a conventional blender, you can still make it; blend in smaller batches and transfer each blended batch to a bowl after mixing, then stir it all together in the bowl). Allow to cool at room temperature before covering and chilling in the refrigerator at least 6 hours or overnight. It will thicken as it chills. May be made up to 3 days ahead; store, covered, in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  10. For the rest of the recipe, see next recipe–Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies, White Chocolate Coating, Strawberry Spread are all part of this recipe.

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