Chocolate / Desserts / Gluten Free / Recipes / Vegetarian
Gluten Free Paleo Brownies
- ½ cup Coconut Flour
- ¼ cup Tapioca Starch
- ¼ cup Toasted Carob Powder (or ¼ cup cocoa powder)
- ½ tsp, Baking soda
- 1 tsp Baking Powder Aluminum Free & Double Acting
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons Coconut Milk
- ¼ cup Honey
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- Preheat your oven to 350f (175c).
- In a large bowl mix together your eggs and honey until well combined. Then add your apple cider vinegar, vanilla, coconut milk, and coconut oil. Don't worry if your coconut oil forms little solid pieces, this is actually what you want because when the brownie bakes it makes these yummy little pockets. Make sure you whisk this together very well, you don't want the oil chunks very large.
- In another bowl, mix the rest of your ingredients together well. You don't want any lumps.
- Grease your baking container well; I used a glass loaf pan. Don't use a large pan if you want these to be taller. Once your oven is well preheated, mix your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and whisk til there are no lumps. Scrape your batter into your container and even it out.
- Bake in the middle of your oven for 25-35 minutes (see notes). I like my brownies well done so I went the full 35 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the middle will come out clean. Let cool in the pan for at east 10 minutes. Serve warm, and try some butter on top, it tastes amazing!
If you want more fudgy/gooey brownies only bake it about 80% done, about 25 minutes. A toothpick will come out almost clean and might be a little jiggly in the middle. Let cool at least 20 minutes.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 225 Fat: 11 Saturated fat: 8 Unsaturated fat: 1 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 27 Sugar: 15 Sodium: 217 Fiber: 5 Protein: 6 Cholesterol: 106
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Desserts / Recipes / Vegan / Vegetarian
Very Berry Paleo Vegan Ice Cream
- ⅓ cup coconut cream or ½ cup coconut milk
- ⅔ cup water (or ½ cup water if using coconut milk)
- 100g banana, frozen
- 40g blueberries, frozen
- 20g raspberries, frozen
- 90g strawberries, frozen
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- A high speed blender like a Vitamix OR a decent food processor
- Add your coconut cream (or milk) to your blender, add enough water to equal 1 cup of liquid. Add in the rest of your ingredients.
- Blend on medium speed using plunger if needed (or scrap the sides down if your blender doesn't use a plunger). If using a food processor, pulse several times, scraping down the sides as needed. Blend until creamy and smooth.
- Serve immediately or you can stick this in the freeze for 30 minutes to firm up more if desired.
I use Aroy-D brand coconut cream
, if your brand is more solid, you might need to water it down more.
Don't want ice cream? That's okay, use fresh fruit or let the frozen fruit thaw and you'll have yourself an amazing tasting smoothie! Yummy!
Not sweet enough? Add a bit of stevia to sweeten it up.
Serving size: 1 recipe Calories: 300 Fat: 15 Saturated fat: 10 Unsaturated fat: 0 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 41 Sugar: 23 Sodium: 22 Fiber: 7 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 0
Appetizer / Breads / Recipes / Side Dish / Vegetarian
Healthy Cornbread - Whole grain, low fat, and dairy free!
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 5-8 tablespoons maple syrup (see note)
- 1 tablespoon double acting baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar for sprinkling, optional (see note)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla, optional (see note)
- Preheat your oven to 400Â°F or 200Â°c. Once preheated add in a large cast iron skillet or a metal baking tray and preheat for another 5-10 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl add in all your dry ingredients, mix well, and set aside. In another bowl mix all your wet ingredients except 1 tablespoon of the oil. Set these aside until your skillet or pan is heated.
- After the 5-10 minutes of preheating your skillet, carefully remove it from your oven and add in your 1 tablespoon of oil. Use a brush if available to spread the oil around the bottom and sides to prevent sticking, this also creates a very yummy crust.
- RIGHT before adding it to the pan completely mix the wet into the dry ingredients removing any lumps. Add the mixture from a height to remove large air bubbles and make sure it coats the bottom of the pan. Return to oven and bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool in pan 20 minutes and enjoy!
In this recipe I used maple syrup. You can replace it with honey or another liquid sweetener if you choose. If you would like to use sugar you'll need to add ½ cup to ¾ cup depending on sweetness and another ¼ to ½ cup of water to adjust the consistency. For a mild tasting cornbread only add 5 tablespoons of maple syrup (even then it's slightly sweet), this is great for mixing with spicy chili. If serving as more sweet add 8 tablespoons maple syrup.
I used about 1 teaspoon of sugar to sprinkle on the top because it makes the top crunchy, this is totally optional and usually I don't do it!
I don't normally add vanilla but if you want a more dessert tasting cornbread add 1 tablespoon of real vanilla extract.
Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 170 Fat: 5 Saturated fat: 3 Unsaturated fat: 1 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 28 Sugar: 9 Sodium: 261 Fiber: 3 Protein: 4 Cholesterol: 26