3.26.2017

Blackberry Hand Pies (gluten free + vegan)

I'm just loving blackberries at the moment. My littlest kiddo is a fan of just about any fruit, but blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are definite favorites. If he even catches a glimpse of them, he starts saying "apple, apple, apple" (he calls everything "apple" right now) and will throw a fit if he doesn't get them. Needless to say, it is difficult to keep any of them around the house for very long. This child would eat a pint of berries in one sitting if I would let him!

3.24.2017

Toasted Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich (dairy + gluten free)

There is a local brewery in our town that has been one of my favorite restaurants for years. However, if you're looking for dairy-free or gluten-free choices, the options are few and far between. We don't visit very often anymore, but I still think about some of my favorite foods from the past, like a delicious club sandwich. 

2.07.2017

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (dairy + gluten free)

It's birthday week! Or.... really just an excuse to make cupcakes. ;)

I always try and create a new cake/dessert recipe for my birthday, because no one else in this house is making me a cake, and buying one really isn't much of an option. Last year it was these amazing strawberry cupcakes, that are probably my favorite ever. I posted the question on my Facebook page about what flavor I should try this year, and as soon as I read "Mint Chocolate Chip" I knew that was it!


So I set to work... and came up with these delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, which I think are pretty delicious!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (dairy + gluten free)

Cupcakes:
3/4 cup dairy free milk
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
1 tsp Rodelle organic chocolate extract (optional)
1/4 tsp mint extract
1/2 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels

Frosting:
1 cup shortening
1 lb powdered sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp mint extract
4-6 drops green food color (optional)
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the dairy free milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners. 

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In another large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, dairy free milk/vinegar mixture, applesauce, chocolate extract (if using) and mint extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop, fill each well 3/4 full of batter.

Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees, place pan in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the frosting, combine the shortening and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Begin mixing on low speed and slowly pour the water in until the mixture reaches a thick, yet creamy consistency. Increase the speed to medium and add the mint extract, food coloring (if using) and salt. Increase speed to high and whip for 3-5 minutes. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. 

Garnish with shaved chocolate, mini chocolate chips, or a dusting of cocoa powder. 








1.26.2017

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Chia Pudding (gluten free + vegan)

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I was just recently talking about our healthier eating plan around here (which I followed up with a dessert post - ha!), and here is one example of our healthier breakfast choices! I've been seeing Chia Pudding recipes everywhere. They're super versatile and you can really add any flavors you like, plus mix-ins, toppings, etc. 

1.24.2017

Chocolate No Bake Cheesecakes (gluten free + vegan)

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How are the New Year's Resolutions going? So far so good over here, which is why it's been a bit quiet on the site this past month. My eating habits got a bit (read: a lot) lax toward the end of 2016 and needed reigned back in. It's so easy to make excuses and put off cleaning up bad habits during the holidays.

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