Gluten Free Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

It’s the 4th of July and we are headed to the park for a picnic and some kayaking.  That is, if the rain would clear up… In my kitchen it smells of cinnamon  and chocolate.   I have zucchini lining the bottom of my fridge so I searched for a good zucchini muffin recipe to make for this evening.  This recipe is from www.agirldefloured.com who cooks for her gluten-free family.  I changed it up a bit and added mini chocolate chips and made them into mini muffins.       Gluten-Free Zucchini ~ Chocolate Chip Muffins       Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Makes about 6 dozen mini muffins Ingredients 2 full cup of grated zucchini (from about 1 medium zucchini) 2 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour blend 1/2 cup almond flour (or finely ground almond meal) 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend already has it) 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 4 teaspoons cinnamon 2 cups light brown sugar 2/3 cup coconut oil 4 large eggs 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk (or regular whole milk) 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional Instructions Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray  mini muffin pans with gluten-free cooking spray and set aside. Place the shredded zucchini into some paper towels and gently squeeze out any moisture. Fluff the zucchini with a fork and set aside. Put the all-purpose gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and...

Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

My daughter was baker yesterday while I worked.  She made a gluten free Funny Cake, which I have posted earlier and these gluten free Oatmeal cookies.  They were a hit, and it was wonderful to walk into my house smelling the tasty baked goods!            Enjoy! Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookie Recipe ¼ cup Trickling Springs, grass-fed butter ( Get it at The Old Dutch Cupboard) 1 ¼ t. baking soda ¾ c raw sugar 3 c gluten free rolled oats ( I used Trader Joe’s) ¾ c organic brown sugar 6 oz chocolate chips ( I always use Enjoy Life mini chips) 2 eggs ½ c chopped walnuts (opt.) 1 t. vanilla 1 cup peanut butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar and butter and beat until creamy.  Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda and mix well.  Add peanut butter and mix.  Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts.  Place teaspoon full of dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet or stone.  Bake 10 – 12 mins until lightly brown. Makes approximately 48...
Strawberry Season! ~ Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry Season! ~ Gluten-Free Strawberry Muffins

It’s strawberry season again, and they are coming in full force!    I froze some for smoothies and sherbet, made strawberry-rhubarb jam and pie filling and found this wonderful recipe for muffins! Servings: 6-12 muffins Preparation Time: 10 minutes Muffins: 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 6 eggs 1/3 cup raw honey 1/3 cup coconut oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen, chopped Cream Cheese Topping: 1 cup homemade or store bought cream cheese, softened 1 cup chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen 1 – 3 tablespoons raw honey For the muffins: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda. In a large bowl mix the eggs, honey, coconut oil and vanilla until well blended. Mix dry ingredients into the wet, blending with a hand mixer or by hand. Gently fold in strawberries. Place batter in paper lined muffin tins OR oil small individual glass bowls and pour batter in about 1/2 – 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Take them out and let them cool and serve topped with Strawberry Cream Cheese. Cream Cheese: Place everything in a blender or food processor and blend till smooth. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. When muffins are ready, generously top each muffin and enjoy! Recipe from...
Gluten Free Buttermilk Donuts – for Fastnacht Day

Gluten Free Buttermilk Donuts – for Fastnacht Day

My wonderful sister-in-law made the donuts this year for Fastnacht!  What a fabulous sister-in-law!  She brought over a donut and a donut hole for each of us, and they were amazing.  The recipe was found on Pinterest and comes from kitchensmagazine.blogspot.com.             THANKS EMILY! Ingredients: 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups buttermilk 1/4 cup butter, melted 5 cups gluten-free rice flour mix (see note) 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1/2 cup sugar, set aside in a bowl   Directions: Beat the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a large bowl with a whisk. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Fold slowly into the wet ingredients, mixing by hand with a wooden spoon. When the ingredients are mostly combined, use your hands to knead a few times to make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. Sprinkle extra rice flour mix on your countertop or a large cutting board. Roll out dough to between 1/3 and 1/2 inch thick. If dough is sticky, work in more rice flour blend. Heat 2-3 inches of canola oil in the bottom of a pot until very hot (375 degrees F). Cut dough with doughnut cutter OR use a glass, biscuit cutter or jar with approximately 3-inch diameter to cut disks out of the dough and use the cap of the oil bottle to cut out the center hole. Remaining dough scraps can be rolled into balls (“donut holes”) and fried. Carefully drop each doughnut in hot oil with...
Slow-cooked Peaches & Cream Oatmeal

Slow-cooked Peaches & Cream Oatmeal

Are you hurried in the morning getting loved ones off to work and school?  Try making some oatmeal in the crock pot overnight!  When everyone comes down, they can scoop a bowl full of warm oatmeal, top with some healthy fats of coconut oil and grass fed butter, pour over some raw milk and you have a healthy, filling, tasty breakfast that will feed the whole family!  The recipe I used this morning was from www.eatathomecooks.com   1 – 3/4 cup gluten-free oats 1 qt. jar of homemade canned peaches enough milk to bring the liquid to 5 cups dash of celtic sea salt Spray inside of crock pot with coconut spray.  Put oats in crock.  Drain peaches, reserving juice.  Slice peaches into bite-size pieces and add to crock.  Add milk to peach juice to make 5 cups, pour into crock.  Add a dash of sea salt and stir to combine.  Cook for up to 7 – 8 hours, ready in 3-4 hours.  Serve with coconut oil, butter and milk. I used Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Oats and Trickling Springs Organic Salted Butter made with milk from grass-fed cows that are given no synthetic hormones or antibiotics. ~  “a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins A, D, & K-2, heart-disease preventing CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and so much...

Cold & Flu Season

Well, we are fighting colds here at our home, so I am making Beef & Cabbage soup for supper.  I use my homemade beef stock, 16 – 24 cubes,  add ground beef, about 10 garlic bulbs (crushed), half a head of cabbage, 4 carrots cut up and 2 cups of water, season with celtic sea salt and your Kelp Sea Seasonings and simmer all afternoon!   The beef stock has wonderful healing properties as I’ve stated before in my beef broth post. ..Beef & Broccoli Soup Garlic is touted to possess several antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can be beneficial in preventing and treating colds. And Cabbage…The health benefits found in cabbage work to enhance the body’s ability to ward off sickness and prevent disease. Because of its nutrient content, cabbage has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The anti-inflammatory properties help in the treatment of digestive problems, such as gastritis, heartburn and peptic ulcers. Cabbage’s anti-bacterial properties work inside the body’s cell processes and aid in detoxifying the body’s major systems. These same properties help to boost the immune system, which increases the body’s resistance to invading bacteria and viruses. I also made some Flu Busting Gummy Bears from http://wellnessmama.com/4599/flu-busting-gummy-bears/. Flu busting homemade gummy bears combine the immune boost from elderberry syrup with the gut benefits of gelatin. Author: Wellness Mama Recipe type: Natural Remedy Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins Flu busting homemade gummy bears combine the immune boost from elderberry syrup with the gut benefits of gelatin. Author: Wellness Mama Recipe type: Natural Remedy Serves: 6+ Ingredients 1 cup elderberry syrup (here is the recipe)...