When I was a girl I loved making Christmas cookies and candy for our neighbors. Back in those days (the 1970′s) I used a lot of sugar and gluten in my dessert recipes; this Hazelnut Fudge however, is both dairy-free and gluten-free and makes a wonderful Christmas treat for regular old folks as well as those with food allergies; frankly, no one will notice any gluten or dairy missing from this healthier dessert.
Hazelnut Fudge is made with a total of 5 ingredients, it’s a quick and easy candy recipe and makes an adorable DIY Christmas gift.
- In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate and coconut milk together over very low heat
- Stir in honey and hazelnut extract
- Stir in hazelnuts
- Transfer mixture to an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
- Refrigerate for 1 hour
Makes 16 squares
I use whole raw hazelnuts for this recipe and roast them on a large cookie sheet in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes. I then place the hazelnuts in a dry towel and rub the towel together to remove some of the skin. After that’s all completed I chop the nuts. I love using raw nuts (and roasting them myself) as I find them more fresh and flavorful when purchased and prepared this way.
Here are some other Christmas and holiday chocolate dessert recipes:
Rochel’s Cashew Bread is a fabulous Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipe; it makes an amazingly delicious Paleo bread for those following the Paleo Diet –in fact, this is one of my all time favorite low-carb, gluten-free bread recipes.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet saved my life. While I haven’t spoken extensively about it here, I owe Elaine Gottschall a load of thanks for long phone conversations, incredible advice and her friendship more than a decade ago. The diet that she developed for her daughter did so much to heal both myself and my son (I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, and he was diagnosed in 2001). The SCD (one of the first grain-free diets) came to our rescue when nothing else worked! It was truly a miracle.
Thankfully for the newly diagnosed, there are people like Rochel Weiss and Lucy Rosset to keep the traditions of Elaine Gottschall alive –if you are looking for more information on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet see Gottschall’s book Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
This amazing grain-free cashew bread recipe is from the book, A Taste of Wellness –it’s an incredible bread that tastes as close to the real thing as any grain-free bread recipe you’ll find out there. I’d love to share it with you and introduce you to Rochel.
Rochels Cashew Bread
- In a food processor, pulse together cashew butter and eggs until very smooth
- Pulse in apple cider vinegar and honey
- Pulse in baking soda and salt
- Transfer batter to an 8×4 inch baking dish
- Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
- Cool for 2 hours
Makes 1 loaf
I’ve added a touch of my original Paleo Bread recipe to Rochel’s recipe above by including apple cider vinegar –I’ve been using it in my breads for nearly a decade in order to create a chemical reaction that helps the bread rise (when the vinegar reacts with the honey and baking soda it creates tiny air pockets). I also switched the method from a stand mixer (I don’t own one) to a food processor. Finally, I eliminated the oil from Rochel’s recipe in my constant quest to develop recipes for you that call for as few ingredients as possible. So here you have it, a low-carb, gluten-free bread recipe brought to you by Rochel, and tweaked by me, Elana.
Did you know that Rochel also owns the online store Digestive Wellness? Everything she sells is SCD compliant and glatt kosher. So visit the store and tell Rochel that I sent you.
I hope you enjoy Rochel’s Cashew Bread as much as we do. Here are some other recipes that use cashews or nut butters in baked goods:
On this Thanksgiving today, I am giving thanks to you, my readers. I am thankful for the enjoyment I get from cooking, testing and posting recipes for you, for how much you enjoy my recipes, for your comments, your discussions and debates about healthy lifestyles and choices, your stories, and your successes.
I am thankful to hear from you every time you make decisions that improve your lives. Whether it is choosing to eat foods that make you feel good, getting outside to move in the fresh air, or sleeping a few more minutes each night.
I am thankful for you and to show this
I giving away a Vitamix that one of you will be able to enjoy for many Thanksgivings to come. This giveaway is open to all of my Facebook followers everywhere. To enter, simply “like” my post about this giveaway directly on Facebook, and “like” my Facebook page if you haven’t already. Feel free to share this post as well, although that is not a requirement for entry. There is no need to leave a comment here or on Facebook –spend time with your loved ones on this day of gratitude. The randomly chosen Facebook follower will win the 5200 series Vitamix. The winner will be selected at random on Friday, November 29, at 12pm MST.
11/29/13: This giveaway ended at 5pm MST. The winner of the Vitamix is Sarah Sams!
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My sister called the other night to ask me about this year’s Thanksgiving menu. She reminded me that she makes several of my gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes each year. Like me, she has celiac disease and sticks to a 100% gluten-free diet. Did you know that my mother also has celiac disease? So does my son.
Hmmm, how does a post about my Thanksgiving menu turn into my family’s health history? Well, when you and your loved ones have celiac disease food is not just sustenance, it is something that can also unfortunately make you very sick. So we are extremely careful about what we eat, and very thankful for healthy, whole foods that are gluten-free.
That’s what you’ll find on my Thanksgiving menu below. Loads of vegetables in side dishes featuring everything from cauliflower to kale to squash; a fun turkey dish for the main course, as well as deviled eggs for your appetizer so that you get a good hit of protein; and desserts from pumpkin pie to chocolate pecan pie that are lightly sweetened and won’t leave your head spinning from a sugar rush.
This type of fare is great for those on gluten-free, grain-free diets and fantastic for regular folks as well. It’s just tasty real food –something for which I’m incredibly thankful.
Salad & Side Dishes
Squash with Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts
Sauces & Condiments
Cranberry Cherry Relish
Turkey with Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Paleo Pumpkin Pie
Chocolate Pecan Pie
Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies
I am focused on the thanks in Thanksgiving and I hope you will find much culinary joy in the recipes above that I have assembled for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an honor to be able to create recipes that help bring the joy of food to you, an honor for which I am very thankful.
For more Paleo Thanksgiving ideas, check out these fantastic websites:
Squash with Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts is a classic Thanksgiving recipe. I make it year after year. It’s festive enough to make both a healthy Thanksgiving side dish as well as a wonderful vegetable dish for Christmas.
I love Squash with Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts because it is an especially wonderful combination of fall vegetables. Sweet butternut squash (any winter squash is likely to work in this recipe), along with tender brussel sprouts and nutty chestnuts, combine to make a wonderful Paleo Thanksgiving vegetable dish that your guests will not forget.
Squash with Brussel Sprouts and Chestnuts
- In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat
- Caramelize onion, sautéing 10-15 minutes until golden brown
- Add brussel sprouts and squash to skillet, cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Add water to skillet, cover, and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes, until vegetables are fork tender
- Stir in chestnuts and salt
Makes 6-8 servings
When I make this dish each year I go on a massive hunt for shelled, pre-cooked chestnuts. Usually I can find them at one of our local health food stores, but trust me, I am relieved each year when I locate the chestnuts. Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving to me without one dish that contains chestnuts on our table.
Which Thanksgiving side dishes do you make a tradition of serving each year? Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite Thanksgiving vegetable dishes are!
Here are some other Paleo vegetable recipes that I like to serve as Thanksgiving side dishes: