Category for desserts

Meringues

Posted on April 4, 2014

Meringues are a light and crunchy naturally gluten-free dessert that melt in your mouth. Better yet? Mine are made with only two ingredients –egg whites and maple syrup.

Meringue cookies are fun, yet elegant, pleasing both young and old; my children and their friends devour them. So does my husband. We’ll be serving my quick and easy Meringues at our Passover Seder, along with my egg-free Macaroons, in order to give everyone with food restrictions loads of options.

If you’re not Jewish, these meringues are also a wonderfully springy, light, and festive Easter dessert.

Sunbutter Brownies

Posted on March 21, 2014

Given the number of requests lately that I’ve had for gluten-free recipes that are also nut-free, I decided to create a quick and easy brownie recipe made out of sunflower butter. What is sunflower butter? It is similar to almond butter, however it is made of ground sunflower seeds. These Sunbutter Brownies are a cinch to make and a chocolatey delight.

Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on February 21, 2014

My mother-in-law (aka Grandma Marylyn) is obsessed with all things crispy, crunchy, and Paleo. Like me, she has celiac disease and has followed a strict gluten-free diet for years. I created this Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe just for her. Grandma Marylyn is a huge fan of my Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, as well as my Chocolate Orange Scones, and presents me with freshly made batches of each of these every time we have a visit.

While Grandma loves everything I make and cooks from my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry religiously, she is passionate about making my Paleo desserts for our large Jewish family.

Grandma has been asking me for years to develop a thin and crispy cookie recipe. She has no idea that I’ve created these Paleo chocolate chip cookies for her!

Frozen Banana Bites

Posted on February 11, 2014

Frozen Banana Bites made with just three ingredients are a super easy treat to make for your Valentine.

I know you guys come here for great grain-free recipes. I also know that you count on me to create healthy recipes that don’t have a trillion ingredients. That’s why I made this Paleo Frozen Banana Bites recipe for you. These chocolate-dipped bananas are not only fabulous for Valentine’s Day, they’ll also prevent you from spending your entire life in the kitchen! What ... read more →

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Posted on December 22, 2013

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are fabulous for any special occasion or holiday, though especially at Christmas.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies and asked y’all what other Paleo Christmas cookie recipes you would like me to share. Here is a comment that was left by reader Marlene Placido requesting one of my all time favorite cookies:

I have been looking for years for a recipe for a raspberry thumbprint almond cookie… a traditional Christmas cookie from ... read more →

Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Posted on December 13, 2013

Dip your Ginger Shortbread Cookies in dark chocolate for a wonderfully decadent holiday treat.

Nothing says Christmas like Ginger Shortbread Cookies. This recipe for grain-free, Paleo Ginger Shortbread Cookies is as quick and easy as it gets. The cookie itself has only six ingredients. You can dip these gluten-free cookies in chocolate and sprinkles (as pictured above), or eat them straight up.

I want to thank all of you who chat with me over on my Facebook page for letting me know ... read more →

Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes

Posted on December 11, 2013

Nut-free Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes –the entire recipe contains just two tablespoons of honey.

If you like my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, you’ll find these Paleo Vanilla Cupcakes irresistible. This Paleo dessert recipe is not only quick and easy to make, it is nut-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

So what’s in these moist vanilla cupcakes? They’re made with coconut flour. Yes, for all of you nut-free folks, this is the perfect nut-free dessert. If you are looking for more nut-free recipes, hop ... read more →

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Posted on December 9, 2013

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie, and now both gluten-free and grain-free.

The other day on Twitter one of my readers asked me to create a recipe for Paleo Mexican Wedding cookies. Well here you go –these Mexican Wedding Cookies are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. They’re also quick and easy to make. Paleo Mexican Wedding Cookies? Yes please!

According to Wikipedia, Mexican wedding cookies have quite a few other names and are also commonly referred to as Russian ... read more →

Hazelnut Fudge

Posted on December 4, 2013

Quick & easy Hazelnut Fudge made with dark chocolate is a delightful treat for Christmas… or any time of year!

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 ... read more →

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Posted on November 15, 2013

This simple Paleo Pumpkin Pie is a classic Thanksgiving dessert for the whole family –food allergies or not!

I’ve received more requests for a Paleo Pumpkin Pie than I can count. So, this fall I began working on perfecting a Paleo Pumpkin Pie recipe for you to have as a dessert on your Thanksgiving table. After numerous attempts, I came up with a quick and easy recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Pie that uses a mere 6 ingredients in its filling.

Another bonus? ... read more →

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Posted on November 11, 2013

My Paleo Chocolate Pecan Pie is as good as it gets when it comes to healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

I’ve been working on this Chocolate Pecan Pie for years now. And I’m happy to say that today I perfected it –just in time for you all to have a healthy Paleo Thanksgiving dessert that is gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free. My boys and their friends were more than happy to eat each test batch of this Chocolate Pecan Pie. In fact, they “snuck” ... read more →

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Posted on November 6, 2013

‘Tis the season for both comfort foods and pumpkin recipes galore!

I’m a big fan of warm comfort foods and this Pumpkin Bread Pudding truly fits that bill. Made with nut-free Paleo Pumpkin Bars, coconut milk, currants, and eggs, this is a wonderful Paleo Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

Every time I make this Paleo dessert I eliminate the chocolate from my Paleo Pumpkin Bars (the bars serve as the “bread” in this recipe). Why? I think this Pumpkin Bread Pudding is rich enough ... read more →

Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops

Posted on October 29, 2013

Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops made with healthy ingredients –fun to serve, more fun to eat.

Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops are perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving festivities alike. I used Paleo Pumpkin Bread to make these wonderful gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free cake pops. My children and their friends devoured them and I was none too sad about this given that these Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops contain both pumpkin (high in beta-carotene) and dark chocolate (rich in antioxidants).

I’m doing my best these days to ... read more →

Paleo Halloween Cupcakes

Posted on October 25, 2013

Paleo Halloween Cupcakes are perfect party fare for guests with food allergies and those with none at all.

I think cupcakes and Halloween go together like apple pie and Thanksgiving, complementing each other oh so well.

These gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free Paleo Halloween Cupcakes are a wonderfully festive dessert. While we can no longer give out homemade treats to our trick-or-treaters, making Paleo Halloween Cupcakes for Halloween gatherings and parties screams celebration to your ghoulish guests. I hope you enjoy this fun ... read more →

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Filling

Posted on October 23, 2013

When queried on Facebook many of my readers suggested I name these treats Chumpkin Whoopie Pies!

These Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Pumpkin Filling are not only gluten and grain-free, they’re dairy-free and nut-free as well.

Whoopie pies are little cake-like cookies filled with a rich creamy center. I’ve long wanted to make a gluten-free, grain-free whoopie pie cookie with a dairy-free filling. These treats are perfect for Halloween. No silly, these are not for your trick or treaters, give them out at ... read more →

Paleo Caramel Brownies

Posted on October 8, 2013

I had to restrain myself from licking the screen when I uploaded this photo of Paleo Caramel Brownies –pictured with coconut milk.

Paleo Caramel Brownies are a fun and festive treat. Serve these gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free brownies at a holiday party or if you are a crossfitter, after your WOD, as a little recovery treat.

I’ve worked on this heavenly caramel chocolate dessert for the past couple of months, testing the caramel sauce and chocolate ganache recipes numerous times until they were ... read more →

Chocolate Ganache

Posted on October 4, 2013

Serve velvety dairy-free Chocolate Ganache over ice cream, brownies or cake.

I’ve been making dairy-free, vegan chocolate ganache for years and didn’t think about sharing it here until recently. The recipe is as simple as can be with only two ingredients –dark chocolate and coconut milk.

Traditional chocolate ganache is generally made with chocolate and heavy cream, however, my version is dairy-free and vegan, using coconut milk in place of the heavy cream. I haven’t tried making this with other types of ... read more →

Vegan Caramel Sauce

Posted on October 2, 2013

Drizzle your Vegan Caramel Sauce over Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream for a wonderful dairy-free treat.

I began obsessing over dairy-free caramel sauce earlier this year when I made my own version of Tammy Credicott’s Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.

Recently, I’ve wanted to develop an even creamier caramel sauce for a very special treat I’ve been working on –and this caramel sauce recipe fits that bill. After referencing Tammy’s, Danielle’s and Kelly’s caramel sauces, I’ve come up with this incredibly smooth and rich ... read more →

Gummy Bears

Posted on September 19, 2013

Fruit juice-sweetened Gummy Bears are ideal as an after-school snack and work just as well for Halloween.

My children were very upset with me last night when they saw I was making gummy bears. Why? I told them they could not eat any as I needed them for a morning photo shoot…for you all. The boys will be happy this afternoon when they get home from school and find this healthy candy ready to eat. These gluten-free gummy bears are the ... read more →