Category for pies and pastries

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 →

Banana Cream Pie

Posted on May 16, 2013

Banana Cream Pie –made with coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, dates and stevia– is the perfect after dinner treat.

If you made my Paleo Pie Crust but didn’t fill it with anything yet, fear not. This dairy-free Banana Cream Pie filling is the perfect companion for it. It’s made with five ingredients (coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, dates, and stevia) and primarily fruit sweetened.

You’ll also appreciate the fact that it’s a quick and easy recipe. Bake your pie crust ahead of ... read more →

Paleo Pie Crust

Posted on May 15, 2013

Paleo Pie Crust made with four ingredients –almond flour, salt, coconut oil, and egg, can cradle fruit or creamy pie filling.

Have you been craving a healthy, yet decadent fluffy pie made with very little added sweetener and all Paleo ingredients? Maybe with an almond flour crust? I have, and I’m sharing my latest inspiration with you in two installments –first comes this easy-to-make Paleo Pie Crust. Next, in a few days, will be a dairy-free Banana Cream filling.

I love baking ... read more →

Paleo Apple Tart

Posted on October 29, 2012

When chilly weather arrives the boys ask for Paleo Apple Tart with Pecan Crust on a nightly basis.

Cold weather means apple pie (or some version thereof) in my house.  Our favorite is this cinnamon-spiked apple tart encased in a pecan crust. Since my boys go gaga for anything involving baked apples, this gluten free apple tart with a high protein, grain free crust doesn’t last long around here.

I love that the boys (and their friends) gobble down a treat high ... read more →

Paleo Pecan Tart Crust

Posted on October 26, 2012

Here’s a healthy paleo tart crust made from pecans, egg and coconut flour –gluten free, of course!

This quick and easy gluten free tart crust holds together very well and has a wonderfully nutty flavor.

The first few times I made this high protein, paleo tart crust, I had it with apple filling. I think it would be even better with the pumpkin pie filling recipe in The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Feel free to experiment and fill this tart crust with ... read more →

Gingerbread Apple Crisp

Posted on December 9, 2011

Gingerbread Apple Crisp recipe made with juicy baked apples, crunchy almond flour-pecan topping and warming spices.

Looking for delicious and healthy dessert ideas to tide you over during the holiday season? What about apple crisp –one of the easiest desserts to make; perfect for both beginner and advanced chefs.

I developed this gluten free Gingerbread Apple Crisp recipe for Shirley Braden’s blogging event, Home for the Holidays Gluten-Free Style. Every day, from Monday, November 28 through Friday, December 23, a different ... read more →

Gluten Free Tart Crust

Posted on November 9, 2011

Gluten free tart crust, made with only four ingredients; the perfect base for a variety of fillings.

I love making gluten free crusts with almond flour. This gluten free flour is super easy to use, high in heart healthy protein and fats, and of course delicious.

If you wish to experiment and try to make a gluten free pie crust out of this tart crust, feel free. Just be sure to stop back by and let us know how it works.

I am ... read more →

Granny Smith Apple Crisp

Posted on October 6, 2011

Baked green apples topped with high protein almond flour crisp; low carb and low sugar, sweetened with xylitol.

Here’s a lovely seasonal treat –gluten free apple crisp that’s simple and easy to make with very few, and very healthy ingredients. This recipe for Granny Smith Apple Crisp is particularly low carb because I use the low glycemic sweetener xylitol.

Since so many people have written to me to tell me they do not use agave, I thought it would be nice to ... read more →

Apple Blackberry Crisp

Posted on June 3, 2011

There’s nothing like baked fruit desserts in summer.  With seasonal, fresh, luscious ingredients, this gluten free Apple Blackberry Crisp is the perfect healthy and scrumptious, warm weather delight.  When finished off with a high protein almond flour topping, baked treats such as this are superfood in the form of dessert.  Now what’s better than that?

Our summer started last Thursday when the boys finished school, and we are having an excellent time thus far.  Our house has been the setting for ... read more →

Silvana’s Mousse Cloud Pie

Posted on April 21, 2011

I met Silvana last year at Blogher Food and felt an instant connection with her.  She is magnetic in a smart, sophisticated, New York kinda way, and I was more than happy to spend a full day at the conference sitting with her for every session and sharing breaks together chatting.

During the day, our stories unfolded, and we learned that in terms of our children, we have much in common.  Silvana, the former editor-in-chief at Rachael Ray Everyday, began cooking ... read more →

Grain-Free Peach Crisp

Posted on July 8, 2010

This new and improved gluten free Peach Crisp was a lot of fun to shoot and even more fun to eat.  I’m loving (rather than dreading) taking pictures ever since I took the Food and Light Photography Workshop.

Why another Peach Crisp?  Well, a number of you had left comments on my “old” Peach Crisp recipe, mentioning that the topping seemed wet.  So, I went back and tried the recipe myself.  I wrote that recipe 2 years ago and I guess ... read more →

Cherry Blueberry Crumble

Posted on June 22, 2010

My children loved this gluten free Cherry Blueberry Crumble made from fresh ripe fruit.  As you can see, they placed a huge dollop of Whipped Cream on top.

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

Posted on July 10, 2009

I chose to go with a messy “action” photo of this crumble to demonstrate just how much my husband liked it!  He came home from work and devoured the section you see missing above.  I was somewhat surprised since it was another one of my experiments making a purely fruit sweetened dessert.

While this crumble is not as easy to make as my usual desserts, it’s super healthy and also deliciously satisfying.

Blueberry Cherry Crumble

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Filling:

4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
1 pint ... read more →

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

Posted on April 7, 2009

How low can you go?!  This gluten free chocolate peanut butter tart is sweetened with a delicious alternative sweetener that I have been enjoying of late –yacon syrup.

This lower glycemic sweetener is derived from the yacon plant which is often referred to as “apple of the earth.”  Yacon is high in fructooligosacharides (FOS), a form of fructose that is lower in sugar than others and is in fact, also a pre-biotic.  This sweetener feeds the friendly bacteria in the ... read more →

Peach Crisp

Posted on September 9, 2008

The boys’ school is selling organic peaches.  I ordered two cases (about 40 lbs.) for my family; we will be getting our luscious Colorado fruit this Friday at 3 pm.

In the meantime, I am readying my peach recipes.  Of course, my all time favorite is peach crisp.  It is perfect for fall, which incidentally arrived a few weeks early here in Boulder.  We are presently in a cold spell and warm cooked fruit desserts are ideal for this wet, chilly ... read more →

Apple Crisp

Posted on January 31, 2008

This gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan apple crisp is great all year round, though especially soothing in fall and winter. One of my family favorites, children seem to love this healthy dessert dish –my boys and their friends gobble it up time after time.

Apple Crisp

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2 cups blanched almond flour
½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
⅓ cup grapeseed oil or palm shortening
¼ cup agave nectar or honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
5 medium apples, peeled, sliced, then chopped in half width-wise

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Chocolate Cream Pie

Posted on November 21, 2007

Justine, my new pen pal in San Francisco, recently went gluten-free. We have been corresponding about her quest to find a good gluten free pie crust for the holidays. I have had much fun chatting with Justine via email, enjoying her determination and attention to detail. Justine, here is my take on a flaky gluten-free crust. Please let me know how it turns out.

Gluten Free Pie Crust

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1½ cups blanched almond flour
¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
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Pear Clafoutis

Posted on March 7, 2007

Can you say, “clafoutis?”

I think my older son loves to make this pear clafouti recipe with me, just so he can say the word clafouti over and over again.

While I make the batter, he peels the pears, slices them and then takes the peeler and carefully extracts any remaining seeds from the slices. So much love, care and respect for the food he prepares. All the while happily chanting, “clafoutis! clafoutis! clafoutis!” Here it is.

Pear Clafoutis

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4 large eggs
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