Meringues

meringues paleo cookie recipe

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.

Meringues

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  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  1. In a medium pot combine egg whites and maple syrup
  2. Turn flame on stove to lowest setting possible
  3. Using a hand blender with whisk attachment, whisk meringues in pot on stove
  4. Whisk 4-5 minutes total, until stiff glossy peaks form
  5. Fit a pastry bag with a ⅜-inch round tip (Ateco #804) and fill bag with meringue
  6. Pipe meringue kisses 1-inch in diameter onto parchment-lined baking sheets
  7. Bake at 200° for 2 hours
  8. Allow to cool for 1 hour
  9. Serve

Makes 50 Meringues

This meringue cookie recipe is based on the meringue frosting recipe in my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

If you don’t want to be fussy and mess with a pastry bag you can drop this meringue mixture one large spoonful at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet. One of the best things about these delicious, melt-in-your mouth meringues is that you don’t need to own a stand mixer to make them, you can make them like I did with a cheap hand mixer using the whisk attachment.

Another note on these gluten-free meringues –I tried making them with honey and they had an overly sweet cloying taste, my entire family preferred the ones I made with maple syrup, in fact, the boys would not eat the meringues made with honey.

If you’re wondering what to do with all those extra egg whites when you make my Chocolate Pots de Creme, use this Meringue recipe. According to Martha Stewart, meringues can be made 5 days ahead and stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature.

I Won’t Meditate

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I won’t meditate. How can a yoga teacher trained over 20 years ago, long before yoga was the ubiquitous activity it is today say something as blasphemous as this?

Yes, that’s me. The yoga teacher and anti-meditator. Makes no sense, does it? Why not mediate? Especially when the benefits of meditation have been scientifically proven through research, and when my medical doctor in fact recommends it.

When I say, “I won’t meditate,” what I’m actually saying is that I won’t confine myself ... read more →

10 Great Snack Recipes for Picky Eaters

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A movie star recently contacted me to ask what to feed her picky two year old. And that’s how this list of 10 Great Snack Recipes for Picky Eaters was born.

In order to compile this list of healthy, gluten-free snack recipes, I combed through the hundreds of grain-free recipes on Elana’s Pantry. It was like a walk down memory lane, recalling all of the great snacks that my boys liked to eat when they were wee little ones. They still love all of the gluten-free snack recipes below, and now they’re teenagers! I guess that just shows how timeless and classic these snacks are –or, how constantly hungry my children and their friends are day-in-and-day-out.

Here are some nutritious snack ideas for the whole family.

Book Review: The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

Every week I receive loads of Paleo cookbooks in the mail asking for a review; I wrote my own called Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry which we use in my house on a daily basis. So forgive me if I’m a little jaded when it comes to Paleo cookbooks.

However, I received a Paleo cookbook recently that I am absolutely loving and can highly recommend. It’s called the The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook by wunderkind Joshua Weissman.

Full of uber-healthy recipes and phenomenal photos, this book is bound to please. In fact, I like it so much that I gave a copy to my best friend Deb, and she too is enjoying it immensely. We are both completely dazzled by this Paleo cookbook.

Sunbutter Brownies

Sunbutter Brownies recipe paleo

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.