posts tagged "vanilla extract"

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.

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Posted on March 1, 2014

These super scrumpdidlyicious healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes are made from only seven ingredients. That includes the coconut oil in which you sauté them. The base of these pancakes (one of my super easy breakfast recipes) is cashews –that’s right, no flour, not even almond flour.

Replacing high-carb wheat flour with lower-carb cashews is fantastic for those watching their blood sugar. Cashews also work well in baking (see my Cashew Bread recipe) for folks who are gluten-free, which is another reason I use them.

While these quick and easy pancakes are a fantastic breakfast on a weekend morning, I also like to serve them along with an egg dish on Sunday nights for dinner. Breakfast for dinner is a family favorite in our house, and the boys especially appreciate the change in routine.

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!

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 →

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 →

Egg-Free Paleo Macaroons

Posted on June 11, 2013

Egg-Free Paleo Macaroons made with shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut oil and a touch of honey melt in your mouth.

Macaroons are one of my favorite naturally gluten-free treats. These gluten-free, egg-free macaroons are made with healthy, high-fiber coconut and lightly sweetened with honey.

Usually, macaroons contain eggs, and whenever I post a macaroon recipe I get numerous comments from readers asking for an egg-free version. Well, here you go –egg-free macaroons.

Egg-Free Paleo Macaroonsprint

1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut flour
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Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Posted on May 8, 2013

Blueberry French Toast Casserole made with Paleo Bread is a mouthwatering Paleo Mother’s Day treat for the whole family.

Mother’s Day is coming up, and what better way to start Sunday than to prepare a batch of this healthy French toast made with my Paleo Bread dipped in a coconut milk-based batter. This Paleo brunch recipe is based on one called Bradley Inn Blueberry French Toast Casserole that I found in our local paper, the Daily Camera, in December 2007.

I suggest ... read more →

Paleo Peanut Butter Patties – Tagalongs

Posted on March 8, 2013

Paleo, gluten-free Girl Scout cookies made with sunbutter, dark chocolate and an almond flour cookie will rock your world.

These Girl Scout cookies are called Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs, and guess what? I’ve made them gluten-free and Paleo. Now you can enjoy more gluten-free, Paleo Girl Scout Cookies. No need to give in to cravings for the regular (sugar-filled, gluten-filled) Girl Scout Cookies which are everywhere this time of year.

When I was a girl I was in a troupe called ... read more →

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Posted on January 15, 2013

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies will rock your world.

This recipe for gluten-free Paleo Girl Scout cookies is based on one from the wonderful cookbook Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott (the book also has a fantastic forward by Robb Wolf). This Paleo cookbook is packed with healthy substitutes for your favorite treats. Tammy has done an amazing job in compiling nutritious, yet mouthwatering recipes that range from all sorts of fun gluten-free baked goods and candies to healthy ... read more →

Paleo Chocolate Frosting

Posted on August 28, 2012

Paleo Chocolate Frosting made with just three ingredients to top off your healthy celebrations.

This dairy free chocolate frosting is super easy to make and so delicious you will need to prevent yourself from eating it by the spoonful. Made with dark chocolate and coconut oil, it is a rich and creamy topping that can work on a variety of desserts.

I designed this chocolate frosting for my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, which my children (and their friends) have been gobbling up. ... read more →

Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream

Posted on July 27, 2012

Dairy free, gluten free Mint Chip Ice Cream made with coconut milk and dark chocolate chips to cool you off on a hot summer day.

As you may know from my post a couple of weeks ago, I’m a big fan of the new book Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly Broznya. And I mean BIG fan. I love the recipes in this book. So do my boys.

Last week I made a huge dinner of sirloin tip, roasted broccoli and Caesar ... read more →

Vegan Raspberry Streusel Bars

Posted on April 23, 2012

Gluten free, grain free raspberry streusel bars, made with high protein almond flour, lightly sweetened with xylitol.

This recipe for vegan raspberry streusel bars is based on one by Brittany at Real Sustenance. Ever since she posted her delicious looking recipe last year during the holidays I’ve been wanting to make it.

I adjusted her recipe by removing the sweetener from the crust and by increasing the amount of high protein items in the streusel so the topping would be a bit ... read more →

Paleo Breakfast Bread: Video

Posted on March 9, 2012

Paleo Breakfast Bread makes a great grain free treat for brunch or a quick breakfast on rushed weekday mornings.

I made this easy gluten free bread recipe on camera last month (which you can view below) for FOX31 and had a blast with host Joana Canals. I was surprised to find myself on TV talking about the Paleo Diet. It seems that this way of eating is gaining mainstream awareness.

That’s why in addition to sharing this bread recipe with you, I’m ... read more →

Coconut Bars

Posted on January 12, 2012

Lightly sweetened gluten free, grain free Coconut Bars contain good fats from heart healthy coconut oil.

These rich and moist coconut bars are made of not one, but three different forms of scrumptiously healthy coconut, including shredded coconut, coconut oil and coconut milk in their ingredients list.

I have Shirley at Gluten Free Easily to thank for this recipe as it is based upon her famous gluten free Crustless Coconut Pie. I’m a big fan of Shirley’s crustless pie recipes. They’re perfect ... read more →

Mocha Mousse

Posted on December 30, 2011

Dairy free Mocha Mousse dessert recipe served in individual cups is elegant, yet is easy to make.

You can whip up this primal-friendly chocolate Mocha Mousse in just a few minutes. All you need is a food processor and the gluten free, dairy free ingredients below.

I plan on serving this Mocha Mousse in little ramekins to our New Year’s Day guests. As always we will have an assortment of people with a variety of food allergies and food restrictions. For ... read more →

Vegan Nut Free Gluten Free Brownies

Posted on December 28, 2011

Gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free (everything) free brownies.

I really enjoy using almond flour –almonds are a superfood and highly nutritious. However, every now and then, someone requests a nut free dessert recipe for some type of gluten free baked good. At other times, folks are looking for an egg free recipe.

There are as many allergies out there as there are colors in the rainbow. This brownie recipe is for all the nut free, egg ... read more →

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Posted on December 22, 2011

Gluten free chocolate peanut butter balls are the perfect finger food for your healthy holiday celebration –or any time of year!

If you’re in a pinch for time, I have something just for you. Here’s a quick and easy gluten free cookie recipe that requires no baking. I really like making no bake (think no hassle) cookies during the hectic holidays. This one works equally well for Christmas and Hanukkah parties –and is a wonderfully healthy snack throughout the year.

For those ... read more →

Paleo Fruitcake

Posted on December 15, 2011

Classic fruitcake turned Paleo, this healthy gluten free dessert is great with a cup of tea.

During the holidays I’m always looking for yummy treats to eat that won’t leave me with a high-carb hangover. This paleo dessert recipe for a moist, gluten free fruitcake fits the bill. Sweetened with one tablespoon of coconut sugar, along with dates, raisins and dried cherries, my Paleo version of this classic treat is great with a cup of tea, Dandelion Root Coffee, or makes ... 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 →

Gingersnaps

Posted on December 5, 2011

Craving gluten free Gingersnaps? Here you go.

Healthy yet tasty gingersnaps are a deliciously addictive traditional holiday cookie. My gluten free, grain free version contain a good dose of anti-inflammatory ginger. I’m passionate about creating desserts that please the palate and contain super foods as well –a win-win situation for myself, my family and my readers.

These cookies are one of those rare vegan, yet primal friendly treats. These nutritious cookies are the perfect primal friendly treat. I won’t call them Paleo ... read more →