posts tagged "dark chocolate"

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.

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 →

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 →

Chocolate Pots de Creme

Posted on June 17, 2013

Dairy-free Chocolate Pots de Creme made with a mere five ingredients.

This recipe for dairy-free Chocolate Pots de Creme is based on an award winning recipe by one of my favorite bloggers, Michelle of Nom Nom Paleo. Michelle is an amazing person and chef, and both she and her recipes are beloved and admired in the Paleo community.

While the name “pot de creme” is quite fancy, don’t be intimidated. This recipe is easy to make with only 5 ingredients –dark chocolate, ... read more →

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

Posted on February 15, 2013

Gluten-free thin mints are a scrumptious Paleo holiday cookie and make a great gift for friends and neighbors.

Don’t be sad that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, because now it’s gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie season, and you can partake in gluten-free Thin Mints. You can even dive into Paleo Girl Scout Cookies, otherwise known as Paleo Thin Mints.

Give thanks for this to the fabulous Tammy Credicott, author of Paleo Indulgences. Without her book, full of fabulous Paleo recipes (including a couple ... 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 →

Cranberry Chocolate Truffles

Posted on December 20, 2012

Paleo Candy for the holidays? Why yes! Healthy Cranberry Chocolate Truffles are chock full of coconut oil.

This “candy” is a healthy holiday snack or dessert. Made with a coconut oil base, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, and a dash of stevia, these truffles are a lovely little pick-me-up in a sea of holiday junk food.

This gluten-free truffle has a deliciously healthy coconut oil base. It is also a wonderful holiday treat if you or your loved ones have a nut allergy.

Mint Chip Protein Shake

Posted on August 21, 2012

Mint Chip Protein Shake, full of hemp seeds and kale to power you through the day.

I love a good protein shake. I don’t love eating a lot of protein sans vegetables or fruit. This shake solves that issue with a healthy handful of kale. Yes, you heard me, kale.

I’ve had this gluten free, dairy free protein shake for breakfast the last three days in a row. I used kale that I picked from my garden. Starting the day off with ... 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 →

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 7, 2012

Grain free cookies made with high protein almond flour, naturally sweetened with honey.

Primal. Paleo. Specific Carbohydrate. GAPS. Call it what you want. I began the grain-free diet in 2001. I have adhered to it religiously ever since. When I began, I followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet; since then, although I’ve used various sweeteners and oils, I have not veered from grain-free. This is not a fad for me. It’s not even something that really has a name. When I started ... read more →

Easy Chocolate Pudding

Posted on February 9, 2012

A quick and easy, dairy free, vegan chocolate pudding for your Valentine.

With a mere 4 ingredients (dark chocolate, coconut milk, xylitol and coconut oil) this low glycemic chocolate pudding is the perfect gluten free treat for Valentine’s Day. I’m trying to keep my recipes as delicious and simple as possible and this dessert fits that bill. I hope you all enjoy it as much as my family did.

If you find yourself averse to using xylitol (and please don’t feed it ... read more →

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on February 2, 2012

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, all in one gluten free chocolate chip cookie.

I can assure you, this is not a Paleo cookie. It is not even a Primal cookie. It is a special occasion cookie –a wonderful treat to serve at a gluten free Super Bowl party. It also makes a great holiday cookie (think gluten free Valentine’s Day dessert). Lately, everyone who has been over to our house –gluten free or not –has been gorging themselves on ... 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 →

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Posted on December 2, 2011

Homemade and dairy free Peppermint Hot Chocolate to keep you warm and cozy on a cold winter’s night.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate is easy to make, and far better than the instant hot chocolate that comes in a package, which is loaded with sugar and definitely not dairy free. Additionally, I find this soothing and healthy beverage to be a great substitute for all of the peppermint candy floating around this time of year.

I make this dairy free hot chocolate with coconut ... read more →

Goji Power Bars

Posted on September 8, 2011

These gluten free Goji Power Bars were a hit at the gym the other day.

My fellow gym rats were delighted when I brought these Paleo friendly, high protein, gluten free snacks to the gym last week. The consensus? These gluten free power bars hit the spot.

Made with healthy, high protein almond flour and nutritious goji berries, the gang wolfed these down, then asked for more. I promised them I would post this recipe for gluten free power bars and so ... read more →

Apricot Power Bars

Posted on July 14, 2011

These healthy and simple energy bars are packed with energy.

Apricot Power Bars are a great grab and go breakfast or the perfect pick me up on the way home from the gym.  Kid-friendly (with white chocolate) and Paleo-friendly (with dark chocolate, or no chocolate at all) I’ve made these gluten free bars each and every way.

I used white chocolate chips from my local Whole Foods when I made these for the boys.  The chips come in a little unmarked ... read more →

Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Posted on July 5, 2011

This Coconut Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is the perfect refreshment for a hot summer day.  Since every child in the neighborhood seems to be at my house at present, bouncing on our trampoline, it is going to make the perfect afternoon snack in a few short minutes.

It’s fun (and super easy) to make dairy free ice cream from coconut milk.  Low in sugar, and high in protein and good fat, I feel great about feeding it to the gang.

Popsicles from Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

Posted on June 28, 2011

Summer is definitely here and our house is the place to be.  The neighborhood boys congregate on our trampoline –with the sprinklers aimed at it for a good cool down and a great deal of healthy fun.

With all of this activity I keep the food flowing morning, noon and night.  From the time they arrive until dinner (sometimes a bunch of them stay for the evening meal too) I am setting out munchies –snacks, lunch, etc.  They really are a ... read more →

Espresso Fudge Brownies

Posted on June 14, 2011

I was working my way through the Cook’s Illustrated website the other night and came across an amazing recipe for Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies.  As soon as I laid eyes on that recipe I knew I had to create a high protein, gluten free version.  While my husband enjoys all of my gluten free chocolate recipes, this is his fave.  He even left a special love note on the fridge for me late last night after sampling them.

Of course this ... read more →