Gluten-Free Waffle Bites

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For Christmas I got a baby waffle maker from my grandma Paulin. It is completely adorable. My nephews have really grown fawn of my mother’s and making up an assortment of candy-inspired waffles.

I was inspired by something I saw for some bite-sized waffles. Put them in a little wax paper bag. Eat them on the go.

I really enjoy small, miniature popable food. I don’t know I just find it fun.

Zach, however, popped these ones before me. His verdict? Good.

Also props to my friend Chelsey for the cool wares, she’s amazing and knows what up.

And that’s all I got to say about this, nice and simple and short for my last post of the week.

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Gluten-Free Banana Fosters Scones

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Bananas are hit and miss with me, I will confess. My husband loves them pretty much anytime, but I am particular about my combos. For instance, I’ve made some banana almond butter cookies lately, they’re good, but not my thing. I like bananas and I like peanut (almond) butter, just not together. I do really enjoy caramel together. Maybe because I love caramel at all times. I guess I just realized I would probably take caramel over chocolate. I made some banana fosters danishes and saw a recipe on pinterest for some scones and had to tweak them to fit the gluten-free mold.

Sometimes I like to try out other bakeries to see what’s out. To get inspired. Granted I did make these scones before then, but I got a Banana Fosters Cupcake for Zach from the Flying Cupcake in Indianapolis. It just solidified the fact that I do indeed enjoy some bananas/caramel combination.

And I will not lie scones have been hard for me in the part. I generally try to make them dairy-free as well with coconut oil, but I do sometimes use butter, so I made these more traditional and they held up a lot better. Sometimes I can produce some really beautiful/delicious things, but there are a good a lot of things that give me challenges. Some have taken years to find something workable-like pie crust. And bread. Don’t get me started on bread-it is by far my biggest gluten-free baking challenge. I have worked as a conventional baker. I can make many good things, including traditional bread. But gluten-free? That is another story. There is no elasticity or stretch in the same way. I’ve been watching the British Baking Show. It really made me want to try some babka and braided breads. I did make a nice pumpkin swirl one. However, the dough was not easy to work with or to shape properly. It tasted FANTASTIC, however. Gluten-free baking (especially because I only use tapioca, coconut and almond flour-occasionally arrowroot and every once in a while cassava when I order it), it a lot of trial-and-error. It takes a lot of preservation. You can’t be apt to giving up because sometimes it has taken me 5+ times on a recipe to get one that I’m fully satisfied with the texture and flavor.

These, these I like.

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Gluten-Free Granola Yogurt Tarts

IMAG3899I have been waiting to make these!

Actually that is not completely 100. I have been waiting to make these to post! I made some last summer, with goat cheese fillings, but I never posted it.

I had some leftover granola bars from the market, so I thought…….hmm…..I could spare some of these to finally make some tarts. Because pies and tarts are kind of my things.

This is something that gets me excited, not just because it is beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, but it’s easy to make and customize.

I’ve got 6 mini tart pans, so I can make up a couple and freeze them until I am ready.

From there I have loads of options. Here I have used yogurt. Many can be anti-dairy, but I have been reading Chris Kressner and I’ve done a lot of research through the Weston A. Price organization, so I think if you can tolerate it, moderation isn’t bad. Plus fermented foods are great for your gut. Look at the source. I also like kefir, but if I was using kefir, I’d probably add some honey, it can have a strong flavor. Plus the last time I got some, I grabbed goat kefir and it for sure had a strong flavor and smell. So dress it up.

You could also use goat cheese. Use a dairy-free yogurt if it’s a concern.

Maybe blend the fruits into the yogurt to add some color, rather than just layering them on the top, as I have. I like textures, so I wanted the fruits cut rather than pureed to add some depth in texture. Besides eating and chewing makes the body do more work than simply swallowing food, and I think it’s more filling.

You can also customize this easily, by the fruits. Use the ones that you like. Make a tropical one with mango, pineapple, kiwi, and coconut flakes maybe. Or a caramel apple. Or a blackberry peach. Or a mixed berry. Last fall, I made a pumpkin one. Maybe you want to mix a tablespoon of almond butter in yours and layer banana slices on top, with some shaved dark chocolate.

Play around with options. Or keep it simple. I am just giving you a base.

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Gluten-Free Apple French Toast

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When life gives  you a mini baguette loaf, you make French toast.

I had two farmer’s markets over the weekend, and I was most happy with my new recipe for French bread. Bread has always been my Achilles heel in gluten-free baking. If you’ve tried, I feel most will feel me on this. It has a tendency to be dense. Small. It doesn’t hold well sometimes. It can just get heavy. My favorite bread recipe ever is: 2 cups almond or cashew butter, 5 eggs, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp sea salt. It gets a nice rise, so I don’t end up with a punny bread that is a struggle to make a sandwich out of. I would love to make this bread for the market, but it isn’t very cost effective, I’d probably have to charge over $15 for a loaf of bread, because the cost of almond butter just seems to go up.

This French bread, though, I used yeast in. It smells and tastes like bread. It is lighter and less dense. It has a great flavor. I am chalking it up as a major win! I plan on selling this at stores and markets, though, so I will not be sharing it’s recipe (I’ll like to one that is really good though), but I will let you know how to make some delicious French toast with it.

My initial plan was to just plain old French toast. But then I saw this apple chilling on top of the fridge. Hmm…..I love baked apples, especially in the morning. It was a done deal that I was going to make cinnamony French toast + apples. WOW! So good.

You can top your’s however you want, though. Jam. Butter or ghee. Maple. Plain. Blueberries. Strawberries and goat cheese. Lemon Curd. Options, you have lots of options, s’mores. Pumpkin in the fall. Get creative.

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby

IMAG2919.jpgYesterday I went a tiny bit crazy with lemon. I made lavender lemon meringue tarts and lemon bars and this beautiful little dutch baby with lemon curd and blueberries. A delectable little treat perfect for a Saturday breakfast or brunch in bed scenario. I will note this is the romantic in me. I can’t think of when I ever actually ate breakfast in bed or really brunched or just had a day in bed. Doesn’t mean I am opposed to it. Just need to make it a priority. Note to self. Do this…..soon. Set a day and get it down.

Regardless of when or how you eat it. Whether it’s in a bliss-filled, bed-staying-in day. Or just a regular weekday after some kettlebells. Or just because you want a little tart in your life and lemons are calling your name. It is good. Anytime. Any place.

I will be working on more savory options in the future as well. Prosciutto and goat cheese? Maybe. But if you do not dig lemon or blueberries, there are all kinds of alternatives to topping you can use. Bananas Foster. Bacon and eggs. Caramel Apple. Cherry Almond. Strawberry Banana. Or just eat the pancake. Play around with it. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Dutch Baby”

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

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i don’t eat breakfast that often. Usually this is due to the fact that I have gotten accustomed to waking up early to go to a baking job. I am not hungry or awake fully at 5 or 6 in the morning. This set me into a schedule where I ate whenever I got off work in the afternoons. Therefore the lack of breakfast.

Now though I have my own schedule. This opens me up to exploring the realm of breakfast and breakfast meals.

Every other day Zach and I wake up to walk our dog. I typically do my kettlebells after this. Usually after an active morning, I am not hungry for super hearty food. I want something simple and easy to make, that is lighter and fresher. I have had it on my list to play with some smoothie bowls, and I will definitely be expanding on this in the future, but this was a great start. It was just what I needed after my kettlebells and to get going on my creative work for the rest of the day. Plus it’s pretty!

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Meatlovers Egg Muffins

 

IMAG2168.jpgEgg muffins have been one of my families favorite recipes for the past decade. We prepped them to take on every family vacation and travel trip. Dad and I both used them in cooking classes. What’s great about them, is the ability to customize them. This is something I think is essential to healthy eating success. I’ve worked with hundreds of people on eating programs. We are all unique individuals. So health is not always a one-size-fits-all. There are some super die-hards out there, who see in black in white when it comes to eating. I used to be one of them. But my perspective has changed. This black and white view is no longer serves me. There are so many variables to consider with health. Eating is key. I agree with that wholeheartedly. But being super stringent, I believe can be counter-productive. Stress I believe is just as detrimental to health as a poor diet. Stress rules the world. We are sucked up in busy, tight schedules. Stress. Jobs. Stress. Families. Stress. Exercise. Exercise is good but can be abused. Overexercising is not a positive. It places extra stress on your body. And then we stress and over-analyze everything bite we take. I used to do so much research, it honestly made me afraid to eat. My relationship with food really took a hit.

So I’ve had to ease up. Love my body. What it does. Respect it. Love the food I put in my body. I don’t eat gluten or processed foods. But sometimes I use butter or I’ll eat a little cheese. Or I’ll eat one of the baked goods I make. Or I’ll make coconut milk ice cream for Zach and I. I don’t scrutinize and punish myself for eating any longer. Eating became a shameful practice, which creates a nasty circle. If my eating wasn’t ‘perfect’ I would be so hard on myself. I would get down on myself. And feel bad about myself. We tie our self worth into our bodies, to our physical self. Which is BS. What matters is the condition of our heart, not the number on a scale. And I used to base my happiness and worth on that scale. I wasn’t living, but waiting for weigh-in’s. Then my happiness level depended on what it said. And then I waited for the next week. I looked great, but even at my smallest, it wasn’t enough. See how messed up this is? I couldn’t eat in front of people, I thought they too, were evaluating what I was eating. If I ate a bite of chocolate, my friends would freak and make a big deal. Anything ‘cheating’ got blown out of proportion. And I felt so under scrutiny. I stopped eating in front of people. There was such shame, in a fundamental human need. Continue reading “Meatlovers Egg Muffins”