Need a little something sweet~ Gluten Free French Sable Cookies

I love dessert. I will talk about healthy eating forever, but I will never skip on dessert. A healthy lifestyle has a little dessert included, well at least that is what I believe and preach. Life is all about balance. We all  need a little sweetness in our lives and honey these cookies will deliver just that. First off they are gluten free, so they are great for people with gluten allergies. They are small and just perfect with a cup of hot ginger tea. I love making these cookies and sharing with my granddaughter, can you say, TEA PARTY! Bottom line they are so yummy, that’s really all you need to know, right?

So, stay on your healthy path. Eat clean food, drink clean water and make your desserts from scratch with good high quality ingredients. Enjoy them at least once a week or so and get out enjoy nature. It’s all in Divine order.

As always, Remember to Set the Table with Love. 🙂

Gluten Free Sable Cookies
Gluten Free French Sable Cookies

Gluten Free French Sable Vanilla cookies
Ingredients:
2 soft, plump vanilla beans
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted organic butter
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1-1/3 oz. (1/3 cup) organic confectioners’
sugar, sifted
2 large organic egg yolks
2 cups of gluten free flour blend ( Pillsbury Gluten Free Flour Blend)
My favorite gluten free cookie blend
2 cups white rice flour
1 cup brown rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Directions:

1. Cut the vanilla beans in half lengthwise and scrape the seed pulp into a small bowl;
add the sugar. Using your fingers, rub them together until blended.
2. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, mix the butter on low speed until smooth and
creamy, mix in the salt. Add the vanilla sugar and the confectioners’ sugar and mix until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Add 1 egg yolk and mix for 1 minute. Still on low speed, mix in the flour just until blended; the dough will be soft.
3. Sprinkle a little gluten free flour onto the counter. Turn the dough out onto the counter and knead it gently a few times. Divide it in half and shape each half into a 9-inch log. Be
gentle with the dough and work with it, gluten free dough needs a little more care.
Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
4. Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and heat the oven to
350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
5. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup sanding sugar onto a piece of waxed paper. Combine the
remaining egg yolk with a splash of water in a small bowl and whisk with a fork.
6. Brush each log with the egg wash and roll it in the sanding sugar until evenly coated.
Trim the ends of the logs if they’re ragged. Using a knife, cut the dough into 1/2-inchthick rounds. Put them on the baking sheets, leaving about 2-inches between rounds.
7. Bake the cookies, rotating and swapping the baking sheets’ positions halfway
through, until the cookies are brown around the edges and golden on the bottom, 18 to
22 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes; then carefully transfer to a cooling
rack and allow to cool completely before serving. Sable’ cookies need to be eaten cool, so
cooling with allow them to set, so you can enjoy to perfection.

 

 

Gluten Free Rustic Banana Nut Bread

My husband loves Banana Nut Bread and so do I . Every week I buy him organic bananas for his snack. This week he did not eat them for a snack, so mama had to make some banana nut bread for us. I love this recipe because the ripe bananas makes it sweet and I only used 1/4 cup of brown sugar.  You can see from the pictures, I like it rustic. It’s not pretty, but delicious.

This will be our snack over the weekend.  Psst… Remember to Set the Table with Love. 🙂

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GF Banana Nut Bread
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GF Banana Nut
My rustic GF Banana Nut Bread.
My rustic GF Banana Nut Bread.

Ingredients:

1 cup mashed organic ripe bananas ( I ended up using 3 bananas)
2 large organic eggs, beaten
1/4 cup organic olive oil
1/4 cup  light brown sugar (packed down)
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup walnut pieces

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 9-inch loaf pan with a piece of parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, beat the mashed bananas with the eggs, oil and brown sugar till combined. Add the sorghum flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, vanilla and cinnamon and beat until a smooth sticky batter forms. Stir in the walnut pieces by hand, save a few to nestle into the top of the bread.

Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and spread evenly, if you like. I gently spread mines because I wanted that rustic bread look.   Nestle into the top some extra walnut pieces.  Bake on the center rack for 55-60 minutes, if necessary, depending on your oven, until the center is done. Use a wood kabob stick or like my mama use to do, poke a knife down the center, gently.  If it comes back clean, it’s a done deal.

Ovens vary, so check the loaf at 50-60 minutes.  My bread baked for an hour in my Whirlpool.

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal Cinnamon Topping

Who doesn’t love Apple Pie. It’s Fall ! A girl needs a little apple pie in her life during these autumn months. I love eating healthy but it must taste delicious. I bought a ton of apples a few days ago at my local Sprouts store. My intention was to juice these apples and yes I will sometime later this week but I was craving something a little more decadent.

So here is my version on a RAW Caramel Apple pie. Enjoy!! This pie is loaded with vegan based protein, courtesy of Georgia Grinders Nut Butters. I used there delicious NaturAlmond  Almond Flour Meal to make the crust. I also added a little of there NaturAlmond Almond butter inside my Raw Caramel sauce. 

This pie is always an awesome go to when you are detoxing and want something sweet and healing for the body.  If I  have any leftover, I put a whole slice in my Ninja with a little almond milk and it makes an incredible apple pie smoothie. Hope you enjoy this recipe and Remember to always Set the Table with Love.   

RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping ( with an Oatmeal, Almond and Raisin crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping  ( Oatmeal Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon topping
( Oatmeal and Almond Raisin Crust)
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping
RAW Caramel Apple Pie with an Oatmeal and Cinnamon Topping

Oatmeal Almond and Raisin Crust

1 cups  Gluten Free Oatmeal

1 cup NaturAlmond Almond Flour meal 

2 cups raisins

1 teaspoon of red sea salt or sea salt

Caramel Sauce

1 cup raisins

2 tbsp NaturAlmond Butter

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp distilled water

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 vanilla bean

generous pinch of salt

2 cups of water to soak the raisins

Filling

3 fuji apples diced

2 granny smith apples diced

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp lemon juice

a little sea salt to taste

To make the crust

Pulse the oats, almond meal and sea salt in a food processor until it forms a course flour. Slowly add the raisins into the processor in small batches to mix with the oat flour. This will bind your crust. If it is too dry, you can add a little water. You do not want a sticky dough. Press the dough into the bottom of a floured (Use a little of the almond meal to flour the tart pan) tart pan or pie pan. Shaping the dough to the tart or pie pan. Set aside in the fridge, to firm up about 30 minutes.

To make the caramel sauce

First soak the raisin for at least 2 hours. Hang on to the soaking water as you will need this to later, just in case  you want to make a sauce that is more pourable you will need the water to achieve this.

Drain the water from the raisins.  Add all the ingredients except for the soaking water to a blender. Blitz for about 2 minutes until everything is creamy and smooth. Add the water a little at a time to get the desired consistency.

To make the apple filling 

Placed the cut apples into a large bowl. Toss with cinnamon, salt and the caramel. Leave a little caramel  to pour over the top of the apple pi, if desired.  Remove the crust from the fridge and fill it with the apple filling, top with the remaining caramel sauce and oatmeal and cinnamon topping.

To make the oatmeal cinnamon topping 

1 1/2 cup gluten free oatmeal

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of maple syrup 

pinch of sea salt

Mix the ingredients into a bowl and sprinkle over top of the pie. Serve and Enjoy. 

Chocolate Fettuccine Pasta with Chocolate Sauce, Raspberries and chopped Walnuts

I made homemade spaghetti and meat sauce for my family tonight.  Afterwards, my son and husband went to a Lacrosse game and I was left alone to myself. Not good when I am in a baking mood and I want sweets. LOL. I made homemade cinnamon buns yesterday. Today I decided hmm.. I have leftover pasta dough what is  a girl to do. No wasting food my Father always said and he was Chef, so we made all kinds of things from leftovers.

Well the Chocolate fairy in me was calling out saying, we must sprinkle some yummy goodness on that leftover pasta. So here we are, Chocolate Fettuccine Pasta. Okay true confession: I made the pasta before hand so I couldn’t incorporate the cocoa powder. I took the leftover dough rolled it in cocoa powder, kneaded the powder into the dough and sent it through my pasta machine a few times until the pasta was chocolate.  Frankenstein of Pasta lives!! It LIVES. It’s late. I am cracking myself up. Hee Hee!

Get to the recipe already. Right. So I boiled the pasta but not all the way. I took the Fettuccine ribbons and added them to a saucepan with butter, milk, cocoa powder, honey, organic cane sugar and sea salt. Really. I threw this together. Pasta need a sauce so made a chocolate sauce, added raspberries and walnuts.  OH YES! CHOCOLATE IS VERY ANTI AGING FOR MY SKINCARE PEEPS.

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That doesn’t sound like a recipe but it was  throw together effort to please the Chocolate Fairy, but hold on before you stop reading. I did happen to pull a recipe out of the clouds of my mind. Here is closely what I did.

Chocolate Fettuccine Pasta with Chocolate Sauce

1 cup fresh chocolate fettuccine ( cook for a 30 seconds -1 minute, not until done)

I boiled the pasta but did not cook it all the way. I added to a saucepan:

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1/2 or 3/4 of milk ( add this in slowly to get the consistency you want for the sauce)
  •  1/2 cup of cocoa powder.
  • I tossed the pasta gently into the mixture and let it cook med low.
  • I added about 2 tbsp of organic honey
  • 1 tsp of organic sugar to sweeten. Toss everything again gently. I allowed the sauce to get thick.
  • Removed it from the heat, placed it in my serving bowl.  Added raspberries and chopped walnuts.