Lime Pudding

Lime Pudding

Lime Pudding

 

Warmer weather is coming, so I wanted to share this simple, healthy, and refreshing desert with you. No cooking is required for this tasty Lime Pudding which is free of grains, refined sugars and casein.  My Vegan friends can whip this up substituting the raw honey with coconut nectar or maple syrup.  Avocados take center stage in this recipe; a great source of alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fatty acid), pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C, (and they are yummy).

Ingredients:

3 medium sized Avocados
1/4 Cup Raw Honey (more if you have a sweet tooth)
3 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil (in its solid state…not melted)
2 Tablespoons of Desiccated Unsweetened Coconut
Zest of 1 Lime
Juice from 3 Limes
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger.

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until well combined.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour prior to serving.

Garnish as desired, and serve.

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Grain Free Kugel

Grain Free Kugel

Grain Free Kugel

My Mother-In-Law was coming to visit and I wanted to prepare a festive Hanukkah meal for her.  I decided that a slow cooked beef brisket, grain free kugel, and roasted root vegetables would be healthy and delicious.  For those who are not familiar, Kugel is a traditional baked pudding/casserole most commonly made from egg noodles or potato. Since we don’t eat grains I used Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free Fettuccine, but you can use your favorite gluten free noodles.  There are many versions of this traditional dish (both sweet and savory), but most often it is a sweet complement to a savory meal.   I realized a bit late in the game that I did not have any organic raisins in my pantry, so instead of panicking I substituted thin slivers of almonds.  My Mother-In-Law really enjoyed this grain free version of a classic dish, I hope you will too. 

 

Ingredients:

1 Package of Cappello’s Gluten Free Fettuccine or your favorite gluten free noodles
1/4 Cup of Pastured Butter, melted (Note, a little more butter will be needed for the pan)
1 Cup Organic Cottage Cheese
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Cups Organic Sour Cream
1/4 to 1/2 Cup Coconut or Organic Sugar
4 Large Pastured Eggs
1 Tablespoon Orange Zest
2 1/4 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Grease a glass baking dish with butter. (I used a 7×10 pyrex)

Boil the noodles in salted water per you package directions. 

When the noodles are cooked strain the noodles and allow to cool while you complete the next step.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with an electric hand mixer.

Add the cottage cheese, sour cream, melted butter, sugar, ginger, orange zest and cinnamon. Continue beating until all ingredients are well incorporated.  Don’t worry if there are a few lumps, it gives it character.

Add the noodles and raisins to the egg mixture and stir to coat the noodles (this is easier if you just use your hands)

Pour into the greased baking dish.

Sprinkle the top with a little extra cinnamon, sugar and a few almond slices

Bake until custard is set and top is golden brown, about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Torte with Paleo Buttercream

Flourless Torte with Paleo Buttercream

Living Gluten and Grain Free is thrilled to be attending the Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation (aka P3) Inaugural Conference this weekend and working in an advisory role.  Their mission and vision is to “Bring Together Real Food Communities”, something that I personally stand behind.  The flourless chocolate torte will be the featured desert at the  banquet on Saturday evening, topped with beautiful rosettes of Paleo Buttercream Frosting….YUM!  I’ll be working with a veteran pastry chef so I will post photos of the finished product on the Living Gluten and Grain Free Facebook Page.  If you are interested in learning more about the organization visit their website:  https://ffnw.org

This torte is a rich, fudge-like cake sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings.  Please note that if you like a sweeter cake you can use a semi-sweet chocolate or 73% dark chocolate instead of the unsweetened 85% baking chocolate.

Originally created by Detoxinista.com …tweaked by Amanda Love, Barefoot Cook.com, and tweaked again by Living Gluten and Grain Free.  Lots of love has gone into this recipe….enjoy!

 

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Flourless Chocolate Torte

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz. unsweetened organic baking chocolate or 85% dark chocolate
  • ½  cup coconut oil  (or grass-fed butter)
  • 3 large pastured eggs
  • ¼ cup organic cocoa powder (or raw Cacao)
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup, (raw honey)
  • 2 tsp finely ground organic coffee
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1  Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon organic ground ginger
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons organic chocolate extract (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and grease an 8″ spring-form pan generously with coconut oil.
  2. Melt the baking chocolate and coconut oil together in a small saucepan or double boiler, stirring until completely smooth then remove from heat.
  3. Whisk eggs, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coffee, sea salt, vanilla and optional chocolate extract, cinnamon and ginger.
  4. Combine the melted chocolate/coconut oil mixture with the egg mixture and whisk well until a smooth batter forms (you can use an electric hand mixer for this step).
  5. Pour the batter into the greased pan, and smooth the top with a spatula.
  6. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, the center is still slightly soft, but knife or toothpick inserted comes out clean.  It will firm as it cools.
  7. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove the sides (this is why I like using the spring-form pan!) and allow to cool completely before serving.

 

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