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Cookies!

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My cooking library! Cookbooks, folders with cutout recipes, magazines... I actually got rid of a lot already so this is probably half of what I had before!

My cooking library! Cookbooks, folders with cutout recipes, magazines… I actually got rid of a lot already so this is probably half of what I had before!

I have so many cookbooks on my bookshelf, and I have a few favorites from them all. Especially Elana Amsterdam’s The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. You can find her blog at www.elanaspantry.com . Pretty much all of her recipes use almond flour. She recommends blanched almond flour. I personally find almond meal to work well with all of the recipes I’ve tried. Since I have a habit of writing in my cookbooks, something I learned from my mother in law, I know I’ve tried 15 recipes. Almond meal seems to work for them all. Maybe it’s because I don’t know how they’re SUPPOSED to be? But then again, I’m all about flavors. If it tastes great, that’s all that matters. A happy tummy makes for a happy me.

Seriously. Delicious food makes me grin, savory food makes me relaxed, spicy food makes me giggly and desserts makes me dance (along with picadillo).

Yesterday, my husband and I were walking around Whole Foods, picking up a few things. I was trying to figure out what I was craving. I walked by fruits. Nah. Through the baking section. Eh, there’s not many pre-mixed packages I can buy that’s sugar-free along with gluten-free and dairy-free. The frozen section? Coconut ice cream didn’t appeal to me. My favorite kombucha chia drink? Didn’t jump out at me. I frowned at my husband, somewhat whining. Yes, I’m a grown woman and I whine. I confess, I’m actually a 5 years old on the inside.

Then it hit me. I wanted HOT cookies fresh out of the oven! I prayed that we had everything we needed at home. So we walked back home and put away the food.

I grabbed the almond flour cookbook and put it in my clear plastic cookbook holder. I searched through my kitchen for all needed ingredients. YES. I had everything I needed to make chocolate chip cookies. But wait a minute, I can’t have chocolate chips since they’re made with cane sugar. Mmmm… substitution time.

There it was. A cardboard container filled with raisins. Oh yum. Deliciously sweet if you eat one at a time and chew for a few seconds. The juice is actually sweeter than any chocolate. At least I think so, it’s been awhile since I’ve had chocolate.

And walnuts!

Cookie dough, all ready to go, cooling in the fridge

Cookie dough, all ready to go, cooling in the fridge

So I made the dough, which took me approximately 10 minutes to make. Then it was 20 minutes in the fridge. The oven was warming up. My mouth was watering. Come on, come on! Finally it was time. The baking sheets were already lined with parchment paper (a HUGE time saver when cleaning up after yourself in the kitchen). I spooned on the cookie dough on the two prepared sheets.

And placed it in the oven, baking for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. The delectable aroma was beginning to waft through the kitchen.

Ding! went the timer. Or so I pretended in my head, since I can’t actually hear the timer. But regardless, I pulled out the first cookie sheet and put in the second. I forced myself to wait, promising myself a cookie in a few minutes.

And it was time.

I grabbed a hot and soft (NOT crumbly! I know, it’s gluten-free, I promise you!) cookie.

My reaction? I’ll sum it up in one word. Or rather sound.

MMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMM! (goes back for a second one… a third…)

Walnut-Raisin Almond Cookies (modified from Elana's Chocolate Chip Cookies in The Gluten-Free ALmond Flour Cookbook)

Walnut-Raisin Almond Cookies (modified from Elana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies in The Gluten-Free ALmond Flour Cookbook)

Just because you cannot follow a recipe exactly doesn’t mean you can’t use it! No chocolate chips, but got raisins? Go for it! No walnuts, but got pecans? By all means, go right ahead! No grapeseed oil, but you’ve got a bottle of olive oil? That works. What about eggs? No eggs, ah that’s easy. 1 TBSP flaxseed meal mixed with 3 TBSP cold water and let it sit for a few minutes.

Chances are if you google for a substitute, you’ll find it. I know I have. Even for spices! Need allspice but don’t have any? Nutmeg will do. Et cetera, et cetera. The possibilities

are endless!

A dessert for a runner to go bananas over!

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I love sweets. LOVE them. Crave them actually. But I didn’t have any around the house. No candies, cookies or the likes. While musing on my cravings, I checked out Pinterest. I found something there that inspired me!

I used what I had in my kitchen and ended up having a DELICIOUS and nutritious snack for both my husband and I. It’s the ultimate runner’s dessert, I think.

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    Banana-Almond sandwich

1 banana
Almond butter
1 TBSP chia seeds
Cinnamon

1.) Slice the banana in pairs.
2.) Spread almond butter on half of the banana slices.
3.) Sprinkle cinnamon over them. Do the same with chia seeds.
4.) Cover with the remaining banana slices.
5.) Freeze on a plate or tray for 2 hours.
6.) Serve cold.

All ingredients have a remarkable nutritional value, even more so for runners. I can’t wait to make more after my barefoot runs in the summertime! It’s dessert without the junk. Yum!

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I found the perfect cupcakes!

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I’ve been craving sweets. BAD. I baked my husband walnut brownies the other day. With white flour and sugar. Yeah, I’m not risking my health for that. No dessert is worth a week of nausea.

Then my favorite blog posted a recipe- check it out at http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2012/10/chocolate-cupcakes-with-creamy-yam.html#more

WOW! The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen is both my favorite cookbook and blog. The recipes are incredible. I can’t remember the last time I tasted a recipe of theirs that I wasn’t crazy about. So when I saw chocolate cupcakes with yam frosting? I had to try it. Just had to.

And guess what? The frosting was the BEST one EVER. I swear. I felt like I flew to Neverland when I tasted my first spoonful. Oh you bet I had more than one!

A grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, …. What more could I want? The perfect to chocolate to accompany it? Mmmmmm now that sounds nice. Cuddling with my kitten will do!

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Hello Mock Junior Mints!

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Oh. My. Gosh.

I love candy. Really I do. But the last time I had store bought ones? Can’t tell you. Until I went to Trader Joe’s today and found these: Dark Chocolate Honey Mints.

Just three ingredients.

It’s to die for! I’m in a foodie heaven. Only honey, chocolate liquor and peppermint oil. YES.

Only $3.99 for a full bag. YES.

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Near Providence, RI?

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My two favorite go to spots is right outside Providence, RI. In Pawtucket, are two gems- a vegetarian restaurant. A few doors down is a vegan bakery. Both sells a lot of gluten free goods! Garden Grille and Wildflour Bakery- an answer to my prayers. Seriously.

Garden Grille- I order the raw veggie heaven salad minus the cashew dressing. It’s gluten free already before that, I just have more allergies hah. My sister LOVeD their gluten free macaroni and cheese with mushrooms and broccoli. Highly recommended!

Wildflour Bakery- their raw raspberry coconut cheesecake is to die for. Their raw-reo puts Oreos to shame. And I’m having one right now! Sorry, I ain’t sharing this time.

Come on down and try them yourselves!

A belated birthday blog!

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So two weeks ago was my birthday!!! We made a delicious coconut-y meal. Coconut chicken strips with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Coconut mashed potatoes. Asparagus. Pineapple.

With an AWESOME birthday cake! Now it’s nothing like what I’ve had before. Not on birthdays, that is. Mom had a great idea- now remember all of my food allergies: gluten, corn, soy, diary, cane sugar, sesame seed, cranberry and baker’s yeast. Seriously what can I have for dessert? Only one of the prettiest, freshest and delicious cake ever!!!!

Watermelon, blueberries and strawberries! Yup! Mom cut it up in a way so it became a two-tiered cake. Perfect.

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Faux cinnamon buns

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I don’t necessarily miss ONE food- but rather the experiences I had with food. Remember those mornings with a warm and sticky cinnamon bun? Already rare to begin with, but it stays with you. The gooey goodness and the satisfaction you gain from enjoying each bite. Well, it’s been awhile.

With dairy being one of my new allergies, I had to bid farewell to Against the Grain. Mmm… Which meant another search. Somebody had once mentioned a food that was fun to cook as well eat, but what was it? I couldn’t remember.

Until one day I went to Whole Foods to pick up Against the grain for my family (they can have dairy), and as I passed the dairy section (believe it or not), there it was!!! Mochi! I picked it up and read the ingredients: sweet brown rice and filtered water. Umm, that’s it? So I bought a few. They also had one with cinnamon and raisins.

I cut it as directed- in squares and placed them on a cookie sheet. 10 minutes later they were puffy! It doubled in size! So cool to see. I popped one in my mouth. Tasted okay. Now this was the original. Later I tried the cinnamon raisin… SO much better! I happened to have my jar of raw honey out, without thinking I took a knife and slathered it on a plate. Shrugging, I dipped a piece in the honey.

I had that experience once again! A warm cinnamon bun with it’s sweetness oozing on it. I ate it all. All of it.

And I baked some more later that week.

Twice.

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