Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m on a cookie kick! But trying to avoid sugar as much as possible because it makes me feel really sick. The struggle is trying not to eat 12 cookies in one day…..self control seems to be a problem over here! The first time I made these I used Buckwheat flour…but I didn’t have any around this time SO I improvised and used my dry Vitamix blender and made steel cut oats into flour and they still turned okay great! Give them a try! Let me know what you think 🙂IMG_0832.JPGIMG_0830.JPG

ingredients

2 c steel cut oat flour (done in my Vitamix)

3/4 c gluten free oats

2 tbsp flax seed

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c coconut sugar

1/2 c coconut oil

1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 c dark chocolate chunks (Bernard Callebaut solid bar broken into chunks)

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directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (convection bake- if not switch from top to bottom rack half way between cooking)
  2. Stir flour, oats, flaxseeds, baking soda and salt in a medium sized bowl. Beat coconut sugar, applesauce, and coconut oil with electric mixer in a medium sized bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  3. Roll dough into round balls and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake 12-14 minutes. Transfer to cookie rack and let cool.

*I love eating these cookies frozen!

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xo

 

 

 

Paleo Mayo

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{ homemade mayo } for those of you who don’t like mayo… You should give this a try! It’s seriously good and super easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 egg, room temperature

juice 1/2 lemon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp dried mustard

1 c avocado oil

Directions:

In a mason jar add all ingredients. Place your immersion blender in your jar all the way to the bottom and mix together and your ingredients will start to thicken. Blend for about 2 minutes.

* I make my mayo in a mason jar so you can just pop on the lid and stick it in the fridge, less mess, less dishes and there you have it!

xo erin

Cherry Ice cream

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It might be tricky to make this now because cherries aren’t in season….. but if you are able to get your hands on some:) Or you might just have to wait till next season!

Using this dairy free vanilla ice cream as your base, cut up cherries into halves or quarters and mix them into your churned ice cream before placing it in the freezer to harden.

** Note: the ice cream doesn’t harden completely!

xo erin

Dairy Free Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

1 avocado (4.5 oz)
1⁄2 plantain (2.5 oz)
34 oz coconut milk
2.5 cups agave
1/2 c vanilla
2 vanilla beans
Directions:
1. Make base by combining avocado, plantain, coconut milk & agave in food processor
2. Stir in vanilla beans and extract and whisk vigorously to break up beans. Process.
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For the easiest Ice Cream Sandwiches….
Fill a Dixie cup with your slightly melted ice cream, place in the freezer over night. When you are ready for dessert- remove the Dixie cups from the freezer peel away the Dixie cup and cut your frozen chunk of ice cream into thick slices! I use Udi’s Salted caramel cashew cookies (not healthy) but delicious!
xo erin
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Creole Spiced Sausage & Red Beans

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Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 c chopped onions

1/4 c chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped bell peppers

1.5 Spolumbo sausage

1/2 tbsp minced garlic

1 c chicken stock

2.5 c water

1/2 tbsp hot sauce

1 tsp creole seasoning

1 c red beans (canned)

salt and pepper to taste

Cooked rice to serve with beans

Creole Seasoning (makes 20 Tbsp- 1 1/4 C)

2 tablespoons onion powder

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon white pepper

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

5 tablespoons paprika

3 tablespoons salt

Directions:

  1. In a large pot heat, olive oil over med heat.
  2. Add chopped onions, celery and bell peppers and cook until they behin to caramelize and tenderize.
  3. Next add in sausage. Cook until browned
  4. Add in minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes, make sure it doesn’t burn.
  5. Turn heat up to med high and add chicken stock, water, hot sauce and creole seasoning then stir in red beans.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Bring liquid to a boil then turn heat down to low, cover with lid and cook for 2-2.5 hours until beans are tender and liquid is thickened.
  8. Check flavor of beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. stir and turn off heat.
  9. Let cool for 15 mins and allow beans to continue to thicken.
  10. Serve with rice.

xo erin