Category: Desserts

Maple Flax Animal Crackers

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is healthy, crunchy snacks. Click the Recipe Redux logo at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Maple Flax Animal Crackers – A healthier version of the iconic childhood snack. Gluten-free and no refined sugar. Perfect for lunch boxes. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #animalcrackers #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #glutenfreecookies #lunchboxsnack #lunchboxsnacks #kidssnacks #kidsnacks #norefinedsugar

One of the most nostalgic childhood snacks of all-time is undoubtedly animal crackers. There are several brands on the market now but back when I was a kid the only game in town was Barnum’s Animal Crackers by Nabisco. Who could forget the little red box with circus animals on the front of the package and the delicate string handle. I must have enjoyed eating the crackers but what I really remember is how much I loved carrying that box around like a little purse! (more…)

Peach Waffle Crisp

An inventive take on traditional fruit crisp and a great make-ahead dessert for peach season.  Gluten-free.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Peach Waffle Crisp - An inventive take on traditional fruit crisp and a great make-ahead dessert for peach season. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #glutenfree #peach #peaches #peachseason #peachdessert #peachdesserts #glutenfreedesserts #glutenfreedessert #waffle #waffles #dessertwaffle #fruitcrisp

 

When you’re a food blogger your mind works in strange ways. I was driving back from visiting my mom last week and thinking about what dish I would photograph over the weekend. I decided it would be Herbed Parmesan Sweet Potato Waffles, a variation on my Broccoli Cheddar Waffles (this will be coming soon, I promise), but right as I was planning out the styling for the shoot in my head, I passed a sign for local peaches. And then, as if by magic, the idea for Peach Waffle Crisp came to me! (more…)

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes

A healthy, festive treat for any patriotic holiday.  Great for parties.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes - The perfect healthy treat for any patriotic holiday. An easy, gluten-free and paleo friendly recipe. So festive – your guests will love them! | QueenofMyKitchen #paleo #glutenfree #July4th #IndependenceDay #MemorialDay #LaborDay #patriotic #patriioticfood

I am the worst planner and someone who often waits until the last minute to get things done. These Paleo Patriotic Teacakes, perfect for the 4th of July, are a case in point. Any food blogger knows that holiday recipes need to be posted at least a couple of months ahead of time but I am just now getting around to publishing this – right under the wire! The good news is these teacakes are simple to make so even if you’ve already planned your July 4th menu you can quickly throw these together and, with the exception of the strawberry fruit leather, you probably already have what you need to make them in your pantry right now, especially if you follow a paleo diet. (more…)

Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries

Disclosure: I received free samples of wine from a Stout & Cellar consultant to develop this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  JUMP TO RECIPE 

Sugar-Coated #Rosé Strawberries – Strawberries soaked in clean crafted rosé wine and rolled in orange scented sugar. A light, healthy, and elegant summer dessert. #AD | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #strawberries #wine #rosewine #roséwine #lightdessert #healtydessert #seasonaldessert #glutenfreedessert #glutenfreedesserts #winedessert #winedesserts

Strawberry season is my favorite time of year. Not only because I love strawberries, but because once the warm weather arrives and the strawberries ripen, it means summer is finally underway. This year, strawberry season coincided with me receiving free samples of 14K Wines Rosé from Scout & Cellar, a direct to consumer distributor of clean crafted organic and vegan wines, and with it, I made these incredibly juicy and delicious Sugar-Coated Rosé Strawberries. “Clean crafted wines”, a term coined by Stout & Cellar, is a phrase you’ll probably start to hear more about. The clean eating movement has spurred health-conscious consumers to ask more questions about exactly what’s in their food and how it’s made/harvested, so it’s only a matter of time before they start demanding the same information about their wines. If you’ve ever woken up with a headache after drinking just 1 or 2 glasses of wine the night before, it doesn’t mean you’re getting old, it means the wine you were drinking had a lot of junk in it! And if you don’t like drinking reds because they stain your teeth, you should know that this is likely the result of a dye called Mega Purple or Ultra Red, an additive used in many mass-produced red wines. (more…)

Double Coconut Macaroons

There’s only three ingredients in these deliciously soft and chewy macaroons sweetened with coconut sugar.  Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Double Coconut Macaroons – 3 ingredient macaroon cookies sweetened with coconut palm sugar. Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #macaroons #coconutmacaroons #coconutsugar #coconutpalmsugar #glutenfree #glutenfreecookies #dairyfree #dairyfreecookies #paleo #paleocookies

These cookies obviously don’t look like typical coconut macaroons. They’re made with shredded coconut just like traditional macaroons, but the reason they look different is because instead of white granulated sugar, they’re sweetened with coconut sugar, hence the name Double Coconut Macaroons. After all, shouldn’t coconut macaroons be made with coconut sugar? Of course they should! These cookies are soft and chewy with brown sugar and caramel notes and they’re every bit as delicious as classic coconut macaroons. Best of all, they’re made with just three ingredients and are gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.

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Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is healthy picnic or al fresco recipes. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread - A healthier shortbread cookie even more delicious than the classic version. Gluten-free with no refined sugar and a melt-in-your mouth texture. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cookie #cookies #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreecookies #shortbread #shortbreadcookies

It can be tricky to healthify a classic recipe because many people steadfastly insist that classic recipes not be tampered with – that they’ve earned their title precisely because they can’t be improved upon. (In case you’re wondering, “healthify” is a made-up word defined by me as follows: to take something not normally considered healthy and change it to make it more nutritious while keeping some of its defining characteristics intact.) So, if you dare to tinker with one of these recipes, make sure the finished food is as good as, or better than, its classic counterpart. And, if you’ve swapped out some of the recipe’s usual ingredients and replaced them with more nutritious ones, the true accolades will follow when tasters realize that not only does the food taste delicious, it’s healthier too! These Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread cookies are a case in point and are perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – healthy picnic or alfresco recipes. After all, no picnic would be complete without an easy to eat handheld dessert! (more…)

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies

Simple to make healthy brownies with intense, dark chocolate flavor.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies - Simple to make healthy brownies with rich, dark chocolate flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #dairyfree #paleo #norefinedsugar

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies seem almost too good to be true! They’re flourless, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly, and contain no refined sugar, yet they taste so decadent. And, they clock in at only 84 calories per serving!  They have a tender texture that’s more cake-like than fudgy, and a deep, rich chocolate flavor that comes from cacao powder. You might be put off by the avocado in this recipe, but don’t be. The avocado replaces the fat that you normally find in brownie recipes (usually butter or oil) and you don’t taste it at all. The banana adds sweetness with a slight banana taste, but mostly what comes through in these brownies is intense chocolately goodness! (more…)

Mini Chocolate Avocado Oil Valentine Cakes with Raspberry Chia Filling

Individual serving, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cakes.  A fantastic, healthier alternative to the boxed chocolate candies typically given away on Valentine’s Day.

Mini Chocolate Avocado Oil Valentine Cakes - Individual serving, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cakes. A fantastic, healthier alternative to the boxed chocolate candies typically given away on Valentine’s Day. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #chocolatecake #valentinesday #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #paleo #grainfree

If you’re scrambling to come up with something unique to give your loved ones on Valentine’s Day then look no further! Instead of a box of chocolates (booooring), how about baking up a batch of these Mini Chocolate Avocado Oil Valentine Cakes with Raspberry Chia Filling? These scrumptious little cakes are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo friendly, and contain no refined sugar, so they’re great for health-conscious individuals and those with gluten and dairy allergies. (more…)

Healthy Salted Caramel Chocolate Hearts

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover. Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators. This month’s theme is favorite kitchen tools, gadgets, and gizmos. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Healthy Salted Caramel Chocolate Hearts. Healthy candy to make for your Valentine! The mock caramel filling is free of refined sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #chocolate #valentinesday #caramel #valentine #valentinecraft

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it of course wouldn’t be complete without chocolate, but if you’ve been diligently sticking to your New Year’s healthy eating resolutions you might be reluctant to celebrate with the traditional confections served on this holiday. If that’s the case, then these Healthy Salted Caramel Chocolate Hearts are the answer!  A thin coating of dark, bittersweet chocolate with a light sprinkling of flaked sea salt covers mock caramel, which is made from pureed dates, flaxseed, and peanuts. This filling is completely free of refined sugar so it lacks the characteristic biting sweetness of a typical caramel filling. Make no mistake though – these are still decadent little treats, high in fat and calories, but when compared to other chocolate covered caramel candies, they are definitely more nutritious. They’re lower in sugar and have a little bit of protein and fiber where most chocolate covered caramel candy has none. (more…)

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Taste the essence of gingerbread in this incredibly moist Bundt cake.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Bundt Cake –Taste the essence of gingerbread in this incredibly moist Bundt cake. Made with healthy avocado oil, this super easy recipe produces a fantastic winter dessert! | QueenofMyKitchen.com #cake #bundtcake #bundtcakerecipes #glutenfreedesserts #glutenfreebaking #seasonalfood #glutenfreerecipe #gingerbread #gingerbreadcake #recipeforcakes

I’m pretty flexible when planning menus for entertaining, but I have one rule I almost always follow – serve a seasonal dessert. This makes planning the rest of the meal easier and avoids decision fatigue. I also like knowing that the seasonal ingredients available in the grocery store will likely be newer, fresher, and better quality because of high turnover. But the best reason of all to serve a seasonal dessert is that your guests will love it. These dishes are typically only around for short periods of time each year, which means that people will appreciate and savor them more. This Gluten-Free Gingerbread Bundt Cake is one of my favorite seasonal desserts and I serve it often during the winter months. I have my friend JoAnn to thank for passing along this recipe. Thanks JoAnn! (more…)

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