Healthy Caramel Apples

Dates, peanuts, and flaxseed combine to make a mock caramel coating for apples. Gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan with no refined sugar.

Healthy Caramel Apples – Dates, peanuts, and flaxseed combine to make a mock caramel coating for apples. Gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan with no refined sugar. |

Pumpkins and cider doughnuts are top on the list of foods we associate with fall, but not far behind are caramel apples – those decadent, candy coated apples that are so gooey and chewy they’re actually a little tough to eat.  Well, here’s a healthier version of this beloved autumn goody that won’t make your jaw work so hard or get stuck in your teeth. Healthy Caramel Apples is a recipe that uses dates, peanuts, and flaxseed to produce a sticky dough that mimics the taste of caramel.  This soft and pliable mixture is rolled out and used as a coating, resulting in a delicious, naturally sweet treat that looks, and tastes, a lot like a traditional caramel apple. (more…)

Almond Flour Flatbread Sandwiches

I received free samples of Sabra Spreads mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Almond Flour Flatbread Sandwiches #AD - 3 variations, all gluten-free with vegan and non-dairy options. Easy flatbread recipe. Bakes in 20 minutes. |

Everybody loves sandwiches. There is something incredibly satisfying about a good sandwich, proven by the fact that approximately half of all Americans eat a sandwich every day. That’s why I was so excited, when, as part of a Recipe Redux contest, I received samples of Sabra Spreads, a recently launched line of refrigerated based sandwich spreads from Sabra Dipping Company. They’re the folks who popularized hummus, the Middle Eastern dip made from ground chickpeas and tahini. Sabra Spreads are a condiment that you can use in place of mayonnaise or mustard. These spreads, which are made from hummus, are available in three flavors – Honey Mustard, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, and Garlic Herb.  All are gluten-free, non-dairy, non-GMO, and kosher, with no cholesterol or trans fats. The Sea Salt & Cracker Pepper, and Garlic Herb spreads are also vegan.  I developed three, healthy, Almond Flour Flatbread Sandwiches using Sabra Spreads as both an ingredient in the almond flour flatbread, and a condiment on the finished sandwiches.  These sandwiches are so delicious and satisfy a variety of dietary needs and preferences. (more…)

Dairy-Free Spiced Maple Pumpkin Gelato

Coconut milk is the base for this delicious, creamy gelato that tastes like pumpkin pie!

Dairy-Free Spiced Maple Pumpkin Gelato - Classic pumpkin flavor in a cool, creamy gelato that’s gluten-free, diary-free, and contains no refined sugar. |

Tis the season for all things pumpkin, so as a food blogger I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t post at least one pumpkin recipe.  I’m a little late to the game, as pumpkin recipes have been all over the internet for a couple of months now, but the weather here in New England is still mild and I’m not quite ready to let go of summer, so I’ve come up with the perfect blog post compromise –  a frozen dessert with fall flavor!   Ice cream will always be a food associated with warm weather, but when coconut milk and pumpkin are infused with warm, earthy spices, sweetened with pure maple syrup, and then frozen, the result is most definitely an autumn dessert.  Dairy-Free Spiced Maple Pumpkin Gelato is a treat befitting the Indian Summer I am hoping for! (more…)

Eggplant Lamb Burgers

A gluten-free, Greek inspired dish with bold, classic, Mediterranean flavors.

Eggplant Lamb Burgers - A gluten-free, Greek inspired dish with bold, classic Mediterranean flavors. Tahini yogurt sauce is the perfect condiment for these delicious, savory burgers. |

One of the things I love about burgers is the simplicity with which you can vary the ingredients to create different recipes. By playing with the types of meat, cheese, binders, and aromatics you can come up with a variety of delicious combinations to suit a particular theme, occasion, or dietary preference. Here I’m using lamb, feta cheese, and warm Mediterranean spices to create a Greek inspired burger that is topped with tahini yogurt sauce and sandwiched in between slices of grilled eggplant. Eggplant Lamb Burgers are packed with so much rich, savory flavor that you’ll want to make them again and again. (more…)

Healthy Salted Caramel Mini Donuts

That magical combination of salty and sweet in a gluten-free, dairy-free mini donut. Enjoy these little gems gulit-free!

Healthy Salted Caramel Mini Donuts – Gluten-free and dairy-free. Baked not fried. Chock-full of super healthy ingredients and sweetened with unrefined sugar. |

I hope people clicking through to this recipe won’t become annoyed at the title because Healthy Salted Caramel Mini Donuts don’t contain caramel. Instead they contain something that is a great healthy substitute for caramel – Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bars (Lara Bar is the product/brand name and Peanut Butter Cookie is the flavor). Believe it or not, when you purée dates and peanuts together, which is all that a Peanut Butter Cookie Lara Bar is, you get something that tastes remarkably like caramel and not at all like peanut butter. These bars are not as chewy and gooey as caramel but they are intensely sweet, and the flavor is about as close to caramel as the combination of any two all natural, whole foods could possibly be, which is why I knew they would work perfectly in a healthy version of mini salted caramel donuts.  (more…)

Baked Quinoa Chia Pancakes

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.  Links to all Recipe Redux posts appear at the bottom of this page.

Baked Quinoa Chia Pancakes - Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan pancakes that will satisfy even the most die-hard pancake lover. Bake them in just 12 minutes. Healthy and delicious. |

This month’s Recipe Redux theme is a fun one – First Cooking Recollections. It’s always interesting to hear how someone who is passionate about their work first became interested in it. For many food bloggers that initial spark of interest in cooking happened, as it did for me, at a young age. I have vivid childhood memories of a Charlie Brown cookbook that belonged to my sister. Between the pages, that over the years became encrusted with dried bits of batter, was a recipe for Lucy’s Lemon Squares. We made those lemon squares countless times and this is where my love for anything lemon was born. Later, when I was older, I remember making Italian stuffed shells from a recipe I pulled out of Seventeen Magazine. I used that recipe so often that the paper it was printed on started to disintegrate and I had to make a photo copy, which I still have today! But the cooking memory I have that is strongest, perhaps because of the visual it creates in my mind’s eye, is that of making pancakes – a big red mixing bowl and a box of Bisquick sitting on the counter with a dusting of this classic baking mix seemingly scattered everywhere. Although there were only a few ingredients to stir together, I nevertheless made a complete mess of the kitchen, but those pancakes sure tasted good. Traditional pancakes disappeared from my diet long ago and now, when a craving for pancakes hits, I make Baked Quinoa Chia Pancakes. (more…)

Cauliflower Roulade

Tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh basil encased in a savory cauliflower blanket.

Cauliflower Roulade - Tomatoes, goat cheese, and fresh basil encased in a savory cauliflower blanket. If you love cauliflower but were never sold on the idea of using it in a pizza crust then this recipe is for you! |

Cauliflower pizza crust has been a “thing” for a while now and if you haven’t tried it chances are you’ve at least heard of it.  I only recently got around to making a cauliflower pizza crust for the first time and though the results were delicious there were two things that bothered me.  First, despite the fact that it LOOKS very much like pizza crust, it doesn’t have nearly the stiffness or structure, so if you try to hold it like a traditional piece of pizza, it just flops over.  Second, it was incredibly messy to make.  Most recipes for cauliflower crust pizza, including the one I was using, call for a head of fresh cauliflower that you chop into florets and then run through the food processor to make “cauliflower rice”.  Not only do I hate using my food processor unless I absolutely have to – because it is big, bulky, and a pain in the neck to wash – but the cauliflower, when processed, turned into white sticky crumbs that clung to everything.  I try to be as neat as possible when I cook so this drove me crazy! However, the final result was so tasty I decided to rework the recipe to create a new dish using the same ingredients.  Cauliflower Roulade is nothing more than a cauliflower pizza crust, pressed into a rectangle instead of a circle, and formed into a “roulade”, which is a French culinary term meaning “roll”.   It looks a lot fancier than pizza and boy is it scrumptious! (more…)

Frozen Raspberry Rosé

Frosty, light, and refreshing.  A new way to enjoy rosé.

Frozen Raspberry Rosé - Frosty, light, and refreshing. A new way to enjoy rosé. |

Every year when Labor Day arrives I remind myself that there are still several weeks left of warm weather, but it never seems to ease my sadness.  No matter what the thermometer says, when that first Monday in September rolls around I feel glum.  This year, in an attempt to cheer myself up, I tried something different. Rather then bemoaning the end of summer I celebrated instead with Frozen Raspberry Rosé. Frozen wine is usually an accident – like when you put a bottle of white wine in the freezer and forget it’s there – but in the case of rosé wine, frozen is not only deliciously cool and refreshing, but stunning in appearance.  And since rosé is a wine that has come to symbolize the glory of summer, it seemed only natural to use it in a fun drink to mark the season’s end.   (more…)

Gluten-Free Tomatoes Provencal

A classic side dish made gluten-free. Quick and easy. Tomatoes stuffed with savory breadcrumbs, goat cheese, and pine nuts. Great for entertaining or casual family dining.

Gluten Free Tomatoes Provencal – a classic side dish made gluten free. Quick and easy. Stuffed with goat cheese and pine nuts. Great for entertaining or casual family dinners. |

Tomatoes Provencal, named for the idyllic region in southern France, is a simple side dish with sophisticated taste. Firm tomatoes are hallowed out, stuffed with a gluten-free, savory breadcrumb mixture, and then baked to golden perfection. There are countless versions of Tomatoes Provencal and many ways to vary the ingredients, but garlic, olive oil, and herbs, the hallmarks of Provencal cooking, are always present. Many recipes for Tomatoes Provencal call for parmesan cheese but I always use goat cheese because it is more characteristic of Provence and I think it makes the dish taste more “French”. (more…)

Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts

Beautiful, wholesome cookies with no refined sugar.  Gluten-free and paleo too!Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts – Beautiful, wholesome tart-like cookies with no refined sugar. Decorated with an almond flower center. Gluten-free and paleo. |

If I told you that one of the most delicious cookies you’ll ever taste doesn’t contain wheat flour, eggs, butter, or sugar would you believe me?  Probably not, and I was skeptical too until I made Vegan Almond Flour Cookie Tarts.  These cookies are amazing.  The taste alone will win you over but if that doesn’t then I hope you’ll at least appreciate how darn cute they are!   To make these cookies unique, I shaped them like little tarts and made flowers out of almonds, using currants for the centers.  So they’re also Vegan Almond Flower Cookie Tarts. (more…)