Baked Maple Butter Pears

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I’ve come to terms with the fact that it is MOST DEFINITELY still summer outside…but…in my kitchen it’s Autumn, and I’m loving it!!  These pears were amazing and I really enjoyed the way the rustic flavors came together…Not too sweet!   Also impressed with the way the pears maintained their shape and texture.  This was a total experiment, that just happened to turn out exceptionally well.  So, here it is.

What you will need: (for 2 pears)

  • 2 Bosc Pears (firm, remember, you are baking them)
  • 1 c Cinnamon toasted walnuts (I buy raw, unsalted, then roast on a cookie sheet 400 degrees, dust with cinnamon if desired)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 handful of dried currants
  • 4 tablespoons Real Maple syrup (I choose a grade B)

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut the pears about 1/3 from the top (reference photo)
  3. From the bottom, remove the majority of the core.  Try not to breakthrough the bottom of the pear completely, you are creating a well for the other ingredients.  Place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and set aside
  4. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and add the maple syrup until mixed well.  Remove from the heat, and add the currants and walnuts.  Mix everything together.
  5. Pour or scoop the mixture into the cored out pears, as full as possible.  The pear “top” may not stay put, so…I used a toothpick to secure it in place while it baked.
  6. Carefully place the cookie sheet into oven and bake for 25 minutes
  7. Once bake time is complete, let them sit for 5 minutes before serving as they will be exceptionally hot.

I devoured mine as is, but I imagine a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream would put this dessert over the top!  Enjoy!

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Primal Cinnamon Doughnuts with Maple Butter Cream Cheese Glaze

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So, who doesn’t love doughnuts and coffee on Saturday mornings?!  I am definitely guilty of “cheating” with the traditional fried doughy goodness bombs …But now I have a GREAT Grain Free, baked option!

What you will need:

  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk (almond works too)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Doughnut pan

 How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat to 350
  2. In two, separate bowls, mix all dry ingredients together and then all wet together.
  3. Mix both wet & dry together, and put mixture into a storage baggie/piping bag to make the transfer to the donut pan easier.
  4. Bake for 15-20 min

 For the Glaze: (this IS NOT primal/paleo, but it’s so good…who cares!)

While the doughnuts are baking… Use a small sauce pan and heat to a boil.

  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar
  • a touch or maple syrup
  • pinch of salt

DO not heat, just set aside for now

  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  1. Stir ingredients (except cream cheese) over heat and bring to a quick boil
  2. Then reduce heat and continue to stir until all ingredients incorporate well.
  3. Pour into heat safe bowl and mix with cream cheese until smooth.  Then set aside.
  4. Once Doughnuts have cools slightly, you can spread the glaze over the top of each doughnut and enjoy!

Doughnut Recipe Concept from: slimplate.com

Decadent Brownies – Grain & Gluten Free

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What You Will Need:

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 7 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 eggs at room temperature, beaten
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F.  Use a 8×8 pan and  line it with overhung sheets of crisscrossed unbleached parchment paper, and set the pan aside.
  2. Place the chocolate and oil in a small, heat-safe bowl and use a Double Broil method.  Melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, and allow to cool briefly.
  3. Once the chocolate mixture is no longer hot to the touch, pour the chocolate mixture into the bottom of a blender, and add all of the remaining ingredients, in the order listed. Blend until smooth. You may have to stop the blender a couple times to scrape down the sides. IF YOU DO NOT blend the batter, but rather just mix it with a spoon, the brownies may be a bit grainy after baking.
  4. Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and smooth into an even layer with a wet spatula. Smack the bottom of the pan squarely on the counter a couple times to break any air bubbles trapped inside. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing from the pan by holding onto the overhung pieces of parchment paper. Slice into squares and serve.

Recipe from: http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/super-fudgy-paleo-brownies/

 

Chocolated Dipped Almond Butter Cookies with Pomegranate Salt

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These are REALLY GOOD almond butter cookies all on their own!!  The Pomegranate Salt & Dark chocolate add beautiful color to this simple presentation.  This recipe is from http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/11/chocolate-dipped-peanut-butter-cookies-with-pomegranate-salt-gf.html  I modified my cookies to use almond butter & almond flour…but check out her blog it has absolutely gorgeous photography!

 Pomegranate Salt

  • I used Kosher BUT I think Maldon salt (or another flaky salt) would work better
  • Pomegranate juice
  1. Either get pomegranate juice from when you cut a pomegranate in half, from crushing some pomegranate arils (seeds), or store-bought pomegranate juice.
  2. Use a spoon or pastry brush to splatter a piece of parchment paper with a little pomegranate juice.
    1. Sprinkle a few table spoons of salt over parchment paper and use a fork to gently stir. Splash on a bit more pomegranate juice if needed.
    2.  Stir until all the salt is coated.
    3. Spread salt out carefully over the piece of parchment paper and leave to dry.
  3. Once dried, store in a small jar or bowl.

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup Almond peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Pomegranate salt (see recipe above) or flaky salt, for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the first 6 ingredients until smooth. Stir in the almond flour.
  3. Scoop tablespoons of dough onto the lined cookie sheet, spacing them about 2-inches apart.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden underneath and on the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Melt the chocolate. Dip one half of each cookie into the chocolate and place onto a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle with some pomegranate salt (or normal flaky salt) and leave to set.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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This is one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite Aunts!  I typically like to use Tulip Baking Cups for larger muffins, the recipe below makes aprox 18 large muffins.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 cups of sugar (coconut sugar can be substituted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas (mashed well)
  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of Dark or Semi-sweet chocolate chips

How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat to 350
  2. Dry Mixture: Mix flour, soda and salt – set aside
  3. Mix melted butter, sugar
  4. Then add eggs – mix well.
  5. Add bananas
  6. Into wet mixture, add the dry mixture. Mix about 75% and add in the chips, ONLY mix until blended, DO NOT OVER MIX
  7. Fill baking cups 3/4 full as they will rise
  8. Bake 20-25 min – or until the tops are beginning to lightly brown

Grain Free Raspberry Scones

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I am not ALWAYS big on breakfast, but today is Saturday and sometimes you just need something special!

Prep time:  5 min ~ Cook time:  15 min

Difficulty 1/5

 What you will need:

  • 2.5 c. Almond meal
  • 1.5 c Raspberries
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

 How it’s done:

  1. Preheat to 375
  2. In a bowl, mix almond meal, baking soda, salt
  3. In separate small bowl, mix egg and honey well.
  4. Slowly pour egg mixture into the dry mixture, add in raspberries…do not over mix the raspberries
  5. Roll into balls, and shape with hands. 
  6. bake on parchment lined cooking sheet
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes

Grain Free Brownie Cheesecake Bars

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These are dangerously rich little desserts…you have been warned!  Note: I re-worked this recipe from its original form quite a bit…I feel like I also must say that I found these to be very dense…still VERY good…but maybe the recipe could use further “tweaking”.  Maybe my baking friends out there could give it a go…

What you will need:

-For the Brownie-

  • 8×8 pan
  • parchment paper
  • 6 eggs
  • 1.5 c of raw unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 c of coconut sugar
  • 9 tbsp of Coconut oil (melted)
  • 6 tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 pinches of salt

-For the Cheesecake-

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (room temp)
  • 1/3 c Heavy Cream
  • 1/3 c Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs (room Temp)

How it’s Done:

  1. Preheat Oven 350
  2. BROWNIE: Add all dry ingredients, in a medium bowl whisk eggs together, add slowly into dry mix until well combined.  Add coconut oil and vanilla…mix well.  Pour into 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake 15-20 min.  I checked mine with a toothpick at 20 min and it was perfect.
  3. Cheesecake: Beat all the ingredients together until smooth.  It is very important that the cream cheese be at room temp as it WILL have little chunks.  Pour over a slightly cooled brownie layer. 
  4. Return to oven for 25-30 min…30 min worked for me (use toothpick again)
  5. Allow the bars to cool before serving.  I ended up having mine in the refrigerator overnight before they were served

OPTIONAL:  We topped ours with Dark Chocolate Sauce, and fresh Raspberries.   I think Coconut Ice Cream would be divine!! (next time)

Recipe Inspiration from: http://thecoconutmama.com