Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Carrot-Coconut-Choc Chip Health Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)



This is a quick clean-out-your-fridge sort of cookie. Experienced cooks will likely make substitutions. If you are not so experienced, it might be a good idea to try to have the following ingredients as they are (example: 1 1/2 C. of cooked porridge) the first time you try this. You could substitute regular buckwheat flour, but I find the ground crispies especially tasty and with the health benefits of their having been soaked and "sprouted" before being dried.
Add all of the following together into food processor and process:
2 Eggs
1 C. Coconut Palm Sugar (or other sweetener of choice)
1/3 C. Almond Milk
1/3 C. Virgin Coconut Oil
1 C. Buckwheat Crispie "Flour" (grind Crispies in coffee bean grinder)
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.Celtic Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1 1/2 cup cooked Porridge
1 C. shredded Coconut
1 C. grated Carrots
Dump into a large bowl.
Stir in 1 C. Raisins
Stir in 1 C. GF Chocolate (or Carob) Chips
Stir in 1 C. Hempnuts (or perhaps Walnuts)
Stir in about 1 C. more Coconut Shreds

I use a silicone baking sheet-- you can use a sprayed cookie sheet.
Drop by heaping teaspoonsful onto sheet, and flatten slightly.
Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes
Remove to racks and cool. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen smallish, plump, soft, delicious cookies

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Quick Gluten-Free Oatmeal-Buckwheat Cookies Recipe



If you follow this blog, you know that I have come to rely on Buckwheat Crispies as a major all-purpose GF ingredient. In this recipe I have ground it up in a coffee bean grinder into a fine flour (you can actually grind the groats in your high speed mixer into a flour as well if you don't want to soak and dehydrate your buckwheat).  These are a fine, sweet, substantial, fairly soft cookie.  If I'd had any GF chocolate chips around, I would have added them!

Preheat oven to 350F.

Put the following into a Food Processor:

*1/2 C. Virgin Coconut Oil (doesn't have to be melted)
*1 C. Granulated Sweetener (I used a combination of Palm Sugar & Stevia)
*1 Egg
*1 tsp. Vanilla
*1 C. Buckwheat Crispie "Flour" (Crispies ground in Coffee Bean Grinder or Blender)
*1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
*1/2 tsp. Double-acting Baking Powder
*Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt (or to taste)
*1 C. Gluten-Free Quick Rolled Oats

Mix until a nice, fragrant batter.  Hand-mix in any of the following if you desire:
*3/4 C. GF Chocolate Chips
*1 tsp. Grated Orange Rind
*1/2 C. Raisins
*1 C. Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)

Drop the cookies 2" apart on a silicone sheet or well-greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  I cool on racks.  Try not to eat them all before you remove from the racks. : ) ________________________________________________
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Recipe for Cookie-Crumb Brownies (Gluten-free) (Yummy) (Unbaked) (Dairy-free) (Vegan)



Well, here I am at home alone while my hubby is off in the Honduras helping on a school-building project with Maranatha Volunteers International.  I have been dutifully and even gleefully walking Zoe up and down a long hill to the ocean twice a day, and taking her for another long walk in the evening, plus rebounding 30 minutes a day, and other active things.  I have been eating lots of dopamine-producing foods and honestly haven't had any cravings for sweets.  And suddenly... well, I invented the most delicious unbaked (not all the ingredients are "raw") brownies that smelled like oreo cookies when I took the top off the food processor.  I will try not to eat the whole pan myself, although that will be hard.  Here is the recipe, but I suggest that you jiggle around with the ingredients to get the exact taste that you want... it's not hard, just put in a little extra of what you like, and take out what you don't like, or substitute something you like for something you don't like/don't have.  You could, for example, try a little oatmeal for the dehydrated buckwheat crispies (although I think that would be a shame, really, because they give it the 'cookie crumb' texture-- maybe you could try rice crispies?)

Melt about 1 T. of extra virgin coconut oil in a dish over hot water.

Grind up about 1/2 C. of Buckwheat Crispies into a flour using a coffee bean grinder or a vitamix.

Add the above to a food processor along with:

  • 1/2 C. organic Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 C. Walnut Pieces
  • 1/2 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 8-12 soft Dates without pits
  • 1/4 C. organic Peanut Butter
  • Shot of Vanilla extract (your call)
Pulse until all combined... batter will be a little sticky but still fairly much of a cookie crumb texture. If it is too dry in your opinion, just add a little bit more peanut butter or a little almond milk... but not much.  Press it into a small pan (8x8 or smaller) and put into the freezer until it sets (very quickly).  I actually cut mine with a pizza cutter before putting it into the freezer for convenience's sake.  Tastes very yummy with banana "ice cream" (actually just frozen bananas whirred up in the vitamix with a little vanilla and a couple of ice cubes).

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Friday, June 3, 2011

How does Gluten in the Diet Affect Children?



I am no longer a parent to dependent children, but now I am a grandparent to two of the most adorable and delicate and bright little girls you will ever meet ("Grandma Licence to Brag" here)and it seems that I stress as much over them as I did over our two boys, maybe more. And they just happen to have highly intelligent, highly responsible parents who lovingly look after them.

Nowadays I hear about all the ADHD, autism, and even depression that affect children and I shudder. I double up on my prayers.

Does Gluten have an affect on children's brains?  Does it result in ADHD and Autism?

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, is certain that it does! Some time ago she carefully poured over the mountains of research on the subject and published a journal article about some of the neurodevelopmental (read: brain development) effects that result because of gluten in the diets of gluten-sensitive and -intolerant young children.

Dr. Ritamarie has passionately continued with her research on the effects of gluten on children's brain development, and has assisted thousands of parents in helping their children make necessary eating changes so as to improve their children's behaviours, their school performance, and many other aspects of life.

Now you can listen to an excellent BlogRadio program with Dr. Ritamarie discussing her research and successful experiences with children who have been sidelined by Gluten. This program on BlogRadio launches June as "Kids' Health Month".

Click HERE to listen to Dr. Ritamarie's BlogRadio program (approximately 1 hour in length).

Click HERE to get her free GOING GLUTEN-FREE SURVIVAL KIT.
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