Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gluten-Free Valentine Cookie Recipes



This is the cookie time of the year-- next to Christmas, there are more rolling pins out for Valentine's Day than for any other holiday season.  When you or your child has a gluten sensitivity, it's a blessing to know that the Internet is loaded with recipes for gluten-free cookies.   Here is a selection of recipes (along with some of the ingredients listed) for you to choose from:

*using brown rice flour/potato starch/tapioca flour mix with xanthan gum; unsalted butter; egg; granulated sugar.
*using Amaranth flour with arrowroot flour and guar gum; butter; milk
*unbaked.  Uses dark chocolate, chili powder, almonds, cocoa, coconut milk
*using frozen cherries, agave nectar, arrowroot powder, dark chocolate, almond extract
*using cocoa, dark chocolate, agave nectar, blanched almond flour, espresso
*using blanched, slivered almonds, agave nectar, coconut oil
*using blanched almond flour, agave nectar, grapeseed oil, raspberry jam
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Valentine Hearts  (mini heart-shaped cupcakes)
*using millet flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, cocoa, xanthan gum, buttermilk, vinegar, sugar, butter, 2 eggs, low-fat cream cheese
*using walnuts, powdered sugar, 4 egg whites, cocoa
*using brown rice flour, cornstarch, guar gum, tapioca flour, sugar, butter, egg

A Church group I know of is baking up Valentine cookies along with a regular meal and taking it over to the communal kitchen of a motel that houses a number of very low-income folks... how are you going to show your love on Valentine's Day?


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Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.

Recipe for Chocolate-Mandarin Tofu Pie (Gluten-Free)


So, it's in between Christmas and New Year's and you would think that I am all yumm'd out... well, apparently not.

My husband went to town yanks ago to buy groceries, etc. (the etc. takes precedence over the groceries, which he buys just prior to coming home). I'm trying to clean up the 'after-Christmas' fridge a little, you know. And there is this block of medium Tofu that really does take up a lot of room (lol- joke).

Then I look for Tofu Cheesecake recipes and find one for Chocolate Orange Tofu Pie that sounds lovely. Naturally, I don't have the same ingredients and I am vegan (out with the cream cheese-- what's with that? I thought people use tofu to substitute for the dairy?) so there will be a whole lot of substituting going on.

And I need a crust. I've decided not to do nut crusts in the oven... nuts can go rancid very easily, they say (not sure who 'they' is, but I read that). I found a fantastic 3-ingredient recipe for a granola crust... I don't have the same quantities of stuff so, again, a few experimental changes. Here it is--

3-Ingredient Pie Crust:


The Ingredients:
  • 1 C. Gluten-free Granola
  • 1 tsp. Palm Sugar (or 1/3 tsp. Stevia)
  • 2 T. of melted Virgin Coconut Oil (half a 1/3 C.)
 The Method:
  • Pulse the granola until it is finely chopped in your Food Processor. 
  • Add in the sugar and the oil and pulse until mixed.  If still too dry and crumbly, add in water a little at a time until it is raw-pie-crusty in  texture (sorry, don't know how else to describe)
  • Pat evenly into the bottom of the pan... just has to cover, doesn't have to be built up the sides (like a cheesecake)
Chocolate-Mandarin Tofu Pie (filling)
 The Ingredients
    2 1/2 T. melted Virgin Coconut Oil
    1 (16 ounce/454 g) package Medium OR Silken Tofu
    5 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa powder
    1/2 cup Coconut Palm Sugar
    3 T. Vanilla-Stevia
    1/4 tsp. Young Living Mandarin Essential Oil
    2 T. Honey
    5 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
    1/4 cup mini Chocolate OR Carob chips
    1 (9 inch) 3-Ingredient Pie Crust (see above)

The Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • In your Food Processor, process the Tofu and the Coconut Oil until smooth.
  • Add the Cocoa Powder, Vanilla-Stevia, Mandarin oil, Honey, and Vinegar and continue to process until completely homogenous and silky smooth.
  • Remove the blade and fold in the Chocolate or Carob Chips.
  • Spoon-pour the batter onto the Granola Crust.  Sprinkle with the remaining Chips.
  • Bake in preheated oven until set, about 25 minutes. 
  • Cool to room  temperature and then refrigerate until cold before serving or at least 4 hours.


_________________________________________________ Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns. I am also an affiliate for many of the products promoted on this site meaning that I get a commission if you click and purchase. Thank you for supporting my continued ability to provide information through this website.

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