Gluten Free Paleo Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Gluten free chocolate glazed donuts that are also delicious and happen to be Paleo, too? Hello. Yes. I’ve been craving something sweet and indulgent to have with my Nespresso macchiato during weekend afternoons, and donuts came to mind. Could there be a donut out there made with no grains, no gluten and also able to satisfy my “bad treat” cravings? Maybe. I think these hit the spot!

Gluten free paleo chocolate glazed skinny donuts glutenfreeskinny.netThese donuts are not fried, but baked. Plus, for all of us health nuts and enthusiasts out there, the main ingredient is almond flour (a friendly nut!)- not even a pinch of rice, potato, or tapioca. So it’s 100% paleo, and I’m okay with that! (And fewer ingredients make me VERY happy.)

Gluten free paleo chocolate glazed skinny donuts glutenfreeskinny.netIngredients:

For the donuts (makes around 8 in a medium-size donut pan)

  • 2½ cups almond flour (I’m liking Honeyville)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 1/4 melted coconut oil
  • 2 oz vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp Stevia
  • Sprinkles are not paleo! (But I couldn’t help myself for the pictures. Oops.)

Directions:

Ready? This is my favorite part. Pour all ingredients in your blender, and mix them well, until the batter looks airy.

Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees, then grease a donut pan. Pour the batter almost (but not really) to the rim, being careful not to cover the opening for the whole. Then hit the pan down against the countertop to release any air bubbles and make sure the donuts rise evenly and beautifully.

Once you have the donuts baking, prepare the glaze. Put the chocolate chips in a microwaveable-safe dish, add the coconut oil and the Stevia, and microwave for 2 minutes at 40% power. Once done, remove from the microwave and give it a good stir.

The donuts will bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. After you are done, remove from the oven, and let them cool for five minutes before placing them on a cooling rack. Once the donuts are completely cold to the touch, glaze them and wait around 10 minutes for the glaze to set.

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Beauty Detox: Vegan and Gluten Free Wraps

These Beauty Detox: Vegan and Gluten Free Wraps take the cake! Ok – maybe not the real cake as we are “detoxing” and trying to be good about what we eat. But they take something! The first few bites taste like a healthy falafel, and once we added my ultra secret pineapple sauce, we decided it tasted like a real, fresh meaty taco. All and all, you just can’t go wrong. Plus, it’s all raw so you can “cook” this in under ten minutes.
Beatuy Detox Gorilla Taco Wraps ! Vegan and gluten free and paleo, too!

This is a great mid-week, feel good meal you can have right after the gym. The walnuts add a fabulous texture and a crunch that carry the plethora of spices that go into this taco mix. With just a few spoonfuls of salsa, or sprouts, and the generosity of a fresh collard green to hug everything tight and neatly, you are set for a pretty tasty dinner (or lunch), as you pack tons and tons of good nutrition back into your body. And it’s summer, so who wants to spend that much time over a hot stove anyway!?

This is my first (ever) recipe with collard greens! Before embarking into my beauty detox journey, collard greens were the weird looking steamy vegetable next to the fried chicken. Which is a shame, as apparently most of the latest news has labeled this Southern staple as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Collard greens deliver more than a dozen nutrients and vitamins, plus:

  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Detoxification benefits
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Digestive support
  • Cardiovascular support

You can follow more of my beauty detox meal plan and “instashots” at my Instagram account! Or, if you are looking for a great kick you-know-where to get re-motivated to eat and feel healthier, check out Beauty Detox Foods, by Kimberly Snyder.

Beauty Detox Gorilla Taco Wrap Vegan Gluten FreeIngredients:

Makes around 4 wraps

  • 2/3 cups walnuts
  • .5 Tbs. cumin
  • 1/4 Tbs. coriander
  • 1 Tbs. low sodium tamari
  • .5 tsp. chili powder
  • Salsa (or my secret pineapple sauce)
  • Collard greens (organic as feasible)

Directions:

In a food processor chop the walnuts first, then add the rest of the ingredients as follows: cumin, coriander, tamari, chili powder. Pulse a few times. You definitely want a chunky consistency. Then, chop the stem out of each collard green, place tomatoes, sprouts and the walnut mix. You can put here your choice of salsa, guacamole or sauce. Then, follow the picture below to fold it! Then cut it in half and impress everyone!

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This is one of the recipes featured on Kimberly Synder’s Beauty Detox Foods.
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Print the Recipe: Healthy Almond Bites Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo

Ingredients:Healthy Almond Bites Gluten Free, Vegan and Paleo glutenfreeskinny.net

Makes around 22 bites.

  • 12 pitted dates (soak them in warm water 30 minutes before getting started)
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • a pinch of sea salt to taste
  • 1.5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut nectar (you can replace with maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Directions:

In a food processor, chopped the almonds (they should look gritty, but not pasty or too fine). Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the sesame seeds), and mix well.

With a tablespoon, carefully lift some of the sticky mixture, and make a ball with the palms of your hands, then roll into the 1/4 cup of sesame seeds until totally coated. Set aside.

Nutritional Info: For 1 serving. Calories 55; Total Fat 3.9g, Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 5mg; Total Carb 5.2g; Dietary Fiber 1.1g; Sugars 3.2g; Protein 1.5g.

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Almond Healthy Bites Gluten Free, Vegan and Paleo

It’s Monday! Pack extra energy today with these amazing ALMOND HEALTHY BITES. Do I love them just because they are non-bake, easy to make, gluten free, vegan, and also Paleo? Oh no, not just because of THAT. I love them because they are delicious with a salty and sweet satisfying combination – and at only 55 CALORIES a pop. What are you waiting for?
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This recipe calls for tahini, which you can easily find at the peanut butter and honey section of Whole Foods. Did you know tahini is actually made of sesame seeds? I didn’t! As I also didn’t know the following cool health benefits of tahini.

5 Really Cool Health Benefits of Tahini
  1. It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, magnesium, potassium and iron.
  2. Packed with calcium, vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
  3. Helps to maintain healthy skin and muscle tone.
  4. It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
  5. It’s easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss.

Ta-dah. These ALMOND HEALTHY BITES are not only tasty, but packed with good stuff. And who doesn’t want good stuff on a Monday?

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Ingredients:

Makes around 22 bites.

  • 12 pitted dates (soak them in warm water 30 minutes before getting started)
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • a pinch of sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw coconut nectar (you can replace with maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Directions:

In a food processor, chopped the almonds (they should look gritty, but not pasty or too fine). Add the rest of the ingredients (minus the sesame seeds), and mix well.

With a tablespoon, carefully lift some of the sticky mixture, and make a ball with the palms of your hands, then roll into the 1/4 cup of sesame seeds until totally coated. Set aside.

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Refrigerate for up to 4 hours for best taste and consistency (I do eat all the food processor bowl goodness and it’s great, but nothing tastes like the actually bite right out of the refrigerator).They are great to pack for lunch or when you are out and around. And now one of my new favorite treats!Healthy Almond Bites Gluten Free, Vegan and Paleo glutenfreeskinny.net

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Gluten Free and Healthy Buckwheat and Coconut Pancakes

Did you know buckwheat is Dr. Perricone’s No. 5 superfood? Many people think of buckwheat as a grain, but it’s not, and it surpasses rice and wheat and corn in terms of nutrition and low glycemic index.
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The roasted buckwheat, or kasha, is dark brown and with a nutty flavor, and you can find it in the flour/baking section of your health store or supermarket.

My first attempt with buckwheat failed – strawberry muffins. Though the muffins looked great, the consistency was very gritty. No seconds for me there!

But I gave it another shot after I continued reading and learned that buckwheat packs a lot of protein with relatively low calories. And: 1) its proteins and the relative proportions of its amino acids make buckwheat the best cholesterol lowering food studied to-date; 2)buckwheat reduces and stabilizes blood sugar levels following meals – key in preventing obesity and diabetes.

As it was Sunday, and I was feeling the call of the waffle/pancake monster, I decided to put my wonderful new find to the test.

These Buckwheat and Coconut Nectar pancakes are really filling, and the combination of both flavors in every bite is more than satisfying! You can replace coconut milk and coconut nectar for almond milk and maple syrup, but there’s something super special about the original recipe. Give it a shot!

If you have it handy, I would also try Nutella as a topping, or PB2 and jam. Delish.

Have a great week everyone!

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Ingredients:

Makes 8 small pancakes

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1.5 tbs. powdered stevia
  • 1.5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbs. arrowroot starch
  • 1.5 tbs potato starch
  • 1 cup of original almond milk
  • .5 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tsp of flaxseed meal in 3 tsp of hot water
  • coconut nectar for topping
  • others: bananas, blueberries

Directions:

Use a sifter for all the dry ingredients; combine in a bowl. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients, inclusive of the flaxseed and the water. Add to dry ingredients and mix well till smooth. If the batter is not smooth, add a little bit more water. It should be denser than normal pancakes.

In a large pan on medium heat, use coconut oil or PAM and lightly coat it. Cook each pancake around 2 minutes on each side. Do not pile up after cooked or they will get soggy. Enjoy alone or with your favorite toppings!

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Print the Recipe: Gluten Free Cookie Dough Cake

Gluten free cookie dough cake @glutenfreeskinny.netIngredients:

2 8” round vanilla GLUTEN FREE cakes (I made mine using CRAVE BAKERY’S vanilla cupcake recipe. Other alternatives? GLUTINO’s Old Fashioned Cake Mix)

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoons all-purpose GF flour
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk hack (click here for recipe)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extrack
  • 1/8 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Frosting

Adapted from Magnolia: Recipes from the World Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey’s Home Kitchen

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 6-8 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

GF Chocolate chip cookies (I made them from scratch too. Here’s the recipe)

Directions

I assume you have your vanilla cakes ready to go. I made them the night before as I didn’t want to be in the kitchen for more than 1 hour at a time!

Start with the filling. Cream in high speed the butter and the sugar with a mixer. About 2 minutes. Add the GF flour, the condensed milk hack, and vanilla. Mix in medium until well blended. Fold in the chocolate chips. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Next, tackle the frosting. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and half the sugar, a drop of milk and the vanilla. Beat on medium to high speed until creamy (around 3 minutes). Gradually add more sugar, a little bit more of the milk, and so forth. Until you get the right consistency. As we will use 3/4 of the frosting unpiped, I recommend keeping it slightly on the creamy side.

Now, you are ready for the most fun part: assembly. Get your cake plate ready. Set one of the first cakes. Spoon in and frost with the buttercream filling (use 1/3 of it). Set aside. Get the cookie dough filling out of the refrigerator and create tiny cookie dough balls. Very tiny ones. Set on top of the frosting until you cover it completely. Set aside.Get the second cake. Turn it upside down on another plate. Spread a thin layer of frosting. Flip and sandwich in the cookie dough balls in between the two frosted sides of the cake. Press lightly. Save some frosting for decoration (fill a piping bag). The rest, drop it onto the cake, and spread evenly to cover the whole cake.

Pipe the remainder frosting to decorate. I crumbled home-made chocolate chip cookies for the sides, and dropped a lot of chocolate chips in the center.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Eat!

 

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Print the Recipe: Chocolate Paleo Banana Pancakes

DSC_1505Ingredients:

For 1 serving. This was inspired by the Paleo Banana Pancakes recipe.

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coconut palm sugar, or stevia
  • 1 tsp coconut flour
  • 5 vegan chocolate chips
  • A pinch of Kosher salt to taste

Directions:

With everything in one single container (minus the Kosher salt), use an immersion blender until frothy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, grab a fork, mash the banana, and then beat the rest of the ingredients (skip the chocolate chips).

In a medium pan at medium to low heat, cook SMALL silver dollar pancakes (small is key as these are a little bit tougher to flip versus other ones). Watch them like a hawk – they can burn in extra 3 seconds. Start with the heat at low and build from there. Around 2 minutes for the first side and 20 seconds for the other side.

Serve with maple syrup, or raw coconut nectar, and a pinch of Kosher salt. (That last thing does the trick!)

Nutritional Info: For 1 serving. Calories 259; Total Fat 9.3g, Cholesterol 164mg; Sodium 77mg; Total Carb 36.2g; Dietary Fiber 6.5g; Sugars 17.5g; Protein 9g.

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Crave Bakery Book Review and Giveaway!

I was delighted when Cameo Edwards asked me to review her deliciously looking brand new ebook – Crave Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook. 

You can download Crave Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook here.

Or…try to win one of the three in the giveaway. Good luck!

Crave Bakery cupcakes

The book boasts 60 recipes created specifically for Crave Bakery, San Francisco’s first gluten-free bakery. The bakery has been open for 10 years, and Cameo candidly relates the very beginnings of her business, as well as her own journey of discovery of Celiac Disease. I’m extremely proud of having been selected to do this review!  As well as excited for Cameo’s sweet (and gluten free) successes. (Cameo – my favorite part is when you talk about having cojones! Indeed!)

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This is a great starter book if you are new to the gluten free world – Cameo does a great job developing the How to Get Started Section. Once you discover you are gluten intolerant, I think one of the steepest learning curves is the getting acquainted with gluten free ingredients. Almond flour? Tapioca flour? Potato Starch? The book discusses all ingredients in depth, and also provides suggestions on where to buy them. (I’m sure I have not been the only one here lost in Whole Foods for more than 30 minutes in search of Xanthan Gum.) And with the tarts and exquisite frostings, this is also a great book for when you feel a little bit more daring and use a candy thermometer!

All her recipes are very accessible to us, the common folk. For example, the book lists the weight of each ingredient, but also the cup or teaspoon equivalent. This is also the book that taught me that I needed wet hands to work with pizza dough if it was gluten free! Who knew. So for all the mini yet extremely important technical details… THANK YOU.

Ok, now back to business. The book’s recipes are organized against difficulty level- from vanilla cakes to pink velvet, and apricot frangipane tart. Some of the most tempting ones have been: Mama Z’s Chocolate Cake (book cover), Pink Velvet Cake and the Monster Cookie. I don’t think you can go wrong trying out any of her cupcakes, muffins and tarts. I am planning to bake one every Sunday and surprise my sweet-tooth boyfriend (who does not need to eat gluten free, but patiently waited by the mixer to lick the attachment).

DSC_1431I tried the Toasted Coconut And Dark Chocolate Swiss Buttercream Cupcakes. They are corn-free, dairy-free, gluten free, and nut free. And amazing, creamy, sweet, perfect.

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes. Gluten free, lactose free, grain free, nut free. @glutenfreeskinny.netThe cupcakes are spongy and sweet, and the toasted coconut adds an extra layer of unexpected flavor that goes great with the strong flavor of the dark chocolate frosting.

Yum.

I can’t wait to have dinner today so I can have another one for dessert! All and all, a great book. You will use it regularly and amaze yourself at the bakery quality goods coming out of your kitchen. And, the recipes can fool anyone who eats with gluten (case in point: boyfriend – not only did he lick both mixer attachments, but he gulped a full one in one bite. He was pleased!).

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And if you just can’t wait… go straight to buying it right now. Just follow this link. 

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Nutritional Facts: Sugar Free Wet Coconut Balls

 

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Print the Recipe: Sugar-Free Wet Coconut Truffles

Print the Recipe: Sugar-Free Wet Coconut Truffles

Sugar free wet coconut truffles glutenfreeskinny.netIngredients:

For 12 truffles.

  • 6 pitted dates
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 3/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • 2 teaspoons coconut flour
  • 1 pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (vegan, or gluten free)
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk

Directions:

Set the dates to rest in warm water for 30 minutes. This softens them and it makes them more food processor friendly.

Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees.

In your food processor, mix the banana, and the softened dates. Add the coconut flakes and the coconut flour and the pinch of salt until well blended.

With a spatula, make sure everything is well blended. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

I used a small espresso spoon to spoon out a little bit of the batter at the time. Make 12 small little balls in your hands and carefully set them on the parchment paper.

Bake them for at least 20 minutes. You will know they are done when the bottoms are very golden and you start to smell the coconut in your kitchen! It’s ok if they are a little wet or uncooked inside. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

In a microwave-safe container, melt the chocolate chips with the almond milk for one minute at 30% power. Remove and mix well until the chocolate is shiny. Drizzle the coconut balls to taste.

The truffles are best when refrigerated for at least a couple of hours, but they are delicious to eat at any stage (yes, I confess! I ate the raw batter too and loved it!)

 

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