Coconut Milk Banana Ice Cream

This recipe is sooo easy if you have an ice cream maker, and so good. The one I use is an older version of this one and it has lasted nearly 17 years! I added some grassfed gelatin to this because it helps it not get so icy after freezing. Enjoy!

1 can full fat coconut milk

1/4 cup organic cane sugar

3/4 cup frozen banana slices

1 tablespoon vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp almond extract

1/2 tsp coconut extract

1 tablespoon grassfed gelatin

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until creamy, two or three minutes. Pour into ice cream maker and let it run until frozen. Store in airtight freezer safe container.

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Roasted Chickpeas with Spices

This is just a quick easy snack or salad topper! Roasted chickpeas with pimenton (sweet smoked paprika) and my personal secret ingredient to everything — steak seasoning.

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tsp salt

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp smoked pimenton

1 tsp steak seasoning

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Pat dry and allow to airdry until they don’t have any remaining water, about ten minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425. Toss the dried chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet and coat in the oil and spices. Bake foe 20 minutes (it could take up to 30 minutes to get the perfect crisp).

Enjoy!

Decadent Cadbury Gluten-Free Brownies (with hidden spinach)

Brownies are asked for all the time in my house. It is difficult to get just the right combo of chewiness and fluffiness – the ratios have to be just right to get them how you like them. I have probably made 20 different brownie recipes and experimented with several of my own. This one is a little chewy, a little cakey, very moist, and has a sweet and saltiness I love. It also includes my favorite chocolate bar in the world — Cadbury Dairy Milk — and two cups of spinach, which serves to cut the sweetness, add moisture, and force some nutrition into my picky children. If you have picky eaters like I do, these brownies feel like winning.

Ingredients

  • Two sticks of unsalted, grass fed butter. (Click here for the one I like)
  • One large Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate bar
  • 1 cup organic semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarse sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare your pan. I like to use a 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment and sprayed with coconut oil spray. For a thicker brownie, try a 9×9 pan like this one. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Stir to mix it. Place the spinach in a blender and pour the butter mixture over it. Blend until totally smooth and there are no chunks of spinach.

Crack the eggs into a batter bowl and whisk lightly until they are completely blended. Slowly whisk in the chocolate/butter/spinach mixture. Once blended, slowly add in the sugar, flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the extracts, and mix just until blended (don’t over mix).

Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly. Bake about 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (check it at 25 minutes because ovens vary).

Allow the brownies to cool at least 30 minutes. These do crumble a little bit when warm, so send the kids outside to enjoy them!

Gluten-Free Brownies (with hidden spinach)

Brownies are asked for all the time in my house. It is difficult to get just the right combo of chewiness and fluffiness – the ratios have to be just right to get them how you like them. I have probably made 20 different brownie recipes and experimented with several of my own. This one is a little chewy, a little cakey, very moist, and has a sweet and saltiness I love. It also includes my favorite chocolate bar in the world — Cadbury Dairy Milk — and two cups of spinach, which serves to cut the sweetness, add moisture, and force some nutrition into my picky children. If you have picky eaters like I do, these brownies feel like winning.

Ingredients

  • Two sticks of unsalted, grass fed butter. (Click here for the one I like)
  • One large Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate bar
  • 1 cup organic semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarse sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 and prepare your pan. I like to use a 9×13 Pyrex lined with parchment and sprayed with coconut oil spray. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave. Stir to mix it. Place the spinach in a blender and pour the butter mixture over it. Blend until totally smooth and there are no chunks of spinach.

Crack the eggs into a batter bowl and whisk lightly until they are completely blended. Slowly whisk in the chocolate/butter/spinach mixture. Once blended, slowly add in the sugar, flour, oat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Add the extracts, and mix just until blended (don’t over mix).

Pour the mixture into the pan and spread evenly. Bake about 28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (check it at 25 minutes because ovens vary).

Allow the brownies to cool at least 30 minutes. These do crumble a little bit when warm, so send the kids outside to enjoy them!

Gluten-free Blueberry Pie

Last week my three-year-old son Gus asked me: “Mom, you make me a blueberry pie?” Of course I immediately ordered the ingredients. This one was made with frozen wild blueberries and definitely had a fresh texture. You can use any gluten free pie crust doe this! This one is my go to. And my favorite gluten free flour (King Arthur) can be purchased here: https://amzn.to/3c8lneK.

Ingredients:

  • Three cups frozen organic wild blueberries
  • Three tablespoons corn starch or arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup honey, to taste
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • A dash of sea salt
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated (I used honey crisp)
  • Five teaspoons butter
  • 1 egg (for an egg wash before baking)

After rolling out one half of the crust and lining a pie pan with it, mix all of the filling ingredients except the butter. The apple helps it hold together, but you won’t taste it or see it in the final product. Pour the filling into the prepared crust. Drop the teaspoons of butter into the filling, evenly spaced.

Add your top crust. I did mine in a lattice style (Here’s a tutorial!). Brush the beaten egg over the top of the crust with a pastry brush. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown. Let cool completely.

This pie has a very fresh texture! If you like more of a jelly-like filling, you can cook the ingredients in a saucepan for ten minutes before filling the pie.

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Chicken chili—an easy, gluten-free, one-pot dinner idea

This recipe was borne out of the need for an easy, fast dinner that also packed nutrition and flavor. I’ve been down with terrible allergy symptoms since planting my garden last weekend and needed something requiring minimal work and even less cleanup, but it also needed to be warm and satisfying. I’ve made many different chicken chili variations before, but this one is by far the easiest. You literally put everything into a Dutch oven or heavy lidded pan and throw it in the oven. The only other step is slicing the chicken and placing it back in the pan at the end. We were so hungry when this came out of the oven that I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product!

Ingredients (makes 4 large servings):

  • Three medium sized chicken breasts, thawed (they can still be partially frozen if you are pressed for time)
  • One 4 oz can of green chilis
  • One 15 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (click here for the ones I love)
  • One can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • One onion, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked pimenton (paprika)
  • A handful of your favorite chopped herbs (I used a spicy oregano and cilantro from my garden)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350. Place the chicken breasts in the pan. Pour all other ingredients on top. Stir slightly, just to mix. Cover pan and bake for one hour. Pull the pan out and take the chicken breasts out with tongs. Place them on a cutting board, and, when cool enough to handle, dice them. Put the chicken back in the pot and stir gently. Place the pot back into the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and enjoy with your favorite tortilla (I like this kind, which are gluten-free and paleo).

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Chocolate Dessert Shakes With Protein for Kids

This one is a kid favorite. And a hot tip, the leftovers can be combined with some baileys for Mom for after they go to bed.

Recipe:

Two tablespoons good cocoa powder. This kind is my favorite.

A half scoop of grass fed whey. We use this kind.

3 cups ice

One cup of coconut milk (the kind in the carton, not a can)

About a tablespoon of raw local honey.

Blend! This makes three 8 oz servings or four 6 oz servings. I also added a couple of marshmallows for my kiddos.

Homemade Spicy Green Chile Salsa

If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know I am originally from New Mexico and that I use green chile a lot. Like – a whole lot. I love it and when I can get a big quantity of it I’m all in. I found this 3 lb. bag of it recently and tucked it away in my freezer for just the right occasion. I woke up last weekend craving a big bowl of green chili salsa, so I figured the time was right. The heat of this salsa obviously depends on how hot your green chili is, and it can really vary. I usually find that it is not as spicy as a jalapeno or a chipotle salsa, but if it’s too spicy for you, it can be tamed by cutting it with a can of tomatoes or some roasted tomatillos for a true salsa verde. My recipe is pretty basic and goes well with everything. This made enough to fill several jars at my house, so it’s great if you want to make someone a homemade gift or freeze some. I did link to the exact green chili I used in this recipe and it is an affiliate link.

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs chopped and peeled green chile (Click here for the kind I used)
  • 2 large onions
  • 3-4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic (or about four to six cloves)
  • Juice of two limes

Directions:

Chop the onions finely and saute them in the avocado oil in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat for about ten to fifteen minutes, until they are very soft. Add the green chili (defrosted if yours was in the freezer like mine). Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to cook for at least 25 minutes, or until the chilis and onions are soft and most of the liquid is gone. About ten minutes in, add the garlic and the salt. Once it is cooked thoroughly, add the lime juice and stir.

This would go great with chips but we liked it as a veggie dip. This salsa shines when you put it on top of eggs or on a baked potato, too!

Perfect Herbed Scallops with Butter and Garlic

Scallops are one of our favorite sea foods, but when we mess them up they are almost inedible. These take a very light hand on the spices and a precise cooking time, and then a big ol’ dump of butter at the end. We ate these with a baked red potato and a fresh garden salad topped with mozzarella.

Ingredients:

  • Roughly 12 oz sea scallops (if frozen, defrost them). These are what we used.
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, or 2-3 cloves
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter and a handful of chopped herbs of your choice (I used oregano and parsley)
  • A small handful of chopped chives
  • Sprig of rosemary

Directions:

Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel and salt and pepper both sides. Set a cast iron pan or other heavy bottomed skillet on high heat with the avocado oil. Wait for the oil to get hot enough to smoke a little bit, and then set the scallops in the pan to sear. Sear for about two minutes, then flip. After another minute, add the butter and herb mixture. Spoon the butter over the scallops continuously for about a minute. Remove from the heat and lightly tap each piece several times with the rosemary. Sprinkle the chives on top. Serve immediately.

Gluten free pancakes made with oat flour (the perfect weekend breakfast)

Pancakes are a holiday staple around our house, but they always make me feel a bit sluggish—even gluten free ones. I discovered that oat flour doesn’t have that effect on us and this recipe is a little bit indulgent with the almond extract and salted butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Salted butter (for the griddle)
  • Pure maple syrup (for serving)

Directions. Combine all of the dry ingredients thoroughly in a batter bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour four-inch circles of batter onto a hot griddle or pan, flip when batter becomes bubbly. These will cook just a minute or two, depending on your pan. I used a cast iron griddle and biscuit forms to make these perfectly round, but any pan will do.