It’s been a hot minute since I posted a recipe. I’ve been focusing so much on getting my yoga business up and running and posting about yoga that I haven’t been experimenting much in the kitchen.
I’ve been baking and cooking a lot, however haven’t focused on recipes for the blog. This recipe is a good one! It’s lower on the carbs because it’s refined sugar free and is completely grain free!
Amazing Grain Free Mini-Pumpkin Pie
Making pies from scratch has been a must since finding out about my celiac disease. I don’t trust other places to make most gluten free food AND so many store bought pies (gluten free or not) have a bunch of sugar and junk in them. Because of this, I almost always make my own everything. Period.
Being a health nut and sticking to a grain free diet means I also modify my sugar and never have refined sugar. I try to limit my natural sugar (coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or honey) to 2 Tbs a day. Since staying away from a lot of sugar, I know right away when I’ve had too much. The blood sugar spike is no fun. My body becomes shaky and I have an instant brain fog. It’s nuts!
Holidays are full of treats so any time a lower sugar option is available, I take it! Or in this case, make it! ha
Now that we’ve touched on sugar, let’s talk a little about pumpkin! I love pumpkin. When it’s pumpkin season I stock up. Any pumpkins we have on hand (even non-pumpkin pie pumpkins) I use them to make my own puree. What I don’t use, I store it in the freezer. This way I can have pumpkin goodies any time of the year!
What more information on how beneficial eating pumpkin is for your health? Check out this post.
This grain free, mini-pumpkin pie is sure to please. It’s perfectly sweetened naturally and won’t make you feel overly full since it’s lower in carbs! Whether you have a couple people or a bunch you can whip this up in a little less than an hour. Make the recipe as is and you can serve about 6 people. Double the recipe and you will have enough for 10 or more, depending on the slice size.
Happy Holiday’s and enjoy!
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I have an easy peasy and energy filled recipe for you today! Fig Energy Balls! They are low in sugar, contain no grains, are paleo friendly and gluten free.
These little balls are filled with nutrition and energy increasing ingredients. Dried figs have more nutritional benefits than raw. Figs have 3 grams of fiber which keeps you regular, both soluble (attracts water) and insoluble (helps food move quicker through digestive tract)! Our bodies need both forms to function well.
Dates are high in carbs which provide energy so they make great snacks to replenish carbs after a tough workout. They also contain flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acid all of which have anti-inflammatory properties and help keep your eyes and heart healthy.
These energy balls also contain raw walnuts and cashews (you can pick your favorite nuts or stick to one kind). Several nuts, including walnuts and cashews, contain nutrients that help protect the body from the negative effects of stress. Nuts can also help with weight maintainance in that consuming a small amount will keep you satieted longer (feeling full longer).
Health Boosting, Energy Balls
There’s only 4 main ingredients and 3 supplemental ingredients! Dried figs, dates, walnuts and cashews! Plus cinnamon, MCT oil and sea salt. Each of these ingredients have their own health benefits, with some overlapping principles, higher in carbs, fat and salt. These are sure to replenish your body before or after a good workout! It takes maybe 5 minutes to make these and you snack on them all day! Whip out your food processor and get going!
These grain free pumpkin chocolate cookies are the best! There’s just enough coconut to give the cookies texture and enough moisture to make them smooth and chewy. Sometimes grain free cookies and desserts can be a little tricky. Adding too much coconut flour makes them too dry. Adding too much liquid can make grain free baking soggy and sticky. But these are perfect and they are super healthy!
Pumpkin is a fall favorite for many people but I find it tasty most any time of year. Since it’s not pumpkin season how do I make pumpkin foods, you ask? Well, I bought a bunch of pumpkins in October and November, cooked them, made pumpkin puree and I put the puree in my freezer. It works when I want something with pumpkin but don’t want to hunt for pumpkin puree in the stores.
Pumpkin and coconut are high in fiber so these little babies will help keep you regular. Plus the combo makes these Grain Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies healthy enough to eat as breakfast cookies. There’s little sugar added and if you get dark chocolate chips, it helps to fight free radicals (disease and cancer causing cells) in the body.
chewy moist fiber rich healthy smooth
I remade these last week when my picky eating family were in town. They were a hit! The fact that these have pumpkin, coconut, and no gluten or grain containing flours in them is a major plus. No one knew the cookies were healthy either! Even my toddler who won’t eat much colorful foods, loved these. I have made them without chocolate chips too so he can eat them any time without me feeling guilty! If you have picky eaters, these are sure to please!
Snicker Doodle cookies were a holiday favorite while I was growing up. I loved making them with my mom or grandparents. Most of the time snicker doodles were saved for special occasions. As an adult, snicker doodles have been something I never eat because of my celiac disease. When I would go to cookie parties I wished I could eat snicker doodles and fudge! However, I can’t usually eat any cookies at traditional parties unless they come from a gluten free box.
I started experimenting with my own grain free recipe a few weeks ago. My mom had talked about getting some snicker doodles from a friend over the holiday season and it stuck with me. I started to work with different flours to get a good consistency and the right taste. Cassava flour is not a flour I bake with a lot so I didn’t even think about it in the first few recipe trials. Coconut flour made the cookies a little too crumbly and I don’t use nut flours much. My next trail was using cassava flour, which ended up being the best choice.
Cassava flour is a great flour substitute. It has a similar texture to wheat flour and doesn’t really have a taste. Some gluten and grain free flours have a distinctive taste and texture which can be undesirable. It’s a great flour for baking gluten, grain and nut free. Cassava flour comes from the yuca root but is different than tapioca flour, which comes from the same plant. There are many other great facts about cassava flour but one that I find interesting is that is is a low carb flour. That means it can even be used for keto or low carb diets.
These snicker doodle cookies are soft and chewy. They make the perfect afternoon snack or dessert. Using cassava flour makes these delicious cookies gluten and grain free. Another great thing about these cookies is there’s no refined sugar and minimal ingredients are used. Many of the ingredients you probably have on hand, especially if you have a grain or gluten free pantry.