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Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies! (Gluten Free Food Review)

My latest craze has been whoopie pies. The grocery store (packaged) whoopie pies of my childhood never appealed to me. It wasn’t until last year, a gluten free, dairy free pumpkin whoopie pie from Mariposa Bakery that I started to be inquisitive about them. The raspberry whoopie pie by Mariposa was not good in my opinion and I ended up throwing half of it away (too sweet!).

I really enjoy when the filling is non-dairy. The simplest fillings includes powdered sugar, vegan shortening and vanilla. Edna’s uses powdered sugar, palm oil, canola oil, tbhq (what is tbhq??), marshmallow creme (corn syrup, water, egg, xangthan gum), and vanilla.

Product: Edna’s Chocolate Whoopie Pies!

Price: $4.99
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Dairy Free!
  • Gluten free (but produced in a facility that contains wheat, dairy, nuts and soy)
  • Large size (4″ inches diameter)
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Held together fairly well, a few crumbs

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Egg salad, Cucumber Quinoa Bowl

Craving a cucumber sandwich on this warm spring day and a mental scan of the fridge came up with this twist. Quinoa is a good replacement for the texture and filling qualities of bread.

Lots of crunch, fresh cool cucumber and carrots contrast the warm egg and mayo salad on top.

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Scramble 2 eggs, cool a few minutes, then mix with 1 tbsp (15g) Mayo With Olive Oil. Place over cold bed of:

  • Carrots – Raw, 1 large, diced
  • Cucumber – Peeled, raw, 0.5 medium, diced
  • Generic Cooked – Quinoa, 1/4 cup-dry, prepared, cooled

377 calories
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Sweet Potato Casserole (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This is the recipe my mom traditionally uses for Thanksgiving dinner and I’ve modified it to be gluten free. The casserole can be cooked, cooled then frozen – it tastes delicious warm or cold. I just love the crunchy topping mixed with the sweet smooth sweet potato filling. I often eat it cold as a dessert or for breakfast!

Some sweet potatoes are more stringy than others. If you don’t like the stringy texture, a food processor works wonders. I’ve used my Vitamix to blend the casserole ingredients, which also eliminated the need to melt the butter.

To cook sweet potatoes, wash off the dirt then cut into similar sized chunks (I typically cut one sweet potato into 3-4 sections). Boil the chunks with skins on in a pot of boiling water until the potato slides quickly off a fork when pierced (10-20 minutes). Drain and let cool. Once they can be handled, peal the skin off and discard the skin. Two large sweet potatoes can equal 3 cups. This recipe doesn’t have to be precise, if you have 3.5 cups or 2.5 cups of sweet potato, it will work just fine in this recipe. You can also substitute butternut squash for sweet potato in this recipe.

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Casserole filling:

  • ~3 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup margarine, melted (melt it in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (or milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour (I use gluten free corn flour or homemade oat flour)
  • 1/3 cup margarine, cold

Instructions:

  • Combine the filling ingredients in a food processor or mixer. Pour into ungreased 8″ x 8″ or 9″ x 11″ pan.
  • Mix topping ingredients and cut with a pastry blender until crumbly then sprinkle over sweet potato mixture.
  • Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans). You can put plastic wrap over the casserole at this point and place in the fridge to cook tomorrow.
  • Bake 350 degrees until the center has risen to the level of the firm edges
    • 8″ x 8″ for 35 minutes (you might need 10 extra minutes if the mixture was prepared the night before)
    • 9″ x 13″ (double recipe) for 80 minutes

Here are some other sweet potato recipes to try.

Note: I’ve tried adding 3 Tbsp ground Chia seed or add 1 scoop of protein powder, however, both changed the flavor from the sweet potato casserole I remember growing up.


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Quinoa Egg Scramble

Today’s breakfast was simple yet adventurous for me. The salsa verde was homemade from produce box tomatillos, and the eggs were pasture raised. What an all around healthy, refreshing and light meal.

Quinoa Salsa Verde Scramble

1/4 cup dry quinoa, cooked, warm
2 eggs or egg substitute, scrambled
2 tablespoons homemade salsa verde

Mix all together and enjoy.

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Gluten Free Granola Bars

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We discovered something the last time we made these. After you combine the liquid ingredients for the fruit variety, we poured the liquid into the food processor. Then we added some pieces of the dried fruits (big chunks of papaya and mango) and hit them with the processor. With the liquid in there it kept the fruit pieces from getting all clumped together. We were able to get a much better and more uniform chop on them, which in turn gave a better texture to the bars. Way easier and better!

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Fruit and Granola Bars

3 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (Gluten Free)
1 cup chopped almonds (or a mixture of nuts like peanuts, cashews)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c sunflower kernels, or 4 tbls. ground flax seed (optional)
12 oz (about 3-3.5 c) dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, figs, apricots, mango, papaya, apples, etc)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Steps:
1) Combine oats and almonds and spread on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (or until toasted) stirring occasionally.
2) In a food processor lightly blend eggs, butter, honey, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
3) Gradually add pieces of fruit to the food processor and blend until the fruit is finely chopped (this is the most important step to get the bars to stick together).
4) Place oat mixture and sunflower kernels in a large bowl and add mixture from the food processor, mix until oats are well coated.
5) Press mixture into a large cookie sheet* coated with cooking spray.
6) Bake at 350 for 13 – 18 minutes* or until set and edges are lightly browned. Set on wire rack until cool and then refrigerate for at least an hour.
7) Cut into bars, store in airtight container and refrigerate (they last quite a while and also freeze well).

*I love the big oat bars from Philz Coffee shop so the last time I made these I put them into an 11×7 pan and cooked them until the center was no longer spongy (35-45 mins) and the entire top is brown throughout.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

3 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1 egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1) Combine oats and almonds and spread on cookie sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (or until toasted) stirring occasionally.
2) In a large bowl combine eggs, butter, honey, peanut butter, and vanilla.
3) Stir in sunflower kernels, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
4) Stir in oat mixture until well mixed.
5) Press mixture into a large cookie sheet coated with cooking spray.
6) Bake at 350 for 13 – 18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Set on wire rack until cool and then refrigerate for at least an hour.
7) Cut into bars, store in airtight container and refrigerate.

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ORIGINAL RECIPE FROM
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Granola-To-Go-Bars

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Combine oats and almonds in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until toasted, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large bowl, combine the egg, butter, honey and vanilla. Stir in the sunflower kernels, coconut, apples, cranberries, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir in oat mixture.
  • Firmly press into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13-18 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.