Desserts

Fantastic Cassava Banana-Blueberry Muffins (no added sweetener)

This is an amazing recipe: https://eatbeautiful.net/2018/07/25/paleo-blueberry-banana-muffins/ . The only changes I made here were in order to eliminate the added sweetener. The texture is wonderful, and it's like banana bread except the muffins get cooked all the way through! No goopy centers, and big bursts of blueberry flavor. :) Sooooo delicious with butter or ghee.

4 medium bananas, ripe but not overly so
3 large eggs
1/3 c. melted coconut oil or other fat
1 T. cider vinegar

1 c. + 2 T. cassava flour
1/4 c. collagen
1/2 tsp. baking soda, sifted
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Goat Cheese No-Bake Cheesecake (with Strawberry Option)

Slightly adapted from this amazing blog: https://eatbeautiful.net/2017/07/30/saffron-vanilla-no-bake-cheesecake-g...

Crust:
2 cups macadamia nuts
4 dates
6 tbsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Chevre (Soft Goat Cheese) Filling:
2 11-ounce chèvre logs at room temperature
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup maple syrup OR 1/4 cup raw honey
1-1/2 teaspoons gelatin
2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
(2.5 oz. freeze dried strawberry powder)

To Make Crust:

Sourdough Cassava Waffles

I recently discovered an amazing blogger, and adapted this waffle recipe from one of hers: https://eatbeautiful.net/2017/07/09/cassava-flour-sourdough-waffles-grai...

2.5 c. cassava flour
2 c. brown rice starter http://www.lifeisapalindrome.com/recipes/gluten-free-sourdough-starter
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. avocado oil
10 large eggs
1/2 c. water

1 tsp. baking soda
3 bananas or other fruit, cut into small pieces

Delectable Solar Oven Peach Cobbler

This came out much better than I thought it would - the peaches kept their shape, the "gravy" was neither too thick nor too thin, the peaches didn't require peeling nor sweetener, and this recipe made delicious and generous servings for six people. The cobbler can be cooked in a regular oven, but you'd have to adjust the temperature and timing - maybe 350f would work, but don't cook it nearly as long (maybe 45 mins), and be careful not to let the bottom scorch. You probably wouldn't need to cover the pan in a regular oven, either.

Beautiful, Tender, Fluffy Paleo Panckes

Green banana alone is too dry; cassava flour alone is too goopy. Together, they make a delicious, awesome pancake that is easy to mix up, holds together great, and yields a truly fluffy, delicious breakfast/lunch/dinner. If the mixture thickens up too much while you're cooking the first couple of batches, just stir in a bit more water.

Makes enough pancakes for six hungry eaters.

2 c. green banana flour
2 c. cassava flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking soda (pour through a sieve into the bowl to remove lumps)
zest of one lemon
1 dozen eggs
1 can coconut milk (full-fat)

Perfect Pear Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Make enough for 4-5 hungry people

This is the easiest way to use up leftover gluten-free sourdough starter! Just feed the starter (and measure, to make sure you'll have the right amount in the morning) so that it's very thick (and for even better texture, make the last feeding tapioca flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, and/or other gluten-free flours - the starter doesn't like this for regular use, but if it's the final feeding-before-it-gets-eaten, it works just fine).

Our Favorite Squash Pie, for Ben

This recipe is by Elena (creator of the beautiful blog http://elanaspantry.com/ ), written down by me so that Ben could attempt to make it by himself.

Squash Pie

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, cut in half [ask Mama or Papa to help with this!], seeds removed
3 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 350f (“convection bake”).

Perfect Applesauce "Snack Cake"

With gratitude to healthyseasonalrecipes.com, from whose recipe this is adapted. I was so thrilled to find something so perfect to fill a craving for a warm, spicy apple cake! (If you leave some of the applesauce chunky, so much the better.)

1 large bundt pan or a 9x13” sheet pan

Ingredients:

2 eggs
Zest from 1 lemon
2 c. unsweetened applesauce, preferably home-made
½ cup maple syrup (or ¼ c. syrup + ¼ additional c. applesauce)
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 cups rice flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Maya's Tree Cake (Chestnut Applesauce Cake)

Maya gave me her recipe for "tree cake 2.0", which involved two unusual ingredients: chestnut flour, and acorn flour, and was a big hit. :) I decided I liked it even better with more fat, and I experimented with using dates to sweeten it, and I discovered that a banana version is quite delightful. Great flavor, with none of the Strange Gluten-Free Taste that sometimes haunts GF baked goods...

The basic idea is: you want about twice as much liquid as dry ingredients, by volume. (I also tried substituting 1 lb.

Vanilla Coconut Chia Pudding

I can't decide what I think about chia. On the one hand: seems pretty indigestible. On the other hand: is a traditional food. On the other hand: did people just eat it as is?? Did they grind it, or ferment it?? I don't know. But this tastes pretty delicious. :)

3.5 c. coconut milk
2 T. vanilla
1 vanilla bean's insides, scraped
1.5 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. honey
pinch salt
1/2 c. chia seeds

Blend all ingredients except for chia. Add chia, whisking constantly until everything is combined, being careful not to allow the chia to clump (it may never unclump!).

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