Friday, December 8, 2017

7 Holiday Baking Hacks to Save Your Life

7 Holiday Baking Hacks to Save Your Life

With the Holidays right around the corner, juggling all of the tasks at hand can be a bit daunting. So, to help save you time, and maybe even your life, here are 7 Holiday Baking Hacks!

1. Chocolate Curls Made Easy with a Potato Peeler

Maybe you've wondered how people get those perfect chocolate curls that top their cakes, pies, and hot cocoa. It's really pretty simple. Just grab a potato peeler and a chocolate bar and gently use the potato peeler to peel away perfect chocolate curls, every time.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Freeze-Dried Fruit Chocolate Bark

Hi - I'm Jenny Finke, the blogger behind Good For You Gluten Free. I write about living a healthy and gluten-free lifestyle.  

As someone with celiac disease, I know firsthand the challenges holiday parties pose. We want to participate in all the festivities and sample all the festive treats, but alas, we cannot unless they're gluten-free.

On top of it all, many of the holiday party invites require us to bring a potluck treat. 

Whenever I'm asked to bring something to a holiday party, instead of wasting my energy trying to whip up a gluten-free cookie or cake to compete with the massive amounts of cookies and cakes already on the table, instead I make something that is naturally gluten-free and something I know everyone will love... chocolate bark.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#NationalPieDay Mini Apple Pies

Fall and pie. Is there anything that goes better together? Why is it that when we think about autumn, we immediately think of changing leaves, trick-or-treating, cooler weather, and, of course, freshly baked pie? It's like it has been instilled in our souls. Like that burn you get in your mouth from that first sip of Hot Cocoa, pie just always stays on your mind throughout fall time. To kick off pie season and celebrate #NationalPieDay on Friday, we have the perfect mini apple pie recipe for you!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Dark Chocolate Cranberry, Almond Flour Pancakes

Breakfast is usually pretty boring around my house. Mostly because my husband and I are up early and hit the snooze button until the absolute last minute.  During the weekday, it typically consists of eggs or a breakfast protein smoothie.  During the weekend, I like to go all out for breakfast. Pancakes, crepes, breakfast sandwiches, or veggie omelets.  This weekend, nothing sounded better than the mixture of sweet and tart.  And what better holiday mixture than cranberries, dark chocolate, and syrup?!

The dried cranberry pieces add some nice bursts of juiciness and sweetness. But the dark chocolate is really what I was after when I put these pancakes together. Dark chocolate is good for you, right?  Of course it is, especially in moderation! I recommend buying and eating small amounts of minimally processed dark chocolate with a cacao content of at least 70%. This type of chocolate contains the most powerful antioxidants and the least amount of sugar. Thankfully, there are a lot of chocolate brands today that offer options that fits this 70% minimum suggestion. The higher the percentage, the greater the potential health benefits of dark chocolate. I broke up a Bakers 100% Cacao Premium Baking Bar, but you can definitely use a smaller percentage if you don’t like it that bitter.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5 Tips for Absolutely Loving Your Food Storage

One of the biggest things that holds us all back from creating a long-term, and even a short-term food storage, is not knowing how to cook and use the food and ingredients we pack away for a "rainy day." It can seem like a daunting undertaking to take the first steps in creating a food storage, however, with a these 5 tips, you'll be absolutely loving your food storage in no time.

1.) Use Your Food Storage Regularly

Wait, use my food storage regularly? I thought it was to be used when in an emergency? While that is certainly true, being able to use and rotate through your food storage on a regular basis is important for a couple of reasons: (1) It allows you to learn how to use and cook with your food storage and (2) it ensures that your food storage will never go old.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Homemade Vegetable Tortellini Soup

This soup is a homemade combination of two of my favorites soups:  Minestrone meet Creamy Tomato Tortellini. It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it's perfect for the cold weather. 

But honestly, why didn’t I think about making minestrone creamy until now?? And adding tortellini in place of the boring plain noodles? I guess it’s better now than never. Now that I’ve tried this version I don’t know that I can ever go back to the basics.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been baking gluten-free treats using Honeyville's Blanched Almond Flour for many years with much success. However, I was ready to try something new after a food sensitivity test revealed that I should avoid almonds. I asked Honeyville if instead of creating this month's recipe with almond flour if I could experiment with hazelnut flour instead. Honeyville agreed, and, well, here we are!

At first, I thought almond flour and hazelnut flour would bake up similarly, but I was wrong. I tried to swap the almond flour with hazelnut flour in my awesome Almond Flour Cookies recipe; however, the cookies were moist and greasy feeling, they spread really thin, and they totally fell apart (flaked) when you tried to pick one up. Fail.