Holiday Foods

  • Dried Fruit Waffle Cookies

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    1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

    1/8 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 cup buttery spread

    1/2 cup coconut sugar

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    3/4 cup quinoa flakes

    1 cup finely chopped dried fruit: apricots, raisins, currants, apples, cranberries, etc.

    In small mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and cinnamon. In large mixing bowl, blend buttery spread and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and combine. Fold in flour mix and then quinoa flakes and dried fruit. Preheat waffle iron. Place one tablespoon of cookie dough into each quadrant of the waffle maker. Cook until light gold (time of an average waffle). They will still be soft, so gently remove cookies with tongs and place them on a cooling rack. Be careful not to overcook cookies. They are blond when finished; if they are too dark, adjust waffle iron’s settings. Enjoy right away or store in airtight container in refrigerator. Recipe and image courtesy of Dawn Allen’s Culinary Creativity: Let your restrictions set you free cookbook

  • Red Palm Oil Cake

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    1 tablespoon butter

    3 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, used in different parts of the recipe

    4 eggs

    1 cup sugar

    1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

    3/4 cup quality Malaysian red palm oil

    2/3 cup milk

    3 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other sweet citrus-flavored liqueur

    1 tablespoon baking powder

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease 11-cup Bundt pan with butter, and dust with flour. Set prepared pan aside. Beat eggs and sugar together in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale yellow, about one minute. Add remaining 3 cups flour, lemon zest, oil, milk, and liqueur, and stir with wooden spoon until well combined. Add baking powder and stir until thoroughly combined. Spoon batter into Bundt pan, and smooth out top with back of spoon. Bake until cake is deep golden brown and wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer cake to wire rack and let cool completely in pan. Recipe provided by Chef Gerard Viverito

  • Cinnamon Chia Pumpkin Crisp

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    1 cup gluten-free dry oats

    1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

    1/2 cup butter, melted

    10 large Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

    1 (15-ounce) can of pumpkin

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

    1/4 teaspoon fresh orange zest

    1/2 cup stevia sweetener

    1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare 9x9 baking dish with nonstick baking spray. In large bowl, combine all ingredients: mix well to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven: Set aside to cool for ten minutes before serving. Serve warm. Recipe courtesy of Amie Valpone at thehealthyapple.com

  • Honey Cake

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    1 package Zema’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Oatmeal Apple Muffin Mix

    1/3 cup coconut palm sugar

    2 organic eggs

    2/3 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

    2/3 cup honey (or agave nectar)

    3/4 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)

    1/3 teaspoon xanthan gum

    1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/8 teaspoon allspice or cloves

    1/4 cup organic raisins (floured)

    1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)

    Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Take a couple of spoonfuls of mix and place in bowl with raisins, shaking around to coat. Set aside. Beat eggs and sugar in mixer or by hand. Add in almond milk and honey (agave) into sugar mixture, alternating between the two. Add in dry mix. Add in floured raisins. Sprinkle almonds on top (optional). Pour into greased pan and bake for 22 minutes. Let cool and enjoy. Recipe provided by Zema’s Madhouse Foods

  • Santa’s Whiskers

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    Santa's Whiskers cookies

    1 cup butter flavored or golden shortening softened

    1 cup sugar

    2 tablespoons milk

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    2 1/2 cups Gluten-Free Flour

    3/4 cup red candied cherries, finely chopped

    1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped

    3/4 cup flaked coconut

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In mixing bowl cream together shortening and sugar; blend in milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, cherries, and pecans. Form dough into two 8-inch rolls. Roll in flaked coconut to coat outside. Wrap in waxed paper or clear plastic wrap; chill thoroughly. Cut into 1/4 inch slices, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are golden, about 12 minutes. Recipe and image courtesy of Domata

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Walnut Macaroon Cookies

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    2 1/2 cups California walnuts, toasted

    4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

    1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

    1 tablespoon cocoa powder

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/3 cup almond paste (3 1/2 ounces), cut in small pieces

    3 egg whites

    2 teaspoons water

    1/3 cup sugar

    Preheat oven to 325 degrees and cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. In food processor fitted with metal blade, combine walnuts and chocolate and process until finely ground. Add orange zest, cocoa powder, and salt, and process a few seconds more. Transfer mixture into large bowl. Put almond paste in food processor and process until it resembles small crumbs. Add one egg white and water, and process until combined. Set aside. In medium bowl, beat remaining two egg whites until soft peaks form, then gradually add sugar and continue beating until whites are stiff. Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of chocolate walnut mixture over egg whites and fold together, then scoop egg whites on top of chocolate walnut mixture in large bowl. Add almond paste and stir together until thoroughly mixed. Macaroon dough will be firm enough to hold its shape, and a little sticky. Spread top of each wafer with generous tablespoon of dough and place about one inch apart, on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake about 18 minutes, until surface of macaroons looks dry, and feels dry to the touch. Cool for a minute on cookie sheets, then transfer to rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. Recipe courtesy of the California Walnut Board

  • Holiday Binge Eating: Don't Do It

    What’s a holiday party without egg nog, wine, cheesecake, pie, and a dozen or so selections off that all-too-accessible triple-decker cookie tray? For years, I was a serial offender, taking in a cool 1,000 calories at dinner (another helping of mashed potatoes and gravy?

    By Adam Swenson
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  • Pumpkin and Rhubarb Muffins

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    2/3 cup ground almonds

    2/3 cup gluten-free plain white flour

    1 1/2 cups xylitol

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    pinch of salt

    1 large egg

    1 1/8 cups pumpkin purée

    3 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1/2 cup rhubarb

    Topping

    2 tablespoons gluten-free plain white flour

    2 tablespoons ground almonds

    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tray with nine paper cases or grease muffin cups. Make streusel topping first by putting all ingredients in bowl and rubbing them together with your fingertips. Mixture will become coarse, wet crumble. Place in refrigerator for time being. Mix almonds, flour, xylitol, spices, baking soda, and salt in bowl. Chop rhubarb into tiny pieces. Mix egg, vegetable oil, and pumpkin purée thoroughly in bowl. Fold in dry ingredients. Stir in rhubarb. Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Sprinkle streusel topping on muffins. Bake for about 30 minutes or until skewer inserted into muffin comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Recipe and image provided by Tarja Moles’ No Naughties cookbook

  • Mina’s Purely Divine Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

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    1 1/4 cup Mina’s Purely Divine All-Purpose Mix

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/3 cup sugar

    1/2 cup margarine (stick, not whipped)

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)

    2 tablespoons coconut, almond, or soy milk

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixer bowl, use paddle to combine margarine and sugar. Add additional ingredients and mix for two minutes until dough ball forms. Roll out dough and cut in shapes. Bake on parchment paper for 15 minutes. Cool and decorate. Recipe courtesy of MinaGF.com