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Maple pulled pork stuffed spaghetti squash

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash – what’s not to love?

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Some days I love social media.  I love being inspired by people who are way more creative than me.  And trying out their recipes, and adding a Sarah touch to them.

And then sometimes you get to meet these amazing people in person.  That’s what happened with me and Leanne from Crumb Top Baking.  We had been following each other for a little bit on Instagram when there was the Everything Food Conference held in Salt Lake City.  Now I knew I was volunteering at the event so when I saw Leanne post that she was going to be at the conference, we made a time to meet up.  And we did.  And Leanne is so lovely in person – we were able to discuss a whole range of topics including how social media can be good or not-so-good at times.  But that was one of the good times!

A few months ago, I wanted to feature some of these amazing recipe creators on my Instagram account, give them a ‘shout-out’, and so I approached Leanne with the idea that we share each others recipes on our stories.  And then she came back with the idea that we actually take one of each other’s recipes and make it, photograph it and then use that as a post.  So it sticks around, rather than disappear after 24 hours on the Instagram Stories.  She made my zucchini dip and made it look so wonderful (see here for her write-up and gorgeous photo!).  And then I had the agonizing decision as to what to make from her blog.

I was initially drawn to her pumpkin spice macaroons because I love things that are naturally gluten free (check out my mint chocolate macaroons I adapted from another blogger!), but I was going through a trial of restricting my nut intake to try to heal my gut (another post on that later!).  And then I saw this recipe, for maple glazed pulled pork.  Over spaghetti squash.  Now, could you get any more of my favorite savory foods in one dish?  I think not!

So I did change it a little bit.  I didn’t cook the pork from scratch (shock horror!) – I used some pulled pork we had bought at Costco.  But Leanne has some really simple instructions for making this yourself.  I also removed the onion and garlic powder as I was going through a low FODMAP eating plan at the time (again to heal my gut and again, more details in another post later!).  Leanne also included some shredded cheese to melt over the top, which I know would taste amazing, but with my dairy intolerance, I just skipped it.

But let me tell you, even though I had to leave out a number of ingredients, this was just amazing in taste.  And if you buy the pre-made pulled pork, and use your Instant Pot for cooking the spaghetti squash (google the instructions and you’ll have a cooked squash in 10 minutes tops!), you can have yourself dinner in maybe 30 minutes.  If you want to go the slow and traditional ways of cooking, it will take a little longer, but it’s well worth it!

Maple glazed pulled pork over spaghetti squash

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 - 1.5 lbs pulled pork 1 – 1.5 lbs
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup red pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper chopped

For the glaze

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  

  2. Cut the ends off the spaghetti squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and brush the flesh with oil.  Place the squash face down on the baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes or until a fork can easily pierce the skin and flesh.

  3. While the squash is cooking, in a small dish, combine all ingredients for the glaze and set aside.

  4. Heat up a large frying pan, add cooking oil of choice and saute onions until soft.  Add the pulled pork and heat through.

  5. Add the glaze to the pork and combine well.  Once well combined, turn the heat to low and set aside, stirring occasionally until the squash is ready for assembly.

  6. Once the squash is cooked, remove from oven and set aside to cool enough to handle.  Scrape through the flesh with a fork to create strands, keeping them within the skin.

  7. Add the pork and peppers to the spaghetti squash 'noodles' and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes or until all ingredients are heated through.  Add cheese if you desire (and do not have any dairy issues).

  8. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.  Leftovers keep for 2-3 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from https://www.crumbtopbaking.com/maple-pulled-pork-stuffed-spaghetti-squash/

 

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

A decadent maple glaze with pulled pork, all in a spaghetti squash - what’s not to love? #maple #pork #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

 

Healthy cookie dough balls

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up!

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough

 

Yes, my love of cookie dough runs deep.  Very deep.  So deep you may say I should be called the Cookie Dough monster, not just the Cookie Monster!  My favorite cookie dough treats come in the form of chocolate covered truffles, or as a topping for brownies … or just straight out of the bowl via a spoon (see the photo to the left!).  But you may notice that both of these cookie dough treats are pretty high in sugar.  

So I took it upon myself to find a version of cookie dough, that was much less in sugar, and so simple to make that I could whip them up whenever the craving hit.  Which is often, I have to admit!  I follow a wonderful Instagrammer in vivacitybuzz and when she posted a raw cookie dough slice one day, I knew I had to try it.  I made a few tweaks, changed them to cookie dough balls, and now it’s my go-to snack, when I just want that hit of nut butter and chocolate together.

I’ve made these with many different types of nut butter (almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc), but found that cashew butter just seems to give the nicest taste.  The original recipe uses a combination of cashew butter (1 cup) and tahini (1/3 cup), which you’re more than welcome to try.  But the chocolate chips are non-negotiable.  I mean, sure you can add other ingredients like cranberries, or raisins, but the chocolate chips just give that crunchy, sweet texture that I love.

You can also melt a pile of chocolate (dairy-free if needed) and dip these cookie dough balls in the chocolate, allow to chill and harden before biting into them all.  Who wants to join me in being a cookie dough monster?  I’m happy to be joined by any or all of you!

Healthy cookie dough balls

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 2 hours
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups cashew butter
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips together until well mixed.

  2. Take 1 tbs of dough and form into a ball.  Place into a freezer-safe container and repeat until all dough is used up.

  3. Chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough

Cookie dough balls that are healthy and yummy?  Sign me up! #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookathome #cookiedough

Strawberry bread

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added!

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

Don’t you just love strawberry season?  My family does, although my kids go through phases of eating a whole container of strawberries in one sitting, and then totally forgetting about the strawberries being around after I’ve just bought some more to make up for the fact that they’ve eaten a whole container in one sitting.  So I’ve had to get creative with using up strawberries, and this is where my strawberry basil muffins, strawberry chia pudding and berry spinach salad recipes were born.

But I wanted to have a little something sweet and a little something savory this time with the strawberries.  And I thought to myself (which is always dangerous), what happens if I add strawberries to my very simple bread recipe?  It took a few goes to get the right consistency with adding extra moisture from the strawberries and having to compensate with coconut flour, but I had this strawberry bread for breakfast and snacks quite happily while I was recipe testing.

It keeps well in the freezer, but I’d highly recommend toasting this for the full flavor experience.  Note that this strawberry bread is quite crumbly, so I’d slice it up before putting in the freezer, maybe in individual bags so you don’t end up breaking the piece of bread just trying to pry them apart.

But I’ve loved having this strawberry bread, toasted, with some ghee.  Simple, yet satisfying.  I love it and I hope you do too!

Strawberry bread

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup strawberry puree (cut up strawberries and blend)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup strawberries chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a 8x5" loaf tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the almond butter and eggs in a medium sized mixing bowl until well combined.

  3. Add the baking soda and apple cider vinegar and mix well.

  4. Add the strawberry puree and coconut flour and mix well.

  5. Fold in the strawberries until well dispersed.

  6. Transfer to loaf tray and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.

  7. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing and sitting on wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Bread can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 7 days.

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

This Paleo strawberry bread is filled with juicy strawberries, sweet but without any sugar added! #strawberry #bread #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #nosugaradded

Peanut butter cauliflower cookies

Don’t knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them – grain-free and no refined sugar … but with cauliflower for the added crunch!

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

It looks like I’m becoming known for some of my strange food combinations.  Like these peanut butter mystery cookies.  Or putting cauliflower into a chocolate dip.  Just as some examples.  But you know what?  They work for me.  And honestly, I’m only putting recipes on this website that I personally like.

And so I introduce you to these peanut butter cauliflower cookies.  To be completely transparent, this recipe came about because I was wanting to use up some cauliflower rice but me being one of the biggest Cookie Monsters out there, I thought I could combine the two objectives!  And as I was sifting through my recipe folder, I came across my peanut butter quinoa cookie recipe … here’s how my thought process panned out:

“Hmm – I haven’t made these cookies in a while.  But I don’t have any quinoa.  Cauliflower rice kind of looks like quinoa, doesn’t it?  I wonder how putting cauliflower rice in a cookie would taste.”

And so the recipe was born.  I took these cookies to work and challenged my colleague to choose the secret ingredients (similar to my mystery cookie challenge).  I had to tell them it was a vegetable … but even then they didn’t guess.  But what came as a shock to me was revealing cauliflower as the veggie in these cookies led one of my co-workers to be grateful he didn’t have any … he had recently had a stroke and the doctors told him not to have cauliflower for a few months as his blood thinners worked their magic.  So be warned – don’t use cauliflower with people who have recently had strokes!

But for everyone else, give these cookies a go and let me know what you think!

Peanut butter cauliflower cookies

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, grain-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower rice uncooked
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F and prepare two baking pans with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the peanut butter and maple syrup until creamy.  If peanut butter is difficult to stir, put in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds.

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

  4. Place tablespoonfuls of batter onto the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool on pan before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Don't knock these peanut butter cauliflower cookies until you try them - grain-free and no refined sugar ... but with cauliflower for the added crunch! #peanutbutter #cookies #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Cazuela de vacuno

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal – using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker!

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Here’s an interesting combination for you all – the Sarah-take on a classic Peruvian dish, adding in our favorite probiotic drink of kombucha as one of the ingredients.  Intrigued?  Read on!

So this recipe was adapted from another of my friend Chef Freyka’s recipes, after I took a cooking class with her all about cooking with kombucha.  Now, you may remember that we make our own kombucha at home, and Grant and I drink it every day to keep my digestive system working as well as it possibly could be.  So I was so excited to take this cooking class, where I learnt a whole pile of new recipes, using kombucha as a sauce, or as a marinade, even in a cake …!

And for those of you who have been following me for a while, you will remember that our family loves Peruvian food – with such classics as aji de gallina, lomo saltado and arroz con leche already on this website for you to make at home with us!

So this recipe combines both of these interests in one very tasty dish.  Originally it was designed to be seco de cordero (or lamb stew), but I changed it a little to call it cazuela de vacuno (beef stew).  Now, normally the cazuela de vacuno has big chunks of beef and vegetables in a thin broth, but even when my family were living in Chile, we always chopped the meat and veggies up into more bite-sized morsels.  So again, I’m changing a classic dish into one my family likes.  Feel free to keep the meat and veggies as bigger chunks if you wish, or you can call it a nice Peruvian beef stew if you’re more pedantic.

Whatever you call it though, I hope you give it a try because the flavors are unlike any Western stew!

Cazuela de vacuno (Peruvian beef stew)

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 3 carrots sliced
  • 250 g broccoli chopped
  • 250 g cauliflower chopped
  • 2 lb stew beef cubed
  • 2 tbs ground cumin
  • 2 tsp aji amarillo paste (yellow pepper paste)
  • 2 tbs red salsa
  • 2 tbs chimichurri
  • 2 cups kombucha

Instructions

  1. Place the onion, garlic, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in the bottom of a slow cooker.

  2. Add the beef, cumin, aji amarillo, salsa and chimichurri and stir until well mixed.

  3. Pour in the kombucha and stir again.

  4. Slow cook for 4 hours, or until beef is tender to the fork.

  5. Serve immediately with rice, salad, or other side dishes.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Chef Freyka Nunez del Prado, Harmons Cooking School

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

This cazuela de vacuno recipe is slightly different to normal - using kombucha as the main liquid ingredient and cooked in a slow cooker! #peruvianfood #cookathome #whole30 #glutenfree #dairyfree

Iced matcha latte

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days – full of good nutrients to keep you going!

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

By now you’ve probably realized that I’ve hopped on the matcha bandwagon in a big way.  I mean, look at my matcha latte, my chocolate matcha slice and my matcha chocolate turmeric cups that I’ve published in recent months.  But let me bring this iced matcha latte to you, because it’s just a little bit different.

This came about when I was looking for something to eat or drink mid-afternoon.  You know, when those munchies attack you?  But I wanted to stay away from anything sugary, knowing that it would lead to wanting to eat copious amounts of cookie dough, or ice cream, or something else.  And I’ve realized that any drinks I have should contain both protein and fat to make me feel satiated.  And this iced matcha latte has all of the above.

Simply almond milk and matcha (obviously), but with the addition of some collagen peptides (for protein) and almond butter (for good fats).  I’ve tried this with coconut butter, with tahini and even with an avocado and they all taste good.  But my favorite is with the almond butter.  Add some ice.  Blend away and you’re good to go.

So give this iced matcha latte a go and let me know what you think!

Iced matcha latte

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, no added sugar)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 2 tbs almond butter
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients except the ice to combine well.

  2. Add the ice and blend until desired consistency is achieved.

  3. Drink immediately and enjoy!

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This iced matcha latte is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days - full of good nutrients to keep you going! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

S’more cookies

Grain-free, egg, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s’more cookies – perfect for any time of year!

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Ah yes, the American summer.  Full of BBQ’s, fire pits, camping, roasting marshmallows … and s’mores.  For years my mother would love it when she received care packages from friends and family in the US, because they would undoubtedly contain boxes of graham crackers.  (Just as a side note … Australians would call these ‘grey-am’ crackers, whereas we’ve found many Americans call them ‘gram’ crackers).  And then, she would get some chocolate and marshmallows.  And I remember trying to toast some marshmallows using the gas stove-top, to put in between the graham crackers with the chocolate.  And shove the whole thing in my mouth.  Ah, good times … good times.

Fast forward to now, when we are actually living in the US and there’s campfires, fire-pits and other things all around.  Now, my kids don’t really get into s’mores that much – because they are pretty messy – so they’ve invented some other combination of roasted marshmallows plunging into puddings … but that’s a story for another day!  And it’s expensive to buy gluten-free graham crackers.  Yes, I have made s’more cookies before, including my love of peanut butter, but these s’more cookies are so much different to that recipe, I dare you to try both and let me know which you prefer!

So these are totally grain-free, and Paleo-friendly if you choose your marshmallows wisely.  Or you could make your own (I haven’t quite gotten that enthusiastic yet).  And they are even egg-free – I’ve started to discover uses of beef gelatin in baking so beware (you could totally substitute an egg for the gelatin if you need/want to!).  But know that there’s no refined sugar in the cookies themselves but they are so chewy, with the right amount of sweetness, and they hold together so well.  Who needs the classic messiness when you can have all the flavors in a portable cookie form?

And these cookies have gotten the thumbs up from two of the pickiest eaters I know (being my husband and son!) so give them a go and let me know what you think!

S'more cookies

(Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs beef gelatin
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the almond butter and honey until well mixed.  Add the vanilla and baking soda and mix well.

  3. Sprinkle the beef gelatin on top of the batter and mix well.

  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and marshmallows until well dispersed.

  5. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto the parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on the tray before attempting to move.

Recipe Notes

If you do not have sensitivities regarding eggs, feel free to use 1 egg instead of the gelatin.

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Grain-free, gluten and dairy-free chewy and yummy s'more cookies - perfect for any time of year! #smores #cookies #cookathome #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Indian chicken

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free, even Whole30 compliant!

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Now my family, Henry in particular, is a big fan of butter chicken.  So much flavor with all the Indian spices, it’s what he always looks for when we go out to an Indian restaurant.  Even when we go to an Indian buffet, if there isn’t any butter chicken, Henry’s just not interested.

So when he asked me to make butter chicken at home for one of our meals, I had to go searching for an option that didn’t include any butter … and one that would taste good.  I happened upon this recipe from One Lovely Life and thought I’d give it a go.  The first time I made this, I followed the recipe and used a slow cooker, but then thought I’d play around with it a little bit.  And feedback from the kids was that it tasted really yummy, but it’s not butter chicken.

So I’m calling this recipe Indian chicken – so you can get the Indian flavors, but without the expectation of the specific butter chicken texture.  Now I love to chock this full of veggies.  And serve it over veggies – like my cauliflower rice.  But you can serve it with normal rice, other veggies, or even Naan bread (or another type of flatbread) if you desire.  And leftovers are amazing – the flavor just intensifies even more!

Give this Indian chicken curry a go – and let me know what you think in the comments!

Indian chicken

(Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely minced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 14 oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup spinach coarsely chopped
  • cilantro leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat oil of choice in  a medium frying pan and brown the chicken pieces, possibly in two batches depending on the size of your frying pan.  Remove the chicken from pan and allow to rest on paper towel.

  2. In a medium frying pan, saute the onion in the oil until translucent and soft.  Add the garlic, ginger and spices.  Cook for 1 minute longer until the spices become fragrant.

  3. Add the coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.

  4. Add the chicken back to the frying pan and simmer until desired thickness is achieved.  Add in the spinach and squeeze the lime juice in just prior to serving.

  5. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve with vegetables, or cauliflower rice

Recipe Notes

Adapted from https://www.onelovelylife.com/slow-cooker-butter-chicken/ 

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This Indian chicken curry has all the great flavors of butter chicken, but completely gluten and dairy free! #indiancuisine #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Baked bagels

Bagels, baked in the oven, low-carb and dairy-free.  Totally awesome for any toppings you desire!

Bagels, baked in the oven, low-carb and dairy-free.  Totally awesome for any toppings you desire! #bagels #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #keto

I’m gradually going through all the typical bread-y type things and converting them into things that my special snowflake stomach can deal with, such as bread, pizza crust and English muffins.  Well, now my friends, let me introduce you to some bagels.  Baked in the oven, rather than fried.  And with no added sugar at all, these low carb bagels are perfect for most special diets, including the ketogenic diet that I experimented with making cookies for recently!

The recipe for these bagels originally came from another site at My PCOS kitchen and it seemed like these were one of the only keto bagel recipes that didn’t include some sort of dairy ingredients, so I leaped at the opportunity to give them a go.  Following the recipe (mostly) came up with some really nice savory bagels, due to some onion and garlic powder I added in there.  And then I wanted to experiment a little more.  So I took out all the savory bits and just left them as is.  And also tried some with adding some cinnamon and raisins in there – also without any additional sugar – but I liked them too!

So this recipe is pretty forgiving in terms of ingredients.  Now, in terms of shaping – well, you can try to shape them by hand (which I did on the first go around), or you can use a donut-shaped pan (like I did for the photo).  The donut pan gives more, smaller bagels, while the free-form ones are as big as you want them to be.  Just a tip for the unwary – if you want to cut them in half, make sure you shape them taller, rather than wider.

But please feel free to give these baked bagels a go – I love them and hope you do too!

Baked bagels

(Paleo, keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour 205g
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour 30g
  • 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp refined coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and prepare donut pan with cooking spray or baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk and set aside for a few moments.

  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk.

  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Add 5 tbs of boiling water to the thick batter and continue mixing until completely combined.

  5. Divide mixture into 8 equal balls and either roll out by hand into logs, joining the ends to make a circle, or fill into donut pan.

  6. Place the trays into the oven and bake for 23 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly prior to removing from pan.

  7. Bagels keep well in the fridge, or freezer for up to 7 days.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from https://www.mypcoskitchen.com/dairy-free-keto-bagels-2/

Bagels, baked in the oven, low-carb and dairy-free.  Totally awesome for any toppings you desire! #bagels #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #keto

Bagels, baked in the oven, low-carb and dairy-free.  Totally awesome for any toppings you desire! #bagels #cookathome #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #keto

Strawberries and cream granola

Who doesn’t love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast!

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

It’s been ages since I’ve created a new granola recipe, hasn’t it?  But do not fear, Grant and I have been enjoying many different types and varieties of granola, mainly because I just use up whatever ingredients I happen to have in the pantry at the time that we run out!

But this strawberries and cream granola recipe is something that I’m actually quite proud of.  Something that tastes like the classic dessert combination but healthy enough to have for breakfast. And how do I keep it ok for my special snowflake stomach?  Well, the cream is actually coconut butter.  I was originally against coconut butter – because when I ate it straight out of the jar, it stuck to the roof of my mouth and really didn’t have a good flavor.  But since then, I’ve used it in many recipes – like frosting on these pumpkin brownie bites, or as part of my matcha turmeric chocolate cups.  And then my brain thought – why don’t I try using it in granola.

Now, if you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll remember that I’m eating more of a grain-free diet these days, but I felt like having granola with oats this time around.  And I made it so that the granola was nice and crunchy, so Grant was happy!  You can either make your own strawberry jam, or buy some from the grocery store – my only recommendation is that you go for one that does not have high fructose corn syrup in it.

So what do you think?  Would you enjoy eating this for breakfast?  Let me know in the comments below!

Strawberries and cream granola

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter melted, 125 g
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam 125 g
  • 1/2 cup cashews chopped, 60 g
  • 1/2 cup cranberries 60 g
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats 100 g

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

  3. Spread in an even thin layer on the parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Allow to cool before storing in a sealed container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree