Chocolate Peanut Butter Almond Bon Bons with Coconut and Oats

We love these bon bons! Since we’ve cut sugar out of our diet, we call these our candy bars! They taste a lot like Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, but even better! We came up with this recipe ourselves and you’ll see that you can use your imagination and add whatever ingredients that you enjoy!  Please beware, these bon bons are not a low calorie food. We try and limit ourselves to one or two a day which is sometimes impossible because they are so delicious! They also need to be refrigerated at all times because the coconut oil softens at room temperature. 

Makes about 3 dozen walnut size

Filling:

1 1/2 cups Natural Almonds

1/2 cup Oat bran

1 cup Quick or Rolled (Old Fashioned) Oats

3/4 cup Powdered Peanut butter

3/4 cup sugar free Chocolate Chips 

1/2 cup Organic Sugar free Coconut

3 heaping Tablespoons Pyure or Truvia powdered sweetener

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup organic refined Coconut oil (you can of course use unrefined if you prefer a stronger coconut flavor)

  1. Place Almonds in blender and coarsely chop. I have used Almond Flour , but the flavor is not near as good as chopping your own. 
  2. Place all ingredients in a large 4 quart bowl. I will measure the coconut oil in a 1 cup glass measuring cup and put in microwave for a few seconds to soften, especially in the winter. In the summer the oil can alost be liquid so softening isn’t necessary. It needs to be the consistency of softened butter. 
  3. Shape mixture into small balls and place on a plate coated with wax paper. You will need 2 or more plates for the number of balls you will be making. Place each plate in freezer as soon as you fill them. When you get down to the last of the mixture, you may need to add more coconut oil if the mixture won’t stick together. Also, if the mixture is warm at all it will not stick together well, so I will cool in refrigerator for a few minutes. Knowing how to work with the coconut oil is a skill you will develop over making this recipe several times. 

Chocolate Coating:

  1. In a small mixing bowl add 1 cup Coconut Oil and microwave for a few seconds until semi liquid. Try not to get the mixture warm, it will melt more as you stir in other ingredients. You don’t want it thick, but if it’s too thin, it will be very runny and won’t coat the bon bons properly; not as thick as pudding, about like cream. 
  2. Add 4 rounded Tablespoons Cocoa (I sometimes use 8 Tablespoons powdered peanut butter instead. It works great!) 
  3. Add 1 teaspoon liquid Now Better Stevia and dash of salt. Now Better Stevia really does taste the best. I also tried using the powdered Pyure sweetener, but it didn’t dissolve at all in the coconut oil. 

After letting the bob bons cool in freezer for at least 15 minutes, roll in chocolate coating one at a time and place back onto the waxed paper. When each plate is filled place in refrigerator. Then transfer to a container and store in refrigerator. 

Sweet n’ Sour Chicken – Gluten, Sugar, and Dairy Free

Makes 2 servings.

Cook 1\2 cup brown rice in 1 1\4 cup water for 40 minutes.

Heat 1/4 cup flax milk (or any kind of milk) for 30 seconds in microwave.  Add 1 tsp. ground flax seed. Let sit while cutting up chicken.

Cut up about 1/2 of a chicken breast into small bite-size pieces.
Add chicken to milk mixture.
Heat coconut oil in skillet over medium heat.
In a pie plate mix about 1/4 cup oat bran, 1\4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 gluten free flour mix, with salt, pepper, and a little garlic and onion powder.
Cook in oil until browned. I use refined coconut oil. Also I like to fry “crunchies” with the leftover flour and milk mixture. I do this by adding just enough milk to make a dough and then drop tiny pieces into the frying pan along with the chicken.

Sweet n’ Sour sauce:

While chicken is cooking:  In small saucepan add 2\3 cup water, 2 chopped baby carrots, 1\2 cup peas, 1 Tbsp. Butter, and little salt. Bring to boil and cook for 5 minutes.  Don’t drain liquid. Add:

1/2 small 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits (reserve half of the juice) I like to freeze the other half of pineapple and juice for next time.
2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. Organic Ketchup
40 drops liquid stevia

Mix reserved juice with 1 Tbsp. Arrowroot powder ( or corn starch or any GF flour). Add to sauce and cook over medium heat until thickened.

To serve: Add rice to each plate, then add chicken and the sauce over the top.

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Gluten Free “Biscuits”

Gluten-Free "Biscuits"

My husband and I have been hungry for biscuits since we’ve been eating gluten free for some time now.  I had the idea to make the “biscuits” in a muffin pan, by basically making flatter muffins. They turned out delicious and flaky!!!  They are great with butter and honey or my homemade sugar-free peach preserves.

Makes about 10 biscuits

In large bowl add:

3/4 cup Almond Flour/Meal

3/4 cup Oat Flour

1 teaspoon Real Salt

1 Tbsp. Homemade Corn-Free Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Powdered Stevia

2 Tbsps. Ground Flax Seed

Mix together with whisk, then in 2 cup liquid measuring cup add:

2 Large Eggs

Beat with whisk, then add:

4 Tbsp. Melted Butter +  Enough Oatmeal Milk or Water (about 1/2 cup) to bring liquid ingredients to measure 1 cup. Blend liquid ingredients in the 2 cup measuring cup with whisk.  Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until blended.

Using 1/4 cup measuring cup, dip batter into greased muffin tin.

Bake at 375F for 12 minutes.

 

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Puffed Millet Cookies

 Puffed Millet Cookies
These cookies are a real treat. They have just the right sweetness and are very light, crunchy, and nutritious!

Makes about 25 cookies

In large bowl add:
2 cups Puffed Millet or Rice Cereal
1/2 cup Almond Flour
1 1/3 cups Organic Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup Carob or Cocoa Powder
1/4 teaspoon Real Salt

In small bowl add:
1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Milk of your choice
1 Tablespoon ground Flax Seed
2 large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
25 drops Liquid Stevia
Mix with whisk to blend eggs. Add to dry mixture.

Mix and add:
1/3 cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
1/3 cup coarsely chopped Activated Almonds

Mix thoroughly. Drop by Tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet or parchment paper. Bake 350F for 12 minutes. Leave cookies a little moist on inside.  Store in Refrigerator.

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Carob Almond Butter Cookies

Carob Almond Butter Cookies

2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup quinoa or almond flour

1/3 cup carob powder

1/4 cup xylitol sweetener

1/2 teaspoon powdered stevia

1 teaspoon salt

Mix dry ingredients and add:

1 cup almond butter (cut into the flour mixture)

Add:

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

3/4 cup water

10 drops liquid stevia

Mix together well.  Form cookie dough into balls using a hefty Tablespoon.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Press down to 1/2 inch thick with fingers.  Bake 350F for 8 – 10 minutes.  Be sure not to over-bake or the cookies will be too dry.

I put together this recipe because I was hungry for the “no bake” cookies that I had when I could eat about anything.  Those were made with peanut butter and sugar and oatmeal and were heated in a pan and then spooned onto wax paper to cool.  These Carob Almond Butter Cookies have that same moist fudgey texture, but not as sweet.  Let me know if you try them and what you think?

Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies – Gluten and Sugar Free

Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies

These cookies are very moist and delicious!

Makes about 26 cookies

4 Tbsp. softened butter

1/4 cup xylitol sweetener

1/4 teaspoons powdered stevia

2 large eggs

3 teaspoons ground flax seeds

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 organic granny smith apple

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder (I use homemade corn-free baking powder)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup processed oats (put 1 cup organic quick oats in blender on high – process into flour)

1/4 cup organic quick oats

1/4 cup almond flour

In large mixing bowl cream butter and sweeteners.  Add eggs, ground flax seed, & vanilla.  In food processor place quartered, seeded, unpeeled apple.  Process until apple is chopped very fine.  Mix thoroughly.  Add salt, baking powder, cinnamon, processed oats, oats, and almond flour.

Spoon by teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheet.

unbaked Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies

Bake 350F for 10 minutes.

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie SlcieThis is a very easy pie to make.  I’ve never been much of a pie baker because I’ve had a hard time mastering the crust. This crust is simple and just as delicious!  We like Sweet Potato Pie better than Pumpkin Pie!

Makes one 9.5″ deep dish pie

Sweet Potato Mixture

1.3 – 1.5 lbs. or about 3 medium organic sweet potatoes (I use a postage scale to weigh potatoes)

1/2 cup xylitol sweetener (or 1/4 cup xylitol + 1 teaspoon Stevita Spoonable Stevia)

1/2 cup butter

1/4 teaspoon Real Salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional – nutmeg contains Tyramine which can cause migraines)

1/3 cup milk (I use my homemade almond milk)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 eggs + yolk from crust

Boil sweet potatoes, skins on in a medium pot.  Meanwhile prepare and bake crust (recipe below).  When potatoes are soft, pour out water and let cool.  Remove skins when you can handle the potatoes.  Place into large bowl.  With an electric mixer, beat sweet potatoes and xylitol until smooth.  Add butter, a few pieces at a time beating until melted.  Beat in salt and cinnamon.  Gradually add milk and vanilla.  Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.  Spoon mixture into the pre-baked pie shell.  Bake 45 minutes at 375 F or until knife comes out clean from the center of the pie.  Place on wire rack to cool.

Gluten-Free Crust

1 cup Almond Flour

5 Tbsp. Oats (I use organic quick cooking)

6 Tbsp. butter

1/4 teaspoon Real Salt

1 Tbsp. almond milk

Add ingredients to food processor.  Mix until combined.  Press dough into ungreased 9.5″  deep dish pie plate.  Brush 1 egg white on top of the crust before baking to keep from getting soggy.  Bake crust at 375 F for 10 min.  Spoon Pie Mixture into crust and continue with above directions.

GLUTEN FREE PIE CRUST

Pre-Baked Pie Crust

WHOLE SWEET POTATO PIE

Fresh Out Of The Oven!

Note:  Top it off with Whipped Cream if you prefer.  Let me know if you know of any non-dairy, non-soy, natural whipped toppings!

*I can’t take credit for coming up with the gluten-free crust recipe.  I wrote it down from a blog and can’t remember which blog it came from.  Forgive me, if it’s yours and let me know so I can link back to your blog.