RECIPES

Gluten free, soft and fluffy chocolate chip cookies

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original recipe from A Pinch of Yum's, "The best soft chocolate chip cookie" (I added some healthier twists)


RECIPE

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dessert

FREE OF GLUTEN & REFINED SUGAR

serves: 6
prep time: 10 min.
total time: 20 min.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 1/2 cup organic, raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups GF all purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Microwave the butter for about 40 seconds to just barely melt it. It shouldn’t be hot – but it should be almost entirely in liquid form.
  2. Beat the butter with the sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and the egg; beat on low speed until just incorporated – 10-15 seconds or so
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form. Use your hands to press the crumbles together into a dough. It should form one large ball that is easy to handle (right at the stage between “wet” dough and “dry” dough). Add the chocolate chips and incorporate with your hands.
  4. Roll the dough into 12 large balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes until the cookies look puffy and dry and just barely golden.  *DO NOT OVER-BAKE:  Take them out even if they look like they’re not done yet. They’ll be pale and puffy.
  5. Let them cool on the pan for a good 30 minutes or so ...  

Keep in an airtight container or freeze


NOTES

  • The 3 most important things about this recipe are
  1. melting the butter,
  2. adding enough flour
  3. not baking for too long.
  • If you find that the dough is wet and it REALLY sticks to your hands, you probably need a little more flour. This is important otherwise you’ll have flat cookies. I’ll usually add a few tablespoons at a time to get it to the right consistency. You should be able to roll the balls of dough between your hands without any issues.
  • Reference the BEST guide from A Pinch of Yum, pictured below:
 Guide from A Pinch of Yum

Guide from A Pinch of Yum


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Floral Ice Cubes

DIYs are like first dates . . . They need to be easy, require little to no special skills, and bring an irreplaceable wow factor to the table.  If that doesn't happen, it's most likely they won't ever happen again. 

Further, this great first date or perfect DIY should leave you energized and thinking of all the creative spin offs of the next go round.

Floral ice cubes are this.  2 steps, check.  Wow factor, check.  And yes, I can't wait for the next go round . . . I'm thinking frozen candies, fruit, herbs and more!


HOW TO

1.  Place edible flowers in bottom of ice cube tray.

2.  Fill with water and freeze.

3.  Dazzle your water, mocktail, cocktail, etc.!  


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3 Ingredient, Homemade Blueberry Jam


RECIPE

Blueberry Jam

Jam

VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, CORN FREE, SOY FREE 

serves: 2 cups
active time: 10 min. 
total time: 2.5 hrs.

PRINT OR DOWNLOAD RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups blueberries (I used strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place berries into a medium saucepan.  Using a potato masher, mash the berries.  Add all remaining ingredients.  Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick, 50-55 minutes.
  2. Cool at room temperature for about 1.5 hours.  Refrigerate in air tight container for about a month.
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AVOCADO RECIPE SERIES: DIY facemask {3 Ingredients}

Welcome back to the AVOCADO RECIPE SERIES!

In our first recipe, the sensational Double Chocolate Chip Salted Walnut Cookies were beyond delicious!  Marek and I scarfed down two whole batches in the first week and I vowed not to make them again until my sweet tooth was under control.  Needless to say, who would have thought such a delicious cookie was made with avocado?

Since avocado is so versatile, we are going to jump to the opposite side of the spectrum and show you how to create the easiest face mask around.  Maureen has struggled with skin cancers in the past, so she is my go-to guru about skin care and natural healing remedies.  This one requires only 3 ingredients . . . avocado, banana and honey. 


3 Ingredients

  1. 1/2 Avocado
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 teaspoon honey

 makes about 2 masks



3 Steps

  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Apply generously to face.  Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse and apply moisturizer. 

After 10- 15 minutes my skin felt soooo healthy and refreshed without any chemical like residue.  In fact, my skin felt very similar to when I got a chocolate massage in Costa Rica.  They used only ground cocoa beans and the oils from within the beans leaving my skin exfoliated and moisturized at the same time!

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