I discovered this new found love earlier this year when I had homemade hummus. While browsing for recipe ideas, ‘Roasted Chickpeas’ kept popping up so I just had to try it.
They’re a great crunchy snack and super easy to make. It would also make a terrific Christmas ‘Foodie’ gift. You can vary the spices as many ways as you like. How about garam masala, sugar, salt and cayenne pepper? Lime juice, gluten free taco seasoning, cayenne and salt? Or maybe gluten free ginger asian seasoning, cinnamon, gluten free soy sauce, salt and sesame seeds? I like to experiment with different flavors and create my own combinations. Feel free to “spice it up” (pun intended) and get creative.
These make a yummy gift. Wrap it in a decorative takeout box to jazz it up a little.
* I buy all of my spices here in Calgary at Silk Road Spice Merchant. I love my spices and I really enjoy the combinations they make. Bonus: they are gluten free! Check out their website for more information.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl combine all ingredients and stir to mix.
Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly.
Bake in oven for 40-60 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes.
I like my chickpeas crunchy so I baked mine for 1 hour.
It’s really based on personally preference so feel free to adjust the baking time to your liking.
These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are a fun and festive cookie to make. My gingerbread dough can be used for gingerbread houses and cut-out shapes like trees, gingerbread men and more. I love this time of the year when lights are twinkling, trees are decorated, stockings are hung and the smell of cinnamon fills our houses.
These gluten and dairy-free gingerbread cookies are fun to make and are full of warm spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Festive and perfect for the holidays! This recipe was first published in December 2014. I have taken new photographs of the cookies and rewritten blog post.
This gluten-free gingerbread dough works really well to make gingerbread houses. The dough when baked up holds up really well when cemented with royal icing. Craving gingerbread? Get out a bunch of holiday cookie cutters and make a batch of these cookies. It is fun dough for kids to use too.
There is just something about making your own homemade cookies that makes me happy! Especially during the holiday season. This gluten-free gingerbread cookies recipe will become your new holiday favourite. They are perfectly spiced and lightly drizzled with royal icing.
Divide dough in half and use a rolling pin to roll out dough.
Cut dough with various cookie cutters.
Place shapes on parchment paper.
Bake in oven for 9-10 minutes.
Remove and cool.
This week I plan on baking 6-8 different gluten-free holiday cookies. I like to bake batches and place them in Tupperware containers and store in refrigerator. This way I am well prepared and ready for the holidays. What is your favourite holiday cookie?
Gingerbread is one of may favourite holiday flavours and I have a few different gingerbread inspired recipes on the blog. Recipes like Gluten-free gingerbread sheet cake, vegan and grain-free gingerbread people and gluten and dairy-free soft gingersnap cookies.
Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe it is already 2014 and I am going to be 49 years old this spring. Yikes! Last year on my 48th birthday I realized I needed to get healthy. The first thing I did was buy the UP bracelet from Jawbone (insert jawbone website) and get walking. I’ve used pedometers before and I like the accountability they give to me. This bracelet not only keeps track of my steps, but it allows me to input other exercise I do, and it also keeps track of my sleep. All this was important to me. I started off wanting to get 15,000 steps in per day and by July I upped it to 20,000 steps per day. Walking became my part time job and I started to slowly lose weight. Then winter arrived in Calgary and my weight also plateaued. I was walking 2 1/2 hours a day and not losing at all. I knew I needed to up my workouts if I was going to continue on this journey. Seriously, I am not on a diet. I have tried every diet out there, and have always gained it back. This time it is about getting into shape and eating healthy. My daughter had started seeing this personal trainer and I liked what I was hearing about her workouts. It didn’t hurt that she really liked her trainer either. I decided to give him a call and see about getting starting some personal training. In November I started training with Kyle at Vagus Fitness 3 times a week and I am very, very glad I made that initial call. Here is a little background on me in case you are all thinking I’m some sort of an athlete. First of all I never exercised as a kid. Sure I road my bike around but I grew up in the country and gravel roads aren’t the best. I never played any sports and still to this day do not know how to skate. Really I am just trying to get into shape. I will never be a size 0 nor am I trying to be. I would like to be a healthy size and weight for me and be in good shape. Last year the kids bought us bikes for our anniversary and it is something I really enjoy and would like to bike a lot more this year, so that means I need to be in better shape. Exercising is darn hard work at times, and I am sure I complain to Kyle too much about certain routines he has me doing. But truly, I am thrilled. I feel better, I am stronger and I am challenging myself past my comfort zone which makes me smile! Before Christmas, Kyle asked me to come up with some recipes for his blog that were gluten free, dairy free and lower in sugar. He does have a fitness facility so healthier baked goodies would be best. I came up with 3 recipes and I encourage you to go on his site and take a look. How about Gluten-Free Date Coconut Pistachio Balls? These no-bake balls are delicious and super healthy for you too. Gluten Free Rice Krispies, coconut oil, raw pistachios and dates. Next there is a recipe for Gluten Free Elderflower Marmalade Oat Bars. I challenge you to make these squares and see if anyone notices they are low in sugar, gluten free and vegan. They really are just that good. And last is a recipe for Gluten Free Vegan Gingerbread People. These cookies are gluten free, egg free, vegan and low in sugar. You will be very pleased with this recipe too. Check out vagusfitness.com for these recipes and if you are in the Calgary area I would highly recommend these guys for helping with your fitness goals.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner here in Canada and I thought I’d get 5 new recipes out to you this week. Through the years I have made my share of thanksgiving desserts, but one dessert you cannot have it seems is pumpkin pie. I decided to make a simple gluten free pie crust using Robin Hood’s new gluten free flour. Why use Robin Hood gluten free flour blend? It is readily available in most grocery stores and is not overly expensive compared to other gluten free flour blends. This recipe makes enough for a single crust pie and is quite easy to make.
I apologize in advance for the quality of photos in this post. I took them once the party had started and they turned out a bit blurry. I’ll blame the wine. This past weekend we hosted a Christmas/Housewarming party. With our renovation completed we wanted to combine showing off the house with a Christmas celebration. As with anyone who hosts a party, the week before was filled with planning, shopping, baking, cleaning, organizing and more baking. With a new kitchen, my stress level for hosting was very low prior to years before. It was interesting how much easier it is to host a party when your kitchen and dining room are well organized. Through the years, I’ve tried to include as many gluten free treats being served as possible. Now that I am much more comfortable with my baking and cooking as well as being gluten free, I decided that this whole party would be gluten free. I wanted to show that you can have great tasting food at a party and if you didn’t say anything no one would know it was all gluten free. Just to be normal as much as possible. Isn’t that what we all want? With Christmas right around the corner, I thought I would also share what I do when I’m cooking turkey dinner. My kids love my turkey stuffing so usually I cooked the turkey the same as every year. For me, I would take a few slices off the breast and that would be mine. This past Thanksgiving I decided to do two smaller turkeys. One regular for my gang that loves stuffing, and one for Cam and I that would be totally gluten free. For the gravy I use cornstarch to thicken. Really, other than the turkey, I find the meal is almost entirely gluten free. It does not stress me at all. My daughter usually bakes homemade buns full of “gluten” for most of the gang, but again, they are of no concern for me. I wish for all the newly diagnosed gluten free folks that you feel empowered to host a Christmas dinner without feeling like you might get sick. Making the food yourself does help to keep you safe and free from cross contamination too. Here are photos from the Christmas party we had and I’ve listed all the appetizers as well as baked goods I served at the end.
Gluten-Free Appetizers Served:
Smoked Salmon on Toasted Gluten-Free Baguette Slices.
It is now a month before Christmas so I am thinking that I will pump out quite a few new recipes for everyone for the holidays. In fact, I will not be writing stories of my days, or life being gluten free. I figure, we all have so much to get done in the next 30 days that I will just share new recipes with you all. We can always catch up after the new year. I am sure I will yap at times about thoughts I have, or some event that I want to share, but mostly it will be recipes. So in keeping with this thought process here is a new recipe. It is an easy one (I tend to like those kind) but one that may come in handy with the holidays approaching. I think this is a great cake to bring to a potluck, a school function, to the office for a co-workers birthday celebration, or like me, a dessert when you are having company. What’s great about this cake is you can jazz it up, after it’s baked, when you are serving it. I made caramel sauce and poured the warm sauce over the cake and then topped it with a mound of whipping cream. So good! How about a warm cherry sauce poured over with a side of whipping cream and then dark chocolate shavings? Black Forest cake anyone? How about a little raspberry jam under the cake and then topped with fresh raspberries? You decide. That’s what I love about this cake. Go ahead, make it today, you’ll be happy with it!