Rich and decadent without the dose of guilt, these Gluten Free Chocolate Carmel Cookies are the perfect cookie for any occasion, including a holiday cookie swap! Less than thirty minutes from start to mouthwatering deliciousness make them an even-sweeter holiday favorite!
Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Cookies
Yields 12 cookies
3 oz dark chocolate caramel bar, broken or chopped (our favorite are these)
2 1/2 tablespoons butter (include 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt if butter is unsalted)
3/4 cups all purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup monk fruit extract, date sugar or other sugar substitute
1/4 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons lukewarm water
2 teaspoons cacao nibs or semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
Soften the butter by heating on the stove at low temp or in the microwave at 60% for 15-second intervals until soft.
Blend the oats, butter, sugars, cacao, baking soda, egg and vanilla extract.
Add the gluten-free flour and chocolate pieces until combined into the dough mixture.
Add the water gradually until the dough is chunky, but not crumbly.
Drop two teaspoons of dough for each cookie, placing 1 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are set in the center.
Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
Serve, indulge and enjoy!
What are your favorite cookies for the Holidays? Do you make any substitutions to skip the guilt? Share them with us below!
Believe me when I say, you can eat healthy, gluten free desserts without any added sugar and still enjoy a dish of decadence! Say sayonara to feeling deprived when you’re watching your weight or cleaning up your diet!
The rich flavor of the cacao mixed with the hint of coffee is a mouth-watering combo, and provides an antioxidant, free-radical fighting along with the … eggplant! Stay with us; it’s delicious, and you don’t even taste it. It even impressed the very picky meat-and-potatoes-minded dinner guests!
The sweetness of the pitted dates (aka no sugar!) and the maca come together, and you’ve got yourself quite a sweet treat to boost your mood and your body.
PS. These also freeze beautifully, and can be used for on-the-go breakfasts & snacks!
Too Good to Be True Cake
1 small to medium eggplant, or 1/2 cup steamed eggplant, once squeezed
1 bar of dark chocolate – 70% or higher is best; we used 88%
2 tbsp ghee, olive oil, coconut oil or a blend of all three
3 tbsp cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp fresh ground coffee
8-10 medjool dates, pitted
1 cup gluten free flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
Note: you can make this recipe vegan by omitting eggs and relying on oil instead of butter or ghee. For Paleo, sub your gluten-free flour with almond flour. If steering clear of nightshades, omit the eggplant, keep the eggs, and you’ve still got yourself a rich antioxidant infused dessert!
Chop eggplant into large chunks and steam.
Pre-heat oven 400F.
Once eggplant is mushy, peel off the skin, if desired, and squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can.
It will be a mess! If you have kids, now’s the time to get their help because it’s a lot of fun, and also kind of gross. 🙂
Place lump of eggplant in food processor with dates, eggs, cacao, ground coffee, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Break up the bar of dark chocolate into chunks (lessens melting time) and on medium-low heat, melt along with the oil or butter until liquid, stirring constantly to prevent burning or sticking.
Pour into food processor.
Add gluten free flour to processor, and blend until well combined, scraping down the sides when needed.
Pour mixture into pre-greased baking tin.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until an inserted fork comes out almost clean.
(Sometimes, with gluten free baking, the goods will get dry if baked fully, like traditional baked goods. Either way, if the texture is not perfectly to your liking, slice some fruit on it, drizzle tahini or frost with an icing of your choice, and neither you, nor your guests, will be able to tell! 🙂
Remove from oven, leave to cool for a few minutes, then flip onto a wire cooling rack until ready to serve.
Serve & enjoy!
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The perfect complement to just about everything from chia seed pudding to biscuits, yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, salmon, chicken is our Peachiarry Compote! This delicious blend of peaches, chia seeds, and raspberry (ahem, “peachiarry”) with just a tad of natural sweetener adds flavor and tang and rounds out any dinner, side dish or dessert. It’s low-glycemic-index, particularly if you use stevia or monk fruit, gluten-free, dairy-free, and freezable.
Our favorite part about this recipe? It takes just minutes in the kitchen to prepare, it’s full of superfoods, like chia seeds, and the leftovers taste even better than on the first day!
Try it at your next soiree!
2canssliced peaches in pear juice
1/3 cupfrozen organic raspberries
1 tbspnatural sweetener of choice
Drain most of the juice from the cans of peaches, leaving a few tablespoons of liquid.
Stir peaches, juice, raspberries, chia seeds and sweetener together in a bowl.
Let sit for ~10 minutes until chia seeds form a gel around them.
Top dish or dessert, and serve!
We love hearing how you take these delicious, gluten-free recipes and make them your own! Tag us in your social post of your Peachiarry reveal, so we can see your creative and healthy choices!
Have we got a dish for you! This Lemon Basil Salmon will knock your socks off.
If you’ve been along for this wild ride with us for any length of time, you have likely caught on to our passion and penchant for eating healthy without spending a lot of time in the kitchen and infusing as much nutrition as we do flavor into each of our creations.
Lemon Basil Salmon is no different!
This cornerstone recipe is the perfect example of how food can be fuel and medicine. Because of the simple goodness that resides in this simple recipe, I want to take a minute to break it down…
Salmon, a good source of protein and for its healthy omega-3 fats, is a hearty base for any meal – whether a brunch, dinner party or party-of-one rice bowl! It’s a foundational item on our weekly shopping list, in fact. Steelhead trout has also been recommended as a good and sustainable seafood option and a delicious substitute in this recipe. (To find the best seafood in season, use the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood app found in Resources below.)
Basil, an MVP herb as far as we’re concerned with its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties on top of combating depression, cancer and disease, adds a savory flavor that blends with a wide range of cuisine, from Italian to Asian, making this dish easy to incorporate into any menu plan.
Lemon, with its tangy delight, is full of vitamin C, and as any Whole30’er knows, provides the acid necessary for good digestion, not to mention a little alkaline boost, as well!
Sea salt is more than just a flavor-enhancer, but actually contains high levels of micronutrients and minerals and only about 70% of the sodium found in normal table salt. PS. Once you go sea salt, you’ll never go back to normal salt due its chemical aftertaste. PPS. Some table salt brands contain sugar as an anti-caking agent, so read your labels.
Last, but not least… Garlic! Anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cold-fighting and overall magical for the flourishing of healthy gut bacteria, the garlic rounds out this flavorful dish. Use it minced or as a powder, and increase or decrease to your liking!
S&R Lemon Basil Salmon
Refreshing, savory, light and chockfull of healthful goodness! Perfect for a staying-in date night, a dinner party, or a party for one!
2Salmon Steaks or Filet
1tspSea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1/2tspgarlic powder or minced garlic
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Oil your cooking sheet with the olive oil.
Lay the salmon onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with seasonings and spices.
Slice your lemon and place one slice onto each serving of salmon.
Cook for 10 minutes or until medium-rare, then broil until lightly browned or desired temperature is reached. (You can also opt to broil the fish as the cooking method; if you do so, set a timer for five-minute increments to avoid overcooking.)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app (found here)will help you identify best sources of salmon for you and the planet
Dr. Axe has a great write-up on all the goodness of basil found here.
We love hearing how you adapt these recipes to your own liking, share them with friends on the good journey of healthy, and include them in your snacks and soirees! Leave us a comment and share how you do Lemon Basil Salmon or tag us in your social post so we can see it IRL!
As always, raising a fork to your health and happiness!
Summer is the perfect time to get your hydration habits up to par. From the heat and humidity to the outdoor sweat sessions, you need enough water and other non-caffeinated, non-sugary beverages to replenish what you lose over the course of the day. So many health benefits stem from getting enough H2O, least of all being clear, plump skin & weight management!
S&R’s Strawberry Mint Spritzer is the perfect bev for summer with its refreshing mint, tangy strawberries and crisp carbonation. It’s pleasing to the eye and the waist line, and it’s perfect for a brunch, bridal shower or cocktail party (good for the non-drinkers or as a mixer 😉 )
If you want to kick it up another notch, serve it in wine glasses for a little pep and pizzazz. Even in the office! It makes for a great conversation starter and puts a little more style in your day.
S&R Strawberry Mint Spritzer
12 oz. lemon-flavored seltzer (La Croix, Perrier, etc; if you prefer, use a flavor you enjoy!)
Two strawberries sliced
Two sprigs of sweet mint You can find this packaged or as a living herb in the produce section or at a local nursery where you can grow it yourself
Slice the strawberries into the glass.
Place the leaves of the sprig into the glass; for aesthetic, pull the lower leaves on the stem and place the sprig into the glass as a garnish.
Pour the seltzer to the desired level.
Add ice, if desired.
We love to hear how you put your own spin on our recipes! Leave a comment below or tag us in a social post from your next party when you serve up this favorite!
We interrupt your regularly scheduled program of The Job Front & Delegation to bring you this recipe – perfect for your July 4th picnic!
I have not had cheesecake in YEARS since the ingredients – cream cheese, graham crackers and sometimes almonds – were found to wreak such havoc on my body. Although, like many of you, I’ve gotten used to a cheesecake-free life, I’ve been curious to see if a Sprout & Rosebud option could replicate that taste and texture. … or at least something similar to offer to the roulette wheel of desserts in our house!
The rules were simple: no gluten in the crust, no dairy in the filling, and no nuts anywhere. If possible, less sugar, too (after reading Dr. Mark Hyman’s The Blood Sugar Solution, you’d cut back STAT, as well). I decided to go with a pre-made crust and found Mi-Del’s at the local grocery story. The challenge would be to recreate that rich, almost tart taste of the full-fat cream cheese traditionally used. Let’s be honest right up front that tofu or coconut options are highly unlikely to satisfy that texture and taste.
Coconut was out because of my sensitivities, so I went with Tofutti Cream Cheese, which I had enjoyed over the years as a bagel shmear.*
Only in the most fortunate of parallel universes would cream cheese made from tofu be equivalent to real cream cheese, and I definitely sensed that I may have bitten off more than I could chew, as they say 😉 #punintended
The final product was like the love child of cheesecake and flan.
Delicious, though different than “normal” cheesecake. Lighter, less saccharine sweet and without the after-effect of bloating and guilt. Definitely a treat I wouldn’t mind putting into rotation for Client recipes, dinner parties and the like. The cherry on top was the positive review and second serving by my taste tester, who fancies himself a Chicago cheesecake connossieur with a refined palette and borderline sugar addiction!
The Sprout & Rosebud Cheesecake
One pre-made Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust
Two 8 oz. tubs of Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese (or cream cheese sub of your choice)
2/3 cups of Stevia, Stevia/Sugar blend or sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
For fruit topping:
One package of organic strawberries
Two Tbl Sugar or or Stevia/Sugar Blend
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
Let the cream cheese get to room temperature, then beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
Add the two eggs and vanilla extract.
Pour into the crust and bake for 40 minutes or until slightly brown on top.
For the filling, rinse, hull and slice the strawberries in a bowl with the sugar. Let sit until they get syrupy.
Once the cheesecake has cooled, slice and serve with the strawberries and syrup on the top.
*Note: Although Tofutti’s “Better than Cream Cheese” does contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil (which I strictly avoid), this option was preferable from a food-allergen standpoint, so I went with it. As always, choose what’s the best for YOU and aligns with your health goals and priorities.
We love hearing how you customize this recipe to make it your own. Share your thoughts with us below, or send us a note!
You may be familiar with a Tortilla Espanola, or Spanish Omelette, a delicious dish from Spain consisting of eggs, potatoes and onions and perhaps a few spices, like chives. Having studied Spanish cuisine and culture for years, I was immediately inspired to create a unique recipe for a similar dish with an Italian flair when things went a little awry while preparing Italian “Fried” Cauliflower. As with many creations throughout history, some of our best ideas come about when amidst a total mess 🙂
Instead of thinly sliced, layered potatoes, the S&R Roman Omelette includes slices of cauliflower, mixed with sliced onion and covered by an egg solution, chockfull of the herbs and spices to give it that Italian flavor we know and love.
Get a load of this! Not only is it rich with Vitamin C (move over, oranges!), a slew of B Vitamins (including Folate, important for women!), and Vitamin K (good for strong bones and preventing heart disease), but Cauliflower is also a powerhouse of phytochemicals and antioxidants. In fact, the National Foundation for Cancer Research considers it a cancer-curbing cruciferous veggie! Sounds like eating a delicious dish full of this superfood is una buona idea to me, Paisan!
1/2one yellow onion, thinly sliced
1dozencage free eggs, or 2 cups egg whites
Italian herbs and spices to taste; we used:
1/2 tspcourse black pepper
1/2 tspsea salt
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
Spray or grease a large pie pan or casserole dish.
Slice the head of cauliflower parallel to the base into half-inch steaks. If florets or pieces fall off, you can include them, too!
Layer the cauliflower steaks and the onions in your pie pan or casserole dish.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the herbs.
Once fully beaten, pour over the vegetables in the pie pan or casserole dish.
Bake for ~45 minutes or until the eggs have finished cooking and the top is slightly golden.
Another delight about Italian living is the slow pace of mealtime and the enjoyment of the people with whom you share it, so share this dish (or recipe) with your loved ones, and enjoy each moment as you savor each bite!
Named accordingly, this healthy-carb’d, protein-packed, deliciously fast dish is the perfect breakfast for those mornings when you want to eat well, yet you have NO TIME to make anything that would resemble a breakfast of champions, if you eat breakfast at all! The struggle is real, right?
Well, first things first, put down that Pop Tart and Double Soy Unicorn Latte (not a good breakfast, girls!), then check this out.
"The Struggle is Real" Rice Pudding
1.5cupscooked rice (brown or black is the best!)
1/4cupmilk (almond, soy, organic cow, etc.)
1/4cupegg whites or one egg
1/8tspghee, coconut oil or grass-fed butter
1/4tspcinnamon, ginger, cardamom
1Tblraisins or Goji berries
Drizzle of honey, date syrup or brown sugar; go easy if your milk is sweetened
Combine all of the ingredients in a microwave-safe non-plastic bowl (plastic leeches chemicals into the food when cooking).
Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. If you prefer the stove, bring the ingredients to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
If still runny, add another minute. Continue doing so until the eggs are cooked.
As you see, there are yummy & healthy options available to you in a pinch (particularly if you’ve been using your healthy shopping lists). All you need is a few minutes, and you’re good to go with a breakfast that will keep your brain sharp, your belly full and you at your peak. Now, THAT is a Breakfast of Champions!
As always, we love to hear your thoughts, your breakfast best practices, your tips, tricks and techniques – and so does our community! So please share them below, and if someone in your tribe, network, company needs a little morning overhaul, please feel free to share this post!
My on-the-go go-to’s for easy-peasy nutrition and variety, as is widely known, are salad bowls, rice bowls and smoothies. I fancy myself a mixologist in the kitchen, and these mixed-up menu items are my favorites! I can toss whatever I have together for an easy meal that is nutrient dense and delicious in minutes.
Who doesn’t love that?
The newest member to this roster are Pancakes, specifically S&R Protein Pancakes. (Still working out a wittier name; suggestions welcomed!)
Within five to seven minutes, you can have a healthy, balanced breakfast at your fingertips. This one is also good for kids to help make! (The younger ones will need added supervision with the pan-related tasks, though.)
S&R Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes
1/3 cupmilk (dairy, almond, Ripple, etc.)
1/4cupgluten free old-fashioned oats
1/4cupegg whites (cage free and local, if you can. Same with the egg.)
1scoopprotein powder of your choice, chocolate is best!
1-2 tblgluten-free flour
Pre-heat your pan on medium-high.
Whip or beat all the ingredients above except the flour.
Once fully mixed, the batter should be runny and evenly colored.
Add the flour and mix thoroughly.
Spray pan with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil or ghee to keep pancakes from sticking.
Check the pan to ensure it's sufficiently hot by dripping a few drops of water; if you hear a sizzle, it's time.
Add 1/4 c. of batter for each pancake to the pan, flipping when the side-up face of pancake begins to bubble or look aerated.
The fun really begins when you divert from the basic recipe below and add your favorite mix-in’s, like maca powder, a smidgen of crushed ripe banana, almonds, cacao powder or nibs, chia seeds, etc.
We love to hear how you make our recipes your own! Leave a comment below and let us know how you do healthy breakfasts on-the-go!
Looking for a fast, easy and healthy dish for your next soiree? Try out this new Thanksgiving fave in our house: Asian Black Rice Salad! The subtle heat of the hot sesame oil along with the crunch of the veggies and antioxidant-rich black rice make this dish a healthy and memorable addition to any table.
Asian Black Rice Salad Ingredients:
2 cups cooked black rice
1/2 cup napa cabbage, chopped (substitute chopped kale, if desired)
1/3 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup green bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup scallions, chopped (substitute chopped yellow or white onion, if desired)
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/8 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbl soy sauce or gluten free Tamari
2 Tbl roasted sesame seeds
1-2 Tbl sriracha
1 Tbl hot sesame oil
1 tsp garlic powder
Combine the rice and veggies in a large mixing bowl
Whisk the sesame oils, rice vinegar, Tamari, and garlic powder
Pour dressing over the rice and veggies and stir so you’re coating the rice
Transfer the dressed rice and veggies to your desired serving dish