Gluten Free Cherry Almond Crisp

I love organic cherries but they are expensive, here is a way to make a delicious fresh cherry dessert without breaking the bank! Pears are inexpensive and take on the flavor of the cherries as they cook down.

Ingredients:

Filling-

20 Organic Cherries (pitted and halved)
3-4 Large Organic Pears (chopped)

1 Vanilla Bean (split and cut in half)
1 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup organic cane sugar
3/4 cup water

Topping-

1.5 cups gluten free oats
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup of flour
1/2 brown sugar
3/4 grass fed butter (softened)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all of the filling ingredients in a medium sauce pan and cook over low/med heat stirring occasionally until thick.

While filling is cooking down, mix all of the topping ingredients in a bowl. It should be slightly sticky but crumble easily by hand.

Remove and discard vanilla bean from filling mixture. Pour into a small/medium baker or glass Pyrex dish. Crumble topping over the top of cherry filling and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 mins or until crust is crunchy.

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Gluten Free Mama Pumpkin Brownies

Recently I ordered some gluten free all purpose flour from Azure Standard. This was a new brand for me, Gluten Free Mama- Almond Blend. They make a coconut blend that I also intend to try later on.

To try out this flour I decided to make Pumpkin Brownies from the Gluten Free Mama web page.

These brownies are super moist and have an almost pudding like center even when totally cooked. The texture is not of a typical brownie at all so don’t don’t expect a chewy cake consistency. These were simple to make and delicious.

The Recipe

Original Recipe Yield 16 squares

Ingredients

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup butter or dairy free margarine
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
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¾ cup Mama’s Almond Blend or Coconut Blend Flour
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking power
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. xanthan gum
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Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
8 oz cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1-3 Tbsp. milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease and flour 8×8 inch cake pan.
Using a double boiler, slowly melt chocolate chips and butter.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and xanthan gum.

In large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, sugars and vanilla. Mix well. Pour melted chocolate mixture into bowl. Mix well. Slowly add flour mixture until combined. Mix well.

Spread batter into pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool completely. Remove brownies from pan by placing a plate over the top of pan and flipping the pan upside down. Then place a serving plate on the top of the brownies and flip again to have brownies right side up.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until frosting reaches a spreadable and creamy consistency. Spread frosting generously over top of brownies. Cut into squares and serve.

To view the Gluten Free Mama web page and this amazing recipe click here!

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Chocolate Almond Freezer Fudge!

Now I can’t take credit for this one, Food Babe is where I found this recipe and I have the link below. I did change it slightly when I made mine. The original can be found by clicking the link, the way I made mine is listed below. It’s so easy and everyone should try this!
Source- Click Here!

Ingredients:

Almond Butter 1 cup
Peanut Butter 1/2 cup
Coconut Oil 4 tbsp
Maple Syrup 3-4 tbsp
Dark Chocolate 8 oz. chopped (separate into 2 portions)

1. Cream all ingredients together leaving 1 portion of chopped chocolate for the topping.

2. Pour into parchment lined 8×6 pan

3. Top with chopped chocolate

4. Freeze 2 hours

5. Remove from freezer- Cut into squares and eat!

6. Store left overs in freezer.

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