Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Recipe Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-Free. Grain-Free. Almost-Paleo.)

by Kristen Suzanne in almond flour, dessert, eggs, gluten free, recipe
Organic Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

I love the holidays because they’re my time to indulge. But, if you know me at all, I never get too crazy. Instead of eating a gluten filled, extra sugary pumpkin pie, for example, I’ll make my own with ingredients that get my approval… and I’ll eat 2 slices (maybe 3… OK 4 tops!). :) That’s my kind of extra indulgence.

My family loves this pie and I’ve been making it for a few holidays now. It makes an appearance a few times each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. My favorite part, other than the quality ingredients, is that it’s really easy to make. My (now) 4 year old loves helping me make it.

The crust in my Pumpkin Pie is based with organic blanched almond flour with grass-fed butter. Hence, it’s not paleo because I have the butter in it. These days though, I see a lot of paleo lovers venturing more into the “Bulletproof-type” diet, which I guess is like paleo, but with butter and rice. Don’t quote me though. If I HAD to label my eating, which I really do not like to do, I’d say we’re eating more Bulletproof than anything else… paleo with lots of grass fed butter, some rice at times (like when I mod my Chipotle bowl or when we eat these rice ramen noodles), and we definitely eat raw grass-fed cheese (which is not really Bulletproof according to Dave Asprey, but we find health in it).

Let’s get to this easy Pumpkin Pie recipe.

Pumpkin Pie (Gluten-free Grain-free Almost-Paleo)

Yield one 9-inch pie

  • 1 Pie Crust (recipe below – make pie crust first)
  • 1 (16 oz) box organic pumpkin puree
  • 3 pasture-raised eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup unrefined sugar
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed Upgraded collagen*
  • 1 tablespoon unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon organic pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients on high until smooth.
  3. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the chilled pie crust (recipe below).
  4. Put on a pie shield if you have one, and bake the pie for about 45 minutes (until the center is slightly jiggly). Sometimes my oven is way off and I end up needing to bake this for almost an hour.
  5. Open the oven door a bit, turn off the oven, and let the pie stay in there for 5 minutes before taking it out to cool completely.

* If you must, you can do without the collagen.

Pie Crust (gluten-free grain-free)

Yield one 9-inch pie crust

  • 2 1/4 cups blanched organic almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried organic orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon xylitol (or sugar)
  • 4 oz salted (grass-fed) butter, cold, cut into 8-tablespoons
  1. Briefly process the almond flour, orange zest, and xylitol using a food processor, fitted with the S-blade.
  2. Add the butter and pulse a few times. Then, turn on the food processor, and let it stay on just until the dough barely forms into a ball. Don’t over process.
  3. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a pie dish.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Make the pie filling while it chills.

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Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie Gluten Free (Pizzookie)

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Pizooki) Gluten Free

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Pizzooki) Gluten Free

Wow. I’m truly in heaven. My Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (gluten free) recipe is, officially, my favorite gluten free homemade dessert recipe. My second would be my Pumpkin Pie, but that’s a recipe I’ll share later. I can’t take all the credit for coming up with this masterpiece though. I was inspired by two things.

  1. Over a decade ago I ate a dessert at a local Italian restaurant where they had a “Pizzookie” which was a giant chocolate chip cookie served in a small cast iron pan with ice cream on top. I have longed for that for years, but I wouldn’t get it because it’s so unhealthy, obviously. Instead, I dreamt about it. For over a decade.
  2. Then, a few months ago, I was reading a fun blog, Cave Girl Eats. I saw that she made a giant paleo chocolate chip cookie in a pie dish. I thought to myself… THAT’S IT! I can recreate the Pizzookie! Now, mine isn’t strictly paleo like hers because grass fed butter belongs in this bad boy. Be sure to check out Cave Girl Eats’ blog. I call her “funny girl” because I’m frequently giggling when I read her work.

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Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Recipe Glory Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

 

Glory Muffins in Hartstone Pottery

Glory Muffins in Hartstone Pottery

This delicious, healthy, and gluten-free recipe was adapted from Dr. Weil’s Carrot-Banana Muffins in his True Food cookbook. If you want it paleo style, then use the coconut oil option over the butter oil options.

Glory Muffins is one of our favorite muffin recipes because the flavor is wonderful and the different textures make for a fun experience. You should definitely make these.

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Recipe Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Bread Gluten Free

by Kristen Suzanne in almond flour, ghee, gluten free, paleo

 

Cinnamon Sugar Bread (Paleo with coconut oil)

Cinnamon Sugar Bread (Paleo with coconut oil)

I love baking, and ever since I started eating an omnivore diet that was paleo -like, I love it even more because, maybe it’s just me, but baking paleo goodies is mega easy. And if you have a kitchen helper, all the better. I think what makes my Cinnamon Sugar Bread recipe extra special is that Kamea helped me create it.

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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Recipe Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Gluten Free Paleo)

Time for a gluten free recipe that is easy to make, tastes delicious, and is dessert. How can it not be delicious though? It has CHOCOLATE! And, adding high quality vanilla makes for a match made in heaven. In fact, my family has been known to eat these as part of our breakfast.

Kamea, Greg, and my mom give these a thumbs up. Pair one with a cup of organic coffee or tea, and you’re set.

Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Gluten Free Paleo)

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Gluten Free Paleo Recipe: Strawberry Muffins

Baking is one of my favorite things to do. Well, truth be told, I love all cooking and food prep. It’s my “me time” and a chance to be creative. When I’m in the kitchen, I’m relaxed and enjoying myself.

Strawberry Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Strawberry Muffins (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Today, I’m sharing some delightful homemade muffins we like, especially during the summer when organic strawberries are in season. They are simple and delicious. I enjoy them (smothered in grass fed butter, of course) with a nice cup of organic hibiscus tea as part of my breakfast or for an afternoon snack.

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