You Won’t Believe Its Vegan Chili

Recently I set on a quest to perfect my chili recipe so those who are not whole food plant based people, would not miss eating meat in their chili. This original chili recipe came from https://eathealthyeathappy.com/killer-vegan-chili/ but I modified it a little bit. It’s quite a process to make but just like most anything in life that takes a lot of time—it’s sooooo worth it!!

I cooked the recipe for my pinto beans in the instant pot the night before. The recipe link is here https://itsapegslife.com/2019/03/09/delicious-instant-pot-pinto-beans/ They are my family’s favorite, so I thought the added flavor of these beans would just enhance the taste of the chili.

Next step is to make the cauliflower hamburger recipe as follows:

  • 1 head cauliflower, grated in food processor or you can just use your blade, whatever works best for you to make the cauliflower the size of rice grains
  • 6 oz. of button mushrooms, washed, dried and grated/blade in food processor
  • 1/2 c. walnuts, chopped medium (again you can use your food processor)
  • 1 -2 T. cumin
  • 1-2 tsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper as needed

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well. I like to use my hands and mix it really good. Taste the mixture to see if it is to your liking. Spread mixture out on a cookie sheet with a splat mat or wax paper on it. If you don’t have a splat mat or wax paper, just spray the cookie sheet with Pam and spread a thin layer of cauliflower mixture on it. I like to use two cookie sheets so the layer isn’t too think.

Cook on preheated 425 degree oven on the upper rack so it’s close to the element for 15 min and then turn the mixture. Cook again for another 10-15 min. And there you have it–cauliflower hamburger. Let cool.

Now for the Chili—–

You Won’t Believe Its Vegan Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 Tbs cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock)
  • 2 c chopped bell pepper, any colors

45 oz. cans Pome chopped tomatoes (you can find these at your Harmon’s for those of you that live in Utah)

  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
  • 4 c water
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 c uncooked quinoa (wash throughly)
  • 2-3 c cooked pinto beans (the homemade beans above)
  • 1 15 oz. can of kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans
  • 1 can sweet corn

Toppings like fresh homemade cashew cream, cilantro, avocado or vegan cheese shreds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add a small portion of the broth to a large lidded cooking pot. Add onion and saute over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, basil, chipotle powder, cumin, oregano salt and pepper. Add a few splashes of the veg. stock to deglaze the pan and simmer 3-4 minutes. Reduce the heat slightly and/or add more if the spices are burning at all.
  3. Stir in the bell and poblano peppers and the rest of the stock. Simmer about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the Pome tomatoes, brown sugar, soy sauce, salt, liquid smoke and water. Loosely lid the pot and simmer about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in the lemon juice, quinoa, beans, and corn. Reduce the heat to medium low, lid the pot and simmer about 60-70 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add enough water to make it the consistency you like as you need to.
  6. When soup is done simmering add cauliflower mixture. I like adding about half of it but you can add as much as you want.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings.

I like to make this the night before I serve it and then reheat in the slow cooker. Sooooo good!

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe-Gluten Free

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PLEASE DON’T BE TURNED OFF BY THE TITLE OF THIS POST LOL!!  I promise–YOU WILL LOVE THESE!!  The texture is seriously my fav!!  The original chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe, that I have been making for about 20+ years now, has 1 c. of butter flavored shortening  and we all know how terrible that is for our body, so I subbed 1/2 C. applesauce and 1/2 C. almond butter.  I love grinding my own almond butter at the grocery store–seriously the best and you know exactly what is in the container :).  I also subbed flax eggs for real eggs.  The recipe is below:

1 Flax Seed Egg= 1 T. Flax seed mixed in 3 T. water

Let mixture set for about 5 -7 min and add to cookie mixture.

For this recipe, I used 2 flax seed eggs, so 2 T. flax seed and 6 T. water.

Lastly, I wanted to make them gluten free, so I used almond flour along with xanthan gum, because I have a couple of friends and a sister that LOVE to eat treats, and we all know that gluten-free treats seem to be rather bland.  Well, look no further because this recipe is a keeper.  Even if you’re not gluten free, you will be surprised at how glutenous this recipe seems to be haha.

THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL COOKIE RECIPE– GLUTEN FREE

Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 doz. medium cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

INGREDIENTS:

CREAM TOGETHER WITH BLENDER:

1/2 C. Applesauce (no sugar, all natural organic)

1/2 C. Almond Butter

1/2 C. White Sugar

1 C. Light Brown Sugar

2 Flax Eggs (recipe above)

1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

IN SEPARATE BOWL COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS WITH WHISK:

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 scant tsp. Salt

1 C. Oatmeal

3 1/3 C. Almond Flour

1 3/4 tsp. Xanthan gum

Slowly add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture 1 cup at a time and mix by hand (I like using a rice spoon). Don’t use the blender. Continue adding dry ingredients until all flour is mixed in and then add:

1 C. Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

1 C. Coarsely Crushed Walnuts

Mix until chocolate chips and walnuts seem to be throughout the dough. Put dough in freezer for 20 min. This is a step that you cannot skip!

Remove dough from the freezer and use a medium sized cookie scoop and put scoops of cookie dough on cookie sheet topped with a sheet of parchment paper. You should be able to get 12 scoops of cookie dough on one cookie sheet. Put in oven on center rack.

Bake cookies for 20-25 min or until slightly brown on top. Enjoy!

Best Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I hope you have all had an amazing Spring Break. I know we have had a lot of family in town and it’s been so much fun.  Love my family time. This recipe that I’m sharing today is one that is so delicious, one that you can make gluten free, and you won’t even miss the oil when you taste them.  They are delicious!

Best Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 T. Flax seed mixed with 3 T. Water let sit for 5 min until thickened a bit

3 very ripe bananas

1/4 c. Applesauce or you can use another half of very ripe banana

1/4 c. Coconut sugar

3 T. Maple syrup

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1 c. Regular Oatmeal

1 1\2 c. Bread Flour, Regular white flour, Wheat flour, Almond flour or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Flour

1/2 c. Enjoy Life chocolate chips

1/2 + c. Walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tin or insert liners.

Mash bananas, add applesauce, flax seed mixture, coconut sugar, maple syrup and stir.

Add remaining ingredients and mix until all ingredients are combined and all flour is mixed in. Do not over mix. Take a large cookie scooper and scoop batter into muffin tins. You should have 12 muffins. Bake 15-20 min.  Enjoy!!  You can also make these and freeze them as well.

Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Banana Bread!

I have to say a word or two about this recipe.

1st–You’re going to be sooooo tempted to eat this straight out of the oven while its hot, BUT RESIST!!  Don’t do it!! Unlike the usual pumpkin bread recipes, where you love a nice hot slice freshly baked, this recipe needs to sit in the refrigerator over night and even the following day, it is so moist and so good.

2nd–Just because it has pumpkin and banana in, don’t use that as an excuse to eat the whole loaf LOL.

I love Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipes.  You may want to check out her site as well.  She has some awesome desserts for the holidays.  Also, for an oil free option, I left out the oil and used almond milk and it was delicious!  Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Banana Bread

Source: chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Course: Breads

Yield: Yield: 12-16 slices

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour – I like oat flour (240g)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 34 tsp baking powder
  • 34 tsp salt
  • 12 tsp each: cinnamon ginger, pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 12 cup mashed, overripe banana (360g)
  • 12 cup pumpkin puree (120g)
  • 12 cup pure maple syrup honey, or agave
  • 116 tsp uncut stevia or 2 tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 13 cup oil or milk of choice
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 12 cup chocolate chips optional

Directions

  1. *I’ve tried the recipe successfully with spelt, white, and oat flour. Although I can’t vouch for a flour I haven’t tried, please feel free to experiment.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Whisk all liquid ingredients in a separate bowl, then pour wet into dry and stir to form a batter. Smooth into the prepared pan. If desired, press some extra chocolate chips into the top. Bake on the center rack 30 minutes, then do not open the oven door but turn off the heat and leave in the closed oven for 10 additional minutes. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate overnight. Taste and texture will be much better the second day (and even better the third day as it will get sweeter). Leftovers can be sliced and frozen if desired.

Amount Per Serving (1)

  • Calories: 92

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FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST—MY SISTER, EVON SEELY!!

Today my guest is one of my sisters (I have 3 AWESOME ones 🙂 , Evon Seely!! Evon is the oldest sister in our family of 6 children. I apologize for getting a little personal here but I LOVE MY FAMILY! #sorrynotsorry😜

The Rose Family :).  First pic is of our brother, Bruce, who was killed by a drunk driver at the young age of 24. It was heartbreaking for our family. I was just 8 years of age at that time and he left behind a wife and baby girl. My other brother, Larry, was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the time and Evon was due with her firstborn.  The second pic is an older pic—me (enormously pregnant with our 4th child), Evon, Larry, Janis, Joanne (front) our dear dad and mom. 

Evon lives about 6 miles from me. She has always been there for me through hard times and good times. One of the memories that touches my heart was when my husband was going to chemo and my 5 children were young, she would drop everything and watch my sweet little darlings so I could be with my DH when he was so terribly sick. She is just that kind of person to everyone. I’m so grateful to have her in my life and so grateful for family. As Princess Diana said, “Family is the most important thing in the world.” And with that, I bring you my sister, Evon!❤️ Isn’t her family so beautiful!!

I am excited to contribute to Peg’s blog. When I was a teenager, I was driving my mom over to Panguitch quite frequently. At last, she asked me if I knew why we were going there so much. I told her no. She then told me that we were going to have a baby. I was so elated and excited! I told her that was great news as I had been praying for a little sister. Mom was about 41 years old at that time and wasn’t overly excited about the event. Peg is the baby of our family and has been adored and loved by her parents and all five of her older siblings. We have wonderful memories of her as she was growing up. She was such a blessing to our family. In fact, our Dad didn’t want “that dentist” to steal away his little Peg! Nevertheless, Peg and Dane did get married and Mom and Dad grew to love him very much too!
When Peg and Dane had children, we were so excited about them! We have many fun and special memories of them. Particularly, I remember the fun the kids had on Princess (the horse) and the day she ran away with Brianne and Nat; then Brance telling me he didn’t know I could run so fast! I love the photo of Brianne, Nat, McKelle and Brance on Princess. When they were little they also liked to run in circles on the blue living room rug. Hilarious! We enjoyed having the kids at our Santa Clara house jumping on the trampoline with their cousins. It was so cute when Caden became confused because his siblings called me aunt and our grandchildren called me grandma, so his name for me was “Aunt Grandma”. I loved tending the children when Peg and Dane went to dental conventions. We would have the grandest times! We have so many precious memories! We dearly love Peg and Dane and their delightful family!

Now, about the recipes . . . Most of my life I have suffered with stomach troubles. Finally, in 2014 I had a colonoscopy-endoscopy and found out that I had celiac disease and some of the complications that are caused by that disease. After learning more about it, I had to give up some of my favorite treats and thought I would never be able to enjoy licorice, breads, cinnamon rolls, etc. After trying some of the expensive (tasteless) commercial treats I decided that I needed to learn how to bake some of them myself. I purchased the book, Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli and Peter Bronski. I liked their Artisan flour mix because it had more grains in it than some of the other mixes and the recipes had less fats. 

Artisan Flour Mix: 

1 1/4 c. brown rice flour

 ¾ c. sorghum flour

 2/3 c. cornstarch

 1/3 c. tapioca flour or tapioca starch 

1 teaspoon xanthan gum. 

Combine all ingredients and whisk well to mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in the pantry or 6 months in the refrigerator.

One of my favorite recipes to make with it is Banana Mini Muffins. 



Banana Mini Muffins

3 medium-size ripe bananas

 1 egg

 ½ c. honey

 ¼ c. applesauce

 1 teaspoon GF pure vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients: 

 1 ½ cups Artisan GF Flour Blend

 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

 1 ½ teaspoons GF baking powder

 ¼ teaspoon baking soda

 ¼ teaspoon salt

 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. (I like them spicy, so I add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg and sometimes a few nuts on the top.)

 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the cups of a 24-cup mini muffin tin with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Place paper liners in the greased muffin cups, if desired.

2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until mostly smooth with a few large lumps. Mix in the egg, honey, applesauce and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, whisking to mix well. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix at low speed just until combined, 5 – 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix at high speed for about 5 seconds, until the batter is thoroughly mixed.

4. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. A cookie scoop works very well to transfer the batter. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the muffins spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins should be slightly golden brown on top. Let muffins cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove and serve.

Me talking again :)— YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us today, Evon! Love you!

Healthier Pumpkin Cookies

This weekend I was craving pumpkin. I LOVE pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pancakes. Well, you get the idea :). My daughter, Natalie, was home this weekend and we went to work transforming a regular pumpkin cookie recipe to a more healthy version. 

The original pumpkin cookie recipe is bomb. Here it is just in case you want to make it :). 

PUMPKIN COOKIES

2 c. Sugar

2 Eggs

2 tea. Vanilla

2 c. Pumpkin

1 1/2 c. Butter

4 c. Flour

1 tea. Salt

4 tea. Baking powder

2 tea. Soda

1 bag Chocolate Chips

1/2 tea. Cinnamon

1 c. Walnuts (optional)

Mix first 5 ingredients together (wet ingredients) and the dry ingredients in another bowl. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet and add chocolate chips and nuts at the last. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 min depending on how big your cookies are. These are so delicious! BUT they have butter, white flour, eggs and a lot of sugar. Here’s the updated healthier version :).

HEALTHIER PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 T. milled flax seed mixed with 6 T. water (mix and let stand until thickened)

2 tea. vanilla

2 cup pumpkin

1 1/2 cup Apple sauce

2 cup quick cooking oats

2 cups oat flour

1 tea. salt

4 tea. baking powder

1 tea. baking soda

1/2 tea. cinnamon

1 12 oz. package of chocolate chips (EnjoyLife)

Mix first 6 ingredients and add remaining. 

Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes on cookie sheet. 

Enjoy! These are best the following day after you bake them. Seriously, so good!

This is the substitution list:

Applesauce for the butter

Used half the sugar and added brown sugar for part

Oat flour (we ground in the Vitamix 2 c.) and quick oats for 2 c. for white flour 

Flax seed for eggs. 


The Master Chef :)!

Tofu & Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls

This recipe was a keeper! We have eaten tofu for years, but now we are eating more and it’s a great source of protein for us since we have gone plant based. I used brown and white rice cooked together, but you can also use quinoa, either works great. I prefer rice with teriyaki.

Tofu & Vegetable Teriyaki Bowls

Brown & white rice cooked together

1 package Tofu, firm or extra firm, cut in half lengthwise, and cut into a checkerboard

2 carrots cut into thin slices

1/2 onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 green and red peppers, thinly sliced

1-2 c. mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, (optional)

1 package of edamame, cooked according to package directions

sliced green onions, for garnish

Peanuts for garnish



Teriyaki Sauce:

6 tablespoons liquid aminos, or tamari

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced ginger

Mix teriyaki marinade together and gently toss over cut up tofu. Set aside.


Sauté the onion, peppers, carrots. Salt and pepper. Cook for approx. 7 minutes or until tender. Instead of using oil, I sautéed the veggies just a few min then added a tiny bit of water so they wouldn’t burn. It works great and much healthier.

Add tofu and teriyaki sauce to veggies. Cook approx. 5-7 min or until tofu is heated through. And that’s it! So quick and so easy!


Enjoy!

Quick Meatless Breakfast/Dinner- Sunny-Side Up Eggs with a Veggie Hash Topped with Avocado and Tomato

Last night I went to a hot yoga class after work and when I got home I needed a quick fix for dinner. My DH was out of town and I needed food NOW, as in “I’m so hungry I could die now :).” I recently read an article in a cooking magazine about cooking eggs with a perfectly done yolk, so I decided to give their method a try and it was THE BEST! I loved that the yolk was done, but not too done and dry (ewww), and pair this with veggies that are a little crispy on the bottom in the hash, and you’ve got a winner :). 


Seriously, look at that yolk! My fav, but for those of you that like your yolk done, done, I’ll show you how to do that as well. 

Sunny-Side Up Eggs with Veggie Hash

Ingredients 

A tiny amount of butter–a must to have crispy veggies

Zucchini, Mushrooms, Summer Squash, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes or whatever veggies you have in your fridge. Coarsely chopped or you could even grate them for a quicker cooking time

2 Eggs, yes the whole egg – healthy fats 🙂

Salt and Pepper

Tomatoes, I love heirloom baby tomatoes but any will do 

Avocado

Optional: Avocado, sour cream or you could even wrap this all up in a tortilla or serve it on top. YUM. 


First, put all the veggies you want for the veggie hash, salt and pepper in a frying pan. I just happen to have zucchini, but this is the fun part, use a variety and make it colorful.  Put a small amount of butter in the pan (I like getting a hard stick of butter and heating up the pan until it’s warm and spreading a coat around the pan).  On medium-high heat, sauté the veggies until tender crisp. Around 3-5 min if coarsely chopped, less time if you grated the veggies. Spread veggies evenly in the pan to prep for the eggs.

Add eggs on top of veggies and salt and pepper. 


Cover with a tight fitting lid. If heat is too high at this point, turn it down to medium. Leave it for about 4-5 min for a softer yolk or longer for a harder. Test the yolk by touching it with a very clean finger 🙂 to make sure it’s done to your liking. Now remove from pan and top with your favorite toppings like avocado, fresh tomatoes, sour cream, wrap in a tortilla, add salsa. Seriously, the possibilities are endless with this one 🙂  Eat and enjoy!


This is one I’m going to be making over and over again :). 

FRIEND FRIDAY GUEST–AMBER GREEN!!

I’m so excited to have my sweet friend, Amber Green, as a guest today. Not only is she an incredible runner (like winning marathons kind of incredible:), she is such a ray of sunshine to all who comes into contact with her. She has a love in her heart for everyone, even her competitors. I’ve always admired that about her. She is not threatened by her competition, but she embraces the challenge. A great example for us all to follow. Amber adores her family and is such a dedicated wife and mother AND she is an awesome cook!! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to share with us, Amber. Love ya!

Hi, my name is Amber Green. I’ve known Peg for many years, mainly through running, and have ALWAYS admired her zest for life! I”m excited to be a guest on the blog and want to share a recipe with you that I make often that meets the criteria of both delicious and nutritious. I like any way to sneak veggies into foods, and this recipe utilizes the abundant summer zucchini.

First a quick intro: I was born and raised in St.George, Utah, and I could live in this beautiful place forever. Let’s just say I don’t mind the heat 🙂 Bring it! My husband Matt and I have three children, all boys for us – ages 13, 11, and 9. I am a full-time Mom and a part-time Fitness Instructor at Summit Athletic Club. I also LOVE to RUN (and like to pretend that running is my “other” job even though it is not hehe). I have run nearly 40 marathons, placing first in many including the St.George marathon 3 times. I have been privileged to compete in the Boston marathon numerous times as well as the Olympic Trials marathon in 2016. Running is one of the highlights of my life….which leads quite nicely into eating don’t you think?

This recipe comes out of the new cookbook “Run Fast, Eat Slow,” by elite distance runner Shalane Flanagan and her co-author Elyse Kopecky. As an athlete, I am always trying to perform at my best, and nutrition plays a huge role in optimizing performance. Shalane and Elyse offer this recipe which is gluten-free and I think very delicious. Enjoy!

Superhero Muffins

2 cups almond meal

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if sensitive)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup raisins, chopped dates, or chocolate chips (optional)

3 eggs, beaten

1 cup grated zucchini (about 1 zucchini)

1 cup grated carrots (about 2 carrots)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

2. In a large bowl, combine the almond meal, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, and walnuts, raisins, dates, or chocolate chips (if using).

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, zucchini, carrots, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. The batter will be thick.

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4. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling each to the brim. Bake until the muffins are nicely browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean, 25-35 minutes.
The recipe also gives a hint about how to make your own almond meal.

“If you have a high-powered blender, you can grind your own almond flour. For 2 cups of almond flour, pulse 10 ounces of whole raw almonds on high speed until finely ground.”


I, (and I’m guessing many of you) like to play with the recipe and mix it up. With this particular recipe I have tried adding mashed banana, applesauce &/or coconut oil in place of the maple syrup and butter. It’s a little less sweet this way, but still delicious. Pecans are also a nice addition or replacement for walnuts. And with the addition of chocolate chips, you may even get the approval of the kiddos! Overall, this is a great recipe as is, that I like to make and have on hand to have for breakfast with a smoothie, on it’s own with some almond milk, or as a quick snack.

FRIEND FRIDAY-HEIDI NOWATZKE–GLUTEN-FREE CARROT CAKE

I’m so excited to post this guest post!!  Heidi has been one of my dear friends for many years.  She is a wife and an incredible mother to FIVE very handsome boys.  She is a master cook, an incredible runner (one really fit chick 🙂 and just one of the sweetest friends you’ll ever meet.  Also, no matter what happens to her in life, she always has a smile on her face :).  Also, Heidi has some amazing gluten free recipes and they are sooooo good.  Thanks so much for this post Heidi!  You’re a sweetie!

Here’s the scoop from dear Heidi :).carrotcakeonplate1

This is one of my favorite treats! I haven’t been a huge gluten free treat lover, but since I was diagnosed with celiac a little over a year ago I have tried a lot of gluten free treats and many of them are ok but not great. But not this one! It’s one even my family will eat and you can’t tell it’s gluten free.  I got this recipe from a friend, Crystal Boren.
Here are all the ingredients that go into  making the cake:

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1 cup white sugar
 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
 3 Eggs
2  cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to1 Gluten Free Flour
1 1/2  teaspoons baking powder
1  teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon salt
1  tablespoon cinnamon
1/2  cup buttermilk
1  tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2  cups carrots, finally shredded
1/4  cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup  sweet coconut flakes
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2.  Grease 2 (9 inch) cake pans and set aside
3.  In a large bowl cream together oil, sugars, and eggs.
4.  In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
5.  Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, alternating with buttermilk.
6. Mix until just fully combined. Be careful not to over mix.
7.  Fold in shredded carrots. I like to shred my carrots in my vita mix because it’s easy.

8.  Also fold in the applesauce, coconut flakes and vanilla extract.
9.  Pour batter evenly into prepared pan’s.
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10.  Bake about 25 minutes until center is set. Do not over bake! Mine usually takes about 28 minutes but check it after 23 minutes.
11.  Put cake directly into freezer to cool.
12.  While cakes are cooling prepare the frosting.
These are the ingredients that are used:
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Ingredients for the frosting and you can double the recipe if you like the thicker layer of frosting :
8 oz.  Cream Cheese,  room temperature
 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter
 2 cups  confectioners sugar
1  teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chopped walnuts, optional

1. First cream together the room temperature butter and room temperature cream cheese. I like to use Greek cream cheese because it has less fat and more protein.

2.  Add in the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract.
3.  Mix until silky and creamy. Add more sugar if the thicker texture is needed.
4.  When cakes are cool remove them from the pans and frost, sprinkling the tops with walnuts.

Yes the finished cake is on a different platter because it fell off of my cake stand, so frost with care–haha.  And WaLa! It’s delicious!