Everything Pumpkin

The season of fall rolls in and pumpkin treats are number one on the list. From the typical pumpkin pies, spiced teas, and even a muffin surprise.

PUMPKIN PIES

Pumpkin pies are always in the grocery stores and especially bakeries. These pies are soft and sweet. Warming it up in the oven makes it seem like it was just freshly baked in your very own kitchen. Of course, you can add a few semi homemade touches. Add a a sprinkling of cinnamon, melted marshmallows, and a scoop of whip cream. This makes a good dessert fantastic!

SPICED PUMPKIN TEAS

A warm cup of spiced pumpkin tea near the fire place, curled up with a good book is a peaceful evening. Starbucks has a great tasting pumpkin spice latte. This signature espresso blended with the unmistakable spices of fall such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove with smooth steamed milk, topped with delectably sweetened whipped cream.

Whether fall is your favorite season or just a passage towards it, sweet and spicy pumpkin is sure to please.

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Now, for a completely homemade recipe that will be a real treat. All of the ingredients include a can of fresh, puree pumpkin; an entire, diced banana; almond milk; brown rice flour, and lastly salt with baking soda.

HAVE A SIP OR A SLICE

So have a muffin at breakfast and then, for dessert cut a piece of pie with a mug of tea.

Homemade Gluten Free Coffee Cake

When you hear coffee cake, the first image that probably enters your mind is Drakes coffee cakes. Well, there are a variety of ways to make this cake and this is not the typical one though. You will use actual coffee or Endangered Species Coffee Candy in this recipe. To make it gluten free white or brown rice flour is usually the best bet for baking.

COFFEE

The first step of course, is to brew the coffee. It can be any flavor that you desire: from vanilla, mocha, french vanilla, espresso, to anything else. If you rather just use the candy all you have to do is melt it down in the microwave or in a glass bowl (within a large pot of course) over the stove top. When, one or the other is done it can be added into your flour mix.

FLOURS

As it was stated early, brown or white rice flour would be the preferable choice to use besides wheat flour because it is naturally sticky and will hold together better much better than any other gluten free flour. If you’d rather use wheat, of course, you are welcome, too. The gluten will keep the cake together.

FIRST BITE

When, you take your first bite into this delectable, sweet treat you will be glad you tried this version. Since you already have your coffee, grad a tall glass of milk, chocolate milk, or even a cup of tea and dig right on in.

Starbucks

When a customer receives a drink from Starbucks it is your number one pit stop for coffees, teas, and desserts. It’s a triple combo all in one!  From their commitment to serving the highest quality coffee in the world, you are truly going to enjoy everything from that coffee bean smell to that first sip.

DESSERTS

Starbucks does have a gluten free dessert option. It’s called Valencia orange cake. This delicious gluten free cake has a moist, delicate, tender texture. It is a refreshingly light cake with blends of almonds and premium Valencia oranges. All of its ingredients include whole eggs, almond, sugar, Valencia orange pulp, orange oil, and baking powder.

COFFEE

The caffe latte is the original coffeehouse classic. Part of its appeal is the simplicity. A caffè latte is made up of one or two shots of bold, tasty espresso with fresh, sweet steamed milk over it. Some even like to add syrup or extra espresso to the recipe.

Frappaccino is coffee with a flavors powder, blended with milk and ice. Then it is topped with sweetened whipped cream. Very refreshing amd cooling during a hot summer time evening.

TEA

Tazo teas are available brewed or iced. One sip and you’ll find it to be extremely flavorful. Their premium black tea gets a snappy little splash of citrus and is shaken, not stirred, with ice.

NEIGHBORHOOD

So don’t forget to stop into on of your communities local Starbucks coffee house. It even has wi-fi service, so sit down, sip your beverage, and bite into a slice of cake.

Gluten Free Restaurant Desserts

If you have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or even gluten sensitivity then, eating desserts outside of your house can be a bit difficult. Well now, it is not as hard as it used to be because so many chain restaurants now have gluten free dessert options.

GLUTEN FREE CHAIN RESTAURANTS

Houlihan’s has three homemade, ice cream flavors. They are caramel macchiato, chick-o-stick, and raspberry. Plus, their crème brûlée has a rich vanilla bean custard that has caramelized sugar all over the top.

Outback‘s dessert is called Chocolate Thunder From Down Under. It is an extra generous pecan brownie that is crowned with rich vanilla ice cream and drizzled with their classic warm chocolate sauce. To finish it off, they add chocolate shavings and whipped cream. This is simply a chocolate lover’s dream.

Pizza Fusion has a fresh, delicious homemade brownie. That is not only gluten free, but is vegan as well.

Chili’s has a stupendously sweet ending with their chocolate milkshake. A great choice on a hot summer day.

Photo Courtesy of Simon James Kent

Bertucci’sdessert is called Chocolate Budino. It is a rich, creamy, and bittersweet chocolate mousse that is topped off with a generous helping of whipped cream.

Lastly, Carrabba’s dessert is called John Dole. It is Blue Bell vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and roasted cinnamon, rum pecans.

A NIGHT OUT

So,don’t be afraid to have an evening out! Enjoy the sweet treats of your choosing anytime!

Organic Desserts from Amy’s Kitchen

Have you ever tried organic desserts? They are so fresh and tasty! Amy’s Kitchen (which we mentioned in a previous post about gluten free desserts), is a popular company that has amazing organic choices!

ORGANIC DESSERTS

  • There’s an apple pie with juicy organic apples and juice concentrate. It is lightly sweetened, baked in a tender butter crust made with organic whole wheat, rice, and tapioca flour. It is sweetened with honey. They do list allergens and this product contains wheat and milk.
  • Next you have a chocolate cake, which is moist, light and, simply, irresistible. Some ingredients include organic wheat flour and cocoa powder. It is sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice. Allergens in this product are wheat.
  • I know we have covered this one before, but it is just so good I had to mention it again: Amy’s gluten free, dairy free chocolate cake. The final result is light, tender, moist, and so delicious that everyone will enjoy it even if they aren’t gluten intolerant. This product has soy milk and a variety of flours such as whole grain brown rice flour, organic unsweetened cocoa powder, tapioca starch, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, whole grain sweet white sorghum flour, and fava bean flour.
  • The lemon poppy seed cake has a refreshing delicate lemony flavor obtained by lemon oil and juice. It is enhanced by a sprinkling of poppy seeds throughout that add texture and a unique taste all on their own. This cake does contain milk and wheat.
  • Amy’s Orange Cake is moist, light and delicious with the sweet taste of orange accomplished with juice and oil. It is baked with organic wheat flour and evaporated cane juice.

A SLICE

So, are you ready to have a slice all to yourself? Check out AmysKitchen.com! You can also join their Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Amy’s Kitchen. Thank you!

Peanut Butter Treats

Peanuts are a very versatile sweet treat that is naturally sugar free. Some spreads include Nature’s Promise, Skippy, and even Smuckers.

Then, you have the original, the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich(PB&J.) You even have peanut butter sauces to pour over your ice cream sundaes and it’s simply great with fruit like bananas and apples. There are even peanut butter cookies.

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

To make this recipe you need a peanut butter spread and it can be any type you want, whether smooth or crunchy.

Then you need eggs, vanilla extract, and a sweetener such as sugar, honey, or agave syrup (this is very low on the glycemic index.) Of course, this is your choice.

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Take one cup of peanut butter and mix in two eggs. Then, add in one tsp of vanilla extract and half a cup of sugar cane. Or if you prefer to use honey or agave, only use a quarter of a cup. Make sure that you mix every ingredient evenly. If necessary, you may add a splash of milk to moisten the mixture as you stir.

Then, you have to use your hands to shape the cookies. Take a scoop of the peanut butter dough approximately the size of two quarters. Roll it into a ball and slightly flatten it on a cookie sheet. Continue to repeat this process until, you have a total of eighteen cookies.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for ten to twelve minutes. Then, you have sweet, crunchy cookies that are great for a “good old fashion dunkin.”

PEANUT BUTTER ALTERNATIVES

Of course, if you are allergic to peanuts you can revise this recipe. There are alternative spreads that can be used like cashew, almond, soy, and sunflower seed. ENJOY!

Allergen Free Candy

Have you ever heard of a chocolate candy bar, that was not only gluten and dairy free, but sugar free too? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is one and it is called Endangered Species Chocolate.

TYPES OF BARS

All of these candy bars are sweetened with beet sugar and are made from dark cocoa. There are a variety and to name a few they include coffee, raspberry, mint, and supreme dark chocolate.

EXTRA CHOCOLATE TREATS

You can, of course, eat it piece by piece, but there are other ways to enjoy it too.

Photo courtesy of Endangered Species Chocolate Company

You can melt this candy in your microwave or even in a bowl over your stove. When it is all melted, you can reshape it and make holiday decorations. You can have designs like bunnies or eggs for Easter. Of course, depending on the holiday you can make a heart, a shamrock, or even a Christmas tree. Then, on an ordinary day, you shape smiley faces, stars, or balloons. This is actually a great activity to do with children.

Now, once you have the shape you desire place them into the refrigerator for a few hours, until they re-harden.

You also have the option of rolling the melted chocolate in a variety of fruits, such as bananas, apples, strawberries, or pineapples. Then, place the covered fruit in the re-fridge to harden and simply enjoy this sweet treat.

Lastly, you can leave the chocolate melted and have a fondue night!

CHOCOLATE BONUSES

Plus, with every purchase of candy you make, ten percent of the proceeds goes to support Endangered Species, habitat and humanity. Hence, the name of the candy company.

Non Dairy Desserts: Part Two

“Non dairy desserts: Part Two” is a continuation of our previous blog post. This time, instead of homemade treats, we’ll introduce you to some prepackaged ones. You can find them in your local grocery stores, health food stores, or in Whole Foods Market. You may have to kiss dairy goodbye, but not the types of treats you are used to enjoying. Having discovered these alternatives to dairy provides people with tasty options for enjoying decadent, creamy foods without the ramifications associated with dairy allergies.

PRE-PACKAGED TREATS: TOFUTTI & TURTLE MOUNTAIN

The first option is the Tofutti company. They offer Tofutti Cutie, which are snack sized ice cream sandwiches bars with delicious chocolate wafer cookies. Their flavors are vanilla, key lime, wild berry, chocolate, totally vanilla, and cookies ‘n cream.

They also have Premium Tofutti, which are prepacked pints of non dairy, frozen desserts. The flavors are vanilla, chocolate supreme, wild berry supreme, vanilla almond bark, vanilla fudge, chocolate cookie crunch, and better pecan.

The second on the list is Turtle Mountain. They offer coconut and soy based options. Coconut includes ice cream, sorbet, creamers, yogurts, ice cream novelties, and more. Coconut actually has a nice sweetness all on its own, so it’s a perfect choice to create ice cream. Especially, since milk has a natural sweetness to it from the lactose. As for soy based you have ice cream, ice cream novelties, and yogurts. To be more specific, the brand names go as followed: Purely Decadent, So Delicious, It Soy Delicious, and Sweet Nothings.

TAKE A BITE

Don’t just look forward to these tasty treats. Stop by your local grocery store and pick up a pint or a bar today! Then, you can curl up on your couch and enjoy your favorite dessert all over again.