This morning, I woke up feeling like making something. Luckily, I’m the ultimate pack rat when it comes to keeping stocked cupboards, so my options are plentiful. Chances are, if it’s something you bake, I’ve got the ingredients. So I settled on granola (my husband loves it), and got to work. Gluten-free allergy-friendly granola is darned expensive, so I figured I was being thrifty in addition to entertaining myself with my brand new LG Gas Range, the new love of my life. If you missed it on facebook, here it is again. I haven’t named it yet, but suggestions are welcome. (more…)
This recipe was created for my dear friend Tracy, and her daughter Suniva, who is in preschool. Tracy wanted to make a healthy vegan muffin that was just the right size for Suniva to take along for a snack to school. The goal? To make a high-protein, gluten-free mini muffin that’s also allergy-friendly and palatable to kids. As an added bonus, it would also be refined sugar-free. (more…)
(Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Friendly)
Just in time for Christmas! And, surprise surprise, they’re good for you too! One of the greatest challenges of living with food restrictions is getting proper nutrition. So I am always looking for ways to sneak nutrient dense ingredients into my allergen-free recipes.
Hemp seeds (also called “Hemp Hearts”) are a fantastically nutritious source of protein, and Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are often hard to get enough of when you can’t eat nuts or fish. These little seeds are not only nutritional powerhouses, they are also seriously tasty, and great in baked goods in place of tree nuts and peanuts. Contrary to popular belief, they are mild and “nutty”. They are great in cookies, tossed in a salad, or sprinkled over your oatmeal. In fact, I’m beginning to think, their possibilities are endless.
These cookies are not only fabulous for holiday parties, they’re good enough for any wedding, allergen-free or not.
What nutrients do you find it hard to get enough of on an allergen-free and/or gluten-free diet? Leave me a comment below.
Gluten-Free Hemp Seed Wedding Cookies
Makes about 40 1 1/2 -inch cookies
These little gems are normally made with walnuts, pistachios, pecans or almonds. This tree nut-free version is made with hemp seeds, is equally delicious, and highly nutritious. A perfect little sweet, full of Â ”Hemp Heart”, to share with lots of love!
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend, or my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shelled hemp seeds* (Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds are allergen-free)
- Confectioners sugar, for rolling
1. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, shortening and vanilla extract. Blend well.
2. In a separate bowl, measure out flour mix by spooning flour into a dry measuring cup, then leveling it off with a straightedge, or the back of a knife. (Do not scoop the flour directly with the measuring cup or you’ll wind up with too much flour for the recipe). Combine flour mix, xanthan gum and salt. Stir flour mixture and hemp seeds into sugar mixture, stirring until dough holds together. Cover the bowl and chill about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, pressing together like you would with Play Dough.
4. Place balls 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. Bake cookies on center rack in oven for 18-20 minutes until set but not brown.
5. Cool for 10 minutes on cookie sheets. Gently remove cookies with a thin spatula (be careful, cookies are delicate) and roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Cool completely and re-roll in confectioner’s sugar.
TIP If cookies aren’t eaten within a day, store them in the freezer. Layer them in single layers between parchment paper. Enjoy them at room temperature.
GLUTEN-FREE HEMP SEED WEDDING COOKIES
Â©Â 2010 by Cybele Pascal
(Please note that all my recipes are completely free of all top allergens (wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, and gluten), so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Additionally, all the ingredients are available at Whole Foods, and online at Amazon.com. If you have trouble finding something, let me know and I’ll help you find it.)
SAFETY NOTE: Because each person’s food sensitivity and reaction is unique, ranging from mild intolerance to life-threatening and severe food allergies, it is up to the consumer to monitor ingredients and manufacturing conditions. If manufacturing conditions, potential cross contact between foods, and ingredient derivatives pose a risk for you, please re-read all food labels and call the manufacturer to confirm potential allergen concerns before consumption. Ingredients and manufacturing practices can change overnight and without warning.
Several moths ago, I was sent some coupons from Tempt Living Harvest. Tempt is a line of Hemp based products, from a company out of Portland, OR (one of my favorite cities in the whole world!). I was excited about the opportunity to sample this line for several reasons. First, when my husband was on tour with his show RENT, traveling around the country, he relied on a daily shake made from TEMPT original protein powder to get him through the day. This really did happen before I was sent free coupons!
So they sent me the coupons, and then I forgot about them for a few weeks, was traveling, and am now finally writing my review. I was able to find the chocolate hemp milk, the original hemp milk, the hemp “ice creams” and the protein powders. I was not able to find their hemp oil, which I was really disappointed about! C’mon Whole Foods, get up to speed!
First, a little bit about this line. This is a line of dairy-free, soy-free vegan products that are also nut-free, and peanut-free. Please check the ingredients labels for manufacturing conditions to decide whether this product is safe for you or your family. One of the coolest things about this environmentally sustainable product line is that they use sunflower lecithin instead of soy lecithin. I love that such an ingredient now exists for the soy allergic and soy avoiders. How cool, right?
Now, on to flavor. What I love… I love these “ice creams”. They are smooth, with fantastic flavor. There is not a hint of ropey hempiness in them. They have everything an ice cream should, indulgent creaminess, and that “yum” feel as they melt in your mouth. My son Monte, who can’t eat dairy, was literally in love with the Chocolate Fudge. He said, “It’s frickin’ awesome!” That’s probably not appropriate language for a six year old, but it’s better than the alternative, right?
I really liked the Mint Chip as well. It’s light and refreshing, and I could probably eat the whole container pretty easily in one sitting, because hemp products have the perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 essential fatty acids, making this frozen dessert, almost a “Health Food”!
While I liked the Vanilla Spice protein powder, I actually prefer the less sweet Original. It has a more neutral flavor and blends well with fruit. The Vanilla Spice has a distinct flavor, which is good, but pronounced.
My kids liked the Chocolate Hemp Milk, but not the original. I don’t think I’d drink it straight either, but it’s certainly great for baking with. It’s a protein-rich vegan milk for all your baking needs. It is also great in your smoothie along with the Original Hemp Protein powder, and a banana.
I am still hoping to find that Hemp Oil, and the Coconut Lime Frozen Dessert. Until then…. Happy hemp! What are your favorite non-dairy products? Do you use soy, or rice, or hemp? What do you pour on your cereal? I’d really love to know.