Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas (and a giveaway!)

There is something special about tortillas. I wouldn’t call them a comfort food, but there’s nothing better than being able to eat a soft taco stuffed to the brim with all the fixin’s. You know what I mean?!

These Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas are totally legit. They look like the real thing (a gluten-filled white flour tortilla), bend like the real thing, and nearly taste like the real thing, too. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised how “normal” these are. 

I use a tortilla press to make my tortillas. I press the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment paper and then I use a rolling pin to roll the dough out thinner (to about the thickness of a nickel). That’s my secret to making my tortillas look so round and uniform. ;) 

All my love,
xoxo, 
Megan

Grain-Free Tortillas Allergy Free Alaska

This giveaway is now closed. So because you guys are so awesome, I’m giving away 2 IMUSA Cast Iron 8-inch Tortilla Presses. That means there will be TWO lucky winners! You can enter using the form below:

Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas

Yield: eight 6-7 inch tortillas

Grain-Free & Vegan Tortillas

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the blanched almond flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, psyllium husk powder, coconut flour, baking powder, and sea salt.
  2. Stir in the olive oil and then slowly pour 1/2 cup of warm water into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes to allow the psyllium husk powder and coconut flour time to expand and absorb the liquid.
  4. If the dough is still dry and crumbly, continue to add additional warm water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough easily comes together to form a workable dough.
  5. Form the dough into 8 even balls and place them back in the mixing bowl; cover with a damp paper towel to prevent the dough from drying out.
  6. Preheat a lightly oiled 10-12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  7. Roll a dough ball between 2 pieces of parchment paper into a round tortilla, as thin as you can get it (about the thickness of a nickel), about 6-7 inches in diameter.
  8. Peel off the top layer of parchment paper and place the tortilla, dough side down, into the hot skillet. Within a few seconds, you should be able to gently peel off the remaining piece of parchment paper. Cook until bubbly and golden. Flip and continue to cook until bubbly and golden on the other side (Be careful not to overcook. If the tortillas start to burn, beyond normal charring like you see in the picture, reduce heat to medium.).
  9. Place the cooked tortillas on a plate between layers of paper towels (or a clean kitchen towel). Some of the tortillas might come out of the skillet somewhat crispy, but as they sit on top of each other, between the layers of paper towels, the warm moist heat makes them pliable and soft.
  10. Continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.

Recipe Notes from Megan

There is a difference between whole psyllium husk and psyllium husk powder. Please make sure you use psyllium husk powder in this recipe.

The key to these tortillas remaining pliable is moist warm heat. After refrigerating, simply warm in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to "revive" its pliability.

Q: How do these freeze? A: I don't know. I haven't tried it yet, so if you do, please come back and leave a comment so we'll all know the results!

Substitutions: For those of you who are nut free, you might be able to substitute sunflower seed flour for the blanched almond flour, but I haven't tried it yet, so I can't guarantee it will work. There are no substitutions for the coconut flour, or the psyllium husk powder.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/04/09/grain-free-vegan-tortillas/
 

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Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Oh goodness… I can’t believe it’s December! What happened to November?! In less than 2 weeks AJ and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, and then in 2 1/2 weeks it will be Christmas. It’s all coming so fast – time needs to slow down so I can get done what I want to! And actually, as far as shopping is concerned, I’m just about done; I just want more time time to fit in all of the craft and baking projects. ;)

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I have a weakness for cookies… especially ones of the ginger molasses variety (they taste SO good dunked in a cup of black coffee!). The distinct molasses and spicy ginger flavors blend so well together, and while I do like the harder ginger snaps, there’s something equally amazing about the big and soft ginger molasses cookies. These Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies certainly live up to their name. They are big, and so soft they nearly melt in your mouth. Bet you can’t eat just one! ;)

OH! And speaking of cookies… my sweet and talented friend, Jeanine, of The Baking Beauties, is offering a FREE Gluten Free Cookie E-book as a Christmas present to her readers (how awesome is that??!). You can download the E-book and find out more information about it by clicking HERE

Enjoy!
xoxo,
Megan

Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Big & Soft Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (I use either Honeyville or Anthony's)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, just melted
  • 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, ground ginger, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and sea salt.
  3. Mix in the coconut oil, unsulphured molasses, honey or pure maple syrup, and the egg and mix until combined.
  4. Refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours.
  5. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls and place them on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Gently flatten the balls of dough with your fingers until they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet to cool.
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/12/09/big-soft-paleo-ginger-molasses-cookies/

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This recipe is linked to Make Your Own Monday, Teach Me TuesdayFat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free WednesdayAllergy Free Wednesday, Frugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday and Pennywise Platter, Gluten Free Fridays andWellness Weekend. 

Paleo Animal Crackers

I loved animal crackers as a child. My mom would frequently buy them for me as a treat. I would play with them, bite a head off, play with them some more, dismember a bear… It sounds much more gruesome than it is, BUT admit it – you did it too!

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I wanted my children to experience the same joy of eating animal crackers as I did, which is why I developed this gluten free recipe. These Paleo Animal Crackers are so much healthier than the ones I used to eat as a kid. The almond and coconut flours are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Really, for a snacking cookie (err… cracker), you can’t get much healthier than this. 

I love watching my girls eat these animal crackers. Snack time regularly becomes an all out giggle-fest! Course, you don’t have to be a kid to appreciate them. Animal crackers were meant to satisfy the kid in all of us, regardless of age. 

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This dough is really easy to work with. It rolls out like a dream and holds its shape really well, even when cut into smaller shapes. I like to use this small frosting spatula to assist in maneuvering the cutouts onto the baking sheet. 

Regarding Substitutions:
This recipe is strictly written as a grain free recipe using almond and coconut flours. Substituting sunflower seed flour for the almond flour may possibly work for a nut-free dough; however, I have not tried it. I do not recommend substituting any other flours.

Flax eggs or “gel” may work as a substitution for the eggs, but again, I have not tried it. If you do try it, please come back and share your results!

Lots of love from my kitchen to yours! 
xoxo, 
Megan (with a long E)

 

Paleo Animal Crackers

Paleo Animal Crackers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and nutmeg.
  3. Cut in coconut oil until mixture resembles fine coarse crumbs. Add in the eggs, runny honey, and vanilla extract; mix well and then let the dough rest for about a minute (this gives the coconut flour time to soak up moisture). Mix again for 30 seconds.
  4. Divide the dough into two balls. Wrap one of the balls securely with plastic wrap (so it doesn't dry out) and place the other ball of dough onto a large piece of parchment paper. Flatten the dough into a round disk with your hands, and then cover it with another large piece of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to evenly roll the dough until it is 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Gently peel back the top sheet of parchment paper and cut the dough into desired shapes using cookie cutters (I have this set, but I think these or these look awesome too), or a pizza cutter. If you are cutting the dough into large cracker shapes, score each cracker with a fork 2-3 times.
  6. Carefully transfer the crackers onto a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet.
  7. Repeat with the second half of cracker dough.
  8. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the crackers are golden brown on the bottom. Allow the crackers to fully cool.

Recipe Notes from Megan

These crackers do not get really crunchy; however, the longer they bake the crunchier they become (just be very careful not to burn them). I store my crackers open to the air (it helps them keep what crispiness they have) instead of in an airtight container.

The dough can be refrigerated (just make sure the balls of dough are securely wrapped in plastic wrap), but must be at room temperature prior to rolling.

To avoid the dough sticking to the cookie cutters, simply dip the tips of the cookie cutters into tapioca starch before cutting your shapes. Repeat as needed.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/10/27/paleo-animal-crackers/

 This recipe is linked to Teach Me Tuesday, Fat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayFrugal Day Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions, Full Plate Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday and Pennywise Platter

 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Vegan/No Sugar Added)

I normally don’t take creamer in my coffee. Well, at least not anymore. I used to. Up until I changed my diet and couldn’t find the right sort of dairy free creamer substitute. I tried everything from dairy free coffee creamers to canned coconut milk to any and every dairy free milk under the sun. Nothing satisfied me, so I decided to start drinking my coffee black. It took some adjusting, but eventually just black coffee became my norm. There’s something about fall and chilly weather though. It makes me crave an occasional Dairy Free Caramel Macchiato or a big Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks  (I think all of our dairy-consuming friends on Facebook seem to be drinking pumpkin spice lattes right now). I know, I know… wishful thinking. Starbucks can’t quite accommodate our dietary needs. It’s okay though, because my new recipe for Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Vegan/No Sugar Added) is much healthier, more delicious, and easier on the wallet.

When I set out to make this coffee creamer I wanted to use as little sugar or sweetener as possible. My body doesn’t handle sugar well, including palm sugar, maple syrup or honey (although my children and husband tolerate both, so I still bake/cook with them from time to time). Dates are a wonderful natural sweetener, but they aren’t something I’d normally consider using in a coffee creamer. In this recipe they work really well though, especially because I heat them up, which makes them very soft and they are easily broken down in the blender. I asked a few friends of mine to sample this coffee creamer and neither one of them missed the sugar, nor could they detect the stevia. The spices, pumpkin, and dates hide the stevia really well. Course, if you’re not  interested in using stevia, feel free to substitute pure maple syrup. It will turn out just as yummy.

Back to my friends though – they both confessed to eating this Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer straight from the jar. It’s that good. It tastes like dessert and is a very versatile recipe. One that you could easily turn into pudding, smoothies, ice cream, etc. I’m looking forward to hearing of all the wonderful things you do with it! Speaking of dessert and this being a versatile recipe… I have a killer dessert recipe coming up for you soon that uses this creamer as the star ingredient. It’s so decadent and you are going to LOVE it! And you’re especially going to love how healthy it is. ;)

This coffee creamer has become my new addiction. I still drink my morning cup of coffee black, but by the afternoon I enjoy another pick me up with a bit of this Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. The pumpkin and spices are the perfect blend of fall (and it smells amazing, too!). I’m convinced it will quickly become your new favorite addiction. Enjoy it – cheers!

All my love,
Megan (with a long E)

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Vegan/No Sugar Added)

Yield: about 3 1/2 cups

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Vegan/No Sugar Added)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 14 ounces canned coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 20 drops NuNatural’s Liquid Stevia or 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (or more, depending on how sweet you like your coffee creamer)

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the almond milk and chopped dates. Bring to a boil over medium and remove heat. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Very carefully (it’s very hot!) pour the saucepan contents into a high speed blender and add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and stevia and blend for another minute until smooth and well mixed. Refrigerate and use within 5-7 days.

Recipe Notes from Megan

You can use this coffee creamer immediately after making it, but if you can stand it, give it a full overnight in the refrigerator to let the flavors merry. Trust me, it will taste even better!

I use about a 1/4 cup of this creamer per cup of coffee, but you can certainly use as little or as much of it as you'd like.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/09/20/dairy-free-pumpkin-spice-coffee-creamer-veganno-sugar-added/

 This post is linked to Allergy Free Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Wellness Weekend and Fight Back Friday.

White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew)

It might not be officially fall, but it feels somewhat fall-ish here in Alaska. The temps have dropped, the leaves are falling, and I have the sudden urge to make Dairy Free Peppermint Hot Cocoa (a stevia sweetened version of it anyways) and wear my goose down vest. I’m sad to have to say goodbye to summer, and especially the lack of daylight, but I do love fall. It’s my favorite season, and you have to admit, there is something extra special about enjoying a piping hot bowl of soup when the weather is chilly.

DSC_0542 (Large)I’ve been holding on to this recipe for while. I’m not quite sure what I was waiting for, but since sharing my Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers a few weeks ago I wanted to continue to share with you my love of the ocean and fresh seafood. I’m going home to Kodiak, Alaska within a few weeks for a visit, and I can’t wait. It’s been 9 years since I’ve been back to the island I consider my home. The ocean is unavoidable there, and so is its smell. I think that when you are raised on an island in the middle of an ocean saltwater and seaweed run in your blood. It’s almost like a drug or an addiction you can’t ever get over, that’s constantly calling your name and beckoning you back. This White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew), reminds me of home. Its broth is rich and full of flavor from the sea – with halibut, shrimp and clams. 

Cioppino is traditionally a tomato based seafood stew, but I guess I’m a nonconformist when it comes to my food. And the fresh kale from our local farm is not only aesthetically pleasing (it reminds me of seaweed floating in the ocean), but is delicious and hardy – not to mention good for you.

White Seafood Cioppino

I’m headed to Kodiak by myself, for a girl’s trip with one of my best friends that’s flying up from Idaho. I’m a little hesitant to leave my kiddos and hubby, but I’m really looking forward to getting away. I still have plenty of really good friends in Kodiak, so my time will be full of catching up and visiting the shoreline. I hope to get some good pictures of the sites and wildlife while I’m there. The sea lions generally hang out on the harbor docks, so they should at least be easy to find. ;) Make sure you follow me on Instagram – I’ll be sharing photos from the island there! 

White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew)

Yield: 6 servings

White Cioppino with Kale (Seafood Stew)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon ghee, coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup good tasting chardonnay wine (I prefer Kendall Jackson)
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 14 ounces canned coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1-2 jalapenos, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 pound halibut, cod, or other firm white fish, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1 pound manila clams, rinsed well
  • 1 bunch kale, removed from stem and chopped into 2-inch pieces
  • Sea salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add in the chopped onion, season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, and cook until soft. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let the onions cook for another 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
  2. Increase the heat to high and add the wine, chicken broth, coconut milk, dried parsley and jalapenos (if desired). When the broth starts to boil, add the fish and cook for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp, clams, and kale and cook for another 5 minutes or until the clams fully open and the shrimp are bright pink.
  3. Taste and add additional sea salt & fresh ground pepper if necessary. Serve immediately.
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/08/12/white-cioppino-with-kale-seafood-stew/

Parents, be warned – if your children are anything like ours, they will try their hardest to talk you into keeping all of the clam shells!

All my love,
Megan

This recipe is linked to Fat Tuesdays and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten Free Wednesdays, and Allergy Free Wednesdays.

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

Several weeks ago I was checking out at the grocery store when the man behind me was inspecting the goods in my cart and says, “Wow, you eat really healthy; you’ve got a lot of produce there.” The man went on to tell me he owned a farm, which to my surprise was located within 5 miles of my house. We’ve lived in this house for 4 years, and I never even knew there was a farm close to us that sold fresh produce. I was a little mind-blown. Since that meeting at the grocery store, my family frequents the farm every week to buy fresh Alaska produce. It’s been so wonderful, and the quality (and price) of the produce is amazing!

One of my favorite veggies to buy from our local farmer is cauliflower; I love it, especially when it’s paired with copious amounts of garlic. Like in this recipe:

Click here for the recipe: Garlic Lover’s Roasted Cauliflower

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It is because of this ongoing love affair that I also created Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives. I eat this creamy side dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and all times in between). I’m that obsessed, and I always double the recipe. Mashed cauliflower on its own is creamy, but when you combine it with ingredients like ghee and roasted garlic, you end up with a richness and a buttery texture that melts in your mouth. Plain and simple, try this recipe and you’ll be just as addicted as I am.

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

Yield: 3-4 servings

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

Ingredients

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons of ghee or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried chives (or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped)
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh black ground pepper to taste

Instructions

    To roast the garlic:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  2. Use a sharp kitchen knife to cut 1/4-1/2 of an inch from the top of the garlic cloves.
  3. Place the head of garlic, cut side up, onto a piece of aluminum foil and sprinkle with olive oil. Wrap the garlic in the aluminum foil and place it on a small baking sheet. Roast for 30-40 minutes, or until the garlic is soft. Cool until the garlic is warm to the touch and easily handled.
  4. To make the mashed cauliflower:
  5. Cut the head of cauliflower into small, bite sized pieces and steam until it is very soft and tender. Place the steamed cauliflower, ghee, chicken broth, chives, sea salt and black pepper into a mixing bowl.
  6. Use your hands to squeeze the roasted garlic out of its peel into the mixing bowl and discard the peel.
  7. Mash until the mixture is somewhat smooth and resembles mashed potatoes.

Recipe Notes from Megan

I like to use my KitchenAid mixer to whisk or “mash” the cauliflower. You can also use a food processor, or just a simple wire potato masher (like this one).

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/08/06/mashed-cauliflower-with-roasted-garlic-chives/

Do you purchase fresh grown produce where you live? What veggies are your farm favorites?

Enjoy!

All my love,
Megan

This recipe is linked to Paleo AIP Recipe RoundupAllergy Free Wednesdays and Wellness Weekend.

Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

I live in Alaska and eat fresh salmon from my freezer regularly, but do you think I have a salmon recipe posted on my website? Nope, not a single one. You see, I’ve had salmon prepared just about every way imaginable. Like most Alaskan kids, I’ve been eating it my entire life. My family has caught them, gutted and cleaned them, smoked them, canned them, fried and baked them, and even fed them to our cats (Halibut and cod included, and no – I’m not joking. Although my mom would only give the cats the freezer-burnt fish). We probably ate salmon and halibut more frequently than chicken or beef growing up.

Out of all of the ways I’ve had salmon, smoked is still my favorite. Nothing beats the taste of fresh caught and smoked salmon. It’s the best (although these burgers are really high on my list too)!

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This is my Dad in the late 80′s to early 90′s, with a boat full of wild caught Alaska salmon.

I’m so accustomed to eating salmon that posting a recipe for baked or grilled salmon for all of you just wasn’t going to cut it. Nope. In order for this Alaska chick to finally post a recipe for salmon it had to be something extra special (the baked and grilled recipes will come later). I promise you these Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli were well worth the wait. These burgers are moist, flavorful, and even better yet – gluten free, grain free, and packed with heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids. And these are particularly popular with children. My girls gobble them up and it is rare that we actually have any leftovers whenever I make them.

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The Garlic Dill Aioli is a wonderful addition to these salmon burgers; however, the sauce is optional. The burgers are perfectly flavored and seasoned, making them excellent on their own. But, don’t let me dissuade you. If you are a garlic lover, the Garlic Dill Aioli packs a powerful punch of flavor. It’s delicious – and not just for pairing with salmon burgers. Try using it as a dipping sauce for Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. You can thank me later.  ;) 

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Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

Yield: 6 four-inch burgers

Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers with Garlic Dill Aioli

Ingredients

    For the Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers
  • 1.75 pounds Alaska wild caught salmon fillet, skinned & deboned (I use sockeye)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup almond flour, gently packed
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
  • coconut oil, for frying
  • For the Garlic Dill Aioli
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. To make the Slammin’ Alaska Salmon Burgers, cut the salmon into 2 inch chunks, and combine 1/3 of the pieces with the mayonnaise, lemon juice, egg, and garlic in a food processor and process until the mixture turns into a paste.
  2. Add the remaining salmon pieces and pulse until the larger salmon pieces are partially combined with the paste mixture. Do not over process; 1/4 inch pieces of salmon should remain.
  3. Place the mixture into a bowl and stir in the dried dill, sea salt, black pepper, almond flour, cilantro, and green onion. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, form into 6 patties, packing firmly.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat (I use this pan). When the pan is hot, add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and let it melt. Transfer the patties using a sturdy spatula to the hot pan. Cook the burgers, 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are just cooked through and crisp and golden. Be careful not to overcook. Add more coconut oil to the pan as needed.
  5. To make the Garlic Dill Aioli, mash the minced garlic with the sea salt until it’s a paste. Combine the garlic paste, egg yolks, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and dried dill in a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk until the yolk mixture is frothy and bright in color. Slowly drizzle in a few drops of olive oil at a time into the yolks and continue to whisk constantly until all of the oil is incorporated and the mixture emulsifies. Chill in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes from Megan

You don't have to have a food processor in order to make these burgers, but it does make the process much easier. In lieu of the food processor, simply follow the instructions above and use a good sharp kitchen knife!

In regards to deboning salmon, sometimes I'll use my fingers to pull the bones out and sometimes I'll use a pair of tweezers. Either way you choose, the bones come out easier if you pull them out going against the grain of the salmon.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/07/28/slammin-salmon-burgers-with-garlic-dill-aioli/

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One more note about the t-shirts, I think the sizes run a little small, so order a larger size than you would normally for your child. Abbi is very petite for her age. The long-sleeved shirt she’s wearing is a size 6, and the short-sleeved shirt is a size 8 (and normally she would wear a size 5, just to give you an idea).

Oh, and don’t forget to like Blue Bear Allergy Aware on Facebook!

All my love!
xo,
Megan

This recipe is linked to Pennywise PlatterNatural Living Monday and Make Your Own Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday and Tasty Traditions.

Chocolate Chip Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze (Grain Free)

What a crazy month this has been! Between keeping up with activities with our girls, my husband’s Subaru breaking down (that old girl had 274,000 miles on her), needing to purchase another vehicle, and just the busyness of summer, my free time has been stretched a little thin. Which is exactly why it’s taken so long to post this recipe for all of you (sorry). Rest assured the minute you sink your teeth into one of these blissful Chocolate Chip Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze you’ll be in absolute heaven and forgive me for taking so long. :)

Or at least I’m hoping!

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As a special morning treat when I was little, my dad would sometimes surprise us with a fresh box of doughnuts. I never met a doughnut I didn’t like, but the ones with the chocolate frosting were my absolute favorite. Which is why I developed these grain free doughnuts for my girls. The girls were invited to a birthday party, so instead of baking a whole cake, I wanted to make something with individual servings – that wasn’t a cupcake. So what’s better than a chocolate covered doughnut?!

These decadent chocolate dipped beauties got an overwhelming response at the party. Everyone loved them and the girls were delighted. The smiles on their little chocolate covered faces were priceless. Doughnuts just have a way of  making people happy, don’t they?

Did you have a favorite type of doughnut prior to becoming gluten free? Were you able to find a recipe or a bakery that makes your favorite doughnut after going gluten free? What’s your favorite doughnut topping? Sprinkles or chocolate chips? Nuts or shredded coconut?

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Chocolate Chip Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze (Grain Free)

Yield: about 8 doughnuts

Chocolate Chip Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze (Grain Free)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F) and generously grease 2 doughnut pans (I use these pans) with palm shortening.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the blanched almond flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, sea salt, and nutmeg. Cut in the coconut oil until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Whisk in the eggs, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer the batter to a piping bag or a plastic storage bag (snip off one corner for piping) and pipe into the prepared pan, filing each well about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 13 - 16 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked into one of the doughnuts. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan and placing on a wire rack to completely cool (I use a butter knife if necessary to loosen the edges of the doughnuts from the pan).
  6. For the Chocolate glaze, place the chocolate chips and the palm shortening in a small microwavable bowl, and microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until the chocolate chips and palm shortening are melted and mixed until smooth.
  7. Place doughnuts, one by one, upside down half way into the chocolate glaze. Remove and place right side up on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to set. If toppings are desired, sprinkle the doughnuts with desired toppings and place immediately in the freezer to set for 5 minutes (otherwise the toppings will slide off). Remove from the freezer and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/07/09/grain-free-chocolate-chip-doughnuts-with-chocolate-ganache/

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 I hope you all enjoy these and have a great week! 

All my love,
Megan

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Sugar Free Triple Berry Cobbler (Grain & Nut Free)

I have the perfect summertime recipe for you today, that’s sugar free and absolutely delicious!  This Sugar Free Triple Berry Cobbler (Grain & Nut Free) is the perfect dessert to bring along on a picnic, camping trip, or to make for your 4th of July celebration! 

…… or to have for breakfast (not that I would know anything about that)! ;)

If you are worried about using stevia in this recipe, don’t be. It blends in wonderfully with the berries. I can’t even detect it, and neither can my husband. Course the brand of liquid stevia you use is key. I only recommend the NuNatural’s brand of stevia. When used properly, it doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste that other stevias do.  

This is truly dessert eating at its finest, especially because it’s sugar and guilt free! 

Enjoy!
xoxo,
Megan

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Sugar Free Triple Berry Cobbler (Grain & Nut Free)

Yield: about 8 servings

Sugar Free Triple Berry Cobbler (Grain & Nut Free)

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 8 cups frozen triple berry blend
  • 3 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon NuNatural’s Vanilla Stevia
  • Topping:
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, just melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 drops NuNatural’s Vanilla Stevia
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 2-3 teaspoons)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F), and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Place the berries in a large mixing bowl and thaw at room temperature until they are just starting to turn soft and juicy. Do not completely thaw.
  3. Add in the arrowroot starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla stevia and toss until the berries are well coated in the mixture.
  4. Place the berries in the baking dish and use a spatula or the back of a spoon to evenly distribute them in the pan.
  5. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, and coconut flour. Stir in the sea salt, vanilla extract, vanilla stevia, and lemon zest. Crumble the dough topping evenly over the berries.
  6. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 - 35 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with your favorite ice cream.
http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/06/11/sugar-free-triple-berry-cobbler-grain-nut-free/

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Grain Free High Protein & Fiber Bread (xanthan/guar gum free)

Once upon a time (roughly 7 years ago and prior to becoming gluten free) I was a very angry and unhappy young woman. My husband and I were living in a condo in the city and I was working full time from home while taking care of our first baby girl. It was hard. My husband was always gone because he was working full time during the day and taking college courses at night. I never got a break  – a chance to catch my breath. I was trying to figure out the whole “first time mom thing” while working, and since I was home, there was no separation between the two. As I look back now, those years were a blur and sadly, a very unhappy time for both my husband and I (and I’m sure our daughter too).

When one gets so unhappy, it’s sometimes hard to step outside the box and really see what true reality is. That’s what happened to me. I was so stuck in my unhappiness and loneliness that I lost sight of reality. In my warped thinking, I blamed my husband for being away from me and our daughter; it was his fault I was so unhappy (when he really was working hard to create a future for us). Things between us got very ugly.

By the grace of God, one morning I woke up and something clicked. There was a light bulb or a warning light that went off in my head – and I found myself thinking, “I don’t think the problem is really my husband… I think it might be me.” So without my husband’s knowledge, I made an appointment to see a therapist. I remember being incredibly nervous at that appointment, but the therapist was kind and after talking to her for a while, she asked me to fill out a questionnaire. When I was finished she looked it over and told me I suffered from a moderate form of depression. I was dumbfounded. Me? Depressed?! Really?! But I’m a happy person!

As the therapist and I continued to talk, she came to the conclusion that I suffered from post-partum depression. And suddenly it all started to make sense in my mind. I really was depressed, and among other things, my emotions were way out of control. The therapist gave me two treatment options, therapy – or therapy plus meds. I agreed to therapy and that summer/fall I fought and prayed my way out of my pit of depression. It took time, effort, lots of tears, and oddly enough, Weight Watchers.

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Me (on the right) at my heaviest with best gal pals Carissa (left) and Lisa (middle).

During my time of depression, I managed to gain quite a bit of weight. I had been steadily increasing dress sizes and finally decided enough was enough when my size 16 jeans were getting way too tight. Weight Watchers for me was a real eye opener. Before joining I never paid much attention to nutritional labels, so learning how to read them and make “healthier” choices was a step in the right direction for me. I diligently counted calories and kept a food journal… and the weight started coming off. My body responded really well to a diet high in fiber (among other things), and I lost 35 pounds total from start to finish.

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Me after losing 35 lbs – I also decided to chop my hair & color it. I’ve since let it grow out, but at the time it was a bold change I needed (and it was fun & adventurous while it lasted).

The diet-high-in-fiber mentality actually inspired this Grain Free High Protein & Fiber Bread recipe. I’ve found my body doesn’t care for baked goods made from 100% nut flour. It’s just too much “nut” for my system to handle. And since grains are currently a no-go for me, combining a bit of blanched almond flour with flax, whole psyllium husk, and sunflower seed flour seems to be just the perfect combination for my body. My girls and my husband enjoy this bread too. 

Speaking of my husband, this December we will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. After all these years, that man still wants to keep me. ;)

Knowing what I do now about gluten, I’m certain my gluten sensitivity played a massive role in my post-partum depression. When I am exposed to gluten I become a very unhappy person and experience a roller coaster of emotions I often cannot control. Part of me wishes “if only I knew then what I know now,” but on the other hand, I really grew as a person those years, and my husband and I grew together as a couple.

As for Weight Watchers, in sharing with you part of my journey, I don’t support their organization, nor do I oppose it. At that point in time, they were exactly what I needed to get back to a healthier weight, although I recognize they push more low fat/high fiber foods vs. healthy whole food ingredients in general. 

If you suffer from sadness and depression, whether it’s due to chronic pain and illness or life changes, I just want to let you know you aren’t alone. There are many of us who have gone through it in one form or another – and there is no shame in seeking help. My therapist provided me with the outlet I needed to release all of the anger, confusion, sadness, and slew of other emotions I hadn’t been able to deal with on my own. She was my sounding board, my safe place and my judgement-free zone for an hour a week for nearly 9 months. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. She played an integral role in my mental health healing and I’m very, very thankful I made the decision to see her.

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Grain Free High Protein & Fiber Bread (xanthan/guar gum free)

Yield: one 9"x5" loaf

Ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground into flour
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 cup whole psyllium husk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Yeast Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cup hot water (between 110 – 115 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the honey and the hot water. Sprinkle in the yeast and give it a quick stir to combine. Proof for 7 minutes (set a timer!) – NO more, NO less time. Make sure you have the other wet and dry ingredients mixed and ready to go when the 7 minutes are up!
  2. Using a heavy duty mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vinegar.
  4. When the yeast is done proofing, add the wet ingredients to the dry. Stir until it’s a little paste-like, and then slowly add the yeast mixture. The dough will appear very watery, but don't panic. As the whole psyllium husk expands and absorbs the water the dough will become thicker. Using your mixer’s low speed setting, mix for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl then mix on medium for 3 minutes. (You may need to stop your mixer and scrape the sides of your bowl a few more times.)
  5. Pour dough into a parchment lined and well greased 9 x 5 metal bread pan (the only pan I recommend for this recipe is a metal one, you will not have the same results using other pans). The dough will be very sticky, so wet a spatula and use it to evenly smooth the dough into the bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about an hour (Check the loaf 30 minutes into rising. When the dough is close to hitting the plastic wrap, remove it; allow the dough to rise the remaining time uncovered). When bread is finished rising, bake in a preheated 375 degrees (F) oven for about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove loaf from pan and cool on a wire rack. Cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes from Megan

Make sure you read my The Everything Guide to Making Gluten Free Bread - Including Troubleshooting Tips prior to making this recipe to ensure the best results!

This loaf will fall slightly while it cools (about 1/4-1/2 an inch), so don't be alarmed. The grain free ingredients used in this recipe are heavy, which 1). causes the loaf to fall and 2). does not allow the loaf to rise to a lofty height like a regular loaf of bread would. I've made this recipe many times testing different measurements of yeast, longer rise times, less moisture, etc. and found this recipe works/rises the best.

Store in an airtight plastic bag. Use within 3 days, or slice, wrap with plastic wrap, place in a plastic bag and freeze for later use.

http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2013/06/03/grain-gluten-free-high-protein-fiber-bread-xanthanguar-gum-free/

Possible Substitutions:
I am anticipating many of you will ask about substitutions, so I am providing my thoughts in advance. Please know I haven’t tried any of these substitutions myself, so I’m not sure if they will work. If you find something works or doesn’t work, would you please come back and share your results in a comment? I would appreciate it.

For an almond flour free loaf -
Try replacing the almond flour with hazelnut flour, pecan flour, or more sunflower seed flour.

For an egg free loaf-
Try replacing the eggs with 1/2 a cup of warm water or 1/2 a cup of warm water combined with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. I think an egg free version of this loaf would be best made as a focaccia bread instead of a sandwich bread. Try using a 10 inch cast iron pan or 9 inch metal cake pan. Line it with parchment, grease generously with oil, and then form the dough into a round. Let it rise for about an hour, carefully baste the loaf with olive oil, and then bake it for 30 – 40 minutes, or until the bread reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees (F).

For a flax free loaf-
Try substituting more blanched almond flour or more sunflower seed flour.

ALL MY LOVE,
xoxo
Megan

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