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G-free Peanut Butter Cookies!

Mmmmm Coooookiessss!!! (voice of Cookie Monster)

We pretty much all grew up loving cookies. The taste, texture, the wonderful associations of a loving kitchen and all the dreamy smells… anticipating dunking it in a glass of milk while still slightly warm. Cookies are a part of our heritage, and yet, when made the traditional way, some would argue that they are toxic. OK, I would argue that they are toxic. That doesn’t mean that when we abandon gluten, we also have to abandon treats… we just need to revamp them into healthier creations that actually satisfy and provide nutrition.

This peanut butter cookie recipe is adapted from Elana’s food blog. I LOVE her site and recipes, she is a true talent in the kitchen. The original recipe is HERE… and my version follows.

G-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1C blanched almond flour (try Nuts.com!)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C crunchy roasted peanut butter
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 2 Tb butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl, whisk to blend, and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl, using a whisk to ensure everything incorporates well. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, mixing thoroughly. Scoop dough by rounded tablespoons full onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You may want to shape the scoops into balls with your hands to get a nicer shape. Gently press a wet fork into the top of each cookie to make a criss-cross pattern. Bake at 350 for about 8 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly while still on parchment, before removing to a cooling rack, as the the cookies are very fragile when they are first out of the oven. Makes about 15 cookies.

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Parmesan Perch (Gluten-free and Wheat-free) with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Can you tell that we love fish? Perch is one of the more delicate varieties and I used to serve it up pan-fried, with tartar, and maybe french fries or baked potato. I decided that instead of subbing out flours and attempting to do a different version of pan-frying, I would bake it in the oven and find a substitute for bread crumbs instead, and the results were really delicious! This recipe doesn’t yield a crunchy breading, it is a little on the softer side, and very flavorful, complimenting the mildness of the perch.

Low-Carb “breaded” perch; No Wheat or Gluten.

Parmesan Perch

  • 1 1/2 lbs of fresh Perch filets
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise blended with 1 Tb heavy cream 
  • 1 C grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tb Coconut flour
  • 2 sprigs fresh Parsley (or 2 tsp dry) or Thyme
  • Garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I used my Ninja to process ingredients, but you can also use a food processor. I started with chunked Parmesan, so I zipped it until it was the consistency of grated, then I added the coconut flour, parsley and other seasonings and processed again until they were fine and completely combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Dredge the fish lightly in the mayo mixture and then press into the cheese crumbs, arrange on baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the fish is firm, but flaky, and the coating is beginning to brown.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts: Simply cut each sprout in half and remove the tough and bitter stem end. Toss in a healthy oil (I used walnut oil this time), arrange in baking dish, and season as desired with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, or anything your heart desires. Roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

 

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