dark chocolate quinoa brownies with nutella cream cheese icing – these are not your six-year-old’s brownies

With a texture that’s beyond fudgy, these brownies have just a hint of sweetness and a whole lot of dark chocolate goodness. Just to be extra decadent, we coat them with a not-too-sweet cream cheese and Nutella icing. The brownies are really good, but the combination with the frosting is to die for!dark chocolate quinoa browniesA very kind neighbour gave us this brownie recipe. Thanks Christine!

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black licorice and coconut caramel candy

If you like black licorice and caramel, you’ll love these. The initial bite reveals the sharp taste of anise that soon mellows to a sweet caramel with just the faintest hint of coconut. Uhmmm, please excuse me while I go grab another one….black licorice coconut caramel candyThese will be fine if stored on the counter for a day or two, but after that should be kept in the fridge. Bring to room temperature before serving.  Continue reading

warm up with gluten free beef & vegetable soup

This takes a bit of time to make but it’s worth it in the end. You’ll end up with a bowl of savory homemade warmth.vegetable beef soupIt’s a lighter soup, so you may want to serve it for lunch or pair it with biscuits, a salad, or gf panini for dinner. It also freezes and reheats well, so make extra. And if you use low sodium broth, no salt added tomatoes and tomato sauce, you can cut the amount of salt in this considerably.

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gluten free turkey and havarti panini

Panini is the perfect way to eat gluten free bread and this is one of our favorites. The havarti is mild enough to let the taste of the turkey shine through and adds just the right amount of salt and creaminess. Serve it with a side of cranberries and you’re in heaven! gluten free turkey and havarti paniniThis is great with any turkey but is especially good with leftovers from our marinated grilled turkey breast. Continue reading

chocolate-orange lace cookies – no flour required

The flavours of orange and chocolate come together in these sink-your-teeth-into-‘em chewy, crumbly cookies. Made using a base of rolled oats, they are also relatively low calorie coming in at about 50 calories per cookie. They do, however, tend to crumble very easily, but we just put the crumbly bits in a bowl and serve it up as one awesome gluten free granola!chocolate orange cookies gluten free and flourlessMy mom, Mary, made these for Geoff at Christmas and kindly gave us the recipe. Thanks mom!

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gluten free folded Cloud 9 biscuits

gluten free biscuitsThese hearty biscuits taste just like the baking powder biscuits my sister used to make when we were kids. Buttery and salty, they are made with Cloud 9 flour giving them the look of a buckwheat biscuit. Try folding them over some grated cheese before baking – awesome! They are good hot or cold but because they only last a day or two, the recipe is small producing only about 6 biscuits.

Try pairing these with our Swiss Steak, Baked Potato Soup, Chili or, for a lighter meal, our Strawberry Spinach Salad.

For other Cloud 9 recipes, try our Sunday morning pancakes, Mary’s gluten free pie crust, or gf and me’s nut butter cookies.

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creamy baked potato soup – loaded up with everything but gluten

loaded baked potato soupTwo of the most comforting foods come together in this dish – soup and potatoes – making it a sure bet to cure the effects of the cold, dark days of winter. The blended potatoes are what really make this soup thick and creamy and are a great base for the hints of sour cream and onion that come through. To be honest, we like this soup so much (and it’s so easy to make) that we enjoy it year round – especially when paired with our homemade gf croutons!

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crispy and savory (gluten free) croutons

Good gluten free croutons are difficult to find at the grocery store. They’re often too hard, too crumbly, or have that gritty rice flour texture. So why not try making your own? This recipe is easy to do and versatile enough that you can put your own stamp on it. It’s also a great way to use up stale gf bread (which we all know is next to inedible). gluten free croutonsThese crispy and savory croutons add texture and flavour to salads, and in dishes like our cheesy cauliflower soup, they can also be used to replace crackers (another hard-to-find item at the grocery store.)

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maple glazed roasted roots

Even people who don’t like parsnips or sweet potatoes usually love them in this dish. The maple glaze is subtle, adding just a hint of sweetness to the individual vegetables. Personally, I like eating these roots cold for lunch the next day!

roasted roots

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Kit Kat Kopy Kat

I know, I know. These look more like a Peanut Butter Cup than a Kit Kat Bar but without a proper chocolate mold this was what we came up with! These gluten free Kit Kat “Bars” taste like the real thing and are not that difficult to make. No oven required – just a blender and a microwave. gluten free kit kat barsFor a dairy free (and all-around healthier) version, check out the recipe at Fork and Beans that inspired our own.

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