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Lemon Raspberry Breakfast Donuts

The Spring edition of Amber Approved Magazine has had to be my favourite recipe creation so far. This time of year is all about fresh, light foods and flavours and I think these protein packed breakfast donuts definitely hit the mark. But donut take my word for it, try them for yourselves!

P.S. they are 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.

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Photography courtesy of Alexandra Borovsky 

Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate with Whipped Coconut Cream

You can also read this recipe as well in the Amber Approved Magazine 2016 Fall Edition.

For the Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate:

This recipe is a single serve

Ingredients

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1.5 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of pure dark maple syrup (the darkest grade you can find)

1 teaspoon of Chai Spice (I really love The Silk Road Spice Merchant’s blend but any other garam masala will do here if you liked to make your own chai spice take 1 teaspoon each of cardamom, all spice, ground cinnamon, cloves and 2 teaspoons ginger)

1.5 tablespoons of semi sweet dairy free chocolate chips (I prefer enjoy life foods brand).

Method

 

  1. Take a small sauce pan and start to heat your almond milk over medium low heat
  2. After about 1-2 minutes add in your cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice
  3. Whisking constantly to ensure the chocolate chips, cacao powder, maple syrup and chai spice have dissolved and the chips have melted and are well incorporated, continue heating and whisking until you’ve reached your ideal temperature.
  4. Once heated to your liking, remove pot from heat, and pour into a mug, top with coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of chai spice or cacao powder if desired (while not necessary the coconut whipped cream melts into the hot chocolate, making it even richer and creamier than before.)

 

Whipped Coconut Cream

Makes about 1-1.5 cups of whipped cream

*This recipe should be started a day in advance to accommodate the chill time of the coconut milk.

Ingredients

 

1 14-ounce can of full fat coconut milk (low fat will not do)

¼ cup of powdered coconut sugar (powdering your own coconut sugar is super easy, just toss it into a high speed blender or coffee grinder)

½ teaspoon of pure organic vanilla extract

 

Method

 

  1. Chill coconut milk overnight or for at least 8 hours prior, ensuring not to shake or tip the can to encourage the separation of the cream from the liquid.
  2. Chill a large bowl (stainless steel works best) for 10-15 minutes prior to making your whipped cream.
  3. Remove coconut milk from the fridge, being careful not to shake or tip your can and once the lid is removed, with a spoon, scrape the cream from the top of the can, into your bowl, leaving the liquid behind.
  4. With an electric mixer, start whipping your coconut cream at high speed, after about 30 seconds add in your powdered coconut sugar and vanilla, and continue whipping for another 2-3 minutes or until the cream has thickened, and soft peaks have started to form.

Spoon over your hot chocolate or any other dessert or beverage your fancy. This will keep for up to 3 days in a sealed container in the fridge.

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Photo Credit: Alexandra Borovsky 

Sweets from the Earth: cookie dough and brownie batter

I was pleasantly surprised by these vegan, all natural gluten-free pre-made doughs. Typically my concern with vegan and gluten-free is the dryness that may accompany the baked good however with these two products from Sweets from the earth (which included their Gourmet Brownie Batter as well as their Double Chocolate Cookie Dough) I found no such dryness and a delectable richness and chewy texture that one would associate only with its gluten filled counterparts. 

I found each of these batters for sale at my local Macleod Trail COOP however the company website offers the ability to find a retailer near you! These are so far my favourite all natural, gluten-free ready made doughs since I have been diagnosed. 

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Homemade GF Beauty

Gluten-Free beauty products can be expensive and difficult to find and not always the most natural in their ingredients! So I have decided to share a few of my favourite beauty recipes that are 100% GF and will leave you feeling positively radiant!

Deep Cleanse Facial Scrub

You will need:
1 tablespoon of natural,unpasteurized honey (I use presidents choice, its also organic and inexpensive however if you want to go local check out Buzz Honey (https://www.facebook.com/buzzhoney for info on where to find them and their products)
1 tablespoon of gluten-free baking soda (I use bobs red mill brand (http://www.bobsredmill.com/)
3 tablespoons of plain yogurt

Mix all these ingredients in a bowl and get scrubbing for beautiful skin! The honey is naturally antibacterial, when coupled with the natural scrubbing power of baking soda it banishes acne the clean way!

Gluten Free Hot Oil Conditioner

Simply warm coconut oil for 2-3 minutes in the microwave (I buy mine at costco for $17.99/54 ounces making it super cost effective for use in beauty http://www.carringtonfarms.com/organic-extra-virgin-coconut-oil-12-oz-tub-54-oz-bottle/
Massage into hair and scalp and leave in for 15 minutes or up to over night for truly unruly hair. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and enjoy gluten free tame hair.

Gluten Free All Natural Body Polish

Take 5-6 medium sized strawberries, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tbs. of olive oil
Mash strawberries with sugar and olive oil, rub over any rough areas (knees, elbows, feet, legs) and rinse with water.
*ensure sugar is gluten-free (check cross for contamination)

Moisturizing Bath Oil 

Take 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 5-10 drops of any one of your favourite essential oils (I love eucalyptus or lavender) and add to hot running bath water, stirring the water until the coconut oil is melted. Step in a soak away dry skin! (Eden in the Calgary Farmers Market sells wonderful essential oils and oil blends.) http://www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/vendors/eden_essentials/

Breakfast: Skinny Tea Detox Approved

These breakfasts were prepared according to the suggested guidelines on the eating plan for the skinny tea detox (www.skinnytea.com)

Please note I only did the 7 day detox therefor I did not have the opportunity to make that many different breakfast formations. If anyone has any yummy breakfast ideas please send them to me via the Contact page on my blog 🙂

Oatmeal with Bananas, Honey and Greek Yogurt 

1/2 cup of pure quick cook oats (aka gluten free oats) combined with 1 cup of water, microwave on high for two minutes and allow to stand for 1 minute more after cooking is done. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of honey, slice one banana and top with 2 healthy tablespoons of plain, unsweetened greek yogurt.

Greek Yogurt with Morning Glory Granola

Take a 1 cup of plain, unsweetened greek yogurt adding 1-2 tablespoons of honey and top with my Morning Glory Granola recipe (using unsweetened dried cranberries instead and ensuring all the seeds and nuts used are unsalted)

Fruit Salad topped with Greek Yogurt and Flax

Cut up 1-2 cups of assorted fruits (pineapple, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, papaya, watermelon, kiwi fruit) and top with plain unsweetened greek yogurt and a tablespoon of flax seed (this is optional) however it will add some additional flavour and healthy fats.

Rice Cakes, All natural peanut butter and Banana & Strawberries

Take rice cakes, add all natural peanut butter, and add sliced bananas and strawberries to the tops! (this makes an excellent snack during the day too, omit banana if its later in the day-this will help with the weight loss)

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