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Coconut Butter Mochi

Coconut Butter Mochi

This recipe is modified from a very delicious butter mochi made by a friend of mine who is kama’aina Hawai’i. That is to say, though she isn’t of Hawaiian extraction herself her family has lived there for generations. And she knows how to bake some delicious stuff, local style. Somehow, I spent several years living there and never made this myself. But when I asked for her recipe, she generously shared it, and I’ve given it a try with some changes so kids I work with might be able to enjoy it too.

If you’ve spent much time in Hawai’i, you surely know mochi – not the kind you see at Whole Foods in the freezer cases, but the real thing, super gooey, super sticky, and super sweet, a cross between custard and chewy fudge in consistency.

It’s a recipe that isn’t exactly healthy. It calls for a lot of sugar, butter, and refined glutinous sweet rice flour. But, it offers a wonderful treat for kids who can’t eat dairy foods or grains like corn or wheat. So, mochi! Give this a try for an after school sweet if you’d like a gluten, dairy and soy free option that has a lesser evil sugar in it (coconut or palm sugar), which lightens the sweet a little but still makes it yummy.

A note about sweet rice flour or Mochiko. Don’t use brown rice flour or plain white rice flour as a substitute; the recipe won’t work. Sweet rice or Mochiko flour is glutinous, that is, it mimics the stretchy consistency of gluten, but has no wheat or gluten in it. Other rice flours don’t do this and won’t create the right consistency for this recipe.

Coconut Butter Mochi
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Gooey, sticky goodness, for when a treat is in order that has bonus ingredients like coconut milk, eggs, and grass fed butter. Coconut sugar creates a darker finish product and a more caramel-y taste than cane sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 3-4" pieces 15 minutes
Passive Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 3-4" pieces 15 minutes
Passive Time
40 minutes
Coconut Butter Mochi
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Gooey, sticky goodness, for when a treat is in order that has bonus ingredients like coconut milk, eggs, and grass fed butter. Coconut sugar creates a darker finish product and a more caramel-y taste than cane sugar.
Servings Prep Time
12-15 3-4" pieces 15 minutes
Passive Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-15 3-4" pieces 15 minutes
Passive Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 3-4" pieces
Instructions
  1. Set oven to 350. Generously grease a pyrex baking dish (8x8" or 7x10") with coconut oil.
  2. Blend the sweet rice flour, coconut or palm sugar, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, blend the almond milk, coconut milk, flavor extracts, stevia, and melted butter. Add the eggs and beat til all are evenly mixed.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry in and mix on medium speed til evenly blended.
  5. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Sprinkle the grated coconut generously on top, and press it gently down into the mixture.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. The mochi will puff up nicely and brown slightly on top. It's done when a toothpick comes out clean. Cut into squares when cooled and enjoy.
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Paleo Option

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Paleo Option

No reason to miss out on healthy carb treats for your kids. Treats don’t have to be sugary junk. This is a moist and festive quick bread, great for packing into lunches or after school snack. Remember, kids need carbs to grow and gain as much as they need protein and fats. Turn this satisfying and nourishing treat up a notch to extra special mode (and add a protein boost too), when you bake as muffins and spread with my Paleo Honey Butter Cream Frosting.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Paleo Option
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Pumpkin-y and mildly sweet!
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread with Paleo Option
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Pumpkin-y and mildly sweet!
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 loaf 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan (or muffin tins) and dust with your flour of choice. Lining the loaf pan with baking parchment, if available, or your muffin tins with paper cups, makes for easier removal after baking but isn't crucial.
  2. Blend flour mix, baking soda, xanthan gum, cinnamon, stevia, and spices, baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a mixer, cream butter until pale or nearly white.
  4. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, then add eggs one at a time and blend evenly. If the mixture looks cracked, add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of your dry ingredient blend to the bowl, and stir til smooth.
  5. Stir in pumpkin puree, then add dry ingredients and alternate with milk substitute until all are blended together smoothly.
  6. Stir in your choice of chopped nuts, chocolate chips or raisins. Bake the loaf for 1 hour. Small loaves may be done in 25 minutes, or muffins in 15-10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

For muffins, grease a muffin or cupcake tin and dust with your choice of GF or Paleo flour. Reduce baking time to 18-25 minutes, longer for larger muffins and less for smaller ones. Test for doneness with toothpick, which should come out clean. Cool on baking rack and frost with Paleo Honey Buttercream Frosting. If nuts of any type can't be added to the batter, try Lily's GF CF stevia sweetened chocolate chips, raisins, or Enjoy Life GF CF chocolate chips.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Chocolate + pumpkin is one of my favorite combos when it comes to indulgent baked treats. This is a weighty dessert for sure, right up there with chocolate pecan pie, or triple chocolate cake – perfect for holiday time or when you want a departure from the usual. As always, I created this recipe with kids in mind who have food intolerances. You can make this with wheat bread, milk, and cream if you like, but if you can’t, there’s a way.

Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Hearty, traditional, a little decadent, and hard to resist. Serve warm with toppings as tolerated by your family - whipped cream, whipped coconut cream, ice cream, or cashew or coconut based ice creams that are dairy free.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Servings 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
15 mins 30 mins
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Servings 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
15 mins 30 mins
Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding
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Hearty, traditional, a little decadent, and hard to resist. Serve warm with toppings as tolerated by your family - whipped cream, whipped coconut cream, ice cream, or cashew or coconut based ice creams that are dairy free.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Servings 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
15 mins 30 mins
Servings Prep Time
6-8 Servings 20 mins
Cook Time Passive Time
15 mins 30 mins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut bread into half inch cubes, transfer to a large all metal pot, and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milks, eggs, pumpkin, coconut sugar, stevia, spices, vanilla and bourbon or rum. If omitting eggs, increase pumpkin by 3 Tablespoons and add 1 Tablespoon tapioca starch + 1 Tablespoon EnerG brand Egg Replacer; whisk in with milks, sugar, spices, and liquor.
  4. Pour the custard mixture over the bread cubes in the pot. Add the chocolate, broken into 1/2 inch chunks. On low medium heat, let the mixture slowly melt and blend, stirring occasionally til chocolate is evenly mixed throughout, about 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the pudding to a baking dish greased with refined coconut oil or ghee, and bake for 25 minutes, or til toothpick comes out clean. You can also bake in individual ramekins; reduce baking time to 15 minutes and check for doneness.
  6. Serve warm with toppings of your choice.
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Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies – with Paleo Option

Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies – with Paleo Option

A shortbread cookie classic, perfect for holiday time. These are adorned with sugar sprinkles, but if you find those objectionable, use any preferred frosting or icing, raisins, grated dark chocolate, or cinnamon. For a sugar free frosting, click here.

Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies - with Paleo Option
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Easy and less sugary than most cookies. Coconut sugar is used here, but brown sugar is excellent too, if your family can tolerate it. Makes a couple dozen cookies, more or less depending on how thick you like them. See notes below for organic and dye free sprinkle ideas. For a Paleo version, see substitutions below.
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Favorite Gluten Free Christmas Cookies - with Paleo Option
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Easy and less sugary than most cookies. Coconut sugar is used here, but brown sugar is excellent too, if your family can tolerate it. Makes a couple dozen cookies, more or less depending on how thick you like them. See notes below for organic and dye free sprinkle ideas. For a Paleo version, see substitutions below.
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24-36 cookies 40 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
9-15 minutes 9-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease two cookie sheets with coconut oil, and line with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter or ghee (at room temperature, not melted) in a stand mixer and cream until white. This may take a few minutes. Meanwhile, blend the flours, xanthan gum, and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. When butter is soft and white, add sugar, and continue beating til fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add vanilla, and stir in the dry ingredients. Keep mixing til you have a soft cookie dough.
  4. Lightly dust a counter top with GF (white rice flour will work better than brown rice) or Paleo flour (tapioca or manioc will work better than almond flour). Roll the dough out into a round that is 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. If you like a golden glaze finish, brush with egg yolk and coconut milk (or heavy cream). Use cookie cutter rounds or holiday shaped cutters to cut cookies, and place on baking sheet. Dust with your choice of sprinkles, grated chocolate, or cinnamon.
  5. Roll leftover pieces out again, and repeat the process of cutting cookies, placing on sheet, and sprinkling with whatever you like. After cookies are on sheets, you can set raisins in each cookie if preferred.
  6. Bake for 9-18 minutes, depending on thickness. Don't over bake. Edges will be light golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack. Once cooled, you may frost the cookies if you like.
Recipe Notes

Sprinkles are available dye free, organic, or plain old artificial everything - use what works in your house. If kids can tolerate these, an occasional exposure is something to let them enjoy and celebrate with friends and family!

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Easy Fast Molten Chocolate Cakes

Easy Fast Molten Chocolate Cakes

No need for wheat flour in this classic recipe. Makes six individual molten cakes. Eat right after they’re out of the oven, this is by far the best way to enjoy them.

Easy Fast Molten Chocolate Cakes
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Soooo good, so chocolatey! Use high quality organic ingredients to get the best flavor.
Servings Prep Time
6 individual cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 individual cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 6 minutes
Easy Fast Molten Chocolate Cakes
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Soooo good, so chocolatey! Use high quality organic ingredients to get the best flavor.
Servings Prep Time
6 individual cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 individual cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: individual cakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a muffin tray for six large muffins with refined organic coconut oil.
  3. Melt chocolates and ghee (or butter, or casein free margarine) together.
  4. Beat the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar til it makes a thick pale ribbon when you lift the beater, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the wam melted chocolate and butter mixture, then quickly fold in the flour you are using.
  6. Spoon into prepared molds. Bake for 6-7 minutes. Centers will be soft and sides firm.
  7. Invert onto a flat surface or onto a smooth cutting board, and let cool for about ten minutes before lifting the muffin tin away. Serve with fruit, preserves, or whipped cream (coconut whipped cream if dairy is not tolerated).
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