Spiced Pumpkin Creamcheese Bars

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

These are the type of bars that will make you friends with the first bite! It takes elements of pumpkin pie + pumpkin cake + cheese cake to make insanely moist, mildly spicy, and creamy conversation starters. Enjoy these easy to make bars!

 

 

Makes 2 dozen bars.

For pumpkin base:

 

    • 8 oz creamcheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
    • 1 cup of raw sugar
    • 2 tsp each pumpkin pie spice & cinnamon
    • 2 cups pumpkin puree
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/3 cup of gluten free flour
    • 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp baking soda

For cream cheese topping:

    • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup of raw sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
  1. Prep: Soften cream cheese, butter a jelly roll pan (15.5″ by 11.5″), melt butter and let cool, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized bowl stir butter, 1 cup of sugar & spices together until smooth. Add in pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, gluten free flour, xanthum gum, salt, & baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl blend cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, vanilla extract, and 1 egg until smooth.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into jellyroll pan, smooth top of batter, spread on cream cheese mixture.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before chilling in the refrigerator. Cut into 2 dozen bars.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

GF Buffalo Chicken Pizza

This is a bold and fun take on pizza that you will want to make again and again! All toppings can be prepped in advance 🙂

  • Double crust recipe, add 1 T of dried minced onion, & 2 T of chia seeds to crust. Divide in half.
  • Pre bake crusts at 425°F for 5 minutes.
  • Toss 2 cups of shredded chicken with 1/2 cup of hot sauce, set aside.
  • Mix together 1/2 cup of softened cream cheese & 1/4 cup of ranch dressing, set aside.
  • Seed & dice 1 tomato & 1 green bell pepper, set aside.
  • Mince 1 bunch of green onions, set aside.
  • Spread 1/2 of cream cheese mixture on 1 pizza. Top with mozzarella cheese, 1/2 each of the chicken, tomato, and bell pepper.
  • Lightly cover the pizza with 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar jack cheese blend.
  • Bake until cheese melts and crust is baked through.
  • Repeat for other pizza and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip “Peanut Butter” Cookies

 

 

 

Chocolate SunButter Cookies

Ah food intolerances. They can be a pain can’t they? Especially when you need to throw something together quick. These “peanut butter” cookies are made from sunflower seed butter which tastes similar. There’s no flour and they are gluten free. Ok are you ready for the easiest cookie recipe ever?

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium sized bowl mix together 3/4 cup of Sunflower seed butter, 1/2 cup clover honey, and 1 egg until well blended. Stir in 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (optional for you, but not me!). Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough (it will be almost like muffin batter) 2″ / 5cm apart onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are golden. Try not to eat them all!

Spiced Apple Cake

 Spiced Apple Cake

I’m not quite sure if this should be called bars or cake. Either way it’s wonderful! I think it would also be nice if you sliced the cake into triangles and drizzled them with white chocolate.

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9 x 13 glass baking pan with butter.
  2.  Heat a large fry pan to medium low. Add 1 stick butter, and 2 cored and diced apples. Saute until apples start to soften and release their juices. Add 2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger, and 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon. Off the heat and set aside to cool.
  3.  Meanwhile in a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour mix (I used Bob’s Red Mill), 2 teaspoons each xanthum gum and baking powder, and ½ teaspoon sea salt.
  4.  Add 1 1/4 cups of milk to the saucepan, stir well. Add 2 eggs, and stir well. Carefully pour the liquids into the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Pour into the prepared baking pan. Bake until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Let cool completely and then frost with cream cheese frosting.

{Make your own pizza}

I love pizza. I love that you add whatever veggies you want and then cover it in cheese. Mmm, cheese 🙂 I love that it’s a cheap meal when you make it yourself even if you add a salad and ice cream for dessert. I love that my mom for many years made us pizza for parties and everyday dinners. Thanks mom again for instilling in me a desire for healthy and cost effective cooking, I love you!

The above unbaked pizza was made with all of the non-optional ingredients listed. I also used the seasoned olive oil that the olives came in for brushing the crust with.

{Basic Dough Recipe}

A tender, fairly light and flavorful dough that tastes delicious despite being mostly comprised of  whole grains. I use organic hard white whole wheat flour(unifine) from Azure Farms. You may have to sub more white flour if you use a coarser whole wheat flour.

This makes a ton of dough! At least enough for 6 medium pizzas. Also a good dough for cinnamon rolls and loaf bread.  You can freeze grapefruit sized portions wrapped in plastic wrap for up to a month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

2 Tablespoons of raw sugar
1/2 cup of warm water
2 Tablespoons of yeast

2/3 cup of olive oil
2/3 cup of honey
2 Tablespoons of sea salt
3 cups of hot, not boiling water
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups white flour
6-8 cups of hard whole wheat flour

  1. Mix the first 3 ingredients together in a bowl that holds at least 4 cups. Let yeast proof for 5-10 mins, if it gets too bubbly stir it down.
  2. Add the olive oil, honey, salt and hot water to your stand mixer. Using a dough hook mix for about 2 minutes, add the oatmeal, white flour and 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Mix until the flour is moistened.
  3. Add the proofed yeast and enough whole wheat flour until the dough is barely sticky. Mix on a low speed for 6-8 minutes until smooth.
  4. Lightly grease top of dough with olive oil, cover with a damp towel and let rise for 30 minutes. Punch dough down and let rise again for 30 minutes.

{Delicious and healthy pizza}

Consider making 2 or more pizzas at a time and freezing the leftover slices. Choose your toppings wisely as you don’t want to overload your pizza. Spinach and kale cook down so much they are barely noticeable in taste but the nutrition is there. Substitute your favorite veggies or sprinkle some herbs on the crust.

Grapefruit-sized piece of basic dough

2/3 cup of pasta sauce(turkey is optional)

1/6 of an onion, thinly sliced

1 cup of organic fresh spinach or kale

1 1/2 – 2 cups of shredded or sliced mozzarella cheese

1/2 Roma tomato, diced

1/4 green bell pepper, diced

2 mushrooms, thinly sliced

4 olives, chopped

1/2 cup of cooked chicken, optional

Cornmeal or whole wheat flour, for the pan

Pizza stone or cookie tray

Olive oil for brushing, optional

Garlic powder or dried basil for sprinkling, optional

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius)
  2. Place 2 Tablespoons of cornmeal on pizza stone. Spread dough until it’s roughly half what you want the finished thickness to be. Brush olive oil 1-2″ from edge.
  3. Spread sauce over dough, add onions, then kale, cheese and remaining toppings.
  4. Bake for 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted, pizza crust is lightly browned and is no longer doughy.

Each pizza serves 2.