Posts Tagged ‘Maple Syrup’

Butternut Squash Butter (Paleo)

My goal this week was to try to make apple butter for the first time.

Only problem is… it’s kinda hard to make when you don’t have any apples and the grocery store seems forever away (translation: when you’re just plain lazy to leave your house).

So, I did not achieve the above goal. Bummer.

Rather, I took advantage of the butternut squash lined up on the kitchen counter and what did I get… Butternut Squash Butter!

I mean, “butter” is in the name of the squash. It just seemed that it was begging to be made into a delicious spread. So, I just created the inevitable.

And oh boy, isn’t this autumn in a jar. Both in smell and taste.

Forget spreading the butter on something- I just attack it with a spoon 😉

Butternut Squash Butter (Paleo)

Butternut Squash Butter (Paleo)


2 and 1/2 cups cooked and puréed butternut squash (make sure it’s nice and smooth!)

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp dried ginger

1/8 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp cardamon


Combine all ingredients in a pot and cook on the stove over LOW heat for 45 minutes. Stir every so often. Afterwards, let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar with a sealed lid, and place in the fridge overnight. Spread butter on whatever you like the next day- or just attack it with a spoon! Store in the fridge.


No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo)

Tragedy struck at my house a few days ago: my oven stopped working. Right before Thanksgiving too! Go figure. According to handyman dad, something behind the oven snapped or broke, meaning the whole oven has to be torn out of the wall for it to be fixed. Fun.

It made Thanksgiving this year especially fun too. Fortunately, my house has an in-law suite and I was able to run back and forth between my kitchen and my grandma’s tiny kitchen. So this year, I am thankful for my family, friends, and my gma’s oven 🙂

Since the death of my oven, I’ve been turning a lot to no-bake recipes. And since I have some left over pumpkin from Thanksgiving, I’ve been playing with pumpkin-y treats!

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo)

No-Bake Pumpkin Cookie Dough Balls (Paleo) 


1/3 cup organic canned pumpkin

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup coconut flour

Optional: 2 tbsp chocolate chips and/or raisins


In a bowl, combine pumpkin, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Gradually mix in coconut flour. Add in chocolate chips and/or raisins, if desired. Store in the fridge.

Trying to use up your leftover turkey too? Try these! 

Chicken/Turkey and Chard Pie with Yogurt Crust

Chicken/Turkey and Chard Pie with Yogurt Crust

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Beet “Cookies”

Beet Cookies

I’ve been holding out on you guys.

These “cookies” have been in the experimentation vault for a long time now. Before I’ve even started this blog, in fact. Perfection does not happen overnight. Apparently it takes years.

I say “cookies” with quotes because of the major lack of sweetener- it doesn’t need it, in my opinion. However, I think “cookie” may be misleading if you like super sweet treats. Scone, maybe? If anyone can think of a different name let me know!

I’ve always felt bad for beets. Nobody ever seems to give them a chance. Sure, they are ugly on the outside, but they have such a pretty color once sliced open. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s very much a metaphor. Kinda like an ugly duckling thing.

Anyway, I started experimenting with beets a few summers ago because my mom had gotten a bunch from her food co-op. While I was watching over a relative’s house, I took a bunch with me to play around with. That weekend, two of my friends came over the house to keep me company. While hanging around in the kitchen, I made a few batches of these “cookies,” all with variations to them. Then I offered them up to my taste testers. Using what they liked/didn’t like, I continued to mess around with the recipe. Some changes were good, others were horrible. By the next day, we had eaten all the “cookies.”

Fast-forward to December. Being crazy with the holidays and school, I had not cooked/baked in forever, let alone think about beets. While studying for finals, my friend texted me that she really wanted a beet “cookie.”

Pretty much the most random thing ever at the time. So I lied and said I’d make her some for Christmas (hey- I was busy). So, for the next few months I’d get the “you said” speech from her from time to time.

Fast-forward to the next summer: my friend wanted the recipe. I started to try and perfect it cause I refuse to release a recipe until it’s to my satisfaction. At one point, I tried changing the baking powder to baking soda on a 1:1 ratio (originally, the recipe only contained baking powder). This was the result:

Yup, it turned them brown (anybody know why??? I’m guessing a chemical reaction between the baking soda and lemon juice?). But they tasted so good with the baking soda! Yet, there’s no point of making beet cookies without the color. So, I had to reduce the baking soda until the color reappeared. Some other tried and tested variations:

-Different flours: Can make with all spelt, whole wheat, or white. Or a combination of all three. Oat flour can be used, just don’t exceed 1/2 a cup.

-Do NOT leave uncooked batter sitting out for long. It makes the “cookies” take on a sour taste.

-Don’t try adding cacao/cocoa powder. It does nothing for the flavor. It only dulls the color.

-Use UNrefined coconut oil. It makes it taste better.

-Don’t worry about greasing pan before hand

-Using lime juice and anise extract, as my friend did, WILL give it a different flavor. I won’t say bad because she actually liked it (I did not though).

-Do NOT place hot “cookies” immediately onto paper napkins on a wooden table when they are done.

Why? The next day I saw that they left 2 dozen round, white stains on the table. To make matters worse, it wasn’t even my table!

After a long google search, I tried everything to get the stains off. In case you are ever in this dilemma, turning the table around does not help. Blowing a hairdryer at the stains for 20 minutes does NOT work either! I had to rub toothpaste over the spots with a paper towel over and OVER again. And not a simple scrub. More like a hysterical, standing-up-and-putting-my-full-weight-into-it scrub.

I’ve never felt so exhausted from cleaning before. Even after this, the stains still shone faintly. I then rubbed on olive oil and let it sit for an hour. And presto! The stains disappeared. And the angels sang to me. I celebrated by eating a beet “cookie.”

Needless to say, these “cookies” have history to them.

Feel free to experiment. Just report the results please!!!

By the way, I apologize for my longest blog post ever. I’ll make it up with a recipe:

Beet Cookies

Beet “Cookies” 

(Makes 12) 


1/2 cup spelt flour (can sub in whole wheat flour)

1/2 cup oat flour (can sub in more spelt or whole wheat flour)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

2 tablespoons UNrefined coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp pure organic maple syrup

2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup RAW beets, peeled and shredded*


Optional: add-ins such as chocolate chips, raisins, and/or nuts.

*To shred, pulse in food processor


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place flours, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Pulse in coconut oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add in beets and blend. To form dough ball, add 1/2 tbsp water at a time and give QUICK PULSES. Dough should be dry enough to work with without getting sticky hands. If its sticky, sprinkle in some flour or just work with the sticky dough (it won’t affect the finished product). Separate ball into 12 small balls and press down on baking pan (no need to grease) until desired shape. Press in add-ins. Bake for 8 minutes. Store in an air-tight container.