Posts Tagged ‘Nut-Free’

No-Dye Green Cookies (Paleo and Nut-Free)

Say what? Another post? All in the same week? This must be a record.

Anyway, I HAD to share this recipe before St. Patty’s day. It’s too perfect not to!

Here we have a grain-free and nut-free paleo cookie. But wait for it… take a bite and the inside is COMPLETELY GREEN. And nope! No color dye or spinach was used to achieve this effect.

So what’s the secret? The combination of sunbutter and baking soda! It creates a chemical reaction that results in a green cookie. Just make sure to wait a few hours for the green to show up. I HIGHLY recommend waiting until the next day for the best results!

If you have little kids, I suggest making these the night before St. Patrick’s day and telling them that the leprechauns used their magic to jazz up the cookies. It works every time 😉 

No-Dye Green Shamrock Cookies (Paleo and Nut-Free)

No-Dye Green Cookies (Paleo and Nut-Free)

Ingredients:

3/4 cup organic sunbutter (I use the Once Again brand)

1 egg

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of stevia

Optional: 2 tbsp cane sugar (for a sweeter cookie. I usually omit)

3 tbsp coconut flour

3 tbsp chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine the sunbutter, egg, honey, and vanilla. Mix in baking soda, salt, stevia, and sugar (if using). Add in coconut flour and chocolate chips.

Roll into 12 balls and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly. Bake in the oven for 13 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Eat now OR wait a few hours for the green color to appear. I HIGHLY recommend allowing the cookies to sit overnight. The next day, the cookies will be completely green on the inside!!!

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Arugula Dip/Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo) 

Setting aside the excitement around the holidays, I am not a winter person. Mainly because I do not like cold weather. And no matter how many sweaters and jackets I put on, I am still cold. Having my bedroom in the basement of my house probably doesn’t help either. Hmmmm…

It’s a bit pathetic, but after being outside in the cold, my dog and I plop ourselves in front of our space heater and literally sit there until I turn red. I then just turn my body over and roast my other side.

Anyway, main point is: I want summer. But until I can burrow myself out of my blankets, I’ll take summer food instead. Which is how this recipe came to be.

As we no longer have garden-fresh basil (sob), arugula made for an interesting, yet satisfying twist. And the hidden broccoli made it a filling dip as well! I highly recommend serving/bringing this to your New Years Eve party. I’m sure hibernating family members and friends will appreciate it 😉

Arugula Dip/Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo) 

Arugula Dip/Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo) 

Ingredients: 

1 spear of broccoli florets (thick stems discarded)

1 cup fresh arugula, packed 

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice 

2 large garlic cloves 

1 tsp salt 

Directions: 

Place broccoli florets into a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Afterwards, drain of water and place florets in a bowl of cold water for another 5 minutes. Drain from the water again and transfer florets to a food processor. Add in the rest of the ingredients and puree until smooth. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow dip/pesto to cool and for flavors to set. Serve!

This year's Sibling Christmas Pic! (I'm on the right)

This year’s Sibling Christmas Pic! (I’m on the right)

Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo)

I bumped this pesto up to the top of my “recipes to post” list because I wanted to share it before everybody’s fresh basil dries out.

My family and I are seriously obsessed with this pesto and have been putting it on everything (my favorites so far is pairing it with hamburgers, chicken, and salmon) 

And my friend who’s allergic to nuts has even been able to enjoy it because there’s no nuts involved! (Nut-free also means it’s more readily-available to make since we don’t always have containers of raw nuts around the house). 

To give it extra volume, I add a spear of broccoli to the mix. No fears though! The broccoli goes completely undetected, providing you still with a basil-pesto taste 🙂  

Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo) Pesto (Nut-Free and Paleo) 

Ingredients: 

1 spear of broccoli florets (thick stems discarded)

2/3 cup fresh basil, loosely packed 

1 handful of fresh spinach (optional)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice 

2 large garlic cloves 

1 tsp salt 

Directions: 

Place broccoli florets into a pot of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of cold water to another 5 minutes. Drain out the water again and transfer florets to a food processor. Add rest of ingredients and process until smooth. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour to allow pesto to cool and for flavors to set. Serve!