Gluten Free Desserts and Sweets

Chocolate Coconut Bars

Chocolate Coconut Bars
Chocolate Coconut Bars
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Servings: 20 bars
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Crust:

Filling:

Topping:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Generously grease a 9×13 baking dish with coconut oil.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt butter. Add almond flour, coconut flour, and salt. Press crust evenly into bottom of greased baking dish.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, gently warm coconut cream concentrate, honey and coconut oil. Add chocolate and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and spread over crust layer.

Top with 3 cups shredded coconut, spread evenly across top layer pressing down slightly into filling layer.

Bake in oven about 10 minutes, or until coconut is toasted.

Cool completely on counter, then refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars, and store in the refrigerator.

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Marbled Peanut Butter Fudge

Marbled Peanut Butter Fudge
Marbled Peanut Butter Fudge
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 5 minutes + 1 hour freezing

Peanut Butter Fudge:

Chocolate Marble:

Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.

On the stovetop melt all of the fudge ingredients on low heat. Pour into pan.

Now melt the chocolate marble ingredients. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter mixture in the pan and use a fork to swirl the chocolate into the peanut butter.

Freeze for an hour then cut into squares and serve.

Keeps best in the freezer.

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Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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Servings: 12
Preparation Time: 5 minutes + freezing time

  • 16 ounces dark chocolate cocoa, divided
  • 8 tablespoons + 4 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
  • 8 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

You’ll need a 12 cup mini muffin tin for this recipe.

On the stovetop on medium-low heat, melt 8 ounces of cocoa with 4 tablespoons of coconut oil then remove from heat. With a small spoon, evenly distribute the melted chocolate into each muffin cup. Freeze for 15 minutes.

On the stovetop on medium-low heat, melt all of the peanut butter and 4 teaspoons of coconut oil then remove from heat. Evenly pour the peanut butter mixture over the frozen chocolate in the muffin tins and then freeze this part for 15 minutes.

Melt the remaining 8 ounces of cocoa with the remaining 4 tablespoons of coconut oil; spoon the final chocolate layer over each peanut butter cup. Place the pan in the freezer for 15 more minutes, until firm, and then remove and serve.

Note: These cups can be broken into pieces and served as a topping on homemade coconut ice cream.

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Coconut Collagen Balls

Coconut Collagen Balls
Coconut Collagen Balls
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Servings: 20
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

If the coconut cream concentrate is solid, warm it by placing the jar in a pan of hot water. After 5 minutes, when the cream melts, stir it gently till it is uniformly smooth. Once creamy, measure 1/2 cup of coconut cream concentrate into a bowl. Add collagen peptide powder, honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil, and salt. Also add the cocoa powder, if using. Mix very well using a fork. When the mixture is uniform, shape into bite size balls and keep them in a baking tray or a plate. Refrigerate for 30 mins.

Mix very well. When the mixture is uniform, shape into bite size balls and keep them on a baking tray or a plate. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Alternatively, the mixture can be patted into a baking pan. Score it using a knife to make bite-size squares and keep the pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Enjoy as a hard candy or, if desired, let them soften slightly at room temperature before eating.

Store in the refrigerator.

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Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes
Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcakes
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Servings: 10
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

In a mixing bowl, combine flours, arrowroot starch, baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening or butter until mixture is crumbly. Add in apple cider vinegar, vanilla, and honey. Slowly pour in milk until mixture forms a dough ball.

Form dough into 10 biscuits. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 375° F for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Cut biscuits in half and place on serving dishes. Add a dollop of whipped cream and top with fresh strawberries.

*You can grind your own almond flour by placing whole almonds in a blender/food processor and blending until you get a fine meal.

*For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

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Sprouted Flax and Raisin Cookies

Sprouted Flax and Raisin Cookies
Sprouted Flax and Raisin Cookies
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Servings: 20 cookies
Preparation Time: 45 minutes

  • 1 cup sprouted flax meal
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup whole cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1.5 cups raisins

Preheat oven to 375° degrees.

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in the raisins.

Use a regular size cookie scoop to place batter on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten the balls slightly.

Bake about 12 minutes.

Cool cookies on a cooling rack; serve with your favorite milk beverage.

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No Bake Dark Chocolates with Toasted Almonds and Coconut Flakes

No Bake Dark Chocolates with Toasted Almonds and Coconut Flakes
No Bake Dark Chocolates with Toasted Almonds and Coconut Flakes
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Servings: 24
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Lightly toast coconut flakes and allow to cool. Lightly toast almond slices and allow to cool.

Mix and gently heat coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, sugar and cocoa powder, over low heat until well combined. Be careful not to scorch the cocoa powder. Turn heat off and stir in vanilla and salt. Then stir in the almond butter, toasted almond slices, and toasted coconut flakes.

When well mixed, taste the mixture to ensure it’s sweet and salty enough for your taste. Adjust by adding salt or honey if necessary and mix well to combine.

Spoon little mounds of the mixture onto a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper (or into candy molds) and place in the freezer to set. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container.

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Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Plantain Cookies

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Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Plantain Cookies
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Servings: 32-35 cookies
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 medium ripe plantain
  • 1/4 cup coconut cream concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use powder if you are AIP)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (use mace if you are AIP)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • ground cinnamon to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven to 325º F.

Prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Peel the plantain and process in food processor until smooth. Add all the other ingredients except the shredded coconut and process until smooth. Taste the batter to make sure it is sweet enough for you. Add the shredded coconut and just pulse until combined. Transfer the batter to a bowl.

Using a teaspoon drop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet leaving room to expand. Use all the cookie batter this way.

Place plastic wrap over the cookie sheets and with a spatula flatten the cookies (this helps it not stick).

Bake for about 18 – 20 minutes or until the edges brown. Remove and let cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

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