I make these as a mini cupcake and sprinkle with fresh strawberries for added color and flavor. A great dairy-free way to make a delicious, creamy frosting. Try using different nut butters and flavor extracts to create your own version.
GF Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
½ cup coconut flour
½ TSP baking powder*
½ TSP baking soda*
½ TSP salt
2 TBSP coconut oil
4 organic free-range eggs
¼ cup honey, maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
¾ cup fruit-sweetened strawberry jam (or ripe strawberry puree)
1 TBSP vanilla
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup coconut cream
2-3 TBSP maple syrup or raw honey
½ TSP vanilla
Dash sea salt
- Preheat oven at 350F.
- Combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir until well incorporated.
- Spoon into a greased muffin tin and bake for 16-20 minutes.
- While baking prepare frosting and refrigerate.
- When muffins are ready, pull from oven and cool.
- Once cool, top with frosting.
*I tend to leave out baking powder and baking soda and the results are generally the same. Sometimes I add in a spoon of chia seeds in place of baking soda/powder.
For those of you that like bread but prefer to avoid the gluten and yeast, this might just be your new favourite recipe. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, just like a good ‘ol bakery bun. Make sure your agar agar is of good quality, otherwise you will be working with a highly-bleached product.
Both my daughter and I follow a low-gluten diet. A good task as both of us showed positive for gluten-intolerance in recent allergy testing. For me, avoiding gluten has helped me to heal from Hashimoto’s. For my daughter, avoiding gluten has kept her focused on eating higher nutrient foods. I also prefer to avoid yeast and to make my own bread using agar agar, baking powder, chia seeds or eggs. I also make my own sourdough using airborne “yeast,” which means I simply let the bread ferment at room temperature for a few days.
Since I still want to enjoy “bread,” if not every day at least from time to time, I came up with this recipe. Now we enjoy warm toast with melted butter and fresh jam- a taste that stands in a league of its own.
2 heaping cups of flour (I used only brown rice, but prefer to mix with one other gluten free flour, like oat or millet)
1/4 cup agar agar
2/3 cup hot water (give or take)
Large pinch of sea salt
Garnish: sunflower seeds, coconut oil or butter
- Mix flour and agar agar in a bowl.
- Add in about 1/4 cup hot water. This will cause the agar agar to gelatinise.
- Knead together flour with hands for about 4-5 minutes, making sure dough is soft enough to form a ball but not sticky enough to stick to your fingers.
- Roll into a ball and let it sit for about 3 hours in a warm, draft free area.
- Roll into balls and top with sunflower seeds and oil/butter.
- Bake at 400F for about 10-12 minutes.
These are best eaten warm right out of the oven. As we are in Mykonos, I topped my bread with fresh homemade goat cheese and local honey.
I made these on a whim. Had a craving for something warm, gooey and chewy and boy did they hit the SPOT!
Since it is cherry season it is easy to find cherries here in Greece and they are so delicious. I love that, unlike most fruits, cherries are a “warm” fruit. This means that if you have a colder constitution, cherries are a great fruit source for you.
I just found out that both my daughter and I have egg sensitivities, mainly to the whites, so I have been making more vegan-based recipes, which is my culinary background. Chia or flax seeds are a great binding agent, as well as baking powder, agar agar and even bananas. I love using chia seeds as they are loaded with good stuff, including calcium, zinc, and antioxidants. Toddler approved, as my daughter ate these up!
1/3 coconut butter, coconut oil or coconut cream
1/3 cup water
1 cup GF oats, ground
handful of cherries, de-pitted
2 TBSP pine nuts
1 TBSP chia seeds
1/4 TSP vanilla stevia (or 2 TBSP honey, maple syrup or sweetener of choice)
Dash of cardamom and sea salt
- If using coconut butter, thin over hot water until runny.
- Mix butter, water and oats.
- Fold in remaining ingredients.
- Pour into muffin cups or a greased muffin tin.
- Top with a sprinkle of pine nuts.
- Bake at 200C for about 15 minutes.
Makes about 6 muffins.