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Better Than Bakery Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Better Than Bakery Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 35 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 12 muffins

Just in time for back to school! A gluten-free chocolate chip zucchini muffin that tastes better than one from a bakery. The zucchini adds great nutritional value and keeps the chocolate chip muffins extra moist. I promise you will not be able to stop at one because they taste... Read More

Ingredients

3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp. GF baking powder (preferably aluminum free)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Xanthan gum (omit if your blend already has it)
1/4 tsp. Pure sea salt
2 cups grated fresh zucchini with skin
2 large eggs at room temperature or for vegan option use 2 flax eggs
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk at room temperature
1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
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Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Squares (Gluten-Free)

Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Squares (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 55 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 9

When it comes to Thanksgiving in my home, traditionally it is pumpkin pie and chocolate pecan pie. This year I am breaking the tradition and will make chocolate pumpkin cake with ganache and these amazing chocolate pecan shortbread squares. Shortbread is festive on its own but add a chocolate... Read More

Ingredients

SHORTBREAD LAYER
1/2 cup softened salted butter
1/4 cup coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
1/2 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
1/2 cup almond flour
CHOCOLATE PECAN LAYER
2 Tbsp. salted softened butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or sweetener of choice
3 large eggs at room temperature
2 Tbsp. cream or milk at room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups raw pecans
1 cup GF chocolate chips
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Instant Pot Creamy Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 5 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 15 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 4 - 6

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

You asked, and I listened. One of the questions I repeatedly hear is why I don't have gluten-free Instant Pot recipes on my website. Well, it was time for me to invest in an Instant Pot. However, first I had to do my research. Which brand, what size and the various features the instant pot should have, all of these factors are important. So here it is my new instant pot and my new best friend ;-) Now the fun starts, learning how to use it correctly. After experimenting with numerous recipes, I decided to share my favourite one, an easy Instant Pot coconut curry chicken. For a healthier and heartier meal, I also added some vegetables which compliment this curry dish. The coconut curry chicken is so flavourful, the chicken and vegetables are cooked to perfection, and the sauce is just right wow! I can't believe how delicious the curry turned out. And it was so easy to make. The best thing that I LOVE about this recipe is the cleanup, only one pot and a clean stove. The total cooking time is 20 minutes and if you are quick at prepping, the total time for the entire dinner is less than 30 minutes. So I am converted, there will be a lot more Instant Pot recipes coming your way. I would like to mention, while the curry was cooking, I made easy basmati rice to go with this incredibly delicious coconut curry chicken. 

Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 20 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 4 - 6

Maple Caramel Apple Tart {Gluten-Free}

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 20 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 70 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 6 - 8

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 50 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 6

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 60 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 6

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Cheese Bread

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 60 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 1 loaf

30 Minute Gluten-Free Cheese and Garlic Flatbread

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Beginner
Cook Time icon Cook Time 20 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 8-10 pc

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 25 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 10

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 35 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 4

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 3 min each Minutes
Serves icon Serves 32

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 40 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 6

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 55 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 8

Irish Lamb Stew Recipe {Gluten-Free}

There is nothing more satisfying after a long cold day than coming home to a delicious Irish lamb stew. This has been a very cold winter so far, especially on the East coast, so comfort food becomes a priority in many homes. When it comes to a winning gluten-free Irish lamb stew, there are few things to know. First, you can't use Guinness stout because it contains gluten. Then, it takes time, you can't rush a good stew. The stew is simmered slowly and in stages. First, the meat is cooked in a delicious meaty sauce, then you add the veggies and cook the stew just long enough for the veggies to be tender but still firm. I don't know about you, but when it comes to a stew, you want the meat to be tender enough, so it starts to pull apart and the veggies to be cooked but still keeping their shape. In order to get that delicious meaty flavour the meat has to be browned correctly, please see the instructions. Then an essential part of making an amazing Irish lamb stew is, chill the stew overnight. By doing this, the flavour of the stew intensifies, and the sauce thickens. This Irish lamb stew won a 10 out of 10 in our test kitchen. This stew goes exceptionally well with gluten-free chia soda bread. Enjoy! 

Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 120 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 4 - 6

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb}

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 10 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 15 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 20

Buffalo Chicken Kale Salad {Keto, Gluten-Free}

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Prep Time icon Prep Time 15 Minutes
Difficulty icon Difficulty Easy
Cook Time icon Cook Time 15 Minutes
Serves icon Serves 4