Vegan & Gluten-Free APPLE CRISP

Because my spouse does not like pies, but really likes the crumble and the gooey stuff inside my apple pie, I came up with this sweet and scrumptious apple crisp. If the inners and the top are your things, then this crisp, with a dollop of vegan vanilla ice cream is the perfect end to your Thanksgiving meal.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes

Servings: 6 to 8

Ingredients

TOPPING
1/2 cup GLUTEN-FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (I use King Arthur)
(I use all purpose flours with Xanthan Gum already in the mix.
If you don't then you will need to add it. When adding 
xanthan (zan-than) gum to a recipe, use about 1/4 teaspoon
per cup of flour. Blend it evenly into your dry ingredients before mixing.)
1/2 cup GLUTEN-FREE ROLLED OATS 
1/2 cup LIGHT BROWN SUGAR - PACKED (For a sugar-free recipe use coconut sugar instead)
1/2 tsp BAKING POWDER
1/4 tsp GROUND CINNAMON
1/8 tsp SALT
5 Tbsp VEGAN BUTTER - softened and chopped up

FILLING
4 GRANNY SMITH APPLES (5 cups)- peeled & chopped into small cubes
3 Tbsp VEGAN BUTTER - melted
2 Tbsp GLUTEN-FREE ALL PURPOSE FLOUR (with Xanthan Gum)
1 Tbsp LEMON JUICE
3 Tbsp CASHEW MILK (or any nut-milk)
1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
1/4 cup LIGHT BROWN SUGAR - packed
1/2 tsp GROUND CINNAMON
1/2 tsp GROUND NUTMEG
1/8 tsp SALT

Directions

  • PRE-HEAT oven to 375 degrees F
  • COAT 8X8 baking dish with cooking spray
  • In a medium bowl, COMBINE all the topping ingredients and mix until it forms small crumbles. If you have a pastry blade that might help.
  • REFRIGERATE the topping until later
  • In a large bowl, ADD the chopped apples
  • ADD the butter, flour, lemon juice, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and spices and stir until completely combined
  • TRANSFER the apple mixture into the greased baking dish and spread evenly
  • SPRINKLE topping evenly over apples and pat down so that it covers nicely
  • BAKE for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • COOL in the pans for 5-10 minutes before serving
  • STORE in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This crisp freezes well for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in over on 350 for 20 minutes.

Adapted from http://www.mamaknowsglutenfree.com

Easy Gluten-free Dairy-free Banana Bread

It’s OK if you don’t want to believe me, but this is the best Banana Bread you will ever eat and it is also gluten and dairy free. Once you make it you will absolutely agree. I made this batch with dairy-free chocolate chips and topped it with walnuts but I have also made it with raisans, flax seed, and almonds. Let me know how yours turns out and what options you put in.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 45-50 minutes

Servings: 12 slices (2 loaves)

Ingredients

4 large EGGS
4-5 very ripe BANANAS, mashed
1 cup SUGAR
4 ounces natural APPLESAUCE
1/3 cup high quality VEGETABLE OIL
1 teaspoon VANILLA
2 cups GLUTEN-FREE ALL-PURPOSE BAKING FLOUR
1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
1/4 teaspoon SALT
OPTION Pairings:
1/2 cup DAIRY-FREE CHOCOLATE CHIPS
1/2 cup WALNUTS, chopped/smashed
or
1/2 cup RAISINS
1/2 cup FLAX SEED
1/2 cup ALMONDS, chopped


Directions

  • PRE-HEAT oven to 350 degrees F
  • COAT two 9X5 loaf pans with cooking spray
  • In a large bowl, BEAT the eggs and add the bananas and MASH together (or you can mash the bananas before this step, but I don’t like to dirty too many bowls)
  • ADD the sugar, oil, vanilla, and applesauce and mix together well
  • In medium bowl, BLEND together the flour, salt, and baking soda
  • ADD the dry ingredients into the banana mash and with a big spoon or spatula MIX until all the dry ingredients are combined. Banana lump are fine, don’t over mix.
  • FOLD IN any mix-ins at this point
  • TRANSFER the batter into the loaf pans and SPRINKLE the top of each loaf with the nuts
  • BAKE for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the loaf comes out clean
  • COOL in the pans for 10 minutes and then REMOVE from pans and cool on a wire rack for another 20 minutes
  • NOTE: Try peeling your bananas from the bottom up, instead of the stem down, for easy, no mess peeling, especially when over ripe.
  • STORE in an air-tight container on the counter for up to 2 days, then refrigerate. This bread freezes well for up to 6 months. Slice it frozen and toast it in the toaster oven.

Gluten-free Vegan Chocolate Toffee Matzo Bark for Passover

Being dairy-free, I love when Passover comes around because the desserts are among my favorites. I created this gluten-free vegan Matzo Bark as an alternative to all the cakes and macaroons that I make this time of year. If you want to make it Kosher for Passover, then make sure to get Shmurah matzo. You can top this with any type of nut or even cherries or cranberries. Let me know what you think.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Servings: 12-16

Ingredients

5-6 gluten-free SALTED MATZO-Style boards 
If making for Passover use Shmurah matzo
1 cup DARK BROWN SUGAR, packed
1 stick VEGAN BUTTER (Soy-free Earth Balance)
2 cups VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIPS (Enjoy Life)
1/2 teaspoon pure VANILLA
Pinch of SEA SALT
1/2 cup SALTED PEANUTS, smashed/finely chopped
1/2 cup ROASTED ALMONDS, chopped
Non-stick COOKING SPRAY
PARCHMENT paper

Directions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F
  • LINE rimmed baking dish with parchment and SPRAY with non-stick spray
  • COVER the bottom of the baking dish with a single layer of matzo. Break the pieces if you need to make them fit.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, COMBINE sugar and butter, STIR frequently until it bubbles and boils. Be careful not to burn the syrup. BOIL for 1-minute stirring constantly.
  • ADD a big pinch of salt and the vanilla to the syrup
  • POUR the syrup over the matzo and SPREAD evenly with a heat-proof spatula
  • BAKE 7-10 minutes until toffee syrup is bubbling. Make sure to check frequently so that it does not burn.
  • REMOVE from the oven and immediately SPRINKLE the chocolate chips over the toffee and let it MELT for 1-3 minute from the heat of the syrup
  • SPREAD the melted chocolate chips evenly with a heat-proof spatula
  • SPRINKLE the nuts over the chocolate and PRESS gently so that they stick well
  • REFRIGERATE the sheet for 30 minutes to 1 hour until hard
  • BREAK the matzo boards into pieces and store in an air-tight container until ready to serve
  • STORE in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

Paleo Almond Coconut Bread

I missed having a thick slice of homemade bread, like I used to before I was gluten-free, to go along with my warm bowl of butternut squash soup. So, I created this delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo bread that brings together the nutty flavors of almond and coconut with just a hint of cinnamon spice and maple. The bread is so moist that you don’t even need additional spreads.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30-35 minutes

Servings: 8 to 12 slices

Ingredients

1-1/3 cups ALMOND FLOUR
1/2 cup COCONUT FLOUR
1/4 cup FLAX SEED MEAL
1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
1/2 teaspoon SALT
5 EGGS
2 teaspoons LEMON JUICE
2 tablespoons MAPLE SYRUP
3 tablespoons VEGAN BUTTER
(+1 tablespoon for topping), melted
1/2 teaspoon CINNAMON, ground
(+1/2 teaspoon for topping)

Directions

  • PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F
  • PREPARE a 9X5 loaf pan with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, COMBINE almond flour, coconut flour, flax seed meal, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  • In a medium bowl, WHISK eggs
  • MIX maple syrup into eggs
  • WHISK melted butter into egg mixture. Stir well.
  • COMBINE the egg mixture with the dry mixture. STIR well, making sure that there are no lumps in the batter.
  • POUR the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Pat down the loaf so that the top is level for a nice looking crust
  • BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown
  • While bread is baking, PREPARE topping
    • In a small bowl, MELT 1 teaspoon of butter
    • MIX 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the butter
  • REMOVE the loaf from the oven when a toothpick inserted in loaf comes out clean
  • LIFT the loaf by the parchment and place on a plate to cool
  • BRUSH topping mixture over loaf while hot
  • SERVE warm or room temperature
  • STORE in the refrigerator in foil for 4 to 5 days or freeze for 3 months

Inspired by CotterCrunch Cinnamon Almond Flour Bread