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Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Bites

I was inspired to make these because I have read about or seen different things about cookie dough. The kind of dough that you can eat before baked and not be afraid of salmonella.

My youngest, who is going to be 25 loves cookie dough. Cookie dough ice cream was his favorite for a long time, and it maybe still. I guess you can say he inspired me to make these. Love you Josh.

This is so simple to make. there is a little hands off time in the freezer, but otherwise it is a snap to make.


  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
  • 4 dates soaked in hot water, drained
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 c chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp water
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

Combine dough ingredients into blender.

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Blitz in blender until dough is creamy.

Spoon/dip dough onto a sheet pan lined with a silicone mat/parchment paper.

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Put into freezer for about an hour to let the dough set up.

Chocolate Coating:

  • 1 c chocolate/chocolate chips

Add the chocolate chips to a microwave bowl.

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Microwave chips in 30 second increments. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth.

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Remove sheet pan with dough bites from the freezer. Dip each dough bite into melted chocolate and put back onto prepared sheet pan.

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Refrigerate coated dough bites until chocolate is set.

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Store in a sealable container in the refrigerator.

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Vanilla Cake

I have been wanting to make a vanilla cake for sometime. The first time I made this cake I did not bake it long enough and the batter was too wet and doughy. It can be tricky when you are baking with gluten free flour. Ugh it was so disappointing I had to throw it out.

The second time I made the cake it fell apart, yet the flavor was good. Well, third time was a charm. I used my own flour blend, which made all the difference.

I baked the batter in 2 8-inch rounds, one for today and I will freeze the second round. You could also double the recipe and make this a show stopping tall cake for a special occasion. Since I baked this for me and my honey for Valentine’s Day, one round is enough.

Dry Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or parchment line baking dish/pans.

Sift together dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

Wet Ingredient:

  • 1 1/2 c oat milk, unsweetened
  • 1 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla

In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix completely.

Pour batter into baking pans evenly.

Bake for 30-35 minutes. Do the toothpick test (toothpick should come out clean). Remove from oven and cool completely.

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Note: You can also bake this in a 13×9 baking dish, it may take a little longer to bake.

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Strawberry Cashew Frosting

  • 1 c cashew, raw, unsalted
  • 3/4 c water, hot
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tsp organic sugar
  • 3 tbsp Confectioners sugar, plus more as needed
  • 4 oz. vegan cream cheese

In a small bowl combine strawberries and sugar. Let set in refrigerator for about 45 minutes.

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Add strawberry mixture. Do a taste test, if needed add confectioners sugar. The confectioners sugar will sweeten as well as thicken the frosting.

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GF Blueberry Muffins – Vegan

I am learning how to make muffins all over again. Because now they are gluten-free and vegan. It is a learning curve, each type, whether gluten-free or vegan each have their own set of challenges. You first have to have the right blend of flours for gluten-free muffins, and then you need different kinds of leaveners and binders for vegan muffins. When you combine the two it can be rather tricky. However, I like a challenge when it comes to baking or cooking.

These muffins have a secret ingredient that gives these muffins an incredible rise and doming. They are so pretty.  The secret ingredient is aquafaba. Aquafaba is the liquid from canned garbanzo/chick peas. It is like liquid gold, so do not throw it out. It will keep in your refrigerator for a week, or you can freeze it. Freeze it in tablespoon measurements. In any case they will whip up beautifully, just let the liquid come to room temp before you whip up the aquafaba.

By whipping the aquafaba you are incorporating a binder and a leavener all in one ingredient. This miracle ingredient will make all the difference in your vegan baking.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3c GF All-purpose Flour Blend
  • 1 c organic sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp Himalayn salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease muffin wells. Set aside

Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.

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  • 2 c blueberries (1 cup is just not enough)

Stir blueberries into dry ingredients.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c almond milk yogurt, plain
  • 2/3 c oat milk
  • 7 tbsp apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk together all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

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Stir in wet ingredients into dry ingredients until all dry ingredients are wet.

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Aquafaba Whip:

  • 3 tbsp aquafaba liquid
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

In a medium bowl whip aquafaba and cream of tartar using a handheld mixer. The stand mixer does not work very well due to the little amount of liquid to whip.

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Whip aquafaba until you have stiff peaks.

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Fold whipped aquafaba into batter by thirds.

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Spoon batter into prepared muffin wells.

Bake for 22/30 minutes (12 well tin/6 well tin), or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: Because there is 2 c of blueberries the batter makes 6 bakery size (6 well tin) and 3 home size muffins (12 well tin).



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GF Banana Bread – Vegan

I know there are thousands of banana bread recipes out in the world wide web and books, but be honest they are not necessarily worth making twice, or they have ingredients that are not actually the best for you.

Since the beginning of the year I have been making more Whole Food Plant Based foods (WFPB). It started as an experiment to see how I would feel. How I felt totally surprised me.

I thought I would feel a little tired and sluggish, yet I felt incredibly energetic. My digestive issues dissipated. It has been about 4 weeks and I cannot believe the difference in my overall everyday living.

This is why you might have noticed a difference in the recipes on my blog. I have been doing a lot more testing on recipes. It has been a learning curve because traditional ingredients or methods do not necessarily work well for WFPB eating. Because my kitchen is one of my happy places I have relished this new adventure.

This Banana Bread fits all the checkmarks for WFPB and tastes amazing too. Make sure to follow my blog so you do not miss out on any new healthful recipes. Now, to that bread.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 c GF All-purpose Flour Blend
  • 3/4 c organic sugar
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 1/2 x 8 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

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  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

Stir in walnuts into dry ingredients. Set aside dry ingredients mixture.

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Wet Ingredients:

  • 3 large bananas, ripe but firm, peeled
  • 6 tbsp applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/3 c almond milk yogurt ( I like Kite Hill)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Add bananas to a stand mixer. Beat bananas until broken up and they are half chunky and half creamy. This only takes about 60 seconds.

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Add remaining wet ingredients and mix for about 30-60 seconds. You should still have some banana chunks.

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Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix for about 30 seconds. Finish mixing by hand.

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Spoon batter into prepared 4 1/2 x 8 loaf pan.

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Bake for 60 minutes. Turn loaf halfway through baking time.

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Oatmeal Apple-Cranberry Cookies

I have been craving cookies for about a week. Then I started thinking about the Apple-Cranberry Crumble I made recently and decided that the crumble would make a phenomenal cookie.

So here you go, this is my take on and Apple-Cranberry Crumble in cookie form. The cookies are cooling as I write this – Oh, they smell so good. Just a couple more minutes and they will be mine. I am a happy girl right now.

These cookies are gluten-free (of course) and vegan. I have been doing a lot of experimenting and cooking/baking with plant based ingredients, as you will notice by my blog. I am really enjoying the challenge of coming up with scrumptious eats and treats that are plant based.

  • 1/3 c almond butter
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 c oat flour
  • 1/3 c sorghum flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/8 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 c oats, rolled
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pan with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

In a large mixing bowl mix together almond butter, applesauce, maple sugar and vanilla.

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Add oat flour, sorghum flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Stir until well mixed.

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Mix in apple, oats and dried cranberries.

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Spoon out into mounds onto sheet pan.

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Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes. The longer they are baked the crisper the cookie. I prefer soft chewy cookies.

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Remove from oven and cool on pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to cooking rack. Let cook completely.

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Turtle Bars

I try to make one treat for the week. Something that is not too elaborate, yet hits the sweet spot when we have got to have a little nibble of something sweet. This particular sweetness is a little different for me to make. I am trying to expand my culinary boundaries.

These Caramel Bars hit all the spots: sweet, salty and crunch. The shortbread base is the platform for the caramel (sweet). The pecans add the salt and crunch. And there definitely has to be some chocolate. There it is a Turtle Bar.

Shortbread Crust:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients into a food processor. Pulse ingredients until they resemble a meal with pea size pieces of margarine throughout the flour mixture.

Press mixture into a parchment lined 8X8 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside refrigerator to cool.

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  • 3/4 c maple sugar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1/4 c vegan margarine (or butter)
  • 4 tsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a small sauce pan over medium heat combine: maple sugar, molasses, margarine and milk. Stir occasionally, bringing all the ingredients together. The sugar should be dissolved and the margarine is melted.

When the ingredients have come together turn heat up to bring mixture to a boil. Keep stirring during this time so that it does not burn. Boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

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Pour caramel over cooled shortbread layer. Refrigerate until caramel has set.

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Chocolate Layer:

  • 1/2 c pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp of Kosher or Flaked Salt
  • 1 c chocolate chips

Melt chocolate chips either over a double boiler or in the microwave. If using the microwave, stir every 30 seconds, until melted.

Pour melted chocolate over caramel. Spread evenly. Sprinkle pecans and salt over chocolate. return to refrigerator to set the chocolate layer.

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When the chocolate is completely set lift out the bar by the parchment paper. Cut bars into squares.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Banana-Pecan Breakfast Bars

I know you have been there. You have 2-3 overripe bananas and your thinking, banana bread or banana muffins, again. Well, not this time. These breakfast bars can be made and everything cleaned up in under 30 minutes. they will last 5 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container. These are great for those grab and go morning.

There is a secret ingredient that will revolutionize your healthful baking. Vanilla Cashew Frosting. Yes, you read the right – Frosting. The frosting is made of cashews, dates, vanilla and water.

  • 2-3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2c Cashew Vanilla Frosting
  • 2 c GF rolled oats
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger, ground
  • pinch of sea salt
  • coconut oil, to grease baking dish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl blend together bananas and cashew frosting until creamy and combined.

Mix in oats, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt.

Spoon oat mixture into 8X8 baking dish.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes.This depends on how chewy you want them to be. Cool and slice into 10 bars.

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Carrot Cake Donuts

I started out going to make a carrot cake, but then I thought I haven’t made donuts in months. Then I thought, Carrot Cake Donuts sounds pretty good. So here we are making Carrot Cake Donuts.

They are cooling as I write this post and I can hardly wait to have one. So when you see a picture with a bite taken out you know that is a real bite.

I have always liked carrot cake. It has a vegetable in it, so it has to be good for you, right?? They are gluten free and vegan. Also, there is no refined sugars. These donuts are packed with flavor and none of the bad stuff.

This batter is made entirely in the food processor.

  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 4 1/2 oz whole dates, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 c applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 c  GF oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 c carrots, finely shredded
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped

In the food processor add milk, dates, banana and vanilla. Pulse a few times to break up the dates. Let ingredients set for about 15 minutes to let the dates soften.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger and carrots. blend until completely mixed and carrots are in small pieces. Add walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are broken up.

Spoon batter into a ziplock bag. Squeeze out air and snip the end of the bag so that you can pipe the batter into a donut pan.

Tip: If you are using a silicone pan, place the silicone pan onto a sheet pan. Then pipe batter into donut rings. This make s it much easier to work with the donut pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool inside the donut pan. They will probably break apart if you try to remove them sooner. Turn donuts out onto board/platter (whatever is large enough).

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You can eat them plain or ice with your favorite icing.

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Apple Cake Squares


At least 5 days a week I try to work on recipes that I can bring to my readers that are healthy, gluten free, and over the top delicious. I gather inspiration from fellow bloggers, cookbooks and even magazine articles. Needless to say I do a lot of reading on different formats (electronic and paper).

This recipe was inspired by a book I saw in the book store. I can honestly say I am at the book store at least once 3 out of 4 weeks. Yes, I like books. It is probably time to donate some of my cookbooks that I have not peeked at in a long time. Sorry, back to the recipe.

You can feel good about serving this anytime – Breakfast, Snack, Dessert, this cake hits the spot.

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 c gluten free flour blend
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 c maple sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp  sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 c oil (your choice)
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Apple: Mixture:

  • 3 pink lady apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • 1/2 c walnuts, chopped


  • 1 c powdered maple sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×13 cake pan.

In a large bowl combine: flour, xanthan, maple sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and sea salt.

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In a liquid measuring cup combine wet ingredients: oil, water, vanilla and apple cider vinegar.

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Pour wet ingredients in dry ingredients and stir. Batter will be thick resembling a cookie dough.

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Fold in apple mixture into batter and stir.

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Spoon batter into cake pan.

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Bake for 30-35 minutes. The cake should be light golden brown on the top when it is done.

Pour icing on to cake while it is still warm. Let icing set.

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Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Note: This would be extra good with your favorite ice cream served on top.

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Double Chip Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These cookies are a combination of two of my Chocolate Chip Cookies with a little twist. I added a hint of coffee to blossom the raw cacao added to the cookies. These cookies turned out amazing, not too sweet, just the right amount of chocolate flavor and a sweet tang from the cranberries. It is such a lovely bite. The thing is, these are gluten-free, grain-free with no refined sugars. It makes me a happy girl to have a treat that is on the healthier side. These are perfect to start out your healthier living this new year and still have a little indulgence.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2c paleo all-purpose flour (see website)
  • 1/2 c raw cacao
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 3/4 c maple sugar
  • 1/2 c honey granules

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted


  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips
  • 1 c dried cranberries

In a large stand mixing bowl add dry ingredients. Add the eggs, stir. Add the melted butter and coconut oil. Mix well. Stir in white chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until all ingredients are well combined.

Roll dough into a log onto wax paper. Wrap dough with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 60 + minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls. Place onto a parchment lined sheet pan. 6 dough balls per sheet pan.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Cookies

I had about a cup of pumpkin puree left over from the pumpkin maple scones I had made. I was trying to think of something to make with the remaining pumpkin so it would not go to waste. I do not like waste, especially food. I had been thinking of making some type of cookies, and then I remembered I use to make some soft and fragrant pumpkin cookies. Perfect! I had to search for the recipe, and then change it to fit how we eat now compared to those many years ago.

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I first did not realize it, and was a little bit surprised, but these are VEGAN. Yep, I said the V word, and they are so delicious. My house smells incredibly good from baking these cookies.  They are cooling on the counter. I can’t wait anymore, gotta have one now.

  • 3/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c paleo all-purpose flour (see website)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 c dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line sheet pans with parchment paper.

Mix maple syrup, pumpkin puree, coconut oil and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cranberries, and pecans.

Mix dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture. Stir until well combined.

I used an ice cream scoop so the cookies are of substantial size. that is just the way I like my cookies. Bake 15-18 minutes. Let cool for at least 5-10 minutes. Share. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

I have been thinking about scones for weeks. Since I love the flavor of pumpkin and maple I thought I would combine the two and have one great scone.  You can definitely taste both the maple and pumpkin. These are perfect for any time: breakfast, snack, afternoon tea, or a “just because” treat. They would make wonderful home-baked gifts.

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  • 1/2 c maple sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 c paleo all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c almond milk

Maple – Cinnamon Glaze:

In a medium bowl combine dry ingredients: maple sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and flour. Whisk to thoroughly combine.

Using a pastry blender cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles a coarse meal.

In a separate bowl combine pumpkin, egg and milk (wet ingredients).

Fold wet ingredients into dry. Form a disk about an inch thick. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for 30-60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Cut disk into 6 pieces. Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Bake until golden brown. 12-15 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet.

Drizzle glaze onto each scone. Place on a cooling rack and let glaze set. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

Note: Store in refrigerator if you have any leftover.