(My monster fudgesicle – gluten and dairy free! Happy Summer)
I’m always up for making things at home (beef jerky, granola bars, ice tea, etc.). I know there is convenience in buying many of these things, but I rather enjoy making things at home. One it’s a challenge for me, two I know exactly what is going into my food. I love making gallons of ice tea at home because I can control the amount of sugar (or honey, or agave) that goes into my tea. It is truly amazing how much can be found in a gallon of store-bought ice tea.
We don’t buy much ice cream at the store and I don’t ever make it only because I do not have an ice cream maker. Oh, how I wish I had one. Instead I make pops. We bought two packages of Monster Popsicle Molds (I found mine at Marshall’s/T.J. Maxx) which can be purchased from Amazon.com. We love these little things, maybe it brings out the inner kid in both of us, but they just make me laugh. I’ve taken regular juice and frozen it in these to make juice pops in the past and this works out rather well. You can even throw in some chunks of frozen fruit that you might have (I’m a fan of pineapple juice pops with chunks of pineapple and mango in them!).
Last night I was searching online for new recipes and came across one for homemade fudcesicles from one of my favorite blogs Baked By Rachel. Rachel’s recipe was an adaptation from Comfy Belly. I read through the simple ingredients and instructions and was a bit sad when I realized I didn’t have any milk in the house. I don’t normally have regular milk in the house because after so many years of thinking I was lactose intolerant (and Bryan really is lactose intolerant) the taste and smell of regular milk just make my stomach turn. I always have either soy, hemp, nut, or rice milk on hand though. I wasn’t sure if this would work out the same but I was pleasantly surprised today when I tried one! Woo Hoo – homemade fudgesicles made with chocolate hazelnut milk and agave nectar were a success!
The chocolate hazelnut milk I used in this recipe is both gluten-free and dairy-free. I also used this in my Samoa Rice Pudding recipe. These little pops are great during these warm days. The recipe below filled seven of the monster popsicle molds with a little extra left over that I just threw in a small ramekin and froze – if you do not have pops you can pour the mixture into ramekins and freeze for at least four hours (comes out like chocolate Italian ice!!! so good). The pops should be frozen for at least 12-12 hours before removing from the molds.
(In the freezer – don’t these molds just make you smile? The purple ones remind me of Leela from Futurama- see image below)
Fudgesicles (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)
1C milk – of your choice. I used chocolate hazelnut milk however you could use regular milk, soy, nut, etc.
1/2C agave nectar or honey (you could even do half and half)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat combine all ingredients. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes just until all ingredients are combined and well blended. Remove from heat, and set aside for at least 15 minutes or until the mixture has reached room temperature.
- In the meantime you can prep your molds. If you do not have popsicle molds you can pour the mixture into ramekins and freeze for at least four hours (comes out like chocolate Italian ice!!! so good)
- For easier pouring I followed Rachel’s note and I transferred my liquid to a large glass measuring cup and filled my molds that way.
- If using molds, put the tops on them (with the stick end) and place in the freezer freeze for at least 4 hours but freezing over night is much better.
- If using ramekins freeze for at least 4 hours but again freezing over night is much better.
- To release the pops from the molds dip them in a glass filled with warm water for 5-7 seconds to help release them. Pull straight up.
(Leela – Futurama, one of our favorite shows)
Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry is one amazing woman and in my mind a genius when it comes to coconut and almond flour! Her website is the first one I came across when I was diagnosed almost three years ago and it is one that I continually go back to for inspirations. Her recipes are straightforward, simple yet unbelievably delicious and you don’t ever miss the gluten or the refined sugars.
While searching her website one day I found a recipe for cupcakes made with coconut flour so I went online ordered some coconut flour and have been making those cupcake ever since. I’m a huge lover of cupcakes and extremely picking when it comes to them. There was nothing to pick apart with these cupcakes so when I first heard that she was releasing a new cookbook all about cupcakes I put it on my wish list right away. Her cookbook has 50 (yes 50!) recipes all made from coconut or almond flour. When I received my review copy I went through the cookbook about ten times before deciding which to make first. This cookbook doesn’t only have delicious sounding recipes the photos make your mouth water. I finally decided on making the Garlic Cheddar Muffins and for a sweet treat the Marble Cupcakes. Another great thing about this cookbook is that each recipe has a sweetness scale next to it!
I started with the Garlic Cheddar Muffins because I wanted something more on the savory side and planned to eat them more as a biscuit with dinner. I ended up taking these to school the next day for breakfast. Again her recipes are simple and not many ingredients, yet these had so much flavor to them packed in to them and they are nice and fluffy. So as you can see you can eat these as a snack, along with dinner and even for breakfast ;) I’ll be making these again soon.
For a sweet treat yesterday, because it was just one of those days that called for baking. I went for the marble cupcakes made with coconut flour. We’ve been trying to get away from refined sugars in our house and this cookbook is perfect for that. I love baking with agave, it adds just the right amount of sweetness and it has a low glycemic index. I’ve made Elana’s coconut cupcakes for Bryan in the past but he forgot about them so he was a little hesitant to try these yesterday but he really really enjoyed them (in fact he just had another one). Next week I’ll be making Mocha Chip Cupcakes for a classmate of mine to celebrate her month-long Paleo Diet Challenge. I can’t wait to make her Strawberry Cupcakes soon, just waiting for my farmers market to open up next month.
I don’t have Elana’s first cookbook – The Almond Flour Cookbook (yet) but if you have that one and loved it, I’m sure you will love this one also. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? And who doesn’t love them when they use such fantastic ingredients such as coconut flour, Almond Flour eggs, and agave.
Elana is absolutely amazing, I can’t say enough good things about her and her recipes. Her website has helped me so much over the years. She was always very friendly and informative when I had questions for her. Check out her website and you can purchase her book on Amazon. Trust me you are going to love this cookbook. Thank you Elana for making this beautiful cookbook and sharing all of your wonderful creations with all of us.
Check out these other great reviews (and some might even have a giveaway) of this fantastic cookbook:
Shirley of GFE-Gluten Free Easily
Kim of Cook It Allergy Free
Sea of Book of Yum
Heidi of Adventures of A Gluten Free Mom
Gluten Free Granola
Canola Oil or Silpat
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup agave nectar
1 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 shredded coconut
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees
~If honey isn’t runny enough to mix, heat in the microwave for ten seconds.
~In a medium sized bowl all honey, agave nectar, oats, coconut, almonds and walnuts.. Mix until all ingredients are evenly coated with honey and agave.
~Either coat a cookie sheet with oil or use a Silpat. Evenly spread oat mixture in a thin even layer.
~Bake for 15 minutes. Turning pan half way through.
~Let cool. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Mix in any additional ingredients you wish to use…pumpkin seeds, dried fruit etc.