Cranberry Maple Blondie Bars

October 21, 2013 in Dairy-Free, Desserts, Gluten Free

 

Cranberry Maple Blondies: Gluten, dairy, and even grain-free.

 

I have a current reigning all-time-favorite brownie recipe, and that’s this piece of brilliance by Elana’s Pantry. I must have made them at least 5 or 6 times now, always with great results. The last time I made them, though, Trader Joe’s happened to be out of their roasted almond butter.* I decided to chance it and use the raw almond butter instead. Totally still successful – but the difference in color was noticable, even with the added cocoa.

So, it struck me that using the raw almond butter would make for great blondies, using the same method as the other brownies but changing up the flavors a bit. And lo, a fun new fall dessert was born. Read the rest of this entry →

Cranberry Christmas Crumble: Gluten and Dairy-Free

November 29, 2012 in Desserts, Gluten Free, Holidays

 

Cranberry Christmas Crumble with Almond Flour

One of my favorite desserts of all time is raspberry squares, the bar cookie that is almost like a Linzer torte with the extra deliciousness of a streusel topping. Nowadays, I’m always looking for ways to covert classics into gluten-free forms for my sensitive daughter and self – even better if I can pull off dairy-free as well.

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I would try using cranberries in place of the raspberry jam in this beloved bar. Combining cranberries with orange marmalade and a touch of crystallized ginger was the winning combination – and Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour was the key component (making them grain-free as well, for those who have other grain sensitivities). Adding some pecans for the streusel topping, makes this packed with protein as well.

Whether you have sensitivities or not, this will be a major crowd-pleaser at the cookie exchange. Spread some cranberry Christmas cheer!

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Homemade Cranberry Bliss Bars – Made Gluten-Free!

December 7, 2011 in Desserts, Gluten Free

Wait no more. The time of year has come at last. NO, not Thanksgiving or Christmas themselves, but the magical day when Starbucks stores across the land start selling their limited-time-only Cranberry Bliss bars. Starbucks pastries are a mixed bag, in my humble, but this is one of their undeniable runaway hits – also sold by the full tray, if that gives you any indication. Today, in fact, those trays are on special for 50% off as part of the “12 Days of Giving”.

Most of you, as foodies, probably know exactly what I’m talking about, but if you haven’t had one of these, either run right out and pick one up  . . . or keep on reading here and try a homemade version that is also, yes, gluten-free!  Celiacs and other gluten sensitive folk can now partake in the joy, the mmm, the bliss that is Cranberry Bliss. Read the rest of this entry →

Bliss in a Bar: Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Made Gluten-Free

November 18, 2010 in Desserts, Gluten Free

Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, rendered gluten-free

Wait no more. The time of year has come at last. NO, not Thanksgiving or Christmas themselves, but the magical day when Starbucks stores across the land start selling their limited-time-only Cranberry Bliss bars. The day arrived just yesterday, November 16th. Starbucks pastries are a mixed bag, in my humble, but this is one of their undeniable runaway hits (also sold by the full tray, if that gives you any indication).

Most of you, as foodies, probably know exactly what I’m talking about, but if you haven’t had one of these, either run right out and pick one up  . . . or keep on reading here and try a homemade version that is also, yes, gluten-free!  Celiacs and other gluten sensitive folk can now partake in the joy, the mmm, the bliss that is Cranberry Bliss. Read the rest of this entry →