Gluten Free Snack Bites

Gluten Free Snack Bites

It may not seem like it yet, in fact, as I look out my window I still see snow, frost and a cloudy sky, but hiking, camping and the general need to be outdoors will soon be upon us. I’m hopeful anyway!! With the need to be frolicking in the wilderness or simply at the skateboard park, nutritious pack along snacks are a must.  Gluten Free Snacks Bites are very tasty with bits of chewy fruit, nuts and coconut.  They’re exactly what you need to help fuel your activities.

Made with quinoa, oats, nut butter, nuts and dried fruit they’re a great snack to pack along, whether it’s in a lunch box or backpack.  Don’t be fooled by the quinoa!  Trust me, you won’t even know it’s there. Plus, the quinoa adds more protein and nutrition to help keep you going. 

So even though I still have to wait for the weather to improve, I can still enjoy these tasty two-bite snacks with my morning coffee. In my opinion, it’s all about being able to adapt.  Enjoy!

Gluten Free Snack Bites
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    Servings Prep Time
    48 snack bites 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    48 snack bites 40 minutes
    Cook Time
    12 minutes
    Gluten Free Snack Bites
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      48 snack bites 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      48 snack bites 40 minutes
      Cook Time
      12 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: snack bites
      Instructions
      1. In a medium size pot over low/medium heat stir together nut butter, brown sugar, butter, honey and coconut oil until smooth and melted.
      2. Remove from heat and allow to cool enough that you can put your hand on the bottom of the pot ( a good time to cook the quinoa according to package directions)
      3. Preheat oven to 350℉ and spray mini muffin tins lightly with non-stick spray.
      4. Add egg and vanilla, stir to combine. Mix in all remaining ingredients stirring until just combined.
      5. Scoop batter into prepared tins using a 1-ounce cookie scoop which is about 1 1/2 tbsp.
      6. Bake for 12 minutes and remove, allowing to cool for 5- 10 minutes in the pan prior to removing to a cooling rack.
      7. Snack bites will keep in a sealed container for 3-4 days and up to 1 month in the freezer.
      Recipe Notes

      -You can make your own oat flour by pulsing oatmeal in a spice grinder.  It takes about 1 1/4 - 1 1/3 cups of oatmeal to yield 1 1/4 cups of oat flour.

      -You don't need to chop the raisins, but I happen to like them a bit smaller as the snack bites are small and that way they don't overwhelm any bite.

      -I've made this recipe with both almond butter and peanut butter.  Both are wonderful, it's a matter of preference.  The photos show the recipe made with almond butter.

      -If you have only one 24 count mini muffin pan as I do, you can keep unused batter covered and chilled for up to two days and bake when ready.

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      Cinnamon Raisin Challah

      Cinnamon Raisin Challah

      Do you fondly remember raisin bread as a child?  I do, yet these days my husband and I tend to eat cinnamon raisin bagels more so than the bread.  I couldn’t resist giving the raisin bread I remember some new life.  This loaf is sweet and eggy with lots of cinnamon, a pinch of cardamom, plump raisins and a sprinkling of coarse sugar. 

      What is Challah?

      In very basic terms, Challah is a braided yeast bread made with eggs.  So by this definition, one can imagine the possibilities for variations.  

      Traditionally however, Challah is an egg-rich, braided bread eaten in the Jewish cuisine on ceremonial occasions. The term Challah is also a reference to the separation of a portion of the bread for an offering. 

      To me, it’s a darn tasty way to enjoy toast in the morning!

      About this Challah

      In this recipe, I opted to use brown sugar because I wanted that hint of molasses.  I also added a small amount of cardamom because I think it is wonderful in baked goods.  The raisins are pre-plumped, mostly because mine were looking a little dry. The top is dusted generously with coarse sugar for a little extra indulgence and crunch.  This loaf was braided with only 3 strands, but by all means, use a 5 or 6 strand braid if you prefer.  

      Enjoy!

      Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
      Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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        Servings
        1 large loaf
        Servings
        1 large loaf
        Baked and golden Cinnamon Raisin Challah braid rests on a wooden trivet that is draped with a navy and brown napkin. The loaf has two slices cut and resting at the front of the loaf. A knife and apricot jam sit to the side.
        Cinnamon Raisin Challah
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          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Servings
          1 large loaf
          Ingredients
          Servings: large loaf
          Instructions
          1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together water, brown sugar and yeast. Allow to proof for 7-8 minutes.
          2. Stir in 2 whole eggs, egg yolks, oil, and raisins. To this mixture add 2 cups of flour, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Begin kneading, allowing all the flour to be absorbed. Add remaining flour gradually until dough begins to pull away from the sides and is smooth about 7-8 minutes. The dough will be a little sticky but you should be able to handle it without additional flour.
          3. Lightly oil a large bowl and turn out dough into bowl flipping to coat sides. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft-free area for 90 minutes. (It will not appear to be double in size)
          4. Remove dough and knead a few times to punch out the air. Divide dough into 3 equal portions of approximately 300g each. Allow dough to rest for about 5 minutes. This helps relax the dough and will make it easier to roll into logs.
          5. Line a large baking tray with parchment.
          6. Roll each third into a 14" long log. Lay the 3 logs parallel to each other on the baking tray. Braid dough tightly, pinching the ends together and tucking under slightly.
          7. Cover loaf with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise in a draft free area for 45 minutes.
          8. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a small bowl whisk together 1 large egg and cream. Brush generously on the loaf and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for approximately 32 minutes until golden and an internal temperature of 195℉ is reached.
          9. Remove from oven to a cooling rack and allow to cool prior to slicing.
          Recipe Notes

          For extra plump raisins, soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and drain well prior to adding to dough.

          This bread is wonderful toasted with a little apricot jam.

          It toasts quickly because of the sugar content.

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          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies are one of my brother’s favourites and for good reason.  Soft, chewy and golden with spice makes them rather addictive. They’re the perfect autumn cookie in my opinion.

          Flipping through my recipe index, I quickly realized I’m in need of more cookie recipes.  I know!  How is it possible that I have so few in my collection? Cookies are generally simple, easy, and photograph well. It should be bursting with recipes, but sadly it’s not…  

          Problem number one, is my head down, pushing to make what’s in season, holiday food, game day snacks, etc.  Sometimes cookies aren’t the best fit for all that happens throughout the year.  Problem number two, not everything screams cookies to me, in fact, I’m a savoury, snack kind of gal. So for these reasons, I’m often opting to make other things.  Now that it’s fall, I’m actually thinking about baking and holiday treats, therefore cookies are on my brain, making it easy.  But I see now that I need to bake them more often for a variety of different reasons, so there’s plenty of recipes for everyone to pick from.  There’s a ton of cookies to be made and with a little focus, I’ll get the cookie category plumped up a little.

          Now that I’m done making excuses, let’s have a look at what makes Spicy Oatmeal Cookies wonderful.  Molasses, ginger and cinnamon create a richly spiced bite and the plump raisins add to their chewiness.  They’re a tasty change from regular oatmeal cookies and possibly your new favourite too.  Enjoy!

          Recipe for Spicy Oatmeal Cookies adapted from Company’s Coming Cookies

          Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 dozen 20 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            8-10 minutes 10 minutes
            Spicy Oatmeal Cookies
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 dozen 20 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              8-10 minutes 10 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: dozen
              Instructions
              1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bring one cup of water to a boil and pour over raisins. Allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain well and set aside until ready to use.
              2. In a small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and salt.
              3. Cream together butter and sugar using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, electric mixer or wooden spoon. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each until incorporated. Stir in molasses.
              4. Add dry ingredients all at once and mix until all dry ingredients have been incorporated. Stir in raisin.
              5. Using a one-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto parchment lined baking trays, spacing 2" apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with damp fingers or palm of your hand. Bake on middle rack for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack.
              Recipe Notes

              -recipe yields 48 2 1/2" cookies.

              -for best results, bake each tray separately on the middle rack.

              -you can skip the plumping of the raisins, however, it does make for a very nice chewy cookie.