I have a treat for you today and it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, nut-free and vegan! Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes in LA, has put together a wonderful whole-foods and allergy free cookbook. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win a copy of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats for yourself!
The pumpkin pie muffins below were easy to throw together once I had made a batch of Debbie’s All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix. It’s a mixture of these flours:
- ivory teff
I blended up regular brown teff into mine and it worked out fine. I used my Vitamix to make the teff flour, but you could even try a spice grinder because you only need 1/4 cup.
The muffins are sweetened with a combination of stevia and coconut nectar. She uses grapeseed oil and I subbed sunflower oil with no problems.
Debbie’s gluten-free goodies are among the healthiest gluten-free baking that I have come across. That does mean things taste “healthy” and if you are used to treats full of gluten these will taste a bit different. I think it’s much like my baked goods recipes taste different because I use whole wheat pastry flour.
Cheryl’s favorites were the Blondies with Roots and you can get that recipe over at Unrefined Vegan. I admit I used the vegan chocolate chips I had in my pantry, but one of the awesome parts of the book is that she gives you a recipe to make your own. She replaces the sugar with coconut nectar, stevia and erythritol. I love the idea of making my own chips in the future, but I just didn’t have the time the past few weeks.
The Cosmic Chocolate Chip Cookies are the ones that got away from me. Please note that this is no fault of the recipe or Debbie! I ruined them all by myself. I would suggest that there is a time of night that it’s too late to try and grind your own amaranth flour. Or at least use the dry container on your Vitamix instead of the wet one.
Somehow what I made looked like flour to me. At least it did until I mixed the dry with the wet ingredients. That’s when I realized I didn’t hardly grind it at all. Those little amaranth globes just appeared out of nowhere. Being a trooper I decided to bake them anyhow. I thought maybe they’d steam or something. That was nothing but pure delusion.
I ate half a cookie and love the orange and nutmeg together in it. The crunchiness of my mistake made me abandon that batch. I cannot tell you how sad I was to throw those away. What would you have done? Can you think of a way to repurpose them?
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