Gluten Free n’ Vegan Applebutter Cornbread

There’s nothing quite like a homemade corn bread when there’s a chill in the air. Especially when you’re snowed in with 30 inches of a winter wonderland outside your window…

So, I thought, why not strike up the oven and create a delicious homemade corn bread with a gluten free n’ vegan spin and a touch of sweet n’ savory in each bite.

Sweetness from the amazing Musselman’s Apple Butter…pure bliss to my taste buds.  If you haven’t tasted their apple butter, I surely suggest you run on out and dip that spoon into the jar for an out-of-this-world experience. I usually spread it atop toast, muffins and grilled veggies, but today I thought, why not toss it into my cornbread for an extra sweet kick.

We were creating a homemade chili and my little brain got to thinking…how about a bit of corn bread to serve hot with our bowls of hearty chili.

And I did just that. Hot chili n’ hot cornbread.

There’s a first time for everything and this surely was a baking experiment…

Success at its best.

I kid you not.

You truly must try a bite.

Gluten Free n’ Vegan Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks
  • 1 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3 Tbsp. Musselman’s Apple Butter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup stevia for baking
  • Egg substitute for 1 large egg
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. sesame seeds, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 tsp. anise seeds, plus more for topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place the butter into a cast iron skillet.  Transfer to the hot oven until melted.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well to combine.
  • Remove hot skillet from the oven; transfer batter into the skillet.  Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds and anise seeds.
  • Place into the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve warm.
  • Enjoy!

Have you ever made cornbread from scratch? If so, I’d love to hear your recipe.

I also wanted to share with all of you a Winter Retreat filled with yoga, private chefs and skiing at Good Commons up in Vermont. 

Click here for information on the Winter Retreat at Good Commons and be sure to give my name, Amie Valpone as your referral when booking!

Nori Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

Yes, I went to the market this weekend…

Three Times.

No, I wasn’t bored.

I was just excited.

And I purchased lots of Collard Greens.

I repeat, lots of Collard Greens.

So, I took one look at the four beauteous bunches of collards in my kitchen on Sunday night and thought about what to do.

Nori and Collards.

Yes.

I created a vision in my mind.

Why not wrap it up?

And I did just that.

Enjoy…

Nori Sweet Potato Collard Wraps

Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. On a flat surface lay out blanched collard greens; blot to dry with a paper towel.
  2. Top each collard leaf with a nori sheet, spread Nutzo nut butter atop each nori sheet, followed by sweet potatoes, zucchini, carrots, a dollop of Greek yogurt, pinch of lime zest, a squirt of lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salsa, ground flax seeds, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Fold and roll up like a burrito.
  4. Serve at room temperature with additional salsa.
  5. Enjoy!

It’s Giveaway Time…

I’m excited to announce a new Gluten Free product that I’ve recently encountered, The Gluten Free Bar. The folks over at Gluten Free Bar were kind enough to offer 2 of my readers each a free pack of Gluten Free Bars.

To Enter My Gluten-Free Bar Giveaway:

  • Leave me a comment on this post telling me which flavor bar you’d like to try
  • Tweet about this giveaway and tell me that you did
  • Post this giveaway on your website and tell me that you did
  • Post this giveaway on your facebook page and tell me that you did

Good Luck!

And, now for some fun other lil’ tidbits…

And for those of you yearnin’ to spice up your plate, check out the new iSPICE app for both your iPhone and iPad, which teaches you about different spices, herbs and seasonings via videos recipes and where to purchase.

And, if you live in or around Manhattan, be sure to check out Well & Good’s:

New York City Wellness Trends to Look for in 2011

This is an adorable calendar of food headlines from the satricial publication, The Onion, which makes a cute lil’ stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life.

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Macadamia Brownies

So, I’m in love…once again…with my oven…and this new creation.

I mean, how can I not be?

It’s the holiday season…

And I’m all about tryin’ n’ testin’ and cookin’ and bakin’ Sweet Nothings…

In my lil apartment…loving life…

Humming to Frank Sanatra’s Christmas carols…

And eating these…

Yes, I enjoyed them.

Too many of them.

They’re delish.

Gluten-Free.

And simply fabulous.

Go ahead, give ‘em a try…I bet you’d never know they were gluten-free.

Enjoy!

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Macadamia Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, mashed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup stevia for baking
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flakes

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine sweet potatoes, butter and stevia.  Cook over medium heat; bring to a boil and stir for 7 minutes.
  2. Remove 1/2 the mixture; transfer to a mixing bowl to cool.  Add baking soda and sea salt; mix well. Transfer mixture to a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven.
  3. Add macadamia nuts, chocolate chips and coconut to stovetop sweet potato mixture; mix well. Drizzle over cooked portion.  Bake for another 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, set aside to cool.
  4. Slice into brownie bites.
  5. Enjoy!

Speaking of Healthy Desserts, please vote for my recipe, Whole Wheat Paprika n’ Orange Chocolate Cookies for the Healthy Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest:

HERE

And, I’m thrilled to announce my Cookie Recipe is featured in Silvana Nardone’s Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Countdown!  Silvana is such an inspiration and a fabulous gluten-free baker and cook that I had the pleasure to meet earlier this year…she is so talented and her recipes are brilliantly delicious.

Be sure to check out all the delicious gluten-free cookie recipes from my favorite gluten-free bakers as well as some fabulous giveaways on  Silvana’s  Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Countdown!

Also…I stumbled upon this fun foodie site….

Take a looksy at this creative foodie pairing website what I just discovered, FoodPairing that incorporates unlikely flavors…I love it…

Such great inspiration for my recipes n’ cookin’…

Rudi’s Gluten Free n’ Appetite For Awareness

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with Rudi’s Gluten Free down in Philadelphia for the Appetite For Awareness event, which was a fabulous gluten-free vendor fair filled with people of all ages who live everyday with Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance.

I had such an amazing time at this event…meeting the amazing people, sharing stories and helping them ‘enjoy’ food by serving them delicious gluten-free eats.

We were serving up PB & J Sammies for the kids and Hot Grilled Cheese Sammies for the adults…all on the famous Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread…

The feedback? Well, let’s just say it was off the charts.  Rudi’s Gluten Free bread is by far the best…

See for yourself …

Here are three videos of Rudi’s Gluten Free fans …

(They loved our sammies)… and who wouldn’t?

And another…

And one more…

Have I convinced you to try Rudi’s yet? Hehe…just teasing…

Have you tried Rudi’s Gluten Free Bread? If so, what’s your favorite?

I’m lovin’ the Cinnamon Raisin…mmmmm…

Perfect for Thanksgiving Stuffing. Don’t cha think?

Nut n’ Seed Bars with Almond Butter Sauce


I was in a bit of a baking frenzie on Saturday…just couldn’t get enough of it… I spent the morning developing this tasty recipe for nut n’ seed bars…and to top ‘em off, I thought…why not add a creative dipping sauce to these beautiful bars? With my love for almonds, fresh garden herbs, spices and honey, I created a flavorful sauce that adds the perfect touch to these bars…

You can enjoy these tasty nibbles for breakfast with Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, for an afternoon pick-me-up snack or an evening dessert with your favorite coconut milk ice cream….sound delish? I think so…

Dive in, and let me know your thoughts…

Mmmmm…another bar, another day…but this one is sure to have you comin’ back and bakin’ more…

It’s my new favorite bar…

Shall we call it…the Amie Bar?

Nut n’ Seed Bars with Almond Butter Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • ¾ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Almond Butter Sauce (recipe below)
  • ½ tsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Spray a baking pan with nonstick baking spray. Line the bottom and two sides with parchment paper.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the honey and sugar and cook over moderate heat, for approximately 5 minutes. Stir in the oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, sea salt and chili powder; cook for approximately 2 minutes. Transfer batter into the prepared baking dish.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven; set aside to cool.
  3. Remove the entire square from the pan by lifting the parchment paper.  Slice into bars.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip the bottom half of each bar into the almond butter sauce (twice to ensure a thick coat) and set the bars on the baking sheet. Refrigerate until the almond butter is set.

Almond Butter Sauce

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 Tbsp. warm water
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

1. In a food processor, combine nut butter, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, honey and water; pulse until smooth.

3. Add cilantro, garlic, ginger, chili powder and cinnamon; continue to pulse until mixture forms a smooth and creamy consistency.

Prune, Tomato and Artichoke Baked ‘Salad’

Last night I got into my Fall cookin’ and bakin’ ritual on Sunday evenings…I just love the cozy feeling of being cooped up in my apartment, cooking up a hearty meal that fills each room with beautiful and delicious harvest aromas…after visiting the farmer’s market yesterday, I decided to make use of my fresh heirloom tomatoes and prunes, which I purchased at the Union Square Farmer’s Market downtown…The weather was beautiful this weekend here in Manhattan and I my little legs are exhausted from walking around all day… soaking up the sun and taking in all the fresh produce glistening on every street corner…I simply couldn’t resist.

Yes, I spend a good portion of my paycheck on food…and yes, it’s worth it because the taste n’ flavor of fresh, local and organic produce from the local farmers is hard to beat…the best part? Well, that’s surely when I sit down to my meal and savor each bite of my scrumptious masterpiece…my evening meal… my time to relax in front of my nonexistant television, hehe … my time to think about my life, my day, my future … my next cooking adventure…

This tasty Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian Baked ‘Salad’ is incredible and perfect for a crisp Fall evening. I paired this dish with a bowl of white bean soup with toasted almonds to round out a perfect dinner for ‘One’…

And then to laugh, and giggle and smile, because an entire weekend went by with the only form of being ‘hit on’ or compliments were from the farmers at the produce stands, hehe… yes, it seems to have been this way for years, but that’s okay… Mr. Fabulous will come along soon enough … Hey, perhaps he’ll be next to me at the market next weekend, hehe…
Enjoy!

Prune, Tomato and Artichoke Baked ‘Salad’

Ingredients

  • Ten1-inch-thick slices of gluten-free bread, cut into large chunks
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 large Heirloom tomatoes, cut into coarse chunks
  • 1 (15 oz.) can artichokes, drained
  • 8 large prunes
  • 1/3  cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. In a roasting pan, toss bread chunks with 1 tablespoon olive oil and garlic. Roast for 8-10 minutes, until bread is golden brown.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the tomato chunks, artichokes and prunes with the parsley, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sesame seeds, balsamic vinegar, sea salt and pepper. Add the tomato mixture to the toasted bread in the roasting pan. Return to the oven and roast for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and serve warm.
  5. Enjoy!

Element Bars 50% off Anniversary Special

I’ve got some very exciting news for all of your Element Bar fans…As a company that pioneered custom energy bars, Element Bars empowers customers with the ability to create their own bar by choosing from all natural and organic ingredients. The result ‐ you can create your unique taste and nutrition preferences with your own freshly baked bar.

 

The customization trend isn’t so new to all of us bloggies and foodies, right?  Well, in the last few years, the trend towards customization has only accelerated. Jonathan Miller of Element Bars realized and acted upon this insight two years ago when he developed a unique and interactive drag and drop interface bringing the custom energy bar to life. The idea sparked from a conversation with a friend. Jonathan was snacking on an energy bar that he had made in his kitchen when a friend shared that he too would like to make a bar but one with almonds and raisins. Since Jonathan is not a fan of raisins, he concluded that people have different tastes and want products made to their preferences. Starting from his home kitchen, Element Bars has grown to include a bakery, an office, and over 5,000 customers who order their own custom energy bar.

Today, “We give customers the online tools to create their own bars so they can truly enjoy a unique customized experience.” But tomorrow, Jonathan envisions the company “designing ways to guide customers as they build bars, so we can predict their creations and produce to scale. We have a long way to go to deliver on that vision, but I’m confident we’ll get there.”

Jonathan is just as confident about tomorrow as he is about Element Bars’ journey to date.

 

To share his excitement, Element Bars celebrates its two year anniversary with a special show of gratitude – the first 500 guests get 50% off of a box of 12 custom energy bars by visiting www.elementbars.com/anniversary.

 

“It’s been a roller coaster of a ride. But I am thankful for the last two years and am committed to making your bar, your way.”

At www.ElementBars.com, you can create your own custom energy bar by selecting from all natural and organic ingredients and then naming their own bar. The whole food ingredients are carefully handpicked and kept as nature intended…they hand make their bars using the ingredients you’ve chosen, bake them in their cute lil’ ovens and deliver them freshly baked from their oven to your door.  Sounds delish, doesn’t it?

Have you ever tried Element Bars?

If so, what are your favorite ingredients you included in your bar creation?

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