Chai Tea Fauxccino (Paleo-friendly)

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By Katie Mae Stanley, Contributing Writer

Bold and spicy chai with just a hint of sweetness, it’s icy perfection mingling with creamy milk; the perfect chai latte summer style. I love tea –if you couldn’t guess – but there are some days, like today, with temps reaching over triple digits that I just can’t do it. That’s where this awesome chai tea “fauxccino” comes in. It cools you off while still giving you that rich and delicious flavor of the chai tea we know and love. If you are frappe fan you also might like this Salted Carmel Mocha Fauxccinno or this Peppermint Mocha Fauxccino.

Chai actually means “tea” in Hindi but I think at this point we are so used to calling it “Chai Tea” that I doubt that we can go back to just calling it chai. Most frappe drinks call for ice cubes, I have never liked how diluted an iced beverage would get as the ice started to melt. A new trick I have started doing is making ice cubes of strong coffee or in this case chai concentrate. It is as simple as pouring your coffee/chai into an ice tray and freezing until solid. You can also read about how to make them here. In my opinion it really ups the flavor of my fauxccinos and iced coffees.

This chai tea fauxccino is so simple to make and hits the spot on a hot day! I used my own chai concentrate to make my chai ice cubes but Kimi has a recipe using rooibos that I am sure is wonderful as well. My concentrate already has a bit of sweetener in it so if you are like me you may find that you don’t need any additional sweetener. Feel free to make your drink a bit more “fancy” by adding vanilla whipped cream (or coconut whipped cream, bittersweet chocolate syrup or salted caramel sauce). Drinking it plain is fine too and what I normally do. If you want perfect whipped cream using an  (Affiliate link) ISI Whipped Cream Dispenser is very helpful and fun.

Other chai inspired recipes:

Chai Tea Fauxccino
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1-2
 
Bold and spicy chai with just a hint of sweetness, it's icy perfection mingling with creamy milk; the perfect chai latte summer style.This chai tea fauxccino is so simple to make and hits the spot on a hot day! I used my own chai concentrate to my chai ice cubes but Kimi has a recipe using rooibos that I am sure is wonderful as well.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place the chai ice cubes, milk and sweetener into a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  2. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce or chocolate syrup if desired.

 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Icebox Pie (grain, dairy and sugar free)

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie (Grain, Dairy and Sugar Free)

By Natalia Gill, Contributing Writer

Luscious strawberries and snappy rhubarb are lightly sweetened with stevia and poured into a salted pecan crust. A bit of pear (undetectable to the taste) bridges the gap between rhubarb and stevia, creating a well balanced pie that is both satisfying and simple – a treat for everyone, not only those who steer clear of grain, sugar and dairy.

This strawberry-rhubarb filling is very fresh tasting since the raw berries are stirred into a hot rhubarb-pear glaze, then poured into a prepared crust and chilled.

The most exciting part? You can use this method to create just about any fabulous fruit combination you dream up! How about raspberry-lemon, ginger-peach or just good old-fashioned blueberry? Simply adjust the amount of stevia you use.

Here are some grain/gluten-free crusts that would make a perfect base.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie

This is the first time I have tried making this pie with stevia. I was pretty sure it would work well since this herb shines in tart, fruity recipes. But I was surprised to discover that I actually prefer the stevia version.

While I’m not a proponent of stevia morning, noon and night, I do think this is a great dessert option for those who are sensitive to sugar (like me.) The protein and healthy fats in the crust help to further curb the natural sugars in the fruits.

I used (affiliate link) Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Stevia and was very happy with the result.

This recipe is approved by and dedicated to my dad…musician, luthier, diabetic and strawberry-rhubarb pie aficionado.

Strawberry Rhubarb Icebox Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
 
This pie is a sweet and tangy summer treat - free of sugar, grain & dairy.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup rhubarb, diced
  • ½ pear, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and stems/leaves removed (about 3.5 cups)
  • 4 teaspoons arrowroot
  • 2 - 2½ teaspoons powdered stevia sweetener (the equivalent of 4-5 teaspoons sugar)
  • your favorite crust (I use this grain-free nut crust)
Instructions
  1. Dice two medium-sized strawberries and place in a saucepan with the rhubarb, pear and ½ cup water. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pear is soft (about 10-12 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, quarter the remaining strawberries. Also, combine the arrowroot, 2 teaspoons stevia and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
  3. When the pear is soft, add the arrowroot mixture to the fruit in the saucepan, keeping the heat on very low. Gently stir for 1-2 minutes, allowing the mixture to thicken and become more translucent (it won't be a fully translucent glaze because the rhubarb has disintegrated into the mixture.)
  4. Take the pan off of the heat. Taste and add a little more stevia if you'd like. Immediately stir in the fresh strawberries. Pour into your baked pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, then slice and serve. Or eat it sooner and let it be a little messy.
Notes
For a special touch, top it with a dollop of this paleo-friendly coconut whipped cream. Or the chocolate version - even better!

 

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Mini Donuts (Gluten & Egg-free)

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Donuts that are #glutenfree, #eggfree, and wonderful!

The title of this post alone makes me happy, as does biting into one of these tender, double chocolate donuts. They are so fun to serve, and my little girls love them. And since half of our family is gluten, dairy, and egg-free, we are all happy that we can enjoy these together.

If you haven’t noticed from my dessert category, chocolate is a favorite, so chocolate donuts are a given. It’s National Donut Day, and this is a great way to celebrate. I’ve also made them for birthday parties, and special holiday breakfasts. My daughters have their ballet recital tonight, so we are bringing them to share. They were pleased to help make these, and to have a fun thing to bring. They were the ones who insisted on using sprinkles on the donuts! I love my girlies, who love adding a fun dash to everything in life, including donuts! If you also want to use sprinkles, just lightly sprinkle after you have dipped the donuts, before the chocolate sets.

These remind me of the boxed chocolate covered mini donuts that my dad would sometimes buy for us on trips at gas stations. Thankfully these ones aren’t full of preservatives and made a year earlier. ;-)

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A couple of notes:

  • I used coconut sugar to make these, though you could use whatever dry sweetener you like (rapadura, sucanat, evaporated cane sugar, etc).
  • I used these chocolate chips as they are free of the 8 most common allergens. I love their dark chocolate chips as well.
  • Instead of dipping in chocolate, you can also simply dust with organic powdered sugar. This is a lot simpler, but not quite as sweet. I think they are really pretty too.
  • This recipe works with, or without the soaking period (I’ve tried it both ways). If you don’t want to soak, simply stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl, and then stir the two together (do this quickly before the coconut oil solidifies)
  • You do need a mini donut pan for this recipe. I own this one . This silicone one looks promising as well.
  • I’ve also made them with the large donut pan – just cook for 20-25 minutes. Will make nine large donuts.
  • This is basically a muffin recipe, so you can also use this recipe to make about nine or ten chocolate muffins!

Enjoy!
Chocolate-Mini-Donuts - #glutenfree #eggfree #donuts

Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Mini Donuts (Guten & Egg-free)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
Cook time:
Total time:
 
A super fun breakfast treat, that is celebration worthy. This recipe works with, or without the soaking period (I’ve tried it both ways). If you don’t want to soak, simply stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then mix the wet ingredients in a small bowl, and then stir the two together (do this quickly before the coconut oil solidifies)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sorgum flour
  • ½ cup teff flour
  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar (or kombucha, kefir, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup of natural dry sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar)
  • ¼ cup, plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon unrefined salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup gently melted coconut oil
  • 10 ounces of chocolate chips, allergy-friendly (This is enough to completely cover ¾ of the donuts, use 5 ounces more if you want to cover all of them)
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
Instructions
  1. If soaking, the night before, combine the flour with the water and apple cider vinegar. Cover and leave in a warm place for 12-24 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease the donut tins well. Combine the chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of hot water in a mug and set aside for about 15 minutes. .
  3. Add to the flour and water mixture the cocoa powder, sweetener, chia seed mixture, baking powder, salt, vanilla, apple sauce and coconut oil. As soon as you start adding the coconut oil, start mixing. You want the coconut oil to mix in before it has time to solidify again.
  4. Put a scant tablespoon in each donut form, pressing down on the batter gently to make sure there aren’t any gaps. You want to fill each form about ¾ full.
  5. Put in the middle of the oven for about 7 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let sit on the counter for 5 minutes, and then use a toothpick to gently remove the donuts to a cooling rack. They are fragile when hot, but are pretty sturdy when cool.
  7. Since I have only one small donut pan, I then brush the donut pan with more melted coconut oil, and cook another batch. I got 4 dozen mini donuts out of this recipe.
  8. When all of the donuts are done cooking, and are cooled, put the chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler along with 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (I stir the coconut oil a bit to the chocolate chips). Gently melt together over low heat until smooth, stirring. If you use the two tablespoons of coconut oil, it will spread your chocolate chips further and make for easy dipping, but the chocolate will be a lot more sensitive to heat, including hand heat. When the chocolate is melted, drop in a donut, cover with chocolate, and then use a fork to gently pick it up, shake of the excess chocolate, and then place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Repeat. I got 36 of my 48 mini donuts covered with chocolate this way. You can also just dip the top half of each donut with chocolate, or simply drizzle a little melted chocolate over all of the donuts.
  9. Put in the refrigerator or freezer to solidify the chocolate again, and enjoy. These donuts are best served the day they are made.

 

My Favorite Gluten Free Noodle Brands

My favorite gluten-free noodles! Lots of good options here #glutenfree #noodles
We love noodles around here. We love noodles dishes inspired from Italy, Thailand, Japan, and many others as well. While not the most nutrient dense of all foods, they do provide an excellent platform for nourishing sauces, and provide extra motivation for eating soups (we love noodles soups, as those who have my book, Ladled, know!). I used to love making my own soaked whole wheat noodles, but I haven’t gotten my A game on yet for making gluten-free noodles, so the following brands are a real blessing.

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As gluten-free people know, there is some limit to what noodles you can enjoy when you are gluten-free. We started our gluten-free journey with brown rice noodles, which we enjoy. I do have two problems with them, however. First, they are a bit heavy in the stomach. I think that’s because a lot of the brands add in extra rice fiber, making them quite dense. Half of my family gets a small stomachache after enjoying a large size serving of them because of this. The second is the possibility of higher arsenic in brown rice. For those wanting to use rice noodles, I’d recommend using white rice noodle (like in this Thai noodle soup) or using Jovial brown rice noodles; (they make sure that arsenic content isn’t high, and they produce really high-quality products). You can find the white rice noodles at Asian stores and many regular supermarkets. The Jovial ones can be ordered online and found at some stores.

Another delicious gluten-free noodle option that is just perfect for Italian dishes are these quinoa and corn noodles . They are very mild, and work well for light or rich sauces. We’ve found that even those not eating a gluten-free diet enjoy these noodles. Unfortunately, they aren’t an option for those with corn allergies.

Finally, my latest gluten-free noodle discovery that I am thrilled to pieces about are the following buckwheat noodles. I’ve always loved buckwheat noodles, but the organic, gluten-free ones are typically quite expensive. The brand pictured in my photos, King Soba, can also be spend-y (I’ve seen them in stores and on Amazon for about 5-6 dollars a bag), but on Vitacost they are less than $3 a package, which is a great deal for the quality. Buckwheat is high in protein, magnesium, and has a lovely pronounced flavor that works well with many Asian styled noodle dishes. The brand has 100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles, a buckwheat and sweet potato noodles, AND a buckwheat instant ramen noodles, to name just a few of the options (some of the other flavors use rice, so watch for that if you want the buckwheat ones).

You can’t believe how happy I am to find  gluten-free instant ramen noodles! We love a lot of Asian styled soups, and these are so fun to be able to boil up in a couple of minutes to add (they also help convince my children to eat more nourishing soup!).

I do recommend that you do larger orders on Vitacost to quality for the free shipping. I don’t find that hard to do, as I buy my iron there, and a lot of grocery items are cheaper as well, so I have a system worked out for what items to buy there for cheaper, and order about once a month.

If you are grain-free, I recommend checking out this comparison of 4 grain-free noodles. I have another favorite to add to the list, so watch for an upcoming post!

Do you have any other favorite gluten-free noodles to add to this list?