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Grain-free Apple Crisp

First off, I apologize for the picture quality on this. It was taken with my phone and it just doesn’t do this justice. Secondly, I know it seems that I post a lot of “treats” during the week, but being that I always post my meal ideas on the weekend, I like to share some dessert ideas the other days. OK, now that I’ve attempted to justify my innate need for baking, we can move on.

Recipe: Grain-free Apple Crisp (serves 4-6)

Apple filling: 

4-5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cubed

2 TBSP cinnamon

2-3 TBSP honey

3 TBSP Tapioca starch or flour (I’ve used THIS before)


1 cup almond flour

1.5 TBSP cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or more, depending on how much you like the crunch!)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients for apple filling in a bowl and pour into a 9-inch pie dish. In a separate bowl, mix the topping ingredients together and then crumble on top of apple filling. Drizzle with a teensy bit of honey. Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes. Uncover for the last 5 minutes to brown a bit on top.


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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Dessert, Snacks


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Kinda Savory Sweet Potato Cookies

As I mentioned before, Superman does really well with sweet potatoes. They fill him up, and don’t seem to give him any negative side effects whatsoever. And that’s big. He doesn’t really do well with any sugars at this point, so if I make cookies, I cut down the honey content if he’s going to be eating them. And the other day, I came up with this recipe for him. This was kid-tested and approved, so apparently they’re not all that bad. For someone who wants to pack in some calories and fill up a bit, these are great.

Recipe: Kinda Savory Sweet Potato Cookies (makes a few dozen cookies)

2 cups almond flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup olive oil (like I said…these are savory. I would normally have used coconut oil, but since Superman doesn’t do well with that, I went the olive oil route)

3 TBSP honey

1 TBSP vanilla

1 small sweet potato, cooked and peeled (I just cooked it in the microwave skin-on and then cut it in half and scooped out the insides)

Preheat oven to 340 degrees. Stir all the ingredients except the sweet potato in a bowl until combined. Mash up the sweet potato and add to the mix. Mix it all together. Scoop out with a cookie scoop, or use a spoon and do about a one-tablespoon scoop. Lay on parchment paper-covered cookie sheet. Flatten a bit with your hand, put in oven for 7-9 minutes, and let cool on cooling rack for a few minutes before eating. Bon apetit!

P.S. I would recommend storing these in the fridge.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Dessert, Snacks


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Crispy Sweet Potato Chips

I used to buy sweet potato chips from Costco that seemed a good snack for Superman. But, we realized that even though he does great with sweet potatoes, for some reason, he had digestive issues with those chips. So I was bummed. There aren’t a lot of snacks he can eat, and because of that, he’s skinny. I feel a big burden to feed my man, and when the number of things he can eat dwindles away, it can be a bit discouraging. Enter experimentation. It’s all about trying new recipes with ingredients I know Superman does well with. And since he loves to have something crunchy to snack on, it seemed logical to try sweet potato chips.

These are incredibly simple. I am sure you could change this recipe up and just toss them with a bit of olive oil or coconut oil and bake them in the oven, but I haven’t done that yet. I really wanted to “recreate” something fried for the poor guy.

Recipe: Crispy Sweet Potato Chips (serves 4 or so…depending on how much you want to snack!)

3 medium sweet potatoes

1 quart olive oil *Note: You could use another type of oil, but this oil is what Superman does the best with, so that’s what I used.

salt to taste

Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. In a food processor (with slicing blade attached), feed in halves of sweet potatoes so they are sliced thin (I think my blade is a 1/8th” blade). If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a mandolin or slice them very thin by hand. The thin slices are vital for that crispiness.

Heat olive oil in a pot until it hits about 330-340 degrees. Gently drop a handful of sweet potatoes into oil and cook for 5-6 minutes, until just turning brown. If you take them out too soon, they will be soggy. If you take them out too late, you’ll have burned chips on your hand. Remove and lay on paper towels to drain, and sprinkle with salt. Lather, rinse, repeat.

*Note: Again, you could also try this in the oven by tossing the sweet potatoes with a bit of oil, spreading them on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, sprinkling them with salt, and cooking them at about 375 for 10-15 minutes if you prefer to avoid frying. I haven’t tried this method yet, but it seems like it would work just fine.


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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Snacks