Anna’s Peanut Butter Cups

It’s time to make holiday treats again!  If you’re like me, you are eager to try new recipes.  But often that is tricky if you need to make gluten-free and dairy-free confections.  My friend Anna served these at a gathering for homeschool moms this fall.  She had a bowl full of them in her fridge. They are so tasty, I don’t think a bowl would last very long in my fridge!

So this begins my Holiday Recipes section of Gluten-Free with your TEA. I thought it would be a blessing for my family to have all our favorites gathered together in one place.  If you are looking for some gluten-free, dairy-free Holiday ideas, these recipes are for you!  And enjoy these delicious treats from my friend Anna!

Peanut Layer:
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Layer:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened baking cocoa)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey

Line a mini-muffin pan with 24 liners.  Make the peanut layer first.  Melt the coconut oil either in a pan on the stove or in a glass dish in the microwave.  Remove from heat to a potholder on the counter. Then stir in the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla.  Mix well, then carefully spoon into your prepared muffin cups.  Set the pan in the fridge while you make the chocolate layer.

Next, make the chocolate layer.  Again, melt the coconut oil either in a pan on the stove or in a glass dish in the microwave.  Remove from heat to a potholder on the counter.  Stir in cocoa powder, vanilla, and honey.  Mix well.  Take your muffin pan out of the fridge. It is okay for the nut layer to still be soft.  Carefully spoon the chocolate layer over the nut layer.  Your muffin cups will be full to the top.  Place the completed peanut butter cups back in the fridge to harden for at least an hour.  Now stand guard at the fridge because these will disappear quickly!

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.



Pumpkin & Pecan Pies

My kids have been asking for these recipes, so I thought I would put them here where all of us can easily find them! Our favorite pumpkin pie recipe came from an old church cookbook that had half a dozen pumpkin pie recipes.  I finally starred the one I liked best. Our favorite pecan pie recipe came from the Joy of Cooking recipe book we were given at our wedding over 28 years ago!  Both recipes have been adapted to be gluten-free and dairy-free.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas pies!

Pumpkin Pie Ingredients:
1 prepared gluten-free pie crust
2 cups cooked pumpkin from the garden or 1 can pumpkin
(To cook pumpkin, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash a small or medium pumpkin.  Slice pumpkin in half. Scoop out all the seeds and goop.  Place cut side down on a baking pan lined with tin foil and parchment paper.  Poke outer skin with a fork.  Bake for 60-90 minutes until tender.  Remove from oven.  Carefully turn pumpkins over to let out steam.  When cool, scoop out cooked pumpkin.  You can freeze cooked pumpkin in containers to make pies later).

1 1/2 cups coconut milk
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Set out prepared gluten-free pie crust.  Place remaining ingredients in a blender container.  Blend on high for 30 seconds.  Pour into prepared pie shell.  Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.  Reduce temperature to 375 and bake 45-75 more minutes, depending on how moist your pumpkin was.  While the pumpkin pies are baking, you can whip up your pecan pie. When pumpkin pies seem set and golden on top, remove from oven and cool on cooling racks.  These keep well in the fridge and can even be frozen!

Pecan Pie Ingredients:
1 prepared gluten-free pie crust
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup corn syrup or molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces or halves

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, or put in oven with pumpkin pies when you reduce heat to 375.  Set out prepared gluten-free crust.  Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl in order given.  Spoon the mixture into the prepared pie shell.  Bake for 45 minutes or until it seems set and golden on top.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Now stand guard because these pies are delicious!

Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

zucchini cupcakesIt’s that time of year again…zucchini time!  Our vines are just bursting with these versatile veggies.  Already we’ve had them on the grill and baked in cupcakes.  To keep ahead of their production, we’ll have to shred or slice and freeze them, and share with all the neighbors.  Please holler if you you want any!  If you happen to have an abundance at your house, you will certainly want to try this recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake (gluten-free and dairy-free).  It’s one of our favorites.

2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3-4 cups zucchini, coarsely shredded (1 medium zucchini)

Putting it together:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line muffin pans with paper, or grease and flour 3 round cake pans.

Mix together dry ingredients:  Gluten-free flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, combine coconut oil, apple sauce and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla to stand mixer, mixing well.
Add the dry ingredients and shredded zucchini to the stand mixer.  Mix 1 minute or until combined.

Portion batter into prepared pans.  Bake 35 minutes for cupcakes or 1 hour for cakes.  Baking time depends on moistness of zucchini.  Cool on wire racks and frost with your favorite chocolate frosting (we like ganache made with melted dairy-free chocolate chips and a bit of coconut milk).  Enjoy your zucchini season!

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:
“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Cereal Bars (GF & DF)

cereal barsIt was a day of celebration last year when I learned that Cheerios are now gluten-free!  One of my favorite breakfast cereals, baby snacks, GORP ingredient, etc. is now part of my life again! Thank you, Cheerios, for making your product gluten-free!

To celebrate, here is a recipe for your sweet tooth, using Cheerios and my favorite dairy-free Enjoy Life chocolate chips.  You might have to guard these delicious bars. They are disappearing quickly at my house!


Lightly grease a 9×13″ pan with coconut oil.

In a large sauce pan combine:
1 cup agave nectar
1 cup sugar
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  When mixture boils, remove from heat. Add,
1 cup peanut butter and mix well.
Quickly stir in
6 cups Cheerios, coating them evenly.
Spread the Cheerios mixture into the prepared pan and let rest for 30 minutes.

While that is cooling, melt
1 package (about 1 1/2 cups) Enjoy Life chocolate chipsenjoy lifeSpread this over the Cheerios pan.  Place the pan in the frig, allowing the chocolate to firm up a bit.  Remove from frig and slice into bite-size bars.  Your Valentines will love these!

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.


Coconut Cake, Gluten-free and Dairy-free

coconut cake

When birthdays come around, it’s always tricky to find a cake for those with allergies. Here is a delicious version of a Gluten-Free Mama cake, that I’ve modified to be dairy-free. Your family will love this birthday cake!

Oil a Bundt cake pan with coconut oil and dust with coconut flour. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine and set aside:
1-1/2 cups Gluten-Free Mama Coconut flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

In a stand mixer, combine:
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

While mixer is running, add:
4 egg whites, one at a time

Now alternate adding flour mixture and:
3/4 cup coconut or soy milk
until all are mixed together.

Slowly blend in
1 cup shredded coconut

Spoon batter into prepared Bundt cake pan and bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove cake from oven and let cool in pan on cooling rack. When cool, carefully remove from the pan, using a plastic knife to loosen, if needed.

Now for the yummy frosting:
In a sauce pan, combine:
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
Then add:
3/4 cup coconut or soy milk
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until boiling.
Remove pan from heat and add:
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
3-4 ounces dark chocolate (1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips, or 1 Endangered Species dark chocolate bar)
1 cup shredded coconut
Mix frosting well and spread it evenly on the cake. Enjoy!

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Hot Cocoa Cookies (GF & DF)

Hot Cocoa CookiesMy boys picked out these Chips Ahoy Hot Cocoa cookies from the grocery store the other day. Oh, the torture of having these delicious-looking cookies on my counter and not being able to eat them!

So, I set about making my own version of gluten-free, dairy-free Hot Cocoa Cookies.  Gluten Free Mama Flour is my favorite for cookie recipes.  Coconut oil and applesauce replace the butter, making these soft and dairy-free.  Instant pudding and baking cocoa add the hot cocoa goodness.

As soon as these were out of the oven, my family was eating them instead of the store bought ones!  A day later, only half the batch is left.  Next we will have to find a padlock for the cookie tin!  I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do.

God’s blessings,
Jennifer Grace

2 cups Gluten Free Mama Flour
(Almond blend or coconut blend, or your favorite GF flour mix)
3 T. dry instant chocolate pudding (half a 3.9 oz. box)
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Mini marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients:  Flour, dry pudding, baking cocoa, xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside.

In a stand mixer, beat together the apple sauce and coconut oil.  Add the brown sugar and white sugar and continue to mix well.  Next, pour in the vanilla and eggs, beat until creamy.

Add half the dry ingredients to the stand mixer, blending 15 seconds. Repeat with the remainder of the dry ingredients, blending until all is incorporated.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips into the mixer and blend for just a few seconds.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Using a small scoop, scoop the batter onto the parchment paper, 12 to a pan.  Poke one or more mini marshmallows into the center of the cookies.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes.

Let cookies cool on pan for 2 minutes and then place on cooling racks.  Makes 36-40 cookies. Cookies will be moist and chewy, may be re-warmed in the microwave for 5 seconds to experience that authentic “hot cocoa” flavor.Hot Cocoa Joel

Our little baker was quite eager to clean the mixing bowl for me.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.




Amazing Banana Coconut Bars

banana coconut barsThis is the recipe you’ve been waiting for!  Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegan, delicious, amazing banana coconut bars! I had to take this picture right away as they were disappearing.  The goodness of a muffin, the simplicity of bars, no extra sweeteners, and 100% yummy!


1-3/4 cup Gluten-Free Mama coconut blend flour (or your favorite gluten-free flour mix)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut

3 bananas, mashed (just over 1 cup)
1/3 cup coconut oil or apple sauce
2 Tablespoons flax seed, mixed with 6 Tablespoons water
1/2 cup coconut milk (or soy or almond milk)

1 cup Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, moistened with 2 t. coconut oil and 2 t. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use a dab of coconut oil to grease a 13×9 inch pan.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and coconut.  In a 4 cup measuring cup, mash the bananas.  Then, add the other wet ingredients to the bananas: coconut oil (softened in microwave) or apple sauce, flax seed and water, and coconut milk.  Mix well.  Pour the wet banana mixture over the dry ingredients bowl and stir together.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan.  Top with moistened coconut.  Bake 23 minutes or until it seems just right.  Place pan on cooling rack.  Cut and enjoy!

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.


Healthier Choc-Oat Chip Cookies

Healthy cookiesThe little baker is at it again, whipping up healthy cookies for his athletic brothers.  Here Joel re-invents the Choc-Oat Chip cookie.  It is now gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free, packed with goodness of oats and pecans for his active brothers.

We want you to know, YOU can make any recipe healthier!  Substitute gluten-free flour for flour, apple sauce for part of the shortening, flax seed for eggs, agave nectar or apple juice concentrate for sugar, and so on.  Try a few modifications each time, and you will invent your own new favorite cookies.

Healthier Choc-Oat-Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer or big bowl combine:

1 cup coconut oil
1 cup date sugar
1/2 cup agave nectar
2 eggs (next time we’re going to try a flax seed and water replacement)
1/4 cup coconut milk (soy, almond, rice or cashew milk will work, too)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix the butter, date sugar, agave nectar, eggs, coconut milk and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, blend together the following dry ingredients:
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups gluten-free oats
1/2 cup coconut (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix well. Then add:
2 cups Enjoy Life chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoons onto the cookie sheet.  Flatten each dough ball with a fork, as you might with peanut butter cookies. Bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees.  Makes about 5 dozen delicious cookies.  Store in the freezer.

How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal PB Choc. chip


These might be the BEST of my cookie recipes! So healthy and so yummy! Gluten-free, dairy-free, low fat, low sugar — perfect for tea time or any time!

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1 t. xanthan gum
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3 cups gluten-free oats (I prefer quick-cooking)
1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life chocolate chips (dairy-free)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients:  brown rice flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together, coconut oil, apple sauce, peanut butter, and sugar.  Then beat in the eggs and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and cream together.  Stir in the oatmeal and chocolate chips.  Drop by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared cookie sheets, 12 to a pan.  With a fork dipped in water, press the cookies to flatten.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.  Cool on cooling racks.  Makes about 4 dozen, but they won’t last long!

 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.  Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.


Chocolate Avocado Cake


Thank you to my daughter Kallie for sending me this recipe!  I tweaked it a bit to be more chocolatey and use the ingredients I have on hand.  So far, our family has devoured three batches!  The avocado replaces the butter, egg and dairy in this cake recipe, making it dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.  With another avocado in the frosting, you are really getting extra nutrients with your dessert.  Why not enjoy this with your Easter celebration?

2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 medium avocado, remove pit and skin
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
2 T. white vinegar
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with 18 cupcake liners, or oil a cake pan and sprinkle with a bit of extra cocoa.  In a small bowl, pour the boiling water over the cocoa and stir to dissolve. Set aside. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients:  rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, mash the avocado until smooth and creamy.  Add the coconut oil and sugar, mixing well. Add the cocoa mixture to the avocado and blend well.  In the measuring cup with the water, add the vinegar and vanilla.  Add a bit of the water to the avocado bowl and stir.  Now add some of the flour mixture to the avocado bowl and stir.  Repeat until everything is mixed into the large bowl.  Scoop the batter into your cupcake pan, or pour into prepared cake pans.  Bake cupcakes 25 minutes, or cakes for 30-40 minutes.  Allow cakes to cool before frosting.

Chocolate Avocado Frosting Ingredients
1 medium avocado, remove skin and pit
2 T. orange juice
1 cup powder sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 t. vanilla

Mashed the avocado in a medium mixing bowl.  Blend in the orange juice until smooth.  Use a strainer to sift the powder sugar and cocoa into the mixing bowl, so there are no lumps.  Mix well.  Add the vanilla and taste.  Add more orange juice or powder sugar if needed to make the frosting thinner or thicker.  This recipe makes 1 cup frosting, enough for a batch of cupcakes or a 13×9″ cake.  Double the frosting recipe if you are frosting a layer cake.  Enjoy your avocado treat!

img_6306Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1 (NKJV)

New King James Version (NKJV)The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.