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Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with REAL Strawberry Frosting

Boy, are you in for a treat! We celebrate birthdays in homemade style around here from their choice of dinner to dessert. One of our most requested treats by my 6 kids are these scrumptious grain-free chocolate cupcakes. The best part is the delectable strawberry frosting made with REAL strawberries! When I recently shared our tasty treat on social media, my inbox got stuffed with recipe requests. So…here it is as promised. We love to share and dare you not to salivate while making these. haha!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcake Recipe with Real Strawberry Frosting by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And in case you thought your eyes were playing tricks on you, these are in fact grain free – not just gluten free, but grain free. No rice fillers, or

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Flourless Chocolate Fudge Cookie Recipe

Chocolate. Why is that word one that typically brings a smile to everyone’s face? Because it is DELICIOUS!!! I am not what you would call a chocoholic, but I do love incorporate some in my diet…daily. haha. I’m not talking about the kind that looks like chocolate, but tastes like plastic. I mean the real deal dark goodness that comes from cocoa beans. Have you ever read the story of how it came to be? We’ve studied it in our homeschool studies. So intriguing! Let me share with you this recipe a for tantalizing flourless chocolate fudge cookie. mmm…

Absolutely delicious flourless chocolate cookies that whip up in a flash. Recipe at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you’ve read any of my past recipes, you know my family and I try to stick to a diet that encourages a healthy gut. You can read more on why and get more recipes HERE. With that we typically eliminate grains from our diet, unless they are processed properly (soaking and sprouting). However, we still have pizza

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Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes ~ Cauliflower Bake

Who here loves a savory side dish? ME! Nothing better than having the right compliment to your meal or one that doubles as an anytime snack. I am a serious potato lover, but no so much a lover of all the starchy sugars that come with it. tsk. Don’t get me wrong, potatoes have a place for potassium, but I like to take a break from the staple to nourish my body in other ways. Today, I’m sharing one of our favorite recipes: Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes (aka. savory cauliflower bake).

Plated Potatoless Twice Baked Potatoes - A savory cauliflower side dish by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before you run off screaming, “You can’t take away my potatoes!!” hear me out. I’m not saying

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Homemade Marshmallow S’Mores ~ Grain Free Treat

There is nothing better in the summer & fall evenings that a fun time with family around a fire pit roasting marshmallows. Though, I’ll admit, those store-bought styrofoam balls called marshmallows are not pleasing to me. To enjoy the tasty toasted treat without the guilt or nasties, I’m sharing these homemade marshmallow s’mores with you based on your popular request.

Homemade S'Mores for a Summertime Treat, and they're grain-free! Recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

All it takes is five simple ingredients to get these yummies ready to go.

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Grain-Free Dutch Baby ~ Oven Pancake

Do you ever grab a quick breakfast only to find yourself hungry within 30 minutes? Today, by popular request, I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite breakfast dishes – a grain-free Dutch baby. What is a Dutch baby? It’s basically an oven pancake that can be tweaked to suit your taste buds and nutritional needs.

Delicious and nutritious Dutch baby oven pancake recipe by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My version has a hearty take to it from the fluffy version, though it can be made that way too. I remember back as a young teen getting bored with my packet of oatmeal or cereal and decided to search the cookbook for something new for breakfast. My first attempt came out wonderfully lofty, but had my dad asking, “What is that??” Haha… He asked only because while baking they tend to

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Grain-Free Spice Cookies :: Christmas Cookie Exchange

One of my all-time favorite cookies at Christmas, or anytime, is a molasses or ginger snap cookie. Because our family tries to adhere to a grain-free diet, I’ve put together this grain-free spice cookie recipe that is not only grain-free, but can be adapted to suit most any diet.

Go grab your napkins because you are about to start salivating at all the wonderful Christmas cookies recipes you are about to see. I have a wonderful opportunity to join up with a group of ladies that are some of the best DIYers  including in the kitchen.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now, before I get started you might be wondering why we are “grain free”.  I honestly would love to be a foodie blogger because I could fill your head with all sorts of information on your gut and how it is your second brain, but to save a little time (like hours) I will give you a snippet.  (You can read more about my family here)

INFORMATION

Everything we put into our bodies makes us who we are, and our body can only make use of what we put in if we have good (or friendly) bacteria in our gut and maintain a healthy gut ecosystem.

My family has dealt with numerous digestive trials and I have learned how to prepare & eat fermented, cultured, and nutritious foods that have given us back our health, starting with our gut.  We try to follow a GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) protocol, which is very similar to SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), that nurtures you from the inside out.

Do cookies aid in that repair?  Not at all, the empty carbohydrates lacking nutritional value only feed the bad guys living in your guy.  However, a healthier snack is better than a junky one, and besides that, who can have Christmas without cookies?

RECIPE

So off we go to make some grain-free, easier to digest cookies.

Let’s bake!  (printable version)

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of the wonders of the gluten-free/grain free world is how to cook with these funky flours.  I mean, the texture just isn’t like wheat and can really look unappealing at times.  A secret to mimicking that texture is to use arrowroot powder.  That stuff is so versatile from baking to natural bath & body care.  It allows us to use almond flour, coconut flour, and gluten free flour and get us a cookie that, well…looks like a cookie.

TIPS

In this recipe I used almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill– or sometimes called “almond meal”), but you can also use coconut (Tropical Traditions), or sunflower seed flour.   You just want to make sure the almond flour is the blanched kind, which means it has been processed in a way that removed the phytic acid that is detrimental to your health, particularly your teeth.  (I told you I could fill your head!)

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Normally I would have assembled these cookies as my recipe states, but in haste we dumped everything in the stand mixer – whoops.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 It’s called the “hurry-the-baby-is-sleeping” method.  Ah well. They turned out just fine, but really you should follow the steps to get a good cookie.

BEST OF TIMES

A memory I have as a child: When my parents would take us out on Saturday early to get errands done in a nearby city.  We would stop to visit my grandma and one of my parents would run to get doughnuts from a local bakery.  They would ask what we’d like, and I would always say a mule ear.  I can’t stand doughnuts, but those molasses mule ear cookies were the best. sigh…

So because of that I love using spices like ginger, cinnamon, and allspice in my cookie recipes.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We source most of our ingredients from a local Mennonite bulk food store and our local farmers.  Take a look at your eggs.  Your egg yolks should be so orange they’re almost glowing, not pale yellow like the ones in most grocery stores.

GOT CHICKEN?

I’d raise chickens myself if my city would allow it.  I even called the mayor to ask, and he seemed to think I was crazy.  I told him I could hear a rooster at the city park down our street so someone had to have chickens. He told me to tell him where, to which I replied politely, “You can go down there and hear it for yourself, if you’d like.”  I wasn’t about to snitch.

A neighboring city to ours allows you to have hens, but not a rooster (did you know you don’t need a rooster to get eggs?), hopefully our city will catch on to that idea or we’ll get to move soon.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This is how your cookies will look once placed on the baking sheet. As mentioned above, it’s better to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to firm them up. ‘They will have a consistency similar to a no-bake cookie.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once they’re done baking and have cooled, use a piece of paper to lay on the cookie halfway and dust the exposed side with confectioner’s sugar.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DECORATE

Let’s add some festive embellishments. Put about 3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar in a small bowl. Then add a few drops of milk to create a pasty consistency.  Then drop a small amount near the  edge of the cookie as shown.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grab a couple dried cranberries and press them into that dab of confectioner’s sugar.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 My kids had a blast decorating, especially the dusting part.Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAnd then you’re done!
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My daughter couldn’t wait to snatch one up.  I told her she’ll be singing, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…”

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Happy baking!  I wish you and your family the best holiday season ever.

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