(gluten-free, yeast-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free)
I love bread…Who doesn’t?
Even though sometimes we have to modify our bread ingredients because of our diet needs, that does not mean that I can’t have a delicious, soft, fragrant bread.
I had few easy bread recipes (made with wheat flour) that were enough for me. When I started eating gluten-free I was eating pancake or crepe in place of bread for a while but I started to crave bread again. So I developed this recipe yesterday. Loved it! I will have more gluten-free bread recipes coming for you :) and ME :))
…And now I give you my Rosemary-Olive bread recipe;
1 cup Almond meal
7 tbs olive oil (extra virgin )
3 large eggs (organic, cage-free)
1 tbs maple syrup
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt (Himalayan)
1/2 tsp baking soda (aluminum free)
1/8 cup kalamata olives (pitted, diced)
1/2 tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
– Preheat oven 350F
– Grease 8.5 x 4.5 inch pan (I used coconut oil) or line with parchment paper.
– Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then combine.
– Pour the mixture in your baking pan.
– Bake 45-55 minutes or knife/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
– Let cool in pan.
I must admit that cooking with gluten-free flours (ex;tapioca) is a little bit hassle for me. One day I make wonderful fluffy pancakes/crepes next day the same recipe but soggy, but still tasty pancakes/crepes. Even a little less/more flour, water content changes the recipe. Hopefully this would not be the case with the bread recipes. I should start weighing ingredients but I am not that much patient yet.
Last night, I wanted to have some cookies. So, this morning I came up with this egg free (because I did not have any), grain free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free cookies.
They were really delicious and satisfying. These soft cookies having a little crunchiness (pecan), rich cacao and creamy taste (coconut oil) was perfect for me. The only problem was I had them as my breakfast and could not stop myself but eat them. So four out of 6 were gone already. I’ve put the last two in freezer for my cookie crisis (just like last night) in the future. I was afraid that I would eat them too. That is why this small batch (6 pieces) is good for me. If you make them smaller (1 tbs) you will have 10 cookies.
1 Cup Almond meal
Pinch Himalayan salt
¼ tsp Baking soda
2 tbs Coconut oil
2 tbs Maple syrup
1 ½ tbs Cacao (unsweetened)
1/3 cup or more Pecan pieces
1 egg (omit if you would like to have nutty cookie)
Preheat oven 350F
Mix all the ingredients with fork.
Wet your hands and form 6-10 cookies, place them on parchment paper.
Bake 7-10 minutes. I did 10 minutes.
Let the cookies completely cool first, otherwise they will fall apart, crumble. Still tastes good though :)
When I made them again next day, I added some chocolate chips, they melted and burned.
Don’t overcook the cookies. Check after the 7th minute. They get harder once they cool down.
The only sad news about these cookies is because of the almond meal (even though only 1 cup), they are high in calories. But if you keep your diet full of vegetables and protein at least the days you eat these, then you can enjoy them with no guilt :))
You may wonder, why I call this chocolate pudding “Morning’, because it is meant to be a healthy breakfast replacement that tastes like chocolate pudding but, actually, can be considered as a smoothie with nutritious seeds (chia, hemp, flax), oil (coconut) and nuts (cashew). I love spices a lot and the fruit ‘orange’ a lot lately. So you will see hints of them but of course you can omit them and may be, enjoy it with fresh/frozen raspberries.
It’s sugar-free, vegan, paleo, gluten free :)
1/2 cup cashew meal
1 tbs chia seed
1 tbs hemp seed
1 tbs flax seed
2 tbs cacao
2 tbs coconut oil
1-2 tbs maple syrup
1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp orange zest
cacao nibs (garnish)
Blend all in high-speed blender until smooth.
I tagged along to my husband when he came to Denver for business. I am glad that I did. I found a place where I can eat clean & delicious food, listen to poetry and watch people swing (unfortunately i can’t but enjoyed the music though). MERCURY CAFE . I am impressed by the community youth who read their own poems with such passion I even felt them (considering i do not have any talent/education on it).
I loved the colors and the paintings (everywhere) done by the employees in the dining, poetry (Jungle Room) and dance (Dance Hall) salons. They have different events everyday Mercury Cafe Events.
We had brunch and light dinner there.
For Brunch: I had two eggs (organic), green chile, grilled potatoes and house made spelt bread. My husband had the vegetarian omelet. I ate every bit of it as my husband did his too. Our brunch plates came with piece of fruit, bread, butter and house made pear preserve (I guess, may be I should say sweetened, softened pear slices).
For dinner: I had small salad with green chile soup (as you can tell I love spicy, hot food) and my husband had Quesadilla (blue corn ) with trout. My bowl of soup was kind of too hot (spicy) and I wanted to mix it with milk so that I can have creamy and little bit less spicy. My server was so kind, she even warmed it up for me and guess what, she said milk was organic, if i am not mistaken, the milk was the kind that I use at home, non-homogenized, good quality of milk that comes in glass.
For me; milk, chicken and eggs are really important. They HAVE TO be ORGANIC. They were organic here, PLUS bread was house made, this means no additives & no unnecessary, hard-to-pronounce ingredients.
They had different varieties of desserts including vegan and Gluten free. After 10 pm, it was half off :)
Well, I will leave the rest to the pictures … By the way, you will see our brunch server’s picture. Her name is Aimee.
Thank you Aimee and Cafe Mercury for the wonderful time and food that you provided us.
P.s: You can’t use credit/debit card there, so have some cash with you.