I’ve read many on the web talking about their frustration with people making treats out of unprocessed ingredients. I sort of see their point. If you’re going to eat unprocessed, then it’s always the best option to eliminate sweets out of your diet, but how many of us really want to foods only as they were originally grown? These conversations I’ve read mainly focus on the Paleo diet, but I think the topic extends to other eating ideals. I personally don’t see a problem with taking whole foods and combining them in such a way as to make a cake, muffins, or cookies for the occasional treat. I like to provide these kinds of recipes, because I think many know how to grill a piece of chicken or put together a salad, but many times when we want a treat, we either revert back to our old ways, or try a “healthy” treat that doesn’t taste quite like we are used to. What do you think? Does this bother you, or do you like to kick your heels back and have a cookie sometimes?
So, while we’re on the topic of adapting recipes to grain free, there are many recipes in my repertoire that have needed a grain free adaptation. For the first three years of this blog, the baking recipes I featured utilized grains, so I’m slowly going through many fall favorites and adapting them to grain free. This way you can choose which version you’d like to try.
We are only a few days until the official start of fall, so I’m going to open the doors and start talking pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin whoopie pies, and pumpkin spice coffee creamer are a few of my favorites. These whoopie pies make for a great spongy cookie on their own – the cookies almost taste a bit like muffin tops. Two spiced cookies are paired together with whipped butter, cream cheese and maple syrup to sweeten. They are quite the treat.
As time has gone on, and I’ve slowly removed sugars from my diet, I’ve found I am very sensitive to anything sweet on the palate. I only used 1/4 cup honey and 2 tablespoons maple syrup in the entire recipe, but if you find it’s not sweet enough, you can add a bit more to your taste. For the batter, you can add a bit more honey, mix it in and taste again to see if it’s to your liking. Same goes for the whipped filling.