Thursday, July 28, 2011

Light & Fluffy Pancakes (GAPS)

Update February 23, 2012: I notice this recipe is getting a lot of attention from Facebook ;), but haven't seen where people are posting it (?). Anyway, I want to direct your attention to a new GAPS pancake recipe we developed that is MUCH better. That may be found here - The BEST Fluffy GAPS Pancakes (so far). Thanks for visiting!

We just made these tonight and they are really good! Nice and fluffy and taste like a pancake. The other peanut butter squash pancake recipe I posted here were okay, but not like these. We didn't make the syrup, but I'm sure it would be good!

Light and Fluffy Pancakes (GAPS legal)
From: Internal Bliss

1 cup cooked squash, pureed
1 cup nut butter (we used a few Tbls of peanut butter)
5 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Dash of spice (cloves, nutmeg, and any other "pumpkin pie" type spice)
Ghee or other cooking fat

For the syrup:
1/4 cup honey
1/2 lemon, juiced
vanilla extract (optional)

1. Separate the eggs, putting the whites into one large bowl and the yolks into a separate large bowl.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the egg yolks and mix together.
3. Beat the whites until soft peaks form, and then fold them into the yolk mixture.
4. Fry in fat using a griddle or in a skillet on medium to low heat, as they can burn easily.
5. To make the syrup, combine the syrup ingredients in a saucepan and warm until the honey is soft enough to stir in.

*When cold, these pancakes work well to make sandwiches.

~ Hanunyah

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fruit Cobbler (GAPS)

This was good! We had it in yogurt.

Fruit Cobbler (GAPS legal)
Hanunyah Creation

1 banana
1 apple
1 peach
2 tablespoons honey, divided
1 1/3 cups almond meal, plus more for topping
1/3 cup yogurt
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 300F. Slice the banana, peeled apple and peach into a baking dish. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the honey. Bake for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the almond meal, yogurt and egg. Pour over the hot fruit. Drizzle with the remaining honey, and sprinkle some almond meal on top. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through (make sure it isn't doughy on the top).

Before baking

~ Hanunyah

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fruit Cobbler Cake

The other day I made some GAPS fruit cobbler (I'll post later, Lord willing), so I experimented more and made up this non-GAPS cake. I used 2 apples, 1 peach and 1 banana, but it needed more fruit to be called a cobbler. The cake part was fluffy and there was a lot of it, so, as I said before, this is more of a cake than a fruit cobbler. Anyway, it was eaten up and got good reviews.

Fruit Cobbler Cake (Gluten-free, Cow Dairy-free, Corn-free)
Created by Hanunyah

fruit (I used 2 apples, 1 peach and 1 banana)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups rice flour
1/2 cup lard
1 tablespoon maple (or vanilla) extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. Slice fruit into the pan.

In a large bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, sugar and flour. Add the lard and mix together with the flour mixture with 2 forks, until it looks like crumbs. Add the extract, eggs and milk, and mix well (don't over beat).

Pour over the fruit in the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes (?), until baked through.

~ Hanunyah

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Peanut Butter Almond Pancakes (GAPS)

Update February 23, 2012: This recipe was good, but a new recipe we made is much better - which may be found here - The BEST Fluffy GAPS Pancakes (so far).

I made up this recipe just a couple hours ago . . . we made other (non-GAPS) pancakes, and decided to make some for the GAPS people, too. They are actually pretty good.

Peanut Butter Almond Pancakes (GAPS legal)

1 1/3 cups almond meal
2 eggs
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup water

Mix all together and cook in homemade lard or coconut oil.

~ Hanunyah

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chocolate (or Carob) Mayonnaise Cake

This is a really yummy and easy recipe. We've used it for years, but I lost the recipe so I found one like it on allrecipes the other day.

You're basically just using mayonnaise instead of eggs and oil.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Corn-free)
Adapted from:

2 cups rice flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mayonnaise (or 2 eggs and 1/2 cup oil)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 
degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x13 inch pan. 
2. Beat all ingredients until well combined. Pour into prepared pan. 
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), 30-35 minutes.

~ Hanunyah

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Peanut Butter Squash Pancakes (GAPS Intro)

Update February 23, 2012: For a easy, yummy and much fluffier GAPS pancake recipe we use you may go here - The BEST Fluffy GAPS Pancakes (so far).

My brother likes these in yogurt or plain.

This what we do - my sister usually makes them, she doesn't really measure anything, so this is just about what it looks like she puts in ;).

Peanut Butter Squash Pancakes

In a food processor mix together until smooth a steamed acorn squash, butternut squash or pumpkin (a couple cups worth), 2 or 3 eggs and about 1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter, no additives). You don't have to use a food processor, that's just what we found easiest. You can also add a banana in it. Cook in coconut oil, don't burn. If they are crumbly, add more peanut butter. You can also add a little honey if they need a sweetener.

We made these today without eggs (we didn't have any GAPS eggs), so we ate it like pudding - very good!

~ Hanunyah

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Almond Flour Muffins (GAPS)

These are introduced on Stage 4 of the GAPS diet.

GAPS Almond Flour Muffins

1 1/2 cups almond flour/meal
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 eggs

Mix all together, spoon into muffin pans until about 1/2 full, and bake at 300F for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until done. This makes about 7 regular sized muffins.

~ Hanunyah

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Instant Oatmeal Packets

~ This is my 100th post on this blog! ~

This is a good substitute for the packets in the store. To be sure this is gluten-free, use gluten-free oats and read the labels of the variations you use.

Instant Oatmeal Packets (Gluten-free, and Dairy-free if not using some of the variations below)
From: The Dollar Stretcher Family

3 cups quick oats
salt (optional)
small sized zip bags

Put 1/2 cup oats in a blender and blend on high until powdery. Set aside in a small bowl, and repeat procedure with an additional 1/2 cup oats. If you're using a food processor, you can do the 1 cup of oats in one batch. Put the following ingredients into each zip bag: 1/4 cup quick oats, 2 Tbsp. powdered oats (or oat flour), and 1/8 tsp. salt. Store in an airtight container.

~ To serve: Empty packet into a bowl. Add 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir and let stand for 2 minutes. For thicker oatmeal, use less water - for thinner oatmeal, use more water. ~

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp. chopped dried apples.
Sweetened Oatmeal: To each packet add 1 Tbsp. sugar or 1 packet 'Equal' artificial sweetener.
Brown Sugar/Cinnamon Oatmeal: To each packet add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar & 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Oatmeal w/ Raisins & Brown Sugar: To each packet add 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. raisins.
Fruit and Cream Oatmeal: To each packet add 1 Tbsp. non-dairy coffee creamer and 2 Tbsp. dried fruit
Fun Fruit Oatmeal: To each packet add 6 or 7 pieces of 'fruit snack' type dehydrated fruit.
Confetti Oatmeal: To each packet add 1 tsp. decorative cake/cookie sprinkles.
S'More Oatmeal: 

To each packet 

add 6 miniature marshmallows and 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips.
Exploding Oatmeal: 
To each packet 
add 1 tsp. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. 'Pop Rocks' candy to each packet. This one is fun for celebration days, such as birthdays.

Update - July 27, 2011: Here is what I have come up with the last 2 times I made this. I may add more if I make up more.

~ My Variations ~
These are flavors I've come up with. Since it is eaten up so fast, I mix it in a big bowl and put it back in the oatmeal container. My brothers and sisters like it in cold milk, so they just scoop out what they want out of the container.

Seeds and Spices Oatmeal: Add poppy seeds, flaxseeds, a little nutmeg, a little ginger, and cinnamon. I made up this flavor and my sister who has been eating my Instant Oatmeal for breakfast every morning said it was really good. She likes this one better than the Maple Nut/Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavor I made today (below).

Maple Nut/Brown Sugar Cinnamon: Add brown sugar, cinnamon, finely ground walnuts and maple extract. I can't taste this since I'm on the GAPS diet, but it smells really good!

~ Hanunyah

Link Parties:
Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
Food on Friday @ Carole's Chatter

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th Pictures

Some pictures from yesterday -

A goodie tray I brought - red, white and blue Neopolatin Cookies, and in the middle, Fondant - blue is flavored maple, white lemon, and red peppermint. Almost all of the cookies were gone, and the candy was well liked.

Freshly caught catfish!

Homemade goat milk blackberry and vanilla ice-cream

Blackberry cobbler


~ Hanunyah

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy July 4th!

I hope you have a happy July 4th!
     We are going to a soccer game today (which we must win to be in the playoffs!), and have a busy but, fun day planned tomorrow . . . do all the chores in the morning, go fishing and maybe swimming, then going to a party/barbecue at the neighbor's place!

These are some Neapolatin Cookies, colored for the 4th of July. I'm planning on bringing them to the party.

Have a nice weekend!

~ Hanunyah

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Black Gold Cookies

Note: Even though I am on the GAPS diet, I still bake for everyone else who's not on the diet (there's only me, my brother and dad on the diet). It's not really a big deal for me, because I like doing it and they like to eat what I make. That said, I'll still be posting recipes here, Lord willing.

Thursday I made some Chocolate Chip Cookies (I baked most of them as bars, spread on a cookie sheet - they baked way better, browned beautifully and looked more chewy) , Gingersnap Cookies, Gingerbread (it was a creation, but a success - I made it from some of the Gingersnap cookie dough with another egg, a chopped apple and milk), Neapolitan Cookie dough for the 4th of July (without the food coloring because my sister forgot it Thursday in town, I finished those this morning), and Flourless Oatmeal Cookies (that me and my little 6 year old sister went crazy on - we added a shredded carrot, chopped banana, ginger, poppy and flax seeds. Why did we add all that? We were having fun ;-) ).

     Anyway, a couple of months ago, my grandma brought us some Gluten-free Black Gold Cookies (with the ingredient list) that she bought somewhere (I think the brand was BriarPatch) so we could taste them and create a copycat recipe for them. I found a couple Black Gold Cookie recipes online. With the amount of chocolate chips in the recipe, it seemed like you couldn't go wrong. So I gave it a shot.
    They were a big hit here at our house, but I haven't ran them by grandma yet (I'll probably do that tomorrow after a soccer game when we go to her house). The only difference I think there was (without tasting them ;-) ) was that they weren't as thick as the ones she bought. I may need to add a little more flour, or bake them as bars in a pan (so they can't spread, only rise).

*Update - July 28, 2011: A couple weeks ago Grandma came to our house . . . and I was baking these cookies. She tasted one, and REALLY liked them! She and everybody else gave lots of compliments. They went over very well!
     But I experimented some and was able to make them thicker (the first batch I changed things on turned out great). So, I have changed the recipe to what worked.

Black Gold Cookies (Gluten-free, Corn-free)
Adapted from

6 tablespoons (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) GF flour (I use rice or oat)
1/2 teaspoon guar gum (xanthan gum, if not corn-free)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder (or 3 to 4 tablespoons regular cocoa)
2 cups safe chocolate chips, divided
6 tablespoons (1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon) lard
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups walnuts (optional)

1. Mix together flour, gum, baking powder and cocoa, set aside. Melt 1 1/4 cups of the chocolate chips in the microwave (you could use a double boiler) for 1 minute, just until melted. Stir until smooth.

2. Beat the lard, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl until well combined and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and beat. Add the dry ingredients, remaining chocolate chips, and walnuts. Refrigerate the dough for about 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Place heaping tablespoons of the dough on greased cookie sheets (do not flatten them). Bake for about 9 minutes (do not overbake). Cool on wire rack.

~ Hanunyah

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new design + name

As of 1-3-12: I've re-named my blog name (which used to be "Hanunyah's Sweet Creations") to "Ranch Girl's Sweets 'N' Treats". "Sweet Creations" is a pretty common name, so I figured I'd change it to something a little different ;). My URL is still the same, though.

Also, a big thanks goes to my older sister (@ who has re-designed my blog and fixed-up all of the HTML. So, I hope you enjoy the new layout!