Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Twin's 7th Birthday Cake

Well, I guess it's better late than never, but this was the cake that I made for the twins - the youngest two. (This post just kinda got lost in the chaos of life ;).) They turned 7 years old (!!) on the 3rd of this month, and Mom's birthday was on the 4th.

Chocolate cake with orange filling and fluffy orange frosting.

~ Hanunyah

Wordless Wednesday: Cereal?

~ Hanunyah

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The BEST Fluffy GAPS Pancakes (so far)

Jenny, a (goat) kid.
Yet another grain-free recipe. It's good though, since my grain-free followers have been a bit neglected of recipes from me lately. But, nobody would know if I didn't say - I don't eat but only a couple of the recipes I've made and posted here. That's why I took the blog name "Starvin' Chef". (My family suggested that name. They were making jokes that I'd shrivel away without them ;) ). Don't feel compelled to click on that link. Let me tell you - that blog is not very pretty right now. It's a Starvin' Blog as far as beauty goes. It just needs a little work when I get to it. Ok, ok . . .

Now this is what, the fourth GAPS pancake recipe on this blog? But it's the best so far. Not to mention the easiest, too.

Nice and fluffy, lightly sweet pancakes with a touch of cinnamon - yum! These do not require a whole lot of almond flour, therefore are not dense, and are healthy with so many eggs.

So, to my GAPS visitors ~ enjoy some healthy sweetness today with this quick and easy recipe!

This recipe is "Starvin' Chef" approved ;).

Fluffy and Sweet Pancakes (GAPS, Grain, Sugar, Soy, Dairy, etc. Free)

5 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups almond meal/flour, approximately
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda*

Whisk all ingredients together well, adding flour as needed. Cook on a pan or griddle with some coconut oil, flipping pancake to cook through.**

*Since baking soda, on the GAPS diet, is not supposed to be used in excessive amounts, I'm sure you could omit it and be just fine.
**We usually make small pancakes (probably about 3 inches across), but if you make them bigger you may have more flipping problems.

~ Hanunyah

Monday, February 20, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Cookies, GRAIN & SUGAR FREE

Oops! I sort of forgot about the Chocolate Chunk Cookies I mentioned in one of my last posts . . . sorry ;). I'm still here, we've been busy with kidding/lambing season here.

Well, when people think of chocolate it is usually somehow linked with sugar. But it's this simple: cocoa powder does not have sugar in it. It's that simple. Add some good fat and a touch of honey to that powder. Let it set.

Chewy cookies with a touch of the sweetness of honey, add some . . . sugar-free chocolate. You got it.

The chocolate chunks actually have the taste and texture of chocolate, nice and smooth. My sugar-free friend - who really likes chocolate - was so excited that I made her something chocolate. And when she tasted it? Yep, it was a success.

Now, I'm not exactly sure if these are GAPS legal because of the cocoa. Some say "yes", others say "no". I didn't do extensive research about it, but you may decide for yourself, if you're on the GAPS diet.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies (Grain, Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Corn, Soy, Gum, etc. FREE)
Ideas from Whole New Mom and Nourished and Nurtured

1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey, to taste

2 cups almond meal/flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup honey

1. In a small saucepan combine the first 3 ingredients. Melt together over medium heat, stirring constantly - be careful not to burn this mixture. Pour into a small bowl or dish. Place in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.

2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all the remaining ingredients to form a dough. Remove the chocolate mixture from the freezer and chop into small pieces. Stir the chocolate chunks into the cookie dough.

3. Drop the dough by a spoon onto a cookie sheet greased with coconut oil. Bake for 7 to 12 minutes, depending on size and shape of the cookies. Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack (or your mouth ;) ) to cool completely.

~ 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!