Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

gluten free banana pancake recipe

It’s always nice when you can take a breakfast staple and make it healthy, without compromising any of the taste. That’s exactly what Chef Laura Romito did when she came up with this recipe for banana pancakes.

Not only is Laura Romito an amazing chef and seasoned recipe creator,  but she’s also the mastermind behind Food Geek Foods and the delicious brand of High 5 Salts.  It’s always a treat to partner up with her in the kitchen to see what mouth watering creations she can whip up.

This is a fun and healthy twist on standard pancakes. Because there is no gluten in the flour, the batter doesn’t get tough so you never have to worry about over mixing.

gluten free banana pancake recipe

Ingredients

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes
– 3 ripe bananas
– 1/2 cup strawberry or vanilla kefir or yogurt
– 2 eggs
– 2 tbsp avocado or sunflower oil
– 1/2 tsp High 5 Tickled Pink Himalayan Salt Blend – or – sea salt 
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 1/2 cup Relative Foods Oat Flour – or – Relative Foods Millet Flour
– 2 tbsp Relative Foods Organic Cane Sugar

Instructions

Place bananas, yogurt, eggs, oil, salt and sugar in a blender
– Blend until smooth, approx. 30 seconds
– Add flour, baking soda and baking powder and blend to combine
– Cook in a non-stick pan with a small amount of oil or butter, flipping each pancake after about 15 seconds, or when surface of pancakes form small bubbles
– Finish on second side for about 30 seconds, or until no raw batter remains
– Keep warm and serve with fresh blueberries and a sprinkle of Relative Foods Organic Brown Sugar

For those of you who really love bananas, you can top with a few additional slices.

gluten free banana pancake recipe

If you make these delicious gluten free banana pancakes, be sure take a photo and tag us on social media – we love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen!

 

Want more gluten free recipes? Check out this one for our gluten free potato pancakes.

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

Brazilian Cheese Bread with Tapioca Flour

If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing authentic pão de queijo, you don’t know what you’re missing. The perfect Brazilian cheese bread is slightly crisp on the outside and incredibly soft and chewy on the inside.

There’s no possible way you can eat just one. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing because this delectable appetizer is incredibly easy to make at home.

Brazilian Cheese Bread with Tapioca FlourIngredients

Brazilian Cheese Bread
– 1 egg at room temperature
– 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2/3 cup milk
– 1 1/2 cup Relative Foods Tapioca Flour
– 1 teaspoon Relative Foods Pink Himalayan Salt
– 1/2 cup grated cheese, we used a vintage Irish cheddar cheese, but you could try goat, parmesan, or a variety

Brazilian Cheese Bread with Tapioca Flour

Instructions

– Preheat oven to 400F
– Grease a mini muffin tin with olive oil
– Put all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until you have a smooth mixture
– Pour the mixture into the muffin tin, leaving ample room at the top
– Bake 15-20 minutes, or until the bread is puffy and golden brown
– Remove from oven and place bread on a cooling rack for a couple minutes

Brazilian Cheese Bread with Tapioca Flour

Options

It’s so easy to customize this recipe for your family by mixing up the cheese, adding Italian seasoning, or serving them with marinara sauce. The possibilities are endless. If you prefer to have a few fresh bread balls at a time you can save the batter in the refrigerator for a couple days and bake as needed.

If you make these amazing Brazilian cheese bread balls, be sure take a photo and tag us on social media – we love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen!

Apple Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting Recipe

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipe

Most people associate apple spice cake with the autumn season, but around here we bake it all year long. Typically we’ll serve it for dessert then enjoy any leftovers (if we’re lucky!) with a cup of coffee the next morning.

This cake is rich, delicious, and uses a combination of common ingredients for a dessert that everyone will love.

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipeIngredients

Apples
– 2 cups diced apples
– 1 tbsp Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 tsp cinnamon

Cake Ingredients
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 3/4 tsp salt
– 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
– 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1 cup vegetable oil (you can substitute butter)
– 1/2 cup Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 cup Relative Foods cane sugar
– 3 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla

Frosting Ingredients
– 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
– 1/2 cup butter, softened
– 1 cup Relative Foods brown sugar
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

– Combine diced apples with 1 tbsp Relative Foods brown sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.
– Preheat oven to 350F
– Grease three 6″ (or two 9”) cake rounds
– In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices, and salt and set aside
– In a separate mixing bowl, combine vegetable oil (or butter) and sugars. Beat until well combined, about 2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time until thoroughly mixed, then add vanilla.
– Slowly fold in flour mixture
– Fold in apples
– Spread batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for 35-45 mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
– Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10 minutes then turn over and out onto wire rack to cool completely

Frosting Instructions
– In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese, butter, sugars, vanilla and pie spice until smooth, approximately 5 minutes.
– Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
– Gently press walnuts into frosting on top of the cake.
– Refrigerate leftovers.

Apple spice cake with brown sugar frosting recipe

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Click here for a printable version of this recipe.

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dried Cherries :: A Recipe

White chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries recipe

It’s always so much fun to make these white chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries because it’s so easy to change out the flavor just by adding a few optional ingredients. We love to experiment with coconut, walnuts, and oats. On the flip side, if you opt for none of the optional ingredients the cookies are still amazingly delicious.

Time and time again these dried cherry cookies have come out of the oven soft and chewy and they’re always still soft and delicious the next day (if there’s any left!) They’re a great alternative to the traditional chocolate chip cookie and everyone in the family just loves them!

White chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries recipeIngredients

– 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon Relative Foods salt
– 1 stick unsalted butter, softened and cooled
– 1/2 cup Relative Foods organic cane sugar
– 1/2 cup packed Relative Foods organic brown sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup white chocolate chips
– 3/4 cup Relative Foods dried cherries

Optional Ingredients

– 1/2 cup macadamia nuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
– 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

– Preheat the oven to 375°
– In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt
– In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and both sugars for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy
– Beat the egg and vanilla into the butter mixture
– Reduce the mixer to a low speed and beat in the dry ingredients until just mixed, then slowly add in the white chocolate, dried cherries, and any optional ingredients
– Form the dough into 1-1/2” balls and arrange them approximately 2” apart on a baking sheet
– Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until lightly browned; rotating the baking sheet halfway through
– Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely

If you make these white chocolate chip cookies with dried cherries, be sure take a photo and tag us on social media – we love to see what you’re up to in the kitchen!

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Creamy Mushroom Soup Recipe

Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe

Who can refuse a creamy, yet hearty bowl of delicious mushroom soup? It sounds particularly tempting right now, as the temps are near freezing on a daily basis here in Michigan.

Chef and recipe creator, Laura Romito of Food Geek Foods let us in on a little secret that she likes to use when it comes to making her savory soups a little thicker – she incorporates our organic whole grain oat flour.

This delectable soup is full of hearty vegetables, and for this particular recipe, Chef Laura chose to use all organic ingredients. Over the last few months we’ve made this soup on a handful of occasions and it’s become a favorite in our household. The great thing is that it freezes well, too – making it a great option for leftovers or an easy meal at a later date. Chef Laura recommends letting it cool to less than 40 degrees within two hours of serving, then store refrigerated and covered for up to 5 days, or freeze up to 3 months.

creamy mushroom soup recipe

Ingredients

– 2 pounds mixed mushrooms (try cremini, shiitake, and white button)
– 1 cup diced onion
– ¼ cup diced celery
– ¼ cup diced carrot
– 1 ounce dried mushrooms (any variety)
– 3 tablespoons Relative Foods Organic Oat Flour
– 3 tablespoons Relative Foods Organic Millet Flour
– 4 large fresh garlic cloves, peeled
– 2 quarts stock (use LOW SODIUM vegetable or chicken)
– 16 fluid ounces purified water
– 3 tablespoons avocado, sunflower, or pure olive oil (don’t use extra virgin) OR butter

Seasoning:
– 1 tablespoon kosher salt or High 5 Power Lifter Coarse Bold Salt Blend
– 1 teaspoon dry thyme
– Pinch nutmeg,
– Pinch cayenne
– 1 bay leaf

Instructions

– Rinse dry mushrooms thoroughly then place in large pot with the water; bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cover; simmer for 30 minutes
– Strain through fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth or paper towel, pressing firmly on mushrooms to extract liquid; reserve liquid
– Rinse mushrooms again

– Saute all mushrooms, onion, celery, carrot, and seasonings in large soup pot with oil over high heat until golden (this will take some time since mushrooms will need to release all moisture prior to browning; plan at least 25-35 minutes)

– Add flours and stir to distribute, then allow flours to toast in oil about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning
– Add stock and reserved mushroom water and bring to a boil, lower heat immediately to a simmer and cover
– Simmer until tender (approximately 20-30 minutes more) and puree to desired consistency

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Apple Cobbler with Streusel Topping

Apple cobbler with streusel topping recipe

With an abundance of fresh fruit, homemade apple cobbler is a healthier twist on a sweet treat. The smell is simply divine and the crunchy topping paired with tart apples makes for an all-time favorite in our household. We typically begin baking this in the fall when apples are prime for picking, but it’s really a versatile dish that compliments any season.

Apple Cobbler Recipe with Streusel Topping

The thing that made this recipe special is that it was formulated by our friend – chef and recipe creator, Laura Romito of Food Geek Foods. Laura used our new organic oat flour in both the filling and the topping, and the results were delicious. In fact, Chef Laura herself said it was the best streusel topping she’d ever made.

Organic oat flour, organic brown sugar, organic cane sugar

This recipe is simple to make and sure to be loved by the entire family.

Ingredients

Streusel Topping
– 2 cups Relative Foods Organic Oat Flour
– 1 cup oatmeal (regular rolled oats work best)
– 
2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, cut in small pieces, kept very cold
– ½ cup Relative Foods Organic Cane Sugar
– 2 tbsp  Relative Foods Organic Brown Sugar
– 
½ cup chopped toasted almonds or pecans (optional)
– 
1 tbsp  cinnamon
– 
¼ tsp allspice
– 
Pinch nutmeg
– 
1 teaspoon Relative Foods Pink Himalayan Salt

Filling
– 6 cups peeled and sliced fresh or frozen Michigan apples
– 
4 tablespoons Relative Foods Organic Oat Flour
– 4 tablespoons Relative Foods Organic Brown Sugar
– 
½ teaspoon Relative Foods Pink Himalayan Salt
– 
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Apple Cobbler Recipe with Streusel Topping

Instructions

– Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
– Butter a 9×13 glass or ceramic casserole dish

– In a food processor, combine oat flour, oats, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt for the streusel topping; pulse to combine
– Add chunks of cold butter and pulse until a coarse meal is formed and ingredients are well combined; mixture should hold together in clumps when squeezed
– Add nuts if desired
– Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to chill butter

– Toss sliced fruit with oat flour, salt, cinnamon, and sugar from the filling section to coat lightly
– Spread fruit over the bottom of prepared pan
– Remove topping from refrigeration and very gently squeeze into crumbly clumps, covering all the fruit; use all the topping

– Bake at 400 degrees until the topping is golden brown and crusty and the fruit is bubbling, approx. 35-45 minutes
– 
Serve warm with sweetened whipped cream or ice cream

Apple Cobbler Recipe with Streusel Topping

Any questions? Leave us a comment below. If you make this delicious apple cobbler recipe, take a picture and tag us on social media. We’d love to see what you make in the kitchen.

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