Chocolate Cream Pie

I served this pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas and it was a hit!  It sets up very nicely in the fridge overnight.  Hope you enjoy this as much as we did! For best results, keep it refrigerated until ready to serve.

 

Chocolate Cream Pie

Crust: 1 package Glutino chocolate cream cookies (may contain traces of egg), crushed

1/4-1/2 c. Smart Balance butter (use enough to make the cookie crumbs stick together)

Puree the cookies in a blender until they are crumbs.  Melt the butter and mix in the crumbs until they are just wet enough to stick together.  Press the crumb mixture into a pie shell.  Put the crust in the freezer for 20 minutes while you are making the filling.

 

Filling:

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/4 c. granulated sugar

3 T. cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 and 1/4 cup coconut milk (from a carton- I usually use Silk or So Delicious)

1 can of coconut milk (I used a 14-oz can of coconut cream- the kind with no sugar or anything added.  The extra creaminess helps the pie set up well.)

4 oz. dark chocolate, chopped (I use Baker’s brand semi-sweet baking chocolate.  I microwave it on a plate just until it is slightly softened but not melting.  Then it is easier to chop on a plate.  Read the label closely if you are allergic as it may contain traces of some things.)

1 tsp vanilla

 

Directions:  In a saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar, cocoa powder and salt.  Stir well.  Add in both kinds of coconut milk and use a whisk to combine.  Turn on the stove to medium high and stir constantly until the mixture starts to boil.  Stir for two more minutes as it thickens and then remove from heat.  Stir in the chopped chocolate and vanilla until all the chocolate is melted.  Pour into frozen crust and let cool.  After it is cooled, put it in the fridge overnight so it will set up.

 

May be served with whipped topping.  So Delicious just came out with a coconut whipped topping and it is wonderful!  Make sure to read the directions- I didn’t thaw it out soon enough for the pumpkin pie…

 

Original recipe: http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/chocolate-cream-pie/

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Last night we celebrated some family birthdays with this cake.  It was a hit!  The trick to getting it out of the bundt pan is to grease and flour the pan.  Of course, if you’re going for gluten free, make sure you flour it with gluten free flour.  I usually use white rice flour.  The white you see on the top of the cake is the flour.  It was later covered by frosting and you couldn’t tell, so don’t worry :-).

 

1/2 c. coconut oil

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 Ener-G eggs (4 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer and 6 T water)

2 tsp vanilla

1 c. brown rice flour

3/4 c. potato starch

1/2 c. tapioca starch

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c. cocoa powder

1 c. coconut milk (from a carton)

1/2 c. chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels)

Directions:

Melt coconut oil and stir together with sugar in a large bowl.  Add “eggs” and vanilla and stir well.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients and the milk to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  I usually give it a quick mix with a mixer just to make sure all those gluten free ingredients are incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).  The last thing you want is a mouthful of unblended rice flour.   Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into greased 8×8 pan or round cake pan (or you could do cupcakes and just reduce the baking time).  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes until cake springs back when you touch it.

You may top with frosting.  I don’t have a quantified recipe yet, but I’ll try to write down what I do sometime and post some frosting recipes.  Until then, just so you know, I usually use powdered sugar, Smart Balance or Earth Balance butter, coconut milk, salt, and vanilla to make frosting.

Also, if you read my donut post, you will notice that this recipe is almost identical to the donut recipe with the exception of the additional chocolate chips and the pan it is cooked in.  I have a theory that if you find donuts to be an acceptable breakfast, then you should have no problem with a piece of cake for breakfast.  Happy eating :-).

Adapted from http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/gluten-free-yellow-cake-recipe/

Chocolate Donuts

Chocolate donuts.  Is it possible?  Yes, it is!  I have decided that cake donuts are just that- cake in a donut shape.  So, here is a recipe for making chocolate donuts.  Or, if you prefer cake, put it in a cake pan.

 

1/2 c. coconut oil

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 flax eggs (3 T. golden flaxseed meal and 9 T. warm water) OR 3 Ener-G eggs (4 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer and 6 T water)

2 tsp vanilla

1 c. brown rice flour

3/4 c. potato starch

1/2 c. tapioca starch

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 c. cocoa powder

1 c. coconut milk (from a carton)

 

Directions:

Melt coconut oil and stir together with sugar in a large bowl.  Add “eggs” and vanilla and stir well.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients and the milk to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  I usually give it a quick mix with a mixer just to make sure all those gluten free ingredients are incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).  The last thing you want is a mouthful of unblended rice flour.

Put about 2 1/2 T. of batter into greased donut pan.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 13-15 minutes until donut springs back when you touch it.

Makes about 18.

You may top with glaze.  See the recipe here: Chocolate Glaze.

 

Adapted from http://glutenfreehomemaker.com/gluten-free-yellow-cake-recipe/

Glutino Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

A.k.a. Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies but without gluten, dairy, or eggs

I first ran across this recipe a few months before I went gluten free.  It was a hit and I was sad when I found out I needed to go gluten free.  To me, that meant I would never eat these delicious cookies again.  However, I finally found some chocolate sandwich cookies that tasted pretty close and decided to try my hand at the recipe again.  This is the result.  Enjoy!

 

1 c. coconut oil (I used LouAna brand)

3/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1 c. granulated sugar

2 Ener-G eggs (or 2 real eggs- for 2 Ener-G eggs, mix 3 tsp. Ener-G powder with 4 T. water and let it sit for a few minutes)

1 T. vanilla extract (use the real stuff!)

2 c. brown rice flour

1 c. potato starch (not potato flour!)

1/2 c. tapioca starch

1/2 tsp xanthan gum (this is essential if you want your cookie to stay together)

1 tsp salt (a little less)

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips.)

1 package Glutino Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (caution:  If you are cooking for someone with an egg allergy, you may want to choose a different brand of cookies.  These say they may contain eggs.  I have never had an issue but I also don’t get really sick.  Check with the person you are cooking for to make sure these cookies work for them.)

 

Directions: Make Ener-G eggs.  Mix together coconut oil and sugars.  Add Ener-G eggs and vanilla and stir well.

Stir together flours (brown rice, potato starch, tapioca starch), xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda.

Add flour mixture into wet mixture in thirds and stirring after each addition.  Stir in chocolate chips.

(If you stop at this point, you have a versatile cookie dough that you can put in ice cream or use as a crust.)

*Do not skip this step!*  Refrigerate dough for an hour.   Coconut oil melts at a lower temperature, so you will get cookie brittle if you put it in the oven without chilling it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Once dough is chilled, put about a tablespoon of dough on one side of the Glutino and about a tablespoon on the other side.  Squish it together until you have completely sealed in the Glutino.  Put the prepared cookies back in the fridge while you are waiting for the oven to preheat.

Place cookies on cookie sheet and put in preheated oven for 13 minutes or until they start to brown.  They will harden some while cooling, so do not over bake.  Allow to cool a few minutes before removing from cookie sheet.

These freeze well.

If your cookies are spreading, you need to re-chill your dough before cooking anymore of them.  Or, you can just eat cookie dough :-).

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This is how they should look coming out of the oven if you have chilled the dough beforehand.

Adapted from the original recipe:

http://picky-palate.com/2011/01/06/oreo-stuffed-chocolate-chip-cookies/