Desserts, Food, Sides

Pumpkin-Spice Plantain Chips

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP), Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Low-FODMAP, Nut-free, Paleo, Vegan

Every year for as long as I can remember, my family has had a small farm stand on the side of the road where we sell sunflowers and garden produce. It’s been a busy season for my dad, so this year he put me in charge of picking the flowers and opening and closing the stand every day. I’ve been getting up early to put out the stand, early enough to see the sunrise, and I’ve been noticing a cool, crispness to the air that July lacked. Fall is on the way.

But it’s not just the weather that’s pointing to autumn. In our garden, the pumpkins are almost ready for picking and some of the leaves on the nearby trees are starting to turn brown and fall.

The radio advertisers are also telling me it’s fall. Time for pumpkin-spice everything, they say! Buy this pumpkin-spice latte and that pumpkin-spice doughnut. I love pumpkin-spice, but a lot of the foods they want you to buy are full of added sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavors. No thanks!

If you’re in the mood for fall food, but don’t want to eat junk, I have a healthy recipe for you that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your craving for pumpkin-spice. This recipe is great because it takes minimal effort to prepare and only has three ingredients. It’s suitable for people following a variety of diet plans too: Low-FODMAP, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian and Whole30. If you’re following the AIP diet, just be sure to check that your pumpkin spice blend doesn’t have any ingredients you know you can’t have.

This recipe calls for ripe plantains, so look for plantains that are yellow or almost black. The darker they are, the sweeter they will be. Alternatively, if you’d like a more savory chip, use unripe (green) plantains because they tend to be less sweet.

Enjoy!

How to Make Pumpkin-Spice Plantain Chips

Ingredients

2 ripe plantains
avocado oil
pumpkin spice blend

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel ripe plantains by slicing off both ends and making a few shallow cuts in the skin down the length of the fruit before removing the skin.

Slice peeled plantains into discs, about 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick. Arrange on a lined baking sheet and brush or spray with avocado oil until covered. Lightly sprinkle with pumpkin spice.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they begin to turn golden brown.


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Desserts, Food

Mocha Cake

Gluten-free

For my sister-in-law’s birthday, I decided to surprise her with a freshly baked cake. Her husband wasn’t sure of her favorite flavor of cake, but told me “You can’t go wrong with chocolate.” I agreed. When I looked around for a Chocolate Bundt cake recipe, I couldn’t find any that I liked. They were either too boring or I didn’t have all of the ingredients. So I decided to get a little creative and make a Mocha cake, combining both chocolate and coffee. The results were fantastic and I think this is the best cake that I have ever made!

One great thing about this Mocha Bundt cake (other than the fact that it’s full of chocolate and coffee of course) is that it’s gluten-free, making it a great choice for festive social occasions. More and more people are finding out that they are sensitive or intolerant to gluten these days, so it’s always a nice idea to bring a dessert to the table that everyone can enjoy.

So, without further ado, here’s the recipe!

How to Make Gluten-Free Mocha Cake

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free 1:1 all-purpose baking flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour one Bundt cake pan or two 9 inch round baking pans.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Begin to brew an 8 oz cup of coffee.

Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and beat on medium for two minutes. Stir in coffee and pour batter into cake pan(s).

For two 9 inch pans, bake 30 to 35 minutes. For a Bundt pan, bake 40 to 50 minutes until toothpick or knife comes out clean.

Cool ten minutes and remove to a wire rack. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

What if I want Gluten-Free Mocha Cupcakes Instead?

No problem, glad you asked. For cupcakes, follow the directions above but instead of greasing and flouring the cupcake tins, I’d recommend using paper bake cups. You’ll want to fill them 2/3 of the way full with batter and cook them for 22-25 minutes. When you’re finished, you should have about 30 cupcakes. Remember to cool before frosting!

Gluten-Free Mocha Frosting

Ready to frost your cake? Skip the store-bought frosting and head on over to my recipe for Gluten-Free Mocha Frosting instead. You’ll be glad you did!


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Desserts, Food

Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp

Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan

One of my favorite things about ordering organic produce from Misfits Market (other than how inexpensive it is) is that I get to try new fruits and vegetables that I wouldn’t ordinarily buy at a regular grocery store, like last week’s leeks for example. This week I got a handful of green tomatoes. I didn’t even know you could eat green tomatoes! I thought that if you ate unripe tomatoes you would get sick!

But apparently, you can eat green tomatoes and they have a wide variety of culinary uses. When I asked my dad (my go-to gardening expert) what I should do with my green tomatoes, he promptly replied: “Make a mock apple pie.” Apparently when he was growing up, not a single fruit or vegetable went to waste in the family garden. When tomato season came to a close, the remaining green tomatoes were gathered and made into pies!

Intrigued, I decided to give it a try. I opted to make a green tomato “apple” crisp with a cinnamon-oat crumble topping instead of a pie though because I was too lazy to make a gluten-free pie crust. But, if you’re in the mood for a pie, feel free to plop the green tomato filling into a pie crust instead. Just be sure to adjust your bake time.

When I baked this green tomato “apple” crisp, I was astonished to find how much it tasted like a real apple crisp! It was amazing, really. In fact, when my brother and my husband tried it last night, they had no idea that they were eating green tomatoes until I told them!

I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, let me know what you think! Could it pass for an apple crisp?

How to Make a Green Tomato Mock Apple Crisp

Ingredients

Filling

5 medium green tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose baking flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1TBS apple cider vinegar

Topping

1 cup gluten-free all purpose baking flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
6 TBS dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid

Preparation

Filling

Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then add the cider vinegar and tomatoes and toss to coat. Arrange tomato slices in layers on the bottom of a 9 by 11 baking dish.

Topping

Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in solid coconut oil. Break it up with your fingers, a whisk, or other tool until it forms clumps.

Sprinkle on top of tomato slices and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 to 60 minutes until tomatoes are tender and the crust is golden.


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