Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes (THM S)

These strawberry cupcakes are not only fresh and tasty, but so easy to make!

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These cupcakes are a celebration of the beautiful, fresh strawberries of Spring. They’re popping up by the gallon at our local farmer’s markets in Georgia already, and I just can’t resist them.

For the batter and frosting, you’ll need to make a batch of my Strawberry Sauce. It helps preserve your fresh berries while readying them for different recipes: baked goods, pies, syrups, or pour it over ice cream.

For the cupcakes, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl: almond flour, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients: coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, strawberry sauce, lemon zest and juice.

Whisk the wet into the dry mixture until just combined. For a deeper pink color, you can add food coloring if you like. I liked the natural look, so mine are pictured with no additional coloring.

Scoop the mixture into a lined cupcake pan [I love using an ice cream scoop for this! Makes the portions even, and one scoop is the perfect amount of batter.]

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Bake the cupcakes in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until lightly browned and fully set in the middle.

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Allow the cupcakes to cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the strawberry frosting, combine the softened cream cheese, butter, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Once the mixture is slightly fluffy, add the strawberry sauce and whip until fully incorporated.

Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a tip, and pipe some onto each cupcake.

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These cupcakes are moist with the lightly sweet and tart flavor of fresh strawberries. The frosting is the perfect creamy complement to these delicate cupcakes.

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My kiddos enjoyed these very much [probably because I let them have cupcakes for breakfast a few times ^_~]. Adults will love them too!

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Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes (THM S)

  • Servings: Makes 12-15
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes:
  • 2 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/3 c Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c Strawberry Sauce
  • For the Strawberry Frosting:
  • 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet
  • 1/3 c Strawberry Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. For the cupcakes, combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk the wet into the dry ingredients until fully incorporated.
  4. Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, until lightly browned and fully set in the middle. Cool completely while you make the frosting.
  6. Combine all ingredients for the frosting except the strawberry sauce and whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. Add in the strawberry sauce, and beat again until fluffy.
  8. Pipe or spread the frosting even onto each cupcake. Serve immediately or refrigerate if making more than 24 hours ahead of serving.

 

Sweet & Spicy Paleo Barbecue Sauce (THM FP)

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You are going to love how quick, easy, and flavorful this barbecue sauce is!

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Growing up in the South, with family who knows their way around barbecue, I know barbecue sauce to be a little on the sweet side with a kick.

The ingredients are pretty straight forward, and it only takes about 30 minutes for this to cook down.

This sauce is perfect to throw together as your dinner cooks, or as a make-ahead, because this sauce only gets better with time.

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It’s perfectly dippable or spoonable, and has just the right amount of spice.

Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes 1 pint of sauce
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pot and cook uncovered over medium heat until it reduces by about 2/3 and is slightly thickened.
  2. Serve warm or cool and store in an enclosed container in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.

Low Carb Strawberry Cobbler (THM S)

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These recipes from our family strawberry-picking outing are probably some of my favorites to date. If you love strawberries, I know you’ll love this too!

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Cobblers are huge in the South. They can be an elegant dessert for a crowd, or a laid back treat on a cool Spring evening.

My brain is hard-wired for peach cobbler, and I didn’t even think of other fruits until my wonderful friend, Amanda, suggested a strawberry version in light of my berry-abundance. All I have to say is, she is a friggin’ genius!

This strawberry cobbler is so fresh, sweet, and delightfully low maintenance in preparation.

Start by preheating your oven to 350, and while it’s preheating add the butter to a deep casserole dish and set it in the oven to melt gently.

While that’s happening, stir together the strawberries, lemon juice, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and Xanthan Gum in a medium bowl.

When the oven is done preheating, take the dish out and add the strawberry mixture to it, then prepare the topping.

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First, stir together the dry ingredients – almond and coconut flours, baking powder, salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. Beat in the eggs, then the softened cream cheese and vanilla bean paste (or sub for 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract).

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Now, this part is really technical – drop it in large globs onto the top of the strawberry mixture. Smooth it just slightly, pushing it down into the strawberries gently.

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Bake the cobbler at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, until the top is nicely browned and the strawberries are bubbling.

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I know  – your mouth is watering already, but wait for it.

Let the cobbler stand for about 5-7 minutes before cutting.

Use a big spoon, and cut down into that bad boy. Serve with ice cream (homemade or So Delicious sugar free is fabulous!) or whipped cream, and spoon some extra saucy strawberry goodness over the top.

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It’s so gorgeous, I can’t stand it!

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The cold ice cream melts down gently over the warm cobbler. Juicy, tangy and sweet strawberries on the bottom topped with a soft, biscuit-like topping – I mean COME ON. It just doesn’t get better than this!

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Low Carb Strawberry Cobbler (THM S)

  • Servings: About 6
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. While the oven is preheating, place butter into a deep casserole dish and place into the oven to melt gently.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, lemon juice, sweetener, and xanthan gum.
  3. When the oven is finished preheating, take the dish out and place the strawberries into it.
  4. Prepare the topping by first combining the dry ingredients, then adding the eggs and beating in the cream cheese and vanilla paste or extract.
  5. Dollop the topping over top of the strawberries, and gently press the topping down onto the strawberries.
  6. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, or until the top is browned and the berries are bubbly.
  7. Cool for 5-7 minutes prior to serving.
  8. Serve with on-plan vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, and enjoy.

Low Carb No Bake Strawberry Tart (THM S)

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If you’re looking for an easy dessert to satisfy and impress a crowd, this is the one!

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This strawberry tart requires no baking, and is incredibly easy to make. This tart has a delicious, fresh strawberry flavor and tastes unbelievably light. You definitely don’t have to be a dessert master to enjoy this one!

I used the Fresh Strawberry Sauce posted earlier this week for the filling, which is simple to make. The sauce takes time to cook down, so make sure you tackle it first.

Next, prepare and chill the Mock Graham Cracker Crust.

Then start the filling!

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You have a few different filling options – I opted for a mousse with a little Greek yogurt for a more dense texture. You could do all mousse (which is straight whipped cream with strawberry sauce), or you could go for a cheesecake mousse with a little softened cream cheese added. Decisions, decisions! [See Variations below for more specific directions on the different filling options.]

For the mousse, start by whipping the heavy cream with Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet and some vanilla bean paste. I like using the paste versus extract for this because I can use more paste without getting the raw alcohol flavor of extract. I find it at Walmart (back in the cake decorating section), but you can buy the same product on Amazon if you’re unable to find it in a store.

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Once the cream starts to get slightly frothy, add the strawberry sauce and continue whipping to stiff peaks. If you plan on making this a cheesecake mousse, add the softened cream cheese and sauce at the same time. [No need for any dyes! You’ll get that beautiful blush pink color from the sauce alone.]

When the cream is whipped to stiff peaks, gently fold in the Greek yogurt. You could even take a shortcut and use an already flavored 000 yogurt (strawberry or vanilla!) – if you do, go shy on the sweetener and work up from there.

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Fill up the tart shell, pushing the mousse into every nook and cranny, then smoothing it with your spatula. [I don’t get too crazy about making it “perfect,” because I think homemade looks better. So, don’t stress it!]

Chill for about another half hour while you whip some more cream for the topping.

I prefer lightly sweet whipped cream, since the filling is sweet.

Also, I’m a Food Network junkie who watches all the baking championships and it really stuck with me when one of the pro-baker judges said, “The cream shouldn’t compete with the filling. It’s an accessory, not the main focus.” So, I try to make my whipped creams on the lighter side of sweet, so that my filling has a chance to really shine.

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You can pipe the cream onto your tart, like so. Or you can just fill the tart edge-to-edge with cream, whichever you desire. Add some fresh berry decorations, if you’re feeling super fancy.

Chill until you’re ready to serve.

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This tart was just gorgeous. So much so, I almost couldn’t believe how simple it was to put together.

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The crust firms up perfectly, and glides right out of the pan. Don’t get me wrong, I was super anxious about lifting that tart shell off the crust (as it took some finesse), and once I got it loose it popped right off. I found it easy to set the tart on the edge of my counter (so half was on the counter, and half was in my hand), then work to pop the bottom (gently!) out of the shell. [Truth be told, I about had a heart attack trying to get it out of the shell, because I did NOT want to mess it up.]

The strawberry filling is light and airy with a tinge of tartness. The crust is firm and buttery with a whisper of cinnamon and molasses.

If you need an easy dessert for your Easter lunch or brunch, this is just the one for you!

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Filling Variations

  • Mousse: 1 1/2 c heavy cream as the base with 1 Tbsp of sweetener. Option to add 1 tsp of gelatin for a more firm texture.
  • Cheesecake Mousse: 1 c heavy cream with 8oz soft cream cheese. Start with 1 Tbsp of sweetener, and work up if needed.

No Bake Strawberry Tart (THM S)

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: Hands on 30 minutes, plus set time
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Prepare and chill the crust as directed.
  2. For the filling, combine the cream, sweetener, and vanilla paste in a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until slightly frothy.
  3. Add the strawberry sauce, and continue whipping to stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold in the Greek yogurt, and fill the chilled tart crust with the filling. Chill while you prepare the topping.
  5. For the whipped cream topping, combine the sweetener and cream in a medium bowl and beat to stiff peaks. Either pipe the cream onto the tart, or top it edge-to-edge.
  6. Chill until you’re ready to serve

Gluten/Sugar Free Graham Cracker Crust (THM S)

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This crust is mind-blowing! If you are gluten/sugar/grain free, and have been missing that graham cracker flavor in your pies, cheesecakes, whathaveyou – it is BACK.

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Nothing pleases me more than when I get a recipe right on the first try, and this was one of those times. This crust is sweet with a slight taste of cinnamon, and a hint of brown sugary goodness from blackstrap molasses.

I made this crust as a no-bake, but you definitely could bake it for a cheesecake or other pie, if desired.

First, simply combine all ingredients except for the melted butter in a small bowl. (The molasses won’t really go anywhere, but that’s OK. The butter will take care of it.)

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Next, start drizzling in the melted butter a few tablespoons at a time until the crust starts sticking to itself in large chunks.

The crust will be somewhat wet, but still have a degree of crumbly texture to it.

Spoon it straight into your pie, or tart, pan and begin pressing it firmly into the bottom and sides of the pan. I find it helpful to use damp hands so the crust sticks more to the pan than it does to you.

After pressing the crust into the pan, chill for about an hour  before filling. If you’re choosing to bake, blind bake your crust for 10-12 minutes at 350 prior to filling.

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That’s it! Use this crust as a base for any yummy baked (or unbaked!) flavor you want to create.

Stay tuned to my blog as you see me turn this crust into a delicious fresh strawberry no-bake pie. (Yes, it’s as divine as it sounds. ^_~)

No Bake Graham Cracker Pie Crust (THM S)

  • Servings: Make 1 9-in tart crust
  • Time: Hands on time, 7 minutes; Set time, 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the melted butter in a small bowl.
  2. Drizzle in the melted butter until the crust begins to stick together in large chunks.
  3. Press into the bottom and sides of a 9-in tart pan, and chill for about 1 hour before filling.

Low Carb Blender Ranch Dressing (THM S)

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This homemade ranch dressing is so easy to make, you’ll never want to buy bottled again!
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What if I told you homemade ranch was just a turn of your blender away? Well, brace yourselves, because it’s true!

This ranch batch blended beautifully in my Ninja blender, and it only took a few minutes.

This recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups of salad dressing, however you can stretch it a little further. My dressing tends to thicken after refrigeration, and the flavor will intensify, so you can thin it out with a little half and half, almond milk, or water if you prefer.

My kids love this dressing with literally anything – cut veggies, salad (yes, they eat salad ^_^), nuggets, pizza, you name it. I love this dressing because I get to control the quality of ingredients, and because it tastes incredible. [Seriously, it’s better than those $5 bottles of organic dressing at the grocery store. AND IT DOESN’T COST YOU $5 A BATCH.]

Blender Ranch Dressing (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 c mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c sour cream (full fat is fine. I used reduced fat, because it had slightly fewer carbs than full fat)
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh chives, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c fresh dill
  • 2 small cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 5 dashes hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • half and half or plain, unsweetened almond milk to thin, optional

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend well. Adjust the seasoning as needed, and thin with half and half or almond milk if desired.
  2. Place into a pint mason jar and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before use. Keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Single Serve Matcha Latte (THM FP)

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Matcha is one of my favorite, refreshing flavors. It’s also a power-packed superfood! Matcha contains vitamins, antioxidants, is naturally detoxifying, and boosts metabolism. Hot or cold, a good matcha latte at the start of your day is sure to please.

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Matcha gives you that morning (hot or cold) caffeine boost needed to jump start  your day, and this FP latte goes with any meal.

I used to love the matcha latte at Starbuck’s, but I think I love this at-home version even more. Plus, it takes less than 10 minutes to make (which is definitely less than the wait time at a busy coffee shop).

Matcha powder is incredibly versatile. You can use it for baking, smoothies, and even ice cream.

Simply place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender – I love my Ninja single cups for this, because it’s fast and effective. Serve over ice (or blend with ice for a frappé) and enjoy!

Matcha Latte (THM FP)

  • Servings: Single 16oz
  • Time: 7 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend well. Serve over ice and enjoy immediately.

5-Ingredient Easy Strawberry Sauce (THM FP)

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This strawberry sauce is not only easy to make, it’s versatile. I’ve used this sauce on top of PB&J pancakes, ice cream, AND I also used it in my upcoming recipes – a no-bake pie and strawberry cupcakes.

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My family and I went strawberry picking over the weekend, and we picked 3 gallons of strawberries. 3. GALLONS. I started dreaming up all the strawberry things I could make with all these beautiful, fresh berries: cupcakes, ice cream, pie, cobbler.

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Everyone I asked was saying, “Freeze them!” However, I had JUST gotten my big Costco bag of strawberries a week prior, and I have no room in my freezer right now, so that idea was a no-go. Then I had the idea for this strawberry sauce – something that can easily blend into other recipes, and still preserve the strawberries.

The crowning glory was this used a lot of strawberries at once, and took just a little bit of effort.

In a medium sauce pot, combine the cut strawberries, lemon zest and juice, a pinch of salt, and Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet. I like using lemon with the strawberries because the tart lemon helps break up the sweetness of the berries.

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After a few minutes on the heat, the strawberries start to release their juice. The more they cook down, the more juice they release.

When you have an equal amount of juice to berries, sprinkle on the xanthan gum and whisk. Whisking helps to combine the xanthan gum with the strawberry juice, and break up the berries.

Continue cooking on low heat, whisking occasionally until it’s the thickness you desire. When you’re done, it should look similar to this.

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You can add a few drops of liquid stevia at the end, if it’s needed, but I found this sauce perfectly sweet.

Spoon the sauce into a pint mason jar and keep in the refrigerator for immediate use, or freeze for later.

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Like I said, this sauce wears many hats – it can be a condiment, a filling, or give your baked goods a berry good boost (see what I did there ^_~).

We had a blast picking these strawberries, and we’ll be enjoying them for weeks to come. If you have a strawberry farm near you, get out there and get picking!

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Strawberry Sauce (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes about 1 pint of sauce
  • Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine the berries, lemon zest and juice, salt, and sweetener in a medium sauce pot of medium-low heat. Keep stirring while the berries heat up and release their juice.
  2. When the berries release a good amount of their juice, whisk in the xanthan gum. Continue cooking on low, whisking occasionally until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Remove from the heat and cool before adding to your storage container. Refrigerate for immediate use, or freeze for later.

Cinnamon Crunch Protein Coffee Cake (THM S)

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This recipe made me so happy! Not only did it work on the first try, which can be rare for baking, it was easy to throw together before Sunday morning breakfast. This was my first gluten/sugar free coffee cake, and I could not be more pleased with the result.

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If you have all the ingredients, this cake is quick and simple to throw together. I liked using protein as a big part of the base here for 2 reasons: it makes the cake texture more like coffee cake (sturdy and slightly dry) and it adds more protein to the cake (making it a great snack or finishing complement to an S breakfast or lunch).

First, get your dry ingredients together in a small bowl: almond flour, whey protein isolate, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

Next is your wet ingredients: eggs, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract (yes, I like both because I like vanilla, however you can leave out the paste if you want.) Stir it up.

Then whisk the wet into the dry. The consistency is pretty wet, like runny pancake batter.

Get your pan ready, and make sure your oven is preheated to 350. I prepped my 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil spray and a square of parchment paper. I did it this way because I wanted to make certain the cake would slide right out of the dish. With the parchment in there, each piece came out perfectly, and the dish was easy to clean.

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Prepare your topping by combining softened butter, cinnamon, Pyure or THM Gentle Sweet, and nuts. I chose to use sliced almonds but you could use pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, whatever you fancy. It’s going to look like a paste, that’s OK.

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Pour half of your cake batter into your prepared dish, dot it with half of the nut topping, then pour on the other half of cake batter and dot the top with the rest of the nut mixture.

If you want more of a streusel-like topping, you can add some coconut flour to the mix to dry it out and make it more crumbly but I do like how this turned out. The butter melts, making the cake moist and you still get the crunch of the nuts with the cinnamon sweetness.

Bake the cake at 350 for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown delicious on top.

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All of that topping sits just under the golden brown surface.

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Gorgeous! Let it cool slightly before cutting.

Slice it into 9 pieces, and have you a piece, girl.

See? All that cinnamon, sweet goodness floating throughout the cake. The cake has flecks of vanilla bean and a crunch factor from the nuts. The cake is fluffy, sturdy, and slightly dry – making it the perfect partner with your coffee or tea.

This is a perfect make-ahead snack for the week. I’ve sent pieces with my husband to work, and heated it up as a snack. Just store the pieces in a large gallon zip-top bag in the fridge.

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Cinnamon Crunch Coffee Cake (THM S)

  • Servings: 9
  • Time: Prep, 10 minutes Bake, 30-35 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine dry cake ingredients in a small bowl: almond flour, protein, sweetener, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Combine wet cake ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, milk, oil, vanilla paste and extract.
  4. Whisk wet and dry together.
  5. Combine all ingredients for the nut topping in a small bowl and set aside.
  6. Prepare an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and coconut oil spray.
  7. Add half of the cake batter to the dish, dot with half of the nut mixture, pour on second half of cake, and finish with the second half of the nut mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, or until completely set in the middle and golden throughout.
  9. NOTES: A few have experienced an “eggy” taste with this recipe. Baking with whey can have that taste. Make sure you add enough vanilla to your batter, even if you don’t have the paste. To further tone down the whey, add some almond extract as well (about 1/2 tsp of almond and 1 tsp vanilla). The final note is to TASTE the batter before you bake it. If the batter is good, the cake will be good. Happy baking!

Easy Grilled Asparagus (THM FP)

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I love no-fuss sides that add a fresh complement to any meal – this easy grilled asparagus is definitely one of them.

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Asparagus on the grill can be a little frustrating. You don’t want the thicker bottoms to be too raw, and if you cook them longer the tops may burn – UGH. Well, this method will give you perfectly tender, slightly smoky asparagus every time. The best part? You only need 3 ingredients!

Let’s start with the star of this side – the asparagus. When you buy fresh asparagus at the store, make sure you use it within about 2-3 days of purchase. The easiest way to cut off the fibrous stumps is to leave the bottom rubber band on, and cut the whole bunch at once right above that band (about 1-1 1/2 in. from the bottom).

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Next, you’re going to quickly blanch the asparagus. Don’t be scared – all blanching means is that you’re going to cook it for a short amount of time, and then shock it really fast to stop the cooking. This ensures that your asparagus will be perfectly al dente all the way through.

You’ll get a pot going with a few inches of water and a big pinch of salt. Doesn’t have to be a lot of water, just enough to submerge the asparagus. Also, make sure that your pot is wide enough to fit the asparagus laying horizontally. While the water comes to a boil, get your shock bowl ready with ice water.

When it boils, drop the asparagus and cook it for 3 minutes (time it!). If you have some asparagus that’s on the thicker side, cook it for 4 minutes.

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At the end of 3 minutes, use a wire spider to remove the asparagus from the boiling water, and place it immediately into the prepared ice bath. Let it hang out there for about a minute.

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This method keeps your asparagus vibrant green, while also getting it cooked.

Next, heat up a cast iron grill with a spritz of coconut oil spray. Remove the asparagus to a paper towel to dry off the excess water, then place it onto the hot grill.

It doesn’t need much cooking, just until it has some grill marks on each side (you don’t want it looking like a limp noodle though).

Take it off the grill, place it onto a plate, and lightly season with salt and pepper.

Lightly zest a lemon. I like using this easy grip zester because it gives the long, pretty curls of zest. If all you have is a regular microplane or zester, that’s fine too.

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Throw some of that zest right over the warm asparagus, and finish with a light sprinkle of Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese. Of course, if you’re paleo or dairy free, just leave the cheese off.

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This is a light, zesty, fresh (and fast!) vegetable side that can literally go with anything. My husband’s favorite side is asparagus, and he raved about how perfectly cooked this was. He even ate the asparagus bottoms, whereas he’s normally a strict upper-half-only guy.

Easy Grilled Asparagus (THM FP)

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • light sprinkle of Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, optional
  • salt and pepper
  • coconut oil spray

Directions

  1. Bring a pot with salted water up to a boil. Also prepare a large bowl with ice water off to the side.
  2. Boil the asparagus for exactly 3 minutes, remove with a wire spider, and place directly into a prepared ice bath. Leave the asparagus in the ice bath for about 1 minute. Remove and pat dry.
  3. Heat a grill pan with a spritz of coconut oil. Place the asparagus onto the hot grill and grill it for about 2 minutes.
  4. Place the grilled asparagus onto a plate. Season lightly with salt and pepper, lemon zest, and a sprinkle of cheese.