Recipe: Depression-Era Cake

My niece turned one back in February (still working on writing the post about her birthday party and my world-wind trip to Dallas) and my best friend (her mom) used this recipe for her cupcakes. I wasn’t the only person at the party that is gluten-free and a couple of the other party animals are also egg- and dairy-free so this recipe is perfect.

The recipe originated out of the Great Depression and world wars when people didn’t have eggs and milk to be able to cook with. It uses vinegar and water reaction (could be a pretty cool cook experiment to do with small children) to make it fluffy. We made the gluten-free version into cupcakes which turned out fabulous! I’ve since made this recipe three times because it is so easy and allergy-free. Enjoy!

Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I am a table leader for the membership class at church for 9 weeks which has given me a great opportunity to try some new recipes. There are a couple people at my table that are gluten-free and dairy-free which makes paleo recipes intising.

After pinterest-ing for much longer than is healthy, I decided to try this recipe. It was really good! I didn’t have any leftovers after class so I’m assuming everyone else thinks it’s pretty good too. I actually followed the recipe for this one (probably because it’s measure, combine, and dump) with my cooking time being closer to 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Almond Shortbread Cookies

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See the original recipe at Brittany Angell’s blog

CrossFit Matters had a fall paleo BBQ/family hangout at the box Friday night. We all signed up to bring food items on facebook. I was at work and quickly trying to decide what I was going to bring when I notice that no one had signed up for dessert. I figured I had lucked out so I signed up for it – then I read all of the instructions. No dairy, no gluten, no grain (including corn), no sugar (artificial/processed but not at all is preferred), no eggs, no legums (soy and peanuts). How in the world do you make dessert without all of those things?!?

I eat a gluten-free diet and have no dairy issues but still stay away from cow’s milk (I like almond milk) but this was going to be a challenge – no wonder no one else had signed up for dessert! After several hours of internet scouring, I ran across this recipe and I am so happy that I did! It’s quick and easy and was a huge hit at the party! There were zero cookies left to take home (much to my roomate’s disappointment).

Recipe Adaptations: I used honey for my sweetener and vanilla for the extract but I left out the salt, food coloring, and the liquid stevia. Although I attempted the pinwheel, I found that it used too much dough for the quantities I was trying to achieve so I just rolled them out and used a couple of cookie cutters. My cook time was about 9 minutes.

Tip: the thicker cookies taste more like shortbread (which is what I was going for) 🙂