Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cane sugar (or use white sugar)
1 flax egg: (1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup gluten-free oat flour (I processed 1 cup certified gf rolled oats into flour with the food processor)
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour (add 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour if you want a thicker cookie)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the flax egg and set aside. In a large bowl, mix coconut oil and the sugars until creamy. Add the flax egg and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips. Place dough baking sheet in spoonfuls. Bake for about 10-11 minutes.

We got this recipe from Brian’s sister, but it is originally from the fabulous Oh She Glows blog. Hop over there for more detailed instructions, great photos, and tons of other great recipes! I use coconut oil because I don’t usually have Earth Balance on hand. Vegan recipes are often gluten-free, dairy-free friendly, which is great for us since Brian is GF and I am DF. These cookies are seriously addictive. You can plan to have leftovers but you won’t because the dairy/gluten lovers will devour these cookies too.

Apple Butter

5 1/2 lbs apples cored and quartered
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place quartered apples in slow cooker. Mix sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a bowl and pour over apples in crock pot. Add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water. Cook on high for 1 hour. Then cook on low for 9-12 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and brown. Uncover and continue cooking on low to allow the mixture thicken. Spoon mixture into sterile containers, cover, and refrigerate/freeze.

The first time I made apple butter was with Molly and Kelly when we lived in North Carolina. It turned out to be a great Christmas gift!

Gluten Free Pie Crust

1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour (I like a mixture of Cloud 9 All Purpose Gluten Free Flour and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
2 teaspoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons milk

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oil and milk and combine. Drop into pie plate and press until evenly distributed on the bottom and sides of the pan. (You can also mix all of the ingredients right in the pie pan if you want to save a bowl). Poke holes in crust and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Then fill with whatever ingredients you want! I suggest a quiche.

This recipe is from AllRecipes as a regular flour crust and was given to me by Molly. The Cloud 9 gluten free flour is the tastiest we’ve found and the company is actually in New Westminster Canada!


Simple & Delicious Salad Dressing

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (apple cider vinegar works too)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Add all ingredients to a jar or bowl and shake or whisk to blend.  This dressing is from my favorite black bean and cous cous salad but I now use it on every salad and its amazingly delicious! I always get compliments on it, and another positive is I usually have all the ingredients on hand.

Butter Chickpea

1 tsp. oil
1-2 potatoes cubed, skin on
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 medium onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can coconut milk
1 can tomato puree
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ginger
salt and pepper
1 package frozen or fresh spinach (optional)
Cooked rice
Toppings: yogurt, cilantro.

Diced onions and potatoes. Heat oil in skillet and saute onions until translucent. Add garlic and saute one minute. Add all additional ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft. Serve over rice. Top with yogurt and cilantro.

Alternatively, after frying the onions and garlic on the stovetop, transfer everything to a crockpot and cook on high 4-5 hours until sauce thickens and potatoes are soft.

This recipe is from Delish Knowledge, a great vegetarian cooking blog. I substitute potatoes for tofu.

One Pot Vegan Spaghetti

12 oz. whole wheat spaghetti or GF spaghetti (we like quinoa or rice)
1 small can sliced black olives
1 can cooked chickpeas
2 T capers
1/2 large white or yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 T. oregano
1 t. basil
1/2 t thyme
1/2 t red pepper flakes
S+P to taste
3 c. vegetable broth or water


Add all ingredients to a medium-large sauce pot or large fry pan. Make sure the pasta is covered by the broth (may need to break it in half). Bring the broth to a boil and then simmer on low-med heat until the pasta is cooked through.

This dish is not only great for its one-pot simplicity, but the technique of cooking the whole meal in the pasta water actually creates a creamy sauce that is delicious!

I found this recipe on Yup Its Vegan. The original recipe also has artichokes, but we aren’t huge fans so we leave them out. Hop on over to the original recipe for more details on this dish including great photos and some special notes, and to find some other delicious dinner options!


Garlic Chicken & Pasta


3 T olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
4 -6 chicken pieces (I usually use thighs) with bones
1 bulb garlic, peeled
1 cup white wine
3 T chopped fresh parsley or 1 T dried
1 fresh spring rosemary or 1-2 T dried
Pasta of choice (linguine or shells work well; you can also use rice if preferred)


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cooking over medium heat, brown the chicken on both sides. Add garlic cloves to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until golden; about 3 minutes. Slowly add wine to the skillet. Stir in parsley and add rosemary. Cover and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 15- 20 minutes. Add more wine if needed. While chicken is cooking, boil water for pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain pasta and place in large dish. Place chicken on top of pasta and pour sauce over chicken & pasta.

I found this recipe via pinterest and it quickly became a favorite. It is very easy to make, and the sauce has a great flavor without any dairy.The flavors would also pair well with mushrooms. From the DietHood blog. Check it out for lots of other tasty recipes!