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27
Mar 15

Gluten-Free Veggie Quiche Bites

I’m at the race track this weekend. My husband races at the Larry H. Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah. There is absolutely nothing else in Toole besides the track, but during race season, it’s my hubby’s favorite spot in Utah.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Quiche1

This weekend at the track is a big deal for 3 reasons.

1 – This is the first race event of the season.

2 – My husband is driving his new and improved Corvette for the first time since intense modifications.

3 – I came prepared with delicious quiche bites to keep me company.

Healthy-Quiche-Bites

Quiche just gets me every time. Cute bite-sized quiche sends me over the moon. We all know why: each and every bite contains a buttery crust. I love them, adore them, and could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Quiches that contains veggies and cheese and a yummy savory filling are the best. They are delicious but they also remind me of coveted weekends at my Grandma’s house. My cousin and I (who are only about 6 months apart) would beg our parents to let us sleepover at Grandma’s almost every weekend. We’d stay up until 2, 3, 4 in the morning listening to The Dixie Chicks, sew unexplainable items with fabric scrapes and buttons from our Grandma’s sewing room and raid the freezer for quiche bites and ice cream. We’d go to bed full and sleep until noon the next day. Let me tell you, that was the life at 13!

Gluten-Free-Quiche2Quiche allows you to be a little adventurous sometimes. In another sense, they have versatility. They can be made with assorted mushrooms to satisfy carnivores (it totally does look like meat!) or stuffed with other healthy veggies and spices. They can also be made gluten-free and dairy-free, like this recipe! We have stated over and over that we made a goal to eat more veggies. Are you tired of raw spinach and baked carrots and sautéed green beans yet? Nothing succeeds at making vegetables so darn delicious as quiche. Healthy and nourishing. Delicious and filling. Tasty hot or cold.  Eat them for fun at two in the morning, at the racetrack or maybe on your Easter breakfast table. The extra work making individual crusts is worth it and the taste satisfies like nothing else!

PS: Remember these tasty Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies? We’ve finally updated the pictures for those cookies and for good reason! They are one of the most controversial recipes on our entire site (who knew candida cookies were a passionate topic?) and a top 10 pinned NSR item on Pinterest! Check them out!

Gluten-Free Veggie Quiche Bites (vegetarian, dairy-free)
Print Recipe

Crust:
1 1/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour Mix
7 Tablespoons ice cold Coconut Oil or Earth Balance Butter
1/4 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
3-5 Tablespoons Ice Cold Water, as needed

Filling:
3 Large Eggs
1/3 cup Almond Milk
3 Tablespoons finely Chopped Spinach or Kale
3 Tablespoons finely Chopped Fresh Basil
1/4 cup chopped Mushrooms
1/4 cup finely Diced Tomatoes
3 Tablespoons chopped Onion
3 Tablespoons Almond Cheese
1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt

Line a mini muffin pan with liners or generously spray with coconut oil.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt with a whisk. Add the chilled coconut oil and cut it into the flour. Add a teaspoon of cold water during the cutting in, until the dough is moist but looks like pea sized chunks. Scoop out the dough into about 2 teaspoon sized balls. Using your finger, shape dough inside muffin pan. Place pan in the fridge while you make the filling.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the egg filling mixtures until well incorporated. Fill dough cups with egg and veggie mixture. Bake at 350 for 16-20 minutes.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Quiche Bites

 


23
Mar 15

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake Bread

Healthy Carrot Cake Bread

We got ourselves in quite the pickle this weekend. It was one of those rare weekends where we found ourselves with some free time. What do we like to do with extra time? Read food blogs. We stumbled over to Joy the Baker and Smitten Kitchen. Oh yes, trouble! Why did we torture ourselves with dark chocolate brownies studded with walnuts and Swiss meringue butter cream with lemon and dreamy mint chocolate chip ice cream?? It’s been almost 3 weeks without any sugar (way to go!) and with ZERO baking (that we benefited from, that is) and well, we needed to negotiate with that situation. We’re not breaking up with you on this challenge but we are spicing things up!

Even though Carrot Cake Bread may seem like a cheat (I mean, look at those moist, flavorful slices!) we promise it’s really not! It’s a dairy-free, gluten-free and fruit sweetened bread with some fantastic healthy additions. We didn’t even lose focus on our goal of getting in more produce. Since we are trying to incorporate veggies and proteins into our diet, this recipe lived up to those requirements.

SugarFree Healthy Carrot Cake Natural Sweet Recipes

A carrot cake banana-infused sweet bread that happens to taste nothing like a “sugar-free challenge approved” dessert! It doesn’t even taste like a boring banana bread. Our taste testers not even doing the challenge wanted to finish off the loaf. How’s that for a healthy bread loaded with carrots, nuts and fruit?! So, even though it’s not those rich brownies we’ve been lusting over, (how could we not share the link?) this cake bread will do wonders for that sweet nutty craving! Enjoy!

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake Bread Natural Sweet Recipes

 

Sugar-Free Carrot Cake Bread (dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free)
Print Recipe

2 Large Bananas, peeled and mashed
1/3 cup Date Sugar (blend up dried dates in a blender or use store bought)
1 cup, Shredded Carrots
2 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Coconut Oil, melted
2 Tablespoons Water
1/2 teaspoon Pink Salt
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 1/4 teaspoon Orange Zest
1/3 cup Gluten-Free Oats
1/3 cup Brown Rice Flour OR 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour*
1/4 cup Walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup unsweetened Raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix bananas and date sugar together. Mix in carrots, two eggs, oil and water. Stir in salt, cinnamon, baking agents, orange zest, oats and flour. Mix until just combined, careful not to over mix! Fold in nuts and raisins if desired. Pour batter into a lightly greased standard loaf tin and bake for 35-45 minutes or 2 mini loaf tins and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*Coconut flour makes this bread lighter and crumbles a little easier, but really moist. Increasing oats to 1/2 cup when using coconut flour can help firm texture of bread.

Healthy carrot cake bread

 


21
Mar 15

A Naturally Sweet Thank You

sugarfree natural healthy pancakes recipe

We’re going to pause the Sugar-Free Madness for a moment because we really want to say THANK YOU!

Natural Sweet Recipes has been pretty deep in the trenches for the past year or so. Life sometimes fills up quicker than we anticipate and even though our hearts are ALWAYS on the blog, all our food dreams haven’t become realities as often as we’d like. We’ve started new jobs, went on missions, obtained church responsibilities, wrote a cookbook, juggled big decisions and kept on trucking with our health goals, all with family and friends in tow. There have been projects that have taken our time away from the blog. We really want to say thank you for following along and checking in on us, even if we only get a recipe out once a week. We’re grateful for the support with our cookbook. Thanks for checking it out and saying such nice things about it. Thank you for the participation with the Sugar-Free Challenge! We hope that it’s blessing your life and family! If you’re a new reader, welcome! We’re really nice and we’re so glad you’re here! Also, check out our Vegan Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Pancakes. They are delicious on or off a sugar-free challenge.

We have some delicious recipes coming your way soon. We are pretty excited about things. The weather is changing, spring is upon us and Sugar-Free March is more than halfway over. Possibilities are all around!

See you soon with more sugar-free excitement next week. Have a lovely weekend!