Chickpea Shortbread Cookies with Clementine Sugar

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Before the holidays, Isabel visited me in Boston. Since she’s basically vegan, she is used to lugging around some staple food items just in case she can’t eat what’s served: Larabars, almonds, chestnuts, and, this time, chickpea flour. Why chickpea flour? Socca. Made into a pancake or crepe from just chickpea flour and water, it’s simple to make to accompany any meal.

Inspired, I picked up my own bag of chickpea flour this weekend and decided to experiment a bit. I made socca (with some cumin at Isabel’s suggestion), but I also made chickpea shortbread cookies. Chickpea flour, also known as besan or gram flour, is popular in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking and has a characteristically nutty flavor, especially when toasted as it is here. Though Persian chickpea cookies, known as nan-e nokhochi, are traditionally made with canola oil or butter, I used coconut oil, which worked perfectly.

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Apple Pie Bars À La Mode

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Ever since I made carrot cake bars this spring, I’ve kept a batch of no-bake bars in the freezer, always replenishing before they run out. I make a different flavor depending on the season and since it’s fall it’s all about pumpkin, pecans and apples.

 

A couple weeks ago, I bought a Costco membership (a little excessive for two people), and immediately purchased enormous bags of nuts and dried fruit. I justified these purchases with a no-bake bar frenzy. In one afternoon I made five types of bars: pumpkin pie bars, apple pie bars, pecan pie bars, peppermint brownie bars and gingerbread bars.

 

I’ve put all five of these fall and winter holiday recipes in a small eCookbook, which is completely free. All five recipes are gluten free, vegan and paleo, made without refined sugar. To get the free eCookbook, just subscribe to our e-mail list and it will be delivered to your inbox.

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes + Pecan Crunch

Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts with Pecan Crunch | ourfourforks.com

A pumpkin spice post is predictable, but also obligatory. The other night, inspired by the weather (and Pinterest), I set out to make some paleo, gluten free pumpkin donuts. I attempted to fry them in coconut oil and while the flavor and texture were spot on, the frying part didn’t work out so well (burned outside, gooey inside). Since I don’t have a donut pan, I was hesitant to try baked donuts until I remembered donut holes.

 

These gluten free pumpkin donuts taste like real, old-fashioned “apple cider style” donuts. They are baked, but lightly coated in coconut oil first to get that classic donut flavor (without being quite so heavy). They are also sweetened only with dates, but you’d never know.

 

The glaze and pecan crunch are completely optional. For a nut-free version, simply make the gluten free pumpkin donuts, lightly coat in coconut oil again after baking and roll in cinnamon sugar. If you have a donut pan, I assume you could shape the dough into the molds and bake. Let me know if you try this out!

 

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Chestnut Flour Crepes with Fresh Figs + Goat Cheese

Chestnut Flour Crepes with Fresh Figs + Goat Cheese | ourfourforks.com

I came back from Corsica a couple of weeks ago with a new obsession: fresh figs. Fig trees are everywhere there and my sister and I took full advantage, stopping to pick them whenever possible.

 

Corsica, aside from its cheese and charcuterie, is known for its chestnut flour, a finely ground, slightly sweet, gluten-free flour made from chestnuts. Crepes (though not popular in Corsica) are ubiquitous in Paris, so I decided to combine these two influences here.

 

Chestnut flour crepes with goat cheese and fresh figs will become a staple dish around here. I have never made crepes before – and I was surprised at how easy and versatile they are. Be sure to read the notes at the end of the recipe for some crepe making tips.

 

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Chewy Apricot Coconut Cookies with Chocolate

Chewy Apricot Coconut Cookies with Chocolate | ourfourforks.com
Josh and I were in France with my family last week for a wedding, which brings me to the topic of food and planes. Even though I’m food conscious when is comes to traveling – planning out where to eat, slightly stressing about breakfast options (I have a serious oatmeal habit), scoping out the local specialities – food is not something I usually bring on planes.  If I pack snacks, I eat them out of boredom rather than hunger and I’m just not that together about it all.

 

If I was more together and not always so rushed, I’d make and pack these gluten free, vegan chewy apricot coconut cookies. They would make a perfect travel breakfast, snack or sweet bite after (or instead of) a meal on the go.

 

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