Joy the Baker’s Strawberry Cream Scones (GF & V)

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Joy the Baker is one of my favorite bakers in the world. You can trust that all of her recipes are going to be completely delicious. Unfortunately, she is not gluten-free or vegan, so sometimes I have to make adjustments. (I am not technically vegan, but I am allergic to eggs and partially to dairy, so some of my recipes are.)

I have already made these scones twice, and everyone I have shared them with has loved them. Even my skeptical gluten-free eaters loved these scones. They are sweet, but not too sweet, fluffy, soft, and nutty in flavor.

Another thing I love about these scones is that they are incredibly simple to make. If you are debating between these and pancakes this weekend, go with these. They are just as simple and are a good change from pancakes or muffins. They are also quite healthy, with only 1/3 cup of sugar for the entire recipe. I also used coconut cream instead of buttermilk, so you get healthy fats in there too.

Go ahead and make these already!

Strawberry Cream Scones

Adapted from: Joy the Baker

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour (I used Jules)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or granulated)
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup of coconut cream** plus more for brushing the top or for whipped cream
  • 3/4 cup of coarsely chopped strawberries
  • Turbinado, granulated, or brown sugar for topping

Directions:

  1. Place baking rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  3. In liquid measuring cup, mix vanilla extract and coconut cream.
  4. Drizzle cream into flour mixture and slowly toss ingredients together until incorporated but still slightly dry.
  5. Add strawberries and continue gently tossing until cohesive, but not overly sticky. 
  6. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead dough to 3/4 inch thick.
  7. Use a small biscuit cutter or small glass lightly floured to cut 1 1/4 inch circles from the dough.
  8. Brush each circle with coconut cream and sprinkle a generous amount of turbinado sugar on top.
  9. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and serve warm with chilled coconut cream on top.
**Trader Joe’s makes this excellent Extra Thick & Rich Coconut Cream that comes out of the can exactly like whipped cream if you do not shake it. I used this in my recipe mixed with a little almond milk to make it like buttermilk consistency and used the rest on top of each scone. Preserves go really well with these too.

Enjoy!!

Spiced Chicken with Wild Rice & Veggies Bowl (GF)

One of my best pieces of advice for those who are busy but want to eat healthy or for people who want to lose weight, is to prepare your meals ahead of time. I make my meals for the week on Monday nights.

This is what I came up with for this week. This spicedsweet, and crunchy little bowl contains turmeric and cumin spiced chicken, wild rice, broccolini, sweet potatoes, carrots, pea shoots, and pomegranate seeds. It is quite a great combination of foods. You can also make it vegan or vegetarian by substituting tofu or chickpeas for the chicken.

Spiced Chicken with Wild Rice & Veggies Bowl

Adapted from: Love and Lemons

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of chicken breast or tenders, cubed (preferably free-range; omit if vegan/vegetarian & use chickpeas)
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 cups broccolini, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp of gomacio or sesame seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • pea shoots

Instructions:

  1. Cook wild rice as instructed on the package.
  2. While rice is cooking, dice chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook in large skillet over medium-high heat in 2 tbsp of olive oil.
  3. After about 5 minutes, add cumin, turmeric, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Cook chicken all the way through and remove from skillet with slotted spoon. Add cubed sweet potatoes and cook until tender. (You may have to add 1 more tbsp of olive oil.)
  5. Add broccolini and carrots to skillet, season with salt, pepper, & sesame seeds and cook until tender.
  6. When all ingredients are cooked, add all cooked ingredients to a large bowl with a handful pomegranate and pea shoots. You might want to add soy sauce or coconut aminos to your rice.
  7. Enjoy!!