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Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

These delicious White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars are perfect for breakfasts and snacks–and they are packed with protein and gluten-free, too!

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

I love making no-bake batch breakfast recipes in the summer. No need to turn on the oven and heat up my kitchen! Or to fuss with making something every day!

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

This recipe is even better because it is SO GOOD. I made it numerous times to experiment with ingredients and amounts. I prefer it with cashew butter and almond flour as it gives it a very cookie dough taste, but use what you have.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

To make this gluten-free, be sure to use GF quick oats from a place like Bob’s Red Mill. Also, DON’T use old fashioned/rolled oats. They are too dense. The time I tried that kind, I had to add a lot more nut butter and honey to make the mixture stick together.

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

Make these on the weekend and your breakfasts are ready for the week! Just grab a bar from the fridge, eat, and enjoy!

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

Bready or Not Original: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Granola Bars [Gluten Free]

This recipe comes together fast on the stove top, but requires some prep work. Almond flour can get lumpy and might need to be sifted. Don't use old-fashioned/rolled oats here, as they don't soften enough to adhere with everything else. These bars are great stashed in the fridge, with extra kept in the freezer.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: bars, chocolate, gluten free, macadamia nuts
Author: Beth Cato

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup almond flour or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts chopped
  • 1 cup cashew butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Line a 9x9 or 8x8 square pan with foil and apply nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a bowl, measure out the quick oats, almond flour, and macadamia nuts. Also set aside.
  • Place the cashew butter, honey, and salt in a large pot on the stove. Bring the temperature to medium, stirring everything until it is melted and combined. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until fully incorporated. Dump the mix into the prepared pan. Use a piece of waxed paper and a heavy glass to compress the contents into an even layer. Sprinkle white chocolate chips across the top and quickly press in by hand, as they will soften fast on the warm dough.
  • Set pan in fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Use foil to lift square onto a cutting board. Slice into desired sizes. They keep in the fridge, in a sealed container, for as long as a week, and as long as a month in the freezer. If stacking, place wax paper between the layers.

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    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    Posted by on Dec 18, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, chocolate, fudge, gluten-free, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

     Holiday time can be all kinds of hectic, but if you need a sweet treat in limited time, this Quick Peanut Butter Fudge will be adored by all chocolate and peanut butter lovers!

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    This thing literally comes together in under five minutes. Give it a couple hours to set in the fridge, and there you go. Plus, it keeps for weeks in the fridge (if you can make it last that long) and it can be frozen for ages.

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    I love using walnuts in this fudge, but any nut will do. Can you make it without nuts? Sure, but I find that a little bit of crunch is great for texture. Some seeds could work in this, too, if you need to avoid an allergen (keeping in mind, this already includes peanut butter chips!).

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    My husband had co-workers describe this fudge as “crack.” Consider yourself warned.

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    I’ve shared a number of quick fudge recipes over the years. Here are some others to try out!

    Cookies and Milk Quick Fudge

    Five-Minute Spicy Mexican Fudge

    Quick Maple Cookie Fudge

    Quick Cake Batter White Chocolate Fudge

    Gingerbread Cookie Dough Fudge

    Oreo Fudge

    No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Fudge

    Lemon Cake Batter Fudge

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    Bready or Not Original: Quick Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge

    This fudge come together in about 5 minutes thanks to the microwave, and results in a smooth fudge reminiscent of peanut butter cups. Cut the pieces small--they are decadent and addictive!
    Course: Dessert, Snack
    Keyword: chocolate, no bake, peanut butter, quick fudge
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • 8x8 or 9x9 pan

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
    • 10- ounce bag peanut butter chips 1 bag
    • 8- ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips about 3/4 bag
    • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    • 1 cup walnuts or other nuts, chopped

    Instructions

    • Line a small square pan with foil and apply nonstick spray or butter.
    • In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter with a zap or two in microwave. Add peanut butter, chips, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk. Heat in a couple 30-second bursts, stirring well between each, and continuing until the mixture is smooth. Fold in nuts.
    • Pour into prepared pan. Smooth out using an uneven spatula, taking fudge to edges and pressing down to remove any bubbles.
    • Chill in fudge for at least two hours. Use foil to lift onto cutting board for easy slicing. Store in a sealed container with waxed paper between the layers; keep in fridge as long as a month, or freeze for longer.

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      Giftmas 2019: Fruity Wensleydale Cream Cheese Balls & a Fundraiser for the Edmonton Food Bank

      Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, gluten-free, healthier | Comments Off on Giftmas 2019: Fruity Wensleydale Cream Cheese Balls & a Fundraiser for the Edmonton Food Bank

      Giftmas 2019

      If people know only a few things about me, it’s that I bake, I share lots of cute cat gifs, I write some stuff, and that I love, love, LOVE cheese. As part of the Giftmas Fundraiser, I’m sharing a recipe I just made for the first time during my American Thanksgiving last month–and I’m hoping you’ll share some money and goodwill to help the Edmonton Food Bank, too. Your donation (in Canadian dollars) will help a lot of folks in need this season. One dollar equals three meals.

      Please give to the Edmonton Food Bank for Giftmas!

      Scroll down past the recipe to enter an incredible Rafflecopter giveaway that includes loads of stuff, including a signed Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas book featuring one of my stories. You needn’t donate to enter the giveaway–in fact, even spreading the news about Giftmas is a big help. Use #Giftmas2019 on social media to do that.

      As part of Giftmas, there’s also a Snowman drawing contest. The whole family can take part in this one! Find out the details from Rhonda Parrish.

      2019 has been a cruel year, and 2020 could go straight-out apocalyptic. Let’s help each other stay warm and fed.

      Let’s start that effort with some delicious cheese.

      This recipe is inspired by a glorious cheesecake I experience at the Wensleydale Creamery during my dream-come-true trip to the UK in June. I immediately began mulling ways that my cheese-loving mom could enjoy a facsimile of the cheesecake, but with a lot less carbs.

      The result is this recipe for Fruity Wensleydale Cream Cheese Balls. This is gluten-free, keto-friendly, low-carb, and probably other buzz words with dashes, too. More importantly, it’s DELICIOUS.

       

      Please support the Edmonton Food Bank for Giftmas!

      Bready or Not Original: Fruity Wensleydale Cream Cheese Balls

      A delicious, cheesy treat that is low-carb, gluten-free, and keto-friendly! Form tablespoon-sized balls using equal portions of Wensleydale cheese with fruit (though fruity Stilton or cheddar may also work) and cream cheese; add extra dried fruit that matches the cheese; roll them in ground pecans (or maybe even walnuts), and ta-da! Makes about 15 tablespoon-sized balls. Recipe is easily doubled if you need to feed a crowd!
      Prep Time5 mins
      Course: Appetizer, Snack
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: cheese, cream cheese, no bake, pecans
      Servings: 15
      Author: Beth Cato

      Ingredients

      • 4 oz Wensleydale cheese with fruit such as blueberry or cranberry
      • 4 oz cream cheese half block
      • 2 Tablespoons dried fruit that matches cheese
      • 1/2 cup ground pecans

      Instructions

      • Use a fork to chop cheese into chunks of various sizes. Add dollops of cream cheese and extra dried fruit and stir together, taking care distribute the Wensleydale without breaking it apart too much.
      • Place ground pecan pieces in a small bowl. Use a tablespoon and hands to form small balls. Roll in pecan bits to coat. Store in a sealed dish in fridge. Flavor improves after a day as the pecan flavor infuses the cheese balls more. Keeps for at least four days.

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        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, brownies, cake, chocolate, gluten-free | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        This incredible Fudgy Chocolate Cake is like a great big grown-up brownie.

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        While this can’t be said to be healthy, it IS gluten free, so makes for a wonderful treat for people with that dietary restriction.

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        It also keeps very well. I sliced it up and kept pieces stored in the fridge for over a week. They never dried out or lost flavor.

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        Even better, this cake can be frozen to last longer. Freeze slices on waxed paper and keep stored in a plastic container or freezer bag. Defrost in fridge when you want to indulge!

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        This cake is delicious by itself, but you could easily dress it up with fresh strawberries, cherries, or raspberries, and/or a scoop of vanilla ice cream–all of which are gluten-free as well, of course.

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        Modified from Allrecipes Magazine February/March 2015.

         

        Bready or Not: Fudgy Chocolate Gluten-Free Cake

        This gluten-free chocolate cake includes basic ingredients and is fast to make, to delicious results. The cake keeps well in the fridge and can be frozen as well.
        Course: Dessert, Snack
        Keyword: cake, chocolate, gluten free
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 1/2 cup cocoa powder sifted, plus more to dust pan
        • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
        • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
        • 3/4 cup white sugar
        • 3 eggs beaten
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
        • confectioners' sugar for top, optional

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven at 300-degrees. Cut parchment to fit in the bottom of an 8-inch cake pan. Grease pan. Set parchment inside. Grease again. Dust paper and sides of pan with cocoa.
        • In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate and butter in short bursts, stirring well between each pass, until smooth. Stir in cocoa powder followed by sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
        • Bake about 40 minutes, until cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan; a toothpick inserted in the center should come out just slightly wet. Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then invert onto a rack. Remove the parchment, then invert again onto a plate to cool for at least an hour before cutting. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
        • Keep cake covered by plastic wrap in fridge; keeps well as long as a week. Cake can be sliced and frozen for later enjoyment.
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        Bready or Not Classic: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in beef, Blog, Bready or Not, crock pot, gluten-free, healthier, main dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not Classic: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        If all has gone according to plan, I’ve fled to a far-distant isle to enjoy Wensleydale cheese and scones. I didn’t want to schedule new recipes while I travel as I won’t be able to promote them to the fullest. Therefore, I’m revisiting a classic recipe this week. Enjoy!

        I’m presenting to you the recipe for one of the best dishes I’ve ever made in a crock pot: Korean-Style Short Ribs.

        Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        I have made this many times over now. I’ve even tried it using cheaper cuts like chuck roast and rump roast. Those worked out okay (though the meat really dries out before its soak in the juice at the end), but they are nowhere as delicious as the short rib version.

        Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        It turns out amazing whether you use boneless or bone-in ribs–a mix is a great way to go, too! Don’t trim the fat. You want all that flavor. The end result is a sauce that tastes like you added red wine, but you didn’t. It’s like MAGIC.

        Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        Seriously, these ribs taste like something from a great Asian restaurant. Pair it with some broccoli and a good spoonful of the sauce, and YUM.

        Bready or Not: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Short Ribs

        Whenever I see beef short ribs go on sale, I do a little dance of joy because it means I get to make this recipe again.

         

        Bready or Not Classic: Slow Cooker Korean-Style Beef Short Ribs

        This recipe makes rich, savory short ribs that taste like a dish from a great restaurant! A 5 or 6-quart crock pot is necessary to fit the ribs. Note: A chuck roast or rump roast can be substituted for the ribs and it tastes okay, but the fatty ribs create a much deeper and richer flavor.
        Course: Main Course
        Cuisine: Korean
        Keyword: beef, slow cooker
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
        • 1/3 cup light brown sugar packed
        • 2 Tb sesame oil
        • 2 Tb rice vinegar
        • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
        • 4 cloves garlic minced
        • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
        • 5 lbs beef short ribs bone-in adds more flavor, but boneless works
        • 1-2 Tb cornstarch
        • sesame seeds optional

        Instructions

        • In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, vinegar, ginger, garlic and red pepper. Place the ribs in a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker; pour the sauce over them. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 9 hours. Depending on how the ribs are stacked in the cooker, you may want to quickly stir them at some point halfway through.
        • Use a slotted spoon to remove the ribs from the cooker. Place a tablespoon of corn starch in a small bowl and add some juice from the cooker. Whisk them together to create a slurry without lumps, and add back into the crock pot. Stir. If the juice doesn't start to thicken, repeat the process with some more corn starch.
        • Either keep the ribs intact, or pull meat into chunks and discard the bones and fat. Place meat in cooker again on WARM setting for 10 minutes or so to soak in flavors. Serve. Great with rice, broccoli, and perhaps a sprinkling of sesame seeds!
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        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        Posted by on Feb 27, 2019 in Blog, Bready or Not, breakfast, chocolate, gluten-free, healthier, no-bake dessert | Comments Off on Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        I’m here to set you up with a breakfast or snack bar that is delicious and mostly healthy. Plus, these No Bake Chocolate Almond Bars can be tweaked for several dietary needs!

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        If you need gluten-free, use GF rolled oats. If you need dairy-free, use different chocolate chips. If you have nut allergies… well, you could probably use all-purpose flour and a different nut butter or even Biscoff spread, but I haven’t tested that mod myself.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        Though I did test this recipe. A lot. Because it kept coming out tasty, but still a bit off.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        The first try, I used milk chocolate chips, which is always my preference in cookies. To my surprise, I found the end result to be too sweet.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        The second try, I became quite frustrated when pressing the base layer into the pan. It was a big sticky mess.

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        Therefore, by the third try, I knew what to do. Use semisweet chips. Chill the oat mixture from the time it is mixed. I also found that these bars were fantastic to freeze; just use waxed paper between the stacked bars.

         

        Bready or Not Original: No Bake Chocolate Almond Oatmeal Bars [Gluten Free]

        Tweak this recipe to be gluten-free by using GF rolled oats--and it can even be dairy-free by using select chocolate chips! Plan to assemble this recipe over a few hours as you must chill the ingredients between each step. Also, best to avoid milk chocolate this time around, or the bars will be excessively sweet. Use semisweet or dark chocolate instead.
        Course: Breakfast, Snack
        Keyword: bars, chocolate, gluten free
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        Crust

        • 3 cups old fashioned oats
        • 1/2 cup almond flour
        • 3 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
        • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
        • 3/4 cup almond butter
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
        • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

        Filling

        • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or semisweet
        • 1/4 cup almond butter

        Instructions

        • In a large bowl, mix together all of the crust ingredients. The mixture should be sticky and clump together. If it's not cohesive, add more almond butter; if it's too wet, add some more oats and/or almond flour. Chill bowl in fridge for an least an hour.
        • Line an 8x8 or 9x9-inch pan with aluminum foil and apply nonstick spray.
        • Press half of the crust mix evenly into the bottom of the pan. A piece of waxed paper or parchment and a heavy glass make it easier to compress as much as possible. Place pan and bowl in fridge for another 30 minutes.
        • In the microwave or in a pan on the stovetop, melt together the chocolate chips and remaining almond butter. When they become creamy and smooth, remove from heat. Pour the chocolate to completely cover the oat layer. Chill for another hour.
        • Dollop the remaining oat mixture atop the hardened chocolate. Again, compress contents into pan as much as possible. Chill another 30 minutes.
        • Use the foil to lift contents onto a cutting board. Slice. Keep bars for up to 3 weeks in the fridge, in a sealed container with waxed paper between the layers, or freeze for up to a month.
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