Gluten Free Blondies

I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is my first recipe. ¬†I’m sorry, there’s no chocolate in it ūüôā ¬†On top of my gluten sensitivity, I am also sensitive to all dairy products, chocolate, egg yolks, soy, beef and pork and caffeine. ¬†So my desserts are always made using egg whites rather than whole eggs and no dairy products whatsoever.

As I grew up, one of my favorite desserts was Blondies…but I haven’t had Blondies in a long time as they contain gluten when made using the original recipe. ¬†I tried to find a gluten-free version of the recipe but didn’t come up with anything moist and chewy like the original one.¬†¬†I finally came up with this¬†recipe¬†and now I can¬†enjoy a moist and chewy Blondie once in a while. ¬†This recipe is a healthy gluten-free remake of the original and tastes really good! ¬†But eat in moderation, as it is sweet. ¬†I keep it for special occasions only.

Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 7 tbsp egg whites (or 2 eggs)
  • 1/2 cup butter (I use soy-free Earth Balance traditional spread)
  • 3/4 cup Maple Flakes (I use Decacer Organic Maple Flakes)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Set oven temperature at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put the dates, butter, maple flakes, egg whites and vanilla in a pot and heat on the stove until dates are soft on medium-low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, put the almond flour, baking powder, salt and walnuts in a mixing bowl.
  4. When the dates are soft, transfer the liquid ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  5. Transfer into a greased (I use coconut oil) 8X8 cake pan.
  6. Bake in the oven, at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Hope you enjoy these!

Sorry there are no photos…I’ll have to make a new batch and take pics to add to this post! ūüôā

My first post ever: Introduction to my story

At home, Christmas 2015.
At home, Christmas 2015.

Hello! ¬†I’m Lynn, a happy French Canadian mother of four children and an elementary teacher living in Orl√©ans, Ontario. ¬†I enjoy reading, spending time outside, gardening, and cooking among other things.

At the age of 20, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome after having a colonoscopy and a barium enema. I was told I had to live with it, which I did for a long time.  When my third baby was born in 1995, I had to take her to the doctor when she was just a few weeks old as she was crying all the time, and had a bad rash all over her body.  The doctor asked me if I was breastfeeding and I was.  He told me to remove all dairy products from my diet and see how things go in a day or so.  I went home, removed all dairy from my diet that very day, and my daughter started to sleep well, stopped crying, and the rash went away.  Sanity returned into my life!  But, along with being able to sleep, I noticed that my bowel symptoms improved drastically.  I had less bloating, less cramping and digested my food better.  I also lost my excess pregnancy weight a lot faster than with my other two older children.  Bonus!  That was my first experience at achieving better health because of a diet change.

Later, I became a vegetarian for a few years. ¬†Another episode of improved health although I was still experiencing a lot of bowel symptoms. ¬†These symptoms became worst over time until at age 48 I reluctantly read the book Wheat Belly by ¬†William Davis. ¬†I’m saying reluctantly because I was a firm believer that whole grains, including wheat, were excellent for your health and they were part of my diet on a daily basis. ¬†After reading the book, I was still skeptical but willing to give the gluten-free diet a try thinking and secretly hoping I would prove it wrong. ¬†So I removed all gluten containing products at once and to my surprise, my health improved drastically once again! ¬†After two weeks of eating healthy gluten-free meals I noticed many improvements in my overall health. ¬†I could sleep better! ¬†Along with better sleep, my brain fog left and I was able to concentrate for long periods again. ¬†Better still, my bowel symptoms improved and I lost 35 pounds very quickly! ¬†Plus my joint pain improved. ¬†Wow! I was hooked! I have been converting my recipes into healthy gluten free recipes ever since! ¬†My story doesn’t end here though…I have a lot more to tell you about my ¬†health and cooking in my next¬†posts!

My hope is that the information that I publish on this blog will help you achieve better health and help you understand that healthy food choices can improve your vitality and give you a sense of well being that are well worth the effort of eliminating gluten from your diet.  Thank you for reading my first post!