Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Creamy Pumpkin Frosting

Some of the best recipes are ones you never intend to make. I started out yesterday wanting to create some beautiful strawberry meringues I pinned recently (I always try and have one gluten free dessert around in case of a sugar attack). I got out my egg whites brought them to room temperature and then went to my spice cabinet for cream of tartar. No can do – all out! I was so bummed and I was clearly not going back to the grocery store. So I regrouped and realized I had Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa on hand. Sweet! I was going to make gluten free dark chocolate frosted brownies.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Creamy Pumpkin Frosting

While the brownies were in the oven, my son got home from school and begged me not to frost them. I’m not sure what’s so wrong with frosting, but I thought if I gave the frosting a little twist he might come on board the frosting train. With October being two days away and half a can of pumpkin puree in the refrigerator, it was a no brainer.

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Creamy Pumpkin Frosting

Therefore, gluten free dark chocolate brownies with pumpkin frosting! I’m so glad my son challenged my recipe, because these are the best darn brownies I ever had and Jake loved them too. Using Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa gave the brownies a deep dark brown color, almost black. The contrasting light orange pumpkin frosting helps create the perfect Halloween treat. The slight bitter flavor of dark chocolate works perfectly with the creamy pumpkin frosting. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Creamy Pumpkin Frosting

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with Pumpkin Frosting

Recipe by Liz Hughes - Virtually Homemade
Yield: 8 to 10 brownies
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Recipe - (substitute dark chocolate cocoa powder for regular and omit sea salt)
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium bowl cream butter and pumpkin with an electric mixer. Add pumpkin pie spice and powdered sugar and mix until frosting is light and fluffy.
  2. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled brownies.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Almond Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Apple Almond Salad with fresh greens, Marcona almonds and fresh baby greens

This apple almond salad with a honey mustard dressing is the perfect segue into fall salads. Fresh berries have been replaced with crisp sweet Gala apples and almonds. The addition of goat cheese, makes this salad hearty yet fresh and tasty.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gluten Free Oatmeal Plum Bars

Gluten Free Oatmeal Plum Bars

The heat in San Diego broke this week (thank God!) and allowed me to turn my oven back on! I’ve dabbled in gluten free desserts and I was craving something sweet; therefore, my oatmeal plum bar creation.  They are amazingly buttery, fruity, crumbly and chewy. I had a few plums sitting in my fruit bowl that were just screaming for me to make some kind of confection out of them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Double Chocolate Yogurt Dip

Double chocolate yogurt dip is a perfect match for seasonal fruit for a healthy and fun snack.

I really love chocolate yogurt. It’s kind of a healthy way to satisfy your chocolate fix. It’s basically chocolate with tons of calcium, probiotics and low fat protein. A win win in my book.

Food Networks’ Summer Soiree series asked a few food bloggers to create a seasonal dip that would be fun and delicious. I have never made a sweet dip before. Therefore, this double chocolate yogurt dip; the perfect recipe for fruit, pretzels or any other food worthy of dunking into yummy chocolate.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

Grilled salmon with a fresh avocado salsa with lime and fresh cilantro
I know that some of you may be experiencing cooler, fall like temperatures, but not here in San Diego! We are hitting the unusual high of 90 degrees on the coast and most of us don’t have air conditioning - we rarely need it.  There is no break in sight. Yes, I feel like I am melting and there is no way I am turning on my oven this week!