Baked Apple Ice Cream Bowl (gluten & sugar free)

2012-10-06 18.35.31[Update: I’m now allergic to apples and dairy, which makes this a no go for me.  But it’s good.  You should try it!]

Desserts have got to be one of the trickiest things, at least for me, to find yummy, naturally gluten-free recipes of.  It doesn’t help that I’m also sugar-free and have a whole litany of food allergies.  Makes desserts, well, challenging to find.

When I was a kid my grandma made the best apple dumplings every year during the holidays, and I’ve been wanting something similar that’d be gluten-free, sugar-free, and hopefully less labor intensive.  A pretty high order.

Pinterest provided a good starting point though when I stumbled across an apple recipe.  I altered it a bit–the apples are baked, mine’s sugar-free, along with a couple other alterations.  So Mr. Munger, the fiancé, and I tried it out when he was in the area this last weekend.  And it was a huge hit, even with the wheat-eaters.  Its picture really doesn’t do it justice.


Ingredients:

  • 6 large apples (personally, I like red apples)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon Splenda® (or sugar)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Vanilla ice cream (make sure it’s gluten-free!)
  • Caramel topping (be sure that this one’s gluten-free too, and if you want it to be sugar-free buy the kind sweetened with Spenda®)

Directions:

  1. Cut the tops of apples the way you would a pumpkin (enough so that the hole is big enough to allow you to hollow out the insides but still leaving the majority of the apple intact).
  2. Slowly, carefully hollow out each apple using a metal tablespoon or melon baller.  Unlike a pumpkin, the skin on the apples is fragile so don’t go too quickly or you might end up with a hole. (Don’t worry if it looks uneven on the inside because no one will see it anyway.)
  3. Mix the Spenda®/sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg together in a small bowl.  And then rub mixture on the inside of all of the apples so that they all have a coating.
  4. Set the oven for 350 degrees F.  And bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  (The trick is to have your apples soft enough to easily eat while also being stable enough to hold together.)
  5. Once baked, immediately fill with the vanilla ice cream of your choosing (vanilla bean or French vanilla are my favorites) and top with warm caramel.
  6. Serve immediate.  And enjoy.
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Blueberry Cheesecake (gluten & sugar-free)

Cream cheese cupcakes[Update: Due to my dairy allergy, this isn’t something I can eat anymore.  But give it a try!  It’s tasty]

Mr. M’s just celebrated his 28th rotation around the sun.  Since our very first date to Seattle almost two years ago he’s been wanting to tour Seattle in the most culturally sophisticated way possible—The Duck.  When Mr. M first pointed out the super touristy, tacky duck-shaped boats and announced that he wanted to ride one I just laughed.

In honor of his birthday though I’m going to treat him to a tour via The Duck once spring quarter is over and he’s back for a week over break.  And I also made him mini blueberry cheesecakes to celebrate (note the lovely lit candles below).  And he seemed to really enjoy them.

I highly modified Suzanne Somers’ New York Cheesecake recipe from her book Somersize Desserts.  While it isn’t specifically gluten-free, a lot of the recipes in the book tend to be naturally gluten-free.


Yields: About 18 cupcakes.

Ingredients for Cupcakes :

  • 3 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups Splenda/sucralose
  • 3 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Splenda/sucralose

Directions:

  1. Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese and Spenda together in a large bowl (it will turn out better if you wait until the cream cheese is at room temperature).
  3. Add eggs, beating after each addition.  Then add sour cream, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla.  After mixing, carefully add blueberries.  Don’t kill it, just mix until it’s smooth.
  4. Use a 1/4 measuring cup to divvy up the cream cheese mixture evenly into the cupcake liners.  Fill each cupcake liner about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes (0r until a toothpick comes out clean).
  6. In a smaller bowl, mix together sour cream and Splenda for the topping.  Once the cupcakes have cooled completely the in the refrigerator, spread sour cream frosting on top of them.

Cream Cheese cupcakes 3

Chocolate Mousse (gluten & sugar free)

Chocolate Mousse[Update: I can no longer eat dairy, found out that I’m allergic.  But because this recipe was one of my all-time favorite desserts, I’ve left it on the blog]

Valentine’s Day may be over, but that’s no reason to put the chocolate away.  Bring on the mousse!

You can buy gluten-free, sugar-free mousse mixes in the store, but they’re kind of pricy and the ingredient list contains way too many unidentifiable things.  This is cheaper not only cheaper, but it also only has four ingredients.  And it’s super simple, quick, and quite yummy.

It’s also a great desert to serve picky wheat-eaters (you know, the ones who think anything that says it’s “certified gluten-free” will taste like dirt) because they’ll never guess it’s gluten-free!


Allergan/Sensitivity Info:Gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, sugar-free.

Yields: About four to six servings (it just really depends completely on how much you’re in the mood for chocolate).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup Splenda (or any generic form of sucralose)

Directions:

  1. Use an electric mixer to mix cream until it just starts to get fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla, cocoa powered, and Splenda.
  3. Mix until light and fluffy (be careful to not over mix the cream because it won’t be as light and fluffy then).
  4. Divide into smaller containers (or you could always eat it right out of the bowl), and serve.  You can also let it sit in the refrigerator if you want it to be colder.  It tastes quite nice chilled, but I can never wait that long.

Cream Cheese Frosting (gluten-free & sugar-free)

DSCN0802[Update: Well, I’m now allergic to dairy, so cream cheese frosting isn’t an option anymore.  But it’s pretty good, and easy, so give it a try!]

Making frosting from scratch was a new experience for me.  And, of course, the fact that it needed to be both gluten and sugar free and hopefully still tasty, made it seem a little more daunting.

As a result, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy (and yummy) cream cheese frosting turned out to be.  And it works well with chocolate cupcakes.


Allergan/Sensitivity Info:

Yields: About 3 and 2/3 cups (just enough to frost 18 cupcakes or a small cake).

Ingredients:

  • One 8-ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups Splenda (or generic form of sucralose)

Directions:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Slowly add Splenda.
  3. After everything is well mixed, frost cupcakes or cake or cover and store it in the refrigerator.