Monday, September 1, 2008

Our Paleo Princess-Party!

Our first wheat-free birthday party occurred a few weeks ago. Needless to say it required a little more preparation than previous parties!

Fortunately I was really inspired by Anna and her wonderful coconut flour chocolate cookies and the rest of the menu became easy. Anna's original recipe is here where she also includes some great low-carb cooking ideas. When I went to Whole Foods to gather the ingredients, I discovered quite at the last minute that they did not carry the primary ingredient... the coconut flour! So instead we improvised and had almond chocolate chip cookies instead. Apparently they were a hit (or... the princess swimmers were just really really HUNGRY). (warning: The cookie dough had a weird grassy unpleasant smell from the garbanzo bean flour (I presume) but it all disappeared while baking.)

The cookies smelled and looked and tasted even better than REAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. (even without the primary ingredient!!)

Improvised Almond Choco-chip Butter Cookies (Courtesy of Anna -- I'm her biggest fan)

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), very soft or slightly melted and creamy (I should've used MORE)
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 eggs
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 cup almond meal/flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup unsweetened grated coconut: fine, coarse or combination

1/2 cup gluten-free tiny-sized semi-sweet chocolate chips (or up to 1 cup)

Makes 24 cookies
Preheat oven to 425°F (Convection; or 400°F regular). Cover cookie sheet with aluminum (or Silpat silicone mat).

Mix together soft butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and almond extract; mix well.

Add all flours and grated coconut; mix well.

Drop cookie dough by spoonfuls or dough scoop onto pan one inch apart (cookies don't spread).

Bake 425°F (convection) for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Remove to wire rack immediately to cool.

Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken
Gluten-free Hawaiian Pizza (frozen cooked shells from Whole Foods)
BBQ Wings
Organic Turkey Hotdogs (no they're not nitrate-free)
Italian Tuna and Olives (in cupcake papers)
Snap Peas
Corn on the Cob
Garlic Mushrooms

Almond Lemon Birthday Cake (gluten-free at Whole Foods)
Whipped Cream in Chocolate Shells (Whole Foods)
Cherries and Strawberries

(I said Paleo... not low-carb!)


dr j said...

Such a special touching effort requires a salute from skippy the kangaroo from australia !

Being male, de cook and de bottlewasher here, my Palaeo meals in comparison, are very neanderthal...

Dr. B G said...

Thank you Skippy! My daughter & her friends & cousins loved it (and no one even realized it was totally wheat-free... *ha haa*) (we actually normally have more greens/veggies)