GAPS Ginger Cookies

These cookies are not your usual ginger snaps because they are light and airy to bite into.  They are great on their own for a snack but make for the perfect combo with a cup of GAPS Ginger Tea.  If you had your heart set on a crispy cookie that looks just like the one […]

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GAPS Ginger Cookies
This recipe is appropriate for people who have reached stage 6 of the Introduction Diet and the Full GAPS Diet
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 7 Hours
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 7 Hours
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Instructions
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C and prepare one large or two medium stainless steel trays by lining them with (bleach free) baking paper.
Mixing and Baking the Cookies
  1. Add all the ingredients into a bowl (except for the desiccated coconut and bicarbonate of soda).
  2. Mix the mixture with electric beaters or other mixer/thermomix. I used electric hand held beaters for this recipe.
  3. When well combined, add the desiccated coconut and add the bicarbonate of soda last.
  4. Spoon a tablespoon of mixture neatly onto the prepared lined baking trays and pat gently with the flat of one finger so that the mixture resembles a rounded semi-flat shape.
  5. Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Do not be tempted to cook longer than this as the cookies will burn. If your oven tends to cook quickly, you may want to remove them sooner. The edges and tops should be browned but not burnt.
  6. Once removed from the oven, carefully slide the liner off the tray and onto a cooling tray with the cookies still in place. Let them cool this way for ten minutes to allow the cookies to cool. DO NOT try to pick them up as they will be soft and fall apart.
  7. When they are cool to touch and are becoming more solid, remove the paper lining under the cookies so that the bottoms don’t sweat. Allow the cookies to cool for a further 20 – 30 minutes on the cooling tray.
  8. The cookies will be light, airy and soft to eat. If you like them like this, you may store them in an air tight container. They will be soft to eat similar to a cake like consistency. They can be kept fresh for a week
Recipe Notes

The Excalibur food dehydrator is the best on the market.  I have had mine for ten years and it is still going strong. We have a few Excalibur Dehydrator options available at GAPS Diet Australia based on affordability and specification.  If you do purchase one, I highly recommend the one with a timer.  This helps greatly when dehydrating food on an ongoing basis.

View and listen to the cookie crunch video here

GAPS Approved Raising Agents for Baking

The GAPS diet does not allow baking powder or raising agents of any kind apart from pure bicarbonate of soda, otherwise known in USA as baking soda. (Use sparingly for people who have very low stomach acid). Egg whites (albumen) are especially good as a mechanical raising agent and for both soufflé and mousse the […]

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GAPS Approved Raising Agents for Baking
Appropriate for Full GAPS and Stage 6 of the Intro Diet
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  1. Bicarbonate of soda is a pure leavening agent. It needs to be mixed with moisture and an acidic ingredient for the necessary chemical reaction to take place to make food rise. Because it needs an acid to create the rising quality, it is often used in recipes where there is already an acidic ingredient present, such as lemon juice, cocoa, yoghurt or honey. Baking Powder should be avoided as it contains additional non GAPS allowable ingredients.
  2. People who have very low stomach acid may need to avoid Bicarbonate of soda for a while and egg whites may be used for an alternative raising agent. Simply whisk the egg whites into soft fluffy peaks before adding to the mix.

Berry Birthday Cake (Better than Chocolate Cake)

I was very delighted with the creation of this cake recipe and happy to share it with you.  I have been making it for over 8 years now for my family and perfecting it each time or adding different things to it for variety.  This cake is a treat and should be consumed sparingly which […]

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Berry Birthday Cake
Appropriate for the Full GAPS Diet and when all digestive distress has settled
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Chocolate Icing
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 40 Minutes
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Cake Ingredients
Filling
Chocolate Icing
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Instructions
Equipment
  1. 2 x stainless steel round spring-form cake pans
  2. Food processor or thermomix
  3. Saucepan
Cake Mixture Instructions
  1. Place pitted dates in a saucepan on the stove with a tablespoon of ghee and heat on a low temperature until they soften. If you have a thermomix, you can do this for 5-7 minutes
  2. Place softened date mixture in the blender (or thermomix) and blend dates into a paste. Add remaining ingredients and blend at a high speed until the mixture resembles a chocolate cake mixture. The mixture should hold a firm smooth consistency
  3. Baste the spring-form cake pans with ghee or coconut oil and pour the mixture into the pans. Cook for 40 – 50 minutes at 150◦C
  4. Test the cake with a fork before you take it out of the oven and when ready, remove cakes from the oven and take them out of the spring-form pans as soon as you can. Let the cakes cool on a cooling rack
  5. You can place any filling in the middle or on the top of the cake with a little creativity. The berry filling works well as a middle filling for the cakes and the top of the cake works well with sour cream and fresh berries. Alternatively, you can try the cake icing below and use it for the top layer with fresh berries on top as shown in the picture.
Filling Instructions
  1. Combine berries, apples, lemon juice and honey in a saucepan and bring ingredients to boiling point, then turn the temperature down and continue cooking the mixture slowly on a low heat. Stir frequently as it thickens
  2. Place the ingredients in the fridge to set for 4 hours
Chocolate Icing Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. If possible, let them sit in there for a few minutes to soften the dates a little bit.
  2. Blend all ingredients in your high-speed blender. The ingredients can be a little tricky to blend, so start at a slow speed and increase speed slowly
  3. Keep blending for a very long time to get a velvety consistency. This is one of those recipes that really makes use of the power of a high-speed blender. If you feel that the blades are just spinning but aren't actually moving all of the icing around, turn the blender off and make an air pocket down the side of the blender with a spatula to expose the blades. Remove the spatula, replace the lid, and start blending slowly again.
  4. You'll know it's ready if there are no bits of dates and all you can taste is velvety chocolate goodness. This raw chocolate icing is ready to use as soon as you pour it out of the blender
  5. Simply use a spatula to spread the mixture on the sides and top of the cake.
Recipe Notes

Serve with some sour cream, kefir, yoghurt or creme fraiche