Birthday Cake (gluten and dairy free)

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As promised here is the recipe for my birthday cake !!

Gluten and Dairy Free BirthdAy Cake

ingredients

-15 oz. can great northern beans drained and rinsed
– 6 eggs
– 3/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/3 cup dark brown sugar
-1/4 cup melted coconut oil
-1/3 cup coconut flour sifted
-1tsp baking soda
-1&1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1 cup dried strawberries
-2 cups fresh strawberries sliced thin
-smuckers simply fruit strawberry jam

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F
2. Add beans, eggs, stevia, vanilla, and sugar to blender and blend well.
3. Add coconut oil, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and blend.
4. Add freeze dried strawberries and stir.
5. Pour mixture into a well greased baking pan – I used an 11 inch round pan.
6. Bake at 325 for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick placed in center comes out clean.
7. When cake is done remove from oven and let cool. When cooked cut in half (so there is a top and bottom)
8. Cover the top of the bottom piece with jam and a thin layer of fresh strawberries.
9. Replace top half
10. Icing to your desire and garnish with fresh strawberries !!

Vegan Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients
-1 cup soy free earth balance vegan butter
-4 cups organic powdered sugar
-2 Teaspoons organic vanilla extract
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
-bert juice (if desired to color pink)

Directions
1. Cream butter and milk using hand mixer.
2. Add vanilla
3. Gradually add sugar (1 cup at a time) until well mixed and has frosting like consistency. If it is too soft add more sugar, too thick add a dash of milk.
4. optional* if wanting to color pink add bert juice more or less depending on how dark of a pink color is desired. Mix well – may need to add more sugar to maintain frosting like consistency !

ENJOY!!

Crockpot to freezer spaghetti sauce!

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With my schedule rapidly getting fuller I have been seeking easy ways to make more food that I can freeze for even easier cooking later on.

Today’s great find crockpot spaghetti sauce ! ( this recipe is what I personally used – you can tweak to please your taste buds)

Ingredients
✔️1 onion
✔️4 tablespoons olive oil
✔️4-6 cloves minced garlic
✔️2 cans 28oz diced tomatoes
✔️1 8oz can tomato sauce
✔️1 6oz can tomato paste
✔️7.5 oz jar sun dried tomatoes
✔️1/4 cup brown sugar
✔️3 tablespoons oregano, basil tomato spice blend
✔️1 tablespoon sea salt
✔️1/2 teaspoon red chilli pepper crushed
✔️20 cranks of fresh ground black pepper
✔️1 tablespoon parsley
✔️1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

I doubled the ingredients and ran two crock pots at once .

Directions:

Combine diced onion, olive oil,and minced garlic in crockpot on low for about an hour- stir and check after 30 minutes.

Add remaining ingredient to crockpot and summer on low for 4-6 hours stirring at least hourly.

Realistically the sauce is done after an hour or two but I like to simmer to get the hearty flavor and break down the tomatoes a little more.

After cooked to your satisfaction let sauce cool completely before putting in freezer safe storage. Make sure to date when you made it so you don’t forget ! Use within 3-4 months for highest quality !