Cookie Truffles (Gluten Free Halloween Treat)

These mummy Cookie Truffles are the CUTEST gluten-free Halloween treat. They’re made using a handful of ingredients, including our favorite gluten-free chocolate cookie, are no bake and are so easy they’d be a great activity to do with the kids! Perfect to serve up at a halloween party or for any fun event! Made in partnership with my friends at Simple Mills!

no bake cookie truffles

Cookie Truffles (Gluten-Free Halloween Treat)

How cute are these gluten-free Halloween mummy Cookie Truffles? They are a super easy treat to put together and they are SO DELICIOUS! I was inspired to make these based off of those Oreo truffles that you see all over the internet. I won’t lie, that version is good, but the ingredients in them are no longer a part of my diet so I knew when planning for halloween recipes that it was time to re-create it!

The truffles couldn’t be easier to make! They use minimal ingredients with super simple directions and could definitely be a fun family activity to get in to the halloween spirit. We decorated our truffles as mummies, which include a white chocolate coating, but we’re also including substitutes to make dairy free versions using dairy free dark chocolate and dairy free cream cheese. We tested both versions and both were equally delicious.

no bake truffles

A few notes and tips on making Cookie Truffles:

  1. To crush the cookies you can either do so in a food processor, or you can place the cookies in a zip tight bag and roll over them with a rolling pin. We did it both ways and the outcome of the cookies were the same either way! Because it involved washing less dishes we preferred doing it by hand with a bag and rolling pin.
  2. Make sure to cool the cookie truffles before coating with the chocolate! This helps the truffle hold its shape, and it helps the chocolate set quicker. If you are making the mummy version, make sure to also cool the white chocolate coated truffles before piping or drizzling on the stripes.
  3. When decorating the mummies with the stripes, move quickly to place on the chocolate chips “eyes” because the white chocolate can set quickly.
  4. Choose a high quality white chocolate! We found a few versions that had only about 6 ingredients! If doing a dairy free dark chocolate truffle make sure to check that the chocolate you buy is dairy free.

white chocolate dipped cookie truffles

The most important element to this recipe is the cookie! I came across Simple Mills products a few months ago and was instantly in love. The crackers were the first product I tried and I loved how much they reminded me of my beloved childhood saltine. Now, they’re a staple in my house and have since tried many more of the products. So when I was looking for the best cookie to make these truffles I knew Simple Mills would be it! I find them in many grocery stores, on Thrive Market, and on Amazon here! When we tested these cookie truffles, we were blown away by these crunchy cookies and knew they were the answer for our convenient no-bake treat!

the best gluten free chocolate cookies

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Cookie Truffles (Gluten-Free Halloween Treat)

Prep Time 00:40 Yields 28

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened (see note for dairy free)
  • ¼ cup organic powdered sugar or 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 boxes (16 ounces) Simple Mills Double Chocolate Crunchy Cookies
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces good-quality white chocolate
  • Chocolate chips, to garnish

Directions

  1. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Crush chocolate cookies either with a food processor, or by hand in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, until finely ground.
  3. Add ground cookies and vanilla extract to cream cheese mixture until fully combined.
  4. Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls, roughly about 28 and place on a small baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Place in refrigerator to firm up, at least 20 minutes, or 1 hour.
  6. Melt white chocolate, using preferred method (see note), and let cool slightly before moving on to next step, about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Using a fork dip each truffle in melted white chocolate until fully coated and excess chocolate has dripped back into the bowl. Place truffle back on the baking sheet and continue until all are coated.
  8. Return to the refrigerator to cool white chocolate coating, at least 10-15 minutes.
  9. Once cooled finish decorating. Either place white chocolate in a piping bag with a small opening and drizzle over one truffle at a time (this method makes for less waste of white chocolate), or using a spoon drizzle the white chocolate over the truffle to make a mummy design. Immediately place two mini chocolate chips on truffles to make mummy eyes before drizzled white chocolate has cooled. Continue with this pattern until all truffles are decorated. (see note)
  10. Store in refrigerator for 3-5 days until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  1. Want to make this dairy free? Substitute regular cream cheese for your favorite dairy free version (We love the almond milk kind). And substitute the white chocolate for your favorite dairy free chocolate to turn these in to chocolate covered truffles. Simply dip the dairy free truffles in melted dairy free chocolate and garnish with sprinkles or leave as is.
  2. We prefer to melt white chocolate slowly in the stove top, using a double boiler. This just means a bowl is placed over a barely simmering pot of water. But if you prefer, you can melt in the microwave slowly in 30 second increments until fully melted.
  3. Take care to decorate one (or up to three) mummy truffles at a time with drizzle, and then place on chocolate chips. The white chocolate drizzle will firm up pretty quickly on the cooled truffle so you'll want to adhere the eyes before this happens.
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Apple Hand Pies (Gluten-Free)

These Apple Hand Pies are such a great fall treat using my popular gluten-free pie crust recipe made with almond flour, and a classic apple pie filling that is heavy on the apple flavor, and perfect for so many things (hello pancakes & waffle topping)! They’re gluten-free and and the cutest thing to bake up with the bushels of fresh apples undoubtedly piling up in people’s homes this fall!  Plus, they are NOT hard to make!!

easy hand pies

Apple Hand Pies

Apple season is upon us! The glorious time of year when we all head out to the apple orchards in our sweaters with lattes in hand and pick as many delicious apples as we can hold in our arms and carry back to our cars. While the act of picking the apples is always fun, even better is coming home and baking up all the goodies with our apple spoils. We’ve got a few new apple recipes coming your way this month, and this first one does not disappoint. I took my easy gluten-free pie crust recipe and made a quick stove-top apple pie filling to place inside the cutest apple-stamped hand pies.

When you make a whole apple pie (new recipe coming this month!) the apple filling is definitely the star of the show, but with a hand pie it is heavy on the crust. Since you all have been loving my pie crust recipe (we do too!), featured in a few recipes here on the blog and found in my cookbook, we knew we should start there. We added a touch more sweetener, in the form of honey or maple syrup, just to round it out.

gluten-free hand pie dough recipe

Next we moved on to our apple pie filling. Hand pies bake pretty quickly in the oven, so you have to pre-cook your apple filling. We chose to use gala and granny smith apples, but check out this Guide to Baking with Apples if you want to switch it up. Next we cooked them with apple cider to really accentuate the apple flavor. We don’t go crazy with the spices, so it doesn’t distract from the apple, but just enough to make it feel like fall. You have to fully cool the apple pie mixture before placing it in the hand pies, but luckily this step can be done 1-2 days ahead of time to make assembling these really easy.

gluten-free apple pie filling

Tips for Rolling and Stamping Out Pie Dough

We know you aren’t intimidated by rolling and stamping out dough thanks to the Healthier Pop-Tarts recipe, but just in case you are nervous about it, here are some tips:

  1. Break down the steps: Make the pie dough ahead of time (1-2 days) then roll out the dough.
  2. Use parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the your work surface or rolling pin.
  3. Work quickly when rolling, stamping and filling the hand pies. When the dough warms up, it’s hard to work with. If it does get warm, no worries: just place it in the refrigerator to cool back down and then begin again.
  4. Use cookie cutters to make uniform hand pies.

gluten-free pie crust

We filled the rolled out dough with about 3 tablespoons of cooled filling. As stated above, make sure the dough you are working with when placing the dough circles together is cooled so it doesn’t melt and deform in your hands. Place one stamped out dough circle on top of the filled one and crimp with a fork to seal. No need to egg wash them together as they seal pretty nicely.

Tools we use:

flaky gluten-free pie crust

How Long Do You Bake Hand Pies?

Once the hand pies are filled, egg washed on top and sprinkled with sugar (if using) they bake up pretty quickly in a 350ºF pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or so. We wanted a uniformly golden crust so halfway through we rotated the hand pies on the sheet tray. They last at room temperature about 2-3 days in an air-tight container, and can be reheated in a toaster to crisp up the crust.

gluten-free apple filling

If you like this fall dessert recipe, check out these other fall favorites:

Gluten-Free Apple Hand Pies

Apple Hand Pies (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:15 Yields 5

Ingredients

For Pie Crust

For Apple Filling

  • 2 medium gala apples, peeled, cored and diced to 1/2"
  • 2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced to 1/2"
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter (optional)

To Assemble

  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • coarse raw sugar, optional

Directions

To Make Crust:

  1. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  2. Add in egg and honey and process until the dough comes together.
  3. Shape dough into a round disk, wrap in plastic wrap and transfer to refrigerator until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. (See note)

For Pie Filling:

  1. In a medium sauce pan, add apples, apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, spices and salt and heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes until the exuded liquid from the apples has reduced and the apples are soft, but not broken apart. 
  2. In a small bowl make a slurry using tapioca and water and add it to the apple mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for 1 minute or until the mixture has thickened up.
  3. Once thickened, add vanilla extract and optional butter and stir to combine.
  4. Cool apple pie filling completely.

To assemble:

  1. Between two sheets of parchment, roll out dough to a thickness of 1/16" - 1/8" of an inch. Stamp out 10 circles that are 4" in diameter using a cookie cutter. You may have to re-roll scraps 2 or 3 times to get 10 circles. If your dough starts to get too warm to work with, place in the refrigerator on sheet tray until cool enough to handle 10-15 minutes.
  2. Gently place 5 circles on parchment on sheet pan. Place the remaining 5 on a separate sheet of parchment and if desired stamp out an apple shape from the center using a cookie cutter and stack on top of parchment line baking sheet. Place dough in the refrigerator on pan to chill for 15-20 minutes while the oven is pre-heating.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  4. Remove dough from refrigerator and take off one sheet of dough lined parchment and set aside. Place 3 tablespoons of apple pie filling in the center of the dough and gently smooth down down the filling leaving a 1/2" border of pie dough. Repeat for the remaining 4.
  5. Top each filled dough with stamped dough circle and press your fingers along the edge to seal tightly. 
  6. Use a fork to crimp the edges. Brush with egg wash and top with raw sugar if desired.
  7. Bake at 350ºF for 15-18 minutes, rotating half-way through, until the crust is golden brown. 
  8. Let cool briefly before serving. Store at room temperature for 2 days in a closed container, reheating briefly in a toaster oven to crisp up crust before serving

Recipe Notes

  1. Pie dough will keep in the refrigerator, wrapped well, for 2-3 days.
  2. If pie dough is getting too sticky to work with, always place it in the refrigerator. Cooling down the pie dough as needed is the best trick you can use to make the prettiest hand pies. 
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What apple treats do you plan to bake up this fall?

Healthy Labor Day Recipes (Paleo & Gluten-Free)

I love Labor Day Weekend! It’s the last long weekend of the Summer, and it usually means beaches, BBQ’s, and all those summer recipes you’ve been pinning and saving. I’ve rounded up some favorite appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and treats to satisfy every person at your home this weekend with these healthy labor day recipes!

Labor Day Paleo Recipes

Photo credit: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, Against All Grain, Food Faith Fitness, With Food and Love, and Joyful Healthy Eats

Healthy Labor Day Recipes

While cook outs and BBQ’s are a great way to end the summer, you can also bring healthy and delicious dishes that everyone will LOVE.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Spring Rolls from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Crunchy Chicken Slaw from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Beet Slaw from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Paleo Fish and Chips from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Raspberry Peach Crumble from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Melon Salad with Prosciutto from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Baked Buffalo Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chicken Caesar Salad Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Dry-Rub Grilled Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

S’mores Pie from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Tropical Shrimp Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Loaded Kimchi Fries from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Bruschetta Chicken from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Coconut Curry Ceviche from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Tomato Jalapeño Salmon Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

BBQ Chicken Pizza from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Berry Cobbler from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Honey Mustard Chicken Wings from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Lightened Up Piña Coladas from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Moroccan Chicken Burgers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chili Garlic and Lime Chicken Satay Skewers from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Scampi from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Chicken Bacon Ranch Baked Hummus Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Chips from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

No-Bake Cookie Dough ‘Cheesecake’ Bars from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cherry Lemonade Popsicles from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Frosè from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Vanilla Honey Fruit Salad with Brownie Crisps from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Grilled Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Edible Cookie Dough Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Watermelon, Kale, and Feta Salad from What’s Gaby Cooking

Sweet Potato Bites from The Law Student’s Wife

Creamy Roasted Corn Avocado Dip from Petite Allergy Treats

Cilantro Lime Grilled Shrimp from Food Faith Fitness

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from SkinnyTaste

Grainy Mustard Potato + Massaged Kale Salad from With Food and Love

Sticky BBQ Korean Chicken Wings from So Let’s Hang Out

Chopped Thai Chickpea Salad from Ambitious Kitchen

Pulled Pesto Chicken with Tomato Jam Portobello Burgers from Busy in Brooklyn

Paleo Burgers with Balsamic Caramelized Onions & Avocado from Joyful Healthy Eats

Grilled Prosciutto Peach Salad from Against All Grain

Blueberry Caramel Popsicles from The Healthy Maven

Greek Chicken Gyro Salad from FoodieCrush

Raspberry Coconut Cupcakes from Texinerin

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream from Primal Palate

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker

What are you doing for Labor Day?


Happy Cooking!

-Lexi

Raspberry Peach Crumble

Raspberry Peach Crumble {Dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This paleo-friendly, SUPER EASY, Raspberry Peach Crumble is the perfect healthy Summer treat! Packed with Summer fruit, just the right amount of tartness, and so so flavorful! It will definitely be a staple for Summer gatherings with friends and family!

Paleo Raspberry Peach Crumble

Raspberry Peach Crumble

I like to top this with a scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream, but it is equally as delicious all on its own! Grain-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, and so so simple to make!

 
Raspberry Crumble Recipe with Peaches

I’ve been wanting to come up with a clean and healthy, paleo-friendly crumble for some time now and I definitely hit the money with this one. Aside from the amazing taste, this dessert is loaded with nutrients! Filled with fresh organic fruit, ground flax, and topped with a blend of raw nuts = fruit crumble perfection!

Can I use other fruit?

Yes! This recipe is very customizable. Sub in your favorite fruit!

Easy Raspberry Crumble
 

When I think of summer I think of fresh fruit, delicious summer meals, and being outdoors with friends and family. What is a better addition to that combination than a healthy treat filled with delicious berries?

How To Make A Raspberry Crumble

Add this to your weekend brunch spread, or pack it away for Summer potlucks and it will definitely be a crowd pleaser again and again!

Want more easy summer fruit desserts? Here are our favorites:

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Raspberry Peach Crumble

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

Ingredients

    Filling

    • 4 organic peaches, peeled and sliced
    • 6 oz. organic raspberries (blueberries would be great or sub other berry of choice)
    • 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon ground flax

    Topping

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sliced peaches, raspberries, cinnamon, flax, and honey. Mix until well combined.
    3. Grease desired baking dish and pour in the peach and raspberry mixture.
    4. Combine topping ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a fork until crumbly.
    5. Pour crumble mixture evenly over fruit.
    6. Bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and fruit is hot and bubbly.
    7. Serve warm!
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    Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

    Fourth of July weekend is coming!  Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

    gluten-free cake for 4th of July

    Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

    This super easy cake is a great gluten-free and nut-free cake recipe for any occasion! Top it with your favorite fruit, clean sprinkles, and other naturally colored frosting flavors for a perfect grain-free cake recipe!

    If you’ve seen my new gluten-free cake recipe, you know it’s pretty epic! BUT I get a lot of requests for a gluten-free cake that is nut-free and made with no almond flour! This cake is for you.

    nut free cake recipe

    This cake is…

    • Fluffy and moist
    • Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!
    • Flavorful
    • Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream
    • July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day festive!
    • And loaded with fresh local, in-season berries!

    paleo cake recipe with coconut flour

    Want other festive paleo desserts? Try these favorites:

    Nut-free 4th of July Cake

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    How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your all-time favorite 4th of July festive meal?

    Healthy Berry Cobbler (Gluten-Free)

    This Easy and Healthy Berry Cobbler recipe is my new favorite Summer dessert. This healthy cobbler recipe is packed with fresh or frozen berries and topped with the best gluten-free biscuits. It will be your favorite dessert of summer!

    Easy Berry Cobbler

    Healthy Berry Cobbler

    Think Summer cookouts, 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day! Everyone will love this paleo berry cobbler. It’s a perfect one-skillet dessert that’s easy to prepare, and can be devoured by a crowd! You will be in love with our homemade paleo biscuits, too!

    Can you use frozen fruit instead of fresh?

    Yes, you can, but with some adjustments.

    Can you sub other fruit, like peaches?

    Yes, totally!!

    Berry Cobbler Recipe

    Want more gluten-free summer dessert recipes? Try these favorites:

    Easy Berry Cobbler (Gluten-Free)

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:40 Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Biscuit Ingredients: 

    Berry Filling Ingredients

    • 4 cups blueberries
    • 4 cups strawberries, tops removed
    • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons arrowroot
    • 1/2 cup maple sugar
    • pinch of sea salt

    Directions

    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 °F
    2. Make biscuits: In a bowl, stir together dry ingredients.  Add in cold cubed butter and using a pastry cutter or your fingers break up the butter into the flour mixture until it is in small pieces.
    3. Add in applesauce, egg , and butter and mix to completely combine.  Using your hands, roll dough into 6 balls and then using your hands pat the balls into a biscuit shape about 2-1/2" in diameter and set aside.
    4. In a large bowl mix together the blueberries, strawberries, lemon zest and juice, arrowroot, lemon and sugar until well combined and pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish or large cast iron skillet.
    5. Top berries with the the biscuits. Sprinkle biscuits with extra sugar if adding.
    6. Cover lightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes. (See note on how to cook frozen fruit) Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!

    Recipe Notes

    • Can you omit the arrowroot? It helps thicken the berry mixture! It will be watery without.
    • You can use a mix of other berries, too!!
    • If cooking with frozen fruit, bake an extra 10 minutes uncovered.
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