Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket (Nut-Free, too!)

These Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!

Pigs in a Blanket

Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

Just because we don’t eat wheat doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to eat pigs in a blanket, right? This Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket recipe saves the day because this adorable appetizer is both tasty and easy to put together for the next time you need to feed a crowd!

I’ll let you in on a little secret, this recipe was in development for a while! Sometimes you get a recipe right in the first trial or two, and sometimes you question whether you are ever going to get it to right where you want it to be! And there was a moment when we didn’t think we would ever hit publish on our Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket.  But we had a breakthrough and we’re so happy with the final result.

Pigs in a Blanket

The first few times we tested this we were using our typical almond flour and tapioca flour blend that is usually our first stop in baked goods. Unfortunately these resulted in dough that had good flavor but was a bit too crumbly for our liking, and was somewhat hard to roll out.

While we were testing these we were also testing our new gluten-free and nut-free crust on Pumpkin Pie. We really loved the ease of working with that dough and thought it had a nice neutral flavor so we gave it a go on our Pigs in a Blanket and it was then we knew we were on to something. We changed up a few things including introducing more savory elements and at last we had a winner! We added apple sauce to this dough and loved the results. You don’t know there is apple sauce in it, but it contributes to an improved flavor and texture.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie (Nut Free)

Ingredients needed for the gluten-free nut-free dough

  • Oat flour (store-bought only)
  • Tapioca flour
  • Butter (we always use grass-fed butter such as Kerrygold)
  • Applesauce
  • Spices

The dough comes together in a food processor in a few minutes. Just make sure that you don’t overprocess the dough: Once it has come together stop running the processor. After it’s made you CAN roll out the dough right away, which we love. This is unusual for pie crusts, that usually need to wait to rest and firm up. We found it easiest to roll the dough between two sheets of plastic. Normally we shy away from plastics, but in this crust it really is easiest if you use that vs. parchment paper. But if you don’t keep plastic in your home (we get it!), parchment will do in a bind!

We really loved working with this dough and found it simple. It should look similar to the photo above. We worked with this dough over a dozen times and have always found it super simple to work with, but we’ve gotten some feedback that some people making the dough found it wet. After testing it some more, while we never have been able to accidentally make a wet dough when following the recipe,  we’ve discovered that oat flour is a bit difficult to measure out properly in the cup measurement because sometimes it is more densely packed in the bag than others. For fool proof measuring you can weigh out the oat flour instead. If you find your dough a bit more wet than the above photo add in oat flour a tablespoon at a time until it feels workable.

Pigs in a Blanket

How do you roll out and stamp the oat flour crust

To roll it out we suggest using plastic wrap. Parchment paper can work too, but it isn’t as easy. Wax paper might work as well, but we did not test that.

Once it’s rolled out we use a simple round cookie cutter, with the width the same size as the hot dogs we were using to stamp out a piece of dough and then wrap it around. We preferred this method than cutting out triangles and rolling them, because this method gave us equal portions of hot dog and dough!

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a Blanket

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Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:17 Total Time 00:37 Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (120g) store-bought oat flour (see note)
  • 1 cup (120g) tapioca flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup apple sauce (see note)
  • 12 ounces cocktail hot dogs, drained and dried off

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. In a food processor combine oat flour, tapioca flour, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, and cold butter and pulse until the butter is broken down into pea-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl whisk egg and apple sauce together. With the food processor running, add egg mixture and process until the dough just comes together.
  4. Roll out your dough immediately: Place dough on a large piece of plastic wrap and top with another piece of plastic wrap. Roll out to a thickness of 1/16" and using a cookie cutter stamp out circles about the same length as your cocktail hot dogs. If dough is getting too warm at any
  5. Wrap the stamped out circle around the dried off hot dog and pinch together until it has sealed. Place on baking sheet. Continue working until all of the hot dogs are wrapped.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. Take out of the oven and turn the Pigs in a Blanket over and continue to bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and serve warm or room temperature along side some grainy mustard.

Recipe Notes

  1. Apple sauce contributes a very minor sweetness to the dough that is needed because of the oat flour, and it also contributes to the texture. You won't notice there is apple sauce in here necessarily, but the apple sauce is needed for improved taste and texture.
  2. See post for trouble shooting if you run in to issues with the dough. 
  3. We tested this with homemade oat flour made in a high-speed blender and do not recommend using this. We had much better results using store-bought (gluten-free) oat flour.
  4. If you find that your pastry is on the wetter side, add in a bit more oat flour until it feels workable. Oat flour can be a bit tricky to measure out because sometimes it is densely packed in the container, and sometimes not. For a foolproof way to measure weigh it out instead of using a cup measurement.
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Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

Fall is here and that means it’s definitely crock-pot time! My new favorite slow-cooker addition is a whole roasted chicken. It is so easy to throw together, and super flavorful! Who needs store-bought when you can set it and forget it, am I right?

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken A quick prep and there you have it… 

Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

A perfect whole chicken, ready to devour! 

Now, before we get to the chicken, my blogging friends are back with me sharing FIVE other slow-cooker recipes for you and they are AH-MAZING.

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Let’s get rolling…

Chicken Fajita Soup from Eating Bird Food

Craving Mexican? Simply toss all the ingredients for fajitas in your slow cooker and a few hours later you’ll have a comforting soup that’s packed with flavor and a hint of spice.  

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Slow Cooker Apple Sauce from The Healthy Maven

All you need are two ingredients (apples and cinnamon) and your slow cooker to make this super easy and sugar-free slow cooker applesauce recipe! Perfect for Fall snacking or to use in baked goods!

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Short Rib Ragu from Running to the Kitchen

Serve it over mashed sweet potatoes or toss it with pasta, either way this slow cooker short rib ragu is the perfect comfort food as the weather gets cooler.

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Honey Sriracha Chicken from Fit Foodie Finds

All you need are 5 ingredients to make this delicious, clean-eating crock-pot honey sriracha chicken that’s made with REAL food!

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Salsa Pumpkin Shredded Beef from Food Faith Fitness

This tender, paleo slow cooker roast beef is mixed with pumpkin and salsa and then shredded! It’s perfect in tacos or on a salad for a healthy, weeknight meal, that is full of fall flavor!

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Dinner has never been so good! Packed with delicious flavors, this slow-cooked roasted whole chicken is so easy to throw together, and makes for the perfect meal! Pair it with veggies, salad, or anything you’d like and you are ready to go!

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Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

 

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Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken


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Slow-Cooker Roasted Chicken

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 3 hr Total Time 3:15

Ingredients

  • 1 whole organic chicken (I use around a 4 lb. chicken)
  • 1 whole lemon, quartered
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil of choice
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 3 teaspoons fine sea salt, more as desired***
  • 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion granules

Everything else

  • Twine
  • Tinfoil

Directions

  • Roll 2 balls of tin foil and place in the bottom of your slow cooker
  • Place 1 clove sliced garlic, 2 quarters lemon, and 1 sliced onion into the center of the chicken cavity
  • Tie the chicken legs with twine
  • Rub butter and garlic over the skin of the chicken, and gently lift the skin and place garlic underneath
  • In a bowl, combine sea salt, pepper, dried rosemary, and paprika
  • Rub the dry ingredients all over the chicken, and place in crockpot*
  • Place additional onion, garlic, and rosemary springs around the chicken at the bottom of the crockpot
  • Cook 3-4 hours on high, or 6 hours on low until chicken is fully cooked and tender
  • Place the chicken in an oven safe baking dish and broil for 4-5 minutes to get the skin crispy
  • Serve hot**
  • Recipe Notes

  • *no water added
  • **I use the broth to baste the chicken
  • ***Some people felt this could use more salt, so perhaps increase by 1-2 teaspoons
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    Gingerbread Nut Butter

    Happy Monday! This week is a nice short one, and I am super excited to wrap things up and head to New York to spend some time with my family and friends for the holidays!

    I want to wish each and every one of you a happy, happy holiday and a happy New Year filled with everything you want– and more! I am grateful everyday that you continue to come back, make recipes, and communicate with me regularly. Thank YOU for being here!

    The last part of my holiday gift baskets that I’ve been making are something homemade using my printable labels! I made this Gingerbread Nut Butter for a few of the baskets and I have no words aside from, WOW! I love the addition of the gingerbread flavors infused into this creamy nut butter. It’s perfection- and the perfect edible holiday gift for you or your family/friends!Gingerbread Nut Butter Gingerbread Nut ButterGingerbread Nut Butter

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    Gingerbread Nut ButterGingerbread Nut ButterWhat are your holiday plans? What are your favorite edible gifts to give?

    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

    December and the holidays make me happy. I love the festive decor, I love the spirit people are in, and I love to give. Truthfully I do. One thing I know for sure is that homemade gifts are always extra appreciated, and especially when it’s food (duh). Think about it: a gift of something special that you spent time making because you knew the recipient would love it. What is better than that?

    Throughout the year I gift Nutella Jars, Granola (grandma), Apple Butter, Pancake Mix (mom), and so on. Everybody always goes nuts! The one thing that was missing all this time? Personalized labels.

    I’m excited that this week for Healthy Food Friday with American Express I can bring you FREE printable labels that you can use on all of your edible gift giving this holiday season!
    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

    Fill in your name, write in the ounces and there you have it! The perfect customizable gift.
    Free Printable Edible Gift Labels

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    Labels: I use these!

    A variety of mason jars or jars in general: I like these or these for smaller items, and varieties like these for larger ones.

    RECIPES: 

    Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark

    Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

    Homemade Nutella

    Jam

    Gluten-Free Granola

    Pancake Mix: 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup tapioca, 1 tsp baking powder, dash sea salt (the label has what they need)!

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    What edible gifts will you be making this year?

    Pecan Pie Tarts

    Thanksgiving week is upon us! I’ve spent my days the past two weeks perfecting a few recipes that are going to be essentials for our holidays this year and moving forward, and I’m so excited to bring them your way! 

    In other event, I’ve decided, with my functional medicine doctor, to embark on a 28-day liver detox starting after Thanksgiving. I’ll elaborate more on the actual detox itself (I still eat on it, not to worry), and all of the details at a later time! What that has meant is that I’m getting all of my December baking recipes tested for you THIS week, aka I’m going to need this detox! So, if you have any requests for holiday items you’re looking for- now is the time to speak up 🙂

    These pecan pie tarts have a flaky, buttery crust, and every bite has that sweet, warm and gooey, pecan pie taste you’ve always loved.

    Trust me, and my taste testers!

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    Paleo Pecan Pie Tarts

    Prep Time 1 hr Cook Time 25 min Total Time 1:25

    Ingredients

      Tart Crust

      Pecan Pie Filling

      Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350
    • In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, cold butter and sea salt
    • Add in raw honey, and egg and process until combined
    • Transfer dough into the refrigerator for 1-4 hours (bigger tart should be refrigerated as long as possible)
    • Remove and separate into two balls
    • Grease your two medium or one large tart pans and gently press dough into the center filling up the sides and the bottom- use additional flour if it gets a bit sticky
    • In a small pot combine butter, sugar, honey, milk, and pecans
    • Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer until it begins to thicken slightly- about 7 minutes or so
    • Pour mixture into tart shells and bake for 20-30 minutes until mixture is bubbly and crust is flakey
    • Let cool slightly and serve straight out of the tart dishes with a dollop of dairy-free ice cream or homemade whipped cream!
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      10 Ways to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Stress-free this Holiday Season

      Family gatherings, office parties, travel and weekend get-togethers with friends and family are part of the fun of the holidays, but the pressure of gifts, time spent traveling and family tensions can also cause extra stress this time of year. Finding different way to de-stress and stay healthy this time of year can help you get through the hustle and bustle (and even enjoy it!)

      Here are ten ways to stay healthy, happy, and stress-free as we bid goodbye to 2013.

      10 Ways to Stay Healthy, Happy, & Stress-free

      1. They may not mesh with your holiday décor, but leave vitamins out on the counter over the holidays so you’ll be sure to take them. Make a full night’s sleep and steady hydration a priority as well.

      2. Know your holiday stress points & plan ahead: make lists, start your holiday shopping early and decide on your party menu’s in advance. Doing things at the last minute increases anxiety.

      3. Schedule time to relax: make time to get a massage or even just to lounge around the house.

      4. Snack wisely: If you’re heading to a party in the evening, make a snack plan. Hold off during the day, or decide not to indulge during the event.

      5. Prevent overeating: don’t go hungry to a party! Have something to eat before you head out the door. You’ll be less likely to pig out at the buffet table when you get to the party.

      6. Keep it movin’! Whether you are in a hotel, staying with friends or family, or spending the holidays at home; make being active a habit. Take advantage of hotel gyms and pools, suggest a post-lunch or halftime walk (particularly good when visiting friends and family: “show me your neighborhood!”), or stick to your weekly fitness classes at home.

      7. Balance your holiday plate: At this time of year, simple carbs and high calorie foods rule the roost. Rebel! Come down heavy on the veggie and fruit side of things so you can earn a little taste of something from the desert platter. Also – go easy on the sauce (you never need as much as you think) and watch your portion size!

      8. Bringing a holiday dessert to the party? Modify your recipes and cook up a healthier option with sugar alternatives like honey or coconut sugar – or opt for a non-food gift.

      9. If you’re hitting the road, pack smart. Bring healthy snacks with you – the menu at the gas station is pretty heavy on salt and sugar – and don’t forget your running sneakers.

      10. Indulge, but in moderation! Have your piece of cake…just don’t have five. Go in knowing you plan on indulging in one extra appetizer or a single helping of your favorite dessert and stick to it.

      One final point on the dietary front: the confidence boost you’ll get from making a plan and sticking to it will far outweigh the momentary rush you get from downing that extra brownie and then dealing with the guilt afterwards. And you’ll establish a pattern that will set you up for a healthy year to come!

       I was selected by American Express as to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such I was paid for my services, but all gift choices selected and opinions about the gifts and American Express are my own. http://t.cmp.ly/68ee5b1be62ebaeb5a

      How do you stay healthy and stress-free during the holidays and going into the new year?