Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies (Allergen Friendly)

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are the cutest sweet treat, made even nicer because they are optionally free of the 14 most common allergens. Gluten free strawberry cookies are sandwiched between a dairy-free chocolate ganache with hidden strawberry jam in the middle. Made in partnership with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods.

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

These Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies are magic! They almost taste like a nut-free macaron and they have an amazing strawberry flavor that is complimented so well with the chocolate ganache. They are coming just in time for Valentine’s Day too–the perfect sweet treat to share on this love-filled holiday. These sandwich cookies are made even sweeter though because they are free of the top 14 most common allergens, including nuts and dairy! That means these little cookies are also school safe–making them the perfect treat to pack away for your kids to share with friends! Or really, just a treat for yourself. You deserve it!

So let’s unpack what’s going on with these cookies: There are two strawberry cookies sandwiched with dairy-free chocolate ganache and a hidden center of strawberry jam that balances the whole thing out.

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There are a few steps needed to complete this recipe, but there isn’t anything hard to do! We use an electric mixer to make the cookie batter, but this doesn’t take much time. You can use either coconut oil or butter, and we enjoyed both versions equally. You’ll want the coconut oil to be solid at room temperature, and the same with the butter. It only takes a few minutes for the batter to come together, but once it does you’ll need to let it rest for about 10 minutes while the coconut flour hydrates, until it is no longer sticky.

Once it has rested all you need to do to form the cookies is scoop out a tablespoon sized amount of dough, roll it into a ball and pat it out to a 2″ circle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. We tried a couple of different methods of making the circle completely round but found that patting it out was the easiest. The cookies won’t spread, so don’t worry about spacing them out very far apart and they should all fit on one standard size sheet pan.

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How do you make chocolate ganache

While the cookies are baking you can make the ganache. Making a ganache is simply heating up a milk and pouring it over chocolate! In this case we are using coconut milk and our favorite dairy-feee chocolate Enjoy Life mini chips which melt really easily and create a decadent ganache.

Once the cookies are cooled you’ll pipe a small circle of ganache on half of them, with a little hole left in the center for the strawberry jam to go in. We used piping bags for this, but you can just as easily use a plastic bag with a small hole cut out of one of the corners, or even just place a tablespoons sized amount of ganache in the middle will work.

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We wanted to make these Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies free of almost of the allergens out there so that they were able to be an inclusive Valentine treat for everyone, regardless of allergies or intolerances. This is especially relevant for school as there can be a lot of restrictions on what can be brought in. And this is why we love the chocolate from Enjoy Life! Enjoy Life baking chocolates are certified gluten-free, free-from 14 common allergens, verified Non-GMO, certified kosher, AND certified vegan and paleo-friendly, which makes them so inclusive for many different types of dietary restrictions. 

This month they’ve also launched the NEW Valentine’s Day Chocolate Minis! They would be a great option to bring into school and are the perfect size to share. They come in Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, Ricemilk Crunch (our favorite), and a variety pack. You can buy them right online here! We’ve been lucky enough to have been snacking on them this week, and they’re delicious! And as you can see below, they are also kid approved!

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Strawberry and Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

Prep Time 00:35 Cook Time 00:12 Yields 10 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

For Strawberry Cookies

For Chocolate Ganache:

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

To assemble: 

  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves or jam (store-bought or you can make your own here)

Directions

For cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment paper.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the coconut oil (or softened butter) and maple syrup until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add vanilla, almond extract (if using) and salt and mix until combined, 30 seconds.
  4. Add in coconut flour, tapioca flour, and strawberry powder. Mix until combined.
  5. Let rest for 10 minutes until the dough has stiffened up slightly (see note).
  6. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the prepared sheet pan and flatten slightly with your fingers to form a 2" circle.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes on middle rack.
  8. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For ganache:

  1. Place Enjoy Life Mini Chips in a small heat proof bowl.
  2. Heat coconut milk until it is very hot (but not boiling) either in a microwave or in a very small pot over a low flame.
  3. Pour over chocolate and shake the bowl to make sure the chips are covered by the hot milk. Let sit undisturbed for 5 minutes. 
  4. Whisk the chocolate and coconut milk together until a smooth ganache is formed (see note). Let it cool at room temperature until it has thickened up and no longer hot, about 20 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the chocolate ganache in either a piping bag or in a plastic storage bag with a hole cut out of the corner of it for piping.
  2. Place half of the cookies with the bottom side up (the tan side). Pipe a circle of ganache on half of the cookies, living a space in the middle. Place a teaspoon strawberry jam in the middle. Place another cookie on top and gently press together.
  3. Best served the day they are made. Store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for 2 days.

Recipe Notes

  1. To make your own strawberry powder simply crush freeze-dried strawberries until they are a powder. We found this easiest to crush the strawberries in a big with a rolling pin. It’s ok if the strawberries are not a super fine powder.
  2. The almond extract enhances the strawberry flavor of this cookie. To make this nut-free omit the almond extract, as it is not essential.
  3. We like to weigh our coconut flour as a measurement that is over or under can make a big difference since coconut flour is so absorbent. So if you have a digital scale at home, use it here!
  4. The cookie batter will seem like thick frosting at first, as the coconut flour needs time to thicken up.
  5. If you'd like to make your own jam, check out this post.
  6. If the ganache isn't coming together it's because the coconut milk hasn't been heated up enough. You can gently heat the whole mixture until the chocolate is melted enough, either over a double boiler or gently in 15 second intervals in the microwave.
  7. If your chocolate ganache ever gets too cold for piping you can gently rewarm it it over a double-boiler or in the microwaves for 10 seconds at a time.
  8. If the cookies are kept longer than a day they will soften up. They're still delicious, just a slightly different texture than when they are freshly made.
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The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

If you love my popular sandwich bread recipe, but are looking for a nut-free version, it’s finally here! The BEST Nut-Free Bread! This nut-free bread recipe is gluten-free, fluffy, and perfect for a sandwich, french toast, or anything you’d love a slice of bread for!

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

I am so excited we finally perfected a nut-free version of my classic sandwich roll recipe that is loved by so many of you. Whether you are allergic to almonds, or want to send a nut-free bread in a school lunch box, you will absolutely love this nut-free alternative made with nut-free flours! The texture is just right. It will be your new favorite bread recipe.

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

This gluten-free sandwich bread is just like a classic roll! This nut-free version uses oats so if you avoid oats/oat flour, make my classic paleo bread here.

Watch the video here:

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The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

Use this nut-free gluten-free bread recipe in:

  • Sandwiches
  • French Toast Sticks
  • Homemade Croutons (recipe in my cookbook)
  • Toasted for Bruschetta (recipe in my cookbook)

The BEST Nut-Free Paleo Bread

The BEST Nut-Free Bread (Gluten-Free)

Prep Time 00:07 Cook Time 00:15 Yields 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a bowl combine oat flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
  3. Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
  4. Grease round molds or large mason jar lids and place on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Pour batter into molds until it just barely reaches the top.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean (see note).
  7. Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. We tested this with homemade oat flour and store-bought oat flour, which is much finer, and preferred the texture with the store-bought version. We don't recommend making this with homemade oat flour.
  2. Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls.
  3. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls.
  4. If you want my classic bread made with almond flour, go here.
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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)!

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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.

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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!

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Want other festive paleo desserts? Try these favorites:

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

Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad {Gluten-free, nut-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This gluten-free BLT Pasta Salad is the perfect pasta salad to serve a crowd! If you love BLT sandwiches this is a must-make! The salty bacon, along with the sweet tomatoes, and fresh lettuce all dressed in a creamy dressing is so nourishing and flavorful. Such a great meal for any gathering! Top this with a perfectly cooked egg for added flavor and protein!

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This BLT Pasta Salad is:

Flavorful

Hearty

Creamy with an added lettuce crunch

and

Perfect for any BLT lover (like myself).

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

I love this gluten-free rice pasta (made with only brown rice as the ingredient), because it’s easier for me to digest, and nobody knows it’s gluten-free! I make this as an easy BBQ or dinner side, and it’s great for leftovers, too!

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

BLT Pasta Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

BLT Pasta Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 00:15 Serves 8

Ingredients

    Pasta Salad

    • 1 package gluten-free pasta (12 ounce bag), cooked according to package instructions
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    • 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
    • 1 package nitrate-free bacon, cooked until crispy
    • 1/4 cup scallions, sliced thin
    • Optional: 4 hardboiled eggs, sliced into quarters
    • Optional: a dash of hot sauce

    Dressing

    Directions

    1. Place all salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    2. In a high-speed blender, blend all dressing ingredients until well combined.
    3. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and mix well.
    4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve!
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    Melon Salad with Prosciutto

    Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Melon Salad with Prosciutto with Mint Apple Cider Vinaigrette is a flavorful and delicious Summer salad! It’s gluten-free and grain-free, and packed with fresh mint, sweet melon, ripe avocado, salty prosciutto, and the most wonderful light vinaigrette dressing. Made in partnership with Rubbermaid.

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    Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Celebrate National Salad Month with making this amazing, fresh salad!

    Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    I picked mint from my garden, put them in the container, and had fresh mint for days! So much longer than when I normally bring it inside!

    Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Melon and Prosciutto Salad | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Melon Salad with Prosciutto

    Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 00:00 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Melon Salad with Prosciutto

      • 2 cups fresh arugula or greens of choice
      • 1 cantaloupe, sliced into half moons or cubed
      • 1 honeydew melon, diced
      • 1 8-ounce container small mozzarella balls
      • 15-20 slices prosciutto
      • 1 avocado, sliced
      • 1/4 cup mint leaves, thinly sliced

      Vinaigrette

      Directions

      1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the salad dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
      2. Assemble all salad ingredients on a serving platter.
      3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve with more dressing on the side!

      Recipe Notes

      • *You could use feta cheese instead of mozzarella cheese in this recipe!
      • *You can mix in honeydew melon
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      Cauliflower Baked Ziti

      This Cauliflower Baked Ziti from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook is the perfect LOW-CARB vegetarian meal! I love the idea of using cauliflower as a lower carb and higher nutrient alternative! This dish is so creamy, dreamy, and a great gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, and vegetarian meal the kiddos will LOVE!

      I was super excited when my friend Megan from The Detoxinista’s newest book arrived! It’s filled with so many family friendly recipes that I cannot wait to make. I started with this Cauliflower Baked Ziti since we are in a grove with our Meatless Monday series! If you tolerate cheese, this recipe is for you!

      Here are a few others that I have my eye on:

      Butternut Mac n’ Cheese

      Sweet Potato Queso

      Loaded Nacho Dip

      Creamy Mushroom Soup

      Avocado Caesar Salad

      Strawberries & Cream Freezer Pops

      Frosty Chocolate Shakes

      Carrot Cake Cupcakes

      Cauliflower Baked Ziti

      Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:45 Yields 4

      Ingredients

      • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets and chopped
      • 2 cups pizza sauce (store-bought or homemade)
      • 4 eggs
      • 1 cup ricotta cheese
      • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
      • 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
      • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
      • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
      • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

      Directions

      1. In a large Dutch oven, combine the cauliflower and pizza sauce and stir well to coat. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat and, once at bubbling, lower the heat to a simmer. Cover the pot to let the cauliflower cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.
      2. Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, grated Romano cheese, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and salt. Set aside.
      3. After the cauliflower is tender, stir in the spinach and simmer to cook off any excess moisture in the pot, to ensure that the final result isn’t watery. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the egg and cheese mixture. Top with the shredded cheese.
      4. Bake for 30 minutes, until the eggs have set and the cheese is bubbly on top. Allow the dish to cool for 10 minutes, then serve warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

      Recipe Notes

      • *If you want to add meat, sauté it separately, and then add it to the mixture before baking!
      • *Make this a freezer-friendly meal: Follow steps 1-3, instead of baking it, pour the ingredients into an oven-safe dish. Cover well and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw in the fridge overnight and bake!
      • *Adapted with permission from the No Excuses Detox Cookbook by Megan Gilmore
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