Have processor, have pudding! GF, of course!

Monica says:

 

Who loves chocolate?

Who loves dark chocolate?

Who loves dark chocolate pudding?

If you are yelling, “Yes!” “Yes!” “Yes!” …I have a recipe for you!

It combines healthy dark chocolate cocoa with avocado and banana.

That’s right. Three powerful foods full of antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients.

And best of all, making this wonderful pudding is so incredibly easy.

If you have a food processor, you are in business!

Get ready for gluten-free yumminess!

 

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Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients:

2 avocados

2 ripe bananas

½ cup milk (used Lactaid Milk)

¼ cup raw unfiltered honey (can use maple syrup)

1 T maple syrup

1/3 cup cocoa powder (used Hershey’s Special Dark)

1 ½ tsp pure vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Process all ingredients until smooth in a food processor.

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That’s it!

No kidding!

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Pour the pudding into a bowl and set in refrigerator for a few hours covered.

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To serve, I split the pudding into two ramekins and topped it with slivered almonds and dark cocoa nibs.

What a delight!

The cinnamon really brings out the dark chocolate, while the banana and avocado make it super silky smooth.

You just want to keep on eating and eating it!

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Luckily, this recipe only makes two servings. Because you might eat yourself into oblivion!

I know I would!

So give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.

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Gluten free doesn’t have to be boring, you know!

Happy blending!

Enjoy!

© 2015, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A lovely little place called Bedford…

Monica and Daria say:

When we tell people that last week we were so fortunate to accompany Monica’s husband and Daria’s dad, Lewie, on his business trip to Bedford, their first question is “Oh, where’s that?”

How is it that this beautiful little gem has not been on our vacation radar?

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The Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa, where his conference was held, is located in western Pennsylvania at the foot of the Allegheny Mountains, just two hours east of Pittsburgh and two hours west of Harrisburg.

What an exquisite place with such a great history!

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Bedford’s seven mineral springs, which boast of healing properties, made it an acclaimed destination as early as 1796. Its reputation grew and throughout the 19th century it became a full-service resort. Celebrated guests, including at least six US Presidents, many senators and congressmen, Civil War generals, and countless other dignitaries, fill the hotel’s ledgers through to the 20th century (the ledgers are on display in the main lobby!).

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Later in the 1980s, the hotel, although listed on the National Register for Historic Places, fell into disrepair and endured major flood damage which forced its closing. Then in 2003, an architectural firm from Richmond, VA, 3north, was commissioned to restore the resort to its previous splendor.

Now the transformation can be seen throughout the property…and what a grand property it is!

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We could seriously have designed a brochure ourselves with all of the pictures we took! The 28-acre site is just incredible! We enjoyed the pool, hiking trails and the great atmosphere Bedford offers.

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Of course wherever we go, we are on the lookout for great gluten-free food and we were not disappointed in Bedford or its surrounding area!

Take a little tour with us as we share some of our food photos….

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A taste of gluten-free chocolate flourless cake to end my meal of a grilled chicken Caesar salad at the Frontier Tavern located on the resort premises….notice that there is no picture of the salad!

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Daria’s friend, Chef Thomas (a present colleague of hers) was employed at Bedford Springs Resort and Spa several years ago, and sent these delights to our room……gluten-free chocolate flourless cake with ganache and a fruit plate….yummy treats to munch on!

It’s so nice to know chefs!!

Dinner at the Jean Bonnet Tavern, circa 1762,….such a historic place that takes you back in time.

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Grilled pork chop with a blueberry/blackberry sauce, fresh green beans, and whipped mashed potatoes.

All gluten-free and oh so tasty!

And we saved the best for last! Our favorite meal, hands down, was at 10/09 Kitchen.

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Here we had the gluten-free brandy mushroom cream soup (packed with wild mushrooms) as an appetizer. Yummy flavor and the perfect temperature!

And then, our amazing gluten-free entrees…

3, 2, 1…

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Lewie had lemon thyme chicken which, of course, was roasted chicken, three cheese polenta, and asparagus.

What great flavor and the polenta was so creamy and delicious!

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Daria had the pan-seared halibut with tri-colored fingerling potatoes, artichokes, and broccolini.

Such a flavor profile! Delightful!

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And Monica had the seared scallops with a forest mushroom risotto and asparagus.

Oh my heavens….it was to die for!

Voted the best entrée of the night by us three!!

Two very happy bloggers, for sure!!!

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The morning we departed Bedford, we stopped at the cutest little place in the downtown called the Bird’s Nest Café & Bakery. And while we didn’t take a picture of our gluten-free eggs and toast, here is a picture of the place.

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Adorable, right?

So if you are looking for a beautiful and quiet retreat… check out the lovely little town of Bedford…now you know where it is!

© 2014, Monica & Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk

Happy birthday to you…and you…and you!

Monica says:

My sisters and I get together for our birthdays every year…just the girls…and we go out for dinner and then have birthday cake at one of our homes. We are fortunate to all live within five miles of each other. At one point in our lives, we lived in different states and towns. But we are getting older now, and it is a comfort to live near one another.

Since two of my sisters are born in July (and only a week apart, date-wise), we usually celebrate their birthdays together. They like it this way, again, now that they are older!

It’s funny when you think of it because when you’re little, you want your VERY OWN birthday. I know my girls were born 10 days apart (3 years apart as well) but didn’t exactly like to “share” their birthday with each other. It was especially troubling for my Claudia, who despite being the older sister, had the birthday later in the month. She couldn’t understand how Daria got to have her birthday first and would exclaim, “But, Mommy, I’m older….I should be first!” Such a sweet memory!

If I make the birthday cake for any one of my sisters, it’s gluten free because my kitchen is gluten free. They certainly don’t seem to mind and actually look forward to what I am going to come up with! I am a recipe-crazy person, so I am always trying something new.

I just so happened to find a recipe for a dark chocolate cake that looked incredible on one of the blogs I follow, so I thought I’d give it a whirl!

Thanks to gfandme for posting this delightful cake recipe….it turned out amazing!

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And even though I didn’t frost this birthday cake, it was so moist and rich. I opted for homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries!

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Needless to say, it was a hit! The girls were perfectly happy with their gluten free birthday cake and so were my brothers-in-law, as the girls were sent home with some for each of them.

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We LOVE to celebrate in our family and make any little event an occasion! Birthdays, on the other hand, are big occasions and should be celebrated with the ones you love!

 

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Happy birthdays, dear sisters!

© 2014, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk