Gluten-Free Brownies

A delicious, gluten-free indulgence for all to enjoy.

Dietary Interests: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free

Makes: 9 servings

Total Time: 35 Minutes

Difficulty: Advanced

Ingredients

  • icing sugar
  • 120 g (1 cup) chopped walnuts, optional
  • 225 g (1¼ cup) plain chocolate (50% cocoa)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 150 g (¾ cup) caster sugar
  • 75 g (⅓ cup) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 25 g (¼ cup) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 40 g (⅓ cup) cornstarch

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and grease a 20-cm (8-inch) square glass pan.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the cornflour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk by hand until well blended.
  3. Place butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
    Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  5. Blend for 35 seconds or until well blended.
  6. Pour mixture into dry ingredients, add chocolate chips and walnuts and stir together to combine.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. If desired, dust brownies with powdered sugar prior to serving.

Notes

When checking for doneness, because of the melted chocolate chips the toothpick may not come out clean. To tell if brownies are done, top should be firm to the touch and sides should be just beginning to turn crisp.

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Lemon Bars

A blissful dessert all on its own, these lemon bars are even better with a Lemon Curd filling.

Makes: 20 bars

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty: Intermediate

Lemon Bar Crust

Ingredients

  • 290 g (2 cups + 6 Tablespoons) plain flour, divided use
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 225 g (1 cup) butter

Directions

  1. To make the crust, heat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Place 160g (1¼ cups) of the flour, 115g (½ cup) of the butter and 55g (¼ cup) of the sugar into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 6.
  4. Use the On/Off switch to quickly pulse 5 times. Remove lid, scrape down the sides of the container and around the blades, then replace the lid and pulse 5 additional times.
  5. Spoon the contents of the Vitamix container into a 33 cm X 23 cm (13-inch X 9-inch) pan.
  6. Repeat the same process with the remaining flour, butter and sugar.
  7. Press the flour mixture into the pan evenly and bake for 20 minutes, until just golden brown.
    Place pan on a wire rack.

Lemon Curd Filling

Ingredients

  • 120 ml (½ cup) lemon juice
  • 5 large eggs
  • 335 g (1½ cup) caster sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions

  1. Place lemon juice, eggs, sugar, salt and zest into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  3. Blend for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to Variable 5 and remove the lid plug. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, through the lid plug opening incorporating butter completely between additions.
  5. Replace the lid plug and increase speed to Variable 10.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the custard over the crust and allow to chill before serving or allow to cool slightly and serve at room temperature.
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Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Dip in melted chocolate for a perfectly delicious cookie creation.

Dietary Interests: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian

Makes: 7 cookies

Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 85 g (⅔ cup) gluten free flour blend 1
  • 130 g (1 cup) gluten free flour blend 3
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 120 ml (½ cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 large pasteurized egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F) and spray a baking tray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest into the dry container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase to the highest speed. Blend for 15 seconds. Set aside.
  5. Place oil, eggs, vanilla and milk into the Vitamix standard container and secure lid.
  6. Select Variable 1.
  7. Turn machine on and slowly increase to the highest speed. Blend for 15 seconds.
  8. Pour wet ingredients into a bowl. Fold in dry ingredients and mix to incorporate.
  9. Scoop onto prepared sheet tray. Bake for 14-16 minutes

Notes

Add chocolate for dipping cookies

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Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

An all-natural cookie with no added sugars or oils.

By: Vitamix

Dietary Interests: Gluten-Free, No Added Sugar, Low Sodium,Low Cholesterol, Vegetarian

Makes: 22 Cookies

Total Time: 10 Minutes

Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 385 g (1½ cup) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla essence, optional
  • 250 g (2½ cup) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Place applesauce, eggs, dates, and vanilla into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to the highest speed.
  4. Blend for 45 seconds.
  5. Place flour, baking soda and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  6. Add wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Using a 40 scoop (3/4 ounce scoop) portion onto baking paper.
  9. Bake on 350°F (180°C) for 15 minutes.

Notes

This cookie contains no added sugar, rather it gets its sweetness naturally from dates and applesauce.

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Holiday Sugar Cookies

This recipe makes baking during the holidays both easy and fun! And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a teaspoon of your favourite extract for some flavour variation.

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

Total Time: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 226 g (1 cup) butter
  • 220 g (1 cup plus 1 teaspoon) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 280 g (2⅓ cup) plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter, sugar, almond extract, and egg into your Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  3. Select the lowest setting. Start the machine, slowly increase speed to Variable 6, and blend for 20 seconds.
  4. Remove the lid plug and begin Pulsing as you add in half of the flour and baking soda.
  5. Stop the machine and scrape the container. Add the remaining flour and baking soda. Pulse 15 to 18 times on Variable 5, or until combined. If the dough becomes too thick, scrape sides again.
  6. Remove dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Roll out dough, cut into desired shapes, and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden.
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