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  • Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart {Gluten-Free}

Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart {Gluten-Free}

Posted on October 19, 2016

Disclosure: I’m so happy to be able to give you all a peek into Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. Thanks for letting me share this beautiful cookbook with you!

Little known fact about me: I spent almost 2 years cooking and baking exclusively gluten-free.

This was back in my California days. And it wasn’t for my own benefit. But for a man that I was with at the time. I was determined to be the “good girlfriend” and make him all the things that he had enjoyed in his younger years, but had to forgo since excluding gluten from his diet. So with the help of the internet and the local hippie-dippy market (which at the time was the best place to find gluten-free products), I armed myself with a pantry full of alternative flours and got to work. I spent endless hours in the kitchen. And we indulged ourselves in all my creations.

But those days are very far away now. That man is gone. And with his exit, so went the dozen bags of flours that had taken up residency in my kitchen. I returned to my usual baking ways (albeit for the occasional use of almond or hazelnut flour in a recipe). And eventually, all the other parts of my life returned to normal as well.

Truth be told, I did enjoy my walk on the gluten-free side of life. Sure, gluten-free baking can intimidating at times. But it can also open up a brand new world of flavors and textures. And recently, I’ve found myself kind of missing that. So with a copy of Alanna Taylor-Tobin’s new cookbook, Alternative Baker, firmly in my hands, I’m taking the plunge again.

Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin |

Alanna is one of the sweetest blogging friends that I have. She is soft-spoken, silly, genuine and humble. And I knew I would love her before I even met her in person. Oh and let’s not forget to mention how amazingly talented she is in the kitchen and behind the camera. Like, I want to cry when I look at her beautiful cookbook and blog. It’s just too lovely to even process sometimes.

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I knew right away when I spotted her recipe for this Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart that it would be the first thing I would make from Alternative Baker. I’m a big fan of pecan pie, but sometimes it can be too cloyingly sweet, even for me. Alanna’s recipe, however, hits just the right balance of tart and sweet. With enough chocolate to keep any chocoholic very satisfied. The gluten-free tart dough comes together easily enough. And Alanna gives lots of tips and tricks so you’ll be sure to nail it on your first attempt. This is definitely one dessert to put on your Holiday baking list!

Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart {Gluten-Free} |

Check out Alanna’s adorable trailer of her cookbook on over on her blog. And pick up a copy of Alternative Baker today!



Reprinted with minimal adaptations from Alternative Baker. Copyright © 2016, Alanna Taylor-Tobin.

Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart {Gluten-Free}

Serves 10-12

Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart {Gluten-Free}


  • For the Tart Dough
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and chilled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • For the Filling
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons sweet white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, halved


  1. Prepare the tart dough. Position a rack in the center of your oven and pre-heat it to 375 degrees. Place a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom on a rimmed baking sheet and set it aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the cocoa powder, almond flour, rice flour, tapioca flour, sugar and salt until well combined. Scatter the butter pieces over the top and drizzle with the vanilla extract. Then turn your mixer to medium-low and run it until the dough comes together in clumps and the butter is worked through, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Dump the crumbs into your tart pan and use your hands to press the dough evenly into the pan, starting with the sides and then moving to the bottom, keeping the edges square. The dough will be about 1/4-inch thick. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with the tines of a fork. Then transfer the pan to your freezer to chill the dough until firm, about 15-30 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, transfer the pan to your pre-heated oven and bake until the crust is firm to the touch, about 18-22 minutes. Remove the pan the from the oven and while the crust is still hot, use the back of a spoon to press down firmly but gently on the bottom and sides of the crust to help it hold together. Set aside.
  5. Prepare the filling. Lower your oven temperature to 325 degrees and position a rack in the lower third of the oven.
  6. Spread the pecans out onto a small rimmed baking sheet and toast them in your pre-heated oven until fragrant, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the pecans from the oven and set them aside to cool. Once cool enough to handle, use your fingers to break the pecan halves up into smaller pieces.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the rice flour, brown sugar and salt. Add the eggs and whisk until smooth. Then whisk in the maple syrup and vanilla extract, being careful not to over work the filling. Whisk in the melted butter. Fold in the toasted pecans.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the bottom of your prepared crust. Top with the cranberry halves. Then pour the filling over top, distributing it evenly. Transfer the tart to your pre-heated oven and bake until the sides are gently puffed and the center is still slightly wobbly, about 20-30 minutes.
  9. Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing and serving.
  10. The tart is best when enjoyed the day of baking. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 3-4 days.
  • Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds

Posted on September 26, 2016

Disclosure: I’m so happy to be able to give you all a peek into Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon. Thanks for letting me share this beautiful cookbook with you!

I was traveling for work last week, and about half way through the trip all I could think about was coming home and making up a big batch of this soup. Because even though exploring new restaurants and trying out new food items is one of the best reasons to travel (in my humble opinion), I do have my breaking point when it comes to eating out. Restaurant food is often much heavier than what I typically cook at home. And the portion sizes can be overwhelming as well. So usually after a few days of hitting up the restaurant scene, I start craving healthy, home cooked meals like nobody’s business.

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds |

The recipe for this bright, flavor-packed Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds is straight out of Angela Liddon’s new cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day. You’ve probably seen it or heard about it by now. Because it’s taken the blogosphere by storm since it’s release earlier this month (kind of like her first cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook, did back in 2014!).

Psst! I’m giving away a copy to one lucky reader! Keep scrolling to enter!

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds |

Oh She Glows Every Day is a collection of over 100 plant-based recipes that will appeal to vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Angela’s recipes are casual and straight-forward, but never boring. That’s because Angela has a knack for adding one or two unexpected ingredients to many of her dishes, which not only keeps things interesting, but also totally makes you want to stop and say “hmmm…why didn’t I think of that?”. For example, this soup contains a 1/4 cup of almond butter, which gives it a great creamy texture. And her homemade basil pesto sauce (SO GOOD!) uses hemp hearts to boost protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The whole book is sprinkled with little twists like these. It’s seriously genius.

Oh and the photography (taken by the talented Ashley from Edible Perspective) is insanely gorgeous as well. I could just sit and stare at the images in this cookbook all day long!

Oh She Glows Every Day cookbook by Angela Liddon

I’m excited to be able to give away a copy of Oh She Glows Every Day to one lucky reader. Hooray! All you have to do is leave me a comment below, telling me your favorite Fall vegetable. The giveaway will be open until October 3, 2016. After which I will randomly select a winner and notify them by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to me with their shipping address (United States shipping addresses only, please!), or I will select an alternate winner. Good luck! Update: This giveaway has ended and a winner has been chosen. Thanks to all those who participated!



Reprinted with minor adaptations from Oh She Glows Every Day by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Glo Bakery Corporation.

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds

Serves 4

Creamy Thai Carrot Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Tamari Almonds


  • For the Soup
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups diced sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and mined
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter (can substitute peanut butter)
  • 3 cups peeled and diced carrots
  • 3 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • For Garnish
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Coconut milk

  • For the Tamari Almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tamari


  1. In a large heavy-bottom pot, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Stir in the curry paste.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together a small amount of the vegetable broth with the almond butter to help smooth it out. Then add this mixture, along with the remaining vegetable broth, to the pot. Stir in the carrots, sweet potatoes, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring the soup to a low boil and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Simmer the soup, covered, for 15-20 minutes, or until the carrots and potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Meanwhile, make the tamari almonds. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the chopped almonds and tamari together in a small bowl until the almonds are well coated. Then spread the almonds out in a single layer over the parchment paper. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and roast the almonds for 9-11 minutes, until lightly golden and the tamari has dried up. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  4. Once the vegetables are tender, remove the pot from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly. Then using your immersion blender, blend the soup until it’s smooth. Alternatively, you can purée the soup in your blender, making sure to be careful when transferring and blending hot liquids, and working in small batches as necessary.
  5. Re-warm the puréed soup over low-medium heat. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper. You can also thin the soup out to your desired consistency with a little more vegetable broth.
  6. To serve, ladle the warm soup into bowls. Top with the tamari almonds. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes and a drizzle of coconut milk, if desired.
  7. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for about 5 days.

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