Huckleberry Yogurt Scones – Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free

Huckleberry Yogurt Scones

In the year or so prior to going gluten free, my breakfasts typically subsisted of a latte and a massive blueberry or lemon curd scone.  Aside from a bowl of yogurt and fruit – it’s one of the most fulfilling breakfasts I can think of.  So after going gluten free one of my first priorities was to learn to bake scones with a new selection of flours.

My first attempt at scones (actually the first gluten free thing I ever baked) was made with 100% white rice flour. They were fluffy but incredibly gritty – not what I remembered. So I continued to experiment and by year two, I got to what my husband and I call “scookies”. These were treats that tasted like scones, had the right consistency, but flattened out like a cookie. It was year three when everything finally fell in place after my mom gifted me a cast iron mini-scone pan. Turns out, this makes all the difference for well-shaped gluten free scones.


Sheep Yogurt U District Market


Compared to the other two Seattle neighborhood farmer’s markets I’ve shared with you so far (Phinney Ridge and Ballard), I find the University District Farmers Market to be serious business. Perhaps as the oldest and largest farmers market in the city – it’s built a strong reputation as the place to come for all sorts of unique finds. It starts earlier than most of the other morning markets and it’s so full by opening hour, signage gently encourages shoppers to allow the vendors time to get their stalls set up before pouncing on the goodies.

Even though it’s not practical for me to walk to this market, it’s unique set of vendors has drawn me in to making my way there early ever Saturday morning (but I patiently wait for opening hour before entering). On a recent visit, my haul included sheep milk yogurt (packaged in reusable and returnable mason jars) sold by Glendale Shepherd, foraged huckleberries from Foraged and Found, and another jar of honey from Seattle Urban Honey.

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The Best Cinnamon Funfetti Pancakes

My Mom’s pancakes are my all-time favorite pancakes. Whenever I go out to a restaurant, I don’t typically like ordering pancakes, because I know they can never compare to my Mom’s.  A little biased? Yes, but I can’t help it.  So what’s this delectable secret to why my Mom has the best pancakes? Aunt Jemima Pancake mix. Wait, she uses boxed mix? There’s no way that can be better than from scratch. Well, on a level, I agree with you that nothing’s better than scratch, but after tasting my Mom’s pancakes, I have a new faith in boxed-based recipes. See, this recipe doesn’t just follow the box instructions; it improves upon a solid pancake foundation.


The two secret, but crucial, ingredients in this box-based mix are applesauce and vanilla extract. For some reason boxed mixes forgo the flavoring step, and I feel like that really limits the recipe.


I add just a tablespoon or so of cinnamon applesauce, some vanilla extract, and just a dash of almond extract, to really make this recipe shine. Add some sprinkles for a colorful, fun element, and you’ve got a party!  A breakfast party, that is.

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Skinny Coffee Cake – Half the Fat & Calories

Low-Fat Coffee Cake 3

Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Eat. Drink. Love. I’m so excited to be a contributor to My Cooking Spot!

One of my favorite parts about blogging is that I love the challenge of taking a recipe that would normally be considered to be unhealthy and lightening it up! Today I am sharing my low-fat coffee cake recipe with you. The typical slice of coffee cake can run anywhere between 400-500 calories and can have over 20 grams of fat! My version contains just 225 calories and 7.9 grams of fat for a generous slice!

One of my favorite parts of coffee cake is the crumb topping, but that crumb topping will cost you a lot of calories. I wanted to try to create a version that still gave me that cinnamon sugar flavor without having to do a crumb topping, so instead I did a swirl of cinnamon sugar inside the cake, and really, I didn’t even miss the crumb topping! I baked mine up in a bundt pan and then dusted the top with some additional cinnamon and sugar. This cake is perfect to serve for guests, or in my case, co-workers!

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