Grain-free Chocolate Profiteroles {aka Cream Puffs}

These gluten-free and grain-free chocolate profiteroles are sure to be a hit with all of your friends!  There’s even a paleo-friendly option.Grain-free and gluten-free Chocolate Profiteroles (also known as Cream Puffs). This delicately delicious dessert recipe looks complicated, but is made with relatively few ingredients. There is also a paleo-friendly, dairy-free option.

I love cream puffs.  I always have.  I can remember thumbing through my mom’s cook-books in middle school and stumbling across a cream puff recipe.  I decided to give it a try and I felt so accomplished when those little puff pastries came out of the oven beautifully puffed and golden.

When I finally accepted the fact that I needed to be gluten-free, I decided that I will not settle with cardboard desserts (you fellow gluten-free eaters know what I’m talking about!).  It had to be delicious and free of refined sugars (on most occasions).  I also prefer to stay away from rice flour because we eat rice several times a week and Consumer Reports suggests limiting the amount of rice consumed due to arsenic.

Not using rice flour pretty much eliminates most all-purpose gluten-free flour blends. Therefore I mainly bake grain-free.  For this recipe I was torn between using arrowroot starch or tapioca flour.   My first times experimenting I used arrowroot, but what I discovered is that arrowroot flour becomes gloppy when used with dairy. That’s the official term. 😉  That explained alot! The tapioca flour works wonderfully in this recipe, and I dare say that these little puffs taste pretty darn close to their gluten counterparts.

I use this tapioca flour and these chocolate chips.

Grain-free Chocolate Profiteroles
Grain-free and gluten-free Chocolate Profiteroles (also known as Cream Puffs). This delicately delicious dessert recipe looks complicated, but is made with relatively few ingredients. There is also a paleo-friendly, dairy-free option.

Grain-free Chocolate Profiteroles
 
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Grain-free and gluten-free Chocolate profiteroles (also known as cream puffs). Also a dairy-free/paleo option.
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 TB cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream from 2 cans of coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TB raw honey
  • ¼ - ½ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat stirring occasionally.
  3. While the butter is melting, stir the tapioca flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the cup of water. At first it's going to be difficult, but keep stirring and it will all come together.
  4. As soon as the butter is bubbling pour in the water/tapioca flour mixture and stir immediately and vigorously.
  5. Keep stirring. As you stir it will start to thicken, first in clumps, and eventually it will all come together as a clumpy ball. If there is still a lot of liquid in the clumps, keep stirring over the heat. It takes several minutes.
  6. Once you have a sticky goo, pour it into a bowl. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat the batter as you add each egg in one at a time. Wait until each egg is fully incorporated in the batter before adding the next one. If you try to beat it too much before adding the eggs, the mixture will climb up your beaters and make a huge mess. Trust me on this one.
  7. Once you have a smooth, sticky batter, spoon out a tablespoon at a time and place on a baking sheet 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes at 425 degrees and then turn off the heat to the oven but leave the profiteroles in there for 15 more minutes.
  9. Allow them to cool completely.
  10. For the cream filling, beat the heavy whipping cream with the vanilla and honey until stiff peaks form. Fold in the chocolate chips and pipe into the pastries. If you don't want to pipe them in, you can just cut them open and spoon the filling inside. It's less messy to eat them when the stuffing is piped in, but either way they are delicious. :)
  11. ***For a paleo-friendly version, use ghee in the batter and a whipped coconut cream filling by placing a can of coconut milk (without fillers) in the refrigerator over night. In the morning you can scoop out the hardened "cream" on top and place it in the stand mixer and beat on high with the honey and vanilla for 10+ minutes. You will probably need two cans worth of cream. You can also leave out the chocolate chips.

 

Simple & Easy Cloth Paper Towels

Save some money by ditching the store-bought paper towels and using this simple cloth paper towel method.

Save some money by ditching the store-bought paper towels and using this simple cloth paper towel method. No folding, snapping, or rolling. Just stuff and go! #budgetliving

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One of my goals in life is to live simply.  If you remember my post on Cloth Baby Wipes, one of the most frustrating things about trying to live a more natural and frugal life is that it often creates more work for us which can become overwhelming.  Sometimes it’s worth it (like eating real food vs. fast food), but with every change I always have to ask myself “Is there an easier way to do this?”.

I’ve seen all kinds of posts on using cloth paper towels.  A lot of people go to complicated measures to make their cloth paper towels look and function like their paper counterpart.  I just look at those tutorials and shake my head because I know myself, I am not going to want to be snapping together my cloth paper towels and rolling them around a rod just so I can unsnap it to clean up a mess.  No one’s got time for that!

Several years ago I finally came up with a system that is easy, simple, and creates the least amount of extra work as possible. Yes, my friends, there is no folding or snapping or rolling with this system. After you buy the supplies once (although you might already have all you need), then it’s pure savings after that.  This is one of the things we started doing to be able to afford for me to be a stay at home mom.

Cloth Paper TowelsSave some money by ditching the store-bought paper towels and using this simple cloth paper towel method. No folding, snapping, or rolling. Just stuff and go! #budgetliving

Just grab yourself some wash cloths.  Cut up shirts or receiving blankets also work, but I find wash cloths to have a little more scrubbing and absorbing power.  I just bought a cheap pack like these.  Although, do yourself a favor and don’t buy white.  White starts to look grungy after awhile and that’s no fun!

You will also need one of those plastic bag dispensers.  I’ve had mine for so long I don’t even remember where I got it.

After you have those two things just stuff the wash cloths in the plastic bag dispenser, hang somewhere convenient in your kitchen, then grab a rag whenever you need one!

Save some money by ditching the store-bought paper towels and using this simple cloth paper towel method. No folding, snapping, or rolling. Just stuff and go! #budgetliving We have a small basket in our laundry room that we toss the towels into when we are done using them to clean something up.  When the basket is full, I toss them in the washer.  After they are dry, for the love of simple living – do not fold them, just grab a handful and stuff them back in the dispenser.

Save some money by ditching the store-bought paper towels and using this simple cloth paper towel method. No folding, snapping, or rolling. Just stuff and go! #budgetliving

I will say I use to be 100% committed to this system.  Three kids later we do have paper towels on hand for those messes that you just really don’t want to wash out of wash cloths.  You moms know what I mean.  If it came out of the body from either the top opening or the bottom opening, it is getting cleaned up with paper towels.  Because, you know, no one’s got time for that! 😉