Thursday, 14 May 2015

Chocolate Cake


I can't take any kind of credit for this recipe, except maybe that I made it successfully and took some pictures. I actually made it for the adults at my son's first birthday celebration. I made some awesome no sugar "dog dog" cupcakes with a peanut butter cream cheese icing for my little guy. Although his cake wasn't gluten free (baby cake recipe here if you're interested anyway), ours was! Only 2 of us were gluten free but all the gluten-eaters were suprised at how good it was. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

Find it at A Girl Defloured 




I think the most important part of this recipe is the flour blend. You have to use one that's good for cakes. The recipe calls for cup4cup, but I used a mock cup4cup blend (Better Batter might work too??). Directions for how to make this blend can be found here. It looks kind of confusing and uses a bit of math, but if you decide how many grams you want total, you can use the percentages to find how many grams of each component should be added. You will need a kitchen scale for this. 



This recipe made enough for 2 round cake pans plus 4 cupcakes. Just watch the cupcakes to make sure they don't over cook. I iced it with chocolate whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate shavings



This really makes a stunning cake to present to anyone who is confined to a gluten free diet. They will love you forever! Haha.




Quinoa Blondies


I love the recipe I have for quinoa brownies, but I kind of left it at that for the longest time. I didn't realize there was a whole world of quinoa baking at my fingertips! Muffins, cakes, BLONDIES. Duh! It was staring me right in the face this whole time. I think technically blondies are supposed to have chocolate chips in them or something, but you can always melt them on top when it comes out of the oven if you require chocolate in your blondies.


Similar to my quinoa brownies, these blondies have a lighter, cake-like texture - go ahead and call it cake if you want, you have my permission ;). The recipe can be made in an 8x8 baking dish, as cupcakes or mini cupcakes like I have shown in the pictures. Simply adjust the baking time accordingly. Some similar recipes I've seen (thank you, pinterest) will even double the recipe, cook in round pans and make a layer cake with some kind of delectable frosting. 

Oh, and as an added bonus, these blondies contain coconut flour! Something I am trying to use and understand a bit more. I get mine from the bulk barn. 

makes an 8x8 baking dish or about 20 mini cupcakes
Ingredients

3 Tbsp Milk (any variety)
1 tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1/4 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Canola Oil (or melted coconut oil or butter)
1 cup Cooked Quinoa
1/2 cup Sugar
3 Tbsp Coconut Flour
3/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt


Directions

In food processor or strong blender, blend milk, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and quinoa.
Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.
Add dry mixture to food processor and blend with the wet ingredients. 
Pour into greased or parchment lined 8x8 baking dish
or greased/nonstick mini muffin cups.
Bake at 350 until edges start to brown and the middle is set - 25-30 mins for a dish and 12-15 for mini muffins. 

before baking

after baking 


I will try to get a picture of the blondies in the pan next time I make them. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy :)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Brownie Cookies


This is another great coconut flour recipe. It makes a nice small batch of semi-healthy cookies. The banana replaces butter and some of the sugar, and you can replace the sugar with honey or another kind of sweetener.


I find that these cookies have the best texture the day they are made, but they are still pretty good a few days old. Just store them in a sealed container at room temperature (They can be frozen but the texture isn't quite the same). This recipe only makes a dozen or so cookies, so chances are you won't have any leftovers!

makes 12-14 cookies
Ingredients

1/3 cup Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup Sugar (or honey or sweetener of your choice)
1 tsp Baking Powder
pinch salt
1 Ripe Banana
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips 

Directions

Mash banana in a bowl.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.
In a different bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Combine the 2 bowls and stir well.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop tablespoons of dough on parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for about 15 mins. 


Cookie dough

Drop heaping tablespoons on parchment lined sheet

Bake at 350 for around 15 mins

Let cool and enjoy

Recipe based on this recipe at Home to Heather

Friday, 24 October 2014

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes


I've been experimenting a bit with coconut flour lately. I really like it (and it's pretty healthy), but it's very different from other flours and starches. It really sucks up liquid, and will continue to absorb for a few minutes after mixing, so it's a good idea to let your dough rest for 5 minutes or so before forming the donuts, cookies, or whatever you are making.


Coconut flour will give your baking a sweet, coconutty flavour and a dense texture. Even a few tablespoons can have a big impact on a recipe. I used some coconut flour in a pumpkin scone recipe the other day. It was alright, but needs some more work before I'm happy with it. 

The flour is fairly expensive compared to other GF flours, but you don't usually use much in a recipe. I buy my coconut flour at the bulk barn, but you should be able to find it in any health food store. 

makes 18 donut holes
Ingredients

1/2 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Oil
1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree (or substitute applesauce)
1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or apple pie spice or cinnamon and nutmeg)
1 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp Milk if needed (I used homemade pumpkin puree which has a little more liquid than the canned stuff)
1 tsp cinnamon and 2 Tbsp sugar for rolling donuts in 

Directions

Combine wet (except milk) and dry ingredients separately and mix together. Mix  in milk if needed.
Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
Make 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Place dough balls in mini muffin tins (you could probably just used a baking pan because they don't really spread out)
Bake at 350 for 14-16 minutes (until fairly firm)
Let cool and enjoy!

* You could also make a glaze for the donuts after baking instead of rolling in cinnamon and sugar.





Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
It's pumpkin season and I am busy adding pumpkin to some of my favourite recipes. I love this version of cornbread muffins. The pumpkin puree adds moisture and the spices create a warm, festive flavour. Enjoy slathered with butter and honey and along side stew, soup or chili.

Mini Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

We love them as mini muffins and I always make extra to freeze or take with leftovers for lunch. You can use the batter to make pumpkin cornbread pancakes too! (may need more milk)


makes 12 muffins
Ingredients

1/3 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Oil
1/2 cup Pumpkin (or squash) Puree (I use home made but store bought works)
1/3 cup milk 
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Cornmeal
1/2 cup Corn Flour (or use more cornmeal)
1 cup Rice Flour (or your favourite GF flour blend)
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice 

Directions

Mix together wet and dry ingredients separately, then combine.
Spread batter equally between 12 muffin tins lined with papers (or use mini muffin tins)
Bake at 350 for around 15 mins (more like 10 mins for mini muffins)
Serve warm with butter and honey or freeze for later once cool.





Not a pumpkin fan? Try my regular cornbread muffins!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Curried Squash Soup

Gluten Free Curried Squash Soup
We love squash in our house. I like it roasted with butter, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice but my husband prefers it slathered in butter alone. Our little guy, who is just starting solids, is a big fan of squash too. My favourite squash to eat on its own is acorn, but butternut is a close second. For soup, however, butternut squash is the way to go!

This soup is creamy, nutty and sweet with a hint of curry spice and coconut milk. Roasting the veggies brings out a great depth of flavour, but if you don't have the time you could chop them up raw and cook them in the soup instead.

serves 3-4 ppl
Ingredients

1 medium Butternut Squash (2-3lbs)
1 Onion
1/2 Head of Garlic
3 cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth (make sure it's GF!)
1 tsp Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Indian Curry Powder (or sub Thai Curry Paste for a different flavour)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (or substitute 1 chopped granny smith apple - add in with squash)
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
Plain Yogurt (or sour cream) and Parsley as a garnish

Directions

Cut squash in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds and fibres with a spoon.
Peel the onion and cut into quarters
Wrap the half head garlic in tin foil
Roast squash cut side down on a foil lined roasting pan along with onion and garlic for 45-50 mins at 350.
When cooked, scrape out squash and squeeze out garlic into a medium pot with onion and 2 cups of broth.
Using a hand/stick blender, puree until smooth. (or you can blend in a food processor)
Add remaining broth, coconut milk and seasonings (not lemon juice) and simmer for 10-20 mins, stirring occasionally.
Stir in lemon juice at the end and season to taste.
Serve hot with parsley and yogurt/sour cream.

Cut and remove seeds from squash (you only need one)
 
Roast squash, onion and garlic (garlic is missing from picture)
 

Combine roasted veggies in a pot
 
Add 2 cups of stock and blend until smooth
 
Add remaining broth, coconut milk and seasonings and simmer for 10-20 mins 
 
Garnish with yogurt/sour cream and parsley if desired

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Enjoy Life Foods Crunchy Cookies New Look!

Enjoy Life's crunchy cookies have a new look. The recipe hasn't changed, but the boxes have and I have been asked to help spread the word! (for my original crunchy cookies review click here)

I've reviewed many products from Enjoy Life and I always love the care that goes into their packaging. These cookies came arranged in an adorable box with confetti; even the paper was tied up with a ribbon. How cute is that. 


Here is a closer look at the new and improved boxes for the cookies:

Brown Sugar Shortbread and Chocolate Chip


Vanilla Honey Graham and Double Chocolate


They also sent me the small cookie packages. These come 2 to a package and are great for on the go. I've seen them sold at the bulk barn for 99 cents.


I used the Vanilla Honey Graham to make some indoor s'mores! A little package like this would be great to take camping if you were the only one needing gluten free crackers for s'mores.

I put down 1 cookie, some chocolate and a marshmallow. Then I put it on the top rack of the oven and turned on the broiler for a minute or two. Then squish it with the second cookie. Easy as that!




For other recipes using these cookies and other Enjoy Life Products, visit their website!