Monday, September 14, 2009

Mom's Applesauce Muffins

I LOVE my mom's applesauce muffins. And after hearing from Celiac teen, how she has been making recipes to fit her celiac diet from those from pre-celiac days, I have been doing some of my own experimenting. :) So, here's what I came up with. Also, it is has less sugar and no oil versus the original recipe! Enjoy!

Also, as noted in my previous post, I am doing a 2 week glutenious trail and that made me think that some of your who aren't GF, may want to make this too! :) So for those of you who don't have to eat wheat/gluten-free, feel free to sub 1-1/2 c. whole wheat flour=my mom's recipe or white flour) Also, if you are GF, you may sub 1-1/2 c. of your favorite flour mix for my mix. Sorry if that was confusing! :)
Mom's Applesauce Muffins

1/2 c. corn flour
1/2 c. millet flour
1/2 c. sorghum flour
3/4 t. cinnamon
2 1/4 t. baking powder
Combine dry ingredients set aside. (xanthum not necessary, if you think you need it just add a pinch)

1/2 c. apple juice ( OR 2 T. apple juice concentrate and water) or milk
1 c. apple sauce
1/4 c. agave
1 egg
Combine wet ingredients. Add in dry ingredients until just barely mixed. Fold in apples and raisins. Drop into greased or papered muffin tips until almost full

1 c. apples chopped
1/4-1/2 c. raisins (I used 1/4 c.)
1/2 c. cashew/almond meal (I used cashew) optional, adds protein!

Cook at 400 for 20-25 mins. Makes 12.

In the future, I would use 1/4 teff, 1/4 corn, 1/4 sorghum and 1/4 millet (my favorite GF whole grain mix!) I was out of teff though! Also, may leave out the nuts or something next time...who knows! Also, more raisins and I could leave out the apples (but I'm not sure though if I would want to)

Inspired by mom's recipe and delicouswisdom.
I am entering this into Slightly Indulgent Mondays here.

My New Favorite GF Bread (Whole Grain)

So I finally found a recipe for gluten-free bread that I like and that is whole grain and tastes like whole wheat-sorta :).

First take:

  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • 1 T. agave nectar (or honey)
Combine. Add 1 T. yeast. Stir. Let sit for 10 mins. Then...

Pour this mixture into bread maker.
Add to the yeast, 3 T. melted butter but be careful to not put it in too hot (I used earth balance), 2 room temperature eggs (place in a bowl of hot water to reach room temp quickly).

Next, mix the following and then pour it on top of the other mixtures
1 c. millet flour
1/2 c. + 1/8 c. (2 T) teff flour
1/2 c. + 1/8 c. (2 T) sorghum flour
1 c. corn flour
1/2 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. potato starch
1-1/2 t. salt
1-1/2 t. xanthum gum

Turn bread maker on to rapid setting and then wait for a few minutes. Check to make sure it's all mixed. If not, use your hands or spatula to mix in the last little bit. Let run. Take out as soon as it is done and let cool on a wire rack. DELICIOUS! Like whole wheat sorta! :) A little crumbly but amazing! Good without toasting and without anything on it!

Inspired by and based of Celiac Teen's 2 Hour Memory Rolls and a few other things I heard and saw. :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Chewy Breakfast Muffin Cookies

I haven't done much cooking or experimenting lately as I am visiting some family and do not have a lot on hand. However, today, I had some leftover oatmeal to use up and didn't want to eat oatmeal...again. :) So, I wondered, could I make oatmeal cookies with leftover oatmeal for breakfast (I mean, healthy ones here) so that they would be healthy enough to be deemed breakfast, yet tasty enough that others and myself wouldn't turn up our noses to them? After doing a little search online, I discovered that my original idea wasn't so original. But, I found a recipe that sounded like just what I needed so I used this as a starter and then formulated my own recipe. After they came out, I found them to be quite delicious. Sweet, but not too sweet and deliciously soft and chewy. And after letting my little cousins and my aunt (who do not eat like I do) taste test, they all gave me a thumbs up. :) So here it is, a chewy, soft cookie that tastes almost like a muffin too (I guess I should call it a muffie) and one you wont feel guilty about eating or serving for breakfast. Great for breakfasts on the run, too!

Here it is:

Chewy Breakfast Muffin Cookies
(Banana Oat Version)

Makes about 3-4 dozen

Preheat oven to 375.

  • 3 c. oats (I used about 1 c. cooked oatmeal and 2 c. dry, feel free to use whatever proportions you like)
  • 1 c. flour (I used 1/4 c. teff flour, 1/4 c. sorghum flour, 1/4 c. corn, and 1/4 c. millet flour)
  • 1 c. apple juice
  • 1/4 t. salt (if you oatmeal had salt in it already, omit)
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 T. honey (or agave nectar)
  • 1 t. baking powder (opt.-the original recipe didn't call for it but it will make them rise more)
  • 1/4 t. baking soda (opt-see above)
  • 1 c. nuts (optional, for added protein)
Combine all your dry ingredients (including cooked oatmeal if using). Add apple juice and stir. If it's too dry, add a little more juice. Add the mashed bananas and 2 T. of honey or sweetener. Stir. Drop onto greased cookie sheets and bake for 20-25 mins. I like mine closer to the 25 mins or so side...they are a little more chewy this way.

Other Variations
(I haven't tried these but I think they would be great!)

Hawaiian Variation

Follow recipe but instead of apple juice, use pineapple juice.
Instead of banana, use pineapple tidbits (about one cup).
Add 1/2 c or more of unsweetened coconut to the batter.
Taste, you may not even need the extra sweetener (agave/honey)

Cinnamon Raisin Variation
Instead of banana, use 1/2 to 1 c. raisins
Add 1-3 t. of cinnamon to the mix (depending on how much you like cinnamon.)

Carrot Cake Variation
Instead of banana, use 1-2 c. shredded carrots
Add 1/2 to 1 c. of raisins or pineapple and nuts (opt)
Use pineapple or apple juice depending on your preference

NOTE: I am entering this recipe into the next Simply Indulgent Mondays on Amy's website. See what it's all about here.