Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies!

Now if that isn't a mouthful to say I don't know what is but the mouthful you get of this cookie is really awesome when you bite into it.  I found a cookie recipe on Martha Stewart.com for the cookie but of course it wasn't gluten free so I modified it and made it mine.

GF  Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cups pecans
  • 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Put sugars, butter, and peanut butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Add oat mixture, and mix until just combined. Mix in pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop balls of dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.
Modified from a Martha Stewart recipe 

Bet you can't eat just one!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

I posted this picture of my Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins on my Face Book page yesterday and had several requests for the recipe.

I made these muffins using the Master Mix I found on Ginger Lemon Girl's blog site when I first started this journey.  I tried another mix but it was so bitter that it made what I used it in also have a bitter taste.  I have read that it is probably a bean flour or sweet sorghum flour that will cause that so I am steering clear of that flour in making my bread goodies unless it is used in small amounts.  Anyway here is a link to that recipe that I posted a couple weeks back. 

I made up what amounted to 10# of my version of this mix after making a small batch up a couple of times using the above mix but then you know how I can't leave anything alone!!!  I changed it up! It is absolutely amazing taste wise and does what I want my mix to do.  If you want the exact mix Carrie used then go the recipe link above....  This is my version:

Vickie's Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix...like Bisquick but better!
Makes about 18 cups of mix

2 cups of Brown Rice Flour
2 cups of White Rice Flour
1 1/2 cups potato flour
1 1/2 cups Tapioca Flour
1 1/2 cups Oat flour
1 1/2 cups pecan flour
1 1/2 cups Sweet Sorgham flour
3 tbsp of Xanthan Gum
1 1/2 Tbsp salt
6 Tbsp of baking powder
2 cups or a small can of dry buttermilk powder
1 cup dry milk powder
1 cup Crisco butter flavored shortening
1/2 c butter

Cream the butter and Crisco together in a very large bowl.   Start adding the flours in one cup at a time till the mix is all mixed up and resembles a speckled/pebbly flour mixture.  A very coarse flour if you will...then add in the remainder of the ingredients.  You can cut the flour into the mix with a pastry cutter but this is so much mix that the mixer worked better for me.  I then took the mix and put 2 cups of mix in Ziplock bags, labeled them, and stored them in my refrigerator.  According to Carrie this has a long shelf life but I didn't want to risk spoilage hence the refrigeration.  Non gluten flours and baking supplies are not cheap so you don't want to risk losing them.

You will notice that the mix doesn't have sugar or substitute in it.  I suppose you could put it in but...I thought for savory baked goods like dumplings or biscuits I wouldn't want the sugar.  I have so far used this mix for making dumplings, biscuits, pancakes, cake donut holes, muffins etc.  Yummy!

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

2 cups of Vickie's GF Mix
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1+  cup milk (I used almond milk)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup lemon flavoring or juice
1 tbs poppy seeds

Preheat oven to 360degrees 

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  The mixture may be a super thick and you can add more milk if you like but it is a thick batter.  Spray muffin tin with spray oil.  Divide mix into the 12 muffin tin wells.  Press down lightly with finger  tips.  Spray tops with the spray oil and sprinkle with granulated sugar.   Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center of the muffin.

Okay give it a try.  These are really yummy!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Week 4 and the GF lifestyle keeps on!

Week four is over and done and I am doing better then I thought I would be doing at this point in my journey.  I am not saying it has been a super easy four weeks but it has been getting progressively easier with each passing day!  I keep borrowing from my GA background...one day at a time.  If I can make it through today then I will let tomorrow take care of itself.  I focus on just today. 

Some noticeable changes since starting the diet is my increase in stamina.  I am not as tired when I first get out of bed and I don't seem to get so run down and wore out as quick.  The fibro fog brain fuzziness on waking seems to be better too but memory is still in the crapper.  My pain seems better but that is such a subjective issue since I always have good days and bad days!  

I found a yummy pizza from Mazzio's that they make and deliver to the house...yes they do they make a gluten free pizza.  It only comes in one size but it is gluten free in a foil tray to prevent cross contamination in their ovens but it can be topped with whatever GF toppings you want to put on it!  Not bad but a bit pricey at about $11 for a 10" pie.   Another alternative is making your own pizza and crusts.   
Bob's Red mill has this pizza mix for about $4.50 a package and it makes a pretty good size pie.  Tastes wonderful too but doesn't reheat well.  Soggy/spongey is a term that comes to mind to describe the texture!

I bought some Udi's preformed pizza crust at the health food store and it isn't too bad but once a gain is a little pricey.   Two small single serve size were over $4.  Tasty though and there weren't any left overs!

Another alternative would be to make your own from scratch   I found a recipe on About.com that sounds like it might work and plan on giving it a try.  Here is the link for the recipe.  http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/od/pizzasflatbreadswraps/r/GFPizzaCrust.html

On my crafting blog I showed a recipe card I had made for a swap and thought I should share it here too!  I made these cupcakes and took them to an event and everyone was questioning me as to whether they were gluten free or not.  I told them that they could eat them or not but that I wasn't giving up my secrets!  Towards the end of the event I went to the back and fixed me a cup of coffee and grabbed a cupcake and started eating it.  OMG!  The looks on some of the faces...and these were the same ones that ate two of the darn cupcakes.  You would have thought I had force fed them big juicy worms or something...another just went and got another cupcake.   I think you can read the recipe if you click on it to make it larger.  I used a bag of GF chocolate cake mix from Bob's Red Mill.  I think next cake I make I am going to substitute applesauce for part of the fat in it though.  

One thing I have found about gluten free cooking/baking is that it is fattening!  I don't know whether it is a difference in the nutrition or as I suspect the fact that I am cooking and baking so much more recently! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Week Three....done!

It has been a good week but I think I may have  over done it several days cause today I am really achy all over and a more than generalized listlessness going on.  I just couldn't seem to get out of bed then I just can't seem to get my butt out of whatever chair it is parked in...

How do I define over doing?  Well I usually make a quick run to one store if I have to shop for groceries or whatever and I try not to do more then one store when I get out.  It just takes too much out of me to do that and shopping has become a real pain in the butt...literally!  I do a lot of online shopping now if possible to conserve energy for those things I can't buy in an online way.  Several days last week I was up late because I couldn't sleep and when I did go to bed and didn't sleep well because of external noises.  The City of Norman decided to put in a new water line behind my house and all the heavy equipment with their safety beeping noises went on all week.  The lawn care guys showed up and OMG! how loud can a lawnmower and blower be?  I have been having more light and noise sensitivity this week and I am unsure what is the cause of that!  If you have fibromyalgia and CFS it doesn't take much to throw you into a flare up and I think I am just going to relax this weekend and try again next week doing some things I want to do and pace myself while doing them.  

Found a new to me store in Norman called Natural Grocer's that is like what we used to call a health food store.  It has a full line of everything you would find in a regular grocery except it is 'natural, organic, healthy' for you.   Have you every had a craving for something you can't have?  Well I was that way on Thursday wanting store bought bread so I went to Natural Grocers and they were having a sale on their Udi's bread so I bought a couple loaves of their multigrain and cinnamon raisin bread.  The clerk told me she thinks they are better then regular bread!    I also picked up some frozen pasta dinners like mac and cheese and spaghetti to have for supper this week.  Amy's Kitchen food brand has all sorts of foods for the Gluten Free diet and I think that Natural Grocer's carries them all!  I tried the rice macaroni and cheese that is diary free and it was so thick and creamy...OMG!  I didn't know it was dairy free! 

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Went to supper last night at Coach's with a bunch of friends and Robin turned me on to a couple really cool iPhone app called "Is That Gluten Free?"  and the eating out program called "Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out"  Both Programs have a lot of really useful information about foods I can and can't have.

The Is That Gluten Free program has the foods organized several different ways, by category, brand, and an ingredients section that lists ingredients on packages of prepared products so that if you aren't sure what it is you can look it up.   The Is that Gluten Freen Eating Out guide has the foods divided up by restaurant and tells you what you can have and can't have on the menu.  If the food contains a gluten item ie hamburger then it tells you how to order it without the gluten component.  I think I am going to find this a really helpful took in my gluten free journey.

Okay I am off to fix some lunch.  Made myself hungry writing this.  More later!