Sunday, August 12, 2012


Wanted to share a quick recipe for Chocolate Banana Muffins. If you have some bananas you need to use, this is a GREAT recipe.
If you dont have applesauce on hand, go ahead and use vegetable oil. Of course the applesauce IS healthier :)

Chocolate Banana Muffins

3 large bananas
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup white rice flour (or mixture of other GF flours)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp xanthan gum
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I like Giradelli’s)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees . Line a muffin tin with baking cups, and set it aside. In a large bowl mash the bananas with a fork or potato masher.
Mix in sugar, egg and applesauce. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, baking powder and xanthan gum, to the banana mixture.
Mix lightly with a rubber spatula to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. The batter should be just moistened but still a little clumpy.
Pour, or scoop batter into cups, and bake for 20 minutes.

WARNING: these are very chocolatey and gooey! If you dont like that much chocolate, omit the chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Go ahead, make your move...

Greetings from South Dakota! Yes you read correctly. The family and I moved from Utah, to South Dakota about 2 weeks ago. It was a tri-state move, with enough stress to choke a horse, but alas, we made it! We are now living in a small town in South Central, South Dakota. Ive been learning how to buy GF in bulk, and the harsh reality set in, when I saw my local grocery does not carry gluten free items. Guess I will be getting to know my UPS/Fedex guy, really well. It's been a while since I posted anything(moves do that to you)and I though I would share a recipe for yummy baked granola.
Don't pay 7$ for 12 oz pkg. Make this instead, and save yourself some money!


2 cups certified gluten-free oats
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup sliced almonds or other nut
1/2 cup crunchy or smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup honey(or agave)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
5 tablespoons of butter (or my fav, coconut oil.)

DIRECTIONS: Combine all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a small saucepan( or in microwave), combine the peanut butter, honey(agave), butter (coconut oil), and vanilla.
Once the peanut butter mixture is combined, mix it with the dry ingredients until the oat mixture is moistened. Press the granola in a shallow pan lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 25 minutes at 300 degrees.
The granola will be pretty dark, but as it cools you will be able to break it up. I store mine in a gallon ziploc bag in the freezer.
A typical serving for this, as cereal with milk, is about a 1/2 cup. Eaten by the handful, well until you want to stop :)