Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blueberry Cornmeal-Polenta Cake - Gluten Free

With all of the new gluten free mixes arriving on the market, I decided to try a few of the mixes.  So many have added flax meal, so I can only try a few.

I bought a few of Aldi’s liveGfree mixes and have tried a couple of them more than once!

The cornbread mix is a bit too sweet for cornbread for my taste, but I decided it would be great for polenta cake.  Of course my sisters loved the sweet corn muffins I made using it for a get-together!

This is a add-in things as you go along recipe, since I didn’t have to mix up the dry mix as in previous cornmeal/polenta cakes.

Suitable for ovo-lacto vegetarian.

Blueberry Cornmeal-Polenta Cake - Gluten Free

 Blueberry Cornmeal-Polenta Cake - Gluten Free



1 box Gluten free corn bread mix (used liveGfree brand)

2 tbsp powdered milk (used Sanalac)


Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs

2 tbsp sour cream

6 tbsp grape seed oil (any neutral oil)

1 tbsp maple syrup (for addl. flavor)

2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1 tsp lemon extract)

1/4 cup butter milk

1/2 cup half and half (or coconut cream)


Add Ins

1 cup dried blueberries -(ok to use fresh, cake may turn blue)


Topping (optional):

2 tsp Turbinado or coarse sugar




Mix all Wet Ingredients together until smooth, whisk in the Dry Ingredients, Fold in the blueberries. Bake in a greased 9 inch pan in a preheated 350F oven, until edges are browned and top begins to brown. It bakes at least 25 minutes.

Remove from oven, let sit for about 2 minutes, loosen sides and shake pan to loosen bottom. Turn out onto a serving dish or cooling rack.

Slice and serve at room temperature.


 Blueberry Cornmeal-Polenta Cake - Gluten Free


Servings: 16


Nutrition (per 1/16th of cake): 213 calories, 7.1g total fat, 1.4g monounsaturated fat, 3.7g polyunsaturated fat, 1.4g saturated fat, 30.2mg cholesterol, 293.9mg sodium, 29.9mg calcium, 104.5mg potassium, 5.6mcg folate, 25.7mg phosphorus, 9.2mg phytosterols, 0mcg lycopene, 2.2mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, 1.3mg vitamin c, 2.2IU vitamin d, <1mg zinc, 33.7g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 31.7g net carbohydrates, 15.5g sugar, <1g fructose, <1g galactose, <1g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, <1g sucrose, 2.5g protein.



 Just in case you plan to eat the whole thing!


Nutrition (entire cake): 3406 calories, 114.1g total fat, 22.6g monounsaturated fat, 59.2g polyunsaturated fat, 23.1g saturated fat, 483.3mg cholesterol, 4701.7mg sodium, 478.4mg calcium, 1671.8mg potassium, 89.3mcg folate, 410.8mg phosphorus, 146.9mg phytosterols, 0mcg lycopene, 35.8mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, 1.9mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, 20.2mg vitamin c, 35IU vitamin d, 3.1mg zinc, 539.3g carbohydrates, 32g fiber, 507.3g net carbohydrates, 247.3g sugar, <1g fructose, <1g galactose, <1g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, 11.4g sucrose, 40g protein.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies

We have had monsoon rains all summer, but it turned cold after the one last night.  I needed a sweater and hat to check the mail!


Today, as I was finishing up reorganizing my kitchen and changing the storage for my gluten free mixes and flour to glass jars, I decided to make a brownie from scratch.


After all, the oven wouldn’t heat up the kitchen!  

I had almost a cup of a flour blend that did not fit into one jar, so decided to use it in the brownie. 


This recipe uses 12 tbsp of fat and 1 1/2 cups sweetener.  I have different types of shortening, so decided to mix them.  I also like to mix stevia with sugar to reduce the sugar grams.


Feel free to use all sugar and/or butter.  Stevia blends don’t have the moisture that sugar has, so a bit of liquid sweetener was used


I like dark chocolate thus this is a dark chocolate brownie.  If you are a milk chocolate lover, add another 1/4 cup sweetener and remove 1 tbsp of cocoa.


Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies  


 Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies




Brownie Mix / Flour Mix


3/4 cups King Arthur Gluten Free Whole Grain Flour Blend

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup Stevia blend (or sugar)

3/4 cups Dutch-process cocoa


Wet ingredients and Fats


8 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)

1 tbsp Nutiva Shortening (red palm & coconut oil blend)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp Red Palm Oil

2 large eggs

2 tbsp Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Nectar

1/4 cup chocolate syrup (used Hershey's Special Dark)

1 tsp vanilla extract


Water as Needed


1/4 cup hot water


Add Ins


1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped walnuts




1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tbsp coconut, unsweetened, shredded (Let's Do Organic)




·         Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" shiny pan.  A 1/4 sheet pan is comparable.

·         Whisk all Brownie Mix ingredients together and set aside

·         Beat the Wet ingredients and Fats until blended

·         Beat in the combined Brownie mix until blended, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Gradually add in the hot water beating until blended


·         Fold in the Add Ins


Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies



·         Spread batter into a lightly greased shiny pan.  Top evenly with Toppings


Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies


·         Bake the brownies for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a tiny amount of moist crumbs clinging to it.

·         The edges of the brownies should be set, but the middle still soft.

·         Remove the brownies from the oven, and cool them completely before cutting and serving


Gluten Free Dark Decadent Brownies



Servings: 24

Yield: 24 brownie bars


Nutrition as prepared (per serving): 163 calories, 10.2g total fat, 1.5g monounsaturated fat, <1g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fatty acids, 0g trans-monoenoic fatty acids, <1g linoleic acid, <1g alpha linolenic acid, 6.3g saturated fat, 29.5mg cholesterol, 91.2mg sodium, 23.6mg calcium, 13.2mg potassium, 3.4mcg folate, 32.4mg phosphorus, <1mg phytosterols, <1mcg lycopene, 1.4mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, <1mg vitamin c, 1.5IU vitamin d, <1mg zinc, 17.8g carbohydrates, 2.2g fiber, 15.6g net carbohydrates, 9g sugar, <1g fructose, <1g galactose, <1g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, <1g sucrose, <1mg stigmasterol, 2g protein.



Storage containers


Storage for gluten-free flour

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cranberry Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free

I haven’t baked oatmeal cookies in some time.  I don’t really know why.  We have been getting so much rain lately that I started looking for something to do inside.

I haven’t eaten much oatmeal lately either, so I decided it was time to use the oatmeal before it goes rancid.  First I thought of muffins, but didn’t really want muffins…..  And cookies are always good to even the grand nieces and nephews!
My food processor gets more use than anything in the kitchen, other than the heavy duty blender.

I do have a favorite oatmeal recipe that uses nut butter, but I only have peanut butter, so decided not to make those, because one of my sisters has a peanut allergy.

Once I figured out how to make gluten free cookies, I realized that I didn’t need a flour mix, just a food processor.

This recipe is pretty simple, and easy to make in large batches. They can also be made into  a larger sized breakfast cookie.

So here goes, and enjoy!

Cranberry Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free

 Cranberry Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free



Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup Stevia (granulated) or other granulated 'sugar'

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp honey

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla


Dry Ingredients

1 cup  oat flour

1/4 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)

3/4 tsp baking soda

a pinch of guar or xanthan gum


Food Processor - coarse grind

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup dried cranberries

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt (optional)



1/3 cup Walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup dark raisins




  • Add 2 cups oats in food processor and pulse about 15 seconds add dried cranberries and pulse until the food processor stops jerking.  Set to run and allow pulsing for about a minute.  The mixture should be a finely diced mix.  If not, continue pulsing until finely diced.  Remove from food processor to a medium bowl (dry bowl)and stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  • Add the  "Dry Ingredients" to the bowl and whisk

Cranberry  Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free - food processor


  • Heat oven to 350°F.


  • In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined ingredients in "dry bowl", mix well, then add "Add Ins", and mix well.


Cranberry  Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free - mixing


Cranberry  Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free - dough

  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper covered cookie sheets. Shape and flatten a bit as the will rise.


Cranberry Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free - ready to bake


  • Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until tops  are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.

Cranberry  Raisin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies - Gluten Free


  • Cool completely. Store tightly covered.


Yield: About 3 1/2 dozen                                                                                           


Nutrition (per cookie): 76 calories, 3.5g total fat, <1g monounsaturated fat, <1g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fatty acids, 0g trans-monoenoic fatty acids, <1g linoleic acid, <1g alpha linolenic acid, 1.6g saturated fat, 15.9mg cholesterol, 40.7mg sodium, 7.7mg calcium, 27.8mg potassium, 2.2mcg folate, 10.5mg phosphorus, <1mg phytosterols, <1mcg lycopene, <1mcg selenium, <1mg thiamin, <1mcg vitamin b12, <1mg vitamin b6, <1mg vitamin c, <1IU vitamin d, <1mg zinc, 10.5g carbohydrates, <1g fiber, 9.6g net carbohydrates, 5.9g sugar, <1g fructose, <1g galactose, <1g glucose, <1g lactose, <1g maltose, 1.3g sucrose, 0g sugar alcohols, <1mg stigmasterol, 1.3g protein, 0mg caffeine.

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