Monday, September 11, 2017

Peanut Butter Treats (with a twist) - Gluten Free

I LOVED the peanut butter treats we had in elementary school.  The best part of elementary school was being a 6th grader and we could work in the cafeteria (not sure what OSHA would say about that now).  On peanut butter treat day the student workers could eat any leftover treats at the end of lunch. YUM!

I searched the Internet for recipes for the glorious treats, but the ones I found had way too many ingredients and more steps than I wanted to follow.  One day I decided to make my own, bulk them up a little, and I only used 3 ingredients.

In order to make this recipe gluten free, be sure to use certified gluten free ingredients.  In the photos you will see I used crunchy peanut butter.  This was because of Hurricane Irma and the fact that the store was out of creamy peanut butter.  Apparently people prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy in their Hurricane Emergency bags.

I like quick and easy, semi-healthy, treats and this is one of them. Makes about 6, 2"x2" treats.

Equipment/Utensils:


  • Microwave
  • Microwave safe bowl (used to mix ingredients and set treats. I used a basic plastic, square storage container)
  • Spoon

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups peanut (of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats/quick oatmeal (uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Put the peanut butter in the microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds.
  2. Add oats and raisins and mix until completely coated with peanut butter
  3. Once mixed, smooth mixture in the bowl until even
  4. Put in refrigerator and let set for about 2 hours
  5. Once set cut into squares & enjoy

Bon Appétit !

Monday, September 4, 2017

Wheat Free Microwave Oat Flour Bread (Easy Recipe) - Gluten Free

Recipe adapted from http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Microwave-Simple-Bread#/Image:Make-a-Microwave-Simple-Bread-Final.jpg

In 2015 I was diagnosed with an allergy to wheat. As a result, I've learned to make adjustments to recipes to make them wheat free.  This recipe works great when you need bread, fast. 




A few things to keep in mind when using oat flour:

  • It will not "rise" much, if at all, like wheat flour
  • The dough will look "grainy"
  • The dough will be sticky (knead it with a plastic spoon in a bowl NOT with your hand)


MAKE THE OAT FLOUR

There's nothing easier than making oat flour. I use quick oats, nothing too special. 
  • Blend gluten free oatmeal until it's ground into flour.  
  • How much should you blend? Measure the amount of oatmeal that is equivalent to the amount of oat flour you need for your recipe.
Freshly Made Oat Flour

MICROWAVE OAT FLOUR BREAD RECIPE (makes about 2 servings)


Utensils:

  • Plastic mixing bowl
  • Plastic spoon or silicon spatula
  • Microwave safe plastic or glass bowl
  • Plate (for cooling)
I prefer to mix the dough in a plastic bowl with a plastic spoon or silicon spatula. The dough gets sticky and seems to not stick to the plastic as much as glass or metal.

Ingredients:



1 1/4 cup oat flour (the 1/4 cup will be added as you knead the dough)
2 tablespoons oil (of your choice. I used canola oil)
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons milk (of your choice. I used coconut milk)
2 tablespoons water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Mixing:

  1. Add 1 cup of the flour to your mixing bowl
  2. Add remainder of dry ingredients
  3. Mix well
  4. Mix remaining ingredients into dry mix
  5. Mix until all ingredients are blended well
  6. Dough should start to come together easily into a ball (the ball will be slightly sticky and look grainy)
(photo will be added soon)

Kneading:


Using the spoon/spatula massage the batter firmly, and try to mix the moisture evenly through. Knead the dough for 2-5 minutes with the spoon/spatula. Use the remaining 1/4 cup of flour to add to the dough as you knead it to help firm it up and reduce the "stickiness". 

"Baking" (Microwave):


The dough will not rise much, if at all, in the microwave.  Because of this, choose carefully the container you will use to cook the bread. A shallow container will yield small slices of bread, a deeper, smaller container will produce larger slices.
  • Place dough in microwave safe dish. (I have not tried shaping the dough into a loaf and baking it on a flat plate or tray.  If you try it, let me know how it works out)
  • Cook on high for 2 minutes
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes.  If you cooked the bread in a bowl or container, flip the dish upside down on a plate and allow the bread to cool.  When cool, the bread should slide right out with a gentle shake.
I use a deep soup bowl to microwave my bread.  It's about 2" deep.
Four (4) slices of the oat bread is just about equivalent to 2 slices of a regular loaf of wheat bread.

Bon Appétit
Share your tips and suggestions for this recipe below.



Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Amazon Prime & Downton Abbey (6 years later)


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This was the post on my Facebook page today. Despite being a self-proclaimed anglophile (just Google it) I refused to watch Downton Abbey unless I could start from Season 1 Episode 1. Because we cut the cord about 2 years ago the only place I was able to access the first episode of Downton Abbey was on Amazon's Roku app, and that was if I had a Prime subscription.

Well, my personal Independence Day came on July 4, 2016 when I finally was able to access Season 1 Episode 1 of Downton Abbey on my Amazon Roku app with a Prime login. Let the binge watching commence!

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

French Toast Bake


This recipe came across my Facebook news feed (click here).  I wanted to be able to pin it and have it available for future reference.  I have added it to my blog so others can pin it also.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf Texas toast
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar....stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan....spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single layer of Texas Toast in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of Texas Toast
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes) 10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar
11. Serve with warm maple syrup