Tag Archives: Gluten-Free

Sunbutter Puppy Chow (peanut free)

21 Dec

puppyBeing cursed with a peanut intolerance has been a pain in the fanny. I used to eat peanut butter every morning, would take spoonfuls at night, and some of my favorite treats involve peanuts/peanut butter (PB balls, PB cookies, Puppy Chow, pad thai, etc).

Well, when life hands you lemons… Screw the lemons and bake! 🙂

I have found that most of my favorite treats can still be made using SunButter. SunButter is made out of sunflower seeds. I like both the creamy and chunky varieties. I prefer this type of nut butter to almond butter because it is sweeter and less gritty.

SunButter Puppy Chow (peanut free)
Whatcha need:

1 box of Honey Nut Chex
1  1/2 c of chocolate chips (use dairy free ones- like I did- if you need to)
1/2 c sunbutter (I used 1/4 cup creamy and 1/4 c chunky)
1  1/3 c powdered sugar

Using a big microwave safe bowl, dump in your chocolate chips and microwave for 1.5 minutes. Stir the chocolate chips. Pop them back in for 45 seconds. Stir… continue at 30 second intervals until the chocolate chips are all melted. DON’T over heat them or they will burn.

Add your sun nut butter and stir until completely incorporated. You could add a tspn of vanilla at this point if you had some- but I was out!

Carefully dump in half of your box of Honey Nut Chex. Stir until all the Chex are coated. Add the rest of the Chex and stir again. Easy, right? Once all the cereal is coated, let the mixture sit for a minute or two to cool a little. Not too long or the chocolate will harden, but just enough so the chocolate doesn’t melt the powdered sugar.

Finally put about half of the powdered sugar into a giant ziploc bag. Dump in the chocolate/nut butter coated cereal. Add the rest of the powdered sugar. Zip the bag and shake it… like a polaroid picture.

Shake the bag until all of the cereal has been coated. Then empty the delicious-ness onto a giant cookie sheet to cool.

Store in an airtight container or eat it immediately. I made mine for a party tomorrow night and have already demolished a good portion… Oops!


Sugar Cookies: gf, df, vegan

11 Dec

sugar cookiesA good sugar cookie is hard to come by. You know the kind… Chewy  with a crunchy edge. Mmmmm.

It’s nearly impossible if you’re gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. I will tell you right now, that these sugar cookies are perfection. They fool even the “normal” cookie eating folk. My hubby will eat at least 5 straight out of the oven… I won’t tell you how many I devour. I also won’t tell you how many times I’ve made these beauties in the past few months. It’s shameful.

I adapted this recipe out of my Better Homes & Garden cookbook. It is actually supposed to be a recipe for snickerdoodles, so if you prefer cinnamon to sugar- roll these bad boys in a cinnamon sugar mix before you bake them (and add 1/4 tspn of cream of tartar to the dry ingredients).  I’ve done them both ways.

I almost forgot: I did not make these vegan because I used regular sugar, which is not vegan. If you are so inclined, use vegan sugar!

Sugar Cookies:
whatcha need
Preheat the oven to 350 F

1/2 c butter (dairy free), softened
1 c sugar
1/4 c applesauce
1/2 tspn vanilla
3/4 c asian rice flour
1/2 c brown rice flour
1/4 c sweet rice flour
1 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn xanthan gum or guar gum

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. Set aside.

Using a handheld mixer, beat your (dairy free) butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. I used df/sf butter (me +soy=blah).

Scrape down the sides of your bowl and beat in your applesauce and vanilla.

Once again, scrape down the sides of your bowl. Carefully dump your dry ingredients into your wet. Mix well until everything is incorporated. I chill my dough into the fridge for about 30 minutes.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, scoop dough and roll into balls (I just use a cookie dough scoop- a little less than 2 TB- and don’t worry about rolling them) about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten the tops a little and put them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. You want them to look lightly browned and not gooey.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Let them sit for 3 minutes on the baking sheet. Using a nice spatula (I use stainless steel) put them on a baking rack to cool. If you don’t have self control (raises hand…) try one when they’re still warm and gooey. Otherwise you can wait for them to cool.

If these last more than a day, I store them in Tupperware at room temperature. This has only happened once. 🙂

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes (gf, df)

9 Dec

I’m sorry for slacking the past few months… School has started, I had to close up my bakery, AND I got married (3 months after getting engaged)…. I meant to post this back in March but it never happened. Here it goes. This is a recipe I used to use for my bakery. It’s my most requested and is absolutely delicious….margarita

Alcohol + Cupcakes = Pure Awesomeness

I posted the recipe for my Tequila Lime Buttercream almost two summers ago, and it is one of the most frequented pages on my blog. What’s not to love above alcohol infused frosting? Exactly.

Tequila is my alcohol of choice. That and gin, but noone wants a pine scented cupcake… or do they? Maybe for Christmas. 🙂

I made these bad boys for Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d share my recipe for my favorite Margarita cupcake. It’s perfect for everyone 21 and older.

I used my own gluten free version of the Sprinkle’s Strawberry cupcake as the base for this cupcake and topped it with a strawberry margarita buttercream. If you want a non-alcoholic version of this cupcake, you can just omit the tequila and it will still be a hit. Light and summery.

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Whatcha need:
Preheat oven to 350

  • 1/3 cup of pureed frozen strawberries (defrost about half of a bag of frozen strawberries and puree them in your food processor- save the leftover puree for your frosting!)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup soy milk, or your favorite milk (dairy or non)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) non dairy butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 c tequila (for an alcoholic version)- for after they are done baking
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

Prep a muffin/cupcake tin with cupcake liners. This recipe will make about 14-15 cupcakes.

In a small bowl, mix together your tequila and lime juice. You will baste this mixture on your cupcakes right when you remove them from the oven.

Whisk together your dry ingredients (brown rice flour through the salt). Set aside.

In a different small bowl, mix your strawberry puree, soy milk, and vanilla. Set aside.

Yea, I know we’re using up all of your bowls, but…. In a different large bowl, with your hand held mixer cream your butter and sugar (about 2 minutes) . Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything mixes together.  Add your full egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape your bowl. Beat in one egg white until incorporated. Add your last egg white and beat until it’s incorporated. Scrape down the sides of your bowl.

Remember the bowl of dry ingredients and your bowl of strawberry mixture? We need those now. Carefully mix in half of the dry mixture into your sugar/butter/egg mixture. Make sure it is fully incorporated. Mix in the strawberry/milk mixture completely. Then, add the remaining dry ingredients.

Once everything is mixed together, scoop your batter into the prepared cupcake liners- about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-19 minutes. In my commercial kitchen, it takes almost 19 minutes but at home it only takes 17. Clean toothpick= perfection. Don’t overbake or the bottoms will turn brown.

Remove the cupcakes from the tin after a couple of minutes, and put them on a cooling rack. Immediately use your basting brush and baste the cupcakes with the tequila/lime mixture. Don’t drench them, but be liberal enough with the mixture so that it soaks into the cake a little bit. Yum!

Let your cupcakes cool and then top them with your favorite frosting (the strawberry margarita frosting ROCKS, recipe below)

Strawberry Margarita Frosting:
1 stick (1/2 cup) of dairy free butter, softened
Scant 1/2 cup shortening
1-3 Tablespoons of strawberry puree
1-2 Tablespoons of lime juice
1-2 Tablespoons of tequila
Powdered sugar (1/2 to 3/4 of the bag)

Now, I’m sorry that my measurements aren’t exact. However, this recipe is fairly flexible and you can make it to suit your taste.

Start by creaming your butter and shortening in a stand mixer. Let your mixer run on high for 1-2 minutes until the butter and shortening have creamed together and look smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and make sure everything is fully incorporated and whipped together. Noone likes chunky frosting people!

Turn your mixer off and add a little less than half of the bag of powdered sugar. Here is the only tricky part: it’s better to add a little at a time (powdered sugar, then liquid, then powdered sugar, then liquid… etc) so that the frosting doesn’t separate.

Turn your mixer on low and let the butter/shortening mix with the powdered sugar. It will be very dry, but let it mix the best it can. Keep the mixer on and add 1 or 2 tablespoons of the strawberry puree. Mix it on medium. If the frosting is still really dry, it’s okay to add some of the tequila and lime juice. Start with 1 tablespoon. Mix on high. The goal is to whip everything. Taste your frosting. Not sweet enough? Add more powdered sugar. Not enough tequila or lime? Add more. Just make sure that before you add more liquid, your frosting is dry enough to handle it.

I love to whip my frosting for 2-5 minutes so that it’s nice and fluffy.

Pipe it onto your cooled cupcakes. Decorate accordingly.

Bonus points if you create fondant sombreros. 🙂

PS: If you don’t want alcohol in your frosting, then just use the strawberry puree, lime juice, and you could also use a little soy milk instead of tequila.

Pumpkin Mug Cake (oven-free)

5 Oct

I found this recipe online and had to try it gluten free. I am addicted to pumpkin, and sometimes I just don’t want to bake. Well, it’s not the baking I don’t want to do… It’s the cleaning up. This recipe is made in a mug and is ready to eat in 5 minutes. That’s what I call the perfect lazy dessert.

Pumpkin Mug Cake

  • 7 tablespoons GF flour (I used 3 tablespoons of brown rice and 4 tablespoons of sorghum)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons coffee (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2-3 tablespoons walnuts
  • 1 egg

In your microwavable mug, mix together your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin spice). Mix in your pumpkin and coffee until it’s well incorporated. Then, add your egg. Mix it well and then stir in your walnuts.

Pop it in the microwave for 4.5 minutes (I did 3 minutes like the recipe suggested, but then you are supposed to turn your microwave to 50 percent power for 2 additional minutes. I don’t have that option, so I just microwaved it for 1.5 more minutes)

Be careful, your mug will be hot! Let it cool for a minute and then tip it out over a plate. So cool, right? You could make a powdered sugar glaze, but I just poured some sugar free maple syrup on it.


Dairy, egg, and gluten free Chocolate Cupcakes

15 Sep

The boyfriend turns 30 in less than 2 weeks. I need a delicious cupcake that I can actually enjoy to celebrate. I think I found a recipe that meets all my dietary needs AND it tastes amazing. I think it’s my favorite chocolate cupcake so far (and it’s missing eggs and dairy)… Who woulda thought!

Whatcha Need

Preheat oven to 350

½ c white rice flour
½ c brown rice flour
¼ c tapioca flour
¼ c sorghum flour
1 c sugar
½ c cocoa powder
1 tspn baking soda
¾ tspn xanthan gum
½ tspn salt
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 tspn vanilla extract
½ tspn almond extract
1 tspn distilled white vinegar
1 c water

Whisk together the dry ingredients: the flours, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix in the wet ingredients: the veggie oil, vanilla, almond, vinegar, and water. Fill the cupcake liners about 2/3 full and bake for 18-21 minutes.

Cool and frost.

I made a dairy free blueberry buttercream frosting. This blueberry wasn’t very noticeable but it gave the frosting a cute color.

PS: My camera isn’t at my house… I’ll try and post a picture tomorrow if I find a camera at school 🙂

Carrot Banana Cupcakes (vegan and gluten free)

1 Sep

Well, folks… I have some news. I went to the doctor and have to do another elimination diet to see why I am still so sick. What am I eliminating? Eggs, dairy, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant…. I cried. For an hour. It’s a huge change, and of course happens right in the middle of me discovering my new passion.

That being said, it’s all for the greater good. Hopefully I will figure out what is making me sick! I’m not letting this get me down. I am going to attempt some gluten free/vegan (egg & dairy free) baking.

Now, I was going to use an egg replacer- but here’s where things get tricky. All of the egg replacers I found have potato starch- and of course I can’t have potatoes! This recipe has applesauce and a banana to replace the egg. I tried the finished product when it was still warm, and it was good- but a little gooey. I think it will be better tomorrow. I will let you know!

Whatcha Need:

Preheat oven to 350

¼ c sorghum
¼ c tapioca
½ c brown rice
¼ c white rice
¾ tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ginger
½ tsp nutmeg
1 c sugar
2/3 c applesauce
¼ c soy milk
½ c vegetable oil
1 mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 c grated carrots
2/3 c chopped walnuts

Wisk together all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl. Make sure everything is combined. Then, with your hand-held mixer add the sugar, applesauce, milk, vegetable oil, banana, and vanilla until everything is blended. Stir in the carrots and walnuts.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and pop ’em in the oven for 21-24 minutes.

Let cool and frost. These would be delicious with cream cheese frosting, but I couldn’t find vegan cream cheese today so I made a dairy free buttercream.

Margarita Cupcakes

29 Aug

Tomorrow is our first day back to school for staff meetings. Our principal is setting up a taco bar for the teachers for lunch. What goes with tacos? Margaritas!!!! BUT Since we can’t drink margaritas at school, the next best thing is Margarita Cupcakes. Lime with a little bit of tequila baked in. Mmmm. These should help us get through the afternoon 🙂

Tequila Lime Buttercream

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 lb. powdered sugar (1/2 bag- give or take)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons tequila
1/2 tablespoon milk
Green& yellow food coloring: however many drops you want to make the frosting look lime-y- about 1 green drop to every 3 yellow (optional)

Cream the butter and shortening with your stand mixer. Add the vanilla, lime juice, zest, and tequila. Mix until combined. Add the powdered sugar. Start with about half the bag. Add the milk and if the frosting is too soft, add more powdered sugar. Add the food coloring if you want now and then Whip the frosting for 3-5 minutes and then frost your cooled cupcakes. After I frosted my cupcakes, I rolled the edges of the frosting in sugar (to mimic a margarita glass)


Check out a very similar post, but for a strawberry margarita cupcake and frosting recipe. YUM!

Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

28 Aug

I’m attending a birthday party tomorrow and of course can’t show up empty handed (without cupcakes, I mean…). I don’t know the fella very well but I do know that he likes ninjas and bacon. I decided to take his love for bacon and make some delicious cupcakes. I’ve heard of chocolate covered bacon on a stick and bacon chocolate bars so it must be good!


Chocolate Chip Cookies

26 Aug

I was having friends over to work on our first big masters program project and wanted to make some delicious, homemade chocolate chip cookies. It’s a comfort food. To avoid working. Right? Okay, maybe not. The work is done and the cookies were demolished. Mission accomplished.

Whatcha Need:

Preheat oven to 350

½ c tapioca flour
1 ½ c Bob’s Red Mill all purpose gluten free baking mix
1 tspn baking powder
¾ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons xanthan gum
¾  tspn salt
1 ¼ stick butter, softened
2/3  c brown sugar
½  c white sugar
1 large egg
1 tspn vanilla
1 c chocolate chips/chunks

In a bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, cream the butter and both sugars together for about 2 minutes. I used my hand-held mixer. Mix in the egg until it is combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix in the vanilla.

Gradually mix in the flour mixture, starting with adding only a third of the flour mixture. Mix until combined and add another third. Scrape the sides of the bowl and then mix in the last third of the flour.

Stir in the chocolate chips/chunks. (I used about 1 cup of Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet chips and chopped up a little chunk of a bittersweet chocolate bar I wanted to use up)

I put my dough into the fridge for about 30 minutes (so the cookies would still be warm when company showed up). This is optional. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and scoop whatever sized dough balls you like onto the paper about 2 inches apart. These bad boys expand. Bake for 12-15 minutes (it varied for each batch).

I think this recipe made between 24 and 30 cookies. (I’m not sure because my friend scarfed a handful down before I was able to count).

Lemon Strawberry Cupcakes

24 Aug

I had a stressful day at work. PLUS we got the syllabus for our online masters program today and I was feeling beyond overwhelmed. The cure? BAKING CUPCAKES! It did help and the results were delicious. We also knocked our introductory class out of the park- so I’m feeling relieved.

I was going to make carrot cupcakes, but I didn’t feel right not making something fruity (since it is still summer after all). A friend suggested something with strawberry…. The result? Whipped lemon buttercream frosting on top of a moist lemon cake. Hiding inside? Strawberry filling .


As promised, I have posted a sequence of pictures of what it looks like once you have taken the little chunk out of your cupcake… The cone method.


Cut a hole (slanting your knife in- like you were cutting a cone)
Scoop out the little chunk.
Spoon in your filling