Saturday, February 23, 2008

gluten free "granola" bars and graham crackers

Today was a "snack" recipe trying day. I'm still looking for portable snacks to take to class.
I kind of made up the recipe for the bars from looking at a variety of other recipes. It's sweet rather than wholesome, and is actually more like a dessert bar. I'm going to keep looking for one that's less sweet and more like a granola bar. The graham cracker recipe was found in a forum after googling it.

Snack Bars:

2 c. cereal (puffed rice, or I used Perky O's)
2 c. oats (didn't have any so I used puffed corn cereal)
1/4 c. almonds (I used walnuts too)
1/4 c. sunflower seeds (salted are ok since this is so sweet)
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. dried fruit
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1 t. vanilla

Combine dry stuff in a bowl. Heat up peanut butter, honey and vanilla (don't boil). Pour over cereal, coat and press into a 9x13 pan. Let cool.

Graham Crackers:

2 3/4 cup flour mix
1/4 c. dark brown sugar
3/4 t. xanthan gum or 1 t. guar gum
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
3/4 c. butter
1/4 c. honey
1/3 c. milk

Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry stuff, then cut in butter. Add honey & milk. Mix into a dough. Roll into small balls and flatten to 1/8" thick on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I used parchment paper). Prick them with a fork, bake for 12-15 minutes. I sprinkled half with cinnamon and sugar. Makes a pretty big batch.
Happy Snacking! I'm totally making s'mores tonight.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

toasted gluten free bread!

I made croutons tonight, then they were so tasty I decided to try it on a larger scale.

I cut up some bread pretty thinly, coated each side with olive oil and sprinkled them with garlic powder and oregano. Stuck them on a cookie sheet at 375 and (I apologize) didn't time it, but checked them until the bottoms got brown, then flipped them over until they were all toasty. These are GOOD, nice and crunchy, and they taste just like those melba toast things that I used to love eating. They would be good with a dip or some cheese, but I plan to take them along with me to class or during the day for a quick snack.

Finally, a way to eat gluten free bread that doesn't disgust me! I'm still on the hunt for a decent sandwich bread...