Friday, March 23, 2012

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Bites

Now that it's warmer I will be mostly using my toaster oven and Xpress Redi Set Go. It's one of those as-seen-on-tv things that I actually use a lot. No sense in heating up my oven if I don't have to, and as a bonus I get a lot of mini-treats. (The mini-muffin insert is much easier to clean than the larger pan.)

I've never made carrot cake, and have always liked it. It seemed intimidating, but it's really not. It's just a glorified muffin recipe, and the hardest part is shredding the carrots- not hard at all. Rather than make these into a dessert with that glorious cream cheese frosting, I decided these would be best for a lightened up for a mid-morning snack.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Bites

1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 t. vanilla
1 c. shredded carrots (about 3 carrots)

3/4 c. gluten free flour (1/4 cup each brown rice flour, sorghum flour, potato starch)
1/8 t. xanthan gum
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. baking soda

Optional: 1/2 c. chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat your oven to 350 or turn on your Xpress Redi Set Go. Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Regardless of what kind of pan you're using, grease it well. There is no oil in these muffins and they will stick without it. Spoon the batter into mini-muffin cups and bake for 5-6 minutes.

When they're done, turn them out onto a cooling rack. After they've cooled for a few minutes, dust with powdered sugar.

Makes appx 18 mini muffins

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Joy Ice Cream Cones- GF

I don't know if this is a new thing, because sometimes I discover gluten free things and everyone else is like, "Yeah where have you been? Psh ...and you call yourself a Celiac."

But today I was in the grocery store and I was picking up some ice cream when something in a display caught my eye.

Gluten free? Since when??

I bought one of each kind- since, you know, summer is coming up.

Not that having an ice cream cone is a huge necessity, but it's fun and believe it or not, I've found myself craving them when everyone else around me is enjoying one, and I'm having mine in a dish. No more!

And now I can make these!