Monday, May 19, 2014

gluten free banana white chocolate loaf

I'm finding our favorite recipes are the same we've used all our lives but with a gluten-free flour blend. These were our first wonderful gluten-free breads and we devoured them. It's amazing how much of a comfort food bread is.

Banana White Chocolate Loaf

1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup GF flour mix
1/4 cup almond flour
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup mashed banana
white chocolate for drizzling

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 6 ½ x 3-inch loaf pan. I like to flour with coconut flour. 

Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, banana and vanilla extract. 

Scrape batter into pan and spread evenly.

Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a plate.

Melt white chocolate and drizzle onto the loaf of bread.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Since going gluten-free I've tried several different cookie recipes. Yesterday Jaden and I decided to make simple chocolate chip cookies. I used the recipe on the Guittard Semi-sweet chocolate chip bag and modified it to be gluten-free. They were the best we've had GF!

A few tips for modifying a regular recipe to be gluten-free are:
  • Add an egg or two depending on the recipe
  • Increase leaving by adding some baking powder (I prefer not to increase baking soda)
  • Add 1/2 - 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (helps hold it together- you can also use ground flax or chia seed but opt for the full teaspoon)
  • Use GF rice flour mix *(I use Rebecca's recipe which I will include at the bottom of this post)

Here are the original and modified recipes so you can compare...

Guittard Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Guittard GF Chocolate Chip Cookies 
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups GF rice flour mix (added 1/8-1/4 cup for altitude adjustment)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Beat and Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.


Don't forget to mix up your own batch of rice flours...

Rebecca's Rice Flour Mix
1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
1 1/4 cup white rice flour
1 cup sweet rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup potato starch
2 tsp xanthan gum