Monday, June 6, 2011

Food: Flourless Chocolate Cake (made from black beans!)

Adapted from recipes found on the following blogs: Initially found on Healthy Indulgences blog which sites as their inspiration.

1-15 ounce can of unseasoned black beans
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup honey plus 1/3 cup apple sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar

6 tablespoons cocoa powder, I used Serendity3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Mix
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Chopped Nut topping
8x8 baking pan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 mins

Drain and rinse beans. Shake off excess water. Place beans, 3 of the eggs, vanilla, apple sauce and salt into blender. Blend on high until beans are completely liquefied. 

Whisk together cocoa powder, baking soda, brown sugar and baking powder. Add remaining two eggs, beating for a minute after each addition. 

Pour bean batter into egg mixture and mix. Finally, stir in cocoa powder and water (if using), and beat the batter on high for one minute, until smooth. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

First attempt at Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread

I used to bake a delicious home made wheat flour banana nut bread that was awesome! In my attempt to be gluten free I am on my path to discover new ways I can eat things that I love. 
1 cup Bob Mills Gluten Free Oats blended into flour using the Bella Cucina (Magic Bullet type of apparatus)
3/4 cup rice flour from Ranch 99 (check out photo below)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon tapioca starch from Ranch 99 (check out photo below)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
4 small ripe bananas
chopped almonds 
1/3 cup apple sauce 
and canola oil to grease the container.
350 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cooking: Home Made Granola

It's been about a month since I've started my granola experimenting endeavors. Last night I made 3 new batches. I decided to start blogging my trials so I can remember what it is I need to tweak to get my consistency and flavor just right.

Gluten Free Oat: Cinnamon Almond Cherry w/flax

Next time I need to add a little more honey or maple and bake for about 1 minute longer in the first bake phase.

 Regular oats: Sweet peanut
This could use about a 1 more of bake time for each bake phase.

Regular oats: Savory peanut with flax
 Same critique as above.