Last week, I attended a potluck dinner. The theme was St. Patrick’s Day – so green and/or Irish foods were a preferred contribution.
Generally, I contribute a savory food, something that can be a side dish or a main course. However, this time I decided to go with a (green) dessert. I was in class prior to the potluck and needed something that would be easy to transport and didn’t require refrigeration.
I’ve wanted to try making gluten free cookies for a while and decided this was a good opportunity. And it’s a good thing I wasn’t serving the cookies to anyone with an intolerance, because, as it turns out, these cookies did contain gluten. As I was researching gluten-free cookies, I realized the spelt flour (that I had bought in the healthy food section at the grocery store next to the gluten-free flours and cake mixes) contains gluten! According to The Kitchn:
“Spelt has a reputation as a “healthier” grain, but as far as gluten-free cooking goes, it’s out. It is a direct relative of wheat, and while its protein content may be higher and therefore better for those of us without a gluten intolerance, it will cause problems for those with gluten-intolerance. One interesting note, however, is that some people who simply have a mild intolerance say that they can tolerate spelt better than wheat. But you should still avoid it completely when cooking for those with a gluten or wheat intolerance.” (from “Cocoa to Cornstarch: Are These 10 Ingredients Gluten-Free?” on The Kitchn)
A few other things “went wrong” in the process. First, I realized after adding the green food dye that it was also mint-flavoured. This ended up not being an issue because both Bryan and I like mint. And I let my classmates know about the flavour ahead of time. Second, although the dough was green, the cookies turned out golden-brown with a green center. They didn’t look very festive. Next time, I will take them out of the oven sooner so they retain a bit more colour.
So, while these cookies were not, in the end, gluten-free… they were a delicious first attempt. (Bryan asked me to tell my classmates that they were terrible so we could have more at home). However, I promised to make these cookies again soon. However, the next batch will be truly gluten-free, substituting a bit more of each of the other flours to remove the spelt flour.
ALMOST Gluten Free Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened – approximate cost $1.50
- ½ cup brown sugar – approximate cost $0.25
- ½ cup cane sugar – approximate cost $0.45
- 1 egg – approximate cost $0.30
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – approximate cost $0.15
- 20 drops of mint-flavoured green food dye – approximate cost $0.25
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum – approximate cost $0.50
- ½ cup spelt flour – approximate cost $0.50
- ½ cup coconut flour – approximate cost $0.60
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 1/3 cup almond meal flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 1/3 cup white rice flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 teaspoon baking soda – approximate cost $0.05
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- 150 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips – approximate cost $1.25
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and cane sugar.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and mint-flavoured green food dye.
- Stir until well blended.
- Mix together the xanthan gum, spelt flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, almond meal flour, white rice flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture ½ cup at a time, mixing well each time you add flour.
- Add the chocolate chips when the flour is completely blended with the butter mixture.
- Use an ice cream scoop to make spheres of cookie dough.
- Place each scoop of dough onto a non-stick baking sheet (about 5 centimeters apart).
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookie is golden (the dough on the inside of the cookie will be green).
- Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet.
- Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Enjoy immediately and pack a few cookies away for later!
Makes about 15 cookies (approximate cost: $0.50 per cookie).
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Posted by Amber on March 20, 2013
Back during the summer, my best friend and I had an evening together. Most of the time, we get together as couples. I don’t remember why it was just the two of us, but it’s what made the evening memorable. We ate homemade hummus (Bryan’s least favourite snack), chatted, and made an impulse decision to go to Dairy Queen at about 10:30pm. I was really impressed with her homemade hummus and ate way too much of it. I was even more surprised when she told me that it was very easy to make. (Put all of the ingredients in a blender, combine, and enjoy!)
The next day, I got a call saying that the hummus tasted even better the next day. The flavours had a chance to meld.
This recipe is my attempt to re-create T’s hummus. I made it based off my memory if the ingredients she told me to use. Adding a bit of this and that until it tasted right. I even took some of the finished product to work and allowed my co-workers to taste test. I’m thrilled to report they thought it was pretty good!
I like to serve hummus with vegetables (carrots, radishes, celery, etc.), but it’s also great with pita chips.
- 1 x 540 mL can of chickpeas, ¾ of the liquid drained – approximate cost $1.25
- 5 tablespoons tahini – approximate cost $0.75
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice – approximate cost $0.50
- 4 cloves of garlic – approximate cost $0.40
- 1 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.10
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Process until chickpeas are smooth in texture.
- Pour into a serving bowl.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the flavours meld together.
- Serve with a side of fresh vegetables such a mini carrots, radishes, celery slices, green pepper slices, etc, and/or pita chips.
Makes 2 lunch-sized servings (approximate cost: $1.50 per serving) or 6 servings (approximate cost: $0.50 per serving) as a snack.
Wednesday Link Parties
Posted by Amber on February 20, 2013
I’m excited to once again be participating in the Improv Challenge hosted by Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker! This month, the challenge ingredients are bananas and nutmeg. Yum! So far, I’ve shared:
Today, I’m sharing a recipe that my dad used to make for me when I was younger. I’ve been trying for years to replicate his recipe but, for some reason, even though I started out using the same ingredients it’s just never the same… so I changed things up a bit and made it my own (Dad leaves out the nutmeg and the vanilla).
Fried Bananas with Brown Sugar Sauce
- 2 bananas – approximate cost $0.50
- 2 heaping tablespoons brown sugar – approximate cost $0.20
- 1/4 cup butter – approximate cost $0.50
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg – approximate cost $0.15
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon – approximate cost $0.15
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla – approximate cost $0.20
- Slice the banana in half lengthwise and then horizontally (you should have four long and thin pieces).
- Melt half of the butter (1/8 cup) in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Add the banana slices to the frying pan.
- Cook until the banana begins to turn golden brown.
- Flip and cook until the banana begins to turn golden brown.
- Remove to a plate.
- Add the remaining butter, and brown sugar.
- Cook until sugar is melted.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla to sauce.
- Stir well.
- Pour sauce over fried banana pieces.
- Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $0.85 per serving).
Posted by Amber on January 17, 2013
Today, I’m guest posting on Ginger Bakes. I’m very excited that Mel invited me to post on her blog as well!
You may remember that, a few weeks ago, Mel from Ginger Bakes guest posted on this blog and shared her delicious Chocolate Drizzled Mocha Cookies (Bryan has been asking me to make these cookies ever since)!
So head on over and check out my Banana Bread recipe! It’s not exactly festive, but a delicious and easy to make treat that you can take along to any holiday party!
Posted by Amber on December 22, 2012
Green soft ice cream. Yummy! (There was also an option for green sprinkles)
Posted by Amber on March 17, 2012
I made a quick trip to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make Shepherd’s Pie for dinner tonight (it is Pi Day after all!) and came across a half cantaloupe stuffed with strawberries. Couldn’t pass it by. We had eaten most of it by the time I remembered I hadn’t taken a picture for today.
Posted by Amber on March 14, 2012