Friday, September 5, 2014

S'mores Pie

When I saw this recipe online, I knew I had to make it for one last little hoorah before I start back into my workout routine. I adapted it making it gluten free and of course my family couldn't tell. I used my favorite gluten free flour blend (linked) and made some GF graham crackers (links). I used both chocolate chips, because I already had them and some chocolate bars. It came out just fine.  This baked up all nice and puffy and just looked amazing! I tasted a bit and it reminded me of a big cookie, a rich big cookie! This will easily serve 8-12 people, you won't need a big piece. 

S'mores Pie
adapted from Wishes and Dishes, serves 8-12

1 stick Softened Butter
1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
1 whole Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup GLUTEN FREE All Purpose Flour
1 cup GLUTEN FREE Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
7 oz Marshmallow Creme
6 whole (1.55 Oz Bars) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Unwrapped (I used about 7 oz chocolate chips)
1 cup Mini Marshmallows
1/4 cups Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9″ pie pan (or tart pan) with baking spray.
In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together until combined, then add egg and vanilla and stir them in. Stir in flour, graham cracker crumbs and baking powder.
Divide the dough in half. Carefully press half the dough in the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie pan as best you can (I used wet hands, makes it easier). Evenly spread the Marshmallow Creme over the bottom crust.
Separate chocolate squares (or sprinkle chocolate chips) and place on top of the Marshmallow Creme.
Place the 1 cup of marshmallows on top.
Using the remaining crust, pat sections of dough on top of and around all the marshmallows (they will not be completely covered and that is what you want!).
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup chocolate chips, then bake 20 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove pan from oven and set it on a wire rack. Cool completely before cutting.

gluten free crust carefully pressed into tart pan 
(I like that it cuts pieces better than digging them out of a pie dish)

marshmallow cream spread

I used both chocolate chips & chocolate bars

plop pieces of GF crust for top all over and slightly press together

can I just eat it like that?

oh wow, look at that!!

go ahead, take a bite!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Jalapeños

Everything is better made at home right? Shhh, I'd like to keep my job though lol. We make these yummies at work for you to take and bake and I thought I'd make them for my family at home. Mr. and I ate about the whole pan, they're that addicting! I baked them for 25 minutes and they were good, the cheese didn't melt out and the jalapeños were just slightly crunchy. You can go 5 more minutes if you want them softer. Don't waste those baked on little cheesy crunchies either, mmm!

Cream Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Jalapeños

6 slices bacon
12 medium-large fresh Jalapeños
8 oz brick cream cheese, cold (can use less fat one)
1/2 C. or so, cheddar cheese, shredded

Cook bacon in a hot skillet until just crispy. Drain and let cool. Once cooled, diced up finely, set aside.
Cut jalapeños in lengthwise, cut out seeds and membrane (or be daring and keep some in if you want spicy!).
With a sharp, wet knife, cut cream cheese into 12 even slices. Add a slice to each jalapeño half. Top with a little cheddar and a sprinkle of bacon. Place on a lined baking sheet and bake 350' for 25 minutes. Best served warm.

cold cream cheese & a wet knife make it easy to slice

easy to "fill"! 

ready to bake

nom nom! It's like two treats in one!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Boy was I craving an oatmeal cookie today! I went to Pinterest to search out recipes that looked great and using ingredients I had on hand. Recently I went to a little store here and found those Betty Crocker gluten free items such as their rice flour blend for recipes at a great price. It is similar to one I make but opted to try it anyways (hey it had recipes on the box too!). This recipe I came across just so happened to use that very box! Score! Not really knowing how they'd turn out I gave them a try. I added in some coconut for more texture and chewiness. I was pleasantly surprised how big and puffy these baked up, I loved the looks of them! These tasted fantastic too! I loved these cookies. 

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
adapted from Live Better America, makes about 33 cookies

1/2 cup butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 1/2 cups gluten-free quick-cooking oats
1 cup Betty Crocker™ Gluten Free all-purpose rice flour blend
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
2 cups dark or semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Heat oven to 350°F. In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is golden brown. (Watch carefully, as it can change from browned to burnt quickly.) Remove from heat. Beat in canola oil with whisk. Pour into small bowl; set aside to cool 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix oats, flour blend, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In large bowl, place sugars. Add butter mixture. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Stir in oat mixture until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and coconut. Let dough stand 15 minutes.

On parchment paper lined cookie sheets, drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown (centers will be soft). Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Store tightly covered.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

3 Ingredient Banana Cookies

We haven't been eating our daily banana lately and they just get too ripe too fast. I just found this recipe and gave it a go. Oh wow, yum! How easy are 3 ingredients? I happened to have some new Chex Gluten Free Oats to use up so this was perfect timing. They don't spread out, they hold their shape and they bake up a little bit dense and chewy and so delicious! 

Skinny Banana Cookies 
from Six Sisters' Stuff

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup uncooked gluten free oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Mix the mashed bananas and oats in a bowl. Fold in the chocolate chips. Using a small scooper, scoop up the batter and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Homemade Vegetable Juice

This whole juicing thing has really taken off with me. I really got the juicer because my oldest wanted it for juicing but hasn't liked any of the ones I've made. So she sticks to her smoothies. I thought I'd make juice here and there, but it'd end up being another appliance on the shelf. Well, not so! My body has taken to juicing and actually craves it now!  I'll be busy with my day and get that scent of juicing in my mind and then I'll want some. We went to a juice bar the other week and I walked in and the aroma in there "was like MY kitchen!" when I juice. I even went out and bought a case of glass jars to keep my extras in I am loving it so much.

It's only been a few weeks but I have noticed a little difference already. I have notched my belt smaller! So it's been a bonus for me as I am not juicing to lose weight (well that and taking my walks more often have helped).

So, I was thinking of more recipes to try and I've been wanting that V8 juice lately. So I looked around online and found this one. I'm sticking with more green/veggie juices since I can't have too much of the fruit juices. This recipe came out fantastic! Everything compliments each other well. I love that it made me 3 servings so I can grab one out of the fridge tomorrow.

Homemade Vegetable Juice

6-8 small tomatoes
8 carrots, peeled
4 celery stalks
1-2 handfuls spinach
1/2 bunch parsley
1/4 small onion
1/4 beet
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno, seeded if desired
Salt to taste

Add the salt to the jar you're juice is juicing into to help better dissolve it. Juice all ingredients and serve (I like mine chilled). Makes about 3 pints.

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