Monday, 30 May 2011

Cookies, Muffins and Bars

Gluten-free baking
If ever you are interested in doing some GF baking, I suggest you have a look at this GF recipe book from Pulse Canada. i have tried many of the recipes and they are very good. 

Granola Bars  (Chantal)
My friend Vera made these for a new year's party and I have been making them regulary ever since

Melt on low:
1 3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey

Mix in a bowl:
2 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup pumpkins seeds (you can also use almonds)
1/2 cup oat bran
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup sesame seeds
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup (ground) flax seed

Add dry to wet ingredients. Allow to cool enough before folding in a 1 cup chocolate chips (this takes a while!).

Press into a 9x12 pan. Cool and cut into small pieces. This freezes well. Enjoy!

Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies  (Chantal)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup honey
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups peanut butter
4 1/2 cups rolled oats mixed with 2 tsp baking soda
1 cup nuts or coconut
1 cup raisins/craisins
1 cup chocolate chips

I recently doubled this recipe and replaced 1/4 cup butter with unsweetened applesauce to cut down on the fat content. I also cut down on the honey, as I find these cookies a tad too sweet. I also threw in some rice krispies and some flaxseed (of course!) and they are delicious.

1. Beat butter and honey until blended.
2. Beat in eggs, vanilla and p.b. until well mixed.
3. Stir in oats, then nuts/coconut/flaxseed, raisins and chocolate chips. Stir in rice krispies last if you are using them.
4. Drop by pressed teaspoon full, 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet
5. Bake at 350F for 8-10min.

Cracker Jack cookies (Chantal)

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour (I make it with my gluten-free flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut
2 cups rice krispies
chocolate chips

Cream butter, applesauce and sugar. Beat eggs and vanillar and add to the butter mix.
Add flour, soda, powder and mix.
Add remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonful and bake at 350F for 10-12min.

Morning Glory muffins (Chantal)

2 cups flour (I use a gluten-free mix)
1 cup white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups carrots, grated
1/2 cup raisins/craisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
1/2 cup unsweet. coconut
1 apple, grated
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cup unsweet. applesauce

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large bowl.
Add the next 5 ingredients one at a time, while folding.
Beat the remaining ingredients in a seperate bowl. Add to the flour mix and stir until just moist.
Bake at 350F for 20min.

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