Archive for April, 2013

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Banana Bread (Gluten & Dairy Free)

If you’re like me, you’ve got spotty black bananas hanging in the kitchen and an empty flour container in your pantry! Hmm….MUST make banana bread to use up those bananas, but don’t really want to run to the store to get flour. What’s a girl to do? Make her own oat flour! I’ve always got loads of oats on hand, thanks to Costco! This recipe is amazing, there is NO oil, no gluten or dairy, and it uses only oat flour, which you can blend up yourself! Its very easy to make, well, as long as you have a food processor or blender. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself making that trip to the store to hunt down some oat flour! LOL. I’m sure you could sub it out for regular gluten free flour and it would turn out fine, but I kind of like the extra oat texture. It makes me feel like I’m eating a little healthier too. I love banana bread, and I love that there are so many variations of it! This is a great example…. the combo of dark chocolate and raspberries is delicious, and mix that with the oatty texture and the banana bread flavor and well…..we’ve got a winner here! I dug into it while it was still warm, and it was melt in your mouth good…..so good that you just want to eat more or it, so just a warning, it will test your self control! Hope you’ll give this one a try. Enjoy 馃檪

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Banana Bread

Choc Rasp Oat Ban Brd

Ingredients: (Printable Version)

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Choc Rasp Oat Ban Brd.jpg2 cups oat flour

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 tsp xanthan gum

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/4 teaspoon salt

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 3 ripe bananas, mashed

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 2 eggs

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1 cup smashed raspberries

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9脳5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Make oat flour: Place 2 & 1/2 cups oatmeal into food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes until oatmeal resembles flour.
  3. Combine flour, gum, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl & set aside.
  4. In a mixer, beat mashed bananas, dark brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs for 1-2 minutes until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently fold in raspberries and dark chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then remove from pan and place on wire rack to finish cooling.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Who doesn’t love a nice chewy oatmeal raisin cookie?! (Well, other than MY husband of course! LOL) I definitely do! And I always think of Subway’s cause they’re just so stinking good! So I set out to make my own, because obviously I can’t have theirs! These are a little thicker (although you can squish them down a little more to get them flatter before you bake) but they have the same taste, texture and chewiness! YUM! I’m glad that it only made 18 cookies because that was more than enough for me! Freezing is always a great option too! 馃檪聽 These stayed nice and moist and chewy for days too! I made them last Friday and they’re still amazing on Wednesday! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, or even had time to cook or bake, but now that things aren’t quite so crazy, I plan on trying out some great new recipes! Tomorrow is hubs b-day so tonight I’m cooking up a feast, so stay tuned for some super yummy dinner recipes coming soon! In the meantime, get in the kitchen already and make some cookies! LOL聽 Enjoy 馃檪

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Printable Version)聽oatmealraisincookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup non-dairy butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup gluten-free flour

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash each: cloves & nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/4 cup diced walnuts

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  • Add combined flour, gum, baking soda, spices and salt. Mix well.
  • Stir in oats, raisins, coconut and nuts.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet then remove to wire rack.

 

 

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