Monday, 30 May 2016

Banana Upside-Down Cake ~ Gluten Free

well y'all, I tried five times over the weekend to make a gluten free banana bread, and every single one of them crumbled when i tried to slice them. so i changed my plan and came up with this, its not banana bread, but it is super moist and just plain yummy.
i had to guard this stuff with my life just to get a picture of i think it passed the test :) and hopefully my mother will forgive me for using so many of our bananas :D

1/4 cup margarine
1/2 cup white sugar (or 3/4 cup coconut sugar)

1 egg
1 banana
1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup oat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup chocolate chips

- Cream butter and sugar together.
- Mix in banana, milk and egg.
- Add all dry ingredients except for chocolate chips, mix well.
- Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour into a greased 8x8 pan.
- Bake @ 350F for 20-3o  minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean from the center.
- Cool, and serve upside down.

*Disclaimer* I don't have a gluten allergy, so if you do, eat at your own risk.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Hot Cocoa ~ Sugar Free

i don't know if coconut sugar is necessarily considered "sugar free" but on my is. i used to use stevia in most of my recipes, then i figured out i was allergic to it, since then i have tried many other natural sweeteners but coconut sugar is my fav.
while i was waiting on my 4th and 5th attempt at gluten free banana bread (which i will post next week...if i ever get it right ;) to come out of the oven, i was craving some hot chocolate, so i threw some milk and ingredients in a pot and came up with this, it is quite cocoa-e (bet you didn't know that was a word!) which i normally don't like, but today i did....or maybe eating anything other than flopped banana bread tastes good to me right now... :)

      special thanks to my sis for being such a model :)
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp cocoa
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp salt

- Whisk all ingredients together in a small pot, bring to a boil.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Rhubarb Crunch ~ Gluten Free

last summer we had friends over, and one of them was allergic to gluten, so we took this recipe and used oat flour instead of white, it turned out super good!

4 cups sliced (about 1/2" thick) rhubarb
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup old fashion oats blended, or 1 cup of oat flour (those with allergies be sure to use gluten free oats)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/3 cup margarine, melted

- Spread rhubarb in the bottom of a lightly greased pie plate.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of sugar over rhubarb.
- Mix dry ingredients together, add the egg and mix well.
- Spread over rhubarb (it doesn't spread evenly, but it will as it bakes).
- Pour melted margarine over the oat mixture.
- Bake @ 350F for 40-50 minutes until topping is cooked and golden brown.
- Top with ice cream and ENJOY!

*Disclaimer* I don't have a gluten allergy, so if you do, eat at your own risk.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Vanilla Fruit Popsicles

I hope you all are enjoying the last few hours of your long weekend, we farmers usually don't really do the whole long weekend thing, so this afternoon I was working outside all day, and these popsicles were the perfect snack for a hot, humid day.
 the yogurt makes them a little more filling than you average popsicle, and except for the sugar in the yogurt, they are sugar free. (but if want to make it completely sugar free i'm sure it would taste great if you substituted the vanilla yogurt for some plain yogurt and some vanilla...of course then you would have to add more coconut sugar as well...lets face it, its just easier to ignore the fact that there is a tiny bit of sugar in it :)

1 cup of frozen fruit (I used pineapple, peaches, strawberries and grapes)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 a cup water
1-1/2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

- Mix all ingredients together in blender. (I used a Ninja cup)
- Pour into popsicle molds. (I used silicone muffin cups and stuck popsicle sticks in them after they were in the freezer for 30 minutes)
- Freeze.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Pinneapple Delight

we normally don't make dessert everyday, except for in seeding, and harvest, lately i have been getting tired of the same old desserts, so pinterest has been my best friend! this dessert is super sweet, but super good!
now that the guys were able to finish seeding on monday (happy dance!!) starting today i am cleaning up my diet (except for ice cream...everyone needs ice cream :) so you can expect a lot of sugar free/gluten free desserts coming your way in the next month or so (and if anyone wants to join me with the healthy eating just shoot me a message...a little accountably never hurt no one ;)
now i need to go outside and get the rest of the garden planted, hope you all have a great friday!

2 cups graham crumbs
1/2 cup margarine, melted

1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 cups icing sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

4 cups cool whip
19 oz. can crushed pineapple

-Melt margarine, mix together with graham crumbs, spread into 8x8 inch pan.
-Bake @ 325F for 10 minutes.
-While crust is baking, mix together filling ingredients.
-Spread over hot crust and bake for 15 minutes, (the filling is not supposed to set) cool completely. 
-Mix together cool whip and pineapple, spread onto cooled cake

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oven Fries & Dipping Sauce

i made these fries a few years ago when we had our church over for an event, they worked really well for feeding a crowd! 
on monday I accidently peeled to many potatoes for the meal i was making, so I threw them in the fridge and covered them in cold water overnight, yesterday i ended up being gone till about an hour before supper so when i got home i just threw them in the oven with some chicken fingers for a quick and easy supper that didn't feel quite as unhealthy as store bought fries :) i found this dipping sauce on pintrest, so i whipped that up as well, hope you enjoy!

Oven Fries
Canola oil
Seasoning salt

-Peel or scrub potatoes, cut into fry size pieces.
-Place in a bowl and cover with cold water, let fries soak for a few hours or overnight (you can skip this step if you are short on time).
-Rinse and drain fries, pat with paper towel to soak up water.
-Coat fries in a little oil, toss with seasoning salt (the amount depends on how salty you want them).
-Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake @ 375F for 30 minutes, and then @ 425F for another 30-40 minutes (stirring a few times) until fries are as crispy as you want them.

Fry Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup miracle whip
1/8 cup ketchup
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp dill pickle juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

-Mix all ingredients together.
-Dip your fries!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Cinnamon Roll Cake

howdy, i hope you all had a great weekend! i did.
on saturday i had completely forgotten to make dessert until about an hour before supper, so i quickly searched pinterest and found this recipe.
it is super quick and easy, the only thing i think i will do differently next time is put it in a bigger pan, it was a little to thick for my liking.
i have been looking for a good white cake recipe that tastes similar to a cake mix from a box for a while, and this might just be the one....i am excited to try it in different ways :)
oh, one more thing, please excuse my photography skills (or lack there of!) workin on it ;)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 pinch of salt
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup margarine (melted)
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 cup icing sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

-Mix all ingredients except margarine together
-Slowly stir in melted margarine, mix well.
-Pour into a greased 9-inch pie plate (or something a little bigger), set aside.
-Mix topping ingredients together until well combined.
-Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife.
-Bake @ 350F for 30-40 minutes, until cake is set and a toothpick comes out almost clean.
-Mix glaze ingredients together and drizzle over warm cake.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Crustless Quiche

I don't know about you, but with all the warm weather we have been having this spring i have been spending a lot more time outside than in the kitchen, the yard is pretty much cleaned up, and the kids and i got about half of the garden in one day last week, so now we are waiting for the sun shine and the weather to warm back up to get the rest of it planted. but since its a little too cold to be outside, i have been working on some recipes to post.

I never liked quiche growing up..until I came across this recipe, its super moist, full of flavour, and perfect for a cold snowy spring day like today, i personal think it tastes best hot out of the oven with a little sour cream on top.

 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
1/8 tsp minced garlic
1/2 cup bacon, cut into 1" squares (I used chicken bacon)
1/4 cup diced sweet peppers
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup cream
1/4 cup onions, diced and saute'd in about 2 tsp margarine

- Mix all ingredients together.
- Place in two greased ramekins or a non stick pan.
- Bake @375F for 30-50 minutes (depending on the thickness of the quiche) until eggs are golden brown and cooked through.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Chilled Chocolate Milk

I started a second Instagram account for posting shorter recipes and blogging stuff, so if you are an Instagram lover like me, you can follow me @singinginthekitchenblog and my personal account is @kerrpauls
I posted this recipe on IG the other day, it is a perfect snack for a warmer day. And if you are a coffee lover, adding about 1/2 a cup of cold coffee tastes great!

1 cup of ice
1 Tbsp cocoa 
1-2 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
Milk (about 1 1/2 cups)

-Throw all Ingredients except for milk into a 1 serving blender cup (I use a Ninja) 
-Fill the cup with milk, blend well.