Tres Leche Cake

Invite your friends over for this sponge cake, soaked in 3 milks, topped with homemade whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Natalie's Gluten Free Flour Mix

Make your own gluten free flour mixture at home. It is really simple to make and it's texture is smooth. You can substitute this equally for regular wheat flour.

Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread

Start your day with this easy and moist quick bread, topped with cinnamon sugar.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Natalie's Gluten Free Flour Mix

Gluten Free flour mixes can taste gritty.  When my friend, Natalie, shared this amazing recipe with me, it transformed my Gluten Free baking!  It is the closest to regular All-Purpose (wheat) flour that I have tried.  When Anna was first diagnosed, I stuck to buying prepackaged ones at our local co-op because I didn't want to spend the money experimenting with expensive flours, especially because I didn't know if we would like it. This recipe is worth the risk!  Xanthan Gum generally has to be added to gluten free baking so that your recipe doesn't crumble.  The xanthan gum is already included in this recipe so you don't need to add anymore.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.  If using measuring cups, be sure to lightly spoon the flour into the cup, and level it off with a knife to get an accurate measurement.

Thanks for letting me share this Natalie!

4 1/4 c Rice Flour  (658 g)           
3 c Potato Starch  (420 g)                                                     
2 c Tapioca Flour  (258 g)
2/3 c Garbanzo Bean Flour  (69 g)
1/4 c Xanthan Gum (38 g)

I actually double the recipe so I don't have to make the mix as often and store it in a container in the refrigerator.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Play Dough

Today I was inspired by Joyfully Becca to attempt making play dough for my kids.  Anna has never been able to play with play dough because the regular store bought play dough contains wheat.  In it's place, we would let her play with Moon Dough, but real play dough looked so fun, if I could just pull it off.  I tried making Becca's version, but the gluten free flour I use did not work well.  I think the xanthan gum in my flour mix might have contributed to the sticky mess.  But now I was on a mission, so I googled gluten free play dough and found this recipe.  My son, Noah, is allergic to food coloring so we used some natural food colorings( found at Whole Foods.  It worked!!! Everyone got in on the fun.  Thanks for the inspiration and motivation Becca!

Until I found this recipe online, I was not aware that there are actually Gluten Free Play Dough's available online.  So if you don't want to tackle making it in your kitchen, you can still order some from these sites. 

Gluten Free Play Dough

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes


  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • Food coloring, if desired


Mix ingredients. Cook and stir on low heat for 3 minutes or until mixture forms a ball. Cool completely before storing in a ziploc bag.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mini Donut Muffins

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My friend, Katy, made these for us and got us hooked!  The original recipe does not use eggs so it was an easy conversion to make them Gluten Free.  We love them so much, I bought mini donut pans to make them in.

Anna has come to the State Fair with us once and I really wished she could have enjoyed the Mini Donuts with us.  Now she can.  I will make these Gluten Free Mini Donuts to bring along.  You'll be amazed how close they taste to the "fair" version.

1/2 c sugar
1/4 c butter, melted
3/4 t ground nutmeg
1/2 c milk (or your favorite milk substitute, I bet coconut or almond milk would be amazing in this)
1 t Gluten Free baking powder
1 c  Natalie's Gluten Free Flour

1/4 c butter, melted
1/2 c sugar
3/4 t ground cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease 24 mini-muffin cups.
2.  Mix sugar, butter and nutmeg in large bowl.  Stir in the milk, then mix in baking powder and flour just until combined.  Fill the muffin cups about half full.
3.  Bake 15-20 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned.
4.  While the muffins are baking, melt the butter.  In separate bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Remove muffins from the cups, dip in butter and roll in the cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Banana Bread

In the world of re-discovering how to cook after food allergy diagnosis, there are times of failure and times of triumph in the kitchen.  Failures should really just be called "learning opportunities."  Before food allergies entered into our family, we LOVED this Banana Bread recipe!  I felt challenged to re-create it safely and have it taste just as good.  After many attempts, I finally got it.  My favorite part is how the top crust has a tender crunch to it, probably from all the sugary goodness.  If you are not a big fan of using this much sugar, you could probably use half the amount with good results too.

3 bananas
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/4 c. canola oil or coconut oil
1 c. sugar

Mash bananas and add butter oil and sugar.  Stir to combine.  (Or if you have a food processor, try pulsing the bananas, add melted butter, oil and sugar.  Pulse again just til mixed.)

1 1/2 c. Natalie's Gluten Free Flour (or rice flour)
1/4 c. flax meal
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt

Whisk together dry ingredients then add to wet ingredients and stir just until combined.  (Or add to food processor and pulse just til mixed.)  Pour into buttered and floured loaf pan ( I actually use a small brownie / short pan and find it cooks better).  Bake at 350 degree convection oven for about 25 - 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center, comes out clean.

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