Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

The word “chocolate” happens twice in the recipe title = you know it’s good.

Dessert rationalized as breakfast!

Guess what?  I had an interview the other day for an internship with a company that makes fillings for yogurt (like the fruit on the bottom and chocolate pieces and whatnot).  Of course like any normal human I was nervous but it went great!  The two people who interviewed me were informative about what it’s typically like “behind the scenes” as a product developer.

Chocolatey {gluten free} Muffins

Walking away from the interview I not only felt good about how it went but I’m now even more excited about majoring in food science and starting my career.  I feel even more confident that I chose the right career path.  Which means we’re all one step closer to being able to buy my gluten free creations off a store-shelf  :)

Chocolatey {gluten free} Muffins

Oh and you guys!  Remember the quest for the perfect gluten free bread substitute for stuffing?  Eventually I figured out that in order to create a great gluten free bread for stuffing you needed to ditch the bread and make waffles!  I think (I hope) I impressed them with that story.  I don’t even know how the heck I remembered it but *zing!* there it was right at the perfect moment.  So Karina, if you’re reading this, thank you for sending in the stuffing recipe for me to “de-gluten!”

The years of practice I’ve had “problem-solving” food dilemmas to make gluten free taste just as good (or better!) than its counterpart is coming in handy.  I love that it’s just a big puzzle waiting for me to solve it.

Chocolatey {gluten free} Muffins

My excitement post-interview meant that I needed chocolate.  Chocolate I could rationalize eating a bunch of without feeling too terrible about it.  Buttermilk keeps them moist, applesauce in lieu of oil keeps the calories/fat down a bit, and the double chocolate makes me feel doubly good  :)

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Gluten Free Danish

This is how y’all know I’m honest.  See this BEAUTIFUL (gluten free!!) danish?

Gluten Free Danish - made with coconut flour

Well, this is how it looked straight out of the oven LOL:

Ugly now but wait until you see the AFTER pics!

I’m just a normal baker, and my stuff most certainly does NOT come out Pinterest-perfect sometimes!  But see how nice it cleaned up?  I let it cool, cut off the extra stuff that had oozed out, moved it to my platter and drizzled on the icing.

GF Danish

I’ve worked on this recipe for months.  For months I got a tasty hideous danish!  The silly thing exploded on me time and time again.  This is the lowest level of “explosion” I’ve been able to get.  Once you get it off the pan and onto a presentable plate it cleans up pretty nice!

Gluten Free Danish

If someone can figure out how to get it to come out pretty straight from the oven I am all ears!  Otherwise prepare for tasty ugliness and the need for some “fixing up” after it cools…. 

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Recipe originally published April 20, 2012.  The post has been updated with pictures & typos in the recipe have been corrected.

Hello there!  Whew, it’s been awhile.  It’s Spring Break though so I’ve got plans on making y’all some excellent new recipes this week.  I could use some gluten free goodies myself (my soul needs it, maybe not so much my hips…ha!).

For starters:  Pudding in pretty glasses!

Homemade Pudding with Simple Ingredients (that you have at home already!)

Homemade pudding isn’t much more difficult than the boxed versions & this way you’re guaranteed it’ll be gluten free.

When I look at this photo I feel like I can become a cartoon small person and dive in…

Homemade Pudding with Simple Ingredients (that you have at home already!)

Have you ever tempered an egg before?  It means slowly adding hot liquid to eggs so that the temperature of the eggs comes up slowly without turning them into scrambled eggs.  If you’ve never tempered eggs before this is a great recipe to try your hand at it.  At the end you can (and should!) easily pour the pudding through a sieve to catch any little bits of egg that accidentally got cooked – you’ll end up with a really nice smooth pudding.

Homemade Pudding with Simple Ingredients (that you have at home already!)

The vanilla wafers in the photos are… 

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Cheesy Spinach, Mushroom, & Broccoli Crustless Quiche

I think the name of the game until May is “make life as easy as possible.”  My killer semester is, well, killer.  So I do my “fancier” cooking on the weekends and our weekdays are filled with baked potatoes & salad, frozen leftovers, quesadillas, and tacos.  But even my fancy meals these days are relatively quick.

I’ve never made a crustless quiche before.  Which is kind of bizarre considering we’re gluten free.  But I love my gluten free pie crust so I always thought a crust-less quiche wouldn’t be very good.  Well I’m here to say that not only was I totally wrong, quiche without crust is still awesome, but it makes it so dang easy!

Really it’s just a giant omelet in a pie plate.

easy, cheesy, and gluten free… 

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