Gluten Free Vegan Hot Dog Bun or Pita Bread

I had a really hard time getting a good picture of this.  It was dark outside so the lighting was good.  The bread worked really nicely as a wrap, but it wouldn’t stay around the hot dog without me holding it.  Plus, hot dogs just aren’t very photogenic.  Nevertheless, I am posting this recipe because it is the first everything free hot dog “bun” that I’ve ever had that didn’t disintegrate in my hand.  It worked really well hot out of the oven and then the next day it wrapped well after I briefly microwaved it.  The advantages to this recipe include it’s brevity, its ease, and its versatility.  I imagine you could use it as you would pita bread or flatbread- as a panini, pizza crust, pita, sandwich bread, bratwurst wrap, etc.  Also, in case you don’t know, there are tons of hot dogs out there that are gluten free.  This happens to be a Ball Park Frank.

Ingredients:

1 c. brown rice flour

1/2 c. corn starch

2 T. sugar

2 tsp xanthan gum (put the full amount in)

1/8 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

 

3/4 c. water

1 tsp cider vinegar

2 T. oil (I used canola)

2 eggs (I used 2 flax eggs)

White or brown rice flour for dusting

 

Directions:

Make the two flax eggs (2 T. ground golden flax seed and 6 T. water).  Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl and stir well, eliminating any clumps.  Add all the wet ingredients including the flax eggs and stir well.  Use oil to grease two 8×8 pans.  Dust them well with white or brown rice flour.

Divide the batter between the two pans and use a wet spatula to spread it out until smooth on top.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or until the bread starts to separate from the side of the pan and the top springs back to touch.

You may be able to substitute tapioca starch or potato starch for the cornstarch, but I haven’t tried that yet.

 

Original recipe:

http://2beglutenfree.com/gluten-free-recipes/gluten-free-flat-bread/

 

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This is how it looked when it was finished baking.

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Sugar Cookies

You know those grocery store cookies- the big cakey sugary cookies that are decorated differently for each season?  Here is how to make them gluten free and vegan!  These still tasted good when they were several days old!

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 c. vegan butter (SmartBalance or EarthBalance work)

1/4 c. non-dairy milk (I used original cashew milk)

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 c. Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour

2 T. cornstarch

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

 

Icing:

4 c. powdered sugar

4 T. non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened flax milk)

dash salt

1/2 to 1 tsp vanilla

 

Directions:

Combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with butter, 1/4 c. non-dairy milk and vanilla.  Mix on low in a stand mixer.  Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Give it a little stir so the flour won’t poof, and then mix with a stand mixer until combined.  Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours.  The dough will be wetter than normal cookie dough.

After two hours, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  You have at least two options with the dough.  The quick version is to take it out by Tablespoons and press onto a piece of parchment paper to about 1/4 inch thick in the shape of a cookie.  If you want shaped cookies, it will require a fair amount more of effort since the dough is wetter.  I managed to get some hearts out and then decided to go back to circles.  See below for details.*  Always put remaining dough back in the fridge until you are ready to shape it so it will be less sticky.

Bake the cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees until edges just start to brown.  Cool on a cooling rack (I just pull the whole sheet of parchment paper onto the cooling rack.)

Icing Directions:

Mix powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and non-dairy milk.  Stir well and then spoon onto cooled cookies.  I found that it spread by itself, so I just needed to put a big spoonful in the middle of the cookie.

*To make the hearts, I grabbed a handful of dough and put it on parchment paper dusted with white rice flour.  Then I dusted the top of the dough and put a piece of wax paper on top to help me press it down.  I then stuck it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, take it out and remove the wax paper.  Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape you want, but instead of scooping up the cookie and putting it onto a pan, remove the excess dough and leave the cookie where it is.  This would be a fairly tedious process to cut them all into shapes which is why most of mine became circles.  I will experiment another time with ways to make cookie cutter cookies.

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One of the hard-earned hearts!
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The inside looks just like it’s supposed to!
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This is how they looked right after being frosted.
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This is how they looked after the frosting had dried.

Adapted from:

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/vegan-sugar-cookies/45ab6889-511a-4345-9391-9ea5c00c8d4a

 

 

Great Divide Cupcakes

These turned out just like I was imagining them!  The secret is a little tool sold at Bed Bath and Beyond (and probably other places with baking tools.)  See the pictures:

 

Directions:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1 1/2 c. granulated sugar

3 eggs or egg replacer equivalent to 3 eggs (4 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer and 6 T water or 3 T. ground golden flaxseed and 9 T. water- I prefer flaxseed)

2 tsp vanilla

1 c. brown rice flour

3/4 c. potato starch

1/2 c. tapioca starch

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c. milk (I used coconut milk from a carton)

1/4 to 1/3 c. cocoa powder

 

Directions:

Melt coconut oil and stir together with sugar in a large bowl.  Add “eggs” and vanilla and stir well.

In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients except the cocoa powder.

Add the dry ingredients and the milk to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  I usually give it a quick mix with a mixer just to make sure all those gluten free ingredients are incorporated (about 1-2 minutes).  The last thing you want is a mouthful of unblended rice flour. Separate out half the batter into a different mixing bowl and add 1/4-1/3 c. cocoa powder to one of the bowls.  Mix thoroughly.

Place muffin liners into muffin tin.  Stand the divider in one of the cups and put vanilla cake in one side and chocolate in the other.  I found that about 1 1/2 to 2 T. worked well on each side.  Fill all liners until batter is gone.  If you run out of one, you can just use it to make a single-flavored cupcake.  Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 18-19  minutes until cake springs back when you touch it.

Cool on a cooling rack and then top with frosting.

Final product when topped with my Milk Chocolate Frosting (posting in 2 days, so come back again!):

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Blueberry Banana Walnut Pancakes

I used to think that pancakes were best as they were- plain with butter and syrup on top.  My husband has slowly been convincing me that sometimes fruit can be really good when added in.  We decided to make breakfast for dinner and added in not only blueberries, but also walnuts and bananas.  Wow!  He is making a believer out of me. 🙂  This is basically my favorite pancake recipe with some mix-ins.

Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

2 1/2 c. flour (1 c. brown rice flour, 1/2 c. oat flour, 1/4 c. amaranth, 1/4 c. potato starch, 1/4 c. teff, 1/4 c. tapioca starch, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

2 T. baking powder

2 T. sugar

1 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

2 flax eggs (2 T. golden flaxseed meal combined with 6 T. warm water- let rest for 5 minutes) (or you can use 2 real eggs if you don’t need to be egg free)

2 c. coconut milk (from the carton- I usually use Silk)

1/4 c. oil

 

Mix-in’s:

5 blueberries per pancake (about 1/4 c. fresh blueberries)

1 ripe banana, diced

1/4 to 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Directions:

Make the flax eggs and set aside.  Stir together the dry ingredients.  Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together until blended.  Mix with a mixer for about 15-30 seconds to get out any lumps.  Add in chopped walnuts.

Heat griddle until a drop of water sizzles on it.  Add batter by about 1/4 to 1/3 c. at a time depending on what size you like your pancakes.  Drop on about 2 tsp diced bananas and 5 blueberries per pancake.  Flip when the edges are looking firm and it is easy to get a spatula under it.  Cook until that side it done.  Serve with vegan butter and real maple syrup.

Makes about a dozen.

*This recipe is flexible, so you can change up the flour blend if you would like- just make sure to put in some xanthan gum!  As a kid, my mom usually replaced a little bit of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, so I usually am trying to imitate that flavor.  Many of the blends in the store are imitating straight up white all-purpose flour.  If that’s the taste you like, a blend from the store may be the perfect thing for you.

Banana Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

When my husband arrived home, I had the first batch sitting out.  He tried one and said, “What are these?”  I said, “Banana oatmeal cookies.”  He said, “Wrong.  They’re delicious!”  I said, “Aw!  Your comment may make it on my blog!”  So, there you go.

 

I have no idea where this recipe came from.  It is an old newspaper clipping glued to an index card.  Sometimes these are the best recipes.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c. flour (1/2 c. oat flour, 1/2 c. brown rice flour, 1/4 c. potato starch, 1/4 c. tapioca starch, 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp nutmeg

3/4 tsp cinnamon

3/4 c. butter or dairy free butter like SmartBalance or EarthBalance

1 c. granulated sugar

1 Ener-G egg or one regular egg or one flax egg (I used an Ener-G egg)

1 c. mashed ripe bananas (about 3)

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 c. raw quick-cooking oats

1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 c. chocolate chips (optional- I didn’t use them)

Directions:

Mix flours, salt, soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl and set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla and stir well.  Add in bananas and stir.  Then add flour and oats and mix well.  Finally, add in walnuts and stir.  Mixture will feel wet.  Refrigerate for an hour at least or overnight (this will keep it from spreading all over the place when baked).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop by teaspoonfuls.  Bake 11-12 minutes or until desired firmness.  Note: These cookies will be softer the next day if stored in an airtight container, so keep that in mind when checking to see if they are cooked.  I like softer cookies, so I’m fine with that, but not everyone does.

 

 

Also, I can’t decide which I way I like the flour ingredients written out.  Since most of my recipes are adaptations of non-gluten free recipes, I want them to be legible to people who are just avoiding one or two of the ingredients and not all three.  I am debating between the following two formats.  If you have an opinion, please leave a comment in the comment section (or just tell me if we know each other outside of the internet) so I know which version is easier to read.

Format 1:

1 1/2 c. flour (1/2 c. oat flour, 1/2 c. brown rice flour, 1/4 c. potato starch, 1/4 c. tapioca starch, 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum)

Format 2:

1/2 c. oat flour

1/2 c. brown rice flour

1/4 c. potato starch

1/4 c. tapioca starch

1/4 tsp xanthan gum

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I have found that using a pastry cutter is a great way to get butter and sugar to start combining.
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There’s just something wonderful about the color of butter and sugar together.  This is one of the reasons I usually use fake butter instead of coconut oil.
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This is how stiff your batter should look after being refrigerated.
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This is what they looked like immediately after taking them out of the oven.

Simple Granola (Mom’s version)

This granola is very addictive.  I usually have to freeze some of it so I don’t continue just eating and eating it.  My friends who have tried it have said they just kept eating and eating it.  There is something very enticing about this recipe and I have yet to find another granola I like better.  I think the fact that it is made mostly of oats, nuts, raisins and honey makes it seem like you should be able to eat lots of it.  It is also way more filling than you think due to the flour in it.  I usually get tricked at least once each time I make it.  I usually eat it like cereal by serving it with coconut milk.  We grew up with this recipe and it was one of the first things I worked on making gluten free.

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Ingredients:

5 c. oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Oats)

2 c. brown rice flour (or whole wheat if you are NOT gluten free)

1 c. coconut flakes, sweetened (could switch it out for unsweetened if you want less sugar)

1 c. raisins, plumped (In the past I have also used craisins, dried apricots, dates, or a mixture of all.)

2 c. nuts, chopped (I used half walnuts and half pecans.  You could also use almonds.)

1/2 c. water

1 c. oil

1 c. honey (maybe you could switch it out for something else if you really want it to be vegan)

2 tsp vanilla

1 T. salt

 

Directions:

Plump the raisins by soaking them in water.  Drain the water when it comes time to use the raisins.

Combine the oats, brown rice flour, and coconut.  Add in the raisins and nuts.  Mix together the water, honey, oil, vanilla and salt and then add to the mixture.  Stir well.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Grease two baking sheets and then spread out the granola mixture evenly on the two pans.  You may want to wet your hands to help you press it down.

Bake the granola for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  It is very important to stir the granola every 15 minutes.  I set the time for 15 minutes and take one baking sheet out at a time.  Each time the timer goes off, I immediately reset it for another 15 minutes.

Allow to cool and then store in an airtight container.  I usually keep it in the fridge or the freezer to extend its shelf life.

 

Here is a visual of the process:

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I made this for my sister’s birthday last year.  We were all pleasantly surprised as to how nicely it turned out.  I used the toothpicks to keep the saran wrap off of the glaze in order to transport it and just didn’t think to take a picture before I had put them in.  Enjoy this adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation!

 

Ingredients:

Pineapple topping:

1 T. coconut oil, melted

3 T. light brown sugar

1 can of pineapple slices (save the juice-use the kind that is in its own juices, not in heavy syrup)

Cake:

Dry ingredients:

1 2/3 c. flour (approximately 3/4 c. brown rice flour, 1/8 c. millet flour, 1/8 c. amaranth, 1/3 c. tapioca starch, 1/3 c. potato starch, 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

1/2 c. light brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Wet ingredients:

3/4 c. pineapple juice (from the pineapple slice can)

1/2 c. coconut milk (canned)

1/4 c. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp vanilla

 

Directions:

Brush a 9 inch round cake pan (I used spring form) with the 1 T. coconut oil.  Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with the brown sugar and then arrange the pineapple slices on the pan.  I think I just ate the extra(s) so it would look nice. 🙂

Combine the flour mixture with the other dry ingredients.  In a different bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just enough to make sure it is all combined (you could give it a quick 15 second whirl with the mixer after you have hand mixed it just to make sure).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and make the top level.  Since I was using a spring form pan, I put the pan on a cookie sheet to catch the drips.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Once the cake is cooked, allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then remove the edges of the springform pan and flip it onto a plate.  To prevent the cake from breaking, I put the plate on top of the cake and then flipped them over at the same time while pressing them together.

Adapted from: http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/2015/05/vegan-pineapple-upside-down-cake.html

Which was adapted from: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/03/03/pineapple-upside-cake/

Focaccia Bread

I made this the other day with a friend.  This picture was taken while it was still bubbling.  When I took it out of the oven I thought it was a failed recipe and my friend said, “It looks like fried bread.”  After about 20 minutes it soaked up the oil and was perfect!  With that said, make this and then let it rest before trying to wrest it out of the pan.  If you wait it won’t be hard :-).  Use fresh herbs if you can but dried herbs will work too.  I may or may not have eaten about half the pan the first day…

Ingredients:

Oil mixture:

1/2 c. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T. fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tsp dried thyme)

1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)

1 T. fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)

1 T. fresh basil, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)

1/4 tsp black pepper

Flour mixture:

1 c. warm water (about 110 degrees- I use a candy thermometer)

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (1 envelope)

1/4 tsp honey (or use sugar if you want it to be truly vegan)

2 1/2 c. flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 baking flour- it already has xanthan gum in it)

1 tsp salt

 

Directions:

Combine olive oil, garlic, herbs, and black pepper in a small saucepan without the heat on.  After it’s combined, turn the heat on to low and stir occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes.  The herbs should start smelling good but the garlic should not brown.  Take off the heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl (use your stand mixer bowl if you have one), stir together the warm water, honey, and yeast.  Allow it to sit for 5 minutes.  Add 1 c. of the flour blend and 1/4 c. of oil mixture.  Stir just until flour is moistened.  Allow it to sit for another 5 minutes.  Add the remaining flour mixture and the salt.  Don’t forget the salt!  Stir until blended.  Stir on low speed using a stand mixer for about 1 minute (the equivalent of being kneaded 10-15 times, but I wouldn’t try kneading with gluten free dough-it’s just too sticky.)

Oil another large bowl and move the batter into that bowl.  Cover it with a towel and set in a warm, undisturbed area for 1 hour.

When dough is almost finished rising, preheat the oven to 450 degrees (230 degrees Celsius).  Use 2 T. of the oil mixture to grease a 9×13 inch pan (I used a Pyrex dish).

Press the dough into the baking pan with your fingers making sure to leave dimples in the top (this should happen naturally as long as you don’t smooth it out with a spatula).  Drizzle the top with the remaining oil mixture.  Let dough rise for another 20 minutes.  Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow it to cool in the pan.*

*When it came out, mine looked like it was sitting in a bunch of oil and I thought it had failed.  As the bread started to cool, it soaked the oil back up which is what it was supposed to do.  Leave it in the pan until it cools.  After it soaks the oil up, I would suggest loosening the bread from the pan with a spatula but leaving the bread in the pan.  This should help prevent it sticking to the pan when it cools.  This could also work as a pizza crust.

 

Adapted from: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/19313/easy-focaccia-bread-recipe-with-herbs/

 

 

Chocolate Glaze

There’s nothing like a chocolate donut.  The glaze just puts it over the top.  This glaze spreads on easily but then hardens up nicely just like it should- not hard like a chocolate chip, but not gooey.  I had to give some away and stick some in the freezer to keep myself from eating too many at once.  As one of the kid recipients said, “It tastes like a cupcake!”  Indeed, it does.  This recipe makes enough for about 9 donuts, so double it if you are pairing it with my chocolate donut recipe which makes 18.   Find the recipe here: Chocolate Donuts.

Ingredients:

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Glaze for 9 donuts:

Ingredients:

3/4 c. powdered sugar

1/4 c. cocoa powder

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 to 2 T. coconut milk

dash salt (about 1/8 tsp)

 

Combine sugar and cocoa powder.  Add in vanilla and 1 1/2 T. coconut milk.  Stir until a paste begins to form.  Add the extra 1/2 T. of milk if it is too dry to be spreadable.  Add the dash of salt and combine well.  Taste and see if you want more salt.  Spread on tops of cooled donuts.

 

Doubled for 18 donuts:

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1/2 c. cocoa powder

1/2 tsp vanilla

3-4 T. coconut milk

1/8 to 1/4 tsp salt, according to taste

 

 

Beef and Bean Enchiladas

This is the last lonely enchilada.  I made several pans of them and remembered to take a picture right before I ate the last one!  I served these enchiladas to my family on Christmas Eve.  I did most of the prep ahead of time and just rolled them while the oven was heating up.  The beans make them creamy so you don’t really notice the absence of cheese.  However, if people want cheese but not everyone can have it, I suggest putting some shredded cheese on the table that they can add at their leisure.

 

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (omit if vegetarian)

1-2 cups cooked and mashed pinto or white beans or 1-2 cans of refried beans

several dashes of salt if you make your own beans

juice of 1 lime

1 can rotel

2 cans of mild Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce (last time I checked it was gluten free.  Please always take personal responsibility and check the ingredients.  Sometimes manufacturers change things without much of an announcement.)

1 package of corn tortillas

 

Directions for beans: If you are making your own beans, soak them overnight, drain in the morning, and put them in a crockpot all day on low.  They are finished when they are easily squishable.  I drained the liquid into a bowl and then added just enough in to be able to mash them with my immersion blender.  Make sure to add some salt if you made your own beans.  If that sounds too complicated, just get a can or two of refried beans. 🙂

Directions: Brown the ground beef until thoroughly cooked.  Add in the lime, rotel, and one can of enchilada sauce.

Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish.  Open the second can of enchilada sauce and put a very thin layer on the bottom of the pan, but reserve most of it.  Grab a tortilla and put a spoonful of the beef and bean mixtures into the tortilla.  Roll it and place it in the pan.  Continue until the pan is full and/or all ingredients are used.  Top with remaining enchilada sauce.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serve with rice and guacamole if desired.