Banana Chocolate Chip Bread/Muffins & Memories of My Mom

One of the reasons I love to bake is because it allows me to have me time. It gives me time to be free of thoughts; to just relax both mentally and physically. Some people’s me time consists of lounging around the house, reading, getting a pedicure, etc. Mine consists of baking delicious things for others- something I enjoy so much (and hopefully the people they are given to enjoy it as well 😀 )

This past week I have been attempting to be extremely productive in order to get all of the assignments I have due over the next few weeks done. This means spending hours upon hours in the library every day. With so much mental activity, a little me time each day is a necessity to keeping my sanity.  So of course I had to bake this weekend (see recipe below). And, with baking often comes time to self-reflect on what has been happening in my life as well as time to reminisce about the past.

One thing I realised while enjoying my me time is how easy it is to let the time in-between remembering your past slip away. I realized that it had been quite a while since I had reminisced about what my Mother was like. I do think about her every day, but thinking about her and remembering what she was like are two different things. Now, I know some of this might be due to the fact that for the first time since her passing I am surrounded by people who don’t know her or my past, so of course conversations about what she was like or what we did don’t occur naturally. Even so, I have spent the past three and a half years keeping my memories of what she was like alive in my heart, so knowing this made me realize it was time to spend some time remembering.

So, I decided to take some time to remember the things I loved to do with my Mom, and now miss so dearly. Here are some of the memories I came up with.

  • I loved going grocery shopping with my Mom on weekend mornings. Here is an example of how much I loved it:

One day she tried to do me a favor by letting me sleep in and she left to go grocery shopping while I was still sleeping. I ended up waking up shortly after she left. As I searched the house wondering where so was, I became so upset as I realised that she had gone without me. I called her on the verge of tears wondering where she was. As I told her how much I loved grocery shopping with her every weekend I began to cry. Of course, I was probably sleep deprived from my busy schedule (hence the sleeping in favor) but I had felt hurt missing out on our weekly activity. She quickly turned around and was in the driveway within minutes, not realising that it was something I looked forward to every weekend.

  • I loved having my Mom as my taste-tester for everything I baked. I used to make her try everything. Although, I often disliked when she responded with a simple ‘that’s really good’. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know the things like if it was over cooked, if there wasn’t enough vanilla, or what actually made it good. And, of course she was my Mom so she was going to tell me everything was good, even if it wasn’t. She would just laugh at me when I used to hound her to tell me more about what made my baking good.
  • My favourite part about going to Kenny’s Drug Store with my Mom was that she would always slip two mini peppermint patties onto the counter at check out. Every single time we went to Kenny’s we always got a peppermint patty for each of us. And every time she opened hers, before she took that first bite, she would close her eyes and smell it. She explained that it was to open her senses, to allow her to fully enjoy the treat. I used to laugh about that. It seemed like such a funny thing to do. However, now year later, I find myself doing the exact same thing every time I eat a peppermint patty. And you know what.. it does arouse your senses and make for a better tasting experience!
  • I loved going on walks and runs with my Mom, even if they were often times after my own cross country practices or later in the evening. She used to always tell me it was okay if I wanted to go ahead; she never wanted to slow me down. But I hardly ever left her. I wasn’t running with her to be ahead of her the whole time. I was running with her to be with her, to show her trails she had never been on, and to run on trails she was too afraid to run on alone. But most of all I ran with her to be with her. I was always inspired at how dedicated she was to maintaining her health after she lost her weight. She made sure to be active as often as possible. I loved being able to help her reach her goals by being active with her.
  • I loved going to both of the Banker’s and Rulph’s apple orchards each fall with my Mom to go on wagon rides out to the pumpkin patches. Yes, each year we would go to both orchards. And yes, each time she would laugh at me for acting so embarrassed about going on a childish wagon ride with her Mother. But deep down I loved it. It was fun going out and picking pumpkins together. I can still see the smile on her face as we got on to what actually was a wagon filled with mostly little children and their parents. I would give anything to go on one of those rides once more with her.
  • I loved how we both had huge a sweet tooth, yet we both didn’t want to eat everything our sweet tooth’s craved. This sounds a bit confusing, but basically it means we were those people who split every sweet thing we bought. Yup, we split everything! A cookie from Rombach’s- split, a truffle from the chocolate store in the mall- split, a cider donut from Banker’s- split (yes, we even split cider donuts!) It allowed us to have a little bit of those special treats we loved without having too much. I loved this aspect of our relationship so much. It allowed us to bond over our love of sweets without indulging completely in what could be a very unhealthy hobby.
  • It wasn’t uncommon for me to get into the car after very hard test or a cross country race with scratch card awaiting my arrival. It was always the crossword kind (and sometimes the bingo type if the store didn’t have the crossword ones.) We always chose this one because it took time to complete. We would sit in the car, with a random book as our table, and slowly find the letters within the crossword puzzle. We didn’t even really play to win money. We knew the chances of winning were so slim. It was just fun and it was something we enjoyed doing together. During my first year of college I could be sure that every card she sent me would have a few crossword scratch cards in it. And every Christmas Eve night, when the whole family was together my Mom would pull out a whole pile of scratch cards, one for every member of the family, and we would scratch them together. We still carry that tradition every year, knowing she would still be doing it if she were there.
  • I love how my Mom always invited me to the different get-togethers that her friends hosted. Most children wouldn’t normally want to spend their Saturday nights with a group of their Mother’s friends. However, I loved such occasions. When I was in 10th grade (I am pretty sure it was 10th grade)  my Mom got a new job that came with a whole plethora of new friends, all of whom were very welcoming and active. I loved seeing her enjoyment in spending time with them, and I was so happy when she wanted to include me. We would go to dinner parties at Laura’s, spending the evening with good friends and great food. Every so often we would stop by her house on Sunday mornings with a few fresh treats from Rombach’s, ready to spend a couple of hours talking over a cup of coffee. We also would go to the jewellery parties that her friends hosted.  I especially enjoyed these as they often would include the purchase of a few pieces of jewellery :). To this day, you can find one of those rings she bought me at a jewellery party on my finger, reminding me of my Mother every time I look at it.

These are just a few of the things I loved doing with my Mother. They are the memories that keep what she was like alive in my heart. My Mom was a wonderful woman; a woman who should never be forgotten. She really enjoyed the simple things in life and was always willing to share them with me. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her.

I believe that an important way to keep those that you love alive in your life is to spend time remember what made them special. So, my task for you is to take some time and think about what make’s the people you love, both dead and alive, so special. What did/do you do together? What are the little things that made/make them unique? What do you love about them? I know it can be a hard and sad task to do, but in the end it will allow you to reflect on someone you care about, it will warm your heart with memories filled with love, and it will add a little brightness to your day.

My Mom <3

My Mom ❤

Now lets bake 🙂

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread/Muffins

I realised it had been a while since I had made gluten-filled banana bread, and I had a few bananas that needed to be used up, so I decided to crack out a banana bread recipe for my housemates and classmates to try. Tryout this recipe, take some you time, and spend some time remember those you love… maybe you could even surprise them with one of these! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or nuts if you want)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare muffin tin or loaf pans by buttering and flouring them.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
  4. Stir in vanilla and bananas.
  5. Stir in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Mix dry mix and chocolate into wet mix in three sections, until just blended.
  7. Pour into prepared pans.
  8. For muffins- Bake 20 minutes. For loaves bake about 45-55 minutes (or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean).
  9. Let cool & enjoy 🙂

Yields: 24 muffins or 2 9×5 loaves.

This batter latest delicious uncooked! I definitely enjoyed licking the spoon after :p

This batter tasted so delicious uncooked! I definitely enjoyed licking the spoon after :p

Ready to bake :)

Ready to bake 🙂

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Using my creativity skills to make a mock-cooling rack.. haha

Using my creativity skills to make a mock-cooling rack.. haha

Melty chocolate and banana goodness.

Gooey chocolate and banana goodness.

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Extremely moist and delicious 🙂

One reason I love to chop my chocolate is because the little tiny pieces spread evenly throughout the batter making every bite have a little bits of chocolate while the big chunks make those bites even better :)

One reason I love to chop my chocolate is because the little tiny pieces spread evenly throughout the batter making every bite have little bits of chocolate, while the big chunks make those bites even better 🙂

Enjoy :)

Enjoy 🙂

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Pumpkin Bread- And my normal pre-recipe banter

Well if it hasn’t been a while since my last post. Opps! But as things are, I haven’t really had much time to blog.. or even bake for that matter! You see, I have been pressed for time as I deal with the workload of my masters program- which is in a new city and in a different country; all with new tasks and adventures eating away at my days here. However, since this past week was mid-semester break, I worked extra hard to free up some time so that I could finally bake! Woohoo! 🙂

~~~ So lets get to it~~~~~

Coming to Scotland has been quite the adventure, even though I have done little traveling over the past two months (there’s no time for that). You see, it hasn’t been an adventure in the traveling sense at all. I guess this experience has actually been more a part of my adventure through life.  Now before you go off on how cheesy this all sounds, bear with me.

You see, I have always been one who loves to travel. I’m the “why settle down when there is a WHOLE world to explore” type. Or, at least I thought I was. Don’t get me wrong, I have done my fair share of traveling. I have been lucky enough to experience a variety of  adventures which have carried me to places like the top of the Eiffel Tower as the sun is setting, or to the city of Berlin to admire the street art which decorates almost every wall. I have even been blessed enough to experience the eyes of an elderly Nicaraguan woman as we put the final touches to what she would call her new home. I would say I have done a great few adventures. However, minus that latter of those examples, I would say these explorations haven’t been filled with the ‘meaningful lessons’ that come often come with the ‘deeper’ adventures of life- you know the ones I mean; the ones that make you truly adore every single thing around you.

So the lesson I am coming to terms with, as my time here in Scotland ticks on, is  to cherish your friends and family. Now, this sounds like a simple epiphany to have right? I mean, I have had it many times through out my life, as I am sure you have too. But each time seems to come from a different reasoning behind it, a different cause.

I have always been one to believe in cherishing everyone around you. I mean everyone around you does have a role in your life, and you can’t deny that, so why not cherish their existence? You never know when they will be gone. These are my views. What I live by. But then I realized, how can I cherish so many people yet want to constantly leave. I want  friends and family I can trust, which I believe I have. But then I spend my days exploring other places . Places so far away that almost a third of a year can pass before I can stand in front of a single one of those many people I love. It’s like a tug-a-war match; one side adores the life surrounded by a well-known set of friends and family while the other half has these wild dreams of the world outside her own- how do you find a balance?

I guess the answer I have come up with (and by all means you do not have to agree with me) is to just learn from your life’s adventures, acknowledge that your beliefs and views are able to change, and apply them to your future life adventures- a balance will naturally happen when you apply these lessons to the best of your ability. I have loved getting the chance to see the world outside my own, and I have loved experience the bonds that form within a series of friends and family- but  I can’t distribute all my time towards just one. Yes, my family will always be there for me (and I hope yours is there for you), and they want me to follow my dreams, even if that takes me half way around the world. But being that far away isn’t the same when it can’t be shared with the people you love. And at the end of the day, those people will be with you no matter what. They should be taken for granted. Instead they should be cherished, thought of always, kept in your heart, and visited as often as possible- things I plan on doing more from now on.

I guess I will bring it down to the second part of this lesson I have learned over the past few months (which I hope you can use to brighten up your life as well!) This is the concept that cherishing someone or something isn’t stagnate. Just like how the world around us continues to turn, the pages of our life are always being written (and sometimes rewritten). And, in these adventures, you can always find new ways to look at life, new ways to appreciate the people around you, new ways to show you care. And that doesn’t mean your old ways were wrong; it just means that you have learned a new lesson from life, a lesson that you can use when constructing the next chapter of your journey to make your life that much more meaningful and that much more bright.

As I sit and reflect on my time here, on both the high ends and the low, I can say I have truly gained a lot so far. This doesn’t just apply to the academic knowledge I am cramming into my head in massive amounts. This applies to the views on where I want my life to take me once this chapter comes to an end. I have had a blast traveling in every direction for quite some time now. But as these travels continue to twirl I have realized that I belong in a place closer to where my family is, where the people I care for and who car for me are- these are the places I want my life to take me next.

~~~ Nothing like a little heart-felt lesson to get you in the mood to bake!~~

Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

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It is Halloween time so of course the smell of pumpkin is in the air…. well it is in the northeastern part of the US at least. In Scotland on the other hand, finding a pumpkin treat is quite difficult. Lets just say, today I walked into a coffee shop called the ‘Pumpkin Cafe’ and they didn’t even have a single ‘pumpkin’ item for sale! Not even something shaped like a pumpkin! Ha! So I decided to make myself, and my housemates some pumpkin bread and muffins, since they too are just as ill-experienced with pumpkin items as that very sad cafe was today! While I was at it I carved myself a little pumpkin as well 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  •  1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Ingredients for Streusel Topping (Optional)

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 tbs butter, softened slightly
  • 4 tbs flour
  • 4 tbs rolled oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Grease 3 loaf pans (7×3 inches)- I made 12 muffins and distributed the rest of the batter into 2 loaf pans of unknown size (literally, it wasn’t on the package!)
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
  4. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  5. Sift the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir until just blended.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared pans.
  7. If you want to make streusel- mix flour, oats, and sugar into a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle on top of batter.
  8. For loaves, bake 45-50 min. For muffins, bake 35 min. Or, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy 🙂
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The ingredients

Ready to bake

Ready to bake

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Enjoy :)

Enjoy 🙂

2nd Attempt at Gluten Free Banana Bread

Huge beads of rain bounce off my bedroom roof, creating a soft humming noise which would normally lure me into sleep.  The small spaces around my curtains briefly light up as a quick flash of lighting illuminates the sky beyond my windows. Its moments like this that used to rush me out of my cozy little room and into my parents’ room where I would nestle up next to my mom, in fear that my wildly active and naive imagination would come true. Years later, although the spontaneity of todays weather still brings a slight tremble into my bones, I find some sort of relaxing aurora to the unknown world beyond my curtains knowing that these small little storms are what make those bright, warm and sunny days so much more precious.

I sit here, trying to find mindless things to do as I continually procrastinate the unpacking that should be going on. I believe this is partially due to the denial I am in as I realize that I will never be moving back to St. Lawrence again and partially due to the fact that unpacking one large part of your life is quite a tedious and slow process. Its a form of denial every one of us goes through as one enchanting chapter of our life comes to an end and a concealed one sits in our impending future, just waiting to be opened.

Who knows what is to come in the pages that follow the conclusion of my life at SLU, who knows what chapters lie ahead. I guess I am pretty excited to find out what will arise as I start down a new path and who will be supporting me along the way. All I can say is that I hope I can share the happiness that each and every day brings to me with all of those around me. ❤

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One of the last weeks of college I decided to try out one more gluten free banana bread recipe. Knowing that once out of college I would really have no need to bake things gluten free, I decided to try a recipe I had been wanting to make for months. Turns out I like this recipe much more than the first one I posted 🙂

Here it is and I hope you enjoy!

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Gluten Free Banana Bread 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 dark organic chocolate bar, chopped

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oils and vanilla
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened
  5. Stir in chocolate
  6. Transfer into muffin tins or to two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray
  7. For muffins bake between 16-22 min, for loaves bake between 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean
  8. Enjoy 🙂

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Enjoy

Enjoy

Cinnamon Swirl Bread (Rabbit Edition)

Easter always feels like the perfect time to break out the good ol’ bread recipes. I am not sure why it always seems that way to me, maybe it is the smell of fresh grass, the pristine spring air, or the fact that families are coming together once again. Either way, with the dawning of Spring I always find myself craving homemade bread.

This past Monday, with Easter spirits still looming in the atmosphere, I decided to make a loaf of bread for a dinner I was going to. I wasn’t sure what kind I wanted to make until I remembered a loaf of cinnamon bread that my roommate had boughten a few weeks ago. The sweet smell it produced every time she toasted another slice stuck in nose. I knew, after the first time she had a piece, this would be something I would have to try to recreate myself. This dinner posed the perfect instance for such an occasion. And, since it was Easter Monday I decided to add a little flare to my bread and bake it in the shape of a rabbit.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

Its a Bunny!

Its a Bunny!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 6 tbs butter
  • 4 tbs sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbs cinnamon
  • 4 tbs butter softened, divided

Steps

  1. Melt butter and milk together, making sure they are just slightly warm to the touch. Stir in yeast and 2 tbs sugar. Allow to set for 10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl stir together flours and salt.
  3. In a large bowl mix eggs and 2 tbs sugar. Stir in yeast mixture. Mix in half the flour. Once combined mix in the rest of the flour.
  4. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and kneed for about 10 minutes.
  5. Place dough in a bowl that has been lightly oiled with canola oil. Cover with a warm damp cloth and let it rise for about 2 hours, or until doubled.
  6. Once doubled punch the dough down, cover with a damp cloth, and let sit for about 3o minutes.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangle making sure it is not wider than our loaf pan.
  8. This is where you can get creative like I did and make animals or just make a loaf. I will let you take control of the creative side.
  9. Spread 2 tbs softened butter on top of dough.
  10. In a small bowl mix together cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle generously over the top of dough.
  11. Tightly roll dough towards you, pinching the seem at the end.
  12. Transfer to a lightly greased loaf pan.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and let it set for 1 to 2 hours.
  14. Preheat oven to 350.
  15. Spread softened butter on loaf and bake for about 40 minutes. (I baked mine for a little bit too long but it still turned out great!)
  16. Enjoy 🙂
What the Yeast will look like after it has been proofed in the milk and butter mixture

What the Yeast will look like after it has been proofed in the milk and butter mixture

I cant even really explain how I did this

I cant even really explain how I did this

A little brown but soo good :)

A little brown but soo good 🙂

Irish Treacle (Molasses) Bread

After living in Ireland for 6 months I can concur that Irish people know how to make a great bread! The density which you find in their signature breads makes them great as toast or to dip into soups. And for those who crave carbs, there is an addictive quality to them. If I were to add up the amount of brown bread I ate while I was there some people would gain 5 pounds just imagining it.

So you can only imagine the withdrawals I went through when I left. It wasn’t long before I started looking for recipes which matched the breads I ate there. One of my friends from Ireland even sent me a few packages of Odlums brown bread pre-mix to help ease my cravings. However, as stated before, I’m not one to use mixes and I am not one to wait 2 weeks for a package to come in the mail– So I started recipe searching instead.

When I was recipe searching I kept running into this thing called Treacle. Imagine taking molasses and putting it on steroids– Treacle would be the end product. I was lucky to stumble upon this stuff in the international section of one of the grocery stores by my house. I honestly don’t know how I found it because it comes in a can that could easily be mistaken for wood stainer. Yup, you gotta ply the lid off (and you could even hammer it back on if you wanted to). (Want some?— Here is a link just in case you want to buy some).

After finding this little beauty I was able to explore the array of Treacle bread recipes that I had been finding online. It was this ingredient that, when cooking, triggered the many memories I had which surrounded waiting for that toaster to pop up in my apartment in Dublin (dont take a whiff of it in the jar though– it smells AWFUL!)

Today I decided to make a Treacle bread for a dinner I am attending at a sustainable house on campus tomorrow. I know that this is a group of people that appreciate a good thick bread so I decided it was the perfect thing to make on my eventless Monday evening. I also made a half version of this recipe using only whole wheat flour so I could enjoy some this evening. I do not have Treacle at school so I decided to just go with the weaker stuff (aka molasses).
Irish Treacle Bread

Irish Treacle Bread

Irish Treacle Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 1/2  tbs molasses (or treacle if you have it)
  • 2 1/2 tbs honey

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flours, oats, baking soda, and salt in a big bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix the molasses and honey  together (you can spray the bowl with cooking spray if you want to f make it pour easier). Mix buttermilk in.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using first a spoon and then your hands. You may need to add a bit more flour in the process.
  5. Form dough into circular mound and place on a baking sheet. Using a floured knife make an “X” on the top of the dough.
  6. Bake for 50-55 min or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  7. Enjoy and imagine that you are in Ireland 🙂
Ingredients

Ingredients

Starting to mix the wet ingredients into the dry mix

Starting to mix the wet ingredients into the dry mix

The bread is ready to bake!

The bread is ready to bake!

Yum!

Yum!

The mini loaf I made with only whole wheat flour

The mini loaf I made with only whole wheat flour

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Do you have a friend who has Celiacs disease or some form of Gluten intolerance? In this day and age who doesn’t? It seems like gluten allergies are popping up left and right! And, unfortunately for them most of the recipes that people bake are swarming with gluten!

I actually live with a friend who has had Celiacs disease for about 7 or so years! Although she is probably used to it by now, I can only imagine how annoying it is for her when she walks in at night and smells a fresh batch of cookies knowing she cannot have them. It always makes me feel a bit bad knowing about 95% of what I make is gluten filled. I always have the intention to make her something but it often falls through.

Up until this past week, every time I made something gluten free it was from a box. It always pains me to crack open those boxes, mix in a few eggs and water, and then bake. Its just not the same. And to me, a person who loves to bake, it feels like I’m cheating myself and the person i am making it for. However, in the past the thought of making something gluten free would force a huge dark cloud over my head- What if I did something wrong? What if gluten slipped in somewhere and I got a friend sick? I would hate to mess it up.

However, this week I put this fear a side and started exploring a new field of baking which I had yet to do. I did this by making a few different things as well as Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. Below is the recipe.

Hope it brightens up your gluten free friend as much as it did mine :p

Sorry for the lack of photos of each step, I made this recipe before I had this blog in mind.

Gluten Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tbs vegetable or sunflower seed oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 dark chocolate bar- chopped

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together eggs, bananas, sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla
  3. Pour wet batter into dry mix. Mix. Stir in chocolate.
  4. Bake in greased muffin pan for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.

Enjoy 🙂

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I was a little nervous about how they would turn out.

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But they actually turned out great 🙂