Delicious Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Hi Everyone! Well, we have decided that we are sensitive to gluten, so we are now experimenting with gluten free cooking! It is really different! Even though I have been a chef/baker for many years, I was very unfamiliar with baking with gluten free ingredients. So, this is quite an adventure for me as well as my family as we try to make foods that taste like what we are used to. It is really awesome when a recipe comes out so awesome that you would never know it was gluten free! That is the case with this totally beautiful Banana bread that I made today. Check it out!  Below is the recipe.

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Bread

3 bananas (really good and ripe)
4 large eggs
1 ½ Tablespoons vanilla
2 Tablespoons Honey
½ cup melted butter (you could also use coconut oil or another oil of your choosing)
1 cup Almond meal
1 ½ cup Gluten free flour* (you can make your own using the recipe below or you can buy premade Gluten free flour at most grocery stores)
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

Place all dry ingredients into food processor, pulse to mix. Add all the rest of the ingredients and pulse till well blended. Pour into buttered or pan sprayed loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes or until pick inserted comes out clean.

*Gluten free flour mix:

300 grams brown rice flour
250 grams Sorghum flour
150 grams Tapioca flour
100 grams Sweet rice flour (I used white rice flour)
100 grams Potato flour
100 grams Corn Starch
50 grams pectin

Mix all together and store in a Ziploc bag.

 

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Chocolate Fix~ Yum

Chocolate~Chocolate Chip CookiesWell, the goats and chickens are in bed and our day is coming to a close so it is time for a bit of a chocolate fix! I found this awesome recipe somewhere on the internet… can’t remember where, but man they are awesome. Here is the recipe:

Killer Chocolate-Chocolate chip cookies
4 ounces cream cheese softened
3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
Mix cream cheese and butter; blend well. Add sugars and vanilla and blend well. Add cocoa mix well. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. Spoon onto cookie sheet lined with foil or silpat. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10-12 minutes or until they look like the picture 🙂
Enjoy! Goodnight all….. sweet dreams ♥

Soap Making 101

Here is a short video that explains how to make soap at home. Making Soap on the Farm

Ricotta Chocolate Cake ~ Recipe

Ricotta Chocolate Cake

Ricotta Chocolate Cake

It is only fitting that when we make our goat milk ricotta, and collect our eggs that we tell people how to use those ingredients in awesome ways. This recipe for ricotta chocolate cake has a texture more like a brownie and melts in your mouth. I added some luscious buttercream frosting, just for fun, and wow, talk about delish! I hope you like it 🙂

 

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons cocoa
5 tablespoons boiling water
7 ounces ricotta cheese
4.5 ounces softened butter
5 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
5.1 ounces of all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8″ square pan with cooking spray.
Mix the cocoa into the boiling water and set aside. Place ricotta in the bowl of a food processor and mix till creamy. Add butter mix again. Add sugar, vanilla and eggs and let mix till fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda and mix; while the blades are mixing pour in the cocoa/water mixture and let it mix until it is incorporated well. Pour into pan and bake until wooden pick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 30 minutes.