Gluten Free Mint Brownies

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Today I bring you such an intriguing, different and flavorsome recipe. 

The recipe got my attention and it needs to get yours too.

If you don’t do anything else this weekend, make these secret ingredient brownies!

Can you believe  that these wonders are made with NO flour and a can of black beans? 

I had my doubts , but lo and behold, it has become my go to gluten free brownie recipe.   Chocolately with such a soft texture and truly brownieY.  The ingredient combination still has me in awe.

If my coworkers couldn’t detect black beans, you won’t either.

Without further ado…..the recipe(with my own little twist).

  • One, 15 1/2 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped Hershey’s Mint Truffle kisses(Oh Lord–so divine)

Preheat oven to 350 and grease 8×8 baking pan

Place black beans and oil  into food processor and process until smooth and creamy

Add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined & smooth

Fold in Hershey’s kisses and sprinkle a few more on top

Bake for 30-35min until toothpick comes out clean

Source:  everyfoodfits

NOTE: I could actually smell and taste some BEANage once I pulled them from the oven but no BEANage the day after.  So…be patient and let them sit for a few hours or overnight. 

I love seeing the reaction of people when they discover the main ingredient is black beans. HeHe.

-eRiN

Gluten Free Granola

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Erin Erin bo baron. Banana nana fo farin. Mi my mo marin. Erin

OR

Granola bola ba bola.  Banana nana fo fola. Mi my mo mola. Granola.

Remember that song?

Funny things happen when you’re a mom and a song gets stuck in your head. 

How does singing & songs relate to granola?

Quite simply.  They don’t.

Child song + granola recipe I wanted to share = Wednesday blog post

Erin & Angel’s Granola

  • 3 oz. brown sugar
  • 5 oz. canola oil
  • 12 oz. honey
  • 1 pound of Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 1/2 oz. of ground flax seed
  • 8 oz.  nuts(I use what I have on hand–this batch included sliced almonds and chopped pecans—sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are my other favorites)
  • 2 oz.  coconut

Add brown sugar, oil and honey into small pot.  Bring ingredients to a boil.

In seperate bowl, mix together oats, flaxs, nuts, coconut, dried fruit…whatever else you choose to add.

Once honey mixture has boiled, add to dry ingredients. Mix until moistened.

Spread on greased baking sheet(or use a Silpat–the best invention EVER) and bake @ 325 for ~30min.  Check half-way through baking time to ensure it isn’t browning too fast.  Once it is golden brown, remove from the oven. The granola will still be soft but IT WILL HARDEN once cooled.

Dangerous stuff. :)

-eRiN

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Bread

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Newspapers.

I think of  Sunday mornings,  reading the comics, clipping coupons, drinking coffee and eating breakfast.

Although I don’t have the time to read a newspaper daily, I do somehow always find the time to browse the recipe section.  As if I really need one more recipe, right?

I love the fact that the recipes are often submitted by local folk; tried and true family recipes.

This recipe was featured in a section called NC State Fair Recipes and it is soooooo good.  It truly tastes like a peanut butter and banana sandwich.  Imagine that? 

I hope you like it as much as me.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Banana Bread

  • 1  3/4 cup Pamela’s Baking Mix
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter(I used Jiff)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas(about 3 whole naners)
  • 2 eggs
  • NOTE: if you are using a gf baking mix that doesn’t include baking powder/baking soda, you will need to add 1 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Grease loaf or mini-loaf pan.

In a bowl mix Pamela’s with sugar. Cut in peanut butter until mixture  resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs and bananas until just blended. Spread evenly in pan(s). Bake ~ 25min for mini loaf pan or ~1hr. 10min. for large loaf pan.

Source: The Herald Sun

I hope our technology absorbed society doesn’t drop the production of newspapers and rely only on internet reading.

There is something so wholesome about holding and reading the newspaper.  Black fingertips and all.

-eRiN

Custom Choice Cereal

Custom Choice Cereal  is a company that completely warms my heart and I couldn’t be more willing to review their cereals on my blog.

Not only does the company offer customized gluten free cereal mixes, the production facility is located in Durham, NC AND the owners developed their business plan while studying at UNC’s School of Business, AND they even incorporated carolina blue in their logo, as a tribute to the tar heels.  Raised in Chapel Hill how could I not be a supporter? Ha.

I have tried two cereal mixes and both were winners.

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First up was Ernie’s Flakes(Ernie is my nickname).  It contained Corn Flakes with dried pears, dried cranberries and chopped pecans. 

Second up was Erin’s Mixalot. A combination of Good Morning Flakes, shredded coconut, sliced almonds and dried cherries.

Both arrived made to order and both contained fresh ingredients.

A great alternative to my stock of Chex cereals. :)

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My only suggestion?  Expand the cereal base choices.  

Even if that idea isn’t in the company’s plans,  you can bet I’m a dedicated customer!!

Thanks Hajo, Patrick and all of the other Custom Choice Cereal staff.

GO HEELS!

-eRiN

Under the Weather

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Don’t be jealous.

A headcold has surfaced at my house.

Be back soon. :)

-eRiN

Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies

Baba Joon’s   is a baking company housed in Eugene, Oregon which makes gluten free and dairy free cookies called Chocolate Chewies.

For a $2.95 shiipping & handling fee,  the company will send you  a chewy sample package, flavor of your choice.  I couldn’t resist the offer.

Yesterday I received some chocolate friends in the mail.

My sample choice:  peanut.

Three to a sample pack, gone in ~three minutes. :)

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My thoughts:

A light and airy cookie,  filled with peanut bits and a mild chocolate flavor.

Not overly sweet.

Reminiscent of tea cookies. 

A different texture than expected.  Not really “chewy” per se…more along the lines of a soft inside with a thin layer of sugary crunch on the outside.

With no flour, no cholesterol and no preservatives….I’m a fan.

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As a previous small business owner myself,  I’m all about supporting other small businesses….especially when they offer tasty gf products.

Visit the website  and sign up for a sample.

Thanks Baba Joon’s for supporting us gluten freeERS!

-eRiN

Tuesdays with Dorie-Gluten Free Allspice Crumb Muffins

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This week’s TWD brought a few baking lessons.

Thanks to Kayte at Grandma’s Kitchen Table for choosing the recipe.

Lesson #1:  Don’t overmix crumb mixture. The buttery, brown sugar will melt into the muffins and the crumb topping will become invisible.

Lesson #2:  Don’t photograph hot muffins.  Muffins will fall apart and fingers will get burned.

Lesson #3: Don’t add leftover crumb mixture to top of baked muffins, trying to improve the photograph.  The “crumb topping” will only look like wet sand.

Lesson #4:  Not my favorite TWD recipe, but good enough to eat two muffins. :)

You can find the recipe here. 

-eRiN

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