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BROWNIES!

Who in the world would have thought I could pull off brownies for Gage at this stage of the game? Let me rephrase that, who in the world would have thought I could pull off brownies for Gage at this stage of the game and they taste wonderful?

I would like to give two huge thank you’s. First is to The Spunky Coconut for creating these wonderful little bites of chocolatey goodness. Second is to my good friend Rachel for finding the blog and recipe for me!

Gage helped to make these and he was so excited the entire time. I feel like our cooking and baking experiences together now will be different from most kids. Gage is getting the nitty gritty of from scratch baking. He’s going to understand how to throw together a cake like no other man will, that hasn’t been to pastry school anyways.

Let’s get started!

Egg-free, Grain-free Brownies:

Whip with an electric mixer in medium bowl:
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp of warm water
1/8 tsp xanthan gum

 Add to water and xanthan gum mixture:

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 cup sunbutter

1/4 tsp salt

1tsp sugar

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Beat with electric mixer.

Pour into square greased cake pan.
Spread slightly
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips. I used Enjoy Life.
Bake at 325 degrees, for about 35 minutes. I tested with a knife at around 25 minutes and it came out clean but I continued to bake for a full 30 min.
I have no idea how these are somewhat fluffy and aren’t dense as cement. They turned out wonderful. Better than I imagined. The boys both scarfed down a piece and begged me for more. I am so thankful I now have a go to dessert for Gage if we have a party. I threw one square in the freezer to test out how well it freezes. I always give baked goods that test.
Thank you again Rachel and The Spunky Coconut for saving my day!
Here’s the original recipe, I had to change a few things. The Spunky Coconut grain free brownies.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | daily life, Gage's allergies | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Puppy Chow for Kids

I think everyone had puppy chow growing up. Cereal covered in chocolate and peanut butter sprinkled with powdered sugar. If you didn’t then you need to make some!

Since we now have Sunbutter that’s exactly what I did! I cook a lot for my family but the sweet stuff I just don’t do. Frankly because there’s not much I can make with our options.

Super excited for puppy chow I quickly grabbed everything I needed.

9 cups corn chex (you can use any type of safe cereal really. I remember once my aunt used crispy critters cereal and it looked like we were actually eating puppies)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter (sunbutter)

1/4 cup butter

1tsp vanilla

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

I cut the recipe in half.
1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla.
3. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
4. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. (I didn’t have any powdered sugar so I skipped this step.
5. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Once cooled we all tried it. Charlie and I loved it. Gage was iffy, again. He’s eaten some of it but not as much as Charlie has! Yay! A new treat I can make.

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunbutter!

SUNBUTTER!

Our new best friend.
http://www.sunbutter.com/

I have a jar of peanut butter in the highest cupboard in the kitchen for myself. I LOVE it. Since the 3 men aren’t that sensitive to it I do enjoy it every now and then. The boys actually always ask to smell it when I have it out. Talk about breaking your heart. “yes, here honey have a big sniff but you can’t eat it!” I hardly ever actually eat it in front of them. They just caught me one day.

A friend had mentioned sunbutter to me and I instantly looked it up and found a location. Bingo, right in our small hick town.

Once we got it home I gave Charlie a spoonful. He was in love. I made them both up a Sunbutter sandwich. Charlie ate his right up.

Gage’s was actually on light rye crackers.Gage was a little iffy about it. Might just be beacuse he’s 3.

I am so excited for Sunbutter.

August 23, 2011 Posted by | Charlie's allergies, Gage's allergies, LIVING, What's for dinner | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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