Salted Caramel Popcorn and White Chocolate Chip Cookies | gluten free

We are nibbling our way around Las Vegas at this very moment, but oh the memories of this cookie are lingering, and I’m planning on a batch as soon as we get home.

Chewy gluten free cookies full of salted caramel popcorn morsels and sweet white chocolate chips. These are a combination of two of my favourite childhood treats!Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeHave you ever had the pleasure of eating Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs? If you haven’t, I’m sorry, but I do hope you have your own favourite sticky, caramel-coated popcorn treat. Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs were an 80s favourite, but they’ve never gone out of style.

For these cookies I made my own salted caramel popcorn because it’s super, super easy (that’s dangerous knowledge for our waistlines I know) and then I mixed it into chewy, brown sugary, buttery, cookie dough with some white chocolate chips. The caramel popcorn coating melts slightly as the cookies bake creating pools of sticky salted caramel perfection. Drooling.Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeI sent these home with my Mum and Dad to thank them for being our taxi to and from the airport. A day later I got a photo of the empty container. All gone. Yes, they are that good. And my parents have a sweet tooth. See! It’s genetic! Every butter, caramel-soaked, white chocolate studded fantasy you have is answered in these cookies. And I only got to eat one. One. And my house smelled like these cookies for days. If you aren’t into scented candles or air-spray contraptions, just bake a batch of these. You will drive your neighbours wild. And probably find yourself sneaking to the cookie jar for just one more…Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeBite into this cookie and your teeth first meet chewy cookie dough, then crunchy popcorn pieces, super sweet chocolate chips and, if you are lucky, a little pool of molten caramel. Be generous with these cookies. Share the happiness and gobble up some of this biscuits of bliss! Although, it is totally acceptable to hoard the whole batch for yourself and eat them while hiding in your closet with a good book and a glass of cold milk. I won’t tell anyone.Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Salted Caramel Popcorn and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten free | Makes about 18 cookies | Preparation Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to four days.

Tip: to make these extra quick you can use pre-made caramel popcorn.

Warning: this recipe involves melting sugar. Molten sugar is incredibly hot. BE CAREFUL when handling the caramel and if making this with kids be sure to keep little fingers out of the way. Take it from someone who had third-degree burns from making caramel, okay?

Ingredients

For the salted caramel popcorn

  • 4 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 50 grams butter
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the cookies

  • 50 grams sorghum flour
  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 40 grams brown rice flour
  • 35 grams white rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 120 grams butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. First, make the popcorn. Place the air-popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place sugar in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. The sugar will begin to melt in a few minutes. Gently shake the pan to mix the molten sugar around the pot. When it starts turning a deep honey colour remove from the heat and whisk any un-melted sugar until it dissolves.
  4. Add butter and whisk until is incorporated. Add salt. Pour caramel over popcorn and use two wooden spoons to toss and mix the popcorn until it is coated in the caramel mixture. Do not use your hands as the sugar will be incredibly hot. Set popcorn aside to cool while you make the cookie batter.
  5. Weigh sorghum flour, buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl and whisk them until well combined.
  6. In the bowl of a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer) beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about three minutes.
  7. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well incorporated.
  8. With mixer on low speed add whisked dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  9. Using a wooden spoon mix in popcorn and white chocolate chips.
  10. Using your hands form heaped tablespoonfuls of batter into balls and place on prepared baking trays. Leave about 6cm between cookies to allow for spreading. You may need to bake the cookies in two batches depending on the size of your baking sheets.
  11. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes or until they are spread out and the edges are golden. These cookies will still be incredibly soft when they come out of the oven. This accounts for the chewiness. Allow the cookies to cool completely on the trays before removing and serving or storing.

Salted Caramel Popcorn Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Melting Moments | Gluten Free

Sweet, buttery, crumbly gluten free shortbread biscuits sandwiched together with lemon buttercream. These Melting Moments are the perfect tea-time, or anytime, treat!Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeShortbread is magic, don’t you think? It has so few ingredients but they all come together to create something magical. I think it has something to do with the butter, but then I have a Danish mum so butter is pretty much considered its own food group in my family home. Shortbread is a reminder that the simplest things are often the best, and then you have shortbread’s slightly more jazzy cousin: the melting moment. The melting moment takes the buttery love to the next level of awesomeness and celebrates butter with abandon in one tiny little cookie package.Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeMelting Moments are another baked treat that take me back to childhood days baking with Mum or Dad. These little cookies are great for making with kids because they only use a few simple techniques, and kids love rolling the dough into balls and pressing the tops with a fork. And everyone loves sneaking a few tasty bites of dough while they thing no-one is looking (not that this ever happens in my kitchen..ahem…). Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeMelting Moments are wonderful because they are so customisable. I filled mine with a light lemon buttercream this time, but they are just as great sandwiched together with vanilla or raspberry buttercream, or passionfruit curd. One of my aunties makes spectacular passionfruit melting moments that are always a hit at family gatherings.

Shortbread’s ‘short’ texture – crumbly and slightly sandy – comes from the absence of water or watery ingredients such as milk or eggs in the recipe. Without water the proteins present in the flours cannot develop so instead of an elastic cookie dough you get a ‘short’, buttery, crumbly textured biscuit. In a gluten free shortbread this crumbly texture is helped along by the lower levels of protein in many common, naturally gluten free flours such as rice flour and cornflour, which I’ve used in my recipe.

Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThese biscuits are easy to make, and there’s no waiting for the dough to chill (except maybe on the hottest of summer days) so these bake up quickly from the first whir of your standmixer. Perfect for nibbling alongside your favourite cup of tea or sharing with some friends. I took mine to work and they were gone within an hour! Treat yourself to a buttery, sandy cookie and bake up some melting moments today!Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Melting Moments

Gluten Free | Makes 15 sandwiched cookies

Ingredients

For the melting moments

  • 80 grams brown rice flour
  • 80 grams sorghum flour
  • 65 grams white rice flour
  • 75 grams cornflour (ensure this is gluten free)
  • 250 grams butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar (ensure this is gluten free)

For the lemon buttercream

  • 100 grams butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups icing sugar (ensure this is gluten free)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 160C (325F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, white rice flour, and cornflour.
  3. In the bowl of a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter, vanilla extract and icing sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Turn mixer speed to to low and beat in whisked flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Lightly flour your hands with some cornflour and roll teaspoons of mixture into balls and place on lined baking sheets about 3cm apart.
  6. Once all of the dough is rolled press down lightly on the top of each ball with a fork.
  7. Bake biscuits for 12-15 minutes, rotating trays halfway through baking time. Once the biscuits are cooked, allow them to cool on the trays for 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  8. While the biscuits are cooling, make the buttercream. Place all ingredients into a standmixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  9. Sandwich biscuits together with buttercream and serve. Leftovers will keep up to four days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Melting Moments | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Gluten Free | Vegan

Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little baked treats are made of. In my house, spice reigns supreme especially when the nights grow darker and winter deepens. Warm yourself by the oven and make a batch of my Ginger and Apple Muffins to share with some sweet friends.

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Vegan | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeWere you taught the ‘what little girls are made of’ rhyme as a child? I remember hearing ‘sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of’ now and again as a little girl. As a grown woman, I like to think that I have grown up to be a good mix of sugar and spice, but I just know my personality errs on the spicy side most of the time. Oh, and I have a surprisingly salty vocabulary (that’s what comes from being an ex-Navy cook’s daughter) that comes in handy from time to time (especially when you forget to use a tea towel to grab a sheet pan out of the oven…

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Vegan | Gluten FreeWhen it comes to baking I am definitely a spice lover. Opening each different jar or grating and grinding the fresh spices instantly whisks me away. Spices connect us to other places and times. The scent of cardamom is my Danish grandmother’s kitchen where abelskiver are cooking on the stove. Cinnamon is the bakery in New York where my best friend and I recovered from a long flight. And ginger, ginger is my Mum dunking gingersnap cookies into ice cold milk on a summer afternoon. Ginger is home.

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Vegan | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished LifeThese muffins are for cold mornings in the kitchen, tramping around in stocking feet and brewing strong black builder’s tea, chopping dusky skinned apples and waking up slowly to the aroma of ginger and brown sugar warming in the oven. These Ginger and Apple Muffins are damp and sweet from brown sugar and golden syrup and studded with chunks of tart apple. They bake up tall and generous and make a house smell like home. Invite someone over, anyone, these muffins are gluten free and vegan so everyone can enjoy them, or eat them alone with only a book and the slow-rising sun for company.

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Vegan | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Ginger and Apple Muffins

Vegan | Gluten Free | Makes 12 large muffins

Ingredients

  • 80 grams brown rice flour
  • 80 grams buckwheat flour
  • 80 grams white rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup rice bran oil (or other flavourless vegetable oil e.g. grapeseed)
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 100 grams brown sugar
  • 2 medium apples (Sundowner are my favourites)

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F) and line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking papers.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, white rice flour, baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together almond milk, oil, golden syrup, and brown sugar until smooth and well combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Quarter and core one of the apples, and chop into cubes. Mix into batter until distributed.
  6. Divide batter between muffin papers.
  7. Quarter and core the second apple. Cut into thin slices and place a few on top of each muffin.
  8. Bake muffins in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then remove. These are best eaten the day they are made, but can be wrapped in plastic wrap (once completely cooled) and frozen for up to two months.

Ginger and Apple Muffins | Vegan | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

It was a dark and spooky night…all around the cottage nothing could be heard but the rustling of cupcake papers….

Halloween is almost here! Halloween isn’t a big thing here in Australia, but my family and I love any excuse to decorate the house (Dad has been working hard on decorations all year), dress up in silly costumes, and share a few sweet treats. These gluten free pumpkin cupcakes made an early appearance to get us in the Halloween mood last weekend – spicy, sweet, and with some cute and spooky sprinkles they were a Halloween hit.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

When I saw these pumpkin cupcakes on Jen’s blog I knew it wouldn’t be long until I needed to bring them to Thoroughly Nourished Life and give them a little gluten free makeover. You all know that I love spiced baked goods and the heady aroma of these cupcakes is delightful mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cardamom. The butternut pumpkin (squash) I used added a sweetness to the cupcakes, and the brown sugar ensures that the cake stays soft and sweet. These are a very tender cake so they might appear a little crumbly. Just remember to cook them for the correct amount of time and allow them to cool completely before frosting and eating. The inclusion of ground chia seeds helps bind the gluten free flours without any strange tasting vegetable gums.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Cream cheese frosting with cinnamon is the perfect tangy-sweet topping for the fluffy cupcakes. I used the same recipe as the frosting on my Chai Spiced Cake. It’s the perfect frosting to pair with anything filled with any of your spiced baked goods. I use it on cakes, cupcakes, and even baked doughnuts (coming soon to Thoroughly Nourished Life) – sometimes it’s a little too tempting not to just lick it straight off the spoon!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

I love Halloween even though I am not a fan of scary movies, scary stories, or those weird plastic costume masks. I love a mild spooky night filled with shrieks that border on delight and fear, with a sweet reward at the end. This Halloween Chris and I will be spending the night with Mum and Dad taking part in the Haunted Driveway that my Dad has created. Although Chris isn’t too keen on Halloween (don’t worry, he’s learning) we have our costumes picked out (ghost bride for me, Dread Pirate Ginger Beard for Chris) and I can’t wait to spend the night tricking and treating the little (and big) kids in our neighbourhood.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from Milk and Honey | Makes 12 cupcakes | Gluten Free

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes

  • 40 grams brown rice flour
  • 40 grams white rice flour
  • 40 grams almond meal
  • 50 grams buckwheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds, ground
  • 115 grams butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

For the frosting

  • 125 grams cream cheese (full fat is best), softened
  • 50 grams butter
  • 3-4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom (a decent sprinkle)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles for decorating (optional)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F) and line 12-hole cupcake pan (1/4 cup capacity) with cupcake papers.
  2. In a medium size bowl whisk together brown rice flour, white rice flour, almond meal, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. In a small jug combine buttermilk and ground chia seeds. Allow to sit until required.
  4. In a large mixing bowl use a hand mixer to beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  6. Turn mixer speed to low and beat in half the flour mix until just combined. Add buttermilk and pumpkin puree and beat until incorporated and then mix in the rest of the flour until just combined.
  7. Divide batter evenly among cupcake papers.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched.
  9. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  10. To make frosting: beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add 3 cups of icing sugar, spices and milk. Beat until combined. You want a slightly stiff mixture. If frosting is too loose add extra cup of icing sugar.
  11. Spoon frosting into a piping bag fitted with your choice of tip. Decorate cupcakes as desired and then sprinkle with decorations (if using). You could alternately use a knife to frost the cupcakes.

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Tell me, dear readers, how do you celebrate Halloween? Is anyone else dressing up?

Mocha Banana Muffins

I believe that if you can eat chocolate for breakfast you should, and if that chocolate happens to be healthy, paired with coffee, and baked into soft muffin-y form then all the better. If you have bananas languishing in your fruit bowl at the end of the week, some cocoa powder, and a few eggs, then you are well on your way to a healthy weekend breakfast treat.

Mocha Banana Muffins | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

This weekend I am going to the Good Food and Wine Show with my friend Casey, but beforehand we are meeting with my Mum, sister, and friend Bree at the Farmer’s Markets for breakfast and coffee – you know, to pre-fuel for our day of eating samples of myriad delicious things. So, healthy, gluten free, chocolate and banana muffins were my pick for a breakfast treat. Paired with a cappuccino from my favourite coffee shop we will be ready for a day of touring the halls of the convention centre in search of nibbles of cheese, and new gluten free products.

Mocha Banana Muffins | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

You are going to love these muffins. Quick to assemble and put in the oven, you can make them in the morning and serve them fresh to your family for breakfast, or you can mix them up while dinner is cooking and have fresh treats for the whole family’s lunch boxes. This recipe would make a great baking project to make with little ones who are just learning to bake. A few simple steps, some measuring (a great way to learn maths – it certainly helped me), and a delicious result! All you need to do is mash bananas (a great job for little kids too), mix in yoghurt and eggs, and add to some gluten free flour with a handful of chocolate chips (because, sometimes you need chocolate chips in your breakfast). Bake them for 20 minutes and voila! Mocha Banana Muffins for the whole family to enjoy.

Mocha Banana Muffins | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

 

Mocha Banana Muffins

Makes 12 muffins | Gluten Free | Leftovers will keep 3 days at room temperature in an airtight container or wrapped tightly frozen for up to 2 months

Note: if you don’t need these to be gluten free, use 210 grams (1 1/2 cups) plain flour in place of the hazelnut meal, sorghum flour, and white rice flour.

Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas, well mashed
  • 2/3 cup non-fat Greek yoghurt (or plain natural yoghurt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoon rice bran oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1/3 cup white rice flour
  • 2/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C (400F) and line a 12-cup muffin pan with muffin papers.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together mashed bananas, yoghurt, eggs, oil, and vanilla essence until thick and smooth.
  3. Dissolve coffee powder in water and add to banana mixture along with brown sugar. Whisk until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together hazelnut meal, white rice flour, sorghum flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and stir gently until well distributed.
  7. Divide batter evenly between muffin papers.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops bounce back when gently touched.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and cool to room temperature.

Mocha Banana Muffins | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)

I am going to come clean with you right here in the first paragraph of this post. Just so that we can clear the air and you can understand where I am coming from when I share this recipe with you and then insist multiple times that you make them as soon as humanly possible. So, here goes. I ate a whole batch of these cookies by myself in only two days. Now, don’t scroll down and do the maths about serving sizes and how many cookies that is exactly. Know only that I was possessed by some cookie smashing spirit and cannot account for my own actions. You have to make them for yourself so that you can truly understand my predicament.

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

When I came back from my run on Saturday afternoon all I could think about was peanut butter cookies and then I started thinking about the jar of maple bliss nut spread from Blessed and Lucky that was sitting in my fridge, and then I decided that I needed to make an enhanced peanut butter version of my Tahini and Peanut Butter Cookies. I wanted these cookies to be crumbly but soft and fudgy, like a peanut butter ball that had been reincarnated as a cookie. Then I added oats, crunchy little millet morsels, and milk chocolate chips because enough is just never quite enough. After you’ve eaten your first one, you will understand why I couldn’t just stop at one. It’s that salty-sweet flavour that needs chasing by even more salty-sweet in a never-ending cycle of cookie crumbs.

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

I could tell that I was onto something big because I couldn’t get enough of the batter. I may have eaten a cookie straight off the baking sheet before it made it into the oven, maybe (cough, cough). And they aren’t just divine eaten raw. When you bite into a baked cookie you are rewarded with creamy super peanut butter taste (enhanced by the brown sugar and salt in the dough), and then little pops of millet and chewy quick oats. You also slightly under-bake these cookies so that they retain their cookie dough benefits after they are cooked.

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

I wish there had been someone in my kitchen to share these with. Chris was snoozing while I was baking them, and after he woke up and laughed at me for taking fifty photos of my cookies I was not sharing with him! These are the perfect cookie to make with kids, and you can feel better about this sweet treat because there isn’t any butter in here. They are perfect to make with intolerant or allergic kids too because they are completely gluten free. No one has to miss out.

Now, do you understand why I ate the whole batch by myself?

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes 14-15 cookies

Note: I used a maple infused peanut butter to make my cookies, but if you cannot find this just use plain peanut butter instead – they will be just as delicious. You can also use plain flour in place of the rice flours, just substitute 145 grams (about 1 cup) of plain flour for the rice flours.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy as you please)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 70 grams white rice flour
  • 75 grams brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup gluten free quick oats
  • 1/3 cup millet uncooked
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, olive oil, and vanilla essence until creamy and well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together white rice flour, brown rice flour, baking powder and salt. Add this mixture to the egg mix. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add oats, millet and chocolate chips to the dough and mix until incorporated. This will be a very stiff dough so you might have to use some muscles!
  5. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Push down slightly to flatten cookie. Leave some room for spreading.
  6. Place sheets in oven and bake for 15 minutes, swapping trays halfway through baking. Do not overcook.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Peanut Butter and Millet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

 

Banana and Coconut Baked Doughnuts (gluten free)

I had to get these doughnuts out of the house. After eating two on Sunday and another two on Monday, when I was reaching for my third (all before dinner mind you) I knew that I had a good recipe on my hands, but a problem where my health goals and skinny jeans were concerned. So, I packaged them up, called Dad, and told him that there would be a delivery for him tomorrow from me, care of Chris. (I love that he doesn’t mind playing delivery man during his lunch hour). My Dad sent me home with a car-washing care package on Saturday so it was only fair that I repaid him with doughnuts. That’s the way the payment system works in our house!

Banana and Coconut Baked Doughnuts | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

The reason I couldn’t stop myself after one doughnut? Firstly, these ones are kinda healthy (shh – don’t tell Dad): there isn’t too much sugar because the ripe bananas provide natural sweetness to the batter, and there are only two tablespoons of olive oil instead of butter. Secondly, banana and coconut is one of my favourite flavour combinations (see here for evidence): the banana and bold coconut partner perfectly in these soft little cakey rounds and the coconut glaze on top really seals the deal. Also, toasted coconut should be sprinkled on everything.

Banana and Coconut Baked Doughnuts | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

I love baked doughnuts. I love that they don’t require scary deep-frying instruments and all that oil that I would probably burn myself with, and I love that they can go from a wish to reality in about 30 minutes. These would make a wonderful lunch box treat, and you could probably get the kids to help you with the measuring, mashing, stirring, mixing and dunking. You should probably let them help with the eating too, I suppose.

Banana and Coconut Baked Doughnuts | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Banana Coconut Baked Doughnuts

Gluten Free | Makes 15-16 mini doughnuts | Will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

Note: If you do not require these to be gluten free you can use 250 grams of plain flour in place of the first five ingredients. If you do this reduce the milk to ¼ cup.

Because coconut flour soaks up a lot of liquid you may need to use up to ¾ cup of milk in the recipe. You want a loose, muffin type mixture for your baked doughnuts. Add the smaller amount of milk first and if required add the extra ¼ cup.

Ingredients

For the doughnuts

  • 50 grams sorghum flour
  • 50 grams almond meal
  • 50 grams brown rice flour
  • 50 grams white rice flour
  • 50 grams coconut flour
  • 50 grams brown sugar
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup Greek/natural yoghurt
  • ½ – ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 large bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut essence
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

For the glaze

  • 1 1/2- 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut flakes

Method

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and oil 16 holes in two 12 hole mini doughnut pans. You could also use muffin tins if you do not have doughnut pans.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together sorghum flour, almond meal, brown rice flour, white rice flour, coconut flour, brown sugar, caster sugar, salt, and baking soda. Whisk well to ensure there are no lumps of sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together yoghurt, 1/2 cup milk, mashed banana, eggs, oil, vanilla extract and coconut essence.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk together. The mixture should be similar to a muffin batter. If the batter is too thick add the extra 1/4 cup of milk. Stir in shredded coconut.
  5. Spoon batter into a large piping bag fitted with a wide-mouthed round tip and pipe into doughnut holes. This is much easier than spooning it in!
  6. Place pans in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Swap position of the trays halfway through baking time.
  7. Once cooked, remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a rack before glazing and decorating.
  8. To make the glaze: In a medium-sized bowl  whisk together 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and coconut essence. The consistency should be runny, but not watery, you want it similar to a custard consistency. Add extra icing sugar or milk as required to reach the right consistency. Place coconut flakes into a small bowl. Dip doughnuts into glaze first and then into toasted coconut. Place on a lined baking tray or cooling rack to dry.

Banana and Coconut Baked Doughnuts | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Honey, Apricot, and Coconut Cookies (gluten free)

One of my favourite things to do while I’m baking is listen to podcasts. As the hosts chatter away among themselves, and educate me about various topics I feel like I am back in the kitchen with my family listening to them chatter away while I cook. I love that kind of company when I am cooking sometimes. The kind of friends who pull up a seat at the breakfast bar and talk to you while you have your hands in the dough and keep you entertained with their stories. I remember sitting at the kitchen table in the afternoons after school and spilling all the secrets, trials and triumphs of my day to Mum while she made dinner. It was the gathering place, the hub of our house, and it still is. When I visit Jess and she is creating something amazing in her kitchen, I pull up a bar stool, make myself a cup of tea and keep her company. My people, my friends and family, are mostly those who center themselves and their lives in the kitchen and this is where the big and small conversations and decisions in life happen. And when you are in the kitchen, keeping the cook company, you usually have the benefit of taste testing their creations first.

Apricot Coconut Cookies | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

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If you had been keeping me company last weekend, you would have been the first to try one of these chewy cookies straight from the baking tin. I would have made us both a cup of tea while they were baking and when they made their appearance all golden and puffed up you would have had first choice of the two dozen cookies. But since I was alone, with my podcast friends, I had first choice. The honey is what hits you first here. You can actually taste it, and most of the sweetness comes from quarter cup of honey in the dough. I also suggest using a strongly flavoured honey. I used a local Manuka honey, dark, thick and slow to pour. A lighter honey will still sweeten the dough, but you won’t get the real hit of honey when you bite into the cookie. The dried apricots, oats, and coconut give the cookie a high chew factor. This is not a snappable ginger biscuit or a delicate melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, this cookie demands that you chew it and savour each bite. These are school bag biscuits, afternoon tea saviours, and the ones you want to keep in your handbag for emergency cookie situations. They are also good for keeping in a biscuit tin to entertain your kitchen table company.

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 Honey, Apricot, and Coconut Cookies

Gluten Free | Makes 24 biscuits | Note: if you do not require these to be gluten free you can substitute 180 grams plain flour for the flours listed below |

Ingredients

  •  100 grams  butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey (strongly flavoured is best)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60 grams brown rice flour
  • 60 grams white rice flour
  • 60 grams sorghum flour
  • 1 cup gluten free quick oats (I used Freedom Foods)
  • 100 grams dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line two large cookie sheets with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add honey, vanilla extract and egg and beat until well incorporated.
  4. In a separate medium size bowl whisk together baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and sorghum flour.
  5. Add whisked flours to butter mixture and beat until combined.
  6. Add oats, apricots and coconut and stir until all incorporated.
  7. Place dough in refrigerator and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  8. Once dough has chilled remove from fridge. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on prepared baking sheets. Allow room for spreading.
  9. Place in preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes. Cookies are done when the edges are lightly golden.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Breakfast Bread

Now that I live out of home (yes, I am a late bloomer) I look forward to sleepovers at my parent’s house (still home in my mind) all the more. I look forward to snuggling in my bed, which is temporarily housed there until we move into our new home. On Saturday mornings, especially in late autumn, I look forward to rugging up in a jumper or two and heading out to the farmer’s markets with Mum and Jess for breakfast and lady talk. We have been market regulars for nearly five years now and we are firmly settled into our routine: Mum gets the newspapers and finds a table, Jess gets her giant bucket of tea from the Dutch pancake people, and I line up for Mum’s and my cappuccinos. Then we all congregate around the table Mum has found and share stories of our week, problem solve any issues that are pending in our lives, and eat something to fortify us before we forage. Mum is a free spirit and wanders off to try something new for breakfast every week while Jess and I tend to eat something that I have baked and brought from home. On the menu this week is this soft banana, peanut butter and mixed fruit enhanced Breakfast Bread.

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I baked this loaf late last night and wrapped it up safely this morning for its journey home. It feels like a breakfast bread, peanut butter, bananas, and dried fruit; the weight and heft of the slices call for chilled morning air and cold hands wrapped around a warm beverage. Quick breads take very well to being made gluten free and this one is moist and soft. No worry about dry crumbly bread here with bananas, eggs, peanut butter and almond meal in the mix. The overripe mashed bananas are the backbone of the sweetness in this loaf, with a touch more being added by the brown sugar. There’s the goodness of crunchy peanut butter in there and if you toast a slice of this and slather some extra peanut butter on there you might just find nirvana. I love a good dried fruit mix especially in dense sweet breakfast bread like this, but if you don’t (like Mum) you can leave it out, or swap it for the same amount of chocolate chips. This bread, if made on a Friday night or Saturday morning will see you all the way through a late autumn weekend: with tea and butter for breakfast, a sneaky slice for morning tea, and then another to tide you over until dinner. A healthy snack for kids, who especially like the version with chocolate chips, or so I hear.

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Breakfast Bread

Gluten Free. Makes one 9 x 5 inch loaf. Around 8-10 slices.

Ingredients

  • 100 grams brown rice flour
  • 70 grams almond meal
  • 70 grams sorghum flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup mixed dried fruit

 Method

  1.  Preheat your oven to 180C (350F) and line a 9 x 5 inch baking tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together brown rice flour, almond meal, sorghum flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, bananas, eggs, olive oil, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Make sure there are no lumps of brown sugar hiding in your mix.
  4. Add peanut butter to the egg mixture and beat until smooth.
  5. Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and add wet ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  6. Gently stir in mixed dried fruit until distributed. Do not over mix.
  7. Spoon batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.
  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. If it starts to brown too quickly cover the top with some aluminium foil.
  9. The bread is done when a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove and allow to cool on a rack.

Bread will keep in an airtight container for up to three days or sliced, wrapped and frozen for up to two months.

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Sprinkle and White Chocolate Cookies

Some of my earliest memories are of making cookies. Four year old Amy standing on a stool watching Mum make her famous chocolate chip cookies after she had put Jessica down for a nap; seven year old Amy and four year old Jess getting their hands dirty rolling dough into balls while making melting moments with Dad from his old Navy cookbook. Staying overnight at our Mormor’s house the scents of a faraway Denmark would be conjured as we made biscuits whose recipes were only carried in Mormor’s memory. As we got older we took over the kitchen in the afternoons and made the classic cookies and biscuits that had become a tradition in our biscuit tin. Perhaps that is why cookies are the first thing I want to cook when I step into the kitchen. When I am sad a batch of chocolate chip cookies is the cure. When I am happy whipping up delicate sandwiched creations are a celebratory experience.

Sprinkle and White Chocolate Cookie | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

These cookies are a celebration: of Easter, of time with family, and of chocolate and sprinkles and the fact that it’s okay to be frivolous sometimes. These are chewy cookies studded with sweet white chocolate chips and showered with a confetti of coloured sprinkles. The dough is rich with vanilla and almond extracts. One request: remember to chill the dough because this stops the butter from melting as soon as it comes into contact with the heat from the oven and therefore prevents the cookies from spreading too much. It seems like a pain, but really it gives you time to clean the kitchen so that you can enjoy your cookies without having to worry about the dishes. These are also great to make with the little ones. Soon enough they’ll be grown and making them for you!

Sprinkle and White Chocolate Cookie | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Sprinkle and White Chocolate Cookies

Gluten free. Makes at least 24 cookies. I used ‘Dollar Sweets’ Sprinkles because they are gluten free!

If you do not require these to be gluten free you can use a total of 2 cups of plain flour in place of the almond meal, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, and sorghum flour.

Ingredients

  • 125 grams butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 70 grams almond meal
  • 70 grams brown rice flour
  • 75 grams buckwheat flour
  • 75 grams sorghum flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup multi-coloured sprinkles
  • 200 grams white chocolate chips

Method

  1. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper and set aside until needed.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together almond meal, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl beat butter, sugars, vanilla and almond extracts until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Stir in sprinkles and chocolate chips until completely distributed.
  6. Cover bowl and chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Place heaped tablespoons of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Leave at least 6cm between the balls of dough as these cookies will spread during cooking.
  8. Once you have used up all the dough return the trays to the refrigerator for another 20 minutes. This is the time to preheat the oven to 160C (320F).
  9. When the oven has heated to the right temperature bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. Rotate trays halfway through baking time.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. The cookies will keep for four days in an airtight container.

Sprinkle and White Chocolate Cookie | Gluten Free | Thoroughly Nourished Life

Cookies always feature at our family celebrations. Do you have a family cookie recipe that is handed down through the generations?