I love the idea of having gluten free cake made with quinoa. Why? It’s high in fiber. High in protein. Lots of other good nutrients. Things we don’t all get as much as we should. Also, I can’t eat rice flour. Or almond flour. Silly allergies. So baking with quinoa… sounds intriguing…
Mel makes a gorgeous quinoa chocolate cake, with her own frosting but basic recipe from Good Dinner Mom.
I have to say, I will be trying this! Chocolate makes anything delicious. Also wondering if quinoa would work in Brownies… hmmm… there may be some experimentation coming soon! Stay posted.
Mel’s decadent chocolate cake
Finally, a dessert for everyone!!! My friend Nada swears this recipe is the best— no diary, gluten or sugar added! She suggests going lean on banana if you don’t like that flavor. So what the heck is in there? Bananas, avocado, dates, almond butter and cacao powder. The author suggests adding a squeeze of agave– but why not Vermontify it and use a smidge of maple syrup? That’s never a bad idea. [Ok, it is not a good idea if you want to claim no sugar added and be kind to our diabetic friends! But it sure sounds tasty!]
Gluten Free Vermont
Having not seen my friend Melissa in quite awhile, and the rain hampering our usual outdoor rompings, we did what any darling gals might do– bake cookies.
Miss Melissa, Queen Mix-a-lot (King Arthur’s Gluten Free Cookie Mix)
The base– King Arthur’s gluten free cookie mix (woot woot, shout out to a Fantastic VT company!).
Gluten free pinwheel cookies being cut from the log
We split the dough in half and added creme de menthe to one half (stirring well). In a separate bowl, we stirred the other half with cocoa powder. Each half was rolled out separately on wax paper and stuck in the freezer for awhile (go have a cocktail while you wait). Then, the layers were put on top of each other and rolled tightly to make a log. Not unlike rolling sushi, if you know what I mean. Back in the freezer. Go play with the dog and the baby. Slice the cookie log, place on greased cookie sheet and bake according to directions.
Getting ready for the oven!
Sorry no after pictures– Cookie Monster, on scene
Let your imagination go wild. I’m thinking peanut butter and chocolate. Vanilla and raspberry. Nom Nom Nom.