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Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

These tasty, moist and beautiful Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins are absolutely amazing for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

We were quite impressed by the gluten-free all-purpose flour and the way these muffins turned out. Yes, my family tried to eat gluten-free most of the time if we are not doing keto.

I am not saying that pizza or regular pasta never finds its way to our bellies but you know what I mean?! Gluten-free makes us feel better inside and out.

Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

These tasty muffins are measured, tested and retested so you can make them without any issues. Seriously, you guys they are super easy.

So, if you have any ripe bananas that should be used just to make these yummy muffins. Also, I wrote in the notes alternative options.

No, you do not have to use gluten-free four or lactose-free milk, or nuts in that matter, just use what you have. All-purpose flour, regular sugar or whole milk and butter would do exactly the same purpose.

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Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

You can even shred some zucchini and carrots and use soaked raisins. Oh, possibilities are really endless when you start to play with recipes. Sometimes it works, and hey from time to time it just does not.

These are just wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee. I do not breakfast eater but these hit the spot every time I snack on it with my afternoon coffee.

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Make sure BANANAS are ripe because they are so much better. Peel and mash with the back of the fork. Also, they keep muffins moist as well.

If you have any other substitute for an egg then our ar more than welcome to use it. I love adding eggs into my banana bread or muffins. Coconut oil, lactose-free milk because we use that milk.

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I believe it is really important to measure ingredients for baking. So invest in a good scale. I have a cup scale and I am in love with it. I have similar, so I am linking it from my amazon shop.

Measuring Cup Scale with LCD Display Kitchen Jug Digital Food Liquid Measure Containers Tools

Like I said in the recipe, you may use any type of nuts. I used almonds that I crushed in my blender. Walnuts are wonderful as well as pecans.

If you have nut allergies than skip it and maybe use dried fruit soaked in hot water or liqueur. However, it is not necessary. You can also add some chopped apples.

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Yes, you can make 12 smaller or regular size muffins or perhaps a loaf although you will have to watch on how long you have to bake it. Probably lower temperature at 350F for 45 minutes.

The warm and tasty aroma while they are baking. Well, I have a feeling you guys going to love it.

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I would suggest to let these cool completely, about 30 to 45 minutes eating. Okay, I know you want to eat them right away but you will just make them mushy so wait for the best results.

Check out the full recipe below. Happy Baking!

Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins
Yield: 6 jumbo or 12 Regular

Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 150-160g GF all-purpose flour
  • 7g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 60g sugar (5-6 tablespoons), I used Truvia sweetener
  • Dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon)
  • 85g Nuts (3 oz); almond, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 400-500g ripe bananas (14-16 ounces), mash
  • 5 tablespoon coconut oil (67-70g)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2-3 tablespoons Lactose-free whole milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (190°C)
  2. Measure and prep everything. I mesh bananas and add wet ingredients to bananas right after measuring dry ingredients.
  3. Add wet to dry mixture and combine it together. Lastly, add some type of nuts. You do not have to but it tastes really good. Also, you may add chocolate chips instead. I used crushed almonds but you may use walnuts, pecans or any other on hand. READ NOTES
  4. Now grease a bit muffin cups and add 3/4 of the muffin cup with the batter. Never add all the way to the edge because it will go over so just fill 3/4 and allow these muffins to rise while baking.
  5. Bake at the PREHEATED oven. You know your oven the best, you can bake it at 400F or 375F,, between 22 and 25 minutes. IF the muffins are smaller please check with the toothpick after 18-20 minutes of baking.

Notes

ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS

Regular milk, all-purpose flour, sugar.

Unsalted butter instead of coconut oil.

Dutch cocoa instead of raw cocoa powder.

You can make it nut-free and use dried fruit soaked in water or liqueur.

There are different types of gluten-free flour, I used one from Bob Red Mill Click HERE

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Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

I have been playing with some really easy recipes lately just like this tasty creamy spinach puff pastry.

I don’t think that we need to spend hours in the kitchen unless it is Thanksgiving, of course. However, even then I do not cook all day. It is all in preparation.

Anyhow, this creamy spinach puff pastry is extremely easy. I have been adding different toppings, which some those recipes are coming soon.

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Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Well, the point of my blog is simple and easy, so you cannot get any simpler than this. Don’t you agree? I just love simple recipes like this.

My family really enjoyed this one. You can totally serve it as an appetizer or with chicken or tofu if you are vegetarian. You can serve it with pasta or bring it to a potluck, just make sure to bake a lot. (haha)

To cut the story short, I really hope you bake this soon. As you can see, it is an incredibly easy recipe yet delicious.

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry Recipe

You can totally double the recipe if you appreciate this kind of food. In addition, you can add desired toppings; toss sauteed sausage, in-season roasted vegetables, crack an egg on top and voila. Amazing!

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Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry Recipe
Yield: Serves 4

Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

Easy recipe for a tasty Creamy Spinach Puff Pastry.

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet Puff Pastry
  • 1 pack Cream of Spinach, slightly defrosted
  • 4 tablespoons Creme Fraiche
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • A drizzle of Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (190C)
  2. Thaw your frozen puff pastry, preferably in the fridge, overnight.
  3. Unfold your pastry only when fully thawed.
  4. Flour your work surface and your rolling pin. Use restraint with your rolling pin and just slightly roll.
  5. Add Creme Fraiche on the top of the pastry then slightly fold ends of the pastry, as shown on the pic. If you do not have Creme Fraiche, check notes below.
  6. Meanwhile, defrost cream of spinach, but only half way. I like using a bag one that you can steam. I steam it half way, just enough for me to crumble on top of the Creme Fraiche.
  7. Bake between 15 and 17 minutes, depending on your oven. Pastry needs to be golden and cream and spinach bubbly.
  8. Take it out and allow it to cool down for a minute or two before slicing.

Notes

Easy Creme Fraiche Substitute:

  1. Mix 1 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup whole milk sour cream together.
  2. I like mixing it n the jar or a container with fitted lid but you can pour the mixture into a jar as well, cover and let stand in a warm place for about 8 hours.
  3. Then stir and refrigerate for 24 hours before serving.
  4. It will have buttery taste just like Creme Fraiche.
  • Also, I made this pastry before with room temperature cream cheese. If you do not have Creme Fraiche and don't feel like making your own just use cream cheese. For one Puff pastry sheet I use about 1/4-1/2 block of Room Temperature cream cheese. When it is room temp it sis easier to spread.

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is undoubtedly nothing better than dunking a crispy chocolate chip cookies in a warm cup of frothy milk. Mhmm! My kids absolutely love that.

I mean, aren’t all the kids the same? To be honest, I fondly remember when I was just a kid. I would crumble many homemade cookies and eat it like a bowl or a mug of cereal. Not necessarily healthy, but I loved it.

Every so often I make these a bit thicker, but most of the time my family loves their cookies thin and crispy.

My lovely daughter, Anna, loves microwaving it for 10 seconds and instantly making them softer, which is not bad at all. It actually tastes like freshly baked cookies.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love cookies!!! The only cookies that I am not a huge fan of would probably be Oreos, but if I don’t have any I would most definitely inhale a couple of Oreos as well.

I know everyone in this food blogging world is posting Xmas cookies, but I feel like these cookies are timeless and seasonless. Any day of the year is a good day to make homemade cookies.

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Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Recipe
Yield: Makes about 36 cookies

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerate for at least: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Makes Approximately 3 dozen (36 cookies) It depends how large or small you make them. 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped into chunks optional (65%-85% dark)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add 1/4 cup water, vanilla, and one egg. Beat until well incorporated, around 1 minute.
  3. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. (now would be a good time to add crushed or chopped nuts)
  4. Once incorporated, cover a bowl and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes before baking. It bakes wonderfully when it’s a bit colder, and the dough is easier to work with. 
  5. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 3 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper because the cookies will spread. You may use ice cream scoop to keep the size of the cookies the same. AirBake Natural Aluminum 2 Pack Insulated Cookie Sheet, no burn design, 14 x 12in & 16 x 14in on Amazon
  6. Bake until cookies is golden brown 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. 
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Notes

  • You may freeze cookie dough. You can make dough balls with your ice cream scoop and place in the freezer-safe airtight container. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. You can also make 6-12 dough balls per freezer bag and put in the ziplock bags.
  • Dark chocolate brings a different level of tasty in chocolate chip cookies when mixed, of course, with chocolate chips. You may use any chocolate that you prefer. I love chocolate, but I don’t want chocolate chips to overwhelm the cookie, so this amount we personally prefer. You may add less or more. 
  • Also, you may add 1/2 to 1 cup of nuts, like walnuts or pecans. In my opinion, nuts are making these cookies even better. 
  • Baking time is per batch. If you have 3 trays/baking pans to bake and one oven, well it will take for each baking pan to bake 12-15 minutes. 
  • Tip:
  • Brush your baking pan with a bit of butter or oil and line a parchment paper on top. It is so much easier to keep the parchment paper glued on, otherwise, it just rolls and moves.

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