More gluten free woes

So I did bake this week. It was fun but pretty much a disaster.

I made gluten free cupcakes. With some adjustments based on this recipe.

I didn’t like them much. I just need to develop a taste for gluten-free maybe.

Bananas and apples for sweetness and coconut flour. I think the coconut flour was probably the main issue, my gluten free friend can’t eat oats so maybe I need to try a different type of flour.

The taste test team refused to try them because they were ‘burnt’ and then disaster struck…

We went out and left them on the kitchen worktop. The dog ate the lot.

Then he pooed all over the kitchen floor later that night. 11 muffins might be too much for one dog.

It’s been a busy week.

 

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Killing the perfect

I’m reading a book at the moment. I like reading but I struggle with reading good novels because I like to get absorbed in the story and carried away with reading and real life is always getting in the way. But right now I’m reading a book of ideas, it’s challenging but I’m persevering. I reached a point where the book told me to put it down and go kill the perfect person I want to be -in my case the perfect mum and the perfect friend have got to go. I can’t move on until I kill off the people who don’t exist, who I will never be.

It said to not come back until I was done but it’s a long and winding road and I want to read the book. Because, like I said, it’s interesting and challenging. I do know I need to stop trying to be the perfect – that what I’m trying to be isn’t even perfect really just an image in my head built on so many things, many of which aren’t even fully true. I’m so good at recognising how great other people are but I really find it hard to appreciate myself. I don’t think I’m going to be able to switch off the perfect image I can’t measure up to just like that but I’m committed to the positive decision to step back from it and teach myself to be kind to me.

Today’s recipe is applesauce muffins to use up the leftover applesauce from last week’s flapjacks sugar-free and low-fat, how healthy.

They mix up nicely. Only problem I came across was probably because I need some proper muffin tins, the muffins stuck to the inside of the wrappers.

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They rose beautifully and cooked in the time suggested. It’s past the taste team’s bed time so they weren’t available (and are sceptical about apple flavoured thing apparently) but I liked them. They are really not very sweet at all and taste better with a little butter but overall will make a good breakfast I think.

Lots of bananas to use up and one or two raspberries

Had lots of bananas to use us which often happens here as we’re not fast enough banana eaters, mostly due to only 2 of 5 family members being  in the banana eating team!

Luckily 4 out of 5 will eat banana related baked goods so we have a lot of banana bread, this one was a Mary Berry recipe:

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But we still had more banana and I wanted something to take to my sister in law who’s a new mummy when we went to meet our niece for the first time found this recipe for sugar free banana and date flapjacks http://www.mumsnet.com/food/recipe/259-Sugar-free-banana-and-date-flapjacks its a bit different to other flapjack recipes because it doesn’t require melting in a saucepan first:

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Just mix together the banana and dates then add the dry ingredients

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And bake

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Failed to remember all the cakes when setting out for our visit so the family ate up the banana bread and the the muffins and this went to breastfeeding support group and was enjoyed although it was a little dry for my taste, going to experiment with the recipe and see if I can improve it next time I have banana to use up.

At the request of the no banana brigade I also made some chocolate cupcakes with raspberries in half of them (not everyone eat raspberries they like to keep me on my toes)  using this recipe http://rebeccabakescakes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/week-41-chocolate-raspberry-muffins.html

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Lovely easy to mix batter

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Raspberries on top

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Lesson learned don’t overfill when you’re going to add fruit too. Very yummy if not all that healthy.