Hope you are all having an incredible day! Christmas is almost upon us. I don't know about you, but the idea of all the Christmas cooking I need to do is getting a little overwhelming. Today's guest blogger Johanna from Handmade Dreams of Mine has created a brilliant Christmas cooking post that is really quick and easy to make. Not to mention it is GLUTEN FREE You are going to love it!
Christmas time means spending time with family, sharing gifts, enjoying festive music and decorations. And then there’s the food. As a celiac, that can be quite scary. When visiting friends, you never know if there’s anything safe to eat – especially on desserts. So far, I’ve had the luck on my side, and there’s always been lots of consideration towards my special needs diet. However, I know from stories of my friends that it isn’t always so. Therefore, I dug around, and found a way for anyone of us gluten free girls and boys to enjoy Christmas treats at our friends’ houses. Just make sure they have a microwave and microwave safe mug.
This recipe was found on Babble.com (recipe here), but I added a little something to make it taste more like holidays.
Gluten-free Two-Minute Mug Brownie
1/4 cup gluten-free oat flour, quinoa flour, or a gluten-free flour blend
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp canola or other mild vegetable oil
2 Tbsp milk, coffee or water
Crushed candy cane for garnish
In a heatproof mug or ramekin, stir together the dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Stir in the oil and milk until you have a thick paste.
Microwave on high for a minute, checking it after 30 seconds (microwaves vary) — it will be done when it’s springy on top but still a bit gooey — like the very best brownie.
Add crushed candy cane and whipped cream on top if you wish. Eat warm.
To make this portable
You need to pack the dry ingredients into a little container, and if you need to, pack oil into its own tiny dish. Add water at your friend’s house, and prepare like usual. Whipped cream doesn’t travel well, but the candy cane can be packed along. This also makes a great dessert for any other time of the year, just replace the garnishes with fitting ones, like berries, fruit, any type of (preferably chocolate) candies or ice-cream.
If you are not gluten free, you can switch the flour to a regular one if you wish for yourself. If you have gluten free friends, you can surprise them with this dish and I’m sure they’ll be quite excited about it.
This recipe makes a rich, chocolate flavored treat – as a brownie should be. It’s at least as good as the regular one (that’s made with wheat). The moral of the story: Despite what so many people still believe, gluten free food is fun, tasty and easy to do. It might not be the cheapest, but it can be clean when done with the right ingredients.
In my blog, I love to share recipes and such for those in need of gluten free diet. So if that’s a thing for you, I would be more than happy to see you around and help you out if I can! Happy holidays!