Gluten-Free Cookie Baking Tips + Recipes

Gluten-Free Cookie Baking Tips + Recipes

Being in my kitchen and going after my family’s hearts via their stomach is a passion of mine.

A gluten-free and dairy-free diet was recommended for my son thirteen years ago when he was diagnosed as high functioning autistic with Asperger tendencies. In all honesty, that put me into a tailspin when I started looking at all the labels of the food we consumed at that time and realized how much gluten and dairy are used as fillers in food along with many ingredients I could not pronounce and had no clue what they were.

That was when I decided that if I could not pronounce it, we likely shouldn’t be eating it and it was also the time when I started to transition to all home-cooked food rather than processed foods. What a life changer!

At first cooking and baking gluten-free and dairy-free was quite the challenge until I really dug in experimenting and researching. I also spent a whole year taking the time to learn how to make all my son’s favorite foods both gluten-free and dairy-free WITHOUT giving up flavor and texture. I have to say with great excitement, that year was a success and that is why I enjoy sharing my knowledge and tips with others so their journey will be successful and fun.

I love making my families favorite dishes and a sweet treat always seem to be high on the list. I have conquered a gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin roll which is a family favorite and you can find the recipe in my book The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook (Homesteading The Traditional Way) Amazon. You will also find some of our favorite cookie recipes in the cookbook as well. My cookbook shares a lot of the tips and tricks I have discovered and learned over the years as well as our favorite recipes for our homestead.

Choosing Flour

Let’s first talk about some of the tips and tricks when working with gluten-free flours. Unlike regular flours, gluten-free flours like being beaten very vigorously. There are many different types of gluten-free flours and flour blends available.

When we first started this journey, gluten-free foods and flours that were available were quite expensive and even hard to find, but now as many more people are in need of specialty diets these flours are much more readily available. Because things can be costly to experiment with the different types of flours I often recommend using blended flour such as these Gluten-free flour blends (found on Amazon) to get started. This is a non-GMO flour blend that can be used cup-for-cup like regular flour which makes using family favorite recipes a breeze and also makes transitioning from whole wheat and gluten flour cooking and baking to gluten-free so much easier and less stressful for beginners.

When using a gluten-free flour blend that you can use cup-for-cup like regular flour, you will not need to make any adjustments to your current favorite cookie, cake or dessert recipes.

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Solar Cooking 101

Solar Cooking 101

Solar Cooking 101Can you really use the sun to cook your food?  Absolutely!!

There are SO many incredible benefits to harnessing the sun to cook your food.  Being that our home is 100% solar powered, it only seemed fitting to utilize our free resource to do our cooking and baking as well.  Believe it or not, but you can cook and bake everything you can make in a conventional oven in your Sun Oven with the exception of fried foods.

I spent a good portion of last year doing a solar cooking series here on our website and also on our YouTube channel.  I also was asked to share my knowledge in an Outdoor Cooking Class at Traditional Cooking School by GNOWFGLINS.

Pros:

  • When using the sun to cook our food, we are using a free, renewable energy source.
  • Solar cooking is sustainable and betters the environment.
  • It has all the benefits of a slow cooker meal, without the need for electricity!
  • My family and I are able to work hard all day and then relax with a delicious meal just waiting for us.
  • It is simple, easy, and achieves tremendously flavorful meals.

Cons:

There aren’t any… 🙂  As long as you can see your shadow, you can cook or bake in the Sun Oven….

I’d like to share with you the Sun Oven, the convenience of this product as well as how it works and important tips and tricks.

The Sun Oven is made in the USA and is lightweight and extremely easy to transport with the built in handle.

Setup is super simple:

  1. Place your alignment leg in the back of your oven and snap it in place using the middle hole on the back of your oven.  Your Sun Oven will come with stakes that can be inserted down into the holes in the bottom of the alignment let to make your oven wind resistant.  We built our solar kitchen out of repurposed skids and I have utilized paracord to secure the alignment leg to the table.
  2. Next unsnap the strap that holds the reflectors in place, life and unfold the reflectors and use the thumbscrew in the front of the unit to secure the reflectors by inserting the thumb screw into the reflectors and turning it one-quarter turn to hold the reflectors in place.
  3. Locate the white EZ-Sun Track indicators attached to the bottom corners of the glass door.  You will want to point the front of your Sun Oven towards the sun and using the indicators you will want the sun shining through the top hole of the indicator to be nicely aligned with the hole on the bottom of the indicator.   You may need to move your oven to the left or right and you may need to adjust the alignment leg on the back to get your perfect angle.  Once your holes are lined up you are ready to proceed.  the key to consistent cooking in the Sun Oven is having the right angle with the sun and keeping your unit in line with the sun during the cooking process.

NOTE:

When using your Sun Oven for the 1st time you will want to place 3 cups of straight vinegar in an open dish and place it in your Sun Oven for 90 to 120 minutes. You will want the glass door latched down tightly so that the vinegar will steam your Sun Oven. After the oven has been pre-heated you will want to wipe the inside of your oven and the inside of the glass down with the hot vinegar. Be sure to scrub hard on the interior glass especially where the glass touches the black rubber seal. This will clean your unit and give it a good tight seal to hold your heat while cooking.

Positioning

When using a Sun Oven you want to place it in an area that will be free of shadows through the cooking process.  So you want to be sure that you place it away from large objects such as trees or buildings so that as the sun moves across the sky, shadows will not be cast on your Sun Oven.

What Was Included

My Sun Oven was part of what is called the Preparedness and Dehydrating Package from Sun Oven International.

Included in my package was:

· A leveling rack

· 3 multi-level dehydrating & baking racks with a roll of parchment paper

· 2 non-stick even heat bread pans

· 2 easy stack pots with interchangeable enamel and a glass lid

· Mutli-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)

It is important to have your leveling rack in place and place your stacking pots or baking dishes on the leveling rack to eliminate spillage while you are cooking and to keep your breads or desserts from baking unevenly.

It is also very helpful, but not necessary to preheat your oven prior to cooking.  If you are making a dish that can cook on low heat all day such as a roast or meal it wouldn’t have to be preheated, but I enjoy preheating my Sun Oven when I am on a time schedule or would like to make multiple things in the unit for the day.

Do I Need To Stir My Food

Another perk of the Sun Oven is that you do not need to stir your food or rotate your food if you do not want to.  When baking a meal I typically do not stir or reposition my food because every time you open the Sun Oven you allow your heat to escape and add roughly an additional 15 minutes to your cooking time.

Cookware

Let’s talk about the dishes that I have found to work wonderful for cooking and baking in the sun.  Thin walled, dark dishes work well, glass, pottery and cast iron.  Both the pottery and the cast iron may take a little bit more time to heat up and start cooking, but the benefit to them is when the sun goes behind the clouds they will also hold the heat and continue to cook your food.  Enamel pieces work great too.

The only disadvantage to cooking in the Sun Oven is if the weather changes and you get a lot of cloud cover.  The only time this is a real disadvantage is if you have time constraints, but if you are using the unit like a slow cooker for the day it just means it will take just a bit longer for the food to be completed.  Oh there is one more disadvantage and that is the smells do not permeate your home when you are cooking outside, but trust me your food will be amazing!

Recipes

Note:  All your recipes can be easily made in the Sun Oven.

Desserts

Fruit Crisp

Here is a simple dessert recipe that I would like to share with you that is super simple to throw together.  You can use your favorite  fruit such as peaches, apples, blueberries, strawberries, etc.

The recipe is as simple as halving the peaches, removing the pit and skin and slicing as you would for a pie or add blueberries or sliced strawberries.  Once your fruit is rinsed or sliced and ready to go all I do is add a tbsp of Better Batter Gluten Free Flour as a bit of a thickener as well as 1/3 cup of sucanat and a tbsp of water.  I then take a cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Old Fashioned Oats, 1/3 cup of sucanat and a 1/2 cup of coconut oil or butter to make my crumble for the top of the crisp.  Honestly, most of the time I double the crumble recipe because my guys love the topping.  I finish it off by sprinkling the entire top of the crisp with cinnamon.  This is a quick and easy recipe and you can do this with any fruit.

I also added an almond flour pie crust on the bottom of this crisp which is totally optional, but something we enjoy.

 

Almond Flour Pie Crust

2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour

1/4 tsp salt

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 egg

Mix all the ingredients together well and press dough into a 9″ pie dish or in this case into the bottom of your peach crisp pan.  If you were to use this for a pie, you would want to bake at 350ºF for 8 to 12 minutes.

Here is another family favorite that I thought you would enjoy, Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.

Videos

How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake In The Sun Oven

How To Make A Gluten Free Pineapple Coconut Muffin In The Sun Oven

Baking Breads

I LOVE making breads or anything starchy.  I am truly a starch girl.  I also love baking my bread, pizza crust, English muffins, bagels, hot pretzels and rolls on or in pottery dishes as much as I possibly can and in the Sun Oven.  You will be so surprised at how wonderful they turn out in the Sun Oven.

Our Homemade Kaiser Roll is a family favorite recipe and we enjoy our Trayer Wilderness Hot Mustard to go along with our sandwiches.

Videos

How To Make Whole Wheat Bread In The Sun Oven

 

Your bread will have that nice brown crust on the outside with a nice moist soft inside.

 

For Sun Oven baking you will want to preheat your Sun Oven, set your timer for the required minutes and see how it looks.  It will all depend on the whether you have constant sun.  Constant sun will typically provide you with food cooked within 5 minutes of your timer.

 

 Meats & Meals

When cooking meat via the sun, just like when using the slow cooker, you must place your dish in the sun at an early hour, and rotate the oven every half hour to allow your meats to cook at a low heat all day long. I season my meat with minced dried garlic, dried onions, fresh basil, and homemade seasoning salt. I also add a bit of water to the bottom of the dish to create a nice meaty broth.

Videos

How To Make Chicken Breasts In The Sun Oven

 

Dehydrating Vegetables, Fruits and Meats

Yes, you can also use your Sun Oven to dehydrate which for me is awesome!   By simply leaving the cover just slightly cracked so the air can move around what you are drying you will have great success.  The Sun Oven comes with the racks and parchment paper which makes it very easy to just start doing things.  I love being able to utilize the dehydrated foods during the winter months.

 

The Sun Oven is an incredibly universal tool for your home or cabin.  I highly recommend the Sun Oven for one of your backup cooking methods in the event of an emergency, to eliminate extra heat in your home in the summer months and all your backyard and camping.  The Sun Oven quickly pays for itself, is great for the environment and utilizes a free God given resource!!

Your questions are always welcome!!

Have you used a Sun Oven yet?  Share your story or share why you would like to own one..

 

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Got Turkey Leftovers?

Got Turkey Leftovers?

Got Turkey Leftovers?Are you still eating leftover turkey?  Yeah, so are we…

It is easy to get tired of turkey sandwiches so being creative can be a bit of a help in eliminating boring meals and still providing something healthy.  There is SO much you can do with leftover turkey.

We make a turkey spread by grinding up the turkey with homemade mayonnaise and homemade pickles and adding salt and pepper to taste.  This is a family favorite and one that has been handed down from the Mountain Man’s father (aka Poppa T).

Tomorrow nights meal will be turkey corn chowder which is another favorite and this will put an end to our leftovers….

Tonight we had Gluten Free Pancakes With Turkey And Gravy.  The original gluten free pancake recipe I found at Better Batter Gluten Free Flour, but I am well know for altering recipes, so I would like to share the altered version with you below.

Trayer Wilderness Gluten Free Pancakes

♥  3/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour

♥  3 tbsp Teff

♥ 1 cup Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

♥ 2 eggs

♥ 1 cup almond milk

Mix together well and add to a heated cast iron skillet.

Top with you turkey gravy and enjoy!

What are your favorite dishes with leftover turkey?

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Oh how I LOVE the sun!  I am as solar powered as my home and now I have an All American Sun Oven to do all my summer cooking.

As most of you know we are very frugal and try to eliminate as many extra expenses as possible.    So being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is AMAZING!!  A power free slow cooker if you will…  ♥

Today, I did the unboxing of my All American Sun Oven and decided to make my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for my men.  Below you will find the video on how to use the Sun Oven and my new solar kitchen.  You will also find the recipe below.  My hope is that you will find this informative and realize the resources you have at your fingertips which could provide a meal at the end of the day and no money out of your pocket to do so.

I was very impressed by the construction, quality and ease of use for the All American Sun Oven.  It is light weight, easy to setup and even easier to use.  I am excited about the endless opportunities I have to cook and bake in this oven, the time saved on busy days and the beauty of a meal being ready at the end of a long hard busy day here in the wilderness.

Enjoy….

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ Mountain Woman Journals
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cup flour (Better Batter Gluten Free Flour or Oat Flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup organic raw sugar, rapadura, sucanat or for sugar free use erythritol or xylitol
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or make your own Sugar Free Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy in a mixing bowl and then add eggs. Beat well.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. You can choose to drop the cookies on a cookie sheet with a spoon or you can place this whole batter into a 9 x 13 pan and bake for roughly 30 minutes. If you are making individual cookies the cooking time is roughly 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. You can also use the All American Sun Oven and bake for roughly 2 hours.

For those of you that are on a low sugar or sugar free diet as I am, I found a Sugar Free Brown Sugar recipe that I would like to share with you.  A special thank you to Gwen’s Nest for sharing the recipe which can be found here.  Eating healthy is a BIG concern of ours and everything we make here on the homestead is homemade which includes a lot of our main ingredients that are either freshly ground or as in this case the Sugar Free Brown Sugar is homemade to provide us with the healthiest ingredient.

Stay tuned for many more solar meals, desserts, breads, pizzas, sourdough breads and baked goods and casseroles, oh and all our fresh garden vegetables.

Thanks so much for joining me today….  God bless! ♥

What would you like to try cooking or baking in the sun?

This was shared on Green Thumb Thursday Blog Hop

Gluten Free No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies

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Well everyone – don’t those cookies look delish???

The Mountain Boy has been taking his hand in the kitchen this week.  We have been busy canning deer burger, carrots and pumpkin.  Stay tuned because I will be sharing my knowledge on the above with blog posts and videos!

I am very proud of Austin though,  he came to me asking if he could do some baking.  Those cookies he made from scratch by himself and tonight he made us dinner.

We had deer burgers, french fries and carrots!   Imagine that!! 🙂

The Mountain Boy has a weakness for anything starch and the biggest on his list is ANYTHING potato!

He enjoys helping me in the kitchen, but I am so proud of him to be eager to learn the skills of the kitchen.  In my book, there is nothing wrong with a man knowing his way around the kitchen and especially a young man who will be out on his own at some point in his life so knowing how to take care of himself in every arena is important!

The Mountain Man can muster up some incredible grub too!  Especially on an open fire!  Yummmy!!

Before I forget, I would like to invite you to my Cookie Round Up’s!

Please feel free to pop over to my other posts and either share one of your recipe posts OR your favorite recipe in the comments at the bottom of the page!

Gluten Free Cookie Round Up

(Not Gluten Free) Cookie Round Up

Also for more gluten free recipes like this one, be sure to surf my site as well as pick up The New Pioneer Magazine winter 2013 issue (should be hitting the shelves anytime now) which is featuring my article on the gluten free diet entitled “Goodbye Gluten”!

So without further ado, here is the recipe for the fine cookies our boy made this week.  We hope that you will enjoy them.

As always, thanks for joining me and God bless you and yours!

Tam (MWJ) ♥ <><

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Gluten Free No Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ TrayerWilderness.com
Ingredients
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup raw organic sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix well and add egg and vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes

Cookie Recipe Round Up – Share Your Recipe Here

Mountain Woman Journals Cookie Recipe Round Up

With the holidays upon us and cookies on the mind, I thought I would do some cookie round ups!

Join me in sharing your favorite Cookie Recipes below!

If you have some Gluten Free Cookie Recipes that you would like to share, feel free to do so here:
http://www.trayerwilderness.com/gluten-free-cookie-recipe-round-share-recipe/

NOTE:  If you do not have a blog or website, but you have a recipe you would like to share, PLEASE do so in the comments section down below!

God bless!

Tam (MWJ)  ♥ <><

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