Gluten-Free Banana-Blueberry Muffin Cake

Banana blueberry muffin cake - gluten-free.



Muffin Cake Madness


My partner in (culinary) crime- the infamous and ever-up-for-baking husband Steve- informed me our bananas were mucho ripe. In fact, to be completely accurate, he poked his head into my cozy little studio the other day and declared, Our bananas are ripe. I should bake something.

I looked up from my iMac and murmured Hmmm, in assent. 

But what, exactly?

Ripe bananas were calling. Begging to be a part of some grander life affirming tastebud tingling scheme. But do readers really need another banana cake recipe? I pondered, slurping cold coffee.

Conclusion? 

Why not?


Strawberry Spinach Salad with Berry Dressing



Don't cook. Go RAW. Go FRESH.

Strawberry spinach salad with vegan berry dressing

The older I get the more I crave simple. The sweet, relaxed comfort of home cooking. An impromptu picnic on the patio with family-style classics like horseradish spiked potato salad. Instead of growing worldly and sophisticated and dabbling with truffle oil, each new gray silver hair spins my taste hula hooping into simplicity faster than Lady Gaga can waggle. Well, maybe not that fast. She is pretty nimble. But you get my drift. I'm whipping up ten-minute rice stir-fries, not Coq au Vin. I’m blending up pomegranate smoothies, not roasting Duck a l'Orange.

And lucky me, the summer season is all about simplicity. Who needs complicated and fussy when the farmers’ markets are abundant with glorious, fresh ingredients? Vegetables in every color. Ripe and voluptuous fruits. And every one of them gluten-free. And dairy-free. That’s the beauty of it. No imitation here. No game of let’s pretend. This is nature’s bounty, pure and raw and beautiful. No deprivation. Zero. None.


Dark Chocolate Brownies- The Best Gluten-Free Recipe


The best fudgy gluten-free brownie recipe with dark chocolate, from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess. Party worthy.



Why bake a gluten-free brownie from scratch and not a mix?


Chocolate Brownie Love.


While baking mixes are perfectly acceptable in a pinch, and no doubt a boon to busy cooks on a gluten-free diet (well, honestly, who isn't busy these days, I ask you?), your taste buds will tell you why. In a heart beat, Darling.

A dark chocolate brownie made from scratch is deeply delicious and decadent. Impressive, even. Company worthy. Dare I say, date night worthy. I'm not kidding. This brownie recipe is swoon inducing.

You know what they say about chocolate.

But here's the best part. Throwing this recipe together takes only a few minutes longer than opening up a box. You can whip up these luscious gooey babies in a mere ten minutes. In less time than it takes you to scan your Pinterest feed. Or catch up on FacebookSeriously.

So what is more rewarding? Watching kittens on YouTube or stirring together this rich, tender, dark chocolate brownie recipe, one of the most loved recipes here on Gluten-Free Goddess? 


Gluten-Free Strawberry Recipes

Gluten-free strawberry recipes!



Strawberry Season!

The luscious time of year is fast upon us. And short-lived. Carpe diem we must. So I'll get right to it, Babycakes. Here are my favorite gluten-free strawberry recipes to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Can you dig it?

Start your day sweet. Say Good Morning with these streusel topped Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins.

My Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins are xanthan gum free (a bonus!).

These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins are tasty- for those who love a bite of chocolate with their berries.

And this rustic Strawberry Cobbler Cake is perfect for snack time, tea time, Pinterest time.

Feel like scones? These Strawberry Chocolate Chip Scones are an early blog favorite.

For dessert- look no further than this updated classic fruit crisp- my Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp-Crumble is oat-free. And super delicious.


Gluten-Free Goddess Strawberry Recipes for Summer #glutenfree #strawberry




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Karina's Four Must-Try Gluten-Free Recipes

Four fabulous gluten-free recipes to try: Flourless Chocolate Cake, Buckwheat Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brownies, and Peanut Butter Ice Cream.


Four Gluten-Free Recipes You Must Try. Now.


Because time is a'wastin'.

Looking back was never a favorite pastime for me. I prefer looking ahead. Imagining the new. Rather than rehashing the past (excuse me while I yawn). Or at the very least, enjoying what hipster philosophers deem The Now. The Present. Here. Today. This minute.

It's all we've (really) got. This. Moment.

And here, where I sit, in the now, in the stream, rowing (ever so) gently, I am conjuring four lip smacking recipes. All gluten-free. All dairy-free.

And the best part?

These favorite recipes are so darn good you won't be pining for the past- those wheat-infested glory days of a bygone gluten era.

Nope.


Gluten-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp-Crumble

Gluten free strawberry rhubarb crumble



A beautiful strawberry crisp.

Cherry blossoms are snowing pink. Love is in the air. House finches are singing. Magnolias are unfolding their velvet petals. Trees are budding lacy greens and pale sun-yellows.

In other words, Spring has sprung. And I've been craving crisp and crumble desserts. The easiest of baked fresh fruit sweets... lovely for springtime picnic, or summer backyard get-together. A perfect ending to a grill-side supper on the deck, al fresco.

Although I have featured a strawberry rhubarb crisp in the past (kissed with a hint of balsamic vinegar) I decided to play around with an alternative topping to the classic pairing of tart rhubarb and sweet ripe strawberries. And I grabbed a secret ingredient from my pantry.

Can you guess what it is?

Spring Veggie Dip - Gluten-Free and Vegan

Karina's gluten-free vegan veggie dip with carrot sticks.


Ramblings and Veggie Dip.

Living rootless is a mixed gift bag. There are no neighbors who know my history, or my family. Or even my name (unless they happened to glance by accident at the removable punch-label on our mailbox that sports our shared surname, one half of the story). I have no garden to weed. No leaves to rake. No fence to paint. I walk the city block unnoticed (flirting with invisible) in frayed men's Levi's and a four-year old sweatshirt. I do not mind the anonymity. I find it kind. It suits me. Like my faded Converse One Stars.

Craving attention- for me- is like craving bacon ice cream or hot dog stuffed pizza crust or fried chicken in buckets. I simply do not. It's innate. I just don't have an appetite for it. I practiced it endured it in childhood when necessary (for survival). Growing up can be excruciating if dropped into the nest of an extroverted party giver. Performance anxiety will indeed tongue-tie an observant three year old who already understands on some unspoken secret level that the push toward the spotlight is not about her, it's all about the pusher.

So I've never been prone to elevate the art of competition or believe in the religion of winners and losers. Keeping score or handing out awards is as unpleasant to me as sniffing haggis. Competition (when viewed up close and personal) is mental illness. The vigilant urge to be Number 1 or the beeline drive toward fame is a symptom. You can cloak it in a "pursuit of excellence" all you want. It's all an illusion with no more meaning than a pink slime infused wiener-stuffed gob of dough baked with cheese. Time will prove that to you.

In more ways than one.


Gluten-Free Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins

Gluten-free Goddess Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins

Whole Grain Wheat-Free Muffins with Love.


I've been thinking about muffins. And not just any ordinary, ho-hum, run-of-the-mill, starchy, gluten-free muffins. Nope. A tender, whole grain, lower sugar, vanilla scented muffin that bursts with fresh strawberry flavor. Warm from the oven, these pleasantly grainy breakfast treats are pull-apart soft with juicy bites of strawberry. Sweet- but not too sweet.

I used pure maple syrup for the primary sweetener, and a mere two tablespoons of organic brown sugar. And now for the interesting part. I also experimented with no xanthan gum. This is highly unusual for me. I've usually rely on xanthan gum to give my gluten-free batter and dough the stretchability factor- a trait removed when I booted gluten from my kitchen and wished it vaya con dios. But inspired by Lauren, the Celiac Teen, I decided to try baking without it.

But here's the thing.


A Spring Dinner Menu - Gluten-Free and Fabulous




Spring Menu Inspiration

Daylight is lingering each day a few beats longer. The view outside my window is now laced with green. Santa Fe is distinctly glorious. Ah, but you're here for the food. Forgive me for waxing all warm weather blooming trees poetic on ya.

Here are some lovely Spring-into-Summer recipes for your gluten-free baking/cooking/eating pleasure. A classic or two. Or six. What's on the menu?

A drink made of strawberries. An appetizer of tender-crisp asparagus with maple-tahini dressing. Crispy pan-fried catfish. Cool and snappy peanutty slaw. New potato salad in a vegan dressing. And celebration-worthy Coconut Layer Cake.

Karina's Chocolate Truffle Cake

Chocolate truffle cake by Gluten Free Goddess Karina


A rich and decadent cake that tastes like a candy shoppe truffle.


I say we bake a cake. A flourless cake. A cake so rich it tastes like a truffle. Not the infamous pig snuffled treasure. No, Darling. The chocolate truffle. That heavenly impostor, hiding in the guise of that woodsy French piggery fungi. Spoonfuls of deep, dark ganache rolled in cocoa powder (to look like dirt, of course).

And I didn't want just a chocolate cake topped with ganache, either. I wanted to bake the ganache itself. I wanted the cake to taste like a sweet and satiny truffle- I wanted the cake to live up to its name. Truffle Cake inspires expectations.

So I fiddled around with my Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe and rustled up a divine and creamy chocolate cake so special you'll want to share it with company. It's simply too good to keep to yourself. Try it. It's shockingly easy to make. Just give yourself time to make it ahead. It is at its best chilled overnight.

Silky satin chocolate cake with a dusting of dirt- I mean- organic cacao powder with a secret ingredient. Raw maca powder. Throw in a little superfood magic.

Why not?


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