Thursday, June 28, 2012

Coersion. (and a winner!)

 For the record... I don't take photographs of every thing.  Or everything I make.  Or everything I bake.  But it comes pretty close, I'm not gonna lie.  My camera and I are BFF.  What can I say? 
 I wanted to bake some gluten free muffins to take along on our upcoming fun weekend... (more on that to come) and I dreamed up a combination of pineapple, coconut, and banana in my head.  (That could be due to the fact that I want to go some place tropical.) Before long I had put it into action as a new experimental recipe.  I knew in my heart that it would be a keeper... sometimes you can just tell ya know?  But I needed to be sure.  I needed a guinea pig.  Enter, boy-who-eats-everything-in-sight lately.
 I stepped outside where he was playing, "JJ...."  Bright green eyes flashed up at me from around the corner and he smelled baking in the air came running, "Yes Mama?" 
"I need you to eat this muffin for me so I can tell if it's any good.  Are your hands clean?"  Grinning widely at me as he wiped hands on his jeans, "Yeah Mama... they're clean!"  (Previously digging in dirt forgotten apparently.)  He came to a standing vertical bounce, directly in front of me and held his hands out expectantly for his treat.
 I flicked my camera on, as he tried to shove the entire thing in his mouth.  I laughed and told him to slow down. 
 It's really a lot of work getting people to eat things around here.... I have to beg and plead and bribe.  Ha! Okay so that's a lie.  There's a lot of willing tasters milling around my kitchen constantly.  I can't tell you how much I love that. 
 JJ is a natural ham too, so when he knows the camera is on him, he makes all of this exaggerated chewing and eating faces.  He had me laughing so hard. 
 You see it right?  He knows he's got me in the palm of his grungy little hands. And he smells like dirt. Just so you know.  (I'm pretty sure little boys are supposed to smell that way.)
This is the "mmmmmmmmm...." face. 

Gluten Free Tropical Muffins with Pineapple Glaze
2 1/2 cups rice flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 banana, chopped
1/2 cup pineapple chunks, drained, juice reserved

*Combine first four dry ingredients and set aside.  In separate mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, vanilla, oil, sugar and eggs.  In blender or food processor, combine banana pieces and pineapple chunks and blitz until smooth and creamy.  Add banana/pineapple puree into coconut milk mixture and stir to combine.  Add dry ingredients at once and mix only until combined.  Pour into baking cups and bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes. 

*While cooling, prepare glaze: 1/2- 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla, and 1/4 cup reserved pineapple juice.  Whisk until combined, and if too thick, add more juice, 1 tbsp at a time.  If too thin, add a little more powdered sugar until drizzling consistency is reached.  Spoon over tops of cooled muffins, and sprinkle with coconut flakes (optional.)

And the yummiest news of all- Carmen at Old House Merchantile who supplied the amazing soaps for my giveaway has graciously offered all of you 20% off your orders from now until July 4th if you use the coupon code, "LEMONADE."  Isn't that sweet of her?  (You can go to her shop here.) 

And the winner of the joy joy joy joy down in my heart giveaway was The Everyday Extraordinary.  (Congratulations and give me a shout at to claim your prize!)
To everyone who participated, thank you so much for playing- y'all make giveaways so much fun around here and I promise another really good giveaway in about two weeks!!  You won't want to miss it!

Happy Weekend!


  1. Those muffins look great and your little man knows how to shine in front of the camera! You are clearly enjoying your summer with your kids. So happy for you!!!

  2. so yummy...wowza. make me drool why don't ya. that's just plain mean;) thinking of you as i know you are dreaming of tomorrow. praying for blue skies.

  3. I have a friend who is gluten- and dairy-free and am always at a loss what to bake for her. This looks divine (I'm pretty sure his face is selling it too - LOL). This is probably a ridiculous question so apologies in advance, but is coconut milk dairy-free?

    1. No such think as ridiculous question and how sweet of you to bake for a friend! I think that is the sweetest kind of friendship. :)

      Yes coconut milk is dairy free. It's the juice that comes right out of the coconut! Happy Baking!

  4. Sasha,
    my three fave kind of posts you do are on family, faith and todays....FOOD!
    I love your food posts. I am definitely going to make these. I was wondering, can I use my gluten free flour? The C4C (cup for cup) from Williams-Sonoma.
    been of vacation and am catching up with your blog. I love your new profile pic in the sidebar.
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks sweet girl! I *think* you could use that... does it have any special leaveners in it to make it rise and stick together? If not, just make sure and add the xanthan gum- that will keep it from getting crumbly. :)

  5. Deliciously yummy looking muffins! Yeah, what is it with boys? My son always seems to hang around the kitchen when he can smell me baking and my sweet treats don't last long which I guess is a compliment. Congrats to the winner of your giveaway :)

  6. Oh my goodness, these look so amazing. Since my hubby is gluten free- I am soooo appreciative of all the little recipes you try out on your blog. This is something I will be making him for sure! :)

  7. Oh my goodness these look amazing!! We have been looking for a good gluten free muffin recipe and this looks so delicious!

  8. They look and sound delicious! Now if I could just grab one through my screen...ha!

  9. oh wow. so fancy and yummy! you are the gluten baking queen. makes me happy!

  10. They look so delicious. My fave flavors. And your son is too cute!

  11. those look DELICIOUS.
    kudos to you for dreaming that up!

  12. I love to see your pics !! Even though my son is a little tired of hearing" I want to learn to take pics like that !SEE!! " What kind of camera is your BFF!

    Also yes I agree with you boys are suppose to smell like dirt !! Thanks for making my morning every morning a little more special.

    Ronda momtobc

  13. I found your blog via Drinking from My Saucer's blog. She said your blog is one of her faves and I can see why. Your photography is wonderful! I'm now following you on Facebook and via my Google Reader. Looking forward to your posts and photos!

  14. Those look very yummy to me!

    sandy toe