My Daily Dose of Autism

The gluten free  kitchen opened back up today (after I cleaned Carter’s pee soaked bed sheets).

On today’s menu:

Waffles
Bread
Chocolate chip cookies

I was excited about making the waffles because I got to use my sister n law’s waffle maker!

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I found a recipe for ingredients I had on hand and changed it up just a bit. Instead of buttermilk, I used coconut milk (there’s also a buttermilk alternative that consists of 2 to 3 teaspoons of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or cream of tartar, then add your milk substitute to make 1 cup. Let it sit for about 10 minutes—from godairyfree.org). I also substituted sugar for stevia in the raw.

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Time to mix and pour.

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Ta-da!

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Ok, I will admit that I was a little nervous about giving these to Carter. It’s like I hold my breath in anticipation every time I give him gluten free food.  The waffles were good, but different. So, I did add some syrup- just a little. I know, I know- not good. I will probably add some vanilla to the mix next time, just for a little sweet flavor.

Carter still ate them, but I don’t know if that was the waffles or the syrup. I’ll find an alternative to the sugary syrup.

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I’ll call this one a win.

Next up….bread. Sandwich bread. Carter loves grilled cheese sandwiches, so I’ve been looking for a really good recipe for bread because I don’t like spending six bucks on that tough bread that taste
like…….well, that doesn’t taste good.

So, I found a recipe and crossed my fingers.

I enlisted the help of my little chef and got started.

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Drumroll please!

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The bread is soft (except the ends). It looks pretty good, especially for my first time making bread from scratch. The taste is nothing like white bread! It’s not bad, just different. It will take some getting used to. I gave it to Carter and he had the same reaction I thought he would have…..

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No thanks, mom. LoL. I’ll make a grilled cheese with it tomorrow and see how that goes.

The verdict?

Eh, it’s still out on this one.

Next up….
Chocolate chip cookies!

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One of Carter’s favorite snacks. I did find pre-packaged chocolate chip cookies that he liked, but I really wanted to be able to control the ingredients that go into the cookies.

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I switched out the sugar for stevia, the brown sugar for organic coconut sugar,  and butter for coconut spread. The results…..

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Not as pretty as the picture from the recipe, but it tastes good.

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Yummy!!

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So good, he made the sign for more!

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The chocolate cookies were a definite score. I still might tweak it a little,  but not much.

So the gluten free test kitchen scored 2.5 out of 3. Ok, maybe not. Maybe 2 out of 3. The bread is still an unknown.

Oh, I did try another watermelon freezie pop recipe. I used 2 cups of chopped watermelon, about 2 tablespoons of lime juice, and 3 tablespoons of Stevia. I put it all in my Ninja blender and pulsed it until it reached the consistency I liked. I poured them into the molds and threw them in the freezer.

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He loved it!

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It disappeared rather quickly.

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These freezie pops are great, especially for this hot weather. Maybe next time I’ll juice some spinach and add it in. Gotta be sneaky with the healthy food (insert sneaky laugh here).

I’m going to keep trying with the bread. It takes some getting used to.  If anyone wants the recipes I used just let me know. I’ll post them soon.

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