Category Archives: Gluten Free

Dark Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins are a quick and easy breakfast that packs in the protein and looks way more sinful than it really is!

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

I have two dogs.

If you have been reading long you already know this. I am the crazy dog lady and I am 100% okay with that.

When we got our second dog, Copper, a yellow labrador retriever it was under the intention that he would be a duck dog. If you are not from the South and are not familiar with the gravity of the term “duck dog” let me just give you a quick run down.

Duck season is November-January. Duck hunters are super crazy men who get up at 3am (or EARLIER) and get in a boat in the freezing cold weather, climb into a duck blind (this is a fancy name for a stick house or hut of some sort) and wait for shooting time (sun rise) and then try to kill as many ducks as possible before they “limit out.” Endless hours are spent mapping the land and monitoring the migration patterns of ducks. Hundreds Thousands of dollars are spent on this hobby. The wives of duck hunters know far more than they should about waterfowl. They endure endless quacking by their husbands, patch waders, undoubtedly have a frozen duck in their freezer, and have more hunting magazines delivered to their house than any other item. The holy grail of duck hunting is to have a duck dog. A lean, mean, duck retrieving machine. A dog that is as dedicated to the hunt as the hunter is, a dog that eats, sleeps, and breathes waterfowl.

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

It isn’t a hobby, it is a way of life, at least that is what my husband tells me.

When I started dating Mr. Maebell we were in high school, and I was totally sure his passion for this would wear off. Keep in mind I was a vegetarian at the time and was totally disgusted with this. I had my animal cruelty speech down pat. I am fairly certain he had it memorized. Time went on and every year he was more excited than the year before. College didn’t change it and moving away didn’t change it. Alas, I eventually accepted the fact that I married a man who will read the Cabela’s and Mack’s Prairie Wings catalog religiously and will own more duck calls than I own shoes.

So, last year we got Copper. For the last year the two have been inseparable. He has worked with him and trained him all in hopes he would someday have the reputation of a true “duck dog.”

Last weekend, was the opening of wood duck and teal season. It is kind of like a warm up for the real thing which starts in two months. Personally, I didn’t care a thing about it. I also don’t care if Copper ever retrieves a single duck in his life. But watching the excitement and anticipation that my husband had over the last few weeks was a bit contagious. I found myself secretly being very hopeful. Luckily, I think Copper lived up to the grand expectations that Mr. Maebell had.  Here are a few pictures from the weekend.

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free! Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free! Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free! Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!  Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

So, since it looks like I will have two very busy fellows this winter I have been working on good grab and go recipes. I really love these peanut butter protein muffins, but I have been experimenting with other muffins that are packed with protein. I have got to tell you. These take the cake.

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

Actually, they taste like chocolate cake, to be exact. :) They are super simple and can be thrown together in no time at all. It is a one bowl, no mess kind of recipe you will love!

Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins..very easy! You would never guess they are gluten free!

Dark Chocolate Chunk Protein Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of gluten free Bisquick
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 3.9 ounce package dry chocolate pudding mix
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used chocolate flavored Myofusion)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1⅓ cup milk
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a standard size muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Mix the flour, oats, pudding mix, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the milk and eggs until the batter is well combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop into muffin tin (an ice cream scoop makes this easy) and bake for 20 minutes.

 

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie and a GIVEAWAY!

I know it is September, I know that everyone is all apples and sweat shirts and let’s drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes but if you are south of the Mason Dixon or my friend Natalie in California it is still hot. Like summertime hot.

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

So I am having a hard time getting into the fall recipes. But since October is only like a week away I figured I needed to get on board. So, today I have the perfect compromise Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie, all of the wonderful flavors of fall, fresh apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, in a light ice cold smoothie that works if the weather won’t cooperate!

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie, the PERFECT fall smoothie!! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The major flavor comes from caramelizing freshly chopped apples, this doesn’t take that long but it adds a ton of flavor. I let the apples simmer in a little butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar until tender. Then let them cool. I added them to the blender with ice, milk, frozen fat free cool whip and gave it a whirl. I topped it with caramel sauce and sea salt.

Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie, the perfect Fall smoothie! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

It’s that simple!

Wouldn’t it be nice to be sipping on one of these smoothies and playing on a brand new iPad Mini?! Some of my awesome blogger friends and I are giving away an iPad Mini to celebrate our friend Kelley’s Birthday!

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Salted Caramel Apple Cinnamon Smoothie and a GIVEAWAY!
Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 2 large, or 4 small
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups frozen fat free cool whip (you can use vanilla ice cream, I just wanted to lighten it up)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2-4 tablespoons caramel sauce for drizzle
  • sea salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat a small sauce pan to medium heat.
  2. Melt butter in skillet, when butter is melted add chopped apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir well so apples are evenly coated with sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Reduced heat to medium low, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. After five minutes, stir and let it simmer another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove apples from heat and let cool.
  6. When apples are cool scrap apples and juice into a blender. Add frozen cool whip, milk and ice.
  7. Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
  8. Pour drinks into glass and top with caramel sauce and sea salt.

 

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Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip

Shredded chicken, chopped green chili’s, black beans, cheese, and ranch seasoning are combined and baked to bubbly perfection in this easy Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip. Grab your chips and get to snacking!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I love appetizers.

I love appetizers so much I have no idea why I actually cook meals.
Aren’t they so much more fun?! Dips and spreads, and bite sized things.

Yum, I love it!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

So, the other night as I was getting ready to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice my love of appetizers got the best of me. I scoured the cabinets to see what I had to work with. Black beans, ranch seasoning, green chills, chips…Mexican it is!

This turned out perfect, so full of flavor, and because it was loaded with meat, beans, and reduced fat cream cheese it felt way more sinful then it really was!

Green Chili Chicken + Ranch Dip, SO easy and gluten free! www.maebells.com

So just in case you find your self in need of a good game day snack or a fun dinner idea keep this one in mind!

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 8 ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 small can chopped green chili
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, green chili's, and drained and rinsed black beans.
  4. Fold in half of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place dip mixture in casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 25 minutes until gold and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocado if desired.

 

 

 

 

The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread

Every weekend, like most of you, I go to the grocery.
I stand in line at the deli counter and peer out at the vast assortment of breads at the bakery section next to me. Truth be told, I don’t just look…I lust.

I lust for the focaccia, ciabatta, the baguettes, and the french bread. I dream of sandwiches piled high on yeasty dinner rolls and jam spread over English muffins. And the bagels, the bagels nearly bring me to tears.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread www.maebells.com

Alas, my fate awaits me in the frozen food section with a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread.

Generally speaking, I have come to terms with this. But sometimes, my longing for a good crusty bread is just beyond my control. This was just the case over the weekend. Now keep in mind I have tried for ages to come up with a good artisan bread. Each and every time it is a waste of time and expensive gluten free flour. However, my inner rebel was not willing to accept defeat so I decided to go a different route with a yeasty beer bread.

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Whyyyyy didn’t I think of this sooner?! It was amazing! I mean look at it! Perfectly thick, chewy and gooey Smoked Gouda and spicy jalapeno!

I served this with chili, and it was perfectly dippable. I can think of so many more flavor variations and soup combinations I want to try for the fall!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The process was actually super simple. I just added warm water and yeast together and let it sit until it got all bubbly. Then I mixed the yeast, flour, and beer together until a super thick, very sticky dough formed. Then I added the cheese and chopped jalapeno. Covered, and let it sit all day.

When I got ready to bake it I turned the oven to 425 and put my dutch oven inside, so it gets super duper hot. Then I turned the dough out onto a floured surface and made a big ball. I took my dutch oven out of the oven, sprayed it with cooking oil, and added a little olive oil (for good measure) and dumped the ball of dough right in there! I drizzled a little more olive oil on top (why not?!) put the lid back on and baked it for 20 minutes covered, then 10 more minutes uncovered.

No kneading, no wresting with sticky dough. Just mix, rise, dump, and bake!

The very best gluten free bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeño Beer Bread #glutenfree www.maebells.com

The Best Gluten Free Bread: Smoked Gouda + Jalapeno Beer Bread
Recipe type: Bread, Side Dish
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Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all purpose gluten free flour (I use cup4cup brand)
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast (one ¾ ounce package)
  • 1 12 ounce gluten free beer (I used Redbridge)
  • 1 cup smoked gouda cheese, cubed
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the very warm water and the yeast, mix well and let sit for about 5 minutes until little bubbles form.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, and beer. Mix well until a thick, sticky dough forms. (This is easiest if using an electric or stand mixer)
  3. Add the cubed cheese and the diced peppers. Stir so they are evenly distributed.
  4. Cover dough and let sit for at least four hours.
  5. When ready to bake place dutch oven with lid in the oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Dump dough out onto a well floured sheet of wax paper and form into a ball.
  7. When oven is up to temp remove dutch oven and spray well with cooking spray (bottom and sides) and add one teaspoon of olive oil.
  8. Pick up the sheet of wax paper with the dough and carefully slide it into the dutch oven.
  9. Drizzle last teaspoon of olive oil over the top.
  10. Place lid on oven and bake for 20 minutes covered.
  11. Remove lid and bake for 10 more minutes.

 

As always, I made this using gluten free ingredients. However, if you are not gluten free simply sub regular all purpose flour and regular beer! :)

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