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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Banana Brownies and a New Dress

In between sewing for other people, I decided I needed to do a little for me. :)

So I've started work on a new dress for myself (i hope) using Simplicity 7236.  This was my mom's pattern and it has a few alterations made to it already.  I've cut out a muslin and am trying to work out the fitting details as I am able to grab a few minutes here and there.

pic from Vintage Sewing Patterns

The hope is threefold on this one:
  1. new dress
  2. sew from one of my vintage patterns
  3. sew with fabric from my stash so it eventually goes away

This is the fabric that I've picked, although I'm starting to doubt that I have enough.  It was a gift from a coworker many years ago and the tag just says 'wool blend.' The pattern doesn't call for lining, but I had envisioned lining it with this brown poly that I also have in my stash. I may be rethinking this move as it seems rather... warm. 

The other thing I did for myself and my husband was that I made banana brownies.  I was just going to mix the extra banana that was lying around into the brownie mixture and hope for the best but then I had an idea: banana filling!

Here's what I came up with.  Superyummy! (basic recipe for brownies similar to the tangerine brownies from a while back)

Gluten Free Brownies with Banana Filling

Makes about 14 cupcake-size brownies
Preheat oven to 350°F
(about 175°C)

Grease pan or line muffin-tin with paper bake cups
Banana Filling
Put two overripe bananas into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and cut holes to vent.  Microwave 1-2 min till liquid separates out.  Strain the banana juice into a small pan (i used our smallest non-stick skillet). Reduce - Don't burn!  Put the solid banana bits back into the bowl and mush it up with 1 tsp lemon juice.  Add 1/4 C powdered sugar and 2 tsp cornstarch and mix well.  Stir in 1 egg yolk. (save white for brownie batter). When the banana juice has reduced and is just starting to smell faintly of caramel, add it back into the banana mixture and stir well.

Mix together in a large bowl:
  • 200g (about 1-1/4C) gluten free flour(s) of your choice
  • 6T Cocoa powder
  • 1T xanthan gum or guar gum (if not included in gf flour blend)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 T baking powder

Mix together in a medium bowl:
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract + 1/4 tsp orange extract)
  • 1 T ground flax seed
  • 1/3 C oil (I used 1 T melted butter, 1 T melted coconut milk solids, and the rest canola oil)
  • 1/2 C water

Let sit for about 5 min.

Slowly add liquid mixture to dry, mixing well in between additions. After it's all mixed, mix for a while longer.

Stir in half a bag of chocolate chips.

In a medium bowl whisk 2 egg whites to soft peaks. Carefully fold into batter.

Fill each bake cup about half way. Then scoop a small scoop of the banana mixture into the middle of each cup of brownie batter.  Then cover the banana mixture with more brownie batter.

Bake for about 20 min. Do not overbake.

Hope your week is going well!


  1. Loving the wool fabric and the pattern. I must past your recipe to my daughter as she wheat intolorant, and many of the shop wheat free products are just so horrible. bananas and chocolate in a cake, she will be in heaven.

    1. Thanks, i am excited to finish it. Hopefully we still have enough cool days left that I don't have to wait 2 seasons to wear it :)
      Though they've come a long way in recent years, wheat-free baked goods are so much better fresh baked than they are store-bought. I loved baking before and am determined to come up with tasty things that are safe for me to eat. I always feed some to my husband who tells me if it tastes 'real' or not since i can't remember anymore. I find adding chocolate always helps :P


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