Gluten free recipe #1 without nuts. Looks very good, but pretty crumbly. Moist. Very choclatey. A definite to make again.
Gluten free recipe #2 with nuts. Very good flavor. Holds together well. Freezes and travels well.
This is the clear winner.
Doing the gluten free thing is always a challenge. When I do find something I really like I make a mental note and then I forget all about it. When I want to make it again, I can not remember what book it was in or what the name of it was, or why I even liked it. So I am beginning to wise up. I now have a notebook for all the little recipes that I like as well as ones I do not use and why.
Seems like gluten free is now becoming rampant. Ever wonder why? I have my own theory. Years ago on the farm we raised our own food. Grain was grown with the seed from last years crop. Beef was raised from the momma cow and the neighbor's bull. Vegetable seeds were kept from year to year and if your seed was lost, you borrowed seeds from your neighbor. We ate cream so thick you could put it on toast with a fork and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, it was to die for. People were skinny cause the worked hard and ate natural. My ancestors lived to be 90+ and many hit 100 years of age. When mom died at 80 years old, they all said, "Oh! She was so young! Her whole life ahead of her!" But that was then, when we grew our own food. This is now.
Now we have people like Monsanto helping us. We plant thier seeds and we grow very big crops. Used to be dad would check the wheat and pick a head and rub it in the palm of his hand. He would do this several times in a week. One day it would "shatter" and it was pronounced "ready to harvest." What I am telling you is that the wheat we grew then and the wheat we grow now are not the same. It all becomes "ready" according to when the harvest is wanted to happen, which is incumbent on when the machine that harvests the grain will be there to harvest it. And what all that means to you and I is that the gluten is not the same and we can not digest it. Couple that with the fact that farmers are now growing corn that will cause a worm to hemorrage inside and die, and we are in some big trouble.
It is amazing that countries over seas will not allow this stuff to be grown in thier countries and will not allow it to be imported. We call these countries "third world" and backward. Get on your Internet and check out cancer rates here and abroad. Check out obesity here and abroad. Do not take my word for any of this. Do your own research. Remember when cancer was something that happened to some one else? Autism was a rarity? Casearean births were not an everyday occurence? Is the world really changing that fast or are we allowing it to be changed by big corporations and thier need for more money and power?
The good old days were naturally organic. Now we have to make an effort to find organic and we pay a lot more for it then the crap they are smiling and handing to us with a glass of grape koolaid. All I am asking is that you take an interest in what your government is doing to you in the name of Corporate Greed. Sure they are pushing national health care. We are sure as hell going to need it!