Wow, I think I've finally done it… come up with a mix for really good gluten-free, vegan FUDGE. This has been a goal of mine for a while now, though not one that I've pursued too
vigorously, since fudge is usually kind of evil (fattening) no matter what you do. Anyway, into my evil little pot I tossed some magic ingredients today, which included a few forms of coconut, powdered chocolate peanut butter, and black coffee. So far, I
like the results. But I will tell you more about this later!
This came about because I make 'squirrel fudge' -- treats for the birds (crows) and squirrels made with an adaptable mix of ingredients that always includes melted/re-solidified coconut oil and, of
course, the bird seed, which tends lately to be the waste-free sunflower meats. (I have a recipe for it here in my AR recipe box.) This critter treat looks and smells so yummy that I've almost gone outside to the feeders a few times, to climb and jump around
and try to grab some…. ha ha.
So, I'm in the process of getting my new fudge just the way I want it. Recipe coming up, and soon, no doubt.
As the for squirrels around here, and the birds, they seem to grab up their 'fudge' treats no matter how I (slightly) shift around the recipe. The key ingredient is certainly that solid-type coconut
oil (melts around 75 degrees F), which holds all the bird seed together. I'd thought the xanthan gum was a big deal, but I can leave it out without any problems -- however -- IF I am adding the brown rice flour (I don't always do that, now), or any kind
of flour, the xanthan gum will in fact help 'fluff up' the mixture and seems to extend the bulk of the flour. So, thus, you get more cubes of the 'fudge.'
But, lately, I make the treats without the brown rice flour, though I do use some powdered peanut butter and some cornmeal. At least so far, the xanthan gum hasn't made much difference in that kind
of mixture. So, my guess is that it's something that works best along with a fluffy flour.
I am having fun watching my bird feeders. We have ruby-throated hummingbirds, which I believe are returning ones from previous years. I'd never seen a hummingbird for real until just a few years
ago. I had trouble believing any would actually show up at the hummingbird feeder I put out, but I did it anyway, and what a great surprise! There really IS a little thing called a hummingbird!
This morning, I saw a bird I've never seen at the feeders before, and I think it was an indigo bunting. It was blue but not a bluebird (though we've had those around before, too), and it wasn't a
blue jay (plenty of those). I looked it up and I believe it was an indigo bunting. Cool.