Gluten Free Gingerbread Muffins

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Gluten & Dairy Free Gingerbread Muffins (option for Grain Free)

1 1/3 cup Brown Rice Flour {or Garfava Flour for grain-free}
2/3 cup Arrowroot Flour
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil {liquid measure}
2 eggs
2 teaspoons organic lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon grass-fed unflavored gelatin (like this one)
1 1/2 teaspoons organic ground ginger
3/4 teaspoons organic cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Makes 36 mini-muffins.

In a mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients and fork whisk to incorporate everything together. Add the wet ingredients to the bowl. Mix until your batter is smooth.

Line your baking tins with parchment / paper baking cups. Fill each cup 23 of the way full. Bake mini muffins for 11-13 minutes. (I haven’t baked them as regular sized muffins yet, but will check cooking times and update that when I do).

These are the prefect holiday-time muffin, and are gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and cane sugar free, & free of xantham and guar gums.  I have not tested with egg substitutes, but I am almost positive that  flax egg or applesauce would work just fine.

Chestnut Flour Waffles (grain-free)

I would marry these waffles!!

Chestnut Flour Waffles

2 cups chestnut flour

1 cup arrowroot flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon real salt

2 pastured eggs

2/3 cup coconut oil liquified

3/4 cup non dairy milk or filtered water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

*cinnamon would be a wonderful addition

 

These waffles have a subtle sweet flavor and turned up to the highest setting on my waffler, came out prefectly crisp on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the i side. And that earthy, sweet flavor of the chestnut flour makes them taste enough to be enjoyed on the go just on their own without even needing any extra toppings or “fluff”. I *may* have devoured one from the stacking plate before it made it to the breakfast table. But, Noone was watching so it’s your word against mine ;).

 

Chestnut flour is kind of sticky, so you can use a hand mixer for ease, or just whisk everything throughly until it comes together and is smooth.  I usual add the dry ingredients in first and then stir in the wet ingredients as a rule of thumb.

I used this chestnut flour and it worked beautifully, both for the cake I made and these waffles. I will definitely be using it again. It is not a cheap flour, but, in my opinion, is totally worth the splurge for special treats! ♡

 

Hope you enjoy these!

Paleo Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

Bundt Cake

Cinnamon-Apple-Nutbutter Bundt Cake

1 1/2 cup cashew meal (or other nut or seed flour)

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 pastured eggs

1/3 cup raw organic honey

1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk

3 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
Toppings:
1/3 cup Cashew Butter Mixed with 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fresh Organic Apple, finely diced

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, sifted together with a fork or a whisk all of your dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients for the cake and mix to combine.

Transfer to a silicone bundt cake pan. Bake for 38-42 minutes at 375 degrees.

Let cool for 10 minutes or so before turning the bundt out onto a cake platter.

In a separate dish, mix your nutbutter and honey and vanilla extract. Transfer it to a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner cut off and pipe your thick drizzles onto the cake. Finish off with a sprinkling of fresh diced apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Fluffy Pancakes {gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free}

Fluffy Grain free Pancakes

Next weekend, on his very special Halloween birthday, our littlest monster will be turning two. Scary!!!  Today, we decorate, so we have a big day of fun in store. That means we need a big, protein-packed breakfast to kick off the fun.

These little, golden, rounds of yumminess are very close to the “real-deal” pancakes, with the added benefit of a high protein count and a grain-free status. They check all the allergy-friendly boxes at our house and were the perfect treat for my three little breakfast goblins this morning.  Honestly – the best texture on a gluten free pancake that I have been able to accomplish, ever! I will definitely pull this treat out of my trick bag again!

Fluffy Grain Free Pancakes

1 cup garfava flour
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Pinch of salt

Whisk together your dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until your batter is smooth.

When cooking your cakes, look for bubbles in the CENTER of your cake to indicate readiness to flip. If you undertook these, they will be gummy in the center.

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Enjoy with your favorite pancake topping!

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Basic Gluten-Free Crepes

I have been making gluten free crepes ever since we started our special diet many years ago. For me, I seemed to have more consistent success with the crepes than I did with gluten-free pancakes, so they became my go-to. :). No complaints from my crew, or from me! Crepes are one of my favorites!

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup almond milk
3/4 cups water
2 eggs
2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid measure
1 tablespoon Enter-G Egg Replacer Powder {yes, both eggs & the powder}*
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (opt.)

Thoroughly whisk all ingredients together; I like to use a spouted Pyrex mixing bowl, or sometimes I use the blender, too. As long as all the batter is thoroughly mixed and no lumps remain, you will be good to go.

Heat a flat skillet or a crepe pan (mine crepe pan is made by STAUB and is one of my very favorite pans n my kitchen!). Most crepe pans will have a non-sticking surface, either a chemically derived one or, like in my case, a seasoned cast iron surface. I start with a very very thin layer of oil, just to make sure the pan is well greased. If there is too much oil, the batter won’t stick to the pan and can slide back out in step three below.

My preferred method for making the crepes is to
Step 1: over pour some better into the hot pan
Step 2: roll my wrist to quickly cover the bottom of the pan
Step 3: dump the access back into the batter bowl, leaving behind just the thin layer that sticks to the pan.

This system has worked great for me! Bon apetit!  Fills with ANYTHING YOU LIKE! 😀
Crepes with Strawberries and Coconut Nectar Crepes with honey & strawberries & peaches

To DO List: Eat Mo’ Vegetarian Brekkies ~ Our Pick 4 Omelet Station

Batman eats veggies!
I am mom. This may not be the case in every household, but I am also cook. To me, the fact that I am responsible for filling their plates every day means that I am also responsible for the nutrition that my children receive. Its a job I take seriously – yes, in a fun and silly way, but still, seriously.

One of the constant goals of mine as the NUTRITION-PROVIDER of my household is to not only get it in ’em, but teach them along the way to LOVE the nutritious choices, so that when I am no longer the one in charge of filling their plates, hopefully the lessons they are learning now will carry over. It is constantly in my mind as I plan out meal times, even planning the treats! I explain to them every step of the way the reasons “WHY” I am selecting certain ingredients and constructing a balanced plate of food, or sometimes a balanced day of food, since every single meal isn’t perfect nutritionally speaking. I truly aim to make the healthy decisions be appealing and fun! This is all a part of my master plan to grow healthy, happy eaters who WANT to be healthy, happy eaters! {don’t tell them , but I think it’s working}

My favorite meals are ones that encourage the whole family to try new textures, new tastes, and new colors of food. This may seem very elementary, like the classic phrase,” EAT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW”, but even as adults, sometimes, we get sedentary on what we know and forget to broaden our taste buds on occasion. Every color of food makes up the phytonutrients and vitamins that our bodies need to function at their best.  Meals like this are great for EVERBODY to explore something new, and for some reason, it makes it more fun to get to have control over those choices! I am talking about our super fun breakfast this morning BUILDING YOUR OWN omelet.

To begin our Omelet bar, I used a dozen farm-fresh, soy-free, gmo-free, pastured chicken eggs and cracked them into a bowl for a good whisking. The carton was now empty, so I thought: What a great vessel for dividing our omelet selections. Because there are 3 kiddos here, I simply cut the carton into 3 equal sections of 4 “holes”. The rule: PICK FOUR!  Want to know what the coolest part was?  They all picked more than 4! :D. I love this.

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So, I chopped from the fridge some piles of tomato, orange bell pepper, broccoli, and spinach {we only buy organic produce as to reduce our exposure to pesticides and herbicides}. From our home garden {organically grown}, I collected, chopped, and piled some parsley, some rainbow chard, and some chives.  The kids took turns filling their sections and we labeled their containers and lined them up for cooking.
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It was so much fun watching them get excited about their selections and watching their faces as they cheered on each other’s omelets over the flat-top and excitedly waited for their own to cook.  We made omelets, we made a fun memory, and we all had something green for breakfast. A win, win, win in my book!!! 🙂

~Happy Omelet Making, Canaries ~

Red, White & Blue Gluten-Free Grilled “PB-J’s”

Red White & Blue holiday pails

These little pails of yumminess put HUGE smiles on my kids’ faces this Memorial Day weekend. This festive treat may have to make a second appearance for the 4th of July!!

easy-peasy: Some gluten – free bread, organic almond butter (or nutbutter of choice), coconut oil, fresh blueberries, and glutino gluten-free pretzels for the I food ingredients.

$1 bin red, white

& blue pails, picnic pattern basket liners or napkins, and 2/$1 mini flags for the presentation.
I simply grilled up some “PB-Js”, like you would any other grilled sandwich, except I used coconut on the grilling-side of the slices instead of butter, and inside, they got filled with Organic Almond Butter & a delicious organic blueberry fruit-only jelly. Once the sammies were browned to perfection, I transferred them to a cutting board and sliced them into 4 long rectangles.

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The flags serve as the prefect skewers for a pattern of blueberries and gluten-free pretzels.

Blueberry & Pretzel Flags

 

Once everything was ready to be served, I simply lined each pail with the picnic-patterned basket liners, arranged the  sandwich sections sticking up out of the pail, and inserted the blueberry & pretzel-lined flag. There ya go! Easy gluten-free food fun perfect for any red, white & blue occasion!! Enjoy!

Grain Free Green Pancakes

Luckily, you have stumbled upon this awesome recipe!!

Green Pancakes

thus is such a fun recipe to make with kids. You can watch, like a science experiment, as your brown pancakes turn green before your very eyes. {Or at least keep checking back on them, they usually take between 30 and 60 minutes to get good and green}. This was a really fun recipe for this weekends St. patty’s Day theme. Enjoy the fun, and get creative with green toppings! PISTACHIOS, KIWI, etc. I am going to whip up a little coconut cream with some vanilla stevia and a little liquid chlorophyll for a green whipped cream! I get so exctied about FUN FOOD ~ and green pancakes definitely hit that mark.

Recipe is as follows:

Preheat oven to 35 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine:

1/2 cup sunflower butter (Like Sunbutter) TO MAKE THEM GREEN, YOU MUST USE SUNFLOWER BUTTER

1/2 cup apple or pear sauce ( preferably organic)

2 large eggs (preferably pastures)

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Yes, that’s it! 🙂  Simply mix all of your ingredients together with a wire whisk. Pour out 4 cakes per baking sheet in 1/4-1/3 cup portions.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from oven and leave on your baking sheets. These will end up cooling down a bit as you wait, but for us, the excitement over watching those cakes turn green well outweighed the fact that they weren’t eating hot food. If you prefer to serve them hot, you can simply stick them into a toaster oven or back into your oven that may still be warm from the baking process just to warm them a bit.

Enjoy.

 

 

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins (Honey-Sweetened)

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Two days ago, my children were all playing in the sun, making pretend baked wonders out of sand at their playhouse and carefully prancing their little bear feet across the lawn. Yesterday, the news flashed that it felt like 2 degrees outside, as the schools all cancelled or delayed their start due to icy weather conditions. Texas. We do things bigger here. Even our schizophrenia in our weather is HUGE!

Today, things seem to be evening out and back on the trail to Spring. {thankful}

The sun is shining, but it is still cold enough for the ice to remain, so it is a bit of a tease. It was most definitely a morning for muffins, and I was in the mood for a classic blueberry variety.

What was in the pantry? Hmmmmm… Well, I had a bag of Trader Joe’s all-purpose gluten free flour. So I was well on my way to SOME sort of muffin. Here’s what got tossed into the bowl:

1 cup all purpose gf flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 1/2 teaspoons corn-free baking powder
1 egg
1/3 +1 tablespoon coconut oil
2/3 cups coconut milk
1/3 (heaping) cup of raw organic honey
1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
11/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon organic lemon extract

I baked these beauties at 350 for about 22 minutes. The texture was good, they weren’t overly sweet, they are pretty to look at, and everyone wanted “MO!” {yes, that’s an exact quote from baby Finlay}.

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Saturday Breakfast, Gluten-Free Breakfast Quesadillas

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Saturdays. Sweet, sweet Saturdays.

It seems like a recurring theme for me. I always try to pretend like I am going to steal some time for myself come Friday evening, like I am going to sleep in, no matter what the rest of the family need on Saturday morning! . Most stay-at-home moms will probably understand that sentiment. I FINALLY have an extra pair of hands home for two full days and I won’t have to rush out of bed to get the day started, get lunches packed, get kids motivated to do their morning routines to get off to school without their teachers or peers knowing JUST how close we are each morning to NOT making it to school in one piece {let alone with a special-diet lunch & snack in tow for two kids}.

Every week on Friday evening, I take a deep breathe and celebrate the weekend, and I tell myself, “I am totally sleeping in in the morning.”. 

Every Saturday morning, I wake up {halfway} to a nursing baby who has been by my side since the first time he cried from his crib in the middle of the night. I wake up a little more when my seven year old come and wraps her little arms around me and steals all of my fuzzy cover for herself. And then, I wake up almost completely by the time my five year old makes himself a nest in the bend of my knees and starts whispering, “Momma. Momma, is it time for breakfast yet?”

He is a boy after his Mommy’s heart! Breakfast is hands-down my favorite mealtime. I am a waffle-a-holic, a crepe-addict (never planning to recover, either), and a lover of breakfast muffins and breads! But, today, I was in the mood for some eggs, and so I set the kids up with a cartoon, waited on my husband to roll out of bed and start a pot of coffee, and I began whipping up all the fixings for some breakfast quesadillas: got some nitrite-free bacon cooking in the oven, had some organic refried beans warming in a small saucepan, and scrambled up some beautiful pastures eggs.  I oiled the griddle with a little coconut oil and placed a brown rice tortilla down {I had some from Trader Joe’s}. The, I smeared some refried beans onto the tortilla, piled on some eggs & some bacon pieces, and topped with another brown rice tortilla. I let it all crisp up a bit and then flipped. I cooked that side to a golden brown and then transferred to a cutting board to cool and slice.

Me and Daddo  {this is my husbands official father name, by the way} had some salsa Verde and some raw cheddar cheese on ours and called it a delicious start to our day! Hope yours was delicious, too!