Good Morning Muffins

 

This is my second entry to the Go Dairy Free recipe contest using So-Delicious dairy-free products.

These high fiber, low fat, dairy-free, low sugar muffins pack in protein, and a daily dose of veggies – a great way to start the day!

gluten-free and dairy-free muffins

gluten-free and dairy-free muffins

Makes 12 large muffins

2/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 cup So-delicious coconut milk
2 eggs
2 cups The Pure Pantry Buckwheat Flax gluten-free pancake and baking mix 
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup finely grated carrots (2 small carrots) or 1 cup finely grated zucchini  (about ½ a zucchini)
1 tart red apple, unpeeled, cored, and finely grated
1/2 cup seedless raisins or 1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (optional)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Blend oil, agave nectar, coconut milk and eggs into a large bowl for about 1 minute to incorporate.

3. Add baking mix and cinnamon. Stir to combine.

4. Add carrots or zucchini, nuts, apples, raisins or coconut, and orange zest, to the sugar mixture and stir well.

5. Scoop batter into paper-lined muffin tin or greased muffin tin and bake 25 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Enjoy!  These can be frozen and thawed to enjoy another morning.

Recipe from “Fresh from Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Gluten-free and Allergy-free recipes”.

 

"Fresh from Elizabeth's Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-free Recipes"

 

 

Gluten-free Crustless Vegetable Quiche

 

 

Gluten-free Frittata - from "Fresh from Elizabeth's Kitchen" cookbook

I always feel good serving this recipe to my kids because you can hide whichever vegetables you like in the quiche.

Crustless Veggie Quiche
Serves 8

2 Tbsp olive oil
¾ cup red bell peppers, finely chopped, or ¾ cup tomatoes, finely chopped — juice drained off
¾ cup onion, finely chopped
5 spears asparagus, washed, trimmed and sliced into ½ in. pieces
1 garlic clove, minced
5 large eggs or 5 egg whites and 2 whole eggs, beaten
1 cup ricotta cheese or low-fat cottage cheese
1/3 cup The Pure Pantry Gluten-Free Organic All-Purpose Baking Mix
1 Tbsp fresh basil
1 10 oz pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350˚.  Grease a 9-inch spring form pan. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pepper, onion, asparagus, and garlic and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, drain any excess liquid and cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine beaten eggs, ricotta, and baking mix until well blended.  Add basil, spinach, feta, salt and pepper, and sautéed vegetables.

3. Pour mixture into prepared pan and place pan on baking sheet. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

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Lemon Coconut Cake

 

I am so excited about the “Go Dairy Free” and “So Delicious” March Madness dairy-free recipe contest!   If you’d like to find more dairy-free recipes or enter the contest yourself, here is the contest page from our friends at Go Dairy Free.   Each recipe can only have 8 ingredients….kind of a challenge….but certainly do-able.   I decided to submit two, really three, recipes….two sweet and one more on the savory side. Lemon Coconut Cake and Good Morning Muffins.  The third is the icing on the cake, so to speak.   I hope you enjoy them!

Gluten-free/Dairy-free Lemon Coconut Cake

Gluten-Free Coconut Cake

Serves 10

Ingredients

1 cup vegan butter alternative
1/2 cup coconut oil, at room temperature
2 cups organic sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose gluten-free baking mix from The Pure Pantry (includes baking powder and xanthan gum so you don’t have to worry about it!)
1 1/2 cups So-delicious coconut milk
2 1/2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla
2 tablespoons lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, lightly packed
Extra coconut for decorating top of cake

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Grease with coconut oil and lightly dust with gluten free flour (can use the same gluten-free all-purpose mix that is called for in the recipe) two 9” round cake pans or one 9″ x 12″ rectangular pan and set aside.

3. Combine the coconut oil and sugar in a bowl and beat with mixer until blended.  Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to whip on high for two minutes.  Add vanilla.

3. Using a grater with small holes, grate lemons to yield 2 tablespoons lemon zest.  Add to wet ingredients.

4. Add half the baking mix to the coconut oil mixture and half the coconut milk, continue to mix.  Add the remaining baking mix and remaining milk.  Continue to mix for three more minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  With the mixer low setting, pour in the shredded coconut.

5. Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cake is cooling, make the dairy-free cream cheese frosting, which is optional:

Heavenly Dairy-free Cream Cheese Frosting

2- 8 oz. packages of dairy-free cream cheese alternative
1 cup (two sticks) vegan butter alternative
3 tablespoons So-delicious coconut milk
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1  teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
2 tablespoons agave nectar

1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl.

2. Add the confectioner’s sugar, coconut milk, vanilla and agave and continue to whip until the icing is totally smooth, about three minutes.

3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour before icing your cake.

Yield: About 4 Cups Icing

Toasted Coconut for topping the cake, optional:

In the image above, I did not top the cake with toasted coconut because I wanted a nice white cake. If you’d like a nice toasty coconut look, you can lightly toast your coconut.  To do so, preheat oven to 350°F and spread the coconut onto a cookie sheet and toast for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dark you want the coconut.  After you have iced the cake, sprinkle the toasted coconut on top for a beautiful presentation.

Recipe created by Elizabeth Kaplan at From The Pure Pantry blog.

 

Peach Chia Oatmeal

Gluten-free peach quinoa oatmeal

 

Supercharge your morning bowl of oats with chia seeds and flax. Top it with whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand.

Peach Chia Oatmeal

Gluten- and dairy-free
Serves 2

2 cups coconut water or water
1/3 cup gluten-free oats*
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons flax meal
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 fresh peach, skin removed
Optional toppings: chopped almonds, coconut milk, raw honey, or raw agave nectar

Bring coconut water to a boil. Add oats and cook, covered, 5 minutes. Add chia seeds and cook, covered, over low heat, 3 minutes more. Stir in flax and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, two 2 minutes more. Serve topped with peaches and additional toppings, if desired.

MAKE-AHEAD TIP! Combine dry ingredients in a canister (double or even quadruple the recipe). When you’re ready to cook the cereal, add ¾ cup to 2 cups boiling coconut water.

Gluten-free Carnival Birthday Party

gluten free birthday party

This year my son turned 6.  It’s such a special age —  a time when children form friendships at school, enjoy the company of other children, and love to attend and have their own birthday parties.

Since my son is gluten-free, I decided that the entire menu would be gluten-free so that he didn’t feel left out in any way.  So often when gluten-free and allergen-free kids attend parties there isn’t anything for them to eat: pizza, cupcakes, and most snacks are full of allergens.  So to make Dolan feel extra special, everything would have to pass the gluten-free test!

The party menu included:

  • Gluten-free chocolate cupcake cones made with “Let’s Do Gluten-free” cones and The Pure Pantry dark chocolate cake mix and Heavenly Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe here.
  • Gluten-free hot dogs from Applegate Farms with gluten-free hot dog buns from Udi’s.
  • Gluten-free kettle corn from Trader Joe’s.
  • Peanuts in the shell  (no kids with  peanut allergies attended).
  • Gluten-free ranch dip and gluten-free hummus with carrots, cucumbers and celery.
  • To Go Treats included gluten-free red licorice, gluten-free animal crackers from Kinnikinnick, salt water taffy, Starbursts, and lollipops.

 

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Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcake Cones — a huge yummy hit!

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To Go Treat Bar

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Good old hotdogs — gluten-free

gluten free birthday party

Gluten-free Crunch Master crackers, gluten-free hummus, and veggies.

The carnival games were so much fun to create.    We had ring toss, tin can knockdown, horseshoe toss, squirt gun ball knockdown, apple bobbing, a “photo booth” and face painting.

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Tin Can Knockdown

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Apple Bobbing

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Face Painting

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Squirt Gun Knockdown

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A very happy birthday boy!

With some help from my good friend Calli and my daughter Isabelle, we created all the fun signs with the Circus Font I downloaded from Pinterest and paper supplies from Paper-source.

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