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!

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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

 

 

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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

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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

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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.

 

The Pure Pantry

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

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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.

 

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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The Photo Booth

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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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Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcake Cones

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Gluten-free Chocolate Cupcake Cones

These cupcakes were the perfect birthday dessert for my six year old son’s carnival theme birthday party.  The kids loved them….and I think some adults too.

Dairy-free and Vegan optional

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

1 package “The Pure Pantry” gluten-free Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (link)

3 eggs or equivalent egg replacer

1 cup rice, almond, coconut or regular milk

½ cup safflower oil

1 cup boiling water

2 packages “Let’s Do Gluten-Free” ice cream cones

24 red M & M’s

1 recipe Heavenly Cream Cheese Frosting (link)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Follow directions on the chocolate cake mix package.
  3. Stand up ice cream cones in mini muffin tins.
  4. Fill with chocolate cake mix leaving ¼ inch from the top of the cone.  Do not over fill or they will become volcano cupcakes (hum maybe another idea for later)!
  5. Place in oven and bake for 20-22 minutes, until cupcake inserted with toothpick comes out clean.   Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Prepare frosting recipe.   I used the disposable frosting bags to make the clean up nice and easy.  Fit the bag with a star tip. (see image).
  7. Frost each cupcake in a swirling motion to look like a soft serve ice cream cone.  Top each with a red M & M.  You could also top with a maraschino cherry that has been well drained and patted dry with paper towels.
  8. I left the majority of the cupcakes standing in the mini cupcake tin.  I placed the cupcake tin on a rectangular white platter and covered the cupcake tin and platter with M & M’s.  The kids scooped up the candies and put more on their cupcakes which was a fun sight to see!

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Hooray for gluten-free ice cream cones!  I bought these at Whole Foods.

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Carefully fill each cone to the line that is about 1/4 inch below the top.  Bake, cool and frost!
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Heavenly Gluten-free Cream Cheese Frosting

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Heavenly Gluten-free Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, or non-dairy/vegan substitute such as Earth Balance, at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese, or dairy-free/vegan substitute, at room temperature

2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Beat butter until blended.  Add cream cheese and beat until combined.  Slowly sift in sugar and beat until fluffy.  Add agave and vanilla and continue beating.  If frosting is too thin, add 2 tablespoons more sifted confectioners’ sugar.  Makes enough frosting for 12 cupcakes or one 9 x 12 inch (23 x 30 cm) cake.  For a two layer cake, double the recipe.

Happy Halloween! Pre-Trick-or-Treating Supper

Halloween can end up being a lot of work, am I right?  Costumes to put together, flashlights to find, decorations to put up, candy to purchase.  And dinner to make on top of all of that?

Here is a simple make-ahead solution so that you can enjoy your little devils a bit more!

Pulled Pork with Apples

In the summer I make this recipe with nectarines or  peaches, as seen in the image here.  For Fall, adding apples is just as scrumptious!

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:
1– 2 1/2 – 3 lb. pork loin roast or pork shoulder roast
2 cups Pomegranate-Chipotle BBQ Sauce or store bought gluten-free BBQ sauce (try Annie’s gluten-free version)
2 Fuji apples, peeled, pit removed, roughly chopped
4  oz. can green chilies, chopped

Instructions:
Place pork shoulder in roasting pan with lid, I love my Le Creuset.  Pour BBQ sauce over top.  Spread apple chunks over pork.  Add chopped green chilies.

Place in center of oven at 325˚ for 60 minutes.  Remove roast from over and turn over, ladle juices on top of meat.  Return to oven for 40 minutes.  Or, place in crock pot on low setting for 4 hours.

Remove roast from oven.  With two forks, pull pork apart and stir pot to combine juices with sauce and meat.  If desired, stir in 2 more tablespoons BBQ sauce before serving.

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Book Review From dishinoutBEAUTY.com!

By Becky Berowski

Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Kaplan, Dishin’ with doB

5 23 12 mindbodybeauty thepurepantry image 1 310x442 The Pure PantryFounder of  The Pure Pantry, Elizabeth Kaplan became gluten free when she learned that not only was she diagnosed with celiac disease, but her two children were also sensitive to gluten as well as various other foods.  She began taking family recipes and converting them to gluten-free versions. This soon lead her to develop her own products and recipes to put in the market place making it easier for the rest of us to make the change.

Who: Elizabeth Kaplan of The Pure Pantry

Where: Thepurepantry.com, with stores across the country.

What do you believe is the most important reason to go gluten free?

The most important reason would be severe allergies or gluten intolerance issues. Those with celiac disease, such as me, must adhere to a 100% gluten-free diet.

Should people who don’t have celiac disease go gluten free?

Certainly, there are other reasons to go gluten-free.  Many nutritionists and doctors maintain that a gluten-free diet lowers inflammation in the body. There are also other auto-immune related disorders that improve with a gluten-free diet such as arthritis, diabetes, and psoriasis.

What is your favorite gluten free product?

Besides my own products, I can’t live without Udi’s multigrain gluten-free bread and bagels.

How do you balance being a mom and a business woman?

I am very fortunate to have wonderful and supportive business partners, my mom and husband! I am also fortunate that my children admire what I do and that they look at me as role model. I feel that by balancing work and motherhood I am teaching my children how to have a full and rewarding life.

5 23 12 mingboydbeauty thepurepantry image 2 310x464 The Pure PantryCan people who are gluten free still eat out at restaurants easily?

There is always the risk of cross contamination for those with celiac disease.  It takes a lot of diligence for me to explain exactly what I can and can’t eat, and there are often problems. In general, I stick to grilled veggies, grilled fish or a salad but still have to be careful that the salad dressing or sauce served with my meal is gluten-free, and that my food is prepared in a separate pan with separate utensils. I limit my meals out – thank goodness I like to cook!

What is one beauty product you always keep with you?

Gluten-free lipstick by Ecco Bella.  I also have to use gluten-free shampoo and conditioner and am always trying new products to find the best one.  So far it has been easy!

Any advice for someone just starting a gluten free diet?

At first it seems very daunting to start a new lifestyle, but once you are committed, you will love how you feel!

Elizabeth Kaplan’s cookbook, Fresh From Elizabeth’s Kitchen, that she was gracious enough to send me, has kept me healthy and happy this past week. Also, her chocolate chip cookie mix and whole grain dark chocolate mix have helped me have a quick dessert for all the May babies I’m celebrating this month.

http://www.dishinoutbeauty.com/2012/05/the-pure-pantry/

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins — A Fall Favorite

Gluten-free Pumpkin Muffins

For Bread or Muffins

Ingredients

2 cups The Pure Pantry All Purpose Baking Mix
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. cloves
1/4 t. ginger
1/4 t. nutmeg
3 eggs (or egg replacer)
1 1/3 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. organic dark brown sugar
1/2 c. coconut sugar
2 T. agave nectar
1/2 c. canola oil
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. water
3/4 c. chopped pecans (optional)

For Crumb Topping
3/4 cup The Pure Pantry All Purpose Baking Mix
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter (or Spectrum non-hydrogenated shortening)

Instructions

Preheat over to 350°F

In a medium-size bowl combine baking mix, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.  Set aside.

Break eggs into large bowl of electric mixer (or place egg replacer in bowl) Beat until blended.  Add pumpkin, sugar, agave, canola oil, vanilla and water.  Beat until well combined.  Set aside.  Fold in the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, stirring until smooth.  If adding pecans, stir in.  Set aside.

To make crumb topping, place baking mix, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

If using butter, cut into small pieces.  Blend butter or shortening with dry ingredients using finger tips until well mixed.

Spray 9 x 5 loaf pan or muffin tin. Pour batter into pan or muffin tin.  Top loaf with crumb mixture or muffins with about ¼ cup crumb mixture.  Bake 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack until completely cool.

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