Not Ya Momma’s Chocolate Chip Muffins (Allergy Friendly)

These muffins are so good, you’ll never believe they are actually good for you! Well, maybe not good for you if you’re on a low calorie diet.  But if you need veggies, fat, protein, and other important nutrients in your diet (like a growing child does), WITHOUT having to eat an egregious amount of sugar, these are great! Don’t get me wrong, these do have sugar in them, of course. But it is quite a bit less than most chocolate muffin recipes you’ll find.

And believe it or not, these muffins are also allergy friendly. They are wheat, nut, soy, dairy, coconut, and egg free (as all my recipes are).

Loaded with protein, they make a great addition to breakfast or a great snack.  My daughter LOVES them broken into little pieces topped with apple sauce and fruits.  My husband also decided that even though he has no dietary restrictions, HE would love to have these on a normal basis because he is addicted to chocolate and loves these! So enjoy in whatever way you like, for whatever reason you like. And please let me know if you do!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups GF all-purpose flour *
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 cup amaranth flour **
2/3 cup unsweetened, cocoa powder (make sure it is DF)
2 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup carrots chopped enough to measure
1 cup of rice milk
1 ripe, mashed banana
1/2 avocado, mashed
1/4 cup avocado oil
1/2 cup raw honey (I use local; which REALLY adds to the flavor because it’s so good!)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips (check the label for GF, SF, DF, etc.)

NOTES:
*I use a local bulk version, but Bob’s Red Mill has the same GF flour mixture at some stores, it is a mix of garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca, sorghum, and fava bean flour.

**Amaranth flour has a very “grainy” taste. If you are not used to that, or you’re afraid you’re child will not eat it with that flavor (it is similar to a corn flavor), try either adding more chocolate chips to cover it up, or just replacing that ingredient with the GF mix, which does not have a particular flavor. My daughter doesn’t mind it and my husband and mom say they don’t notice it, so either way is worth a try, but amaranth is a good addition to grains on a limited diet.

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, add the first 9 ingredients (flour through brown sugar). Mix well with a fork, mashing the brown sugar chunks into the flour.

In a blender cup, add the carrots, spinach, and 1/4-1/2 of the rice milk, and blend until smooth. You can also use a food processor.

In a small mixing bowl, mash and mix the banana and avocado. Add the avocado oil & honey and mix until combined. Now add the vegetable puree, the remaining rice milk, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar and mix well. A handheld mixer works well here.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix on low with a handheld mixer until it is smooth and combined. Do not under mix; GF flour needs a little more help to combine with the liquids than wheat does, so mixing enough is important. You should not need to mix for more than 1 minute, however.

Let the batter rest for about 20-30 minutes and preheat your oven to 375 F.

After at least 20 minutes of rest time, whisk the batter just one time. It should look like chocolate mousse, with a fluffy texture to it.

But even though this batter looks super tasty, spare yourself; don’t taste it! Garbanzo bean flour tastes HORRIBLE raw, but once it’s cooked, you would never know it! (I would know, I gave into the temptation here, and let me tell you, it is not pleasant!)

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Pour into a greased muffin pan or muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes, depending on your oven. If your oven heats things fast, like mine does, 15 will be perfect, but if it is usually spot on with recipes, you may want to let them cook for 18 minutes.

Remove the muffins from the oven and let them sit in the pan for at least 10 minutes. They may be a little wet on the inside (just enough that a toothpick test won’t work) when you first pull them out. That’s normal with GF baking. It just needs to sit and finish melding together.

 

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Last step, enjoy!  Serve with a side of pork sausage links and fruits for breakfast, a side of sorbet to make a semi-healthy dessert, or just eat by themselves.

To store, wrap in freezer paper and freeze for up to 2 months. To reheat, place in a moist paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds, or until soft.

 

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Delightfully Sweet Pancakes (Allergy-Friendly)

These pancakes are so sweet, you won’t need syrup! They’re so good, my daughter was running into the kitchen yelling “Pay!! More!!” (she can’t say pancakes yet).  They do have a few sources of “sugar”, including banana, brown sugar, and honey, but not much of each. And with the garbanzo bean flour, they also have protein and magnesium, and the sorghum adds a nutritious grain to a little one’s diet.

I make these for my daughter who cannot have wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, or nuts, so they are allergy friendly.  She eats pancakes with a side of 2 pork link sausages and some fruits. It is a breakfast that I know she will gladly eat!

You will notice that these pancakes are flat, not fluffy. They will not rise very much at all, but that is actually part of what makes them taste so great. Cook them with extra oil to make them crispy and add some fats for your growing kids. They may even be considered crepes by some, but either way, they taste great!

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/8 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 1/8 cup GF all-purpose flour (Garbanzo flour mix works best for me)
  • 3 TBS brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 large, ripe banana*
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 1/4 cup vanilla hemp milk**
  • Avocado oil for cooking

 

DIRECTIONS:

Add dry ingredients (first 6) into a large mixing bowl and mix well. I use a handheld mixer to break up all the brown sugar bits.

Mash the banana in a separate, smaller mixing bowl. Add honey and oil and beat with the handheld mixer, or whisk well by hand. Add the milk and vanilla and mix well.

Add about a TBS and a half of avocado oil in a skillet big enough to cook 4 pancakes at a time (less oil for a smaller skillet, but enough to coat the bottom) and heat on medium-high heat.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the wet ingredients in the well. With a handheld mixer, mix just until smooth.

 

Add 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake to the heated skillet. When bubbles form throughout the top, flip and cook until golden brown on both sides.

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Add about 1/2 to 1 TBS for each batch to keep the bottom of the skillet coated.

 

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NOTES:

*I freeze ripe bananas and then microwave them when I am ready to use them. That makes them more sticky as an egg replacer.

** You can just add 1 cup of rice milk if that is what you have. The hemp milk adds a good flavor, but is not essential.

The longer the batter sits out, the more fluffy the pancakes will be, although they will never truly be fluffy with this recipe. If you want thinner, crispier, crepe-like pancakes, cook them right away. If you want them to have more of a pancake-like texture, let the batter rest for at least 20 minutes before cooking.

 

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Gluten Free Bread That Any Child Would Love!

Being from the South, I love everything fried–well, almost everything. But seriously, who doesn’t like fried foods?? I mean you can fry cardboard and I’m pretty sure it would taste great (though I can’t say I’ve ever tried).

One thing I never realized you could fry is bread. Who knew?? And I’m not talking about donuts. Everyone knows about donuts. I’m talking about fried bread… more specifically Bannock, or Indian Fry Bread.

This is something I just discovered and I’m so glad I did! I have yet to find gluten, dairy, nut, egg, and soy free bread for my daughter that actually tastes good. So usually I give her zucchini bread, muffins, etc. to fill that need. Now she can have a crispy flat bread, or a biscuit style crispy bread and she loves it! And what’s really great about this, is that it is actually good for her!

All I did was use gluten free flour with this Bannock recipe (video recipe). And there are other recipes online for Indian Fry Bread, like this one.

As usual, I use the GF flour that has garbanzo bean flour as a first ingredient for extra protein. I also fry it in avocado oil for those fats that a growing child on a dairy-free diet needs. I make the Bannock for breakfast with a side of bacon or sausage, and some fruit. My daughter loves it, even without any spreads or toppings. She just loves the crispy texture.

The same rings true for the Indian Fry Bread. I made the Navajo Tacos in the recipe I linked above. I used GF flour for the bread, and navy beans instead of pinto beans for the filling. I also substituted the ground beef with turkey sausage for more flavor and for a non-red meat option that the whole family could enjoy.  My daughter enjoyed this, ESPECIALLY with the black olives and allergy friendly ranch on top!

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Cinnamon Waffles (GF, DF, NF, SF, EF)

Fall is here! Well it is for those of us in a colder climate.  I’m actually from the South, where we do not actually get a fall-time, just a very confused winter that goes from shifts 50 degrees from day to day later in the year.

Now I live in Washington, where the September 21st is pretty much literally when fall starts every year and you can count on the weather to change at that exact time.  Now, of course, I love to pull out the scarves, sit down with a pumpkin latte, and eat cinnamon everything this time of year!  So here are some allergy-free cinnamon waffles for those little ones who have allergies, or anyone else who may enjoy them!

 

INGREDIENTS:

cup GF flour (I use one with garbanzo bean, tapioca, and sorghum)

1/2 cup Buckwheat flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp Allspice

1 TBS ground cinnamon

1/2 ripe avocado

1 small ripe banana

2 TBS avocado oil

2 TBS honey

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup rice milk (or other dairy free milk)

1 sweet apple, peeled & diced (Gala, or other sweet variety)

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, mix the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Allspice, and cinnamon to combine.

In a separate bowl, use a fork to mash and mix the avocado and banana together, until it becomes a mushy texture, smooth texture.  Add the avocado oil, honey, and vanilla extract and mix until combined.  Then add the rice milk and mix again.

Add the liquid mixture into the large bowl with the flour mixture and mix them together until they are combined and there are no more chunks of flour.

Gently fold in the diced apple.

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Heat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions and spray with avocado or canola oil cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Add the batter and cook according to your waffle iron. I use one that makes Belgian waffles, and it takes about 3 minutes on each side.

These come out nice and crispy! They are a dark color because of the buckwheat, but the nutty flavor from this flour goes great with the cinnamon.

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Serve with a nice healthy syrup: Add frozen blackberries (or blueberries, or other sweet berries) to 1 TBS honey in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds to make blueberry syrup. Maple syrup actually tastes even better, but my daughter’s tummy cannot handle any syrups, so we use honey.

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Breakfast Ideas

Here are some breakfast ideas for a toddler that cannot have wheat, soy, eggs, dairy, or nuts. This list is based off of experiences with my daughter coupled with recommendations from her dietitian.

One thing to note, per the dietitian: adding in bacon and sausage to a toddler’s are great ways to increase zinc, iron, and fat. Unlike adults, high cholesterol from red meat is no cause for concern for children (if it is at all.. that is all being re-thought according to her. Who knows on that front.). All the fat and cholesterol children eat goes to their brain development; so do not be afraid to add lots of red meat to your little one’s limited diet. We were advised to do that–to “pull out all the stops” as the dietitian put it.

I am always experimenting and changing things up, meaning I will continue to add to this list, so don’t forget to check back later.

Compliment these breakfast ideas with a cup of 1/2 rice milk, 1/2 hemp milk (has more calories than just rice milk), 1 cup of enriched rice milk, or a cup of enriched orange juice.

 

BREAKFAST 1:

1 large Pancake (here is an example recipe)

4 small slices of uncured, allergy friendly bacon (Natural Choice is what we use),

A few small apple slices and some grapes

 

BREAKFAST 2:

Homemade hash browns (peel and grate a red potato, soak in ice water and a little salt for about 5 minutes, drain, dry off with paper towels, sprinkle with salt & pepper and fry in avocado or canola oil until crispy)

1-2 links of pork sausage (check the ingredients to make sure it is GF, DF, etc. We use Walmart’s Great Value pork links. See pictures here)

A few slices of pear & some blueberries

 

BREAKFAST 3:

1 Grape Muffin (or more, but at least one)

1 big piece of turkey sausage (again, Walmart has an allergy friendly one, see picture here)

1/2 banana & some pieces of avocado

 

BREAKFAST 4:

1 thick slice zucchini bread topped with this mixture: 1/4 a banana, about 1/4 a small avocado, a couple tablespoons or so of cooked pumpkin. Mash them all together and spread on the zucchini bread & drop your child’s favorite fruit on top (my daughter loves blueberries)

1 large piece of turkey sausage

 

BREAKFAST 5:

1 Savory Veggie Waffle (I do Belgian waffles, so 1 is plenty, but more is okay too. My daughter sometimes eats 1 & 1/2 to 2 of them)

3 slices of bacon (you could even break it up and serve on top of the waffle)

A few orange slices & some papaya

 

BREAKFAST 6:

1 Chocolate chip muffin broken into pieces, topped with applesauce, strawberry slices, and orange slices

2 pork sausage links

 

BREAKFAST 7:

1 Cinnamon waffle topped with honey syrup (1 tablespoon honey, 4 frozen blueberries, 1 slice of frozen peach: microwave in a small bowl for 3- seconds, mix, slice fruits into small pieces)

4 slices of bacon, dipped in honey syrup

Fresh sliced peach & some grapes

 

These are examples of breakfasts that I feed my daughter fairly regularly. Obviously, balance out their snacks with what breakfast you feed them. For example: give a chickpea cake slice for snack with Breakfast 3, fruits and grains with Breakfast 5 (the waffles are half veggie), etc. And get creative!

The MOST IMPORTANT tip I can give you is FREEZE the food you make! Muffins, zucchini bread, waffles, bacon.. I freeze everything and just take out one serving at a time and microwave or cook it. That way I have plenty of food options that I don’t have to worry about going bad if we don’t eat them fast enough.

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