Delicious Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Egg-free Apple Quinoa Muffin Recipe

April 6th, 2010 yum Posted in Baby yum, Baked Goods, Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Muffin, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, apple, low-sugar, tapioca starch free 16 Comments »

As many of you may know, in order to breastfeed my darling Baby Yum I had to go on a rather extreme allergen-free diet, cutting out the obvious (dairy, soy, nuts, eggs) and even the less obvious, like rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.* In the course of trying to figure out how to help my allergic baby, I reached out for advice from communities like la leche league, attending meetings and reading their allergy boards avidly. The latter was especially helpful as I met other Moms who had battled allergies with their own infants and found solutions that worked for them. Thanks to suggestions on this board, I tried digestive enzymes (didn’t work for us), diet modifications, and finally probiotics for her which markedly improved her symptoms and my sanity. While there are many probiotics on the market, we found success with a Klaire infant probiotic free of just about everything from dairy to rice. (Annoyingly, you can only get it through a holistic medical professional, so we went to Whole Child Wellness for this “prescription” as well as some thinking-outside-of-the-box advice.) These resources were all very helpful, but one thing I’ve struggled with is getting the fuel to keep me going that conformed with an everything-free diet. Allergen-free blogs have been helpful, and I’ve enjoyed researching international options like one-flour-ingredient Indian flatbreads (see my sorghum flatbread or millet flatbread recipe), but the same allergy-expert ladies on the La Leche League forums also had some recipes that I have found very useful. Happily, I found one of the best gluten-free, dairy and egg free muffins I’ve ever had thanks to “Shannon75″ on the boards. I had to modify them a little to suit our restrictions, but this recipe is nothing short of a chemical miracle that results in amazing, fluffy, sturdy muffins that taste pretty awesome with a swipe of dairy-free soy-free margarine from Earth Balance and a little local honey. You can even use them as a sandwich base or eat them plain. I’ve made them in regular muffin tins and in mini-muffin tins- they are great either way. These babies don’t need eggs at all- and they beat most egg-free gluten-free muffin recipes hands down. Got any favorite winning gluten-free, egg-free muffin recipes or links? Share them in the comments! Me, baby yum, and my fellow allergen-free readers will thank you!

*Note: I am not a doctor, so this is not medical advice- just the path we chose that worked for us personally.

Quinoa Apple Allergen-free Muffins
1 Cup quinoa flour
1/2 + 1/3 cup arrowroot starch (may replace one portion with an alternate starch such as tapioca, corn, or potato)
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 Cup liquid- (I use 3/4 cup apple juice concentrate with 3/4 cup apple juice to mellow out the strong flavor of the quinoa flour, but you can substitute other juice or water)
1/4 c oil
2 tsp egg replacer

Grease muffin tin with palm oil shortening or other oil. Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk together dry ingredients, and then make a well in the center for the liquid ingredients. Mix all together with a large spoon.

Pour batter into muffin tin and bake for 12 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Thanks to Shannon of the La Leche League forums for providing the template for this recipe, which I modified for our allergies.
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Gluten free Menu of the Week: Sugar-free Vegetarian Caribbean Pineapple BBQ Black Bean Recipe

May 24th, 2009 yum Posted in Soy Free, Vegan, Vegan Lunchbox, Vegetarian, beans, low-sugar 7 Comments »

sammy tahinisammy Pictured are two very different Gluten-Free Sandwiches. Top photo: Bette Hagman French bread with arugula, eggplant baba ghanoush, tahini sauce, and roasted red pepper. Lower photo: Authentic Foods mix oven-baked falafel with organic purple greens sauteed and combined with a tahini sauce in a Chebe flatbread and baba ghanoush.

This week Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu of the Week with an avocado theme. I love avocados so couldn’t be happier about this theme. I use avocados all the time in veggie sandwiches, as a substitute for cheese on pizza (added after pizza is baked), in a tofu breakfast scramble, and in sushi and onigiri (Japanese rice balls.)

From searching online, I found the following interesting ways to use avocado:

A vegan fudge using avocado for the fat in the recipe
Recipes from California Growers of Avocado
Recipes from the Haas Avocado Board

Here’s my menu for this week. You can find more great menus with Org Junkie.

Monday: Italian
Gluten-free Vegetarian Green Veggie Ricotta Lasagna with Homemade pasta

Tuesday: Indian
Dosa with Homemade Indian Soup

Wednesday: South American
Corn-Zucchini Sopes

Thursday: Japanese
Avocado-cream cheese sushi rolls

This week I posted
a whole-grain montina cornbread recipe and a vegan eggplant-tahini-lentil soup recipe

an Apple Pie Crepe Recipe

and the April Adopt-a-gluten-free Blogger Roundup with recipe links

You can still Adopt a gluten-free Blogger, so sign up today!

Cheryl of GF Goodness is also hosting a virtual baby shower with recipes for baby Yum and you are all invited to attend!

Here’s a healthy recipe for baked beans that uses no refined sugar and is naturally sweetened with pineapple, perfect for a summer picnic or healthy side dish at home. Enjoy!

Caribbean Pineapple Black Bean Bake Recipe
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 whole cloves garlic
1/4 fresh pineapple, minced
3/4 fresh red pepper, chopped
smoked paprika for mild or chipotle powder for spicy
salt to taste
1 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or honey for non-vegan)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
a drizzle of lemon olive oil (or normal EV olive oil)

Heat oven to 375F. Heat olive oil in a fry pan and add chopped onion and whole garlic. Sautee until onion begins to turn translucent. Add black beans and half of minced pineapple and sautee for a few minutes. Press remaining pineapple in a lemon press and season with smoked paprika or chipotle and salt. Squeeze lime juice into pan, distribute evenly through ingredients and add tablespoon of agave. Mix and heat for a few more minutes. Then put into a medium baking dish and bake on 375 for 25 minutes.

Combine cilantro, salt and olive oil in a tiny bowl, mixing so elements are evenly distributed.

Take baked beans from oven and sprinkle with cilantro seasoning. Enjoy!

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