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

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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16 Responses to “Delicious Gluten-free, Dairy-free and Egg-free Apple Quinoa Muffin Recipe”

  1. Wow, these sound and look great! I want to try them!

  2. Valerie (m.) Says:

    Those look gorgeous!!

    I wish La Leche League had had discussion boards back when I was trying to figure out why my baby daughter was vomiting all the time. Though I guess LLL did help with that — it was at a local LLL meeting that the moms there told me that my baby’s problem was a dairy allergy — and they were correct. But still, I’ve had a lot of times when an allergy discussion board would have come in handy. I’m glad to know that they now exist.

  3. These look wonderful Sea. Can’t wait to try them!

  4. look tasty! Glad to hear you’re getting into the swing of things. most of my recipes are most-things free, but I’ve never ventured into muffin-land–I’ve never really liked them.

  5. I can completely relate! Although my baby is almost 13 now, I did breastfeed him for 23 months. I figured out about 2 weeks into it that he was allergic to dairy, so dairy free I stayed till he weened.
    I was also a leader for LLL. I totaly enjoyed being part of that community and helping other mothers. So I say “Great Job”! Many other mothers would not have been so commited to giving their babies the best.

  6. jenn faber Says:

    I enjoy your recipes and am glad I have found this website. I, too, have problems with potatoes and am just curious about the egg replacer you used for this recipe. The egg replacer I have found at the store contains potato starch, so I can’t have it. Are you using flax gel then?

  7. Hi Jenn,
    Thanks for coming by! Good catch- I’m avoiding any substantial amounts of potato, tapioca starch and corn BUT I am using the Ener-g Foods Egg Replacer which contains small amounts of all three. The tapioca bothers me in large amounts, and the potato and corn are things I cut back on to err on the side of caution for Baby Yum. I have not been pleased with results from flax gel so I don’t tend to use it. It could be tried in my french bread recipe but I’m not entirely sure how it would work out here. One egg sub I’m interested in trying is Pectin, but I haven’t had time to research it… Anyway, long story short, this recipe isn’t great for someone highly sensitive to potato… If you have any ideas for a substitute ingredient I’d love to hear it! I have a very good friend who is gluten, dairy and potato free so I find that when I bake for her these days I pretty much have to bake separate recipes because she can have egg and I can’t… Baby Yum does react to eggs, alas. Anyway hope this helps explain the recipe… I don’t give it a “potato-free” tag for this reason.


  8. These sound yummy! I can’t wait to try them! but I ws wondering about the Egg replacer… I can have egg and was wondering if I use real eggs, how much would I use for this recipe???

  9. Good for you for keeping up with your modified diet so you can continue to bf your sweet wee one. I can’t tell you how many peds told me I’d have to put my baby on formula because there was no way I could modify my diet enough for her health and mine. Good thing I was smarter and did my own research. The good news is, she did grow out of many of the allergies. Not the gluten of course. We found that she can now tolerate goat and sheep products as well as eggs, so there is hope!

    Give Baby Yum and extra snuggle from all of us here.

  10. These look great! I’ll have to put these on my list of recipes to try.

  11. Hi Jessica,
    That is a very interesting question. The recipe was developed to be egg free, with extra baking powder and soda to compensate for the absence. You could try one egg and decreasing liquid by 2 tbsp, but I can’t promise it will work. If it were me, I’d probably either follow the recipe as written egg-free (egg replacer is a great addition to gluten-free baking even with eggs so if you’re a GF baker you probably want some anyway- Bette Hagman often adds it to her bread recipes) OR find another basic muffin recipe (Even a gluten one) that uses eggs, sub the quinoa/arrowroot blend for flour, add the xanthan gum, and sub apple juice concentrate + apple juice for the liquid. Hope this helps! I’d love it if you’d report back and tell me what you did. :)


  12. Thank you! I can’t wait to try!!!! I will definitly report back!!! =D

  13. I’m new to this site, and I have a question I’m hoping someone might be able to help me out on. I strongly suspect that my 8 month old has multiple food allergies. For those of you who are ‘in the same boat’ how did you find out for sure that your baby had food allergies, and how did you know specifically which foods they were allergic to? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

  14. Hi Katie,
    From my understanding there are two main ways that babies manifest allergy- either in abnormal poop or with skin eczema. We had a “gut” reaction (the poop) since she was very little, possibly partially due to her being bombarded with antibiotics in NICU after I had a C-section. (my theory since probiotics helped us SO MUCH.) I wouldn’t see allergies as a cause of every possible fussy night or anything- but if you have one of the two issues I mentioned above, you might try allergy testing which starts being helpful around this age. Baby Yum will have allergy testing soon and I hope it will help pinpoint any additional problems with my diet or hers. We could tell severe reactions and pinpoint some allergies with a food diary, but there are many things I’m not sure about.

    Hope this helps.

  15. Hi

    rather than have to go through a health professional for Klair products, I have purchased Klaire products directly from this website, Here’s the link to the infant probiotic product you mentioned:

    Hope this helps! And yes, these muffins look YUMMY!

    Syracuse, NY

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