Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Nests - gluten free, vegan (top 8 allergen free!)








Hoppy Easter!

This recipe is for the Allergy Free kids in all of us!
Making a novelty Easter treat is nothing but fun and simple.  You can grab the kids to join you because this one just takes a few minutes and even fewer ingredients.  (......my kind of recipe!)

Luckily there are so many great allergy free (pre-made) snacks out there, it makes it simple to improvise this kind of treat.  I love being able to bring my youngest daughter to a Easter Celebration and not have her feel left out with what the non allergy kids get to enjoy.  She may be Autistic, but she certainly knows when she is missing out on fun holiday treats!  The bonus to this is she also can help make such a simple recipe for the special day.

Here's wishing you the most wonderful Easter Holiday!
Family, food, treats and fun!


gluten free, vegan....allergy free


Easter Nests: 
1 regular or mini muffin tin
*makes 4 regular or 6-8 mini  (can double or triple depending of quantity needed)

1 Cup  Rice Cereal   (I used Crunch Ems)
1/4 Cup  Organic Coconut (shredded, sweetened or unsweetened-your choice)
1 tsp.  Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup  Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
2  Vegan Marshmallows
Organic Allergy Free Jelly Beans

Line a muffin tin with plastic wrap and grease (or spray with cooking oil) Set aside.
Place cereal (lightly crushed with fingers) and coconut into a medium bowl and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl; add coconut oil, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Microwave at 50 % power, stirring every 20 seconds until melted and smooth.  Once melted, add to cereal mixture and mix gently until coated.  Press into greased lined muffin tins, top with jelly beans and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!       * store in refrigerator




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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Autism Awareness Month, April 2014!!






Happy Autism Awareness Month to all!

Here at the household we live with Autism each and every day.  We have highs and we have lows, but every day is a new beginning for our family and our daughter who has Autism.

We've made a conscious decision at our home to focus on the positive and know that there is always a tomorrow if it's been "one of those days"!  We are lucky enough to have amazing family (and friends) support, who look at our daughter with loving eyes.  They have embraced our way of life and continue to help us out in times of need.  That ranges from things like babysitting (.....it's care giving with Autism, let's be real!), learning how to cook my daughters allergy free meals to just being a supportive listening ear and so much more.  All of it is big to us.

Fairy Wings and Pixie Dust Cooking and Autism Blog has come about because of my youngest daughters Autism.  When she was first diagnosed and after we started the onslaught of tests needed to start making her feel better internally, we found out it was impossible to include her in family meal times with her massive amount of food allergies.  As a parent you never want your child to feel left out and food was a huge factor.  So I started recreating recipes.  
-Why should she have to miss out on what everyone else was enjoying?  
-Why couldn't everyone, with or without food allergies, enjoy the same food she was now needing to eat?

One of the best parts about cooking is that it is a constant learning process.  You are never done. It keeps your mind going and your creativity engaged.  

It's my passion!

My daughter is no different than any other kid or adult in wanting to enjoy life and all the delicious treats that come along with it.  You shouldn't have to feel like you have to give up taste just because your body rejects certain foods or ingredients.  

I hope you can enjoy some of my recipes or pass them on to someone in need.  
Celebrate someone with Autism by showing your support to them or their family and Light It Up Blue!!


........"Normal is a dryer setting".......embrace diversity







Monday, March 31, 2014

Lemon Tarts - gluten free, vegan (top 8 allergen free)







There is nothing I love more than the change of seasons in beautiful Washington State.  When Spring finally gets here our days our longer, the bulbs are coming up and the trees are blooming.  
Which means it's time to start making Spring-like recipes!  

I will probably be on a lemon recipe roll for the next several months.  I suppose it's the switch over from the heavier type foods from Fall and Winter that Spring recipes sounds so good to me, a little lighter and a little fresher.  With Easter right around the corner, it puts me in a whole new mode of cooking.

These lovely Lemon Tarts are a delicious treat to share at your Easter table.  They are a simplistic dessert, but pack a lot of punch flavor wise.  The filling is combination between a pudding and curd.  I whip the filling before letting it set up, so it gives it a beautiful light texture.  

I just simply topped it with my delicious Coconut Whip Cream recipe and a little powdered sugar, but you could dress these up to your tastes.   The best part about this recipe, is you can premake the shells and filling several days before serving and assemble the day you are going to enjoy them- taking one more "to-do" off your list!


gluten free,vegan......allergy free


Lemon Tarts:

1 recipe Pie Crust (found here) made into tarts size
1 recipe Whipped Coconut Milk (found here)

Lemon Tart Filling:

1 3/4 Cup  Coconut Milk (unsweetened- carton)
3/4 Cup  Organic Sugar
1 tsp.  Crystallized Lemon Powder  (or 2 TB Lemon Juice)
2 1/2 TB  Cornstarch
2 TB  Butter substitute ( I use Earth Balance, soy free)
2 TB  Guar Gum

In small bowl  premix 1/4 cup coconut milk with 1/2 TB cornstarch, set aside.
In a small saucepan add the rest of the coconut milk, sugar, lemon and cornstarch, whisk together until smooth.  Turn on stove to medium heat and whisk continuously until mixture comes to a low boil.  Add in the premixed coconut  milk cornstarch mixture and return to heat and bring again to a low boil.  Remove immediately  from heat and add in butter.  Whisk until completely incorporated, let cool for 30 minutes. Once cooled place into a mixing bowl with whisk attachment.  Add in guar gum and whisk on high for several minutes until light and fluffy.  Store in separate container and refrigerate until set up.

To assemble:  Add desired spoonful to premade pie tart, top with coconut whip cream and sprinkle with powdered sugar.    Enjoy!








This is after the lemon filling set up, but you can see the tiny little
bubbles from whipping it before refrigeration. 




Premade mini pie tarts


Ready to serve!






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Monday, March 24, 2014

Blueberry Lemon Donuts - gluten free & vegan (top 8 allergen free)






Spring is here!  

It's time to welcome in the new season and all the good it brings....
Once we get to Spring I am ready for the onslaught of lemon recipes!  I am lucky enough to have parents who supply me with fresh blueberries every summer, so many in fact, I freeze tons and am able to use them throughout the year.  Lemon and blueberries go hand in hand.

This recipe is easy to make and good enough for breakfast or dessert.  It would make a perfect accompaniment to any Easter Brunch!  You can just double or triple it if serving a crowd.   The blueberries and lemon help give it that fresh taste and different twist.  Baking them makes it ten times easier to do and keeps some of the extra unhealthiness of a regular donut at bay.

I would make and serve these any day before buying pre-made, they are just that easy and good.
I hope your start of Spring is as beautiful as ours is here in the Pacific Northwest!  


gluten free, vegan......allergy free!


Blueberry Lemon Donuts:
1 - 6 hole donut pan or 1 -12 hole mini donut pan

1/2 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  Potato Starch
1/4 tsp.  Xantham Gum
1/2 tsp.  Baking Powder
1/4 tsp.  Baking Soda
1/4 tsp.  Fine Sea Salt
1/8 tsp.  Ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp.  Ground Nutmeg
1/4 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
1/2 Cup  Organic Sugar (your choice)
1/2 TB  Egg Replacer mixed with 2 TB  Rice Milk
1/4 tsp.  Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup + 1/8 Cup  Rice Milk (unsweetened)
Blueberry Preserves or Jelly

Lemon Glaze:

1 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar
2 1/2 TB  Milk substitute ( I use Coconut Milk Unsweetened, carton)
1/4 tsp.  Crystallized Lemon Powder or 1/2 TB  Lemon Juice

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.  Grease donut pans (if needed) and set aside.
In small bowl whisk together brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Set aside.
In mixing bowl with paddle attachment cream together shortening and sugar.  Add in egg replacer mixture, vanilla and rice milk, mix together.  Slowly add in dry flour mixture, scraping down when needed and mix on low until well combined.  Add donut batter to a large zip lock bag and cut the tip off.  Fill donut pan 1/2 to 3/4 full with batter.  Drop (by small spoon-fulls) blueberry preserves on top of batter and swirl in. Bake mini donuts for 10 minutes and regular sized donuts for 15 minutes.  Cool and dip into Lemon Glaze.  Enjoy!

For lemon glaze:  In small bowl add all ingredients and whisk together until fully incorporated.  Dip cooled donuts into glaze.


*makes 6 regular sized donuts or 12 mini donuts


Regular and mini donut pans

I made homemade preserves with 1 cup of frozen blueberries
and 1/4 cup organic raw sugar.  Cooked for 10 minutes over
medium heat and mashed until reduced by at least 1/2.

Once reduced, let cool before adding to top of donut batter.



If you put the batter into a zip lock bag to fill the pans, it makes for less
mess and a more accurate fill.

Fill them 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Drop preserves on top and swirl in with a spoon or fork.



Dip the cooled baked donut right into the Lemon Glaze!

Done!




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Monday, March 17, 2014

Waffle Sticks - gluten free/vegan (top 8 allergen free)





If you have a waffle stick maker or just a plain waffle maker, you will love the simplicity of this one bowl recipe.  

Easy enough to whip up quickly in the morning or premix and store in the fridge for several days, until ready to use.  (I usually always have a pancake or waffle mix premade in the fridge so I can make a quick breakfast or anytime snack when needed)

In the waffle maker these turn out crispy on the outside but still soft in the center just like a batter that has whipped egg whites in it.  My daughter loves them with tahini and jelly on top, but the toppings are all up to you!  


gluten free/vegan.....allergy free


Waffle Sticks:

1 1/2 TB  Egg Replacer mixed with 1/4 Cup  Milk Substitute (I used Coconut Milk-unsweetened/carton)
1/4 Cup  Oil of choice ( I used melted Coconut Oil)
1/4 Cup  Organic Sugar of choice ( I use Coconut Palm or Organic Cane)
1/2 tsp.  Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup  Milk Substitute ( I use Rice Milk- unsweetened)
3/4 Cup  Water
1 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Potato Starch
1/4 Cup  Tapioca Starch
1/4 tsp.  Xantham Gum
1/2 TB  Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.  Baking Soda
1/2 tsp.  Sea Salt

In a medium size bowl whisk together egg replacer mixture, oil, sugar, vanilla, milk and water.  Once combined add in brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk everything together until smooth and well mixed.  Grease waffle stick maker well before adding batter.  Cook according to manufactures instructions.   Enjoy!


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Jelly Donut Muffins- Gluten Free & Vegan (Top 8 Allergen Free)









If you are ever on Pinterest like me, you've probably seen pictures for the Donut Muffins.  
A delicious combo of a donut and a muffin!
   
I have always wanted to make a allergy free jelly filled donut, but I'm really not into taking the time to figure it out right now!  Having it in muffin form helps take away the yeast and deep frying aspect of that type of donut and makes for a much quicker and healthy option if you are craving the flavor!

This recipe will give you the taste of a donut with the nutmeg and cinnamon and the tender bite that they normally have.  I couldn't decide on just one preserve so I used a strawberry and blueberry- you could even try some allergy free chocolate chips in the middle if you want to kick it up a notch!  You can sprinkle the tops with the powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar if you like, but are just fine without if you aren't wanting the extra sugar kick!  

At some point I will put the time in and figure out a gluten free, vegan, allergy free...etc...jelly filled donut, but for now this recipe hits the spot!

These are a big hit at home and simple to make, I hope you enjoy them as we do!


gluten free/vegan....allergy free


Jelly Donut Muffins:
paper lined muffin tin


3/4 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  Potato Starch
1/4 Cup  Tapioca Starch
1/4 tsp.  Xantham Gum
1 1/2 tsp.  Baking Powder
1/2 tsp.  Fine Sea Salt
1/4 tsp.  Ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp.  Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Cup  Organic Raw Sugar or Coconut Palm Sugar
1/3 Cup  Oil (your choice)
1 1/2 tsp.  Egg Replacer mixed with 1 TB Oil (your choice) and 1 TB Milk Substitute (I used Rice)             1 Cup  Milk Substitute (I used Rice Milk unsweetened)
1/8 tsp.  Crystallized Lemon Powder (or 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice)
1 tsp.  Organic Pure Vanilla Extract

Jam or Preserves
Organic Powdered Sugar and/or Cinnamon Sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
In a small bowl whisk together brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xantham gum, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In another small bowl stir together milk substitute and lemon, set aside.
In bowl with paddle attachment add sugar, oil, egg replacer mixture and vanilla.  Mix on medium until blended together.  Next add in 1/2 of the "milk" mixture and 1/2 of the flour mixture.  Mix on low, scraping down when needed until incorporated.  Add in the rest of the milk mixture and flour mixture and mix on medium low until blended.  Fill muffin pan with 1 TB of batter, add 1/2 TB of jelly or preserves of choice and top with remaining batter (about 1 1/2 TB each).  Bake 18- 20 minutes until done or a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 5 to 10 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!



The batter is a lot like a pancake batter consistency wise
 

Adding the preserves and topping with remaining batter


Fresh out of the oven


Lots of powdered sugar!




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Monday, February 24, 2014

Chocolate Chip S'more Cookies- gluten free & vegan (top 8 allergen free)





I know it's the dead of winter....it's freezing, dark and either raining or snowing for most of the country.  But it's also the time of year we (my family) starts pre-planning for our camping season ahead.  Believe it or not, we need to reserve camp sites this early in the year to be guaranteed a spot come summer!  

Camping is one of our joys in life for our family.  For some amazing reason, my youngest daughter who's Autism wrestles her body every day, comes alive!  I believe it's the combination of being in so much fresh air, being in tight quarters as a family, having no demanded expectations (school, speech, chores etc.), simple foods and lots of outdoor activities.  It's like the bricks are lifted from her shoulders when we camp.  

Making the reservations for sites this early made me think of s'mores over the campfire and what different ways to incorporate those flavors.  Both my daughters are so-so on graham crackers, so I left that "flavor" out.  Instead I used chocolate chip cookies!  

These are great anytime of the year of course, but would be great to have for your camping or backyard camp fires.  Both of my girls would rather put sticks in the fire and burn them, then cook a marshmallow over it.  So this way they can enjoy their cookie s'more and burn up their sticks all at the same time!




gluten free/vegan....allergy free



Chocolate Chip S'more Cookie:
parchment lined cookie sheet(s)
Qty.  23 (large three inch cookies)

1 Cup  White Rice Flour
3/4 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Tapioca Starch
1/4 Cup  Potato Starch
1 tsp.  Xantham Gum
1 tsp.  Baking Soda
1/2 tsp.  Fine Sea Salt
1/2 Cup  Butter Substitute ( I use Earth Balance Spread -soy free)
1/4 Cup  Spectrum Shortening (plain or butter flavor)
1 TB  Egg Substitute mixed w/  1/4 Cup milk substitute ( I used Coconut Milk -carton)
1/2 Cup  Organic Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup  Organic Brown Sugar
2 tsp.  Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
1/8 Cup  Milk Substitute ( I used Coconut Milk - carton)
1 Cup  Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

23 Allergy Free Marshmallows
1/4 Cup  Coconut Oil (melted)
1 1/2 TB  Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 370 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper, set aside.
In a small bowl combine, white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, xantham gum, baking soda and salt.  In large mixing bowl with paddle attachment cream "butter", shortening, egg substitute mixture, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and coconut milk.  Once combined add in slowly, flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Add in chocolate chips and mix on low until incorporated.  Place cookie dough onto pans with large spoon.  Bake 8 minutes,remove from oven and "squish" marshmallows on top of 1/2 cooked dough and place back into oven and bake for a additional 7 minutes.  Cool.  Mix into small bowl, melted coconut oil, cocoa powder and powdered sugar.  Drizzle onto cooled cookies.  Chocolate  drizzle will "set" once it cools.  Enjoy!



Place dough on parchment lined cookie sheet



Squish marshmallows on half baked cookies and place back in oven



Fresh out of the oven-once cooled the marshmallows will "sink" and
become chewy in texture


Drizzled with coconut oil chocolate



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