Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fruit and Veggie Muffins with Pineapple Glaze

Getting fruit and vegetables into my youngest, who has Autism, can be quite the struggle.  I've come to learn that the only tried and true way of getting healthy food into her is to chop it down to a smoothie-like texture and then put it into another food she likes!  There is no rule of thumb when it comes to Autism.  One day she loves apples or bananas and the next she can't stand the taste or texture of them.  It is ever changing.  You learn quickly to take a big breath and try something else.  I had to actually cut her off at eating just three of these today, which made me smile!  It is pure joy to see her enjoying food instead of fussing over it.  
These are a very quick and easy muffin to make I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

gf/df/nf/soy free/vegan

Fruit and Veggie Muffins with Pineapple Glaze:
Oven 350 degrees
Cupcake pan with 12 liners

2 Cups  Brown Rice Flour
3/4 Cups  White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Potato Starch
1 1/2 tsp  Xantham Gum
1/2 tsp  Sea Salt
2 tsp  Baking Powder
1 tsp  Baking Soda
1/2 TB  Cinnamon (ground)
1/2 Cup  Rice Milk (warmed)
1   Carrot, large -peeled
1/2  Banana
1/4  Zucchini -peeled
2  Pineapple rings
2 TB  Egg Replacer mixed with 6 TB of Rice Milk
1/2 Cup  Organic Brown Sugar or Palm Sugar
3/4 Cups  Canola Oil
1 tsp  Pure Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup  Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.  Set aside.
In mini chopper add peeled carrot, banana, peeled zucchini and pineapple slices and puree until smooth.  Add pureed mixture to large mixing bowl.  Add to that egg substitute mixture, brown sugar, canola oil and vanilla. Mix on low until well blended.  1-2 minutes.  Add brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, xantham gum, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and (warmed) rice milk.  Mix on medium speed about 2-3 minutes until well blended.  Add in chocolate chips.  Divide evenly into pan.  Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely.

Pineapple Glaze:

1 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar
2 TB  Pineapple Juice

In small bowl add powdered sugar and pineapple juice and wisk until smooth.  Drizzle over cooled muffins.  Enjoy!

Also shared at:Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hawaiian Wedding Cake

Have you ever heard of Hawaiian Wedding Cake?  
I hadn't!  But after reading all the different versions of this cake, it made me want to recreate it allergy free.  Since we are right on the cusp of Spring, this should  fit nicely with the weather we wish we were having!    It is a light, tasty and very simple cake to make.  The traditional icing is cream cheese style.  But since we can't do dairy or soy in our home, I decided to make a coconut cream icing instead.  I think it works nicely with the pineapple, banana and hazelnuts in this recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

gf/df/sf vegan

Hawaiian Wedding Cake:
Oven 350 degrees
9 X 13 pan, parchment lined

1 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Potato Starch
1/4 Cup  Corn Starch
1 1/2 tsp  Xantham Gum
1 tsp  Baking Powder
1/2 tsp  Baking Soda
1 - 20 oz. can  Pineapple Chunks
1 Cup  Hazelnuts, chopped
1 large Banana
1 TB  Egg Replacer (mixed w/ 1/4 cup milk substitute)
1/2 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
1 Cup  Organic Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup reserved Pineapple juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper.
Open and drain pineapple chunks, reserving the extra liquid for the cake recipe and icing recipe.
In a large mixing bowl, add egg replacer mixture, spectrum shortening and brown sugar.  Cream on medium speed about 2-3 minutes until will mixed.  Add in whole banana and mix on medium speed until broken up and well blended about 30 seconds.  Add in drained pineapple chunks and mix another 30 seconds on medium speed until well blended.  Add in brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 cup reserved pineapple juice and hazelnuts.  Mix on low for 2-3 minutes scraping down as needed.  Pour into prepared pan and place in 350 degree oven for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely before icing.

Coconut Cream Icing:

1/2 Cup  Coconut Butter (softened)
1/2 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
1/4 Cup  Butter Substitute- we use Earth Balance soy free
pinch of salt
4 Cups  Organic Powdered Sugar
6 tsp  Pineapple juice (reserved)
4 TB  Coconut Milk (carton)

In large mixing bowl add coconut butter, spectrum, butter substitute and pinch of salt.  Cream on medium-high speed until well blended.  Add in organic powdered sugar, reserved pineapple juice and coconut milk.  Mix on medium high about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.  Ice cake!  This icing is always better at room temperature, so remember if you refrigerate the iced cake, always let it "rest" to room temp before eating.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes- gluten free/vegan/top 8 allergen free

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish... You’re lucky enough!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here is my take on a chocolate mint dessert for the holiday.  It consists of a a chocolate chip cupcake, topped with a creamy vanilla buttercream and drizzled with a chocolate mint "magic shell".  It is divine.  

I would have loved the buttercream to be a beautiful green, but as you can tell by the picture, the green is more of a moss color!   That's what happens when you use natural food coloring, so I decided to just let the buttercream be.  And after eating one, having the color  the perfect shade of green didn't matter to me at all.......

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

Chocolate Chip Cupcake:
Oven 350 degrees
12 cup cupcake pan with liners

3/4 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Potato Starch
1/2 tsp  Xantham Gum
1 Cup  Organic Sugar
1 tsp.  Baking Soda
1/4 tsp.  Sea Salt
3 TB  Cocoa Powder
6 TB  Canola Oil
1 tsp  Vanilla Extract
2 TB  Applecider Vinegar
1 Cup  Coffee (hot)  I used decaf.
1/2 Cup  Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life)

In a large mixing bowl, sift all dry ingredients into bowl.  Mix on low to combine well.  Add in canola oil, vanilla extract, applecider vinegar and hot coffee.  Mix well on medium speed, scraping down when needed.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Divide evenly into a 12 lined cupcake pan.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Set aside and cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream:

1/4 + 1/8 Cup  "Butter" (we use Earth Balance soy free)
1/4 + 1/8 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
pinch of salt
2 1/4 Cups  Organic Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 TB  Coconut Milk (carton) or milk substitute
1 tsp  Vanilla Extract
Natural Green Food coloring (if desired) 

Add butter, shortening and salt into large mixing bowl and mix on medium until well blended and soft.  Add in powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract and mix on low until blended than medium until fluffy.  About 2-3 minutes.  Add natural food coloring if desired and mix until blended.  Set aside.

Chocolate Mint "Magic Shell"

1/2 Cup  Coconut Oil (melted)
1/4 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar
3 tsp  Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp  Mint Extract (or more if you like a stronger mint taste)

Add all ingredients into a small bowl and by hand until smooth.  It will be pourable.  Set aside.


Once the cupcakes have cooled completely, pipe on vanilla buttercream to a tall peak.  Put the iced cupcakes into refrigerator for about 1 hour to "set" the buttercream.  Once the frosting has set, take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate mint "magic shell" over the top of the cupcake.  The "shell" will set up fairly instantly.  At this point let the cupcakes sit until the frosting has a chance to come back up to room temperature.  The "magic shell" will stay firm and the cupcake is much more delicious to eat with a soft buttercream!  Enjoy!

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May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks,
May your heart be as light as a song,
May each day bring you bright, happy hours,
That stay with you all the year long.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cinnamon Roll Bread

If you love cinnamon rolls then you will love this recipe!  It is a take-off of a recipe from one of my most favorite blogs, The Pioneer Women.  Even though all her food is made with most everything my youngest daughter is allergic too,  I find her blog inspiring, funny and beautifully photographed.  I changed most all of the ingredients but the basic idea still worked well with all the replacements.  Once it came out of the oven, I was lucky to get pictures of it since it disappeared instantly!  


Cinnamon Roll Bread:

1 Cup  Coconut Milk
1/4 Cup  Canola Oil
1/4 Cup  Raw Sugar
1 1/8 tsp  Active Dry Yeast

1/2 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/2 Cup  Corn Starch
1/2 Cup  Potato Starch
1 tsp  Xantham Gum

Additional Flour:
1/8 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/8 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/8 Cup  Corn Starch
1/8 Cup  Potato Starch
1/8 tsp  Xantham Gum

1/4 tsp  Baking Powder
1/4 tsp  Baking Soda
1 tsp  Sea Salt

1/2 Cup  Butter, melted (we use Earth Balance)
3/4 Cup  Sugar ( I used 1/2 Cup Raw and 1/4 Cup Coconut Palm)
1 1/2 TB  Cinnamon, ground

1/2 Cup  Organic Powdered Sugar
1 TB  Butter, melted (we use Earth Balance)
1 TB  Maple Syrup
1 TB  Coconut Milk

Turn oven onto 200 degrees.  Once it reaches that temperature, turn off.  Grease a bread loaf pan, set aside.  Heat coconut milk, canola oil and sugar to 110 degrees (I used a glass bowl, microwave and instant thermometer)  Add in yeast and stir until combined.  Put mixture into large mixing bowl and sift in the 1/2 cup measurements of brown rice, white rice, corn starch, potato starch and 1 tsp xantham gum.  Mix on low for about 2 minutes.  Remove bowl from mixer and cover with plastic wrap and place into the warmed oven for 1 hour.  After the dough has risen for 1 hour, remove and sift in the additional 1/8 cup measurements of brown rice, white rice, corn starch, potato starch, 1/8 tsp xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.  Mix on low until combined.  Refrigerate 30 minutes.  Reheat oven to 200 degrees and turn off once it reaches that temperature.  Remove dough and roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle.  Spread with the melted 1/2 cup "butter" and sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon.  Cut into 4 long strips, then lay each strip on top of each other (you'll need a spatula or scraper to  help since the dough is quite soft)  Then cut that into 5-6 slices and lay all the pieces upright into the greased loaf pan.  Place into warmed oven and let rise for 30 minutes.  Once risen remove and turn oven on to 350 degrees.  Place a foil tent over the top and place in oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove foil after 10 minutes and bake for a additional 15 to 20 minutes until done.  Mix the topping ingredients together; powdered sugar, melted "butter", maple syrup and coconut milk and pour over warm bread.  Once cooled, enjoy!

This recipe was shared with Allergy Free Wednesday