Monday, May 19, 2014

Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes- gluten free, vegan & top 8 allergen free!

This basic pancake recipe is my "go-to" recipe for my youngest daughter.  I double it and keep it in the refrigerator at all time.  It's been a time saver for mornings or even late night snacks.  I use the pancake mix not just for pancakes but for sandwich "buns" also.  And it is always with us when we travel!

This is a one-bowl recipe, so get ready for easy!  

I thought we would try kicking it up a notch by adding some chocolate chips and coconut, just for a special treat!  The flavor combination turned out delicious and fun to create.  

I toasted the coconut just to add a little "crunch" factor, but you don't need to if you want to cut down on the prep time.   Or you could leave it out all together if your not a coconut fan and just stick to the chocolate chips.  

This would be perfect on a lazy Sunday morning or enjoying the coming holiday weekend with family!  My girls request breakfast-for-dinner all the time, and this will make a good addition with a different twist.  

gluten free, vegan and top 8 allergen free

Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes:
Makes 10 regular sized pancakes or 20 dollar pancakes

1/2 Cup  Brown Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  White Rice Flour
1/4 Cup  Potato Starch
1/8 Cup  Tapioca Starch
1/8 tsp.  Xantham Gum
1/4 TB  Baking Powder
1/4 tsp.  Baking Soda
1/2 tsp.  Salt
1/4 Cup  Organic Applesauce
3/4 TB  Egg Replacer
1/8 Cup  Oil (your choice)
1/8 Cup  Organic Sugar/Sweetener (your choice)
1/2 tsp.  Organic Pure Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste
1/2 Cup  Milk Substitute (your choice)
1/2 Cup  Water
1/4 plus 1/8 Cup  Allergy Free Chocolate Chips
1/4 plus 1/8 Cup  Organic Coconut (plain or toasted, sweetened or unsweetened)

In large bowl add in applesauce and egg replacer, whisk by hand until smooth.  Add to bowl, oil, sugar, vanilla, milk substitute and water.  Whisk until combined.  Then add in brown rice flour, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Whisk until smooth and combined.  Add in chocolate chips and coconut.  Stir gently together and cook on preheated oiled skillet. (1/4 Cup of batter will make about 10 large pancakes or 1/8 cup of batter will make about 20 dollar sized pancakes)  Add toppings of choice and enjoy!

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Cooking on a oiled hot skillet, only flip once the pancake is
covered in "bubbles"


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Monday, May 12, 2014

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Butter Cream - gluten free, vegan and top 8 allergen free

This recipe was made just for me!
I did share, of course, but when it's Mother's Day (or my birthday) I make exactly what I want.  So even though this is after the fact of Mom's Day,  I'm still enjoying the leftovers.   

It's quite a simple combination of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla bean.  The reason I love this recipe so much is that you can taste each distinct flavor when enjoying it!  I made the butter cream with Pure Vanilla Bean Paste that I've had, but have been waiting to use for something special.  It's a wonderful product.  The flavor is much stronger than pure vanilla extract and it has the tiny vanilla bean dots adding to a beautiful presentation.  

The double chocolate cupcake recipe is really simple to make.  It's a recipe that has been in our family for years and we have always used it when needing to avoid eggs- this was before there was ever the egg substitute products that are out on the market now.  It seems to be a pretty no fail recipe.  I've done dozens of chocolate cake recipes but always end up going back to this one.  

For the strawberry middle, I choose to use a store bought (allergy free) fruit sweetened jam.  You could certainly make your own strawberry filling with fresh berries, sugar and a little water, but it was Mothers Day so I went the easy route!   

It's the simple pleasures that always end up being the best, enjoy!

gluten free, 8 allergen free

Double Chocolate Cupcakes:
Makes 10-12 cupcakes

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.  Salt
3 TB  Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
6 TB  Oil  (Canola, Coconut or your choice)
1 tsp.  Pure Vanilla Extract
2 TB  Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Cup  Coffee (regular or decaf , warm)
1/2 Cup  Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Line a cupcake tin with 10 to 12 paper liners.
In small bowl whisk together white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, xantham gum, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.  Add in oil, vanilla extract, vinegar, coffee and chocolate chips.  Stir until well mixed.  Fill lined cupcake tins with batter 1/2 to 3/4 full.  Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely before filling with jam and topping with butter cream.


1 Cup  Strawberry Jam

Vanilla Bean Butter Cream:

3/4 Cup Butter Substitute ( I use Earth Balance Soy free Sticks)
3/4 Cup  Spectrum Shortening
dash of salt
4 1/2 Cups  Organic Powdered Sugar
2-3 TB  Milk Substitute ( I use Coconut Milk, carton)
2 tsp.  Pure Vanilla Bean Paste  (or Pure Vanilla Extract)

In mixing bowl with paddle attachment, add butter, shortening and dash of salt.  Mix on medium high until soft and completely combined.  Add in powdered sugar, milk substitute and vanilla bean paste.  Mix on medium high until fluffy.  About 2 minutes, scraping down when needed.  Place in piping bag.

* To assemble cut "v" shaped top out of cooled cupcake, save.  Add spoonful of jam, place cupcake top back on, trimming off extra of top if needed.  Pipe on butter cream.  Enjoy!

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