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pumpkinmuffinplateI don’t know why I wait for the fall season to make these. They’re always gobbled up quickly! I made these using Namaste Foods Muffin Mix. They always turn out perfectly moist and tasty. Best of all, Namaste mixes never contain wheat, gluten, dairy, casein, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, soy, or potato. They are fabulous for family and friends gatherings or classroom parties with multiple allergies!

We prefer the small mini-muffins at my house, and I now have two Mini Muffin Pans to bake them all quickly. Only 10 minutes of prep, 10 minutes to bake, and they’re done. Great for a quick and filling breakfast!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins (Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free)

Ingredients:

pumpkinmuffinbite2 large eggs
1/4 Cup oil (I use extra light olive oil.)
1/4 to 1/2 Cup water (adjust amount depending on pumpkin puree)
1 tsp vanilla
1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (I used canned.)**
Namaste Foods Muffin Mix
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand.)

Directions:

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  1. Start by preheating your oven to 375º, and preparing Mini Muffin Pan with an oil spray.
  2. Using a hand mixer, combine the eggs, oil, vanilla, pumpkin, and 1/4 cup water.
  3. Add the Muffin Mix along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, and mix well. Adjust the batter by adding more water if needed. The batter will be thick, but it shouldn’t look dry.
  4. Add in the chocolate chips and blend so the chip are evenly dispersed.
  5. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan, about 3/4 full. I like to use a spring-loaded cookie scoop for ease.
  6. Bake at 375º for 10-12 min. I pull the muffins out when the edges just start to brown.

Additional Notes:

  • You may be wondering about what is in Namaste’s Muffin Mix. Ingredients: sweet brown rice, evaporated cane juice, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, rice milk powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and ground vanilla bean.
  • Recipe makes about 40-48 mini-muffins.
  • You can, of course, make these a larger/normal muffin size. To make the larger size, just increase the baking time to 12-15 min. You may want to use a larger chocolate chip size, like Enjoy Life’s Morsels size.
  • You can use 2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

  • For convenience, I prefer to use canned pumpkin instead of fresh. I find that the water content of fresh pumpkin puree can vary greatly. So, if you’re using a pumpkin puree that is very wet, you may not need to add water to the recipe at all.
  • I have also used Namaste Foods Sugar Free Muffin Mix to make these. I simply add 1/2 cup of Coconut Nectar, Honey, or Agave. I’m sure 1/2 Cup sugar would work, too, but I haven’t actually tried it.
  • **I have also made this recipe using a full can (15 oz.) of pumpkin puree. I simply adjust the recipe by reducing the amount of water to no more than 1/4 cup.

*I was not contacted by the company or compensated in any way for this article. I simply wanted to share with you a good gluten-free and dairy-free product that we enjoy at my house.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!

snackbarThere are lots of tasty gluten-free snack bars on the market these days. But, if you don’t like the price, or the extra ingredients that may be in them, consider making your own.

With six simple ingredients, this recipe is easy to adjust to your own taste. I just used up what we had in our pantry. The whole family ate these up in no time. (Chocolate gets them every time!)

Enjoy these for a snack, a quick breakfast on-the-go, a protein burst after school, or even a sweet treat.

Cashew Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Almond Butter (or other nut butter of your choice)
3/4 Cup Honey (or agave)
1-1/2 Cup Cashews (I used roasted but not salted.)
1 Cup Dried Cherries
4 to 5 Cups Gluten-Free Crispy Rice Cereal (Kellogg’s GF Erewhon’s Cereal or EnviroKidz)
3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks (Use Enjoy Life to make it dairy-free.)

Directions:

  1. Combine the almond butter and honey together in a pot over medium heat on the stove. Stir until well blended. Take off the heat and let it cool while you continue with the recipe.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. It doesn’t need to be perfectly lined, it just makes shaping the bars and removing the bars from the pan easier. You can also use a jelly roll pan, or simply a sheet of parchment paper on the counter.
  3. Place the cashews and dried cherries in a food processor, and give it a whirl until they are chopped into pieces. (Or get out a knife and cutting board, and chop by hand.) Pour it all into a large bowl.
  4. Add the cereal and chocolate chunks to the large bowl of ingredients. Then, pour the nut butter/honey mixture on top of the ingredients in the large bowl. Use a spatula to mix all the ingredients together. (If the honey mixture is hot it will melt the chocolate. If you want the chocolate chips to remain as chips, make sure the honey mixture has had enough time to cool.)
  5. Press the mixture into the lined 9 x 13 pan with a spatula, or use a sheet of parchment or wax paper on top and press it with your hands.
  6. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, or place in the refrigerator for an hour to set.
  7. Once set, lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter or large knife to cut the bars into the size and shape you want. Makes 18-24 depending on how you cut them.
  8. To store these yummy treats, wrap the bars in plastic wrap or place in a sealed container. They don’t last longer than a week or two at our house on the counter. If you plan to keep them longer, you may want to store in the refrigerator.

Additional Notes:

  • I’ve made these with a variety of ingredients: almonds, dates, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. Choose your favorites or try a mix of nuts and dried fruit. Macadamia nuts with dried apricots is yummy! I’m trying Sunbutter next.
  • Don’t be afraid to press these into the pan very firmly. They will stay together better if you do.
  • I like to use the mega chocolate chunks because the warm almond butter and honey will partially melt them (as in the picture above).

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!

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HolidayFavesIt’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite things are to cook, bake, and eat during the holidays. Since it is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, please share with us your favorite meals and recipes this season!

Our Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites:

More Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundups:

What are your favorite things for the holidays? The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Christmas/Holiday Favorites.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday —  Eating Out

Tuesday — Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday — Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday — Party Dogs and Chili, leftover rice

Friday — Kimberlee’s Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free substitutes

Saturday — leftovers

Sunday — Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she’s spending too much time cooking these days, so she’s pulling out the slow-cooker to make better use of her time this week. For this week’s menu, she’ll be making Roast Beef with Vegetables, Bratwurst Stew, Sloppy Joes with Nacho Chips, and Paleo Chili with Veggies. She also has Halibut and Stuffed Acorn Squash on her menu, as well as plans for filling the freezer with make-ahead meals.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s menu this week is filled with yummy meals to warm you up this season.  Beef and Veggie Soup, Taco Bowls, BBQ Chicken, Cheeseburger Pasta, Easy Potato Soup, Mexican Burgers, and one night of breakfast for dinner. She also has meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The Baked Oatmeal and Crunchy Chicken Salad got my attention.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is keeping the meals simple for Christmas this year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day. She’s planning quick and simple Cinnamon Buns for breakfast and her favorite Grilled Shrimp (which my family enjoyed, too) for dinner. This week, she’ll be making Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, and Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. The remainder of her meals this week will include Pancakes, Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Lentil Joe’s), Veggie Soup, Pizza, Spiced Salmon, and Smoothies with Popcorn.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela’s Christmas Favorites begin with a variety of cookies. Check out her recipes for Allergen-Free Brownie Bites, Jam-Filled Thumbprints, Russian Tea Cakes, Spritz Cookies, and more. Other holiday favorites at their house include Potato Pudding, Lefse, Swedish “Rye” BreadMaple-Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped SmokiesFresh Spinach SaladChicken (or Turkey) Wild Rice Soup, Dairy-Free Eggnog, and Slow-Cooker, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. For dinner this week, Angela’s family will enjoy Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli, Beef and Butternut Stew, Braised Mediterranean Chicken, and Taco Pizza. Be sure to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week, come back next week to see what gluten-free meals we’re serving when Entertaining Friends and Family.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals to serve when entertaining friends and family.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

Categories : Holidays, Menu Plan
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TurkeyIt’s Turkey Week at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap…and for most of us in the U.S. Most of us will be enjoying roasted turkey for Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.

I think most fresh and frozen turkeys you buy in the grocery stores are now gluten-free, but you should still read the labels! Some turkeys are plumped with broth to make them nice and juicy. Broths can be made with wheat starch, so you still have to be careful which turkey you purchase. In addition, be aware of gravy mixes and pre-made gravies that may contain gluten. I did some research to give you a head start in your search for gluten-free turkeys and gravy recipes this week. Hope it helps you get through the Turkey Week, gluten free and healthy.

Gluten-Free Turkeys to look for in the stores:

Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Recipes:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and turkey inspiration for your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Guacamole

Guacamole

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday —  Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday — Shredded Chicken for tacos or maybe for nachos, Guacamole

Wednesday — Grilled Steaks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini

Thanksgiving Day — I’m taking Ham, Apple Crumb Pie, and Gingersnap Cookies to the family feast!

Friday — Parmesan Tilapia, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday — Pizza and Spinach Salad

Sunday — Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa has a Turkey Meatball Soup on her menu this week. She will be also be taking advantage of Thanksgiving leftovers for Friday’s meal. For the remainder of the week, she and her family will be enjoying Roasted Pork with Apples, Turnips, and Cabbage; Bacon and Butternut Pasta; Chicken Apple Sausage and Kale Soup; Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken, and a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth doesn’t eat meat, so no turkey for her this week. Instead, she’ll be eating Egg Salad, Spicy Shrimp in Saffron Tomato Sauce, Butternut Squash Nuggets, Fish, and Popcorn. For Thanksgiving, Lentil Mushroom Meatballs, Popovers, Mini Pumpkin Pie Shooters, and Apple Chia Seed Jam mini-pies.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Like so many other Americans this week, Kimberlee will be enjoying Turkey on Thanksgiving day. For the rest of the week, her family will be eating BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, loaded Baked Potatoes, Taco Bowls, Spicy Black Beans, and Easy Potato Soup. She’s also sharing a link to her recipe for mini Pumpkin Pies.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the GF Menu Swap this week. 

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us here again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Holiday Cookies, Baked Goods, and/or Treats.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

Categories : Holidays, Menu Plan
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Ghost Meringue CookiesThese Meringue Cookies have become a favorite with family and friends at Halloween parties. I love that they are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free! If you aren’t familiar with meringue cookies: They are light and airy, crispy on the outside, yet a little chewy on the inside.

It has come to my attention that my recipe and directions for making Meringue Cookie Ghosts were not so easy to find. So, here are the recipe and directions for making these cuties. Enjoy!

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Halloween Ghost Meringue Cookies

Ingredients:

2 large egg whites (at room temperature)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional, but adds a nice flavor)
1/2 Cup superfine sugar
handful of mini chocolate chips (I buy Enjoy Life’s Dairy-Free, Nut-Free Chocolate Chips.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200° F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium glass or metal bowl, beat the egg whites until they become foamy little bubbles. Add the cream of tartar and almond extract. Continue beating at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add in the sugar while beating until smooth and glossy, stiff peaks form.
  3. To make the ghosts, I used a piping bag with round tip. (I used Wilton disposable decorating bag and round tip #12.) If you don’t have these, you can simply use a zip-style plastic bag and cut the tip off a corner to squeeze out the meringue. Fill the bag with the meringue and create the ghost in one continuous motion by gently squeezing the meringue out of the bag. Make it quickly to avoid getting the meringue too warm in your hand. There’s no right or wrong way to make a ghost, but I made these by starting with a round mound of meringue for the head. Then, I moved the bag to the left and then the right, forming the arms (if you can call them that). I then finished it off by dragging the bag down and to the right to finish the ghost shape.
  4. Next add the chocolate chips for eyes.
  5. Place the tray of ghosts in the oven and bake for 2 hours.
  6. Let them cool on the cookie sheets.
  7. Place them on a plate to serve, or store in an airtight container.

Additional Notes:

  • This recipe will make 18-24 ghosts, depending on the size you make them.
  • If you have trouble removing the ghosts from the parchment paper, carefully slide a thin, flat knife under them to lift from the paper.

More favorite Holiday Meringue Cookies at Celiac Family:

Snowman Meringues

Snowman Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Christmas Tree Meringues

Meringue Duckies

Meringue Duckies

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