pannenkoeken

We have very unique recipes in my family.  Recipes I used to think of as “normal” but not ones that many other people would eat on a regular basis.  Johnny Cake (aka a sweeter cornbread) with baked beans + hot dogs, crazy pancakes (might have to re-create this at some point), Hungarian Goulash, Chipped Beef on Toast with peas… I could go on but I’ll refrain.  When my sister and I were no longer little kids, she took over most of the cooking so a lot of what we had eaten when we were younger mostly went away.  We would have something every once in awhile, but it was not a common occurrence.  One thing that continued to stay around throughout life was Pannenkoeken (I think that’s how you spell it?).  We would often have it after church when we were visiting the grandparents.  Grandpa would slice up a bunch of apples, cook them with a whole stick of butter, and then top it with an eggy, cakey topping.  All topped off with cinnamon, sugar, and of course maple syrup!  (Just hopefully not the water + maple extract that was once served… don’t ask) Last Saturday was our first trip to the apple orchard so naturally we were thinking of something to cook for breakfast with apples!  Luckily, my sister had a good memory and thought of the delicious pannenkoeken of yesteryear.  One major change was no gluten and way less butter (or butter substitute).  We also made it in four individual dishes from Crate&Barrel, but you could easily make it in a 9×13″ baking pan.

Pannenkoeken

  • 4t butter (or equivalent)
  • 2-3 apples
  • cinnamon (+sugar if you wish)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 c millet flour
  • 3/4 c sorghum flour
  • optional toppings: cinnamon+sugar, maple syrup, powdered sugar
1.  Preheat the oven to 425′.
2. Place 1t of butter per dish and place in the oven to melt.
3. Core and slice the apples and layer on the bottom of the dish.  Sprinkle with cinnamon+sugar (or just cinnamon) and ~1t water and bake for 10 minutes.
4. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over the partially cooked apples.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
6. Top with the toppings of your choice!
This recipe really brought me back.  I did not think it was actually going to be similar to what I had been used to, but it really was.  The cooked apples in the bottom make the entire thing so flavorful and delicious, and I think apples and maple syrup is one of my favorite combinations!  We each ate one of these for breakfast on Sunday morning and then heated up the other ones in the oven on Monday morning as a special Monday treat!

It’s so nice knowing that I don’t have to feel deprived from family memories revolving around food.  Although I’ll have to work on my grandma’s sugar cookie cutout recipes before Christmas!  Not sure how I’m going to survive without hers… ;).

bittersweet

Today is bittersweet.  It’s the end of my summer “vacation”.  Tomorrow, I start my new job and my weeks will become extremely busy.  Going from zero hours of work per week to 40 is going to be quite the adjustment, both for me and this little guy.

He’s gotten quite clingy to me since I have been home a lot with him this summer, something he has not been used to for quite a few years.  Hopefully he’ll just nap all day and barely miss me, although I might have to put up with some sad eyes in the morning.

I digress.  Even though this day is bittersweet in the sense that all my weekdays will no longer feel like weekends, my weekends will now be all the more relaxing since it will definitely be a change to my weekly routine.  Plus, I am excited for my new job to start, although I am extremely nervous as well for the unknown and of having to learn a lot of new things.  And the pressure of this being a real position – hopefully it can all come naturally and not too much thrown at me right off the bat!

Well, as this marks the unofficial end to my summer, of course I would spend some of it in the kitchen!  Kinley, Crosby and I were headed to go sailing on Lake Michigan this afternoon with Mom and Dad, but the darn weather did not look like it was going to cooperate so we ended up turning around.  But even though the weather decided not to cooperate, at least these chocolate muffins did!  I found a recipe on the blog, Cookie Madness, and adapted it to be gluten free.  I also took out the chocolate chips called for in the recipe to try and make these not-so guilty!

Gluten Free + Vegan Chocolate Muffins

  • 3/4 c sorghum flour
  • 1/2 c millet flour
  • 3/4t xanthan gum
  • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/4c -1/2c maple syrup*
  • 3/4c non-dairy milk
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • 1T unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 1T grapeseed or vegetable oil

*I used 1/4c of maple syrup in the recipe and thought it was a nice level of sweetness, but it you generally like muffins and baked goods sweeter you can up the syrup quantity.

1. Preheat your oven to 350′.

2. Sift together the flours, cocoa powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

3. Mix the maple syrup, milk, vanilla extract, applesauce and oil.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until fully incorporated.

5. Spoon into roughly 9 cupcake wrappers and bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Packing these for with my lunch will definitely help me get through my 8 hour work days!  These are fantastic as-is, but I think you could even pass these as a cupcake with adding chocolate chips in the batter.  A nice topping of a spoonful of either coconut butter or almond butter couldn’t hurt a thing either :).

pre-race fuel

I do not have a long history with running, as I have said before.  It is relatively new in my life and I am still trying to figure out how to best fuel my body for short and (more importantly) long runs.  I obviously know pasta is a huge tradition for pre-race dinners.  Spaghetti nights being very common the night before a long run or race.  But since recently eliminating gluten from my diet, it has become harder to fill my meals up with carbs.  I used to eat a sandwich every day, something that I rarely have since the bread I now buy is more expensive than my previous gluten-filled sprouted wheat bread.

A simple carbo-loading night is now not quite as simple.  No plain spaghetti for us.  So when Kinley was gearing up to run in the Summerfest 1/2 marathon, we had to think of something that would help her get through her run.  What did we end up with?  Pancakes!

We had somewhat of a pancake party as my friend, Ashley, was spending the night.  She brought her own mix, but Kinley whipped up a delicious recipe we have been using that was inspired by the recipe Weekend Pancakes Made Easy in the cookbook, Vegan Yum Yum.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes (the picture above is actually a triple recipe, so don’t be concerned when you don’t make a pile of pancakes with the below measurements 😉 )

makes 2-3 servings

  • 1 c oat flour
  • 1/3c millet flour
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1t cinnamon
  • 2T ground flax
  • 1cup non-dairy milk (plus more milk or water if needed to thin out batter)
  • 2T unsweetened applesauce
  • 1t vanilla

1. Whisk together the flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and flax.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce and vanilla.

3. Mix the wet ingredients to the dry and add more liquid if necessary.

4. Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until golden brown on the one side, flip and cook the other side to golden-brown as well.

*It also works to keep cooked pancakes in a 250* preheated oven if you wanted to make up the whole batch before serving!

I love my pancakes topped with banana, almond butter, coconut butter and of course pure maple syrup – but use any of your favorite toppings (or mix-ins!).

These definitely helped Kinley carbo-load for her race!

betty, who?

There are few things I make or bake repeatedly.  I usually like to shake things up to try out new recipes and ideas.  There are only a handful of recipes I would ever repeat, and now with my gluten intolerance rising, I will most likely never be able to make my most beloved recipes again… Well, the exact recipes I initially fell in love with anyways.

I remember the recipe for French Breakfast Puffs from Betty Crocker as a often-repeated recipe, going all the way back to childhood.  It’s actually in my mom’s red Betty Crocker cookbook she received for her wedding many years before I even made an appearance.  It was always a favorite, especially the end part where my sister and I got to dunk the tops of the muffins in butter and cinnamon sugar.  I thought it was about time to make this recipe again, and did my best to replicate it while making it gluten free and dairy free.  Perfect for any time of the day.

Gluten Free & Dairy Free French Breakfast Puffs adapted from Betty Crocker
makes 10 muffins 

  • 1/3c unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 2T sucanat (SUcre CAnne NATurel aka sugar cane in its most natural form)
  • 1 egg (or flax egg)
  • 3/4 c millet flour
  • 3/4 c sorghum flour
  • 3/4 t xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

1. Mix together the applesauce, sucanat and egg.

2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl.

3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet, alternating with the almond milk.

4. Scoop into a sprayed (or lined) muffin pan and bake at 350* for 20-22 minutes.

5. Allow to cool slightly (or completely) before coating.

  • 3T sucanat
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2T earth balance

*The topping measurements can be doubled if you prefer.  It also depends on how much of the muffin you dip and how many muffins your recipe makes.

6. Mix together the sucanat and cinnamon.  Melt the earth balance.

7. Dip each muffin first in the melted earth balance and then in the sucanat and cinnamon mixture.  (It’s easier to remove from the paper wrapping before dipping if you lined your pan).

Kinley says these are even better than the modified recipe we had been making of late which included replacing the shortening with applesauce.  Even though Betty thought she was pretty good in the baking department, I’d like to see her try to make a muffin taste better than this one!  Who needs gluten and dairy anyways?

red, white & blue breakfast

If you’ve read my blog before, I think you’ve noticed I have a thing for muffins.  So when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, I just had to create a recipe that utilized the colors of the American Flag.  I knew berries would give me the colors I was looking for but didn’t want to use them for the blue and red, so I used cherries and poppyseeds.  You may not think of poppyseeds as blue, but I think they have a blue tint and they definitely worked in the recipe!  To finish the trio, the millet was added as the ‘white’.  Although none of my baked goods are white anymore, I think the millet stood out enough to count ;).

Cherries

Millet 

Poppyseeds

Works for me.  And with this recipe being gluten free and vegan, no one will be left out.

Red, White & Blue Muffins makes 12

  • 1/2 c oat flour
  • 1/2 c millet flour
  • 1/2 c oat bran
  • 1/4 c ground flaxseed (grind 1/4 c whole flax seeds, which will be enough for this + the flax egg)
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 3/4t xanthan gum (you could leave out, but the muffins would be a bit crumbly)
  • 1/4 c poppyseeds
  • 1/4c millet
  • 1 flax egg (1T ground flax +2T warm water, let sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1/4c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T maple syrup
  • 3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/2t almond extract
  • 1c cherries, pitted and cut in quarters

1. Toast the millet in a pan on the stovetop.  Heat over medium heat and stir frequently until you start to smell the millet toasting and hear it pop.  Allow to cool.

2. Mix together all of the dry ingredients from the oat flour to the millet and whisk together.

3. Whisk the remaining ingredients (except for the cherries) and add to the dry ingredients.

4. Mix the dry + wet ingredients until fully incorporated and then mix in the cherries.

5. Bake in a 375* oven for about 20 minutes or until set.

When the muffins first come out of the oven, you will taste quite a bit of almond from the extract, but it will decrease once the muffins have cooled so don’t be alarmed!

Garnish with cherries and these make a delightful and healthy addition to your menu :).

Happy 4th!

it’s fall… somewhere?

I was looking for something to bake.  I was in the mood for some type of coffee cake, but came up short in the recipe department.  I was also in the mood for something made with pumpkin… yes, it’s currently June but pumpkin is not a seasonal ingredient for me :).  I found this recipe for gluten free pumpkin muffins, and thinned out the base to make it in a 9×13 pan and topped with some cinnamon oat pecan topping – yum!

*I used the measurement for honey listed below as I prefer my baked goods less sweet.  If you are looking for something a bit sweeter and more dessert like, you can add up to 1/3 cup honey in the base recipe and adjust the amount of honey (or possibly add some brown sugar) in the topping as you desire as well.  Even with the 1T listed below, these bars got a lot sweeter the next day and really turned out delicious!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Base

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2c millet flour
  • 1/2 cup (2T garbanzo bean flour + the rest sorghum flour)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1t nutmeg
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/3 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T honey
  • ~3/4c water

Topping

  • 1/2c oats
  • 1/2c crushed pecans
  • ~1 1/2 T honey
  • ~1T water

cinnamon to taste (lots for me!)

1. Sift together the flours and add the flax, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.

2. Whisk together the almond milk, pumpkin, applesauce and honey.

3. Create a hole in the center of the dry ingredients.  Add in the wet mixture and mix until combined.  You can add the water at this point to get your desired consistency.  (Since I was baking it as a coffee cake, I wanted it thinner than the original recipe made).  Pour into a 9×13 pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Mix together the oats and pecans for the topping.  Add in the honey and water to create a crumbly topping.  Sprinkle on top of the base batter.

4.  Bake in at 350* for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve with butta!  (aka Earth Balance)

carrots for breakfast

Many people, including myself most days, ignore vegetables in the morning.  I would rather have my oatmeal without broccoli or peas and definitely no salads… Only when I happen to have spinach in a smoothie do I seem to get a dose of veg in the morning, but to be honest, there are more mornings than not where I wait until later in the day to get my veggies in.  But not this morning.

Normally baked goods with carrots contain so much sugar and oil that it definitely outweighs the benefits of carrots haha.  This recipe is great in that regard because it contains only 1T of maple syrup and no oil, leaving only the vitamins and nutrients found in carrots!  This recipe is also vegan and gluten-free, making it a great treat for almost anyone!  I just started experimenting with gluten-free baking, and it did take a couple trips to the store to stock my cupboards with some of the staples.  The original recipe called for Sweet Rice and Teff flours, which I didn’t have, so I replaced it with my favorite gluten-free flour, oat.  I also made a few other changes that I typically do to recipes ;).

Vegan & Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

  • 1c sorghum flour
  • 3/4c oat flour
  • 1/2c millet flour
  • 1/2c tapioca starch/flour
  • 2 1/2t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t nutmeg
  • 1c finely grated carrots
  • 1/4c raisins (optional)
  • 2t vanilla
  • 1 flax egg (1T ground flax +2-3T warm water, let sit for 5 minutes and whisk)
  • 1c unsweetened organic soy milk (or non-dairy/dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1t vinegar (I used apple cider)
  • 1/3c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T maple syrup
  • optional: pecans

1. Preheat oven to 350* and line a muffin pan with muffin wrappers.

2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Add in the carrots and raisins.

3. In a small bowl, combine the soy milk and vinegar.  Add in the applesauce, flax egg, maple syrup and vanilla.

4. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until fully incorporated (no risk of overmixing with gluten-free flours!).

5. Scoop into the muffin pan (I made 12 muffins).  And top each muffin with a sprinkling of pecans.

6. Bake for 20-22 minutes.  These won’t brown up too much, so make sure to test with a toothpick.

I was surprised with how big these muffins got!  Usually vegan baked goods don’t puff or spread that much, but these definitely did!  They also did not have the extremely grainy texture that is common in gluten-free goods, I think because I didn’t use rice flour?  I’m getting used to this gluten-free baking!  Glad to have another success!

baking routines

I get into baking routines.  Periods of time where I seem to bake the same thing in different variations over and over again.  In the past I have been in the habit of making a batch of cookies every single week.  When one of my past favorite TV shows was on, Pushing Daisies, there was a pie made every week (because really, you can’t watch that show and not want to eat pie).  Rice Krispy treats have also been made + consumed weekly during one summer a couple years back.  Granola, yet another example which is also going strong at this moment.  But the real routine I am on?  Muffins.  I am just in love with these things.  Easy, portable, and the one’s I’m making are actually healthy and good for you :).  This one is also gluten free*.

I had three overripe bananas sitting in my kitchen, so what did I do with them?  Made muffins of course.  And I also added a bunch of my other favorite superfoods to make these muffins powerful.

Gluten Free Banana Power Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (quickly ground in a blender or left whole if you wish)
  • 1/2 cup millet flour
  • 2T chia seeds
  • 2T oat bran
  • 2T millet, toasted (on the stovetop for 3-5 minutes until starting to pop)
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1T lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 flax eggs (2T ground flax + 4T water, let sit for 5 minutes and whisk)
  • 2T unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1. In a small bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and whisk until evenly distributed.

2. In a larger bowl, mash the bananas with the lemon juice.  Add in the other wet ingredients and mix well.

3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated.

4. Scoop into a lined muffin pan.  (I sprayed the paper wrappers thinking the muffins would stick without any fat, but they ended up falling out of the wrappers!  I won’t be spraying them next time!)

5. Bake in a 375* oven for 22-25 minutes.  Makes 12 cupcakes!

*This recipe contains no gluten ingredients, but depending on what kind of oats you buy some may have been cross contaminated with gluten.  If you are severely allergic or have Celiac disease, make sure you buy the appropriate gluten free products for this recipe as not all oats and other flours are considered safe.

These are perfect as breakfast, or as a snack throughout the day with just the perfect amount of natural sweetness from the bananas and applesauce.  You could also jazz these up with a few blueberries mixed in before baking or even spread with a little jam or honey on top :).