With Fall in full swing, I love to bake. I am afraid that my baking this year is going to have to be a little different. Don’t worry. It isn’t bad, just different. So, many of us are afraid of change. We are used to our routine, the “normals” in life.
My life has been nothing but change. Yet, I still fight it. I don’t know why? Maybe it is just one of my quirks. My oldest daughter, as you all know, has a severe milk allergy. My son, we thought for the longest time was completely healthy. He had a few quirks, but he was just a boy. Everything that he did differently we attributed that to him being a boy.
Last fall he had MAJOR breathing problems. The pediatrician ran a blood allergy test. HE had a severe mold allergy and a slight wheat allergy. The pediatrician wasn’t concerned about the wheat. If he can eat it and it doesn’t cause him stomach problems you don’t have to discontinue it, I was told.
So, his breathing problems got worse. Being the diligent mom I am I did some research. The wheat allergy, that I was told was nothing to worry about, was something to worry about. It could cause his breathing problems, behavioral problems, even the delay in clear speech that he is having.
I started trying to cut back on items with Wheat. Which, by the way, is really difficult! Especially since we give up so much already avoiding milk. This isn’t an issue on the kids part. They will survive. It is an issue on mine. I want to be able to do all of the “normal” things with them; Take them for ice cream, Mc Donalds, go out to eat.
All of the things that we find “normal” in this country are unhealthy for us. I know shocker right! They really are. So, lately I have been learning a lesson in change. Changing my perception in how to handle situations. Changing celebrations from circling around food, to around the fact that our family is together.
We have made it as a completely Wheat and Dairy Free house for 2 days. Not a long time by any standards, but I am hoping to continue for as long as possible for my childrens’ health. Now….what to do with all of those groceries I have?
Now you are wondering….where is she going with this??? I am learning how to make GFCF treats. GFCF means Gluten Free and Casein Free. Casein is a protein in milk. You are thinking, The flavor just went out the window. NOPE! I am going to take regular recipes and change them up. I WILL make the best tasting GFCF food you have ever tasted.
So, if you have a friend or a family member with and allergy in their family. Share my blog, because some great recipe are coming your way.
I will give you 2 versions of each recipe if needed.
That way, if you don’t have a need for the GFCF version you can make the original!
My first test recipe was for my Pumpkin Muffins. This was a challenge because I couldn’t use flour. I did it though. They turned out great! I honestly don’t think that you can taste a difference between the two!
Below you will find the Original recipe. Click on the link for the modified GFCF recipe. The pictures believe it or not are the GFCF muffins. That is what I made last night and they are so good!
- 4 Cups all purpose baking mix (Bisquick etc)
- 2/3 cup quick or old fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup raisins (optional)
- 1 can (30 oz) Libby’s Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix
- 2 large eggs
- Streusel Topping (See Below)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Paper line or grease 24 muffin cups
Combine baking mix, oats, sugar , and cinnamon (raisins optional) in a large bowl.
Combine the Pumpkin Pie Mix and eggs in a separate bowl.
Stir Pumpkin mix into oat mix just until moistened.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups filling ¾ of the way full.
Sprinkle with streusel topping.
Bake for 14-16 minutes of until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire rack, cool slightly and serve warm.
- 3 tbsp flour
- 3 tbsp Brown Sugar
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 2 TBSP Butter
In small bowl mix together all ingredients. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender. Mix until crumbly.
This is the BEST Pumpkin Muffin recipe I have ever found. I have tried others, but this is the BEST! The GFCF ones are great too!
Remember to use the Pumpkin Pie Mix not just the Canned Pumpkin.
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