In search of a travel-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, high protein snack for my son…

Like any mom with a child with food restrictions combined with a dose of pickiness, I have been looking for new recipes to feed my son who can’t eat dairy products.  I am also allergic to wheat and gluten so I end up making baked goods wheat and gluten free so I can eat them too.

I recently checked out the book, The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook at my library to see what new recipes I might find for the GF and CF diet.  I haven’t completely finished perusing the book but for the most part I would highly recommend it.  One great thing about it is that it has many soy, nut, egg and corn-free recipes as well.

One recipe that caught my eye was the “Sensory Sensible Pot Pie Muffins.” This recipe is a muffin for kids who can’t eat gluten and dairy and who may not like to eat regular chicken or vegetables.   To solve this problem, they put the pureed chicken and veggies right into the muffin.

This, I gotta try, I said.  My son used to eat literally anything I put in front of him.  But with the toddler stage, he has become a bit more picky.  He still loves cooked veggies, especially green beans but isn’t too fond of chicken these days.

Also, since we’re on the go a lot, I was looking for a snack that was travel-friendly, healthy, gluten and dairy-free and high in protein.  These muffins seemed like the answer!

Carrot Chicken Muffins made with Namaste muffin mix

Pot Pie Muffins made with Namaste muffin mix

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Best ever chocolate or carob cupcakes that happen to be dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free, corn-free and egg-free

Allergen-friendly chocolate cupcakes

Allergen-friendly chocolate cupcakes

Do you ever feel like you have to forgo almost everything that looks delicious because of your very limited diet?  If you’re like me, you may look longingly at a thick piece of chocolate cake at the grocery store and wish you could eat it.

Well, now you can.  Thanks to my friend Penelope at Two Frogs Healing Center who introduced me to this recipe, I feel like I have finally found that moist, chocolaty goodness.   And the great thing is, if you are on a very limited diet and are gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, egg-free, sugar-free, or corn-free, you can still eat these delicious babes. They are even potato-free which is a problem for many people.  You can even make them with carob and make them chocolate-free!

And the best part is they are extremely easy.  With only a handful of ingredients and only one flour (I used rice flour), they are quick and very easy to make.

The original recipe comes from the Ecological Kitchen Cookbook but my friend adapted it to be gluten and wheat free.  The original recipe is for carob cake, so if you’re allergic to chocolate, you can use carob and it is just as good! Stay tuned, I’m going to try these with quinoa or blanched almond flour and see if they work just as well.  That would make them grain-free as well!

Close-up of these delicious cupcakes

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