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Gluten Free Banana Pear Applesauce Muffins (blueberries optional) April 1, 2012

Filed under: Recipes,Snacks — celiacmama @ 9:49 pm
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These are absolutely delicious!  My girls don’t like walnuts in their banana bread, so I just made it sweet with fruit!  The applesauce really helps make these muffins moist, rather than crumbly like a lot of gluten free products.  (Also, I am definitely not a food photographer.  Trust me that these are delicious!)


  • 2 cups gluten free flour (I used Pamela’s)
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)
  • 1-2 tsp gluten free vanilla (I almost always double the vanilla)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2-3 mashed bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pear diced or mashed
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 pint of blueberries (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Spray muffin pan with cooking spray (make sure it doesn’t have flour in it!).

Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir.  Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until all dry ingredients are wet.  Don’t over mix!  Pour into muffin pans.  Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for about 10 minutes and then transfer muffins to cooling rack.



Easy Recipe – Meringue Cookies April 12, 2010

Filed under: Dairy Free,Recipes,Treats — celiacmama @ 5:31 pm

This is a super easy recipe that makes great cookies that are both dairy and gluten free.  And, since they are not normally made with anything containing dairy or gluten, they are perfect!  (I have found that sometimes substituting ingredients to make recipes dairy or gluten free make them taste a bit off…)


  • 4 egg whites (or you can use pasteurized liquid egg whites in the carton)
  • 1 cup of sugar (I sometimes use about 3/4 cup of sugar to make them not quite as sweet)
  • 1 tsp gluten free Vanilla
  • Optional – a few drops of food coloring to make them colorful!

Preheat oven to 230°F.  Beat egg whites in a bowl until they are foamy.  Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Optional: add food coloring.  Spoon small dollops onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 45 minutes to one hour or until the cookies start to turn golden.  Note – if you do not bake them all the way, they will turn soggy when storing them.

When I make these the next time, I am going to try adding some orange extract to them.  I will let you know how they turn out!


Recipe – GF Chex Caramel Corn April 9, 2010

Filed under: Dairy Free,Recipes,Snacks,Treats — celiacmama @ 5:11 am

This one I got from Caramel Chex Corn.

This is DELICIOUS and my girls all love it.  And, you can make it dairy free as well by switching out the butter for a dairy free substitute.  (I tried Earth Balance Buttery Spread and it was great!)  I make sure I do gluten-free vanilla.  And, if I do it dairy free as well, I check the microwave popcorn ingredients. For a special treat, I let Little Boo have the caramel chex, but not the popcorn or peanuts.