Yummy Mummy Monday: Sugar Cookies {Gluten & Dairy Free}

For those of you who’ve been looking for an allergy- friendly cookie, this one ain’t bad. When it comes to gluten free baking, there are some great options out there. But remove the dairy too and suddenly your favourite recipe is unrecognizable. This happened to me before Christmas when I attempted to recreate my favourite shortbread recipe with my Mum. They didn’t even resemble cookies when we took them out of the oven and weren’t edible. Ugh. Those are the moments I get frustrated and have to accept that some things just can’t be recreated in a gluten/ dairy free form. Ok, fine, no shortbread. How about sugar cookies? The good news is that these can be whipped up without regular flour, butter, etc and still be not just edible but actually pretty tasty (note: icing them also helps- I fully admit this isn’t a healthy recipe, but a way to enjoy a favourite treat for people who can’t eat dairy/ gluten). I’ve started baking with Ari, and the messes are totally worth the fun we have rolling out the dough, cutting out the cookies, and decorating them together (see photos below for all our messy fun). I’ve also included the regular version for those who can enjoy them in their regular glory, plus the recipe for royal icing I used. I kept seeing cookies iced to look like doughnuts everywhere all over Pintersest and I couldn’t resist making them with my little blondie. They look super cute and are pretty simple to make and decorate- I hope you give this recipe a try next time you’re baking!

Ingredients:

For the cookies
1 1/2 cups coconut oil, softened or melted*
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups gluten free flour** (for sweet recipes like this one I use a gluten free flour mix for half of the needed amount, then equal parts coconut and tapioca flour for the other half)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup coconut milk (you may need more or less depending on how dry you find the dough- you shouldn’t need this for the regular version)

For the regular version:
* swap for butter
** swap for regular flour 


For the royal icing
1 egg white
4 cups icing sugar, sifted (I’ve made batches that have needed closer to 5 cups)




Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the coconut butter and sugar; use a fork to mash lumps of coconut oil if necessary. Add in eggs and vanilla.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a whisk or electric mixer, add the dry mix to the wet mix until well combined (I’ve found aerating the dry ingredients in gluten free recipes helps make them lighter/ less dense, rather than simply mixing by hand). Add coconut milk 1/4 cup at a time until dough reaches a thick, moist consistency- you may need more or less.
3. Dust your rolling surface and rolling pin with flour (I use tapioca flour for gluten free baking) and roll out dough to 1/4- 1/8″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. I used two different sized round ones for the doughnut shape.
4. Place cookies 1″ apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 6- 8minutes. Allow to cool before decorating.
5. To make the royal icing, use a hand mixer with the whisk attachment to combine the egg white and icing sugar until soft peaks form. Add food colouring if you’d like.
6. Scoop desired amount of icing into a piping bag and pipe out the outline of the design you’d like (if  you’re new to icing like me, the doughnuts are nice and easy to outline!) then fill in your design with icing; top off with sprinkles and allow to dry.

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Pumpkin Muffins {Gluten & Dairy Free}

It’s that time of the year… when these orange squash invade. Bring on #pumpkineverything! To help ring in Fall I wanted to share this delicious recipe that my friend and I whipped up recently and loved. These are delicious and lovely and perfect for the cozy cooler days ahead. I’ve included a link to the original recipe that my friend used and have provided my gluten/ dairy free version below. Usually there is a significant- and sometimes disappointing- difference when you compare an allergy- friendly take on a recipe with a regular one, but these turned out great and were gobbled up in no time (they lasted less than 24 hours!). If you can, enjoy trying the regular version (or simply swap in regular flour etc in my version below), you won’t be disappointed. πŸ™‚



Yummy Mummy Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Gluten free flour mix (I am now using a half/ half mix of Bob’s Red Mill GF mix and Cloud 9 mix)
11/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp oil (coconut, vegetable… use your favourite)
1 can (15oz) cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup applesauce
nuts and/ or seeds to garnish (I like pumpkin seeds or pecans for this recipe)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line a muffin baking pan.

2. In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients.

3. In a separate bowl mix the brown sugar and eggs until smooth, followed by the oil and pumpkin. Stir until well combined*.

4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

5. Fill the muffin cups just over half full and sprinkle with seeds or nuts.

6. Bake for approx 35 minutes or until golden brown and you can poke a knife into the centre and have it come out clean (the original recipe suggests 25 minutes, but I found that mine required longer).

Tip: I’m learning that using an electric mixer really pays off with gluten- free recipes, as it helps aerate the ingredients and helpS make them light and fluffy, since gluten- free options can often turn out heavy and dense. Either a stand mixer or hand mixer should do the trick.

You can view the recipe that inspired these here.
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

May 10th is approaching fast & if the man in your life is notorious for leaving things to the last minute, this year’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide is up nice & early so you have time to scope out the goodies & give him plenty of time to take the hint. πŸ˜‰
A fun little bonus about this year’s MD Gift Guide: All of the items included are offered up by businesses that are run by women. How’s that for a shot of girl- power with your Mother’s Day gift? #ladyboss πŸ˜‰

This Mother’s Day give Mom…

… some pampering
A good bath can melt away a day of messes, stress, chasing bumpkins… pretty much anything.
Indulge Mom with luxurious milk bath by bebe de luxe made from organic coconut oil & oatmeal that’s free from parabens & other nasty ingredients. Pure, simple luxury. There are several options available, but I love the Luxe option that comes beautifully packaged in a glass jar ready to gift to a deserving mama.
$26
Visit the bebe de luxe website to order & find them on Instagram.

… a sweet treat
If the Mom in your house is anything like me, something to satisfy her sweet tooth is always a winning gift idea. And if you’re going to gift her a sweet treat, why not support another lovely Mama while you’re at it? Mama B’s Treats offers up delicious baked goodies and can whip up batches of treats sans gluten/ dairy/ eggs if allergies are a concern. She’s offering up adorable homemade & hand- decorated cookie gift sets especially for Mother’s Day that Moms will love (add a cute touch & have them personalized with Mom’s name for $2/ dozen).
Mini cookies gift set- $15/ dozen
Regular cookies gift set- $20/ dozen
Check out the Mama B’s Treats Facebook page to order.

…something to remember

We hear it all the time: they grow up so fast. Whether you have a special occasion you want to remember or just want to celebrate this moment in time with your family, photos make a beautiful gift (and don’t have to be super expensive).
I love the candid style the talented ladies at Pacific North Photography have, and as two Moms, they know that the little moments can provide the biggest memories.  

Packages start at $200
Visit the Pacific North Photography website for booking info & find them on Facebook & Instagram.
Book by April 30th to receive a 10% discount.

…a few moments of bliss
It’s amazing how something as simple as a few precious moments to relax and a good cup of tea (that’s still hot!) can make a Mom feel appreciated.  
The Mom’s Moment Bundle by Steeped Tea, includes a glass tea cup, loose leaf Earl Grey tea (one of my faves), and stainless steel infuser. A lovely gift for the tea- loving Mama.
$34 
Available through independent Steeped Tea Consultants, like the lovely Chelle. 
Visit her  website or Facebook page to order.
… some pretty little things

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but something sentimental is priceless.
I love the customizable necklaces from Mint and Birch, like these Birds Nest ones (you can add an egg for each of your bumpkins). An adorable accessory for any mama bird.
from $28
Available on the Mint and Birch website & find them on Facebook & Instagram

… some retail therapy
Treat Mom to a day of shopping & send her out for a few hours to enjoy some uninterrupted time at her favourite stores. 
Two of my local favourites are Muse Social Fashion House & MACCS with their gorgeous pieces that won’t burn a whole in your credit card (but I can’t promise you won’t come away spending some $$$- it’s hard to pick just a few things to take home! πŸ˜‰ ).
Shown: White lace dress- Muse Social Fashion House
Grey Playsuit- MACCS
Click the links above to check out their latest offerings & find both on social media:
Muse- FacebookInstagram
MACCS- FacebookInstagram

I hope all you deserving Mamas have a wonderful Mother’s Day full of love & memories made!
oxox TPB

Image sources:
‘Dear Mom I Love You’- Carla Aston
Product photos from respective brands

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Sneaky Veggie Muffins

It always seems to be a hot topic with Moms: how do you get your kids to eat more veggies??? The answer that many of us seem to agree on: sneak ’em in! πŸ˜‰ What I find hilarious/ frustrating with Ari is that one day she’ll be all over bell peppers, carrots, and celery sticks and the next turn her nose up at them. Ah, yes the joys of appealing to a toddler’s palette. πŸ˜‰ When I was chatting about this with one of my girlfriends recently she told me about this recipe she’s using with her little one to get more veggies into her diet and kindly sent it my way to try out & share on TPB. I hope this helps you sneak in some good stuff with your littles! 

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Sneaky Veggie Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
Ingredients:
2 c white whole wheat flour (or gluten free)
3/4 cup grated zucchini
3/4 cup grated carrots
1 medium apple, cored and quartered
1 egg
ΒΌ c honey
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 c unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Β½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line muffin tins.
2. Grate zucchini, apple, & carrots (or use a food processor). Place in a towel and wring out the excess water. You should have just over 2 cups shredded fruits and veggies.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, honey, applesauce, oil, and grated fruits and veggies.
4. Stir in the flour, cinnamon, ginger and baking soda until just combined.
5. Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

What are some of your sneaky tricks to get your kids to eat more veggies??? Let the scheming begin! πŸ˜‰

Thank you Bronwyn for sharing this recipe! (Make sure you check out the many baking talents of this lady on her Facebook page: Mama B’s Treats!).

For more recipe ideas (including other healthy snacks) check out the blog’s Yummy Mummy Recipes page.

Photo Credit: Mama B’s Treats

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Baked French Toast

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought it was time to serve up something sweet on Yummy Mummy Monday. Since I wanted a fresh idea, something a little different, I asked my girlfriend Bronwyn from Momma B’s Treats if she had any ideas (check out her recipe for gluten free brownies 3 ways here). She gracefully shared this delicious take on a classic brekkie with me. If a date night isn’t an option this year, how about making breakfast into your Vday date? A date that includes pjs and breakfast? I’m in.
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Baked French Toast
My favourite part is that I can make this the night before and a delicious breakfast is ready in the morning! 
Serves 4-6
Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp. corn syrup
3 apples or 2-3 bananas, peeled and sliced 
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup milk (coconut or almond milk also work great)
1 tsp. vanilla 
6 slices Texas Toast or 12 slices of your favourite bread
Directions:
1. In a microwave safe bowl melt butter.
2. Add brown sugar and corn syrup to butter and mix until smooth. 
3. Pour into 9×13 baking pan.
4. Arrange sliced fruit on top & sprinkle with cinnamon. 
5. In bowl beat eggs, milk, & vanilla together. 
6. Dip bread into egg mixture, then place over fruit (set up 2 deep in dish). 
7. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight. 
8. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (or until corners and top are golden brown).
Since there’s already sugar, you don’t even need to add syrup when you serve, it’s all ready to go!
Tip: Cut it all in the pan along the bread lines, then flip the pieces upside- down onto a plate to serve. 
<3 Momma B
A big hug to my friend Bronwyn from Momma B’s Treats for sharing this sweet brekkie with us! Click here to check out her website & find her on Facebook!
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