Easy, Gluten Free Donut Muffins

When you are gluten free you learn quickly that some foods are hard to come by unless you make them yourself. Foods like donuts (or is it doughnuts, hmm). My family loves a good donut and so did I. We even live in the state that is home to some of the best donuts around, Krispy Kreme. My daughter is constantly asking for donuts and my husband is all too willing to indulge her cravings. I have to ask though, what about mom, where are the gluten free donuts at? They are in my kitchen because I have to make them myself. While I haven’t taken the dive into making gluten free donuts, I have found the next best thing, donut muffins.

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Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potatoes, it seems you either love them or hate them. I love them and always have. My husband, on the other hand, used to hate them but now loves them. He will eat them any way I serve them now which I love and have started experimenting some more. Our current sweet potato creation we have fallen for are Sweet Potato Waffles.

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Hearty Potato Skillet

One of the things every person needs to have is a recipe for a really great breakfast. I often fall into the make pancakes or waffles for breakfast but my family often wants something different and a bit heartier, more on the bacon and eggs side of things. Something like a skillet with all of their favorite things so a Hearty Potato Skillet is what they got. With potatoes, bacon, sausage, cheese and an egg on top, it fulfills any breakfast craving

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Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas

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It doesn’t seem possible but it’s that time of the year again, Back to School. While many schools have already headed back there are many more that are enjoying their last days of summer break. My kids are in that later group. With under two weeks to go until school starts I have been trying to get thing  ready for when the kids go back to school. I’m not just talking about buying new clothes, school supplies, and fresh hair cuts either. We are slowly working at getting back to our school time schedule and figuring out things like what to eat for breakfast. My boys have all decided what they want but my daughter is another story. She changes what she eats every couple weeks it sometimes so I need a breakfast boredom buster for her so I’ve come up with some Easy Breakfast Fruit Pizzas.

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Crater Cake aka Mom’s Coffee Cake

The other day my daughter was begging me to make coffee cake. In her sweetest voice she said please and told me I could even take pictures and put it on my blog. How can I say no to her when she asks so nicely and gives me a blogging idea, so of course I made her a coffee cake. Not just any coffee cake, my mom’s coffee cake, what my siblings and I called, crater cake.Crater Cake aka Mom's Coffee Cake | My HotSouthern Mess


Peanut Butter Syrup

The last couple of years my family and my husband’s brother’s family have taken a family vacation  to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My kids love Gatlinburg. First we take our camper and we are camping, or glamping and then there is so much to do in Gatlinburg. We have yet to do everything one could possibly do there, I think that would take many trips. A discovery we made our last trip was the Pancake Pantry. There are tons of pancake restaurants in the Gatlinburg area but this is the place my family will be and many other families come back to year after year. My family loved their pancakes. I wish they had some gluten free ones that I could have tried but they didn’t. I was able to try their peanut butter syrup  that my kids ordered with their pancakes and oh my goodness it was good. I decided that I needed to figure out the recipe to make at home.
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Pumpkin Chip Muffins with Flax Seed

Hey you, don’t put the pumpkin away just yet! Yeah, I know Thanksgiving is here and the end of all things pumpkin season is upon us but I have one more really great recipe for you! The chocolate mint and Christmas cookies and candies can wait just a few more days. My Pumpkin Chip Muffins with Flax Seed are calling your name, saying bake me, bake me! Seriously they are.

Pumpkin Chip Muffins with Flax Seed | Country Girl Gourmet

My recipe is the product of me trying to find the perfect pumpkin muffin. I just couldn’t find a recipe that had everything I was looking for. So I took the best of several recipes and made my own recipe. As an added plus they are gluten free and they have flax seed which adds it’s own health benefits. They are full of fiber, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, may even help prevent some types of cancer and more! I sneak flax seed into many things I make for my family. Shh…don’t tell my kids. In addition to flax the muffins get a healthy boost from pumpkin which is full of vitamin A and other vitamins, along with carotenoids and potassium. Lastly I swap out the oil for applesauce to reduce some of the fat in the recipe. I do add chocolate chips (white or regular chocolate) because well it’s chocolate, who doesn’t like chocolate?

These muffins are the perfect thing for breakfast, to put in my kid’s lunches, after school snack or just whenever they are hungry and want a snack. My kiddos are always hungry so these muffins are whipped up often. Many times my kids are the ones helping whip them up because they are that easy to make. So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen and whip these muffins up! You will be happy you did!

Pumpkin Chip Muffins with Flax
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1½ Cups Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Applesauce or your favorite cooking oil
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 3 cups Flour
  • ½ cup Ground Flax Seed
  • 1½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1½ Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1 (heaping) teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (white, semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chips)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners.
  2. Mix sugar, apple sauce, eggs. Add pumpkin and vanilla extract. In separate bowl mix together the Gluten Free flour, flax seen meal, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.



Galactic Munch Mix

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1977 was an awesome year. Yes, it was absolutely awesome and I say this not just because it was the year I was born but because it was also the year Star Wars™ was released. The movie has a following that rivals others. Most everyone has seen it, those that have not somehow never seen it are questioned and then told they need to see it. Interventions will be done so that they do see it. It’s a movie that parents share with their children, introducing it to a new generation. Star Wars™ has become a must watch classic for all ages. Everybody seems to love it for their own reasons and many hold some very strong opinions and will debate which movie was the best. I’m not sure i’m ready to enter that debate here. We have it all the time in my house. We are HUGE Star Wars™ fans around here.  From it being the classic story of good versus evil to the characters in the different movies we all love the movie and we are super excited for the newest movie Star Wars™ movie, coming out in December. If only I had a dollar for every time one of my kids has said they want to go see it as soon as it comes out, I would be a rich women.  Yes, son we will go see the movie, just not the moment it first comes out. Since i’m going to make my inpatient children wait I have been thinking of things we can and should do before going. I think the number one thing on the list is watching the movies for our family fun night. I think a Star Wars™ marathon is a must! Then in the morning  I will have a quick breakfast ready and we could go making the first viewing in the morning. Well try, there are 6 of us and getting out of the house on time came be challenging. Having breakfast made ahead of time so everyone can grab and go will probably be the best option for my crew so I came up with Galactic Munch Mix  that i’m pairing up with some Star Wars™ Go-Gurt.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Going grocery shopping for my Galactic Munch Mix at Walmart I knew I had to get some Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal and incorporate it somehow and then I saw the Honey Nut Cheerios® . That lovable bee, Buzz, was now dressed up for Star Wars™. Plus there was a toy in the box too. I was instantly transformed to being a little girl wanting the cereal with the cool toy in the box. The fact that it was a Star Wars™ toy just made it that much better.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

How could I not buy them? So in my cart they went! I continued wandering the store and came across the Star Wars™ Go-Gurt and decided they would be perfect with my Galactic Munch Mix. My breakfast idea was coming together.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Once I was home Lil Miss helped me put together my first batch of Galactic Munch Mix. Well she was there when I first opened up the Honey Nut Cheerios® . I think she really only wanted the Star Wars™ toy because she grabbed it and disappeared, looking for light. The toy was a space robot viewer with a scene from the newest movie! I will be buying more Honey Nut Cheerios® just for the viewers. I need want them all and i’m sure my kids do too!

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I let my daughter and youngest son go back to fighting over playing with the toy and I went back to work. I had some Galactic Munch Mix to make. I gathered up my ingredients and went to work.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

My Galactic Munch Mix is a combo  of Honey Nut Cheerios® , Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal, Graham Cracker bites, Lightly Salted Almonds and Chocolate Covered Cranberries covered in an easy homemade caramel sauce.
I start the recipe off by making the caramel sauce. I use salted butter to help balance out some of the sweetness or maybe it is to enhance the sweetness, it just helps makes it yummy. If you add 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to the recipe you will have a good salted caramel too. I add butter, brown sugar and corn syrup to a heavy bottomed saucepan and cook it on medium heat until it comes to boil. I then remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

In a large bowl I add the cereals and all of the mix ins. I then pour the caramel sauce in and mix well making sure everything is well coated.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Next I pour the cereal mix onto a cookie sheet and bake it for 30 minutes.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

After  the first 15 minutes I give the mix a good stir. The Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal marshmallows may melt a little but that is ok.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

When the cereal mix is done baking I remove it from the cookie sheet and spread it out on wax paper and let it cool.

Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Once cool I break up large chunks and  add the chocolate covered cranberries and mix them in.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

Then all is left is to bag it up so my kids can grab and go in the morning.
Galactic Munch Mix | Country Girl Gourmet

My first batch of galactic trail mix disappeared fast. My kids and husband all loved it. The combo of the Galactic Munch Mix and Star Wars™ Go-Gurt has worked well on busy school mornings. I am thinking it is going to be perfect for Saturday morning when we are trying to get out of the house in a hurry to get to the movie theater giving us one less thing to worry about on our way to see the movie. Quick and easy breakfasts that all of my kids like are always a winner for me! My kids can focus on other things that morning like what they want to dress up as. A debate that they have been having the last few weeks.


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Galactic Munch Mix
  • 6 Cups Honey Nut Cheerios®
  • 2 Cups Star Wars™ Darth Vader Cereal
  • 2 Cups Graham Cracker Bites
  • 1 Cup Almonds
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Covered Cranberries
  • ½ Cup Salted Butter
  • ¾ Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • *optional ½ teaspoon sea salt*
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Pour the cereals, graham cracker bites and almonds into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, cook butter, brown sugar and corn syrup on medium heat until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over top of cereal, graham crackers and almonds. Toss gently to coat the cereal.
  4. Spread the coated cereal out on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 275 degrees for 15 minutes and then stir.Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  6. Cool the cereal mixture completely spreading onto waxed paper. Once cool place in a large bowl and add the chocolate covered cranberries. Toss to combine.
  7. Store in an airtight container or portion into ½-1 cup servings in resealable sandwich bags.


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