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When you are a mom, one of your jobs is making sure your family is fed and that starts with breakfast. It is all too easy to just grab something quick and go but many times those options are not the healthiest. The freezer section is full of things from toaster pastries to pancake wrapped sausage on a stick but I wonder about how healthy those options actually are. I may be a hot mess but I worry about how my family is fueling their bodies and for us, eggs have been the egg-celent answer.
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.
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.
The other morning I was going through my blog looking for a recipe that I make all of the time. Well, more my daughter makes all the time and to my surprise, I discovered I have never posted about our favorite Banana Chip Muffins.
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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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.
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.
In tradition with trying to make Valentine’s Day extra special for my kids, I have come up with a new breakfast treat for them! Gluten Free Red Velvet Waffles, gluten free because well, I like waffles every now and then too. Plus after my success making gluten free red velvet cupcakes it sounded like a delicious breakfast idea.
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.
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.
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
Country Girl Gourmet
- 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)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners.
- 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.
- Fill muffin cups ⅔ full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.