Its been a tough 4 months, especially the giving up cheese part, although I am allowed goats cheese (Thank God) because I love it. I have found new favourites like Almond Milk, and a wheat-free bread from Stonemill Bakery that is the closest to real bread I could find. I am eating rice pasta, beans, lentils, and many fruits and veggies. So far it has been a success, I've lost about 15 lbs, I feel happier, more patient and more energetic. Its amazing how what we eat is so directly related to how we feel emotionally.
Here is the bad news, I can't have muffins, I LOVE muffins, for breakfast, a snack, dessert, anything. I am a mega baker of muffins, every weekend, every play-date, I was the muffin (wo)man.
I know, I know, there are many wheat alternatives and I've read many recipes, but I'm a lazy baker, if I can't find the ingredients in my cupboard I don't make it. I've read some really yummy looking recipes but couldn't even pronounce some ingredients let alone know where to find them. I plan to soon make more of an effort to stock my pantry but for now I'll experiment with what I have.
Here is a muffin recipe that is close to tasting of plenty dairy, wheat and egg yumminess. I managed to create this recipe using a few of my favourite "regular" recipes and I'm feeling like I finally got it right.
p.s I shop at No Frills and got 95% of my ingredients there
Oatmeal Fruit Muffins- Wheat, Dairy and Egg Free
|I'm no food photographer but don't these look Yummy!|
note: not suitable for gluten free diets, only wheat free (if that makes sense) and I can't guarantee that some of the ingredients don't have a smidgen of wheat/dairy/eggs. I don't always read the fine print (told you I was lazy)
1 cup barley flour
1/2 cup oat flour (can easily be made by blending whole oats in a food processor)
1 cup quick oats
2/3 cups golden sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup apple sauce (all I had was a Presidents Choice strawberry applesauce cup, so I used that)
2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond milk
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 apple peeled and grated (squeeze out excess juice)
-pre-heat oven to 400ºF
-mix together barely flour, oat flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon until well blended
-In a separate bowl mash banana well and then stir in applesauce, oil, vanilla, milk and mix well
-blend above mixture into dry ingredients
-stir in blueberries and grated apple
Spoon into a greased 12 cup muffin tin and sprinkle a pinch of golden sugar on each
Bake for 20 -23 minutes
Makes 12 muffins