Monday, October 31, 2011

Pumpkin, cinnamon, streusel Muffins. Egg Free, peanut & tree nut free

 It's fall (or is it winter? I'm confused) but this time of year Alexa and I crave pumpkin muffins.  A friend posted on FaceBook that she was making pumpkin muffins and I decided to jump on the bandwagon. The recipe she sent me called for 2 eggs so I needed to adapt our muffins to eliminate them.  While shopping for some canned pumpkin I came across a box of Pillsbury Cinnamon Streusel muffins.  The recipe called for eggs but otherwise the contents were safe for Alexa so I grabbed a box and decided to experiment.  The result was a moist yummy muffin that the kids loved and is filled with fiber (if you can get past the sugar topping-which I can).  Here is the basic recipe.  Fun, easy and tasty.  I hope you enjoy them!

1 box Pillsbury Cinnamon Streusel muffin mix
1/4 cup oil (we used Safflower)
3/4 cup milk (you can also use Rice Milk)
Energy Egg Replacer made to replace 1 egg (1 1/2 tsp replacer + 3 Tbs water well mixed)
1 Cup canned Pumpkin

Follow instructions on box except omit egg and add in prepared Energy Egg Replacer.  Add in 1 cup canned Pumpkin. (or more if desired-we actually used 1 1/2 cups but they were a little too moist so I cut it back here.) Fill muffin tins 3/4 way, cover with included streusel topping, bake according to directions on the box and enjoy them while they are still warm.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Candy Corn, Candy Corn, wherefore art thou Candy Corn??!!

Finding safe Candy Corn for Alexa has been impossible!! I've looked all over the internet and talked to many people in the allergy community but alas that tricky Candy Corn has alluded us.  I heard A&J's Bakery in Rhode Island had some peanut free! Yippee!! They ship it and they still have inventory-YES! then... No.  They contain egg white.  Why? Who's not a required ingredient as far as I can tell but they use it so it's out for us.  Next, I heard Jelly Belly has peanut safe Candy Corn-YES!  Not tree nut safe and it contains modified soy protein..not for us. BOOO and I mean BOO! This is starting to bug me.  I then heard about Candy Corn Flavored Dots.  We bought them, we tried them, we didn't like them.  Alexa and Nick ate them but they're not REAL Candy Corn so to me it's no substitute.  I'm on a mission and in my typical Average Allergy Mom style, if I can't find it-I make it.  I have no idea what I'm doing or if they will even taste like Candy Corn but I'm going to give it the old "college try".  I also found out I can make them "fondant style" or candy maker style (very involved process!) so I haven't decided which I will do yet.  I may try both. I'll post my results when I'm done.  This could get interesting.  Hopefully I'll figure it out BEFORE Halloween. Stay tuned!