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255 These allergy friendly pancakes are egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free but they are also perfectly fluffy and delicious!

Allergy-Friendly Pancakes: Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Pancakes

Your kids love pancakes, but with so many different food allergies, it’s hard to find one that pleases everyone. Well, look no further. Our kitchen-tested and kid-approved recipe is one your family will love.

these allergy friendly pancakes are egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free but they are also perfectly fluffy and delicious!

Here at MOMables, we’re always crafting new recipes to help you feed your children real-ingredient, delicious food. We especially enjoy making your mealtimes a little easier if you have a child with a particular diet need like gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy-free. We don’t want you children to feel deprived just because they have to avoid certain foods; we want them to love their food!

For allergy friendly meal ideas, check out our meal plans

But pancakes are tough. Sure, there’s some gluten-free pancakes or dairy-free pancakes. Finding an allergy-friendly recipe that catered to everyone’s dietary needs seemed impossible.

Until these pancakes. They’re the perfect gluten free, dairy free, and egg free pancakes the whole family will devour! Check out this quick video to see how simple they are to make.

These pancakes are a family-favorite breakfast rotation. They’re fluffy, soft, and utterly irresistible, especially topped with a bit (or a lot!) of maple syrup.

Pancakes go beyond breakfast, though. They’re great in packed lunches as an alternative to ordinary sandwiches. Switch up your routine by making a sweeter pancake sandwich; just smear some nut butter inside, top with fruit, and voila! Don’t forget about the occasional breakfast-for-dinner treat. These pancakes are the perfect easy recipe for your family “brinner” night!

Whip up a batch of these allergy-friendly pancakes for an easy meal that caters to every dietary need and will have your whole family ready for seconds!

 

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes
 
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Serves: Yields 10-12 4" Pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flax meal)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or sugar or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup milk (or nondairy substitute)
Instructions
  1. Grease a griddle, and preheat over medium heat. (Or you can use a pan on your stovetop.)
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Slowly mix half of the liquid into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously, and the rest ¼ cup at a time to avoid a runny batter. Mix until you get the lumps out of the batter.
  4. On your griddle, begin to cook the pancakes, using about ¼ cup of the batter for each one.
  5. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they start to bubble around the edges and flip. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the griddle, and serve.
Notes
Not all gluten free all purpose flours are the same. For this recipe, we've tried King Arthur flour with the most success. You'll find a lot of suggestions in the comments below this post with mixes and brands our members have successfully used.

 

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20 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas

What do you do with all of your holiday leftovers?

20 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

There are only so many times you can eat it the same way, then there comes a point where you just can’t handle another plain slice of turkey. It gets to be too much.

That’s why we love coming up with creative ways to repurpose leftovers here at MOMables!  We have everything you need, right here! That includes your abundance of leftover turkey in the fridge waiting to be enjoyed. Here are 20 delicious ideas we’ve compiled from our own blog and around the web to kick-start your recipe making.

From MOMables:

Turkey Broccoli Quiche: Great packed up for lunches, or enjoyed at dinnertime, this fresh recipe idea is a great idea for using those leftovers in a new way.

Turkey Broccoli Quiche

Turkey Stuffing Burgers: Turn that leftover stuffing and turkey into a burger patty! Enjoy it on leftover rolls or a bun. Garnish with cranberry sauce or relish.

Homemade Pasta Helper: Better than boxed! A great homemade recipe that’s adaptable for any meat, which makes it great for turkey leftovers.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes: What kid can turn down any food with cupcake in the title? A fun way for the whole family to nibble on the bite-size treats as a meal or an appetizer.

Thanksgiving Quesadillas: My daughter loves quesadillas in her lunch box, so this recipe will be a hit at my house after Thanksgiving! Simple and delicious.

Pot Pies: Instead of chicken, dice up that turkey, and bake it in a delicious pot pie for dinner. They also freeze great so you can enjoy them in the future.

Pot Pie

Southern Gumbo: This time of year, when the weather gets cooler, there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of stew or gumbo at dinnertime. This Southern Gumbo recipe is perfect for using up holiday leftovers.

Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box: This fabulous lunch idea might feature chicken, but can just as easily be packed with turkey instead. A great non-sandwich option.

More of our favorites:

Stuffed Peppers:  Daily Unadventures in Cooking shares an easy and yummy new way to enjoy those leftovers with their Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Thanksgiving Pizzas: Not only do they look beautiful, but these Thanksgiving Pizzas by Family Fresh Cooking would also be perfect packed up for lunch!

Turkey Chili with Kale: This was too delicious not to share! The Kitchn shows how to make a healthy chili with turkey leftovers. You could even serve it over rice for another spin on this hearty dish.

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Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict: Leftovers aren’t just for lunch or dinner. Check out this recipe for a fun twist on breakfast.

Turkey Reuben Panini: Growing up, my father loved hot Reuben sandwiches.  This recipe by PaniniHappy would’ve been a hit in my house.

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs: Who says turkey can only be a sandwich? Turn it into a delicious meatball instead, thanks to Fitnessista.

Turkey Taco Wraps: Speaking of quinoa, here’s another healthy idea–turning it into a hearty taco instead.

Club Eggrolls: Use turkey instead of chicken for these easy prep, quick-fix eggrolls from DinnerDishes&Desserts.

Turkey Nachos: I’m a chip addict. Nachos are right up my alley for leftovers thanks to this delish idea from Whole Foods Market, including cranberry salsa to go with it.

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Turkey Casserole: A great weeknight dish that you can prep ahead and bake up for dinner during your busy workweek.

Turkey & Cranberry Sushi: I never would have thought to make Sushi out of Thanksgiving leftovers! This clever recipe is thanks to ClosetCooking.

Cranberry Sauced Muffins: It’s not only about the turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. Here is a yummy muffin recipe to use up that extra cranberry sauce.

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Family Friendly Thanksgiving Appetizers and Bites

What are you thankful for?

10-Family-Friendly-Thanksgiving-Appetizers-Bites-MOMables.com_-621x700Thanksgiving is day of thankfulness, family, and food.

Typically, in our family, we have a mid-afternoon meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade noodles, and more. I’m a busy bee in the kitchen all morning, preparing all the delicious foods and attempting to meet everyone’s dietary needs in our family. Of course, that makes for a long wait for the kiddos (and even the adults sometimes).

That’s why the day before I try to prep some yummy and easy appetizers that everyone can nibble on as they arrive and hang out together before our grand Thanksgiving dinner.

The best part is that many of these make great leftovers for school & work lunches! Whether you need more holiday recipes or just everyday lunch ideas, MOMables has you covered. Always thinking ahead. ;)

Creamy Avocado Dip: This delicious dip recipe found on the MOMables blog is great for dipping veggies and crackers for family and guests. The avocado in the dip not only adds nutrition but also fun color as well.

Spicy Roast Chickpeas: We love these popable spicy treats! Thanks goes to Alison, a MOMables contributor, for this yummy protein-packed recipe.

Antipasti Bites: MOMables Contributor Chef Corey is always whipping up great dinner and appetizer recipes on her personal blog, just like these Antipasti Bites. Bonus: They take less than 20 minutes to put together!

Antipasta Bites

Spinach Artichoke Cups: These cups are easy to assemble and fun to eat. Our recipe yields 36 of these bad boys, which is perfect for feeding your waiting army of guests.

Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps: These bite-size wraps are a great grain-free option for the entire family. Always a hit with kids and adults alike. No cooking or baking involved! It would be a great way to have the kids help in the kitchen while you’re busy with Thanksgiving dinner.

Easy Baked Cheese Twists: Easy to make and delicious to eat, these are another family favorite. I can already bet you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

Baked Cheese Twists

Hummus Crostini: Thank you Chief MOM Laura for sharing this easy appetizer idea over at SuperGlueMom! Your guests will be wowed with this no-nonsense idea. (I’m sure it’s already on Baby G’s Thanksgiving request list!)

Creamy Radish Dip: Another fantastic dip recipe thanks to Kendra at MOMables! My daughter especially loves the fun pink color, thinking it was made just for her. ;)

Watermelon Pops: You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit. Jazz it up, and add fun for the kids by inserting a Popsicle stick into the rine. It makes it easier to eat and more fun for them.

Watermelon Bites

Baked Mozzarella Sticks: Another hit thanks to Chef Corey. No one wants fried, greasy sticks before a heavy meal. Instead bake these, and let everyone enjoy!


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7 Dairy-Free School Lunch Ideas

Need a few more dairy-free ideas to keep things interesting?

7 dairy free lunch box ideasAs food allergies continue to rise, so do dietary restrictions and concerns with what to pack for those who need to avoid milk and dairy products. For those families, we understand the need for dairy-free lunch ideas.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

The MOMables blog is filled with allergy friendly recipes and ideas. Many are dairy-free or offer substitute suggestions. The Meal Plans offered by MOMables also have menus filled with limited or omitted options for those avoiding dairy.

To help get you started, we have compiled a round-up of seven dairy-free lunch ideas, outside of the traditional sandwich:

Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box: You know those expensive food boxes that are oh-so-tempting at the coffee shops? Make your own at home. Healthy and packed with protein for a delicious lunch.

chicken and hummus bistro box

Vegan Pancakes: Breakfast for lunch is always a hit! Try our gluten-free & Vegan pancake recipe. Make a large batch to freeze for easy grab & go breakfast and lunches.

Black Bean Taco Cups: These black bean bites are great to stay meatless for a Vegan lunch, or fill them with taco meat, based on your family’s likes.

Homemade Fish Sticks: Making your own is not only healthier, but also ensures they’re safe for your dietary needs or restrictions. You’ll never believe how easy they are to make!

homemade fish sticks

Zucchini Pasta: “Zoodles” or Zucchini Pasta is a great way to add veggies to any meal. A grain-free and allergy friendly alternative to traditional pasta.

Quinoa Salad: High in protein and fiber, Quinoa isn’t only for dinner; it’s great for lunches too! Mix in some veggies and seasoning for a colorful addition to the lunch box.

Cauliflower Crunch Salad: Prepared much like a macaroni salad but with the added crunch and nutrition of cauliflower. Top it with bacon crumbles or ham dices for added protein.

cauliflower crunch salad bowl

For even more ideas, be sure to follow MOMables on Facebook and sign-up for our FREE newsletter!

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10 Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

Do your kids have nut allergies? Or is your school enforcing nut-free lunches? Here are some ideas to combat that!

10 nut free lunch ideasAs a parent of a child with a severe nut allergy, I am forever grateful knowing she is safe at school being in a nut-free class.

With food allergies on the rise, more and more non-allergic families are finding rules being implemented to ensure student safety by having nut-free classes or even entire school buildings.

I can’t tell you how often I hear “what can I pack if I can’t send PB&J?”

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

MOMables not only has great resources on the blog for nut-free recipes and ideas, but you can also subscribe to the Classic Lunch Plan, which is nut-free or lists substitute suggestions on each of the menu items. Perfect for those lost on how to keep things peanut- and tree nut-free, but still nutritious and exciting in the lunch box.

To help get you started and thinking outside the peanut butter sandwich, here are some great lunch ideas we offer free from the blog here at MOMables:

  • Mini Tuna Balls: These little balls of fun are made with only three ingredients! Super simple and fun for both kids and adults. Eat them alone, with mac & cheese, or on top of a yummy salad.

mini tuna balls

  • Ham & Cheese Lunch Bites: Not only a fun nut-free lunch idea but grain-free as well. They also make a delicious breakfast bite.
  • DIY Pizza Lunch: Nothing beats a homemade lunchable, or as we like to call them, MOMables. ;) Let the kids build their own pizza and enjoy!
  • Pizza Swords: A new way to send those leftover slices sitting in the fridge. Cut up the pizza, add extra meat, and/or olives on food skewers.
  • Homemade Nuggets: Not only a great lunch alternative, but for dinner too. They freeze great for easy meals in the future. Never buy store-bought again!
  • LadybugPasta: There’s something about giving a dish a fun name that can make it more appealing for kids. That’s exactly what this dish does! Cold pastas are a great lunch box alternative.

lady bug pasta lunch

 

  • Ranch Chicken Wrap: Using up leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken is a great idea for lunches. Make chicken salad, slice it with BBQ sauce for dipping, or add it to a wrap like we did here for a yummy sandwich.
  • Meatloaf Swords: Speaking of leftovers, use up dinner the next day with this great idea. We also include our own recipe that helps sneak in some extra veggies for your picky eaters.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Breakfast for Lunch is always a fun change up. Try our Pumpkin Pancake recipe for a yummy fall favorite. You can also make a large batch ahead of time and freeze for quick grab & go breakfasts or lunches.
  • Apple & Cheese Quesadilla: Quesadillas don’t have to just be filled with meat. Try filling it with Apple & Cheese! When you grill or toast the quesadilla, the cheese melts and marries the two flavors together, creating the perfect bite.

apple cheddar quesadillas

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