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20 Morning Glory Muffins

Are you looking for an allergy-friendly Morning Glory Muffins Recipe? You are going to love these!

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We are often asked for quick breakfast ideas that can be made ahead of time and be perfect to grab and go while running out the door on a busy morning.

What’s better than a delicious muffin for those hurried mornings? Don’t settle for an overprocessed sugary treat (if anything, make our homemade poptarts) or rubbery frozen gluten-free waffle. These muffins are the perfect on-the-go food. They’re also great for after-school snacks or packed with lunch!

I admit it. I love muffins.

I want them with my morning coffee. I want one with an afternoon cup of hot tea—and if it’s chocolatey and delicious, I might want one after dinner.

As a busy, full-time working mom, I don’t want to fall into the unhealthy snack routine when I’m on the road. I travel a lot, so they’re handy to eat when my options seem to come from a drive-through window. If I can bake it in a muffin tin, I’m making it, and it will be eaten.

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I have passed on this love affair with a good baked muffin to my daughter. She too will gobble anything in a cute muffin shape. It seems we’re always grabbing allergy-friendly snacks to bring with us or for quick munching on in the car between appointments.

What kid doesn’t like a moist treat shaped like a “cupcake”? Right. She loves them because they’re easy for her to eat and just the right portion size to keep her energy levels going.

When the Chief Mom sent me this Morning Glory Muffin, I thought it was simple and quick to make—just like her lunches

And don’t worry, just because they’re gluten- and dairy-free doesn’t mean we’re sacrificing taste, either. The raisins and carrot add sweetness to each delicious bite, and they’re PACKED full of them! Throw in a little bit of flax for extra nutrition (about 3 tablespoons max to this recipe), and  they serve as the perfect start to your day!

Double the recipe, bake them over the weekend for the next school week, and keep some in your freezer for future use.

Morning Glory Muffins

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 10-12 Muffins
  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup nondairy spread, or coconut oil, or butter
  • 1 flax egg (or large egg)*
  • 3/4 cup nondairy milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour mix
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 3/4 cup grated carrot
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the brown sugar and nondairy spread together. Then beat the egg, nondairy milk, and vanilla into the bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, flax, carrot, baking powder, spices, xanthan gum, and salt. Once the batter has formed, stir in the raisins.
  4. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let the muffins cool, and dust them with the powdered sugar.

Notes

A flax egg is an egg substitute made using ground flaxseed. To make it, mix 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons warm water in a small bowl. Wait for 5 minutes until a gel-like substance forms, and add it to the recipe.

 

 

How to Make Your Kid’s School Lunch Better in 30 Seconds

Need an easy way to make lunches more fun? 30 seconds is all it takes to wow your kids.

30 Second WOW LunchesOkay, I admit it. I have way too much fun making my daughter fun food. However, I have found that presentation is everything with picky eaters!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

While making food fun might seem time-consuming, I promise you, it can take as little as 30 seconds, and your kids will love it.

Are you ready to wow your kids in 30 seconds? Let’s do it:

You’ll need any shape cookie cutter and your kid’s favorite sandwich. Here I used a star cookie cutter, but you can use any shape you have.

My daughter’s favorite sandwich is a nut butter (or non-nut butter) and honey sandwich, so that is what I made for her.

Use your cookie cutter on your sandwich. Place the cookie cutter on top of the already-made sandwich and push down hard.

MOM Tip: You can cut each layer separately if a cleaner cut is desired.

Place your shaped sandwich in your kid’s lunch box and serve with a side of fruits and vegetables.

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This is also the perfect opportunity to let your kids help out in the kitchen and get them involved in eating healthy. My daughter loves to help me make her fun lunches!

Not sure what do do with the bread scraps and crusts? Save the crusts to make Frugal French Toast Sticks!

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23 Real Chocolate Syrup - MOMables.com

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

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Do you have kids who love chocolate milk? I do. My boys jump at the chance to drink a hot cocoa  on a cold winter afternoon or the occasional treat of chocolate milk.

Real Chocolate Syrup - MOMables.com

At the grocery, while walking the coffee isle (a mom necessity) I hear: “Mom, can we get this??”  “Mom, that looks good, can we get it?” -referring to the squeezable bottle of thick chocolate syrup.

One of the things my youngest’s favorite treats is chocolate milk.  It never fails that if we go past the dairy section, he’ll ask for it.

Then one day, it dawned on me, that it might be fun to try to make a chocolate syrup of our own.  Sure, it might be full of sugar, but at least I know what exactly is in the syrup

So here is our version of homemade chocolate syrup.  It’s adapted from one of our favorite ice cream toppings by just leaving out the butter.  It’s delicious!  Be sure to give Laura’s strawberry milk a try too.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Condiments

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar or sucanat
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and water.
  2. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
  3. Stir continuously until thickened to a sauce consistency.
  4. Remove from heat. Add in vanilla and stir.
  5. Pour into a separate container and allow to cool before using.
  6. To make chocolate milk use 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup per 1 cup of milk.

Chief Mom’s note:

I’m not saying that this syrup is “healthy” but please compare the ingredients in our recipe vs the ones found in a bottle of the store-bought syrup. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP; CORN SYRUP; WATER; COCOA; SUGAR; CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE); SALT; MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES; XANTHAN GUM; POLYSORBATE 60; VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLA VOR *source.

 

22 DIY Frozen Uncrustables

Make the popular freezer isle sandwich at home with your favorite whole-grain bread and nut butter. This is also fantastic when your child attends a nut-free school by making it with a nut-free butter alternative. 

DIY Frozen UncrustablesLet’s make a popular not-so-healthy kid favorite healthy, shall we?

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Uncrustables are always on my kid’s shopping list. I’ve heard ” MOM… can we get these, pleeeeeeaaaase?”  too many times to count.

What if I told you could make a week’s worth of these lunchtime  favorites in no time at all?

The best part is you can use you kiddo’s favorite PB & J or if needed, allergy friendly peanut butter.

Here’s how you do it:

I’ll be showing you how to make these DIY Frozen Uncrustables with a sandwich sealer, or a large glass with a THICK edge. The sandwich sealer I used can be purchased almost anywhere. I have also seen similar sandwich sealers at our local grocery store.

How to make an Uncrustable

How to make DIY Frozen Uncrustables

DIY Uncrustables

1. Start buy placing your favorite peanut butter and jelly filling in the middle of one piece of bread. Make sure to leave some room on the outer edges, where the sandwich will seal.

2. Place the second piece of bread on top, and use sandwich sealer or glass to seal sandwich, by pressing and holding firmly for 30 seconds.

3. Make sure to remove crusts while the sandwich is still in the press or glass.

 

 

 

 

 

Freeze Uncrustables4. Flash freeze sandwiches in the freezer for about 2 hours.

 

 

 

 

Place DIY Uncrustables in bags5. After the 2 hours, you can now place sandwiches in individual sandwich bags or all in one big freezer bag for storage. Homemade Uncrustables can be frozen for up to a month.

When you are ready to use, simply pack in your child’s lunch box frozen, and it will thaw in-time for lunch, or microwave for 15-20 seconds if you need to serve them immediately.

Feel bad about tossing all those crusts? Hang on to those crusts and try out our Frugal French Toast Sticks recipe! Click  HERE for the recipe.

 

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How to Make a Healthy Packaged Lunch

Convenient can be healthy. See?

If you are tired of your kids asking for packaged foods every time you go to the grocery, you are not alone. We receive dozens of e-mails asking for help on how to compete with what is shiny, boxed, and convenient.

Our solution: Make it fresh at home. It is, after all, our mission to help parents make fresh lunches quickly!

To make this lunch, you’ll need:

  • A compartmentalized container
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • 1-2 cheese sticks, diced or
    1-2 ounces cheese, sliced
  • 2 slices ham, rolled and cut into pieces
  • Handful of crackers
Assemble items in the lunch container, and pack in a lunch box. It really is that simple.
xo Laura – the Chief MOM 
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