(Gluten Free, Can be Dairy Free, Rice Free)
Adapted from by jalene from a recipe by foods.com
Yields 1 (9 inch round) cake
I'm always looking for new ways to use up my over ripe bananas and this next recipe is my absolute NEW favorite. It staprted out as an experiment with high hopes but as I watched my yummy brown sugar and walnut streusel sink into the depths of the pan I thought it had completely flopped, but then after tasting it, it was actually perfectly addicting and delicious. It was a roller coaster of a recipe I guess. ;)
The top has a slightly crisp crust and the base has a yummy caramel hint of a flavor. It reminds me of a cake I used to eat before I was gluten free called Yummy Sticky Happy Pudding. (You might know it as Sticky Date Pudding.) It's a delicious English dessert. My sister in law thought it tastes like a banana coffee cake. Whatever you want to compare it to, it's delicious! The cake is sweet by itself & doesn't really need frosting but if you prefer to top it my cream cheese frosting works great.
Amazing Gluten Free Banana Cake
Note from jalene:
*Don't be tempted to add more banana then the recipe calls for. It'll affect the way the cake turns out. Also, if you make any substitutions, that will also affect the outcome of your recipe. I can only guarantee pure yumminess when followed exactly.
Can I just tell you that for the past 30+ years of my life I have not been a meatball fan.
For some reason they never appealed to me. They were just these giant balls of meat that never tasted good enough to try again. And anytime I think of meatballs I can't help but think of this scene from the Wedding Singer:
But all that changed one day after I decided to go out on a limb and try these Quinoa Meatballs from WholeFoods.com. With a little adaption they were gluten free friendly... and delicious! I used a cookie scooper to make them into perfect uniform balls and they cooked up in the same amount of time it takes to boil my gluten free spaghetti noodles!
The Quinoa and Veggies make them super healthy and help your little meat lovers get some other nutrients in other than meat. Audrey would eat a dozen of these if I let her! Hope you enjoy them too!
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Contains egg)
Adapted by jalene from Wholefoods.com
Makes 17 meatballs
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow them to cool for a minute then carefully remove the "oozed" edge for the meatball and then serve!
Store leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
I realize that the majority of my blog followers wont be able to use this next recipe but I wanted to provide it for the small percentage of us with babies that are just being introduced to solid foods. I hope you can walk away a little more educated and aware so that you may be able to make healthier choices for your little ones.
Before our 2nd daughter was born, I happened to be over at a friend's house who had a little 6 month old. On the counter was a box of their baby's rice cereal. I was alarmed (to say the least) when I noticed the long list of ingredients included in what was supposed to be a simple first-time food for babies.
As some of you already know, when a child is first starting to eat solids, it's important to introduce one food at a time into their diet. Rice cereal is no exception to this rule! Simple ingredients such as "brown rice" should be practically the only item appearing on the ingredient list so that if the baby has any reaction, that food can be removed from the baby's diet.
As I read over the label of my friend's baby cereal I noticed Soy was listed at least 2 times in different forms. We talk mainly about Gluten and Dairy allergies on this website but did you know that there are eight foods that account for 90 percent of all reactions. And SOY is one of those eight. The other are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish and shellfish.
Studies show that if you can keep your child off of these 8 allergies until the age of 2, the better chance your child will have at not developing a allergic reaction to them.
According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Yikes!
And with allergies on an all time high, keeping your child off of these 8 common allergens is something big YOU can do to help your child since hereditary genetics are not on your side as well.
Bottom line, read the labels. Understand what ingredients are being consumed by your child. Cut out foods that harm and incorporate back in foods that are REAL and as nature intended.
So with that said, here's a super simple baby rice cereal you can make quickly in less than 5 minutes and feel good about serving to your little one.
Baby Brown Rice Cereal
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free)
Created by jalene
Yields about 1/3 cup
You're going to want to sink your teeth into this next recipe! I know my family sure has. I can't keep enough of it on hand. It keeps getting devoured!
Funny thing is this recipe came about by pure curiosity! I've been on a Quinoa Quest lately. It's not my favorite stuff to eat by itself (especially if it has not been properly washed before cooking). But I know how super incredibly healthy Quinoa is so I bought a giant bag of it at Costco and I've been getting to work-trying to sneak it into everyday recipes.
The results have been awesome! This one is definitely one of my new favorites. My husband claims it's the best gluten free bread he's tasted in long time! The bread has a fantastic flavor and it cooks up moist in the middle and crispy on the outside. You can even freeze the flatbread and reheat it later by using your toaster. It's pure awesomeness. ;)
Gluten Free Quinoa Flatbread
(Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)
Created by jalene
Makes 6 (6-inch) flatbreads
You can also allow them to cool completely and freeze the leftovers. Enjoy!
PS & FYI- We tried this as a pizza crust but it turns out too moist for our liking.
If you need help on how to roll out your dough, watch here. It's the same, just on a smaller scale!
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