cook with kids: vegan gluten free baked chocolate doughnuts

it’s national donut day so for fun little one and i baked together! i’ve never made donuts but the Delightful Adventure’s recipe looked simple. the original recipe used coconut, which little one is allergic to so we replaced a few ingredients. Continue reading “cook with kids: vegan gluten free baked chocolate doughnuts”

rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.2 & technical bake pt.2

continuing my rainbow cake baking challenge, i wanted to find another cake recipe. i wasn’t sure if the yellow cake mix made it hard to create the colors of the rainbow but i couldn’t find a gluten free cake mix for white cake. until i did … well, sorta. Pillsbury Gluten Free Funfetti Cake Mix creates a white cake with candy bits. Continue reading “rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.2 & technical bake pt.2”

rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.1 & technical bake pt.1

since i got started on this rainbow cake baking challenge, i have been thinking about the cake. for a class party, i made one cake mix and the kids ate them all up. Continue reading “rainbow cake baking challenge: signature cake pt.1 & technical bake pt.1”

Palatable Palette

palatable palette: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie

it was going to be a 2-pie baking night with the little one but i ended up making them both myself. not to worry though – these were recipes that are worthy a remake so i’ll keep a place holder … Continue reading palatable palette: sweet potato pineapple crumb pie

cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun

last winter, i made these impromptu marshmallow rice treat snowmen for dessert at a family gathering. when shaping the snowmen, i squeezed them a bit tight and it made them a little difficult to eat. but little one loved them! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: marshmallow rice treat fun”

baking challenge: gluten-free nut-free vegan rainbow cake

a couple of months ago my little one gave me a challenge: a rainbow cake. now this is a big thing as i am not a baker but with my little one’s allergies, i can’t just go out and buy it. i did some online research and then i just stewed on it.

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cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan lemon ricotta cookies

when prepping for a group playdate, i accidentally bought too much ricotta cheese! so i needed a recipe to use up some of the cheese. one of the mothers brought some DE-LICIOUS lemon cookies from a favorite cookie company: Ohmigod! i had been fantasizing about them since. so when a top result of recipes with ricotta cheese was lemon ricotta cookies, it was an easy decision! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan lemon ricotta cookies”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan brownies

my go-to for savory or sweet gluten free baking mixes is Bob’s Red Mill but i like to try others. It’s Wholesome has an extensive line of sweet baking mixes so for the week before Valentine’s Day, little one and i made brownies! little one mixed the batter and spread it on the pan so we could bake a thin layer of brownies. after letting it cool, we used the cookie cutters to create heart-shaped brownies. little one and i had fun baking and eating brownies! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan brownies”

cook with kids recipe: dutch apple cookie

dutch apple cookiei love french apple tarts but phyllo dough has wheat so i can’t share it my little one. i was browsing online and found an alternative – apples with graham cookie crust. bingo!

after flavoring the apples, little one layered layered thin slices of apple on top of a graham cracker, just like one would do with a french apple tart. cookies were quite tasty! Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: dutch apple cookie”

cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan pumpkin muffins

gluten free vegan pumpkin muffinpumpkin bread is one of my favorite baked goods and i wanted a recipe that my little one could enjoy as well. i found this vegan pumpkin muffin recipe and tweaked it with my child’s allergy restrictions. the original recipe was sweeter than i liked so i reduced the sugar and i added some pumpkin seeds to give the muffins a little crunchy texture. Continue reading “cook with kids recipe: gluten free vegan pumpkin muffins”

cook with kids recipe: no bake pumpkin mini cheesecakes

no bake pumpkin cheesecakesince my little one was helping to make dessert, i wanted to find something simple and fun. this no bake pumpkin cheese cupcakes fit the bill. my little one enjoyed mixing and smashing and filling. after dinner was done, everyone enjoyed eating them!

cooking tools

  • muffin pan
  • 1 small ziplock bag
  • meat tenderizer -or- potato masher
  • icing spatula -or- butter knife

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Breyers® ice cream

grew up with and happy to share Breyers® Ice Cream‎

when we went to taiwan during the summer my relatives wanted my little one to enjoy ice cream. my hesitation had been that ice cream has egg but my cousin was sure it didn’t so he asked the chef and low and behold, the chef confirmed that the Häagen-Dazs® ice cream they served didn’t have egg. so my little one had the first taste of vanilla, mango and strawberry ice cream. happy toddler! Continue reading “grew up with and happy to share Breyers® Ice Cream‎”

family breakfast: waffle food art – carousel birthday party

if you can’t go to an amusement park, how about a outing at a carousel … better yet, how about a birthday party by the carousel? oh what fun!

ingredients

  • gluten free vegan waffle
  • plain yogurt
  • fruits: banana, kiwi, mango, papaya, watermelon

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recipe: grilled fruit skewers

a little variety to the little one’s nightly oatmeal and lentil that is fitting for the Fourth of July: grilled fruit skewers.

cooking tools

  • grill
  • coffee stirrers / short thin straws

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all the fruity colors of the rainbow

well, maybe only 5 colors of the rainbow but even so, it was fruity and colorful way to start the morning or a healthy dessert treat any time of the day!

ingredients

  • 4oz organic yogurt
  • red fruit: raspberries, strawberries
  • orange fruit: papaya, orange, butternut squash, pumpkin
  • yellow fruit: pineapple, mango
  • green fruit: avocado, kiwi, grapes
  • blue/purple fruit: blueberries, blackberries

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recipe: cream cheese frosting

i was thinking of making cheesecake for Father’s Day since I knew k could eat cream cheese but i didn’t find a recipe i could be sure of yet and i didn’t have time to experiment with any recipes. but i found a great alternative! i had made gluten free vegan chocolate cake but had not come up with a topping yet. so how about cream cheese frosting?

i found a few recipes i was interested in trying but this one was great because it was a no-cook recipe and had lots of flavor option ideas! i used whipped cream cheese so it may have made the consistency softer and i wasn’t able to pipe a swirly top above the cupcake. but it tasted good with the chocolate cake. i’ll be sure to try it again as well as try the other flavors.

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daycare cooking assignment: gluten free vegan brown sugar cookies

it’s sugar cookie day again at k’s daycare so why not try another recipe? this is called a chewy butter cookie but it’s very similar to the ingredients of other sugar cookies i’ve tried so i decided to give it a shot. the recipe called for a lot of sugar – both white and brown so i reduced the sugar and only went with brown.

the cookies were the perfect level sweet (yikes – imagine if i put in the original amount!) and not too chewy (which is good for a cookie). i think this will be my go-to sugar cookie recipe from now on!

cooking tools

  • medium mixing bowl
  • baking pan
  • parchment paper
  • star-shaped cookie cutter

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daycare cooking project: fruit sweetened vegan chocolate muffins

k’s cooking class is making chocolate muffins again. honestly i haven’t made any chocolate muffins since then but i did know if i did, i would try a different recipe. so here’s my opportunity of a do-over. i chose this recipe because it doesn’t have sugar as an ingredient, instead it uses fruits: dates and banana. i didn’t have any dates and i think they are a bit too sweet, so i added apples instead. the recipe also used “nutty” ingredients, i.e. almond milk and peanut butter. k is allergic to nuts so i used cow milk and butter. finally i found a baking flour that claims it can be substituted for any baking flour, so i used it instead of wheat flour. Continue reading “daycare cooking project: fruit sweetened vegan chocolate muffins”

Sunday morning recipe: gluten free vegan blueberry muffins

this week’s Sunday breakfast, i thought i’d try a muffin. blueberry muffins are popular for breakfast and i found this recipe that looked good and simple to make. as usual, i substituted flax meal instead of eggs to make it vegan. there is a lot of butter and sugar in the recipe. for butter i used a vegan spread and for the sugar, i tried two versions:

  1. for one half dozen, i substituted sugar with applesauce. there was no sugar in this version so the muffins were very soft and it really relied on the fruit to sweeten the muffin. it worked well and k enjoyed it. an option to make it a little sweeter is to use mashed bananas.
  2. for the other half dozen, i used brown sugar so i could taste the recipe in its original form. i meant to use only half of the amount of sugar but ended up using 2/3rds the amount of sugar. it was still too sweet! next time i’ll remember to only use half the amount.

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recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes

when i watched a gf make crêpes for brunch a few months ago, she showed me how simple it was. so when i saw a picture of these cinnamon apple crepes online, i decided to give it try it for our Sunday breakfast. the recipe i found required gluten free and gum free pancake mix or flour, which i didn’t have but i tried the recipe anyway.

well, let’s just say i ended up with big, thin pancakes – but they were tasty with the cinnamon apple filling so it’s all good. when i have the right flour, i’ll try it again to see if i come up with thin quality crepes. if not, they were a fun variation to Sunday morning pancakes! Continue reading “recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes”

daycare cooking assignment: heart shaped sugar cookies

k’s daycare made sugar cookies for the holidays but i didn’t love the recipe i made so i wanted to try another. while i was grocery shopping the other day, i found a  gluten free baking flour from Bob’s Red Mill. that says you can just substitute it for any wheat flour! that should mean that i don’t have to look for gluten free recipes – so i went online and found this eggless sugar cookie recipe *see note 1.

since this recipe didn’t “allow” for using a cookie cutter to shape, so instead of flattening it with a glass i let the cookies bake for 5 to 10 minutes first. then i removed it from the oven and used a cookie cutter to cut the shape and sprinkle sugar and/or cinnamon. i put it back in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: heart shaped sugar cookies”

daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie

for the holidays k’s school is making sugar cookies. so i found this sugar cookie recipe and pared it down for k’s allergies – which made it just 2 main ingredients and a few flavoring ingredients (vanilla and salt). the only cookie cutters we owned were star wars cutters that m got as a gift. so for the trial run, i made  star wars apple “sugar” cookies.

milk sugar cookiem enjoyed the star wars cookies but i didn’t love the first recipe so i looked for another. this one had a few other ingredients, including egg, butter and milk. since k can’t eat eggs, i substituted it flax meal with water. i also used a vegan spread instead of butter. m liked the flavor of this milk “sugar” cookie better than the first.  Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie”

thanksgiving meal 2014 deux: family

as for our first family Thanksgiving meal, we sat around the table together, used same plates and served everyone – including k – at the same time. other being than being anxious to eat, as k usually is, i don’t know if she really noticed the difference in how we were eating but it was a nice feeling though nostalgic since it another indicator that she’s becoming a big girl. as usual the end of the meal resulted in an empty plate to our very happy eater despite her food allergies and for that we are always thankful!  menu for Thanksgiving meal … Continue reading thanksgiving meal 2014 deux: family

apple banana pumpkin bread

since i enjoyed the filling in the apple banana pumpkin pie i made for k’s school, i searched for another recipe that had all three fruits and came across this bread recipe. i pared down a lot of the ingredients to simplify it and adjust it for k’s allergies / foods k hasn’t tried yet. –> recipe on Palatable Palette it came out great. no extra sugar added either – the fruits provided all of the natural sweetness. YUM! Continue reading apple banana pumpkin bread

apple banana pumpkin pie

the first time i made pumpkin pie, i didn’t know if i could eat pumpkin pie again – knowing the ingredients and amount made me realize why pumpkin pie is so delicious. while i wanted k to experience a delicious dessert, i wasn’t ready for her to take in all the sugar and fat. so i searched online and found a recipe for the filling and a recipe for pie crust that sounded healthier and had very few ingredients given the limited foods that k has tried so far. –> recipe on Palatable Palette i was excited to try this recipe to see … Continue reading apple banana pumpkin pie