I am so excited Kiwi’s new cookbook; Allergy-friendly Food for Families is now available!!
For those of you who are not familiar with Kiwi it is a bi-monthly magazine about raising children the organic way. The magazine encourages moms and dads to make sustainable and healthy choices when it comes to nutrition and nurturing their children, and supports green lifestyles. On a personal note, I have been subscribing to Kiwi Magazine for 6 years. As soon as I receive I sit down and read it cover to cover, eager to read the lasted studies, eco-friendly kids’ gadgets, organic recipes, and much more.
I find myself disappointed when I realize I have read everything the issue had to offer and start counting down the days till the next months. Another added bonus for you money savvy moms, Kiwi magazine has coupons for organic products. Actually the amount you pay for a subscription you easily get back with the coupons provided thought a year. But I digress…back to the cookbook.
Even though my children do not have allergies they have friends and we have family member that do have allergies to gluten, nuts, eggs, dairy, or soy. It would be awesome to be able to make a meal for a family who has a sick child, new baby, or is grieving the loss of a family member but when that family has a child, children, or parent with certain allergies I am apprehensive to make them anything. Also, there are so many additives and preservatives that my children do not need so it is nice to have alternative recipes at my fingertips. This includes play dates with friends and birthday parties. Speaking of birthday parties, here is a cupcake recipe from the book Allergy-Friendly Food for Families that Kiwi has graciously shared with readers:
Golden Gluten-Free Cupcakes and Fudgy Chocolate Frosting
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
2 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup tapioca starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup soy-free, nonhydrogenated margarine
1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Fudgy Chocolate Frosting (see recipe below)
FUDGY CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
1/2 cup soy-free, nonhydrogenated margarine, at room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 to 3 tablespoons unsweetened rice milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 20 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the margarine for about 1 minute, or until fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for 2 minutes longer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, apple juice, and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In batches, add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until well-combined. Use a standard ice cream scoop to portion the batter into the paper liners. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Fudgy Chocolate Frosting:
- In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the margarine until soft.
- Add the powdered sugar in batches, and then add the cocoa powder, rice milk, and vanilla.
- Beat for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. If not using right away, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Allow to come back to room temperature before frosting.
Use a small spatula to spread frosting on each cupcake. Enjoy!!!
Allergy-Friendly Food for Families is the most trustworthy, comprehensive, practical, and kid-friendly collection of recipes that exists for the important and growing audience of allergy-aware families. Unlike other allergy cookbooks, this book covers not one or two allergens, but the five most common allergens in kids: wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, and soy. Each of the 120 recipes is free of at least three of these allergens; most are free of all five.
When parents are desperate for ideas for what to make for dinner (or lunch, or snack time), they want recipes from someone they trust, for food that tastes good, that doesn’t require a lot of fancy ingredients, and that the whole family can eat. Allergy-Friendly Food for Families is the ultimate resource. From the three crucial mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, dinner) to the “fun” foods families can’t live without (desserts, snacks, parties), parents are completely covered. Perhaps most importantly, all of these recipes are simple for parents to make.
Recipes such as Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies, Pear Yogurt Dunkers, Good-for-you Nachos, Polenta Mini Pizzas, Giant Cookie Cake, Veggie Bite Soup, and Cool Zucchini Noodles will make kids forget they have allergies. Parents will love the additional informational sections on spotting food allergies, stocking an allergy-free pantry, deciphering labels, and other frequently asked questions. (source: Amazon)
Does your child/children suffer from food allergies? Do you find it difficult to locate yummy allergy-friendly recipes? Do you know of a child/family that has food allergies? If so this might also make a great gift for that mom, (Mother’s Day is right around the corner).