#GlutenFree Chickpea Fritters for #SundaySupper

Jun 9, 2013 by

I’ve had to look into so many things with regards to how we eat our food today. With all the various food sensitivities out there, it is so important to pay attention to foods that can cause illness to you or your loved ones. I have had to learn about  Gluten from a friend of mine who is sensitive to wheat products. I was not aware of Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitivity before my friend shared her situation with me. I was more familiar with common food allergies/sensitivities like dairy, nuts and shellfish. Today’s #SundaySupper theme is all about meals prepared for either health or dietary restrictions. So whether it be Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Nut Free – we will have something to share with you today.

Our host this week is Bea from Not So Cheesy Kitchen. Bea’s blog is dedicated to sharing meals and information about a rare metabolic disorder called Classic Galactosemia. This particular disorder prevents the body from processing sugar galactose properly. Bea has been able to allow her family to thrive by preparing special meals that are free from galactose, with guidance from her metabolic clinic. Bea is a true champion! Having a restricted diet has its many challenges, but Bea manages it well and shares her recipes and experiences with us on her blog. Thank you , Bea! And Thank you for hosting this theme that is so close to your heart.

Today I am sharing with you a Gluten Free Fritter using Chickpeas, Scallions, and tomatoes. I really like fritters. There is something about them that I find so comforting. Perhaps it’s because my grandma used to make saltfish fritters for me, I’m not sure. They are so easy to make and such a practical snack. Everyone should be able to enjoy fritters of some kind. They can be served as a side dish or as a snack.

 

Chickpea Fritters #GlutenFree


#GlutenFree Chickpea Fritters for #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 3 Large Scallions
  • 4 Campari Tomatoes
  • 1 2/3 Cups Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 Cups Chopped Spinach
  • Sunflower Oil or Olive Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, sift flours, baking powder and salt. Add milk and eggs, whisk to make a smooth batter.
  2. Fold in the scallions, chickpeas, tomatoes and spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large skillet, bring oil to medium high heat. Using a ladle, add about 3 tablespoons of the batter and cook in batches for about 3-5 minutes, then flipping until browned on the other side.
  4. Serve warmed on a bed of spinach (optional) with any creamy Gluten Free dip of choice.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/06/glutenfree-chickpea-fritters-for-sundaysupper/

 

I really enjoyed these chickpea fritters. It’s always great to know you can create more than just hummus with a can of chickpeas. Scallions bring a lovely flavour to the fritters and pair nicely with the Tomatoes. Any tomato will do, as long as you remove the seeds first. You only need about a cup of diced tomatoes.

 

Scallions, Tomatoes, Chickpeas

 

Chickpea Fritter Batter

#GlutenFree Chickpea Fritter Batter

 

 

I used this opportunity to use the Gluten-Free Flour that I had in my pantry. Instead of using a full cup the GF flour for this recipe, I went half and half with Quinoa Flour – another Gluten Free flour.

 

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Chickpea Fritters #GlutenFree

I also shredded a handful of spinach to give the fritters some added nutrition as well as a beautiful hint of green!

Chickpea Fritters #GlutenFree-10

#Gluten-Free Chickpea Fritters

 

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#Gluten-Free Chickpea Fritters

 

I’m very happy to have made a #GlutenFree dish for today’s #SundaySupper. Although I do not have a Gluten sensitivity, I will always try to make a variety of recipes that can assist other readers with special diets. Hope you enjoyed my recipe today. As always, check out the list of Recipes from the #SundaySupper group. Feel free to PIN and share your favourites on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Breakfast

  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut & Soy Free Brown Rice Breakfast Pudding bygirlichef
  • Dairy & Nut and Sugar Free Blueberry Tangerine Muffins by Vintage Kitchen
  • Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Nut, and Soy Free Homemade Mango Jam Recipe byMasala Herb

Main Courses

Sides
Breads

Treats

Drinks

 

 

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Almond Banana Espresso Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Jun 25, 2012 by

That title was a mouthful. The best mouthful I’ve had in a while. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed these muffins. Thank goodness for Muffin Mondays!

When I saw this recipe, my first thought was…this isn’t the healthiest muffin recipe but I can work with it! I was determined to make this muffin as healthy as possible. Ah well, I’ll experiment some more at a later time but these muffins were terrific. They were beautifully moist with a lovely hint of espresso, and of course a few Dark Chocolate Chips to make it really special. You know Dark Chocolate is good for you, right?

Todays recipe is adapted from the book called Baked: New Frontiers In Baking by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito. I made a few changes that would hopefully ease my conscience even just a little. I wanted to incorporate almonds so I replaced regular milk with almond milk. I also substituted 1/2 cup all-purpose flour with almond flour (or almond meal). I had a bag of sliced almonds just waiting to be used. I put some in a food processor and pulsated until it was finely ground. I placed a few sliced almonds on the muffin batter just to see what it would be like and it turned out just fine. I knew the kids wouldn’t like them there so they had the ones without the almonds. I only used 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips. Good call – it was just the right amount for me.

 

Almond Banana Espresso Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

 

Almond Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Lyn, adapted from Baked: New Frontiers In Baking
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 55 mins
An almond infused muffin with a hint of espresso and dark chocolate chips
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed, very ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 1/2 cup almond flour (3/4 cup sliced almonds in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • A few tablespoons sliced almonds for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Line a 12 hole muffin pan with muffin liners or grease with cooking spray
  3. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas then stir in sugars, butter, milk, and egg. Set aside
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, instant espresso powder, baking soda and salt
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well and stir just until combined
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips
  7. Fill each cup about 3/4 full
  8. Sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top of the muffin batter (optional)
  9. Bake in the center of the oven for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean
  10. Move the muffin pan to a cooling rack, and let cool for 15 minutes
Notes

This recipe is adapted from Baked: New Frontiers In Baking
Yields 16 muffins

 

We started eating these muffins before I took photos. How on earth did I let that happen!? Once you’ve had one of these muffins, I kid you not, you won’t be able to stop…

 

Almond Banana Espresso Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

I was quite pleased with the almond slices on top. They were perfectly toasted and crunchy.

 

Almond Banana Espresso Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Extremely moist and rich in flavour. These muffins are a delightful breakfast or snack!

 

A bite from an Almond Banana Espresso Dark Chocolate Chip Muffin

 

We thoroughly enjoyed my adaptation. I will continue to convince myself that I made myself a healthy version of the original recipe.

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

I hope you enjoyed todays post. Have a wonderful week!

~Lyn

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Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Jun 4, 2012 by

Guess what today is? Its Muffin Monday! Yes! I’m joining a fellow foodie, An from Baker Street on her quest to make Monday mornings enjoyable. I believe a good muffin can certainly do that! Today I’m sharing with you today a lovely  muffin, made with Apricots and Oats. Perfect with a cup of coffee or for me, espresso.

We all need ideas for breakfast on the run, or just something as a wholesome snack. This particular muffin recipe challenged me to use dried apricots which, up until now, I had not used before. The jam is awesome though! I made some very slight changes to the recipe, which was taken from Taste Of Home. I’m sure  that any dried/fresh fruit could be substituted but I really wanted to try using apricots.

While I was making the batter for the muffins, my son asked me why I was making muffins with porridge in it (referring to the oats). It’s so funny the questions and conversation that come up  in the kitchen. I love every minute of it! They were able to taste the apricots as I diced them up. They had a weird reaction at first, because apricots are slightly tart in flavour. But soon enough, I had to slow down because I really wanted to have some left to put into the muffin! Good times! Anyway, as I mentioned, I made a few subtle changes. I increased the sugar to 3/4 cup since that is my comfort quantity for muffins. I also used Almond Milk instead of regular milk.

 

Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

 

 

Apricot Oatmeal Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffin
Author: Lyn, adapted from Taste Of Home
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Muffins with dried apricots, oats, almond milk and fresh apricot slices on top
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 Cup Dried Apricots, Chopped (approximately 24 dried apricots)
  • 1 Stick Butter, Unsalted
  • 3/4 Cup Boiling Water
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Apricot, thinly sliced for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp Turbinado Sugar (Raw Sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp Melted Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, apricots, butter and boiling water. Stir and cover until butter is melted, about 5 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  4. When the oats mixture is combine and cooled, stir in eggs and almond milk
  5. Fill muffin liners about 2/3 with batter
  6. Sprinkle the batter with some Turbinado sugar
  7. Place a slice of Apricot in the centre of the batter
  8. Brush ever slightly, each apricot slice with a little melted butter. Not too much.
  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Notes

This recipe yields 18 muffins
Adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Apricot-Oatmeal-Muffins

 

Pour the hot water into the bowl and mix. I covered the bowl and left it to combine while I moved on to the next step.

 

Dried Apricots (chopped), Butter and Quick Oats

 

Bring out the Turbinado Sugar! Its crunch time! Yes, I sprinkled some raw sugar over the muffin batter. Perhaps this is becoming my signature move when it comes to muffin making. I bought some fresh apricots to eat and also I wanted to decorate the muffins with them. I ended up slicing them and then ever so slightly brushing them with some melted butter after placing a slice on each muffin cup filled with batter.

 

Sliced Apricots on Muffin batter

 

These muffins came out GREAT! They were fluffy and the apricots gave it a slight tart kick with each delicious bite!

 

Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

 

These muffins are nice to look at but even better to eat. Don’t feel too guilty about having more than one! I sure didn’t!!!

 

Muffins on a platter

 

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

Cheers, An! Here’s to more Muffin Mondays to come!

Happy Monday everyone!

~Lyn

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Feb 23, 2012 by

I haven’t posted a smoothie to The Lovely Pantry in a while. My first (and only) smoothie post thus far was the Banana Nutmeg Smoothie. I think its safe to say that every smoothie that I make will have a banana in it. Everything else is purely optional. For  the past week, I’ve been eating soft foods and so smoothies almost became mandatory – which is great. I’ve been whipping up smoothies for me and the kids, and even allowing them to choose some of the ingredients. Great!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

 

I generally keep smoothies pretty simple. Occasionally, I’ll add vegetables or a flavoured protein powder (if I’m making just for me).

 

Banana Berry Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: Lyn of The Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
A quick fix smoothie
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Baby Spinach
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Berries (of more if you like)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Strain into serving cups (optional)

 

Banana, Berries, Spinach, Almond Milk

 

Frozen berries are always in my freezer specifically for smoothies. That way I have them on hand throughout the year and also I don’t have to add ice. I’ll use frozen bananas too if I don’t have fresh on hand. Whatever works, right?

 

 

My cousin told me that she adds spinach to her smoothies. I’ve been putting it in my smoothies ever since. You don’t even know it’s there. But I let my son put it in the blender so that he knows there is goodness his smoothie.

 

Spinach - the ingredient you don't realize is even there...

 

 

 

Into the blender they go

 

And here you have a healthy and refreshing breakfast drink!

 

Banana Berry Smoothie

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Take good care of yourselves :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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