5 Ingredient Drop Biscuits|Gluten & Dairy-Free

WHY is it so expensive to be gluten & dairy free?! A few slices of gf vegan cheese is $6, a small loaf of gf bread is $7 (I couldn’t even find a dairy free variety). How’s a gal supposed to eat?!

Being that I’m a stay at home mama in a family of 5 I don’t have the grocery budget for $7 bread, so I’ve been searching everywhere for inexpensive, doable recipes. And by doable I mean quick & easy- Remember, on top of  my health I’m also breastfeeding a newborn, trying to manage my home, and juggling my older kids’ schoolwork & activities, I don’t have time to search for exotic ingredients, baby a dough, or wash 400 different bowls.

Enter Robyn from Real Food Whole Life’s 5-Ingredient Drop Biscuits. YAY! A gf, df biscuit using just 6 simple, standard ingredients that tend to be staples in all homes, gf or not?! Yeah, I know the title says 5, but take up the typo with Robyn. Just a few cup of oats, a lil’ baking powder & baking soda, a pinch of salt, coconut butter, & milk- in my case almond. And they come together in a jif, using just. one. bowl & no special equipment? Ok, I’m sold!

I made the unsweetened version because I wanted a biscuit to help kill my bread cravings, and I needed to “cook from the cabinet.” It’s not my recipe, so I won’t publish it here (here’s the link again), but I will review it. So what did I think of the recipe?

The work-

First off, one cup of liquid was too much! Don’t pour it all in at once, but mix in a little at a time. Secondly, this recipe is so fast to make. I spent maybe 3 minutes total putting it together. I skipped the egg wash because it always just seems so unnecessary on a drop biscuit. All I needed was a bowl, a fork, two measuring spoons, & a measuring cup. Score! My bake time was 17 minutes.

The reward-

My biscuits were quite flat, but no biggie. I certainly can’t open them to  spread with jam or anything, but that’s a drop biscuit for ya. Great texture & taste. A little salty, but in a pleasant way. BUT I did kinda want them to peanut butter cookies. They just seemed like fluffy pb oatmeal cookies, minus the sweetness. I blame the smell of the baked oats. Maybe one day I’ll tweak it to contain an unsweetened nut butter, cuz that would be delish! Would also be amazing with butter or honey, but I can’t have that so (((sad face)))…

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What I would do differently-

Definitely scale the milk back closer to 3/4 c. Next time I’m going to throw 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of garlic powder & a hearty pinch of parsley & basil in there, yum!  I honestly think the oat biscuit would be a BOMB base for a cheddar bay copycat. Siiigh I miss food. Besides scarfing these babies plain, I also served them warm with hot (previously frozen) blueberries topped with a dollop of almond milk froth and it was divine!

Do I recommend?

Yes, absolutely. This is a very affordable gf, df biscuit recipe & required nothing I didn’t already have prior to going on this restricted diet. They also fulfilled my bread, and strangely my cookie, craving.

 

 

 

Pumpkin Lactation Muffins

  Happy Halloween! To celebrate the holiday, I whipped up a batch of Pumpkin Lactation Muffins to enjoy,

These muffins come together in a jiffy and are delicious- dense but not heavy, not too sweet. I used maple syrup and, as written, I actually think they’re a bit savory & work great in place of a regular dinner roll or biscuit alongside a plate of turkey or chili. If you prefer a sweeter muffin try using honey or brown sugar, instead. When I tested this recipe I didn’t use muffin liners, I just oiled the pan with coconut oil and they popped right out with no problem.

These muffins freeze well, so you can make a big batch & save some for later. They’re effective, too! I only had one from the first batch & had noticeably more milk. The flavor of  brewer’s yeast isn’t noticeable to me, but some may be more sensitive to it. If that’s the case try decreasing the yeast by half a tablespoon &/or mixing in some yummy extras such as chocolate chips, dry cranberries, pecans, etc.

No one in your home breastfeeding? No problem, just leave out the yeast, no other adjustments are needed.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.
  2. To a large bowl, add the pumpkin, applesauce, syrup/honey, eggs, milk, vanilla and oil. Whisk until combined.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix the flour, oats, baking soda, spices, yeast, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Don’t over-mix, you just need to stir until combined. Batter will look somewhat grainy.                                                                                          *If you’d like to add any mix-ins, like chocolate chips or walnuts, now’s the time to do so.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into the cups.
  5. Bake the muffins for 20-22 minutes, until tops spring back when gently touched.
  6. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely, or they might fall apart.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Dookie Cookies

Sooo, turns out I was even further along than the Dr first thought AND I went into preterm labor. Long story short, our baby girl arrived 72 days after we found out we were pregnant, at 36.5 wks gestation, after 4.5 hours of labor and without any medication. So far baby is doing spectacularly! Mom, on the other hand, isn’t bouncing back so well…

I have two words for you- postpartum constipation. Loads of us ladies suffer, and I do mean suffer, from a sluggish digestive tract after having a baby. General soreness, episiotomies, a decrease in physical activity, and hemorrhoids can all contribute to postpartum constipation.  Y’all- it took a WEEK after baby was born to have a bm, and then I didn’t go to the bathroom a week after that! No amount of Miralax, stool softeners, water, or fiber-rich foods helped in the least. I was desperate for a breastfeeding-safe, gentle method of relief. What DID work was warm prune juice, but that is absolutely disgusting, like drinking raisin spit. In desperation I turned to the internet. Ecosia, the search engine I use, didn’t turn up much, but it did bring up a recipe in a 7 yr old comment from Ellie on Yahoo answers, on which I have based my recipe.

Prune Oatmeal cookies, aka The Dookie Cookie, don’t sound very tasty but they surprisingly are! If you like oatmeal  raisin you’ll like these- I think these are even better than oatmeal raisin cookies, honestly. They’re yummy, come together very quickly, & freeze great. You can make them in bar or cookie form, though in cookie form they spread out very thin- watch them closely in the oven!  In bar form they raised MUCH better and were softer. Personally, I LOVE crunchy cookies, so I preferred them in that form. The recipe is easily halved or doubled.

  • 1 C Butter, softened (I sub 1/2 C of the butter with coconut oil)
  • 1 C Packed Brown Sugar (I cut back to 3/4 c because they are very sweet)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 C Prune Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 C Flour
  • 2 C Rolled Oats
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 C Chopped Prunes or Raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together butter & sugar until fluffy
  3. Beat in eggs, prune juice, and vanilla
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon
  5. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients
  6. Stir in oats and fruit
  7. Drop by heaping teaspoons about 2.5″ apart on greased baking sheet, or press dough evenly into greased 13×9″ pan.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes for cookies, 18-23 minutes for bars.
  9. Remove from oven, let cool for a couple of minutes, then cut into bars.

Enjoy a few yummy treats and in a couple of hours you should experience the benefits of The Dookie Cookie. I haven’t experienced any nausea, bloating, or cramping using prunes as a remedy, just gentle relief.

 

Mamas, what is your Go-To for constipation relief?

 

 

 

 

Delicious Drinks

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A collection of delicious drink recipes

The weather is getting pretty chilly! I love curling up with a warm, frothy chamomile latte.   They are so easy to make at home!

Chamomile Latte

3 bags chamomile tea

2 c milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp honey

  • In saucepan, over medium heat, heat milk until very hot but do  not boil.
  • When milk is steaming hot turn heat to low, add all other ingredients & steep 8 minutes
  • Strain if necessary & froth                                                                                                          (Oh How Civilized has great instructions for frothing milk at home)
  • Pour into your favorite mug & enjoy!

To change things up, experiment with one or a combination of the following add ins-

1 tsp lavender buds

1/4 tsp cinnamon

A pinch of ginger

A splash of lemon or 1/4 tsp lemon zest

 

You can find  many delightful drink recipes here

What’s your favorite drink to ward of the winter chills?