Saturday, August 18, 2007

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Muffins

The crisp Colorado mornings seemed to bring out the baker in me while on vacation. That and the package of Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix that I wanted to use up before we went home. Plus that one last banana that was brown, but just crying out to go in some banana bread.

So I took the recipe off the package of Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix for “Pamela’s Muffins” “the “no fat added” version and added 1, mashed, over-ripe banana. I also added ¼ cup GFCF chocolate chips. I use the “Tropical Source” brand but Ener-G also has some tasty faux chocolate chips too.

Here is my modified rendition of Pamela’s Muffins:

Adult or sensory seeking-child version:

1-1/4 cups Pamela's Baking & Pancake Mix (see note below)
(or substitute your favorite GF flour blend + 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
1 tsp baking powder (aluminum-free)
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup honey (or 1/4 cup sugar)
1 egg
1 teaspoon GF vanilla
1 over-ripe banana, well-mashed
1/4 cup GFCF chocolate chips (Tropical Source or Energ-G)

Yield: approximately 6 to 7 muffins or 15-20 mini muffins.

Mix all ingredients together and spoon 2/3 full into greased muffin pan (or use paper muffin cups). Bake in preheated 350ยบ oven for 18 to 20 minutes.

ASD sensory-avoidant child version:

Melt the chocolate chips and mix them in with the batter. Run the banana through the food processor before adding to batter.
Note: Pamela's mixes are GF but not all are CF. Some contain minute amounts of buttermilk. If your child is very sensitive to casein, you may want to substitute another flour blend, such as Bob's Red Mill.


Flamenco Mom said...

That looks absolutely delicious! I'm definitely going to try this!

GFCF Mommy said...

I'm so glad to see you here! I hope you and your little ones like them!


Theresa said...

Hi gfcf mommy. I have a question. Doesn't Pamela's pancake mix have milk ingredients?

GFCF Mommy said...

Hi Theresa,

You are right, see my note at the bottom of the recipe. Several of Pamela's products, including the baking mix, have traces of casein or buttermilk. You can substitute Bob's Red Mill GF All-purpose flour instead.

Pamela's is not a dedicated facility, as they say on their label. Some with food sensitivities have reactions to even the smallest traces and others do not. My son is not reactive to traces of casein, but he is to traces of gluten.

It's a personal choice, everyone's body is different. But to err on the side of caution, you probably would want to substitute Bob's Red Mill for the Pamela's.


Theresa said...

I'm sorry. I didn't read down far enough into the recipe...I noticed that after I sent the email.


GFCF Mommy said...

No problem! The muffins are good with Bob's too!

Anonymous said...

If you are making this recipe with a GF "flour blend", remember that you'll also need to add baking powder/baking soda.

GFCF Mommy said...

Dear Anon,

Thanks for catching that. The Pamela's Baking Mix has the baking soda in it, but if you are using your own blend, you do need to add it. I'll make a correction. I appreciate you pointing this out!


Angelina said...

Dear GFCF Mommy,
Thank you so much for your recipe! I have a little guy with a mild ASD and we are also on the diet. We love it! He asked me today for some cookies or bread, and I felt so bad that I didn't have anything freshly baked for him. So, I am so excited to try your recipe tomorrow morning. I am sure, my son will love it! Thank you!!!!