Friday, July 31, 2015

Dairy free zucchini and corn mini muffins

Having a child with multiple food allergies makes food really hard. I've been making all her food from scratch since she started on solids. To be honest I probably would've done that regardless of her food allergies, but the allergies have made it a lot more challenging. Because of this I've pretty much avoided baking for the last 18 months, but we're getting to the fussy eating toddler stage and I need to have an arsenal of different food up my sleeve to keep the food dodging toddler satisfied.

Bub is allergic to dairy, soy, eggs and a number of other foods so it makes baking difficult {which is why I've avoided it for so long}. However over the past few months I've found some great substitutes for all of these things and have started creating my own dairy, soy and egg free recipes so she can enjoy the same kind of foods as her friends. My most recent creation are these dairy free zucchini and corn mini muffins.

savoury muffins for kids

Two of the foods that bub's guaranteed to eat even at her fussiest are zucchini and corn and it just so happens that they go perfectly together so it was a no-brainer to combine them in a muffin. I've kept the recipe super simple with the least amount of ingredients necessary. You can of course add extra ingredients if you like {i.e. spring onion, spices or bacon}.


As an alternative to cow's milk we've been using oat milk as I find its gentler on her belly and it doesn't sweeten the food. You could also use unsweetened almond milk or rice milk. It took me a while to find a substitute for cheese, but I finally found Bio Cheese which is based on coconut oil {its also soy free}. You can make these as proper muffins, but because bub wouldn't eat an entire muffin in one go I made them in patty cake pans.

Dairy free {& egg free} zucchini and corn savoury mini muffins

INGREDIENTS


- 1 medium zucchini {grated}
- ½ cup corn kernels
- 1 cup grated bio cheese 
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 1 cup oat milk
¼ cup olive oil
- 2 eggs beaten {using egg replacer powder}

METHOD


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Line patty cake pans with paper cases

2. Combine zucchini, corn, cheese and flour in a large bowl.

3. Mix milk, oil and egg replacer in a jug until well combined. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour the liquid into it. Gently stir all ingredients together until they're just combined.

4. Fill patty cases half way. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


They can be served warm or cold and are great as a snack for morning tea or afternoon tea. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months {just wrap each muffin in cling wrap and seal in a sandwich bag}. One batch made 18 mini muffins which will be more than a months supply for us so I've frozen ours and just re-heat them in the microwave when she wants one.

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20 comments:

  1. I think I have zucchini in the fridge, I'm adding this to next week's baking!

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  2. How good is the Bio Life cheese?!?? We're loving it :) These sound great Toni, will try them next week!

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    1. Its awesome I'm so glad I found it! Its so good having a cheese substitute now, she missed out on so many things before because I didn't know what to use instead of cheese.

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  3. I am thinking these could be a HUGE winner with my youngest munchkin hun. Especially for school snacks. Thank you.. even better I reckon he could possibly even make these himself with a little guidance. DOUBLE win!!! xx

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  4. I can't imagine how hard that must be, but you must be used to it by now, I suppose. These look delish.

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    1. I am now, in the beginning it was a lot harder but I've found heaps of good substitutes now.

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  5. Oh yum, I am going to make these. How good is Bio Cheese?? so many wonderful coconut products coming on to the market. Hope the price drops soon though.....

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    1. Its so good Raylene so glad I found it. Thankgod for coconut products or we'd be really stuck. I wish they'd get cheaper too its so expensive.

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    1. I think it turned out alright considering I made it up and I'm not a good baker haha.

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  7. My girls will love these, Max not so much. Kid doesn't eat corn... corn! What's wrong with corn!?! x

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    1. Haha I thought all kids eat corn! Its one of those things isn't it that they all just eat? Might be the texture I'm really picky with the texture of food.

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  8. Oh yeah! You know I am going to make these!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha I was thinking of you when I posted them :)

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  9. I think you are doing such a great job coming up with yummy food ideas for Hayley. These look great :)

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Its the first time in my life I've really gotten into baking stuff not straight from a packet mix.

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