Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins

It’s Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday!

I am a ‘bran fan’Raisin Bran, Bran Flakes, Weetabix…does anyone remember the cereal Pep? Loved it! Topped with something sweet…my favourite was a layer of Demerara sugar…I was ready to start my day.

I have always been a ‘muffin fan’…so it was natural for me to transition my love of bran, muffins and allergy friendly baking into one.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins

Moist, rich in flavour, with a touch of orange sweetness…these muffins satisfy my bran muffin cravings.

I re-discovered this recipe from my clippings file…Canadian Living Magazine’s March 2001 edition. Click here for the original recipe.

Just a few adaptions to make this recipe dairy and egg free.

1) Replace the 1 1/3 cups buttermilk with 1 1/3 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar
2) Replace 1 egg with 1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. water and left to rest in the refrigerator over night.
3) For a touch of orange in the recipe…replace the flax egg water with 3 tbsp. of freshly squeezed orange juice and add the zest of one orange to the dry ingredients.
4) To up the fibre…I replaced the 2 cups of all-purpose flour with whole-wheat flour which increased the whole-wheat flour in the recipe to 2 3/4 cups.
5) I placed a bit of date on top of the Dairy, Egg ,Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins before I sprinkled the tops of the muffins with All Bran Flakes before baking.

I think the combination of the molasses, dates and bran create a rich, moist flavourful muffin that will change your mind about bran muffins if you’re not already a ‘bran fan’!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins

This past Saturday I was at the Kniterary…the lovely ladies in my knitting class and I were starting the heel on our stripy socks. (my sock is the longer one top right)

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins surrounded by the unfiinished socks the lovely ladies at knitting are working on

For sustenance…the lovely ladies enjoyed sampling my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins.

I was surprised to learn…all the lovely ladies at knitting were ‘date bran fans’…not necessarily ‘raisin fans’.

One of the lovely ladies at knitting suggested the addition of orange. I couldn’t resist… I had to make a batch the very next morning.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffins

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Date Bran Whole-wheat Muffin ready to enjoy with a slice of orange

Dates + Bran + Orange = Perfectly yummy! 

Enjoy! 

P.S. My neighbour, Joanna, also writes a blog., That Thing I Made..today it was a very personal and heartfelt one concerning her friend with a brain tumour. I would have been honoured to join her ‘Team Running For Love’ but unfortunately, I will not be available.  My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this very scary time. Click here for a link to her story.

Update: Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily has generously offered to put names in draw to win one of her beautiful hand-made summer tote bags to anyone that donates a minimum of $10.00 to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Click here for more details on her blog.

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Knitting…A Fun Outlet For Stress

Since January 2013, I began a new journey of stress relief…although, at times, my husband would beg to differ…knitting.

Basket full of wool for my knitting projects

A gift certificate from The Kniterary from my mother at Christmas was the start of my journey.

I struggled through my first set of lessons…learning to cast on, knit, pearl and cast off…my scarf/cowl.

Wearing the knitted hat and unfinished scarf/cowl

Still a work in progress….note the dangling piece of yarn…would like it to go around my neck at least twice.

My second set of knitting lessons at The Kniterary…learning to read a pattern, knitting in the round, increasing, decreasing…finally lead to a finished product…a hat!

Wearing the hat I knitted

I just love this hat…want one in every colour now! Note the addition of the little flower I stitched on the edge.

My third set of knitting lessons at The Kniterary…learning to follow a more complicated pattern (intermediate) involving knitting with a second colour, sleeves, neck shaping, I-Cord trim, sewing seams, blocking…led to my second completed project…a baby sweater!

Baby sweater I knitted

Note the cute ‘flower button’ I knitted to represent a ‘violet’.

Many trips to my avid knitting neighbour, Anna Mae, has led to a new friendship…many trips to The Kniterary for Martina’s calming instructionals has led to a new mentor…many sets of lessons with the lovely ladies in my knitting classes has led to many new friendships…priceless!

All in all I have found a new community of friendships…a kinship in knitting…another outlet for stress!

Knitting is certainly something I never saw myself ever attempting let alone accomplishing. Even though knitting, for me, may appear to those around me as stress inducing… overall, it has given me a great deal of satisfaction.

The creative side of me loves the challenges…not to mention all the gorgeous coloured wool…the social side of me loves the interaction with the other knitters and the loner in me loves the solitude of knitting.

Knitting may have started as another escape from the food allergies, eczema and asthma issues at home…but in the end, it has introduced me to others whose lives have been touched by the many medical conditions that are out there now…it has made me feel so much less alone.

I need to remind myself…although it seems that the grass is ‘always greener on the other side’…it may seem that way until you actually get there.

I have since knitted another hat and taken a ‘cable’ course…gifts for my Secret Sister Swap hosted by My 1/2 Dozen Daily.

Hat and mug warmer I knitted for my Secret Sister

I loved the ‘cable mug warmer’ so much…I bought myself a portable mug so I can knit myself one. It will be perfect to take to the boys’ hockey games next season…the flowers and buttons were my own personal touch.

As for the gorgeous baby sweater…

Baby sweater gift for Violet

…it was given as a special gift for a little girl named Violet.

Click here to meet Violet.

P.S. I am looking forward to my next set of lessons…stripy socks!

P.P.S  Family members will be receiving something extra special in their stockings this year…I have almost finished my first gift.