Gluten, Dairy, and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Fall is here…

An Empire Apple at Watson's Farm perfect for picking

Perfect time to go apple picking!

It is all about apples at our house…the boys (including my husband, Andy) are super excited because ‘apple picking season’ means one thing…lots of baking with apples.

Andy jumped at the chance to go apple picking with me…so we made it a ‘date’. We headed off to Watson Farm after work…it is a little bit of country nestled amongst the city of Bowmanville. Together we picked a bushel!

I have already made 3 batches of applesauce, two Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Kuchen Cakes , two Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crisps and I made a froze a Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Piealways good to have something in the freezer, just in case.

I decided to make my Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apple Crisp with a twist…I made it with gluten-free oatmeal and oatmeal flour!

Gluten, Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Absolutely delish!

No one was the wiser…in fact, Michael, Matthew and Andy all commented that the crisp was “really good”. In fact, Matthew went on to add, “Mmmmm…the apples melted down into a tasty mush”. Well, okay?…I am taking that as a compliment!

If oatmeal is in your diet and you are as big a fan of oatmeal as I am…the Canadian Company, Chateau Cream Hill Estates Gluten, Wheat, Barley, Rye, Triticale, Spelt and Kamut Free Lara’s Rolled Oats and Lara’s Whole Grain Oat Flour are the ticket.

I just loved the combination of the toasted oatmeal flour and rolled oats a top the sweet baked apples. So comforting…the perfect fall dessert!

The following recipe is an adaptation from Canadian Living’s Country Cooking.

Gluten, Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Gluten, Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Apple Crisp

6-8 apples peeled and thinly sliced (I used my freshly picked Empires)
2/3 cup Demerara Sugar
2/3 cup oatmeal flour
2/3 cup rolled whole oats (not instant or quick)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup canola oil

In a 8 inch baking dish add the sliced apples.
Tip 1: Use more or less apples to fill the dish.
In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
Drizzle in the canola oil and mix to combine and form a crumble.
Tip 2:  I like to use my hands to really massage the oil in with the dry ingredients then I crumble it over top of the apples. Make sure all the apples are covered.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until the apples are have softened.
Tip 3: After 20 minutes, cover the dish with foil so as the top does not over cook.
Let cool on cooling rack.

Just in time for Thanksgiving Weekend!

Enjoying a bowl of Gluten, Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmal Apple Crisp

Enjoy…still warm with its crunchy top!

Of course now my poor bananas are being left to the wayside. No worries, I can always bake up a Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bread or Dairy, Egg and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Banana Bundt Cake.

What are your favourite apple desserts?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins for Canada Day

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins are perfect to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday!

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than with some maple syrup laced muffins!

These were the perfect treat to bring over to my neighbour/friend Leslie’s where my boys were having a fun afternoon swimming with their friends in their pool.

Natasha exclaimed, “They taste like pancakes!”

Not quite sure where I acquired and wrote this recipe down from…I have had it since before I was married…enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Maple Syrup Muffins for Canada Day

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup Natura Rice Beverage
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (make sure it is the real thing)

Maple Glaze

1 tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of water to thin the glaze to your liking

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.
Add the wet to the dry and stir just to combine.
Fill 12 paper lined muffin tin with batter.
Bake at 350 F for 20- 25 minutes or until golden.
Let cool for 10 minutes in the muffin tin before removing them to finish cooling on a cooling rack.
Spread with Maple Glaze.

Enjoy!

How will you be spending Canada Day? Baking anything special to celebrate? Do share!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

The muffin for today’s Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday was chosen especially for my Mother’s Day breakfast.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Full of oats, bran and plump apricots…perfect with a cup of tea!

I have been holding on to this recipe for awhile…waiting for the perfect time to give them a try…Mother’s Day breakfast was ideal. This recipe is from the June 2002 issue of Canadian Living Magazine. Click here for the original recipe.

Adaptions:

1)  I replaced the buttermilk with 1 cup of Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar left to set while I measured the rest of my ingredients.
2) I replaced the egg with a flax egg…1 tbsp. of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water and left in the refrigerator over night or until it thickens.
Update:  3) I added 1 tsp pure vanilla to the wet ingredients.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins

Thanks to a reminder from Candace…I baked the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins in my silicone muffin cups instead of paper. The muffins popped out perfectly.

Enjoy!

Enjoying my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffin

I think next time…a touch of ginger would be a nice addition. In the meantime, a drizzle of local honey was the finishing touch.

I packaged up a few Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins for my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day…she was quite pleased.

A few Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Apricot Oatmeal Muffins for my mother-in-law to enjoy

Don’t worry mom…I have popped a few in the freezer for your next visit.

P.S. Go Leafs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffins

Todays Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday is an attempt to entice my boys to try one of my healthier muffins, scaled down…whole-wheat/bran muffins filled with fibre do not tempt them.

Hence, this weeks muffin is a reconfiguration of last Monday’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry  Mini Muffins. Click here for the link.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wildblueberry Muffins

Andy loved them…Matthew liked them…I preferred the heartier version of the whole-wheat flour and oatmeal combo…MIchael has yet to try them…it’s the oats that is putting him off.

It can be such a hard balance…trying to please each of their individual palates, yet, at the same time, creating a healthy snack.

I kept the ingredients simple…unbleached all-purpose flour, quick oats, brown sugar, rice milk, egg replacement…to highlight the star of these muffins…frozen wild blueberries.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffins

Dry Ingredients

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats
1 cup demerrera sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Wet Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar…let rest while measuring ingredients.
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/3 cup canola oil

Add In
1 cup frozen wild blueberries

Topping
whole oats and frozen wild blueberries

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In another bowl, combine all the wet ingredients.
Gently stir in the frozen blueberries into the dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients to dry and continue to gently stir until just combined.
Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups.
Top with a sprinkling of whole oats and 3 frozen blueberries on top of each muffin.
Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are golden on the edges.
Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before turning out to continue to cool.

Enjoy!

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Wild Blueberry Muffin with a cup of tea

Just look at all those yummy wild blueberries!

Variations:
For a lemon blueberry version…add 1 tbsp. of lemon zest to the dry ingredients.
For a cinnamon blueberry version…add 1 tsp of cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
For a gluten-free version…replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend and use gluten-free oats.

How do you manage to create healthy allergen friendly options to please your individual family members?

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

My neighbour and friend, Leslie, is one busy mom…with two of her children in competitive swimming, one of them in rep soccer and a third child in karate….her schedule is all over the place.

Leslie was happy to share with me a recipe that her children enjoy as a snack to tide them over between meals when they are on the run. She hoped it might be something my boys would enjoy too.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Oats, whole-wheat, wheat-germ, topped with a rich chocolate coating…one hardly notices these are full of fibre! Matthew loved them!

This recipe was passed on to Leslie from a long-time friend whose children love them. Surprisingly, her friend named these Brownies…an odd choice as they are nothing like Brownies.

I hand delivered samples of my version of Leslie’s Oatmeal BarsDairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Oatmeal Bars…to Leslie’s house. Her children were very excited to try them…their expert opinion…“Just like yours mom.”

A trip up the street to my other friend, Linda’s house where more samples of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars were delivered. I am happy to report they were deemed…‘delicious’.

I am always pleased when I can adapt a recipe to be allergy friendly for my boys and at the same time be enjoyed by both adults and children without food allergies.

In my eyes…that is what I call a success!

This recipe was easy to adapt…I switched the butter/margarine to Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or for a soy-free version use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread, the egg to 1/2 tsp baking soda and 2 tbsp. water and I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ or natural bran (I used wheat germ)
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup demerera sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla

Topping

1/2-3/4 cups Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Chunks

In a large bowl, cream the sugar and Earth Balance of your choice.
Add the water and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
Combine the dry with the creamed ingredient mixture.
Pat into a 9 by 13 greased pan.
Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let sit for 5 minutes.
Spread the melted chocolate to cover the top of the oatmeal bars.
Let cool completely…will crumble if you cut it while still warm.

Enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Tip 1:  Leslie’s daughter enjoys her Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bar warmed up in the microwave…her son Alex offers it up for dessert with a scoop of ice cream…while Evan, I believe he eats it anyway he can!

Tip 2:  I like to ‘tweak’ recipes…Here is my updated even healthier version of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars…Oatmeal and Chocolate with a touch of cinnamon…yummy!

1)  Use an equal amount of canola oil for the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
2)  Use a flax egg (1 tbsp. flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water and let rest in the refrigerator while you put together the rest of the ingredients) and add to the oil and sugar mixture.
3) Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
4) Reduce baking soda to 1/2 tsp and omit the 2 tbsp. water.

I dropped off samples at Leslie’s house…what would her children make of the change?  They loved them both!

If you are looking for an Oatmeal Barbake the original version. For more of an Oatmeal Cookiebake the updated version.

I happen to prefer the cookie version better…which would you prefer?

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

This Sunday morning I had the pleasure of baking my Allergy Friendly Monday Muffins at my mother’s house.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

My mother and I love the flavour combination of lemons and raspberries…combined with whole-wheat and oatmeal in a mini muffin…yes please!

While out grocery shopping for our evening meal on Saturday…my mother spied a mini muffin tin…the inspiration for the mini muffin version.

Mini muffins make the perfect mini snack…especially for my mother who watches her carbohydrate intake due to her being a Type 1 Diabetic.

This recipe was adapted from the March 2000 edition of Canadian Living Magazine.

Adaptions for this recipe include:

1)  Replace 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk with 1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. white vinegar…let rest while you measure the ingredients.
2)  Replace the 2 eggs with 1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. water…let rest over night in the refrigerator (or in the refrigerator as you measure the rest of the ingredients), increase baking soda to 1 1/2 tsp (add to dry ingredients) and add 2 tbsp. of water to the wet ingredients.
3)  I replaced the all-purpose flour to whole-wheat flour to increase the fibre.
4)  I sprinkled the tops with large flake oats and topped each with a fresh raspberry.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins

A plate of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Dry Ingredients

2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup packed Demerara Sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup quick oats
1 tbsp. lemon zest

Wet Ingredients

1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 tbsp. of white vinegar…let rest
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp. flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water (refrigerate overnight or until it thickens)
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla
3/4 cup frozen raspberries

Topping

24 fresh raspberries plus more for any regular muffins
whole oats

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients…excluding frozen raspberries.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to just combine…gently stir in the frozen raspberries.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tin…sprinkle with whole oats and top with a fresh raspberry.

Tip: I was able to bake 24 mini muffins and 5 regular sized muffins. (bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes)

Bake at 375 F for 10-15 minutes.
Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before turning out on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Muffins

P.S. On my drive home from my visit to my mom…I stopped in to see Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily. I thought her daughter’s would enjoy a basket of my freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Lemon Raspberry Mini Muffins.

P.P.S. Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily’s posted a draw (click here for the story) to support the Brain Tumour  Foundation of Canada in support of Joanna @ That Thing I Made‘s friend, Jen, who has a brain tumour.  

Summer tote bag made by Carla @ My 1/2 Dozen Daily

The winner of the draw wanted Jen to have the beautiful tote bag that Carla made, along with a book, so I have brought it home to give to Joanna to pass on to Jen.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free 3 Grain Orange Blueberry Muffins

I just love waking up on a Sunday morning to freshly baked muffins…not to mention, so does my husband.

Big, bold crunchy tops adorn these beauties…Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free 3 Grain Orange Blueberry Muffins. 

Freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffins

Just the ticket for this past Sunday’s sunny yet brisk morning.

Prepping all the ingredients the night before makes swift work the next morning.

The blend of cornmeal, oats, whole-wheat and flax-meal lends to a more textural muffin…while the flavour combination of orange/blueberry brighten up this healthy combination of grains.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffin

Fresh from the oven, moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside…Andy couldn’t resist a second.

I discovered this recipe back in the July 2004 issue of Chatelaine magazine…I have loved it ever since. Click here for the original recipe.

Just a few adaptions were necessary to make this recipe allergen-free for our family.

Adaptions:

1)  1 3/4 cups of Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 2 tbsp. of white vinegar for the buttermilk.
2)  an additional 1/2 tsp baking soda (added to the dry ingredients), 2 tbsp. of water (added to the wet ingredients) and 1 tbsp. of flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. of water left overnight in the refrigerator (added to the wet ingredients) to replace the 2 eggs.
3) I up the cinnamon to 2 tsp

As you must have noticed…I just love homemade muffins full of fruit and fibre…who knew there could be so many recipes?

Enjoying a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Orange Blueberry 3 Grain Muffin

Lucky for me…and you…the list goes on and on for delicious muffins to adapt. Perhaps I should start…Allergy Friendly Muffin Monday!

Enjoy!

What is your favourite type of muffin?  Do you adapt it to meet you or your family’s allergies?

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free ‘British Flapjacks’

My interest in Flapjacks stemmed from this great article that I read in the March 2010 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine titled, “bar none When is a flapjack not a pancake? When it is a delicious, buttery British cookie”, by Molly Wizenberg.

A pan of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjacks

I have to say, Molly’s article made me laugh. It made me recall my own memories of my trip to Europe with my best friend, at the age of 19.  Michelle and I visited my Scottish relatives and over-indulged in all their tasty delicacies. Thank goodness for Pepto Bismol! More importantly, it reminded me of an oatmeal cookie.

My Aunt Mary, in Scotland, is famous for her Oatmeal Cookies…could this have been a Flapjack? I quickly emailed my cousin who contacted his mother…I had the recipe the very same day.

My Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe turned out to be more of a cookie than a ‘flapjack square’. I tried it all the same and fell in love with the memory. Click here for my post on my adapted recipe for my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie recipe.

I had to adapt a batch of Molly’s British Flapjack recipe to compare…I replaced the butter with Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or for a soy free version use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread.

A selection of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjacks

I love Molly’s description of her experience eating her first British Flapjack

“You take a bite, and it tastes good, if a little wholesome. But you keep chewing, and in a second or two, the flavor opens up threefold, big and toasty and rich, and your salivary glands start going, and you think, This is delicious. I don’t know what this thing is, but I’m going to need another.”

Molly is ‘bang on’! Both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack have that rich, toasty oat flavour that makes your mouth water. Whereas, the cookie is, well, more like a cookie…the flapjack has a slightly sweeter, candy like chew to it.

A Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Flapjack and Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookie

Frankly, both are yummy and terribly addictive!

Enjoy!

Click here for the Molly’s original article and here for her original recipe.

Tip 1:  Molly’s British Flapjacks were a bit difficult to remove from the pan…might want to remove them soon after they have cooled and store in another container. Although, I did enjoy nibbling on all the bits stuck to the pan!

Tip 2: I would love to try both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack using canola oil instead of Earth Balance.

Tip 3:  Oat flour would make for an even ‘oatier’ taste and texture in my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie.

Tip 4: Both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookie and Molly’s British Flapjack could be gluten-free using gluten-free oats, flour or oat flour.

Tip 5:  Lyle’s Golden Syrup is a British staple…many would say it is irreplaceable in both my Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal Cookies and in Molly’s British Flapjacks.

My Aunt Mary’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies

I have come by my love of oatmeal and ‘sweet syrup’ honestly…I am of British stock…my parents emigrated to Canada in the mid 1960’s.

Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

My Scottish grandfather used to soak a bowl of oatmeal every night before bed for his morning breakfast…a tradition my son, Matthew, continues. Although, Matthew does not soak the oats…he does enjoy a big hearty bowl of oatmeal with milk and drizzled with pure maple syrup…our Canadian version of ‘golden syrup’.

I have always been drawn to recipes that incorporate the use of oats…oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bars, oatmeal crisps, crumbles and of course, a hot steaming bowl of good old oatmeal…I love the rich taste of sweetened toasted oats!

It is with great pleasure that I have finally come to adapt an oatmeal recipe handed down by my Scottish Granny, to her daughter, my Aunt Mary. To this day, my Aunt Mary bakes these cookies for all my Scottish relatives to enjoy that are still living in a small town in Scotland.

My Aunt Mary’s Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies have stood the test of time…I can still remember enjoying them on all my visits back ‘home’ to see all my Scottish relatives.

Aunt Mary’s Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal ‘Flapjack’ Cookies

Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread
1 tsp Lyle’s Golden Syrup
1 tsp water
1/2 cup Demerara  Sugar

Melt the above ingredients and then add to the mixed ingredients listed below.

2 cups ‘porridge’ oats (quick oats)
1 cup ‘self-raising flour’ (1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp kosher salt)
1/2 tsp baking soda

Combine all ingredients and then shape into a ball and flatten into a disc.

Tip:  For the first batch…I just left the dough in the shape of a ball. My mother informed me that my Aunt Mary’s cookies are more of the shape of a ‘Hobnob’. Click here for a picture. I found the ingredients to be too dry by the second batch…so I added 2 tbsp of water to the mixture…a bit sticky to work with…and then shaped them on the cookie sheet into a flattened disc…much like a ‘Hobnob’. By the time I was ready to shape the third and final batch…the cookie dough was much easier to shape.

Bake at 350 F for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Enjoying Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies

Delish…rich tasting with that great toasty oat taste…just like Aunt Mary’s! Although, I sure would love a hands-on tutorial…I must get my baking gene from her!

P.S. I know just the couple that will enjoy a package of these ‘British treats’.

A package of Aunt Mary's Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Scottish Oatmeal 'Flapjack' Cookies for my neighbour

There is something so comforting about oatmeal…with a cup of tea…perfection!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Muffins

A touch of orange rind gives Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Muffins a ‘little burst of sunshine’!

A basket of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Muffins

Full of fibre…whole-wheat flour, oats and flax meal…these muffins are full of flavour…while still staying lovely and moist.

This recipe was copied down by me a long time ago…unfortunately, I forgot to write the source…unable to give them credit for this yummy muffin recipe that I was able to adapt.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Muffins

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Muffins cooling

1 1/4 cups Natur-a Rice Beverage or Natur-a Soy Beverage mixed with 1 1/4 tbsp white vinegar (let sit while you measure rest of the ingredients)
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup packed demerrera sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 flax egg (1 tbsp flaxmeal mixed with 3 tbsp water…best to leave overnight or in the fridge while you measure rest of the ingredients)
2 tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp grated orange rind (I used the rind from one orange)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Tip: Prepare your flax egg and rice beverage with white vinegar mixture so as they have time to sit.

Measure the flour, raisins, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Pour the rice beverage and vinegar mixture over the quick oats and let sit for 5 minutes.
Grate the orange rind and carrots.
Add the carrots, orange rind, demerrera sugar, oil, flax egg and 2 tbsp of water to the quick oat mixture…blend well.
Add wet ingredients to dry and blend well…mixture will be very thick.
Fill 12 paper lined muffin tins…sprinkle top with whole oats.
Bake muffins at 400 F for 20-25 minutes.
Let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin to continue to cool on cooling racks.

Enjoy!

Enjoying a freshly baked Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Oatmeal Carrot Raisin Muffin drizzled with local honey

Lovely warm with a drizzle of local honey! Yummy!

Tip:  Muffins freeze beautifully…just need a quick pop in the microwave to re-heat.