Lightly sweetened with Xagave rather than sugar, this side dish is kid-friendly and ready in minutes!

Xagave Glazed Carrots

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh baby or young carrots

½ cup water

1 tbsp. butter

¼ cup Xagave

¼ tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preparation

Place water and carrots in sauce pan, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain water, add butter, and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add remainder of ingredients and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes.

*Image and recipe courtesy of Delicious Meets Nutritious.*

Why wait for dessert to enjoy pumpkin? Incorporate it into your morning waffles, and your day will be off to a nutritious and delicious start! The best part? These Pumpkin Pie Waffles are also gluten-free and dairy-free for those with sensitivities!

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour

1/2 cup finely ground blanched almond flour

1/3 cup buckwheat flour

2 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum and gluten-free)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more cinnamon, or nutmeg, or a pinch of ground cloves)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar (or coconut sugar)

4 large organic free range eggs, separated (for Egg-Free version: mix 3 tsp of Ener G Egg Replacer with 4 Tbsp water or non-dairy milk. Whisk until as foamy as possible. This is only the replacement equivalent to 2 eggs, but it is quite adequate. Also add 1/4 tsp more baking powder to dry ingredients)

1 cup plain non-dairy (or dairy) milk of choice

1/2 cup plain non-dairy (or dairy) yogurt

1/2 cup non-dairy (or dairy) kefir (OR an additional 1/2 cup milk OR an additional 1/2 cup yogurt)

1 cup canned organic pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

6 Tablespoons Organic Canola oil, OR Earth Balance Vegan buttery sticks (melted), OR organic butter (melted)

Preparation

1. In medium bowl, sift together all-purpose flour blend, almond flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and other spices of choice. Once blended, mix in the sugar.

2. In another bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk (dairy-free or dairy), yogurt (dairy-free or dairy), kefir (or additional milk or yogurt), organic pumpkin, and oil (or melted Vegan butter, or dairy butter). Combine until smooth.

3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently fold until just incorporated (do not over-mix).

3. In separate bowl, using a hand mixer, beat whites until soft peaks form. Then gently fold whites into the blended batter. Again, do not over-mix. You do not want to deflate your batter (Note: if not using eggs, and instead you are using the Egg Replacer, omit step 3 and instead add your prepared foamy Egg Replacer in step 2 where you would have added your egg yolks).

4. Let batter sit for five minutes while allowing your waffle iron to heat up. Make sure to brush the waffle grates with oil. For a 7 inch round waffle iron, add about 2/3 to 1 cup of batter to the center and quickly spread. Close lid and cook according to iron directions.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Cook It Allergy Free.*

HAPPYBABY goes gluten-free! Baby’s favorite snack is now offered in two varieties that are free of gluten – Sweet Potato and Strawberry. These tiny little organic puffs are one of the first foods that “Mom” reached for when starting her little one on the road to self-feeding and independence, so she was thrilled that HAPPYBABY has added these two new gluten-free flavors.

HAPPYBABY PUFFS are:

  • Certified organic
  • Rich in Vitamin D
  • The only baby snacks with added Vitamin B and Calcium
  • Lower in sugar, containing half the amount of sugar found in similar products
  • Free of artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, and GMO’s

These nutritious puffs work wonders on fussy children, too! “Mom” always has a container on hand in the car, or tucked into her diaper bag or purse – they can be used for counting, to keep little hands busy, or to entertain while the food takes a bit too long to get to the table while eating out at a restaurant!

HAPPYBABY PUFFS are available nationwide at major retailers or online grocery stores. Visit www.happybabyfood.com for more information.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Have gluten sensitivities kept you from enjoying breakfast cereals? Here comes Nature’s Path® Organic to the rescue! Their Crunchy Maple Sunrise is not only gluten-free, but it is certified USDA Organic, and chock full of healthy ingredients, including Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber and whole grains such as organic quinoa (a protein powerhouse all by itself!), organic buckwheat flour, organic amaranth, organic flax seeds, organic brown rice flour, and organic yellow corn flour. Nature’s Path® Organic really got it right – the cereal has the satisfying crunch you desire in a breakfast cereal and is quite filling! Crunchy Maple Sunrise has been gently sweetened with organic maple syrup and organic molasses. No high fructose corn syrup here! In addition, Nature’s Path® Organic also offers Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise cereal, for the vanilla-obsessed.

This tasty cereal is a new favorite of “Mom’s!” It can also be used to make Sunrise Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins. Perfect for a grab-n-go kind of morning!

To see all of the cereals offered by Nature’s Path® Organic, as well as their wide variety of organic food products, please visit www.naturespath.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*