Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cookbook Review: 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids by Carrie S Forbes

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from FW Media, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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Once you start on Gluten- Free diet plan for your kids, you start looking for 'kid-friendly' recipes.
I'm happy to say that I've found a great one for you!

201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids cover


Every year, millions of people are diagnosed with Celiac's Disease or gluten intolerance, but the dietary change isn't always easy for kids and their parents. With 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids (November 2013) by Carrie S. Forbes, families will be empowered to create a variety of mouthwatering meals and snacks for their children—all without the ingredient they worry most about: gluten. Best of all, 201 201 Gluten-Free Recipes for Kids includes seasonal favorites like pumpkin spice muffins, stuffing for roasted turkey, sweet potato pie, and home-style gravy.


Finally, a Gluten-Free cookbook that Miss Grace went through with me and said "ooo- Mom, can you make that, and this, and this too?"! Her only complaint was NO pictures with every recipe! LOL- kids- they're visual!  The pictures are in the middle of the book, for the popular recipes! The hit parade? Baked Chocolate Doughnuts and Cinnamon Roll Muffins(made with rice flour and xanthan gum), BBQ Chicken Pizza, Turkey Chili, Secret Beef Burgers, and Homemade Potato Chips!

The book also has a section for online resources for parents, including support groups, metric/us conversions
From breakfast staples like Honey and Cinnamon Oatmeal to tasty treats like Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, this book transforms kids' favorite foods into nutritious dishes they can eat. Best of all, the entire family will enjoy digging into these gluten-free meals with delicious recipes, like:

This is a great book that helps you keep from having to eliminate your child's favorite foods, or spend all day in the kitchen replicating them! Most of the ingredients are accessible and any store that carries gluten-free products (like your local health food store), and once you buy the package, will last for awhile (especially for baking ingredients like rice flour). We highly recommend it!

How about the recipe for those yummy Cinnamon Bun Muffins, that are great for breakfast, lunches, or after school snacks?
(Makes 12 muffins.)

Muffin Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice flour (I used white rice flour without any problem)
1 cup arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup milk or nondairy alternative such as almond milk
1/2 cup sugar (I used pure cane sugar)

Cinnamon Swirl Ingredients:
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sugar (I used pure cane sugar)
4 Tbsp. melted butter or coconut oil


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.Grease muffin tin(s) or put paper liners in them.
2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, starch, xanthan gum, cinnamon and salt together.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks, applesauce, milk, coconut oil, and sugar together.
4. Add the flour mixture to  the egg yolk mixture and fold just until combined. 
5. In another bowl whip egg whites until stiff. Then SLOWLY fold the whipped egg whites into the muffin batter.
6. In a small bowl, mix together cinnamon swirl ingredients. 
7. Spoon muffin batter into prepared muffin tins. To be sure your muffins have cinnamon swirls throughout, fill the muffin tin half-full, spoon on some of the cinnamon swirl and use a small knife to swirl, fill the tin with more batter, and then spoon a bit more cinnamon swirl over the top. 
8. Bake muffins for 18-25 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
9. Cool muffins on a wire rack.  
10. Store any leftover muffins (good luck on that!) in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days.

About the Authors
Carrie S. Forbes is a gluten-free recipe developer, food writer, and cooking instructor. She is the creator of, where she shares original gluten-free recipes that focus on cooking and baking with healthy, frugal, and natural ingredients. Her recipes have appeared in Simply Gluten-Free MagazineGluten-Free Living magazine, and Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine. Forbes teaches gluten-free cooking and baking classes, and she is the founder and leader of her local gluten-free support group.

1 comment:

  1. I am like your daughter I like pictures with the recipes too LOL! This sounds like a great cookbook.


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