Pumpkin Bread

This bread is surprisingly flavorful given that it doesn’t have the usual spices in it. its also very moist.


1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup veg oil (or 1/4 cup oil plus 1/4 cup pear sauce)
1/2 cup plain unsweetened rice milk
1 to 2 Tbs maple syrup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×4 in loaf pan. Mix dry ingredients. Then add in wet ingredients and mix. Pour batter in 4×8 loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cover tightly w/ aluminum foil and allow to steam for 10 minutes. then tent foil to cool completely.


Graham Crackers

These graham crackers got us through Halloween last year. I exchanged my daughters kit kats, lollipops, tootsie rolls, etc… with a few Halloween stickers, rings, and graham crackers made with chocolate chips. Amazingly, she was perfectly happy with the exchange. Next, I’m going to find out how this graham cracker dough works as a pumpkin pie crust.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups graham flour*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup spectrum shortening (or 1 cup butter if you eat butter)
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Optional: enjoy life mini chocolate chips or boom choco boom dark chocolate bar, shaved chocolate to mix into dough or sprinkle on top before baking

Combine the shortening, brown sugar, and maple syrup and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. mix on low until the dough comes together. Roll out dough** onto lightly floured surface into about 1/8 inch thick. and cut into squares or shapes. using a pizza cutter is a quick way to make squares. Transfer to baking sheet, spacing about 1/2 inch apart. Gather scraps and re-roll. Bake for ~ 10 to 15 minutes. When cool, store in airtight container or freeze for later.

* if you don’t have graham flour on hand (it’s expensive and hard to find): 2 cups of graham flour = 1 1/3 cup white flour plus 2/3 cup wheat bran plus 2 teaspoons wheat germ.

**(or shape into a 7 inch square, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate and roll out up to 5 days later)

recipe adapted from browneyedbaker.com


Here are some easy substitutions for milk, eggs, and high salicylate foods

instead of 1 egg:
1/3 cup pear sauce for brownies
1/4 cup oil for cakes and cookies
1/2 cup plain unsweetened rice dream rice milk for cakes (cut down other liquids)
3 TBS pureed fruit for cakes
Mashed potatoes, breadcrumbs, cooked oatmeal or rice in savory dishes

instead of butter:
spectrum shortening or canola oil

instead of ketchup:
pear sauce w/ soy sauce added

instead of peanut butter: cashew butter

instead of juice: pure lime juice, sugar, water (limeade)

instead of honey: pure maple syrup

instead of vinegar: lime juice

instead of many spices:
parsley, salt, garlic, onions

instead of traditional pizza:
acceptable flat bread or other pizza crust topped with safflower oil, chopped garlic, and parsley, OR acceptable refried beans and Tofutti vegan cream cheese

instead of ice-cream:
mix frozen banana chunks, rice milk alone or with cashew butter and/or chocolate chips in food processor or blender

Shopping List

Friends and family sometimes offer to make treats for my food sensitive child. It can be embarrassing to tell them that I need to read the ingredients of every item, but it is necessary. These are some pre-packaged foods that are in her regular rotation.

Pre-packaged food
Amy’s lentil soup
Del Monte canned extra light bartlette pears in syrup (syrup needs to contain sugar only – check ingredients)
Late July saltine crackers
Ians frozen fish sticks (check ingredients – the kind w/ wheat seem ok)
365 brand or once again cashew butter
Tofutti vegan cream cheese
Most plain pasta and rice
365 Organic morning Os
Pure maple syrup
Enjoy life mini chocolate chips and dark chocolate bar
Organic original rice dream (or Trader Joes) rice drink (NOT vanilla flavored)
Trader Joes refrigerated pizza dough
Trader Joes Cocoa (a lot of cocoa is cross-contaminated)
Brothers all natural fruit crisps – Asian pear
Simply seven sea salt lentil chips
Beanitos black bean or pinto bean chips (check ingredients – not flavored)
Bread with no preservatives and short ingredient list such as medittera wheat bread, the bread works or whole foods italian bread, whole foods big bagels (not the pre-bagged ones) , bruegers plain bagels
Whole foods tortillas
Whole foods flat breads (need to look up brand – not whole foods brand)
Canned refried beans that contain only beans, salt and water

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I was looking for another delicious oatmeal cookie and I found it. These have been a hit with everyone and will be a regular. Next I will try it as a bar.

2 cups flour
6 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teas baking powder
1 teas baking soda
1 teas salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 teas maple syrup
3/4 cup veg oil or shortening
3/4 cup rice milk
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup semisweet choc chips

Preheat oven to 350
Mix all ingredients, adding the chocolate chips last. Drop teas onto cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes and cool. Makes about 60 cookies.

note: the oil and rice milk are in place of 1 cup margarine and 2 eggs