Flourless Blueberry Pancakes

These 4-ingredient flourless blueberry pancakes are easy to make, full of flavor and include simple ingredients.  Gluten-free, low carb, no added sugar, what’s not to love?!  The blueberries provide a natural sweetness without the need for added sugar.  Make it a fun breakfast and create faces on the pancakes with other fruits! Studies have shown that kids are more likely to try a food if it looks fun an appealing.  Oh and when making these, the most important thing is being very careful when flipping since they can break easily!  

Ingredients

1 1/2 very ripe bananas mashed

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs whisked

1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Heat a griddle with a bit of unsalted butter or coconut oil.
  3. Pour on batter and stick with silver dollar pancake size, easier to flip.
  4. Wait about 1-2 minutes or until edges start to set and then flip and cook until golden. 

Fresh Banana, Blueberry Oat & Flax Scones

I absolutely loves scones and there is one restaurant in the city that was my go-to spot for scones until I started baking my own healthier version!  I played around with the ingredients in this recipe for a while until finally achieving this fantastic consistency and flavor minus a bunch of added sugar and glazes.  I was also excited to find that these scones were just as perfect using gluten-free all purpose flour, making totally gluten free!

My baked scones are perfect for breakfast including heart healthy flax and oats, potassium rich bananas and antioxidant loaded blueberries! Not only are these scones low sugar but they get a protein boost with the addition of greek yogurt. Does it get any better? Give this recipe a try and your taste buds will not be disappointed.

Ingredients

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

6 ½ tablespoons of cold butter

¾ cup 2% Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 medium banana, sliced

1/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, all purpose flour, finely ground flaxseed, 2 teaspoons baking powder, salt and brown sugar
  3. Mix well and add in cold butter in pieces
  4. Using a pastry blender, or your hands, cut in the butter until flour resembles course crumbs
  5. In a separate bowl, combine Greek yogurt and vanilla extract
  6. Add liquid to the dry ingredients and blend until combined but do not overmix. Fold in the blueberries and bananas
  7. Turn onto a floured work surface and knead about five times. Pat into a 7-inch circle about ½-3/4 inch thick
  8. Cut into 8 triangles and place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet
  9. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown
  10. These freeze very well and tastes just as fresh once thawed

Quinoa Salad with Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Toasted Almonds

By now, you’ve probably tasted quinoa, but did you know that quinoa has the perfect balance of all nine essential amino acids for human health? With gorgeous red and green colors in this dish scream holiday! Can be eaten warm or cold.

Ingredients

Salad

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well

2 cups water

1 cup butternut squash, cubed

½ cup baby spinach, chopped

¼ cup slivered almonds

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Dressing

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

¼ teaspoon oregano

salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Place butternut squash on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for about 30-40 minutes or until fork tender.
  • While squash is roasting, get started on the quinoa. Rinse quinoa thoroughly under cold water in a fine mesh strainer
  • In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water and quinoa to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove the pot from heat, cover, and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • In the meantime, heat a skillet over medium heat and sauté almonds for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Remove and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, almonds, cranberries, spinach and butternut squash
  • In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle dressing over quinoa and toss to combine.

 

 

 

Spiced Cranberry Orange Sauce

 

Cranberry sauce is a staple at any Thanksgiving feast. In addition to being the perfect compliment to roasted turkey, cranberries pack a big punch nutritionally. In fact, I may eat more cranberry sauce than I do the turkey, which is why I needed to come up with a naturally sweetened lower sugar version that still balanced the tart flavor of cranberries.   My solution? Honey, fresh oranges and some pumpkin pie spice!

Ingredients

10 oz bag of frozen cranberries

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey

Zest and juice of one orange

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup water mixed with 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, honey, water/cornstarch mixture and the orange juice.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then simmer at low heat stirring occasionally while the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens, about 5-10 minutes
  • Stir in the orange zest and pumpkin pie spice
  • Adjust the flavor to your own preference by adding a bit more honey and/or orange juice
  • Allow to cool, cover and store in the fridge. It will last for about one week.

 

Apple Cinnamon Oat & Flax Scones

Apple Cinnamon Oat & Flax scones, made with Greek yogurt!!! You could only imagine what my apartment smells like when I bake these.. fresh apples & cinnamon, ahh love the Fall season! Eggless, Gluten Free, low sugar 😋 I’m excited to share this recipe with you! I love scones with fresh fruits baked in, and these also include oats, ground flaxseed and Greek yogurt which provides a boost of protein and calcium. Perfect for an on-the-go breakfast. Great for kids! And they freeze really well! Can it get any better?!

Ingredients

1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 1/2 tablespoons cold butter

3/4 cup low fat greek yogurt

Topping:

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

milk or milk substitute for brushing

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, flaxseed, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar. Whisk well.
  3. Add the cold butter in pieces. Using a pastry blender or your hands, mash in the butter until flour resembles course crumbs.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine Greek yogurt and vanilla extract
  5. Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend until combined.
  6. Fold in the apples
  7. Turn mixture onto a cutting board dusted with a little gluten free flour to prevent sticking and kneed about 5-10 times until all dry ingredients are incorporated well
  8. Shape in the a rectangle and cut one down the middle and across to form 4 squares. Now cut each of those squares diagonally
  9. Topping: brush scones with a little milk or milk substitute. combine brown sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over each scone
  10. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!

Creamy “Race Car Wheels” Mac & Cheese

Who doesn’t love a creamy macaroni and cheese? Fun wheel shapes make this Mac and cheese extra special and fun! I remember reading one study that showed kids are more likely to try a new food when it has a fun name.. so we named this Race Car Wheels Mac and Cheese 😀 I made this using simple ingredients: cheese, milk, a little butter and flour for the roux. Then added in chopped spinach. I really wish more pasta brands would come out with more creative shapes!!  Or if you know of any brands that do, please share!

Ingredients:

1/2 box of Roselle or Wagon Wheels pasta

1/3 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

1 cup low fat milk

4 oz of mild cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well
  2. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter
  3. Once butter is melted, immediately add the flour and quickly whisk until you see a frothy foam
  4. Next add milk
  5. Continue whisking vigorously until milk thickens. Once it bubbles, lower the flame and add cheese
  6. Continue to stir until you get a nice cheese sauce consistency. Add in spinach and continue cooking about 1-2 minutes
  7. Then add the pasta and stir to combine. Enjoy!

Welcome to Cooking for Tots!

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Before you dive into the recipe search, here is just a little info about me….My name is Samina and I’m Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist from NYC.  I use my love for cooking and nutrition expertise to create fun, healthy and delicious dishes for my family and I’m here to share it all with you.  All of the recipes here are my own and I really can’t stay out of the kitchen! So expect to see lots of new recipes weekly! and I would love to hear any suggestions you may have for recipes or questions about my posts.