So we have two kids in our house on a gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet. Both of our boys are on the autism spectrum, and we have found that this diet alleviates some of the behavioral “symptoms” that we had seen. Basically when they’re on the diet we see less stemming, more functional language, more referencing to us and others when playing, and more social interaction as a whole. I know there are lots of opinions out there about “best practice” when it comes to raising kids on the spectrum, but we can’t argue with the results we’ve seen from this diet for our little guys.
I am always looking for new recipes of things they can eat, and a friend shared these muffins with me. They are so yummy, even my in-laws who were visiting loved them! Enjoy!
2 1/2 c. finely chopped almonds
1/4 c. honey
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. gluten-free vanilla
1. dairy-free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. I mix all the dry ingredients first (almond meal, salt, and baking soda). Then add honey, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips one at a time. For some variety, shredded coconut can also be added for half of the dairy-free chocolate chips. Prepare muffin pan (I use vegetable oil cooking spray), and spoon mix into muffin cups. Depending on how full you make the cups, the recipe will make 12-18 muffins. Bake for approximately 28 minutes, until edges and top are golden brown.
*My friend grinds her own almond meal, and swears by it. I just buy it at the store (I love Hodgson Mills brand). If you are having trouble finding it or dairy free chocolate chips at your local grocery store, try a health food store. Another option is to order hard-to-find groceries (pantry items only) on amazon.com, and they will ship any order over $25 for free. A lot of my friends who are gluten-free and live in Hawaii do that to save on expensive grocery items. Best of luck!