Today I'm sharing recipes and ideas from Mother's Day brunch yesterday. Like many families, we have individuals in our family who have special dietary needs. Doing without can be discouraging at times, especially when one is diligent in their transition to eat in the way their health requires. Our menu criteria includes eating gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegetarian. Gluten grains are wheat, oats, barley, and rye and must be avoided. And sugar-free, in our family, includes natural sweeteners like maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup, and honey. Stevia is our "go to" sweetener and it works quite well in satisfying the sweet tooth. It makes menu planning challenging at times! Here's what we had for Mother's Day brunch.
Pancakes! Well, they started out as crepes, but that wasn't communicated with the second baker, and the stack grew into pancakes instead. They came from a new mix from The Pure Pantry called Organic Buckwheat Flax Pancake and Baking Mix. I especially appreciate this product because it is made from mostly whole grains. The ingredients are buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, flax meal, white rice flour, aluminum free baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and xanthan gum. Other things that can be made from this mix are scones, waffles, muffins, and biscuits.
Fresh apricots! They are sweetened with stevia and garnished with fresh mint. They were served with a low-calorie invention that turned out quite deliciously! It is my version of English clotted cream. It's simply low-fat Greek yogurt mixed with stevia to taste. It worked beautifully as topping for our fruit and cakes. A dairy-free version can be made by using soy yogurt (drained in a dishcloth or sieve to thicken) with stevia added to sweeten. It's so thick that the teaspoon stands up in the center!
Strawberries! They are wonderful gems of deliciousness each spring! Sliced and sweetened with stevia, they were simple and sweet.
And blueberries! These were picked in the neighbor's patch last summer and frozen. We've been enjoying them all winter long. Today, they were cooked with water. Once they had thawed and simmering, stevia was added along with a slurry of cornstarch and water. A thick, delicious topping was the result. How easy is that? If you like, you can add a teaspoon of vanilla too.
Because it was Mother's Day, we added a food that was a staple on Grandma Katie's table. Cottage cheese. Here everything is stacked on top of a pancake to make a tasty breakfast dish!
I know this is a fairly "technical" post. I apologize to readers who may not find this information useful, but to those who find they require a diet with restrictions, I hope there's something here to hope and encourage.
Our brunch was enjoyed with hot cups of delicious Adagio darjeeling.