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A Moment To Listen…and Power-Packed Muffins

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Muffins

This post is linked to Simply…Gluten Free (Gluten Free Photo Contest).

This post is linked to Two for Tuesdays at Girlichef.

No story to go with this recipe. No witty thoughts.  Just a poem. Food for thought. Then thought for food.

Grab tissue and a quiet room.  Read this and then hug your children.  Make these muffins and then eat them together.

Take A Moment To Listen

Take a moment to listen today

To what your  children are trying to say.

Listen to them whatever you do

Or they won’t come back to listen to you.

Listen to their problems, listen to their needs;

Praise their smallest triumphs, praise their littlest deeds;

Tolerate their chatter; amplify their laughter;

Find out what’s the matter, find out what they’re after.

If we tell our children all the bad in them we see,

They’ll grow up exactly how we hoped they’d never be.

But if we tell our children we’re so proud to wear their name,

They’ll grow up believing they are winners in the game.

So tell them that you love them, every single night,

And though you scold them, make sure you hold them and tell them they’re all right.

“Good night happy dreams, tomorrow is looking bright.”

So take a moment to listen today,

To what your children are trying to say.

Listen to them, whatever you do,

And they will come back to listen to you

Denis Waitley, best selling author, speaker, poet, and lyricist.

Sometimes, a reminder like this helps us focus on what is really important in our lives. Missing the smallest moments may lead to our biggest regrets.

So grab your kids and make some muffins. And take a moment to listen to them.

These muffins are filled with omega goodness and protein.  They are a perfect way to tell your children that you love them. They are also a great treat to start the morning off right and a perfect snack to throw into your child’s lunchbox.  As written, they are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Soy-Free, with directions on how to also make them Nut-free and Egg-free.

gluten free dairy free muffins

Raisin Cinnamon “Bran” Muffins


1/2 cup gluten free flour blend – I used Carol’s Amazing All Purpose Flour (Check to see that there is xanthan gum in your flour blend-if not, add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to this recipe)

1/2 cup Almond flour-such as Digestive Wellness (for Nut-Free version use an additional 1/2 cup of your gluten-free flour blend instead of Almond Flour)

1/4 cup flax meal (or ground chia seeds)

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or more to taste; or just use an additional 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup + 1 Tablespoons honey (liquified, not solid)

3 eggs (for Egg-Free version, in a separate bowl, mix together 3 Tablespoons Flax meal, and 9 Tablespoons Hot water or Rice milk – let sit for 5 minutes, or more, until it becomes a gel-like consistency. Also, add an additional 1/4 tsp baking soda to your dry ingredients to help with rise)

4 Tablespoons coconut oil (measured in liquid form), or canola, or grapeseed oil

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1/4 cup Vanilla Hemp Milk (or any Non-Dairy milk)

3/4 cup raisins (soak raisins for 20-30 minutes before adding to the batter, then drain on paper towel – this will prevent them from sucking moisture from the muffins as they bake)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line or grease a muffin tin.  In a medium bowl, thoroughly sift together gluten free flour blend, almond flour (or additional flour blend), flax meal or ground chia seeds, baking bowder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice (or additional cinnamon), and salt.

2. In a high-powered blender, add eggs (or already mixed egg-replacer), honey, coconut or other mild tasting oil, vanilla, and Hemp milk (or dairy-free milk of choice).  Blend on high speed for 30 secondes to one minute.

3. Mix the wet ingredients into the sifted dry ingredients.  Then gently fold in the raisins.

4. Fill muffin liners or greased tins 2/3 of the way full.  Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

This post is linked to Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday.

This post is linked to Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Gluten Free Homemaker’s Gluten Free Wednesdays.

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  1. On August 20, 2010 gluten free easily said

    Beautiful! The sentiment in the poem and the muffins. 🙂 The poem applies to everyone, too, not just children. Even adults need love, praise, and listening … sometimes we forget that. Now that I have a 22-year old son and a husband who sometimes reminds me to give him more attention, just had to add that. 😉

    You’ve really put out some amazing posts in the last week, Kim. Thanks so much!


  2. On August 21, 2010 Zoe @ Z's Cup of Tea said

    What a lovely, thought-provoking poem – and I agree with what Shirley said! We need reminders like that. The muffins look lovely, too – I used up what was left the almond flour to make the cookies I posted; if I hadn’t, I could have also made these! The only thing I don’t have, aside from almond flour, is flaxseed or chia seeds – I’ve used flaxseed before, but don’t know what chia seed is like.

    • On August 21, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Zoe, you are so sweet! Thanks for the kind words.
      I just ran out of Almond flour too, which is a bummer since I order mine and it takes about a week to get it!
      Chia seeds have similar properties as flax seeds, but they have additional benefits of containing antioxidants and research has also shown that they can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Chia and Flax can be used fairly inter-changably. I also think ground Chia seeds taste better than flax!

  3. On August 21, 2010 Nancy @ TSP said

    Kim – My son isn’t little anymore but the sentiment of the poem still holds true for an adult child. (And as Shirley reminds us…for husbands, too.) Love the muffins. And, the tip about soaking the raisins. Thanks!

    • On August 21, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Nancy! Kids young and old need to know their parents are still listening. I am getting closer to 40 and I still love knowing that my Mom is there to listen and do anything in the world for me!
      p.s. Just got some delicious looking organic figs to make your recipe. They are going to be my dinner tonight since Kurt is taking the boys camping and I am on my own!! Can’t wait (for the figs and for being on my own tonight, hehe)! I suppose I should save the doughnut muffins for when the kids are back though, so that I have help eating them!

      • On August 21, 2010 Nancy @ TSP said

        The figs I used were organic and so delicious. Enjoy–the figs and the alone time!

  4. On August 21, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

    So true, Shirley, that this poem doesn’t just apply to our kids. I think sometimes my husband needs more attention and listening than the kids! 😉
    Thanks so much for heartfelt comments about my posts. It is just that I have a little extra time on my hands now with the kids back in school. I can actually think! lol
    So excited to give you a big hug in 5 days –

  5. On August 21, 2010 Simply Gluten Free said

    Beautiful post and Beautiful muffins! Love that photo – healthy never looked so good.

    • On August 21, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much Carol. Maybe I should enter that one in your contest! hehe

  6. On August 21, 2010 Celiacs in the House said

    With my teens running off in different directions and school about to begin, oh and Mom running off to Seattle, your post was a good reminder. Muffins sound good too. I’ve been hitting the flax pretty hard lately and I’ve gotta say, I think that may be why the hot flashes are nearly gone. Not that a young whippersnapper like yourself needs to know that. 🙂

    • On August 21, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wendy, I like being called a young whippersnapper. hehe. But next weekend’s bday brings me only a few years away from 40 and I swear that I have already had a few visits from those hot flashes (although hoping it is the fact that I live in 100 + temps all summer)!
      Thanks so much! 😉

  7. On August 23, 2010 Rhiannon said

    mmmm oh yea, these look delish~ i’m gonna have to give this recipe a try!

    • On August 23, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Rhiannon! I hope they turn out well for you. They are a pretty good way to start the day out! 😉

  8. On August 23, 2010 Cristina said

    Those muffins look so good with the colorful little raspberries! Beautiful poem and so thought-provoking and truthful.

    IFBC just kinda snuck up all of a sudden and tons to do before getting away. Look forward to meeting you…should be a great weekend of good stuff! 😉

    • On August 24, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Cristina, I cannot believe that IFBC is this weekend. It DID sneak up, didn’t it? I, too, have so much to do before leaving town! Yikes! Anyway, really looking forward to it. 😉

      Thanks so much for the kind words!


  9. On August 24, 2010 Aubree Cherie said

    Ooo, these look good! It’s funny, that of all the pastries, cookies, and muffins I miss eating now being gluten free, bran muffins are my most missed! These look to die for; can’t wait to try them 🙂

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • On August 24, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Aubree, I could not agree with you more about missing those bran muffins! These, for me, totally fit the bill and filled that void! Hope you like them! 😉

  10. On August 24, 2010 Amy @ SS&GF said

    Your pics are gorgeous! And so is the poem. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful time this weekend…I’ll be thinking of you. Hugs.

    • On August 24, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Amy, we will so miss you this weekend! ;( But, I know (and am very excited) that we will have many other opportunities to meet in person! Yay!
      Thanks for the kind words about my pics too – so appreciated!
      I hope you and Joe have a great weekend!

  11. On August 25, 2010 Sophie said

    Waw!! What didivine & tasty looking good – for – you muffins!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…I so much love all of the flavours you have used in here!

    Kisses from Brussels, Belgium!

    • On August 25, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much Sophie! You have a beautiful blog – I was just checking it out! 😉

  12. On August 25, 2010 Linda said

    Thanks for the poem. It’s a great reminder, and I can say it’s true for little kids as well as teens. Your muffins look wonderful. Thanks for sharing them at Gluten-Free Wednesday.

    • On August 25, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thank YOU for continuing to host Gluten Free Wednesday. It is so fun to see what everyone links up each week! I appreciate your kind words about my muffins too! 😉

  13. On August 29, 2010 Sophie said

    You have a beautiful blog & these tasty breakfast muffins look the best!! Waw!

    MMMMMMMMMMM,…Many greetings from a fellow new GF foodie from Brussels, Belgium!

    I started being & eating gf since june 20108 I am loving it too!

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sophie! THanks for the kind words about my blog and the muffins!
      And welcome! I love finding people reading my blog from all over, and now from Brussels, Belgium! How wonderful!!

  14. On August 30, 2010 alex@amoderatelife said

    Hi Kim and so glad you could join us on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. I always love it when new blogs link up because I get to explore new sites and recipes that way! I am now following you on twitter, facebook and grabbed your RSS feed. These muffins look so good and I always love to see gluten free versions that are filled with real goodness. Alex@amoderatelife

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Alex! So glad I could join in for Two for Tuesdays! What a great blog hop! Thanks for the follows on FB, Twitter, and RSS! I, too, am following you on all those as well! Looking forward to getting to “know” you!! 😉

  15. On August 31, 2010 girlichef said

    Beautiful reminder…something we should always take the time to remember. It’s so easy to take things for granted since life passes so quickly. Thank you so much for sharing this heart-warming post w/ T4T this week =)

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks girlichef!! For me, when I remind myself to slow down, I find myself having so much more fun with my kiddos! Just needed a reminder after a pretty hectic week. So the poem seemed appropriate! Thanks for letting me join in the blog hop! I think you guys have a great thing going and really looking forward to the upcoming “surprise”!

  16. On August 31, 2010 Christy said

    What a thought-provoking poem! One that I should read more than once! The muffin recipe looks delicious, I love that you gave us all sorts of options so it can fit different dietary needs! Perfect for Two for Tuesdays – thanks!

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Christy! Thanks for the kind words! I am sure with eight children you often have times you need to re-center yourself! I only have two, and I find myself needing to re-focus my energy more times than not. 😉
      Glad I could be a part of Two for Tuesdays this week!

  17. On August 31, 2010 Butterpoweredbike said

    What a great message. This is just the type of sentiment that we love to see at the Two for Tuesday blog hop, sharing food and love. Thanks!

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks for the props on my post! I am so glad this fits in with the Two for Tuesdays!! Thanks for letting me a part of it! 😉
      Btw, you guys rock in your comments to the people who have joined into the blog hop! Love it!

  18. On August 31, 2010 Aubree Cherie said

    Hi there,

    I really would like to try these bran muffins soon, the recipe sounds fabulous! I’ve added it to my favorite recipes from last week post. Thanks!

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Yay, Aubree! Thanks so much for linking up my recipe to your “favorite recipes from last week” post! So excited I made the list!! 😉 Woohoo!

  19. On August 31, 2010 Couscous & Conscious said

    Delicious looking muffins, and love the sentiment expressed in the poem. We often get so “busy”, that we forget to be truly “present” with those we love – be they tiny people or grown-ups. Thanks for sharing this.

    • On August 31, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sue! Thanks for your sweet comment! A reminder like this, every now and again, can be quite helpful for us as busy moms!
      Thanks for stopping by! 😉

  20. On December 23, 2010 Jeanine said

    These are absolutely fantastic! Wow, thanks for the awesome recipe! 🙂

  21. On January 29, 2012 Jessica said

    could I use all almond flour with the added xanthan gum?

    • On January 29, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jessica! If you use all almond flour, then I would omit the xanthan gum. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

      • On March 3, 2012 Jessica said

        They taste just like bran muffins! they are delicious. I used nutmeg instead of pumpkin spice…the only thing was that they are crumbly becuase their is no xanthan gum, but if I use cupcake liners in the pan it is just fine!


        • On March 6, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

          Yay! Thanks for reporting back and letting me know, Jessica! And I agree that the liners make them stick together better. I am just not a big fan of xanthan gum, since I think my son reacts to it. So so happy you liked them! 🙂

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