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Cinnamon Raisin “Bran” Muffins and Vision Boards

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bran Muffins

Well, I am back after the longest hiatus from my online life yet.

It felt amazing. I spent the most wonderful days with my family and enjoyed the most stress-free holiday season that I have ever had.

While I was languishing in the time with my loved ones, I really thought about what was important to me and what I really want to focus on in 2012.

These two little munchkins are at the TOP of my list…

gluten free bran muffins

It turns out, I do not have a long list of “resolutions” or “goals” for 2012. I feel pretty good about where I am in my life right now.

I achieved just about everything I put on my Vision Board for 2011. And now I am so anxious to get started on my new board for 2012.

Oh. Have I ever told you? I am a huge believer in Vision Boards.

The premise behind them is that when you surround yourself with images and words of who you want to become, what you want to do, where you want to live or go on vacation, where you want to see yourself in a day/ a month/a year, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

They are so fun and easy to make. The best way is to go through magazines and find words and images that call out to you. Look online for photos or inspiration as well. Type up some goals. Then get busy cutting, creating, and designing a collage of how you would like your year to go.

Here is a tip. It is a lot of fun to do this with friends. And wine. Trust me.

When you are done with it, place it where you are going to look at it every day. My husband and I put ours in the bathroom. It might sound weird, but you spend a lot of your life in the bathroom. I can see it from my shower, from the toilet, and from where I put on my make-up. That is a lot of time spent staring at what I want to manifest in my life. 😉

Here is my board from last year. Yup. Right in plain sight.

Vision Board

I will just say it was a good year.

I am ready for the new one. Are you?

I just sent the kids out the door for their first day back to school in 19 days. NINETEEN DAYS! That is the longest holiday break we have ever had.

Getting back into the routine today was rough.  After all of those lazy mornings, it was hard (really hard) to be out of the door on time…especially when the alarm that I thought I set never went off.  I am just so happy that I thought ahead enough to make these Cinnamon Raisin “Bran” Muffins and some hard-boiled eggs the night before so we had a good protein and fiber filled breakfast to get those little brains ready for the day.

These muffins are filled with omega goodness and protein. They are 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, Refined Sugar-Free, and Soy-Free, with directions on how to also easily make them Nut-free and Egg-free. I shared a version of these a while ago (hence the reason the photo may look familiar). But with minor tweaks, I am sharing it again just because we love them so much around here.

And because they are what started our New Year off.

gluten free cinnamon raisin muffins

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Raisin “Bran” Muffins

Also Refined Sugar-Free and Soy-Free and Easily Egg-Free and Nut-Free


  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend – I use The Pure Pantry Organic All-Purpose Baking Mix (Check to see that there is xanthan gum in your flour blend of choice –if not, add 1/4 tsp xanthan gum to this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour, such as Honeyville  (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 2 Tbsp Ground Chia Seeds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aluminum-Free 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:  Mix together in small bowl: 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce with 1 1/2 tsp additional Baking Powder with 2 Tbsp Warm Water and with 1 1/2 tsp Ener G Egg Replacer – use mixture where you would add eggs)
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (measured in liquid form), or Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup Coconut 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 Coconut Milk.  Blend on high speed for 30 seconds 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 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

And now as I am sitting here in my quiet house, eating one of these muffins, I am thinking about how I want this day, this week, this year to go, and I honestly cannot wait to see what unfolds.

And because I am such a believer in Vision Boards, I am challenging YOU to make a Vision Board of your own! Will you do it? Come on and join me!! Bring on 2012.

This post is linked to Cara’s Cravings Blog Event for Heart-healthy Breakfasts.


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  1. On January 4, 2012 Carol said

    Welcome back – I am happy you had time away and now I am happy you are back! Been thinking of doing a vision board for years! I need to take a page from your and put STop Procrastinating on mine as well! OK, I am inspired!

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, you are too funny! I think you are achieving some pretty impressive goals on your own, even without a Vision Board! What I need is some of your gumption!

  2. On January 4, 2012 Hallie @ Daily Bites said

    Mouthwatering, Kim!! Love your vision board chit-chat. 🙂

  3. On January 4, 2012 Alta said

    These look great! Will you come coach me and my vision board making? 🙂

  4. On January 4, 2012 Emily said

    YUM kim! But when you say coconut milk do you mean canned or do you mean the kind you can now buy in the cartons? BIG difference in texture, fat and flavor.

    also, when you measure your ground flax, do you measure the seeds BEFORE grinding or grind, then measure. I’ve seen it said both ways and I feel like there is a major textural and moisture-sucking difference between the two.

    Can’t wait to seeeee you!

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Em, I used the So Delicious Coconut Milk for this one. I will update the recipe. But, you can also use the canned here as well. It will just add a richer flavor and additional fat if you go for the full fat version. And it is flax meal in the recipe, so it is already ground up. If you are buying the flax seeds then measure them after they are ground!!

      Can’t wait to see you in a couple weeks!!

  5. On January 4, 2012 Ricki said

    Sounds like a wonderful and productive break. And like you’ve got your priorities just right!

    I used to do vision boards all the time, but have switched to written lists these days. . . maybe time to go back to the boards. 🙂 Here’s to a 2012 that tops 2011! 🙂

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Ricki!! I am such a visual person that the pictures just make me happy and more excited to look at my board. 😉 But, do not get me wrong. I am a total list maker too. I usually type it up and put it somewhere right in the middle of my board!

  6. On January 4, 2012 Tiffany Youngren said

    Your site is GORGEOUS! The food looks amazing. I used to work with a motivational speaker / life coach (still do on occasion), and after some successful visioning seminars, we made a video on vision boards.

    I also added your cool site to our list of links:

    Happy 2012!


    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Tiffany! I am anxious to go watch your video on the Vision Boards. And thanks so much for adding me to your link list! 😉
      Happy 2012 to you!


  7. On January 4, 2012 Jeannie Wilson said

    Thanks sweetheart for the Best Christmas Ever. It was such a relaxing, amazing, family time. I treasured every moment of it. You have inspired me to work on a vision board. I just finished describing and showing yours to Michael. Maybe I can get him to do one too. Miracles can happen. Hugs, Mommacitta

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Mom, I cannot wait to see your vision board. I think Michael needs to make one too! After all, you can tell him that I finally convinced Kurt to make one last year and it really did help him! Michael can put pictures and images all over it that represent a cancer-free future!!
      Love you!

  8. On January 4, 2012 Shirley @ gfe said

    This post makes me want to cry … in a totally good way of course. So much joy and happiness here and for the future. I just love it! 🙂 Those boys just melt my heart! Adore that bag that Santa used to bring their gifts! I’m a vision board girl and have already started clipping for my 2012 one. 😉 It takes me a long time to go through magazines and find just what I want (I get sidetracked with recipes I find) so I start the clipping early. I love the red background for your vision board. I’m going to copy that idea and use something other than white, probably that blue color that appears so much on my blog. LOL Thanks for the updated recipe, too, dear! Will share on my FB page later. 🙂


    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, I love that this makes you want to cry in the good way! That bag from Santa was packed nicely this year. There was a huge telescope in it for stargazing, a wood-working kit for conner, a remote control helicopter that has been coveted by every male above and below the age of 30 that has come to our house, and quite a few other treasures. The boys declared this to be the best Christmas ever.

      I also take a long time to find all of my images and words for my board. I have started already, but have a huge stack of magazines to go through still. Just have to find the time. I cannot wait to see yours once it is all done. That blue color sounds like a perfect fit for your background, by the way!!


  9. On January 4, 2012 Erin said

    Great site! I have a question about what you have listed for egg replacement, is this per egg, or does what you have listed take the place of all three eggs?

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Erin! Thanks so much! That egg replacement is to replace all three eggs. So what is listed takes the place of all three eggs! 😉

  10. On January 4, 2012 Tessa@Domestic Diva said

    My mom, who was recently ins inspired by how good she felt after spending two weeks with us and recently went gluten free was so proud of herself when she tweaked a bran muffin recipe to be gluten free and they turned out so good. As she was happily munching away, she thought to wonder….what are bran buds made of?! Ooops! I told her i would do my darndest to recreate a bran muffin for her that was truly gluten free and hopefully just as delicious! Will have to try these…if you think they are so good…they must be! Glad you had a restful break…we all need it…mine is still lingering with my mom in town…but I love it!! And I am enjoying the first day with just 1 child in over two weeks!!! Thanks Kim..

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Okay, Tessa. You will have to come back and tell me if she thinks they pass for a real bran muffin! That is so funny that she suddenly thought to think what the bran actually was. 😉

      And I am jealous that you still have your mom in town. I love having my Mom here. I was so sad when she left!

      Happy 2012, Tessa!!

  11. On January 4, 2012 InTolerant Chef said

    What a lovely break indeed! Great to recharge the batteries and refocus. The vision board is a great way to have something concrete to focus on each day, great idea!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Intolerant Chef. And Happy 2012 to you!! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! 😉

  12. On January 4, 2012 Maggie said

    Okay, those two boys are so adorable. I’m so glad you shared that pic (look at his little bare feet). I am also thankful for your vision board pics! It helped me to feel like mine is on track. I am so moving to your street Kim! Vision board parties, muffins all the time…and so much more! I love the addition of the pumpkin pie spice. Mmmm!

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, what is funny is that no one has noticed that Conner is actually tugging on Carson’s ear and that is why Carson has that silly face in the pic. LOL And Maggie, I keep telling you. We will have wine, vision board parties, and book club meetings waiting for you when you get here!! Surely Pete is ready to move to the Southwest, right? LOL

  13. On January 4, 2012 Sarena said

    Oh YUM! These sound amazing! Happy New Year my friend. I’m so glad you had a good holiday break. I’m with you, I like where I’m starting this year. I have some pretty big goals to achieve, but I have a plan to reach them and that’s exciting! Glad to have you back.

    • On January 4, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Sarena! It is good to be back in the swing and routine again for sure! I am anxious to watch as you follow your plan to reach your goals. It is so wonderful to start the year out with a plan in mind. It gives such a good sense of direction. It is also awesome that you are starting yours out in a good place too!
      Happy New Year right back to you, my friend!!

  14. On January 4, 2012 Alisa said

    You are such a perky inspiration Kim! And those muffins, drool ….

  15. On January 4, 2012 Iris said

    I love vision boards too! I haven’t made mine yet for this year, but am planning to in the next few days. Love the look of these muffins! I am having a major muffin craving right now!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Iris!! Thanks so much! I have not made my board for this year yet either. I have getting stuff together for it but still need to sit down and do it. 😉

  16. On January 5, 2012 Jeanette said

    So glad you got some downtime over the holidays, and I love the idea of a vision board – I am going to make one for myself this year, thanks for the inspiration!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ooh! Jeanette, I so hope you make a vision board! They are so fun to look at each day. Keeps you more focused on your path. 😉

  17. On January 5, 2012 Cara said

    Welcome back, Kim! So glad you got to enjoy such a relaxing holiday. These muffins sound terrific!

  18. On January 5, 2012 Lexie said

    OK, I am doing a vision board this year! I need it and I need some of these muffins!!!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Woohoo, Lexie! I cannot wait to see what you come up! I am sure your year is going to be full of amazing things.

  19. On January 5, 2012 Wendy said

    Oh Kim, it is always so pleasant to stop by your place. There’s always something yummy to eat, your beautiful boys and some good advice. Here’s to another awesome year!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wendy, you are always so sweet! And I totally agree, here is to another awesome year!

  20. On January 5, 2012 Tessa said

    I am planning on making vision boards with my kids on Monday. I would love it if you could take a close up of your board and send it or post it. I love what you put on there, but it is hard to read and I would like to show it to my kids as an example of a great one! Happy 2012!

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Tessa!! Ooh! I had my oldest son make one too and it was so much fun for both of us! I will email you a close up of my board from 2011. Have not made my 2012 one yet, but can send a pic of that when I do. Have so much fun with your kids. It is awesome to see them accomplish things on their board and then feel so good about themselves when they do it! Happy 2012 to you!

  21. On January 5, 2012 Ari said

    I made these and they were great. I started by soaking the raisins in almond milk (1/2 c. unsweetened blue diamond). I used GF girls more starchy flour blend and 1/2 c. honeyville almond flour. I used 1/4 c. flax meal + 1/2 t. flax meal (to sub for the xanthum gum), I used 1/3 c. veg. glycerine instead of honey and omitted the extra tablespoon, I used eggs, 2 T melted coconut oil, and 2 T applesauce to cut down the fat a little, and about 1/2 c. of the soaking almond milk from the raisins. Then I added the soaked raisins in. Very soft and filling. I love them! 🙂 Just sweet enough. I think I could even lower it some more..just a touch.. 🙂 

    • On January 5, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ari! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how they turned out for you! So glad you like them! I really like all of your subs that you did. I really like the idea of soaking the raisins in the almond milk and then using the milk you soaked them in in the recipe. Definitely going to do that next time! I really appreciate the good review! 🙂

  22. On March 4, 2012 Claire said

    What would happen if I skipped the blender and just used hand beaters? Would that work?

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