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Maple-Bacon Muffins

I don’t know what it is about the combination of maple and pork, but it is soooo stinking good! These muffins are amazing! They’re sweet and meaty with chunks of caramelized bacon bits and maple syrup. Not only is there maple syrup in the batter, but you drizzle it over the tops of the muffins for an even more intense maple flavor. Caramelizing the bacon bits really enhances the flavor and adds a sweet kick to these! They’re moist and fluffy, and even the leftovers are really good! They do take a little work to make, but I took the lazy prego shortcut and used the pre-cooked bacon bits from Costco and just heated them up in a skillet with the brown sugar and caramelized them that way…whatever works right!?  So, if you have a meat-lovin’ man in your life, or favor the sweet & savory combo, these are really gonna hit the spot! They scored big points with hubby and are prego taste-bud approved, so give em a try and enjoy! 🙂

Maple-Bacon Muffins (Printable Version)
Maple-Bacon-Muffins
Ingredients:
Caramelized bacon bits:
(6 slices of bacon+ 6 teaspoons of light brown sugar)
1 cup gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup + 1½ teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 cup almond milk + dash lemon juice

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.

Make caramelized bacon bits:
Cut 6 slices of bacon into small pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until half-cooked. Drain fat. Add 6 teaspoons light brown sugar. Stir and continue stirring over heat until bacon bits are cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Combine flour, gum, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center. Add egg, canola oil, milk, and 1/3cup of the maple syrup. Whisk the batter until well blended. Fold in the bacon bits, reserving enough to sprinkle over the muffin tops.

Coat 6 muffin cups and top of muffin pan with non-stick spray. Divide batter among the 6 sprayed muffin cups. Sprinkle the reserved caramelized bacon bits over the top of each cup’s batter and drizzle ¼ teaspoon of maple syrup on top of each muffin.

Bake 15 minutes (mini-muffins: 8 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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Home-Made McGriddles (Gluten Free)

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, and what better way to celebrate sunshine and blue skies with an amazingly delicious breakfast!? I remember having this sandwich once from McDonald’s, but that was a very long time ago! But the unique blend of flavors of a breakfast sandwich combined with maple pancakes stuck with me!  I’m sure this isn’t exactly the healthiest option, but once in awhile its not gonna hurt right?! And in a word, this is perfect “Man-Food”!! As you can see i doubled up on the bacon. I only stole a bite of hubby’s cause I’m stayin away from eggs, bacon and cheese, but omg it was good! I stuck to just the maple pancakes with a sausage patty, and that was equally scrumptious! There’s just something about maple covered pig! LOL! The pancakes are loaded with maple flavor and then the whole sandwich is covered with maple syrup. To enhance the flavor (and the calorie count! Haha) you can put syrup on the bottom pancake before adding the layers. No matter what though, this sure beats McDonald’s in quality, flavor and calories, not to mention cost!  So, as some of you are just rousing from your beds (Ive been up since 7 cause no matter what i can’t sleep in. Boo! LOL) give this one a try and start your day off right! Or…ladies, make this for your guy on Valentines Day this week! You’re sure to end up with a very happy man!  I know mine was this morning! LOL Enjoy! 🙂

Home-Made McGriddles (Printable Version

Maple Pancakes:Home-made McGriddles

Ingredients:

1 c gluten free flour

¼ tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 c almond milk + 1 Tbsp lemon juice

2  Tbsp oil

1 egg

1-2 tsp maple extract

Directions:

Mix the almond milk with 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. Let sit for 10 minutes. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with wire whisk. Whisk the oil, egg and extract into the milk and then whisk  into the dry ingredients until  moistened. Heat a nonstick griddle to 350. Pour batter on griddle to desired size and flip when bubbles form.

McGriddle Directions:

Meanwhile, cook your bacon/sausage and fry your eggs while you make the pancakes. Once everything is cooked, layer your mcgriddle: pancake, meat, egg, cheese, meat, pancake and then top with maple syrup.

Apple Pie Pancakes (Gluten & Dairy Free)

Yep! That’s right….another amazing pancake recipe! I’m all over this fall thing! LOL Again, in the spirit of Autumn… I just HAD to try a tasty new fall recipe….and it certainly won’t disappoint! An American favorite….apple pie! I love love love apple pie, and I’ll get there! But in the meantime, lets just celebrate it in pancake form! Aren’t pancakes fun!? I love that there are so many different kinds…. and I’m always coming up with new kinds too! And the best part (other than it being both gluten and dairy free!) is that pancakes are about one of the simplest and quickest things to make. I bust out my big ole grill and cook em all up at once! Sometimes I’ll even get lucky and there’s leftovers! I don’t mind a day old pancake! I’m not that picky! Haha. The maple vanilla glaze on these is amazing! But leftovers warranted a drizzle of maple syrup and that was simply delicious too! They really do taste like apple pie! And you don’t have to worry too much about them being unhealthy cause they’re full of oats and apples! Can’t be THAT bad right?! Give it a try! Lots more on the way! Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Pie Pancakes (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

2/3 C gluten free flour

½ tsp xanthan gum
1/3 cup old fashion oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg
2 T brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 heaping tsp baking powder
3/4 cup almond milk
1 TBSP oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup minced apple

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Then mix the wet and dry together until just combined and gently fold in the apples. Heat griddle to 350 F. Scoop the batter onto griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes on first side until bubbles rise and the edges are set, then flip and cook until golden. Drizzle with glaze or maple syrup.

Vanilla Maple Glaze

1/3 heaping C powdered sugar

2 TBSP pure maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3-5 dashes cinnamon

1-3 dashes ground nutmeg

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