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A Gluten Free Mother's Day Brunch

After Easter comes Mother's Day and this is the first Mother's Day that I will be celebrating as a Mom. My husband recently asked me what I would like to do on this special occasion and the first thing that popped into my head was sleeping in. Now the best thing to follow a good sleep-in is a delicious Brunch, the problem is, where do you go for a gluten free, dairy free Brunch? If we go to a buffet style place there are issues of cross-contamination in addition to paying $40-50 per person to eat, plain eggs, fruit and bacon. I prepared this list of Brunchy foods for my husband in an effort to inspire him to prepare something delicious for me:

Bagel with "Creamcheese," Lox, Red Onion and Capers

This requires a trip to the grocery store and minimal preparation (just assembly).

1 package of Udi's Bagels
1 package of Tofutti Creamcheese Spread (or real creamcheese)
1 red onion finely sliced
200 grams of Lox or Smoked Salmon if you prefer
1 small jar of capers

Defrost and toast your bagel. Apply a thin layer of Tofutti Spread on each half of the bagel followed by a layer of Lox or Smoked Salmon, a slice of red onion and a few Capers. Enjoy!

Almond Flour Pancakes with Fruit

1 cup Almond Flour
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Sparkling Water (bubbles make for fluffier pancakes)
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Mix all of the above together and cook on a non-stick pan as you would any other pancakes. If Dad isn't up for making them from scratch there is always Bob's Red Mill, follow the instructions and use Sparkling Water instead of Milk if there is a sensitivity.

Serve with Mom's favorite fruit, syrup or sauce.

To make a berry topping from scratch get a bag of frozen mixed berries and place about 3 cups into a small sauce pan, add 1/2 a cup water and bring to a boil. Gradually add 1/4 to 1/2 a cup sugar while stirring constantly until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely 10-12 minutes.

Cinnamon Buns

This recipes is more complex but is delicious and still primarily from a mix keeping it Dad friendly:

Prepare the 123 Gluten Free Biscuit dough as per the box instructions (there is also a non-dairy version on the inside of the box).If you don't have 123 Gluten Free, you can substitute with any other plain gluten free biscuit mix.

Mix together in a bowl 1 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup of cinnamon. Place dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll out into a large rectangle (about the size of a cookie sheet). Remove the top plastic wrap and slather with melted margarine or butter and your sugar mixture. Using the other plastic sheet roll into a log and slice into rolls approximately 1 1/2 inches wide. Place rolls into a pie plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or so. Place in a preheated over at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes. Remove, cool and ice with your favorite icing.

Eggs, Bacon, and Sausage

If you don't feel creative or if this is Mom's favorite it is easy to keep the classic breakfast gluten free:

Prepare two eggs for Mom, scrambled, boiled, fried, poached, etc.
Cook according to package directions bacon and sausages but be sure to check the package ingredients for gluten. Johnsonville, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire and even Maple Leaf make gluten free breakfast sausage. Freybe and Grimms are a sure bet for both Lactose and Gluten Free.

Chocolate Pudding

This is a sweet treat that should be made the night before. You could get fancy and make this from scratch.
Mix together in a small saucepan:
1/3 Cup of Cocoa
1/2 Cup of Sugar
3 Tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 Tsp Salt
Over medium heat slowly stir in 2 1/2 cups milk (or soy milk, almond, SoGood) and 1/4 Tsp Vanilla. Stir until it coats the back of spoon. Remove from heat, cool slightly and pour into six glasses. Chill until ready to serve.

Or you can pull together this one which is really simple but sure to please.

Pick up a package of Chocolate Cook 'n Serve Jello Pudding follow package directions and place into a pretty cup such as a wine or martini glass. For lactose intolerant substitute milk with almond, soy or SoGood Milk.