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Healthy Cherry Crumble

Every week I take some time to take inventory of my fridge, freezer and pantry…really just to make sure I don’t buy what I may already have (BTW, this is a GREAT way to plan a weekly grocery list!).  So this morning I realized I had a bag of dark, sweet frozen cherries that I had initially bought to make smoothies, but decided to make this healthy cherry crumble.  This recipe is vegan, gluten free and AHH-MAZING!! It’s SUPER easy to make and truly delicious and made with minimal sweetener.  I love the texture of the oats against the cherries and then top it off with a bit of yogurt (if having for breakfast) or with some frozen yogurt (I used Sweet Scoops madagascar vanilla in this photo) or whatever your belly and heart desire.

Note: You can also use frozen blueberries but if you do, I would suggest adding some fresh lemon zest to brighten up the flavor a bit and add it right with the blueberries and cornstarch.  Also, if you don’t have coconut oil, melted butter also works.

Ingredients 

Topping

1 cup gluten free rolled oats (GF quick oats also works fine)

1/3 cup almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Filling

1-16 oz bag of frozen dark sweet cherries (I used Whole Foods 365 brand)

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a glass pie dish with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cherries and cornstarch.  Mix to combine and until the cherries are completely coated and cornstarch dissolves.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the oats and almond flour, whisk to combine.  Make a well in the center. Pour in the maple syrup, applesauce, vanilla and coconut oil. Stir until fully incorporated.
  4. Transfer the filling a glass pie dish, and sprinkle evenly with the topping.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the juice is bubbling at the sides of the dish.
  6. Allow to cool a bit and serve warm or completely cool and refrigerate.

 

Strawberry Banana Gelatin with Chia Seeds

I decided to make my Strawberry Banana Gelatin with chia seeds last night and once again, the kids loved it! You can get creative with your own fun mix-ins!  I’ve always loved jello as a kid, but knowing what I know now about its ingredients, I stay away and wanted to create a healthier naturally sweetened version for my kids. This gelatin is super easy to make and seriously delish! Get creative and add in your child’s favorite fruits! With a dollop of light whipped topping, this dish is still way lower sugar than regular jello! Great way to get your kids to meet their recommended fruit intake! 😋

Ingredients:

2T (or 2-.25oz packs) of unflavored gelatin

1.5 cups organic apple juice boiled

1/2cup organic apple juice cold

1 banana sliced

6 large strawberries chopped

2T chia seeds

Directions

  1. in a large mixing bowl, pour in the cold 1/2c of apple juice.
  2. Sprinkle the gelatine over it. Let it set for a couple of minutes while you boil the other 1.5 cups of apple juice.
  3. After its boiled pour over the Apple juice gelatine mixture in the bowl.
  4. Whisk well, couple of minutes.
  5. Now take your fruits and place them in a glass baking dish, I used an 8×8 but any dish around that size will work and if it’s a larger size dish, you may just get thinner pieces.
  6. Pour the apple juice over the fruit.
  7. Add in chia seeds of using. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Enjoy!!

Food Art for Kids!

Struggling to get your kids to try some fruits and veggies?  Well try presenting it in a fun and interesting way!  Recently, I was totally inspired to get more creative with meals for my little guys.  Here are a few ways I’ve taken their typical breakfast or snacks and recreated them to be more appealing and attractive (which also results in better eating for most kids as well!).  So I hope this inspires some of you to get a bit more creative with meals for your kids! My kids really loved these especially the rainbow and grape christmas tree!