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No Bake Crispy Granola Bars (gluten free)

I’m so excited to share this recipe, I could hardly contain myself!  If you follow my IG stories then you know that I loveee to make granola bars with my kids.  It’s just fun and gives kids a chance to get creative with a variety of ingredients.  Plus they are way cheaper than store-bought and contain simple ingredients that you (and your kids) can actually pronounce!  I’m always looking for granola bar recipes that actually hold together and made this one which actually holds together (hooray!) but I suggest keeping in the fridge or freezer as it may start to fall apart once it’s left out and too soft.

These are so easy that my 4 year old basically made them with my guidance and pre-measurements!  No baking required…and these can even be frozen for an extra satisfying snack.  I love that these bars are crispy, made with One Degree Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps along with gluten free oats.  Oh and bonus, these babies contain zero refined sugar and are solely sweetened with honey.  Whoop whoop!  My little guys devoured these, especially my 2 year old who is a bit picky with homemade granola bars.  Drizzle them with a bit of melted chocolate and this crispy granola bar goes from simple to simply amazinggggg.

Ingredients

2 cups brown rice cereal

1 1/2 cups gluten free quick oats

1/3 cup finely ground flaxseed

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/3 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 teaspoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Line an 11×7 baking dish with parchment paper (if you use a larger sized dish, don’t; fill the entire dish…just pack them closer together so the bars are at least 1/2″ thick).
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1/2 chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons coconut oil and microwave for 30 seconds, whisk until chips are totally melted (place back in microwave for another 10 second if needed).  Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, brown rice crisps, sliced almonds and ground flaxseed and whisk to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine vanilla, honey, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, unsweetened applesauce and peanut butter, whisk well.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix to combine and until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Transfer mixture into the prepared baking dish and using slightly wet hands, push evenly down into the pan.  Push down hard! and pack those ingredients together. This will help to keep the bars intact after cutting.
  7. Now drizzle on the chocolate!
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting.  Enjoy!

 

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.

 

Dill Turkey Burgers with Yogurt Sauce

If you love a quick and easy weeknight meal, give these turkey burgers a try!  I’ve always followed recipes for turkey burgers that included breadcrumbs and egg until I came across a recipe by @bobbyflay that did not include those two ingredients. So I thought if Bobby Flay made it, it must be great!  So I created these easy dill turkey burgers with yogurt sauce.  I love dill and have added it to the burgers and the yogurt sauce for a burst of flavor.   As a fun family dinner idea, declare “dress your burger” night and let your kids pick their favorite veggies to top their burger with!

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey breast (or mix ½ pound ground turkey breast with ½ pound ground dark meat turkey)

2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped

1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

6 whole grain burger rolls (or for a low carb option, wrap in romaine lettuce!)

Yogurt Sauce

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 teaspoons dill, finely chopped

2 tablespoons onion, minced

¼ cup tomato, chopped

¼ cup cucumber, chopped

2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

½ teaspoon ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon juice, onion tomato, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients together and mix well. Form into 6 patties.
  4. Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium heat and coat with a dash of olive oil. Cook the patties until nicely browned, about 1-2 minutes, and flip. Continue cooking another minute until browned on both sides.
  5. Turn stove off and place skillet directly in oven. Bake for 10 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees F.

 

Crispy Baked Honey-Soy Wings

My husband loves chicken wings.  Until we met, I was never a big wing person…but now, give me a good glaze over crispy wings and I’ll dig right in! So I had to recreate that same crispy texture as a healthier baked version and this recipe was a success! My husband loved these and you can totally customize your own glaze and even use a hot sauce (I usually combine 1/4 cup Frank’s red hot sauce with 1 tablespoon unsalted butter and just heat until butter melts…then toss in the wings).  I wanted to try a sweeter glaze and this honey soy combo is pretty darn awesome.

Ingredients

1 pound chicken wings

1/3 cup brown rice flour (gluten-free or regular all-purpose flour also works)

sauce:

1/4 cup honey

2 1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place a grill rack over it (no grill rack, no problem, works fine right on parchment paper but grill rack allows for any excess oil to drip right off).
  3. Rinse and dry wings.  Pour flour into a large ziplock bag.
  4. place wings into ziplock bag and shake well to coat the wings.
  5. In a bowl, combine sauce ingredients and whisk well.
  6. Place wings in the grill rack and bake for 30 minutes, turning once.
  7. Remove wings and baste each with the glaze on both sides.  Set directly on parchment paper and bake an additional 10 minutes.

Banana Walnut Loaf

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know that I love banana bread. I mean looove it to the point where I purposely buy a bunch of bananas weekly in hopes that they will ripen up (before they get eaten) so that I can make a fresh banana loaf like this one!  This banana loaf is SUPER moist and rich in banana goodness.  Best part-it’s made in one bowl using minimal ingredients you likely have sitting in your pantry right now! I made this while my mother-in-law visited yesterday and it was gone in less than 30 minutes.  My entire apartment smelled so delicious and I can’t wait to make it again! My husband said it reminded him of Trinidadian pone which is a delicious dessert made with cassava…but this banana loaf is naturally sweetened with bananas and no added sugar!  It’s  also #glutenfree #sugarfree and #awesome!  So let’s get to it!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour (I used @bobsredmills)

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

3 bananas, mashed well

3 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg, whisked

1/3 cup chopped unsalted walnuts

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease one loaf pan with coconut oil (or unsalted butter). In a large bowl mash bananas well with a fork (I also use a potato mashed which works amazingly well!).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together until completely combined.
  3. Add coconut oil, egg, vanilla and applesauce
  4. Mix ingredients until combined.
  5. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan and top with nuts.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into center of loaf. Turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely before cutting (also it tastes delicious slightly warm!).  Enjoy!

Apple, Cranberry Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

If you’re following my posts, you may know that I love baking muffins.  Truly, I’m always looking for a good variety of quick on-the-go breakfast options and these oatmeal muffins fit the bill. I recently made a quite delicious blueberry oatmeal muffin which included flour but wanted to make another flourless version.  These muffins were meant to be bars but I wanted to create individual portion sizes and a muffin tin worked perfectly!  Get creative with mix-ins. I added chopped Granny smith apple, dried cranberries and cinnamon.  The flavor is just right without being overly sweet.  I also added crispy brown rice cereal but it didn’t create the layer of texture I was hoping for (really due to the addition of milk here), but you can leave it out and add about an additional 1/2 cup of oats or until the mixture is thick.  These are gluten-free, heart healthy and low in sugar!

Ingredients:

3 cups quick cooking or rolled oats

 

1 cup brown rice cereal

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 overly ripe bananas, mashed well

1 granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup milk or dairy alternative

1/4 cup agave nectar

1 egg + 1 egg white, whisked

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place muffin liners in a muffin tin. Set aside.
  3. Combine oats, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine agave, banana, milk, vanilla, egg and egg white
  5. Add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix until moist.  Do not overmix!
  6. Fold in chopped apple and cranberries.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with White Beans

There is nothing like warm soup on a chilly day.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite vegetables.  I know it might be intimidating to some with that thick hard outer layer but trust me, it’s super easy to make and can be used in everything from salads to rice and pasta dishes and of course, soup!  I had a craving for some creamy butternut squash soup but also wanted to add in some protein, so I chose some cannellini beans.  Oh and my secret ingredient :::drumroll:: pumpkin pie spice!  The flavors work so well with this soup!!  But you can totally just use nutmeg or a combo I suggest below.  My 4 year old loves any type of beans so I knew this would be a hit with him! I was thrilled to see watch him take the first, then second, then third spoon of this soup…until he finished it all! Now this recipe uses roasted butternut squash and although you will find many recipes out there suggesting you fully peel the squash and cut the flesh into cubes, it isn’t necessery for this soup.  Here is the full recipe! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 (~3 pound) butternut squash
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped                                                                                                                                              1 bay leaf
5 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 t ginger and 1/4 t nutmeg)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste                                                                                         15 oz container of no-salt-added cannellini beans, rinsed well and drained                                                                                      Plain Greek yogurt for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, but if it’s too long to cut that way, simply cut it in 4 quarters.
  3. Place the squash flesh-side up on the baking sheet and either spray with olive oil cooking spray or drizzle a little olive oil on each just to coat them.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until fork tender.  Set aside and allow to cool.
  5. Peel the skin off and then cut flesh into small chunks and places in a bowl.  Set aside.
  6. Now, heat 1 tablespoon unsalted butter in a dutch oven over medium heat and when bubbly, add the onions and garlic.  Allow to brown but not burn! about 6-8 minutes.
  7. Add the bay leaf and sautee about 1-2 minutes.
  8. Now pour in the broth and squash.
  9. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes.
  10. Pour in the beans and continue to heat an additional 15 minutes.  Sprinkle in pumpkin pie spice.
  11. Using a ladle, scoop out some of the soup into a blender and blend on high speed and work in batches until entire soup is rich and creamy.
  12. Garnish with a bit of yogurt or just have it on its own!
  13. Season with salt and pepper to taste.