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Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes

Happy Monday! 🌞Ok let’s be honest, Mondays can be quite the struggle…especially if you’ve spent yet another weekend @sesameplace with the kids 🙋, but this morning my boys asked for pancakes and I can never turn down whipping up this super easy recipe that’s #glutenfree with #noaddedsugar 🙌 and super nutritious!

These babies are moist, flavorful and light! Top them with fruit or feel free to add some into the batter!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup gluten free oat flour

1/3 cup super fine almond flour (I use @bobsredmills)

1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 egg, whisked

2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1-Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

2-Whisk wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and add to dry ingredients.

Batter should be slightly thick.  In the case your batter is too thin or too thick, you can always adjust by adding a little more coconut milk or a little more oat flour.

3-Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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!!

Banana-Berry Muffins

This morning, as I woke super early with my older son (and then realized it was even earlier since the clocks were turned back one hour!), I decided to do some baking.  Luckily I had a few very ripe bananas on hand and decided to make these banana muffins with the addition of blueberries and walnuts, so delicious!  Ah, there is nothing like the smell of freshly baked banana muffins.  The aroma still lingers throughout my entire apartment.  These muffins are made with no added sugar, using only the natural sweetness from ripe bananas and blueberries.  I also added walnuts to a few and I find walnuts enhance the flavor and add the perfect crunch but you can leave them out if you prefer or in the case of any nut allergies.  My 18 month gobbled up 2 of them!  I also used unsweetened applesauce in place of butter BUT these do taste even more amazing cut in half and with a little unsalted butter spread on them.

Ingredients

3 1/2 ripe medium bananas, mashed (the darker, the better!). If the bananas are small, use 4.

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 egg

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin tin with liners.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, applesauce, egg and vanilla extract.
  5. Slowly pour in the flour mixture and whisk until smooth and just combined.
  6. Next, fold in the blueberries and walnuts if using
  7. Pour batter into muffin liners and bake for 18-22 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Serving suggestion: my kids love these as is, but my husband and I really enjoyed them cut in half with a smear of unsalted butter! Enjoy!

 

3-Ingredient Creamy Banana Mango “ice cream”

Have you ever tried blending frozen bananas?  Well if not, it’s about time you did.  I promise, once you try this frozen treat, you be hooked!  Ok it’s not exactly ice cream since no milk and cream are involved but it sure has the consistency of a creamy ice cream! And even more refreshing! I add whole milk yogurt to my frozen bananas and mangos along with a dash of vanilla extract and came up with this masterpiece… Yes I’ll toot my own horn on this one 😉 My kids love this treat and I feel good about giving them fresh frozen fruits with no added sugar versus anything pre-packaged.  Oh and by the way, the cost of creating these pops is way less than anything you would buy in a package! Healthy + Cost efficient = winner in my book of recipes.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 banana, sliced and frozen (place in freezer overnight for best consistency)

1 cup frozen mango chunks

1/4 cup whole milk Greek yogurt (or lowfat)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional but I found this really enhanced the flavor!)

Directions:

  1. Place frozen bananas and mango in a good blender and increase speed slowly from low to high.  Blend about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add in the yogurt and vanilla if using.
  3. Blend until consistency is nice and creamy.
  4. Now pour the mixture into Popsicle molds and freeze OR simply pour into a freezer safe bowl with lid and scoop out when you want a treat!
  5. Be sure to let the mixture freeze for another 2 hours, especially if you want a harder texture. Enjoy!!

Flourless Blueberry Pancakes

These 4-ingredient flourless blueberry pancakes are easy to make, full of flavor and include simple ingredients.  Gluten-free, low carb, no added sugar, what’s not to love?!  The blueberries provide a natural sweetness without the need for added sugar.  Make it a fun breakfast and create faces on the pancakes with other fruits! Studies have shown that kids are more likely to try a food if it looks fun an appealing.  Oh and when making these, the most important thing is being very careful when flipping since they can break easily!  

Ingredients

1 1/2 very ripe bananas mashed

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs whisked

1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and whisk well.
  2. Heat a griddle with a bit of unsalted butter or coconut oil.
  3. Pour on batter and stick with silver dollar pancake size, easier to flip.
  4. Wait about 1-2 minutes or until edges start to set and then flip and cook until golden.