Category: Grain Free

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan/ Paleo/ Nut Free/ Breakfast)

I love the idea of those overnight oats… You know the ones that you put oats, some kind of milk and some kind of sweetener in a mason jar, mix it up and put it in the fridge. Your breakfast is all ready for you the next morning. Unfortunately, I can not eat too much in the way of oats. I can have a little in an apple crisp, but too many don’t agree with me. ūüôĀ

So then I was trying to come up with different ideas for an instant breakfast and I came up with my Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding. You can eat it for breakfast, dessert or a snack. Chia seeds are great for you containing omega 3’s, protein, fiber, antioxidants as well as calcium.

I will not only eat this as a quick breakfast on the go, but also as an afternoon pick me up snack. Eat it as is, or add your favourite fruit, nuts or seeds.

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Refined Sugar Free/ Vegan/ Paleo/ Nut Free/ Breakfast)

1 1/2 c. milk alternative (I use my cashew milk)(Use different milk alt. if nut free)

3 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

4 grams (2 small pkg) stevia to sweeten or 1/4 c. desired sweetener

Mix together all ingredients and put into a mason jar or bowl. Stir a couple of times of a 1 hour period. Then serve with fruit or on it’s own. Great as a breakfast, dessert or snack.

Store covered in the fridge for up to five days.

Banana Chocolate Chip Chickpea Muffins (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Nut Free)

How is everyone doing? Spring is finally here, by the calendar anyway. Unfortunately it may not be by the weather…. I am trying to be very optimistic that spring will be arriving sooner than later. It does keep pretending to be here. I will be ecstatic when it is here for real!!!

So, I have been playing with garbanzo bean flour… Or as some people call it¬†chickpea flour. Whatever name you would like to call it, it is a healthier alternative than rice flour. As you know, I use brown rice flour instead of white because it is a healthier whole grain flour. I LOVE my treats! Anything I can do to make them healthier, I will do. That is why I am now playing with chickpea flour. It is grain free and full or protein as well as fiber. That is a win win in my book. I love the end product with these muffins.

Do yourself a favour, do not try the batter before it is cooked. I know, now you are going to. Save yourself! Before the chickpea flour batter is cooked, it tastes horrible. Haha, I know you’re going to try…After it is cooked, it is delicious!!

Banana Chocolate Chip Chickpea Muffins (Gluten Free/ Grain Free/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Nut Free)

2 c. garbanzo bean flour (chickpea flour)

1/2 c. ground flax

3/4 c. palm sugar (or desired sweetener)

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. sea salt

4 medium mashed bananas (approx. 1 1/4 c.)

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. unsweetened apple sauce

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

1/2 c. dairy free dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In an small bowl, whisk together flour, flax, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together bananas, coconut oil, apple sauce, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir in dry mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide batter between 12 greased muffin tins.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick come out clean. Let cool completely. Muffins can be stored in a sealed container for up to 3 days. Can also be frozen.

Shared On: Healthy Vegan Fridays, Sunday Fitness and Food

 

Cinnamon Scones (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Nut Free/ Soy Free/ Dairy Free)

So you’re looking for something to eat for breakfast… Hmm… You want something with a little bit of sweet. You love cinnamon… Yes, I know… Cinnamon Scones!! But not just any scones… You want them made healthy, grain free, nut free, vegan… Yes!!

Cinnamon Scones

Oops, sorry, you were just listening to the conversation I had in my head a few weeks ago…

How about having a delicious cinnamon scone for breakfast while you enjoy your quiet cup of tea? You know… Now that the kids are headed back to school! Woo Hoo! Now, my kids are grown, but I’m sure many moms out there can agree. Whether you have kids around or not, these scones are a great way to start your day!

Cinnamon Scones

Cinnamon Scones (Paleo/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Vegan/ Nut Free/ Soy Free/ Dairy Free)

1/3 c. tapioca starch

1/3 c. coconut flour

1/3 c. ground flax

1/3 c. palm sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. sea salt

3 Tbsp. coconut oil (or butter if not vegan and dairy is tolerated)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2/3 c. milk alternative

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Whisk together tapioca starch, coconut flour, flax, palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix in coconut oil. Stir in lemon juice and milk alternative. Scoop onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Cinnamon Scones

Bake for 14-16 minutes. Makes 6. Store on the counter in a sealed container for up to two days. Freezes beautifully.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Gluten Free Recipe Fix.

Blueberry “Cheese” Cake (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Soy Free)

The summer is winding down, but we can still get blueberries here in Ontario. As I have said before, I love being able to get fresh local produce. I try to buy local whenever possible.

Blueberry "Cheese" Cake

This “cheese” cake is a win win in my book! You get the creaminess of cheese cake without the dairy that causes so many people, including myself, trouble. Everyone who tries this creamy “cheese” cake absolutely loves it!

I hope you do too!

 

Blueberry "Cheese" Cake

Blueberry “Cheese” Cake (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free/ Soy Free)

Crust:

1 1/2 c. dates-pitted

1 1/2 c. walnuts

Soak dates for 5 minutes in boiling water. Drain, then place dates and walnuts in food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture is chopped up. Press mixture into 8″ to 10″ pan. Set aside.

Filling:

2 c. raw cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours)

2 c. blueberries

1/2 c. dates (soaked for 5 minutes in boiling water)

1 Tbsp. maple syrup (can use honey if not vegan)

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

1/3 c. extra blueberries to top cake

Drain cashews and dates. Place all ingredients (except your reserved blueberries) into blender. Put blender on high until all ingredients are pureed. Pour mixture into crust.

Top with reserved blueberries. Freeze cake for at least four hours before serving. Store cake in the freezer. When serving cake after thoroughly frozen, let sit on the counter for at least 30 minutes for cutting and serving.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays.

Fresh Garden Salsa (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

Summer is wonderful isn’t it? Being able to spend time outside, enjoying time with family and friends and enjoying nature! I also enjoy that we have so many farmer’s markets near us! Sadly, my vegetable garden hasn’t done that well this year. I just haven’t had the time that needs to be spent on it. I have decided that next year, I will just put plants into pots on my deck. Maybe I will have time in the future for a big vegetable garden. Unfortunately, I just don’t have that time right now.

However, I love that we are able to go to our local farmer’s markets and get fresh produce! When the veggies are in season I love making this salsa! I will also be making a cooked version again this year, so that I can enjoy our Ontario vegetables all year long.

Fresh Garden Salsa

Now here’s the question….. Cilantro- love it or hate it? Some people absolutely love it, while other’s can’t stand it. They,(whomever “they” are) say that in some people cilantro reacts and tastes like soap.Personally,¬†I don’t really care for it. ¬†I am very partial to basil. Love fresh basil. So when I make my salsa I put in basil. It’s your choice what you use. Either way, enjoy the bounty of fresh vegetables that we have available now!

Fresh Garden Salsa

Fresh Garden Salsa (Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Vegan)

2 medium or 1 large tomato

1 sweet pepper (your choice of colour or 1/2 one colour and 1/2 another)

2 scallions/green onions

1 jalapeno pepper- optional

handful of cilantro or basil-remove stems

handful of parsley-remove stems

1 Tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

sea salt and pepper to taste

Dice all the vegetables removing seeds from peppers and tomatoes. Add in chopped cilantro or basil, chopped parsley and vinegar. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Store in the fridge for up to two days.

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays

 

Delicious Salad Dressings (Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

With summer going strong you may be really feeling the heat these days! You know that it is too hot to cook, so salads are definitely the way to go. Unfortunately, you are running out of good salad dressing ideas. Here are some great dressing to add to your collections! For even more salads check out this.

I love having salads for lunch and dinner! To add protein, just add some, nuts, seeds, beans or cooked meat such as grilled chicken. The combinations are endless. Keeps me satisfied for hours!

Delicious Salad Dressings (Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

Vinaigrette Dressing and Marinade

Vinaigrette Dressing and Marinade

Raspberry Vinaigrette

Raspberry Vinaigrette

 

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing

Raw Cashew Ranch Dressing

Maple Citrus Dressing

Cashew Cranberry Quinoa Salad w Maple Citrus Dressing

Ginger Sesames Dressing and Marinade

Ginger Sesame Dressing and Marinade

Tomato Vinaigrette

Tomato Vinaigrette

Poppy Seed Dressing

Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Sunday Fitness and Food.

 

Chocolate Energy Balls (Nut Free/ Vegan/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Refined Sugar Free)

It is just too hot to bake. I’m tired. I have no energy. I want brownies. Well I want a brownie type thing. I also want a treat that is way more healthy than a brownie. I need energy…

Do any of these statements work for you? Every one of them works for me!!

Chocolate Energy Balls

These energy balls are so delicious that your mouth will think that you are having a loaded brownie. You know those ones that you could buy in your old life that were full of nuts and coconut and all that stuff you now can’t have. These chocolate balls are also packed with protein, so you’ll get energy!

They are absolutely decadent, with no baking and best of all, NO Guilt!!  Enjoy!!

Chocolate Energy Balls

Chocolate Energy Balls (Nut Free/ Vegan/ Grain Free/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Paleo/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 1/2 c. dates

1/4 c. sunflower seed butter (or desired type)

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

3/4 c. pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. hemp hearts

1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 c. raw cacao (or cocoa)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

Place dates into food processor and pulse until they form a ball. Spread them back out and add sunflower seed butter and vanilla. Pulse until mixed. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed.

Spoon out mixture and form into one inch balls.I wet my hands to roll balls to make it easier. Store in the fridge in a covered container for up to a week. Freezes well. Makes approximately 24 balls.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesday, Healthy Vegan Fridays,

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

July is almost gone… Can you believe it? The summer seems to be flying by! In southern Ontario it has been a hot, dry summer! Third time this month we are in a heat warning! We are actually in a drought for the first time in an extremely long time, as well.

What does everyone need when it is hot outside? You guessed it…. Ice Cream!!! I’ve made most of my ice creams with coconut milk, such as strawberry, chocolate, vanilla.

Vanilla Cashew

I love coconut, but some people don’t. My daughter is included in those people. Recently I was making an ice cream cake for my granddaughter’s birthday. Since my daughter would be there, I decided to try my hand at making cashew ice cream. I use cashews for many other things, such as cashew milk, cashew cream, and cashew cream cheese. Why not ice cream? Oh my, So delicious!

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

3 c. raw cashews

1/2 c. dates-pitted

2 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

1 1/2 c. water

1/4 c. maple syrup (optional- if you want it sweeter)

Soak cashews in 3 cups of water four at least four hours, up to overnight.  Then drain cashews. Add cashews, dates, vanilla and 1 1/2 cups of water to high powered blender.

Vanilla Cashew Ice Cream

Blend until smooth. Add a little more water if needed to blend to a smooth consistency. Check the taste to see if your ice cream is sweet enough for you. I like it as is, but some people may want to add the maple syrup for added sweetness. Add now and mix thoroughly, if adding.

Put mixture into freezer safe container, and stir every 30 minutes until desired texture. Store in the freezer. For the leftovers, let sit out 10-15 minutes before serving so it softens slightly.

 

Shared On: Allergy Free Thursdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays,Sunday Food and Fitness.

Date Avocado Pudding (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Nut Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

I was going to play with my avocado chocolate ice cream recipe and add dates to it. As I was starting to play, I decided that I would try making a non-chocolate version instead. I know… me decide to go without chocolate voluntarily? The shock of it. I really surprised myself as well. Lol

Looking for a chocolate avocado pudding??? I have one here!

Date Avocado Pudding

I really love this pudding. It is also so healthy that I have eaten it for breakfast, Just add some fruit and seeds for some variety!

Date and Avocado Breakfast Bowl

Date Avocado Pudding (Paleo/ Vegan/ Dairy Free/ Gluten Free/ Nut Free/ Refined Sugar Free)

1 c. pitted dates

2 avocados

1 1/2 c. milk alternative (I use my cashew milk-use different milk if nut free)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. vanilla (I use mine)

Soak dates in boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain. Add dates and remaining ingredients to high powered blender. Blend until pureed.

Date Avocado Pudding

Store in the fridge for up to three days. Can also be frozen in individual containers. Defrost in the fridge.

Shared On: Allergy Free Wednesdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays,Sunday Food and Fitness.

Hearty Vegetable Soup (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free)

In the winter we always crave comfort food. I love having soups in the winter. Just being about to eat the nice warm veggies and broth will take any chill out of your body.

It has been a very long time since I had a canned soup. It was long before I figured out about all my allergies. Have you looked at the ingredient list? Let alone things that I can not pronounce that just scares me to death, but the amount of sodium is crazy! With a homemade soup you can control the salt.

Hearty Vegetable Soup

If you enjoy dipping something into your soup, never fear… Paleo Biscuits are here!

Hearty Vegetable Soup

Hearty Vegetable Soup (Vegan/ Paleo/ Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Grain Free)

1 medium onion

1 clove garlic-minced

1 lg. carrot

2 ribs of celery

1 medium sweet potato

2 c. cabbage-chopped

1- 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes

2 tsp. onion powder

1 inch raw ginger-minced

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

sea salt to taste

4 c. water

2 c. kale or spinach

Peel and chop up all your vegetables. Add everything in your soup pot except your kale/spinach. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until vegetables are tender. Cooking time will take between thirty minutes and an hour depending on the size of your chunks.  Add your kale/spinach and cook for ten more minutes. Salt to taste.

Hearty Vegetable Soup

If there is any leftovers or if you make a double batch, this soup freezes well.

Shared On: Allergy Free wednesday, Gluten Free Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Savoring Saturdays

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