Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Blender Banana "Muffs"( Healthy &Gluten Free)




One of my daughters and I started calling muffins "Muffs" a long time ago. It is has been a fun name for them. Muffins are a family favorite around here. Yum! You can either make the gluten free version or whole grain. Either way they will be delicious. Enjoy!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas broken up
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup gluten free flour or whole grain
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt


Directions   (makes 11-12 muffins)

1. Heat oven to 350.  Grease muffin pans.
2. Place in blender banana, honey, vanilla, egg and oil. Blend in blender until smooth. 
3. Pour into the blender the flour, soda, and salt. Just until combined. 
4. Scoop muffin mix into greased pan.
5. Bakes for 20-25 minutes until muffin bounces back when you push on it. 
6. Cool muffins on cooling rack. Enjoy!





Monday, September 25, 2017

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (Gluten free & Dairy Free)



It is crazy we already have some snow on our mountains. We will see how long it lasts the weather can shift back and forth. I went on a walk and took in all the beauty. The water was running down the wash. I love the sound of water. The leaves on the trees are starting to turn beautiful colors. They looked so vibrant. The colors on the mountain are starting to change. Some beautiful flowers still. We live in a beautiful world. 

I have a grandson who is all a restricted diet so I try to cater some foods to his needs. He gets so excited when he knows its a green light and he knows he can eat it. If you don't have diet restrictions then you could use the regular oatmeal. Don't be scared away from these. They have great flavor and chewiness. All of my family enjoyed them.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup gluten free old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup gluten free oat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs or (2 Tablespoons ground flax + 6 Tablespoons water whisk together. Set aside 15 min.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped up dark chocolate chips (Dairy free if desired)
1 cup gluten free old fashioned oatmeal.

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350.
2. In a medium size bowl whisk together oatmeal, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
3. Stir in bowl or blend in blender oil, sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla.
4. Fold in the dry ingredients until all combined.
5. Fold in chips and oatmeal until all combined.
6. Scoop on to cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes. don't over bake.
7. Take out of oven and cool cookies on cooling rack.
8. Store in airtight container and store in fridge or freezer.





Monday, September 18, 2017

Golden Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten free, Vegan, Dairy free,)


I went on a walk this morning it couldn't have been more beautiful. It was so invigorating. I love going on walks. Hope your week is starting off great too.

It is that wonderful time of year when everyone starts buying pumpkin and baking wonderful bakes goods. These were sooo good. I loved eating two muffins at a time. I love pumpkin! I hope you do too.

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 egg or flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whisk together set aside for 15 min.)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup gluten free oat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chopped up dark chocolate chips (Vegan chips if desired)

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350. Grease muffin cups.
2. Blend together in blender pumpkin, oil, egg and vanilla. blend until smooth.
3. Pour in dry ingredients into the blender, flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Pulse until just combined. (You could also stir it in with a spoon.)
4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Scoop into greased muffin pans. Place in preheated oven. Bake for 15 min or until done.
6. Cool on wire rack.
7. Store leftovers in airtight container. Store in fridge or freezer.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Healthy No Bake Brownies (Gluten Free)


It is so wonderful to enjoy this time of year. I am hanging on to the warm weather as long as I can. There are still a lot of beautiful flowers too. I love warm weather. I love to go on morning walks and take it all in. I exercise as much for my mental health as my physical health. It is so healing. It gives me time to ponder and get things sorted out in my head. I also have done some meditation. I know I have a daughter and son that really like meditation. I want to do that more.

It is wonderful to be able to create little snacks that taste really good and are healthy at the same time. These are taster approved my daughter ate one and then came back for a second one. :) Winner!

They whip up fast and you can make extra for later. You can make them with gluten free oat flour if you are eating gluten free.

Ingredients

1/2 cup of oat flour*(Gluten free)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup ground chia (Optional)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips chopped up*
3/4 cup almond butter
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons coconut oil

Directions  (makes about 10 brownies)

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, chia* and chips. 
2. Blend together in blender almond butter, honey, vanilla and oil until all creamy.  Mix into dry ingredients until all combined. 
3. Scoop into balls with a cookie scooper or with spoon. I rolled them into smooth balls with my hands. Delish!
4. Left overs can be stored in an air tight container and store in fridge or freezer.


*I just blend up old fashioned gluten free oatmeal in the blender until it turns to powder.
*I put the chocolate chips in the blender for a couple seconds to break them into smaller pieces.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Tips that Will Make or Break School Lunches



For us, school is starting next week. And I will, for the first time, have two children taking lunches to school. While I am excited to get back in to the schedule that school provides, I'm not as excited about making lunches every. single. day. I thought I'd revisit our book The Mix and Match Lunchbox and give you 5 tips that make or break having a healthy, easy lunch for your kiddos.

1. Plan Ahead


You know how this works with dinnertime. If you plan what dinner is earlier in the day, dinner happens. If you don't, you end up throwing together whatever you have. And sometimes that works better than others.

A planning page in The Mix and Match Lunchbox


The same thing goes for school lunches. If you sit down on Saturday or Sunday and make a small menu, then you know what to buy. You'll see if there are things you can or should make ahead of time.

2. Think about the Parts of Lunch


We like to do this with a simple formula:

Whole Grain + Protein + Fruit + Veggie




This makes lunch so customizable! And if you make a list of items for each section, your child can even make lunch themselves. For a younger child, you might make a PBJ the whole grain and protein, while for an older child, you might need a separate protein to keep them full for school.

But if you fill this formula, you have a complete, healthy lunch! I would also include water and, on special occasions, a treat.


3. Make Recipes Ahead



It can be hard to have everything on hand for a good lunch. But if you make one thing ahead of time in bulk and freeze in individual bags, it makes it that much simpler on a busy morning when you have less than five minutes to make lunches. We like muffins, smoothies, homemade granola bars, quiches, and boiled eggs.


4. Get the Kids to Help


Is this all your job? Well, kind of. But it doesn't have to be. What can the kids do? Can they have a say in the planning? (With guidelines, of course.) Can you assign your budding cook a make-ahead recipe? Or just keep a list of things in each healthy section (grain, protein, fruit, and veggie) and let them pick from bins of each category.

The truth with kids is, if they pick it, they will be more likely to eat it.

Yogurt and mix-ins are always a hit at our house.

5. Make it Fun!


For some parents this might include cutting food into cute little shapes. If that's you, than go for it! I feel good when I slip in a little note. This could be a compliment, a love note, or a joke or fun fact.

But cute supplies go a long way. Consider a pack of food picks, some cookie cutters, or bright silicone cupcake liners.Those could be just the trick for adding some happiness to your child's lunch!


Extra Credit :)


Do you need more help to get your lunches going? Check out our book The Mix and Match Lunchbox book or the Mix and Match app for over 27,000 delicious lunch combinations!