Recipe: Banana Nut and Oat Muffins

My Sundays tend to revolve around food: grocery shopping in the a.m., followed by food prep for the week in the afternoon and a yummy, home cooked dinner in the evening. I always look forward to fresh baked muffins during the week, so most Sunday afternoons you can find me mashing ripe bananas to make up a batch of muffins to get me through the week ahead.

This Sunday was no exception. The fiancé and I started our Sunday with brunch and Garfield cartoons on Hulu+ (our newest Sunday ritual), followed by grocery shopping, the weekly food prep and muffin making, obligatory homework, a long walk with the Piper dog and a game of chess before enjoying mahi-mahi and veggies for dinner. We’re not the worlds greatest chess players, but we’re learning as we go and have fun regardless. Even though Sunday is filled with work, we try to throw a little bit of fun in there too … ya know, since it’s supposed to be Sunday Funday after all!

Anyhow, back to those muffins I was telling you about. Banana nut bread has long been one of my favorite treats. To meet my dietary restriction and in an effort to eat a healthy and balanced diet, I make it into single serving muffins that are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

141 calories, 3.8g fat, 21.8g carbs, 3.1g fiber, 9.5g sugar3.1g protein, 138.7mg potassium each (without additional pecans)

141 calories, 3.8g fat, 21.8g carbs, 3.1g fiber, 9.5g sugar, 3.1g protein and 138.7mg potassium each (without additional pecans)

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Recipe: Two Birds, One Chocolatey Stone Cookies

Almost every week, I bake up a batch of cookies or muffins to serve as a healthy snack or dessert. And despite my best efforts, my chocolate cravings always seem to get the best of me and I end up picking up a bar of chocolate at the store mid-week. This week is going to be different because this week, I added chocolate to my cookies.

At ~95 calories each with 2.5g of protein, 3.5g fat & 13g carbs these cookies are a balanced snack that also boast 2.5g of fiber and 45mg of potassium each! Delicious and nutritious, these cookies definitely knock out two birds with one chocolatey stone! They’re also gluten free, dairy free and soy free!

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C is for … Cinnamon Chocolate Coconut Cookie Confection!

C is for cinnamon.

C is for chocolate.

is for coconut.

But more importantly …

C is for cookie.

And luckily, this cookie recipe has all three!

Recipe yields 12-15 cookies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup nut butter of your choice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups gluten free oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (to make dairy free, use Enjoy Life chocolate chips)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together nut butter, honey and egg. Once combined, mix in oats, baking soda, cinnamon and coconut flakes. Now, fold in your chocolate chips, pecans and raisins.

Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking sheet (my cookie mounds were about 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoonfuls in size; leave about 2″ between each cookie). Flatten the mounds out slightly as these cookies do not “spread out” too much as they bake.

Bake for 7-8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely before devouring!

Live Delish.

Recipe: Banana Berry Muffins

At the end of the week, I always seem to be left with a few brown bananas. Sometimes I throw them in to smoothies, but more often than not, I (guiltily) throw them in the trash. Until a few weeks ago …

Bananas in the trash no more! I’ve finally found a super easy, healthy & delish way to turn those brown bananas in to a healthy treat that I can eat for breakfast or dessert!

Recipe makes 10 muffins (at about 160 calories each, with 3 grams of fiber and 90mg of potassium)

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Balls

I have said it before and I will say it again: I am not much of a baker. But last week, we were invited for a cook out & pool day at a friends house. She had the side dishes covered, so I offered to bring something for dessert. Immediately, I began scouring the internet for easy desserts. After a bit of searching, I came across a recipe for peanut butter and honey balls from 100daysofrealfood.com. They are made with 100% natural ingredients, require no baking and are gluten free!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup honey (or 1 bear)
  • 3 cups gluten free oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried fruit, nuts or chocolate chips
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix the first four ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl. Form them into balls (I used a tablespoon to help me measure them and keep them consistently sized). Finish by rolling them in the coconut. And voila, a sweet, no-bake dessert is born! You can serve them immediately or refrigerate them for later.

Nutrition Info (for 1 ball, recipe makes ~36 balls): 164 calories, 7.8g fat, 20g carbs, 1.9g fiber and 3.9g protein.

A look inside the July POPSUGAR Must Have Bag

Have you checked out the ladies over at POPSUGAR?! They run an awesome lifestyle site, from fashion forward FabSugar to foodlicious YumSugar, geek chic GeekSugar, sensible SavvySugar and more — they have you covered! I have been an avid reader of their site for many years now: they keep me up to date on all the things I love, plus they often feature gluten free recipes! My love for their site grew exponentially about a month ago when they announced the POPSUGAR Must Have Bag:

Every month, the POPSUGAR editorial staff curate an exciting bag full of fun products from fashion, beauty, home decor, fitness, and more. 

• Hand-selected by POPSUGAR editors

• Full-size products & premium items

• One-of-a-kind bag every month

• Only $35 a month, with free shipping

When I first saw the announcement, I knew I had to sign-up. I have discovered so many great products over the years thanks to their reviews, so this bag was right up my alley! The fiancé, being the awesome guy that he is, got me a 3 month subscription for my birthday. I was stoked and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my first bag. It arrived just a few days into August and I was not disappointed.

July Goods

Included in the July bag were: 2 KIND nut & spice bars, 1 Ilia lipstick and 1 lip conditioner, 2 RGB nail polish shades, Body Drench moisturizer & body scrub all wrapped up in an awesome beach tote. The KIND bar flavors were Madagascar Vanilla Almond and Cashew Ginger & Spice. They were both delish, but I gotta say the Cashew Ginger & Spice was definitely my favorite. The Ilia lipstick and lip conditioner go on smooth and give your lips a nice moisturized look. Illia lip products are made with 85% certified organic ingredients and they are gluten free! The RGB nail polishes are definitely my favorite items in the bag. They dry fast and so far have proven to be quite durable! Minty is the perfect summer shade and Doll will be great year round! The Body Drench Raspberry Body Scrub left my skin feeling amazing, so soft & smooth! Unfortunately, the pump on my Body Drench Pomegranate Lotion was broken when it arrived, so I have yet to try it, but considering how happy I am with the other products, I am sure I will love it too — just gotta get a different pump bottle to pour it in to. Lastly, the tote is awesome! It is roomy enough to take the beach, pool, farmers market, gym or campus!

While I am loving all the products in the July Must Have Bag, I am already anxiously awaiting the arrival of the August bag!

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Product Review: Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies

I have not found many gluten free cookies that I care for. I have tried several brands (and will allow them to remain nameless), but none of them compared to the gluten filled cookies of yesteryear … Until I found these delicious new bunny cookies from Annie’s HomegrownThey are available in three flavors: Cocoa & Vanilla, SnickerDoodle and Ginger Snap. I started off trying the SnickerDoodle flavor and boy, oh boy are they yummy! So good in fact that my non-gluten free Father helped me devour a quarter of the box. Call us crazy, but we both thought that the SnickerDoodle cookies would be great eaten as cereal — they taste a lot like cinnamon toast crunch! Yesterday I went back to the grocery store and picked up a second box — this time in the Ginger Snap flavor and they are just as yummy! I have not been able to find the Cocoa & Vanilla cookies at any of my local grocery stores, but I will certainly be trying them in the future … because I am always up for a little on-line gluten free food shopping!

Here is what Annie’s Homegrown has to say about their cookies:

Made with white and brown rice flour and yellow corn flour, these bunny-shaped cookies are a great addition to lunch boxes or after school snacks. SnickerDoodle flavor offers the sweet taste of cinnamon and vanilla.

… Warm and spicy ginger makes these little bunnies extra delicious.

… Chocolate and Vanilla bunnies are delicious by the handful!

You can buy Annie’s products straight from their website. While you are there, check out the ‘Doing Good’ tab and learn about the many ways that Annie’s gives back to the community and how you can help! Also, be sure to sign up for their free e-Newsletter to get product information, recipes and coupons delivered straight to your inbox!

Annie’s makes many other gluten free products. I am a big fan of their gluten free mac & cheese, fruit snacks, salad dressing and organic BBQ sauce!

What is your favorite Annie’s Homegrown product? Share it with me in the comments section!!

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Snacking

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