I was first introduced

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Author: kimbazee


I was first introduced to baked oatmeal many years ago by my Mennonite in-laws and I’m forever grateful. It was a revelation! A breakfast unlike any I’d ever had: in between a soft, custard-like cake and a bowl of oatmeal. Only it stuck to my ribs longer because it contained eggs, butter, milk, and sugar.

If you know me at all, you know I can’t eat dairy, so I altered a recipe I found in a Cooking Light magazine. This is what I fed to my two kids several times a month and they gobbled it up happily. They would even eat it left-over the next morning. Recently, I made it for Alan, who’d never tasted Baked Oatmeal before, and he liked it enough that he ate it left-over the next morning as well.

So here it is:

If you’re feeding more than two or three, I’d double the recipe and put it in a 9×13 baking dish.

Baked Oatmeal

  • 2 cups rolled oats (mine are gluten free)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk ( I use dairy free milk, such as almond or cashew milk)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter (I use coconut oil, vegan butter, etc.)
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk, applesauce, melted butter or coconut oil, and egg. Mix well. Add in the rolled oats, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix until combined. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Bake 20-22 minutes. Serve warm.

Wasn’t that simple? I hope you like it as much as we all do!


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I was first introduced to baked oatmeal many years ago by my Mennonite in-laws and I’m forever grateful.

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about a month ago me

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about a month ago me and tori did something a little wild. we woke up at 5am and drove to santa monica, california for a less than 24 hr trip.

now why did we do that to ourselves? a job fair. ASU film spark was hosting an event in santa monica for current and alumni students to interact with industry professionals and to hear about the jobs and internships they were offering. to be totally honest if it wasn’t for tori i wouldn’t have even known this existed!

after tori drove us there (like the champ she is) we walked from our motel to third street! I went to uniqlo and got a shirt but didn’t find anything else at any of the stores I normally frequent when i’m in santa monica!

no, this isn’t where we stayed but this hotel was just too cute!

we wandered down to the beach and saw a really cool street show! and of course went on the pier. KAW_7937KAW_7944KAW_7959KAW_7973


while I was taking pictures of tori this guy said “do you wanna take my pictures??” and probably to his surprise I said yes and he posed. turns out he and his wife were from brighton!! it really is a small world after all.

that night we had the meal of our dreams. and really, the highlight of this trip : golden mean café. this my friends, was one of the best gluten free/vegan place I have ever experienced! the menu was amazing so if you have any food sensitivities, check this place out!

that night we did some face masks and woke up to go to our job fair!

we prepped hard for this job fair (business cards, resume re-builds etc.) and I am going to do a full post all about my tips on going to a job fair! as you can tell, we both dressed different from each other but I think we both fit in well.

after the job fair we got lunch at lemonade (one of the most LA places possible, honestly)
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then we scooted to erin mckenna bakery where tori insisted we go because it was GF and vegan! and let me tell ya, It was worth It. on our way there we passed two movie sets and ran into matt bomer. the whole street was super cute and super LA. I got ice cream at salt and straw which was awesome!

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and after all the we drove home in the WORST traffic I have ever been in, but Tori handled it like an absolute champ!

santa monica // 24 hrs

about a month ago me and tori did something a little wild. we woke up at 5am and drove to santa monica, california for a less than 24 hr trip.

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29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch 2018

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New blog post! At least in America, it seems like we celebrate every holiday with food, and Mother’s Day 2018 is no exception. Although my family rarely whips up a big gluten free breakfast for Mother’s Day, I thought this week would be the perfect time to share some of the tastiest gluten free breakfast and brunch recipes on the blogosphere.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

So whether you’ve been counting down to Mother’s Day 2018 for weeks and need the perfect Mother’s Day brunch recipes or just want some gluten free breakfast recipes you can enjoy all summer long, this breakfast recipe roundup is for you!

1. Grain Free Cherry Scones – A Clean Bake

Excuse me as I try to resist licking my computer screen…

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

2. Vegan Chickpea Flour Omelet – Strength and Sunshine 

When someone asks, “What does a vegan eat for breakfast?”, they probably don’t expect to hear “omelet” as the answer. However, this vegan omelet will blow even egg-lovers away.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

3. Creamy Spirulina Chia Seed Pudding (Vegan) – Casey the College Celiac

If you need healthy protein breakfast ideas, this vegan chia seed pudding is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Chia seeds and spirulina offer a punch of vegan protein while blended banana and dairy free milk add sweet creaminess. Plus, you can whip up this chia seed pudding the night before to make Mother’s Day brunch – or a busy summer day – extra easy.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

Like this post? Then tweet me some love by clicking here: “Whether you need #MothersDay brunch recipes or tasty #glutenfree breakfast ideas to enjoy all summer long, this #breakfast roundup is for you! Many #paleo, #vegan & #nutfree breakfast options included! Find them all here –> http://bit.ly/2FJWId6”

4. Breakfast Quesadillas (Dairy Free) – Avocado Pesto

Combine a crispy tortilla and soft, fluffy scrambled eggs, and a tasty gluten free breakfast is nearly guaranteed.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

5. The Best Crispy Waffles (Paleo, Nut Free) – Savory Lotus 

I’ve always been more of a pancake girl than a waffle lover, but this gluten free breakfast recipe could definitely convert me. Tell me in the comments – are you team waffle or team pancake?

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

6. Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls – My Gluten-Free Kitchen

Traditional cinnamon rolls just got a gluten free upgrade.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

7. Savory Sweet Potato Fritters with Avocado and Fried Eggs (Paleo, Dairy Free) – Cook With Me Darling

There’s no better way to say, “I love you Mom” than by putting your heart on your plate using this fun and healthy breakfast recipe!

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

8. Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins – Rhian’s Recipes

Sneak some extra veggies into your Mother’s Day brunch with these raisin-studded carrot cake muffins.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

9. Blueberry Peach Almond Tart – The Baking Fairy 

Almond flour, coconut oil and fruit combine to create a deliciously flaky, nutty tart that celebrates all the fresh produce summer has to offer!
29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

10. Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns (Vegan) – Casey the College Celiac

These aren’t your grandma’s hashbrowns, but they are a delicious way to add more veggies to your breakfast. Plus, if you need meal prep ideas, these hash browns are the perfect savory meal to make ahead of time.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

11. Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffins (Refined Sugar Free) – Evolving Table

“Muffin” is more delicious than a gluten free muffin featuring a refreshing mix of lemon and blueberries!

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

12. Zucchini Cheese Casserole – Tasty Casseroles

If you can tolerate dairy, this breakfast casserole screams comfort food.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

13. Banana Bread French Toast – What the Fork Food Blog

Take some addictively fluffy gluten free banana bread, use it as a base for french toast and prepare to swoon.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

14. Vanilla Cake Donuts – Katalyst Health

These gluten free donuts almost look too pretty to eat…almost.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

Like this post? Then tweet me some love by clicking here: “Whether you need #MothersDay brunch recipes or tasty #glutenfree breakfast ideas to enjoy all summer long, this #breakfast roundup is for you! Many #paleo, #vegan & #nutfree breakfast options included! Find them all here –> http://bit.ly/2FJWId6”

15. Easy Muffin Pan Huevos Rancheros – Confessions of a Mother Runner

Need healthy breakfast ideas with eggs? Then these pan huevos need to learn on your weekly menu ASAP.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

16. Best Ever Gluten Free Pancakes – The Soccer Mom Blog

How fluffy and soft do these pancakes look?!? Swoon…

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

17. Triple Berry “Whole Grain” Gluten Free Muffins (Vegan, Oil Free, Refined Sugar Free) – Casey the College Celiac

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this gluten free muffin recipe makes the fluffiest, softest muffins I’ve ever baked. Perfect for summer berry season!

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

18. Rillettes aux Deux Salmon – A Lady in France 

The French name for this salmon dip may be hard to pronounce, but this gluten free breakfast is easy to devour with some gluten free toast!

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

19. Gluten Free Crepes (Dairy Free) – Fearless Dining

I’ve never actually tried a crepe before, not to mention a homemade gluten free crepe, but this drool-worthy breakfast recipe is definitely showing me the error of my ways.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

20. Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal – Happy Healthy Mama 

As long as you use gluten free oats in this gluten free breakfast recipe, expect to fall in love with oatmeal all over again.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

21. Coconut Flour Banana Pancakes with Chocolate Nut Butter Syrup (Dairy Free, Grain Free) – Raia’s Recipes

Four words: chocolate nut butter syrup.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

22. Healthy Paleo Egg Muffins (Dairy Free) – Wholesome Yum

If you need easy quick breakfast ideas, these paleo egg muffins are perfect additions to your weekly meal prep. Plus, these only take 45 minutes to make, from start to finish.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

Like this post? Then tweet me some love by clicking here: “Whether you need #MothersDay brunch recipes or tasty #glutenfree breakfast ideas to enjoy all summer long, this #breakfast roundup is for you! Many #paleo, #vegan & #nutfree breakfast options included! Find them all here –> http://bit.ly/2FJWId6”

23. Chocolate Superfood Smoothie Bowl (Vegan) – Casey the College Celiac 

Although a smoothie bowl might not be typical fare at a Mother’s Day brunch, this vegan smoothie needs to land on your menu at least once during the summer. Considering that this chocolate superfood smoothie bowl also tastes like dessert, you might even make a big batch for the kids attending brunch and let them add their own toppings.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

24. Healthy Vegetable Frittata – Sweet and Savoury Pursuits

If you have a bunch of veggies in your fridge and are craving a healthy gluten free breakfast, you can’t go wrong with a frittata.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

25. Cinnamon Roll Muffins (Dairy Free Option) – Mama Knows Gluten Free

When cinnamon rolls combine with gluten free muffins, you know the end result will be dangerously addictive…

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

26. Vegan Banana French Toast – Gluten Free with Emily 

No eggs or dairy needed for this tasty vegan breakfast recipe.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

27. Keto Eggs Benedict Casserole (Keto, Paleo Option) – Peace Love and Low Carb

Thanks to a creamy homemade hollandaise sauce, you won’t even miss the muffin traditionally served with eggs benedict. As usual, make sure you use gluten free versions of possibly questionable ingredients like bacon and hot sauce.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

28. Lemon Cake – Eat, Little Bird

If you’re holding a sophisticated Mother’s Day Brunch and want an equally classy gluten free breakfast recipe, this refreshing lemon cake will do the trick.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

29. Flourless Banana Zucchini Loaf (Paleo, Dairy Free) – Haute and Healthy Living

You know that I love my zucchini, so this paleo zucchini bread made with a mixture of coconut flour, almond flour, banana, eggs and spices sounds like a perfect treat to whip up for any breakfast this summer.

29 Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes for Mother's Day 2018

Whether Mother’s Day Brunch is a regular tradition in your family or you just love breakfast (like me!), I hope that this round up gave you some new ideas for how to enjoy a delicious breakfast that’s also gluten free, and even vegan or paleo. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Like this post? Then tweet me some love by clicking here: “Whether you need #MothersDay brunch recipes or tasty #glutenfree breakfast ideas to enjoy all summer long, this #breakfast roundup is for you! Many #paleo, #vegan & #nutfree breakfast options included! Find them all here –> http://bit.ly/2FJWId6”

Well, let just means you have a very important decision to make: which one of these gluten free breakfasts you want to make – and enjoy eating – first!

How are you planning to celebrate Mother’s Day 2018? Which of these gluten free breakfast recipes do you want to try first? Tell me in the comments!

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Indecision never tasted so good. 

Decision fatigue is real, folks. There are only so many decisions we humans can make in a day, and our ability to make them declines as the clock ticks by. No wonder Obama wore the same suit every day during his presidency; we can’t waste our limited mental power on silly things like dress shirts and ties. And muffins are no exception. 

As I searched for recipes on Pinterest to satisfy a serious craving for baked goods, I found myself torn between pumpkin muffins and cinnamon buns. I was incapable of choosing between the two. Maybe I made one too many decisions earlier in the day (like deciding to snooze my alarm or choosing between hot or iced matcha) but whatever the reason, I surrendered and settled for both.

I’d like to thank my decision fatigue for this happy couple. 


These muffins are grain free, dairy free, AND sugar free. The cinnamon swirl adds a touch of sweetness, and the pumpkin coconut combo never disappoints. 



Yields 12 muffins


For the muffins:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup full fat canned coconut milk 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the topping:

  • 2 TBSP ground cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a muffin tin. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, coconut milk, and pumpkin puree.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and blend well by hand or with a mixer. 
  5. Fill muffin liners about ¼ of the way with batter.
  6. Spoon about a tablespoon of topping over each muffin and then top off with more batter, about ¾ of the way filled.
  7. Drizzle the remaining topping over each muffin and use a toothpick, fork, or spoon to blend the topping into the batter.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  9. Let cool and enjoy! Store for a few days at room temperature, store in the fridge for a few weeks, or freeze for a few months.


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Summer Berry Crumble Bars

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I made this oat crumble as a surprise ‘bressert’ for my boyfriend last weekend. His favourite fruit is rhubarb and I had a few stalks in the garden that I wanted to use up.  I wanted a super healthy breakfast crumble that was indulgent enough for dessert (hence bressert).

I had planned for this to be enoigh to last us for breakfast ABD dessert late in the day…. but we ate it all for breakfast 😉

I first made this oat crumble recipe for my ‘Not Just For Goldilocks’ book, so I won’t share it in full right here, BUT I will share with you a great spin-off in the form of these bars. I made the bars in the photos below initially for Real Food Source last year and using the same principle as the crumble I made them again.

These bars are quite soft and cakey with a crisp top, which is how I love them. I used a combination of oats, ground almonds and tiger nut flour for the topping, but other flours in place of tiger nuts and almonds would also work.

They also have a great nutritional boost by way of chia seeds which are also used here to thicken and bind the base and fruit layer.

These are perfect served hot with some vegan for a little indulgence or with a dollop of plain vegan yoghurt for a breakfast option.

Recipe: Summer Berry Crumble Bars

Makes approx 12 squares



  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup tiger nut flour (or other flour such as wholemeal, spelt or a gluten-free blend)
  • ½ cup coconut oil– melted
  • approx. 2 tbs coconut syrup (to taste)
  • 2 tbs chia seeds and 3 tbs warm water (mixed to gel)

Berry Layer:

  • 1 heaped cup stewed fruit (I used a combination of apple, rhubarb and raspberries)*
  • approx. 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • ½ cup rough chopped nuts of choice for topping (optional)

*I used approx 2 small/medium apples, 2 medium stalks or rhubarb and a large handful of raspberries (I didn’t measure precisely but it equated to a good cup of fruit once cooked down)


Mix the oats, ground almond and tiger nut flour dried with the melted coconut oil and syrup. Set aside approx. ¼ of this mixture for the topping (or more for a thicker topping).

To the remaining mix, add the chia ‘gel’ to help bind. Press the crumble mix firmly into an 8” square pan- it should be approx 1cm deep.  Bake for approx 15 minutes at 180C until just golden.

Meahwhile stew the fruit in a saucepan, adding a little syrup to taste as the rhubarb and raspberries are tart. No extra liquid is required as the fruit will release it’s own. Add the chia seeds during the last few minutes to help thicken.

Remove the base crumble from the oven and spread the fruit layer evenly over the top. Add the reserved crumble mix, plus extra chunky nuts if desired.

Bake for another 5 minutes or so until the topping is golden and the fruit bubbling.

Serve hot or cool (note: the bars slice better when cool)


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Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

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New blog post! Anyone who’s followed this blog for a while knows that I am a homemade granola addict. I make a big batch every week, and I love experimenting with new flavor combinations…so, in honor of summer and all the cantaloupe on sale, I thought it was only right to make a secretly healthy cantaloupe coconut granola recipe.

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

This vegan granola was actually inspired by the tons of cantaloupe seeds and pulp I had leftover when cutting a fresh cantaloupe. I was feeling a little too lazy to clean the seeds entirely and roast them, but throwing away completely safe seeds and pulp didn’t feel right either. Gluten free granola to the rescue!

This granola is naturally sweetened with cantaloupe pulp and puréed banana, and the cantaloupe seeds actually offer various health benefits. Not only are they high in protein (with researchers hypothesizing that cantaloupe seed milk could rival soy milk in protein!), but they’re also full of fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Combined with goodies like buckwheat groats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes and cinnamon, this vegan granola recipe tastes sweet enough to enjoy as dessert but is healthy enough to eat for breakfast or as a gluten free snack. 

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

Plus, who doesn’t love a crunchy granola with chewy nuggets of shredded dates and cantaloupe pulp? Vanilla extract also seems to make the cantaloupe taste extra sweet while the coconut flakes add an additional layer of “tropical” summer flavor. Warning: once you taste this coconut granola, it’ll be hard to stop chowing down!

If you’re ready to turn food waste into a fabulous gluten free breakfast, start by gathering the ingredients below. This will make roughly three trays of thinly packed granola, which usually lasts me around a week. 

Ingredients for Cantaloupe Coconut Granola:

1 cup buckwheat groats
1 cup rice flakes (or gluten free oats, quinoa flakes, buckwheat flakes, etc)
2.5 cups crumbled rice cakes or puffed rice cereal
¾ cup coconut flakes
¾ cup mixes pumpkin and sunflower seeds
1.5 tbsp of cinnamon
3 dates
1 cup cantaloupe seeds and pulp (from two large and one small cantaloupe)
¼ cup banana purée (or puréed cantaloupe)
Splash of vanilla extract 
Little water to wet final mix

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

How to Make Homemade Granola:

Whipping up this vegan granola is super simple. Start by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and pouring your dry ingredients (the buckwheat groats, rice flakes, crumbled rice cakes, seeds, coconut flakes and spices) into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly before adding your wet ingredients. 
I’d recommend chopping up some of the cantaloupe pulp with a knife before adding it in so that the fruit is spread equally throughout. If you want big chunks, though, you do you! You can also either chop the date or pull them apart with your fingers. The main goal is to add some caramelized chewy goodness throughout your vegan granola.
Once you’ve added everything and mixed your gluten free granola throughly, you might add one or two tablespoons of water to the mix. You want the uncooked granola to be damp but not dripping wet. I’ve found that a little bit of water binds everything just as effectively as oil, and you can still get crunchy, crispy granola even while making it oil free. 

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

When your gluten free granola is binding together relatively well and everything is incorporated equally, you can spread it on three (parchment-covered) baking sheets. When I used to make granola right on the baking trays, I often had to deal with it sticking to the pan, so I do highly recommend lining your baking trays for this granola recipe. 
If you want crispy clusters of granola like I show in these recipe photos, you’ll also want to line your trays with a thin layer of granola and press them firmly into the pan. If you’d like a looser, more trail-mix-like texture, feel free to just gently place the granola on the trays instead. 
Then, pop your granola in the oven and cook for around 25 minutes, turning the trays halfway. If you want a looser consistency, also stir the granola halfway through so that you break up any big clusters. For cluster-lovers like me, don’t stir your granola while it bakes for the best results!

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

You’ll know the granola is ready when it’s golden and crispy to the touch. For the ultimate clusters, let this cantaloupe coconut granola cool completely before breaking it apart and storing it in a sealed bag or container. If it’s hot where you are (hello summer!), I recommend storing the granola in your fridge as the high amount of liquid from the fruits can make it go bad quickly in high temperatures. 

I can also happily report that ALL of my homemade granola recipes – ranging from my Secretly Healthy Coconut Pumpkin Granola to my Cacao Crunch Granola – can be frozen in a sealed container and defrosted in the fridge later. They’ll taste a little softer than they were originally, but just as delicious, so if you can’t make it through this big batch in a little over a week, you can always freeze some for future gluten free snacking. 

Enjoy Your Gluten Free Granola!

Just like my other gluten free granolas, there are also plenty of ways to enjoy this cantaloupe granola. Sprinkle it on smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits or ice cream. Eat it with fruit and nut butter for a quick gluten free snack. Treat it like cereal and pour it in a bowl with milk. Or, like I often find myself doing, snack on this vegan granola straight out of the bag! 

Clumpy Cantaloupe Coconut Granola (Gluten Free, Vegan, Oil Free)

Although I’m addicted to my Berry Coconut Granola during berry season (AKA, now!), this cantaloupe granola is honestly one of my favorite granola recipes because of how it uses up ingredients that are often thrown away. I love coming up with unique ways to transform random ingredients like lettuce stalks, radish greens, and, in this case, cantaloupe seeds from trash to delicious dishes. This summer, I challenge you to do the same, whether it’s by throwing wilted lettuce into your green smoothies or whipping up this cantaloupe coconut granola. 

And trust me. Once you bite into this sweet, crunchy, chewy granola, you’ll never throw away cantaloupe seeds and pulp again! 
What’s your favorite way to get creative with often discarded ingredients? What is your favorite summer fruit? Tell me in the comments! 

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Can shows stop making jokes

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Can shows stop making jokes out of gluten free people? I’m not gluten free because I want to be I’m gluten free because gluten can literally kill me. And no, I’m not exaggerating like literally everywhere implies. I physically cannot digest gluten and the things in my stomach that digest things literally fall off trying. I’m not some crazy person who just doesn’t eat gluten because I want to be skinny and healthy. I don’t eat gluten so I don’t die. Yes I understand there are people who use it as a stupid fad diet but there are SO many people with celiacs. Not being able to eat gluten is hard enough without the media treating us like we are jokes. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to defend myself when saying I don’t eat gluten. That waiter who went “ugh” when I asked them what was gluten free and they said “I don’t know” instead of making a fuss I asked if the fries were fried in the same fryer as other things and she said “probably not” luckily, I’m not the most sensitive and cross contamination like that is fine in small quantities but if this was a peanut allergy I definitely would not have gotten that reaction. The amount of people who have said “oh you’re THAT kind of person” or after I tell them I have an allergy (celiacs isn’t an allergy but it’s easier than explaining celiacs to people) people tell me it’s a myth. Trust me, as someone who went years undiagnosed with extreme stomach pains and other things eating gluten triggered in my body like my throat closing up, it is not a myth. I used to take 10x longer than everyone else to eat because I had to chew my food into such tiny bites. Also the fact that I can’t digest gluten and got no nutritional value from it.  When I was 5 years old someone asked me if I was anorexic because I was so tiny. I didn’t even know what that meant. My cousin who is not as lucky and much more sensitive than I am went around 20 years without being diagnosed. She missed most of highschool and didn’t graduate till she was 21 because of how sick she always was. When she went gluten free she was actually able to have a life and now goes to Stanford. If you are like what the hell are you talking about here are some examples:

– When the rest of the Legends made fun of Ray’s “diet” (i put diet in quotes because it’s not really a diet when you physically can’t eat it) in Legends of Tomorrow

– In Grace and Frankie they talk about Celiacs as a fictitious disorder Allison made up to get attention

– In Jessie they through a pancake at a kid making fun of him because he can’t eat gluten

– Articles such as “Gluten-Free is Total BS” “Gluten-Free Madness Needs to End” “Celiac: The Trendy Disease For Rich White People” 

Sorry about this long ass rant I’m just sick of people invalidating my allergy

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This summer has been all

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This summer has been all about the grilling and cooking with our Instant Pot to keep the house cool. And as we begin the transition to Fall, I know we will continue to use our Instant Pot or Slow Cooker for easy dinners like this Paleo chicken mole recipe! It’s full of smoky, sweet and savory flavors. 

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Simple, healthy meals are a

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Simple, healthy meals are a must at our house. Already in just the first couple weeks of Fall it’s like our schedules are on overdrive! This Paleo + Whole30 Korean beef bowl is on the table in under 30 minutes and is a family-friendly meal. This Korean beef bowl is gluten-free and dairy-free, and the leftovers make great lunches, too!

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5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

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New blog post!

This post is generously sponsored by Mambo Sprouts and features some awesome brands like Peeled Snacks, Back to Nature, Enjoy Life and The Country Hen. 
Especially now that back-to-school season is in full swing, sneaking extra nutrition into my meal is more important than ever. Which is why I’m super excited to help Mambo Sprouts celebrate Healthy Kids Month this September! 
In particular, I thought I’d share how I boost my veggie and fruit intake year-round…and how you can easily do the same, whether you use these tips to spruce up your child’s school lunch or apply them to your own daily eats. And I promise. Thanks to some help from Peeled Snacks, Back to Nature, Enjoy Life and The Country Hen, adding extra nutrition to your meals and snacks has never been tastier! Plus, all the “sneak-it-in” recipes I’m sharing today are super kid-friendly…and you can keep reading for links to some awesome coupons and an epic Twitter party. 

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

So, without further adieu, let’s dig into a few of my favorite ways to crank up the fruits and veggies this Healthy Kids Month and all year long!

1. Dress up fruits and veggies to make them your new go-to snack.

When I was in high school, I would’ve laughed at the idea of eating fruits or veggies as a snack. Those were sides at breakfast or dinner, not something I’d be excited to eat during class breaks. 
Since then, though, I’ve learned the magic of sauces and dips. A flavorful pesto can turn boring carrots and sliced zucchini into a creamy, dreamy bite. Plus, you can easily sub sunflower or hemp seeds for nuts to make your pesto allergy-friendly. Some of my other favorite dip combinations include nut or seed butters or yogurt for fruit, and fresh avocado or hummus for veggies. 

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

Don’t have time to whip up any exciting dips? That’s where a company like Peeled Snacks comes in. They turn organic, gluten free and non-GMO fruits and veggies into delicious dried fruit and veggie snacks. Their new Pea Puffs are crunchy like chips but are packed with 4 grams of protein and ½ cup of veggies per serving. Meanwhile, Peeled Snacks’ dried apple and mango snack bags never last long around me. If you want an easy way to snack on fruits and vegetables without actually “feeling” like you are, Peeled Snacks is a tasty secret weapon.

2. Pair vegetables with something that you already love – like crackers and avocado.

Another way to make vegetables extra delicious? Pair them up with something you already love, like crackers from Back to Nature! I enjoy their gluten free black pepper rice things, but they also offer a variety of other flavors, ranging from classic rounds to whole wheat to gluten free sea salt adzuki bean. 
During my pre-celiac days in high school, one of my favorite school lunches was peanut butter crackers or ham and cheese cracker sandwiches. Nowadays, I use gluten free crackers as the foundation for a delicious veggie “sandwich.” Slather some kind of creamy spread – like hummus, mashed black beans or pesto – on the bottom cracker. Then add some fresh spinach, thinly sliced zucchini and squash, a little avocado and the top cracker. Sometimes I’ll add canned salmon or tuna for extra protein; other times, these veggie crackers hit the spot all on their own.

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

If you need more ideas of how to shake up your cracker creations to get more nutritional bang for your bite, check out the infographic above. The avocado and shrimp topping combination is definitely calling my name!

3. Sneak some veggies into your favorite sweet recipes.

Another trick I use to help me get in those greens? Not being afraid of using vegetables in sweet recipes! Years ago, adding yellow squash to homemade granola or sweet potato to banana bread never would’ve entered my mind. Now, I do that basically anytime I bake those recipes! 
Of course, it can take time to figure out the best ratio of vegetables to sweets. No one wants to end up with brownies that taste more like spinach than chocolate! (Unless you’re Popeye, I suppose…) That’s where recipes from companies like Enjoy Life Foods come in handy. I’m addicted to all their products – which are all free from 14 common allergens and range from protein balls to granola bars to baking mixes to chocolate bars – but the recipes they share online have never let me down either. 

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

One of my favorite vegetables to use in sweet recipes is zucchini because it has such a mild flavor and can be grated so finely, you don’t even taste it. I put zucchini in my smoothie bowls, overnight porridge, granola…basically everything I can get my hands on! So this zucchini squares recipe from Enjoy Life Foods is definitely on the top of my culinary to-do list. 

4. Don’t be afraid to “play” with your food.

When you were growing up, you may have been told to not play with your food…but in my experience, playing with your food can make eating veggies and fruits a whole lot more enjoyable. 
Case in point? My instagram, which is all about delicious, mostly good-looking food. People often ask me why I take the time to “style” my food for photographs, and it’s honestly because this makes eating even more fun. Cutting strawberries into hearts or roses may not make them taste any different in my smoothies, but it does make me smile while eating them.

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month
(This awesome collage is from this article by Mambo Sprouts!)

If you need ideas of how you can help your kids – or yourself – get creative in the kitchen, check out this egg pop recipe from The Country Hen. At least to me, eating an “egg pop” with a veggie stem suddenly sounds a whole lot more exciting than just a hard-boiled egg with veggies on the side! You can also rest assured that the eggs you’re using for this recipe are super high quality. The Country Hen is USDA Certified Organic, which means they don’t use any pesticides, added hormones or antibiotics. Plus, their farm is Certified Human raised and Handled, so their hens are livin’ the good life! The fact that The Country Hen’s website is packed with nutritious recipes and online kids’ games is just a bonus.

5. Save money on food with some help from Mambo Sprouts…so you can eat more fruits, veggies and nutritious snacks without breaking the bank!

One of the challenges I faced when I started eating more fruits, veggies and nutritious meals overall was that my grocery bills started going up. Nowadays, though, I rarely spend more than $35 per week on groceries…and besides being selective about my choices and shopping at grocery stores that offer quality food at affordable prices, using coupons for my favorite brands is a favorite secret weapon of mine. 
Luckily for all of us, Mambo Sprouts is offering deals on all the awesome brands I’ve talked about today, as well as many others. All you have to do is click here to find the latest offers from featured brands. To make sure you get all the new deals as soon as they’re released, you can also sign up for the Mambo Sprouts Newsletter here!

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month
As an added bonus, Mambo Sprouts is also holding an epic #LunchBox101 twitter party at 3 PM eastern time on September 20. With help from their special guest, Produce for Kids, Mambo Sprouts will be tweeting tons of kid-friendly recipes, “sneak them in” nutrition tips and ways to save with Healthy Kids Month coupons. So make sure you join in on the fun on September 20!

What I’ll Be Taking Away From Healthy Kids Month

Honestly, Healthy Kids Month couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Now that school has started up again, I’m beyond busy juggling classes, teaching, blogging, freelance work and more. And I know I’m not the only one struggling to eat nutritious meals while having a super busy schedule.

5 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies During Healthy Kids Month

Thanks to Peeled Snacks, Back to Nature, Enjoy Life and The Country Hen, though, I have some new ideas for sneaking extra nutrition into my everyday eats…and I hope that by the end of this post (and, especially, by the end of Healthy Kids Month with Mambo Sprouts) you can say the same!

What’s your favorite way to sneak extra nutrition into your snacks and meals? What’s your favorite product or recipe from Peeled Snacks, Back to Nature, Enjoy Life and The Country Hen? I’d love to hear in the comments! 

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