Review: Nature’s Path Organic Crunchy Granola Bars

brg-5pk-crb-pchoc-us-a1l1I woke up one day earlier this week with a HUGE craving for one of those crunchy peanut butter granola bars (that came in a pack of two) that I always enjoyed as a kid. No idea where it came from, but the craving was strong.

I hunted around at the store to see if there was anything that was similar, sans gluten. I found something! Nature’s Path Organic makes a line of the crunch granola bars. Even more awesome, is they have a peanut butter one too! They are non-gmo (which of course I love!) and they dont contain any wheat. Because some are labelled as “gluten free” and some aren’t (these ones arent) I read the ingredients list over and over again just to be sure but they seem good to go! I don’t seen any gluten in there!

I know oats are a hit or miss for some people avoiding gluten but they seem to be okay for me.

I have tried the peanut choco flavour as well as the apple pie chia flavour and both are awesome! I hear the pumpkin pie one is really great too, and since its almost fall- I think that one will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon.

Craving satisfied.

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Grain Free Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie

In my quest to eat gluten free and mostly grain free,I look for different flour substitutes for my sweet treats.Most of us are very familiar with baking with almond flour but it is on the expensive side.

On my last trip to Bulk Barn I noticed ground pecans and wondered if I could substitute it for the almond flour in my favourite Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookie  recipe. At half the price per pound it was certainly worth a shot.The result was a crispier flatter cookie and every bit as delicious.

Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 1 dozen large cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter plus 2 Tblsp, softened
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar (can substitute brown or white sugar)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups ground pecans (pecan meal)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Using an electric mixer, mix together the butter, sugar in a large bowl until very creamy (like frosting). Add the vanilla and egg, mixing until well incorporated. Mix in the baking soda and salt. Then slowly mix in the ground pecans, 1/2 cup at a time, until well blended. Using a spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and coconut, if using.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about three-inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake approximately 13 minutes. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes on the baking sheet.

Recipe: Gluten Free Platz

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White peach-Blackberry platz before it heads to the oven.

Until a week ago, I don’t think I had a clue what a Platz was, but boy am I happy I do now! A friend of mine Mama__B posted a great recipe on her blog for a peach raspberry platz. It looked absolutely delicious, and I had a TON of peaches to use up so I decided I was going to try making a gluten free variation… and it turned out great!

You can see the original recipe here. My variation is posted below. It was super simple, and a big crowd pleaser. Something you can whip up in a pinch! Give it a try this weekend and let me know what you think.

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 
1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 
1/4 cup cold butter
  • 
1 egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 peaches, chopped (I used white peaches)
  • 
1 cup raspberries (I used blackberries, but I think any berry would do!)

Crumb

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/8 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and (rice) flour an 8×11.5 pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the rice flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. I just do this with my hands….seems to do the job well!
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir into the rice flour mixture.
Pour into prepared pan and cover evenly with the fruit.
Combine the crumb ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle over the fruit and batter.  I wanted the fruit to poke out a bit so I just made a half recipe of the crumb (which is what I have included above) but you can double that if you want a more full cover of crumb on top.

Stuffed Peppers

Peppers are plentiful right now in gardens ,farmers markets and grocery stores. Stuffed peppers are a family favourite and gluten free.

With an endless variety of filling recipes you’re sure to find something that will please everyone. Ground Beef can be combined with white or brown rice, quinoa,or just veggies to fill bell peppers. For fun, try using a variety of green, yellow and red peppers.Oh and don’t forget to serve with a dollop of sour cream.Here is my go to recipe.

 1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained of fat

 1 cup cooked cooled rice (I like jasmine rice)

 6 peppers any colour

 2   8 oz. cans tomato sauce

1 chopped onion lightly sauteed in butter

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C).

 Remove and discard the tops, seeds, and membranes of the bell peppers. Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upward

 In a bowl, mix the browned beef, cooked rice, 1 can tomato sauce, onions and salt, and pepper. Spoon an equal amount of the mixture into each hollowed pepper. Pour remaining can of tomato sauce over the stuffed peppers.

Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 1.5 hour in the preheated oven or until peppers are tender. If you have time you can baste the peppers with sauce every once in awhile.

Salads!

saladI eat lots of salads during the week. It’s probably subconscious, because I eat lots of goodies- I need to pare back somewhere right?

In the summer its glorious for salads. I make all different ones. With nuts and seeds, and fruits and veggies and cheese and different dressings! The combinations are absolutely endless.

Here are a couple of my favourite combos:

Chelsey’s Favourite Basic Salad

Fresh greens, red cabbage, raw pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, a gfree creamy dressing (my favourite right now is the Simply Natural organic creamy caesar!)

Chelsey’s Favourite Gourmet Salad

Fresh greens, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, organic apples (something tart!), red onions & my homemade blackberry dressing.

What is your favourite salad combo?

Recipe: Gluten Free Apple Fritter Pancakes

apple pancake stackWhenever I make pancakes, I prefer ones with blueberries but mostly ones with chocolate chips in them. LOTS of them.

But my husband always mentions apple pancakes. I think his mom used to make them when he was a kid. But I wasnt too excited about an apple pancake. What I WAS excited about was an apple fritter. So I kind of combined the two ideas and voila! Apple Fritter Pancakes.

I used my no-fail gfree pancake recipe (but you could always use a pre packaged mix) of:

1 cup rice flour, 1 cup almond milk, 1 egg, 2 tsp oil, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, tsp of vanilla and this time I added in cinnamon- and lots of it!

apple pancakesWhat I did was remove the core from the apples and slice them super thin with a mandolin. Then I battered the apples with the pancake mixture and pan fried in butter. Topped them with lots of icing sugar afterwards which was the best idea ever. lol.

These were REALLY good. Give em a try!

What’s ever in the garden and fridge gluten free soup

Maybe this soup should be called “detox” soup.I have been over indulging in gluten free chocolate covered cranberries for the past couple of weeks.Who knew they might add some poundage back on 🙂 .I need to get back in balance so I thought I would make this soup full of goodness from the garden.

My father originated this recipe when he was faced with an abundance of tomatoes,like I am right now.The neighbours won’t even make eye contact if they see me walking down the street with tomatoes to give away.My gluten free garden runneth over.

There really isn’t a recipe.It really is exactly what you have in the garden and fridge at the moment.The tomato is the star of the show but feel free to add whatever other veg you have.My soup consisted of lots of peeled tomatoes,garlic,onion,celery,organic spinach,zucchini,flat leaf parsley,dill,salt and pepper to taste. Cook on medium low until all vegetables are cooked.Let cool and puree smooth or leave a bit chunky.Serve with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

This soup is gluten free,vegetarian,vegan and dairy free.It is filling and nutritious and hopefully gets me back on track.