Healthy, Gluten Free Snacking

If you are anything like me, you start feeling a little peckish between lunch and dinner.

I like to change up my snacks and I try to make them as healthy as possible. (Don’t kid yourself, sometimes I just eat junk)

Here is a list of quick easy snacks:

  1. Mix one part salted nuts (any kind you like) with one part unsalted and one part fruit.  The fruit can be raisins (my favourite), dried cranberries, dried blueberries, what ever tickles your taste buds.
  2. Baby carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower etc.  with goat cheese warmed for the dip.  If you want to take it a little further, mix some dill or other seasoning into the goat cheese.
  3. Apple slices with goat cheese and walnuts.
  4. Cherry tomatoes stuffed with feta and spinach.  (just chop the spinach finely and mix in with the mashed feta.
  5. My summer time favourite is a mixture of goat yogurt and fruit mashed together and frozen in a popsicle mold.
  6. My favourite winter snack is homemade hot chocolate sweetened with coconut palm sugar and a couple of mandarin oranges.

I have many more snack ideas throughout this blog and I am always looking for more.

If you are interested in sharing your healthy gluten free snacks, contact me at freeauntjayne@yahoo.com I would love to learn more recipes.

Well, that’s it for now kids.

Take care of you!

Love Aunt Jayne

 

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JoJo’s Healthy, Quick and Easy Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup raw cashews

3 tbs coconut palm sugar

2 tbs ground flax

2 tbs melted coconut oil

2 tbs raw honey

½ tsp cinnamon (optional)

¼ cup GF chocolate morsels or raisins

DIRECTIONS

Place all of the ingredients, except chocolate or raisins, into a food chopper.

Process until it looks like cookie dough.

Add chocolate or raisins and pulse until mixed through.

Roll into balls and flatten with your palms.

Place into an air-tight container and refrigerate until you want to serve them.

Raw Brownies

My sister-in-law sent me this recipe and they are quite nice!

Photo to follow

Ingredients:

2 cups whole walnuts (200 g package of shelled chopped walnuts is what I use because that’s what the store carries – I don’t think it matters either way)

Approximately 2 cups of pitted medjool dates – I take the pits out myself (or 700 – 800g of pitted baking dates will do in a pinch but the medjools are much better and easier to work with)

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped (optional)

¼ tsp. sea salt  (I did not add salt when I made them)

Directions:

1. Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until the nuts are finely ground.

2. Add the cocoa (and salt). Pulse to combine.

3. Pit the dates and add a couple at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like cake crumbs, but that when pressed, will easily stick together (if the mixture does not hold together well, add more dates).

4. In a large bowl (or the pan you plan on putting the brownies in), combine the walnut-cocoa-date mix with the chopped almonds. Press into a glass cake pan (8×8 or 9×9 square ). Place in freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is also easier to cut these when they are very cold). Store in an airtight container.

Starting over

As many of you who follow me know, I have changed my diet in the last several months.

This blog will be reflecting those changes.

I no longer do product reviews and have removed those I have done in the past.  (If you find one I have missed, please let me know)

Also, I am changing over my recipes.  They will all be gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free, soy free and non-GMO.

Please bear with me as I make these changes, but when you come across a recipe you are interested in, contact me for substitutions for the afore-mentioned ingredients.

 

Eat well my friends 😀

Love Aunt Jayne

Sugar Free, Dairy Free Iced Coffee

iced coffee

INGREDIENTS

4 cups strong brewed coffee

4 cups pure almond milk (You can make your own or purchase one that the only ingredients are almonds and water)

3 tbs. coconut palm sugar or honey (raw)  or pure maple syrup

DIRECTIONS

Cool the coffee to room temperature.

Mix the almond milk with palm sugar, honey or maple syrup into a glass juice jug.

Pour in the coffee and stir.

Chill one to two hours in the fridge.

Serve with or without ice.  (I know it is iced coffee but I hate ice in my drinks, so I just drink it cold out of the fridge.)

This is one of my new sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, gmo free recipes.

Aunt Jayne’s Gluten Free Honey BBQ Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ tbs olive oil

1 cup ketchup (check the ingredients)

1 cup white vinegar

¼ cup molasses

¾ cup honey

¼ cup GF Worcestershire sauce ( See recipe  http://wp.me/prAld-aJ)

1 medium onion, minced

½ tsp paprika

1 tsp minced garlic

½ tsp dried marjoram

½ tsp cumin.

DIRECTIONS

In a large saucepan, over medium high heat, warm the oil.

Add the minced onion and garlic cook until lightly browned.

Add remaining ingredients, stir well  and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer until thickened.

Remove from heat and cool.

Store in the refrigerator in a container with a lid.

Food Colouring Substitutions

Those of you who know me at all, know that I HATE additives, preservatives and artificial colours and flavours.

Anyone who has food allergies or intolerance (Which includes most people with Celiac) should be very careful about things like food colourings. (Store bought Red is made from crushed beetles for example)

I just found a site that gives you the how-to on making your own food colourings.  This site has many other wonderful articles.

I hope you will check them out here:  http://www.buzzle.com/articles/natural-food-coloring.html