Love Sweat Fitness’s Healthy Cookies

Hi all! I was roaming youtube when I came across a video from Love Sweat Fitness about 3 Quick & Healthy DESSERT Ideas! The one recipe that particularly stood out to me was the cookie recipe because it is easy to make, requires few ingredients, and… wait for it… it’s gluten free! Since it is so convenient and healthy, I decided to try it out for you all!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Almond Butter (I used Peanut Butter as a substitution)
  • 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Peel the banana and mash it in a bowl.
  3. Mix the almond butter in the mashed banana.
  4. Add the vanilla and cinnamon. Mix.
  5. Mix in the rolled oats to the banana mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 7 minutes.

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Update* The recipe is really easy to make. I did use peanut butter instead of almond butter, however this didn’t seem to change the cookies too much. The only thing I will say is that I used roughy 3/4 cups of rolled oats, however this could be because I used a fairly large banana. So far, this recipe is a success.

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Overall, I’d call these cookies a success! They can easily satisfy my sweet tooth! The insides are a little doughy after baking, but I’m sure if you spread the dough out a bit instead of placing it in balls it would reduce that effect. The promises of being quick and easy definitely held true since these cookies only took about 20 minutes to make! I give this recipe two thumbs up!

Do you have any recipes I need to try out? If so let me know in the comments or on any of my social media platforms! For more Love Sweat Fitness recipes and videos, check out her youtube channel!

♥ Haley

Lilac Pâtisserie Review

Hello lovelies! I have found another amazing gluten free bakery for you to try! In downtown Santa Barbara there is a little bakery/cafe called Lilac Pâtisserie, which is entirely gluten free! It is absolutely amazing! I can honestly say I have never had anything like it. Usually I can tell the difference between gluten free and non gluten free food, not here though! Not only do they serve sweet treats, but they also serve breakfast and lunch. Lilac Patisserie sells five different types of bread and rolls, including Brioche, Honey Oat (my favorite), Rosemary Olive, Rustic White, and Seven Grain. The bread and rolls can be bought online and shipped to you (check it out here). There cakes are absolutely amazing…suffice to say I would love for them to make my wedding cake someday! The chocolate raspberry mouse cake is amazing, if you have the chance you should try it out! Overall, I think this is hands down the best gluten free bakery/cafe I have tried yet! If you are in the Santa Barbara area, you NEED to stop by and try it out!

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If you want more information on Lilac Patisserie, check out their website here.

They also have various social media account which I have linked down below.

  • Check out their Instagram here.
  • Check out their Twitter here.
  • Check out their Facebook here.
  • Check out their Pinterest here.

I hope you enjoyed my review of this amazing gluten free bakery. If you have the chance you should check them out. Do you have any gluten free bakeries/restaurants I need to try? If so please share them with me!

♥Haley

Quick Gluten Free Snacks Ideas

Hello lovelies! I don’t know about you, but I love snacking. However, a lot of the time I find myself staring at the refrigerator, hoping to find something quick and simple to eat. Well today I have a fool proof guide to quick gluten free snacks for you all.

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Kind Bars

These bars are so amazing! They are not only gluten free, but also non GMO. I love that when I look at the ingredient list I actually know what they all are. Kind Bars are absolutely perfect for on the go and can easily be stuffed in your back pack or purse for later in the day. If you haven’t tried these bars out yet, I highly recommend you do…you won’t regret it!

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Nuts

Nuts have always been a go to snack of mine, even before I became gluten free. They are such a good source of protein and there are so many different types to choose from. I usually have almonds in my pantry, however recently I’ve been loving mixed nuts. If you don’t like nuts by them selves, you could easily add raisins and chocolate chips to create a DIY trail mix!

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Gluten Free Crackers & Cheese

Who can go wrong with crackers and cheese? I personally like the Breton Gluten Free Crackers topped with goat cheese, however there are so many other cracker and cheese combinations that are just as good. The best part about this snack is that it is fairly inexpensive and can easily be be served if you have people over.

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Veggies & Hummus

I love to dip vegetables in hummus. It’s so healthy and easy!! I personally enjoy the combination of carrots or celery with plain hummus. However, there are so many different types of hummus to fit your individual needs, from plain to spicy hummus. Just like crackers and cheese, this snack can easily be served if you have guests over.

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Cheese Sticks

I’m channeling my inner elementary school kid on this one. I remember when I was younger I used to have a mozzarella stick in my brown bag lunch almost every day. It’s amazing how many different types of cheese sticks there are now a days. There are not only mozzarella sticks, but also different types of cheddar cheese sticks as well. Right now I’m trying out the sharp cheddar cheese ones.

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I hope you find this gluten free snack guide helpful! I’d love to know if you have any quick go to snacks, please comment or share them with me on any of my social media!

♥ Haley

Easy Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza!

Hello lovelies! Today I have a fairly simple recipe for you: Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza! I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the combination of motzerella cheese, basil, and tomatoes! It’s just soooo good!!!! What better way to combine these ingredients than on a pizza? I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Without further ado, let’s get into the recipe!

Easy Gluten-Free Margarita Pizza!

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  1. Preheat the oven to the specifications for your pizza crust.
  2. Spread the olive oil over the pizza crust.
  3. Spread the motzerella cheese over the olive oil.
  4. Optional: Cut the basil leaves into thin pieces.
  5. Place the basil on the pizza.
  6. Cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces and place it on the pizza.
  7. Baking time depends on the type of pizza crust you've chosen, however I recommend you bake it for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  8. Let the pizza cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Delicious, right? Hopefully you’ll find this pizza as satisfying as I do! Please share your recreations with me on twitter or instagram, I’d love to seem them!

♥Haley

Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies!!

 

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Hello lovelies! I was at a local coffee shop when I tried the most amazing cookie: a gluten-free chocolate cranberry walnut cookie! Let me just say this was one of the best gluten-free cookies I have EVER tried! I’ve had trouble finding good gluten-free baked goods, so when I tried this I knew I needed to find the recipe. Unfortunately, I could not find the recipe online so I decided to try to make my own recipe. This is my first time creating my own gluten free recipe, which was very exciting! It took me a couple tries to figure out, however the final result was absolutely amazing. I hope you find these cookies to be delicious too!  Without further ado, lets get in the recipe!!!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the baking flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
  4. Mix the eggs into the sugar mixture.
  5. Add the vanilla extract into the sugar mixture and mix.
  6. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture.
  7. Mix in the walnuts, cranberries, and chocolate.
  8. Optional: let the dough chill in the fridge for a couple hours.
  9. Roll dough into balls. Flatten the balls in order to make them easier to bake.
  10. Place the flattened dough balls onto a cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy the cookies as much as I do! If you have a suggestions to make these cookies even better please leave them in the comments or tweet me! I’d love to see your recreations so please post them on instagram or twitter and tag me (I will try to retweet your posts if I see them)!!!

♥Haley

Gluten Free Recipes You Need to Try

This week I experimented a bit with some gluten free recipes I found online. Two recipes I tried were especially good, they belong in a gluten free cookbook or something!!

Gluten free bread is one of the more expensive gluten free products, so I decided to try making bread rather than breaking the bank. This Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread recipe from King Arthur Flour was a major success!!! This bread can be made using an oven, as the recipe suggests, or using a bread making machine, which I used. The bread was very easy to make and was a big hit at my house. Unlike most gluten-free bread, this bread doesn’t have the bland, rice flavored taste. If you have a bread making machine at home, you can follow these tips form King Arthur Flour on how to make this bread using a bread machine. If you want me to do a more in depth post on how to make gluten-free bread using a bread machine tell me in the comments or on any of my social media platforms.

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The second recipe I made was gluten free snicker doodles in order to satisfy my sweet tooth earlier this week. I received a lot of complements from this Gluten-Free Snicker Doodle recipe from Serious Eats, in fact I think it is officially going to be one of my go to sweet tooth recipes. These cookies were super easy to make and only took around 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake! When they come out after ten minutes, they have a soft inside, however you can always add a bit more time if you want them to bake all the way through. My only complaint about this recipe is that mine turned out a bit more dome shaped than I would have liked, rather than the disc shape most cookies are supposed to look like. However, the cookies may have turned out as such due to my own user error rather than being a problem with the recipe. Other than that, I think this recipe is amazing and should be a staple in every gluten-free kitchen.

Being gluten-free can be a challenge, especially trying to find recipes that actually work out and taste good. Both the bread and snicker doodle recipe were huge successes in my house and hopefully they will be in your house too!! If you have any suggestions on more recipes I should try please leave them in the comments. Also, check out my Pinterest in order to see other gluten free recipes that I have tried and think are worthy of your time and taste buds!

♥Haley

Kayla Chandler’s Low Carb Gluten Free Bread Recipe

I was looking up gluten free recipes on Pinterest, when I came across a recipe for Low Carb Gluten Free Bread from Kayla Chandler. It seems like a fairly simple recipe, which seems too good to be gluten free. There is no flour of any kind involved, it is simply made out of eggs, protein powder, and salt…interesting, right? I’m not really sure what to expect from this recipe since it is so different than my traditional view of bread. I will update you on my thoughts as I make it.

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of whey protein powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
  • Coconut Oil

Directions

  1. Separate the egg whites from the yolk. Place the yolks in a separate bowl.
  2. Mix the egg whites for 5-6 minutes using a mixer or until they look similar to whipped cream.
  3. Add the whey protein, salt, and yolks to the egg whites and mix it all together.
  4. Grease the pan with coconut oil and pour bread mixture into the pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.
  6. Let the bread cool in the pan.

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Update* The bread mixture itself was really simple and easy to make. It did not take long for the mixture to begin to rise and look similar to bread once in the oven. I took the bread out after 45 minutes and let it sit for a while. When it first comes out, the bread is super fluffy, however it sinks very quickly while cooling.

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Overall, I think the final product is okay. Personally, I think it works more as quiche than as bread, however you can make it work if necessary. For being gluten free, low carb, and paleo the recipe works pretty well. If you have any advice on how to make this more bread like and fluffy, please share it in the comments!

♥ Haley

Sarah Lynn Fitness Mock-Reese’s Recipe

I don’t know about you guys, but I am a Pinterest addict! However, with so many pins, I never know which pins and recipes actually work and which are fails. Well, I have decided to put it on myself to test out certain Pinterest recipes and tell you if they are actually worth trying out. Welcome to Pinterest in Real Life!

I recently stumbled across a recipe for Mock-Reese’s recipe from Sarah Lynn Fitness. These Reese’s are dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and low carb. I’m a little skeptical of this recipe since it is sugar free, I expect them to be bitter. I will update you on my thoughts while making these.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 2 stevia packets
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Directions

  1. Melt your coconut oil in the microwave.
  2. Stir cocoa powder and stevia in the melted coconut oil.
  3. Spoon some of the chocolate mixture into 5 mini muffin liners and place in the freezer.
  4. Mix coconut flour with water until it forms a thick paste.
  5. Mix peanut butter into the coconut flour paste.
  6. Take the chocolate mixture out of the freezer.
  7. Distribute the peanut butter mixture onto the chocolate in the muffin liners.
  8. Distribute the rest of the chocolate mixture in the muffin liners.
  9. Return the muffin liners to the freezer until they have hardened.

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Update* I had a few problems with this recipe. First of all, I used 2 packets of stevia just like the recipe said, yet the chocolate mixture still had an extremely bitter taste. I also had issues with the graininess of the peanut butter mixture, perhaps more water should be added in order the create more of a paste. Lastly, the recipe did not make enough chocolate to fully cover the peanut butter mixture. I would advise you to either double the recipe for the chocolate or half the recipe for the peanut butter mixture.

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Overall, these were okay. The Reese’s themselves only took about fifteen minutes to make, which was very nice. The inside mixture was actually really good, however the chocolate was extremely bitter. In order to make these better, I would substitute the stevia for sugar. I know this prevents them from being labeled sugar free, however they are way too bitter using  just stevia. I think I would give this recipe, using the stevia, a 5 out of 10.

♥Haley

 

Zucchini Boats

I don’t know about you guys, but I have a hard time getting my vegetables in. What can I say I’m just not a vegetable girl. One simple and delicious way I incorporate veggies in my diet is through zucchini boats. Zucchini boats are easy to make and can be topped with anything you like to mask the healthy taste, making them a great to eat! The best part about them is that it only takes about 20 minutes to make! If you’d like to learn how to make these delicious zucchini boat then keep reading.

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Ingredients

  • zucchini
  • olive oil
  • toppings of your choice ( I prefer different types of cheeses)

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Steps

  1. Turn the oven on to 350°.
  2. Cut off the ends of the ends of the zucchini, then cut lengthwise down the zucchini, forming two halves.
  3. Use a spoon or any other tool that could help you scrape out some of the insides of the halves forming a boat shape
  4. Drizzle olive oil over the zucchini halves.
  5. Add whatever topping you would like.
  6. Place the topping covered boats into the oven for 15 minutes.

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I hope you enjoy the zucchini boats! If you recreate this recipe feel free to share it with me on instagram or twitter!

♥Haley

 

Haven On Earth

As you may know, I am on a quest to find a gluten free bakery everywhere I go. While on a trip in Reno, Nevada, I stumbled across a gluten free bakery called Haven On Earth. With a name like that, how could I not go inside? It is one of the cutest little bakeries I have ever seen! The tables were cute, round tables with various shades of blue tiles on them. In the center was a display case containing various gluten free treats, such as donuts, éclairs, and so much more…yum! The best part about this place was that they offered a deli menu as well as sweet treats, all of which were gluten free!

 Although I did not eat lunch there, I did get a lemon donut, a strawberry donut, a cookie, a éclair, a pineapple upside down cake, and lastly sourdough bread. I must say, I was not too impressed with their donuts because they were not fluffy and flavorful like other gluten free donuts I have tried. I also did not enjoy the cookie, it was too hard and flavorless. The Éclair and pineapple upside down cake on the other hand were amazing1 I could not even tell they were gluten free, both were very light and fluffy! The bread was easily one hundred times better than the stuff you buy in the super marker! It is easily the best product they sell especially since it tastes even better than most regular bread! If I were you I’d check out this place just to try their bread! Haven on Earth also sells frozen meals that you can heat up at home, such as macaroni & cheese, take and bake pizza, take and bake lasagna, and so much more, however I did not get the chance to try any.

Overall, I think Haven On Earth is very hit or miss. If you do have a chance to stop by, I recommend you try their gluten free bread and maybe some of their pastries, just be careful which ones you choose.

Here is a link for their website if you’d like to check it out: http://www.havenonearthbakery.com/home.html

♥Haley

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