No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Looking for a snack that is both tasty and guilt free? These cookies are quick, easy and require no baking at all. This makes this a great recipe for kids and adults alike!

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Don’t be fooled by their appearance, these will soon become a family favourite!

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Rice Krispies
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chips (optional)

You will first need to mix the wet ingredients. In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Next, you will want to add in the oats, Rice Krispies, coconut, flax and chocolate chips. Using your hands, roll the mixture into approximately 1-inch balls. Place in a resealable container and pop them into the fridge to chill.

These make for a quick breakfast or a great mid-day snack!

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Cereal? Yes please!

We’ve all been there. Some nights you get home from a long day at work and you’re just too tired to cook. On nights like these my go-to solution is a big bowl of cereal.

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There are now many more cereal options for people with gluten sensitivity. You may be thinking sure they have options, but are they edible? The answer is YES! Many of the big brand cereal companies are now jumping on the gluten free bandwagon.

Celiac sufferers have to be a bit more careful with cereal brands. Some brands that do not advertise as “Gluten Free” may contain trace amounts. If you are highly sensitive you will want to err on the side of caution and pick up a gluten free certified brand like Nature’s Path.

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Milk Substitutes For The Dairy Challenged

I have had some requests for a blog post on how to choose the best milk alternative for cooking and baking, so here goes!

Often, before I buy anything I like to do some research to check out what other people have found to work well for their cooking and baking. The Grocery School on YouTube is a great resource for this. Below is a clip detailing rice, almond and soy milk alternatives.

Personally, I have tried most non-dairy milks under the sun, but have landed on a few key favourites including soy, almond and coconut. Which milk I use typically depends on what I need it for though.

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Soy Milk: This is a rich alternative. It works well for cooking and baking and is very similar nutritionally to cow’s milk. However, there is some skepticism surrounding soy consumption and how much is safe to drink. Although results are inconclusive, due to its estrogen content some suggest high consumption levels may increase the chances of developing breast cancer. You may want to do some extra research in order to make an informed choice.

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Almond Milk: With a slightly nutty sweet flavour, this milk is great for everyday use in things like coffee, tea, cereal and cooking. I like to look for unsweetened and unflavoured brands that are low in both sugar and calories! Continue reading

The Grey Cup Calls for a GREAT Cup of Chili

I’m not a big football fan…it’s not that I don’t like the game, I just never really got into it. My idea of football fandom is crushing hard on the ever-so-sexy Tim Tebow. Never the less, my friends and family get pretty into it and with the Grey Cup rolling around this weekend it will be no exception.

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Usually when I am hosting on game night I like to serve the healthy stuff, like nachos and a pot of my Dad’s chili. The best part about these dishes is that they are gluten free and no one thinks twice about it!

What You’ll Need:

  • Large crock pot
  • 2 Pounds of ground beef or turkey
  • 3 large cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 large tins of red kidney beans
  • 2 large tins of white kidney beans
  • 2 Cups of kernel corn (frozen or canned)
  • 2 Packages of Old El Passo Chili Seasoning Mix

Begin by cooking ground beef/turkey until browned, then drain and place into the slow cooker. Next, drain all canned ingredients and add them to the meat. Finally, add your two packages of seasoning to the crock pot and stir well. Replace the lid and cook on medium heat for 4 to 5 hours.

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Once cooked, turn your crock pot down low and serve your chili buffet style with some nachos and cheese! If you want to really let the flavour out, cook the night before, cool and reheat in the crock pot the next day.

Now get out those pom poms, cheer your heart out and eat up!

Easy Breakfast Ideas

I swear that I am the WORST procrastinator known to man. I don’t start out this way though. I wake up in good time and have my morning routine down to a science, but for some reason I always seem to lose precious minutes in the morning. I don’t know if it’s the 5 different outfits I try on before I decide the first one was the best anyways or the impromptu mirror solo that erupts when Beyonce starts to play in shuffle mode. Whatever the case, I always struggle to grab something to eat before sprinting out the door.

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When I began to cut out gluten, eggs and dairy quick breakfasts became especially difficult. I found that the trick was to prepare ahead! Horrifying words for procrastinators everywhere.

Cornbread Muffins for example make for an easy grab on the way out the door. I bake these up on the weekend and have them to eat for the rest of the week! This sounds far more impressive than it actually is, I use a mix that I just tweak to accommodate my restrictions. My go-to mix is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread Mix.

To make this Heather friendly, I substitute cow’s milk for soy milk and use my egg substitute power instead of eggs. These changes will not change the taste of your muffins at all! Just follow the full recipe on the back of the package and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes the night before!

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Fresh out of the oven!

Another quick option for breakfast is a pre-made smoothie bag. In a zip lock baggie, add in your favourite frozen fruit. If you are not dairy free, you can also fill an ice cube tray with vanilla yogurt. Once frozen, you can add one or two cubes to your smoothie bag.

The next morning, all you have to do is pour the smoothie ingredients into the blender and add in some coconut milk or water until it reaches your ideal consistency. I also like to add in one or two tablespoons of flax seed oil. Blend it up, throw it in a to-go cup and head out the door!

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The trick is to find what works best for you and your schedule, but no matter what always try to eat something before you leave the house. It helps increase your energy levels and jump starts your metabolism!

Let me know in the comments if you would like some more quick breakfast ideas up on the blog. There are tons of options once you know where to look!

The Works: A Gluten Free Burger Joint? Finally!

I have a dirty little secret…I love burgers. I mean a deep eat the fries second kind of love. When I changed my diet I would get so frustrated when I would go out with friends to our local burger joint. They would be sitting there with their lovely greasy platters filled with gluten-esque goodness, while I sat with a leafy salad in dire need of croutons. Until one day when I walked into God’s gift to earth, The Works.

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The Works has one of the best gluten free menus for burger lovers. Not only are all of their patties gluten free, they also come in many different forms. Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or a regular meat lover you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

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If that isn’t good enough, the restaurant also offers tasty gluten free buns and 49 gluten free toppings. The only thing you have to watch for is cross contamination in the fryer. Although the fries are gluten free, they are cooked in the same fryer as other non gluten free items. So, if you are highly sensitive you may want to go for a side of greens instead.

Have fun choosing from the extensive menu and bizarre taste combinations! My favourite is the Crappy Tire! My only warning is that once you try it once, you will be hooked!

Eat up!

Bulk Barn Bliss!

The local Bulk Barn was one of my favourite places to go as a kid! The rows upon rows of colourful candies and chocolate left me feeling like I’d walked into Willy Wonka’s factory. Childhood bliss! This love has not died as I have gotten a little bit older, but rather than getting giddy over Skittles and Zingy Zaps I B-line it for the gluten free section!

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This was one of my greatest discoveries when I went gluten, egg and dairy free. It’s often hard to find flours, mixes, pastas and so many other staple products you need at an affordable price.

The gluten free section not only makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for, but also allows you to buy the amount you need. This makes experimenting with recipes less risky because you can buy just a little bit at a time. So many gluten free products are packaged in small quantities, but are around 3 to 4 times the price of ‘normal’ alternatives. Bulk Barn’s pricing is highly competitive with local grocery stores on most items and offers a large and consistent selection of products.

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Some of my favourite products so far are:

Happy shopping!