Stoli Gluten Free Freeze Pops!

Summer is AROUND THE CORNER! And the only thing I love more than summertime and the beach is a cool, tasty cocktail in my hand as I enjoy the season. Fruity cocktails have always been my favorite, but often these cocktail contain ingredients that are high in sugar or high in our enemy, gluten. To remedy this, I’m making your next BBQ… or afternoon refreshment… healthy, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! Introducing my Strawberry Lime Vodka Pops made with Stoli Gluten Free! 

What You Will Need:

Strawberry Syrup (see below)
1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 Cup Stoli Gluten Free
4 Cups Water

For the syrup:
1 Cup Strawberries
1 Cup Sugar (I used Organic Cane Sugar)
1 Cup Water

What You Will Do:

  • First make the simple syrup. In a saucepan, boil 1 Cup of water.
  • Once boiling, add in 1 Cup sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Once dissolved, let your syrup cool.
  • Add 1 Cup strawberries and bring back to a boil.
  • Let the strawberries boil for about 10 minutes… you will notice the syrup will turn red and thicken!
  • After 10 minutes let your strawberry syrup cool.

  • In a pitcher, combine strawberry syrup, 1 Cup fresh lime juice, 1 Cup Stoli Gluten Free, and 4 Cups of water.
  • Stir together.
  • Once mixed, pour into your ice pop holders! I made 6 ice pops with this quantity, and kept the remaining juice in the refrigerator so I could make more pops later… and have a glass after dinner 😉

The ice pops will take about 3 hours to freeze in a freezer. If you have difficulty removing the ice pops from the holder when you are ready to eat them, run the ice pop under cool sink water for a few seconds to loosen!

Homemade, refreshing, and guaranteed gluten-free! Summertime cocktails don’t get much better than this!

 

Marble Banana Bread

What do you do when you come home from a week away and you have SUPER ripe bananas sitting on your counter? Make banana bread! I’ve made just about every banana bread there is to make, but on my quest to make a different NOBREAD Bread each week, I’ve discovered a new recipe!

Marble breads are beautiful, and flavorful, so I figured why not kick my banana bread game up a notch, and use unsweetened cocoa powder to make a beautiful marble banana bread? You will see in my ingredient shot below a bowl of chia… I was going to use chia “eggs” and make the bread vegan, but then I realized this may mess with my color scheme, and I switched it out for traditional organic eggs!

What You Will Need:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 Cups almond flour
  • 2T coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
  • 3T unsweetened Cocoa powder

What You Will Do:

  • In a large bowl, combine your wet ingredients (3 ripe bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla)
  • In a small bowl, combine your dry ingredients EXCEPT the cocoa powder (almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt)

  • Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix.

  • Once combined, your mixture will measure to about 3 Cups. Pour 1.5 Cups in one bowl, and 1.5 Cups in the other.

  • Add 3T Cocoa Powder to ONE of the bowls, and combine.
  • Line your bread pan with parchment paper. Pour scoops of each bowl into the bread pan so that the colors rotate.

  • With a knife, swirl your mixture!

  • Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

  • Slice and serve! Each bite in unique, with flavors of almond, coconut, banana, and chocolate! I mean… what more could you want!

To be honest, I’ve seen prettier marble swirls… but I’d like to think this was a great first try!! I’ll work on my knife skills for my next marble cake. If anyone has any tips, let me know!

Garden Lites

Time to get PERSONAL.

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Eight years ago I was diagnosed with my gluten-allergy and put on an elimination diet that removed gluten, dairy, soy, fruit, nuts, and anything artificial from my life. So what did I eat? All-things bland and plain! Sliced turkey, rotisserie chicken, steamed vegetables, egg whites… oh and I can’t forget rice cakes!! During this time, I was in my third year at Cornell University, where there was Wegman’s, a.k.a my savior. One day while roaming around Wegman’s, I stumbled upon Garden Lites soufflés. The soufflés were gluten, dairy, soy, and nut-free, and had SO many good-for-you flavors and ingredients packed into one little box I immediately purchased a few! The soufflés were light yet filling, and added much needed flavor into my diet.

The cool thing about Garden Lites, too, is that veggies are the first ingredient in all products.  Garden Lites is on a mission to create DELICIOUS foods that are truly healthy, and what’s even better than their flavor combos is that they take just minutes in a microwave to make, and if frozen, still take just minutes to cook!

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I’ve followed Garden Lites over the last 8 years, and watching them grow and develop has been amazing. They recognized the importance of gluten-free YEARS before it was cool to recognize it, and for that they will forever have my loyalty. Currently, I’m obsessing over their line of muffins! They are Non-GMO, Gluten, Dairy & Nut Free, and they come in Chocolate, Blueberry Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip, Carrot Berry, and Superfood Veggie. If you’re wondering what the first ingredient is in the Banana Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Muffins… its zucchini! P.S. In this post you’ll see limited pictures of the Banana Chocolate Chip, and that’s because I ate most of them before it was time to shoot pics!

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To cook the muffins, place the microwavable bag in the microwave for 10 seconds if defrosted, and 35 seconds if frozen! That’s it! The muffins are smaller than the size of your palm, about ~100 calories, and high in fiber and whole grains! Wait, I said they’re delicious, right?! You would never know you’re essentially eating vegetables in muffin form, and the egg whites and oats add just the right amount of protein so they are the prefect breakfast or midday snack. Other gluten-free offerings from Garden Lites include Veggie Bakes and Waffles!

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If you don’t see Garden Lites at a store near you, you can buy them on TheHealthFoodStore.com !! To see where you can purchase Garden Lites products, check out their store locater, here! You’ll also find a coupon for a discount off your next purchase!

** For the month of May in honor of Celiac Awareness month the Classic Cooking team is donating 1% of all online sales at TheHealthFoodStore.com to Celiac Disease Foundation. The CDF Team Gluten-Free name and logo and Celiac Disease Foundation name are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of this product or service.

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KIND “Raise the Bar” CONTEST!

How cool is THIS?! Have you ever wanted to have say in the new flavor of one of your favorite companies?! Well for the first time ever, KIND will empower fans to choose its next bar flavor in a nationwide “Raise the Bar” contest. Four potential innovations — Sangria, Spiced Fig, Sweet Pretzel Crunch and Sesame Seaweed — will go head-to-head starting May 9th through May 31st. Anyone can vote, and the winning flavor will be announced in mid-June. The most exciting piece – 1,000 people who vote for the winning flavor will be selected at random, and actually get some bars sent their way!

I’m loving Seaweed right now… so Sesame Seaweed is getting my vote!!

Vote for which Limited Flavor Edition you would like to see next, here! 

www.kindsnacks.com/raisethebar

#KINDRaiseTheBar

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NUTRO™: Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

I’m sharing #NUTRO in my life as part of a NUTRO sponsored series for Socialstars™.

If you follow NOBREAD, it’s pretty clear we are very particular about what we put in our bodies. From eating the healthiest gluten-free food to some of our most recent content about ketosis, it’s important for us to fuel our daily lives with only the best products this earth has to offer. It would only make sense we treated our furry friends the same way.

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While it is rare but possible for dogs to have Celiac Disease, it is even more common for them to develop intolerances to the protein. As it turns out, there are some undeniable truths about gluten that hold true regardless of the species. Probably the most poignant point is that gluten is a known inflammatory – this especially includes gut inflammation, which we can imagine is just as uncomfortable for a dog as it is a human.

We recently found out about a pet food brand whose product takes into account all our feelings on the subject. Case and point, NUTRO™’s philosophy is NUTRO. FEED CLEAN.™ If that doesn’t have NOBREAD written all over it, we don’t know what does.

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NUTRO™ has designed a dog food that is made without GMOs, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Plus, some of their products are completely grain-free. For example, the first ingredient in their NUTRO™ Limited Ingredient Grain Free Venison Meal & Sweet Potato flavor is venison meal – as it should be. Trace amounts of genetically modified material may be present due to potential cross contact during manufacturing.

This recipe is also free from corn and soy, which can upset the tummies of some dogs. Corn and soy happen to be common allergens in humans, too. Isn’t it a coincidence how similar the digestive tracts are between dogs and humans?

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At the end of the day, it only makes sense to be equally as passionate about what we feed ourselves as what we feed our pets. While they might not have to bop around for meetings or hold a 9-5 job, fun play time and an exhausting day at the dog park requires some serious fuel.

Cookie Dough Hummus with Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate

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Growing up, the only thing I loved more than making chocolate chip cookies was eating the chocolate chip cookie dough. Often, half the batter would be gone by the time I got around to baking the cookies! I also don’t know why I am speaking in the past, this is still the case! I will admit, however, that I feel guilty every time I eat the dough because not only is it SO unhealthy, but the dough always contains raw egg. Introducing my Cookie Dough Hummus; a protein packed dough that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and actually good for you!

It is officially May, which is also National Celiac Awareness Month, and my favorites over at Enjoy Life Foods and I have decided to create this PERFECT, gluten-friendly treat for all of our GF friends. The cookie dough is perfect as your next cocktail party appetizer, after-dinner dessert, midday snack, and for the parents out there, this is the kind of cookie dough you WANT your kids to be having!

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What You Will Need:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
  •  1/3 cup of  sunbutter (or any other nut-free butter!)
  •  2T Coconut Sugar
  • 2T Maple Syrup
  • 1T Olive Oil
  •  1 tsp vanilla
  •  A pinch of Himalayan salt
  •  Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate

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What You Will Do:

  • Place Chickpeas, Sunbutter, Coconut Sugar, Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, vanilla, and salt in a food processor.
  • Blend until smooth!
  • Scoop mixture into a bowl, and sprinkle with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

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The chocolate chips totally make the Cookie Dough Hummus complete, and add just the right amount of sweetness!

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