Strawberries and cream granola

Who doesn’t love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast!

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

It’s been ages since I’ve created a new granola recipe, hasn’t it?  But do not fear, Grant and I have been enjoying many different types and varieties of granola, mainly because I just use up whatever ingredients I happen to have in the pantry at the time that we run out!

But this strawberries and cream granola recipe is something that I’m actually quite proud of.  Something that tastes like the classic dessert combination but healthy enough to have for breakfast. And how do I keep it ok for my special snowflake stomach?  Well, the cream is actually coconut butter.  I was originally against coconut butter – because when I ate it straight out of the jar, it stuck to the roof of my mouth and really didn’t have a good flavor.  But since then, I’ve used it in many recipes – like frosting on these pumpkin brownie bites, or as part of my matcha turmeric chocolate cups.  And then my brain thought – why don’t I try using it in granola.

Now, if you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll remember that I’m eating more of a grain-free diet these days, but I felt like having granola with oats this time around.  And I made it so that the granola was nice and crunchy, so Grant was happy!  You can either make your own strawberry jam, or buy some from the grocery store – my only recommendation is that you go for one that does not have high fructose corn syrup in it.

So what do you think?  Would you enjoy eating this for breakfast?  Let me know in the comments below!

Strawberries and cream granola

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter melted, 125 g
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam 125 g
  • 1/2 cup cashews chopped, 60 g
  • 1/2 cup cranberries 60 g
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats 100 g

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

  3. Spread in an even thin layer on the parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Allow to cool before storing in a sealed container for up to 5 days at room temperature.

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Who doesn't love strawberries and cream?  Check out this strawberries and cream granola and feel like you're having dessert for breakfast! #granola #strawberriesandcream #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Sunbutter chocolate chip cookies

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you’d never know it from the awesome texture and flavor!

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

Who else loves procrasti-baking?  Or is it just me?  You know, when you have some time on your hands, and you don’t quite know what to do with yourself?  Now personally, I head into the kitchen and wonder what I can make with whatever ingredients I have lying around in the pantry and fridge.  Usually with some sort of nut butter and chocolate combination.  Who’s with me?

We recently changed churches and are in the process of getting to know a whole new group of people.  Fortunately for me, there are a significant number of ladies that have expressed their preference for gluten and dairy-free foods, so I’m in my element of serving them with my love language – baking treats for them!  And I started thinking about what I could make for them.

Combining my wanting to make cookies for my new group of friends, and having a few hours to myself in the kitchen, helped these sunbutter chocolate chip cookies to be born.  I’d like to provide a link for you to see what this recipe was adapted from, but to be honest, it was just using my experience to see what needed to be added in terms of taste (because you know I’m the Cookie Dough Monster!), and texture.

But, everyone who had a taste of these cookies fell in love with them.  It’s just a unique texture and flavor, but so suitable for so many people with special dietary issues.  I hope you love these sunbutter chocolate chip cookies as much as we did!

Sunbutter chocolate chip cookies

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 14

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 oz dairy-free chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two baking pans with parchment paper.

  2. Combine the sunflower seed butter with the coconut sugar and applesauce until well mixed.

  3. Add in the baking soda and two types of flours and mix well.

  4. Fold in the chocolate chunks until well dispersed.

  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking pans, allowing 1" gap between balls.

  6. Bake for 12 minutes or until slightly brown.  Allow to cool on the tray before moving to a wire rack.

  7. Store for up to 5 days in a sealed container.

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

These sunbutter chocolate chip cookies are nut-free, and vegan, but you'd never know it from the awesome texture and flavor! #sunbutter #cookies #glutenfree #dairyfree #vegan #norefinedsugar #paleo

Healthy chocolate dip

Ever wanted to dip fruit into chocolate – and be healthy?  Then this healthy chocolate dip (with a sneaky vegetable)  is for you!

Ever wanted to dip fruit into chocolate - and be healthy?  Then this healthy chocolate dip is for you! #healthy #chocolate #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Here’s another recipe that you may wonder what I was one when I dreamed it up.  But trust me, it works.  Totally.  With so many different options.

Think about it – Healthy.  Chocolate.  Dip.  With a vegetable in there too.  Oh, did I say that out loud?  Don’t let your kids know, that this rich, chocolate-y dip is actually healthy.  With no added sugar AT ALL.

It’s gluten free.  It’s dairy free.  It’s Paleo.  It’s vegan.  It could be nut free (if you use coconut milk instead of the almond milk).  It ticks all the boxes (for me, anyway!).

I’ve eaten this with apples.  I’ve eaten this with strawberries.  I’ve eaten this with kiwi fruit.  (I’m starting to sound like a Dr Seuss book here, aren’t I?).  And I’ve also used it as a spread on waffles, bread and English muffins.  It’s so versatile – but it is sweet, so I probably wouldn’t look at using it with any savory dishes.  But if you like the sweet and savory combo, give it a go and let me know what you think!

Or, if you’re more like me, just eat this by the spoonful!

Healthy chocolate dip

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates pitted
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 100 g cauliflower cooked

Instructions

  1. Process all ingredients together in a high speed food processor until smooth.  You may need to add some more almond milk, depending on the texture you desire.

  2. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 7 days (if it lasts that long!)

Ever wanted to dip fruit into chocolate - and be healthy?  Then this healthy chocolate dip is for you! #healthy #chocolate #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Kiwi pistachio smoothie

This kiwi pistachio smoothie is a unique combination of flavors, but so refreshing for those hot summer afternoons!

This kiwi pistachio smoothie is a unique combination of flavors, but so refreshing for those hot summer afternoons! #smoothie #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

By now you may have realized that I don’t really have that many smoothie recipes on this website.  Except for this blueberry sweet potato smoothie and this apple cinnamon peanut butter smoothie, that’s about it!  For the sheer fact that I really don’t drink them.  But I do recognize that many of you love smoothies, so I am trying to give you another option to test out.

This month’s Recipe Swap I was paired with Sasmita at First Timer Cook blog.  She’s got a whole range of recipes there so I highly recommend that you go and check her out!  A lot of them look like they are Indian inspired, which I was really excited about, but wanted to give you all something that I could eat too (with my special snowflake stomach!).  I thought about remaking her gingerbread biscotti … and actually tried to make it.  But I think all of my Paleo substitutes made it into a serious baking fail.  It tasted good, but it would have required a number of tries to get it to where I could recommend it for you all to try.

And then I found this kiwi pistachio lassi, or a kiwi pistachio yogurt smoothie.  It’s so simple, and I’m guessing you can almost guess the ingredients in it.  Yep – kiwi fruit, pistachios, yogurt and a little bit of honey.  And a few ice cubes.  And that’s it.  I loved the unique flavor of this drink – and actually put some chia seeds in the second portion of it to have for breakfast the next morning (see, I’m really not a smoothie person, but I do love the concept of the ingredients!) and I think you will too!

Kiwi pistachio smoothie

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3 medium kiwi fruit peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups dairy-free plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tbs raw honey
  • 8-10 pistachios shelled
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender until a puree forms.

  2. Add the ice cubes and blend for about 30 seconds, or until desired consistency is achieved.

  3. Serve immediately with optional additional pistachios sprinkled on top

Recipe Notes

Adapted from First Timer Cook

This kiwi pistachio smoothie is a unique combination of flavors, but so refreshing for those hot summer afternoons! #smoothie #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

This kiwi pistachio smoothie is a unique combination of flavors, but so refreshing for those hot summer afternoons! #smoothie #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo

Matcha latte

Enjoy all the benefits of matcha in this warm and cozy matcha latte – made dairy-free and with no refined sugar!

Enjoy all the benefits of matcha in this warm and cozy matcha latte - made dairy-free and with no refined sugar! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree

Matcha is basically powdered green tea.  We’ve all heard the benefits of green tea (loaded with antioxidants and nutrients) that include improved brain function, fat loss, lower risk of cancer and many other good things.  So, being powdered, means you get all of these benefits in a really concentrated form.

Matcha lattes have become all the rage on social media recently.  I love having green tea, but didn’t really get into the whole latte thing because I really don’t like coffee.  But I did find some matcha powder on special at the local grocery store and started experimenting with it.  Namely by adding chocolate to it, because that’s what I do!  

And then I thought I’d give this matcha latte a go.  So I looked up a few recipes for dairy-free, refined sugar free options and found that they were all pretty similar to my dairy-free hot chocolate recipe.  Just using matcha powder instead of cocoa.  And I experimented a little, but found that it was pretty much exactly the same as the hot chocolate proportions.  And yummy.

A note to the unwary – make sure you dissolve ALL the matcha powder in the hot water/maple syrup mixture before adding to the milk.  Having clumps of matcha powder come down your throat is not a pleasant experience.  Take this from someone who’s done it.  Several times.

But this is a great drink for me in the mornings – a way to get some caffeine in, with all the health benefits listed above – and warming me from the inside out.  Let me know if you give it a go!

 

Matcha latte

(Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs hot water
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Combine the matcha powder, maple syrup and hot water in a small bowl until all matcha powder is dissolved.

  2. Heat the almond milk until close to boiling, either on the stove or in the microwave in your cup of choice.

  3. Add the matcha mixture to the warm milk and stir completely.  And enjoy!

  Enjoy all the benefits of matcha in this warm and cozy matcha latte - made dairy-free and with no refined sugar! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfreeEnjoy all the benefits of matcha in this warm and cozy matcha latte - made dairy-free and with no refined sugar! #matcha #cookathome #glutenfree #dairyfree