Frontier Bites a Healthy Snack {Product Review}

October 9, 2013

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to try out a new kind of healthy snack! It is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, preservative free and non-gmo. Now you know why it was appealing! These things are so important to me when I am looking for snacks at the store. So many products these days have terrible preservatives or high fructose corn syrup in them.  It seems like it’s getting harder and harder to find the natural stuff among the “fake natural stuff”. These were created by a company based out of Sonoma named Frontier Bites. I love that their goal is to create healthy food without anything extra added.

Upon opening my snack bag, the smell was in one word, yummy. I could smell the different flavors that meshed well together. I love the flavor combinations of Frontier bites. They have cherry/pecan/cinnamon, pineapple/macadamia/coconut, and blueberry/almond/lemon. They are crunchy, sweet, and healthy. I think they are also great for when you have the munchies and need something other than a bag of potato chips or crackers. The nutritional content is quite impressive as well if you take a look at the last picture at the bottom.

All in all, I really enjoyed these, and I’d definitely want them around for ‘on the run’ fast snacking. I don’t know about you, but I am always in the car running errands or kids around and sometimes I starve! These would be a great snack to keep on hand in the car.

Give them a try sometime and let me know what you think. And of course I had to snap some pictures of their goodies! Enjoy!

 

 

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Gluten Free Scones {Product Review}

June 17, 2013

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I have been eyeing these scones for a while at the store. They are adorably packaged which has been tempting me even more! They have three different kinds; original, lemon and blueberry. I thought I’d go with the original so I could add some of my own flavor with jam. These turned out wonderful! The mix was so incredibly easy to make. It took my less than 5 minutes to through together. The taste was really good. They are a little sweet and didn’t have any aftertaste. The texture was impressive too. Overall, I thought they were awesome. The price on these are usually around $6-8 depending on where you get them. I did get the box on sale for about $4.50 so I felt it was worth it. I don’t think I’d buy these if they weren’t on sale. If you are in a hurry for some scones, you must try these! Otherwise, I’d recommend making them from scratch. 🙂

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Soft Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 31, 2012

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4.0 from 1 reviews
Soft Chewy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
This is an adaptation from a popular cookie recipe. Adapted by my MIL.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup brown rice
  • ¾ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour
  • ½ cup Pamela’s Baking Mix
  • 2 t. xantham gum
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together the flours, baking soda, and xantham gum, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until
  3. blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.

 

 

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Thanksgiving Dessert

November 26, 2012

This dessert was creamy, Nutella y, a little tangy, and had a great crunch in the crust. It was the perfect compliment to Thanksgiving dinner, and even the non gluten free eaters loved it. The only problem is when I made it, I didn’t measure anything and kind of eyeballed it. I went by my regular cheesecake recipe but modified it with a few other additions of Nutella and gluten free chocolate cookies. I’ll post the recipe and more pictures soon for your viewing and eating pleasure 🙂 In the meantime, what will you be making for the holidays?

Gluten Free Grain Free Yeast Free Focaccia Bread

October 9, 2012

 

SERVINGS: 12 pieces or 1-9×9 pizza crust
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
BAKE TIME: 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

• 2 cups almond flour/meal
• 1/4 cup coconut flour
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar or gf baking powder
• 2 teaspoons dried italian herb blend
• 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/4 cup red bell pepper, small diced
• 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, removed from stems and chopped
• 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt flakes for topping (optional)

Wet Ingredients

• 6 eggs
• 1 tablespoon honey or natural sugar substitute (I use raw coconut sugar)
• 1/2 cup coconut oil or melted unsalted butter + 1 teaspoon
• 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds or Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder
• 1/4 cup olives, drained and chopped

**grind chia seeds with coffee grinder or in Vitamix

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare (8×8 or 9×9) baking pan or baking sheet by lining with parchment or lightly rubbing with oil.

Sift flours, cream of tartar, italian herbs, and salt into a large bowl. Add fresh chopped rosemary.
Sauté minced garlic, bell pepper and rosemary in 1 teaspoon coconut oil or butter for 3 minutes. Set aside.

Beat eggs for 2 minutes with hand mixer. Add honey or sweetener. Drizzle in coconut oil or melted butter. Add ground chia seed, olives, and garlic blend. Stir to combine. Spoon mixture into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with kosher sea salt flakes (optional). Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm with salami, prosciutto, (or other cold cuts), roasted red peppers, olives, etc…

If making Pizza Dough: Follow all steps above, but bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Apply sauce, cheese and other toppings. Bake for 15 more minutes.

 Thanks for a great recipe! Original recipe and source: Garden of Life
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