Caramelized Banana Walnut Morning Oatmeal | Gluten Free and Dairy Free

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Who doesn’t love a warm bowl of oatmeal and a hot cup of coffee in the morning?  Oatmeal is one of my go to breakfasts because it is filling and nutritious.  I decided to change my routine up a bit and go with something a little more decadent.  All though this looks totally bad for you, it is actually made with healthy ingredients!  Here is how I made it:

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First, have all of your ingredients prepped and ready because trust me, this process goes REALLY FAST!  Go ahead and have your oatmeal prepared and ready to be topped.

What you need:

~1/2 of a sliced banana

~cinnamon and coconut sugar

~coconut oil ( I used refined coconut oil)

~About a tablespoon of raw walnuts

~pinch of salt

~1/2 Cup of Oats

~Water ( I just fill right above the oats)

Have your bowl of oatmeal ready.  I used Quaker Oats and made them in the microwave with water.

Start out by adding about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the pan.  Let your pan get hot, this is important because your bananas will get really soggy if you put them in too early.  Cook for about 30-45 seconds, then add a sprinkle of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and your coconut sugar last.  I like coconut sugar because it brings a “caramel like” taste to the bananas.  Once you add the coconut sugar, stir for about 5-10 seconds then take off the heat.  Add your walnuts to the mixture and stir gently.

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Here is your topping when it is complete!  All you have to do now is top your oats.  You can add some almond milk and extra walnuts to the oats if you like as well.

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Enjoy and God Bless- Ashley

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My Top 5 Gluten and Dairy free Snacks

Going Gluten and Dairy free does not have to be a hard thing, it’s actually quite easy.  Now, I’m not saying that it wasnt a learning curve, because it definitely was but with patience and a lot of research I have finally figured it out.  I get asked a lot about certain foods that I eat and where to get them, so I compiled a list of my top 5, absolute favorite gluten and dairy free snacks and I found all of them at my local grocery store!  So don’t be afraid to take the leap, next time you go grocery shopping look for these items and try them out.  I promise you will not be disappointed.

#5.  Immaculate Baking Co.

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These cookies are so good and so easy to bake.  Just take them out of the package and put them in the oven.  I guarantee if you made these for a non gluten free eater, they would not be able to tell the difference between these and a regular cookie.

#4.  Snyder’s of Hanover

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Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel sticks. Dairy Free, Casein Free, Egg Free.

My daughter absolutely loves these pretzels and actually prefers them to regular wheat pretzles.  They have that “classic” pretzel taste, which I appreciate and a great, crunchy bite.  There are a few different varieties that these come in including Honey Mustard and Onion,  Hot Buffalo and Mini pretzles.

#3. Kind Bars

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Kind Bars in Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Chip. These are gluten free, have a low glycemic Index, Dairy Free and are Non GMO. This bar has 8 grams of protein and 200 calories per serving.

Kind Bars are a new-found love of mine and have quickly become one of my favorite snacks when I am on the go.  One thing that I love about them is that they are low on the Glycemic Index. This means I’m not going to have a sugar spike when I eat these and they wont leave me feeling shakey or craving more sugar.  I have tried many different varieties of kind bars, but my absolute favorite in the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate.  They are so good and remind me of a Snickers bar.  You can also pop them in the microwave for a gooey treat!

#2.  Silk Almond Dairy Free Yogurt Alternative

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Silk Brand Almond Dairy Free Yogurt in Plain and Peach. It is Vegan, Carrageenan Free, Gluten Free and Cholesterol Free.

Words can not describe my love for this yogurt.  I have searched far and wide for a dairy free yogurt that actually tastes like yogurt, and this one is it.  My absolute favorite flavor is the plain.  It is smooth, creamy and has just a hint of sweetness.  Now, I can finally make recipes that calls for yogurt and it wont taste terrible!  This yogurt comes in many other flavors as well such as strawberry, blueberry, pineapple and mango.

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Gratify Gluten Free Everything Thins.  They are Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free and Non GMO.  Also pictured is the Boars Head Brand Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. It is Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Non GMO.

Here it is, my favorite gluten and dairy free snack.  The Gratify Gluten Free Everything Thins and Boars Head Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.  In my opinion, you can not go wrong with this combo.  The thins are almost like a cracker pretzel texture with just the right amount of spices and salt and it pairs perfectly with the red pepper hummus.  You could eat this off the bottom of a dirty shoe and it would still taste good.  Well, maybe not but you get my point.  Just a warning.  I ate 3 bags of these crackers in less than 2 weeks!  Yes, they are that addicting.

That’s it! My top 5 Gluten and Dairy Free snacks.  I know you will enjoy these just as much as I have.  I would love to know what you like to snack on as well.  Please leave me a comment and don’t forget to sign up for my blog so you will know as soon as I put out a new post.  Thank you so much for reading and have a blessed day!

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My “Go to” Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks or “meals”.  They are so versatile and can be made with virtually any frozen fruit that you have in the freezer.  For me, my favorite is the classic Strawberry Banana Smoothie but I like to “kick it up a notch” (throwback to Emeril Lagasse for all my old school friends) with some healthy add ins such as oatmeal, whole almonds or flax seed.  There is not much difference in the flavor of the smoothie but definitely enhances the nutritional value.  So, with that being said, here is how I make my delicious smoothie.

Step 1:

Fruit.

Add 1/2 of a frozen banana and 5 to 6  frozen strawberries, depending on size to your blending mug.  Make sure your fruit is frozen for more of a smoothie texture.

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Here I am using The NutriBullet, my favorite tool in the kitchen to prepare my smoothie.

Step 2:

Add-Ins.

Like I said earlier, there are multiple things you can add to your smoothie to give it a nutritional boost but my favorite is Ground Flax Seeds.  They are full of Omega-3’s and fatty Acids that support heart health, full of fiber and add extra protein to keep you fuller, longer.  I use 1 Tablespoon in my smoothie.

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I am using Bob’s Red Mill Premium Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal.

Add your flax seeds to your smoothie.

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Step 3:

Yogurt.

Since I am Dairy Free, I like to use vegan yogurt.  Now, I have tried MULTIPLE dairy free yogurt varieties.  Some have been good and some have just been plain nasty, but my absolute favorite is Silk Almond in the flavor Plain.  It is thick and creamy, perfect for this smoothie.

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PIctured here is Silk Almond Dairy Free yogurt Alternative in plain. It is non GMO, Vegan, carrageenan free, gluten free and cholesterol free.

Step 4:

Milk.

I have another favorite Silk product and it is Silk Almond Milk.  It has a really nice “milk” flavor, once you get used to it.  This was the first non dairy milk I started using and even though I have strayed a couple of times from it, I always go back.  It’s just the best in my opinion.  Add about a 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup to your smoothie.

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PIctured here is Silk Unsweetened Almond Flavor. It only has 30 calories per cup compared to regular milk that contains 120 calories per cup.

Step 5:

Blend.

Screw on the top to your Magic Bullet or blender and blend it up!  Top with ground flax seeds for garnish.

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ENJOY!!!

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