Gluten Free Toffee Bars

gluten free toffee bars
Do you like granola bars?
I do.
In fact, I like to call them square cookies sometimes.
I like to come up with different ways to make them.
Stove-top.
No-Bake.
Layered.
This recipe I am going to share with you is my new favorite. It is quick and easy and combines stove top plus baking.
You can add whatever mixture of nuts, no nuts, seeds, raisins, coconut, goji berries, chocolate chips that you like.
Mine change every time I make them. I usually just throw into the bowl whatever I have on hand.
Recently our kids surprised us for our anniversary and got my hubby and I bikes. I am new to bike riding and was so nervous to use hand brakes. Going down hills terrified me, but I really wanted to get into biking and have found not only do I like to ride my bike, but my confidence is rising too!
bike on pathway
biking in seattle
Now, that my husband and I are empty nesters I had been wanting to add activities that we could do together while also encouraging us to get into shape.
If you follow me on twitterfacebook or instagram you will see photos of me walking, discussing my jazzercise class and the sweat that pours down my face, you’ll also hear my quick stories when I am frustrated.
(But not only that… I also post a lot of extra photos that never reach the blog of meals I’m preparing, new recipes I’m trying, and other tips and tricks… so make sure you follow me on twitter, facebook or instagram!)
walking in the rain
As much as I can I am following a low carb gluten free diet. Gluten free all the time, but low-carb too.
My body does not do well with sugar so I try hard to limit the amount of carbs I eat during the day.
These granola bars do have sugar, but I normally make a big batch, slice and then wrap them up and put in the refrigerator. This way, when we’ve gone for a long bike ride I can have them as a snack.

Gluten Free Toffee Bars

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 4 cup gluten free flour
  • 3/4 cup nuts or seeds (peanuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, etc)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (cranberries, goji berries, dried blueberries or cherries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • In a small saucepan on medium-high heat add the brown sugar, milk, butter and salt.
  • Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl combine your nuts/seeds combo, raisins, coconut, gluten free flour, rolled oats and almonds.
  • Stir.
  • Pour in the hot mixture and stir.
  • Spread mixture evenly into the lined pan.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until lightly brown.
  • Let cool and then slice.
  • Store in refrigerator.
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gluten free toffee bars
gluten free toffee bars
I really hope you enjoy these. They make a great snack for a bike ride or a healthy granola bar alternative for your kids!

Gluten-Free Kale and Sundried Tomato Pasta

gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta


We are half way through January.
How are you doing with your New Years resolutions?
Did you even make any?
Both myself and my hubby decided that this is the year we will finally get into shape.
We’ve each committed in our own way how to get this done.
My hubby is running on the treadmill again, lifting weights and continuing his yoga classes.
I’m taking jazzercize again, and even paid for 6 month of classes. This way, no excuses. I’ve also put my hiking boots back on and on warm winter days here in Calgary I am walking again. Doing the loop around my area is an hour walk and as long as it is not below -7, I’ll get out there.
gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta
winter in calgary
We’ve both decided to eat cleaner, not dieting, just watching our carbs and portions.
This way I think, we will be able to stick to it.
How is everything going for you?
Here is a healthier pasta dish to start the new year.
It includes one of my favourite things right now – Kale.
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around. It is loaded with vitamin K, A and C as well as loads of magnesium.
Kale is known for its antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, anti-cancer nutrients and for its cholesterol-lowering abilities.
Now, don’t you think you should be eating more kale?

Gluten Free Kale and Sundried Tomato Pasta

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup San Zenone gluten free corn penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Sundried tomatoes in oil, chopped upBunch of Kale
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop the bunch of kale.
  • Heat a medium saucepan filled with water to boil. Once boiling add the chopped kale.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove kale from pot and set aside.
  • Add the dried pasta to the pot and cook according to package directions.
  • Once pasta is cooked, remove cooked pasta from the pot and retain the pasta water for later use.
  • Sauté 2 Tbsp of olive oil and minced garlic in a large frying pan.
  • Add the chopped sundried tomatoes to the frying pan and continue sautéing until tomatoes have softened.
  • Add the steamed kale and cooked pasta to the frying pan.
  • Toss mixture.
  • Add a couple of Tbsp of the reserved pasta water to the mixture as well as the grated cheese.
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the pasta dish and serve.
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gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta

gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta

gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta

gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta
gluten-free kale sundried tomato pasta

Home-Made Sugar Body Scrubs

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub


It’s unbelievably dry here in Calgary. If anyone follows me on twitter you’ve probably noticed that I have been asking for remedies for my dry and cracked hands.
I received a lot of suggestions and I really appreciate all of them so thank you. Moving to a more humid climate isn’t an option unfortunately but the other suggestions were wonderful and helpful.
I am finding more and more lately that going back to basics is the way to go. What does that mean exactly?

  • Using fresh and organic ingredients to bake and cook with.
  • Canning during the year to capture the freshness of vegetables.
  • Avoiding added chemicals in skincare and hair products.
  • Making my own bath and shower goodies.

Basically I’m going back to the way my grandparents lived. Everything home-made and organically grown.
With December almost over and the New Year approaching, I’ve been thinking about what I want to share with you all in the New Year. I plan on showcasing frugal ways of making your own sauces, canned goods, and skin care. Sharing seasonal and fresh ingredients available here in Calgary. Sharing gluten free travel adventures that I have planned.
I’m starting with making a sugar body scrub. Specifically a mint chocolate scrub and a Meyer lemon sugar scrub. Both are so easy to make and great to use in the shower.
Plus these scrubs are quite inexpensive to make and are excellent home-made gifts.
 

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub
Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub
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Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Mint Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 2 tbsp good quality dark chocolate cocoa
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract OR
  • 2 drops peppermint oil

Instructions
 

  • Mix together in a large bowl the sugar and cocoa.
  • Add the canola oil and stir to combine.
  • Spoon sugar scrub into canning jar. Top sugar scrub with a little more canola oil.
  • Screw on jar lid.
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Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub
Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub

Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub
Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub

Meyer Lemon Sugar Scrub

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 3 Meyer lemons zest
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp dried orange zest
  • 1 tsp dried lemon zest

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine sugar, zest and juice from meyer lemons.
  • Add oil and stir to combine.
  • Spoon into canning jars.
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Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel


 
Chocolate Bark is a tasty treat that is easy to make. You can have so much fun playing with flavor additions as well as toppings. Gluten free to me means using great tasting quality ingredients and enjoying a safe treat to enjoy. It still amazes me how much gluten is put in our foods these days which really means going back to basics: baking and cooking everything ourselves.
 
Have fun with this bark.
You could add dried cranberries, gluten free peppermint candy canes, variety of nuts and other gluten free goodies.
 

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Square

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark
Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups bittersweet chocolate drops (Bernard Callebaut)
  • 1 cup Glutino gluten free pretzel twists
  • 1/2 tsp Maldon sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Line a 8×8 baking pan with parchment.
  • In a small glass bowl over a simmering saucepan, melt chocolate.
  • Pour chocolate into the baking pan.
  • Spread chocolate evenly.
  • Place pretzel twists over chocolate.
  • Allow mixture to set for a few hours.
  • Sprinkle sea salt over bark.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!
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Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Gluten-Free Meyer Lemon Curd

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd


If you hadn’t realized it yet- I love my Meyer lemons! They are sweet and fabulous.
I could eat this curd straight out of the jar. It’s even better when it is freshly made and is warm and sweetly tart. Top waffles with lemon curd, or use it in my gluten free english scones. I like to slice fresh gluten free pound cake and top with it off with lemon curd.
Many, many possibilities.
 

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd
Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd


Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd

Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd

Ingredients
  

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup juice from meyer lemons
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Zest from the Meyer lemons

Instructions
 

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.
  • Add the lemon juice and switch to using a wooden spoon to stir.
  • Stir continually for 8-12 minutes on low: making sure mixture does not boil.
  • Your curd is done when it thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
  • Next: add butter and stir until butter is melted.
  • Add lemon zest and remove from heat.
  • Store in a jar then place in refrigerator
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Gluten Free Meyer Lemon Curd

Gluten-Free Black Bean & Chickpea Lime Salad

Gluten Free Chickpea and Bean Lime Salad


 
Looking for a salad that your vegetarian or vegan guest(s) will enjoy? What about a salad that satisfies your gluten free  family members? If you’re searching for a delicious side dish/appetizer that is super easy to make, and ‘keeps’ nicely in the refrigerator…
This is the recipe for you!

Gluten-Free Black Bean and Chickpea Lime Salad

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • juice from 2 limes
  • juice from a meyer lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp gluten free taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp gluten free cumin 
  • 1 tsp herbs de provence
  • Maldon sea salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can organic black beans, drained
  • 1 can organic kernel corn, drained
  • 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mini sweet peppers, chopped
  • (optional 1/4 cup chopped red onion)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk olive oil, lime and lemon juice, chopped cilantro, and seasonings.
  • Add chickpeas, black beans, corn, jalapeno, and peppers.
  • Stir all the ingredients together.
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
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Gluten Free Chickpea and Bean Lime Salad

Gluten Free Chickpea and Bean Lime Salad

Gluten Free Chickpea and Bean Lime Salad
Gluten Free Chickpea and Bean Lime Salad


Gluten-Free Rocky Road Squares

Gluten Free Rocky Road Square

Today I realized that there is only 6 days left until the month of December! …..wait….what!? 
November has flown by and I have no idea where the days went. Well, I do actually, we started a major renovation on our home and we are currently in the middle of phase 1. If you need to make time fly- renovate your home, it will surely keep you nice and busy!
Anyways, while the dry wall was going up in the dining room the other day, I was making squares in the kitchen with Jamie.
Although we were doing more talking and laughing rather than baking, I did get a batch of these squares finished and thought this would be another really easy, but super yummy, recipe for you to try. It’s also a great holiday treat idea for guests, family, and all the parties that tend to pop up around this time of year.
If you love coconut as much as I do, you will really enjoy this recipe.
 

Gluten Free Rocky Road Squares
Gluten Free Rocky Road Square
Gluten Free Rocky Road Square


Mmmmm!

If you have any feedback regarding the photo’s that would be greatly appreciated! Did you like the one picture with the steps underneath? Was it easier more condensed, or is it easier to have separate photographs? We would love to hear from you- please feel free to comment below.
Again, with December approaching here fast, I will definitely try to get more entertaining and holiday recipes to you.

Gluten Free Rocky Road Squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pkg Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 – 1 cup walnuts, pecans or sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  • For this Recipe we decided to try something a bit different! There are quite a few steps and I wanted to show all of the steps with one large picture instead of showing each step with seperate pictures. Each step has a photograph and is labelled so you can follow.
  • Mix gluten free graham crumbs and melted butter. Stir to combine. Add graham crumbs onto lined pan. Press down crumbs. (See photo 1)
  • Later add a layer of coconut in top. (See photo 2)
  • Add a layer of nuts. (See photo 3)
  • Add a layer of chocolate chips. (See photo 4)
  • Add layer of marshmallows. (See photo 5)
  • Pour condensed milk evenly, over whole pan. (See photo 6)
  • Next: Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.
  • Then, let cool before cutting and serving!
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Gluten-Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack that even kids can make.
Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack even kids can make.

Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are a delicious and easy snack that even kids can make. Made with ingredients like rolled oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, pb, maple syrup and dried cranberries.

An easy no bake snack that takes very little time to make. All you need is a food processor to finely chop the oats, coconut and sunflower seeds and then you mix everything together in a bowl. They are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. This post was originally written in Nov 2011 and I have rewritten the post and updated all the photos.

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Healthy no bake peanut butter balls that are a great treat or grab-and-go snack. Everyone will love this pb snack. They are fast to make and made with simple ingredients.

Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack that even kids can make.

These healthy gluten-free peanut butter balls are made with ingredients usually found in the pantry. The peanut butter balls are a perfect snack before a workout or as an afternoon treat.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE THE BALLS:

Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack for kids to make.

I make these no bake peanut butter balls because they are quick and easy. They keep really well in the refrigerator too. A great grab-and-go snack to take in the car when you are running a bunch of errands.

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HOW TO MAKE THE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS:

  1. In food processor add oats, coconut and sunflower seeds and process until everything is finely chopped.
  2. In a large bowl add the oat mixture as well as all the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined and sticking together.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop balls and drop onto a small cookie sheet or plate.
  5. Use hands to roll the dough into balls.
  6. Place the sheet into the refrigerator and let is set for an hour.
  7. Store peanut butter balls in the fridge or freezer.
Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack for even kids to make.

These gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls are made from ingredients that you have in the pantry already. A quick and easy no bake cookie recipe.

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Gluten-free peanut butter balls that are soft and delicious and a healthy no bake delight. Simple and easy no bake peanut butter balls and you need is rolled oats, peanut butter, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, and a few other ingredients. In less than an hour you have a fun snack.

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Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack that even kids can make.

Gluten Free No-bake Peanut Butter Balls

Gluten-free no bake peanut butter balls that are delicious and an easy snack that even kids can make. A great grab and go snack or afternoon treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
place in fridge to set 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2410

Equipment

  • measuring cups
  • medium bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • Food processor
  • plate or 1/2 sheet baking pan

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • In food processor: oats, coconut and sunflower seeds until finely chopped.
  • In a large bowl, add oat mixture and all the other ingredients.
  • Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  • Use ice cream scoop to drop balls onto the small cookie sheet or plate.
  • Use hands to roll each into a ball.
  • Place in refrigerator for an hour to set.
  • Store in refrigerator or freezer in a container.
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Quick and Easy Gluten Free Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

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One bowl oatmeal cookies. Wouldn’t you like to make a quick batch of gluten free oatmeal cookies that are also vegan? A recipe so easy that all you need is a bowl, a spatula and the ingredients? Well, this is that recipe!
At work we received a new cookbook by Erin McKenna, the owner of Babycakes bakery in New York. Her first cookbook had some gluten free recipes and some not. Her new book “Babycakes, Covers the Classics” has all gluten free vegan recipes.
So far I have tried the oatmeal cookies and the granola. Both were great and I will post the recipe for the granola on next weeks blog.

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 cup vegan sugar
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free oats (I used Only Oats which is a Canadian product)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup MELTED coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup raisins (dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, etc)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, oats, flax meal, cinnamon, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the melted coconut oil, applesauce and vanilla stirring with a spatula until a dough forms. Add the raisins and stir until combined.
  • Drop the dough by Tbsp (I use a med ice cream scoop) onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes, rotate baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes more.Let cool before serving.
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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

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Baked macaroni and cheese. This is such a comfort food for me and I have found it to be a comfort food for my family too. It is a quick and easy dinner dish and what could be better than warm and gooey cheese in many layers of pasta.
After running a few errands this afternoon with my family, I said to my son David that I did not know what to make for supper tonight. He said, without delay that I should make baked mac and cheese. Great I thought, a quick and easy supper.
I also knew that with working the next day I now had my lunch too. There is nothing better than day old mac and cheese heated up.
When I looked in the pantry for pasta I also saw that I had canned crab and shrimp, and it reminded me of a recipe I saw recently for baked seafood mac and cheese by The Celiac Husband. He used a roux in his, and I am not. This is just the way that I have always made baked mac and cheese, but the idea to add seafood is definitely the celiac husbands.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 Pkg of gluten free corn pasta (I used San Zenone penne*)
  • Can of crabmeat
  • Can of shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 – 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups of cheeses shredded (medium cheddar, Gruyere and swiss cheese) approx
  • 1/4 – 1/2 Butter

Instructions
 

  • Boil pasta in water.
  • Drain and add a little butter to keep it from sticking while it cools off).
  • Drain cans of crabmeat and shrimp.
  • Grate cheeses.
  • We like our mac and cheese very cheesy so I grated 3 cups of cheese.
  • I also used a microplane grater, available at Williams Sonoma
  • In casserole dish, alternate between pasta, shredded cheeses and butter.
  • Top with more shredded cheese and then pour whipping cream and milk over dish.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
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**I used a very large casserole dish, so my amounts will be much greater then if you use a smaller dish. A lot of people do not like this term, but I say “wing it”, it is okay to think outside the box!
*San Zenone pasta is available at Planet Organic