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Gluten Free Sheet Pan Pancakes, cut into hearts.

I baked pancakes this week. Yep! I did that. I wanted to make heart shaped pancakes but I didn’t love making them individually on a pan with my heart shaped cookie cutter. Instead I baked a giant sheet pan pancake and cut out all the heart shaped pancakes I need! Don’t want to cut this giant pancake into 4” hearts? Simply slice into squares and my a square pancake stack.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch pink himalayan salt

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Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a small baking sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the pancake batter onto the prepped baking sheet and smooth into an even layer.
  4. Place the tray on the center rack of the oven and bake 25 minutes, or until pancake is golden-brown around the edges.
  5. Allow pancake to cool slightly before cutting into hearts and serving. Refrigerate leftovers for up to five days!

Serve these cutie heart pancakes with some turkey bacon, strawberries, and a honey cinnamon walnut butter syrup drizzle. Thoughts on a sheet pan pancake?

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Mexican Mocha Banana Walnut Cauli-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Diamond Nuts

A cauli-oat bake that’s good for the body, mind, and HEART.

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February is Heart Health Month and I’m making sure to get all the nutrients I can to promote a healthy heart. I’ve teamed up with Diamond of California Nuts to help spread the word about their heart healthy walnuts!

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Walnuts are not only delicious, especially topped on my Mexican mocha banana walnut cauli-oat bake, but they also help decrease the risk of heart disease by helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels and decreasing blood pressure. I’m forever fascinated by real food and all the incredible benefits we gain by consuming them.

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Mexican Mocha Banana Walnut Cauli-Oat Bake (makes four servings):

  • 1 + 1/2 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower (I used frozen)
  • 3 tbsps cacao powder
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white (may sub two flax eggs)
  • 2 cups nut milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on desired spice preference)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 banana, completely mashed
  • 1/4 cup Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts, crushed

Toppings:

  • 1/2 banana, diced
  • 1/3 cup Diamond of California Shelled Walnuts, slightly crumbled

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Directions:

  • Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients, plus the mashed banana, baking soda, and cacao powder, together in a large bowl until frothy. Mix in dry ingredients and let soak for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 F while the mixture is soaking.
  • Pour the soaked mixture into the prepped baking dish and top with sliced bananas and slightly crushed Diamond of California Walnuts. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  • Remove the bake form the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Top with probiotic yogurt and maple syrup if you desire! Store leftovers in the fridge for up to five days.

Do you eat walnuts? I recently made a honey cinnamon walnut butter with Diamond of California Walnuts and it’s the best nut butter I’ve ever had.

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Carrot Banana Bread, Gluten Free.

Bunny wanted to eat all our carrot banana bread but Poppy stopped her. Feeling out of breath with all the baking, laundry, and outside adventures I had this morning with my Poppy girl. God bless nap time, am I right?

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Carrot Banana Bread:

  • 1 cup mashed super ripe banana, 2 medium size bananas
  • 1 cup shredded organic carrots
  • 1/2 cup whole milk organic greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 + 1/4 cup gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour (I have not tried any other flour)
  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup probiotic cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (optional but I love the added flavor and protein!)

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a bread pan with non stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
  • In a food processor, add the bananas, egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, greek yogurt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth. Add in shredded carrots and mix until smooth.
  • Add oats, flour, and baking soda. Mix until smooth. Mix in raisins with a silicon spatula.
  • Pour batter into prepped bread pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. My oven usually takes 5-15 minutes longer for any baked recipe I make. I have an oven thermometer and it says it’s the right temperature. That being said, check the bread at 45 if your oven cooks quicker and go from there. Check with a toothpick!
  • Once the bread is bake, let it cool in the bread pan for one hour before cooling on a wire rack.
  • Make the frosting in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Mix until smooth and frost the bread once it’s completely cooled.
  • Once frosted, add some shredded carrots on top if you’d like and refrigerate for one hour before slicing. This helps harden the frosting and slicing colder bread is a lot easier than slicing when the bread is still warm in the middle. Refrigerate for up to 5 days in an air tight container!


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Cranberry Chai Cauli-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Majka.

Brb, teaching Joel how to make this cranberry chai cauli-oat bake before baby Plotnik number two ever happens (not a pregnancy announcement! Just getting more prepared in the food department than I was before). Ha!

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If you don’t know, I love cauli-oat bakes. You CANNOT taste the cauliflower but you can taste all the other yummy nutritious ingredients that are in these bakes. This bake in particular is made with one of my favorites products, especially for mamas, Majka’s vanilla chai lactation booster! You can easily mix this booster powder with hot or cold water to drink, or you can add it to baked goods and smoothies. There is no wrong way to enjoy this extremely beneficial powder. Majka’s vanilla chai lactation booster is the best supplement for breastfeeding moms looking for a healthy boost in their milk supply. This properly formulated powder improves the quality of the milk while also providing strong antioxidant support which may prevent swollen breast tissue and clogged ducts. I have been using Majka’s powders since Poppy was born and I never experienced clogged ducts and my milk supply came in so quickly! I highly suggest checking out all their products because there is something for every mama out there.

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Speaking of products, you can get two free bags of the limited edition Holiday Cherry Bites when you buy a Majka nourishing lactation powder! These bites were my best friend when Poppy was a newborn and they are still so nice to have in the fridge when I need a quick snack. They are the perfect guilt-free snack that gives you the lactation and nutritional support you need. Plus the bites are delicious! It’s a win-win situation.

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What was your breastfeeding experience like? I am thankful that everything went pretty smoothly once Poppy learned to latch. At least I didn’t have to worry about my milk supply!

Cranberry Chai Cauls-Oat Bake, in collaboration with Majka (serves 4).

* 1 + 1/2 cup GF oats

* 1 cup riced cauliflower (I use frozen)

* 2 tbsp chia seeds

* 2 cups nut milk

* 2-4 tbsp coconut sugar (I used only 2 but if you’d like a little more sugar to your cookie add 4)

* 1 whole egg + 1 egg white (can sub flax egg)

* 1 tbsp baking soda

* I/3-1/2 cup fresh cranberries (or use 1/3 cup dried craisins)

* 2 scoops Majka vanilla chai lactation booster

* 3 tbsp cacao nibs

* 1/2 banana, mashed

* 1 tsp vanilla extract

Toppings:

* Probiotic grass fed yogurt

* Banana slices (I got my fruit cutter off of Amazon)

* Maple syrup

*Maple syrup

Directions:

* Preheat oven to 350°F

* Whisk wet ingredients together, including the banana, and then mix in dry. Let mixture soak for 20 minutes!

* Pour into an 8×8 baking dish sprayed within nonstick cooking spray and top with pecan pieces. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is cooked. 

* Let cool slightly before slicing. Top with goodies and enjoy!


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Tahini Brownies, in collaboration with Lee Kum Kee.

A blanket of snow? No thanks. A blanket of powdered sugar? YES PLEASE! 

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If you’ve been following me for a while, or at least five minutes, then you know I am all about the strange but good creations. This is why I drooled all over my phone when Lee Kum Kee reached out for me to make tahini brownies using their Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce and Pure Sesame Oil. It was like this recipe was made for me or something. I finished these bad boys off with a monk fruit powdered sugar but they are totally fine without the final dusting.

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Lee Kum Kee offers a wide range of must-have pantry staples that make it easy for people to enjoy authentic Asian flavors and delicious meals at home and within minutes. My recipe wheels have been turning ever since having Lee Kum Kee products in our home and I can’t wait to experiment with them. I am totally using their products this Christmas for an unexpected twist to traditional holiday recipes. Soy sauce and sesame oil aren’t your typical ingredients in a brownie recipe, which makes them the perfect addition to wow your family and friends. Pure Sesame Oil adds a nutty flavor and aroma while the Sweet Soy Sauce has a subtle sweetness to take these brownies to the next level. You can find Lee Kum Kee products at your local grocery store in the Asian food aisle. Now onto these killer tahini brownies from the Lee Kum Kee website!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (between 60 and 65%), chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted grass fed butter
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (I used 1-to-1 gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup sugar (I used monk fruit sugar substitute)
  • 1/3 cup tahini, room temperature
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Maldon salt (I used pin Himalayan salt)

 

Directions:

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper, overlapping and leaving the edges long so parchment comes up all 4 sides.
  • Melt chocolate and grass fed butter in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between. 
  • Whisk together sugar of choice, tahini, eggs, cocoa powder, Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil, vanilla, and Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Sweet Soy Sauce. 
  • Stir in chocolate mixture, then fold in flour until just combined. Scrape into baking pan.
  • Bake until edges are just set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with just a few crumbs, 30 to 35 minutes (remember that everyone’s oven is different!) Sprinkle with pink salt, then let cool. Dust with monk fruit powdered sugar if that’s your thing. Cut into squares and enjoy!

 

Tahin brownies, would you try it? I gave some to our neighbors and they were obsessed! I don’t blame them. Click here to find Lee Kum Kee near you.

 


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Gluten Free and Lactose Free Eggplant Lasagna, in collaboration with Lucini.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how crazy am I for wearing a cream sweater during the entire cooking process of my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna made with Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil? Joel was eyeing me like a hawk the entire time because he was so stressed that I would get some on my sweater. Why didn’t I switch sweaters? I was cozy and it’s new so I HAD TO WEAR IT. Keep reading to see how it ended and for this epic lasagna recipe!

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I’m a big tomato basil fan. That’s why I drooled all over my phone when Lucini reached out to collaborate with their organic rustic tomato basil sauce. I knew exactly what I was going to make too, my gluten free and lactose free eggplant lasagna! This lasagna was one of the first recipes I ever uploaded to whatrobineats.com but this time I’m making it lactose free because that’s my life now.

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Lucini is prepped in small batches using 100% natural ingredients. They work with small regional farmers, celebrated chefs, health and wellness experts to continue to provide customers with an unmatched selection of ingredients, gourmet recipes, quality, assurance, and convenience. This is all a win-win in my book when it comes to choosing a company to collaborate with and feed to my family. In addition to organic sauces, Lucini Italia also offers premium extra virgin olive oil. You can learn more behind the bottle here. 

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Eggplant Lasagna:

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef (can leave out for a vegetarian version or add a meat substitute)
  • 1 + 1/2 cups  Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil
  • Handful fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large eggplant, cut lengthwise into about 6-8 large slices
  • 1/2 cup almond ricotta cheese (can use regular ricotta cheese if you’re not sensitive to dairy)
  • 1/2 cup lactose free cottage cheese (can sub for more ricotta cheese if you’d like but I like this combo best)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegan parmesan cheese (can use regular)
  • 1/2 cup almond mozzarella cheese shreds (can use regular)

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Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Cook the grass fed ground beef on a skillet. Break up the beef and cook for 5-8 minutes or until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Next add the Lucini’s Organic Rustic Tomato Basil, basil, and dried oregano. Stir until well combined then turn heat to a simmer.
  • Place sliced eggplant on large baking sheet lightly coated with EVOO. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes to help dry out the eggplant. After eggplant is done cooking, remove the skin. You can also peel the eggplant before slicing if you’d prefer. Set aside.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the almond ricotta cheese, cottage cheese (or more ricotta), vegan parmesan, and egg until well combined. Remove the beef meat sauce from the heat and add 1/2 cup of meat sauce to the ricotta mixture.
  • To assemble lasagna: spread 1/2 of the beef meat sauce into the bottom of a 8×8 inch baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray or EVOO. Place half of eggplant slices evenly over meat sauce, spread on 1/2 of the ricotta mixture, then sprinkle some almond mozzarella on top. Repeat layers again until all ingredients are used. Cover with foil and bake for 40 min. Remove foil and broil for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly on top. Makes about six servings!

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The Lucini Organic Rustic Tomato Basil sauce really stepped my eggplant lasagna recipe up ten notches. I’m making it again tonight because I need this for the rest of the week! Click here to find Lucini Italia near you! Oh, and I prepped, cooked, shot images, and ate this lasagna without a spec of tomato basil red sauce on my cream sweater. WINNING!


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Gluten Free Stuffed Acorn Squash, in collaboration with Canyon Bakehouse.

Oh the holidays! Everyone gathers around a table full of delicious food to create memories that will last a lifetime. But what if you’re gluten free, or just would rather eat gluten free like me to make your stomach happy, and you’re afraid there won’t be a single gluten free item on the table for you to enjoy? I have been there and it is so stressful! Instead of worrying I like to offer to bring a side dish that is usually gluten focused, like stuffing, and make it gluten free without lacking in taste.

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This way I can enjoy something that I love and not suffer the consequence of an upset stomach before dessert is served. No one will even notice that the stuffing is gluten free when it’s made with Canyon Bakehouse ancient grain gluten free bread. Their bread is the BEST gluten free bread that I’ve ever tasted. I have been in the search for a solid gluten free bread for a long time and nothing beats Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread. Don’t even get me started on their bagels. YUM.

Gluten Free Stuffed Acorn Squash (serves 4-5):

  • 2 medium size acorn squash or winter squash variety of your choice 

Directions:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350°F. Wash, halve, and remove seeds from your acorn squash. Lightly oil cut surface of squash with extra virgin olive oil, and place cut-side-down on a baking sheet covered in parchment (or a reusable baking mat. I got mine from Amazon!). Bake until squash is tender when pricked with the tip of a knife.. 
  • Flip par-baked squash cut-side-up on the baking sheet. Fill with gluten free stuffing (stuffing directions below) and return filled squash to oven to bake until stuffing is browned, about 15 minutes.

Stuffing ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free ancient grain bread cut into 3/4” cubes and left to dry out overnight (or lightly toast in the oven for 10 minutes). 
  • 2 Italian chicken sausages, cooked and diced
  • 1 green pear, diced 
  • 1⁄4 white onion, diced 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, minced
  • 1 tbsp non-dairy butter
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add extra virgin olive oil, onions, cooked chicken sausage, garlic, and diced pear, and cook together until the onion and pear are soft and golden. Add the sage, and season to finish. Set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, combine the dried out, or toasted, bread cubes and broth. Stir until bread cubes are slightly hydrated, but not soggy. Add the cooked vegetable and sausage mixture and pumpkin seeds and mix until fully combined. 

3. Stuff into the squash and bake in a lightly greased casserole dish for 15 minutes.

Attending a holiday meal? Click here to find out more ways on how to enjoy yourself without “lack of gluten free food” fear!