Smoothie with mango, grassfed whey, spirulina and probiotics

This smoothie is part of a trick I have for getting back on track after a day of over-indulging. In this week’s case, Saturday was filled with birthday cake and pizza for our daughter, and Sunday morning was definitely a groggy one. We were craving something extra healthy, and I had just gotten my new Ninja blender in so this was the perfect breakfast. This smoothie has full fat Bulgarian yogurt for probiotics, grassfed vanilla protein powder and spirulina for extra nutrients. And the ninja did not disappoint … this blended in about 30 seconds! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Recipe (for two 16 oz smoothies)

  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein (we like this kind)
  • 2 scoops spirulina (like this one)
  • 2 cups coconut milk (the kind in the carton)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole milk yogurt (I use Bulgarian for extra probiotics)

Add all items to the blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy! (To check out the Ninja, click here).

Mango protein smoothie with spirulina and probiotics

This smoothie is part of a trick I have for getting back on track after a day of over-indulging. In this week’s case, Saturday was filled with birthday cake and pizza for our daughter, and Sunday morning was definitely a groggy one. We were craving something extra healthy, and I had just gotten my new Ninja blender in so this was the perfect breakfast. This smoothie has full fat Bulgarian yogurt for probiotics, grassfed vanilla protein powder and spirulina for extra nutrients. And the ninja did not disappoint … this blended in about 30 seconds! (This post contains affiliate links.)

Recipe (for two 16 oz smoothies)

  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein (we like this kind)
  • 2 scoops spirulina (like this one)
  • 2 cups coconut milk (the kind in the carton)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup frozen banana slices
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole milk yogurt (I use Bulgarian for extra probiotics)

Add all items to the blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy! (To check out the Ninja, click here).

Oat flour pancakes, a gluten-free breakfast idea

Pancakes are a holiday staple around our house, but they always make me feel a bit sluggish—even gluten free ones. I discovered that oat flour doesn’t have that effect on us and this recipe is a little bit indulgent with the almond extract and salted butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Salted butter (for the griddle)
  • Pure maple syrup (for serving)

Directions. Combine all of the dry ingredients thoroughly in a batter bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour four-inch circles of batter onto a hot griddle or pan, flip when batter becomes bubbly. These will cook just a minute or two, depending on your pan. I used a cast iron griddle and biscuit forms to make these perfectly round, but any pan will do.

Gluten free pancakes made with oat flour (the perfect weekend breakfast)

Pancakes are a holiday staple around our house, but they always make me feel a bit sluggish—even gluten free ones. I discovered that oat flour doesn’t have that effect on us and this recipe is a little bit indulgent with the almond extract and salted butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Salted butter (for the griddle)
  • Pure maple syrup (for serving)

Directions. Combine all of the dry ingredients thoroughly in a batter bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour four-inch circles of batter onto a hot griddle or pan, flip when batter becomes bubbly. These will cook just a minute or two, depending on your pan. I used a cast iron griddle and biscuit forms to make these perfectly round, but any pan will do.

Luxurious breakfast: Gluten free mascarpone muffins with dark chocolate

Something about Sunday morning just screams “muffins” around here. The kids always need a project and, well, we all love muffins. I’ve been craving something with mascarpone in it and there was a bag of dark chocolate chunks in the pantry calling my name, and so these muffins were born. Next time I try it I may add some orange zest and vanilla, but these were a nice and simple little morning treat (an espresso finishes it off nicely).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend (I used this kind). Make sure the blend you use has xantham gum.
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic, coarse sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 container or 4 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons butter (grassfed always!)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I used one I made myself)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions: mix all dry ingredients together except for the chocolate. Mix the wet ingredients together, but let the mixture stay lumpy (this keeps the muffins moist). Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones. The mixture will be thick. Add the chocolate chunks, then divide the mixture into a 12-cup muffin tin. Sprinkle some more of the coarse sugar on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Gluten-free scones with cinnamon and brown sugar filling

It’s rare that I come up with a recipe in the pastry or bread category that comes out perfect the first time. Now, this is a pretty basic scone recipe, but I altered the ratios of butter, cream and yogurt and played with the spices and extracts for a flavor I knew I’d love. These scones came out perfect… biscuit-y without being too crumbly, the perfect dryness of a scone with enough moisture to hold it together. The cinnamon sugar mixture leaked out and formed crunchy, crispy, chewy little sugar morsels and the tops of the scones had just the right amount of crunch. These were incredibly easy to make and when paired with a slice of bacon and a cup of coffee — total heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend (add a teaspoon of xantham gum if yours doesn’t have it). I used this kind and added xantham gum.
  • 1/4 cup coarse granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. butter extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk grass fed yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

For the cinnamon brown sugar filling:

  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 more tablespoons butter for drizzling the top
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for dusting the top

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl that will fit in your fridge (click here for one I love), mix together the dry ingredients. Chop the butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and cut it in with a pastry cutter or a fork, only until it is partially mixed and you can see large bits of butter. Add the eggs, cream, yogurt, lemon juice and extracts and mix just until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.

When you are ready to bake them, mix up the rest of the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Dust your countertop with gluten free flour and dump the dough out on top of it. Dust a little bit of flour on top of that, and knead it with the palm of your hands, just a few times, until it stays together. Press it down into a rectangle about an inch thick. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on it, and then fold it in half, making sure the cinnamon filling is in the middle. Press it down to about an inch thickness again. Brush melted butter over the top and sprinkle about two tablespoons of granulated sugar on top. Cut into triangles, however large or small you’d like. I cut mine pretty thin to make about 13 smallish scones. Place them on a baking sheet (lightly greased or sprayed) and bake at 400 degrees for about ten minutes.

Gluten-free scones with cinnamon and brown sugar filling

It’s rare that I come up with a recipe in the pastry or bread category that comes out perfect the first time. Now, this is a pretty basic scone recipe, but I altered the ratios of butter, cream and yogurt and played with the spices and extracts for a flavor I knew I’d love. These scones came out perfect… biscuit-y without being too crumbly, the perfect dryness of a scone with enough moisture to hold it together. The cinnamon sugar mixture leaked out and formed crunchy, crispy, chewy little sugar morsels and the tops of the scones had just the right amount of crunch. These were incredibly easy to make and when paired with a slice of bacon and a cup of coffee — total heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend (add a teaspoon of xantham gum if yours doesn’t have it). I used this kind and added xantham gum.
  • 1/4 cup coarse granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp. butter extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk grass fed yogurt (plain)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 eggs

For the cinnamon brown sugar filling:

  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 more tablespoons butter for drizzling the top
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for dusting the top

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl (that will fit in your fridge), mix together the dry ingredients. Chop the butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and cut it in with a pastry cutter or a fork, only until it is partially mixed and you can see large bits of butter. Add the eggs, cream, yogurt, lemon juice and extracts and mix just until it comes together. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, or overnight.

When you are ready to bake them, mix up the rest of the butter, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.

Dust your countertop with gluten free flour and dump the dough out on top of it. Dust a little bit of flour on top of that, and knead it with the palm of your hands, just a few times, until it stays together. Press it down into a rectangle about an inch thick. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on it, and then fold it in half, making sure the cinnamon filling is in the middle. Press it down to about an inch thickness again. Brush melted butter over the top and sprinkle about two tablespoons of granulated sugar on top. Cut into triangles, however large or small you’d like. I cut mine pretty thin to make about 13 smallish scones. Place them on a baking sheet (lightly greased or sprayed) and bake at 400 degrees for about ten minutes.

Gluten free mascarpone muffins with dark chocolate

Something about Sunday morning just screams “muffins” around here. The kids always need a project and, well, we all love muffins. I’ve been craving something with mascarpone in it and there was a bag of dark chocolate chunks in the pantry calling my name, and so these muffins were born. Next time I try it I may add some orange zest and vanilla, but these were a nice and simple little morning treat (an espresso finishes it off nicely).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend (I used this kind). Make sure the blend you use has xantham gum.
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic, coarse sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 container or 4 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons butter (grassfed always!)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (I used one I made myself)
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions: mix all dry ingredients together except for the chocolate. Mix the wet ingredients together, but let the mixture stay lumpy (this keeps the muffins moist). Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ones. The mixture will be thick. Add the chocolate chunks, then divide the mixture into a 12-cup muffin tin. Sprinkle some more of the coarse sugar on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

Collagen mocha (aka grown-up hot chocolate)

It’s snowing here, and on days like today you just want a good hot drink without having to venture out. My kids got their Swiss Miss fix this morning and I was a little jealous, but didn’t want all the sugar, so I put together a caffeinated hot chocolate for myself. This one is nourishing and can be a breakfast on its own (but goes really nicely with a piece of gluten free toast).

Ingredients:

Directions:

Bring water and coconut milk to a boil in a saucepan. Whisk in all other ingredients until they are fully combined. Turn off heat. Move the pan to a non-heated surface and place on top of a hot pad. Using an immersion blender’s whipping tool, beat the mixture until a froth forms. (You can also whisk it more in the pan, this will just make it frothier). Pour into a large mug and enjoy!

Gluten free oat flour pancakes

Pancakes are a holiday staple around our house, but they always make me feel a bit sluggish—even gluten free ones. I discovered that oat flour doesn’t have that effect on us and this recipe is a little bit indulgent with the almond extract and salted butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups oat flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Salted butter (for the griddle)
  • Pure maple syrup (for serving)

Directions. Combine all of the dry ingredients thoroughly in a batter bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix. Batter will be slightly lumpy. Pour four-inch circles of batter onto a hot griddle or pan, flip when batter becomes bubbly. These will cook just a minute or two, depending on your pan. I used a cast iron griddle and biscuit forms to make these perfectly round, but any pan will do.