Granola bar recipe – school safe and gluten free

I love granola bars but find them very hard to buy. If they are gluten free, they also tend to be nutrition free and school unfriendly.

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So here is a recipe that is fit for the season. Chewy pumpkin granola bars. As a bonus, maple syrup is the only sweetener in them 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (this could easily be more oats, raisins, more seeds…whatever works for you)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon2015-10-17 11.39.49
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Mix wet into a small mixing bowl another.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients well so all the oats get coated.
  • Line a 11×8 baking pan with parchment paper (or whatever size you’d like really).  Use enough paper to hang over the sides so that you can pull them out when they are done.
  • Press them down firmly so they are flat.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.  Let the bars cool completely before cutting.

Use a large sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap to freeze for easy and fast snacks.

Veggie Soup with Chicken Broth

I’m pretty proud of this soup! It really is a homemade soup. The veggies came from my neighbours freezer but really came from his abundant garden last summer. I used some chicken bone broth I made in a slow cooker overnight after a delicious roast chicken dinner one Sunday night awhile ago.

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Ingredients:

4-6 cups of chicken bone broth

4 cups of frozen veggies – I had grape tomatoes, zucchini and green beans.

Sprinkle of thyme and oregano

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring to a boil then simmer 20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dr. Whitney Young, ND & Dr. Kerri Fullerton, ND

Mini Pumpkin Muffins

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With little ones around, mini-muffin tins are a kitchen must-have.

Here is a recipe for pumpkin donut holes. Thank-you to the ‘baking Beauties’ for coming up with such a yummy way to enjoy pumpkin 🙂

The modifications made for an egg-free and dairy-free version include:

  • using applesauce instead of oilIMG_4204
  • substituting melted coconut oil for melted butter
  • egg replacer in lieu of egg

Happy Baking!

Dr. Whitney Young ND & Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND

Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

We are always trying new granola bar recipes as the store bought ones are always loaded up with so much sugar.

2015-01-17 11.42.32_resizedIngredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seed butter (or nut butter if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup each: pumpkin seeds, raisins, hemp hearts, chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if you need)

*you can use anything to fill these up with goodness as long as the dry ingredients all measure up to the same quantity – use crispy rice cereal, different seeds, nuts, dried fruits…

What to do:

  1. Prepare an 8×8 pan by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Cook the dates into a jam – in a small pot over low heat, add 1-2Tbsp water to the dates and cook until they fall apart. For raw – place the dates in a food processor or blender.
  3. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  4. In a small pot, melt the seed butter with the maple syrup or honey, stir until smooth.
  5. Pour the hot mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
  6. Dump the combined mixture into the prepared pan and press down until uniform. Cover with another bit of parchment paper. Cool in freezer for 30 minutes or until hard.
  7. Remove from pan, chop into bars (I did 9 bars).

These have kept really well in the air tight container in the freezer for a couple of weeks. Fabulous little snack or breakfast before the gym.

Enjoy!

Yours in Health,

Kerri and Whitney

 

Gluten-Free Waffles

Who doesn’t love waffles? Sometimes we have them for supper on the weekend instead of breakfast. Here’s a great recipe to give a try:

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Yours in Health,

Whitney and Kerri

Gluten free, vegan (yet delicious) Zucchini cookies

With zucchini in abundance this time of year, here is another recipe to try out.

Chewy and delicious!

Chewy and delicious!

This makes A LOT of cookies because when there is too much zucchini you need recipes that call for a lot of zucchini.  They are chewy, moist, and filling.  I have served them to many gluten-eating people (including children) and they ask for another.  That says they are GOOOOD

Zuc cookie ingredients

Oats, zucchini, buckwheat flour, oh yeah!

Zuc cookie batter

It’s a thick batter

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups each: sorghum flour and starch of choice (arrowroot, tapioca, potato)
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour (light or dark)
  • 2 tsp each: xanthum gum and baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups quick cook oats (helps with the chewy factor)
  • 1 cup olive oil (you could do coconut oil if you prefer or butter for non vegans)
  • 4 tsp egg replacer whisked into 8 Tbsp warm water (or 4 eggs)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini (I leave peel on and I squeeze the liquid out through a tea towel or cheese cloth)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup raisins

What to do:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F
  • Line 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, starches, xanthum gum, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.
  • Stir in the oats
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg replacer and water.  Add the olive oil, vanilla, and sugar.  Mix in the zucchini.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry and combine.
  • Mix in the chips and raisins.
  • Using a tablespoon, drop batter onto parchment paper.  These cookies don’t spread a whole lot so you can fit quite a few on one sheet.
  • Bake in the centre of a hot oven for about 15 minutes (the bottoms and edges will start to brown)
  • This makes 5-6 dozen cookies. They freeze very well for future enjoyment.