The Best Things in Life are Gluten Free

I found out I had a gluten intolerance over a year ago. It was overwhelming to shift my thinking around what I can eat. It felt like Gluten was in EVERYTHING. A lot of the foods that I would eat as a “go-to-meal” I couldn’t eat anymore.

I have since learned that there are LOADS of awesome foods you can eat on a Gluten-Free diet. There are so many options and fun things you can do. In fact, my new catch phrase is “The Best Things in Life are Gluten-Free!” 

Here are some of my go-to Kid Friendly Gluten-Free Favourites!

Berry Overnight Oatmeal

Ingredients

1/2 cup Gluten Free Oats **

2 tbsp Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1/3 cup fresh or frozen organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc.)

1 tsp Honey

1 tbsp Hemp Hearts or Ground Flax Seeds

1/2 cup milk of choice or Kefir

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a Mason jar or mug. 
  2. Let sit on your counter over night with a lid or tea towel over the top. 
  3. Enjoy in the morning at room temperature.

**Its SUPER important to buy specifically Gluten-Free oats. Even though Oats in themselves are not a gluten containing grain, the oats are processed in a facility that likely uses the same conveyor belt for oats as other grains and flours. This means that the oats are likely contaminated with gluten. I didn’t realize this at first and learned the hard way. 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This crust gets so nice and crunchy that you can pick it up just a regular slice but it’s gluten-free and full of the incredible benefits of cauliflower. 

Ingredients:

2 pounds cauliflower florets 

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

pinch of sea salt or Himalayan rock salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F

  1. Pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until it has a rice-like texture.
  2. Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.
  3. Once you’ve strained the cooked cauliflower, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel.
  4. Wrap up the cauliflower in the dishtowel, twist it up, then squeeze all the excess moisture out. This may take a few minutes but it’s the secret step to a nice crispy crust!
  5. In a large bowl, mix together until combined - the cooked cauliflower, beaten egg, cheese, salt and spices.
  6. Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or cast iron pan.
  7. Keep the dough about 1/3″ thick.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F until the crust is firm, and golden brown.
  9. Load on your toppings and bake until the cheese is melted!

Baked Apple Chips

Ingredients:

3 organic apples (I use Granny Smith or Pink Lady because they are crunchier and easier to slice)

ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200F degrees. 

  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and thinly slice the apples as thin as you can. Don’t worry about coring or peeling the apples.
  3. Spread the apple slices onto the baking sheets making 1 single layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, flip the apples over and sprinkle again with cinnamon.
  5. Bake for another 1-1.5 hours. 
  6. Turn the oven off and keep the apples inside as the oven cools down. This will help them get crunchy. 
  7. Store apple chips at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week (if they last that long!).

I like to eat these with almond butter drizzled on top! 

Toby’s Nut and Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Balls

These are something that the kids would love to help make and will definitely enjoy eating! And they are a great addition to your kids lunches.

Ingredients

½ cup dried pitted dates

2 tablespoons coconut oil

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup raw cacao powder

¼ cup desiccated unsweetened coconut

2 tablespoons water

Directions

  1. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with ½ cup hot water
  2. Allow them to soak for 15 mins to soften
  3. Drain water from dates and place the dates and coconut oil into a food processor or blender
  4. Blend until smooth
  5. Add the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds
  6. Mix until the dough resemble bread crumbs
  7. Add the raw cacao, 2 tablespoons of water and desiccated coconut
  8. Blend until mixture comes together
  9. Spoon some mixture into the palm of your hand and roll it into a ball using the palms of both hands
  10. Place in the fridge to chill for 30 mins
  11. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week