With the holidays fast approaching and activities winding down, we finally had a little down time this weekend. We decided to bake cookies. There’s nothing like baking cookies with my kids. We were ready to experiment. We were determined to find a cookie recipe that was gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and without any added processed sugar (except for the chocolate chips which can easily be swapped with raisins).
Most of the ingredients were already in our cabinets. Another bonus! After a quick stop at our local Whole Foods Market we were able to replenish our banana supply (the only missing ingredient).
Here’s what we came up with. 7 Ingredient Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Two out of three children loved the cookies. Not bad!
7 Ingredient Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe Type: gluten-free, dairy free, nut free,
Author: Lori Popkewitz Alper
Serves: 20 cookies
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 c. rolled oats
3 Tbsp. rice milk
⅓ c. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. dairy free chocolate chips
Try to use organic ingredients whenever you can
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Make sure bananas are mashed well, with no lumps.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Stir until oats are well coated and ingredients are combined.
Mixture should be the consistency of cookie dough.
Place heaping spoonfuls of mixture onto a greased cookie sheet.
Bake 15-20 minutes.
And that’s not all! There’s a GIVEAWAY.
10 Fabulous bloggers have gathered together to stock you up with real food cookie recipes for your holiday season in a #RealCookieSwap! Whether you’re hosting or attending a cookie swap or headed out to a party, bring with you some special treats that not only taste amazing but use unrefined ingredients as well. Of all of these cookies, we can’t wait to hear what your favorite is so make sure to share it with us!
When it comes to cooking and baking, butter is a common ingredient. My cookie recipe doesn’t use butter, but if it did I would try Kerrygold butters, which are made with milk from grass fed cows in Ireland. They take pride in how they make their butter and what goes into so you will not ever see additives or hormones added.
Continuing on with sustainability in baking, when you are traveling with baked goods (and when you’re at home) it’s important to use an ecofriendly choice. If You Care is a company with a full line of ecofriendly products such as pie pans, baking pans, parchment paper. Their packaging shows exactly where the product came from and where it can go after use. Recycling and composting are two of the most common options! Score!
Both of these products can by found at your local Whole Foods as well as everything else you need to stock up on your holiday baking essentials! You can be sure that you are buying GMO free when you are buying at Whole Foods. We all LOVE that!
And just to help you get ready for this season of baking, we’re giving away THE BEST prize package geared toward all of your “real food and baking” needs this holiday season. Get ready because you are going to love what’s behind door #1….
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How Does Your Garden Grow: Salted Caramel Ricotta Gems
It’s National Pancake Week! Time to whip up a batch of your favorite pancakes in celebration.
The back story: the week leading up to Ash Wednesday was traditionally a time to purge your kitchen of all rich and dairy foods. A brilliant marketing major declared that this week would be National Pancake Week- since traditional pancakes are made from dairy products like butter, milk and eggs.
I have to be honest, every week in our house is National Pancake Week. We make a lot of pancakes over here. My kids love making them and I love mixing in secret ingredients such as flax seed, chia seeds and ground nuts.
In honor of this yummy celebration I’ve teamed up with Stonyfield to create some tasty pancakes with their delicious organic Greek yogurt.
My kids love to cook so they were ready to roll up their sleeves and help.
We had some extra time this morning before school so everyone could enjoy their pancakes.
Time to Make the Pancakes!
Organic Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Author: Lori Popkewitz Alper Groovy Green Livin
Serves: 7 good sized pancakes
In celebration of National Pancake Week try out these delicious pancakes with a touch of Stonyfield Greek Yogurt.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup nonfat vanilla Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt yogurt
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. chia seeds
Extra milk (any type of milk is fine. I used rice milk)
Cooking oil (preferably coconut oil or olive oil)
Blueberries and maple syrup for topping
Mix together in a bowl flour, baking soda, salt, yogurt, eggs, chia seeds and oil. If batter seems too think add milk to reach desired consistency.
Heat a stainless steel or cast iron frying pan without oil for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
Add light layer of cooking oil to heated frying pan.
Spoon batter into the heated frying pan in the shape of round cakes.
Let cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancakes (generally takes 2-3 minutes).
Flip and cook the pancakes until golden brown on the bottom side, about another 2-3 minutes.
Serve pancakes hot, with organic maple syrup and blueberries.
Enjoy! What’s your favorite ingredient to add to pancakes?
This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
Today was a Popsicle kind of day. The temperature hovered around 90 degrees for most of the day. Here in New England we have officially bypassed spring and jumped right into the heat of summer. I have a feeling it’s going to be a Popsicle kind of summer.
Most of the Popsicles found in frozen section of the grocery store are filled with processed sugars or sugar substitutes such as high fructose corn syrup or Aspartame. Artificial sweeteners are known to cause numerous health issues ranging from headaches to cancer. Research also suggests that they can actually cause overeating among consumers. Homemade, without added sugar are simple to make and they taste amazing.
Dairy Free Blueberry Popsicles
2 cups milk alternative. I use rice milk, but other dairy-free alternatives such as almond or soy milk will work too.
2 cups fresh blueberries (organic if possible).
1 1/2 cup strawberries (organic if possible).
Feel free to swap out the blueberries and strawberries for any other type of fruit. They all work!
Place all ingredients into a blender and puree. I’ve been using my Blendtec for this and it works really well. Pour the mixture into your stainless steel Popsicle mold and freeze overnight.
They are ready to go! Enjoy.
Do you make your own Popsicles? What’s your favorite flavor?
My love of corn on the cob began when I was very young. Every summer I looked forward to going to the Sweet Corn Festival in Wisconsin. Once the nominal admission fee was paid it was all you can eat. Let’s just say I don’t do well with buffets. I have vivid memories of feasting on sweet corn until I was physically sick.
Fast forward to the present. The sweet corn festival continues in my very own dining room usually 2-3 times a week. My kids request and then devour corn on the cob. Even our dog is well trained to eat it right off the cob.
We had friends visiting from Chicago this past weekend and we got into a discussion about the best way to cook corn on the cob (exciting, I know!). For years I have added the corn to cold water and boiled them together. Our friends boil the water first and then add the corn. So what’s the best method to create perfect corn on the cob? I did a little research in my very own test kitchen and came up with the answer.
Selecting the corn
If growing your own corn isn’t an option (it’s not for me) then carefully hand select your ears of corn at the farmers market or super market.
I always peel back the husk at the market to check on the corn inside. If it doesn’t look good, don’t buy it.
Look for bright green husks that fit snugly around the ear of corn. The kernels should be in tight rows right to the top of the ear of corn-not white, small kernels, but full sized yellow kernels.
Buy organic when you can.
How to cook corn on the cob
Husk the corn just before cooking to keep the corn fresh.
The combination of heat and humidity have been draining over the past few days. To keep everyone cool and happy we have ramped our smoothie addiction up a notch. We are now experimenting with different flavors of sorbet, which are just as easy to make (if not easier) than a smoothie. This week we tested out a few different flavors and voted on our favorite. The Vegan Strawberry Sorbet was the winner.
The key ingredient in this sorbet are a few frozen bananas. As our bananas ripen and begin to turn brown I put them in the freezer so they’re ready for use.
A few frozen bananas ( one banana for each 12 oz. bag of frozen strawberries)