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No Bake Oat Crunch Bars

11:30 AM

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I know y'all hate scrolling through a long post where I talk/write about everything OTHER than the recipe you see in the photo so let's just cut to the chase, shall we...

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, No Bake Oat Crunch Bars

As literally 99% of my recipe creations come from cravings, it shouldn't be a surprise that this came out of an afternoon craving as well. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, No Bake Oat Crunch Bars

This is the PERFECT summer treat as it is quick, easy, and requires no baking at all!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, No Bake Oat Crunch Bars



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No Bake Oat Crunch Bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats*
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 sticks (or 1 cup)Dairy Free Butter/span>
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Dairy free Dark Chocolate Chips*
  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Instructions
    Line a 8inch square dish with parchment paper.Melt the butter and brown sugar in a large pot till sugar is dissolved.Once dissolved, add in your oats and vanilla.Cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes. Not too long or this will cause your bars to fall apart later on (i've made this mistake many times).While the oat mixture is cooking, in another pan or in the microwave, melt chocolate and peanut butter together. Layer 1/2 your oats in the parchment lined pan, cover that layer with your chocolate/PB mixture. Add the rest of your oats on top of the chocolate then drizzle what's left from your chocolate/PB mixture on the top.Place in the freezer to firm up then store in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.
    9 Servings
*I used Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats
* I used Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Chunks

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Gluten + Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies

1:10 PM

I'd say 95% of my recipes, especially dessert based recipes, come from cravings.🤤
I've been craving those sweet Little Debbie Oatmeal cream pies that I used to enjoy pre-gluten-free life. Something about spring makes me think of these sweet oatmeal treats.
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies
This recipe is very simple but requires a few tricks to make it perfect. 
Especially when it comes to the dainty oatmeal cookies! 
So be sure to read my recipe carefully and the notes as well! 
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies



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Gluten + Dairy Free Oatmeal Cream Pies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Dairy Free Butter (1 stick), Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Shortening*
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour*
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Quick Oats
  • FOR THE CREAM
  • 1/2 Cup Dairy Free Butter (1 stick), Softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla (more to taste)
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar (or more to taste)
  • 4 TBPS Dairy Free Milk
  • Instructions
    Pre-heat oven to 375.In a mixer (or with a hand mixer) whip together butter, shortening, and vanilla till smooth and fluffy. Add in sugars, maple syrup, and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon Slowly add the flour mixture to butter mixture and blend together. Once well blended, stir in oats.Place tablespoon sized balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.THEY WILL SPREAD, so I suggest, depending on the size of your pan I suggest only putting two to a row with a good amount of space in-between.Baked for 12-15 minutes till the ends start to brown but the middle is still soft.My suggestion, is because the cookies will be VERY soft, is to let the cookies cool ON the parchment paper. Because they are so light, you should be able to remove the parchment with the cookies on top easily to a cooling rack.While the cookies are cooling, make your cream.Creamy the butter (1 stick)and vanilla together till soft.Slowly add in powdered sugar. Alternating sugar and milk till you have the taste and consistency you desire.Pipe the cream onto the cooled cookies and sandwich together.Store in the fridge to keep them firm. You can freeze any extras till you need them!
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time:15minsTotal time: Yield: 10 Servings

*I used Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Baking Flour Gluten Free 22 oz *I used Nutiva Organic Shortening Original 15 oz

asian

Gluten Free | Vegan Friendly PotSticker Noodle Bowl

1:08 PM

Guys, I'ms still not ok that Aldi stopping selling the Vegan/Gluten Free Potstickers 
(if you don't know what I'm talking about, click here) 


So I took it upon myself to deconstruct the potsticker and make it into a glorious pasta recipe.


You could EASILY add more veggies into this meal. Had my husband NOT been sharing this meal I would have added in some mushrooms and carrots.




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Gluten Free | Vegan Friendly PotSticker Noodle Bowl
Ingredients
  • 12oz Rice Noodles*
  • 1/2 Cup + 7 Tablespoons Gluten Free soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Chicken Broth
  • 2 teaspoon + 1/2 tsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ginger
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 10oz (or more) Chopped Broccoli
  • White Pepper
  • 7oz Coleslaw mix
  • Green Onions
  • Minced Onions
  • Instructions
    Soak rice noodles according to box.While the noodles are cooking/soaking, in a seperate dish, whisk together 1/2 cups + 5 Tablesppons of Soy Sauce/Aminos, chicken broth, rice vinegar, ginger, and red chili pepper In another small bowl whisk eggs and set aside. In a medium bowl toss broccoli with 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce In a wok, add broccoli, coleslaw, and green onions and season with pepper..Once broccoli and coleslaw are soft, add in minced onion to taste..Make an open center of your mixture and added in your whisked eggs and scramble..once your eggs are scrambled, add in your noodles and sauce..Toss noodles and let the mixture cook till the liquid has been mostly absorbed..Serve in a large bowl of your choice!
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time:10minsTotal time: Yield: 4-6 Servings

*I used these Rice Noodles, I think they are my new favorite for Asian noodle meals.
To make VEGAN, leave out eggs and use Veggie Broth instead of chicken.

gluten free

Traveling, Gluten Free, and how to not lose your mind

9:32 AM

Y'all, traveling can be a bit much right? I personally love traveling but that doesn't mean it is any less anxiety-causing for me.

Cause y'all know what happens. All the news stories leading up to your trip start with "PLANE CRASHES" or "SECURITY SCARE DELAYS FLIGHTS".  Not the best things to see before you embark on a trip of your own. Add in allergies and you just increase your stress level to a 10... am I right? 

I'm not going to sit here and type out a post like I'm some nomad that knows what it's like to travel the globe. 
I am just sharing what I've learned from my very few experiences and hope that maybe some little bit helps you. 
However, I'd like to state I am a firm believer that everyone should travel in a way that works for them. Especially when it comes to traveling with food preferences/allergies/intolerances, everyone is going to travel differently.
Just don't be a jerk when you travel, no one wants you to be that. ;) 
Traveling, Gluten Free, and how to not lose your mind

Keep your body in Tip-Top Shape
I think the best way to prepare for travel is to prepare your body for travel and continue to keep it up while you travel. Germs are EVERYWHERE. While I'm not a HUGE germaphobe, I do think the one time in your life where you need to be is when you travel. 

  • Take some immune boosting supplements (such as elderberry) to fight off germs.
  • Pack hand sanitizer and use it like its going out of style.
  • Bring an extra pillowcase just in case the hotel one looks scetch-mago 🤭 
  • Bring an empty water bottle and keep it with you at all times to stay hydrated.
  • Try NOT to stress as this will compromise everything above and lead to sickness. 

#GLUTENFREEISLIFE
Here is the deal Y'all, I know how STRESSFUL eating outside your house can be when you are gluten-free (or insert other food allergies/intolerance here).
If you are traveling overseas, know that the many food systems in countries abroad are 10x better in the U.S. You will eat better, feel better, and won't get looked at funny when ordering the allergen menu. By all means, plan some cool places to eat, but don't do so that it ruins your trip because you are stressed about eating. Bring snacks, hit up the local grocery stores, and (as stupid as this sounds) just hope for the best. 🤞🏻

Travel in Comfort
This is pretty much a no brainer. As much as the old soul in me liked the idea that at one time Americans dressed up to travel, the lazy girl in me likes the idea of throwing on my Adidas and favorite F21 leggings. So, travel in what makes you feel comfy and good.

All in All, just relax
This is definitely easier said than done. This is coming from the over-thinking QUEEN. But when it comes down to it I can pinpoint all my travel meltdowns to my over-thinking, nervous tendency.
I've found having those little things that can help calm you relax. Mine is always a book. Give me a book, stick some headphones in my ears, and my blood pressure should lower ;) But find that one thing that can help distract you from the travel, relax you, and everything should be alright. 

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Love It | Shop

9:00 AM


I share a lot of things here on the blog and socials so I thought it was about time to condense it into a place on the blog where you can find products that I've shared and get them for yourself.

Some of these links are affiliates! 

I tried my best to link to the best prices available. But shop around. Healthy living isn't cheap so shop around, shop wholesale or at stores like TJ Maxx and Homegoods to find some of these products too.


Bath + Body


Everyone Lavender and Aloe 3-in-1 Soap

Earth Therapeutics Hydro Body Sponge with Hand Strap White
Earth Therapeutics Hydro Body Sponge



Schmidt's Natrual Deodorant Stick Sensitive Skin Formula Jasmine Tea


 Face/Make Up

Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 Light-Med
Burt's Bees BB Cream with SPF 15 Light-Med


Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser


Ecotools Start The Day Beautifully Kit Makeup Brush Set
EcoTools Makeup Brushes

Nails


PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System


ROME-ance Me

Hair



Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo
Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Shampoo 

Avalon Organics Shampoo Clarifying Lemon


Giovanni 2chic® Repairing Shampoo with Blackberry & Coconut Milk
Giovanni Repairing Shampoo with 
Blackberry and Coconut Milk


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Teleties 

Giovanni 2chic® Ultra-Volume Big Body Hair Spray Tangerine & Papaya Butter


Home



Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless
 Vacuum One Size Fits All Blue
(great if you live in a small home)


 ZipTuck Storage Bags from Full Circle


Dish Brush




Full Circle ZipTuck Travel Set


Art Naturals Bluetoothâ„¢ Oil Diffuser
Art Naturals Bluetooth Diffuser

Clothes
product
Old Navy Luxe Soft Tops 
(I swear by these!) 

Classic Knit Leggings
Forever 21 Classic Knit Leggings

Women's Bliss Lightly Lined Wirefree Bra - Audenâ„¢ - image 1 of 3

Women's Bliss Lightly Lined Wirefree Bra - Auden


Dog
Ark Naturals Brushless Dog Toothpaste, Large 18 oz Pouch
Ark Naturals Brushless Dog toothpaste 


For the Man
Andalou Naturals MEN Fortifying Shampoo plus Conditioner 3 in 1
Andalou Naturals Men Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner

Laundry + Cleaning

Earth Friendly Ecos® Floor Cleaner

Earth Friendly Ecos Floor Cleaner 
Earth Friendly Ecos® Laundry Detergent Magnolia & Lily
Earth Friendly Ecos Magnolia + Lilly 
(a staple in our house, I buy this monthly!)


Swiffer WetJet Compatible, Microfiber Mop Pads by Easily Greener, Reusable Refills for Wet Jet, 2 Count
Swiffer WetJet Compatible, Microfiber Mop Pads 


Travel
Mini Portable Flat Iron Tourmaline Ceramic Dual Voltage Travel Iron For Worldwide Use LED Indicator LOVANI Hair Straightener (Ceramic Mini)
Mini Portable Flat Iron 


Food | Cooking | Baking
44oz Melamine Pasta Bowl - Thresholdâ„¢ - image 1 of 1
Melamine Pasta Bowl from Threshold

Bee's Wax Wraps