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Chocolate-covered Strawberry Oatmeal

Chocolate and Strawberry: a match made in… the 1960’s?

Apparently, the chocolate covered strawberry was first invented in the 1960s, in case you were wondering.  Okay so these aren’t exactly chocolate covered strawberries, but when you combine the two in this decadent breakfast (or dessert), it sure tastes like it!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oatmeal - Gluten free, Dairy free, refined sugar free, and vegan!

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Hotel Breakfast Potatoes

These make my taste buds sing every morning.

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

I feel like I’m on vacation, when I make these babies, sit on my patio, and listen to the world wake up. I coined these “hotel breakfast potatoes” because sometimes when I stay in a nice hotel on the road, or if I have an early flight out the next day, we order room service or to-go from the restaurant. I call down and find out how they make their breakfast potatoes and eggs, and usually they’re fine, but if they are fried or something, they will many times accommodate me and just make my own in a pan on the stove. I love friendly hotels (SPG hotels have a pretty good reputation for cooking safe food in my book).

Okay Emily so what – get to the point. OKAY so these are always the best potatoes! These ones and the ones at Root Down in the Denver airport. Wow, those are so good too. My very very favorite ones are when they have all different colors (yes, you can taste subtle differences, I swear) like purple, blue, red, and then of course the traditional white/tan. Even better is when they add in sweet potatoes. Okay well enough dreaming about hotels – these are the real deal and they taste like the ones in the hotels! I LOVE potatoes so much guys and they just make me so happy the whole time I’m eating, so they usually get eaten last and it’s my favorite part!

Hotel Breakfast Potatoes: Rich with Life - Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free

GF, DF, SF, Vegan

Serves: 3-4 potatoes/person
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 13 minutes

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Peanut Butter Banana Tacos

A quick and easy dessert, with ingredients you already have on hand!

Peanut Butter Banana Taco: Rich With Life - Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free

That is how every recipe should start, right? Wouldn’t that be nice! This is a great dessert (or snack) that I used to make often in college. It was one of those where I made it, fell in love with it, made it way too many times in a row for months, and then never craved it anymore. Lucky for me (and for you!) my cravings are back in full swing and I am loving this dessert right now. I think I have eaten it 5 out of the last 6 or 7 days.

It’s the perfect combination of warm gooey-goodness, with a soft crunch (is that even a thing?) and the corn makes it even a little salty. Plus, there is banana, and who doesn’t love banana?! If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you can see that I’m a little obsessed.

Peanut Butter Banana Taco: Rich With Life - Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free

On that note actually, I just recently made a new friend. Oh yeah, by the way, I moved to Texas. It’s been a while since I posted and I had this whole plan to blog every week, etc, etc, and then life happened. Anyway, I am in grad school and it’s insanely busy, but I promised myself I would write this recipe post this week. So, back to what i was saying — New friend! Ah! She is the coolest! She can’t eat many of the same foods as me! Sadly though, one intolerance she has that we do not share is bananas. … I know! So tough. So I am going to be trying to brainstorm some new ideas for how to make these recipes and new ones without bananas. But I definitely think you could put other things in this like pineapple, apples (cooked or raw!), pears, strawberries — go crazy, get creative!!

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Home Baked Fries

Simple, quick, and easy!

Yummmm. These babies are better than anything you could find at McDonalds or in a frozen bag of Ore-Ida. I’ll admit, since going gluten free there have been many days when I crave fast food fries. But after making my own and seeing how easy and tasty they are, I’m definitely satisfied.

There are so many variations you can make here, but the best part is, you can make them just how you like them – how well done, how much salt, what seasonings, shape, etc. And it’s really very quick and easy and you could have them sitting in your lap 25 minutes after craving them. If you want to make things really easy, buy the bags of small potatoes. You can even get multi-colored ones for a really fun plate!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Potatoes (or several mini-potatoes)
  • 3 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tblsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Several sprigs of Rosemary (fresh is preferred)

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Sweet Potato Fries

Nature’s sweet treat

Sweet potato fries are a special treat because of their natural sweetness. I eat these as a sweet snack, or even dessert some nights. For the POTS folks out there, it’s a great salty snack as well to increase blood volume. These babies keep well in the fridge and are a great go-to snack when you’re search for something “healthy” to munch on but don’t have a lot of time.

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GF, DF, SF, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato per person
    Per potato:
  • 1-2 Tblsp fresh cilantro, thyme, rosemary, or parsley (my favorite is rosemary)
  • 1 Tblsp salt
  • 1 Tblsp olive oil

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Granola

Snack, snack some more, and just a little bit more…!

Okay I’m addicted. First of all, I should say that these posts are few and far between because I uprooted and moved to Charleston, SC and started graduate school the next day. Life has been crazy ever since and I’m barely getting a moment to catch up with friends, let alone write any new posts. Hopefully it will calm down a bit soon, but in the mean time, I just HAD to share this recipe with you all. IMG_3748

This is the best granola I’ve found so far that doesn’t have any added sugar and I officially have to have it in my kitchen at all times!! It makes several jars worth, so I typically freeze a couple jars so it stays nice and fresh, and it really freezes great!

I found this recipe on Spoonful of Sugar Free (where I’m finding a ton of recipes lately) so huge thanks to Alex. Her blog is full of recipes that I don’t have to adapt because they’re already free of added sugars. So much love going out to her. I have just slightly adapted this recipe to be more GP friendly and more to my taste preference.

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GF, DF, SF, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bananas
  • 3 C gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 C unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 Tblsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: dried fruit

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Zucchini Brownies/ Tort – No added sugar!

I (still) don’t know what to call this…

When searching for a chocolate recipe, I had a lot of trouble finding one without any added sugars (including natural sugars), as I often do when searching for desserts. I have adapted this from several recipes I found to be completely free of added sugar and it tastes awesome! To make it a bit sweeter, I added bananas and created a tort of sorts… errr a sort of tort?

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GF, DF, SF, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C peanut butter (I use mara-natha)
  • 1/2 C. applesauce
  • 1 large banana (mashed)
  • 1 1/2 C zucchini (peeled, chopped in food processor)
  • 3/4 C gluten free oats (ground in food processor)
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional: If you like things a bit sweeter, add in 2 Tbslp of honey or maple syrup
  • Optional toppings: Top with peanut butter and extra banana

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