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.


GF, DF, SF, Vegan


  • 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


  • 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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Cilantro Lime Rice (Chipotle style)

A simple side… spiced up just the right amount

Rice makes a great side. It’s easy on the stomach, not too filling, and the taste goes with almost anything. Plus, it’s always on hand and doesn’t require much prep time. But do you ever get sick of just having plain old rice? Here’s a tasty simple trick to spice up your rice that will wow your guests!

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  • 2 cups cooked rice (1 bag of Success boil in a bag)
  • 3-5 Tblsp olive oil or coconut oil, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • salt to taste

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Chicken and Rice Casserole

Family Recipes, adapted for this lifestyle

This is an old family favorite, that used to be made with rice-a-roni. I recently adapted to be gluten free, sugar free, and much more healthy without using the rice-a-roni but still having that great flavor! So yummy. Such a great comfort meal.

Chicken and Rice Cassarole Gluten Free Dairy Free and yummy!

GF, SF, Vegetarian (without chicken)


  • 2 C uncooked/ 4 C cooked rice (I use boil in a bag= 2 bags) or sautee
  • 2 C cooked chicken breast (boiled)
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk  (*for dairy free see below)
  • 1 C (gluten free) chicken broth
  • 1/2 C onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 12-15 baby carrots
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-2 Tbslp cilantro
  • 1-2 Tblsp parsley
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tblsp lemon juice (I use real lemon)
  • 1 Tblsp salt
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper

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Oatmeal on the Go

Oatmeal – really, Emily?

So, before this oatmeal recipe I really hated oatmeal. I mean, I disguised it. Since I’m on a sugar-free, gluten-free diet, my only breakfast option was eggs. I really wanted to expand that and after trying several oatmeal recipes, I finally found one I really like! The trick is to add in all kinds of great toppings and flavors. I never thought I would say this, but, now I think I’m falling in love with oatmeal!!

GF, DF, SF, Vegan


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Banana Pancakes, babycakes!

“Wakin’ up too early
Maybe we could sleep in.
I’ll make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now.”

– Jack Johnson

This song describes my boyfriend so well. He IS Jack Johnson (Well… maybe just a little less famous). He is all about forgetting the world, jammin’ to some music, and living in the present. That’s why he’s part of my medicine.

So last week, Gabe was craving something sweet. Since such a thing does not exist in my house (at least not with sugar) he said, “Babe! We could make those pancakes tonight!” And so we did. At 10 pm, we made banana & egg pancakes. Cuz we’re awesome.

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