Dessert Kid-Friendly Snacks Uncategorized

Healthy No Bake Granola Bars (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I love me some easy, no-bake dessert recipes like these Healthy No Bake Granola Bars.

They are ready in minutes and require no baking time which means less time in the kitchen and more time with Caro and Joe.

Made with gluten-free oatmeal, organic puffed brown rice and sweetened with maple syrup, and coconut palm sugar, these bars are a delicious and healthy alternative to store bought granola bars which can be loaded with tons of preservatives and other unhealthy ingredients. No Bueno!

Per Caro’s request, we added dairy-free chocolate chips but you can feel free to add seeds, shredded coconut, hemp seeds – whatever you like the most. Dried fruit would work too. I keep them in the freezer for up to a week and don’t mind eating them frozen – so yummy! Give them a try and let us know what you think.




3 cups organic puffed brown rice cereal
2 cups gluten-free quick oats
1 cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut palm sugar
1 cup creamy nut butter (or seed butter)
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips


1. Grease a 9 × 13-inch baking dish (I use coconut oil cooking spray)
2. In a large bowl, mix the puffed rice cereal and quick oats
3. Add the maple syrup and coconut palm sugar into a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils remove it from the heat
4. Add the nut butter and vanilla to the hot mixture and whisk until the ingredients are well combined and smooth
5. Pour the nut butter mixture over the rice and cereal mix and combine
6. Fold in the chocolate chips
7. Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish and distribute evenly by pressing down firmly with your hands
8. Place the bars in the freezer for 20 minutes
9. Remove from freezer, cut into bars and enjoy!

**They keep in the freezer or fridge for up to a week.

Breakfast Dessert Kid-Friendly Snacks Uncategorized

Sweet Potato Muffins (Grain-Free, Naturally Sweet)

If you follow us on INSTAGRAM you know all about these Sweet Potato Muffins. The recipe is simple to make and requires a short list of ingredients including almond flour making it a grain-free alternative.

Wait! It gets better – skip the mixing bowls and all the ingredients into a blender! Yes, blender! Why spend extra time in the kitchen when you don’t have too!

My goal with this blog (and FlipBox) is to share healthy recipes that are simple to make and require minimal time in the kitchen. So if there is a way to cut corners and save me some time, you better believe I’m gonna do it! Wouldn’t you?

We hope you enjoy these moist, tender, not too sweet and oh so delicious muffins! Let us know what you think!

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2 cups almond flour

½ cup coconut palm sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup mashed sweet potato

½  cup dairy free milk

½  cup unsweetened applesauce

½  cup coconut oil, melted

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray
  2. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until a batter is formed
  3. Scoop spoonful’s of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners
  4. Bake 25-30min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
  6. Serve and enjoy!

These muffins are freezer friendly! Make an extra batch and save for later. 🙂

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White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

Happy Thursday! How are the kids adjusting to the new school schedule? More importantly, how are YOU adjusting? We are slowly getting back into the swing of things.

As you know, Caro is in school longer hours which means I now meal prep for her too. Fresh fruit cups, veggies slices, and single serving smoothie packs are some of our favorites.

Another quick meal prep idea is this White Bean Dip. Best part? It’s impossible to mess up, creamy
and so flavorful. Plus it’s packed with protein and healthy fat which helps keep us full longer.

Double the recipe to make a big batch and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Feel free to skip the cilantro and substitute for fresh parsley!

Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and pictures on social media @ourflipsidelife and tagging us #ourflipsidelife


1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup onion, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the beans in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, garlic, and onions and sauté until the garlic is golden brown and the onions are translucent
  3. Add the bean puree and chopped cilantro into the pan stirring frequently for 1-2min until all the ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  5. Top with chopped veggies and more cilantro (optional)
  6. Serve hot (or at room temp) with crackers, assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, or toasted GF bread!


PS – those delicious crackers you see in the back are Jilz Gluten Free Tuscan Crackerz (Lemon and Herbs) and they are AH-Mazing!

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Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Healthy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are here!

It’s incredible how fast the summer came and went, no? We had an action-packed summer. We took Caro to Sesame Place (bless your heart if you’ve gone more than once, btw), Philly, the Coney Island Aquarium, she was all over the place. She had so much fun you’d think she’d reward us with NO MORE TEMPER TANTRUMS, right? Nope…still happening!

Anyway, NYC Schools start classes today and we want to wish all the littles (and not so littles) a happy and successful year! GOOD LUCK!

Joe is dropping Caro off at school today. Unfortunately, I have to miss her first day and head to work. Huge *sigh* #thestrugglesofworkingparents – it’s days like today that I wish I had more flexibility in my schedule but those days will come!

Don’t worry this isn’t turning into a sad post, HA! It’s quite the opposite – it’s a happy post b/c I get to share this AMAZING recipe with you! 🙂

I made these DE-LICIOUS, Healthy and Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins over the weekend and froze them. Thawed them out yesterday and boom…they were fresher than fresh this AM! I packed one in Caro’s lunch box, Joe had a few and I took some to work – everybody wins!

They are the perfect amount of sweet without being too sweet, healthy and most importantly, easy to make! We hope you like them.

BTW – how did you guys like our last post? Were the recipes helpful? Have you made them? if so, don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments, and pictures if you have them by tagging us on INSTAGRAM or FACEBOOK 

Ok – here’s the recipe! Happy Baking, guys!


2 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup applesauce
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners and spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and applesauce and combine. Then mix in the baking powder and oat flour.
  3. Gently fold in blueberries, then scoop spoonfuls of the batter evenly into the prepared muffin liners.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 400°, then turn the heat down to 350° and bake for an additional 18 minutes.
  5. Let cool before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
Breakfast Favorites Kid-Friendly Snacks

4 Breakfast Flips For Back to School

Raise your hand if you’re fresh out of ideas on what to make for breakfast before the littles head back to school next week! I totally hear you and came to help! Because let’s face it, we are all on the same boat!

Real TALK! Depending on Caro’s mood (she’s moody now, guys) she’ll either have an impressive bowl of lentils, veggies, and rice or dairy free chocolate chips and a yogurt…NOTHING ELSE! There’s no in between and because there is no in-between I need to make sure she has a healthy, hearty breakfast that keeps her full and alert just in case lunch isn’t as successful as I planned.

I rounded up four of her favorite breakfast recipes, recipes I know she loves and gets excited about and gave them a tweak! BOOM – one less thing to worry about during the most stressful week of the year!

These recipes are my go-to and I’m here to SHARE them with YOU!

Remember to plan ahead, and if time allows, get them excited to help you in the kitchen.

Good luck, guys! We GOT THIS!



1.Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Guys! This recipe is F (yup I dropped the F bomb) amazing. I always share it with my co-workers, my friends, my neighbors. People ask me for this recipe all the time. It’s GOOD and FILLING! Best part? It’s dairy FREE! Store leftovers in an airtight container and save them for afternoon snacks later in the week, or take some to work if you haven’t already inhaled ½ the batch! 🙂

You can also add nuts (if the school isn’t a NUT free school, super important) or ¼ cup hemp or chia seeds if your kids tolerate chia seeds. Use this recipe to sneak in some seeds or healthy fats!

2. Gluten Free Double Chocolate Pancakes

Holy Moly THESE pancakes are EVERYTHING! Light, fluffy, moist, not too sweet, PERFECTION! Not gonna lie, these take a little more time than the other recipes on this list but not by very much. I suggest making them on a Sunday and saving 1/2 the batter for Monday or saving this recipe for a morning when you have a little more time (if that’s even possible?)

These pancakes are the perfect example of how eating healthy CAN be delicious! Can’t wait for you to try!



3. Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

If it ain’t broke DON’T FIX IT. Aka – don’t spend hours searching new recipes when you can add fun ingredients to recipes you already know they love. I’ve shared a few versions of this recipe and each time I added a new ingredient. My goal is to get Carolina excited about a healthy breakfast that will give the energy she needs to go on with her business (whatever important business 3-year-olds have these days)

Ok, so here I added ¼ cup dye-free sprinkles to the mix before cooking, then a few more sprinkles before serving and done! You can also add dairy-free chocolate chips. Note: I tend to skip the maple syrup when I add chocolate chips or add fewer chocolate chips if they MUST have the syrup. Chopped berries? Hemp seeds? Anything goes. This recipe is almost impossible to mess up. Try it!

4. Dairy-Free Oatmeal Bars

This recipe is loosely adapted from Bob’s Red Mill (HEY, BOB!). I love it and share it with you because it’s a great breakfast idea for the entire family. It’s basically a bowl of oatmeal on-the-go because let’s face it, hot oatmeal is great and everything but gets boring, who’s with me?

Don’t care or like preserve? Skip it, we don’t judge! Drizzle a little honey instead. Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup ghee, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2/3 cup naturally sweetened preserve (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine ghee and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, oats, sugar, arrowroot powder, baking powder, lemon zest and salt until combined. Press mixture into bottom of baking pan. Evenly spread homemade preserve on top and bake, 20-25 min. Let cool before cutting into bars and serving.

Note: Refrigerate for up to 2hrs for a firmer consistency.

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Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Do you prefer a Fudgy Brownie or a Light, Cakey Brownie? I choose cakey and Joe LOVES Fudgy with…wait for it….walnuts (if you follow me on Instagram I talk about Joe’s walnut obsession quite a bit).

Brownies are cool and all but sometimes it’s just too much – too dense and too much chocolate. I know, I know most people will think I’m crazy but it’s how I feel, mmk? 🙂
SOOO I developed the recipe for these Light and Cakey Brownies hoping Joe would change his mind and it worked. He said “these are delicious but you know what’s missing…WALNUTS!” *sigh! Noted for next time, Joe!
Made with natural ingredients like cassava flour (a gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour) and coconut palm sugar, these little gems make the perfect dessert or snack. Plus they’re better-for-you and insanely delicious.


1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter

1 cup coconut palm sugar

3 eggs

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½  tsp baking powder

½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted

¾  cup cassava flour

¼  tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
  7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  9. Cut into squares and enjoy!

So now tell me, are you Fudgy? Or Cakey? 🙂

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Easy, Kid-Friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF

It’s Summertime which means the kids are in and out of camp and spending more time at home. I like to keep Caro busy when she’s home. Sometimes we paint or have play dates in the park. Other times we bake healthy desserts like these vegan, gluten-free Tahini Cookies made with simple ingredients like toasted sesame seeds, coconut palm sugar, and oat flour. My mom, Nannette, was in town when we worked on this recipe. It’s a fun, easy way to get the kids (and adults) in the kitchen and interested in healthy baking.

Our friends at MINI MAGAZINE loved the recipe and we hope you love it too! Happy Baking!


¾ cup tahini

1 cup date syrup (or maple syrup)

½ tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cup gluten-free oat flour

Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add tahini, date syrup, salt, and vanilla extract to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat for a few minutes while stirring frequently until the ingredients are well combined. Remove mixture from heat and let cool, 10-15min.
  3. Transfer the tahini mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the oat flour and mix until a rough dough forms (You might need to use your hands for this)
  4. Roll 1-2 tbsp of dough using the palms of your hands then flatten slightly
  5. Place cookie batter on cookie sheets with about 1-inch gaps in between to allow for spreading
  6. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and bake 10-15min or until cookies begin to brown
  7. Cool completely before serving
  8. Enjoy!

That’s my MAMA helping out with the recipe, Hi Mama! 🙂

Entrees Favorites Snacks

Vegan Pulled “PORK” Tacos

Before I share this week’s INSANELY DELICIOUS recipe I want to make sure you saw the new layout. FlipBox is now front and center! We are also on Shopify to make it easy for you to shop. Click ‘Buy FlipBox’ on the toolbar above and let us what you think. 🙂
Ok, now back to what we love most… RECIPE FLIPS! Making a debut on the blog today… JACKFRUIT, the largest hanging fruit! This superfruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and has a mild flavor and texture similar to pulled pork! Yes, pulled pork. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores looking for a delicious and healthy meat substitute.
Joe and I buy jackfruit at Trader Joe’s and I believe it is also on Amazon. It comes pre-cut and ready to cook. Check out this flavorful, easy to make, satisfying and delicious recipe for Vegan Pulled ‘Pork’ Tacos made with our new fav, jackfruit! Here’s what we did.

2 20oz cans jackfruit in water drained, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup veggie broth
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

gluten-free taco shells
1 avocado, sliced
pickled red onion slices (refer to our Instagram page for recipe)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
lime wedges for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the jackfruit from core to outer edge. This will help to give it the shredded texture that looks like pulled pork
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and sauté
  3. Add jackfruit, veggie broth, maple syrup, lime juice plus the spices, combine and cover. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the jackfruit becomes tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 5-7min
  4. Using a wooden spoon gently mash the jackfruit – you will see it separate and look more and more like pulled pork
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  6. Build the tacos to your liking using chopped tomato, avocado, pickled red onion and top with fresh cilantro and a garnish of lime wedges
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Entrees Favorites Kid-Friendly Snacks

White Bean Mac and Cheese! Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Like most of us, I find it hard to believe that dairy-free Mac and cheese can taste good. For me, if it’s not the real thing why even bother, right? All that changed when I saw a recipe for Mac and Cheese made with sweet potatoes. Mac and Cheese has to be creamy and it makes total sense that sweet potatoes would give it that creamy consistency – but I wasn’t sold on “sweet” Mac and Cheese. Well, here’s a recipe for dairy-free Mac and Cheese made with WHITE BEANS that taste so delicious you won’t miss the real thing. In fact, my Mom, who was just in NYC to watch me run the Brooklyn Half Marathon (more on that in a sec) was pleasantly surprised when she tried our healthy Mac and Cheese. The consistency is perfect, and the taste is spot on! You’ll have to trust me on this one. Best part, I separated the mix into small ramekins, perfect for meal-prep. Simply re-heat a few ramekins at a time and pair with a side salad or sauteed veggies. Dinner is served!
Ok, so the Brooklyn Half Marathon was my first official run. 13.1 miles through Brooklyn and the weather did not cooperate. I ran a slow and steady race (12min miles) that felt good from start to finish. Completing a Half Marathon has been my goal for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to do it – and I IT FELT SO GOOD! I shared a picture of me at the finish line.
Anyway, hope you guys like this healthy Mac and Cheese recipe and if you do please don’t forget to share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram by tagging us @ourflipsidelife


10oz gluten-free pasta



½ white onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 can Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed

1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

½ cup Daiya dairy-free mozzarella cheese (find it here)

Salt and pepper to taste


Toppings (optional)

Gluten-free Breadcrumbs


  1. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil
  3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until onions become translucent and garlic is fragrant
  4. Transfer the onions and garlic into a high-speed blender. Add the white beans, milk, and lemon juice and blend on high until creamy and smooth
  5. Carefully transfer the sauce back to the skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add the vegan cheese stirring frequently until cheese is completely melted, 2-3min
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese mixture, toss to combine and season with salt and pepper
  7. Pour the pasta mixture into small ramekins, top with breadcrumbs and broil on medium, 1-3min watching carefully until golden
  8. Enjoy hot. Cool leftovers and store in the fridge up to 2-3 days.
Entrees Favorites Snacks

Mexican Street Corn Salad

I’m pretty sure I can have Mexican food every single day – I mean who couldn’t, right? I love everything from veggie fajitas to guacamole and I ESPECIALLY love Mexican Street Corn. On the cob or as a salad, this dish never disappoints. It’s sweet, spicy, creamy and all sorts of delicious. However, the bazillion calories and unhealthy fat in traditional street corn dishes keep us from ordering too much.
Last weekend Joe and I played around with a healthy flip for Mexican Street Corn Salad. We substituted traditional mayo for eggless mayo and ditched the cheese (gasp!). We even roasted our own jalapeños…fancy! The flavors came together nicely and we didn’t miss the not-so-healthy calories. Saved those for margaritas. 🙂
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy!


2 (15oz) cans organic corn, whole kernels

1 tablespoon vegan butter (I like Earth Balance)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, roasted and chopped (seeds removed) *see notes below*

1/2 cup red onion, chopped

3 tablespoons EGGLESS mayo (I like Sir Kensington’s Eggless Mayo)

Juice from 2 limes

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, more for garnish

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add vegan butter and melt
  2. Add garlic and corn and sauté until kernels start to brown, 5-7min. Remove from heat and transfer corn mixture into a large mixing bowl
  3. Add roasted jalapeño pepper, red onion, mayo, lime juice, cilantro, smoked paprika and combine with corn mixture
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Separate into small serving bowls and garnish with more cilantro and lime wedges (optional)
  6. Serve and enjoy.

*Roasting jalapeño peppers on a gas stove. Turn your gas stove flame on medium. Hold pepper over flame, 60-90 second or until skin on one side chars and blisters. Turn the pepper and let the other side roast for another 60-90 seconds. Carefully remove from heat and place in a paper bag and seal, 5-10min. Remove from paper bag and peel the charred skin from the pepper. Remove the seeds, chop and enjoy!*