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Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

Avoiding Refined Sugar

One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Click here to get a free copy.

And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

Easy To Make Fudgesicles

Ingredients

4 bananas

¾ nut butter

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbs cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

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Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

Easy No Bake Cheesecake Recipe! An authentic, raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake recipe made with soaked cashews plus other healthy ingredients. Hard to believe, I know. But trust me when I say it’s so simple and deliciously satisfying you’ll be making it over and over again.  

Why cashews? Let me explain. When soaked and blended, cashews create a creamy, neutral flavor base that works as a cheese alternative in popular dairy-free and vegan recipes. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen other recipes where I use cashews as an alternative to cheese:

Mexican Tostadas with Cashew Sour Cream

Half-Baked Key Lime “Cheesecake”

However, if you’re not into cashews or have an allergy, try searching for cashew-free (that’s a real term, btw) cheese alternatives in other popular food blogs like The Minimalist Baker which I’m a huge fan of, btw! I think Dana is a total genius when it comes to flipping recipes. I encourage you to check her out.  

Ok, back to cashews! These days, you can find cheese alternatives made with all kinds of ingredients but for me, the closest in flavor and consistency is definitely soaked cashews.  

This weekend I had a craving for cheesecake but zero intentions of going to the store or digging through old recipes. Lazy weekends are the best weekends, don’t you agree?

I decided to use what what in my fridge and pantry and came up with this easy no-bake cheesecake recipe made with fresh fruit, refined-free sugar, dairy-free milk and nuts. DAS it! 

The result, a better-for-you dessert recipe packed with healthy fat and protein that is also delicious and satisfying. Plus:

creamy 

refreshing 

and pretty darn close to the real thing without the unhealthy sugar high and yucky crash after.

Follow my recipe or make it your own by swapping raspberries for blueberries or strawberries, anything goes. 

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment below. Your comments are so helpful for us and other readers. Also, don’t forget to share your food pictures on INSTAGRAM and tagging us with hashtag #ourflipsidelife. We’d love to see it!

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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.

 

 

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

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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:

Ingredients
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)

Instructions
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.