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Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries

Gluten Free Side Dish: Plantain Fries!

A healthier version of an old guilty-pleasure. This gluten free side dish is great as a snack  or side dish as it pairs well with a variety of flavors. Plus it satisfies the craving for salty and crunchy without the guilt! Cooked in avocado oil, topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of dairy-free dipping sauce, this healthy recipe still packs a punch.  


Plantains look like bananas but are a lot starchier; they’re also rich in vitamins (especially A and C), potassium, and fiber, and can be eaten either green, semi-ripe, or fully ripe. Green plantains are usually cooked and eaten like potatoes—as in these fries. They are mild in flavor, simple to prepare plus they are inexpensive and easy to find. #winwin

I grew up eating mofongo and tostones. Both are traditional Puertorrican dishes made with green plantain. Plantains reminds me of summer in Puerto Rico as a kid. My aunt would make tostones for us served with…wait for it… mayo AND ketchup (gasp!). I know, so so bad but so so good! I still enjoy tostones dipped in mayo-ketch when I visit the island because finding a healthy balance in life is important and good for the soul. Ya know! 

When I’m not enjoying tostones in Puerto Rico, I prefer to flip the traditionally unhealthy recipe for a healthier version. This time Joe and I cut the plantains into fries and cooked them in avocado oil. We served them with fresh cilantro and vegan chipotle mayo for dipping. So delicious!


Here’s the recipe, I hope you like it!


BTW here’s a quick PSA for ya!

I’m co-hosting a workshop on April 27th in NYC titled MIND+BODY and CAKE! A Women’s workshop on pleasure, digestion and healthy baking and would love to see you ladies there! For event details and to purchase tickets click here!


Now back to this delicious recipe… as always, don’t forget to tag your food pictures and tag us using the hashtag #ourflipsidelife on INSTAGRAM. We’d love to see it!


2 green plantains

Avocado oil, for frying

Sea salt

Toppings (optional)

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Vegan Chipotle Mayo (for dipping)



1. Cut the tops and bottoms of the plantain and score the skin lengthwise with a knife, and carefully remove the peels.

2. Cut the peeled plantains into the shape of fries.

3. Soak the cut plantains in a bowl of water and salt for 20min (this allows the plantain to absorb water and helps steam the inside as it fries).

4. Drain the salt water and blot the fries dry with paper towels.

5. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat with 1-1/2 inch of avocado oil until hot enough that the oil sizzles when a plantain is added. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

6. Fry the plantain fries in small batches until tender and just golden, 2 to 3 minutes each side. Once ready, transfer fries onto the plate lined with paper towel to drain.

7. Season fries with salt and top with fresh cilantro (optional). Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy!

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Chickpea Salad Wraps

Chickpea Salad Wraps!

Made with crunchy veggies and loaded with flavor, this easy lunch recipe, snack or dinner recipe can be ready in minutes. A perfect meatless substitute that is low-calorie, low-carb and packed with fiber and healthy plant-based protein.

Say hello to my new favorite recipe. Joe and I first tried Chickpea Salad (aka faux tuna or chicken salad) while at a vegan restaurant in Brooklyn. We were blown away by the mix of flavors, and the perfect combination of smooth with a refreshing crunchy.

You can enjoy this healthy salad on its own, on toasted gluten-free bread or wrapped in beautiful Swiss chard leaves. Really, anything goes. Bonus: chickpeas are packed with fiber and plant-based protein which help us stay full longer and energized throughout the day.

We encourage you to make a double batch of this yummy salad on meal prep days and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

¼ cup celery, chopped 

¼ cup carrots, chopped 

1/8 cup red onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 tbsp, vegan mayo (I like this brand)

1/8 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the wraps

2-3 large chard leaves, washed (fresh or blanched*)


1. In a large mixing bowl, add the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, mayo and cilantro and combine. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Scoop 2-3 tbsp of chickpea salad onto the chard leaves and tightly roll up, tucking the ends as you go. Secure with a toothpick if necessary.

3. Cut in half, plate and serve.

4. Leftover chickpea salad will stay good for 2-3 days in the fridge.


*Bring a large pot of water to a boil and blanch the chard leaves and stems for 20 to 30 seconds. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and cut away the stems at the base. Note: chard leaves are easier to work with when blanched but I also enjoy the crunchy-ness of fresh chard leaves.

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding (made with Aquafaba). A delicious low calorie, dairy-free dessert recipe made with melted dark chocolate and oat milk. Aquafaba is the water or brine found in canned chickpeas or white beans. It’s popular amongst vegan desserts due to its ability to mimic the function of egg whites in cooking. Aquafaba can also be used to make dairy-free meringue recipes, low-calorie macarons, delicious nougat, fluffy icing, dairy-free ice cream, low-fat fudge, and marshmallows.  

What is Aquafaba?

Aquafaba is composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during the cooking process. The combination of ingredients gives it a variety of blendingfrothingbinding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.

It is recommended to use 2 tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one medium egg white in a recipe, or 3 tablespoons for one medium whole egg.

Where to use it

Aquafaba works well in recipes where a direct substitution for egg whites is required for example; desserts as mentioned above or savory recipes like mayonnaisecheese substitutesbatters and cocktails cocktails.

In my opinion, the best aquafaba comes from chickpeas and white beans. You are able to use other legumes (peas, soy beans, lentils, kidney, and black beans) but they have slightly different compositions than chickpea and white bean aquafaba and may require you to play with the concentration to work well. 

I’ve been fascinated with the concept since learning about it. It’s interesting to learn ways to substitute traditional recipes for a healthier alternatives – it’s like a fun science experiment you get to eat afterwards. I truly love “geeking out” on these things and will continue to share more with you as I learn.

Here’s an easy, fun and delicious way to try cooking with aquafaba. But before I leave you with the recipe I have some fun announcements to share with you:

1. We added a 2 new section to the blog: “My Favorite Things” and “Events”

My Favorite Things: here you can shop some of our favorites from kitchen staples, to supplements and healthy ingredients.

Events: here you can find information on upcoming events like the Woman’s Summit (more on this below) and FlipBox Pop-Up Classes we are hosting throughout NYC and the Hamptons.

You can find both sections on the upper right-hand side of this page next to “recipes”.


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1 cup chickpea water

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips, melted (I like this brand)

1/3 cup oat milk


1. Add the chickpea water, cream of tartar and salt to a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, 5-7min or until desired thickness is reached (take your time and don’t be discouraged if it takes a little longer to reach stiff peaks).

2. Once ready set aside.

3. Using a double boiler melt the chocolate and milk.

4. Once melted remove from heat and set aside to cool, 2-3min.

5. Fold the whipped aquafaba into the cooled chocolate mixture and distribute evenly into small ramekins.

6. Cover and place in the fridge to set for 2hrs or overnight. Serve and enjoy!

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Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche)

Healthier Rice Pudding (Arroz Con Leche).  A dairy-free spin on a popular Latin dessert recipe. Made with simple and natural ingredients, this easy dessert recipe is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth. 

I grew up enjoying Rice Pudding as a kid. I remember scraping the sides of the pan after my mom was done making it and not waiting for it to cool before I enjoyed it.

Traditionally, Arroz con Leche is a mixture of white rice, sugar, cinnamon, evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk that as you can imagine, it’s very healthy. While I still love the traditional recipe and allow myself to enjoy it from time to time, I prefer making it with healthier ingredients for my family to enjoy – especially Carolina. For example, I use brown rice instead of white rice, unsweetened almond milk instead of cow milk and coconut sugar instead of refined sugar. This version has the same great taste and better ingredients.

It’s also a fun recipe to make with the kids. Caro loves to pour the ingredients into the pan and as she says “mix it, Mama”. I love including her in the process and let her scarp the sides for a taste like I did as a kid.

FlipTip: Adding lime peel to the hot mixture as it cooks it gives this recipe a zing and enhances the flavors. I encourage you to try it.

I shared this recipe with our friends at The – a wonderful community of women based in Miami, FL that I love to support and partnered with as food and nutrition blog contributor! Make sure to check them out and show them some love! 

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3 cups long grain brown rice, cooked

1/8 tsp sea salt

4 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Lime peel, about 2 inches long

¼ cup raisins (optional)




1. In a saucepan over medium heat stir in the cooked rice, unsweetened dairy-free milk, maple syrup, lime peel, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Cook uncovered, stirring often until the rice mixture starts to resemble oatmeal, approximately 20 to 35 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and add in the raisins (optional) let cool before serving and enjoy!

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Zoodle Egg Nests

Zoodle Egg Nests!

A breakfast or brunch recipe that is healthy, easy to prepare and ready in minutes. Healthy zucchini noodles (or zoodles) are naturally gluten-free and offer a low carb and low-calorie alternative to bread or pasta. Zoodle Egg Nests are perfect on busy mornings or as part of your Sunday meal prep plan.

Zoodles are long strips of zucchini that resemble pasta. They are fresh, healthy and delicious and a fun way to get picky eaters to eat more veggies. Joe and I are zoodle fans – we order them precut from Fresh Direct to save on cooking time. Zoodles are great with a simple marinara sauce, topped with sautéed veggies or as egg nests. Fun fact: I had no idea what Egg-In-A-Nest was before I met Joe. He introduced me to this clever way of eating eggs and toast. Now that we avoid bread as much as we can Zoodle Egg Nests are the next best thing. Plus it’s so simple to make!

We hope you enjoy the recipe! As always, don’t forget to tag us in your food pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #ourflipsidelife

Happy, healthy eating! Until next week. ?


2 medium zucchini, spiralized

3 eggs

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp olive oil

Cooking spray 

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Red pepper flakes



1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

2. Place a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the garlic and sauté 30-45 seconds.

3. Add the zoodles and toss to combine. Let cook, 2-3min or until they begin to soften a bit. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray

5. Transfer the cooked zoodles to the baking sheet and make 3 nests creating 2-3 inch wells in the center of each one for the egg.

6. Crack 3 eggs and add one to each noodle nest.

7. Place the nests in the oven to bake, 8-10min.

8. Once ready, remove the nests from the oven and garnish with chopped cilantro, salt and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

Easy Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes. A dairy-free and refined sugar free recipe made with simple ingredients. Perfect for picky eaters and busy mornings. 

Stuck on breakfast ideas? Yup, us too. Carolina asked for mac-n-cheese every morning this week (insert eye-roll) I try to get creative/think of new recipes but let’s be honest, who really has time for creativity at 7am? I definitely don’t.

I remembered the recipe for these pancakes and made a double batch to have for the week. The recipe calls for simple ingredients; gluten-free oat flour, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is no refined sugar or processed flour, just simple and good-for-you ingredients that are filling, satisfying and help keep us energized throughout the morning.

I switch it up by adding a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Sometimes I spread Apple Butter (this is our new favorite, btw) and top with fresh fruit. Anything goes!

Here are 3 fun facts about gluten-free oat flour

1. It is loaded with soluble and dietary fiber which are great for the digestive system

2. Consuming oats can help prevent sugar spikes in the blood

3. Oats are a great source of complex carbs and can help improve energy levels

We hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTRAGRAM when you make them and add the hashtag #ourflipsidelife


2 ½ cups gluten free oat flour

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp baking powder

2 eggs

2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)

Pinch of salt

Ghee for frying


1. Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

2. Place a griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and melt the ghee. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle and cook until pancakes are golden brown on each side.

3. Serve and top with honey, maple syrup or fresh fruit (optional).


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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox

Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread Made With FlipBox Cake Mix.

Made with fresh Gala apples, FlipBox cake mix and other simple ingredients, it’s a perfectly delicious fall recipe that the entire family can enjoy!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen how I use the dry cake mix that comes in FlipBox to bake other healthy desserts. The mix is similar to vanilla boxed cake. It’s versatile, easy to work with and combines well with most dessert recipes. The best part is it’s made with simple and clean ingredients that not only taste good but are good for you too. #WinWin!

I prepare FlipBox cake mix according to package instructions, combine other ingredients to make healthy dessert alternatives. As easy as 1,2,3 🙂

Here’s how I used the cake mix to make Apple Pie Bread. Check out those crispy edges, soft middle and dairy-free ice “cream” on top! Trust me when I tell you it didn’t last very long in our house!

Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bread


1 package FlipBox Cake Mix, prepared according to package instructions
2 tsp apple spice
2 Gala apples, peeled cored and cubed


Dairy-Free Vanilla ice “cream” (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan with coconut oil cooking spray
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine FlipBox Cake Mix ingredients according to package instructions
3. Add apple spice and combine, then gently fold in the apples
4. Transfer the batter into the greased baking pan and place in preheated oven
5. Bake 30-35 min or until edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean
6. Let cool before serving
7. Plate and top with your favorite dairy-free ice “cream”!
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Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Muffins With Dairy-Free Caramel Sauce, a simple and delicious dessert recipe made with gluten-free brown rice flour, organic cocoa powder, and other clean, healthy ingredients. A must-try recipe! 😉  

The holidays are finally here and they’re filled with lots of fun activities, family get-together and, of course, food. I love sharing healthy dessert options like these muffins with dairy-free caramel sauce. They’re a delicious alternative to unhealthy holiday treats that help keep up with your healthy eating habits. Plus they’re:
Tender On The Inside
Perfectly Chocolaty
Not Too Sweet
I promise you everyone will love them! 
Are you guys baking for the holidays? What are some of your favorite holiday desserts? 


Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins


1/3 cup warm water

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup ghee, melted

1 egg

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cups coconut palm sugar

½ cup brown rice flour

½ cup tapioca flour

½  teaspoon xanthan gum

1 teaspoons baking powder

¼  teaspoon ground coffee

Pinch of sea salt


Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Sauce


1 can (13.5 oz) full-fat coconut milk

½ cup coconut palm sugar

½ teaspoon tapioca starch

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Muffin Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 mini paper liners and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add the warm water and cocoa powder to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, coffee, and salt.
  4. Add the melted ghee, egg and vanilla extract to the cocoa mix and whisk thoroughly to combine.
  5. Add the cocoa mixture to the flour mixture and combine.
  6. Using a spoon, evenly distribute brownie batter among muffin tins and bake, 25-30min or until edges begin to crisp and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  7. Allow cooling completely then coat with a generous amount of caramel sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Caramel Sauce Instructions:

  1. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the coconut milk, coconut palm sugar, tapioca flour, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook, stirring occasionally until the sauce turns a dark amber color, 30-40min.
  4. Remove from heat. Add the coconut oil and vanilla extract and combine.
  5. Transfer to a glass jar and let cool.
  6. Drizzle over your favorite dessert.

The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week.

We can’t wait to hear what you think of this recipe. Don’t forget to tag us on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK with the #OurFlipSideLife

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Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodles

Give this Easy Healthy Garlic Sesame Noodle recipe a try any night of the week because who doesn’t love easy and healthy recipes that can be ready in less than 20min? I DO, I DO!!! This dish is also low in calories, gluten-free, dairy-free and is packed with tons of flavor. So yummy!

I totally get the benefits of meal prepping, it offers quick, healthy options and helps us stay on track BUT come Thursday (sometimes even Wednesday), I’m over it and wish I had something new, fresh and exciting for dinner. Welp! This noodle recipe does the trick! It’s perfect on nights when you want something new and don’t have much of time. Prepare the sauce while the noodles cook and BOOM…a delicious dinner that is ready in no time!

Feel free to add more veggies and extra protein! Bon Appetit


1 package of noodles (or pasta of choice)

1/3 cup Liquid Aminos

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tbsp ground ginger

2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 tbsp avocado oil

1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes

1/2  tbsp toasted sesame seeds (more for garnish)

1/3 cup green onions, chopped (more for garnish)




  1. Cook pasta per package instructions
  2. While the pasta cooks, mix the sesame sauce ingredients
  3. Drain and rinse the pasta then add in the sauce. Coat noodles evenly
  4. Serve and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
  5. Enjoy!
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This is a PSA 🙂 HA!

I’m sharing some fun Thanksgiving-inspired recipes later this week. Make sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM too! Also, FLIPBOX is having a Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday Sale this year! That’s 2 chances to get discounts on FlipBox so don’t miss out.

Dessert Kid-Friendly Recipe Snacks Uncategorized

Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

I know Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas doesn’t go together but we’ve gotta get these kids away from so much junk – don’t you agree? One way to do it is by adding healthier alternatives to the mix. Stores like Whole Foods, Amazon and Trader Joes are making it easier to buy better-for-you options that are just as yummy and fun to eat. Here are My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas tested and approved by Carolina and Joe! We do the test tasting so you can focus on cute Halloween costumes. 🙂
Caro can’t decide what she’s wearing this year – it’s a toss-up between Winter Else (cape and all) and a fairy with wings. I’m loving every minute of her excitement this year. I hear her singing “Trick or Treat Smell My Feet!”! She’s just too cute and I’ll have to share photos with you guys but in the meantime, you can also follow us on INSTAGRAM to see live stories of us on Halloween.
What are your little ones dressing up as? I can’t wait to see all the pictures. Happy (healthy) Halloween, guys!!!
My Top 5 Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas
Caro and I made these cute Ghost Donuts with FlipBox. We skipped the sprinkles and added candy eyes for a SPOOKY and healthy way Halloween treat that is gluten-free and refined sugar-free!! Readers of OurFlipSideLife get 10% off all orders of FlipBox with promo code LOVE2BAKE 
I promise they taste just like traditional candy corn and gummy fruits + they’re gluten-free, allergy-friendly and made with clean ingredients!
A favorite in our house. Carolina loves her bunnies and these are just too cute! Made with Whole Grain and no artificial ingredients.
 Say no to high-fructose corn syrup! These yummy snacks are made with natural fruit flavors and other good-for-you ingredients.
Not pictured because I got them late last night but holy moly (!) these are sooo good! Real milk chocolate and colored with veggies! These are the perfect addition to our Healthy Halloween Candy Dish!