Cereal can be such an easy quick food, it can also be a comforting food. Most cereals you find on the shelves today are loaded with food-dyes, pesticide sprayed grains and too much sugar. And while we prioritize protein at the start of our day sometimes moms just need a little snack that reminds us of our childhood. Or an easy breakfast for the kids.
Say it with me. We 👏🏼 don’t 👏🏼 have 👏🏼 to 👏🏼 be 👏🏼 perfect. Tried that. Didn’t work out for me.
I put together an alternative for you, a healthier chocolate puff cereal, to try that’s both fun to make and not full of all the junk. As always it’s gluten and dairy free!
Do you have a favorite cereal from your childhood? This could be a fun recipe series!
gluten free - dairy free - nut free option - kid friendly - soy free - paleo
It's the weekend and you're wanting something that feels indulgent and sweet, but you also want it to be healthy.
These 5-Ingredient Sweet Potato pancakes are packed with protein and vitamins. The dash of cinnamon and drizzle of maple syrup satisfy the craving for something sweet and VOILA! the perfect weekend breakfast.
The kids like these topped with berries over nuts, but I prefer the crunch!
What's your favorite breakfast on a slow Saturday? Ours is pancakes, always! Leave yours in the comments below!
gluten free / dairy free / soy free / kid friendly / nut free
Are you in a breakfast or tea time rut? We were. I was also in this place where for the past couple of years I was craving the Cheese Danish of my child hood.
Except one without all the gluten, dairy, preservatives and other things I didn't know was baked inside that fluffy, scrumptious, cheesy pastry.
Recreating one that would be just as cravable felt like a herculean task, and while it wasn't a "quick and easy" meal, the labor of love and sourced ingredients that went into these made them worth it.
I made a big batch, just in case they came out good, and so glad I did! They freeze amazingly well, my kids LOVE them and we've been going back for them time and time again.
The recipe is below and I do want to give one tip: If you are able to have dairy (and are just here because you're gluten free) I would highly recommend using REAL cream cheese to those that can tolerate it. While the dairy-free brand I used worked just fine, I feel like having that TRUE cream cheese flavor would have made these a 12/10!
For the icing:
gluten free - dairy free - soy free - sugar free - nut free
Bringing back a CLASSIC breakfast.
My Paleo Biscuits and Gravy was one of the first recipes that debuted on this blog almost TEN years ago (I'll spare you the link, my photography of it back then wasn't stellar, haha. If you look hard enough around here you can find it.) and I wanted to create a new and improved recipe now that I have mastered flakier biscuits and a creamier gravy than I previously made.
While not paleo, you could swap the gluten free 1 to 1 with a Cassava flour to keep it grain free. Or you could stick with my OG recipe suggestion of almond flour for a denser, heartier biscuit. You do you, but I like the FLUFF.
So much healthier than the restaurant variety, you can make extra gravy and freeze it to keep on hand for weekend brunches and breakfasts. I would suggest making your biscuits fresh, but you can freeze them as well.
Biscuits and Gravy
Directions For The Biscuits
Directions For The Gravy
Serve these up with a fresh fruit salad and piping hot coffee or tea for a delectable morning indulgence. This recipe remind me of a rainy day or breakfast at a small-town café. Do Biscuits and Gravy bring to mind any special memories for you?
My delicious Glazed Cinnamon Pumpkin Donuts, which traditionally use Almond Flour and Egg, now have a nut-free, egg-free variation. They are smaller and softer than their nuttier, dense counterpart. A favorite of my husbands these are not grain-free but are gluten-free, of course, and so delicious. See the recipe below!
1/4 c. potato starch
1/4 c. oat flour
1/4 c. brown rice flour
1/4 c. tapioca starch
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 c. honey
1 TBSP. coconut oil
1/4 c. dairy-free milk
2 TBSP. organic applesauce
1/4 C. canned organic pumpkin
1 C. Corn-Free Confectioners Sugar (I use an organic cane sugar/tapioca starch blend)
2 TBSP. Vegan Butter (I use Earth Balance Dairy-Free/Soy-Free)
1 1/2 TBSP. non-dairy milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease donut pan LIBERALLY with coconut oil or coconut oil spray. Combine dry ingredients and mix well with handheld mixer. Combine wet ingredients and mix well with handheld mixer. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and mix once more until well blended. Empty contents from bowl into piping bag or ziploc bag to disperse easily into donut pan. Fill donut pan 3/4 of the way and cook for 15 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan and glazing.
Mix ingredients once donuts have cooled and dip donuts to cover top. Set for 5 - 10 minutes until glaze solidifies. If glaze hardens before you are finished dipping, or if you are baking multiple batches, simply warm the glaze on low for 2-3 minutes to reuse.
Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Soy Free - Corn Free - Nut Free
Since learning so much about the food we consume and things we put into our bodies I often look back at periods of my life. How I did things, what I consumed, what was thought about and what was simply routine.
I think of my childhood and the grilled chicken and veggie dinners mixed with the trips for fast food and boxed breakfast pastries, and honestly, I shudder a bit. Wondering how it all played into altering genes and my autoimmune issues today. However, my parents were amazing parents to my sister and I and did the best they could with the knowledge they had. And so I have to move forward, do what I can to heal my body now, and do the best I can as a parent with the knowledge I have.
I think back to living on my own in Los Angeles in my early twenties and making healthier, better changes for life in the entertainment industry and all of the physical work I was putting my body through. The gym, running and hip hop dancing. I cleaned up my eating in those years but it still wasn't anything near what it is now, because again, I didn't yet have the knowledge.
And then the period after I was diagnosed with several food intolerances, genetic defects and an autoimmune disorder is where I took a too strict approach and lost too much weight and adopted a mindset that launched an unhealthy and unwarranted fear of food.
Thus bringing us to today - a happy place. Where I am knowledgeable about WHAT goes into my body while having a passion to bring back comfort foods, happy foods if you will, into our life. Deprivation isn't a way to live, but neither is giving into desires for food that can cause us harm, so I can say, in the past few years, I have found my niche. My happy place as a chef, a food blogger and a mama in the kitchen.
Comfort foods that bring connection, warmth and nutrition while being allergen-friendly and more wholesome than a packaged food item.
Which is why today I present homemade strawberry pop tarts for you and your family to enjoy. Yum!
Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, corn free and nut free - these pleasant pastries pack delicious strawberry preserves, sweetened naturally and thickened with potato starch versus corn.
I used gluten-free pie shells and a homemade corn-free powdered sugar glaze to bring back memories of school mornings as a child. Greyson LOVED these and gobbled one up before one of our pre-k home school mornings and I will be making them again as a treat this fall. I am excited to try different flavors as well - such as a warm coconut sugar pop tart in lieu of the famous brown sugar pop tarts - as well as a blueberry and a double chocolate.
Note: I used a pre-made gluten-free pie crust from Wholly Wholesome because this pregnant mama wanted to make it easy. However, if you can't find one or want to whip one up - here is the recipe I use when making homemade.
For a homemade crust:
For the strawberry filling:
If you're making homemade dough:
(if you bought store bought - skip down to assembly)
Assembly and filling:
What was your favorite pop tart flavor as a kid? Have you made them homemade before? Tell me in the comments below! And if you have a favorite you want to see next - comment here or on my Instagram at @noshandnurture and we will do that one next!
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This week I started prepping and planning recipes to make in bulk for post baby. She's due in just over 9 weeks! WHAT?! This pregnancy has gone lightning fast (after the first trimester, anyways. Woof. So sick.) and I'm just now trying to get my booty into gear on planning, buying and prepping all the things.
Sweet girl will be in our room for the first year or so, so no nursery was designed this time around. Keeping it simple helps not only your prenatal sanity but your budget as well.
Which lets you spend more on high quality, nutritious food for pregnancy and post-baby!
Below is my recipe for a DELICIOUS, easy and homemade Banana Bread Granola. Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, its much healthier than granola's your find in your local health food store and it took no time at all to whip up. I make this in large batches, dry it completely, then store it in a sealed glass container to eat on for the week or for a couple of weeks.
I'll be making a triple batch pre-baby arrival, as oats are AMAZING for milk production when nursing.
Also, you could add nuts to this if you like for added protein and crunch, I however am a banana bread purest and don't care for nuts in it.
We are on a muffin kick lately! These Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins (paleo and grain-free) are SO easy, so warm and comforting in the cold winter months, freezable to re-heat on busy mornings and they help keep me on track with getting back into my paleo groove. I always find myself coming back to this diet when I need to lower inflammation, help out my cycle, prep for pregnancy, lower my intake of sugar (preach) or drop a couple of pounds.
The last breakfast recipe I posted were my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, so naturally, there is a paleo muffin thing happening in our home.
Other muffin favorites lately have been my Carrot Zucchini Muffins, my Blackberry Almond Muffins and not techincally a muffin but my yeast-free cinnamon rolls keep showing up on the weekends ;)
This was my first time using a recipe with JUST cassava flour (I know, I'm so late to that game) - I've usually mixed it with other flours, but today I made a simple cassava muffin sweetened only with bananas and a dash of vegan chocolate chips.
In our taste test, I thought the family may find them to be not sweet enough but the consensus was that everyone approved and my toddler ate FOUR of them before lunchtime.
So, they'll be hanging out on the meal plan long term.
Enjoy the recipe below and if you make a bunch, freeze some and invite me over for a warm mug of tea because I'm craving some girl time in my busy schedule and am always down for good convo and muffins.
Also! If you're wanting these completely refined-sugar free and fully paleo compliant, nix the chocolate chips and add some fresh or dried berries, nuts or raisins.
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.