Green 'N Glo Protein Granola Bars

Need a quick bite on the go? Then you need to try my Green 'n Glo Granola Bars!  Not only are they super quick and simple to make, they are gluten-free, vegan and can very easily be made nut-free.  Plus they are packed with loads of nutrient-dense ingredients that even your kids will love!

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Green 'n Glo Protein Granola Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup of Pitted Dates (packed)

1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (almond butter or sunflower butter would work as well)

1/4 cup Maple Syrup (you could also use Honey or Brown Rice Syrup)

1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds

1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats

2 tbsp Green 'n Glow Protein Mix

1 tbsp Hemp Hearts

1 tsp Vanilla

1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

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Instructions:

  • First you will need to blend your dates using a high-speed blender or food processor.  If your dates are really dry, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes first and then drain.  Place dates and vanilla in blender and process until a paste forms.
  • In a large bowl, combine your oats, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chocolate chips and Green 'n Glow protein mix and mix well.
  •  In a small pot, warm your peanut butter and maple syrup on low heat until well mixed.
  • Remove from heat and stir in your dates until combined.  Then pour mixture over your dry oat and seed mixture and mix well.
  • It will take a few minutes to make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture will be sticky and crumbly
  • Then pour your mixture into a 9x9 pan lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap and spread evenly.  Use clean, wet fingers to firmly press your granola into the pan.  The harder you press, the better your bars will stick together.
  • Place your pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.
  • Once they are set, use your plastic wrap or parchment paper to lift the bars from the pan.  Then simply cut and enjoy!

These Green n' Glow Protein Granola Bars are full of chocolaty-peanut butter goodness.  Plus, with the addition of the Green n' Glow protein, hemp hearts and seeds you'll also be getting a bunch of great plant based protein along with a sweet treat!

Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips

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Looking to satisfy that snack craving? Skip the bag of chips and reach for a handful of Zesty Cheese Kale Chips instead.  Not only are they packed full of nutrients, they're also gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and delish!

Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or you can use Tahini as well)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons Nutritional Yeast

Instructions:

Wash and dry your kale.  Remove the thick ribs and tear into chip sized pieces. Wash, seed & chop your pepper. In a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix), blend all your  ingredients (except Kale) until smooth and creamy.  Place your Kale in a large bowl & cover in your Zesty Cheese sauce.  And now it's time to get dirty! With clean hands, massage your kale & sauce ensuring each soon-to-be chip is coated.

Next, place your kale onto your dehydrator trays.  Fill the trays without overlapping the the kale.  I used all 4 trays in my Nesco dehydrator for this recipe.

Now time to dry out those lovely leaves! Set your dehydrator to 115 degrees and walk away.  They will take anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on how wet your kale is and your type of dehydrator.  If you're impatient you can always turn up your dehydrator a bit and enjoy them sooner, but they'll lose the raw-ness factor.

These kale chips totally exceeded my expectations! They are totally cheesy and crunchy with the perfect bit of heat.  My husband declared that they are better than Doritos!

So give them a go...and I dare you to just eat one!

Not Your Average Brunch

So you're dying for some brunch, but you don't want the same old greasy spoon joint.  You've got friends with allergies, some vegans and some meat-eaters.  Where could you go where everyone can enjoy the food?  Organic Works Bakery of course!

This past Sunday, Organic Works started their famous Sunday Brunch again!  With 2 seatings - one at 10am and one at 12pm it was a perfect combination for early risers and the late starters.



What really sets this brunch apart from others is that everything is fresh, homemade and created using the best local and organic ingredients.  Plus, there's dishes for everyone!  Whether you're gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nut-free or a regular omnivore, you had lots to choose from to fill your belly.

From fruits and yogurts, breads and muffins to waffles, sausages and eggs benny you could easily satisfy your breakfast urges.  But if lunch was more your thing, how about salads and pasta, roast beef and potatoes, rice pilaf and a veggie bake.  So much to choose from!  Thank goodness it's all you can eat!


If you didn't make it out yesterday, don't worry....Organic Works Brunch will be coming back the first Sunday of each month!  Yay! I know we'll be back for sure.  We left stuffed full of nutrient- dense, delicious food and the kids happily filled their tiny tummies too!

Definitely not your average brunch!
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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Organic Works Bakery and was provided this brunch  free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Foodie Friday: Gluten-Free Cookies for the Birthday Girl

So it's your kid's birthday; and you want to send your little Sally or Johnny to school with treats for all their classroom friends.  But wait....no nuts allowed at school....and your child is gluten-free....and another kid can't have eggs or milk....what do you do?  Spend hours searching online for a wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free & dairy-free recipe and then hope there's a late night grocery store you can hit up to find all the ingredients you need.  And then stay up late baking like a machine and praying your kids and all the others will eat your concoction?  Or you could try something much easier and stress free....King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cookie Mix!

At least that's what I did.  You may already know that our household is gluten-free, but now with Stella (our birthday girl) in school we can't send her with any nuts.  I'm used to baking with various nut flours, but that's a big no-no.  And add into the mix I've recently learned I'm allergic to dairy and eggs.  Needless to say, my fridge and cupboards are lacking the usual baking ingredients.  But I really wanted to send something special to school for Stella's birthday and I wanted to be able to enjoy a treat too.
Luckily for me I had a box of King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Cookie Mix in the cupboard.  It's a great mix for your cookies and then you can design them however you want by adding your own special ingredients.  I was going to add raisins (my healthier choice) but Stella insisted on chocolate chips.  The next trick was to modify this mix to be dairy & egg-free.  Luckily it only calls for 1/2 cup of butter or shortening and 1 egg. I used a 1/2 cup of Earth's Balance Vegan Butter which I already had in the fridge.  But then I needed an egg substitute.  I would have used a banana as I've heard that works well, but wouldn't you know I'm also allergic to bananas!  So I found a great resource online that lists the various egg substitutes and what they are best used for.  Turns out the egg in a cookie recipe is just really for binding.  And a easy substitute is 2 tbsp of corn starch mixed with 1 tbsp of water.  So that's what I did and hoped for the best.

The mix was so easy to use and the instructions were fool-proof.  Once the dough was mixed up it looked just like cookie dough should.  Now the box recommended dropping it by heaping tablespoons to create about 2 dozen cookies.  But Stella's class is pretty big, so I used a teaspoon instead and ended up with about 33 cookies.  Pretty good for one box.

I baked them at the instructed temperature and found in my oven they took exactly 12 minutes to bake.  That was a long 12 minutes having to wait for those sweet smelling morsels to come out of the oven.  In the past I have found some gluten-free recipes to be a little more delicate than their traditional wheat counter-parts.  But these cookies weren't any more delicate than a wheat-based one.  (read: I didn't break them all getting them off the cookie sheet)
Once cooled, Stella and I decorated her special birthday cookies. 

 What 4 year old doesn't love hearts with star sprinkles?

We ended up with just enough cookies for us to have a sample before sending them off to school to be devoured.  And they received the seal of approval from Stella, Dad and myself.  And nobody would even guess they were gluten-free, dairy-free & egg-free.  So kudos to King Arthur Flour for making baking a fun family experience.  And now I can make the cookies AND eat them too!  Can't wait to try some of their other gluten-free products!
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 Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge from King Arthur Flour for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Gluten-Free on the Run; Review of Organic Works Grab & Go Items

It's a busy weekend as usual!  You've got dance class, birthday parties, grocery store and family visits.  And lugging the kids from place to place and store to store with hardly any time to breathe, let alone grab a healthy lunch on the go.  And top it off, you've got some allergies and dietary restrictions mixed in...so what do you do? You gotta eat something!

Well, Organic Works Bakery has an entire Grab & Go section.  Hallelujah!  With ample parking and a central location, it was so easy to pop in and grab a couple things for me and the kids.  A Turkey and Swiss Wrap with homemade fig jam for the husband and kids.  And some Vegan Quiche and a Seaweed Noodle Salad with Peanut-less Peanut Sauce for me.  Don't forget the Raspberry Chocolate and Key-Lime Hemp Muffins for dessert!


What a lifesaver!  No more worrying about what to feed the kids or where I can eat with all my allergies and dietary restrictions. Organic Works Bakery is completely gluten-free and nut-free and has a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes.  So it wasn't hard to find something for everyone in the family.

A quick stop home to drop off the groceries and eat our Grab & Go before we were out to tackle the rest of the weekend. The kids and husband loved the gluten-free wrap.  My Vegan Quiche was savoury and flavourful with a nice creamy texture and  the Seaweed noodle salad was out of this world!  Ummm, Peanut-less Peanut dressing...AMAZING!

With our bellies full of delicious and nutritious, real food we were back on the road and off on more adventures!

And our only thing left to worry about was who would get the last muffin!

So next time when you're tight for time and looking for a quick bite, but you don't want to sacrifice taste or nutrition, check out Organic Works Bakery.  There's something for everyone and every taste!
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Disclaimer: I am a Brand Ambassador for Organic Works Bakery and was provided these items free of charge for the purposes of this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.