snacks + treats

almond butter cookies

My friend Nili intro­duced me to these cook­ies yes­ter­day. Got to love a neigh­bor who drops by with good­ies! They are incred­i­bly moist and chewy and would be a good base for a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent iter­a­tions — white choco­late, … more




applesauce cranberry muffins

This is a twist on my sta­ple muf­fin. I had some left­over apple­sauce and wanted to make good use of it. Adding cran­ber­ries with a layer of orange fla­vor adds another lovely dimen­sion. Soft and moist with a streusel top­ping, these freeze great … more




oven applesauce

My son and I have a habit of watch­ing the cook­ing chan­nel together. He sali­vates and tells me what he likes to eat and I take notes. A few nights ago, we watched The Bare­foot Con­tessa, oth­er­wise known as Ina … more




gluten-free pumpkin ginger scones

I know…more pump­kin. But I’ve devo­tee, so I eat a lot of it in the fall. Here’s my offer­ing for a deli­cious pump­kin scone with tons of gin­ger. If you like less gin­ger, sim­ply cut back. The fla­vor here is … more




gluten-free blueberry lemon scones II

I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with scones and muffins now that the kids are back in school. The ease of pulling these from the freezer the night before for a quick break­fast is a huge help in the morn­ing. These are made … more




gluten-free pumpkin spice cookies

I love fall — every­thing about it. On the west coast, we have a fairly nar­row cor­ri­dor of color com­pared to the rest of the coun­try, but as a native, I can always find a fall day in length­en­ing shad­ows … more




gluten-free vegan almond spread

Good for the brain and good for the heart, almonds are also a great way to reg­u­late cho­les­terol. When I want some­thing fluffy and creamy to dip my veg­gies or rice crack­ers in, this is a great option, and a … more




blueberry lemon scones

Adapted from Elana’s Pantry orig­i­nal recipe of Gluten Free Cran­berry Orange Scones, I’ve com­bined two of my favorite fla­vors, with almond flour as the base. Due to my night­shade allergy, and because potato starch is such an inte­gral ingre­di­ent for … more




all fruit breakfast smoothie

Con­tain­ing all acid and sub-acid fruits, this smoothie is a great way to cleanse your body first thing in the morn­ing.  A com­plete food with a per­fect bal­ance of pro­tein and starches which are already bro­ken down into amino acids … more




gluten-free almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Elana of Elana’s Pantry came up with the orig­i­nal recipe for these deli­cious cook­ies. I’ve made a few changes here as a splurge, sub­sti­tut­ing but­ter for oil and brown sugar for agave syrup, which gives the cook­ies a bit more … more




body parts in goo

My friend San­dra came up with these grue­some crowd pleasers. The kids loved these at our last Hal­loween party. You can use gummy worms or any thing else dis­gust­ing that will delight your chil­dren. Prep time:  30 min­utes Total time: … more




blueberry smoothie

Using a Magic Bul­let makes this one serv­ing smoothie a snap. If you want to dou­ble it, use the blender. Full of antiox­i­dants, this smoothie can get you going first thing in the morn­ing or pro­vide a pick-me-up for a … more




pamela’s chocolate chunk cookies

Another great short cut com­pli­ments of Pamela’s. GFCF, but with a bit of soy in the chunks of choco­late, these are my son’s favorite cook­ies, bar none. Using a mini-ice cream scooper makes beau­ti­ful, uni­form cook­ies every time. Prep time: 5 … more




lettuce wraps

Hydro­ponic let­tuce is one of my new favorites. The bonus is that the Costco near me sells a big con­tainer of it. The brand is eva pro­duced by Grupo Altex. I try to pur­chase food as locally as pos­si­ble. For … more




chocolate puffed rice treats

A clas­sic Amer­i­can treat that is almost always gluten and dairy free! You can use tra­di­tional marsh­mal­lows or get the more health con­scious vari­ety at your local co-op or Whole Foods. My son’s 8th birth­day party is tomor­row and this … more




all fruit smoothie

It looks like a milk-shake, but there’s noth­ing in here but fruit. This is the snack my kids ask for most when they come home and drop their back packs on the floor. Impro­vise and use what­ever fruit is in … more




banana strawberry no-milk shake

One more creamy gfcfsf alter­na­tive to offer your­self or your kids as a treat. I like mine around 4:00 p.m. when I start my after­noon lag. With lots of fruit and pro­tein, and so thick you can float a slice … more




chewy chocolate chip cookies

These gluten-free choco­late chip cook­ies are packed full of pro­tein, thanks to almond flour and quinoa flakes. The soft cak­i­ness of these cook­ies are great for my daugh­ter after her braces get tight­ened. Dipped in almond milk or cof­fee, they … more




the goodie box

When I was 7 years old, I had my ton­sils out. To break up the monot­ony of my 10 day recov­ery, my mom put together a goodie box that I pulled from each day. It was filled with crayons and … more




bbq chicken pizza

A word about “pizza”. You know those things that your mom made you eat as a child that were just short of a scar­ring expe­ri­ence? In our house it was Mon­tana Stew which was com­prised of ground beef, kid­ney beans, … more




ham & cheese rolls kids lunch

With lots of pro­tein, fruits and veg­eta­bles, this is a won­der­ful packed lunch for kids. My two are like hob­bits, except instead of eat­ing two break­fasts, they eat two lunches — one at school and another when they get home, … more




creepy cupcakes

If you’re look­ing for some fun treats for your child’s class party, these cup­cakes offer a bit of whimsy with a slight ick fac­tor. Just use a pack­aged mix — I like Cher­ry­brook Kitchen or Pamela’s Choco­late Cake mixes and … more




chips and hummus

My kids like hum­mus in their lunches with car­rots and chips, so I always dou­ble this when­ever I make it. It’s won­der­ful in place of may­on­naise in sand­wiches or wraps and you can serve it with fresh, raw veg­eta­bles. But … more




banana pumpkin muffins

The sweet­ness and depth of these muffins actu­ally comes from the addi­tion of a ripe banana. In fact, pump­kin and banana are an amaz­ing com­bi­na­tion that you’ll see time and again. With the cin­na­mon, these muffins have the scent of … more




quick chocolate chip cookies

Not just for lit­tle kids, but for big ones too — choco­late chip cook­ies are the uni­ver­sal com­fort food, right up there with mashed pota­toes and pop­corn. Busy indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies take heart. Cher­ry­brook Kitchen has a won­der­ful gluten, dairy, … more




cinnamon chocolate snack bars

Full of oats, puffed rice, choco­late and cin­na­mon, these bars are great not only because they’re tasty, but because you can con­trol the size. My kids rarely fin­ish one of those nutri­tion bars on their own. Last week, while in … more




pb&b s’mores

Other than a per­fectly ripe straw­berry, peanut but­ter and banana on a gra­ham cracker was maybe my dad’s favorite thing to eat. S’moreables makes a gluten-free gra­ham style cracker that doesn’t taste much like a tra­di­tional gra­ham cracker, but it … more




carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting

Remem­ber, this has a tiny amount of milk in it. Deli­cious with a cup of tea or cof­fee. Great for a grab and go break­fast on the way to work. Prep time: 20 min­utes Total time: 40 min­utes Yield: 6 muffins … more




chocolate chip muffins

Using Pamela’s mix makes these muffins a snap. Remem­ber, there’s a small amount of milk in these. Prep time: 15 min­utes Total time: 35 min­utes Yield: 12 muffins 2 1/2 c. Pamela’s Bak­ing & Pan­cake Mix 1/2 c. water 1/2 c. … more




blueberry coffee cake muffins

My hus­band grabs one of these from the freezer and by the time he gets to work, it’s ready to eat. Using Pamela’s mix makes these muffins a snap to throw together. Remem­ber, there’s a tiny bit of milk in here. … more




old fashioned popcorn

Com­pared to the stuff you put in the microwave, pop­ping corn the old fash­ioned way is almost as fast, tastes so much bet­ter and is a frac­tion of the cost. Besides, it’s fun and kids love the sound it makes … more