6 Gluten Free Valentine Recipes

Super Bowl is over and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here are 6 gluten free Valentine recipes not to be missed! Have a great week everyone!

Banana Bread Almond Flour Pancakes via The Roasted Root

Kid’s Bubbly Love Potion from Ingredients Inc

Root Beer Float Cupcakes via All Day I Dream about Food

Almond Joy Truffles via High Heals and Grills

Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod

Homemade Cranberry Granola from The Healthy Apple

Two Ingredient Chocolate Fondue

Need a quick recipe idea for Valentine’s Day? Try this two ingredient Two Ingredient Chocolate Fondue. It was so funny because my kids never heard of fondue before. Your kids or your favorite person will love it! You don’t have to feel guilty either. Serve it with fruit or any of your favorite toppings. What are you Valentine’s Day plans? Do tell!

Easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

If you’re looking for a recipe that is gluten-free and high in protein try this easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt. The typical brand of vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani) has 120 calories, 13 grams of protein, 16 carbohydrates and no fat. This recipe makes a great quick breakfast in the morning, before or after workout pick-me-up or after school healthy snack. It would be great for Valentine’s morning too!  If you don’t have fresh strawberries, you can always use frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak and flash frozen so they have the same nutritional content. See more recipes and ideas using frozen fruits, vegetables and dairy items at Easy Home Meals. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

 

Valentines Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe

Where has January gone? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so how about an easy breakfast or brunch recipe? This Chocolate Chip Pancake recipe (adapted from allrecipes) is ideal for your favorite person or for the kids. My daughter, Leigh, enjoyed them so much that she made them for me recently (love her always). You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips in anything–especially in pancakes. So, who has fun Valentine’s plans? Let me have it!!

Healthy Valentine’s Recipe: Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

I have been doing a lot of research, writing and speaking on super-foods, and Kefir is definitely on my list. I am so excited about Frozen Kefir by Lifeway because it has is only 90 calories per 1/2 cup serving, 18 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber. It is also 99% lactose free, all natural and gluten-free. In addition, it is packed with 10 probiotics which rev up your immunity and are great for digestion. My kids absolutely went wild over the strawberry, especially in this Strawberry Kefir Smoothie. With only 3 ingredients, you will have a refreshing and healthy smoothie perfect for breakfast, afternoon snack or light dessert.

I get a lot of questions about probiotics. What are they? Probiotics, which literally mean “beneficial to life,” are live cultures that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Most probiotics include the live active cultures often added to foods like yogurt. Researchers have studied bacteria extensively and considerable evidence indicates that there are several strains of essential good-for-you bacteria that have an ability to promote healthy gastrointestinal functions. Lifeway Kefir contains seven to ten billion CFU’s of 10 strains of bacteria, plus ProBoost, an exclusive pair of clinically proven probiotics to balance your body’s ecosystem, support digestive health and immunity. That’s 12 live and active cultures per cup to produce a wide array of health benefits. You can find Lifeway frozen Kefir at Whole Foods.

Easy Valentine’s Day Brownies

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for cooking every year because I usually teach a Kid’s Valentine Cooking Class and share my recipes with children. This year I have a great class scheduled along with a few television appearances lined up in Birmingham and Nashville preparing Valentine treats. These Valentine Brownies are just one of the recipes I will be making for the kids as well as television. This easy brownie recipe was shared to me by the editors of the Tables of Content Book from the Junior League of Birmingham (one of my must-have cookbooks). These are so easy, and you make them all in one saucepan. Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter and decorate with your favorite icing. They are almost too simple to be so divine.