Easy Gluten Free Granola

I have a granola obsession. I eat it about five times a week. No joking here. This Easy Gluten Free Granola recipe is my new go-to granola favorite. It starts with gluten free rolled oats (my favorite one is from Trader Joes). I add raw pecans, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and cinnamon for my base. My liquid mixture is comprised of a mixture of honey, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Bake it in the oven, and it is that simple.

I am so picky about granola. Honestly, I have tried every single granola brand out there. I cannot find one store brand that has wowed me over. When my daughter and I put this version together at the start of this quarantine, I have been making it ever since.

How I use granola:

•Top off smoothie bowls or smoothies

•Add to Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit

•Eat as a grab-and-go snack.

•Add to warm oatmeal

•Serve with milk

•Give as a gift

If you want to add or subtract nuts to my recipe, go ahead. Also, if you want to add dried fruit to the mixture, add after baking.

If I do ever purchase granola, my favorite is the grainless granola is from Alabama Biscuit in Birmingham.

Easy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

If you want a new breakfast or brunch baking recipe, try this recipe for Easy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins. These muffins make a scrumptious spring or summer breakfast, mid-morning or afternoon snack or dessert.

We love anything with fresh lemon, so these muffins always win rave reviews with my kids and husband. I lightened up this recipe by substituting nonfat plain Greek yogurt for some of the milk and sour cream.

If you’re still in quarantine, these are simple to make. Hopefully, they can brighten your day.  If you’re headed out to the lake, beach or poolside, these Lemon Poppyseed Muffins are perfect for kids and family. Also, they are a great snack for long car rides. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container, and they should last up four to five days. Enjoy and have a great week!

Banana Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am excited to share this recipe for Banana Dark Chocolate Muffins. This recipe is a twist of my very popular banana bread recipe from 10 years ago, which is one of my top posts ever.  What’s great about this recipe (besides the taste) is that all of the ingredients can be combined in one bowl, and no mixer is needed. I add nonfat Greek yogurt which adds moisture and increases the protein in the recipe.

These muffins are amazing, and my kids went wild over them. I almost wasn’t able to take a picture of them before they ate them all. Substitute semisweet or milk chocolate chips for the dark chocolate chips if you like (I personally like dark chocolate) Enjoy these muffins for a wonderful breakfast treat, afternoon snack, lunch, or dinnertime dessert during quarantine or any time.

Immune Booster Smoothie

Happy Monday! I have a new smoothie recipe for you. I have been making this Immune Booster Smoothie every week since the quarantine began. Since I posted a photo of it a few weeks ago on social media, several of you have asked for the recipe. Find my recipe for Immune Booster Smoothie below, but feel free to add or subtract to it and make it your own with ingredients you have in your kitchen.

  1. You can substitute pineapple juice, coconut water or milk for the orange juice.
  2. Add your favorite protein powder or collagen powder if you like. This brand is my favorite.
  3. If you are looking for frozen chopped mango, check the frozen fruit section of most grocery stores. I have seen fresh mango lately in some stores too.
  4. If you use a frozen banana in place of the ripe banana, omit the ice.
  5. Add a stalk of celery or 1/2 an avocado or both.

Three Ingredient Banana Smoothie

Looking for a super easy breakfast or snack recipe idea?  This Three Ingredient Banana Smoothie recipe is effortless. We have been making a lot of smoothies lately, and this one is the simplest. This recipe is quick and easy with very little cleanup. It is also great for kids and adults, gluten free and is only 3 ingredients.

If you want to increase the protein in this recipe add 1 (6 ounce) container of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and/or your favorite protein powder. My favorite plain nonfat Greek yogurt brands are the Fage and Trader Joes. With this addition, I add an extra teaspoon of honey. Also, I add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseeds to this recipe. You can’t taste it and adding it increases the fiber and antioxidants.

Even though you don’t always see bananas on superfood lists, I definitely consider it to be one. Bananas contain fiber and antioxidants (such as including dopamine and catechins), potassium, Vitamin C and folate. There are also studies that state that bananas can reduce bloat, fight cancer, help with digestive issues and increase energy. One banana provides nearly 500 milligrams of potassium, giving athletes a quick dose of this very essential mineral.

Alison’s Chicken Pasta Salad

If you’re looking a great pasta salad with chicken recipe, look no further. The first time I made this pasta salad, I knew I wanted my name on it. Alison’s Chicken Pasta Recipe makes a great lunch or light dinner that can be ready for hungry kids or spontaneous guests. You may want to double the recipe because it goes so fast.

This is a recipe I developed for a recipe collection I worked on with Canolainfo.org. I like to grill extra chicken and use the leftovers to make this recipe. Serve it on a bed of mixed greens or as a light main course served with a nice glass of Pinot Grigio. It is a terrific recipe to take on a picnic or make at the lake or the beach. This recipe is healthy, fresh, easy and fantastic. I can’t give it any more props than that. Try if for yourself and let me know what you think. Happy May everyone!

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS

Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 34 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 21 g
Sodium 190 mg
Potassium 377 mg

Californian Sandwich Recipe

Californian Sandwich

We have been eating healthier than ever since this quarantine started. Does anyone else feel that way? I know that my kids do. They are not scrambling for food at college, Instead they are enjoying our fresh, homemade meals every single day (the bright side of being stuck at home). We have all been doing a ton of outdoors exercise and at-home workouts. Because we are all focused on staying healthy, we take time every Sunday to discuss and curate our weekly menu. This California Sandwich Recipe has been a go-to recipe. I have been making it often and occasionally altering it to create different variations.

After I wrote my cookbook, 400 Best Sandwiches Recipes, I was often asked in television and radio interviews which sandwich recipe was my favorite? It is extremely difficult to choose between 400 different sandwich recipes. This California Sandwich is in my top 5 favorites. I love the simplicity of the goat cheese spread combined with zucchini, squash, tomatoes, avocados and sprouts on this multigrain bread. If you can’t find alfalfa sprouts, I love using kale or broccoli sprouts, which are typically available in grocery stories. I also like to recommend adding fresh basil if you have some at home.

This sandwich is perfect for a spring or summertime lunch or dinner served with a tossed salad, corn salad and/or fresh fruit. I promise it is as good as it looks! If you’re interested in ordering a copy of my cookbook, click here.