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Paleo & Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Loaf with Toasted Coconut

Paleo & Gluten-Free Chocolate Cherry Loaf with Toasted Coconut

Can you believe thanksgiving is ALREADY right around the corner?! I swear one week we were hitting low 70’s in October and the next thing I knew, I’m breaking out the parka jacket and cranking the heat in my car. Instead of complaining about the cold (which I’ve already done a fair share of LOL), I’m doing my best to embrace the “colder” days with open arms. How? BAKING. Now, if you know me, I’m not much of a baker. I hate following meausurements which typically gets me in trouble anytime I try to bake and “eyeball” how much flour or baking soda to add.

However, if you catch me in RARE form, I occasionally get the itch to bake, mostly because I’m craving something sweet, warm, and healthy to have on hand for dessert. Otherwise, I can promise you, I will not be baking just for FUN 🙂  In order to make baking more enjoyable for me, it’s super essential that I always have some staple baking ingredients on hand. Bobs Red Mill has ALWAYS been one of my go-to’s. Thanks to a recent delivery I got from them, I’m now ALL stocked up and ready to take the winter by storm (no pun intended)!

If you dread going outside in the dead of winter, I recommend having a few of the following staples on hand which you can always use interchangeably!

Flours/Powders all from Bob’s Red Mill:

Coconut flour, almond flour, buckwheat flour, ground flax meal, carob or cacao powder, shredded unsweetened coconut, gluten-free oats (blend in food processor to make oat flour)

Additional Baking Staples:

Refined sugar-free sweetener of choice (maple syrup, honey, date nectar, coconut nectar, organic vanilla bean); Coconut oil; Baking Powder; Eggs; Cinnamon; Himalayan Salt; and Almond Butter, Apple Sauce, or Mashed Banana as a thickener

Now to this recipe that I think will please EVERYONE at your thanksgiving gathering!

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Dry Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Carob powder (or can substitute with cacao powder)
  • 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill ground Flax Seed Meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Primal Palate Gingersnap seasoning

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter (Whole Foods no salt/sugar added)
  • 1/3 cup d’vash organics date nectar (honey or maple syrup work well too!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup organic apple sauce
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup mashed banana (~ 1 medium banana)
  • 1 cup pitted cherries (I used frozen cherries and defrosted them in microwave / then drained extra liquid)

Additional/Optional Toppings:

  • Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (if you like the taste of toasted coconut, I totally recommend this!)
  • Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
  • Crushed Walnuts or Pecans

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Directions:

Set oven to 350 degrees farenheit. Coat a tin loaf pan with either coconut oil or parchment paper. (I used a 10 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ x 3″ metal loaf pan).

In a large bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients will with a fork. Set this aside and grab a separate bowl to mix all of your wet ingredients (EXCEPT FOR THE CHERRIES) together. Blend very well. You can then combine your dry ingredients into your bowl of wet ingredients. Again, blend very well so that everything is evenly dispersed. Finally, fold the cherries (and optional chocolate chips or crushed nuts) into the batter. Mix well.

Pour batter evenly into loaf pan. Sprinkle with shredded coconut (and/or optional crushed nuts). Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes (or longer if necessary). Top should be a little hard when done and you should be able to stick a fork in the center without it coming back all gooey!

Let cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!!

 

This post is not paid for by Bob’s Red Mill. I received free product and that is it. I simply just love their products and would use them in baking regardless!
Make your own Grain Bowl

Make your own Grain Bowl

As we were exploring the streets of Boston a few weekends ago, passing numerous fast-casual health restaurants, we noticed one common theme on the menu – grain bowls. Of course, there’s always been hype around grain bowls in the past, but now more than ever, it seems as though every restaurant is jumping on that bandwagon. So what’s the craze over grain bowls anyway?
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– They’re versatile and customizable! Who doesn’t enjoy building your own bowl?!
– They keep you full. You have a balanced mix of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins which help to curb your appetite throughout the day.
– INCREDIBLY tasty source for all your necessary veggies and nutrients.

If you’re sold on the concept, why not start by trying this weeks spin on my grain bowl? I was inspired by the local and in-season veggies I stumbled upon at the farmers market. I bought a few items based on what looked the tastiest then built on the “grain bowl” from there! This is the best way to switch it up each week, while staying inspired by what’s fresh and local!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bulks of Bok-Choy
  • 1 bulk of Tuscan Kale
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 2 TBSP of Lemon Tahini (365 Whole Foods brand is great)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 zucchinis
  • Coconut Oil
  • Z’atar spice, pinch of salt & black pepper

Ingredients for the Baked Falafel:

  • 2 cans of organic, no-salt added garbanzo beans (well rinsed and drained)
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 squeezed lemon
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp of z’atar spice
  • 1 -2 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp of dried dill
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • 2 TBSP of Lemon Tahini
  • 2 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup of chickpea flour

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Directions:

Start by preheating your oven to ~ 415 degrees. Next, coat 2 baking sheets in coconut oil. Add your chopped bell peppers, zucchini, and cauliflower to the baking sheets. Coat them in a little bit of EVOO or coconut oil and top with some z’atar spice, salt & black pepper. Place in oven and let cook for ~ 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on these as they’ll cook fast. I prefer mine slightly charred, but they should be good after 15 minutes in the oven!

Once you get your veggies in the oven, bring a pot of water (2 cups of water) w/ 1 cup of quinoa to a boil. Once it reaches a boil, you can let that simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed. Once the quinoa is ready, stir in your lemon tahini for flavoring.

After you’ve setup you quinoa, you can then move onto preparing your falafel. You’ll add your garbanzo beans, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, bunch of parsley, salt, black pepper, cumin, dill, and z’atar spice. Blend this well until it reaches a smooth, yet chunky consistency. Transfer this to a bowl and layer in your chickpea flour. This should reach a doughy texture – feel free to add more flour if needed. Once your roasted veggies are done, reset your oven to 375 degrees. Next, you’ll spray a baking sheet with olive oil and form small balls or patties. Bake the patties in the oven ~ 15-20 minutes. In the last 5 minutes, turn the oven to broil and let them reach a golden brown (make sure to keep an eye on these – they cook FAST)!

Lastly, while your falafel patties are cooking, saute your minced garlic, olive oil, kale, and bok-choy until well done (5-10 minutes needed).

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Now that you have all your ingredients, layer in a large bowl your quinoa, sauteed greens, roasted veggies, and 3-4 falafel patties. This portion should be served warm. If you plan on eating the next day or save this for the week, heat up in microwave for about 2 minutes in a pyrex glass bowl. Then top with optional toppings such as avocado, shredded carrots, different variations of hummus (I chose to go with beet & kale pesto), and finally add in some crunch with Mary’s Gone Crackers (black pepper is my fave flavor)!

Enjoy!!

#EATRUNHOLIDAYGIVEAWAY

#EATRUNHOLIDAYGIVEAWAY

So I’ve been wanting to do a “giveaway” for a while now and I finally decided that now, with the holidays coming up, would be a perfect time for this! Through my @eatrunandallinbetween Instagram account and my blog, I’m hosting my first official #EatRunHolidayGiveaway !! I’m doing this for a number of reasons. As I’ve definitely discussed before in previous posts, I honestly started this blog a little over a year ago with no plan or serious aspirations for it. However, over time, it’s something that has quite surprisingly grown near and dear to me. Establishing my Instagram account was one of the next big steps I took following the blog that too, has helped to establish my Eat, Run, and Everything in Between blog as a ‘brand’.
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Now, I use the term ‘brand’ loosely. This is my own PERSONAL brand. Not the type of brand that sells products or services, makes revenue, has investors, etc….you get the idea! Anyway, MY brand is how I chose to portray myself through social media, whether it’s personal or in the work place. I wanted to express myself through something I was passionate about, which just so happened to be healthy living and fitness. I feel this is both a positive brand/image that represents me in a positive light and is certainly something I want to continue to promote for the benefit of myself and everyone else included. Anyway, before I go too far and blab on and on, I want to get back to the reason behind my giveaway.

Going along with my brand and sharing my views on a healthy, balanced lifestyle…it wouldn’t be anything at all without all of my AMAZING supportive and inspiring followers. YOU guys keep me just as motivated as I hope I keep you and you’ve inspired me to maintain focused on what I really enjoy doing. With that being said, I wanted to find a way to BOTH thank you all for your incredible support AND selfishly, further branch out of my comfort zone through a few tips I learned in my marketing and business classes…create GIVEAWAYS! I decided that for every big “blog/Instagram” milestone going forward, I will continue to host random giveaways, because I most importantly want to show you all my gratitude and appreciation!

With that being said, let’s get to the fun stuff! I wanted to put together a ‘prize package’ that represented the key things established through Eat, Run, AND, Everything in Between. What does that include? Well…

For the “Everything in Between”: A Owl Mug from Anthropology

– Why? Well, for 1) how cute is this own mug??, 2) I LOVE mugs, whether it’s for my coffee (I wouldn’t be functioning without that!), my tea, my oatmeal, my mug cakes (I wonder if this would mold an owl mug cake??), etc., Basically, mugs are MY LIFE. 3) And, lastly, there’s something so nice and peaceful about having a mug that fits your personality, with a cup of joe, relaxing on a Sunday morning…seriously, nothing beats that!

For the “Run”: a (brand new) black and white stripped lululemon headband

– Why? Because, who doesn’t love lululemon AND their headbands? But, more importantly, this represents the runner in me! I love to run and still want to run competitively in halfs and road races (even after years of highschool/college track!!) But, just because I’m serious about running, doesn’t mean we can’t express ourselves through what we wear!

For the “Eat”: a package of Chia Seed Shots (!!) and 4 Quest Bars (Cinnamon Roll, Double Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Raspberry White Chocolate Chip):

– Why? I wanted to include some of my favorite food items! First of all, I use chia seeds in EVERYTHING. They’re a great healthy source of omega and other awesome nutrients. You can throw them in literally everything (oatmeal, smoothies, salads, parfaits, mug cakes, etc.). Plus, how cool are these mini “shots”??! I also included quest bars…well, because THEY ROCK and I’m obsessed, along with the rest of the “fit world”! Quest bars are gluten free, all naturaaaal, and have up to 20+ grams of protein! Plus, they’re easily the BEST tasting protein bars I’ve ever had! They’re even 10x’s better when you toss them in the oven to bake for a few minutes!
**So, that sums up my entire giveaway package…now for the logistics/details.

-You can either enter through Instagram or my blog.

-For my blog, follow me on wordpress, leave a comment on THIS post, with your name and favorite fitness/gym go-to workout! One post per person please! You will then be added to the random raffle I will be hosting the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS (12/26 at 11:59PM on the dot!)

-The other option is to follow me AND tag me on Instagram, @eatrunandallinbetween, repost any picture I’ve posted of the entire holiday package, AND hashtag #eatrunholidaygiveaway …again you’ll be automatically added to the random raffle and same rules/dates apply!


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