Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Hey y’all!

I LOVE to bake lots of goodies during the holidays. Cookies, cakes, loaves of bread, pastries, lunched, dinners, you name it. Now that I don’t eat gluten, it can be a lot harder to make my favorite holiday recipes. Even using gluten-free flour, sometimes it just doesn’t turn out the way I’d like. That’s why I was SO HAPPY to find this recipe from A Latte Food! It is so yummy, and works beautifully with gluten-free flour! (I use King Arthur All Purpose gluten-free flour). This banana bread turns out so soft and I looove the crumble topping! It’s sweet, easy, and packed with banana yumminess. This is a perfect recipe for when you have no clue what to do with those overly ripe bananas on your countertop, and it only takes about an hour to make!

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I switched up a few things from the original recipe to make it gluten-free. I also like to mash the bananas with a fork, so you get a few little banana chunks in the bread, but if you don’t like the pieces, feel free to puree them! I also added oats to the crumble as you can see in the picture above, but feel free to leave them out if you prefer. I love to serve it with butter on top and coffee or hot chocolate. So cozy! Happy baking!

Coffee Cake Banana Bread

This classic banana bread recipe is topped with a sweet crumb topping making it a cross between a quick bread and coffee cake! Coffee Cake Banana Bread makes the sweetest treat (and best banana bread recipe), and it’s such an easy banana bread recipe!
Servings: 2 Loaves     |     Prep time: 25 mins     |      Cook Time: 40 mins 

Ingredients

Bread

  • 3-4 medium or large bananas
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream or Greek yogurt

Crumb Topping

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease two 8×4 pans.
  2. In a small bowl, mash bananas, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in eggs and beat until mixed.
  5. To the wet ingredients, sift in flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Stir until just combined. Add in sour cream and stir.
  7. Pour in mashed bananas, and mix until combined.
  8. Pour batter evenly into the two greased loaf pans

Crumb Topping

  1. Combine cinnamon, flour, oats (if you’d like) and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter, and mix until the topping looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle coating evenly over the batter in both pans.
  2. Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs stuck to it.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Move to a wire cooling rack.
  4. Slice and enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!
Much love,

Chloe

“Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,  make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding  will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -PHIL 4:4-7

4 Easy Breakfasts (Gluten-free + vegetarian!)

Hey y’all!

In this weekend’s blog post, I wanted to share with you my top 5 healthy breakfast recipes. All of these recipes are so quick and easy, and so good for you too! Also, they’re all gluten-free & vegetarian, so there are options for every diet. Hope you enjoy! 

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AVOCADO TOAST

Avocado toast is so easy and is such a good way your start your day! It’s so full of healthy fats and antioxidants to get your brain going. I like to use gluten-free bread or a rice cake!

  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice 
  • A pinch Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Sliced bread or a rice cake

Mash avocado, mix with lemon & salt. Spread on a piece of toast or a rice cake, top with tomato (and some Sriratcha 🙂 ) and you’re good to go!

APPLE CINNAMON OVERNIGHT OATS

These Apple Cinnamon overnight oats are SO yummy!  I don’t think there’s an easier, healthier, more delicious breakfast out there. Throw everything in a jar, shake it up, and it’s ready in the morning for an easy grab-n-go breakfast! Linked here is another overnight oat recipe that I hope you’ll love too.

  • 1/2 cup Vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Plain or Vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce or freshly grated apple (my fav)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Add all ingredients to a container with an airtight lid ( I like to use a jar) and shake well to combine. refrigerate overnight, top with chia seeds, more cinnamon, or whatever you’d like! 

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SMOOTHIE BOWL

If you watch my Instagram stories ( @simplejoyofbeing ), you have probably seen this smoothie bowl a MILLION times. I decided to include the recipe here, because y’all, I’m obsessed. This is definitely my all-time favorite smoothie. It reminds me of a fruit sorbet that I had at the beach once, but full of good-for-you yumminess! Linked here is another one of my favorite smoothie recipes that I hope you love as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped + frozen fruit (I like mango, strawberry, pineapple, & peach!!!)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach or kale, whichever you prefer (I like both!)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 scoop vegan protein powder
  • 5 ice cubes

Toppings:

  •  Goji berries
  • Chia seeds
  • Fresh fruit
  • Granola (see next recipe) 

Blend all ingredients in a blender & pour into a bowl. Top with the toppings I have listed here, or use your own!

“COOKIE DOUGH” GREEK YOGURT

Y’all, this yogurt tastes EXACTLY like cookie dough, but it’s so good for you ( and acceptable to eat for breakfast:) ). It also only takes a minute to whip up, and definitely gives your everyday greek yogurt an upgrade. It’s packed with protein and has chocolate, so whats not to love?  

  • 1 serving container vanilla or plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • A few chocolate chips to top it off 🙂

Mix all ingredients and top with a few chocolate chips. Enjoy your cookie dough for breakfast… you’re welcome 🙂

I hope you all enjoy these super easy breakfasts as much as I do! 

Much love, 

Chloe♥

“Let all that you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

 

 

 

 

My 10 Minute Everyday Fitness Routine

Hey y’all!  

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my daily workout routine and how I stay in shape as a college student who has to study, work, and who hardly has time for anything else. So, today I’ll be sharing my 10-minute workout that I (try to) do every day!  This workout is quick but works your legs, arms, and abs. Whether it works for you to do this every day, once a week, or three times a week, it’ll leave you sweating and work most of your muscles. You can do this set once as a quick workout, or do it as a circuit and repeat as many times as you want for a serious burn. 

Let’s go!

My 10 Minute Everyday Workout

  • Warm up with 1 minute jumping jacks 
  • Continue with 2 minute run in place
  • 1-minute of ab crunches
  • 1-minute of mountain climbers
  • 1-minute break… breathe, breathe, breathe!
  • 30 seconds of push-ups
  • 1-minute 30 seconds of squats
  • 1-minute plank
  • 1-minute squat jumps

To cool down, I like to do 5 minutes of yoga, which calms everything, slows my breath and heart rate, and stretches everything out. There are lots of yoga sequences on Pinterest that I really enjoy, find my favorite here! I like to stick to the same one every time, so find one you like and stick to it! Or switch it up… You do you. I really hope you enjoy my fitness routine, go forth and do your squats 🙂

Much love,

Chloe♥

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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Gluten Free “Oreo” Balls

Hey y’all!

It’s the holiday season, and sometimes it can be hard to find a good gluten-free dessert recipe to have at parties. I found this recipe from Hello Gluten Free, and I’m making these to have on Christmas day! Oreo balls have only 3 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, and white chocolate. Sadly, original Oreos aren’t gluten-free, but gluten-free options are available! I used Glutino cookies, which have SUCH good chocolate flavor. I think these are way better than Oreos, which are mainly just sugar. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can totally use regular Oreos with this same recipe! I haven’t tried it with plain Oreos (disclaimer), but I’m sure it’ll taste good!

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Some things I noticed while making these:

The mix was pretty soft before rolling them into balls, so I refrigerated the mix in a bowl for 15 mins before rolling them into balls. This helped the mix to not stick all over your hands and turn into a gooey mess.

I used 33 cookies, but the recipe calls for 30. The last three I crumbled by hand and mixed into the bowl of already processed cream cheese and cookies to give it a little more texture.

Buy two packs of cookies! A pack only comes with about 20, so you’ll need the extra cookies unless you make half of a recipe. (Also means more cookies to eat plain… yes please!)

Buy two packages of white chocolate chips. I ran out of white chocolate about 2/3rd of the way through dipping the Oreo balls, so some ended up just being drizzled with white chocolate, then I used a little dark chocolate as well. They were pretty, but they needed more coverage.

That being said, let’s get started!

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Gluten-Free “Oreo” Balls from Hello Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 30 chocolate gluten-free sandwich cookies (I used Glutino)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package white chocolate chips (I needed two bags)

Directions

 Step 1
Using a food processor, blend together cookies and cream cheese until smooth.
Step 2
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper, then set in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
Step 3
Melt white chocolate chips and roll each ball in the melted chips to cover. Place on wax paper to cool and serve. Best kept in the fridge or freezer.

 

This recipe was taken from Hello Gluten Free’s Gluten Free Oreo Ball Recipe. For more information and tips on making these, check out the original post here.

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How To Eat Clean On Roadtrips

Hey y’all! When I travel, I find it hard to not just go through a drive-through and get a large order of fries and a sweet tea. And, although I try to eat semi-healthily when I travel, somehow fries and sweet tea still magically end up next to me. In this post, I’m going to be telling you a little about how I eat clean while traveling. (there’s no shame in fries though. A Chick-fil-a is on my way home from class and you can bet your bottom dollar that those beautiful waffle fries end up in my cup holder with some Polynesian sauce at least once a week. it’s called balance. don’t judge.)  

ONE.  

Chick-fil-a. As much as I love their fries, I sometimes feel the need to get a salad or yogurt. For breakfast, I like getting their Greek yogurt parfait, and for lunch/dinner, I love their superfood side salad. This salad has kale, broccoli, raisins, and a yummy vinaigrette. Super healthy, tasty, and fast!

TWO.

Chipotle. Ok, I know, there aren’t many chipotles when you’re on a road trip. But this is my favorite place to go when I want a quick, healthy, filling meal. I get a veggie bowl with white rice, black beans, corn salsa, salsa verde, cheese, guac, and a side of hot salsa. (I really like salsa). This bowl is relatively healthy and packed with protein from the beans. You also get your carbs from the rice and healthy fats from the guac, so this bowl is the whole deal. It is also a TON of food and bowl usually lasts me two meals.

THREE.

Taco Bell. Ok, to be honest, taco bell isn’t high on my list. But when it’s been too many hours of driving through nothing but farms (this has happened many times, see the picture below) and you get to a little town with a taco bell and maybe a McDonald’s and you are HUNGRY,  go for the Taco Bell and get their Veggie Power bowl. It has rice, beans, lettuce, sour cream, guac, and pico, so it’s decently healthy, I just normally try go for better quality foods. But hey, its actually really good, and it fills you up on long road trips. 

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FOUR. 

Starbucks. They have some pretty good options regarding food, and my favorite is the Cheese & Fruit Protein Box. This box has brie, cheddar, and gouda with multigrain crackers and a full cup of fruit. They sell these in most Starbucks stores, so they’re pretty available on road trips. (also Starbucks has packets of sriracha hot sauce. If you know me, you know I eat hot sauce on almost everything, so I stock up on these little packets on road trips.)( also pt. 2 the one thing I don’t like about being up north is the lack of sweet tea. Therefore, southern girl here needs her sweet tea and tried to be clever by ordering a sweetened black tea at a Starbucks in Chicago. It was sub-par as far as southern sweet tea goes, and reminded me that there’s nothing quite like good old southern sweet tea)

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FIVE.

Publix / Target  / any grocery store with a deli. For when you have a little more time to spare, supermarket delis have a great selection of on-the-go salads, sandwiches, and other healthy snacks. You can even stock up on some bananas, veggie chips, and other healthy snacks while you’re there to avoid the “it’s been hours driving through farmland with no food and there’s only a taco bell and I’m tired of drive-thrus” scenario. 

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap!

Keep it classy.

Chloe

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

What I Eat in a Day (+Recipes!)

Hey y’all! I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I eat in a day. All of this is gluten-free, vegetarian, & super easy to make!

Breakfast

I usually don’t do much for breakfast because of classes, so I usually have a bowl of honey nut Cheerios with vanilla almond milk, & a cup of coffee or tea.

  • Honey Nut Cheerios (gluten-free!)
  • Vanilla Almond milk
  • coffee coffee coffee

Lunch

For lunch, I made a sandwich on Udi’s gluten-free sandwich bread. On that, I put avocado, tomato, lettuce, avocado-oil mayo, & provolone cheese.

  • Gluten-free sandwich bread
  • 1/4 an avocado, sliced
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado-oil mayo
  • Provolone cheese
  • lol probably more coffee

Dinner

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies! I made green beans with roasted sweet potato & cauliflower. See the recipe below!

Ingredients:

  • Sweet potato
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • Green beans (not sure how much, I’m honestly not one for recipes)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic (or just use minced)
  • 1 cup of vegetarian broth
  • Salt & pepper

Sauteé chopped onion until slightly browned, add minced garlic. let that brown for a bit, again, I’m not really one for recipes, I usually go with the flow, but I hope you get the idea. Anyway, after that, I add the green beans (chopped into about 2-inch pieces) and broth. Cover and let simmer for about an hour and a half. Chop up the sweet potato and break up the cauliflower into smallish pieces. Spread on a sheet pan and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Toss it, then bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. By then, your green beans should be finished cooking and you have super yummy veggie-filled dinner. (of course, you could add chicken or whatever but I’m just not the biggest fan. Again, you do what you want)

In between meals I snacked on hummus with gluten-free pretzels, dark chocolate, low-fat string cheese, and LOTS of water. also, probably more coffee but that’s irrelevant. I have a water bottle that I carry with me around the house, and everywhere else. Hydration is key, y’all.

I hope you enjoy this post, keep your eyes open for more! I can’t wait to share with you all more food that I love ♥

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25