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

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Picking + A Really Happy Day

 Hey y’all!

For today’s blog post, I’m going to share with y’all my day of strawberry picking, seeing Avengers: Infinity war (no spoilers, I promise), and just having an all-around good day. I usually don’t do blog posts like this, but it was such a happy day that I wanted to share it with you all!

I started out my day by going to mass with my best friend before driving an hour to a strawberry farm in the absolute middle of nowhere. We ate SO many strawberries and had an amazing time. The sun was shining and I could feel the glory and presence of God in those happy moments. It was beautiful!img_0427

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P.s.: My best friend moves to Hawaii in less than a month! Pray that she and her family have safe travels and that she finds peace and comfort in her new home♥

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Later in the day, I went to dinner at Oshi, a local Poké bowl restaurant.  (& psst … it’s pronounced “POH-keh.”). If you haven’t heard of poké, it’s a Hawaiian dish has chunks of tofu (my fav), fish, or other protein tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and delicious sauces. My personal favorite is rice topped with tofu, edamame, mango, pineapple, & avocado topped with a spicy sauce. I have yet to perfect making poké at home, but as soon as I perfect it I will post a recipe here! I meant to get a picture of what this delicious food looks like, but it was so yummy and I ate it too quickly. oops 🙂

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After dinner, we went and saw Avengers: Infinity War. I won’t spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, other than I seriously debated going again the next day to watch it again. 

All in all, it was just an amazing day and I wanted to share my happiness with all of you♥

Much love + too many strawberries,

Chloe♥

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Hey y’all! 

This semester, my goal is to make more healthy breakfasts and to not just settle for cereal and almond milk. Not only do overnight oats have WAY more nutrients than most cereal, they are packed with protein to keep you full all day (perfect for a long day of classes)! Here I’ll be giving yall one of my  favorite overnight oat recipes These overnight oats are rich, creamy, and filled with fresh fruit. It’s truly like eating dessert for breakfast! And, better yet, there’s no prep time! Just mix them up the night before (this takes 5 minutes) and store them in easy grab-n-go airtight containers for easy breakfasts throughout the week. You can eat these cold & straight from the jar, or heat them up for a nice warm breakfast. Enjoy!

Blueberry Coconut Overnight Oats

Serves 1
  • 1/2 cuprolled oats
  • 1/4 cupcoconut milk
  • 1/4 cupalmond milk
  • tablespoonmaple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1teaspoonvanilla extract
  • pinchof salt
  • 1/2cupfresh blueberries
Additional Toppings (optional)
  • fresh blueberries
  • chia seeds
  • shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, salt and maple syrup in a large bowl. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Fold in fresh blueberries.
  3. Transfer to two 8 ounce mason jars, cover, and the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready, top with desired toppings and enjoy!

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Hey y’all!

With spring on the way, fresh food has been sounding so good. I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite smoothie recipe. This smoothie has about 12 grams of protein and is under 300 calories! For all of you who don’t like kale: I promise you can hardly taste it, and kale adds such great nutrients! This smoothie takes only 5 minutes and is a perfect on-the-go breakfast. Smoothies are really hit-or-miss for me; sometimes I like them, sometimes I don’t. Despite that, this smoothie never disappoints! I hope yall love it as much as I do. 

Blueberry Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Kale 
  • 3/4 Cup Water or Almond Milk
  • Chia Seeds (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth. Top with Chia seeds, blueberries, or whatever toppings you like. Enjoy!

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My Fresh Pressed Juice for Happy Skin

Hey Y’all!

I love making homemade juices, which is why I’ll be sharing with you my favorite skin-happy juice recipe! This is so easy to make, just pop everything in your juicer, and you’re done! This recipe makes approximately a cup and a half of juice (I drank it all before I remembered to measure it), but feel free to double the recipe and save some for later, or adjust the amount of the ingredients to make it your own!

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This juice is packed with vitamins and minerals, but its especially high in antioxidants. If you’re like most people, you want smooth, healthy skin, but maybe you don’t want to look through hundreds of chemical-filled skincare products to get it. That’s where antioxidants can help! Incorporating the right antioxidants into your diet and skin care routine can have a positive effect on your skin, which means a brighter, smoother, healthier you. 

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Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and enzymes (proteins inside your body) that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or stopping the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction. If you’ve seen a peeled apple turn brown, you’ve seen oxidation in action. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidized. This is why it’s important to constantly replenish your supply of antioxidants!

Heres why each ingredient is good for you.

  • Apples are rich in essential antioxidants, which are so good for your skin.
  • Kale is also packed with antioxidants, so another skin-happy ingredient! It also has more iron than beef per calorie and more calcium than milk per calorie. 
  • Carrots, which are also high in antioxidants, are one of the top contributors of vitamin A, also known as the powerhouse vitamin for so much of our body. Carrots also provide high amounts of vitamins C, D, E, and K, as well as many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
  • Clementines are dense with vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin B-6, niacin, thiamine and pantothenic acid, but they are especially high in folate and vitamin C. They’re also another fruit that is packed with antioxidants, which means happy happy skin!

Juice for Happy Skin

Ingredients 

  • 2 Apples
  • 2 Clementine Oranges, one with the peel and one without
  • 3 Cups kale
  • 2 Handfuls baby carrots (or you can use regular carrots, maybe use 2 or 3)

Directions

Juice all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy!

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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