This Prebiotic Apple Ginger Chia Seed Pudding makes for the perfect gut nourishing breakfast. It’s flavorful and easy to make. Not to mention this Prebiotic Apple Ginger Chia Seed Pudding recipe is perfect for meal-prep (click here for more gluten-free meal-prep friendly recipes). Because it’s …
Want a Christmas indulgence in under 5 minutes?
This Easy Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Mug Cake is your solution.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a delicious edible gluten-free gift to give to your neighborhood celiac (or gluten-free friend), mug cakes are also a great option. Not only does giving your friends or loved ones a pre-mixed mug cake show that you understand their gluten-free needs, but it gives them the gift of easy self-care.
When your gluten-free friend is having a rough day, they can just reach for this mug cake at the end of the day, add in the wet ingredients and enjoy it within 2 minutes. What a treat!
It’s warm meaning it’s perfect for cold weather. Additionally, the cinnamon has warming properties that further make this mug cake a perfect and fluffy gluten-free winter indulgence.
Lastly, this jar of deliciousness is ready to go in seriously less than 5 minutes! You can’t lose with this mug cake!
What are you eating or drinking to stay warm during this cold season?
Looking to get extra fancy with your gluten-free cakes? Try out Jenna Farmer from a Balanced Belly’s No-Bake Chocolate Swiss Roll.
Gluten-free Easy Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
- 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp oil of choice (or coconut oil, etc.)
- 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used cashew milk)
- Mix dry ingredients in an 8oz jar and close with a tight lid
- Write out the instructions for preparation (found in this post) on a cute label
- Tie the instructions/label on to the jar (bonus points if you use a cute ribbon)
- Gift to your gluten-free friends
- If you recieved this as a gift, remove the lid.
- Mix oil, (vanilla if you like), and milk in with the dry ingredients until well combined (a whisk while help make a smoother batter)
- Microwave for 1-2 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean
- Let cool for at least 5 minutes (because this cake will be hotter than the sun) and then enjoy!
I love cooking with spices. They are a quick way to elevate dishes!
My friend from my dietetics program said it right, you get your food tasting like the restaraunts by seasoning it!
A lot has gone into selecting my favorite spices. Flavor, ease of use, and versatility are all some key factors.
Being about to use a spice in almost any dish and know it will turn out good is the best thing ever. It’s a cooking life hack in my book. Especially when you know it’ll be hard to mess up a dish completely with that spice. Meaning if you accidentally under-season or over-season a dish with that spice, it’ll still be good.
With these factors in mind, I compiled a list of my top 5 favorite versatile spices.
I also list what each spice pairs well with so you can build your culinary skills from there! However, I believe these 5 spices to be a good starting point when learning to cook.
Top 5 Versatile Spices
Cumin is arguably my number 1 favorite spice. I throw it in almost anything savory.
Throw some cumin in it.
Toss in some cumin.
Making a salad dressing?
Sauteing or roasting vegetables?
You guessed it, sprinkle in some cumin.
Do you eat meat?
Toss a little cumin into your dry rubs or sauces!
Why? Because It adds flair to any savory dish. Add in a little to give a hint of earthy flavor and add a lot add in a Middle Eastern wow-factor!
PAIRS WELL WITH: Cinnamon, Paprika, Coriander, Chili Powder, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Garlic, and more…
Paprika is made by grinding up peppers into powder. It can have a mild or strong flavor depending on the type!
There are all kinds of paprika. Smoked, hot, regular, etc. They all are delicious and deciding which one to use is based on preference. I prefer a good high quality spicy and smoked paprika. It adds so much flavor and depth to recipes but honestly, I’ll use any kind of paprika.
PAIRS WELL WITH: All Spice, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Turmeric, Chili Powder, Garlic, Parsley and almost any other spice really…
A jack of all trades, cinnamon is an amazing spice to have in your kitchen arsenal.
It can be used in sweet and savory dishes. It can be the star of a dish or be a complementary background player.
An awesome life-hack involves adding a little cinnamon to your coffee in order to add a naturally sweet taste.
But it also is a key-player in chilis and other savory dishes. Like I said, jack of all trades.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Nutmeg, Cardamom, Paprika, Cumin, Paprika, Chili Powder, Black Pepper and more…
Culinary professionals might glare at me for this choice but I’m gonna be real, I’m a busy college student and you’re probably a busy person too.
Sometimes (let’s be honest, most of the time), I don’t have the time or energy to finely mince some fresh garlic, so I compromise.
Garlic is good… actually garlic is amazing. So, I’d rather have powdered garlic then no garlic at all in my dish.
And seriously, adding garlic to your dish makes it 10x better. Seriously. I don’t anyone who doesn’t already add garlic into their savory foods (unless you are on a low-fodmap diet) but if you don’t, start doing it now.
It’s good in dry rubs, dressings, tossed into vegetables ready to be sauteed or roasted and so much more!
PAIRS WELL WITH: Oregano, Rosemary, Chili, Cumin, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Paprika, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Parsley, Bay Leaf, and so much more!
Okay, you know how I basically just professed my love for powdered garlic? Here is where I have to hunker down and say fresh is best when it comes to Cilantro/Parsley.
Both spices/herbs add freshness to dips, dressings, soups, salads, and more.
I listed them under the same number because some people don’t like Cilantro and if that’s the case, Parsley is a great alternative!
An awesome bonus to using the herbs is that you can grow them yourselves and have an endless supply of them.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Garlic, Citrus, Chiles, Chili, Onions, Garlic, Basil, Mint, and more!
Should you drink coffee? One day it’s bad for you and the next day it’s good, so which is it? Generally, drinking coffee provides a variety of health benefits. However, that’s not to say that they aren’t healthy coffee drinking habits that you should be including in your caffeine routine!
Maca Raisin Energy Bite Recipe
This Maca Raisin Energy Bite recipe will not leave you disappointed! We’ve all been there, sometimes you are in a time crunch and you don’t have a lot of time to eat. Energy bites are a great option for when you’re short on time and need a filling snack to munch on. The fact that you only need a few bites to feel full makes this snack super portable and easy for busy days. Another thing that’s great about this Maca Raisin Energy Bite recipe is that you only need 6 ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time to make it. With such a small time investment for such a rewarding pay-out, there is no reason not make this recipe.
Not only does this Maca Raisin Energy Bite recipe have a simple ingredient list and short preparation time, but it’s also healthy. This recipe contains a good mix of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. The variety of macronutrients found in this recipe makes it a nutritious and filling snack (or dessert) option. I especially love that the oats offer a great source of complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is good for heart health and keeping you regular in the bathroom. Because they are so healthy, filling, and easy to make, I love preparing energy bites for the week. My whole family loves them, and they make packing a healthy lunch or snack a breeze. This Maca Raisin Energy Bite recipe is definitely a great option for people looking for easy, fast, and nutritious food to add to their snacks and lunches.
- 1 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup agave
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well (you may need to use your hands)
- Form the mixture into balls using a tbsp (or in my case I formed them into shapes cause even as an adult I enjoy my food being shaped) and place into an air-tight container
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 week
*For a fun and chocolatey twist, try substituting cocoa powder out for the maca powder!