Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut Flax Muffins

FALL is officially here in two days, September 22, YES!! I love the crispiness in the air, the leaves starting to change, yellow and orange and seeing some of the Fall produce out in the farmer markets and grocery stores. If you haven’t figured it out yet, this is one of my favorite seasons.

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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut Flax muffins

I love everything about Fall, from the decor, fashion and especially the food. Today I was inspired by one of my favorite fruits, Fall brings, apples.

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Fall Decor

My Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut Flax Muffins, screams FALL is here!! This recipe is very simple, super nutritious and above all, DELICIOUS. It makes a wonderful breakfast, loaded with good carbs, fiber and protein, but also a nice healthy snack for pre and post workouts.

If you’re not into walnuts, add your favorite nut, you can also add dried cranberries instead of raisins. If you have a nut allergy, leave the nuts out altogether. But above all else, enjoy them and remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut Flax Muffins

INGREDIENTS:

2 medium apple, roughly chopped

1 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour

1 1/2 cups flax seed meal

1/2 cup gluten free oats ( Bob Mills)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup organic maple syrup

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup  unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoons vanilla extract

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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350º. Add chopped apples in a blender, blend until you have a rustic puree. Set aside. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin, with canola oil spray, generously. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, flax seed meal, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix well, and slowly pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring. When the wet and dry ingredients are combined, add the apples and and stir to combine.

Using a measuring cup,  evenly divide the batter between the muffin cups. Fill the cups almost to the top, gluten free baking goods, will not rise like normal baking goods.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Cool in the muffin tin for 5 to 10 minutes.

Quinoa two ways ~ Toasted and Roasted

Quinoa is one of the only complete protein grains in the vegan/vegetarian circle of life. Quinoa is considered a whole grain, but in actuality,  it is a seed, from a leafy plant that is related to the spinach family. I do enjoy a good bowl of sweet or savory quinoa, but I love to explore other ways I can use ingredients. So, this morning I kept going back and forth with the question, what should I eat, quinoa or oatmeal? I just wasn’t feeling the big bowl of either and wanted something different.

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Toasted Quinoa

 

Toasted Quinoa Recipe:

Preparation
Cook the quinoa in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring or shaking the pan occasionally, until it is lightly dried out and toasted, about 15 minutes.

It will make slight popping sounds as it approaches being done. …
Remove the skillet from the heat.

 

How about granola? Well, I have made granola from scratch a million times, but not with quinoa. Yes! that’s the ticket. Roasted Quinoa granola. I can put this over fruit, yogurt, ice cream, whatever my heart desires. Well, if quinoa can be sweet, how about making it savory. Yes! again that’s the ticket, so I decided to roast the quinoa for my granola and to toast the quinoa for a savory corn salad, I am making for dinner tonight, boom!  Both of these recipes are easy and you could go wild with the possibilities.

I took my Roasted Quinoa and topped it over some sautéed peaches that I seasoned with cardamom, cinnamon and a little pink salt, delish and yum yum approved.

I hope you will enjoy this  complete protein healthy treat and remember to go wild with your imagination when making your granola. After it is cooked and cooled, add dark chocolate chips to it, or  us a different dried fruit, like apricots or a different nut, such as hazelnuts or pecans.  You decide, but whatever you come up with, Remember to Set the Table with Love.

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Roasted Quinoa Granola

Ingredients:
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1/2 cup uncooked Bob’s Red Mill White Quinoa

1 cups raw almonds, roughly chopped

1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup cranberries

1 1/2  tbsp  organic cane sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 vanilla extract

pink sea salt or reg sea salt , just pinch

2  tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Add oats, quinoa, almonds, raisins, cranberries,  sugar, and salt to a large mixing bowl – stir to combine.
To a small saucepan, add coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and maple syrup. Warm over medium heat for 2 minutes, whisking frequently, until the two are totally incorporated.

Immediately pour over the dry ingredients and stir to combine until, everything is covered with the syrup mixture.  Arrange on a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper and spread into an even layer.
Bake for  35 – 40 minutes.  Then remove from oven and stir/toss the granola. Rotate the pan to the other side, so you can cook the other end of

the granola and bake 10 -15 minutes more, until it is golden brown. * KEEP WATCH OVER IT SO IT DOESN’T BURN.  Once done, remove from the oven and cool for 20 minutes, before serving.

RAW Oatmeal Raisin Peanut butter cookies

What do you do when you are purposely not eating sugary desserts for a while? You turn to the Raw dessert diva within. These yummy raw cookies did the trick for me. Besides that, they are gluten free, high in fiber and protein. So. It’s truly is s win win.

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Ingredients :

1/2 cup dry oats (gluten-free)
3/4 cup raw peanut butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup raw peanuts, Georgia Grinders Peanut Butter 
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
Directions:
Add everything to a food processor.
Process. Take the dough out of the processor and roll into balls. Put the balls on parchment paper and press down with your fingers.  So the dough reminds you of a oatmeal cookie.

Place in the fridge to set for a few minutes or enjoy right away. 

RAW Oatmeal Raisin Peanut Butter Cookie

What do you do when you are purposely not eating sugary desserts for a while? You turn to the Raw dessert diva within. These yummy raw cookies did the trick for me. Besides that, they are gluten free, high in fiber and protein. So. It’s truly is a win win.

Ingredients :

1/2 cup dry oats (gluten-free)
3/4 cup raw peanut butter
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup raw peanuts
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
Add everything to a food processor.
Process. Take the dough out of the processor and roll into balls. Put the balls on parchment paper and press down with your fingers. You want the dough to remind you of an oatmeal cookie. Place in the fridge to set for a few minutes or enjoy right away. 

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

Here’s the recipe for the Raw Carrot Cake Muffins. These are Gluten free and Nut free. Yay Me!!

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

BREAKFAST~ Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Muffins w/ Raw Coconut Frosting.
Recipe:

1 1/2 cup gluten free oats
3/4 cup organic shredded coconut
1 scoop Vega One Vanilla smoothie mix
3 small carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped pineapples
1 tsp organic maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

Make flour. In a food processor add oats. Blend until you have a flour consistency. Add coconut. Add carrots. Process until incorporated in flour. Then add raisins. Process until raisins are incorporated into mixture but not completely broken down. Add the remaining ingredients and process in your food processor. Put in a large bowl. If the muffins are too wet? Add a some gluten free oats to the dough and mix.
Take a muffin size ball in hand and place in a muffin pan and shape it to look like a muffin. Set these aside.  This recipe makes 3-4 regular size muffins.

RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting
RAW Carrot Cake Muffins with a NF/GF Coconut Frosting

NUT FREE Coconut Frosting:
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1/2 cup organic coconut flakes shredded
2 tbsp. organic coconut
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. purified water ( or more if needed).

 Add all ingredients to the food processor, except the water. Add it as needed for your preference of how you would like the consistency of your frosting. I added a tbsp.
Pinch of sea salt.
Add frosting to the top of the muffins. Sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes for muffins to set. Serve immediately.
Enjoy.
#recipeoftheday#nutfree#glutenfree

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

Eat your skincare recipe :

My dad always said, Never let anything go to waste. Well my Maple Coconut Cream has graced itself several times this week, from Raw cinnamon rolls, to cinnamon roll cookies, even in my Garam Masala soup. Today it finds it’s way into my chia pudding.

Here’s the recipe. You can find the Maple Coconut Cream recipe on my Leaning Tower of Raw Cinnamon Pecan cookie post.

Remember no matter what you are cooking or not cooking, Set the Table with Love. 

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding
Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding

Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed pudding

The Pudding

1 mason jar or glass jar you can seal tight

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1 1/2 tbsp. organic gluten free oatmeal flakes

1 cup organic non – dairy milk (sweetened)  I used vanilla almond milk

Directions ~ Add ingredients to mason jar. Stir and refrigerate for 2 hours or over night.

The Smoothie 

1/2  scoop Vega One Vanilla Smoothie mix

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup non – dairy milk

Directions ~ Blend all ingredients in a blender, Ninja or Vitamix. Set aside. You may have smoothie leftover, based on the size of your container.

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Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

The Blueberry Coconut Cream

Directions ~ Add 1/4 cup of the Maple Coconut cream into a blender with 1/2 cup of the Blueberry Smoothie mix. Blend. It should be a lighter color thank the blueberry smoothie. If you want a smooth and lighter Blueberry Coconut cream add more cream less blueberry smoothie.

Assembly

Add the Blueberry Smoothie into the mason jar container the chia and oatmeal pudding. Next add the Blueberry Coconut Cream. I had a little cream left so I made a little design on top. You can do all kinds of versions of this breakfast.  Just get creative.

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Raw Blueberry and Coconut Cream Oatmeal and Chia Seed Pudding

The night before ~ Raw Tropical Oatmeal

Today is one of my busy days. Blogging, Vlogging, Making and Delivering my skincare products to Whole Food Markets. So, I made my RAW breakfast the night before and boy it was delish! No sugar added, not even honey, maple syrup or agave. LOL. 🙂 It was sweetened by the bananas and pineapples. If you are on the go this is a great recipe to help jumpstart your engines, inside and out!

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Overnight NO – COOK RAW Tropical Oatmeal

RAW Tropical Oatmeal

1 cup gluten free Bob Mill’s oats

1 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond milk

1/4 cup  mashed bananas

1/4 cup diced pineapples

1 tablespoon  dehydrated coconut flakes

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

dash of cardamom and sea salt

Extra diced pineapples, bananas, goji berries and coconut for garnished

Directions
In a half pint (1 cup) jar with lid, add oats, milk, mashed bananas, coconut and pineapples and spices. Stir until well combined. Put lid on jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. In the am, add the remaining ingredients on top as garnished. Eat chilled or room temperature.

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Overnight NO – COOK RAW Tropical Oatmeal

Breakfast ~ RAW Oatmeal Cinnamon, Apple and Raisin Chia Pudding

RAW Oatmeal Cinnamon, Apple and Raisin Chia pudding, that’s a mouth full. I decided to make my breakfast last night. I made this delicious heart healthy and very detoxifying, chia pudding. Why heart healthy and detoxifying? Okay, let me put on my Nutrition and Wellness Hat ! Got it. Okay here we go a little 411.

Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. They are high in fiber and protein. This is a great detoxifying breakfast option,  because of all the fiber that is included in this recipe, from the chia seeds, to the apples, raisins and gluten free oats. A sliding board for your intestines, LOL. 🙂

There are no sweeteners in this recipe outside of the raisins, but the cinnamon, raisins and apples soaking in the  pudding over night gives it a wonderfully sweet taste.  I love to have this chia pudding with a cup of ginger tea. Enjoy!

RAW Oatmeal Cinnamon Apple, Raisin Chia Pudding
RAW Oatmeal Cinnamon Apple, Raisin Chia Pudding

RAW Oatmeal Cinnamon, Apple and Raisin Chia Pudding

1 mason jar with a lid or a glass container with a lid

1 cup non- dairy milk, I used Almond milk

3 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 cup gluten free oatmeal

2 tablespoons raisins

1/4 cup chopped gala apples

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ginger

pinch of sea salt

ALWAYS DREAM OUT LOUD! 

Raw Cinnamon, Apple and Raisin Chia Pudding
Raw Oatmeal Cinnamon, Apple and Raisin Chia Pudding

Directions

Add the non-dairy milk with all the ingredients in your mason jar or bowl and mix well. Allow the mixture to rest for 10 minutes and stir again until thoroughly combined.  Put the lid on the mason jar or bowl and put it in the fridge for overnight, so the chia seeds can fully absorb the flavor and soften. In the am you can remove the lid and add more non-dairy milk, apples and raisins, if you desire. I topped mines with also a little more cinnamon. This can be refrigerated for 2-3 days, if stored in an airtight container.

Set the Table with Love. 🙂

Chai Red Quinoa Porridge

I love this recipe! Instead of regular oatmeal, I decided to make a red quinoa porridge.  It was very delicious, full of flavor and texture. The great thing about this for breakfast, is that you are eating a complete protein, so it is an excellent alternative to having meat or eggs for breakfast. I wonderful choice when you are making changes to eat clean. Also it’s gluten free.

I hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I did.

Chai Red Quinoa Porridge
Chai Red Quinoa Porridge

Chai Red Quinoa Porridge

Ingredients:
1 cup red quinoa

1 1/2 cups almond milk

2 tsp ginger powder

1 tsp cardamom

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 teaspoon salt

Grated ginger, walnuts, almond milk, maple syrup or honey ( Optional Toppings)

Directions:

Wash quinoa in several changes of water in a bowl, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off water (if quinoa does not settle, drain in a large fine-mesh sieve after each rinse), until water is clear.

Drain washed quinoa well in a large fine-mesh sieve.

Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan and bring to a boil, covered. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until milk is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 20 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and keep covered to keep warm.

Divide quinoa among bowls and add grated ginger.

Add walnuts, extra almond milk, maple syrup or honey. ( All optional) But yummy!

One more thing.  Set the Table with Love.