Category: Snacks

Vegan Flax Candied Nuts

Vegan candied nuts with a multitude of delicious uses.  Gluten free and dairy free with no refined sugar.

Vegan Flax Candied Nuts – Deliciously addictive candied nuts. Gluten free and dairy free with no refined sugar. Eat them alone as a healthy snack, sprinkle some on salads or mixed them into yogurt. They make a great holiday or hostess gift too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

WARNING – Vegan Flax Candied Nuts are dangerously addictive! Once you start popping them into your mouth you may not be able to stop!  The coating on these nuts, which produces a sweet glaze when baked, is made from a simple mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon that binds to the nuts with the help of a flax egg replacer, which is nothing more than ground flax seeds (sometimes called ground flax meal) mixed with water. If you adhere to a plant-based diet you’re probably very familiar with flax egg replacers as they are an excellent vegan substitute for eggs. (more…)


Chickpea Cheddar Kefir Biscuits

Kefir takes the place of buttermilk in these savory, gluten-free biscuits made with nutrient dense chickpea flour.

Chickpea Cheddar Kefir Biscuits – Kefir takes the place of buttermilk in these savory, gluten-free biscuits made with nutrient dense chickpea flour. Healthy and delicious comfort food. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately with chickpea flour and Chickpea Cheddar Kefir Biscuits are my most recent creation. (Check out Chickpea Pretzels too.) I was initially drawn to chickpea flour as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour but have come to love it for many others reasons. It’s easy to use and can be successfully substituted for all-purpose wheat flour in a wide variety of recipes, without the addition of other gluten-free flours, starches or gums. It’s also inexpensive and easy to make at home by grinding garbanzo beans into a fine powder – easily achieved with the help of a food processor or high-powered blender. But the best reason of all to use chickpea flour is that it is one of the most nutrient dense gluten-free flours available. It’s high in protein and fiber, and packed with vitamins and minerals. These Chickpea Cheddar Kefir Biscuits have twice the protein and fiber as the same size biscuit made with wheat flour. (more…)


Raspberry Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Maple Almond Cookie Crust

Raspberry purée is swirled into sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream on top of a delicious gluten-free cookie crust.  An impressive, semi-homemade dessert.

Raspberry Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Maple Almond Cookie Crust – Raspberry purée is swirled into sweet, creamy vanilla ice cream on top of a delicious gluten-free cookie crust. An impressive, semi-homemade dessert. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

July is National Ice Cream Month and I’m coming in right under the wire with this gorgeous Raspberry Vanilla Swirl Ice Cream Pie with Maple Almond Cookie Crust! I thought National Ice Cream Month was something created by ice cream companies to boost their seasonal sales, but, it was actually President Ronald Regan who, back in 1989, declared July National Ice Cream Month. He recognized ice cream as a fun and healthy food enjoyed by the vast majority of the U.S. population and encouraged all citizens to celebrate with appropriate activities and ceremonies. Pretty important stuff for a sitting president! (more…)


Chocolate Thin Mint Avocado Pudding

A rich and creamy chocolate pudding that tastes like a thin mint cookie.  A healthy, yet decadent dessert.

Chocolate Thin Mint Avocado Pudding – A rich and creamy chocolate pudding that tastes like a thin mint cookie. A healthy, yet decadent dessert. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, no refined sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you have an avocado obsession, like I do, chances are you’ll occasionally find yourself with too many ripe avocados. I always have at least two or three avocados on my counter at any given time. I buy them extra firm, but as soon as they become slightly soft to the touch (a sign that they’re ripe) I transfer them to the refrigerator if I’m not using them right away – this extends their life by a few days. After that though, they’re usually brown and splotchy when cut open, with very little flavor. Since I hate wasting food, I always make an effort to use up all my avocados before they go bad and one of the ways I’ve been doing that lately is by making this super simple Chocolate Thin Mint Avocado Pudding. (more…)


Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.

Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie - #AD. A beautiful, nutrituous smoothie you can make in 5 minutes with canned fruit. Super convenient and incredibly delicious. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

One can never have too many smoothie recipes! Smoothies are an excellent form of nourishment and can easily be tailored to your taste and specific dietary needs. Smoothies are usually made with fresh fruit or berries but the problem with fresh fruit and berries is that they’re perishable and, depending on the season, aren’t always available. Frozen fruit is a good option but most of us have a limited amount of freezer space, especially if we live in tight quarters or have roommates with whom we share a freezer. Canned fruit is the perfect solution to these smoothie-making dilemmas – it has a long shelf life and, as long as it remains unopened, needs no refrigeration.  Libby’s is a leader in the canned produce industry and has been delivering high-quality, wholesome products to consumers since 1868.  Its canned fruit is awesome in smoothies such as this Apricot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie.  I used one 15 ounce can of Libby’s Unpeeled Apricot Halves in Pear Juice, along with a handful of other ingredients, to make this stunning smoothie in less than 5 minutes!


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Chickpea Pretzels

An all-American snack made healthier and gluten-free with the help of chickpea flour.

Chickpea Pretzels - An all-American snack made healthier and gluten-free with the help of protein and fiber rich chickpea flour. | QueenofMyKitche.com

Pretzels top the list of all-American snacks, right up there with popcorn, chips, and peanuts. The super crunchy packaged pretzels that line the grocery store shelves are salty and satisfying but the soft baked variety are a special treat. Warm and comforting and when dipped in mustard, deliciously addictive. But there are two problems with traditional soft baked pretzels. They’re typically made with wheat flour so they’re not safe for those with gluten allergies, and they’re a bit of a project to make. The yeast based dough needs time to rise and requires a bath in boiling water before being baked. Chickpea Pretzels skirt both of these issues. The dough is free of yeast and is made from gluten-free chickpea flour with a simple egg wash used in lieu of a water bath to give the pretzels their characteristic shiny exterior. This means that when a craving strikes you can be snacking on Chickpea Pretzels in less than 30 minutes! (more…)


Healthy Hedgehog Candies

The Recipe Redux is a group of like-minded food bloggers whose mission is to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.  Each month members post recipes to their blogs following a theme set by the group moderators.  This month’s theme is healthy small bite dessert creations.  Be sure to click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Healthy Hedgehog Candies – A small bite treat made with healthy ingredients that you can enjoy guilt-free. If you have kids they’ll never know this isn’t “real” candy. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Happy Birthday to The Recipe Redux! In honor of their 6th birthday, member bloggers were asked to create a healthy small bite dessert so I came up with these Healthy Hedgehog Candies. Are they not the most adorable little treats? The best thing about them though, is how delicious they are and how much they taste like real (i.e. not so healthy) candy. The bittersweet chocolate exterior hides a chewy, delicious, caramel-like interior that is made primarily from dates. Dates are among the sweetest fruits in the world so they make an excellent, healthier substitute for processed sugars. Unlike refined sweeteners, dates are chock-full of iron, potassium, vitamin A, and calcium, as well as other trace minerals. They’re also high in fiber. Trust me, you’ve never had candy like this before! (more…)


Crispy Brown Rice Breakfast Cookies

A delicious gluten-free, grab-and-go breakfast treat made with healthy, wholesome ingredients.

Crispy Brown Rice Breakfast Cookies – A delicious gluten-free, grab-and-go breakfast treat made with healthy, wholesome ingredients. Great as a snack or dessert too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If I were the type of food blogger who plans out her posts months in advance and adheres to an editorial calendar, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be posting this recipe for Crispy Brown Rice Breakfast Cookies because earlier this week I published a post that also uses crispy brown rice as a primary ingredient. Really, I should be saving this recipe for a later date, but these cookies are so delicious I simply could not wait to share! (more…)


Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter

The magical combination of salty and sweet in a peanut butter with a nutrient boost from chia seeds and flax seeds.

Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter - The magical combination of salty and sweet in a peanut butter with a nutrient boost from chia seeds and flax seeds. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Certain foods are so insanely tasty and comforting that they trigger obsessive thoughts and cravings. Peanut butter is one such food. If you put peanut butter on anything and everything, never tire of its creamy deliciousness, and are always ready for your next fix, then you’re a peanut butter addict and will love Sweet and Salty Chia Flax Peanut Butter. One spoonful of this delicious homemade nut butter and you’ll be on a healthy peanut butter high! (more…)


Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers

A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers.

Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers – A lighter, cleaner, healthier tuna salad made with homemade avocado mayonnaise and served on crunchy, gluten-free dill crackers. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

“Clean eating” is a term that’s thrown around a lot these days. It’s kind of a vague term and if you asked ten health-minded people what it means, you’d likely get ten different answers. Everyone would agree, however, that the central tenet revolves around the idea of eating unprocessed, or minimally processed food. The best, and simplest piece of advice regarding clean eating that I’ve heard is this – when shopping for food, check the labels carefully. The ingredient lists should be short and all the foods on them should be recognizable. Of course, we can’t, nor should we, adhere to this guideline strictly. Some foods, by necessity, and for our safety, contain additives and preservatives, and not all of them are harmful. The key is to strike a balance by choosing whole foods as often as possible and avoiding foods that are highly and unnecessarily processed when it’s practical and feasible to do so. A super easy way to eat cleaner is to make your own mayonnaise. Store-bought mayonnaise is almost always made with refined oil (usually soybean oil) and often contains added sugar. Making your own mayonnaise takes just a few minutes and it’s so much healthier than store-bought. After you whip up a batch you can make Clean Tuna Salad on Gluten-Free Dill Crackers, which you can enjoy as a snack or light lunch. (more…)


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