Category: Snacks

Spinach Shamrock Crackers

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these healthy, festive, gluten-free crackers. Delicious dipped in hummus.   JUMP TO RECIPE

March 17th has always been a special holiday in Boston because our city was the site of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the 1760’s after an influx of Irish immigrants descended upon our shores. Sadly, for the first time in 260 years, there’ll be no parade tomorrow due to the coronavirus outbreak. The usual festivities will have to wait till next year, but if you’re looking for some small way to celebrate (and something to snack on while you’re hunkered down) then whip up a batch of these healthy and delicious Spinach Shamrock Crackers.  The three leaves of a shamrock are said to stand for faith, hope, and love – something we all need in abundance right now! (more…)

Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies

 Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Health-minded chocoholics will go crazy for these guilt-free brownies made with super clean ingredients! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #chickpeas #chickpeabrownies #healthybrownies #healthydesserts

I confess to being a little bit obsessed with brownies – more specifically, healthy brownies. Ever since I discovered that delicious, decadent, authentic tasting brownies can be made with nutritious foods like black beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, tahini, lentils, and bananas, I’ve been on a mission to develop as many of these guilt-free recipes as I can. Sweet and Salty Chickpea Brownies are my most recent creation and they are soooo good! (You can find links to all my other healthy brownie recipes at the end of this post.) (more…)

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi

These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi - These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are a great, healthy alternative to pasta and French fries. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #gnocchi #dumplings #potatognocchi #cauliflower #cauliflowergnocchi #glutenfree

If you’re a Trader Joe’s fan, chances are you’ve heard about their cauliflower gnocchi, a frozen grocery product with a sort of cult-like following. The accolades are well deserved as these vegetables-based dumplings are indeed quite tasty, but to be honest, I’m not crazy about their texture – I find them a little rubbery. So, I set about developing my own version of this product and came up with Baked Cauliflower Gnocchi. These gluten-free, mild flavored gnocchi are crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and absolutely delicious! I always double or triple the recipe and keep a huge stash in my freezer for an easy weeknight meal. They make a great snack too as hand-held nibbles, and kids love them! (more…)

Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men

These modern-day gingerbread men are made with coconut oil and have a soft, chewy texture with classic gingerbread flavor.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men - These modern-day gingerbread men are made with coconut oil and have a soft, chewy texture with classic gingerbread flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #gingerbread #christmas #christmascookies #gingerbreadmen #coconutoil

Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit more than making gingerbread cookies. This year I updated my old recipe, one I’ve been using for many years, and came up with Coconut Oil Gingerbread Men. These cookies have a soft texture and classic gingerbread flavor and are so much fun to decorate. My old gingerbread men recipe calls for vegetable shortening, and in the past I used Crisco to make these cookies, but I no longer use partially hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats) because they’ve been linked to inflammation and heart disease. A great replacement for products like Crisco is coconut oil and it can be used 1:1 so it’s an easy substitute. (more…)

5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

A healthy, delicious, frozen treat with intense blueberry flavor.  Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants.  JUMP TO RECIPE

5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt - A healthy, delicious frozen treat with the most intense blueberry flavor. Low in calories and chock-full of antioxidants. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #frozenyogurt #wildblueberries #antioxidants #icecream #healthydessert #healthydesserts

There’s nothing earth shattering about frozen yogurt, but I’m still willing to bet that once you try 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, it will rock your world, and, quite possibly become your favorite summer-time treat. Why? Because not only is it delicious, and super easy to make, but it’s rich in antioxidants and has the most gorgeous, vibrant color. And if that alone doesn’t make you want to instantly whip up a batch, then consider this: each serving is less than 100 calories with only 8 grams of sugar. Compare that to the same size serving of ice cream, which clocks in at a minimum of 150 calories with 16 grams of sugar or more! And, that’s a conservative estimate – many popular brands of ice cream contain far more calories and sugar than that. (Click here to see the numbers.) If you have a nightly ice cream habit, just switching to 5-Minute Wild Blueberry Vanilla Frozen Yogurt may help you lose anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds over the course of a year. Now THAT’S earth shattering! (more…)

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

This moist delicious quick bread has twice the protein and fiber as most banana bread. One of the best uses ever for overripe bananas!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – This moist delicious bread has twice the protein and fiber as most banana bread thanks to super nutritious chickpea flour. One of the best uses ever for overripe bananas! | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #bananas #healthybaking #bananabread #chickpeaflour #garbanzobeanflour

Quick breads are no-yeast breads that can be made in a wide variety of sweet and savory flavors. These easy-to-make loaves are not only super-fast to make, as the name implies, but are a lot less finicky than bread made with yeast because you don’t need to be concerned about proofing the yeast (a process whereby you test the yeast ahead of time to make sure it’s active/alive) or whether you have the right climate for your bread to rise properly. Banana bread is by far the most popular in the quick bread category but most recipes you’ll come across call for all-purpose flour and refined sugar. This recipe for Chickpea Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is a bit healthier. It swaps out all-purpose flour for gluten-free, protein and fiber rich chickpea flour, uses coconut sugar in place of a refined sweetener, and throws in some dark chocolate chips to make it even more decadent. If you’re like me, and you stopped making banana bread once you decided to cut back on gluten and refined sugar, you can say HELLO to banana bread again! This rendition of traditional banana bread is every bit as tasty as any you’ve ever had – I promise! (more…)

Chickpea Parmesan Crackers

Hearty, rustic, crackers with delicious savory flavor.  Made with gluten-free, protein-rich, chickpea flour.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Chickpea Parmesan Crackers - Hearty, rustic, crackers with delicious savory flavor. Made with gluten-free, protein-rich chickpea flour and look gorgeous on charcuterie boards. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #crackers #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #glutenfreecrackers #chickpeaflour #glutenfreerecipe #charcuterie #charcuterieboards

I consider crackers a pantry staple but I’m not crazy about most of the choices at the grocery store as many of them contain not-so-healthy ingredients like refined oils, potato starch, and added sugars. That’s why, when I have time, I prefer to make my own and this recipe for Chickpea Parmesan Crackers is probably the one I turn to most. These are hearty, rustic crackers with a firm bite and delicious savory flavor. They’re beautiful on charcuterie boards, taste divine dipped in hummus, and, when broken apart are a fantastic gluten-free substitute for salad croutons. I’m not gonna lie – they’re a little labor intensive to make but are definitely worth the effort!  So, make yourself a cup of tea, put on some music or a podcast, and get to work making these scrumptious crackers. You won’t regret it! (more…)

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes

A remake of traditional Scottish oatcakes.  These not-too-sweet-cookies have a rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes - This remake of traditional Scottish oatcakes results in a not-too-sweet-cookie with rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #oatcakes #oatmeal #maplesyrup #Scottish #Scottishoatcake #scottishoatcakes #wholegraincookie #wholegraincookies

Maple Glazed Scottish Oatcakes are a perfect example of my penchant for taking classic recipes and putting my own spin on them. Oatcakes are not traditionally thought of as a sweet treat. In fact, in Scotland, where oatcakes have been a dietary staple since the 14th century, they’re eaten as an alternative to bread, often replacing toast for breakfast. But classic Scottish oatcakes look like cookies and I thought their wholesome ingredients would pair well with maple syrup to create oatcakes that could be enjoyed more as a dessert or snack. Rather than simply adding maple syrup to the oatcake batter, I decided instead to top each oatcake with a thin layer of maple glaze and then throw a pecan halve on top. These not-too-sweet cookies have a rustic whole grain texture and rich maple flavor. They’re definitely not your average oatcakes! (more…)

Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies

Rich chocolate flavor in a healthy brownie made with lentils. Lower in sugar and higher in protein and fiber than regular brownies JUMP TO RECIPE

Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies - Rich chocolate flavor in a healthy brownie made with lentils. Lower in sugar and higher in protein and fiber than regular brownies. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #brownie #healthydessert #healthydesserts #glutenfree #healthytreat #darkchocolate

If I hadn’t already known that one could make delicious tasting brownies with foods like black beans, sweet potatoes, and avocados, I might have been skeptical when I first heard about lentil brownies. After all, lentils are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Who would ever think you could use them to make rich and decadent desserts?  But now that I’ve been a food blogger for a few years, I’m quite familiar with how healthy foods can be disguised in baked goods and the magic that happens when, in combination with other nutritious ingredients, they’re transformed into delicious treats – ones far better for us than their classic counterparts. If you don’t believe me, try this little experiment. Whip up a batch of Dark Chocolate Lentil Brownies and serve them to your friends, family, or guests, without disclosing that they’re made with lentils. Once you’ve watched everyone gobble them up, ask if anyone can guess what the secret ingredient is. Get ready to see some very surprised looking faces when you tell them the answer! (more…)

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake

A single layer cake you can throw together lightening quick.  Versatile enough to be served as a snack, dessert, or even breakfast!   JUMP TO RECIPE

Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake - A single layer cake you can make lightening quick. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | Versatile enough to be served as a snack, dessert, or even breakfast! #cake #glutenfree #glutenfreebaking #healthybaking #almondflour

Most of us wait for special occasions to make a cake simply because cakes made from scratch are a little labor intensive, but I’m a big fan of simple, every day cakes – single layer cakes you can make at a moment’s notice that don’t require frosting or glaze and are versatile enough to be served as a snack, dessert, or even breakfast – cakes like this Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake! It can be thrown together lightening quick with ingredients you may already have on hand and takes only about 20 minutes to bake. Now that’s my kind of cake! (more…)