Category: Snacks

Maple Flax Animal Crackers

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, crunchy snacks. Click the Recipe Redux logo at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Maple Flax Animal Crackers – A healthier version of the iconic childhood snack. Gluten-free and no refined sugar. Perfect for lunch boxes. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #animalcrackers #glutenfreesnack #glutenfreesnacks #glutenfreecookies #lunchboxsnack #lunchboxsnacks #kidssnacks #kidsnacks #norefinedsugar

One of the most nostalgic childhood snacks of all-time is undoubtedly animal crackers. There are several brands on the market now but back when I was a kid the only game in town was Barnum’s Animal Crackers by Nabisco. Who could forget the little red box with circus animals on the front of the package and the delicate string handle. I must have enjoyed eating the crackers but what I really remember is how much I loved carrying that box around like a little purse! (more…)

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars

Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free nut bars.  Sweet, salty, chocolaty and delicious!  The perfect healthy snack.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars - Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free nut bars. Sweet, salty, chocolaty and delicious! Stop buying nut bars and make your own with this easy recipe. The perfect healthy snack.| QueenofMyKitchen.com|#vegan, #glutenfree, and #dairyfree #snack #snacks #snackbar #snackbars #nuts

Some people love to have a sweet treat after dinner but for some strange reason I’ve always had this craving following lunch. In my younger years this usually meant having a cookie or candy bar, but as I got older, and made a conscious effort to eat more healthfully, I sought out nutritious alternatives to satisfy my midday sweet tooth and this is when I got hooked on KIND snack nut bars. For years I had one almost every day after lunch and discovered, much to my delight, that they did a great job of keeping full until dinner (not true when I was in the habit of having a cookie/candy bar). But one day I realized how much money I was spending on them and decided to start making my own nut bars. These Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Flax Nut Bars are one version I came up with and they are REALLY delicious! (more…)

Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn

A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes!  JUMP TO RECIPE

Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn - A healthy, delicious, whole grain snack that can be ready to eat in under 10 minutes! The whole family will love this snack. Great for movie night. | QueenofMyKitchen.com #popcorn #snack #healthysnack #movienight #sweetandspicy #healthysnacks #wholegrain #wholegrainsnack #wholegrainsnacks

I believe one of the keys to maintaining a healthy diet is to always have wholesome, nutritious snacks available. Most of the time when we overindulge in unhealthy foods it’s because we’re so hungry that we’ll eat whatever is available at that moment and if there are no healthy choices in front of us, that’s when the trouble begins. There are lots of great options for healthy snacks, but one of the best is good old-fashioned popcorn. Not the kind you get at the movie theatre (read this article to see what’s actually in movie theatre popcorn), and not the kind that comes in microwavable paper packets, (read here about these), but popcorn kernels cooked plain, and then coated with REAL melted butter and seasonings, and maybe even a little bit of unrefined sugar to make it more of a treat than a snack. I’m talking about something like this Sweet and Spicy Chile Lime Popcorn. (more…)

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes

A healthy, festive treat for any patriotic holiday.  Great for parties.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Paleo Patriotic Teacakes - The perfect healthy treat for any patriotic holiday. An easy, gluten-free and paleo friendly recipe. So festive – your guests will love them! | QueenofMyKitchen #paleo #glutenfree #July4th #IndependenceDay #MemorialDay #LaborDay #patriotic #patriioticfood

I am the worst planner and someone who often waits until the last minute to get things done. These Paleo Patriotic Teacakes, perfect for the 4th of July, are a case in point. Any food blogger knows that holiday recipes need to be posted at least a couple of months ahead of time but I am just now getting around to publishing this – right under the wire! The good news is these teacakes are simple to make so even if you’ve already planned your July 4th menu you can quickly throw these together and, with the exception of the strawberry fruit leather, you probably already have what you need to make them in your pantry right now, especially if you follow a paleo diet. (more…)

Double Coconut Macaroons

There’s only three ingredients in these deliciously soft and chewy macaroons sweetened with coconut sugar.  Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.  JUMP TO RECIPE

Double Coconut Macaroons – 3 ingredient macaroon cookies sweetened with coconut palm sugar. Gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #macaroons #coconutmacaroons #coconutsugar #coconutpalmsugar #glutenfree #glutenfreecookies #dairyfree #dairyfreecookies #paleo #paleocookies

These cookies obviously don’t look like typical coconut macaroons. They’re made with shredded coconut just like traditional macaroons, but the reason they look different is because instead of white granulated sugar, they’re sweetened with coconut sugar, hence the name Double Coconut Macaroons. After all, shouldn’t coconut macaroons be made with coconut sugar? Of course they should! These cookies are soft and chewy with brown sugar and caramel notes and they’re every bit as delicious as classic coconut macaroons. Best of all, they’re made with just three ingredients and are gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo friendly.

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White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts

Savory, gluten-free donuts made from cauliflower that’ll turn vegetable haters into veggies lovers!  JUMP TO THE RECIPE

White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts - A savory gluten-free donut made from cauliflower that’ll turn vegetable haters into veggies lovers! Each donut contains the equivalent of one serving of cauliflower. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #donut #donuts #doughnut #doughnuts #cauliflower #veggies #veggielove #glutenfree

If you follow healthy eating trends you’re probably familiar with cauliflower pizza, and the newest cauliflower trend, cauliflower wings, but I’d like to start another craze right here, right now, with these golden delicious, White Cheddar Cauliflower Donuts – they are to die for! (more…)

Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread

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 picnic or al fresco recipes. Click the Recipe Redux link at the bottom of this page to see links to all the posts for this month’s challenge.

Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread - A healthier shortbread cookie even more delicious than the classic version. Gluten-free with no refined sugar and a melt-in-your mouth texture. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #cookie #cookies #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreecookies #shortbread #shortbreadcookies

It can be tricky to healthify a classic recipe because many people steadfastly insist that classic recipes not be tampered with – that they’ve earned their title precisely because they can’t be improved upon. (In case you’re wondering, “healthify” is a made-up word defined by me as follows: to take something not normally considered healthy and change it to make it more nutritious while keeping some of its defining characteristics intact.) So, if you dare to tinker with one of these recipes, make sure the finished food is as good as, or better than, its classic counterpart. And, if you’ve swapped out some of the recipe’s usual ingredients and replaced them with more nutritious ones, the true accolades will follow when tasters realize that not only does the food taste delicious, it’s healthier too! These Almond Pecan Coconut Sugar Shortbread cookies are a case in point and are perfect for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – healthy picnic or alfresco recipes. After all, no picnic would be complete without an easy to eat handheld dessert! (more…)

Red Lentil Lobster Crackers

Unique crackers with gorgeous color made from super healthy ingredients.  Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Red Lentil Lobster Crackers – Unique crackers with gorgeous color made from super healthy ingredients. Vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #crackers #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreesnacks #lobster #vegan #veganrecipes #dairyfree

I know it’s a little early to start thinking about summer, after all, spring just arrived, but I recently hosted a baby shower and made homemade crackers (in the shape of bunnies) as one of the appetizers. They were such a hit that I was inspired to pull out another one of my favorite cracker recipes – one that I make every summer. These Red Lentil Lobster Crackers are perfect for a summer picnic or lobster bake. They’re made with super healthy ingredients, and they happen to be the exact color of lobsters! I use them as a substitute for croutons in this lobster Caesar salad, but they are equally delicious dipped in hummus or guacamole. (more…)

Hash Brown Donuts

Two breakfast classics come together to create a unique dish chock-full of crispy deliciousness!

Hash Brown Donuts - Two breakfast classics come together to create a unique dish chock-full of crispy deliciousness. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #glutenfree #hashbrown #hashbrowns #potato #potatoes #donut #donuts #breakfast

When it comes to breakfast fare, hash browns and donuts are classics, which is why this recipe for Hash Brown Donuts is so fun! It combines two popular breakfast staples into one unique dish! In addition to being super creative, Hash Brown Donuts have some other great qualities. They’re baked in the oven (versus fried in a pan), so there’s no splattering of grease to deal with, and no being tethered to the stovetop. And, they’re easier to eat than regular hash browns because you can pick them up with your hands. This makes them a great party appetizer too. Hash Brown Donuts are super crispy and delicious even though they’re made with much less oil than typical hash browns. A standard hash browns recipe using 1 pound of potatoes will usually call for ¼ cup or more of butter or oil. This recipe for Hash Brown Donuts uses only 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a little bit extra to spray the pan. (more…)

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies

Simple to make healthy brownies with intense, dark chocolate flavor.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies - Simple to make healthy brownies with rich, dark chocolate flavor. | QueenofMyKitchen.com | #brownies #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #dairyfree #paleo #norefinedsugar

Dark Chocolate Avocado Banana Brownies seem almost too good to be true! They’re flourless, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly, and contain no refined sugar, yet they taste so decadent. And, they clock in at only 84 calories per serving!  They have a tender texture that’s more cake-like than fudgy, and a deep, rich chocolate flavor that comes from cacao powder. You might be put off by the avocado in this recipe, but don’t be. The avocado replaces the fat that you normally find in brownie recipes (usually butter or oil) and you don’t taste it at all. The banana adds sweetness with a slight banana taste, but mostly what comes through in these brownies is intense chocolately goodness! (more…)

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