Category: Snacks

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…)

Almond Butter Button Cookies

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

Almond Butter Button Cookies – Deliciously soft and chewy cookies made with just a handful of healthy ingredients. Gluten-free. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

We’ve all been there. You have to prepare a meal for your family or bring a baked item to an event but you’re way overdue for a trip to the grocery store and there’s no time to go now.  So, you stare into the refrigerator and rummage through your pantry trying to figure out what you can throw together using only the ingredients you have on hand.  Such was the genesis for this month’s Recipe Redux theme – Spring Clean the Kitchen.  The challenge was to develop a recipe using at least 3 ingredients you currently had in your kitchen – no trips to the grocery store allowed.  In keeping with the spirit of the theme, I opted to create a dessert/snack using a few of my favorite healthy baking staples, and to keep the ingredient list short.  The result is these adorable and delicious Almond Butter Button Cookies. (more…)

Banana Cashew Blender Cake

The easiest cake you’ll ever make, incredibly moist cake with intense banana flavor.  And bonus – it’s gluten-free and contains no refined sugar!

Banana Cashew Blender Cake - The easiest cake you’ll ever make - incredibly moist cake with intense banana flavor. And bonus, it’s gluten-free and contains no refined sugar! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Last month I posted a recipe for Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes and it was so well received that I decided to post another recipe using bananas. This cake is also made in a blender but it’s much more decadent. Banana Cashew Blender Cake is, hand-down, one of the moistest cakes you’ll ever taste. Made with cashew butter and overripe bananas, it has a soft, pleasantly spongy texture, and intense banana flavor. (more…)

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups

A delicious, nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too.

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups - A delicious and nutritious alternative to muffins with only 2 grams of sugar per serving! Gluten-free too. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Cranberry Pepita Oatmeal Cups are a perfect on-the-go breakfast. They’re portable, more nutritious than a typical muffin, and insanely delicious. When I first started seeing recipes for oatmeal cups appearing throughout the food blogosphere I thought “cup” was just another way of saying “muffin”, but once I tried oatmeal cups I realized that they are quite different from muffins and very deserving of their own name. (more…)

Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes

A healthy, low-calorie, chocolate dessert, with no added sugar and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas.

Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes - A healthy, low-calorie, gluten-free chocolate dessert with no added sugar and fantastic way to use up overripe bananas! | QueenofMyKitchen.com

If you’re a banana lover, and consume them on a regular basis like my family and I do, you’ll occasionally end up with bananas that are simply too dark and overripe to peel and eat.  Here’s a great use for those old bananas – one that will have you actually wanting your bananas to turn all brown and black!  Healthy Banana Fudge Cakes are light, with a moose-like texture and rich chocolate flavor. And they clock in at a mere 107 calories per serving so there’s no guilt necessary! (more…)

Paleo Cranberry Walnut Bars

Delicious maple infused dessert bars with a soft texture and sweet, tart, cranberry flavor.

Paleo Cranberry Walnut Bars are delicious maple infused treats with a soft texture and sweet, tart, cranberry flavor. Gluten-free with no refined sugar. | QueenofMyKitchen.com

Paleo Cranberry Walnut Bars are a delicious treat that straddles the line between cake and cookie. The interior texture is soft and tender with a pleasant chew and just a tad of golden brown crispy-ness around the edges. These bars are a nice alternative to cookies, and because they are cut into bars after they’re baked, they require much less time to make than drop cookies. Made with delicious, nutritious, gluten-free ingredients, it’s bars like these that give “healthy baking” a good name! (more…)