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Gluten Free in Costa Rica

By April 27, 2016 Gluten Free in Costa Rica, Gluten-Free Travels
Traveling Gluten Free in Costa Rica

If you follow me on any social channel, you’ve probably realized that I am in Costa Rica this week, currently staying at Arenas del Mar hotel in Manuel Antonio. I’ve visited Arenas del Mar before, but each time I return, both the food and the service get better and better. 

Traveling Gluten Free | G-Free Laura

Arenas del Mar: Safe for Gluten-Free Travelers

Updates since I stayed at Arenas del Mar in November:

> While 85% of the menu is or can be adapted to be gluten free, they now have individual gluten-free menus for guests so I know exactly what I can order—and these menus are not small by any means! 

Gluten Free Menu at Arenas del Mar

> The list of cocktails has evolved. You know I love a good margarita, so it’s awesome that I can return here and get some of the same drinks I had last time, but also some new, interesting mixtures (like pineapple and jalapeño). 

gluten-free cocktails | Arenas del Mar

> They have a homemade gluten-free bun! I ordered room service the other day after some intense hiking, and I was actually able to order the Club sandwich WITH a bun—that DIDN’T fall apart. 

> New gluten-free snacks are stocked in the room every day, so you have something to hold you over between lunch and dinner. I’ve discovered that I’m obsessed with plantain chips. It’s so great to have these small stacks available because oftentimes, gluten-free travelers are stuck eating the same old gluten-free bar to hold us over—where’s the fun in that? Arenas del Mar provides locally-sourced gluten-free snacks so you get to try something new while further experiencing the local culture.

Gluten-Free Snacks at Arenas del Mar

> The warm chocolate lava cake is JUST as delicious as I remember it. Seriously, I’m obsessed with that dessert. 

I encourage you to visit the hotel’s blog to learn more about their gluten-free options, as well as follow them on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter). You’ll definitely be putting this hotel on your bucket list after seeing all they have to offer. 

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Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites – Gluten Free, Vegan

By February 28, 2016 Gluten-Free Recipes
Chocolate sea salt energy bites

Of all the energy bite recipes in the world (or the ones I have on my Pinterest), this recipe is my go-to. I always have the ingredients for this healthy recipe, making it my trusty afternoon snack at work. My routine is to whip up a batch of these on Sunday evening so I have them all set for the week—it works out perfectly.

gluten free chocolate energy bites


This recipe was originally a guest post on the BestLaminate blog, but due to popular demand (a.k.a. friends and coworkers asking where they can find it), I’ve decided to post here as well! 

gluten free energy bites

Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites


  • 8-10 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 Cup almonds
  • 1/2 Cup pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbsp. Spectrum Decadent Blend (optional; just some more superfood)
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops liquid stevia (optional; if you don’t have any, add extra vanilla extract)
  • Sea salt to taste

gluten free energy bites | G-Free Laura

Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites | G-Free Laura

Gluten Free Energy Bites Recipe | G-Free Laura


Head over to the BestLaminate blog for the printable recipe instructions!

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