GFFAFest in Columbus

By April 23, 2015 Gluten-Free Experiences
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Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh—it’s almost here!

The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is in Ohio! I’m making the trek from Toledo to Columbus to spend the weekend with my GFFs (gluten-free friends, duh).

The GFFAFest is open 10am – 4pm Saturday April, 25 – Sunday, April 26. I will be set up in the blogger booth tweeting and Instagramming away. I am so excited to meet all of my Ohio readers plus anyone from neighboring states who make their way into the Buckeye State.

I’m super-duper excited to be selling my new G-Free Love t-shirts. The V-neck T-shirts will be available for a special expo price of $15 and will increase to $20 after; the G-Free Love Raglan tops (SUPER CUTE) will be available online only for $25 and increase to $30 after the expo.  Not able to make it to GFFAFest? Don’t worry; they’re available in an online shop. GET YOU SOME.

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Columbus

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If you need more info about the GFFAF in Columbus, visit the event website. You can also find GFFAFest on Facebook and Twitter.

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Remember, when you arrive to the GFFAFest in Columbus, stop by the blogger booth. I bought a selfie stick for the sole purpose of grabbing a photo with you! Be sure to follow the hashtag #GFFAFest so you can join the social conversation throughout the weekend.

See you soon! 

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

By April 11, 2015 Gluten-Free Recipes
almond chocolate no bake energy bites

I’m all about that almond life, whether it is snacking on a handful of almonds at work or using them in delicious raw bar recipes. Since I got a Ninja food processor a few months ago, I’ve become obsessed with trying out new recipes in it, most of which include almonds!

Healthy Gluten-Free Snacking

 I’m one of those people that eat throughout the ENTIRE day. As you can imagine, packing gluten-free snacks like LARABARs can get expensive, so making my own raw no-bake bars and bites has been a life change.

One of my coworkers has been on the ‘no-bake energy bites’ train for a while and shared this recipe for chocolate almond bites with me. It’s been my go-to the past few weeks. If you asked the people in my office, they’d tell you I’m obsessed with my ‘balls’ – that’s what we call them, hehe.

Ingredients

If you don’t have all of the above ingredients, you can make some substitutes. For example, try using mini chocolate chips instead of cacao nibs if you are nervous to splurge on cacao. You can also use a different sweetener than liquid stevia, I just prefer that because it’s much easier and the little bottle will last a long time!

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Instructions

First combine the almond flour, coconut flakes, Spectrum blend, cacao powder, cacao nibs and sea salt in the food processor.

Once the first portion of ingredients is mixed, add the raw honey and coconut oil. Mix for approximately 60 seconds.

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*Tip: During the process, you may need to stop the food processor and use a spatula to ensure all ingredients are being mixed.

Scoop up a spoonful of the raw batter and roll into the palm of your hands, making a ball shape. I like to use a scooper batter spoon in order to scoop a consistent amount of the bites up each time. The bites don’t stay together *super* well, so mold the best you can. Once you put them in the fridge to cool, they harden up!

Let the bites sit in the fridge for at least a half hour to harden. Store in fridge to keep  fresh.

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No-Bake Energy Bites

Raw no-bake bites are so much fun! You can kind of create your own recipe each time. While this is one of my favorite recipes, if you’re out of one ingredient, sub something else in and see what happens – odds are it’ll taste delicious!

As far as the health benefits of almonds go, check out this infographic from Nuts.com! While this recipe uses almond milk, you can reap the rewards of almonds by using almond butter as a PB alternative and almond milk as a dairy-free and low-calorie milk alternative! You could even add almond butter to this recipe – I’m sure it would be delish! Learn more about the health benefits of almonds here.

Health Benefits of Almonds

 

Tell me how you use almonds in the comments below. Any suggestions on ingredients to make these raw bites a little better – let me know!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Almond Energy Bites
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Recipe type: Healthy Snack
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TREAT YO’ SELF with these gluten-free energy bites — they’re healthy & delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup almond flour (use premade or make your own with almonds in the food processor!)
  • ½ Cup coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. Spectrum Decadent blend
  • 2 Tbsp. Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals)
  • 2 Tbsp. Cacao nibs (Navitas Naturals)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 spoonful of raw honey (Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Honey)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 drops of liquid stevia (Kal Pure Stevia)
Instructions
  1. First combine the almond flour, coconut flakes, Spectrum blend, cacao powder, cacao nibs and sea salt in the food processor.
  2. Once the first portion of ingredients is mixed, add the raw honey and coconut oil. Mix for approximately 60 seconds.
  3. *Tip: During the process, you may need to stop the food processor and use a spatula to ensure all ingredients are being mixed.
  4. Scoop up a spoonful of the raw batter and roll into the palm of your hands, making a ball shape. I like to use a scooper batter spoon in order to scoop a consistent amount of the bites up each time. The bites won’t stay together super well, so mold the best you can. Once you put them in the fridge to cool, they harden up!
  5. Let the bites sit in the fridge for at least a half hour to harden. Store in fridge to keep fresh.

 

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