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  • welcome to the sprouted life!

    We are a gluten free family trying to balance real food eating & traditional food practices while still eating on a budget and living socially in an over-processed food society. This blog is intended to share: our favorite recipes, our gardening & canning experiences, our food flops (ask me about my egg-free, paleo, almond flour pancake mess) & life with three little dirt covered boys.

    All of our recipes are gluten free, many are egg-free or offer egg-free options (even though our family is no longer egg free, I still try to include egg-free options) and many are dairy free, paleo & GAPS friendly. we don't "follow one specific diet" but our cooking style is best described as "gluten free but inspired by wapf + paleo + raw + realistic."

    Welcome to the adventure we call life!

Protein Breakfast Bites

By the time I get to Friday mornings, I have pretty much run out of inspiration for breakfast.  While I typically eat a protein smoothie, I am always looking for ideas to feed my growing boys, that are loaded with healthy fats and fiber, but eggs get boring quickly and my oldest doesn’t love protein smoothies.

I am fairly adamant that my kids eat a hearty breakfast (not sugar and carbs), like the typical SAD (Standard American Diet) of cereal, toast, bagels etc.  So finding variations can be challenging. One of their current favorite breakfasts are my little protein bites.

They are loaded with gluten free oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut flakes, dried blueberries, flax seed, chia seeds, sliced almonds and coconut oil.  While they look like little muffins, they are actually dense, almost crumbly little bites, that pair wonderfully with coffee.  Because of the fiber and fat, they are incredibly filling and can easily keep you fueled until lunch.

A few benefits are that they are easy to make, freeze well and can travel well as snacks. I almost always have all the ingredients on hand…besides the dried blueberries, but I live super close to our local Earth Fare and they always have them in their bulk food section. You can also easily substitute ingredients: chopped up dried apricots or dates, sunflower seeds, pecans etc. Be creative with them!

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Protein Breakfast Bites
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1½ cups gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup wild blueberries
  • ⅓ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. celtic sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat Oven to 350º F
  2. Lightly grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil (mine holds 32 muffins)
  3. Add all the dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times to incorporate them
  4. In a separate bowl mix together remaining wet ingredients (coconut oil, vanilla & maple syrup)
  5. Pour slowly into food processor and pulse until everything is well combined
  6. Fill mini muffin pans and press mixture until it is well compacted and just below the top of the pan
  7. Bake at 350º for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown
  8. Cool before removing from the pan
  9. *If they are hard to remove, twisting them around in the pan in a circle typically releases them

 

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A Snapshot of Life: Packing Lunches

This year one of my goals is to share more about our daily lives.  From the little things, like where I shop, how I buy in bulk, what school lunches look like, what snack time looks like etc.

So today, I thought I would share a quick picture of my 1st graders school lunch.  I actually hate packing lunches…you know all those cute Pinterest images of cheese and sandwiches cut into cute shapes…yeah, never happens in our house.  To simplify the process of  lunches in our house, I always make a large enough dinner for leftovers.  As I am putting away/cleaning up dinner I fill all the boys lunches boxes, making morning’s so much easier.  The mornings I didn’t pre-pack lunches or didn’t have leftovers to use, just makes me feel like I am scrambling.

We have chosen to use the Goodbyn System for our lunches.  I love them because they seal really well, don’t have multiple components for my boys to keep track of and they are the perfect size for their lunches.

Pictured below:  leftover sauerkraut & meatballs, green beans with coconut oil and sea salt and an orange.

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Our Favorite Cookie – Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite childhood memories was making chocolate chip cookies with my mom. We used to make the traditional Toll House recipe off the back of a bag of Nestle chocolate chips.  While things have changed dramatically in our house from those day (no flour, no white sugar and I use organic, fair trade dark chocolate chips) I still cherish those memories,  and l love sharing that tradition with my three little boys.

I have both of Danielle Walker’s Paleo Cookbooks: Against All Grain & Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple and to this day, they are two of my favorite cookbooks that I own (I have a slight cookbook addiction).  I originally started making her real-deal chocolate chip cookies, but over time, just adapted it to better suit our families taste and to simplify – in my world, less steps and less dishes are always better.  If you have never checked out her cookbooks, you should.  She has lots of fun recipes and they are great inspiration.

A few of the changes I made was that I use coconut oil instead of palm shortening (which I don’t typically have on hand). I cut out the honey (you can add it back in if you want sweeter cookies, but if you do, omit the extra tablespoon of coconut oil – it was only added to add in a little extra moisture).  I have made them adding in an extra egg, and no honey or extra tablespoon of coconut oil, and that variation works well also. I like this version best with just the coconut sugar, because it is just lightly sweetened. I also just mix the cookies by hand, my food processor is dying, and I found that I didn’t need to pull out an extra appliance.

Another thing to note is that these cookies don’t have a great self life, so if you plan to keep them a few days, throw them in the fridge.  They do freeze well though.

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Our Favorite Cookie - Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
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serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp of melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup of coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups blanched almond flour
  • 4 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix together the melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, vanilla and eggs, until smooth.
  3. Add in the almond flour, coconut flour*, baking soda and sea salt and mix again until combined.
  4. Once well mixed, stir in chocolate chips
  5. Roll into balls and slightly flatten on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  6. Bake 9-12 minutes until slightly brown on the edges.
  7. *with coconut flour, I use a spoon and swirl mine through a mesh strainer to eliminate any clumps.
  8. **if you would like to make your cookies sweeter, you can add in honey, (1 - 2 Tbsp). If you do add honey, omit the extra tablespoon of coconut oil.

 

One of the great things about these cookies is that they are simple, quick and I literally always have all the ingredients on hand (most of these ingredients I buy from bulk sources anyway)

Where some of my ingredients come from:

 

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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Smoothie

My favorite protein powder for smoothies is chocolate…but since we have been doing a lot of smoothies I have been trying to switch it up.  I decided to grab a jar of the Vega Vanilla Protein & Greens the last time it was on sale at our local Earthfare.  While I like to use fresh greens in my smoothies, this is a great options with 2 servings of greens included in the powder. This is my favorite smoothie combination that I have created using this powder.

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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • handful of fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (if using canned, use half cup + a half cup of water)
  • 1 heaping scoop of Vega Vanilla Protein & Greens Powder
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cocoa nibs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. dump all the ingredients into a high speed blender. enjoy!

 

 

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Our Favorite Breakfast Smoothie – Blueberry Chocolate Spinach

At the end of October, my husband and I decided to do a 21 day cleanse.  We didn’t follow any mainstream cleanses in which they try to sell product (I am not a fan), but we basically followed the principles set by Dr. Alejandro Junger and his Clean Gut Cleanse & his blog for a bunch of recipes.  Basics of it, were a protein smoothie for breakfast, lunch was main meal of veggies, protein and clean fat and then dinner was an entree salad + plus no eating from dinner until breakfast.  My husband and I loved it, and now we crave our morning smoothies instead of a heavier breakfast.  I thought I would share  my favorite smoothie combination that I would pick over any others.

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Key ingredients:

Fiber: Flax seed and Chia Seeds

Vitamins, minerals and protein: pumpkin seeds, roasted cocoa nibs, brazil nuts, spinach, unsweetened almond milk and organic chocolate protein powder

Sweetener: blueberries

Because of all the fiber and protein, this smoothie is incredibly filling and satisfying.

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Our Favorite Breakfast Smoothie - Blueberry Chocolate Spinach
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Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups of almond milk
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 brazil nuts
  • 2 Tbsp - ¼ c. raw pumpkin seeds (I soak and sprout mine first)
  • 1Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1Tbsp. roasted cocoa nibs
  • 2 scoops of orgain organic chocolate protein powder
Instructions
  1. dump all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend. enjoy!

 

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