Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

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Cornbread is something I’ve always heard about during thanksgiving. It’s known as a staple in southern American cuisine but I had never tried it before. But the other day, I found a bag of cornmeal lying around and decided to give it a try.

This cornbread recipe is gluten and dairy free. It’s super easy to make and can be sweet or savory. With a crunchy outer crust and a soft and fluffy interior, this recipe is a must try for anyone craving homemade cornbread. Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 xylitol
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C
  2. Combine the flour, cornmeal, xylitol, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix in the eggs, almond milk, and coconut oil.
  4. Pour the batter in a lined baking tray and bake for 30-35 mins or until a fork or cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool and cut before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please like and follow for more quick gluten and dairy free recipes like this one. Thank you for reading, xoxo.

Almond Chocolate Oat Cookies

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Hey guys, welcome back to the blog. Today’s recipe is a quick and easy oatmeal cookie recipe made with whole ingredients. They’re a guilt free treat that can be altered just by adding any toppings or flavouring you’d like. You’ll definitely want to make these on the regular, so make sure to save this recipe post.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fine oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar or xylitol (for a sugar free alternative)
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used Nova’s sugar and dairy free chocolate)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut oil, sugar, vanilla extract and eggs.
  2. Fold in the oats, almonds, chocolate, salt and baking powder.
  3. Scoop out the cookie dough into equal balls and flatten onto a lined baking tray.
  4. Bake at 180°C for 30 mins.

A super quick yet delicious recipe that you can enjoy guilt-free. I like to think of it as an everything cookie where you can add any toppings; nuts, seeds, dried fruit. Definitely try out this one and like if you enjoy it. Thank you for reading and follow for more recipes like this one, xoxo.

Ginger Cookies

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Hey guys, today’s recipe is a simple one. Gluten free Ginger cookies! This is the first time I’ve ever tried baking ginger cookies and after experimenting with a few cookie dough types, this is one is ideal for the best flavor. You can easily adapt this recipe to suit your preferences. The best way I can describe this cookie is it has a soft centre and a crumbly texture. If you want a stronger ginger flavour then you can use fresh ginger, but you can use ginger spice for a more subtle flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup corn flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 150ºC.
  2. Combine coconut oil, coconut sugar, ginger, and eggs.
  3. Fold in the different flours, cinnamon, and any other spices you’d like.
  4. Avoid over mixing the cookie dough. Allow it to chill for 10-15 mins.
  5. Roll out the cookie dough into even portions, lightly pressing them down.
  6. Bake for 20-25mins or until they harden on the outside.

This recipe was a quickie, let me know if you do try it out down in the comments. Thank you for reading and please like and follow for more, xoxo.

Healthy Orange Cake Recipe

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Hey guys, welcome back to the blog. Today’s recipe is a new one, a gluten and dairy free orange cake! This simple recipe is a twist on my usual lemon bars. It is a soft, yet denser cake, covered with a sweet orange syrup. This is my first time experimenting with fresh oranges, without any orange extract. While you can add orange extract to boost the flavour, I’d definitely recommend adding freshly squeezed orange juice to this one. The recipe yields 9 servings but you can easily double it. The cake is best served warm and would pair great with fresh fruit. Here is how you can make it!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup erythritol sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice (I used 3 oranges)
  • 3 medium-sized eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any plant-based milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp honey + juice from 2 oranges (for the simple syrup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 150ºC.
  2. Whisk together coconut oil, eggs, sugar, and orange zest.
  3. Mix in the orange juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flours and baking powder together.
  5. Sift in half of the dry mixture into the wet and fold in gently.
  6. Alternate between adding in the almond milk and dry mixture until you get a smooth, thick batter.
  7. Pour the batter into a lined baking tin and bake at 180ºC for 25-30 mins, until the top turns golden.
  8. To make the simple syrup (traditionally made with equal parts sugar and water), slightly warm up some honey and mix in the orange juice.
  9. Use a fork or skewer to poke small holes in the cake, drizzle the syrup all over and cut into squares before serving.

I hope you try out this recipe and find it helpful. I have a few more recipes coming out this month so keep an eye out for more gluten and dairy free baking. Please like and follow to support the healthboss community and thank you for reading, xoxo.

The Best Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Hey guys, welcome back to the blog! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve baked some healthy cookies so to get back into it, I tried a new gluten, dairy, and sugar free chocolate chip recipe. I tried this recipe a couple of times to make sure it is foolproof and if you want a chewy, crisp cookie then this is the recipe for you. This recipe yields about 9 servings but you can easily halve or double it. They also store really well in the fridge, and they have a more soft, crumbly texture when warm.

Gluten Free Flours

The type of flour you use significantly impacts the texture of your cookie, for this recipe I used self-raising gluten free flour from Freee Farm, but you can also use any gluten free all purpose flour blend. I like using a pre-made flour mix to simplify the recipe rather than mixing different flours to achieve the right consistency. However, for this recipe I would avoid bean flour or coconut flour, which could change the taste and texture of the cookie.

Sugar Substitute

For this recipe, I used a sugar free stevia/erythritol brown sugar from Truvia. I would recommend brown sugar for this recipe rather than white sugar blends because it gives the cookie that soft texture in the middle. If you want to substitute the brown sugar, coconut sugar should also work well.

Making it dairy free

If you want a dairy free recipe, you can use coconut oil like I did. If not, you can use traditional butter. I have not tried vegan butter with this recipe, but it should work as well. Your cookies need a source of fat to stay soft and chewy, if you skip it you risk having a dry and crumbly cookie.

Tips

  • Allow all your ingredients to come to room temp to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying.
  • Do not overman the dough.
  • You can chill the dough for 15mins before baking so that the cookie expands while the fat melts when baking.
  • Avoid flattening the cookie dough balls, they should spread out when baking, otherwise they’ll just melt into one big puddle.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 sugar substitute (I used Truvia Brown Sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 150ºC.
  2. Whisk coconut oil and brown sugar until well combined.
  3. Add in the vanilla, salt, and eggs.
  4. Gently fold in the gluten free flour until it forms a sticky dough.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and chill the dough.
  6. Roll out cookie dough balls on a tray lined with baking paper, ensuring each one has enough room.
  7. Bake at 180ºC for 15-20 mins or until they turn golden.
  8. Allow them to cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

There you have it! My favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I hope you try this one out and find more recipes you’ll enjoy. Please like and follow for more gluten free recipes. Thank you for reading xoxo.

Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

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You need to make this recipe!

I’ve always been a fan of chocolate cake, I mean who isn’t? But, as much as I love it, I don’t always feel that great after eating it. While there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a traditional chocolate cake without any guilt, I still wanted to enjoy a version that didn’t throw me into a food coma. That’s why I wanted to create a chocolate cake recipe that was rich and decadent yet light and simple. I made this chocolate cake a while back for Christmas and it’s become a personal favourite since then. It is gluten and dairy free, as well as sugar free if you use a sugar substitute like I did. Most importantly it is super quick and easy to make. So here’s what you’ll need…

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour (simply blend some oats in a blender or food processor)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used pure chocolate pellets without dairy or sugar). You can also use roughly chopped dairy free chocolate (I like the one from sweet switch)
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup xylitol (or any sugar substitute)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt

Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 170ºC
  2. Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the almond milk, stirring gently.
  3. While the mixture is melting, separate your egg yolks from the whites.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until they become fluffy and soft peaks form.
  5. Once the chocolate has melted remove from the double boiler, allow to cool slightly and stir in the xylitol.
  6. Now take your yolks and temper them by adding a spoonful of the chocolate mixture and combining.
  7. Add the tempered yolks to the rest of the chocolate.
  8. Sift in 1/3 of the oat flour, the baking powder, salt, and cacao powder into the chocolate. Fold gently until well combined.
  9. Now add a third of the egg whites into the batter and fold gently. Repeat these steps until you’ve added in all your flour and egg whites. It’s important not to over mix, fold in the ingredients with a spatula to achieve the best results.
  10. Once fully incorporated, transfer the batter into a lined cake tin and place in the oven.
  11. Bake for about 30-45 minutes, once the cake is cooked in will be firm all the way through.
  12. Allow it to cool before removing from the tin and slicing.

Tips

  • Double boiler: to use a double boiler simply boil water in a saucepan and place a heatproof bowl over it to melt the chocolate in.
  • Oat flour: when making oat flour it’s useful to make sure your blender is completely dry and pulse the oats. I love using oats for this recipe because it’s light but keeps the cake moist. I wouldn’t suggest changing out the flour.
  • Tempering your yolks is necessary to prevent them from cooking in the hot chocolate.
  • With this type of cake, folding your flours in is better than whisking because you don’t want to over-mix. You want the batter to be airy and not dense.

I hope you try out this recipe and let me know how you find it. I know how ‘guilt-free’ treats are hard to come by which is why I try to find the best alternatives to make my own. If you’d like to see more of these recipes and other tips on healthy baking, please like and follow for more, xoxo.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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For those times when you’re craving a salty, crunchy snack and you have a can of chickpeas just laying around.

Today’s recipe is a quick one but if you want a quick snack that takes minimal effort then keep reading!

Chickpeas are packed with fibre, protein and several vitamins, which make them filling and the perfect plant-based protein snack. I love including them in recipes for a vegan protein option and you can even add them to your salads. Chickpeas are a versatile ingredient and can be used in a number of recipes. When it comes to chickpea snacks however, it’s best to make your own at home. Store-bought snacks can contain a number of unnecessary ingredients so it’s best to avoid the processed kind. The best part is that you can make any flavour combinations you want depending on which spices you use to make this chickpea recipe your own.

Nutrition facts (1 Cup chickpeas)

  • Calories: 210
  • Protein: 10.7g
  • Carbs: 35g
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Fibre: 9.6g
  • Sodium: 322mg

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Steps

  1. Wash your chickpeas well and dry with a kitchen towel. I like to remove the skin to get the extra crispy.
  2. Drizzle in your olive oil, (avocado oil is also an option) and add in your seasonings.
  3. Stir until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 150ºC for about 1hr. Check on them and stir regularly to ensure they do not burn. Once they harden and turn golden brown they’re done.
  5. You can store them in an airtight container for about 3-4 days.

Are Hidden Calories Hindering Your Weight Loss?

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If you’ve been diligent with eating healthy and tracking your calories for a while now, yet you still haven’t lost any considerable weight or fat, then hidden calories may be the reason why. We often think that when we’re eating ‘healthy’ then we should be losing weight. But weight loss and fat loss are a little more more complex than that.

Losing weight often comes down to calories in versus calories out. This means that to lose weight you would have to be in a calorie deficit, in other words, using more energy than you are consuming. When you are in a deficit, your body will turn towards other sources of energy, usually fat. This is where the difference between weight loss and fat loss comes in as the former usually does not focus on composition and the latter focuses on retaining muscle. But this is a bit more complicated and is meant for another post.

Moving on, if it all comes down to calories, then that means you can be eating healthy and not lose weight if you are in a calories surplus or on maintenance. This brings us to hidden calories; sometimes the foods we eat have way more calories than we think they do. This doesn’t mean they are bad for you, only that you have to be more conscious of your overall energy intake. You do not want to waste calories on certain things or think you are in a calorie deficit when the opposite is true.

So, let’s look at some of the hidden calories most common in our diets and what you may want to be aware of. Keep in mind that these foods are by no means bad for you. They are not ‘evil’, they are just higher in calories and when consumed in large amounts, add up to your overall calorie intake. I enjoy these things in moderation or I try to find lower calorie alternatives, but I do not obsess over them. The importance of your fitness goal is turning it into sustainable habits and eventually a lifestyle. So, let’s get into it!

#1. Dressings & Sauces

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Eating a salad is healthy and most salad dressings and other sauces are considered healthy. However, dressings are often higher in calories than the whole salad, especially when you are eating out. For example, on average 1 tablespoon of vinaigrette has about 75 calories, similar to ranch dressing and 2-4 tabelspoons of that can add up. So skipping out on the dressing or opting for a lower calorie version may be a better option.

#2. Cooking Oils

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We cook almost everything in oil and forget to calorie track it at times. Cooking a meal in 2-3 tbsps of oil does add calories to your overall consumption and may be the reason why you are not in a calorie deficit. 1 tablespoon of olive oil has about 120 calories and the same goes for avocado oil. You can simply be more mindful of the amount of oil you use and add it in your calorie tracking to be more accurate.

#3. Smoothies/ Smoothie Bowls

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Smoothies and smoothie bowls are considered the epitome of health. It took the media by storm as every influencer started shoving smoothie bowls into their cameras. But it’s easy to loose track of how many things we’re stuffing into a blender or how many things are added to the smoothies we buy. When it comes to a smoothie, it’s best to keep things simple and aim for high protein.

#4. Almond/Peanut Butter

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Almond butter is a staple in my grocery hauls. I love it it my oatmeal and on toast and you probably enjoy nut butters too. But they are higher in calories than you might think; 1 tablespoon of almond or peanut butter has about 100 calories. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it, but do so in moderation so that you can have more control over your energy consumption.

#5. Protein Snacks

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Last on my list of tricky foods are protein snacks. Protein snacks are often marketed as ‘healthy’ and great for your fitness goals. But processed snacks sometimes contain a lot more than just protein, they are often loaded with sugar, preservatives, and calories. Whenever you buy them it’s beneficial to check the ingredients and composition so that you know what you are consuming.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and found something useful from it. Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietitian and the tips I share are based from personal experience. Nevertheless, I hope you like and follow to join our health boss community, xoxo.

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken pot pie

Hey everyone, welcome back to the blog! Today’s recipe is the perfect comfort meal that you and the whole family will be able to enjoy. I have always wanted to try out chicken pot pie but never found a gluten and dairy free version, which is why I decided to make one myself. I needed a method that would make it simpler than the original and still taste delicious and it turned out better than I had hoped. My family had me making this recipe again the next day! With a golden crust and a creamy filling inside, this is the perfect chicken pot pie you can make while still keeping to your healthy meal plans. This recipe makes a 7 inch (1 inch deep) pie but you can easily double it for a bigger portion.

The best part is that the crust is super easy to make and the rest is done with basic ingredients so anyone can make it! This recipe will be in the ebook along with other quick easy meals I share. These recipes are quick because as a university student, I don’t always have the time and a one pan dish like this one is a go-to. So let’s get right into it…

INGREDIENTS

Dough

  • 3-5 Medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 1-2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Filling

  • 1 cup shredded chicken
  • 2 cups vegetables (I used a frozen mix of bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms)
  • 1-2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • spices of choice
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STEPS

Crust

  1. First boil your sweet potatoes until they are soft when you stick a fork in them. Once they’re done, allow them to cool off and then you can easily peel the skin off. I use sweet potatoes because they will help soften and bind the dough.
  2. Now add them to a bowl, mash until smooth and add salt because they are fairly sweet.
  3. Fold in your flour gradually; I use a 1:1 ratio. The dough should be firm, not sticky nor crumbly.
  4. Add olive oil and continue to knead, keep adding flour if it is too sticky and doesn’t hold its shape.
  5. Let it rest for 15-30 mins.
  6. After divide your dough into two halves (One for the base and one for the top crust).
  7. Roll out your first half evenly about 1/2cm thick, on parchment paper. Make sure to keep dusting with flour so that it doesn’t stick.
  8. You can then oil your baking mould and carefully place it upside-down over the dough. You can then easily flip it using the parchment paper.
  9. Bake the crust at 180ºC for 10-15 mins until slightly golden.

Filling

  1. While the bottom crust is baking, you can start on your filling. Now you can either cook your chicken or use precooked or leftover chicken. I used leftover roast which I shredded.
  2. After sautéing your chicken with some olive oil, add your vegetables. I used frozen mix vegetables to be more efficient but you can add your own chopped veggies. A couple of alternatives are: celery, chopped carrots, spinach…
  3. Now, once your veggies are cooked, you can add your chicken stock, I made my chicken stock the night before but you can still use store bought. (I will also be adding a stock recipe soon)
  4. You can then add any spices of choice, I added some salt, pepper, thyme and garlic powder. It’s best to have a taste test depending on how seasoned your stock is.
  5. While that’s simmering, mix 1tbsp of corn flower in 1/2 cup of water, ensuring that there are no lumps. Add this to your filling and stir on low heat. This will replace any cream traditionally used to thicken the filling.
  6. Once the filling is thick and creamy, you can pour it into the mould with the baked crust.
  7. Lastly roll out your second half of the dough, press the edges together and place it over the filled pie.
  8. Bake at 180 for 30-45 mins until it looks golden-brown, allow to cool and serve.
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Let me know if you try out this recipe or if you have your own version of chicken pot pie. More tips for this recipe are coming out in the ebook so keep an eye out. Thank you for reading, please like and follow for more healthy meal ideas like this one, xoxo.

What I eat in a Day (Cutting Edition)

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Hey guys, welcome back! In this post I’m going to be sharing what a normal day of eating during lockdown is for me. Obviously there have been some changes in the way I eat lately because my energy expenditure has decreased and my cravings have changed, nevertheless this is to help give you some inspiration if you’re running out of ideas. I’d like to preface that you do not have to follow how I eat because nutrition is something very personal, which is why I avoid sharing how many calories I eat in a day. However, I thought that a post like this could be fun and give you some ideas. Let’s work on improving our nutrition not restricting it. (If you want more what I eat in a day content, check out my instagram @healthbossblog) So here is what I eat in a day…

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I admit my appetite has been hectic during lockdown and I assume I’m not alone in this. Lockdown has probably done a number not only on our physical health but our mental health as well. I personally found that I’m not as hungry in the morning as before, since I don’t can’t to the gym during lockdown, so I have breakfast a little later than usual. I am also currently intermittent fasting, with the 16/8 method which is why I usually break my fast around 11-12am. If you want to know more about how I intermittent fast, let me know down in the comments, but break my fast with some camomile tea with apple cider vinegar and honey. Then a typical breakfast for me right now is protein oats or eggs with gluten free toast.

Contrary to what you might think, I still enjoy certain foods like bread and cookies as long as they meet my caloric needs. My method of cutting isn’t as strict because I plan to take it slow and continue with it for at least a few months. Which is why I take it day by day and I don’t stress about it much. Although I’ve researched about other methods of cutting, I’ve tried to reappropriate certain methods to my own lifestyle and nutrition requirements and I urge you to do the same by starting slow.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

A typical lunch for me looks like this, usually a source of protein like chicken breast or lean beaf (since I can’t have fish), with a source of carbs (quinoa, potato gnocchi, veggie pasta, or sweet potato) and some type of greens. My meals are definitely balanced, and it varies from time to time. I won’t lie there are days where I just want to eat toast, and that’s alright because I listen to my body, I eat intuitively and I don’t stress about it much. Dinner is usually the same, sometimes I have a snack in between but that depends on how filling my lunch is although I do have coffee with unsweetened almond milk throughout the day.

Rice Spring Rolls

Dinner that day was pretty quick, using leftovers from lunch and rice paper wraps, I made gluten free spring rolls with an asian hot sauce. They were surprising low in calories but quite filling and they’re definitely one of my go-to meals. Plus I recently got into eating with chopsticks recently and although my skills are debatable, they are worth the experience when eating spring rolls and rice noodles. Usually I have a black decaf after dinner with some stevia when my fast has already started and that is it for a day.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, please like and follow for more what I eat in a day’s. Thank you for reading and I look forwards to seeing you again, xoxo.