You’ll love this gluten free oatmeal!

Monica says:

Oh how I love breakfast!

In fact, it might be my favorite meal of the day!

I love to get my body started on the right foot for the day….it’s a win-win!

Since blueberries are my favorite fruit, this gluten free oatmeal is hearty, delicious, and so easy to make.

See for yourself!

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GF Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Dry Ingredients:

3 cups gluten free Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not instant)

½ cup almond meal

¾ cup chopped almonds (divide into two servings and set one aside)

2 tsp Saigon Cinnamon (we used Calicutt’s)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

2 large organic eggs

2 ½ cups vanilla nut milk (we used Silk High Protein)

1/3 cup unsulphured honey

2 tsp vanilla

Fold in:

1 cup fresh organic blueberries

Top:

Spread reserved almonds on top of whole mixture

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350˚. Prepare a 9” x 13” pan with non-stick spray.

Get two bowls ready and mix all dry ingredients in one (use only ONE serving of the chopped almonds), and whisk wet ingredients in the other.

Combine the two mixtures together with a wooden spoon and then gently FOLD in the blueberries.

Pour into your prepared pan and top with remaining serving of chopped almonds.

Bake for 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly. You may want to insert a toothpick into the oatmeal to ensure it is done (toothpick should come out clean!).

Serve warm or cool.

You can top each serving with more fresh blueberries….since you can never have enough blueberries!

Also, you can pour some milk of your choice on top and enjoy!

Refrigerate any uneaten portions.

And believe me, it’s great the next day, too!

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Just heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave and garnish….oh my!

© 2017, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk whisks

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Gluten Free Cheerios….OmG!

Monica and Daria say:

How fast can you run?

Just run!

Run, run, run!

To your nearest grocery store, or in our case, to the nearest Sam’s Club!

You NEED to try the new Gluten Free Cheerios! And at Sam’s Club, you get 2 boxes bundled together at 1 pound 4.35 ounces apiece!

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Oh so much Cheerios goodness to eat!

Why are we so excited about Gluten Free Cheerios?

We haven’t eaten them in 13 LONG years! Since our diagnoses, this great little cereal and reminder of our childhoods has been off limits!

So, we are ecstatic!

We were so hoping that the gluten free version of this classic cereal would be close to the original version….the little round O’s that we remember being so crunchy and standing up to the milk!

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Well, our hopes were satisfied!

Gluten Free Cheerios tastes just like regular Cheerios!

It’s awesome!

Oh we couldn’t wait to dive into a bowl this morning!

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So we got out the dark chocolate almond milk, cut up some strawberries, and readied our taste buds!

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YUM!

Isn’t it amazing how the simple things in life are the best?

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So make Gluten Free Cheerios a part of your breakfast routine again…and relive some happy moments like we are!

Enjoy!

© 2015, Monica & Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk

Red, white, and blue…everywhere!

Monica says:

We are slowly approaching America’s birthday….and that means red, white, and blue!

One of my favorite breakfasts is oatmeal with cinnamon sprinkled on it….so to be patriotic and add some wonderful antioxidants to my diet, I added a bunch of blueberries and strawberries!

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Delicious and nutritious!

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This post is a little different because in early June, in honor of Flag Day (June 14th), I made a red, white, and blue wreath for my front door.

It was inspired by Meredith while reading her blog Wait ’til Your Father Gets Home. When I came upon her post and saw the wreath, I knew I had to replicate it! So thanks to Meredith!

So I decided to add in a few pics of the way I constructed it…that way, you may be inspired, too!

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Gather your materials….you will need a wire wreath as shown; 3 colors of tulle (red, white, and blue); 4 spools of ribbon (red, white and blue designed) and 2 large spools of wired ribbon (red, white and blue designed); scissors or rotary cutter, and a ruler.

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If you are using a rotary cutter, you will need a mat or cutting board (I used an old plaque).

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You will need to cut 96 total pieces of blue tulle to place on wreath….

12 pieces on each wire using 2 of the 9 sections that make up the wreath.

Then cut 112 pieces of white and 112 pieces of red.

Place 8 total pieces on each wire alternating white and red. Put 2 red, then 2 white, etc.

Place these all around the remaining 7 sections of the wreath.

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As I cut my tulle, I gathered the pieces into groups of 10 and clipped them with a clothespin.

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While I was making it, I enjoyed a bowl of blueberries in a red colander draining in a white bowl….planned?

No, it just happened to be my mid-morning snack!

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Now cut your ribbons….small ribbons with red white, and blue designs are cut to approximately 10 inches.., you can cut as many as you want. We also added in very fine white ribbon to our wreaths!

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Make sure that wider ribbon that you buy is WIRED because it will make the final look amazing, as you can manipulate it!

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The wider ribbon is cut to about 13 inches and our wreaths had 8 pieces added. Three of one design and five of the other design!

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It’s looking great and the blueberries are disappearing!!

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LOVE it!

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Now to attach it to the door, we need to add some fishing line!

Do you see the pricetag on this line?? Holy cow, that’s how long I’ve had it!

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Voila! Our patriotic welcome!

Anyway, once visitors to our home saw it, they, too, had to make one!

So my sister Maria started her wreath with the help of her sweet granddaughter, Emily.

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Emily, in turn, wanted to make one for her house, so now we are up to three!

Emily’s is super special because we used sparkle white and sparkle red for her wreath!

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Didn’t Emily do a great job? She is super proud of her work, as she should be!20150621_184107

Emily and I say, “Ta-Da!!”

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And Gracie (my sister Maria’s other granddaughter) gets in on the act! Too cute for words!

So what are you planning to do for the biggest birthday celebration in the world?

Whatever you do, enjoy with pride and patriotism!

© 2015, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

Blend up some nutrition!

Monica says:

Smoothie recipes are everywhere! They are THE go-to breakfast or energizing snack in the afternoon!

If you have a blender, you can make virtually any smoothie!

Smoothies are quick and easy, help you get more fruits and veggies, and can sustain your energy for a longer time! And did I mention, FUN?

If I didn’t…FUN ranks right up there!

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I LOVE listening to the whir of my HealthMaster™ blender (Montel Williams Living Well series)….yes, we got sucked into the infomercial and resisted, however, when we saw it at our local Boscov’s, we purchased it (and are happy to say it has been great)!

Anyway, the blender itself comes with a Smoothies and Power Drinks recipe manual and additional titles for making soups & sauces, appetizers & dressings, and desserts & ice cream, as well as an eating plan.

I’ve collected quite a few recipes into a “Smoothies” file, and I downloaded the Smoothies for Migraines ebook onto my Kindle, along with a few other titles.

When I first started blending my smoothies, I followed the recipes to the T.

Now, not so much!

It all depends what’s in the refrigerator and on the countertop….these ingredients will become my smoothie for the day!

A favorite of mine that I make fairly often is a nut and fruit smoothie.

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This one was made with 1 cup of fresh blueberries, ¼ cup of natural peanut butter (no sugar added), 2 very ripe bananas, 2 T chia seeds, 2 cups of vanilla soy milk and 6 ice cubes.

The ripe bananas give this smoothie a sweet taste

and the blend of blueberries and peanut butter round it out!

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Delightful!

So if you haven’t become part of the smoothie craze, I would suggest that you join us!

Easy, nutritious, and fun!!

What could be better?

Enjoy!

© 2015, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

The Real Deal With Gluten-Free Cheerios

This is a must-read for all of you who grew up with the iconic cereal, Cheerios!

April Peveteaux wrote this great post to update the celiac community about one of our favorite breakfast cereals…great job, April!!

Thank you!

Gluten is my Bitch

gluten-free cheeriosHello peeps! I’m freshly back from Minneapolis where General Mills is cooking up some gluten-free business. If you took part in the lively Facebook thread, you know that GM is changing the way Cheerios are made and as of this fall, 5 varieties of Cheerios will be gluten-free: Original, Honey Nut (woot!), Multigrain, Apple Cinnamon and Frosted.

Naturally, those of us who have celiac disease and other intolerances, allergies, and darn good reasons to stay away from gluten, are wondering two things: Is it safe? How does it taste?

Well, I can answer one of those questions.

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February Foods We LOVE! Quinoa!

Monica says:

Several years ago if you would have asked me what quinoa was, I would have had the “deer in headlights” look on my face!

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is probably the most perfect plant protein that can be found!

Naturally gluten-free and wheat-free, this is THE perfect food for those of us who suffer from celiac disease or have gluten-sensitivity.

Nutrient-rich, quinoa has anti-inflammatory properties, contains all of the essential amino acids, and is a great source of manganese (migraine sufferers often are lacking this)!

Fast forward to now…

I am comfortable cooking quinoa and anyone who knows me, will tell you that I LOVE to collect recipes and will try any recipe at least once. That being said, I discovered this amazing breakfast quinoa.

Being a “Martha Stewart Wanna-be” (as far as crafts and recipes go), I learned that she has a video series called Eat Clean with Shira Bocar, the Martha Stewart Living food editor.

The recipes in this series are simple and nutritious.

Here is a link to my new favorite quinoa recipe, called Quinoa Porridge!

http://www.marthastewart.com/1072187/eat-clean#1100582

I wrote down the recipe as Shira spoke on the video, so here it is!

Quinoa Porridge

First:

½ cup rinsed quinoa (rinse through 3 changes of water)

¾ cup almond milk (I used Silk Vanilla Almond Milk)

½ cup water

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp sea salt

Swirl ingredients and then bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cover for 16 minutes.

When done, fluff with fork and set aside.

Now:

Chop half of a pear into bite-size chunks. Grab a handful of toasted sliced almonds.

(I toasted sliced almonds on parchment paper in a 350˚ oven for about 5 minutes….as soon as they are fragrant, remove from oven)

Assemble the porridge by placing quinoa in the bottom of a bowl. Add some almond milk, place chopped pear on top and garnish with toasted almonds.

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So let’s recap….

Quinoa can be eaten for breakfast!

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Quinoa is a seed, not a grain!

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Quinoa will keep your tummy happy!

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Let’s dig in…

Enjoy!

© 2015, Monica of glutenfreedoubletalk

February Foods We LOVE! Ice Cream!

Monica and Daria say:

Ice cream is a food that we can eat anytime, any season, right?

Well today is “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” so who’s ready to celebrate?

WE ARE!

Oh so many flavors, so little time to eat them all….we decided on a pistachio almond that is so smooth but has the great crunch that we are craving!

And of course, since it’s breakfast, we decided to combine the ice cream with gluten-free waffles to ramp it up a bit! We used Pamela’s Baking Mix!

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So delightful!

When Daria was little, she and her sister along with all of the neighborhood kids and parents, used to descend upon our house on the 4th of July. Why? Because we lived near a hill which overlooked our local high school football stadium and that’s where the city would have the fireworks show!

After the wonderful display, everyone would walk back down to our house and we would make waffles and ice cream for everyone! It became a tradition!

Then when we were diagnosed with celiac disease, our celebration changed. We continued to make waffles and ice cream for everyone, but for the first year or two, we only indulged in the ice cream. Once we learned how to mix the flours, we searched for waffle recipes. In those days, there were no mixes!

Bottom line, we survived it and it’s the memory of the fun times we had all those years that’s important!

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We’ve since moved away from that wonderful neighborhood but still stay close to the best neighbors anyone could have!

If you want to make some great memories, fire up the waffle maker, get out the ice cream and invite your neighbors, friends, and family over!

You won’t be sorry!

Enjoy!

© 2015, Monica & Daria of glutenfreedoubletalk