Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet have always been a favorite at our house. We make them occasionally in large quantities for the entire family. They are great for breakfast, snacks, or even with ice-cream!

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Guilt Free Chocolate Waffles

We love anything chocolate. This month the Ultimate Recipe Challenge is Chocolate and I couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of my favorite waffles. These waffles are great for anyone with food issues because they are so basic. Gluten free, dairy free and vegan! It’s a win, win, win! There are lots of delicious recipes this month in the Recipe Challenge, so be sure to check them all out!

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I like my waffles best made with coconut oil for a rich flavor.  Serve them with hot maple syrup, fresh strawberries and even whip cream (if you can eat it!) on the side.

Here’s how to make a perfect batch!

 

Guilt Free Chocolate Waffle Recipe

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Chocolate Gluten Free Waffles

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free baking mix
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Maple syrup
  • Whip cream

Instructions

  1. •Preheat waffle iron.
  2. •Combine the baking mix, cocoa, salt and baking powder in medium sized bowl.
  3. •Separate eggs. Combine egg yokes with coconut milk, vanilla, and coconut oil.
  4. •Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient mixture. Combine.
  5. •Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form in blender. Fold into batter.
  6. •Grease the waffle iron with coconut oil or butter. Pour in mixture, bake until done.
  7. •Makes 8 chocolate waffles. Waffles may be frozen and reheated in the toaster or served with ice cream.

 

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Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Easy Chai Tea Latte is something you will become addicted to, it is so delicious and so very good for you!

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Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. – Chinese Proverb

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Easy Chai Tea Latte

Everyone loves a good cup of tea now and then. If you are not a tea drinker, this recipe will convert you! I have been replacing my morning cup of coffee with this tea because I am trying to cut down on the amount of caffeine that I consume. With this tea, I don’t even miss that morning coffee! The tea is slow brewed for deep rich flavor with a winning combination of spices. Make a big batch because you will want more and more! It’s also delicious iced.

Don’t forget to share it with your family, my teenage boys love it! It’s so much healthier than soda, and very inexpensive to make.

Easy Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Swoon Worthy Easy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 12 whole black pepper corns
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 6 1" slices of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • Honey (optional)
  • Coconut Milk (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add all spices and tea bags.
  3. Turn heat to low, simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add Coconut milk, heat 5 more minutes.
  5. Strain through a sieve to remove spices.
  6. Pour into a tall pitcher with ice for iced tea or 6 individual ceramic cups for hot tea.
  7. Serve with honey or enjoy plain.
  8. Makes 6 Servings.

The coconut milk really makes this tea amazing! You can also try Almond Milk, but I highly recommend the coconut milk. There are so many good health benefits to this tea! This combination of spices has been around for ages in the middle east and is known to have benefits such as blood purification, aids in digestion, aids the nervous system, strengthens the bones, and gives you increased energy. Did I mention that it’s low calorie? It is! Honestly, it’s a win, win!

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Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies, win your family over with these delicious treats!

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Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie

We recently discovered the Secrets of the Snickerdoodle Cookie. I have been cooking my way through a number of new recipes. This is the first batch of Snickerdoodles we have ever made and it definitely won’t be our last. This classic cookie is sure to become one of your family’s go to favorites.

Snickerdoodles are basically a sugar cookie with lots of spices, and a delightful pecan on top. We found a secret combination of spices that make this cookie completely unique. They will melt in your mouth!

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Snickerdoodle Recipe

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Sugar
  • 5 1/2 cups all purpose Flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely ground Cloves
  • 3 teaspoons Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. •Combine butter and 2 cups of sugar.
  2. •Add vanilla, eggs and cream of tartar.
  3. •Add baking soda and salt.
  4. •Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. •Roll balls in mixture of 1 cup sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  6. •Place balls on greased cookie sheet.
  7. • Press each ball slightly with the bottom of a glass until flattened. Add a Pecan half into the top of each cookie.
  8. •Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Yield is 5 dozen cookies.

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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Quick and Easy recipes are my favorite, here is a killer cookie recipe for a unique peanut butter oatmeal combo.

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Quick and Easy Peanut Butter and Oats

 

Our family loves cookies. We make a batch or two each month for different occasions. This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe is one of our go to family favorites, as it pleases all the appetites in our household. Some of us like Peanut Butter, some like Oatmeal and when you put the two things together you have an instant recipe for success. My Peanut Butter Oatmeal version also has some coconut for a bit of the sweet taste, and dried cranberries for the sour palette. Our kids fight for the cookies with the most cranberries in them, proof of a winning recipe!

Recipe Notes

This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe makes a large batch, as much as this is great for a big family, it may be too much for a small one. However, if you have leftover cookies, bag them by the dozen in zip-lock freezer bags and store them for future use. My kids are forever forgetting to tell me when it’s their turn to bring a treat to soccer, youth group, choir or any of their other activities. With a couple of bags of homemade cookies in the freezer, I am almost always prepared for those last minute treat requests. In addition, this saves me both time and money not having to make any last minute trips to the grocery store to purchase treats!

Here’s what you will need to make Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies:

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup chunky or creamy peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 cups rolled oatmeal
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 cups rolled oatmeal
  • 2 cups dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. • First of all cream sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add peanut butter, vanilla and eggs. Cream together.
  2. •Combine dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda) in a medium bowl. Stir into peanut butter mixture a little at a time until combined.
  3. •Finally, add oatmeal, coconut and dried cranberries. Mix well.
  4. •Drop by small spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

Drain Cleaner is easy to make, without using chemicals.   I was going to blog about cleaning today, but there is too much to put in one post so I am doing a small series on DIY Cleaning Products. Hope you enjoy!

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Drain Cleaner Friend or Foe?

Thursday is cleaning day at our house. I must admit that I am not very good at cleaning. It’s probably because I dislike it so much. I would rather be doing just about anything else around the house except cleaning. Perhaps it also has to do with my severe allergies to most cleaning products. Anything with perfume or chemicals in it gives me a nasty reaction.

Ironically enough, I was employed as a janitor for a number of years. I was amazed at how much better commercial cleaning products are compared to the over the counter variety available in the grocery store. One drizzle of the blue or pink commercial liquid and a swoosh of a brush would instantly produce sparkling sinks and toilets. So, how come cleaning at home was so much work?

Cleaning your home used to be more efficient. Remember the days when you could take the rust off of nails with Pine-sol, Mr. Clean or Top Job? My mother used to use Top Job when stripping furniture. It would eat through anything. Not so any more. Environmental concerns have ruined any decent cleaning products on the market, and the amount of perfumes and deodorizers in them is staggering, not to mention the hefty price tag. Do you notice how bad the soap isle smells at the grocery store? Yuck!

I first began to realize how much we were affected by chemicals after we moved into a house that had been a rental. It was completely filthy inside, and I went out and bought tons of cleaning products to cut through the crud and sterilize the germs. We were sick for weeks on end with runny noses, sore throats, watering eyes, coughs, headaches and asthma. I finally came to the realization that it was the cleaning products that were making us sick, not the germs. I began to box up all the items we had accumulated in a few short months. In a small home of 1200 square feet with only 1 1/2 bathrooms, we had been using 5 large boxes of chemicals. I was shocked! Here I thought we were only using a few things! I put the boxes out on the front porch and posted an ad on Craigslist for FREE cleaning supplies. They were gone in less than hour. I actually felt bad for whoever picked them up, they had no idea what they were in for! I am sure they thought they had hit the jackpot!

Finding Alternatives

I began to research organic alternatives. Buying organic cleaning supplies was even more expensive than the regular ones, so that wasn’t an option. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all I really needed was a few simple ingredients, and some old fashioned recipes. I will share more of them the next few days, but today let’s focus on drain cleaner.

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This drain cleaning recipe came from a late night TV show that I saw years ago, don’t ask me which one because I have no idea. You can purchase the products needed by clicking on my affiliate links below:

Drain Cleaner Ingredients:

•1 cup baking soda

•1 cup salt

•1/4 cup cream of tartar

• 2 cups boiling water

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Combine the salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Mix.

Add the 1/4 cup cream of tartar. I find these little containers in the spice isle at the grocery store. They are rather like single serving containers, almost a quarter cup. Close enough in my book.

Combine all the ingredients.

Put 1/4 cup of the dry mixture down the drain.

Drain Cleaner Directions:

•Place 1/4 cup of the mix down the drain.

•Follow with about 2 cups of boiling water. See how it foams and steams? Hard to get a good picture through a cloud, but I think you get the idea. It works great!

I use this treatment about once a month for all our drains, and I use a double treatment for the bathtub since that seems to be where we get the occasional clog.

So simple that even your kids can do it. You’ll never need Drano again, not that it ever worked that well anyway. Several plumbers have told me that Drano is the worst thing you could possibly do to your pipes, not to mention the environment, so why use it? I think the last time I priced it in the grocery store it was in the neighborhood of $6.00 a bottle. This little DIY drain cleaner recipe costs you pennies by comparison.

 

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