Monday, September 26, 2016

Beanfield Snacks - Bean Chips That are Flavor Packed


I spotted someone with this chip bag most recently and so I jumped at the opportunity to review these chips. Beanfields Snacks was founded in 2011 by Reed Glidden and his wife Liza Braude-Glidden as well as Reed's brother Roy Glidden. And they wanted to change the way we all ate (what better way to start than how we snack right??) So they created delicious plant based Non-GMO (so important to me!) snacks.  

They are an environment conscious company and they also include a main ingredients that is better for your health than the usual ingredients that you see in chips - beans! There is so much good stuff at this company so make sure you visit their site and see what they offer the community and the good works that they do.

Now to the chips! I had the chance to try out a wide variety. I immediately tasted the difference in these chips than others I've tried. The beans in them gave them such a heartier flavor. They didn't taste empty to me and at the same time, they were so incredibly flavorful. Plus they have flavors like black bean with sea salt, white bean with sea salt, and sea salt if you want to indulge in your favorite dipping sauce.

But I had a variety of chips to try out - Jalapeno Nacho, Nacho, Barbecue, Ranch, Pico De Gallo. and then Black Bean with Sea Salt, White Bean with Sea Salt, and Sea Salt. My absolute favorites were the Nacho and the Barbecue Flavor. SO incredible!! These are my new favorites. The Pico de Gallo and the Jalapeno Nacho was very spice chips, I enjoyed these as well. Surprisingly enough the Ranch wasn't one of my favorites. I really appreciated the clean but salty flavor of the Black Bean with sea Salt, Sea Salt, and White Bean with Sea Salt. They made great additions to lunches and for dipping!

I think there is so much flavor and crunch with these chips. They aren't light, which I really enjoyed, so they were hearty enough to go with dinners to me (like beans and rice! Or hot dog night! oh you name it!). And I like chips that are hearty enough for hearty dips, these definitely were. I imagine these would be amazing for all those nacho recipe out there too.

Overall, I think these were amazing and next time you are in the grocery store, you should go for buying a bag of these. I highly recommend this brand.  The awesome thing is I get to giveaway some chips to one lucky reader! One winner will receive a 6 pack of chips. Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Ends 10/16.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Perfect Bar - Perfect Way to Snack Your Day


I'm always on the look out for making my snack times easier and healthier. I love the idea of a health bar but sometimes they don't cut it for me ​- preservatives, weird tastes, strange ingredients, all that stuff.

But then I discovered the Perfect Bar and I couldn't wait to try it out and tell you about it.

This was a surprisingly awesome experience having this bar. And I can tell you that this is one of my new favorite things. Let's start with the most basic amazingness that is the peanut butter bar. It's 17 grams of protein, and when you check out the ingredients of this bar, you can see all the good stuff, such as honey, good oils like flax seed oil, olive oil, and also food powders, such as organic lemon, organic papaya, tomato...and so much more; in fact, I'm not even doing it justice, so be sure to go to their website to see what other kinds of good stuff you get from this awesome perfect bar.

I noticed the taste of the veggies in this which gave it a unique taste that combined with the peanut butter. Really, I enjoyed this a lot. 

The other flavors were Almond Butter (also really enjoyed this one, maybe not as much as the peanut butter one but definitely enjoyed this). Almond Acai, Almond Coconut, Fruit and Nut, Cranberry Crunch, and Carob Chip (another favorite).


This came on a day I really needed a pick me up, so I was so happy to try these out. If you are curious as to why this is called the PERFECT bar, well, it's non-gmo (VERY important to me). sweetened with organic honey which makes it amazing in my book, I sweeten my treats this way too if I'm baking. Plus it's Gluten-Free and it's a sneaky way of getting your veggies! 

Interested in trying this out for yourself? Check out where you can find it in a store near you. Also, you can purchase this online as well

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nana Joes Granola - Upgrade Your Breakfast! [Review and Giveaway]



I had the chance to try out some granola by Nana Joes. It was started by Michelle Pusateri who wanted to create something nourishing that she could eat in between surfing. I think that makes her cool in my book! She taste tested granola and voila! Here we have Nana Joes! Read more about the company here.

I got the chance to try out a few different granola types. 

The Trieftca Blend 

This has a variety of things in it - rolled oats, maple syrup, pieces of cocoa nibs, cranberries and more! Make sure you click on purchase now above to read the rest of the ingredients. It's gluten-free, and nut free too.

I thought this granola was perfect with yogurt. It wasn't too chunky and it blended nicely in my yogurt - wasn't totally awkward to eat with a spoon. I could really tell this was a healthier granola too - not a whole lot of junk in it, and that is greatly appreciated. It's a looser granola than what I usually see - not sure how else to describe it. 

Sunset Blend 

I enjoyed this one, but maybe not as much as I have others! It still tasted good, but I was hoping for a bit of a stronger flavor in the granola - or maybe I missed the added chocolate. Still good though and VERY healthy, you can tell. Also more of a looser granola than chunky.

Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Urban Radish Blend

Okay this one surprised me by far and was DEFINITELY my favorite. It had little coconut chunks with the occasional nuts and dried fruit. This surprised me because I wasn't sure what the taste would be like. But I really really really enjoyed it - this is something I would buy again. It made for a great snack and something I could take with me separate from yogurt which I loved. It had so much coconut goodness! By far, I can't say enough, this one is for sure worth trying out for yourself. It's really unique too - not something I've seen before. 

Tony's Trail Mix

This was definitely good - very flavorful. I loved the variety of foods you get in it. I think this makes for a great snack too. Loved the big chocolate pieces (I'm such a sucker for chocolate!) and the dried fruit. The price is a tad steep considering you are getting a 7 ounce bag, but I kind of think it's worth it because of how much good stuff you are getting. This isn't your average trail mix.

Overall, I really like what Nana Joes has to offer and I'm sure going to look for this granola in stores. You can probably buy some in a store near you too! Check out this list. Also you can purchase online here as well.

I'm also happy to announce that I get to giveaway some granola to one lucky reader! Ends 9/29. US Only.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Gluten-Free Oats That You Must Try! [And Check Out My New Recipe!]


I had the chance to branch out and try some new oats by this really cool company -

Bakery On Main!

Have you seen their stuff before? They offer some really unique variety of choices for those of us who eat gluten-free. I love when companies start out small like this one does, by the way. It started out as a small bakery in Connecticut, and the Founder and President, Michael Smulders is obviously passionate about making tasty gluten-free food safe for celiacs and people who are gluten intolerant. That is greatly appreciated by me! Read more about their story here.

I had the chance to try out a couple of their oatmeal. It's one of the things that I really enjoy in the morning, especially as the season gets cold. And not only do I enjoy it in the microwave or on the stove but I love making oat muffins. Although one day I couldn't find my muffin tin so I turned my usual muffin recipe into more of a cake-ish bread creation as you can see picture below -

This turned out AMAZING. It's delicious with honey and butter and this time around I used Happy Oats by Bakery on Main. Why are these oats happy? Could be that they're non GMO, preservative free, gluten-free and that's gonna sure make me happy.


So here's the recipe -

2 and a half cups of ground gluten free oats
1/2 a tsp of cream of tartar
1/4 a tsp of baking soda
1 egg
1 and 1/3 cup of milk (or half and half or soy)
2 tbsp of butter (or olive oil)
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of cinnamon
1 tbsp of cloves
1/4 of honey
1/2 tsp of vanilla
About a cup or so of Frozen or fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together dry ingredients. Then add the milk, butter, and egg. Mix well.

I dab olive oil into pan and spread around with (clean lol) fingers to ensure this doesn't stick. Pour mixture into square baking pan. Sprinkle generous amount of cinnamon on top. Then sprinkle on blueberries on top of mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

I love this recipe in particular because it's so modifiable. When the fall season and holiday season comes, I think I will experiment by adding some pumpkin to this or maybe turn it in gingerbread or something.

So I highly recommend adding Happy Oats to your shopping list and most of all, keep an eye out for what Bakery on Main has to offer, they've got some really good stuff. Visit their online store to purchase some that you can enjoy!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cool Off During the Dog Days of Summer


Right when I think we're done with the heat wave, another one is around the corner. Sure, it's the end of August and we should be done with summer soon at least, right? But not for me!

The last few weeks have had at least 3 days of 90 degrees and although we're finally on the cooling trend, I can't help but let you guys know about the thing you must get to cool off for these dog days of summer. (And you never know, the fall could be hot!)

So I had the chance to review the Honeywell Portable Air Conditioner.


First of all, it comes in this great huge box which can seem overwhelming if you are worried about putting the thing together. But you know what? It's EXTREMELY easy. And I opened up this box and started putting it together late at night too, so how about that? The hardest part was the hose and connecting it to the unit. Which took me less than five minutes to do, which is pretty incredible actually (I think I spent more time putting together and an office chair I got delivered once).


So I set this up in a back bedroom that really doesn't get a lot of sun in the afternoon, it's probably the coolest part of the house. One thing I loved is that there wasn't a need for me to remove the window screen, I just set up the part you put into the window and it was just plugging it in and turning it on!

Over the last few weeks, my city experienced a pretty horrid heat wave and so I've kept this unit plugged in and running during the hottest points of the day. To give you some perspective, my apartment is whatever the temperature is outside and sometimes hotter, because it faces the afternoon sun when it's the hottest point in the day. So it's really bad. But the room that I put the air conditioner, stayed at a cool 75 when it was about 100 in the rest of the apartment.

A nice chilly 66 Degrees in the Bedroom (during a cool morning)

For not as chilly days, I love the fact that you can adjust the temperature for how cool you want it, so this is greatly appreciated. PLUS it isn't very loud either, so it won't disrupt conversation or television.

Honestly this is the best portable air conditioner I have seen so far. It's the perfect thing to cool off a regular sized room (this is a room that I can close off to the rest of the apartment so that helps a lot as well!). Price wise, it may be a bit expensive, but this is worth purchasing. Really! You will be extremely happy with this product. It's one of the few things I can safely rave about it seems like, because portable air conditioners that are good are sort of hard to come by for me.

Right now you can get this on Amazon.com for $449 with free shipping. 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Some Amazing Deals for Fall with Groupon #Groupon #ad


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Can you believe it's fall already? Well, I sure can't. Leaves are turning colors, Halloween decorations are being discussed, and pumpkin spice is BACK. This also means that certain expenses will arise for you (it sure does for me this time of year).

Groupon is a fantastic place to start looking for deals on things like what you need for your home, gifts, and even school supplies. I think that's pretty amazing! Start your s earch by following this link here and see what you can find.

Spending just a few minutes on the site, and I found some pretty awesome deals. Seriously, just check out this deal for AA and AAA batteries (purchase it now!)-




One thing that's pretty awesome is that with Groupon and buying these products is that you can get so much variety - clothes, workout gear, jewelry, things for the kitchen and so much more. In case you are looking for things for college, check out these sheets that are at an awesome deal (purchase these now!)



And don't forget your pets! If you are adding a new furry member to your family, check out this pet gate (purchase now) -


These are just the beginning! I think this should be the one of the first places you check out for fair prices on things that you know that you will need for your home or for gift ideas. The prices are hard to beat. I think a lot of people assume Groupon is just for buying deals on events or entertainment but they have amazing deals on products that you can actually purchase!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Apollo Olive Oil - Review and Reader Discount #OliveOil #Foodie



I think I have olive oil in just about every food I make - pasta, rice dishes, chicken dishes, you name it!  And it's always nice to find different places that make olive oil, especially outside of the usual brands I find. So I'm really excited to point out this great olive oil brand for you guys -

Apollo Olive Oil was started back in 1999 and family and friends have made up the "backbone" of Apollo Olive Oil. Their focus is on "working towards excellence, promoting health, and rediscovering the pleasures of good food and dining together." And if you need proof of their quality, they've won many awards over the years!

If you are wanting to do more with olive oil than just sprinkling some on pasta, and you really want to find out more about olive oil in general, Apollo Olive Oil's website has some great frequently asked questions that will help you with figuring out things about olive oil that you may not have known before! Things like "What does Extra Virgin Olive Oil" mean and "what should GOOD olive oil taste like"! Read the answer to those questions here.

I had the chance to try out a couple of their olive oils - the Mistral Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  and the Sierra Organic Olive Oil. It's hard for me to really discern the taste of olive oil when it's mixed into foods but I can really taste the quality of this olive oil. This is much better than what I usually find in the store. Plus I love the aroma of these olive oils. I've tasted olive oil before that tasted greasy, and this wasn't that experience. This is obviously quality stuff. It is priced a bit high - each bottle costs about $19.95. But you know what? I actually think it's worth it. Plus I LOVE the fact that it is labelled organic, that is greatly appreciated.

To purchase the Sierra Organic olive oil, visit this webpage. Click here to purchase the Mistral Organic  Olive Oil.  Be sure to check out the recipes Apollo Olive Oil has posted to their website!

Best of all, all of my readers can use the code firsttimebuyer and receive $10 off their first order.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Enter to Win a Year's Supply of Van's Waffles #Giveaway #WinVansFoods



Do you ever spot Van's Foods in the grocery store? 




Well, they are one of my favorite gluten-free go to brands so I am really excited about sharing this giveaway with you all! During the work week, it's so hard for me to think of what to have for breakfast and sometimes waffles with peanut butter is just what I need.

So, to celebrate modern moms (and modern ladies in general, I'd say!) and make life a little nicer, Van's is hosting a Back to School Giveaway for a year's worth of FREE WAFFLES! WOO! Plus three signed cookbooks best selling author Joy Bauer. 

Here's exactly what you will be winning - Prize: ·
A year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) ·
Three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Joy Bauer - “Slim & Scrumptious,” “From Junk Food to Joy Food” and “Food Cures.”

Can't wait for the giveaway to end to enjoy Van's? Make sure you check out where you can find their food in a store near you!  I think this is a great back to school giveaway whether or not you (or anyone else in your family) is going back to school!

This giveaway ends on August 24th.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

My Favorite Summer Drink to Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer #KeepOnCruzin

The days are heating up! And I'm so disappointed, it's been such a lovely summer so with this week getting so warm I've been trying to think of how I can actually keep myself cool without overdoing ice cream and gluten-free beer.



As a Santa Cruz Organic blog ambassador, when I got some Santa Cruz Organics agua fresca, I couldn't wait to try something new to end my evenings. This is such a refreshing drink to have in the summer and it is highly recommended if you want to cool off!

The Santa Cruz Orgganic Agua Fresca beverages come in three different varieties - pomegranate, mango passionfruit, and grapefruit. They are USDA Organic, Non GMO Project Verified, and come at a reasonable price ofa bout $3.20 - $3.49.  Make sure you read more about it here! 



Best of all, I'm happy to announce that one of my lucky readers will win 2 bottles of Agua Fresca as the prize. Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 8/25. US Only.

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Can't wait for the giveaway to be over to try some? Make sure you visit this link to find out where you can get some of this amazing juice! .

Also be sure to follow Santa Cruz Organic on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for their newsletter.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

How Groupon Can Save Your Summer! #GrouponCoupons #ad #spon



Having fun in the summer time can get a little....expensive. And I don't know about you but I tend to run out of ideas really fast when it comes to thinking of ways that I can have fun or help others have fun. Ha ha. 

So I wanted to point your attention in the direction of the amazing things you can do with Groupon to save YOUR summer. 

First we all know about Groupon deals right? Well that's just the beginning and if you haven't wandered into the world of Groupon any time recently than I highly HIGHLY recommend you do now.

1) Clearance sales.

There are a lot of things you can find at deep discounts over at the Groupon clearance sale section. Seriously if you have something in mind you need, check over there first. Like this tailgate quad chair. Or this banzai splash water slide. Or this quadcopter drone. 



But if you can't imagine buying something from Groupon in their clearance side, or if you have your sites on something specific, they have great coupons you can take advantage of too . Like 20% off Busch Gardens in Tampa or this amazing deal you can find for Hotels.com (40% off!).

3) Getaways

And if you are planning a trip and you don't know where to go, make sure you peruse the getaways section. It just makes me want to travel so much browsing around these offers! Just take a look at this garden retreat in Oregon wine country! 

Makes for great gifts too!


But if you want to stay in your neighborhood, Groupon has deal for you there too. Just start looking around what you can have in your neck of the woods and there will be so much summer inspiration happening, I'm sure of it. 


Loving what you see? Well make sure you like them on Facebook  and follow them on Twitter.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

HP Back to School Sale - What's Your Future Laptop? #HPBTS2016

Get 15% Off at HP


Can it be that back to school is just around the corner? I just recently accepted that summer has begun!

I do have to say that I really miss the whole back to school lead up - from buying supplies to preparing for new starts and new teachers (or professors). It's just a fun process to me. And I know that technology matters SO much when it comes to making the grade, especially when I got to college it mattered a lot.  I remember all those online classes, I appreciated the existence of my laptop and being able to have access to good technology to help me with projects.

If this sounds like you or the kiddo in your life, I want to tell you about some GREAT deals that are happening with HP. They also have some pretty awesome deals going on for customizable laptops that are $699 or more (15% off anyone?). I love the idea of CUSTOMIZING my future laptop. By the way I'm very much into the idea of a touch screen laptop so this laptop is definitely in my future (I hope!)



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Is Culer Right For You? (My Review + Giveaway)

I had the chance to review the Culer Evaporative Cooler. Do you know what an evaporative cooler is? Well, if you don't know, it works very differently from an air conditioner. Evaporative coolers use water to extract heat from the air when it evaporates (which reduces the temperature of the air).  The Culer technology uses micro-droplets that simply flash evaporate which makes for better cooling.

I did a little research about evaporative coolers before using the "Culer" just to see how things would work differently for me. I found out that air flow is very important to making this work and so the opposite goes for an evaporative cooler than for an air conditioner. So, get those windows open and fans going!

evaporative cooler


So I set this up in the back bedroom that gets a pretty decent cross breeze. The Culer is really easy to set up. You just pour water into the back of it. I set it up so it coordinated with fans that I have in the window to really let the cooler air flow. 



The day that I used it wasn't on a particularly boiling hot day, but I noticed a significant difference in temperature in the bedroom that I used it in (I shut the door to this bedroom while the Culer was on, actually). It was at least ten degrees cooler in this room than in the other parts of my apartment. 

Noise level wise, I thought it was fairly loud but than during the summer, I am so used to having a million fans going, that I was used to it. My apartment tends to sound like an airplane hanger in the hottest summer days!

Honestly though since receiving the cooler, I've had maybe a couple of 80ish days. This works best in the bedroom I selected for it, though. I tried in the living room which is a bigger space and it didn't work QUITE as well during the hottest parts of the day but I still appreciated it.

NOTE: After sharing my experience with the Culer, I found out from the company contact I'm in touch with that actually that "no portable evaporative air cooler is designed to cool entire rooms / spaces/ homes. Portable evaporative air coolers are designed for personal cooling. So although they will not reduce the temperature of the air in the entire living room for example, our products will drop the temperature of the airflow or breeze that you control to provide you or a group with a far more cool and comfortable personal space within the surrounding setting (that will be warmer). "

I am eager to see how this will do in the days where it's REALLY hot. If I can keep at least one bedroom very cool I would be so happy. I think though that this is more of a personal air conditioner. (but remember, it isn't really an air conditioner! It works differently  - more like a personal air COOLER that helps cool me off no matter where I'm at; which is a pretty awesome perk).

Some additional info provided to me by Culer

"If you place any type of portable evaporative air cooler (ours or another product) in an enclosed space (all windows and doors shut), you will add humidity to the room, reduce the cooling performance and, over time, get things damp. So great that you made your readers aware.

If you use indoors to supplement the AC (AC is still running), however, you can use your portable flash-evaporative cooler without opening all windows and doors to the outside. You just need to use in a larger open space (near an entryway) to allow for circulation – the AC will help to circulate the air and remove humidity. Again, If you are using indoors without an AC (or the AC is off), it is recommended that you open windows or doors to allow for circulation and ventilation. Following these tips should maximize cooling, limit the increase in humidity and almost eliminate the chance of getting anything damp."
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Right now you can purchase the on Amazon for $199,  And you know I took a peek at their Duet and on Amazon for $249. I'd say that is a really good deal - and personally, I'd go for the Duet, I think that's a perfect deal for the summer time! 

I am very excited that one of my lucky readers can win a Solo Culer for themselves! Enter via Rafflecopter below. Ends 7/31. US Only.

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I received a Solo Culer in exchange for my honest review. Note: Culer provided me with additional information on how the Culer and how evaporative cooler's work so I wanted to be sure to provide that to my readers.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

LivRelief Pain Relief Cream #TryLivRelief

In January, I fractured my left humerus bone for the first time. It was the first time I had EVER broken anything. It happened the day after a bad snow day, I thought it was safe to walk to my bus that morning. So as I walked to my bus stop, I came upon a sloping part of my parking lot and one step in, I slid backwards and caught myself with my left arm.


It hurt SO badly. I tried to get home and told my mom that I needed to get to the walk in care facility that morning. It has been several months since then and the arm fracture has healed. Since then I've been recovering fairly smoothly and trying to get my flexibility back to that arm and so far it's going GREAT.

But the thing is as I'm doing my exercises and following the stretching exercises, that arm gets SO sore. It's something I've pretty much learned to cope with it but I recently had the chance to try a product called LivRelief. I'm not much of a medicine person but I was eager to try this.


So yesterday when I finished up my stretches, I followed up by rubbing this LivRelief pain cream on my left humerus area by where the muscle is. I actually noticed that this helped me! It worked within minutes, it felt like more of a warming sensation after putting this on. It didn't smell at all which is an enormous relief. I was so glad! This makes my stretching that much easier and I actually encouraged my mom to do the same for some areas of her muscles that sometimes hurt her at night.

I highly encourage you to check this out for yourself, especially if you deal with joint pain or muscle aches. I think this is a great product for that! 

If you like the sound of this product, you can purchase this on Amazon! Purchase it now by following this link. Buy LivRelief now and receive $2 off your purchase when you use promo code ONU56TLN during checkout on Amazon.com. Expires 11/1/16 at 11:59PM PT.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

My Favorite Gluten-Free Muffin Recipe [Featuring Bob's Red Mill!] [& Giveaway!]


I really don't think you can miss Bob's Red Mill. I mean, check out the length of their section in my local Whole Foods store. For me, Bob's Red Mill is a brand I wholly trust and know that I can go to for some pretty fantastic gluten-free options.

A few weeks ago I shared with you one of my favorite muffin recipes and I decided to modify it a bit by adding in a new aspect - flax seeds!It was a bit awkward in experience but it made the muffins taste amazing. 

I have been using Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free oats for MONTHS now, actually more than likely about a year. They're one of my favorites - I love the bag size and I love that you can trust them for gluten-free products.

For me when I'm using gluten-free oats as a flour, I grind up the oats myself with a coffee grinder. I recently used their already ground gluten-free oat flour to go with fried chicken and that turned out pretty amazing! I was so happy about that!  

So one of the things I love doing is making oat muffins. It started out after my boredom with oatmeal and after hunting around online I realized that I couldn't find any recipes that just used...oats. So this one does and I modified it a bit to consider the whole flax seed thing! If you don't like flax seed though, check out my original and STILL amazing recipe over here.
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What you'll need for this most amazing recipe -

2 and a 1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats (you can grind them yourself OR just use their already ground oat flour)

1/4 cup of Bob's Red Mill Whole Flax Seeds (again, grind them yourself OR just get their already ground flax meal)

1 cup and 1/3 of Soy Milk (or I will often use half and half)

2 TBSP of Butter (or Olive Oil)

2 TBSP of Cinnamon

1/2 TSP of cream of tartar

1/4 TSP of baking soda

1/2 TSP of Salt

1 large egg

1/4 cup of honey (I will let you be the judge of this; if you like muffins extra sweet, I would add a bit more! If you don't want them so sweet, I would use less). 

1 TSP of clovers (optional)

1/2 TSP of Vanilla Extract (optional)

Suggestion: Add mix-ins of your choice such as raisins, cranberries, dark chocolate pieces. 

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350. I ground up the oats myself using a coffee grinder and then from there I measure out 2 and 1/4 cup of oats. I always start out with the dry ingredients first so add those in (except any added mix-ins), followed by the milk, the egg, the butter, and lastly the honey. Lastly add in your ground flax. 

Mix well with a mixer. Then fold in your mix-ins last.

Spray the muffin tin with Pam spray or line it with muffin cups.

Quick Hack! I personally LOVE aluminum lined muffin tins. They are a must-have. 

Pour the mix into a muffin tins.  

Quick Hack! For me, when I'm distributing a muffin mixture into muffin tins, I like using an ice cream soup! Saves me from making a mess. 

The consistency should be pretty thick. This batter should make 9 - 12 muffins.

Bake for 25 minutes.

NOTE about the Flax - I got whole flax seeds and ground them myself. I wasn't sure how much to use in all honesty so I researched on line and went with trading in a 1/4 a cup of flour to a 1/4 a cup of ground flax, which is what I did. 

And your results should look something like this -


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When I ground up the flax, I added it in right after the oats, then I usually add the rest of the dry ingredients, then the wet ingredients, and then mix. I noticed though that the flax made the whole mixture very sticky, very fast. I think next time, I'll measure things out first THEN I'll add the flax seed. When you add flax seed it adds a heartier flavor to it. And as you can see, they end up looking amazing too.

Overall, if you are looking for anything baked goods wise, you must check out Bob's Red Mill. They are very hard to miss, they're everywhere in your baking aisle. They have a million different kinds of flours and mixes and all kinds of things that you can use. It's my go to brand and one I completely trust to provide an excellent product. Check out what Bob's Red Mill has to offer by visiting their website!

And I'm so excited to announce that I get to giveaway one bag of gluten-free oats and flaxseed to one lucky winner! Enter via Rafflecopter below. US Only. Giveaway ends 7/9.

I received free products in exchange for my honest review.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Giveaway Alert! Lip Gloss, BBQ Giveaway, & More!

It's Friday people! I'm so relieved. How has your week gone? I have some giveaways for you and hope something catches your eye. Let me know if you win anything!



Lip Pucker Lip Gloss
Ends 6/29
http://www.gurugiveaways.com/airahmorena08/summer_pucker_up_giveaway

4th of July BBQ Giveaway
Ends 6/27
http://jokari.com/blogs/jokari-blog/win-it-fourth-of-july-bbq-ready-bundle-giveaway

Solo Stove Giveaway (great for camping!)
Ends in 13 Days
https://wn.nr/nJnb58  (my referral link)

Lisa Graff Paperback Books
Ends in 7 Days
http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/2016/06/celebrating-lisa-graff-review-and.html

Chocolate Tea
Ends 6/30
http://www.thebraggingmommy.com/2016/06/16/chocolate-tea-from-tisanoreview-giveaway/

Ida, Always
Ends 6/24
https://twowritingteachers.org/2016/06/17/idaalways/
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