Chocolate Covered Strawberry Protein Pops

At the GFAF Expo the NoGii booth was handing out protein powder samples, and instead of just making a protein shake, I decided to change it up and make protein popsicles! 🙂

IMG_3629Here’s what I did:
In the blender, I combined 10 medium sized fresh strawberries (halved, with crowns and stems removed) with one container of yogurt, (I used Oh My Yog!) a 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk, and the 22g sample packet of the protein powder (use one scoop if using the container of mix) until mixture was thick, with a few chunks of strawberries remaining. Then, I poured the mixture into popsicle molds. There was some left over so I put it in a cup, and froze it alone. It wasn’t all that pretty, so here are the popsicles before freezing:IMG_3630

 Once in the molds, freeze for six to twelve hours, or until frozen solid. Run your popsicle mold under warm water until they separate from the molds, and you get something a bit like this:

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Then, the popsicles are ready to enjoy! 🙂

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I’d love to hear if y’all end up making these! If you do . . . let me know in the comments!

Have a Fantastic Friday y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

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Okie dokie y’all . . . I made Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Enjoy Life Gluten Free, Dairy Free Chocolate Chips I received to sample at the GFAF Expo. The chocolate chips are delicious, they have an awesome flavor with no weird aftertaste! They have awesome chocolate flavor, but not in an overpowering way.

IMG_3610As you can see, the chocolate chips are well mixed throughout the cookies. If you’d like to make them, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup white rice flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 Tablespoons tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

    • Mix sugars and oil in a bowl
    • Add milk and vanilla, mix until combined
    • Mix dry ingredients, then combine with the wet ingredients
    • Fold in the chips, then allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes
    • Bake at 350 for around 10 minutes, or until edges are cooked and the top is slightly golden brown

Now, the dough ends up a bit oily, and spread out quite quickly when I baked it, so I added another 1/8 cup of coconut flour. You can see the difference between the two batches below. The left side is the batch with extra coconut flour.

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Overall, the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips were delicious, and had fantastic flavor. I would totally recommend them to y’all, and will definitely use them in the future for Gluten Free/ Dairy Free baking.

Have an awesome day y’all!

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more talk on the GFAF Expo!
Love,
Olivia

Ardenne Farm Cinnamon Crunch Muffins

While I was walking around the GFAF Expo, I was offered a free Ardenne Farm product to review for y’all. I said yes, because I’m always looking for new Gluten Free products to review for y’all. So, without further ado . . . a review of Ardenne Farm Cinnamon Crunch Muffins!!
IMG_3576I made them Vegan by using 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of eggs, vanilla almond milk, and coconut oil instead of butter. You can see those items in the picture below, as well as the crumb topping (white package) and the muffin mix (clear package):

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After I pulled them out of the oven, I put them on a cooling rack for a couple minutes. And they turned out quite pretty if you ask me! 🙂

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As for the taste of the muffins, they were delicious. They had great flavor, and the crumb topping added additional emphasis to the cinnamon flavor. Texturally, they were moist and fluffy, with the crumb topping adding a nice crunch.

I got the chance to sample a few other Ardenne Farm products at the expo, including their Sugar Cookie, and Oatmeal Cookie Mixes which were both very tasty.

  • All of their mixes are vegan, and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Their products are all Certified Gluten Free, and are tested to ensure they contain less than 10ppm of gluten.
  • All of their products made in a tree nut and peanut free facility.

Overall, I’ve really liked everything I’ve tried from Ardenne Farm, and would totally recommend their products to y’all!

Have a great day!!

Love,

Olivia

Garden Lites (A GFAF Expo review)

We met the sweet folks from Garden Lites at the Expo, and after trying some samples of their newest products, we decided we HAD to pick some up at Target today. See:

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Since their products are SO super tasty, I thought I’d tell y’all a little more about them!

Garden Lites is a Classic Cooking, LLC brand based out of Queens, NY that produces delicious vegetable soufflĂ©s, and dishes. Since 2008, Garden Lites has raised the bar in healthy foods by delivering full flavor without sacrifice.”

They have some super delicious muffins as well. They’re 1/3 vegetables, and are tasty served warm or at room temperature after defrosting.

Their muffins are available in five flavors:

  • Banana Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate
  • Blueberry Oat
  • Carrot Berry
  • Golden Corn

All of their products are available in the frozen section of various stores nationwide, including:

  • Target
  • Publix
  • Walmart

You can news keep up with their latest news on their website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Everything that we’ve tried of theirs has been delicious, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend their products to you . . . so go check them out! 🙂

Have a Terrific Tuesday y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

The GFAF Expo (Initial Thoughts)

unnamed-2I’ve been waiting for today since I opened an email in February stating that I had been selected as an Official Blogger for the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo for Atlanta.

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And y’all, it was all I’d hoped for and more! It was SUCH an AWESOME experience. At this moment, I can’t even put into words the amount of fun I had, or the number of things I learned. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll share ALL kinds of fun things related to the expo as well as some fun product reviews!

I hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend, and that you’ll check back on Monday for the beginnings of my GFAF Expo reviews!!

Happy Saturday!
Love,
Olivia

We’re Here!!

After a surprisingly easy drive from Knoxville to Atlanta, with a couple pit stops  we’ve arrived at our hotel, and are getting situated and set up for the Expo tomorrow. If y’all want to buy tickets for 20% off with the code ADVANCE, click here.

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I’m off to dinner, and will talk to y’all after that!! 🙂

See you in a bit.

Love,

Olivia

Big Chow Grill . . . an upcoming restaurant review!

Okay y’all, we ended up going to Big Chow Grill for dinner, and it was delicious! 🙂

They have all kinds of options, and you create your own stir fry, but it doesn’t end there! You can also have them make your stir fry into a salad, or into a coconut soup. You get unlimited access to the stir fry bar, and can create as many masterpieces as your heart desires!

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The bowl you see above was the base for my coconut soup, along with some tilapia.

Overall, our experience at Big Chow Grill was awesome!!

Hope y’all had a great day! Look for the in depth review coming soon, and don’t forget to check the blog tomorrow in order to keep up with my adventures at the GFAF Expo!

Love,
Olivia