GF Cherry Almond Oat Bars

Wanna quick and easy breakfast bar for when you’re on the go?

It has a soft chewy bottom, spread with cherry jam and topped with a sweet almond crumble. ( Perfect, right?) You can’t go wrong with that.

This cherry almond bar is great to grab-and-go or to just have with your morning coffee/tea. It’s easy, GF, DF, V and delicious.

If you love almond extract as much as I do then you’ll love these. A great thing about these is that they’re not overpoweringly sweet, like most bars, so they’re easier to chow down on. (I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just have a hard time eating those super sweet bars. Especially on an empty stomach. )

Now let’s get baking!πŸ₯„

  • 1 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup of cherry jam
  • 3/4 cup of cane sugar
  • 3/4cup + 2 tbsp of water
  • 1/4 cup of brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Double acting baking powder
  • 1tsp of Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tsp of almond extract
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almond

Prep: 15 min.

Baking: 40-50min.

Preheat oven to 350Β°

Bottom Layer: Combine 1 cup of coconut flour, 3/4 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of sugar, brown rice flour, Xanthan gum, and baking powder in a bowl. Mix together.

The extra oats, coconut flour, and sugar will be saved for the crumble topping. So you can add the extras to another bowl.

Add the 3/4 cup of water, 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix together. Add a little more water if needed.

The dough will be a little crumby, but that’s alright, so don’t worry.

Crumble topping: combine the remainder of the coconut flour, oats, and sugar. Add the water and oil and use your fingers to crumble the mixture together. (Add another tbsp of oil if needed.) Set side.

Oil the bottom of a 8 x 11 pan and pack the first dry mixture down into the pan. Use a fork to poke some holes in the dough to ensure that it’ll bake evenly through.

Spread the jam over the first layer. Then add the crumble mixture and slivered almonds over the top.

Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until golden brown on top.

Let them cool for 10 minutes before cutting them. You can eat them right then and there ( they’re amazing when they’re warm!) or store them in the fridge for later use.

I’m enjoying a warm one right now and let me tell you that you need to make these. That way we can both share in the happiness of these yummy treats!

I hope you enjoy these at much as I am. Happy eating peeps!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Natural Skin Care

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Watching what you eat can help clear and improve your skin, but sometimes you just need the extra care.

Buying skin care products can be tricky and expensive. You don’t want to break the bank, but you want something with reliable ingredients that you can actually pronounce. You should always watch what products you use on your skin, especially your face, which is a more sensitive and delicate area.

So instead of buying products that’ll leave you wondering if it’s doing more harm than good, you can easily make some natural skin products at home. Usually people have these ingredients just lying in their cupboards; and if not, you can find them at your local store.

So let me inform you of these wonderful everyday products and their benefits! I’ll also be sharing some super easy skin care products you can make with them.

Most of these natural products are becoming more popular in use for skin care, but some of these ingredients may surprise you:

  • Coconut oil– this one is a given, it’s rich in good healthy fats and is great for skin with its light weight hydration.
  • Olive Oil– Yes, this too is another great oil for skin. It’s hydrating, light weight, and is good for evening out the skin tone. However, you need to make sure that it is pure virgin olive oil. Many cheaper olive oils can have dyes added to them to give them color.
  • Shea butter– Is also great for hydration. It’s loaded with healthy fats and vitamin E. You can use it in place of lotion.
  • Green tea– It’s not just for drinking, you can use it as a natural skin toner. It reduces redness and helps clear skin.
  • Coffee Grounds– Coffee draws out toxins and can help reduce cellulite. You can use the grounds in DIY scrubs and exfoliants.
  • Lemon– This helps to brighten dull skin. Fresh lemon juice is best for when used on skin.
  • Honey- This is wonderful for and softening your skin. It deeply moisturizes your skin and it’ll leave you with a nice glow.
  • Lavender– Whether it’s lavender oil or dried lavender, both help to calm irritated skin. It also reduces stress.

Hydrating Skin Care:

  1. 1 Tbsp Honey+ 2Tsp Lemon – mix them together and apply to your face. Leave it on your skin for 10 minutes before rinsing of with warm water. You’ll instantly notice brighter skin after this.
  2. 1 Tbsp Honey + 1 Tbsp of Coconut oil – Melt the coconut oil and mix together with the honey. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Gently massage it into your face as you rinse with warm water. You can add any essential oil to this. My favorite is lavender.
  3. Green tea There are many ways to use this for your skin. You can steep a cup of tea and pour it into a spritz bottle to spray onto your face. You can also save your tea bags and put them in the fridge and use them on your eyes. This help to reduce bags and dark circles. Freezing the tea in an ice cube tray is great too. You can use the cubes to rub over your face, which improves circulation and can help lift skin.

Note: You can use these as many times as needed through the week.

Now sometimes you’re skin is more than just dry. You need a little scrubbing to getting rid of any dirt caught in your pores. So let’s move on to some DIY scrubs.

Exfoliating Scrubs:

  1. 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil + 2 Tbsp of Sugar + 1 drop of Lavender – Melt the coconut oil and combine the other ingredients. Gently rub mixture over your skin to be rid of any dead skin cells. Rinse with warm water and massage any leftover oil into your skin.
  2. 2 Tbsp Coffee Grounds + 2 Tbsp of Coconut Oil – you can use the coconut oil and olive oil interchangeably with this. Combine the grounds and oil together and rub onto your skin (this can be used anywhere on your body: face, arms, legs, etc.) Rinse off after a while and massage remaining oil into skin.
  3. 1 tsp Shea Butter + 1 tsp Sugar – this mixture is for lip exfoliating. Combine the two together and gently massage onto your lips for 1 minute. Rinse off with warm water and a wash cloth.

Note: only exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Over exfoliating can damage skin.

And there you have it. Simple, easy, natural, and affordable beauty care for your skin. I’ve been using these recipes on my skin for a while now. I can honestly say that they have made a difference and I love using them. My skin never looked so good before I went natural. It’s what’s best for you and your skin will thank you.πŸ’›

Let me know if you try any of them!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Cranberry Apple Cider

Here’s a festive drink to have this Christmas!

Since it is spiced with cinnamon and ginger, it’ll really warm you from the inside out. I could get lost in a cup of it.

This is super simple and you can impress your guests with this flavorful holiday drink. So let’s get sipping!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of cranberries
  • 4 green apples (chopped)
  • 10 cups of water
  • 3/4 cup of cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp of lemon
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger (or 1/2 inch of ginger root)
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

Here’s how simple it is, you throw all ingredients in a pot and simmer them for 30 minutes. *Then gently mash ingredients together to release more flavor. Let it simmer for 5 more minutes.

* don’t turn it into a puree. You just simply want the cranberries and apples to be slightly mashed.

Let the mixture cool slightly and strain the liquid into a pitcher. And with that, you’re done! Holiday festivities made easy. You can thank me later.


Best served warm with a pinch of cinnamon. Keep extra product stored in the fridge.

Enjoy this festive drink! Merry Christmas everyone!

xoxo Juliana Marie

DIY: Hot Chocolate Gifts

Feel like Christmas is sneaking up on you?

Yeah, me too.

Well good news! I’ve got a super easy gift that you can make up in a jiffy. This is better than any packaged hot chocolate because it’s ” made with love”.

Making gifts can save shopping time and cut down on spending. ( If that isn’t a winner, then I don’t know what is). I also love how you can add your own creative twist to homemade goodies. It’s lots of fun!

So let’s get mixing!

  • 3 cups of cocoa powder
  • 2 cups of cane sugar
  • 1 bag of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 1tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1tsp of nutmeg
  • Cute/ festive jars to place your product in

Ready for how easy this is?

Well first, place the sugar in a food processor and blend into a fine powder. Then, combine the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg with the sugar. Blend them together and let the mixture settle before opening. ( or else you’ll have hot chocolate dust everywhere).

*Now, depending on the size of jars you use, you may have more or less gifts of hot chocolate. (I used 5, 16 ounce, jars.)

Fill each jar a little over halfway with the hot cocoa mix and add about 1/2 cups of the mini chocolate chips. Then, fill the rest of the jars with the marshmallows.

Voila! It couldn’t be easier!

You should also write the directions on a little tag to tie onto the jars.

✨Here are the directions:

{ Shake jar well to mix ingredients. Add 2 tbsp of mix to 1 cup of warm milk. ~Enjoy }

You can add ribbons to the jars, tie some candy canes to them, or do whatever your creative mind comes up with!

Have a great Christmas everyone!

(But don’t forget the hot chocolateπŸ˜‰).

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Cranberry Orange Jam

Are you ready for the festivities?πŸŽ„The holidays are almost upon us and it’s time to start cooking.

So here it is. The jam you’ll be needing this holiday season. It’s sweet and tart with some good old Christmas spices mixed in. You can’t go wrong with that.

It’s so simple to make and tastes ridicuously good on toast. You could also use this in your Christmas recipes i.e. thumbprint cookies.

This jam requires just a few simple ingredients. So let’s get jammin’!

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  • 1 (12oz) bag of cranberries
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup of cane sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ginger

*makes 1 (12oz) jar of jam

First, squeeze all the juice out of the orange into a sauce pan (keep the peel). Then, throw the rest of the ingredient in and mix together. Throw the orange peels in after its all. mixed ( the peels help give the jam that orange flavor).

Set the heat at medium high and stir occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries pop so don’t worry too much about the noise. They also release liquid as they’re cooking.

Once the mixture gets to the boilling point, let it boil for 5 minutes (stirring quite often) then turn it down to a simmer and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Make sure to stir it every now and then while it’s simmering.

Alright, after the 10 minutes are up, you can turn off the heat and remove the orange peels.

You can either use a stick blender, a food processor, or (if your feeling ambitious) a potatoe masher to blend up the mixture.

I find that the stick blender works well and it create less dishes because you can use it right in the sauce pan to do the job.

Once it’s blended you can put it in your jar and let it chill for 2 hours.

Keep stored in the fridge.

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I love this jam so much! It’s so incredibly delicious with just the right amount of spices to play with your taste buds. Like I said, it’s perfect for this winter season.

~Xoxo Juliana Marie

Cookie Dough Chocolate Truffles

Hey! Got leftovers of that cookie dough? (see previous post πŸ˜‰)

Well, the good news is you can easily transform it into something different. It takes little effort and it has even more chocolate! I’m a choco-holic, so the more chocolate the merrier.

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  • Leftover GF cookie dough (see last post)
  • 1 bag of chocolate chips
  • 1tbsp of coconut oil
  • Double broiler

Alrighty, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you gotta do:

Roll about 2tbsp of the cookie dough into balls and set on a tray and place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.

Freezing them helps keep their shape while dipping them in chocolate.

When 20 minutes for the dough balls are almost up, you can start melting the chocolate.

You need to do the *double boiling method to melt the chocolate or else your chocolate will easily scorch.

* If you don’t have an actual double boiler, you can easily create your own using a sauce pan and a larger glass bowl.

Fill the sauce pan almost halfway and set the glass bowl on the sauce pan. (you don’t want the bowl to touch the bottom of the pan, so you need to make sure the bowl is a little larger).

Add about 2 cups of chocolate chips and coconut oil in the bowl (depending the amount of cookie dough you have left, you may need more or less). Turn on the heat and get the water boiling.

Be sure to stir the chocolate as it’s melting.

Once it’s melted, dip the cookie dough in the chocolate and set them on a tray with parchment paper. Let the chocolate harden and enjoy your refurbished cookie dough. πŸ˜‹

Xoxo Juliana Marie

GF Cookie Dough

Let’s indulge shall we?

It’s easy to do so with this guilt free treat!

I was craving cookie dough the other day and this perfectly satisfied my cravings. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. We all want a little sweetness once in a while, but it can be hard to find something healthy when there’s all the additives and *refined sugar in so many products. So feel to grab yourself a bowl of this without any remorse. (I know I had more than my fair share of this….)

* Refined sugar has lost all nutrients and vitamins in it during the high heat process done. So you are literally eating empty calories.

This can be quickly thrown together in just a few simple steps and doesn’t take much effort. It’s great to have for a movie night treat or for when you sneak into the fridge looking for a bite to settle your sweet tooth.

So let’s get mixing now!

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  • 1 cup of coconut flour (Almond flour or another GF flour can be used as well)
  • 1 cups of almond milk
  • 1/2 cup of honey (or maple syrup for a plant based version)
  • 1/2 cup of canned chic peas (plus 1/4 cup of liquid from the can)
  • 4 dried medjool dates
  • 2tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of dairy free chocolate chips

Combine chic peas plus liquid, almond milk, honey, dates (make sure the pits are removed), coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in a food processor (A stick blender can be used as well, but a food processor is just quicker). Then puree ingredients. Once pureed, place the wet mixture into a bowl.

Now you can add your GF flour just a little at a time.

Be sure to mix well each time you add flour so as to prevent clumping.

Now you’re ready to add the chocolate chips! I recommend 1 cup, but there’s not such thing as too much chocolate… so use the whole bag of you desire!

Mix in chocolate chips and you’re all set.

For storing: keep covered and store in fridge. Don’t keep it in the fridge for more than 1 week. Store in freezer after 1 week.

Now all you have left to do is eat it!

Enjoy darlings. I know I am!

xoxo Juliana Marie

GF Pumpkin Spice Snack Bites

#glutenfree #healthysnack

Feeling snackish? Well, I’ve got the perfect GF snack that’ll give you some energy.

Pumpkin spice isn’t out the door just yet and these are great for using up any leftover pumpkin puree you may have. They’re super quick and easy to whip up too!

I love having these on hand when I need something to hold me over. And because they have chia seeds* in them, they’re great for boost of energy. They’re also easy to transport for those on-the-go days.

* Chia seeds are full of fiber and omega 3s. They also have a slow conversion time meaning that they will keep you full longer.

Let’s get rolling!

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Pumpkin Bites:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup of oat flour
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 6 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • Pinch of nutmeg

Here are some ideas for what to roll your snack bites in.

  • Cocoa powder
  • Cocoa nibs
  • Chia seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chocolate chips
  • Granola
  • Crushed nuts

Make sure dates are de-pitted and then puree them in a food processor with the pumpkin, coconut oil, and vanilla. Place ingredients into a bowl once pureed.

Combine the rest of the ingredients together in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet just a little at a time until thoroughly combined.

Take about 2 tbsp of the mixture and roll into balls.

(Makes approx. 16)

Once they’re made up, place your topping(s) of choice in a bowl and roll the snack bites in it until completely covered.

For storage, keep them in an air tight container in the fridge.

(Cocoa nibs add a nice crunch to these)

Yum!

I’m definitely going to be making more snack bites because they’re so convenient to have around!

Enjoy them, Lovelies!

~xoxo Juliana Marie

Lavender Charcoal Lemonade

Well, it’s not summer anymore, but I can still enjoy some lemonade.

Now you may be questioning the charcoal, but let me tell you first that it’s good for you. At least it’s good for drawing out toxins that is.

I don’t know about you, but certain foods give me headaches ( like purple onions). This drink can help be rid of your headache because the charcoal in it will pull out any toxins from the food or whatever is giving your head a hard time. And the lavender really just adds to the taste of it.

It may look scary, however it tastes fantastic! It has a light floral taste and you can’t even taste the charcoal. (It doesn’t really have a taste).

This would be great for a Halloween party drink or just for your own personal consumption.

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  • Pitcher of water ( about 6-8 cups)
  • 2 lemons (juiced) or 1/4 cup of lemon juice concentrate
  • 4 Tbsp of gourmet lavender syrup
  • 1 Tbsp of activated charcoal

You can add the ingredients in any order or all at once, but I found it fun to watch the color change in the pitcher. So I added them each separately and goggled at each different layer of color.

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So when life gives you lemons…….

Make lavender charcoal lemonade!!

Sending love

~xoxo Juliana Marie

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