I have always made breakfast an important meal everyday. I generally cook a full meal, and try to incorporate a variety of food groups. Most mornings we eat eggs in some form with varying sides. Since we have cut out gluten, I have made less and less carb heavy breakfasts.

The other day I decided to use some of the Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour to make some pancakes. I used my Vitamix blender to prepare the batter, although a whisk and bowl would be plenty sufficient. We serve these with real maple syrup (Trader Joe’s Grade B) and all natural sausage.

Blueberry Pancakes

Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes

  • 2 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp molasses
  • 3 cups All purpose gluten free flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 6 Tbsp. flaxseed (ground)
  • Frozen organic bluberries (Trader Joe’s)

Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender or bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Combine the flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture until just combined. Add the flaxseed. Pour onto hot griddle and sprinkle several frozen bluberries on top of each pancake immediately after pouring the batter. Flip each pancake after bubbles form – they should be light golden brown. Serve immediately with warm real maple syrup, a side of sausage and some fresh fruit.

You’ll love these and your kids will too!

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I love making healthy smoothies for my family. We have owned our Vitamix blender for 6 years now and despite its many capabilities, we blend up smoothies 90% of the time!

On a recent shopping trip at Trader Joe’s, I purchased some juice and several bags of frozen fruit along with some Kefir. When I make smoothies, I am known to just throw in whatever I can find in my produce drawer, my fruit bowl, or my freezer and I never measure. So bear with me as I jot this recipe down for you and know that the combinations of fruit/juice/yogurt/kefir/veggies etc are truly endless. This recipe makes 2 large servings or 2 medium and 2 small (for my whole family 🙂

Mango Banana Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Orange Peach Mango juice
  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Strawberry Kefir (or Plain Whole Milk yogurt)
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 6 frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
  • 5 frozen mango chunks
  • 1 orange, peeled

Combine all ingredients in blender in order listed. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Feel free to adjust the liquid measurements to your desired consistency of the end product. Many times that I make smoothies, I will throw in a carrot or two or a chunk of apple and a handful of fresh spinach leaves. It will turn your smoothie odd colors but the taste is completely masked by all that berry goodness and you get a powerhouse of nutrition in your glass 🙂

Smoothies are a fantastic way to get extra vitamins and minerals in your kids (or your husbands!)

What is your favorite smoothie recipe?

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