Power Breakfast Cookies {Gluten Free}

These easy, no bake cookies are a healthy way to start your day right with a punch of energy. They are refined sugar free, low mess, and high protein.


4 cups gluten free rolled oats

2 tsp cinnamon

pinch sea salt

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

1 cup smooth nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)

1 cup honey  (can sub for brown rice syrup/agave/maple syrup)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup chia seeds

1-2 T unsweetened coconut flakes


Maple Bacon Pancake Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Decorate Time 10 minutes

Total Time 35 minutes

  • 3 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup
  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting and Garnish

  • 6 slices cooked bacon for garnish
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla.
  3. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  4. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins, filling each tin 1/2 full. (they will rise/peak)
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool to room temp before frosting.
  1. Put the butter in your stand mixer with whisk attachment and whip for 30 seconds.
  2. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping sides between each addition and whip until incorporated. Increase speed from Medium to High
  3. Add the syrup and whip for another 30 seconds on high. Frosting should be light and fluffy
  4. Chill frosting in the refrigerator for 5 minutes before frosting muffins.
  5. Garnish with Bacon pieces

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Monte Cristo Waffle Sandwich

I’m just going to let the picture do all of the talking on this one 😉

Waffle Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter, melted (1 stick)

1 3/4 cup milk


Sandwich Ingredients

4-6 slices of turkey ham or roasted turkey, thick sliced

4-6 slices of cheddar cheese

4-6 Tablespoons seedless raspberry jam

Powdered Sugar for a light dusting


Waffle Directions

Pre-Heat Waffle Iron

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar

In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, melted butter, and milk

until airy.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients inside the well. Using a hand mixer, mix until incorporated

and there are no lumps.

Using a 3/4 measuring cup, ladle waffle batter onto the waffle iron and cook as directed. (I cooked mine for about 6 minutes each)

Once the waffles are done, you will use them as your sandwich “bread”

Sandwich Assembly Directions

Cut waffles in half. Top 1/2 with meat, cheese, and spread the jam. Place

the other waffle back on. Dust the sandwich with a light coating of powdered sugar.

Best served immediately while they are warm. Enjoy!


Italian Nachos

This is my  copycat version of Italian Nachos from a popular chain restaurant. Depending on how much you make, this can be served

as a main dish or an appetizer. Enjoy!


12 oz won ton wrappers, cut diagonally

1 jar Asiago or Alfredo Sauce (or make your own)

1-2 cups grilled chicken or Italian Bulk Sausage, cooked

2 cups shredded mozzarella

1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup black olives, sliced

1/4 cup banana peppers, sliced

1/4 cup jalapenos, sliced

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

To Make the Chips

Preheat Oven to 350F, prepare a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil and lightly sprayed with vegetable oil

Cut the won ton wrappers in half diagonally

Arrange on to cookie sheet, where the triangles are not touching. Spray wrappers with vegetable oil and bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden.

To Make the Nachos

On a large baking sheet, place a single layer of won ton chips. Top with meat, cream sauce, and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Add a layer of tomatoes, olives, peppers, jalapenos. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Broil at 400F-500F until cheese is melted, about 2-3 minutes



Fast Crust Pizza

This is a pretty fast and easy recipe that you can make during a busy week and the kids will love it.


1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 cup warm water

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons corn meal


Pizza Sauce




Preheat Oven to 450F

In a 2 Cup Glass measuring cup (or small bowl) dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

In a separate bowl stir in flour, salt, and oil until well blended. Mix in the yeast mixture and beat until smooth. Cover with a towel and let rest 5 minutes.

While the dough is resting, I go ahead and get my pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese ready.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat/roll into a round circle. Transfer pizza dough onto a lightly greased pizza pan or stone that is lightly sprinkled with corn meal.

Spread your sauce evenly around the crust. Add your favorite toppings and cheese.

Baked in oven for 15-20 minutes. Allow pizza to cool about 5 minutes before cutting slices and serving.


Crockpot Jambalaya

This is a colorful, flavorful dish that’s easy and can feed a crowd.

Try it on a cold, wintry day.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 7-8 hours low, or 3-4 high

Serves 5-6


1 pound chicken, boneless/skinless-(you can use breasts or thighs)

1 pound smoked turkey sausage, sliced

1/2 packet of onion soup mix

2 teaspoons oregano

2 teaspoons parsley

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/3 teaspoon thyme

1 cup chicken broth

1 28 oz can diced tomatoes


1 cup cooked okra

2-3 cups hot, cooked jasmine rice


In the crockpot, add chicken & sausage. Sprinkle dried onion soup mix and all seasonings evenly, over the top of the meat. Pour in the diced tomatoes and broth.

Cover and cook:

7-8 hours on Low or 3-4 hours on High

When done, shred chicken with a couple of forks. Add in cooked okra and hot, cooked rice. Serve with hot crusty french bread or cheddar biscuits.

Chai Spiced Granola

If you love topping your favorite breakfast yogurt or cereal with large clusters of granola, than you’ll have to try this next recipe. It’s easy to make and will make your house smell heavenly.


3 cups rolled oats

1 1/2 cups almonds, rough chopped

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

3 Tablespoons flax & chia seed ( I use Raw Organics)

2 teaspoons chai spice (OR  1/2 tsp cardamom & 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup brown sugar (or 1/4 cup date paste)

1/2 cup maple syrup (slightly warmed, about 30 seconds in microwave)

1 egg white, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

optional: dried fruit such as raisins, blueberries, or mangoes


Preheat oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.

In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, coconut, flax, and spices.

In a separate bowl whisk together oil, maple syrup, egg white, sugar, and vanilla.

Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients and stir until just moistened.

Spread mixture evenly over prepared pan. Use a spatula to pat down flat.

Bake 40-50 minutes until golden. Allow to cool completely and then break into clusters.

Optional: gently stir in dried fruit of your choice.

Store in airtight container.