Summer Peach Crisp (Gluten Free)

This was a summer of delicious peaches for us here in Ontario. We’d buy them by the basket and eat them every chance we got. They were sweet, juicy and just a perfect way to beat the heat.

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We ate peaches on their own, mixed into smoothies, on top of yogurt and with ice cream! I’d been meaning to make a Peach Crisp all summer long but only got around to it just recently. It was the perfect way to enjoy the last of the summer peach season and to give our summer a sweet and nutty send off!

I promise you this Crisp will be a hit in your house. The kids asked for seconds and thirds :) It’s a super clean gluten-free recipe with whole food ingredients so I didn’t mind adding a side of vanilla ice cream to it. You can also switch up the fruit, try substituting berries, apples or plums (or a combination of the above) . I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

Btw, iff you’re looking for another delicious Crisp recipe after this one, give this Summer Berry & Rhubarb Crisp a try!

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Filling

  • 5 cups of Ripe Peaches

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Arrowroot/Cornstarch

  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla

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Topping

  • 1.5 cups Oats

  • 3/4 cups Chopped Pecans

  • 3/4 cups Almond Flour

  • 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted

  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla

  • 1.5 tsp Cinnamon

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • In a large bowl, add cut up Peaches, Coconut Sugar, Arrowroot Powder, Cinnamon and Vanilla in a bowl and set aside for 20 minutes. Transfer filling into a 8x8 baking dish.

  • In a separate bowl, add in Oats, Pecans, Almond Flour, Maple Syrup, Coconut Oil, Vanilla and Cinnamon. Mix well.

  • Pour the crisp mixture over the peaches and spread evenly. 

  • Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden. 

  • Serve with vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt (or a dairy free vanilla ice cream if you prefer)

  • Enjoy!!!!

Healthy 'No Bake' Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m always looking for healthy quick and easy recipes to have on hand when hunger strikes! Something the kids can grab when they’ve got a craving for something sweet or an after-dinner snack. These healthy no-bake cookies tick all the boxes. Quick and easy to make, yummy with just the right amount of sweetness. The best part is they require NO BAKING. A lot of times I’ll just prep the first steps and the kids can do the rest!

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar 

  • 2 tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • Pinch of Salt

  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup Shredded Coconut

  • 1 cup and 1/4 Old Fashioned Oats

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Method:

  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

  2. Place a small pot over medium heat. Add in the peanut butter and coconut oil. 

  3. Stir until smooth and then add in the coconut or brown sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is about to boil. Make sure not to boil.

  4. Remove the pan from heat and add in the cacao powder and stir constantly until all the powder is well incorporated. Add in the vanilla and salt. Stir in the honey. Mix in the coconut flakes and old fashioned oats.

  5. Let the mixture cool a little and then scoop out the mixture with a spoon to form into a cookie shape onto the baking sheet.

  6. Place the baking sheets in the fridge for about an hour, until the cookies harden.

  7. These are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge and will keep for up to a week. 

Makes 12-14 cookies.

Enjoy!

Night Cycle with Onlia- LIght up the Night!

One of my fondest childhood summer memories growing up was biking around the

neighborhood late into the evening with my besties. There’s something empowering about

taking to the streets on your own two wheels. As our kids have gotten older and more

comfortable on their bikes, we’ve taken on more and more adventurous family rides. Biking is

such a great family activity, not only is it such great exercise and environmentally friendly, but

it’s also an amazing way to spend quality time together. I’m so happy to see our little ones

building their own early biking memories.

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As happy as I am to pass on the joy of bike riding to our little ones, I do want to make sure they

always remember to put safety first. Anyone who’s ever ridden their bikes in a big city has likely

had their fair share of close calls (I know it’s happened to me). That’s why I was so happy to

take part in a fun night ride through the busy streets of Toronto to help raise awareness of bike

safety in our city about a month back. A group of us braved the cold February weather with the

folks from Onlia and Switchback Cyclery for a fun and educational ride. Onlia is a new digital

company based in Toronto that offers a safe driving rewards app and digital auto insurance, and

they’re on a mission to work with Canadians to make our roads and communities safer for

everyone. It was great to see so many riders come out and share their experiences and insights

into how riders and drivers can work together to make the streets safer, especially at night.

If you’re planning on heading out onto the roads with your kids this summer, remember to keep

these quick safety tips in mind to help make sure that every ride is your safest ride!

Here’s a Video from our Night Ride!



1. Make yourself visible - Add reflective tape and lights to your bike and wheels (or take it

one step further and wear reflective clothing).


2. Try to ride on a lighted path - While it may not always be possible, you’re much more

likely to be seen if you stick to well-lit roads & paths.


3. Have a plan - It’s important to plan your route out ahead of time. Avoid roads where the

lighting is poor. Even if the alternatives take you a few minutes out of your way, you’ll

feel a lot safer knowing that drivers will see you clearly.


4. Make sure you can hear your surroundings - Avoid using earphones to listen to music or

anything that would distract you from hearing what’s going on around you.


5. Assume you’re invisible to drivers - Slow down and be a little extra vigilant. While you

may think a driver can see you, it’s best to assume that drivers can’t see you at night. So be

extra careful as they turn, park and open their doors near you.


Remember that one of the best ways to help kids learn safe bike riding is to set a good example

yourself. So strap on that helmet and get out there so you can show them exactly what safe

riding looks like. I hope these tips help give you the confidence to get out there and light up the

night with your bike!

To learn more about Onlia’s safety movement, visit Onlia.ca or follow along on Facebook.


Lamb Kebobs on a Stick

Wanna know the trick to getting your kids to eat something? Easy! Just put it on a stick! But seriously, these Lamb Kebobs disappeared in 5 minutes flat, they didn’t even make it to the dinner table.

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Super moist and full of flavour, these kebobs are a perfect protein packed meal! They might even get the pickiest eater in your gang to try out some new flavours. So go ahead, get your hands a little dirty and make these for the fam! They will thank you for sure!

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds of Ground Lamb (or you could do a Lamb-Beef mix)

  • 1 medium Red Onion

  • 4-5 large cloves Garlic

  • 1 tbsp Ginger, pureed

  • 1 cup Coriander or Parsley

  • 1-2 small slices of Bread (I used sprouted bread)

  • 1 Eggs

  • 1 tbsp Sumac

  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin/Coriander mix

  • 1 tsp Garam Masala

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp Paprika

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Method:

Soak bamboo sticks in cold water for 20-30 minutes.

Place ground meat in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a food processor, mix onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, bread and egg till well combined. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the ground meat. Add in the spices and mix well to combine everything together.

Take skewers and shape the kebobs around the top of the skewers. Place on a baking tray in a line. You can broil the kebobs in the oven or cook them on the grill. Cook till the outsides are browned and the inside is cooked through.

Serve with naan and coconut mint yogurt.


Enjoy!

Banana Oat Cookies

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I’m always looking for quick simple recipes to have on hand as ‘after school snacks’ for the kids and myself :) I want something that we can just grab on our way out the door that’s yummy, filling and that will give us energy.

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These banana oat cookies totally hit the spot! It’s a great way to use up those super ripe bananas you’ve got lying around when you’re not in the mood for banana bread. I can quickly whip these up and they’ll be ready in less than 20 minutes! The kids love them for breakfast too!

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Ingredients:

Cookies

2 super ripe bananas

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Chocolate sauce

1 tbsp coconut oil melted

1 1/2 tsp cacao powder

1 tsp maple syrup

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Method:

Preheat oven to 350’ degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, add in oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Mix well until everything is combined. Add in the chocolate chips and mix a bit more.

Using a large spoon, scoop batter into small rounds and place on the baking sheet, pressing cookies flat a little. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Take out of oven and cool.

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For the sauce, melt the coconut oil and mix in cacao powder and maple syrup. Taste and adjust the sweetness accordingly. Pour over cookies or dip the edges of the cookies into the sauce.

These yummy cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days :)


Enjoy!

 

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