Sugar Alcohols: Are they a Sweet Alternative to Sugar?

What are sugar alcohols? Sugar alcohols are found in many “sugar free” foods and low sugar or low calorie foods and beverages.  These products include sugar-free gum and candy, no sugar added ice creams, yogurts, and puddings, and some baked goods.  Their chemical structure consists of a simple carbohydrate attached to an alcohol group.  Some examples include lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and erythritol.  You can identify them by the -ol at the end of their name on the food label.  There has been a recent increase in the consumption…

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Sweet and Spicy Fish Tacos

Sweet and spicy flavors make these tacos extra special.  You can easily make them gluten-free, and you can adjust the “spiciness” of the recipe for the kiddos if you need to.  Fast, easy, and delicious is ALWAYS what I am looking for in a recipe! Serves 6 Total cooking time: about 30 minutes 1 pound White fish, cod or sole work well Salt and pepper to taste ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs (use gluten free cracker crumbs as a substitute) 1 tsp Cumin 1 tsp Coriander 1 tsp Chili powder Lime…

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Almond Flour Brownies

Warning for Chocolate Lovers: these gluten-free brownies are so chocolatey and delicious, you won’t believe they are gluten-free!  Prep time: 15 minutes, Bake time: 35-40 minutes Serves 12             Ingredients:  ¾ cup Almond Flour, finely ground ¼ tsp Salt 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder ½ tsp Baking Powder ¾ cup Sugar 3 Large Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla ½ cup Butter ¾ cup Chocolate Chips, divided Directions: 1.       Preheat oven to 350 F.    2.       Mix together in a small mixing bowl, flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder.  3.       In a separate microwaveable…

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Vanilla Almond Granola Bars

These bars are simple and easy!  Full of goodness with healthy fats, fiber, and protein, they make an excellent on the go snack!  They are gluten free too! 1.5 cups quick cooking oats ½ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup sesame seeds ¼ cup chia or hemp seeds 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp salt 1 cup almond butter ¼ cup honey ¼ cup pure maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla   Stir together all dry ingredients (oats, almonds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt) in a large mixing bowl.  In a…

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