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Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp Recipe June 15 2017, 0 Comments

It's berry season here in New Jersey. You just can't beat fresh, plump, juicy, sweet strawberries and blueberries! Every year I set out to make a warm, mixed berry crisp, but it needs to be gluten free to accommodate needs in our family. I've finally come up with a recipe we all love: It's a combination of several recipes I've tried: sweet, yet a little tart, made with natural sugars, and a delicious, not too sweet gluten free crisp. Good luck not finishing this in one sitting. It's that good!

How do you enjoy your summer berries?

 

Gluten Free Mixed Berry Crisp

Filling:

6 cups fresh berries, quartered –  (I used a combination of strawberries and whole blueberries, but feel free to add blackberries and/or raspberries too)

1/4 cup tapioca starch (arrowroot or corn starch will also work)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup raw honey (real maple syrup would work too)

1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Crisp Topping:

1 cup almond flour 

1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats 

2 tablespoons coconut sugar (raw cane sugar would work too)

3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

5 tablespoons melted butter (you can use melted coconut oil as well)

2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8x8 glass baking dish.

Sprinkle tapioca all over berries and gently stir to coat all the berries. Add the remaining ingredients, gently stir and empty into the greased baking dish.

Add all the crisp ingredients in a bowl and combine until the mixture becomes dry and crumbly. Spread over the berries.

Bake for 45-50 minutes until bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.

Serve with ice cream or whipped cream for an added indulgence!

Serves 4-6

 


5 Ingredient Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaner! June 13 2017, 0 Comments

 

Friends often ask, "What should I do with my essential oils?" It's a GREAT question with MANY answers! The reality is you can do SO MANY things with essential oils. It's our hope with this blog to give you some easy ideas and DIY recipes, all of which include the amazing and powerful benefits of essential oils!

Today we're featuring a very simple DIY 5 Ingredient All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner that we use here ALL the time at Mindful Soap! We make it often because we use so much of it. It's a very versatile DIY All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner and great for cleaning your kitchen countertops (granite safe), kitchen sink, bathroom sinks, bathroom countertops and even your floors (including wood)! And you can feel great about using it because there won't be any harsh, toxic fumes or funky scents that you'll be inhaling into your lungs!

We recommend adding essential oils of tea tree, lavender, and/or peppermint. Personally, we like using all 3. The peppermint adds a bit of a minty scent, while the tea tree and lavender oils not only add scent, but bring their antimicrobial properties along as well, which let's face it, we all want in a good cleaner. Made with 5 simple ingredients you probably already have in the house, you can't go wrong!

5 Ingredient All-Natural, Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and you're good to go! It's that simple. It's such a great cleaner that you'll want to clean all the time...ehh....who are we kidding? Let's just say when you need to clean, you'll be grabbing for it! Enjoy!


Is Natural REALLY Better? June 05 2017, 0 Comments

What you put ON your body, is just as important as what you put into your body. While it's absolutely important to pay special attention to the foods you eat (especially in today's GMO-laden world!), it's just as important to pay attention to the products you're putting on your body.