Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Bring on the holiday baking!  I am starting with these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies.   These gluten free sugar cookies are perfect for cookie swaps and parties.  They contain far less sugar than traditional cookie recipes.  I think my 5 Minute Healthy Frosting would be great on these!  This healthier sugar cookie recipe is also vegan in addition to being gluten free.  All you need is 9 ingredients!

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies - My Whole Food Life

I used palm shortening in this recipe and here is why.  One of the key ingredients in sugar cookies is butter.  I don’t want to use margarine or some other kind of vegan butter.  I also didn’t think coconut oil would have worked in this recipe.  So I used the palm shortening.  I used Nutiva palm shortening which comes from a sustainable source.   Since it’s not something I use on a regular basis, I was okay with it in this recipe.  One thing I did different than most sugar cookie recipes is that I cut the sugar amount in half.

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5 Minute Healthy Frosting

I love when a recipe accidentally turns into something wonderful.  This is the case in this 5 minute healthy frosting recipe.  I made some donuts and I wanted to make a glaze to dip them in.  Well the glaze ended up looking more like a frosting.  So that is how this 5 minute healthy frosting was born.  This is a great base frosting recipe that you can add in your own flavors too.  I can see it easily becoming a strawberry frosting with a little fruit added.  Or you can add some cocoa powder to make it a chocolate frosting.  It was very easy to spread. I could see this frosting being a great addition to my flourless chocolate muffins.

5 Minute Healthy Frosting - My Whole Food Life

This frosting literally takes minutes to make.  Hence the 5 minute frosting name. :)  It’s also vegan, gluten free and paleo approved.  This healthy frosting recipe would make a great dairy free alternative as well.  I highly recommend only using this frosting right before you eat it.  Once it refrigerates, it becomes hard.  However, since ti does become hard in the fridge, it would be a great frosting for sugar cookie cutouts.  Or even frosted gingerbread cookies.

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Healthy Burrito Bowl

This healthy burrito bowl was created and written by my husband Marcus.  He is the creator of several savory recipes on my blog such as the peanut noodle stir fry, homemade sriracha sauce and black beans and rice.

We were asked to re-make a burrito bowl the other day by a reader. Of course places like Chipolte and FreeBirds have burrito bowls. While I use to love these, they contain a bunch of salt. This healthy burrito bowl is pretty awesome though and you will recognize some of the same components you see out dining.

Healthy Burrito Bowl - My Whole Food Life

When you look at the recipe, you may think it’s a little involved.  However, for one days work, you can have a whole week of meals.  Just make/store the healthy burrito bowl components in separate containers and then add what you like at meal times.

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