Friday, May 26, 2017

The Art of {Food} Relationships

During the Practicum this week we talked about the Art of Relationships - combine this with my love of serving beauty and wanting to bless my sweet friends!

It was fun to think of food that goes together {get it: relationships!?} coffee + donuts, yogurt + berries + granola, cookies + milk. I ended up skipping the last day and serving leftovers.

One of my sweet friends made this awesome donut display!! I love it!

The parfait bar was super popular and well received! Rachel made the granola and it was easy to make it gluten and dairy free.

So this brings me to ask - I'd really love to hear your ideas for high protein, healthy, easy to make gluten and/or dairy free snack ideas! What are your favorites? And bonus points if I could serve it in a cute way!!!

I had so much fun setting this up during Practicum and am excited to think of ways to expand this idea next year!


Heather said...

Very cute set up! Such a fun idea! We do baked oatmeal for breakfast quite often. It is a very forgiving recipe and can easily be made with gluten free oats and with a non-dairy milk or even juice. And you could make the baked portion very plain and then offer different toppers to go with their bowls of it.

Our basic recipe is more or less as follows
1/2 c. applesauce
2 eggs
1 tsp of baking soda
1 Tablespoon of cinnamon (or less, but we like a lot)
small amount of brown sugar (1/4 c. maybe, and totally optional if you add in berries or sweet items)
1 c. of liquid (milk, almond milk, even juice from canned pears or other fruit, etc)

Mix those all up and then add in 3 c. of regular rolled oats and any berries or fruit, dried fruit or even chocolate chips.

Then stir it up and bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

We sometimes add cocoa to the batter (1/2 c.) and then add strawberries or raspberries and white chocolate chips. You can even use pumpkin puree in place of the applesauce and add other pumpkin pie spices. Really, any flavor combination you like will probably be great. Very good recipe for using up bits and bobs of fruit. We have thrown almost anything in there (raisins and dried apples, craisins and white chocolate, frozen mulberries from our tree, canned peaches and frozen blueberries, you name it!) and it always works out great.

We serve it hot in bowls with milk over the top, but again could sub in non-dairy milk too. Hope this is helpful, even if it is written a bit crazy :)

*carrie* said...

Are you experimenting with gluten or dairy free?! Or you're just asking to accommodate other people?

Energy bites are yummy, quick to make, and easy to customize. I just yesterday printed a recipe for a baked blueberry oatmeal bar that is GF--looks really yummy! Will let you know m review.

Mrs. Chrissy T said...

I have enjoyed all your posts on your homeschooling and CC. We do not do CC but I love some of the great things you reminded me of no matter what you do for schooling. Have a super weekend.

Mary Ann said...

Those are both such cute food displays! An idea I have is a popcorn or trail mix bar. I was to an event a few years ago where they had a popcorn bar with small paper bags to put everything in. Fresh popped popcorn then all kinds of things to mix in. This was mostly candy but other items could be added too such as dried fruits and nuts. Trail mix would be the same idea.

Jen said...

My idea isn't gluten free, but I often give homemade bread and homemade jam as gifts. They just seem to "go together". I got some clear bread bags on Amazon and wrap it up with pretty ribbon on both and a fun tag. It's always a welcomed gift.

It would work for a "bread buffet" too. You could do different types of homemade bread(white, wheat, sourdough, etc) and then various types of jam. You could also do fun butters (sweet and savory) and quick breads/muffins.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I made Heather's baked oatmeal recipe this morning for company, and the 9x13 pan was empty at the end of breakfast! I added blueberries, and used Gluten Free oats. Wow, it was good! A keeper recipe! Thanks, Heather! -Amy in NY.