5 Ways to Sleep Better Right Now


There is a science to sleeping better in 2020. The days of easily falling asleep and staying asleep are hard to find for many of us. Thankfully, there are many science-backed ways to improve your sleep quality, health and circadian rhythm that you can do from home.


1. Be aware of blue light.

Blue light is part of the light spectrum given off from the sun (gets us up and moving in the morning) but also from electronics (preventing our brains from winding down at night). Once I started wearing blue light blockers and significantly lowering my electronic usage at night, it became easier to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.


How do you block blue light?

  • Wearing blue light blocking glasses once the sun sets to naturally eliminate blue light from preventing melatonin production (your sleepy hormone) in the brain – especially if you will be using devices including TV.

  • Unplugging electronics at night or covering up any lights with electrical tape.

  • Lighting your home after sunset with red lamps or lights or even soft candles, if you prefer that ambience.

  • Swapping out all the LED and fluorescent lights in your home for more yellow or red lights, or not turning them on at all after sunset.

  • Nixing reading on a Kindle or electronic device! Grab a good ol’ fashioned paperback book and save your brain from those harsh blue lights and EMFs at night.


When should I block or limit blue light?

  • Block 100% of blue light once the sun sets using the above methods.

  • Have a “no scrolling rule” after dinnertime. Put all electronics away at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours before bedtime.

  • Get to bed earlier – especially in the winter when our exposure to nighttime blue light is at a yearly high with the sun setting earlier.


2. Try CBD for restful and better quality sleep. 

High-quality, organic, full-spectrum CBD oil at night has made the biggest difference in my sleep quality after eliminating blue light.

I source my CBD from Equilibria – a small, woman-owned company that grows their own hemp and tests it for contaminants, pesticides and heavy metals. The CBD market has exploded and there are a lot of junk products out there. I can’t recommend their quality or potency enough!


How does CBD help you sleep?

  • It calms the brain and central nervous system allowing your body to get into a parasympathetic state primed for sleep.

  • Can be helpful in managing anxious thoughts that keep you awake reeling at night.

  • Reduces cortisol which helps natural melatonin production from the pineal gland kick in for longer, more restful sleep.

  • Studies show CBD doses (starting around 25 mg) help you fall asleep more quickly, stay asleep, and prevent nighttime wakings and cortisol spikes.

I have found that 25 mg is the perfect dose of nightly CBD for my optimal sleep. As an Equilibria CBD customer, you’ll get free access to your own dosage specialist who will help you figure out the proper dosage and timing for your body.


The BEST deal on Equilibria CBD: 

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You can read more about my experience with Equilibria CBD for treating sleep anxiety here.


3. Get active during the day. 

Researchers have found that getting more physical activity in during the day results in deeper, more restorative sleep at night as well as an easier time falling asleep. Moderate exercise seems key here – not too little, not too much, not too low intensity, not too high intensity.

The amount of exercise, intensity and when exercise is performed will be different for everyone. I find that a moderate-paced morning walk has the double the benefits: it allows blue light into your retina to wake the body up with a natural AM cortisol spike. Sometime late morning or early afternoon, I’ll get a more intense workout in on my Peloton bike or with some moderate weights for 30 minutes.

If anything, get outside during the day, multiple times – especially in the morning when the sun comes up. Take mini breaks and quick 15-minute walks on work breaks and an after-dinner stroll every night. Your body will feel like it had a full day of activity – mental and physical – and you will fall asleep more quickly.


4. Limit physical and emotional stress in the late afternoon and evening.

One of my no-questions-asked rules is NO STRESSFUL CONVERSATIONS AT NIGHT. If you need to have a “big talk” with your spouse or work partner, save it for the next day. Nothing needs to be discussed immediately unless it’s a true emergency.

This applies to stressful television, music and books too. Do a check on what you are consuming each day – does it raise your cortisol? Cause fear, anxiety or stress? I say this all the time but – turn off the news. I can’t even explain how much your health will improve by turning off the news completely – you will need to see for yourself.

At the same time, avoid high intensity exercise in the evening which spikes cortisol and prevents your body from getting into a restful state. Reconfigure your day so workouts can be done either in the morning, on your lunch break or at least wrapped up by dinnertime at the very latest.

5. Balance your blood sugar all day.

Balancing your blood sugar throughout the day is key to sleeping restfully at night. Blood sugar imbalances often wake us in the middle of the night – especially around the 2 to 4 am hour.

Some easy ways to balance your blood sugar: 

  • Eat a lower carb, real food diet. You don’t need to be low carb or keto, but by avoiding processed foods and carbs, you will naturally lower your carbohydrate intake. This will leave more room on your plate for complex carbs from vegetables, high quality protein and fat. 

  • Be aware of added or obvious sugars in your diet. Sugar can be incredibly addicting for many of us. Instead of a sugary breakfast like cereal or flavored oatmeal, make yourself a plate of bacon, eggs, and a smoothie every morning. Blood sugar regulation for the day starts with your morning meal.

  • Enjoy high quality proteins at all your meals and snacks, no matter if you are a meat eater or vegetarian. Vegetarians can include more eggs, beans and other legumes into their diet for more protein, but I’m a supporter of eating high-quality animal proteins in smaller amounts throughout the day (3 to 4 ounces per serving).

  • Don’t fear fat. Out of the three macronutrients, healthy fat intake balances blood sugar most efficiently. Fat can come from animal sources (like beef, dark meat chicken, wild fish) and vegetarian sources (like coconut, avocado, olives, nuts and seeds). Include it at every meal and your insulin levels will thank you.

Classic Paleo Pumpkin Pie (Grain-Free, Nut-Free)

Classic pumpkin pie made grain-free and paleo with a buttery cassava crust, vanilla-scented filling and a festive ginger and orange topping.

Classic Pumpkin Pie Paleo Grain-Free

You, me, we cannot celebrate Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. In fact, I’ve gone far too many years celebrating without pumpkin pie due to food allergies. I don’t recommend it.


This year, your addition to the family table can be this grain-free and Paleo Classic Pumpkin Pie. It’s made with a simple ice water cassava flour and butter crust and a flavorful homemade pumpkin pie filling. No underwhelming pumpkin pie flavors here!

Most recipes call for 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie seasoning. Instead of using store-bought seasoning, you can easily create your own with high-quality and flavorful organic spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This recipe uses over 3 teaspoons of spices to kick up the flavor a bit.


I have also added the seeds of a scraped vanilla bean to this recipe for REAL vanilla flavor. You can find a single vanilla bean in a glass jar in the spice aisle at most grocers. They are worth the price, but if you can’t find it, use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract instead. I may cry a little, but you’ll never know.


What does homemade Pumpkin Pie filling include?

  • Canned or homemade pumpkin pie puree

  • Maple sugar – adds a caramel depth of flavor you won’t get elsewhere

  • Coconut cream – most pies use evaporated milk or heavy cream – scooped from 1 or 2 cans of refrigerated coconut milk

  • Vanilla bean – for a more authentic vanilla flavor but you can also use 1 teaspoons vanilla extract in it’s place

  • Grated orange zest – for a light citrus hint and something a little different

  • Salt – helps bring out the sweetness and spices

  • Spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice

  • Eggs – I use both whole eggs and just a yolk for extra creaminess


Classic Pumpkin Pie Paleo Grain-Free Gluten-Free

Is it easy to make your own pie crust? 

Yes! It really is! This pie crust contains just a few ingredients: grain-free cassava flour, salt, butter and ice water (a bowl of water with ice in it to keep cold).


Cassava flour performs the closest to gluten flour in pie crusts among the grain-free flours. Hand-rubbing the butter in creates delicate flakes, while the ice water keeps the dough cold for the flakiest crust. The crust won’t be as flaky as a traditional gluten pastry crust, but your tummy will be much happier.


You’ll need the most finesse and attention to detail when rolling out the crust and flipping it evenly into the pie dish.


If you want enough crust for crimped edges and extra crust to bake into decorative pie toppings, then multiply the crust recipe by 1.5x.


Classic Pumpkin Pie Paleo

You can see how the maple sugar browns nicely – adding an extra depth of flavor. Maple sugar is sweeter than brown sugar which is why this recipe uses a lower amount compared to traditional pumpkin pie recipes.


How far in advance should you make pumpkin pie?

This recipe takes a little extra time to set because of the extra egg yolk and coconut cream. You’ll want to start your pie in the oven at least 6 hours before serving. Pumpkin pie is best served cold or barely room temperature, not warm! If Thanksgiving dinner is at 4 pm, you’ll want to get your pie in the oven by 10 am at the latest or simply make it the night before!


What can I top pumpkin pie with?

In this recipe I use finely diced crystallized ginger for a spicy kick and orange zest for decoration. Add a big dollop of homemade or Reddi Whip Coconut Whipped Cream plus a little extra sprinkle of maple sugar for texture and decoration!





2020 Non-Toxic Self-Care Gift Guide

Non-Toxic Self Care Gift Guide


Who needs a little pampering and “me time” right now? Oh, all of us? Sounds about right. This Non-Toxic Self-Care Gift Guide includes some of my favorite at-home spa-worthy products that nourish your skin, hair and body using clean ingredients.


Primally Pure Gua Sha Stone ($32 – 10% off with code ALAENA) I consider this beautiful and pocket-sized jade stone nature’s Botox. Gua Sha is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has a plethora of skin benefits including smoothing wrinkles, toning skin, decreasing puffiness and lymph stagnation, clearing sinus and toxin congestion and decreasing muscle tension (TMJ anyone?) Pair this Gua Sha Stone with my favorite Beautycounter Brightening Face Oil (10% off with code CHANGEBEAUTY10 for new customers) for good “slip” so the stone glides across skin without tugging and skin-healing benefits.


Dr. Dennis Grossman Facial Steamer ($149) This at-home facial steamer gives you that just-had-a-facial glow in 10 minutes or less. Fill it with water, turn it on and you have a relaxing facial steamer to open and detoxify pores and allow your products to get deeper into skin for more benefit. This product goes well with the Foreo Mini Luna 2 Cleansing Brush below.


Foreo Mini Luna 2 Cleansing Brush ($89 – currently 25% off!) I had been eyeing this trendy Swedish vibrating silicone cleansing brush for a few months and recently purchased. After my first go, I was hooked. Vibrating soft silicone bristles effectively clean skin (much more than hands or a washcloth) and can get into areas that are prone to congestion like around your noise, chin and between brows. It has three sides – for the T-zone, for normal to sensitive skin and for more oily, acne-prone skin. My skin is SO soft are using this for 1-minute AM and PM followed by my age-reversing and toxin-free Countertime Regimen (10% off).


Beautycounter Ultimate Renewal Bath Set ($89 – a $119 value) A three-product set that includes a wooden soft-bristled dry brush, delicious lemongrass-scented sugar body scrub and a chamomile luminous hydration body oil. Dry brushing is one of my favorite at-home detox tools for stimulating the lymphatic system. The combination of dry brushing, exfoliating with the sugar scrub and hydrating with a safe-ingredient body oil will cure any winter dry skin issue.


Primally Pure Skincare Masks in Clarifying, Soothing and Plumping ($112 for trio or $52 individual)  I have been using these raw honey and functional herb skincare masks for a year now, and I don’t go a week without them. You can grab them in a cute mask trio (which comes in an easy-to-wrap gift box) or individually at 10% off with code ALAENA for first time customers.


* BEST DEAL* Equilibria CBD Bath Bombs & CBD Drops ($28 and up) I’ve been screaming from the rooftops how much this organic and contaminant-tested CBD oil has changed my life for the better for almost a year now! 




Save 45% off sitewide today when you add any Holiday Set to your order and use code ALAENA I HIGHLY recommend the subscription boxes too (Brilliance Box is my top choice since you get the Daily Gel Capsules for AM chill and anxiety relief, Daily Drops for PM sleep and the amazing Relief Cream – my replacement to Tylenol for muscle aches, cramps and headaches).

Goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo ($42) Another safer personal care favorite of mine – this exfoliating scalp scrub removes oil and product build-up, leaving hair bouncy and voluminous. I find it best for normal to oily hair (not dry or curly hair) and use it 1x a week or every 2 to 3 shampoos. I make sure I never run out, I love it so much, and it has a yummy rosemary and geranium natural scent.

2020 Healthy Home Gift Guide


Healthy Home Gift Guide


Who doesn’t want a personal shopper this year to help with their holiday gifting? This Healthy Home Gift Guide includes 8 well-priced gifts that any recipient will appreciate. After all, we are all spending extra time at home lately.


Stagg Stovetop Kettle ($79) This beautiful modern white stovetop kettle is safe for all types of ranges and includes a precision spout and built-in temperature control for the perfect cup of tea or coffee. Looking for high-quality loose leaf teas to include with this gift? I love the variety of David’s Teas (20% off right now) which you can order online.

Luxome Weighted Blanket in Organic Bamboo ($86 to $142 depending on weight/size) I sleep with one of these weighted blankets every night which soothe the sensory system for restful sleep. For smaller adults, teenagers and children 5 and over, the 8-pound blanket should be plenty. For most adults, the 15 to 18-pound blankets will be ideal. These are machine-washable and hold up well over time.

Primally Pure Autumn Home Collection ($84 – take 10% off with code ALAENA) This non-toxic collection of room spray, custom essential oil blend, and hand soap is truly the most comforting home scent I have ever owned. Blends of cardamom, blood orange, cinnamon, and manuka will turn your home into a holiday hearth. Each product comes in a beautiful glass bottle that can be reused or recycled.

Coyuchi Cloud Loom Organic Towels  ($18 to $248 for a set) These GOTS organic certified Turkish cotton towels are loomed into the softest, fluffiest, quick-absorbing towels you’d find at the best resorts. It’s such a treat to receive something you may never buy for yourself – these towels are it! If you’re looking for organic bedding, be sure to browse the rest of their site.

Hot Tools Professional 24k One Step Blow Dry Brush ($70) After my hair stylist used one of these on me recently, I was hooked. Three temperature-control settings provide gentle and even heat flow to at-home blow outs. I don’t even need my straightening iron anymore for my wavy hair – this doubles as a blow dryer, straightener and volumizer in one. If you want to gift it with a non-toxic hair product, choose the Innersense Volumizing Foam ($16) and Finishing Hair Spray ($28).

Dyson V7 Allergy HEPA Cord-Free Vacuum ($249 – currently 25% off!) One of our newest home purchases we are most happy with! The HEPA filter creates cleaner air for the non-toxic home – especially helpful if you have pets, dust or mold. You can detach the head for smaller spaces, and the battery lasts for 30 minutes on high-power. Simply mount it on its charging base in between use. Great for small spaces too!

Vitruvi  Stone Diffuser ($119) Vitruvi offers one of the highest quality and most gorgeous essential oil diffusers made from a stone exterior and a BPA-free interior water reservoir. It runs for up to 8 hours and diffuses in rooms as large as 500 square feet. I like keeping one in our living room and our bedroom. Vitruvi offers essential oils but a lot of my favorites come from DoTerra including their Siberian Fir which is the perfect fir tree holiday scent.

Organic Bamboo Cutting Boards ($39.99 – currently 20% off!) This three-pack of organic bamboo cutting boards is a great budget-friendly gift for family members who love to cook. Greener Chef does not use toxic sealants and lacquers in their bamboo cutting boards unlike most other brands. They also uses sustainably harvested bamboo to create a microbial-resistant cutting surface for anything from raw meat and seafood to fruits and vegetables.

Maple Butter Cranberry Bark (AIP)

This super easy Maple Butter Cranberry Bark makes for a delicious holiday treat. Coconut butter, coconut oil, dried cranberries and maple butter are combined then frozen into a bark and drizzled with more maple butter. No bake and Paleo, AIP, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free!


Maple Cranberry Bark - Paleo


This AIP Maple Butter Cranberry Bark is one of my favorite recipes out of my ebook Enthused: 80+ allergy-friendly recipes you want to eat!


For a limited time only, you can get Enthused for 50% off with code 50AIP


Enthused has some of my best recipes you won’t find here on the blog including some holiday classics like: Pumpkin Pie Bars, Salted Gingerbread Cookies, Thanksgiving Meatloaf, Instant Pot Pot Roast, Roasted Butternut with Pomegranate and Mint, and Hot Gingerbread Cereal!


As for this recipe, if you haven’t tried Maple Butter, you are in for a HUGE treat. Imagine creamed maple syrup – caramel in flavor, smooth and spreadable like nut butter. IT IS AMAZING. Come back and tell me how absolutely angry you are with me for introducing you to maple butter.


The best places to buy Maple Butter:

  • Trader Joe’s: They actually sell their own maple butter – find it in the baking section of most stores.

  • Amazon: You can find organic maple cream (same as maple butter) on Amazon in a large jar which will be plenty enough for this recipe (probably 3 recipes worth!)

  • Most health grocery stores: I can find maple butter in small jars at most health stores near the maple syrup in the baking aisle.


What really takes this recipe over the edge? Flaked salt! The combination of sweet, crunchy, chewy and salty just cannot be beat! I like to use Maldon Flaked Sea Salt which has a very clean taste and perfectly crunchy texture.


How to make homemade Maple Butter Cranberry Bark: 

  1. In a medium bowl, combine softened coconut butter, coconut oil and dried cranberries.

  2. Spread onto a parchment-lined cutting board or large plate into a 1/4 to 1/3-inch thick layer.

  3. Swirl in 3 tablespoons maple butter until evenly distributed. Sprinkle with flaked salt.

  4. Freeze bark until solid, about 1 hour.

  5. Finally, melt remaining 2 tablespoons maple butter and drizzle over frozen bark. It will solidify in about 60 seconds. Break the bark into desired size pieces and store in freezer until ready to serve.


Looking for other healthy no-bake treat recipes? 

Healthy Star Crunch Cookies (gluten-free)

Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake Bars (grain-free)

Avocado Fudge Bars (grain-free, dairy-free, AIP)



maple butter cranberry bark

Grain-Free Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Oh my, this grain-free baked macaroni and cheese is so hands-off with a no-boil cooking method. It uses elbow macaroni and three types of freshly shredded cheese and includes grated onion for extra flavor.


Baked Mac n Cheese Gluten-Free Grain-Free

I could (and maybe will) make this no-boil grain-free Baked Macaroni and Cheese every week for the rest of forever, it is that delicious! I went through several rounds of testing to find our favorite lightened-up iteration of macaroni and cheese.


Just like with last week’s Gluten-Free Lo Mein, I used Jovial’s new cassava pasta for this recipe. Their grain-free elbow macaroni performs incredibly well in this recipe. I know it sounds cliche but “you’d never it wasn’t gluten”.


If you want to add some tradition to your Thanksgiving dinner while remaining on a more Paleo (with dairy) or grain-free diet, this is the recipe for you!  Want to make it dairy free, you can try subbing the cheese for a couple cups of cashew cheese sauce. It won’t get pull-apart yummy, but you do what you gotta do when you’re dairy-free and a cheese lover.


What’s in Grain-Free Macaroni and Cheese – no boil!

  • Jovial Cassava Elbow Macaroni

  • Almond Milk: unflavored and unsweetened (I like Elmhurt two-ingredient almond milk or homemade for the richest flavor)

  • Filtered Water

  • Granulated garlic and onion powder

  • Grated white onion

  • Salt and pepper

  • Three kinds of cheese: extra sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan

  • Unsalted Butter

  • Pumpkin Puree: you can add more to make it more nutrient dense

  • Simple Mills Grain-Free Almond Flour Crackers: for the grain-free replacement to bread crumbs


Grain-Free Baked Mac n Cheese Gluten-Free


How to make Baked Macaroni and Cheese:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 2-quart glass baking dish, combine elbow macaroni, almond milk, water, grated onion, granulated garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper.

2. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake on middle oven rack for 30 minutes.

3. Carefully remove foil from dish and stir in the cheese, 3 tablespoons of butter, and pumpkin puree until melted and well combined.

4. In a food processor, pulse the crackers and remaining 1 tablespoon butter until you achieve a crumble similar to panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top of the macaroni and cheese.

5. Return dish to oven, uncovered, and bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. Slice and serve while warm.



Making it for a crowd? Double the recipe if you are feeding 5 or more people or want leftovers and triple the recipe for crowds of 10 plus. To triple the recipe, use two baking dishes.



Looking for more favorites turned grain-free? Check out these recipes:


Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

These Seasonal Apple Crumb Muffins are moist, fluffy and include shredded apple, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla with a light crumb topping.


Paleo Apple Crumb Muffin


I have decided I cannot do a muffin without a crumb topping. I need a muffin to resemble cake as closely as possible without the frosting. The gluten-free Apple Crumb Muffins hit the spot with the warm fall flavors and light coffee cake crumble.


Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffin ingredients: 

  • Almond flour

  • Coconut flour

  • Arrowroot starch

  • Shredded apples

  • Maple syrup

  • Eggs

  • Unsalted ghee

  • Baking soda and sea salt

  • Vanilla or almond extract

  • Cinnamon and ginger


I recommend making these in parchment paper muffin cups or greasing the muffin tin well with coconut oil or ghee. You can add nuts like chopped pecans or walnuts into the batter, if you’d like too!


Note on ingredients and substitutions: 

  • Use fine milled almond flour for the best texture.

  • Make sure your eggs are truly room temperature. If not, the ghee will solidify during the wet ingredient mixing process.

  • Dairy-free? Sub coconut oil with the ghee, but be sure to measure it in a softened but not melted room temperature texture.

  • You can skip the crumb topping, if you’d like to keep the sugar lower in this recipe, but it really does add to this recipe’s deliciousness.

  • Love nuts? You can also add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans for more fall vibes and texture.



How to make Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins: 

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, ghee, maple and vanilla or almond extract. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and then stir in the shredded apples.

3. Spoon the mixture evenly into 10 lined or greased muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 22 minutes until cooked through and the top is medium golden brown.

4. Let cool before enjoying at room temperature since these muffins are more on the delicate side.



Looking for more gluten-free baked recipes this like? 


Gluten-Free Lo Mein (Paleo)

This weeknight-friendly paleo, grain-free and soy-free Gluten-Free Lo Mein is made with cassava noodles, broccoli, carrots and an easy homemade sauce.

Gluten Free Lo Mein - Paleo - Grazed & Enthused


This Gluten-Free Lo Mein is: 

  • an easy weeknight meal – it’ll be ready in 25 minutes or less!

  • made in just one skillet and one pot for easy clean-up.

  • made with easy-to-find ingredients

  • free of major allergens like gluten, soy, dairy and eggs


This gluten-free Garlic Lo Mein is lightly sauced with a homemade “soy” sauce made from coconut aminos, honey, lime juice, garlic, sesame oil and pepper.


You can add extra veggies too! I recommend snow peas, sugar snap peas, bean sprouts, bok choy or mushrooms.

Gluten-Free Lo Mein Paleo


Jovial’s NEW Cassava Noodles

I have been loving Jovial’s new cassava noodles lately. They are made with just cassava flour and water, making them grain-free, gluten-free and soy-free too. They don’t break down or stick together like many grain-free pastas, and they feel and taste like the “real” thing.


In this recipe, I use their cassava spaghetti noodles. If you can’t source those, you can use any spaghetti noodle that works for your body. Just be sure to follow the cook time instructions on the box!


If you can’t find it at a local retailer, you can purchase Jovial grain-free pasta on Amazon HERE.


How to make Gluten-Free Lo Mein:

1. Cook your gluten-free spaghetti noodles in a pot of salted water according to package directions. Drain well.

2. Meanwhile, in a deep skillet or wok, brown your onion in coconut oil. Then add broccoli to skillet and steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Finally, add carrots and garlic and cook until veggies are crisp-tender, just a few minutes.

3. Whisk together your homemade lo mein sauce and toss with the cooked veggies and noodles. Top with crushed cashews and green onion and serve warm.



Want to try other recipes like this? 



Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal

This fall-inspired Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal includes lightly sweetened gluten-free cinnamon baked oatmeal base topped with an easy coffee cake crumble. Nutritious enough for breakfast and yummy enough for a treat! Dairy-free option.


Gluten Free Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal - Grazed and Enthused


As we head into everyone’s favorite baking season, I wanted to create a comfy, cozy recipe that the whole family could dive into at anytime of the day. This Gluten-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal is sweetened just enough that it could be served as a special occasion breakfast or brunch or even as a holiday dessert.

This recipe combines the flavors and crumble topping of Coffee Cake with a traditional baked oatmeal base. I chose to use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats as oats can be cross-contaminated with gluten. These rolled oats are desired for this recipe versus steel cut or quick cooking oats – and you can get a big bag for under $10 at most grocery stores!

I’ve been recently able to tolerate gluten-free oats here and there without the headaches I used to get from them! Another example of how bodies are constantly changing and healing when treated with care and attention – even if it takes years to be able to eat a bowl of oatmeal again!


Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal


What’s in Baked Oatmeal?

  • Rolled Oats: can’t make traditional baked oatmeal without these!

  • Ground Flaxseeds: extra nutrients but can be left out

  • Eggs: holds it all together and helps it rise slightly

  • Almond Milk: my dairy-free milk of choice

  • Vanilla Extract

  • Baking Soda

  • Sea Salt

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

If you haven’t noticed – I try to make all of my recipes as pantry-friendly as possible. If I have the ingredients on hand in my minimalist kitchen, my hope is you do too (or at least most of them!)


Be sure to source gluten-free oats if you are gluten-free. It will say it on the bag. I like this big bag of gluten-free rolled oats from Bob’s Red Mill.


How do you make Cinnamon Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal?

  1. It’s easy! You’ll combine the dry baked oatmeal ingredients in a bowl and then mix with the wet ingredients. Let it soak for 10 minutes then transfer to a greased glass baking dish.

  2. While the oatmeal is par-baking, you’ll make the simple gluten-free Coffee Cake crumble out of almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, sea salt and ghee, coconut oil or butter.

  3. Sprinkle the Coffee Cake crumble evenly over the par-baked oatmeal and return it to the oven to finish baking.

  4. Drizzle with a little piped vanilla frosting for a fun breakfast, brunch of mid-afternoon treat!


If you’re looking for a grain-free take on baked oatmeal, I highly recommend my Baked Carrot Banana Bread N’Oatmeal from my cookbook The Healing Kitchen (page 138) or you can find the recipe as a guest post on Autoimmune Wellness.


Carrot Banana N'Oatmeal

Carrot Banana Baked N’Oatmeal (page 138 The Healing Kitchen) if you’re looking for a grain-free baked “oatmeal” recipe!

If you’re looking for other gluten-free breakfast ideas, check out:




Coffee Cake Baked Oatmeal pin

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

This Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad recipe includes a quick Ginger-Lime Dressing. An excellent dish to bring to a BBQ or make on Sundays for sides or lunches during the week.


Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad


This Labor Day Weekend I needed a quick BBQ side I could bring to a friend’s house with just a few hours to spare. I’ve always loved the combination of warm and cold in salad and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine practices, most of us should be consuming our salads room temperature or warm anyways!


This salad combines hearty, filling and fiber-rich ingredients for a flavorful side dish:

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes, roasted until lightly crisped

  • Black Beans, canned, rinsed and drained

  • Cilantro

  • Red Onion

  • Roasted Pistachios – you can use pepitas too

  • Olive Oil

  • Lime Juice

  • Fresh Ginger

  • and just a touch of Maple Syrup


You will love the combination of sweet, tangy and spicy flavors you get when you toss everything in this quick homemade Ginger Lime Dressing!


Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad 2

I recommend serving it a few different ways: 

  1. As a taco filling with shredded chicken and cheese (or keep it dairy-free)

  2. In a bowl with cooked rice, your protein of choice and some guacamole

  3. Alone for a still hearty vegetarian and vegan meal


You can roast your sweet potatoes in the oven, convection oven or even your Air Fryer like me. I just ordered the Cuisinart Convection Toaster Air Fryer Oven – it does ALL those things.

I upgraded from my GoWise Air Fryer because we have been air frying two to three times a day for the last four months. Air Frying speeds up cooking time by using circulating hot air and decreases cook times by up to 25%.


Cuisinart Art Fryer

What I love most about this Air Fryer is the modern look and how it’s all stainless steel. I wasn’t ready to purchase this $200 Air Fryer until I knew I liked this cooking method. Now that I know I LOVE it – it made sense to upgrade to a better quality appliance.


Enjoy this recipe, and if you’d like to try another veggie-heavy salad, check out my Spicy Sweet Potato and Pineapple Salad!