Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Do you prefer a Fudgy Brownie or a Light, Cakey Brownie? I choose cakey and Joe LOVES Fudgy with…wait for it….walnuts (if you follow me on Instagram I talk about Joe’s walnut obsession quite a bit).

Brownies are cool and all but sometimes it’s just too much – too dense and too much chocolate. I know, I know most people will think I’m crazy but it’s how I feel, mmk? šŸ™‚
SOOO I developed the recipe for these Light and Cakey Brownies hoping Joe would change his mind and it worked. He said “these are delicious but you know what’s missing…WALNUTS!” *sigh! Noted for next time, Joe!
Made with natural ingredients like cassava flour (a gluten-free alternative to all-purposeĀ flour) andĀ coconut palm sugar, these little gems make the perfect dessert or snack. Plus they’re better-for-youĀ and insanely delicious.

Ingredients

1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter

1 cup coconut palm sugar

3 eggs

Ā½ cup cocoa powder

1Ā tspĀ instant coffee

Ā½ Ā tspĀ baking powder

Ā½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted

Ā¾ Ā cupĀ cassava flour

Ā¼ Ā tspĀ xanthan gum

Ā¼ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350Ā ĀŗF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
  7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  9. Cut into squares and enjoy!

So now tell me, are you Fudgy? Or Cakey? šŸ™‚

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Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)
Gluten-Free Brownies Made with Cassava Flour! A healthy, gluten-free alternative that is delicious and packed with flavor. Dig in!
Gluten-Free, Naturally Sweet Brownies, Kid-Friendly Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter
  • 1 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 3/4 cup cassava flour
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
Gluten-Free, Naturally Sweet Brownies, Kid-Friendly Dessert
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ĀŗF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
  7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  9. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

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Flipbox on NBC!

Flipbox on NBC!

The day I got the call from my friend Kathy saying “The girls from NBC 6 In the Mix want you to be on the show and share FLIPBOX!” my jaw dropped IĀ was so excited I started to shake. This food blog andĀ FLIPBOX is reaching people and people want to learn more- YES! I quickly did what I had to do to book my flight and head to Miami to film the show. Here’s the full clip!

A few posts ago I shared my story and how I started FLIPBOX. This blog and FlipBox are my passion project. Eating healthy can be simple and FUN and we can share it with our kids and encourage them to share it with their families as well – this is how it starts and I am living proof of that.

For those of you who are new to the site here are some fun facts about Flipbox:

FlipBox is a kid-friendly, DIY baking kit company started by my husband Joe and I last year. We are a Brooklyn-based family on a mission to make baking HEALTHY, easy and fun.
Each FlipBox includes an easy to follow recipe card, with pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients plus mini baking supplies

On the blog, we share easy to follow recipe flips and want to do the same with Flipbox. Eating healthy shouldnā€™t be stressful or complicated. Instead, it should be easy and fun! We promise, ordering FlipBox and making these sweet treats with your kids will not only be a great time, but a perfect way to teach them the importance of healthy food that is also made with love!

We are certain you will love FlipBox and encourage you to give it a try. We hope you enjoyed the clip and would love to hear your feedback so please keep in touch and help us spread the word by tagging #ourflipsidelife and #flipbox on social media.

The best way to be a part of OurFlipSideLife is to join the mailing list and to celebrate our first TV appearance we are offering 10% off all orders of FlipBox. Just fill out the form below and enjoy a 10% off code (applied at check out) plus other fun news, discounts and recipe flips!

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

Instagram Posts

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

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Easy, Kid-Friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF

Easy, Kid-Friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF

It’s Summertime which means the kids are in and out of camp and spending more time at home. I like to keep Caro busy when she’s home. Sometimes we paint or have play dates in the park. Other times we bake healthy desserts like these vegan, gluten-free Tahini Cookies made with simple ingredients like toasted sesame seeds, coconut palm sugar, and oat flour. My mom, Nannette, was in town when we worked on this recipe. It’s a fun, easy way to get the kids (and adults) in the kitchen and interested in healthy baking.

Our friends at MINI MAGAZINE loved the recipe and we hope you love it too! Happy Baking!

Ingredients

Ā¾ cup tahini

1 cup date syrup (or maple syrup)

Ā½ tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 cup gluten-free oat flour

Toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add tahini, date syrup, salt, and vanilla extract to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat for a few minutes while stirring frequently until the ingredients are well combined. Remove mixture from heat and let cool, 10-15min.
  3. Transfer the tahini mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the oat flour and mix until a rough dough forms (You might need to use your hands for this)
  4. Roll 1-2 tbsp of dough using the palms of your hands then flatten slightly
  5. Place cookie batter on cookie sheets with about 1-inch gaps in between to allow for spreading
  6. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and bake 10-15min or until cookies begin to brown
  7. Cool completely before serving
  8. Enjoy!

That’s my MAMA helping out with the recipe, Hi Mama! šŸ™‚

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Easy, Kid-Friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF
Vegan, gluten-free Tahini Cookies made with simple ingredients. An easy, fun and healthy way to get kids (and adults) to bake healthy.
Easy, kid-friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF
Servings
Ingredients
  • cup Ā¾tahini
  • 1 cup date syrup or maple syrup
  • tsp Ā½sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional
Servings
Ingredients
  • cup Ā¾tahini
  • 1 cup date syrup or maple syrup
  • tsp Ā½sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup gluten-free oat flour
  • Toasted sesame seeds optional
Easy, kid-friendly Tahini Cookies! Vegan, GF
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add tahini, date syrup, salt, and vanilla extract to a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat for a few minutes while stirring frequently until the ingredients are well combined. Remove mixture from heat and let cool, 10-15min.
  3. Transfer the tahini mixture to a large mixing bowl, add the oat flour and mix until a rough dough forms (You might need to use your hands for this)
  4. Roll 1-2 tbsp of dough using the palms of your hands then flatten slightly
  5. Place cookie batter on cookie sheets with about 1-inch gaps in between to allow for spreading
  6. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and bake 10-15min or until cookies begin to brown
  7. Cool completely before serving
  8. Enjoy!
Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

Instagram Posts

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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This Is My Journey!

This Is My Journey!

I realized that some of you might not know why I started this blog or why I started our company, FLIPBOX. So today I’m going to take a break from sharing recipe FLIPS to share a little bit about me, my journey and how this all came about. Please take a moment to read it through and if you feel it resonates with you or someone you know feel free to share it.

This was me 3 1/2 years ago. A new mom, new life, unhealthy and totally lost.

 

Before pregnancy, my life consisted of long work hours, strenuous gym classes (that had me slimmer and more fit), juice cleanses, happy hoursĀ inĀ the city and teeny tiny blue dresses! Then I met Joe, fellĀ inĀ love and life took us on an unexpected roller coaster of adventures and new beginnings.

One of those new beginnings? A baby! Nine months + 80lbs later, Carolina was born. We uprooted our life from Manhattan to Brooklyn to begin our new chapter as a family of three. Joe was quickly back at work, leaving me alone with a newborn and no manual. I was overwhelmed and scared.Ā  I spent most days alone with Caro, fighting the baby blues while trying to get my life back to “normal”. I was trying to make sense of my emotions and I did that by overeating. I was picking up unhealthy eating habits that weren’t making me feel better.

I realized I had two choices- dwell on being overweight and unhappy or make a lifestyle change. I chose happiness – and that meant changing my lifestyle, beginning with my eating habits. I knew that this kind of change and behavior started with me, and if I wanted to set an example for my daughter and my family I had to change.

Inspired by healthy food blogs, cookbooks, and cooking class, I changed my diet, began to exerciseĀ again and the weight started to come off. Shortly after I started the blog as an outlet. I also picked up some self-help books and learned to use meditation to calm my anxiety. I gradually made small changes to my life that I knew would work for me. Everyone’s journey is different; but, it always begins with baby steps.

 

 

 

 

Fast forward to my NEW normal, which is still a workĀ inĀ progress. Joe, Caro, the blog, and FLIPBOX make up this new chapter of my life and my heart is full. I went from not setting footĀ in the kitchen to cooking and sharing healthy meals that are both delicious and time-efficient for busy families like us.

I also developed a kid-friendly dessert kit, FLIPBOX, that encourages families to come togetherĀ and bake something yummy, fun, and healthy.

Iā€™m not a doctor or a nutritionist; Iā€™m a mom on a mission to make healthy eating easier and fun for families!Ā 

I’ll be honest, it was not easy for me to share these photos, but I did it because I want other mamas to know they are not alone. Look around you- there are mamas right next to you fighting that good fight, and trying to be the best version of themselves. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes. Life changes, but with change come different opportunities to be better and to be wiser! One thing I’ve learned so far on this crazy journey of growth and self-discovery is to follow your passion. When you do what you love, doors will open organically and your soul will be fed.Ā  LiveĀ inĀ gratitude. Take a minute to say ‘thank you’ to that higher power and spread gratitude to others. Lastly, pay it forward. Help others along the way.

Oh, and that teeny tiny blue dress? I finally took it out of my closet and donated it. It’s a size 2 which isn’t my size. I’m a HEALTHY and HAPPY size 8 and I am Loving it.Ā Here’s to loving who we are at every stageĀ inĀ life and living our truth!

Karla

 

 

 

 

 

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

Instagram Posts

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

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Vegan Pulled “PORK” Tacos

Vegan Pulled “PORK” Tacos

Before I share this weekā€™s INSANELY DELICIOUS recipe I want to make sure you saw the new layout. FlipBox is now front and center! We are also on Shopify to make it easy for you to shop. Click ā€˜Buy FlipBoxā€™ on the toolbar above and let us what you think. šŸ™‚
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Ok, now back to what we love most… RECIPE FLIPS! Making a debut on the blog today… JACKFRUIT, the largest hanging fruit! This superfruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and has a mild flavor and texture similar to pulled pork! Yes, pulled pork. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores looking for a delicious and healthy meat substitute.
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Joe and I buy jackfruit at Trader Joeā€™s and I believe it is also on Amazon. It comes pre-cut and ready to cook. Check out this flavorful, easy to make, satisfying and delicious recipe for Vegan Pulled ā€˜Porkā€™ Tacos made with our new fav, jackfruit! Hereā€™s what we did.

Ingredients
2 20oz cans jackfruit in water drained, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup veggie broth
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 lime, juiced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Tacos
gluten-free tacoĀ shells
1 avocado, sliced
pickled red onion slices (refer to our Instagram page for recipe)
1/4 cupĀ cilantro, chopped
lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the jackfruit from core to outer edge. This will help to give it the shredded texture that looks like pulled pork
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and sautƩ
  3. Add jackfruit, veggie broth, maple syrup, lime juice plus the spices, combine and cover. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the jackfruit becomes tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 5-7min
  4. Using a wooden spoon gently mash the jackfruit – you will see it separate and look more and more like pulled pork
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  6. Build the tacos to your liking using chopped tomato,Ā avocado, pickled redĀ onion and top with fresh cilantro and a garnish of lime wedges
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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Vegan Pulled "PORK" Tacos
a healthy, easy to make and insanely delicious alternative to pulled "pork" tacos!
Vegan Jackfruit Tacos
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 20oz cans jackfruitwater drained rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For tacos
  • gluten-free taco shells
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • pickled red onion refer to our Instagram page for recipe
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • lime wedges for garnish optional
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 20oz cans jackfruitwater drained rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup veggie broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For tacos
  • gluten-free taco shells
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • pickled red onion refer to our Instagram page for recipe
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • lime wedges for garnish optional
Vegan Jackfruit Tacos
Instructions
  1. Cut the jackfruit from core to outer edge. This will help to give it the shredded texture that looks like pulled pork
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and sautƩ
  3. Add jackfruit, veggie broth, maple syrup, lime juice plus the spices, combine and cover. Reduce the heat and let simmer until the jackfruit becomes tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 5-7min
  4. Using a wooden spoon gently mash the jackfruit - you will see it separate and look more and more like pulled pork
  5. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  6. Build the tacos to your liking using chopped tomato, avocado, pickled red onion and top with fresh cilantro and a garnish of lime wedges
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

Instagram Posts

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

Get 10% off your first order of FlipBox when you sign up for our mailing list!

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