Gluten Free Vanilla Ginger Pancakes low FODMAP friendly

Several years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and IBS.  Among other treatments, it was suggested I try a low FODMAP diet.  When I looked at the list I thought “well good gravy what am I allowed to eat?!” Ironically my regular gravies were off the list.  I was determined to feel better and give it an honest go. As I learned how to adapt my favorite foods, I started realizing it wasn’t so bad. Like this recipe for Gluten Free Vanilla Ginger Pancakes. My family loves pancakes. We’ll do pancakes for dinner sometimes. I’ve been experimenting with different pancake recipes.

NuNaturals, known for their stevia products, sent me some of their newest products. I couldn’t wait to try them out.  I’ve been using NuNaturals products for a few years now since stevia is allowed on the low FODMAP diet. I’m happy that NuNaturals has been adding gluten free and organic products to their line up too!


1/2 cup NuNaturals Organic Green Banana Flour

1 Tablespoon NuNaturals Collagen Peptides 

1 Tablespoon NuNaturals Vanilla Ginger Syrup

1 pinch of salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup almond or coconut milk

teaspoon of coconut oil

**Makes about 6 medium sized pancakes



Mix all ingredients, except coconut oil,  in mixer on medium.  The whisk attachment of my mixer seemed to work best.  Heat frying pan or skillet on medium heat. Add teaspoon of coconut oil then scoop or pour pancake batter in.  I made medium size pancakes which ended up being plenty. These pancakes are very filling.

Once plated you can add a little extra Vanilla Ginger syrup on top and butter if you like. Because NuNaturals syrups use water, stevia, and extracts it is a good alternative to syrups containing high fructose corn syrup which is a no-no on the low-FODMAP diet. NuNaturals Organic Green Banana powder is gluten free and use low FODMAP friendly banana base but does not leave a banana taste when cooked/baked. The collagen peptides add protein to the pancakes and seems to make the batter thicken up a bit.

These pancakes were very filling. I gave myself 3 and half way through the 3rd one I hit a brick wall. I gave one of my son’s two of them and it filled him up.

I received the above mentioned NuNaturals products at no cost in order to complete an honest review. Any opinions expressed are my own.

RedPack Toss in the Flavor Promotion and a Recipe

I received samples of RedPack products to complete this post. No other compensation has been received.

It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Some will say, the unofficial start of summer. There will be more than a couple picnics going on this weekend. Are you tired of taking the same boring pastas salad or fruit salad to picnics? Redpack has some tasty recipes that will give you lots of ideas to change up your picnic sides.

RedPack sent me a kit so I could try one of their “Toss in the Flavor” recipes. They all sounded amazing from the Panzanella (Bread Salad) to the Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad. The one that I just had to try was the Southwest Quinoa Salad.

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa cooked (follow directions on package)
1 (28 oz) can REDPACK petite diced tomatoes or 2 (14.5 oz) cans REDPACK petite diced tomatoes drained
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, and drained
2 cups shredded or diced cooked chicken
3 Tablespoons barbeque sauce of your choice
1 avocado, chopped
3 green onions, chipped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


In large bowl combine quinoa, diced tomatoes, corn, black beans, chicken, and barecue sauce. Fold in avocado, green onions, salt and black pepper

Top with cilantro and serve.

RedPack Southwest Quinoa Salad

This was very tasty. I never made anything quite like it before. The combination of flavors really compliment each other. While you’re here checking out the recipes you’ll want to stop by RedPack’s facebook page too and enter the Toss in the Flavor sweepstakes 3000 winners will win a custom Redpack tote and 4 winners will win a Redpack Picnic Prize Pack.


Enter to win a RedPack “Toss in the Flavor” prize pack that includes:
–2 (14.5 oz) RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–1 (28 oz can of RedPack petite diced tomatoes
–RedPack branded wine tote
–“Toss in the Flavor” recipe collection recipes

NuNaturals New NuStevia Products

I received the below mentioned products in order to complete an honest review.  Any opinions expressed are my own.

NuNaturals seems to always be finding new ways to make your sugar free life tastier.  One of several things I like about NuNaturals products.  If you’re new to the sugar free world you know that stevia is a natural sweetner from the stevia plant.  Because it’s natural and not a man made sweetener, a lot of people prefer this as a healthier sweetener option. Another think I like about NuNaturals products is the variety of product they offer.  It’s not just powdered sweetener products.  One of my fave products is their liquid NuStevia products both flavored and unflavored. But now I have some new products to love!

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One of my fave products is the pure liquid Vanilla NuStevia.  I like to put a few drops in my coffee to both sweeten and flavor my coffee. My kids were also introduced to the NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup this year.  Honestly If I use it to make my son’s chocolate milk or put it on their ice cream they don’t even know the different between that and the popular name brand chocolate syrups that contain sugar.  One of the newest items in their line up is the NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Mint syrup and the NuStevia Simple Syrup.

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Honestly the Cocoa Mint and Cocoa Syrup are so good.  You hardly know that it’s made with stevia instead of sugar.  Look at the ingredients for the cocoa syrup.  You know what you see? Four things: Glycerin, water, cocoa, stevia extract the end.  Nunaturals uses glycerin made from palm oil.  It’s also a gluten free and vegan.  The cocoa mint, my kids were excited to try since they liked the cocoa syrup so much.  My 10 year old wanted to make a mint chocolate milk shake.  So he did.  He told me it was really good.

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My kids gave the mint cocoa syrup the thumbs up…well except my oldest son who doesn’t like mint chocolate anything.  Then we move onto the simple syrup. Simple syrup is a popular ingredient in a lot of mixed drinks.  This is a nother one with only 3 ingredients: glycerin, water, and stevia extract.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen simple syrup called for in a recipe or two as well but I can’t remember.

So what kinds of drinks can you make with simple syrup: mojitos, mint julep, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sours, lemon daiquiri, …..we could really go on and on.  I actually took bartending classes years ago.  It was a sort of fall back thing in case the whole Occupational Therapy thing didn’t work out.  But I digress.  So I thought I’d show you one drink to make with the simple syrup.  A vodka collins.  Mostly because that’s what I had the ingredients handy for…errr mostly.

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nunaturals simple syrup vodka collins


Ok so, for a Vodka Collins (or virgin collins) you need

  • vodka (skip this if you want to make it non-alcoholic)
  • soda water
  • a lemon
  • simple syrup
  • tall glass (a highball glass is idea but a regular 8 oz glass is fine)
  • spoon to mix it with

A fresh lemon is ideal because you would use a wedge for a garnish.  Also the flavor is better in my opinion.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any more fresh lemon sitting around so I had to use the lemon juice I had.   And no you don’t have to have the shaker and the bar spoon.  I have them so I used them.

Ok first, if you’re using ice you’ll want to put some ice in your glass.  If you’re using a shaker you want to put about an ounce of simple syrup, 1/2 oz of lemon juice and an ounce of vodka in the shaker and shake.  If you’re not using a shaker just go ahead and dump everything in the glass.  Dump the simple syrup mixture into your glass.  Fill the glass the rest of the way with your soda water.  Mix well.  Garnish with a lemon wedge. Seriously that’s it.  If you want to make it virgin (non-alcoholic) just skip the vodka and do everything else lol.

This is a very light drink. Actually refreshing if you’re thirsty.  Actually if you wanted you could add the pure liquid lemon Nunaturals Nustevia instead of lemon flavor.  Whatever, you’re into, if you feel that way lol.

So while the kids got chocolate milk and mint cocoa milkshakes mommy enjoyed a vodka collins after the kids went to bed.  If you’d like to try these products, they are offering Luv Saving Money readers a discount.  Use discount code: BLG0615 to get 15% off your entire order at  Code expires June 30, 2015.


NuNaturals is also sponsoring a sweepstakes here on Luv Saving Money.  Enter HERE Sweepstakes ends 12/27/14 open Worldwide







Entertaining for the Holidays Drink Recipes: Roy Rogers

I’m gonna let you all in on a little known fact about me.  Years ago, I took mixology classes.  It served several purposes for me.  #1 I was having a hard initially finding a job with my degree so it was something to fall back on…just in case. #2 It seemed like fun and it was something for my fiance-at-the-time and I to do together.  #3 I thought it might be useful at parties and maybe to help family members out for weddings or whatever.

Honestly I don’t use it much anymore unless I decide to make up a drink for myself which is very few and far between.  Still I thought maybe some of you would like to have some of these recipes.  I’m going to share a few drink recipes throughout my holiday guide to help you with your holiday entertaining.

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Today’s recipe is a non-alcoholic drink called a Roy Rogers.  Very simple.

Roy Rogers drink

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What You Need:

  • 8 oz or 4 oz glass (your choice)
  • spoon or stirring stick
  • cola
  • grenadine syrup (found in most grocery stores near the non-alcoholic drink mixes usually in the soda aisle)
  • maraschino cherry for garnish
  • ice if desired

If using ice, put the ice in the glass first.  Pour your cola of choice over the ice.  Add 1 oz of grenadine syrup.  Give a gentle stir to mix in the grenadine.  Garnish with a cherry.  If you’d like to make it festive add a red and white striped straw and serve in a holiday glass.


Items needed for a Roy Roger drink

Torani - 750mL Grenadine Flavoring Syrup

Torani – 750mL Grenadine Flavoring Syrup

If entertaining it’s worth investing in a bottle of grenadine many drink recipes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic use grenadine.


CherryMan - CherryMan Farm to Market All Natural Maraschino Cherries With Stems - 10 oz Jar

CherryMan – CherryMan Farm to Market All Natural Maraschino Cherries With Stems – 10 oz Jar

Around the holidays you  might need maraschino cherries for cookies and candies.  Save some though for drink garnishes too!





Affordable, Flavorful, Colorful Meal Idea

This is a dish my mom used to make.  It’s full of flavor, very filling and really affordable, even for a larger family.  We’ve a family of 6 so I made the recipe for the way I  make it for us.  You can always add more or less easily for your needs.

What you need:

1 package of kielbasa (or sausage if you prefer)

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

5 large potatoes



vegetable oil

Start by peeling and dicing your potatoes.  You want small edible chunks.  Put about 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and add your potatoes to the pan.  Turn it on med-high heat.  While those are cooking you can chop your green and red pepper.  You can make small squares or cut strips whatever you prefer.  I like to use squares because it’s easier to eat with the dish.  Cut your kielbasa into coins.  Stir your potatoes in the pan.  Cook your potatoes until they seem like they’re starting to cook through.  Add your peppers and kielbasa coins. Stir it up.  Sprinkle some paprika and salt over the mixture to your taste.  Stir occasionally. Cook until potatoes are soft enough to eat.  Now doesn’t that look colorful?

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Portion it out into bowls. All my boys love this dish from my husband to my 5 year old son.  I like it because it’s easy, tasty, affordable, and the kids will actually east some veggies this way.