• Thad’s Banana Bread

    Banana Bread. This was a staple in my house growing up. Whenever those bananas got spotty we had banana bread for breakfast. We LOVED it, especially my brother, who then in turn made it for my kids. They now love it, too. I have taken our old classic recipe and tweaked it to make it gluten free and have a little less sugar (and no refined white sugar)… there is still butter. I think butter is the key to the deep flavor of this particular bread, but feel free to swap in melted coconut oil, I am sure it will work! Ingredients: 3 to 4 Very ripe bananas (lots of…

  • Chocolate Hazelnut Granola

    School is about to start… a little over a week to go. I am trying to get into the mindset of being back in a routine (and off the beach). A wholesome breakfast before the school day starts is a priority in my house. This granola fits the bill. Hearty and nutrient packed with enough chocolate to make the kids happy. Serve with yogurt and fresh berries and you are all set! A variation on my Granola Formula amped up with the flavors of Nutella! Ingredients: 3 Cups gluten free oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 1 Cup chopped hazelnuts 1 Cup sliced almonds 1/4 Cup flax meal 1/4 Cup…

  • Easy Blender Banana Muffins (gluten free!)

    Summer. I’m all for the EASIEST and FASTEST recipes when all you want is to get out an enjoy the outdoors. My kids love a morning muffin and I love the ease of mixing it all together in a blender. The base of these are banana and oats but you can add in whatever you can think of! We went for blueberry, blueberry almond, chocolate chip, & chocolate chip almond! EASY BLENDER BANANA MUFFINS (gluten free!) (Makes 12) Ingredients: 3 Ripe bananas 2 Cups gluten free rolled oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill) 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup real maple syrup 1/4 Cup milk (cow or almond) 1 tsp vanilla extract…

  • Chocolate Texas “Sheath” Cake

    My apologies for falling off the posting band wagon… I am not quite sure where the last few weeks went! But, I am back with a very sweet treat for you all. This cake is an all-time family favorite. Growing up, we had this little cookbook of gathered recipes from our small day school. It was sold as a fundraiser; to this day, I will always look for cookbooks of this type when visiting a new town or rummaging flea markets and tag sales. In my opinion, you can find the very best recipes from at-home cooks in these collective cookbooks. Keep an eye out… churches, garden clubs, small day…

  • Grain Free Apple Cider Donuts

    As we continued on our grain free adventure, the kids NEEDED a breakfast treat. Enter the amazing Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour. Everything I have made with it has been A+. We have been making awesome pancakes; actually this batter doubles as a pancake batter and has become a staple around here on the weekends, but donuts were really the request. So off I went to buy a donut pan and create a breakfast treat! Apple cider donuts are always a favorite in the Fall and I had some cider in my fridge… see what happened there? The kids LOVED helping with these, especially the sprinkling of the cinnamon sugar…

  • Chocolate Cashew Butter “Bonbons”

    Does anyone remember that expression “it’s not like I’m sitting around all day eating bonbons?” Was that only something my grandmother and mother said? I’ve always wondered what a bonbon is exactly; per Webster it is “a candy with chocolate or fondant coating and fondant center that sometimes contains fruits and nuts. Or something that is pleasing in a light or frivolous way”. So these little treats definitely qualify for both of those definitions. They are a healthier version with no refined white sugar. They are gluten and grain free and also paleo if you choose the right chocolate chips – this brand is good for Paleo. The dates bring a…

  • Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Muffins. I grew up eating muffins every weekend. My dad would make the best muffins (out of a box, my favorite were the Duncan Hines Deluxe Blueberry Muffin… which they still make a version of, but sadly I can no longer eat! ).  We would enjoy them with eggs and bacon; it was the highlight of the weekend. So, it comes as no surprise that my kids love muffins too. I find that they are great weekday breakfast paired with fruit and yogurt if you make them with simple healthful ingredients. We can save the super fun treats for the weekends like my parents did. These also freeze well so you can…

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies (for cookie cutters)

    Every Christmas my family made sugar cookies. We had about 50 different cookie cutters, we each had our favorites (mine the dachshund!), and loads of sugar decorations. To me Christmas and sugar cookies go hand in hand. Since discovering that I have an intolerance to gluten we have tried many different mixes and recipes so we can still have our Christmas tradition… none of them produced the same delicious cookie we all loved. I set out to find, create and perfect a Sugar Cookie that was gluten free. I tried a ton of different recipes and created this one as a result. It may have taken me to Valentine’s Day…

  • Butter Cups

    I have wanted to make my own peanut butter cups for a while now… but I have been too lazy. It felt like a complicated thing to make. Today when my son and I wanted to create something in the kitchen we went for it! I call them Butter Cups instead of Peanut Butter Cups because you can use any kind of nut butter to make them. We made them with peanut butter as well as coconut butter today so that my son could bring them in to school. The verdict? They were not hard to make! If you have a microwave and a freezer you are in business and…

  • Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars

      This recipe is directly adapted from the amazing Rachl Mansfield’s recipe for “Crack Bars”. Her Cookie Dough “Crack Bars” can be found here: http://rachlmansfield.com/sea-salt-dark-chocolate-cookie-dough-crack-bars/ – THEY ARE AMAZING! I saw hazelnut meal in the store and thought why not try a different variation of these freezer treats! If you like Nutella you’ll love these! I add a little extra sweetener and vanilla because I know my kids and they’d like it a little sweeter than the original! Hazelnut “Cookie Dough” Bars Cookie Dough Base: • 2 cups hazelnut meal/flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) • 3 tablespoons coconut flour • ¼ cup coconut sugar • 3 tablespoons melted coconut…