• 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…

  • Cinnamon “Latte”

    I quit coffee. Really. Over a year ago now, and I used to drink two cups (if not more a day). I don’t miss it but I do miss a latte with that froth sometimes. So this is my cinnamon “latte” that I have been loving in the mornings. Made with my favorite Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea with added protein and fat it keeps me from feeling starved during the morning rush. Bonus for some that it’s dairy free too! It’s my version of the ever talked about Bulletproof coffee… Bulletproof tea! I happen to love Brain Octane, I think it makes me more focused during the…

  • 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…

  • Granola “Formula”

    So I call this a “formula” not a recipe because it is just a base to start from so you can tailor it to your tastes. I first found the root of this “formula” through my darling friend Page. Years ago she made me some granola from the NY Times for the holidays and I was hooked! I have tried so many variations on it over the years but these are the basics that just keep working! Granola “Formula” Ingredients: 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I use gluten free!) 2 1/2 cups nuts: I do any combination here, 1 ¼ cups of almonds and 1 ¼ cups of pecans or…

  • Frozen “Cookie Dough” Bites 

    Frozen “Cookie Dough” Bites I adapted these from a recipe a friend forwarded on but not sure of the origination! They remind me so much of those little frozen toll house cookie dough bites you could buy back in the good old days (elementary school!)- no refined sugar or wheat, win-win! – 1 cup gluten free oats – 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil – 1/4 cup real maple syrup – 1/2 cup pitted dates – 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla – 1/4 teaspoon sea salt – 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to food processor. Pulse until combined with no big pieces. Then add the…

  • Banana White Bean Muffins 

    Those amazing chocolate black beans muffins and brownies are everywhere… it got me thinking; can you bake with white beans? Yes, yes you can. We love flourless muffins in this house and these are fast and easy. And my kids will eat anything that has chocolate chips involved. Banana White Bean Muffins 1 ripe banana 1 can white beans drained and dried 1/4 cup almond butter 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2tsp flaxseed meal (optional, I like the texture it adds) 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/8 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips for plus a few for the tops Preheat…