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Brownies (grain free)

Brownies (grain free)

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets,Uncategorized

Sometimes you just need a little "yum" in your life.   Well, here it is!   Sure, you could take these to a Superbowl party this Sunday but you could also make them just for you and your family.  Whatever works. It is serving as a nice treat as I spend the week working on my final presentation for chef school. If you are a fudgy brownie person, only add 2 eggs.  If you like a more cake-like brownie, add 3 eggs. Who doesn't like a bowl of melted butter and chocolate?  For real....its sinful. Lick the spoon, but pour the rest into the mix. If you are still looking for a recipe to bring to the Superbowl party, here are some…

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (grain free)

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins (grain free)

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

Packing the kids lunch everyday can be a little overwhelming.   We try to keep a nice variety of healthy items in their lunchbox but it seems easy to run out of ideas.   That's where these little muffins come in.  The muffins are made with coconut flour which is packed with fiber, protein and healthy fat so it actually fills the kids up!  About 50% of the fat in coconut oil is  lauric acid which is very health supportive and anti-bacterial.  I feel good about including these in their lunch box and the kids love them. (more…)

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly

'Tis the season for baking cookies!    Ginger cookies are a favorite of mine these grain free cookies sweetened with coconut sugar are a great treat! The kids and I are on school vacation!   We are off the Colorado tomorrow to see family and go home to Crested Butte for a week!   To say the kids are excited is an understatement.   When we told them we were going home for Christmas break Max said, "This is the best present I could ever get, ever!"  We have not only had the countdown for Christmas this year, but the countdown for Colorado! (more…)

Orange Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Scones

Orange Dark Chocolate Almond Flour Scones

Baked Goods,Breakfast,Snacks & Sweets

This is what I plan on enjoying Christmas morning as I watch my kids tear open wrapping paper in a mad fury.  I can dip these scones in a cup of tea or coffee and read the paper...wait what?   I mean I can show my excitement for what Santa brought as I bite into this chocolate orange deliciousness. These are made with Almond Flour which is very nutritious and full of protein and fiber.   It is not a flour that can easily be substituted in other recipes though.   This recipe is from elanaspantry.com which is a recipe blog focused on baking with almond flour and other grain free recipes.    As someone who loves to bake but has been…

Lemon Blueberry Cake

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

Eric and I have been talking about building a vegetable garden since we moved into this house about a year and a half ago and the weekend to start was finally here.   Our friend was remodeling a deck so Eric picked up the old redwood decking and we were ready to begin.   Now when I say "we", I really mean Eric.  At this point with only thing I have done is watch.   Watch him rake the land and create a level spot, watch him saw wood, watch him hammer,  and really, I stopped watching after a short time and went on to do other stuff.  But I am so appreciative and am lucky to have such a willing husband!! …

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Farinata (chickpea flour flatbread) with 3 Variations

Appetizers & Sides,Baked Goods,Lunch & Dinner,Snacks & Sweets

Last week I looked in my pantry and I noticed a glass canister full of Chickpea (garbanzo bean) flour that had sat there unused for a while and I wasn't sure what to do with it.   I have added some of it to cookie recipes and other baked goods but was not happy with the flavor.  And I didn't feel like making falafals.   So I googled "chickpea flour" and what I found was Farinata (aka Cecina or Socca).   I am half Italian and spent a year studying in Italy but I (shamefully) had never heard of Farinata, which is a chickpea flour flat bread.    It was in.   A naturally gluten free flatbread was right up my alley.  I feel…

Coconut Flour Muffins with Honey and Orange Zest

Coconut Flour Muffins with Honey and Orange Zest

Baked Goods,Breakfast

Great News-  Max had another MRI in Denver this week and it came back totally normal!! He also saw the ophthalmologist and his optic nerves and eyesight look perfect!  We are so happy and relieved.   There is still no answer as to why this all happened but I am sure we will continue to theorize our own ideas about it.   We are slowly weaning him from his medicine.  Thank you for all the suggestions for giving him his meds.   The method that stuck was the marshmallow.    He hardly complains anymore, but always needs another something sweet to wash down the "gross marshmallow taste."  And after spending some time  at Children's Hospital,  we are ever so grateful and feel so…

Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Orange Almond Biscotti

Baked Goods,Kid Friendly,Snacks & Sweets

I am a chocolate girl, dark chocolate that is.   I was going to try to have a chocolate recipe days ago, in time for Valentines Day but I am just not that organized.   I have actually spent the better part of the last week and a half on the couch with my son who is not feeling  well.   It's been rough seeing our little guy in pain. But if I have to watch another Max & Ruby or Dinosaur Train show I am likely to go mad.   I had to take a break and get a little baking done.    The Trailhead Children's Museum is having a bake sale this weekend and these yummy biscotti will be on the…

Lemon Cookies

Lemon Cookies

Baked Goods,Snacks & Sweets

  Do you ever see a recipe and you just have to try it immediately?!?  Well,  that how it was for me when I saw this recipe.   I changed a lot of the ingredients, of course, but they came out so yummy!  For the fat, I used melted coconut oil and for the flour I used a mix of whole wheat pastry and almond flour.  I like to experiment with various flours and almond flour is packed with nutrients.  I also used 2 different types of sugar but you don't have to.   I try to use more natural and nutrient dense ingredients when I can. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:49]      

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