Blueberry Muffins

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Ingredients:

• 4 Eggs
• 3/4 cup smooth Almond Butter
• 1 Pint fresh raw Blueberries
• 1/3 cup raw local Honey (or Paleo approved sweetener of your choice, to taste)
• 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour
• 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
• 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions:

1) Mix wet ingredients together and add to mixed dry ingredients (except for the blueberries). Mix well.

2) Gently fold in the blueberries.

3) Spoon batter into greased muffin tins (or you can use cupcake liners instead of greasing) and fill about 2/3′s full.

4) Bake muffins in pre-heated oven at 350 degrees. Time will vary depending on size of muffins. Standard size will bake for about 20-25 minutes. Muffins are done when slightly brown on top and knife comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Snickerdoodles

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I was craving Snickerdoodles badly today! My lovely Grandma, Wilma Joy made the best cookies and Snickerdoodles were always my favorite. Her’s were crunchy, which was perfect for milk dipping but I wanted to create a soft and chewy cookie because that is my texture of choice. I used birch Xylitol crystals for mine but you can use raw Coconut Sugar crystals instead.

 

Ingredients

• 1.5 cups Almond Flour

• 1/4 cup Coconut Flour

• 1 large Egg

• 1/4 cup birch Xylitol crystals (ground into powder). Or about 1/3 cup Coconut Sugar

• 1/4 cup grass-fed Butter, softened

• 1/4 cup Coconut Oil

• 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tarter

• 1/2 teaspoon pure Vanilla extract

• 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt

• 1/8 teaspoon Baking Soda

• birch Xylitol crystals (whole, not blended into a powder) and ground Cinnamon for coating the cookie dough

 

Instructions:

 1) Mix wet ingredients together and add to mixed dry ingredients. Mix well.

2) Put cookie dough in refrigerator until it is chilled a bit (at least half an hour).

3) Shape dough into cookies around the size of a golf ball. The recipe makes 10 cookies that are 2 1/2 inches in diameter once flattened.

4) In a bowl, add birch Xylitol crystals (do not blend into a powder, you want whole crystals because the texture is similar to sugar crystals). If you are using raw Coconut Sugar crystals it will work the same way but the Coconut Sugar is more like Brown Sugar in taste and color.

5) Add cinnamon to the bowl containing your sugar and mix the two together. You can add as much as you would like depending on preference.

6) Coat the cookie balls in the cinnamon and sugar mixture (coat all sides).

7) Place cookies on cookie sheet a few inches apart and gently flatten a tad.

8) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

~Enjoy!

 

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Italian Chicken

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I wanted to name this dish Chicken
Parmesan but because there isn’t any cheese, I thought against it. It does taste very much like Chicken Parmesan, which was my very favorite dish to order in Italian restaurants. The breading is grain-free but to me, tastes exactly like the real thing. I am always amazed by how many substitutions there are while living the Paleo lifestyle, I honestly never feel deprived.

Ingredients:

• 1.5 pounds organic Chicken breast
• 1.5 cups Almond Flour
• 2 Eggs
• 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning (salt-free)
• 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
• 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper

Instructions:

1) In a shallow bowl (large enough for the chicken to fit in), whisk your eggs.

2) In a separate shallow bowl, large enough for the chicken to fit it, add the almond flour, seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix the ingredients together well.

3) If your chicken isn’t already cut into tenders/strips then you may do that. I buy the organic chicken tenders from Trader Joes that are already cut into nice strips.

4) One by one, dunk each piece of chicken into the whisked eggs and once they are nice and covered with the egg, place them into the separate bowl of breading mixture (the almond flour, etc). I like to cover my chicken with a thick coating of the breading.

5) Place the breaded chicken into a large glass Pyrex dish (that is greased). I just line all of the chicken up side by side but make sure that they are not touching.

6) Bake chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until the breading is nice and golden brown.

7) I served mine over zoodles (zucchini noodles made with a spiralizer) with some organic and sugar free tomato/pasta sauce.

-Enjoy!

Strawberry Ice Cream

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It’s Summer and what says Summer more than Strawberry Ice Cream? It’s been HOT here (100’s) and I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my Cuisinart ice cream machine! This recipe is quite simple and refreshing after a day in the sun at the lake.

Ingredients:

• 1 can full fat Coconut Milk
• 1 1/2 cups whole Strawberries with tops cut off and discarded
• 1 large Egg Yolk
• 1/4 cup raw Honey
• 1 1/2 teaspoons pure Vanilla extract
• dash of Sea Salt

Instructions:

1) Place all ingredients into Vitamix or Blender and mix well.

2) Pour mixture from Vitamix into a glass Pyrex storage container (or Tupperware that you have on hand) and cover with lid.

3) Place mixture into freezer for about 20 minutes or until cold. You want the mixture to remain liquid and not freeze but be very chilled before pouring into ice cream maker.

4) After mixture is cold, pour into ice cream machine and let it churn until it becomes the texture that you desire- for me it’s around 15-20 minutes depending on how cold the mixture is and how frozen the ice cream maker is (you want to make sure that the metal part of the ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 24 hours and is frozen).

5) Scoop ice cream out of machine and serve with your choice of toppings.

-Enjoy!

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Lemon Breakfast Cookies

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I originally wanted to make scones but decided on a cookie with a scone-like texture. I love shortbread but prefer a soft texture that is a little chewy and crumbly. I had so many fresh lemons that I wanted to create something with… So here it is!

Ingredients:

• 4 Eggs
• 1 cup Almond Flour
• 3/4 cup Coconut Flour
• 1/2 cup full fat Coconut Milk
• 1/2 cup raw Coconut Sugar crystals (or to taste)
• 4 Tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
• 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
• 3 Tablespoons grass-fed Butter, softened
• 1 Tablespoon pure Vanilla extract
• 3/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
• 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Instructions:

1) Add mixed dry ingredients to mixed wet ingredients and mix well.

2) Chill dough in Refrigerator for at least an hour prior to use.

3) Shape dough into balls the size of a golf ball and place onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart. *Recipe will make around 20 cookies.

4) Gently flatten each ball just a tad to make your cookie. My cookies were 2 1/4 inches in diameter after flattening.

5) Put cookie sheets into heated oven at 350 degrees for around 15 minutes, or until cookies have lightly browned on the bottom.

-Enjoy!

Berry Shortcake

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Ingredients:

• 2 large Eggs
• 1 cup Almond Flour
• 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
• 1/4 cup full fat Coconut Milk
• 2 Tablespoons raw Honey
• 2 teaspoons Vanilla
• 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
• 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon

Instructions:

1) Add mixed dry ingredients to mixed wet ingredients and mix well.

2) Shape mixture into round 3 inch balls using the palms of your hands. Recipe makes 4 shortcakes (for more you can double the recipe).

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3) Place balls on cookie sheet and gently flatten (just a tad).

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4) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes (but check at 15 minutes just incase).

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5) Serve with whipped cream (you can use coconut cream to make it dairy free) and fresh berries.

-Enjoy!

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Liebster Award 2.0

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I am thrilled to announce that I was given another Liebster Award! This time I received the award from my friend Kristen from http://www.livinglovingpaleo.com! It is such an honor to receive another award, especially from Kristen, who has such an amazing Paleo blog! Thank you Kristen xoxo! If you have not read her testimony, head to her blog- her story is truly inspirational and her recipes are so delicious!

Here are my answers to Kristen’s questions:

Q. What’s your favorite thing to do in your free time?

A. My favorite thing to do is communicate with all of my friends on Facebook and Instagram who share a deep passion for the Paleo Lifestyle. I also love to create new recipes in the kitchen. A friend of mine asked me the other day if I was following the NBA playoffs and I thought for a second and realized I haven’t really been following any sports these days because all I seem to care about is food! I never thought I would become such a foodie!

Q. What is your favorite food ever?

A. Before Paleo and GAPS I would have said mashed potatoes with gravy, tacos and frozen yogurt. Now I believe it would be bacon, steak, and veggie juice.

Q. What are you most proud of, or what is your biggest accomplishment?

A. I’m proud of receiving my bachelors degrees from San Diego State years ago. I have a B.A. in Gerontology and in Sociology. I minored in Psychology. I wish I would have majored in Nutrition but my interests have changed over the years. I’m proud of this blog- it feels so good to help others along their own healing journeys. I’m also proud of all of the wonderful friendships I have made on Instagram since changing my diet and lifestyle, they have nurtured me immensely.

Q. What is your dream job? Or, do you already have it?

A. When I was growing up I always thought I would become a High School Guidance Counselor. I initially majored in Psychology but I ended up changing my major to Gerontology. I always loved working with seniors and still do but as the years go by, I’m becoming more interested in working with teens like I initially wanted to do. I’d love to be a health educator for children and teens. Diet is extremely important and if I can help educate individuals at an age where habits start, it would be so wonderful. I am also in the process of writing a cookbook and working on this blog. I am going to be attending blogging seminars and taking nutrition classes over the next year. As you can see, there is a lot that I wish to accomplish!

Q. What would you love to see change in this world?

A. No GMO’s. I’d love to see more people supporting local farming. I would like to see less obesity. I’d like to see more people using food and exercise as medicine and relying much less on the pharmaceutical industry. I’d like to see doctors prescribing antibiotics less. I’d like to see less sick people. I started my Instagram account a little more than a year ago and over this time have come to realize how many sick people there are desperate to get well. It’s really unfortunate. I believe a lot of the issue is from taking too many antibiotics and wiping out the friendly bacteria in the gut, taking birth control pills, steroids, immunization shots, eating GMO’s, the heavy metals in our environment, eating food that is dead and contains preservatives etc. I support local farmers and am a member of my local Weston A. Price chapter, it’s a great way to get educated on real food.

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