Paleo Cinnamon Apple Bundt Cake

Bundt Cake

Cinnamon-Apple-Nutbutter Bundt Cake

1 1/2 cup cashew meal (or other nut or seed flour)

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 pastured eggs

1/3 cup raw organic honey

1/3 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk

3 tablespoons oil

2 teaspoons organic cinnamon
Toppings:
1/3 cup Cashew Butter Mixed with 2 tablespoons honey and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fresh Organic Apple, finely diced

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, sifted together with a fork or a whisk all of your dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients for the cake and mix to combine.

Transfer to a silicone bundt cake pan. Bake for 38-42 minutes at 375 degrees.

Let cool for 10 minutes or so before turning the bundt out onto a cake platter.

In a separate dish, mix your nutbutter and honey and vanilla extract. Transfer it to a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner cut off and pipe your thick drizzles onto the cake. Finish off with a sprinkling of fresh diced apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

 

Sauerkraut & Kielbasa

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This is by far one of my favorite meals that my mother passed down to me.  I honestly have no idea where this recipe originated from, But it is a favorite and it has transitioned wonderfully into my gluten-free, whole-food kitchen! I made a few changes to the original recipe, like making sure that our kielbasa is nitrite free and humanely raised without any hormones or additives and buying naturally fermented sauerkraut of making my own from scratch. I also add apple to mine, which my mom never did. But, for the most part,  it is the same meal & this remains a staple during the fall and winter at our house.

1 large jar naturally fermented sauerkraut (recipe below)
About 2 cups cubed organic potatoes (* FOR SCD use celery root/celeriac instead of potato)
1 large organic apple, cubed
1 tablespoon cold-pressed olive oil 1 organic onion (small to medium)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Real Salt
1 package (4 links) Applegate Farms Pork Kielbasa* (or your favorite nitrite free kielbasa)*
1-2 cups filtered water

*For SCD, look for a kielbasa that is free of nitrites and has no sugar. You can find some here.

Heat oil in a large dutch-oven over medium heat.  Add in your onion and garlic and cook until soft.  Add in the sauerkraut, potatoes, and apple pieces. Season with about a teaspoon of real salt and add in about 1 cup of water, stirring to combine all of the ingredients.
Cover and continue cooking over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low, adding more of the water of you need to. Recover  and continue cooking for 30-45 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through. Check on it about every 10 minutes to be sure more water isn’t needed.

This has always been one of my favorite fall one-pot dishes. Growing up, my mom always served this dish with steamed rye bread. Since Rye is not a gluten-free grain, try pairing this gluten-free meal with some Udi’s Millet & Chia bread.

Tip:  If you don’t eat pork, try the Applegate Farms Chicken & Apple Sausage instead.

Home-Made Naturally Fermented Sauerkraut

2 ½ pounds of cabbage; green, purple, or a combination of the two.
1 tablespoon Real Salt
1 quart-sized glass canning jar

Finely shred cabbage. Start by placing a couple of handfuls of the cabbage into your jar and sprinkle just a little of the Real Salt in. Using the back of a wooden spoon, pound your cabbage to release some of the juices. Continue with a couple of handfuls of cabbage and a sprinkle of salt, tamping each layer down and repeating over and over until your jar is filled.
Place the lid on loosely and let your jar rest for 30 minutes to an hour, allowing the juices to
come out of the cabbage and form a brine ( If you still need extra brine, mix ½ teaspoon of Real Salt to ½ Cup of filtered water. )
Open your lid and press down on the cabbage to see how much brine the cabbage made. There should be enough liquid to completely cover the cabbage, and you will want the cabbage to stay moist as it soaks up the liquid during the fermentation process.
Tightly screw on your lid. You will let the jar sit at room temperature for 3 weeks*. After 3 weeks, check your jar by opening the lid and checking to see if there are little bubbles on top. Re-lid and then place in the refrigerator to continue fermenting to your taste. You can eat it at this point, or let it sit for longer to let the flavor come out even more.
*Tips:  -You may have to gas (open the lid of) the jar occasionally as it ferments. If you press the top of the lid and it doesn’t give at all, simply open and reapply the lid.  -Do not use unfiltered tap water. Be sure it is filtered.

Fluffy Pancakes {gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free}

Fluffy Grain free Pancakes

Next weekend, on his very special Halloween birthday, our littlest monster will be turning two. Scary!!!  Today, we decorate, so we have a big day of fun in store. That means we need a big, protein-packed breakfast to kick off the fun.

These little, golden, rounds of yumminess are very close to the “real-deal” pancakes, with the added benefit of a high protein count and a grain-free status. They check all the allergy-friendly boxes at our house and were the perfect treat for my three little breakfast goblins this morning.  Honestly – the best texture on a gluten free pancake that I have been able to accomplish, ever! I will definitely pull this treat out of my trick bag again!

Fluffy Grain Free Pancakes

1 cup garfava flour
1/2 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1 cup non-dairy milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
Pinch of salt

Whisk together your dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until your batter is smooth.

When cooking your cakes, look for bubbles in the CENTER of your cake to indicate readiness to flip. If you undertook these, they will be gummy in the center.

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Enjoy with your favorite pancake topping!

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Elderberry Gummy Bears

Elderberry Gummy BearsI don’t know where you live, but here in North Texas, it went from summer to fall seemingly over night this past weekend! The winds came through, the cooler temperatures kissed our skin, and, unfortunately, the fall allergies rushed the field.

It is the best of times and the worst of times, this FALL, this AUTUMN! I absolutely love this season, but for some reason, it just does not love me back most of the time. I have definitely been feeling the effects and have some kiddos with some runny noses, too, so this morning, after I had my two school goers shuffled off to their school,  I decided to load up on artillery for the onslaught of the allergy season!

I started my morning by juicing some carrots, apples, and fresh ginger.

Then, I made some Elderberry Gummy Bears! If you haven’t read about the benefits of elderberry, they are abundant for this season. To list a few:

~ a very powerful antioxidant
~ anthocyanin levels make it anticarcinogenic
~ more vitamin C than oranges
~ antiviral
~high ORAC
~improves the coordination of the immune system

This article is worth the read and gives all the proper props to Elderberry!

Recipe:

1/2 cup Elderberry Concentrate
1/2 cup organic pomegranate juice
2 tablespoon organic lime juice
3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin (I used Great Lakes, the orange bottle)

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a small sauce pan and then heat just to almost a boil/low boil and remove from heat. I like to let mine cool down for 5-10 minutes before transferring to my molds. Refrigerate until set.

You can use any silicone mold for these, or even a glass dish and then simply cut into squares. I found my bear molds on Amazon.com.

These are certainly the most expensive$ gummy bears I have ever made, but I know that my kiddos will be so happy to chomp these down, and I will be equally as happy knowing that they will be getting such great nutritional benefits from this healthful & protective treat.   ~Happy Fall~

Easy Gluten Free Tapioca Rolls {Pao De Queijo}

These little pop-up rolls are always fun for us. I have to admit, I posted them last year on my Facebook group and got some not-so-positive feedback. I have tried them time and time again since, and all I can say is ” TO EACH HIS OWN!” 🙂 We still love them here. So, I hope that you get a kick out of these super easy favorites for our family.
Gluten Free Tapioca Rolls

The first idea for this recipe came from a Brazilian restaurant by us. We were penalty surprised to fin out that the little cheesy rolls they brought to the table were gluten free! Bonus!  So, in just a couple of questions, I found out that they use yucca and that these little chewy golden puffs were called “Pao De Queijo”.  When I make them in my house, I put cheese in half of the batch and leave cheese out of the other half for my gluten & dairy-free girl. She would pop one in her mouth all day log if I let her. But I don’t 😉 In fact, we only do breads like these on occasion.

 

Just five ingredients:

1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup oil (I have used avocado oil and coconut oil and both work)
2/3 cup milk (I use almond milk, usually)
1 teaspoon Real Salt
1/2 cup grated cheese (mild, like a raw white cheddar, a queso fresco, or I have even used a Swiss)

You can mix this together in a blender or, I typically just use a mixing bowl and a whisk, mixing first my flour and salt together in the bowl and then adding my wet ingredients and mixing until smooth with a wire whisk. The batter will be very runny.

Pour into mini-muffin tins and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 16-20 minutes. The kids love to watch them puff up. They become a crusted over on the outside and kid of hollow on the inside for the ones without cheese. The are chewy and just simple.

I hope you enjoy this easy gf recipe!

~Eat happy

Strawberry Lemon Avocado Tarts {no bake, grain free, honey & fruit sweetened}

Lemon Avocado tarts

I saw this delicious looking post on Instagram for these avocado tarts, and I thought I would put my own spin on them. They were definitely a treat both to our plates AND our palates. Look at these gorgeous pops of color!

For the “Crust”:
I cup almond meal
1/2 cup pitted dates
2 Tablespoons boiling water (careful!)
Zest of 1 lemon

For the Filling:
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup raw honey
Zest of 1 lemon

For the TOPPING: I did half with fresh kiwi & half with crushed Freeze-Dried Organic Strawberries. The strawberry variety was my favorite! So yummy, and so healthful! Hope you enjoy!

Fruit Pizza {Grain Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo}

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Fruit Pizza ~ Grain & Dairy Free

 

 

This fourth of July, I was really in the mood for some cream cheesy, fruity flavor/ I LOVE the look of fruit pizzas, they are so beautiful, so I went with this:

Basic Grain-Free Cookie

1 cup almond butter (any nut butter should work)
1 egg, preferably from a pastures & happy hen
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

I prefer to use my food processor for this recipe. Simply mix the ingredients together and then transfer to a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Make one large circle with the dough. Bake for 14-15 minutes.

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For the Cream:
{ Approximate Measurements…I wish I could give you exact measurements, but this was one of my
“keep adding til it’s right” kind of deals. I will gladly try it again!1 🙂 and post exact measurements once I get them figured out.}

1 cup cashew meal (you can use cashews, I just had cashew meal on hand, it was mealed raw cashews)
1/2 cup water* + hemp milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Zest of 1 lemon

Place your almond meal in a high-powered blender (I have a Vitamix). Add in your water,I started with 1/2 cup of water, but I continued to add a little hemp milk at a time until I got the perfect texture, then added a little more maple until I got the sweetness I wanted. I will probably add more lemon next time.

Once the cookie was finished baking, I let it cool slightly, then simply turned it over onto a round serving platter and peeled off the silpat. I put a layer of the cream on top of that and then decorated with fresh fruit! So Yummy! Happy Fourth of July to us ~ fireworks in our mouth 😛
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Raspberry Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches {grain-free, dairy-free, honey & fruit sweetened}

Solo delicious! Messy! But, Solo delicious!
Raspberry Dreams

The “cookie”:
1 cup almond butter
1 egg
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon real salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together in a food processor. With a spatula, spread out into a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. Let cool completely.

**Some tips: I scored my dough into rectangles before I baked; Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before filling your sandwiches, be prepared t lick some delicious messiness from your fingers and hands as you build these; As you work, you may want ot keep a cookie sheet into he freezer and place each new ice cream sandwich into the freezer before you move on to the next. They melt really quickly.

While the cookies bake, simply rinse out your food processor and then start the ice cream.

The raspberry “Ice-Cream”:
3 frozen bananas
1/2 cup fresh raspberries.

Mix in the food processor until creamy, like soft-serve ice cream. Transfer to a freezer-safe bowl and stick in the freezer to chill until your cookies have cooled.

Once your cookies are cooled, scoop out a spoonful of ice cream into the back of one cookie piece, sandwich with another cookie piece, and smash down slightly. I used a flat spatula and made a lap around the edges to try to sort of square off and clean up my edges, but that is completely optional. Make them as full and as messy and as wonderful as you see fit!  These will definitely get some remakes in all sorts of flavors this summer!

If you want to save for later like I have done here, you can wrap them up in parchment and store them in the freezer.

~ Happy Ice-Cream Sandwiching! ~

Grain Free Lemon Muffins / Cake {and a cake-ball fail}

So, I happened upon this really cute cake-ball photo on pinterest or instagram, I can’t remember which now. The little cake balls were made into golf balls for Father’s Day. I happen to have a cute little silver tin that my mind was picturing filled to the brim and over flowing with these tasty golf-ball-cakes! Since the plan was to serve these to dad for Father’s Day, the obvious flavor selection here at our house was a lemon-cake. I have made a variation of this lemon cake before and we all really enjoyed it, I changed a few things up and baked these in my large muffin tins {the idea was to have more of the browned edges in my cake balls for added flavor}.

Lemon Cake

Step one turned out deliciously! One taste test, honestly, was not quite enough.

Then, I crumbled the muffins in my mixing bowl and added a mixture of 1/4 cup of honey and the juice of 1/2 of a large organic lemon (careful to not include any seeds). I rolled this delicious crumble of goodness into golf-ball-sized balls and stuck them into the freezer for a bit while I concocted my icing.

Crumble

Enter: The icing, a.k.a the beginning of the end, a.k.a the reason for this epic cake ball FAIL! 😀

I think it is just as important, on occasion, to post about the flops as it is to post about the successes. Even those of us who have been gluten free home-chefs for as long as we can remember will have a recipe that just doesn’t quite come together. Don’t ever be discouraged about the misses, because you will learn a little something from each one! Maybe that’s why I have learned SO much over the years! 😀

Today’s Grain Free Lemon Muffins / Cakes:

1 1/2 cup cashew meal
1 cup almond meal*
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
3 large pasture-raised eggs
1/2 teaspoon real salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Zest of 1 large ORGANIC lemon
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup oil (I used coconut)
2 teaspoons organic lemon extract
Juice of 1 lemon

* you could also use almond flour here, I just only had meal on hand and we are okay with the thicker crumbles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, mix first your dry ingredients until well combined. Then, add in your wet ingredients. Stir well. Transfer to oiled muffin tins. I used large tins and this made 6 large muffin sized cakes.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges and top begin to brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool for 15 minutes in your tins.

NEXT STEP IF MAKING CAKE BALLS:

Next, I crumbled the muffins into a mixing bowl. I added a mixture of lemon juice from 1/2 a large lemon (about a tablespoon) and 1/4 cup honey. I stirred this mixture up and then rolled cake ball shaped in my hands.

THE ICING FAIL:

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So, I tried using a mixture of honey and cacao butter for an attempt at a white-chocolate dipped icing. I really wanted it to be white for the golf balls. My idea was to use the end of a stir stick to make the dimples once the chocolate started to set up. HAH!! This never really occurred. I couldn’t quite get the consistency of the white chocolate right. The recipe I was going from was from the amazing blog site The Spunky Coconut. Kelly has a recipe for strawberry white chocolates that use these ingredients along with coconut mana / coconut butter and powdered freeze-dried strawberries to sweeten instead of the honey that I used. It was a good thought, but just didn’t quite work for this application, so I may just have to go back to the drawing board on this one ~ but our Daddo still enjoyed the cake-balls, even though they never quite made it to the golf-ball stage.
Cake Ball Fail
I will say, though, the concoction worked as chocolate candies, so we used the last little bit in our mustache molds for these little cuties. All-in-all the project at hand was not exactly a success, but we all enjoyed our time in the kitchen and got some delicious eats from the venture ~ Happy Failures, canaries! ;o)
White Chocolate Mustaches

To DO List: Eat Mo’ Vegetarian Brekkies ~ Our Pick 4 Omelet Station

Batman eats veggies!
I am mom. This may not be the case in every household, but I am also cook. To me, the fact that I am responsible for filling their plates every day means that I am also responsible for the nutrition that my children receive. Its a job I take seriously – yes, in a fun and silly way, but still, seriously.

One of the constant goals of mine as the NUTRITION-PROVIDER of my household is to not only get it in ’em, but teach them along the way to LOVE the nutritious choices, so that when I am no longer the one in charge of filling their plates, hopefully the lessons they are learning now will carry over. It is constantly in my mind as I plan out meal times, even planning the treats! I explain to them every step of the way the reasons “WHY” I am selecting certain ingredients and constructing a balanced plate of food, or sometimes a balanced day of food, since every single meal isn’t perfect nutritionally speaking. I truly aim to make the healthy decisions be appealing and fun! This is all a part of my master plan to grow healthy, happy eaters who WANT to be healthy, happy eaters! {don’t tell them , but I think it’s working}

My favorite meals are ones that encourage the whole family to try new textures, new tastes, and new colors of food. This may seem very elementary, like the classic phrase,” EAT THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW”, but even as adults, sometimes, we get sedentary on what we know and forget to broaden our taste buds on occasion. Every color of food makes up the phytonutrients and vitamins that our bodies need to function at their best.  Meals like this are great for EVERBODY to explore something new, and for some reason, it makes it more fun to get to have control over those choices! I am talking about our super fun breakfast this morning BUILDING YOUR OWN omelet.

To begin our Omelet bar, I used a dozen farm-fresh, soy-free, gmo-free, pastured chicken eggs and cracked them into a bowl for a good whisking. The carton was now empty, so I thought: What a great vessel for dividing our omelet selections. Because there are 3 kiddos here, I simply cut the carton into 3 equal sections of 4 “holes”. The rule: PICK FOUR!  Want to know what the coolest part was?  They all picked more than 4! :D. I love this.

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So, I chopped from the fridge some piles of tomato, orange bell pepper, broccoli, and spinach {we only buy organic produce as to reduce our exposure to pesticides and herbicides}. From our home garden {organically grown}, I collected, chopped, and piled some parsley, some rainbow chard, and some chives.  The kids took turns filling their sections and we labeled their containers and lined them up for cooking.
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It was so much fun watching them get excited about their selections and watching their faces as they cheered on each other’s omelets over the flat-top and excitedly waited for their own to cook.  We made omelets, we made a fun memory, and we all had something green for breakfast. A win, win, win in my book!!! 🙂

~Happy Omelet Making, Canaries ~