Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk


Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Vegan - Dairy Free - Egg Free

My first few attempts making almond milk at home involved a magic bullet, a small amount of water and a handful of raw un-soaked almonds. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. 

The trick to making delicious homemade almond milk  is pretty easy; soak the almonds for at least 8 hours or overnight. I like to use filtered water and I replace the water halfway through if it crosses my mind. I've tried making the milk with the almonds as they are after soaking, as well as with the skins removed. I prefer the nutty flavour that the skin gives to the final product, but if you have time to remove the skins after soaking you're left with a smoother, creamier, vanilla finish to your milk. 

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Coconut Almond Butter

Coconut Almond Butter


​Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Vegan - Dairy Free - Egg Free

Ever get the feeling that things are too complicated? When there's too much stress at work, home, during traffic or while working on your latest arts and craft project, turn to this recipe for simplicity and sheer deliciousness! Success is but a few steps away my friends. 

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Paleo Protein Cups

Paleo Protein Cups


​Gluten Free - Grain Free - Paleo - Egg Free

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I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps a fork in her purse. Strange, I know, but let's not be too judgmental here. I keep it in my purse for two reasons; one, the wonderful world of synchronized swimming requires tapping choreography to counts and music, hence the fork, which proves as a useful count keeper. (How else will they hear it underwater!) Two, I keep it handy since I'm always hungry and on the go. 

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Oatmeal Chocolate Pistachio Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Pistachio Cookies


Gluten Free - Dairy Free

Baking in someone else's kitchen is always a love hate thing for me. I love it because it challenges me to use what I kind find in someone's home, but it can be frustrating when they don't have the right utensils or the one ingredient you think would just make the recipe.

While I was away on Vancouver Island with work I had the pleasure of staying with my cousin, who is like a sister to me. As way of thanks for an awesome visit (and an epic chicken cashew curry dinner that her boyfriend made) I had to come up with something tasty to leave on their counter.

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Paleo Chocolate Easter Eggs

Paleo Easter Eggs


Paleo - Vegan - Dairy Free - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Egg Free

Although my love of chocolate never seems to fade, but come Easter time all alarm bells go off and I seriously need blinders when I am grocery shopping. Although I can't stomach a Cadbury creme egg or Reese's egg anymore, I definitely felt the need to make a healthier version for myself! 

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Ferrero Rocher Cookies

Ferrero Rocher Cookies


Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free - Dairy Free

I'm not going to be humble or quiet about this. I am incredibly proud (and astonished) that I went an entire month without eating chocolate. No cocoa powder, chocolate bars, chocolate cake, nothing. That being said, when I woke up this Wednesday after 4 straight weeks sans my number one love, I was more than a little giddy to put some cocoa in my bulletproof breakfast coffee. (We'll skip the story about how I quite literally fell to the floor after taking a bite of my favourite chocolate cake from Thierry in Vancouver.) I didn't do it for health reasons or for dietary reasons, I simply needed to make sure that I could survive without the stuff. It wasn't anywhere near as tough as I'd anticipated, but I definitely won't be taking another break anytime soon.

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Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies


Gluten Free - Paleo - Dairy Free - Grain Free​

When the weather gets nippy and the leaves are no longer crunchy, I crave cookies. Well honestly I crave cookies all the time, but come late November I get a hankering for rich buttery cookies or deep dark chewy cookies spiced to perfection. I'm embarrassed to admit how long I will spend wandering around downtown looking for a cookie worthy enough to be consumed with a pot of tea or a cappuccino, so instead I'll just pretend that that doesn't happen on the regular and that I simply buy a cookie and be done with it.

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Tahini Ginger Molasses Cookies

Tahini Ginger Molasses Cookies


Paleo - Grain Free - Gluten Free - Dairy Free

If you are one of those hungry people who forages the internet in search of healthy grain free recipes, then you will be well aware of the infamous "flourless cookie". For those of you who aren't as Paleo/Gluten-Free savvy, let me break it down for ya. 

The recipe goes something along the lines of one cup of nut butter for 1 egg,  add some sugar and baking soda and voila, you have truly flourless cookies. It's seriously that easy. Exciting stuff right? But before you grab your mixing bowls, here's my bit of advice and encouragement for the day: Be creative!

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Salted Cashew Butter Cookies

Salted Cashew Butter Cookies


Paleo - Grain Free - Gluten Free

Do you ever eat something so much that you need to stop and take a step back? You build up the courage to tell whatever food it is that you need some space, some time apart to see other delicious foods. Now don't get me wrong, it's not like you don't love it anymore, you just realize that the two of you are getting on a little too well and you just don't want to ruin it. You're simply being rational and want to keep your delectable relationship going for as long as possible. I feel ya. For me it was cashews. It started off in complete innocence, a handful of bulk nuts here and there. But I got carried away, as I tend to do when I obsess over certain foods. I had to pull back on the cashews for a while, see other nuts and such. I'm good now, I can have a cashew or two and be done with it. Pistachios however, those wonderful little things, are a different story.

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