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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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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Chewy Chocolate Pecan Brownie Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Pecan Brownie Cookies


Paleo - Gluten Free - Grain Free

Do you ever find yourself on autopilot? We all do it in some way, shape or form. For some, it's doing a repetitive motion at work or school without even having to think about it. For others, we do it when we drive. You know, when you start at point A and suddenly find yourself at point B with no real recollection of how you got there. Scary stuff eh? For me, I turn my autopilot on when I drive and bake. Double threat right there. I constantly find myself driving to work and arriving without remembering much of the drive. Sometimes, when I am supposed to be driving to one of the pools that I work at, I find myself instead en route for the gym, my boyfriend's house or another pool. It's pretty dangerous when you think about it!

As for my autopilot baking adventures, I'd say they can be pretty dangerous too. Take this weekend for example; it was Thanksgiving and I had lots of work to do for the dinner we were going to host. I was making three pie crusts; two gluten free hazelnut sablee crusts and one regular old fashioned wheat. What did I make instead? The fantastically tasty and confused recipe I am about to share with you. I swear it started off innocently enough; one minute I was making pie dough, the next I looked down and I had made brownie cookie dough in my food processor. Oops. My bad.

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Pear Apple Cranberry Crisp

Pear Apple Cranberry Crisp


Paleo - Grain Free - Gluten Free

It's officially December. This has many different meanings for many different people, but for me, it means great company and even greater food. My oven is now on practically on at all hours of the day as I crank out cookie after cookie and all other types of sweet treats. Once in a while I do take the time to cook main courses too, although those images and recipes never quite make it to the final copy of these pages.

We had a few friends over for dinner the other night for a "just because" kind of get together. Since we have pescatarian friends the spread was an array of veggies, salmon and of course, grass fed beef. To finish, I had an assortment of cookies that have been churned out of my kitchen in the past few days along with a fresh and delicious crisp. All in all, it was a nice quiet evening.

I love crisps so much no matter what time of the year it happens to be. To me they are a great way to feature seasonal and local fruit and play up their flavours with a little spice. Since we're reaching the tail end of pear season in Vancouver, I decided to use some beautiful pears and pull out one of the dozens of bags of cranberries I have frozen away. (Imagine two garbage bags full of fresh cranberries, then picture how that would look in Ziploc bags stuffed into two different deep freezes.) I added an apple for texture and moisture and because I found a nice one at the market. Toss all of that with a little melted butter, cinnamon, coconut sugar, homemade vanilla and some freshly grated nutmeg and you have a fall/winter crisp. I topped it with a mix of shredded coconut, almond flour, slivered almonds and butter to make a crisp yet tender crust, almost like a cookie. 

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Homemade Almond Paste

Homemade Almond Paste


Paleo, Refined Sugar Free

For those of you on the marzipan/almond paste bandwagon, this one is for you. The topic of this delicious treat may have bakers and baked-good-eaters alike to take sides, but I am all for it. For those of you marzipan haters, more for me! Almond paste is so versatile. You can stuff chocolates with it, make cookies, cakes, pies, tarts and you name it out of it. Almond paste differs from marzipan in a few ways; the paste contains no rosewater and has less powdered sugar than its firmer, whiter cousin, marzipan. I made my homemade versoin with a hint of rosewater however, since I think the flavour compliments the almonds and almond extract.

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