“Cacao” Dusted Snickerdoodles

Paleo Snickerdoodles AIP sameatshernutrients

When a cookie has just the right amount of fat in it, it has a certain melty mouth feel. That’s the sweet spot! Snickerdoodles are a cookie I have loved since my twenties when I would order them at my favorite coffee shop. They were ginormous, so I would split them with Doug or my kids and savor my half.

Snickerdoodles Paleo AIP sameatshernutrients

What I love about Snickerdoodles is their simplicity. That vanilla cinnamon taste is comforting. They are a smooth cookie, straight up, with no chunks. Sometimes I’m in the mood for that! They take you buy surprise, because they look simple, but when you take a bite, and that melted feel begins in your mouth, and then the cinnamon vanilla warmth hits your taste buds, ahhhhhh heavenly!

Since I am a rebel at heart, my Snickerdoodles aren’t flat, but round and mounded, which makes them about a three bite sensation. That way I don’t have to split them in half to share. Plus, I dusted some Carob Powder on them before baking.

dusted snickerdoodle cookies ready to bake

“Cacao ” Dusted Snickerdoodles

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup Avocado Oil or Melted Coconut Oil

3 Tablespoons of softened Coconut Butter (I used this)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Grass fed Gelatin (Like This)

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Cream of Tartar

1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Powder (or vanilla extract if not strict AIP)

Carob Powder for Dusting (I use this)

Directions:

Add the Avocado Oil or Melted Coconut Oil to a medium mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the gelatin, and with a hand held mixer, blend the olive oil and gelatin together. Add the softened Coconut Butter. I soften it by microwaving the glass jar ten to fifteen seconds. Add the coconut sugar and honey and blend until creamy. Now, add the coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla powder. Blend with your hand held mixer.

Lay out a parchment lined cookie sheet, and with a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto the parchment. Bake in your preheated oven for ten minutes, or until the cookies are just golden brown on the edges.  After removing them from the oven, take 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Carob Powder and with a fine meshed strainer, dust the Carob Powder on top of the cookies.

Cacao Dusted Paleo AIP Snickerdoodles

 

AIP Carrot Cake Mug Muffin with Blueberries and Coconut

AIP Carrot Cake Mug Muffin - Paleo

Quick and Easy is one of the things I love about mug muffins! Not to mention they are personal sized, can be eaten warm, and are fresh as fresh can be. This AIP Paleo Mug Muffin comes together fast and has a half cup of carrots in it.

AIP Carrot Cake Microwave Mug Muffin

It also contains healthy fat, a touch of maple syrup and a gelatin egg. If you have a Ninja Express Food Chopper like this, the carrots shred finely in seconds, and it’s under $20. I use it a lot in the kitchen!

Here’s the recipe. You can make this muffin in about ten minutes start to finish!

AIP Carrot Cake Mug Muffin with Blueberries and Coconut

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Finely Shredded Carrot (about 2 medium) It should look like rice in consistency

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (melted) or Avocado Oil

1 Tablespoon of Pure Maple Syrup (substitute honey for SCD Diet)

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon of Ginger

1/8 Teaspoon of Cloves

1/8 Teaspoon of Mace

1/8 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

A Pinch of Salt

1 Gelatin Egg – Instructions in the directions -(You will need 3 Tablespoons of water and 1 Tablespoon of Gelatin like this)

2 Tablespoons of Dried Blueberries (like these)

1 Tablespoon of Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

Carrot Cake Batter

See the Batter in the photo above ready to microwave.

Directions:

Add the coconut flour, salt, baking soda, and spices to a bowl and sift with a whisk. Stir in the shredded carrot. Add the melted coconut oil or avocado oil and maple syrup and whisk.

To make your gelatin egg, stir together one tablespoons of grass fed gelatin and one tablespoon of cold water in a bowl big enough to whisk in more hot water in a minute. Let it gel. Now, add two tablespoon of boiling or very hot water and whisk until the gelatin melts and is frothy. Put is back in the microwave for ten seconds if necessary. Whisk the gelatin quickly into the batter with a fork before it sets up. Then, fold in one tablespoon of dried blueberries. Put the muffin batter into a microwave safe mug. Sprinkle on the remaining tablespoon of dried blueberries and the shredded coconut. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Done!

Quick and Easy Microwave Muffin for One. With all the flavor of classic carrot cake, a half cup of carrots are in this muffin along with delicious dried blueberries and shredded coconut!

 

 

 

Carrot Cake Quick Loaf – Grain Free

Moist and delicious Carrot Cake Quick Bread? Yes, please! This quick bread recipe is grain and dairy free and lower in carbs. It has chopped crystallized ginger sprinkled on the top, raisins in the batter, and is sweetened with pure maple syrup! There are plenty of carrots and the warm spices of classic carrot cake! I like to snuggle up with a piece of this and a good book or my favorite Netflix series!

Carrot Cake Quick Loaf

The batter blends up quickly in a food processor, so there is no need to grate the carrots, which can be tedious. Line your baking pan with parchment to lift the loaf right out of the pan and have an easy clean up!

Carrot Cake Quick Bread Loaf

sliced carrot cake loaf

Carrot Cake Loaf

Preheat your oven to 325º degrees. Grease a 5″ x 7″ Loaf Pan and line it with parchment. I like to cut a piece to fit the long sides of the pan with some extra over the edges so I can simply lift it out of the pan. See photo below.

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Chopped Raw Carrots

6 Eggs

1/2 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour, scooped and leveled (I use this brand)

1/4 Cup of Apple Butter

1/2 Cup of Raisins

1/3 Cup of Avocado or Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup of Pure Maple Syrup

1 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Mace or Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Cup of Candied Ginger, Chopped (omit for very strict Paleo as there is a bit of sugar here)

Directions:

Using a food processor with a blade, chop the carrots, processing until they are a crumble consistency. Add the eggs and blend until pureed with the carrots. Add the Coconut Flour and remaining ingredients, except the crystallized ginger for the top, and process for about two minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl a couple times with a rubber spatula. The coconut flour will start absorbing the liquid and be a nice cake-like batter. With a rubber spatula, scrape all the batter into your prepared loaf pan, and rap the pan on your counter a couple times to level the batter somewhat. Take your crystallized ginger and sprinkle it on the top of the batter. Bake in the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes keeping a close eye on the bread at the end. It is done when the loaf springs back in the center when touched with your finger.

Remove from the oven, and cool for ten minutes in the pan. Then, remove the loaf from the pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Enjoy!

Grain Free Carrot Cake Loaf - Grain Free with Raisins, Maple Syrup and Crystalized Ginger! Paleo, Gluten and Dairy Free

Embracing and Feeling Good In Your Body

Package You Come In

The number one most important thing about your body is how you feel in your body! Having energy, feeling alive and excited when you wake up, being healthy, and being able to do what you would like, because you feel good inside and out. Take care of your package so it can take care of you. Your body loves you and wants you to feel good, so treat it well!

Some things I’ve learned about my body is:

1 – The perfect body is all in they eye of the beholder

2 – You can be skinny and unhealthy and also the opposite.

3 – Feeling good inside your body has a lot to do with what you eat as well as your mindset.

4. How your clothes fit does matter and affect how you feel about your body.

5. What you eat you crave. Processed junk food or healthy whole food. Your palate will change for the worse or the better.

6. Whole, real food gives you energy and supports a healthy body.

7. We are all unique individuals, and all healthy foods may not be right for you, so you need to listen to your body and eat the ones that agree with you. This doesn’t include junk food however.

Enjoy your day!

Sandra Shields, Health Coach

 

Blueberry Lemon FroYo

Blueberry Lemon FroYo

Fro Yo is one of Summer’s simple pleasures! It has the frozen sensation and creaminess of ice cream, but has the benefit of being healthier, with more protein and probiotics to promote good gut micro flora. Why not take it up a notch further by making your own healthier version with less sugar and more real food goodness like fruit, pure honey, cinnamon and fresh Greek yogurt which is packed with calcium and protein? Here is an easy and super delicious recipe! Feel free to mix up the fruit you use.

Lemon Blueberry Fro Yo, Gut Healthy, No Refined Sugar, Real Ingredients Frozen Yogurt

BLUEBERRY LEMON FROYO

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Greek Yogurt (24 Hour Homemade Yogurt for SCD)

3 Cups of Frozen Blueberries

1/4 Cup of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

In a food processor, add all the ingredients and pulse, then blend until you have a smooth consistency with most of the blueberry smooth and creamy. Taste to make sure the sweetness is to your liking.

Place your FroYo base into an electric ice cream maker, and churn as directed on your machine. I used this one, and it took 30 minutes.

The FroYo is best eaten immediately, but you can freeze any leftovers in a sealed container, and let it thaw on your counter until soft enough to scoop.

Cookies and Fro Yo

You can find the recipe for the Cashew Lemon Cookies pictured here. 🙂

 

Perfectionism – a Joy Sapper

Perfectionism - Health Coach Tips! Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

If you are trying to be perfect in an area in your life, please stop right now and take a deep breath!
Perfectionism is a joy sapper.  A lot of times we are perfectionists because we are trying to live up to unrealistic expectations of someone else or ourselves, because we think we can’t be loved if we aren’t perfect, or don’t feel approved of, or good enough…….Perfect body, perfect hair, perfect student, perfect, career, perfect house, perfect cook, perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect child, perfect in your job, perfect speaker, perfect shoe shiner, fill in the blank. It is good to do things well, but if nothing is ever perfect enough to you, it is time to say it is good enough, and just be happy where you are at this moment. We are all perfectly created individuals with our own uniqueness to offer the world, and what society, your past, or anyone else tells you is perfect, and will make you happy, may not be true for you. Be kind to yourself, relax, enjoy the ride of life. Oh, and yes, take care of your inner self! You need a little bit of peace and me time every day, or it slowly whittles away at your core. 

Sandra

 

Cashew Lemon Cookies

Cashew Lemon Gluten Free Cookies

Light Lemon Cookies made with Raw Cashews and Flaked Coconut are perfectly delicious! The best part is they have good for you ingredients and no dairy or grains in them. In fact, I am liking all these ingredients so much, I am having a hard time not giving the green light to eat these for breakfast!

Cashew Lemon Cookies Dairy Free Grain Free

Cashew Lemon Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F. Lay out parchment lined cookie sheets.

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Raw Cashews

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour (I used this)

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Pure Maple Syrup (substitute honey for SCD Legal)

1 Pastured Egg

1/2 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

Zest of one Lemon

1/4 Cup of No Sugar added Finely Shredded Coconut (like this)

Directions:

In a food processor with a blade attachment, add the Raw Cashews and pulse until you have fine crumbs. Add the coconut flour. Pulse again until you have a flour consistency. Add in the Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Egg, Vanilla, Lemon Zest, Salt and Baking Soda. Blend until you get a creamy dough that starts to form a ball in the processor.

Using a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls. Roll the balls in shredded coconut, pressing the coconut into the balls of dough. Flatten each ball onto your cookie sheet until they are approximately 1/2 inch thick. Bake in the oven for 11 minutes or until the edges are turning golden brown.

Cool on a wire rack.

Yummy. I love Lemon!!!

Cashew Lemon Cookies - Light Delicious Grain, Gluten and Dairy Free Cookies Rolled in Coconut. So delicious with ingredients nourishing enough for breakfast!!!

 

 

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