Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

What kids doesn’t like a cute jackolantern pumpkin cookie this time of year! Especially if it is frosted! This honey of a cookie is thick and soft with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.

Gluten Free/Grain Free Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

Gluten Free/Grain Free Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

You will need a handmixer and a cookie scoop for this easy recipe……no rolling involved.

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookies


Preheat your oven to 350º degrees F.

Lay out a parchment lined cookie sheet.


1 3/4 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/3 Cup Pumpkin Puree, SCD Legal

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons Clear Honey

1 Teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract

Directions: In a medium bowl, whisk together the first five dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl, with a hand held electric mixer, mix the wet ingredients together….the pumpkin puree, egg, honey and vanilla extract.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until fully incorporated. With a 1/2 cup ice cream or cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto your prepared cookie sheet. There should be six even sized scoops. Now, flatten into 3/4 inch thick circles with your hand, and then pinch the tops, patting and pinching to make the stem.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes, rotating the pan end to end after ten minutes. Keep an eye on them the last five minutes. The edges should be starting to brown, but not the centers.

Remove from the oven and cool completely while you make the frosting.

For the frosting:


3 Tablespoons of Organic Shortening

3 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Cacao Powder

In a small bowl with a hand held electric mixer, blend the shortening and honey together until it is whipped nicely.

Take a plastic sandwich bag and snip off one end. Insert a metal round piping tip into the snipped end. Scoop out two tablespoons of the white frosting from your bowl, and place it in the snipped bag. Twist the top moving the icing toward the piping tip. Set aside.

To the remaining frosting still in the bowl, add one tablespoon of cocao powder. Blend with your electric mixer.

Spread the chocolate frosting onto each cookie evenly, except the stems. Pipe the frosting on for the eyes and mouth.

It makes six large cookies. Yes, I know the picture shows five cookies. That’s because I ate one!🙂

Happy Halloween! Boo!

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookie - Grain Free

Frosted Jackolantern Pumpkin Cookie – Grain Free

Chai Love You! – Chai Spice Beverage Drop-Ins

Chai Love You Beverage Drop Ins

Chai Love You Chai Spice Beverage Drop Ins

If you think the smell of  Chai is a warming, comforting aroma like I do,  these beverage drop-ins are just what you need for your cup!  I am really loving the convenience of these drop ins! Right now I have Pumpkin Spice and Chai in my freezer so I can have whatever flavor I am in the mood for in my coffee and tea.  I have even popped them in my morning smoothies with great results! Chai is like a warm, loving hug! I have been reading the book The Power of Intention by Wayne Dryer, and one really important insight I like in the book is choosing to see the good in others and letting go of the negative thoughts that surface in your mind, replacing them with something you see positive about people.  It really has been broadening my view and opening me up more positive intention throughout the day.

Chai Love You – Chai Spice Beverage Drop-Ins


1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

1/4 Cup Clear Honey

1 1/2 Cups Full Fat Coconut Milk (no additives, I like this kind)

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cardamom

3/4 Teaspoon Cloves

Directions:  Line a twelve cup muffin pan with natural or foil muffin cup liners.  Melt the coconut oil in a medium bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop.  Whisk in the remaining ingredients until thoroughly blended and divide evenly between the muffin cups. Place the muffin pan in the freezer and freeze solid. After about four hours you can remove the Chai Spice Beverage Drop-Ins from the pan and store in an airtight container in the freezer.  To use, add to your favorite hot beverage and whisk.

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Hearty Baked Chicken and Sausage with Mushrooms


A Hearty Chicken and Sausage bake is a real crowd pleaser! We recently had the family doing some hard work here around the house, and they have been coming in at dinnertime ravenous! I have been calling them “a bunch of cavemen”🙂 because they have been devouring the protein part of the meal. Have you every had cravings for protein?


Well, I’m a firm believer in listening to your body, so I made this Hearty Chicken and Sausage Bake for dinner, because all that use of muscle was creating a serious craving around here.



Hearty Chicken and Sausage with Mushrooms

Preheat the oven to 375º degrees.


2 1/2 Pounds of Bone In ChickenThighs

12 oz. of Fully Cooked Sausage Cut in Half on a Diagonal (I used gluten free Applegate Chicken and Apple)

1 Can of White Button Mushrooms

1 Large Yellow Onion, quartered and sliced

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced (or substitute 1 Garlic Olive Oil for the Olive Oil above)

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper


1 1/2 Teaspoons Dried Basil

1 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme

1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Rosemary

1/4 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

2 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Whisk the Sauce ingredients together and set aside.

In a large dutch oven, or an oven safe saute pan that you can cover with foil, pour the olive oil and garlic if using. Season the chicken with salt and pepper while warming the oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, and brown on both sides for about 5 minutes each side. Add the sausages, tucking them in around the chicken. Sprinkle the mushrooms and onion on top.

Drizzle with the previously prepared sauce. Cover and bake in your preheated oven for 40 minutes.

This can be served with hot jasmine white rice and vegetables.

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

New Treatment for SIBO and IBS-C

Anyone suffering from IBS-C or SIBO needs to listen to this new information. I am so happy that research is ongoing, and this new treatment is exciting and easily accessible. I subscribe to Chris Kresser’s newsletter, and he recently interviewed gastrointologist and clinical researcher, Dr. Kenneth Brown on Revolution Health Radio. Here is the link!

Have a wonderful day!

RHR: New Treatment for SIBO and IBS-C—with Dr. Kenneth Brown

Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts

Crunchy, Salty, Sweet and Healthy. Those words don’t go together very often when you are talking snacks. But these Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts do!

They are fun to make, and a great choice for a snack. A serving size of nuts is smaller, but they are totally satisfying!……..AND they can be eaten with other things. They are really good sprinkled on salad, over yogurt if you tolerate it, and used as a muffin or quick bread topping. They are really pretty to put out in a bowl for pre-dinner or party munchies for guests too. I like to throw a bag of them in my purse for when I get hungry when away from home.


Paleo Spiced Nuts

Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts


Spiced nuts are so easy to make, and they fill the house with a warm spice smell that is better than potpourri! I used Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews and Pumpkin Seeds in this recipe.


Honey Sweetened Spiced Nuts

Honey Sweetened Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts


Sweet and Salty Spiced Nuts

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


2 Cups of Raw Pecans

2 Cups of Raw Walnuts

1 Cup of Raw Cashews

1 Cup Pumpkin Seeds

2 Egg Whites

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Crushed Rosemary

1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cardamom

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Allspice

1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves

In a large bowl, add the Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews and Pumpkin Seeds. Mix your spices, rosemary and salt In a small bowl, and set aside. Whisk together the egg whites and honey until frothy. Pour over the nuts and toss thoroughly. Sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the nuts and seeds, and toss well! Do it again with the remaining spice mixture, coating the mixture evenly.

Spread onto your two prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes in your preheated oven. Toss them with a spatula, and bake another 7 to ten minutes until dry and golden brown. Watch them carefully, so they don’t get too dark at the end of the baking time!

Cool Completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for everyone to enjoy. I put them on the counter in a petty jar so the kids and hubby grab them as a snack! The power of visual suggestion!🙂


Delicious Spiced Nuts

Delicious Spiced Nuts


Baked Spiced Nuts - Paleo

Baked Spiced Nuts – Paleo


Enjoy your day!!!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

20 Warming Paleo Soups for Autumn!


School is in full swing! It’s going to be October this weekend………….what? The sniffles are already going around at school. So, I am giving you a roundup of delicious, nourishing soups full of broth and vegetables that you can enjoy all winter! Grandma was right about soup! Not only is it comforting, but it is healthy, warming and nourishing! Eat up!🙂

Beef and Cabbage Soup from My Big Fat Grain Free Life

Beef Shank Vegetable Soup from Eat Heal Thrive

Chicken “Zoodle” Soup from The Tasty Alternative

Chinese Meatball Soup from Paleo Flourish Magazine

Cioppino Redux from Rem Cooks

Crock Pot Chicken and Vegetable Soup from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Crock Pot Cream of Tomato Basil Soup (Dairy Free) from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup from Nom Nom Paleo

Delicata Squash Soup from A Girl Worth Saving

Fennel and Spinach Soup from Healing Family Eats

Hearty and Nourishing Vegetable Bison Soup from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Jalapeno and Bacon Cream of Mushroom Soup from Naked Cuisine

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Soup with Pomegranate and Curried Kale Chips from Reclaiming Yesterday

New England Clam Chowder (Dairy Free) from Sam Eats Her Nutrients

Paleo Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo from Foraged Dish

Paleo Cream of Pumpkin Soup from Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Paleo Egg Drop Soup for One from Wicked Spatula

Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Against All Grain

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup from Paleo Grubs

Spicy Asian Chicken, Veggie and “Noodle” Soup from Every Last Bite

Enjoy your day!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

Today is the first day of Autumn, and to celebrate I am baking this Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake! Enjoy this cake after a beautiful afternoon of raking leaves with someone you love! Or, sit outside on a cool sweatshirt morning with a piece of this cake and a warm cup of coffee! It is pure heaven!!!


When you hear coffee cake, don’t just think of breakfast. This is a great snack cake. I have drizzled the top while it is still warm with a glaze that soaks in and makes the cake super moist! So grab your Bundt pan!


Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake

Preheat your oven to 350º degrees. Now, lets get our ingredients out.


2 Cups of Canned Pumpkin (I use this brand)

3 Eggs

1/4 Cup of Honey

1/4 Cup of Coconut Oil

1 1/2 Cups of Superfine Almond Flour (I like this brand)

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Flour (I use this brand)

1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Allspice

1/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/3 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Raw Pecans


2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil (melted)

2 Teaspoons of Honey

1/8 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

a pinch of sea salt

Directions: Grease a Bundt pan with organic shortening or coconut oil and set it aside. In a large bowl with a hand held mixer, blend the pumpkin, eggs, honey, and coconut oil for two minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, spices, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix with your hand held mixer until thoroughly incorporated. Add the teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and blend again for 30 seconds.

Spoon the batter into the Bundt pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle the top with your coarsely chopped pecans. Place in the preheated oven for 40 minutes to bake. The top should spring back slightly when ready. Remove the pan from the oven, and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. While it is cooling, prepare the glaze above.

After five minutes, turn the Bundt pan over with a wire rack on top of it to catch the cake. When it is out of the pan it will be upside down. Turn the cake right side up by using another wire rack sandwiching the cake between the two, or carefully use your hands to turn the cake right side up with the pecans on top. Drizzle the glaze onto the cake and cool.



Happy Autumn! Although it’s still hotter than average for September, there are signs of Fall outside. The pumpkins are ripening for one, and before you know it, it will be time for cozy sweatshirts and jeans, and leaf raking!

Grain Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Grain Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake


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Eat Your Nutrients!



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