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Soft, Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

 

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Cookies 2

Soft and sweet with the warmth of cinnamon. These cookies are ones you are going to want to make if you are a fan of the flavor combination and are a soft cookie lover. They are sweetened with honey and ripe bananas.

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The flavors all meld together nicely to give you a soft cookie with the nice cracks on the top. The cracks are a reaction of the cookie expanding and hardening on top while the centers are still soft. It’s a appealing part of this cookie and others like molasses crinkles.

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Cookies 1

Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups of sliced bananas, ripe with black spots

1 Cup of Almond Flour

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup of Organic Shortening (I use Spectrum)

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon (reserved for last)

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

Directions: In a food processor with a blade attachment, puree the ripe banana. Then, add in the egg, honey, vanilla and shortening, and process until smooth. Add the Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, Salt and Baking Soda. Process two minutes.

Remove the cookie dough from the food processor and scoop it into a bowl. Sprinkle the tablespoon of Cinnamon over the dough, and swirl it in with a knife until you have a marbled dough.

With a tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and bake in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the edges and set.

Makes 20 cookies.

Low FodMap Serving Size is 2 Cookies

Soft Cakey Cinnamon Banana Cookies, Grain Free, SCD Diet, Paleo, Dairy Free, Low FodMap. Gluten Free

 

 

 

 

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins SCD, Paleo

I love muffins and spice cake!  This muffin recipe reminds me of spice cake, and it is belly friendly, has vegetables in it (carrots)  and is sweetened with honey.  It also includes gelatin for a bonus gut healing ingredient.

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins Scd, Paleo 2

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

3 1/2 Cups of Shredded Carrot

4 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup of Raw Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped

1/4 Cup of Olive Oil or Melted Coconut Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Grass Fed Collagen

1/4 Cup of Clear Clover Honey

1/4 Cup of Coconut Milk

1 teaspoon SCD Legal Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg or Mace

1/8 teaspoon Cloves

Whole Walnuts for the Tops

Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins 3

Directions:  Preheat Oven 350°.  Place muffin cup liners in pan.  Place eggs, coconut flour, carrots and gelatin in a food processor and pulse until blended.  Add honey, coconut milk, olive oil or coconut oil, vanilla, spices and baking soda. Pulse again until well blended. Using a muffin scoop, place level scoops into muffin papers. Top with a whole  walnut (I use walnuts from nuts.com. ) Bake 35 to 38 minutes until set and browned on the top.

Makes a bakers dozen.

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Grain Free Walnut Spice Muffins - SCD, Paleo, Dairy Free

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 honey 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 Honey

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) These do contain less than 1% Sunflower Oil, so if you want to avoid that substitute organic raisins.

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 honey 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!

 

 

 

Bacon Scallion Grain Free Crackers

Bacon and Scallion Grain Free Crackers

Bacon and Scallion Grain Free Crackers

 

Good Morning! Are you as excited about Spring and “springing ahead” as I am? Today the sun is shining after some very wintry weather and many “no school” days for the kids.

This weekend is birthday weekend at our house. Three of my daughters have birthdays consecutively starting Sunday.

I have this really good cracker recipe that includes bacon and chives that would be great as an appetizer for any get together. It doesn’t go crazy on the bacon, just two tablespoons in the batch really imparts a bacon flavor to the crackers.

Whether or not you are eating with food restrictions, this cracker should appeal to everyone.  I am always looking to create recipes that I can feed to company, that I can eat too, and uses real ingredients.

You can cut these crackers into fancy shapes, or just use a pizza cutter to cut them into squares or rectangles. They are intended to be bite size, so if using a cookie cutter, use accordingly. 🙂

Baked Bacon and Scallion Almond Flour Crackers

Baked Bacon and Scallion Almond Flour Crackers

 

Bacon Scallion Grain Free Crackers

1 1/2 Cups of Superfine Almond Flour

1/4 Cup Scallions, Green Parts Only (finely minced)

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

2 Tablespoons of Crispy Cooked Bacon, crumbled (use sugar free bacon if eating SCD Low FodMap)

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients with a fork, including the bacon and scallions. Add the lime juice and olive oil and whisk again with a fork until the dough holds together. You can add a bit more lime juice if needed.

Bacon and Scallion Cracker Dough

Bacon and Scallion Cracker Dough

 

Form the cracker dough into a ball, and place it on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Between two pieces of parchment or plastic wrap, from into a rectangle. Then, roll the dough with a rolling pin into an approximate 8″ x 11″ rectangle.

 

Bacon and Scallion Cracker Dough Ready to Roll

Bacon and Scallion Cracker Dough Ready to Roll

 

Ready to Cut

Ready to Cut

 

Now you can cut out the shapes, I used a small heart shaped cutter, or using a pizza wheel, cut the dough into squares or rectangles about an inch and a half in size.

Ready to Go Into the Oven

Ready to Go Into the Oven

 

Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 20 minutes. This a a wide range, but I have found it really depends on the thickness of the cracker. So keep an eye on them, and bake them until brown but not over brown. Cool completely on the baking sheet to allow them to crisp up.

Baked Bacon and Scallion Almond Flour Crackers

Baked Bacon and Scallion Almond Flour Crackers

 

Enjoy these delicious little crackers as an appetizer, or with whatever your heart desires!

Makes approximately 40 bite size crackers.

Very Low FodMap Serving Size is 4 crackers.

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Easy Pineapple One Bowl Muffins

One of my favorite cakes in the 80’s was pineapple upside down cake. Crushed pineapple was really popular to use in baking, and added lots of moisture to the recipe.  Hummingbird cake, pineapple upside down cake, and dump cakes are three that come to mind. I loved pineapple upside down cake growing up, and I thought why not try a muffin with a few simple ingredients that can be made fast, grain free and low fodmap……….I had a craving! 🙂

So, if you like pineapple, here is a recipe that is simple, fast, and a pleasure to put together, that I think you will love! It makes an even dozen, and the muffins have a beautiful crumb. They start to brown on the tops as they are finishing off, for a truly delicious muffin that is not overly sweet.

Easy Pineapple One Bowl Muffins

Easy Pineapple One Bowl Muffins

 

Easy Pineapple One Bowl Muffins

Directions: Preheat your oven to 350º degrees. Line a twelve cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

Ingredients:

1 14 oz. can of Native Forest Crushed Pineapple (or one without additives)

2 Eggs

1/4 Cup Clear Honey (Clover Honey is Lower in FodMaps)

1 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Ginger

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Okay, this is really, really simple, and I love it! Put the ingredients in a bowl in the order listed above, and using a hand held mixer, mix until completely blended. Scoop evenly into the muffin liners. I used a muffin scoop. Bake for 30 minutes in your preheated oven. They will be starting to brown on the top, and when gently pressed, the tops will spring back when done. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Pineapple Dump Muffins Batter

The Batter is Ready to Scoop!

Ready to Go Into the Oven

Muffins Ready to Bake Above.

That’s it!

Makes 12 – an even dozen!

Have a great day!

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Festive Cranberry Sauce

Festive Crannberry Sauce

This is the Best Cranberry Sauce Ever!!! IMHO 🙂 Even if you don’t like cranberry sauce, you will like this one! It is that good!

It is bright, sweet, and tart, a gorgeous, gorgeous shade of berry, and the coconut sugar added at the final stage adds an earthy warmth like a cozy hug that can’t be described. After the sauce is poured warm into a serving bowl, it is sprinkled with toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts and chilled for the perfect accompaniment to your holiday table! It is definitely going on mine! Happy Holidays!

Festive Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Pint of Fresh Cranberries

1/2 Cup Organic Apple Cider

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1/2 Cup of Honey

Zest of One Organic Orange

1/2 Cup Toasted Walnuts

Directions: In a medium saucepan, add washed, fresh cranberries, cider, orange juice, honey, and orange zest. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until the berries pop and the juices have reduced by about half.

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350º degrees, and place the walnuts on a cookie sheet. After the oven has preheated, toast the walnuts for five minutes. Remove from the oven and cool, then coarsely chop them and set them aside for sprinkling on the top of the cranberry sauce when it is ready.

Place the warm, simmered cranberry sauce into a blender. Blend until smooth and emulsified. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle while warm with the toasted, coarsely chopped walnuts. This allows some of the walnuts to sink into the sauce so they are throughout and on the top. Chill at least four hours. This will keep in the refrigerator and can be made in advance!

Makes 2 Cups

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Red, White and Blue Smoothie!

Red White & Blue Smoothie Collage

 

Fourth of July is coming up fast! So in honor of the Red, White & Blue, I have a brand new smoothie for you.

It is thick, delicious, and you have a protein powder option. There are three layers, but it is not difficult, although it does take about five minutes longer than a regular straight up blended smoothie. It is worth it to do something extra special for yourself. The white layer is simply some creamy full fat coconut milk. This smoothie is packed with clean nutrition.

Red, White & Blue Smoothie

Blue Layer Ingredients:

1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1/2 Fresh Banana

1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

White Layer Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk

Red Layer Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries

1/2 Cup Frozen Sweet Cherries

1 Medjool Date, Pit Removed

2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk

1 Tablespoon of a Clean Protein Powder (I used Philosophie Berry Bliss Vegan Protein and Superfood Powder)

Directions: Blend the Blue Layer. Pour into a clear glass. Gently add the 1/4 cup of coconut milk for the next layer.

Blend the Red Layer, Pour on top. Add a few berries and a straw!

Enjoy!

Note: All the fruit I used was organic. Omit the protein powder for the Specific Carb Diet. Replace Black Cherries for all Strawberries if very Low FodMap.

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Eat Your Nutrients!

Blueberry Blast Fruit & Nut Smoothie

Are you a fan of healthy smoothies like me? I love all the blended nutrition you can get in a smoothie, and how they are so easy to digest. I am especially a fan of really cold ones. The coolness of the smoothie gives me a sense of well being. A warm beverage can do the same thing depending on the season, time of day, if I just worked out or was romping around the yard with Ming and the girls. My favorite smoothies are ones that get their sweetness from whole fruit and no added sugar like this Blueberry Blast Nut Smoothie. It is simple to make and can be enjoyed any time you get a craving. This delicious smoothie takes only minutes to whip together, and contains good fat from Coconut Milk and a Nut Butter of your choice, as well as Blueberries and Melon for Vitamin C, Antioxidants and Phytonutrients. There is the option for add ins for more health benefits!

For more health and wellness tips, you can go to my new Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach Facebook page here and like it to follow me. I post new content there throughout the week! Thank you to all my followers for your support! I love you guys!

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Blueberry Blast Fruit & Nut Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 Banana

1 Cup Wild Blueberries

1 Cup Honeydew Melon, Chopped

1/2 Cup Coconut or Almond Milk

1 Tablespoon of Nut Butter (Almond, Walnut, Cashew)

1 Cup Crushed Ice

Blend in a blender on high until smooth.

Serves 1 – 2

Optional add ins: Bee Pollen, 2 Tablespoons of Grass Fed Gelatin, 1 Tablespoon Ground Flax

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Eat Your Nutrients!

 

A Must Listen If You Are Struggling with SIBO, Candida or Digestive Problems

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac really knows his stuff when dealing with healing digestion. He is a globally recognized leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. In his latest podcast he addresses how diet alone is not enough when trying to treat SIBO and Candida.

As you may know, I used antibiotics in conjunction with diet to rid myself of SIBO under the guidance of a naturopathic physician. I started this blog to empower myself and others to take charge of their digestion and regain vibrant health all while eating delicious food! Chris discusses FodMaps, SCD Diet, GAPS diet, Candida Diet, benefits of resistant starch, and going too low carb in this 30 minute must listen to podcast. You can find it here.

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Pie (Paleo, SCD, Low FodMap)

You can be proud to bring this Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Pie to any gathering!  My husband, Doug, loves this recipe! It is extra special because of the vanilla bean and light rum in the filling, and the crust is just the right thickness. I played with the recipe quite a lot until I perfected it, and it is a winner!

Festive SCD Paleo Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Tart

Holiday Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Pie (Paleo, SCD, GAPS)

Ingredients:

Crust:

2 1/4 Cups Superfine Almond Flour

3 Tablespoons Organic Shortening

1 Pastured Egg

3/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

Pumpkin Filling:

1 Can SCD Legal Pumpkin

1/2 Cup Clear Honey

1 Vanilla Bean

3 Pastured Eggs

1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk (No Additives)

2 Tablespoons Light Rum (I used Bacardi)

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Ginger

1/4 Teaspoon Cloves

1/4 Teaspoon Allspice

1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven 350º degrees.

CRUST:

Grease the insides of a pie pan or 11 inch springform tart pan.  In a medium bowl, add the almond flour and shortening. Work the shortening into the almond flour with a fork and finish off by using your fingers until it is crumbly and well dispersed. Add a lightly whisked egg and the salt and stir with a fork until it forms a ball. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pie crust to decorate the top, and press the rest of the crust evenly onto just the bottom of the pan. Roll the 1/4 cup of crust between two pieces of parchment or plastic wrap to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes of your choice with a small cookie cutter. Place the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the shapes for 5 minutes, the crust for 8 minutes in the oven, remove and cool while you prepare the filling.

FILLING:

Warm the honey in the microwave for 30 seconds in a small bowl. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a small spoon. Whisk the vanilla bean seeds into the warmed honey. In a large bowl whisk together your pumpkin and coconut milk, add the honey and vanilla bean seed mixture. Whisk in the eggs and rum until fully incorporated. Finally, whisk in the spices and salt.

Place your pan on a rimmed cookie sheet to protect again spills, and pour the filling into the tart crust. Carefully place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with your pie crust cutouts and chill for four hours before serving.

Festive Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Tart (Paleo, SCD)

Holiday Pumpkin Vanilla Bean Pie (Paleo, SCD, GAPS)

Serves 8

A delicious holiday dessert!

Pumpkin Tart

Eat Your Nutrients!

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