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Grain-free muffin recipe: Great for transitioning to a grain-free, gluten-free or paleo lifestyle


grain-free gluten-free paleo cinnamon raisin muffins

Grain-free muffins, paleo muffins, gluten-free muffins: doesn’t matter what you call them as long as they’re delicious. This grain-free muffin recipe fits the bill and are perfect for anyone (especially kids) who are transitioning to a paleo or grain-free lifestyle. They’re made with coconut flour, so they are a bit dense and eggy, but not too much, since there’s some ground flax seed in there too. Make these ahead of time and pack them as a snack because they’re perfect on the go.

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June 20 |

Chocolate Covered Coconut Cups: No Baking Involved!


Easy No-Bake Chocolate Covered Coconut Cups

These delicious little chocolate covered coconut cups are an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Best of all, they require no-baking, and set with just a bit of time in your freezer. They’re so simple to make, that it’s a great project with which to involve your kids. They’re a great little indulgence to bring out at the end of a more sophisticated adult meal though.

In total, there are six different ingredients to these delectable cups: unsweetened cocoa powder, raw honey and coconut oil for the chocolate coating, and coconut oil, vanilla, shredded coconut, honey and a pinch of salt for the coconut cups.

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June 6 |

Banana Chips: An Easy Real Food Treat!


Oven-dried banana chipsI was about to buy some banana chips in the store the other day, but I stopped when I looked at the ingredient list. In addition to ‘bananas’ was sugar, coconut oil and the dubious-sounding “banana flavor” or isoamyl acetate. You’d think the bananas would be the thing that would provide adequate banana flavor and sweetness! It got me thinking though, that banana chips should be easy enough to make at home.

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May 21 |

Bone Broth Basics: Make Bone Broth in a Slow Cooker


With my upcoming challenge to Live Below the Line, I’ll be stretching out my food budget by making bone broth. This isn’t so much a recipe, as it is a basic how-to for making bone broth in a slow cooker – it’s just that easy! (Check out the table at the end of this post for a comparison of some popular slow cookers).

You’ll want to make your own bone broth because it’s nutrient dense and full of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, that happen to be in the right ratios to support bone health. It’s also relatively inexpensive to make your own broth, especially if you’re already eating quality sources of meat (e.g. grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chickens or wild fish), because you can just save the leftover bones from your roasts and other meals. You can usually ask your local butcher for inexpensive soup bones as well.

Really, once you’ve tried making your own bone broth, you’ll never bother with stock-cubes and pre-made bouillon mixes again (they can be questionable not only because of the quality of animal bones used, but also because of the high amount of salt and MSG used in the flavoring). Want another reason to make your own broth? Homemade bone broth is also a great source of gelatin, which can help support joints and ease joint-pain.

Baby, You Gotta Stew Bone Broth Going

Baby, you've got a bone broth going

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April 25 |
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