Category Archives: coconut oil (virgin/ unrefined)

Winter Warmer Oatmeal Cookies (GF/DF)

Juggling a day job I love with managing a chronic illness has not left much time for deliberate recipe development lately. However, the Gent and I have been enjoying delicious variations of these gluten-free, dairy-free cookies all winter, and this particular … Continue reading

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Fig Snack Bars Worthy of Sir Isaac (GF/DF/NS)

After years of saying to the Gent every time we walked down the grocery store cookie aisle, “you know, I’d really like to create a whole food, gluten-free, low-glycemic version of Fig Newtons…” I have finally done just that. And … Continue reading

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Dessert or Breakfast? Rustic Vanilla Crema & Berry Tart with Almond Crust (GF/DF/NS)

On lazy Sunday mornings with the Gent, I’m often guilty of making dessert for breakfast. “Guilty” is perhaps not the best choice of word, however, since this nutritionally dense, gluten and dairy free, protein-packed, low glycemic tart actually makes for … Continue reading

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The Bright Taste of New Beginnings & Lemon Custard Sauce (GF/DF)

The New Year kicked off with a new opportunity for professional change and growth for me. After a bit of soul-searching and a lot of discussion, the Midwestern Gentleman and I decided we were ready and willing to embrace a new adventure, … Continue reading

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Luck o’ the Irish: The Anti-inflammatory Shamrock Shake

Yes, St. Paddy’s day has long since come and gone, but you can make the luck o’ the Irish linger as spring warms into summer with this creamy, frosty, anti-inflammatory version of a “Shamrock Shake.”  It’s full of nutrient-rich whole … Continue reading

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Mesquite & Cocoa Pancakes (GF/DF/No Added Sugar)

After reading ultramarathoner Scott Jurek’s memoir Eat and Run, the Gent suggested we experiment with mesquite flour. Mesquite flour is made from the dried, ground pods of the mesquite tree. Its fragrant, slightly nutty flavor has a sweetness reminiscent of molasses.  One … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free Coconut Blueberry Coffeecake (GF/DF/NS)

Coffeecake falls into my favorite genre of baked goods: that place where breakfast and dessert overlap. This recipe will work with many different combinations of berries.  I frequently use Bob’s Red Mill GF All-Purpose flour, but those sensitive to legumes should … Continue reading

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Chocolate-Dipped Cookie Dough Bites (GF/DF/V/NS/Grain Free)

As you may know, I have a sweet tooth, a deep and abiding love for sweets that has been a beast to tame in the transition from my former I-exercise-so-I-can-eat-whatever-I-want mentality to a more balanced lifestyle that focuses on nutrient-dense … Continue reading

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Jam-Swirled Gingerbread Porridge for Frosty Winter Mornings (GF/DF/NS)

Groundhog Day came and went on Sunday, and no one living in the North was surprised by Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter.  Temperatures in Iowa have lingered ten to thirty degrees below average for months, with … Continue reading

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Pão (de Queijo) Dairy-Free Variations Part II: The Sweet (GF/DF)

My last post featured variations on the small, savory Brazilian snackie bread called Pão de Queijo. This time around, I’ve eliminated the cheese in favor of sweet flavorings, making these pão into tasty little bite-sized dessert pastries that won’t blow your daily … Continue reading

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