Chewy Almond-Raisin Cookies with Coconut Butter Frosting! (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free)


Hello again! Yes, I’m still alive…even though my lack of posts over the last few months may suggest otherwise!

Although I haven’t been doing much posting, I have been doing MUCH baking…lots and lots of baking! One of the most exciting things about deciding to go grain-free and sugar-free (and choosing to use only real and wholesome food — none of the processed stuff) is coming up with delicious new recipes. It’s something that I don’t think I’d ever get sick of!

After spending over 15 hours in the last day and a half, cooking and baking at Wilder & Hunt, I once again found myself in the kitchen – baking. As soon as I walked in my door, I decided that I needed to bake some cookies, since we had none in the house (not acceptable!) and about 20 minutes later, my house smelled like sweetly toasted heaven and I had at least a dozen of these amazing cookies to show for it.

In case you were wondering,  Wilder & Hunt is an exciting, brand-spankin’ new “Real Food” store/cafe offering raw smoothies, delicious baked goods and ready-made meals catering to Paleo, Primal, Vegetarians/Vegans as well as anyone interested in being healthy. Because I’m so passionate about making healthy food taste delicious (and of course, grain-free and sugar-free) the perfect place for me to cook and bake my recipes is the Wilder & Hunt kitchen, where I can share my food with all of their customers! For those of you in Auckland or visiting, check out our facebook page here!

Now on to the recipe…There are actually two recipes that I will be sharing with you today. The first recipe is for my Chewy Almond-Raisin Cookies, and the second is for Coconut Butter Frosting which I decided at the last minute to combine with these cookies to make a “Frosting Sandwich”…and wow–was it good! Please give these a try, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading

Chocolate-Velvet Avocado Pudding


I know I’m a little behind in my daily – er – weekly posts, so please forgive me! I’ve had several requests now to post this recipe, and have been reminded of the fact that I still haven’t by some of my lovely instagram friends, so without wasting anymore time – here it is! (This pudding is paleo too, FYI) Continue reading

Dairy free Vanilla Yogurt & Blueberry Parfait


One of the hardest things for me to give up on my new and revised healthy eating plan, was dairy. I love dairy so much. I love cheese — every kind of cheese, but especially goat and sheep feta, parmesan and mozzarella! My usual breakfast before giving up dairy was Greek yogurt topped with honey and fresh fruit, and sometimes with a sprinkle of granola on top (not the grain-free kind) — that was my fave. I didn’t give up dairy because I think it’s bad for you, I literally thought that I’d give it a ‘trial run’ to see if I felt any better after eliminating it from my diet, and to my surprise (and maybe a little dismay) I felt way better. So much better in fact, that I haven’t actually felt like I’m missing out on it! Cam still eats cheese on a daily basis, so it’s not like I don’t have a huge stash of it in my fridge, but just knowing how much better I feel when I don’t eat it, takes away the craving for me!

I have thought lately though, that it would be fun to try and make a dairy-free “yogurt” — not only for me, but for all of you other dairy-free eaters out there…so this morning, I gave it a try. Guess what? It worked! Here it is, my dairy-free AND grain-free “Vanilla Yogurt & Blueberry Parfait”!

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Dairy Free Eggnog “Smoothie”


This is my own version of the traditional “Eggnog”, except it’s dairy free, 100% RAW and tastes absolutely amazing! I have been experimenting with new recipes using my favorite Vanilla Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder by Sun Warrior, and the blend of spices and flavors in this smoothie, combined with the delicious creaminess of the vanilla protein powder resulted in — well — your traditional Eggnog. So yummy. Continue reading

Spectacular Dark Chocolate Cake with Peanut-Butter Frosting


I should start by letting you know that this cake is also gluten free, grain free, dairy free and sugar free too!! But you’d never be able to tell.

This weekend was a pretty special one.

It was my honey Cameron’s birthday, and we were able to sneak away for a peaceful weekend in the beautiful Coromandel. Prior to this little trip, I spent hours (literally), trying to figure out the perfect birthday cake I could make for him — one that was healthy with none of the bad stuff, yet so yummy that you wouldn’t even know that it was! We’ve been sticking to the paleo thing for the most part (minus a few legumes, veggies, and nuts here and there), so while the cake is completely paleo – the frosting isn’t (darn those delicious peanuts!).  Continue reading

Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing


I can’t wait to share this recipe with you! This is a deliciously creamy and VEGAN ceasar salad dressing that literally takes a few minutes to throw together, and tastes incredible. This is a great recipe to make at the start of the week to stick in your fridge. You can use this creamy dressing for salads, dipping carrots or celery in, or you can even spread on almond meal biscuits or cauliflower crackers for a delicious snack! (which reminds me, those are two other recipes I still need to post)

While I’m not vegan myself, I am dairy-free, which makes me appreciate recipes like this that give you that rich and “creamy” texture and flavor, without the dairy! Continue reading

Raw Chia-flax Power Porridge


This is the first grain-free porridge I’ve made since giving up the grain, and contrary to what you may think – it’s actually packed with flavor. I use the Sun Warrior Vanilla RAW Protein powder in this recipe, which almost makes it taste like a vanilla custard or pudding…and the texture of the chia seeds are pretty awesome.

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Dark Chocolate & Watermelon RAW Protein Smoothie


Today was carb-up day again, which means the perfect opportunity for me to experiment with new protein shake recipes! On all my weekdays other than ‘carb-up’ day, I keep my daily carb intake to a maximum of 60g, which is probably quite a bit lower then the average American daily carb intake (actually, it’s definitely a lot lower!). Today, my carb intake goal is 246g of carb while keeping my fat intake to less than 20g… this challenge has gotten much easier the more I get used to this weekly routine!

This is the perfect post-workout smoothie, as it’s high-GI carbs and little fat which is perfect after a hard workout. And if you love chocolate – especially dark chocolate – you’re in for a treat. This is more like a dessert then a ‘protein’ shake, so go ahead and put your feet up while you enjoy this…you deserve it. This also makes for a good breakfast when you’re in a rush – a great meal replacement!

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Coconut Macadamia “Rocky Road” Ice Cream


…can I just add that this ice-cream is sugar-free, dairy-free, and paleo-approved!! This ice-cream is super rich and chocolatey, and just as decadent tasting as any other dairy-filled and sugar-laden ice-cream I’ve had. Only better then that.

You wouldn’t even be able to tell that this is free from dairy and sugar. And omg, when you take a bite — the crunch of the raw macadamia nuts folded between the velvety-smooth ice cream is H-E-A-V-E-N-L-Y!! I could keep going, but I’m gonna stop there – you’ll just have to try this for yourself.

If you’re wondering if you need an ice-cream maker for this recipe…? You don’t.

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Homemade Creamy Caramel Almond Milk


It’s about time I post this recipe… I had been thinking about making my own almond milk for some time, and finally last week I decided to give it a try. The result? Spectacular. Amazing. Creamy. A Creamy-Vanilla-Caramel dream (did I mention there’s no caramel added?). This recipe makes about one and a half litres or 7 cups which I was sure would last me a week or so…boy was I wrong. This milk is so much creamier than any other almond milk I’ve bought… it’s a treat just on it’s own!  This week I’ve had it on top of my “The Farmer’s Grain-Free Muesli“, I’ve used it in my RAW “Chocolate Sun Warrior Fudge Brownies“, and I’ve mixed it in my daily protein shakes (which make them taste more like a dessert)… yes, it’s time to make another batch!

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