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

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Sugarless “Candied” Nuts


I thought I should post this recipe, since I used these in my latest recipe “Spectacular Dark Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting” that I most recently posted… I made this original recipe using peanuts, but if you are a strict paleo dieter or just have allergies to peanuts, you can use other nuts if you wish. I’ve also made this using almonds and cashews, and they turned out just as delicious! I like having a jar of these in my cupboard to have on hand… these are a super tasty sweet and salty snack, and they also are the perfect addition to use in protein bars or fudge, cakes and cookies,  homemade ice-cream, the choice is yours! Plus, they’re free from refined sugar, so if you have issues with using sugar like I do, you’ll appreciate this treat even more!

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Simple Butter Bean and Salmon Salad


This simple, yet delicious salad takes about 5 minutes to make so it’s the perfect lunch for when you’re in a hurry… or if you’re good at planning ahead, this is a great meal to prepare in advance so you’ve got your lunch packed and ready to go with you wherever you’re busy day may take you! Unfortunately, I’m not one of those ‘plan-ahead’ types, so I usually get caught throwing my meals together at the last minute – especially when it comes to lunches, and this one turned out so yum! Plus, it’s jam-packed with protein, so it’ll keep you from getting the munchies till dinner.

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Nut Crusted Curried Chicken Roll with Creamed Cashew Cauliflower ‘rice’


All I’m gonna say is, this dinner is a winner. The great thing about this recipe, is you can change the spice, nuts, and stuffing to whatever you’d like – this however, was pretty darn good. Here’s the recipe:

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