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

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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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

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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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes


This recipe, like many of the recipes I share with you, was a total experiment. I haven’t done the grain-free thing for very long, actually it’s a new thing I decided to start at the beginning of the year, and so far I’ve stuck to it like a champ. It turned out being pretty easy for me to make the switch (I was gluten-free before) and I haven’t really missed them at all…but the other morning I woke up with pancakes on my mind. Nice, moist, fluffy pancakes. I decided to take on the challenge, so with the few simple ingredients I had on hand, the amazing “Pumpkin Protein Pancakes” were born… these are incredibly moist, fluffy, and soooo delicious!!! You’d never tell that these are gluten and grain free, paleo approved, dairy free, and sugar free too!!

Cam and I devoured our pumpkin pancake stacks and both decided this combo is our new favorite breakfast (which is why we had it again this morning). The homemade almond cookie butter drizzled on top may seem like an odd combo with the poached egg and pumpkin pancakes – but be brave and try it for yourself…the combined flavors are simply amazing.

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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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Raw Chocolate Fudge Brownies (100% RAW/VEGAN!)


These protein bars were a total experiment, and I have to say – I wasn’t expecting much out of them. I threw a batch together last night, in hopes that by preparing these a day a head it would give me one less thing to worry about when my mid-afternoon hunger came around. And let’s just say – I was pleasantly surprised.

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The Farmer’s Grain-free Muesli


I am so excited to share this recipe with you… it’s been a very long while since I’ve enjoyed a bowl of muesli for breakfast ~ especially since cutting out grains (including oats) from my diet. To be honest, I think I actually accepted the fact that it was just something I had to say goodbye to for good. Don’t get me wrong — since cutting out grains from my diet, I have felt so much better, and my stomach no longer feels like it’s working overtime trying to digest the food I put in. I feel healthier, and I actually don’t really even miss it. However, I did wake up this Sunday morning, feeling like a having real traditional “farmhouse” style breakfast.

When I was little, our family of 8 lived on a huge farm of 350+ acres in the country-side of Tennessee. This is where my five sisters and I were raised, learning to plant our veggies from seeds — I remember the excitement when my sisters and I would first discover the tiny seedlings in our garden sprouting up for the first time. Continue reading