Cinnamon apple waffles

Who says eating healthy is boring? Well I pulled out this waffle maker that I bought last year at Macy’s for their Black Friday sale, and I think I used it once in a year! But it was $10! How do you NOT buy it?

I have messed up so many pancake recipes in the past I figured as long as the batter is thick enough, I think this will work. It did and it was great!

This recipe is made one full size waffle and one mini one, so you would need to add just a bit more if you were making 2. Probably another egg and tsp of coconut flour.

* 1 banana (green tipped if your doing the sugar detox like I am)
* 3 eggs
* 2 tablespoons coconut flour
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* pinch of baking soda and pinch of salt
* 1 green apple
* 1 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning (or just cinnamon)

1. Cut your apple into small pieces (no skin) and put in a small baking dish. Add the cinnamon and mix around. Bake this for about 10-15 minutes until soft.
2. While your apples are baking, put all other ingredients into a small food processor or bullet and mix until creamy. If its too liquidy, just add a little more coconut flour.
3. Pour batter into waffle maker!

I topped my waffles with a little warmed up coconut butter and then the apples. Perfect breakfast that’s super healthy and looks beautiful!


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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Breakfast, Sugar Detox approved!


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Almond Butter Cups – Sugar detox approved!

Here is another treat from the 21 day sugar detox book. I pretty much stuck close to the recipe, just added one extra tablespoon of almond butter to the ‘chocolate’ shell mixture.

What’s nice about these is they act like a treat and you feel like you are eating a Reese’s peanut butter cup, but they really aren’t that sweet. Think super dark chocolate with a hint of almond butter. And because of this you really don’t want to have more than one! Which is great, because if your anything like me – one is never enough!

There are two parts to this, the shell and the filling. Both really easy. If you have a regular muffin pan with liners, they make 6 but if you have a mini one, they make about 12.

Shell ingredients:
* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
* 1/4 cup coconut butter (I have a super easy recipe on how to make coconut butter on this blog if you don’t feel like spending $10 on a jar!)
* 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 tablespoon almond butter
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cinnamon

Filling ingredients:
3 tablespoons almond butter (or other nut butter but make sure there is no added sugar)
1 tablespoon coconut oil


Line your muffin pan with parchment liners.

Make sure your coconut oil and coconut butter are melted and add to a small bowl. Mix in the cocoa powder and spoon of almond butter until super smooth and creamy. Spoon about 1 small spoonful into each cup so the bottom is completely covered. Place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to set.

For the filling- mix the almond butter with melted coconut oil until smooth.

After the shells are hardened spoon about a teaspoon of the almond butter mixture into each cup. Mine were pretty liquidy so I put them back into the freezer to harden before I put the top layer on them. After they are nice and firm, spoon the remainder of the shell mixture on top. Freeze or refrigerate and enjoy as an after dinner treat!


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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Desserts


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Baked Granny Smith Apple Crumble- Sugar detox approved!


Even though this has no sugar and is a “sugar detox approved’ treat. This is definitely a dish I will make as a treat anytime. I am headed down to see my parents and niece this weekend and I am always trying to find dishes that would be good and healthy for her to eat, this is perfect! She loved the sweet potato brownies we made, so this can be another treat we can make together. I think she has the same sugar addiction I have! This was from the 21DSD book and is great!

* 4-5 granny smith green apples.
* 3 tsp Cinnamon
* 1 1/2 cups of Almond meal or Almond flour
* 1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil
* 1/2 lemon

Directions: (Preheat oven to 350)
1. Take your apples and peel and cut them into small pieces and add to a small bowl. Add about 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the apples and squeeze about 1/2 a lemon into the bowl. If you have pumpkin pie spice, you can use that too.
2. Take your almond meal and add 1 1/2 tsp or a tablespoon of cinnamon. Melt the butter or coconut oil and mix in with the almond meal.
3. Brush your casserole dish with a little coconut oil. Place your apples into a casserole dish or you can put them into individual ramikins. Cover evenly with the topping. Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes then bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the apples are soft and the topping begins to brown.

What a treat!



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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Desserts, Sugar Detox approved!


Chicken with Artichokes and Olives

I found this recipe in the new 21 Day Sugar Detox book. I finally broke down and bought the actual book instead of googling recipes or looking for them on Instagram. Great book too! There are two books I guess, one that has all the info about the sugar detox, what food is okay- what food isn’t- and how you will be feeling each day, what sugar is in, what it does to you, etc.. Then a ton of recipes. There is another one that is coming out this month that is JUST recipes. I will probably break down and buy that one too.

So I have to say, if you haven’t tried doing a sugar detox its a great way to jump start your tastebuds. All of a sudden foods that don’t normally taste sweet start tasting really sweet and you begin to wonder if they are allowed! Like avocado’s. Or butternut squash, now that just tastes like candy after a few days on this!

Anyhow, this recipe is really yummy and has some of my favorite items- artichokes and olives! Easy prep, easy bake, and just make sure you don’t spill the turmeric or sauce on the counter or you will be scrubbing bright yellow stains away for days.

* 4 Tbsp Ghee or unsalted butter, divided (Kerrygold butter is great!)
* 4 cups of canned artichoke hearts (I used one can and one jar of marinated artichoke hearts)
* 1 cup pitted olives (Mix of green and kalamata. I liked the kalamata better to be honest)
* 1/2 cup olive juice from your olive jar
* 6-8 organic chicken thighs (Trader joes has a great pack of organic thighs that don’t break the bank!)
* 2 tsp ground turmeric
* 1 tsp cumin (I put more in, but I LOVE cumin in anything)
* 2 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1 tsp ground coriander
* 1/4 tsp sea salt
* 1/4 tsp black pepper
* 1 lemon
* 1 tsp red chili flakes (If you like a little spice)

Directions: (Preheat oven to 425)
1. Grease a casserole dish with 2 tbls of ghee or butter. Then place the artichoke hearts, olives, and olive juice inside the dish. Place the chicken thighs on top. I cleaned them and sliced off any fat there was on them. You can also use chicken breasts too if you like.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the spices together. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken. I sprinkled on one side and then turned it over and sprinkled the other side so it was completely coated. If there is any left, distribute the rest over the artichokes.
3. Cut the lemon in half and then into small slices and place a slice on top of each chicken. Squeeze the other half of the lemon into the dish. Sprinkle with chili flakes if you add those.
4. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes to make sure the chicken is cooked throughout.
5. Serve with some steamed asparagus or any other green veggie!



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Posted by on December 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner, Sugar Detox approved!


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Paleo Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Coconut Cream Pie’s

5441699-chocolate-curlsOkay, this is the mack daddy of all the paleo desserts… This is the one I am going to take and showcase this year at Thanksgiving. That and maybe the apple pie apples. They are always a favorite.

These look almost too good to eat. (But I will). Funny thing is I am not eating any sugar at the moment (Engagement photos are Nov 24th, so trying to get a skinny face). So Joe is forced to try all these goodies and then whoever comes by or wherever I go, I bring with!

Pretty easy to make, gluten free, and DELICIOUS! Again, these are a treat, so Paleo Police- back off. 🙂

** See Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies for bottom layer
* Can of Coconut Cream (Trader Joes)
* 1-2 tbsp. honey
* 1 tbsp. sunflower seed butter
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
* 1 tbsp. coconut oil

1. Make your chocolate chip cookie batter and place inside muffin tins. Definitely either use silicon muffin tins or put a little non stick inside each cup.
2. Fill the tin up about 1/2 way with the cookie batter and bake for about 10-11 minutes at 350F. As soon as these are done, press them down so they are flat in the pan and put them in the freezer.
3. To make the Coconut Cream, put the entire can of coconut cream into a food processor. Add the honey, sunflower seed butter, and vanilla extract. Put this mixture in the refrigerator while your cookie is cooling.
4. After about a half hour, place about a tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake. Make sure there is still enough room on the top for the chocolate. Again, put back in the freezer, but this time for about an hour until the crème is hard.
5. Take your cup of chocolate chips & coconut oil and melt them together in either a double boiler or microwave. Spoon the chocolate onto the tops of the cookie cream mixture until the top is completely covered with chocolate.
6. Freeze these again for about 20-30 minutes and then they are good to go!

Enjoy!! When you bite into them, the cookie is somewhat soft with the hard chocolate top, and the squishy cream center. OMG SO GOOD!



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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Desserts


Paleo Cinnamon Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

111 Easy Peasy recipe. Just throwing together some extra ingredients I have since I am baking other things at the moment! I saw this on instagram from “Taylor made it Paleo” and it looked good, so I just added an extra ingredient to the mix and baked them.

These are pretty yummy. I think I need to invest in some silicone muffin tins because these certainly stuck to the bottom of the paper and I wasted some when I could have eaten it! So I would suggest either using silicon muffin liners or possibly spraying a little non stick spray into the cupcake liners.


* 2 bananas
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 tbsp. honey
* 1/2 cup almond flour
* 2/3 cup sunflower seed butter
* 1 tbsp. cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 cup enjoy life chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor except for the chocolate chips. Add those in after the mixture is smooth with a spoon.
3. Fill your cupcake tins about 3/4 full
4. Bake for about 15 minutes





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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Desserts


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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

1111Another recipe from “Against all grain” and it sure didn’t disappoint! I am trying to figure out what desserts I am going to take to Thanksgiving this year. Last year I made pumpkin cheesecake and baked apple pie apples. Those were a hit, so I am trying to top this year. Let’s see!

I have tried making plenty of cookies before, but these really taste great. Moist soft center, crispy outside, yummy chocolately inside. The perfect cookie. Really. Now technically these are paleo as far as gluten free and not usuing any wheat, etc… but these do have a decent amount of sugar- so if you are sugar sensitive I would stay away because these you could eat a dozen at a time!! I am also using this recipe to make Chocolate Chip Cheesecake bites… stay tuned, they are in the freezer now….

* 1/4 cup palm shortening (If you cannot find palm shortening, use Kerrygold butter)
* 1 egg room temp
* 1/4 cup coconut sugar or crystals (I try not to use this stuff too much since there is all this controversy about cutting down too many palm trees for the sugar they make from them… killing monkeys in the rain forest etc.. but I have a left over bag so might as well use it, sorry to be a paleo cookie downer!)
* 2 tbls honey
* 2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 cups almond flour (I find the one from Bob’s Red Hill is the best. The almond meal from Trader joes is good, but not when your making cookies)
* 2 tbls coconut flour
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp sea salt
* 1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips (Soy, Nut, Dairy free chocolate chips)
* 1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Place the shortening and the egg in a food processor and blend together for about 30 seconds. Add the coconut sugar, honey, and vanilla extract until combined.
3. Add the flours, baking soda. and process until smooth. Scrape the sides to all the ingredients are combined.
4. Stir in the chocolate by hand.
5. Get your baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. I cannot stress enough how important this step is to having your cookies not stick to the pan or burn.
6. Press them down and shape them a bit since they do not really melt like normal chocolate chip cookies.
7. Bake about 11 minutes until just brown on the edges and take out, set on a cookie sheet to cool, then eat up!




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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Desserts


Slow Cook Paleo Sesame-Orange Chicken (Over Coconut Cauli Rice)

sesame-chicken-26-600I just bought a new Paleo cookbook called “Against all grain” and just started looking through and deciding which recipes to make. This one looked good and for the most part, I had most of the ingredients in my cabinet. I love the cookbook. The pictures are to die for and the recipes look really great. Some a little more complicated then I usually prepare, but I know the end result will be fantastic. This one turned out really delicious. I have never cooked with coconut amino’s before, so there is a taste in the dish that I didn’t quite recognize, and I figured that must be it. It’s in the soy sauce family, so if the taste of coconut amino’s bothers you and you don’t mind using soy sauce, that could be a good alternative. I also realized I quadrupled the amount of ginger you are supposed to put in… so that may be why it had a bit of a kick!

But honestly, anything that I can throw in a slow cooker or crock pot and ignore for a few hours sounds like a good recipe to me! Bonus points if it stores well in the freezer in a vacuum sealed bag. I’ve been reading so many vacuum sealer reviews, the one I have is clearly outdated.

*2 lbs boneless organic chicken thighs
*1/3 cup coconut aminos
*1/3 cup honey
*2 tbls orange juice
*2 tbls tomato paste
*1 tbls toasted seasame oil
*2 tsp minced garlic
*1/2 tsp ground ginger
*3/4 tsp sea salt
*1/4 tsp black pepper
*1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
*Garnish with toasted or plain sesame seeds and green onions

1. Place the chicken at the bottom of the crock pot and turn on low heat.
2. Place all the remaining ingredients (minus the sesame seeds) in a food processor or whisk together. Pour mixture over the chicken. Make sure to turn the chicken around so all of the chicken is coated.
3. Cook the chicken for approximately 4 hours.
4. Remove the chicken and cut into pieces
5. Take the sauce that was in the crockpot and transfer to a small sauce pan. Cook for about 15-20 minutes on medium heat until the sauce thickens
6. Pour over your chicken and sprinkle with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Coconut Cauliflower rice

* 1 large cauliflower
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 white onion chopped
* 2-3 chopped pieces of garlic
* olive oil

1. Place your cauliflower in broken up florets into your food processor until it is finely ground into ‘rice’ size.
2. In a frying pan, put about a tablespoon of olive oil and then your onions and garlic.
3. When they start to cook just a bit, add your cauliflower and your shredded coconut and cook until combined and everything is warm. Don’t cook too long, just enough so everything is nice and heated to put under your chicken dish.





Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Chicken, Dinner


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Chili with Butternut Squash


This dish is super easy. Really the only thing you need to cook is the meat and the onions and then throw all the rest of the stuff in to simmer for a while. Super good! It’s nice to stock up on all the canned goods and every so often when you don’t know what to have for dinner- just throw this together and it is yum yum! ALso, add a can of kidney beans to the dish too if you want some extra bean protein. Makes it heartier too!


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb sausage (squeeze out of casing)
  • 1 small white onion
  • 4/5 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 3 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • 1 small can green chilis
  • 1 package butternut squash (from trader joes)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp red chili flakes

In a saucepan combine the meat, onions, and spices until the onions become transparent. While that is cooking, put your butternut squash in the microwave for about 5 minutes. After that, add everything else to the pot and that’s it! Let boil, then let simmer for about 20 minutes and you are done! How easy is that! Top with some avocado or if you aren’t paleo, some cheese and enjoy.


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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Beef, Dinner


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Favorite paleo deserts

I am dying to make a paleo treat right about now but I’m on day 7 of 21 sugar detox. Well I kind of had a malfunction yesterday but I was working an event held at an expo center. Silly me forgot to pack a lunch so I was forced to figure out how to eat well with basically fairground food. So let’s just say it was bad for me but probably better than 99% of the people there!

Anyway… I’m down 4 lbs and feel good. Yippee!

So holiday time is near and these are my absolutely favorite paleo treats. I mean its next to impossible to avoid all treats during the holidays so at least you can try to have some alternative options when possible. But there is really no getting away from eating like a half dozen of Joe’s mom’s Christmas cookies. Those things are insanely good!

I have posted all these recipes on this blog before so just type the names in the search bar and they will pop up.

Favorite #1- Two tone nutty fudge. These are amazing. So rich and delicious. They have coconut oil in them so just make sure they stay cool so they don’t get too soft.

Favorite #2- Coconut peppermint patties. I actually think these are tied for #1. Keep these cool too. But these treats everyone likes!

Favorite #3- Triple chocolate truffles. These are great to serve at a party. Really cute and super tasty!

Favorite #4- Pumpkin pie cheesecake. I ended up making these into mini cheesecakes for Thanksgiving last year. They were a hit! (The cheese is actually cashews) delish!

I know I will be making a few of these soon but wanted to share for others to enjoy who don’t abuse sugar like I do!!



Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Desserts


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