Powdered Chocolate Cookies (gluten, grain, dairy, and egg free)

Ho ho ho. I found out that I have Hashimoto’s recently, which explains a lot, and because of this I’m on another unforgiving diet (aren’t I always?) It’s AIP except with nuts and cocoa. No nightshades, eggs, dairy, grain, or soy.

I started making these cookies because of how easy they are. All you need is a few ingredients laying around and bam–you’ve got chocolate cookies! I like them with powdered swerve sprinkled on top, they remind me of crinkle cookies like this. My measurements are always guesses, since I usually don’t measure when I bake. I am sending these to work with my husband and making a huge batch to take to my in-laws on Christmas day, too.

Powdered Chocolate Cookies (gluten, grain, dairy, egg free)

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Dozen
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Almond flour I've used coconut flour too. Alternatives are fine, I love almond flour
  • 1/4 Cup Tapioca starch
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Cocoa powder
  • Pimch Sea salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve sweetener I used confectioners powdered. You will want a little extra for dusting.
  • 1/2 Cup Almond milk
  • Dash Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork.

  2. Add almond milk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Mixture should be a good consistency--not too doughy or liquidy. To correct too much liquid simply add more tapioca starch, and more almond milk if too thick.

  3. Spoon onto parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove when still soft, they will firm up as they cool. Dust with powdered swerve and serve. 

Sweet Buttercream Comfort Drink (keto, low carb)

Last night I was making hot cocoa and happened to taste my mixture right before I added the cocoa powder–oh my! It tasted like a warm, frothy version of buttercream ice cream.

There is no coffee in this, but I didn’t know what else to call it. There IS, however, lots of almond milk and deliciousness!

Sweet Buttercream Comfort Drink

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp Salted butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Optional, I like it with and without
  • Liquid stevia To taste

Instructions

Method 1: quick mix

  1. Microwave almond milk for 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Add butter, vanilla, and sweetener. Blend until frothy.

  3. Enjoy!

Method 2: stovetop

  1. Stovetop is ideal for bigger batches. Pour almond milk into a pot and warm over medium heat. 

  2. Add butter and sweetener and whisk. Mixture should become frothy as it combines.

  3. Add vanilla and remove from heat. Pour into mugs and enjoy. 

This is also delightful with a dash of cinnamon. Happy Holidays!

Total Time: 4m

Immune-Boosting Vegetable Soup (grain, gluten, dairy free)

The weather is being weird. It cools off, I get excited like “oh hey, it feels like fall!” and then it shoots back up into the 90s. I know that you guys in Texas are feeling it too, it’s not just here in SoCal.

The name “vegetable soup” is kind of a misnomer–the base is, ideally, bone broth. You can use water, vegetable broth, or canned broth if you like, but to get the wonderful benefits of this soup you should really brew up some healing, nourishing, fantastic bone broth. Using bone broth as a base will give you, among many amazing things, protein, fat, and gelatin.

I’ve been making this since last week. Eat a rotisserie chicken, throw bones in crockpot for a day, strain and make soup. Ooh, found marrow bones in the freezer–score! Crockpot for two days, strain and make soup. It’s a wonderful cycle. This soup is definitely a great addition to a rotation of autumn flavors.

Immune-Boosting Vegetable Soup

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Author Kristy

Ingredients

For the Broth

  • Marrow bones, meat scraps, vegetable scraps
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

For the Soup

  • 1-2 zucchinis or yellow squash
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 2 cups peas
  • 3 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • 3-4 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder or cayenne something for heat and blood flow
  • 2-3 tbsp paprika
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp black pepper

Instructions

For the Broth

  1. Combine your broth ingredients in a crockpot (or a regular pot, if you must).  Cover with water. Leave stewing for 12-48 hours, depending on your ingredients--shorter for vegetables and chicken or lamb, longer for beef or bison. Check periodically to make sure water level stays above the bones/veggies.

  2. Once it is time, use a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth to strain. I have a HUGE problem with finding small bits of bone in my soup (it makes me not want to eat it) so I strain it and then add the chunks of marrow back in.

For the Soup

  1. Dice onions, carrots, and zucchini. Combine all of the onions, half of the carrots, spinach, half of the peas, and half of the zucchini in a pan and fry over medium heat  with a little bit of oil or butter until soft.

  2. Remove from heat and transfer to blender with a small amount of water. Add raw garlic and blend until smooth. Adding some winter squash here is great too, I tried pumpkin last week and it was wonderful.

  3. Combine your puree and bone broth in a large pot and stir. Toss in your herbs and spices and the remaining vegetables. If you want to add cauliflower, meat, or anything else to give the soup some texture feel free to get creative! Cover and place over low heat for around an hour to let the flavors properly combine.

Cinnamon Fried Apples (gluten, grain, egg, soy, dairy free)

I started making these for my kids, but everyone loves it! We made a batch for Thanksgiving last year and it was a hit. It’s still sugar–it’s apples–but there is no sweetener and the fat balances the sugar out quite a bit. Fair warning, this will make your house smell like apple pie.

 

Cinnamon Fried Apples

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 5 Apples

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt coconut oil over low heat. 

  2. Peel and dice your apples.

  3. Move apples to pan. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and fry over medium heat until apples are soft. 

If you are making this for a younger baby, simply blend with a small amount of liquid (water, breast milk, whatever) to an appropriate consistency. You can freeze this in little batches for later, but if using something like an ice cube tray it might help to oil it beforehand–mine were difficult to get back out. These would be fantastic with some homemade streusel crumble and homemade whipped cream on top or stuffed into fathead crust and baked into little mini apple pies!

Lemon Ginger Sore Throat Slushie

My toddler has had a cough since yesterday. Having a sick kid isn’t fun, but hearing her croaky voice is just downright sad. What do you do for a sore throat when it’s too warm out for hot tea or your child is refusing it?

My younger daughter has been teething, so in order to alleviate the pain of long, hot afternoons with crying kids I’ve been blending berries and veggies and freezing the smoothie liquid in candy molds for small, baby-sized popsicle bites. This gave me an idea–a soothing sore throat slushie! This slushie combines a number of immune boosting ingredients into a delicious, nurturing drink that is quite the pick me up, sick or not (although, poor Madi isn’t allowed to try this one yet).

Sore Throat Slushie

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon juice More or less, depending on your tastes
  • 2 Cups Ice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Grated ginger Or ginger infusion
  • 1-2 Tbsp Chamomile tea Brewed strong
  • 1-2 Tbsp Red raspberry leaf tea Optional, brewed strong

Instructions

  1. Dissolve honey in warm tea.

  2. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend untik smooth

Fathead Primal Pizza Pockets (grain and gluten free)

These are so delicious, plus you can cut them even smaller for pizza bites!

Fathead Primal Pizza Pockets (grain and gluten free)

This is a modified version of a recipe from Low Carb Maven.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Cups Mozzarella
  • 3 Cups Almond flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking soda
  • 4 Ounces Cream cheese

For the filling

  • 1/2 Cup Marinara
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella
  • Pepperonis
  • Italian sausage
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine 3 cups mozzarella and 4 ounces cream cheese. Slice the cream cheese. Microwave about 2 minutes.

  3. Remove and mix with a fork. Add the egg and stir until the egg combines (which may take some work).

  4. Add baking soda and almond flour and work into the dough. After a while it may be easier to knead with your hands.

  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on sheet and cover with a second piece of parchment paper.

  6. Roll dough flat until it covers the entire baking sheet. Cut in half both ways, then cut those in half again. You should have 8 pieces. Score with a fork.

Filling

  1. Place pepperoni, sausage, cheese, sauce, and basil in the center of each piece. Leave enough room to wrap the dough around.

  2. Wrap the filling with dough and press into place. 

  3. Bake at 400° For about 30 minutes or until dough is a golden brown. Note: mine is NOT golden brown here.

Low Carb Avocado Chocolate Pudding

This delicious recipe is a real food, keto-friendly substitute to the chemical filled boxed chocolate pudding that you can buy at the store.

Low Carb Avocado Chocolate Pudding

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine chocolate
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 3 Avocados
  • 1/2 Cup Almond milk Or other milk
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp Stevia Or other sweetener to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut, pit, and scoop avocados. 

  2. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Taste test. Once you have a combination that you like, you're done!

Keto Hot Cocoa (dairy, grain, gluten, egg, soy free)

We are getting ready to go on our anniversary camping trip soon, and camping and cocoa seem to go hand in hand. With all the allergy and intolerance problems that my family has, the quest for good hot chocolate has been a long, drawn out one. After much trial and error, however, I have finally found a winner! This recipe–originally invented for my husband, toddler and I–is both delicious and low carb as is. Of course, you can always experiment with ingredients until you find something that works for you.

Keto Hot Cocoa (dairy, grain, gluten, egg, soy free)

Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine chocolate
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Almond milk Or milk of choice
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 10-15 Drops Liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, cocoa powder, sweetener and salt in a small pot over medium heat. 

  2. Slowly whisk as mixture heats up. Whisk periodically until combined. Stir in vanilla.

  3. Remove from heat, poir into mugs and enjoy. 

Modification ideas:
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbsp gelatin
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp butter
Marshmallows
1 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream

Admittedly I’ve never really measured all the ingredients for this–I just eyeball it until it looks right. We pour this into giant mugs and a Pura Kiki sippy cup for my daughter, so the servings vary. Any of the above modifications could be added for an additional kick. This is a great way to sneak in some extra fat with the addition of oil, cream or butter. Heck, I’ve even used this to give my daughter medicine. It’s just such a fun winter treat and it feels great to have a guilt-free version that I’m eager to whip up for family and friends. I hope that you love it as much as we do!

Butter Pecan Fat Bombs (grain, gluten, egg, soy free)

I should preface this with a disclaimer: frequently I do not really measure my recipes, most of the time I am eyeballing it. I made these with hope one morning, but never expected how fantastic the results would be. Butter pecan ice cream is my absolute favorite flavor, and these are definitely an acceptable healthy alternative.

Adding some heavy cream would be a wonderful way to make them more creamy and less buttery as well (thanks, Aunt Janie!)

Butter Pecan Fat Bombs

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 24 Pieces
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Salted butter
  • 4 Ounces Unsalted butter
  • Crushed pecans
  • 10 Drops Liquid stevia Or sweetener of choice to taste
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line mini muffin tray with liners or use silicon molds. An ice cube tray works as well. Fill your trays with crushed pecans.

  2. Melt your salted and unsalted butter together on the stove. Add sweetener and vanilla.

  3. Pour over pecans. Place in refrigerator or freezer to set.

  4. Store in refrigerator. They should easily pop out if tray when pressed on one side. Enjoy!