More GAPS festive ideas…

A quick post to pass on someone else’s great ideas. I spotted them on Thinking Outside the Box blog and didn’t want them to get lost. Thanks Dan’s mum! GAPS maypole cake A simple GAPS birthday cake Train GAPS birthday cake GAPS friendly birthday party food Halloween Pumpkin Faces GAPS Xmas Mince pies GAPS Xmas Cake GAPS Xmas Pudding GAPS Xmas dinner Click on the Festive category over on the right for a bunch of […]

Protein bars

Makes 10 logs @ approx 10g protein each, or 20 balls @ approx 5g protein Note that even good quality protein powders are a compromise food, and shouldn’t be eaten too often. But if you need some thing portable for after your workout and nothing else is convenient, better a bar you’ve made yourself, than the ones you can buy. Mix together: 50g (2 oz) finely ground crispy almonds (or other nuts) 50g (2 oz) […]

Gluten free white bread

This recipe from the Native Nutrition list was developed from one in Bette Hagman’s “The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy”. I’ve made some slight changes to the process. If you’re just starting to change over to a whole food diet, and especially if you’re going gluten free, this may get you through some tight spots during the transition. It isn’t a whole grain recipe, and it is quite high carb, but sometimes you […]

Coconut almond loaf 

To get a starch free bread, you need to use some kind of nut flour. A good quantity of eggs are required to give it some lift, and some fat is also helpful. There are a variety of starch free bread recipes available, and you may want to try some of them: Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall (the SCD) has a nice almond bread Eat Well, Feel Well, by Kendrall Conrad has a […]

Whole Grain Pancakes

1 cup flour * 1 cup kefir or yoghurt ( If the yoghurt is very thick, mix together ½ cup each yoghurt and water. If you can’t tolerate diary, use 1 cup warm water with 2 Tbs lemon juice) 1 egg ¼ tsp sea salt ½ tsp baking soda 1 Tbs melted butter Mix together kefir/yoghurt and flour. Leave to sit in a warm place for 12-24 hours. Beat egg with sea salt, tsp baking […]

No Grain Pancakes

Gluten free pancakes are often very hard to handle, but coconut flour based ones are much easier. Using a combination of coconut flour, ground almonds and arrowroot gives a nice texture. If you need to be starch free, omit the arrowroot, and add a bit more ground almonds. 2 eggs 2 Tbs raw milk, yoghurt or coconut cream 2 Tbs (1 oz) butter or coconut oil, melted 2 Tbs sifted coconut flour 2 Tbs ground […]

Gluten free white pizza base

Once again, not a nutrient dense recipe, but a good compromise if the kids object to a sour dough type base. How many pizzas this makes depends on how thick you like your crust. I like a thin crust and it made a med round pizza, a rectangular pizza made in a swiss roll tin, and 3 hamburger buns. Make the Gluten Free White Bread dough. Line the pizza trays with baking paper, and after […]

Grain free Pizza base

Note that although hulled sesame seeds don’t have much in the way of phytates or oxalates (which are mostly in the hull), they do still have enzyme inhibitors. So things made with unsoaked sesame seeds are a treat, not an everyday meal. Two different size variations are given. ¾ cup [1 ¼ cups] freshly ground sesame meal (takes about ½ the amount of sesame seeds ie 3/8 cup) ¼ cup [6 Tbs] freshly ground flaxseed […]

Meat-Crust Pizza

Mix together (in a food processor is easiest, otherwise beat egg before adding): 500g of mince an egg (or egg white) 1/3 onion, chopped (save the rest for the topping) ¼ tsp sea salt some Mixed or Italian herbs. Flatten into a lined pizza pan leaving an edge like a pizza. Bake for 10 minutes at 200C. Drain off any surplus liquid. Spread with plain tomato paste. Top with a generous layer of vegetables (eg. […]

Coconut almond bread

A few of you that came to my GAPS workshop last week wanted the recipe for the pumpkin bread, and I discovered I hadn’t put it on the blog yet. So here it is! The basic almond bread recipe in “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” contains just ground almonds, eggs and fat of some kind (eg butter, ghee, duck fat or coconut oil). In “Breaking The Vicious Cycle” Lois Lang’s Luscious Bread also contains dry curd cottage cheese, […]

Easter Spicy Buns

These gluten-free, starch-free buns don’t have the texture of hot cross buns, but they’re still a tasty treat for Easter. They can also be made casein-free. 1 cup ground almonds ½ cup coconut flour ½ tsp baking soda 1 heaped tsp mixed spice ½ cup sultanas, raisins or currants 2-3 tsp grated orange rind 3 eggs 75gm melted butter or coconut oil 2-3 Tbs honey ½ tsp sea salt ½ cup yoghurt OR mashed, cooked pumpkin (prepared […]

Nut Free Apple and Chocolate Muffins

Many of the gluten free recipes on this site use nut or coconut flours. This one is for those who can’t have grains, nuts or coconut. It has GF white flours, so isn’t completely whole foods, and is quite high carb, so have with plenty of butter. Preheat oven to 150C/300F. Beat together: 2 eggs ½ cup coconut oil or butter ½ cup unrefined sugar ½ cup apple puree Thoroughly mix together: 1 cup white […]

Ruth’s egg free banana mini muffins

This recipe came from a client who had found them very helpful when first switching over to gluten free. They are not whole foods, and very high carb, low fat. So only use as a transition recipe – or put lots of butter on! 1.5 cups white rice flour 1 tsp salt 1.5 tsp baking powder 3 large ripe bananas, mashed ¾ cup unrefined sugar ¾ cup water, milk or coconut cream Optional: ½ – […]

Cheese muffins (no starch)

We’re going away on holiday for a few days, and my mind has been mulling over what food to take with us – especially for the 9 hour drive north. We usually travel with a chilly bin full of chilled food, another full of frozens (depending on how long we’re away for), and a cooler bag with food for the trip. For snacks, we’ll probably have nuts, fruit (fresh blueberries would travel well), maybe a […]

Sunflower Cheese Crackers

4oz ground sunflower seeds (or try half ground almonds) 1.5 oz grated tasty cheese 1/2 tsp baking powder sprinkling of paprika Mix together then add just enough water to get a dough consistency. Knead into a ball. Wrap in baking paper and put in fridge for 1/2 an hour. Roll out to pastry thickness between two bits of baking paper. Cut into fingers. Cook for 10min at 200C.

Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

When I was surfing about looking for sponge-like recipes for my trifle idea (still not tested, by the way) I came across this recipe for a Coconut Flour Orange Cake that reminded me of a cake Mum used to make. It was a Madeira cake that had orange juice drizzled over the top after baking, making it very moist. The topping was Cadbury dairy milk chocolate melted with a little butter. So I got nostalgic all over again, and had to give it a go. […]

Children’s Party

While we’re talking about parties, I’m reminded of all the great ideas that Hollie from Auckland posted about a few months back. She kindly gave me permission to repost it here: I know the thought of upcoming parties is tough with our kids limited diets… so I thought you might be interested in some of the party food I created for our sons birthday party. All the food was GAPS (stage 6) friendly. The food was a hit […]

GAPS friendly Boiled Christmas Cake

Over the years I’ve made various different Xmas cakes recipes, but it all got a lot easier a couple of years ago. I watched Nigella’s Christmas and was inspired to find her recipe for a boiled Xmas cake which looked so easy.  The first year, I made a few slight tweaks: Gluten free – ground almonds, rice flour, arrowroot PLUS pectin, xantham or guar gum Unrefined sugar (eg rapadura, shakkar or muscavado) instead of brown […]

Whole Grain Crackers

From Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon. Makes about 5 dozen 2 1/2 cups freshly ground spelt, kamut, whole wheat or rye flour, or a mixture 1 cup plain yoghurt 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted in oven 8 tablespoons butter, melted unbleached white flour Mix flour with yoghurt and leave in a warm place for 12 to 24 hours. Place soaked flour, salt, baking powder and 4 […]

Almond Cheese Scones

Note that this recipe is not strictly a whole food recipe, as the ground almonds haven’t been soaked. Another compromise food for those who can’t eat grains at all. 200g ground almonds (optional: replace 2-3 Tbs with ground flax seeds, or whole sesame seeds) 75g grated tasty cheese (frozen is fine) a sprinkling of Mixed or Italian dried herbs 50g melted butter, or 50ml plain yoghurt or kefir (or olive oil or melted palm oil) […]

Muesli Macaroons

Some of these bars aren’t very portable. These baked macaroons are not as nutrient dense, but are easier to carry about. (And they use up those leftover egg whites) Preheat oven to 150C (300F) Mix together: *1 ½ cup desiccated coconut ½ cup slivered almonds (or other chopped nuts) ½ cup ground almonds, macadamia meal or other finely ground nuts ½ cup raisins or sultanas or other chopped dried fruit In a separate bowl, partly […]

Baked Tempeh

Although even fermented soy shouldn’t be eaten in large quantities, this makes a tasty high protein snack, and is especially useful for those who don’t want to eat too much animal protein. Take a block of tempeh. Cut it in half through the middle, so that you have two thin slices. Cut each slice into 6 pieces. Lay out on a lined or greased baking tray. Sprinkle with paprika and sea salt. Bake at 175C […]

Pumpkin gratin

We have already used pumpkin as a topping for cottage pie, but it also makes a nice dish on its own. This side dish can go with meat or vegetarian meal such as nut roast or oat loaf. A small pumpkin, or half a large one A generous lump of butter Sea salt About 100g feta A large handful of grated cheddar cheese Cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the seeds. Place both […]

Gluten-free Carrot cake muffins

Mix together in a big bowl: 1 cup ground almonds, or ground up crispy almonds or macadamias ¾ cup coconut flour ¼ cup arrowroot (or can use other white GF flours like rice, potato or tapioca) 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp mixed spice Beat together in a blender or food processor: 3 eggs 4oz melted coconut oil (or palm oil, or butter) 1 ½ tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla essence 4 Tbs rapadura, muscavado […]