Christmas Morning Almond Muffins

I tried another version of the Xmas morning muffins, this time with almond flour, for those who can’t have coconut. The texture was quite different, but still very good. 2 cups ground almonds 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon or mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 3 eggs 8 Tbs (100gm, 4oz) butter or coconut oil, melted 4 Tbs honey 4 Tbs juice from an orange Grated zest of the orange ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 cup frozen […]

Christmas Morning Muffins

I love Nigella Lawson’s recipes, even though most of them are full of white flour and sugar and other things we don’t want to have on a WAPF diet, let alone GAPS! I love her passion for food and her ideas. This morning her recipe for Xmas Morning Muffins arrived in my Inbox, and I could immediately see how to make them GAPSy. My recipe is a variation of Bruce Fife‘s Honey Blueberry Coconut Flour muffins. For those who can’t have coconut, see the almond flour version I […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Breakfast ideas

Many people who are new to GAPS or SCD are at a loss for breakfast, if they can’t have cereal or toast. So here are some other thoughts on what to have for breakfast (depending on what stage you’re at):  Start with a cup of stock or soup made from stock Eggs Grain free sausages (eg in NZ – some flavours by Stoneycreek Farm, Harmony, Acme, Hungarian Delicatessan) Homemamde meat patties Cooked mushrooms, tomatoes or spinach Homemade […]

GAPS Baked Beans

This recipe is an alternative to the Baked Beans recipe in the GAPs book. They can used as a breakfast dish with eggs or sausages, a side dish, or added to other casseroles. The Tomato version is aimed to be similar to NZ baked beans in a can.  Basic recipe 500g haricot / navy / white beans 2 Tbs whey, lemon juice or cider vinegar Stock or water (but preferably stock) Sea salt Soak the […]

Cashew Bread

I first came across Cashew Bread in Eat Well Feel Well, a book of SCD recipes by Kendall Conrad. While it was delicious, it wasn’t quite what we were looking for at the time. It was a couple of years before I came back to the idea, when I wanted to develop a GAPS friendly bread for those who were having problems with almond flour. This version has a few changes from the original: 1. […]


Lassi is fresh yogurt blended with warm water. Yogurt is a curd and is said to be hard to digest, creating ama (residues of inefficient digestion), but once it is transformed into lassi it becomes lighter and aids digestion. Thinning yogurt with water and blending it changes the molecular structure so it’s more easily assimilated. It makes a good after meal drink and helps eliminate gas pains. Mango: Blend 1 part yogurt, 2 parts water, […]

Nut “muesli”

This variation of crispy nuts can be eaten as a trail mix, or can also be used as a breakfast muesli, for those who can’t eat grains. 2 cups almonds (or other nuts of your choice, or a mixture) roughly chopped in a food processor, blender or by hand -OR- 1.5 cups slivered almonds ½ cup sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds, or a mixture) about a Tbs coconut oil or butter 1 tsp cinnamon, ginger, […]

Lemony kidneys

Kidneys must be very fresh, and preferably from organic, grass fed animals. 2-3 lambs kidneys, per person lemon juice butter, ghee or other “good” fat of choice salt and pepper arrowroot (optional) If the kidneys still have a skin on them, peel that off. But leave the knob of fat on the underside, this is very nourishing. Cut each kidney into quarters, and put them all into a bowl or jug. Cover with lemon juice, […]

Baked Beans

Bought baked beans are a popular breakfast in NZ, but they have 3 problems: It’s very likely the beans are not prepared properly Have sugar included Often have gluten or other undesirables added Traditional baked beans (or Boston baked beans) don’t have tomato in them but are baked in a molasses sauce. For the Kiwi palette, this is a tomato based alternative. 2 cups dry haricot, navy or pink beans 2 Tablespoons whey (or lemon […]

Crustless quiche

1-2 Tbs ground almonds, coconut flour or other flour of choice 4 eggs a slosh of cream (or an extra egg) ½ tsp celtic sea salt a tin of salmon, drained and roughly broken up 1 cup grated carrot (or a mixture of veges eg. Carrot, onion and zucchini) ¼ – ½ cup grated cheese extra ground almonds or coconut flour (optional) Grease a small quiche or pie plate, and sprinkle with some flour. Spread […]

Stuffed mushrooms

Serves 2 as a main dish, with a salad. Or serves up to 6 as a side dish. 1 red onion 6 large flat mushrooms 125g (4 oz) feta cheese extra virgin olive oil Peel and chop the onion. Saute gently in 1 Tbs of olive oil (or butter) for 5-10 mins till tender. Wipe the mushrooms, and remove the stalks. Brush caps lightly with olive oil, then place gill side down on a tray […]