Macadamia muffins – gluten free, sugar free, keto, paleo or whole food

I’m keto at the moment, so the way I make them these bite size morsels are effectively a fat bomb in the form of cake. But I think they would adapt fine for other whole food diets. I made a blueberry version of these for Xmas, but previously I’d been making them with choc chips. So I’ll start with that version. First off, 150 grams of macadamias go into my mini food processor. They will […]

Christmas Gummies

Yes, I know, I know. It’s too late for this Xmas. But never mind, the recipe will be here ready and waiting for you next year. Once again, it’s not my gummy recipe, I’m sending you to somebody else’s website. But I thought these were very cute gummies and perfect for the festive season. Thanks to Becky from Whole Life Cooking for this recipe. Though I would use a natural sweetener instead of white sugar. […]

Festive Breakfast Smoothies for Christmas morning

A few different varieties to suit all tastes and dietary needs. If your family is anything like ours, on Christmas Day everybody will bring enough of every dish for the whole extended family. And when that’s 10 dishes or more, there is food to excess, as far as the eye can see! You may be tempted to not eat in the morning, or just have a cup of tea or coffee. But if that means […]

Gummy Bears Mark 2

Back in August, I posted a link to some gummy bear recipes by Stacey from New Zealand blog “My Kids Lick the Bowl”. Today I want to share some more gummy bears recipes by Malena of “Fun with Allergy Kids” blog. Malena’s recipes are more geared towards kids with allergies, so the recipes on her blog may be more suited to my readers. Here’s the link direct to the gummy bear blog page. The variation […]

Chocolate-mallow Protein Bars

Plus fruit gummies and other variations. Suitable for Paleo, GAPS, Clean Eating, low sugar We first started making this protein slice a few years ago, as a way to make cod liver oil a more palatable supplement. One of our customers came up with the prototype recipe, and I’ve tweaked it a few ways since. Here’s the original recipe complete with cod liver oil. If you leave the cod liver oil out, it becomes a […]

Choc-Currant Breakfast Smoothie

Many people love blueberries in their smoothies, but I prefer blackcurrants. They are higher in ORAC (antioxidant) value, have a more complex flavour and go wonderfully with chocolate. What more could you ask for? I’ve made this version with homemade cashew milk, as many people have issues with dairy (especially pasteurised dairy), but you could use milk, yoghurt, coconut milk or any other kind of nut milk. You can buy your nut milk, or there […]

Gummy Bears

Stacey from New Zealand blog “My Kids Lick the Bowl” posted some fabulous fruit Gummy Bear recipes yesterday. There are six different recipes, so you can create a rainbow of bears (or whatever other molds you might already have) – white, green, yellow, orange, red or purple. Go check them out! And while you’re there, check out her other kid friendly recipes. If you’re on GAPS or another special diet, not all of the recipes […]

Beefing up your Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate

Some of us wanting to eat only real foods might miss the convenience of whipping up a protein rich smoothie – most protein powders are too processed, contain some sort of undesirable additive, or are based on foods that might not suit our metabolism. Yes, we can add raw eggs to our smoothies, but we may be aiming for more protein per meal than we can get from eggs. Enter, gelatin! Yes, there is still […]

AIP-Friendly Mousse

This is suitable for most diet types, but I originally developed it for someone doing AIP. 1 x 400ml can coconut milk or cream (choose one with as few additives as possible. In NZ, we use TCC or Ayam brands) 1/4 cup collagen hydrolysate eg Great Lakes green can (if you don’t have hydrolysate, see gelatin version below) Flavourings of choice Shake the coconut milk can well. Put the coconut milk, then everything else, in a blender […]

Mix & Match Smoothie

This smoothie can be adapted to use different bases. Zizz all together in a blender and enjoy. Remember to sip slowly and “chew” it. (For AIP, you might not be able to use all of the combinations) (If you’re in NZ and looking for sources, some of these products are available through our Nature Foods online store, and are linked to for your convenience. If there’s anything else you can’t find, ask us.) Your base […]


At our Wellington Xmas GAPS group meeting, I asked what foods people would miss at Xmas, and someone said that being dairy free, she missed custard. So here are three different custard recipes. The first one is RUSSIAN custard, from the GAPS book. The Healthy Home Economist has the recipe HERE. This is a raw dish, made from just egg yolks and honey. It is usually used as a cream substitute on GAPS. But if you added a […]

Gummy Stars

This is a Mommypotamus recipe, which I found  posted on the Auckland Mums: Super Nutrition for Babies and Beyond facebook page. I’m in the mode of thinking of Xmas recipes at the moment, and these would be a great recipe for GAPS kids who are ok on honey. 1/3 cup lemon (or lime) juice (about 3 large lemons) 3 Tbs gelatin 3 Tbs honey Mummypotamus added some natural food colouring, but I didn’t and they still came […]

Fruit Jelly and Fruit Mousse

Another gelatin recipe we’ve been having quite a bit lately is real fruit jelly. To get a consistency more like commercial jelly, you can use fruit juice, but we’ve been using the whole fruit. 2 cups blueberries 1 cup black currants 1 1/2 cups room temp water 3 Tbs gelatin 1 tsp vanilla essence small amount of natural sweetener of your choice If your berries are frozen, get them out a couple of hours beforehand […]

Cod liver oil jellies

Recently, I’ve been trying a few different ways to use gelatin. First up was making cod liver oil jellies. The original recipe came to me from Nadine. Her kids used to love the Green Pastures gummy fish, so when they were discontinued, Nadine started making her own. I’ve tried a few different variations and most of them have worked fine. So first here’s the method, then a few different combinations.  Put the water in a medium sized pan, then sprinkle the […]

Individual fruit jellies

Although fruit juice isn’t a recommended whole food, the occasional jelly made with real fruit juice and diced fruit, is a much better children’s treat than a commercial jelly. This makes 6-8 individual bowls of fruit and jelly. 200ml (4/5 cup) filtered water 750ml (3 cups) red fruit juice eg. grape, or apple and blackcurrant, diluted with 250ml (1 cup) water 8 tsp gelatin a punnet of strawberries, sliced about 1 cup watermelon, cut up […]

Egg free Banana flat bread

¾ cup hot water 2 Tbs gelatin powder or crystals 2 Tbs honey, melted 6-12 Tbs (3-6 oz) butter, ghee or coconut oil, melted 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1 ¼ cups) 3 cups ground almonds ¾ tsp baking soda Line a swiss roll tin with baking paper. Dissolve the gelatine in the hot water. Add the honey, oil and mashed banana and mix well. Mix the almonds and baking soda together, and fold in. […]

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) […]

Jelly Trifle

I always think of my grandmother at Christmas, usually when I’m wrapping my presents. When I was at high school, every year I would go down to her house a couple of days before Xmas and sit at her kitchen table doing her wrapping for her. She would go round the house collecting up all the gifts she’d been putting away all year and tell me who each one was for. Things were more leisurely then, and […]