Baking powder replacement

Those of you who are gluten free or GAPS already know you need to avoid baking powder. You probably already have a bunch of recipes that use baking soda instead. But if you come across a recipe you want to try out that calls for baking powder, it’s handy to know how to replace it. To replace 1 teaspoon of baking powder: Option 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar Option […]

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 […]

Revisiting my versatile Christmas cake recipe for special diets

I have previously posted about this cake here, but now seems like a good time to put all the versions together in one place. This is a beautiful dark cake, but because it’s a boiled cake, you don’t need to mature it for a month. If you want to use the brandy version and store in the bottom of the fridge for a month, it will improve with maturing, but can be eaten the same day, […]

Cheesy stuffed mushrooms

A new dish I tried over Christmas was cream cheese stuffed mushrooms.  A long time ago, I came across a recipe for mushrooms stuffed with feta and red onion, and this is a variation on that. It’s pretty simple really. But the trick I learned is how to prep the mushrooms before stuffing them. I bought a 400gm tray of smallish brown mushrooms, but the amount of stuffing would have filled probably 500gm. The important […]

Gingerbread

It’s been a couple of years since I made gingerbread, and at that time I was focusing on making it GAPS friendly. I’m currently eating keto, so had a different focus this time. But by tweaking one or two ingredients, you can adapt this to be gluten free, dairy free, GAPS, Paleo, keto, or pretty much whichever variant of whole food diet you favour. Not AIP though – because without the spice, it wouldn’t be […]

Low Carb / Keto Brownies

A few months ago, I was trying out a recipe for Keto Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies which sounded divine. Unfortunately, at the point where I should have had a dough, I didn’t – I had a cake mix. So I lined a swiss roll tin with some baking paper, slopped it on, and threw it in the oven. When it came out, it was like a flat brownie. So I just abandoned the idea of […]

Keto Yeast bread

I just came across this on Youtube and it sounds amazing. I’m sharing it here, so I can find it again when I want to try it. It’s an almond flour bread with psyllium husks, nutritional yeast, active yeast and egg whites. If you’re in the early stages of GAPS, you might not be able to tolerate the psyllium, but later on you may be able to. I’m off now to check out her other […]

Ginger Carrot Cashew spread

This recipe is my adaptation of one I came across on Steemit. The original recipe is raw and vegan, and you can see it here. I encourage you to check it out. My version is no longer raw, which I think is more suitable for a GAPSster or anyone with digestion issues. I also tweaked amounts of some of the flavourings, including increasing the extra virgin olive oil for added GAPSy goodness. Ingredients (makes about 2 […]

Velvet Latte Strawberry Smoothie

Just before Christmas, we added a new product to the Nature Foods line up called Velvet Latte. It’s a whole food, caffeine-free, latte mix that’s a variation on a Chai Latte. The manufacturer describes it as  “a delicious beetroot chai infusion, which makes a beautiful vibrant pink latte. Naturally sweet with subtle ayurvedic chai spices, this blend is a perfect harmony of flavour and nutrition. Enjoy heated with your choice of mylk, or chilled on ice […]

Pemmican and Biltong

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been posting and reading on Steemit for the last few months. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve come across two great recipes for a couple of meat-based traditional foods. The authors have given me permission to share them with you. They are so detailed and well written that I’m going to send you over to the posts for the actual recipes. The first recipe is for pemmican. I thought I […]

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. […]

Real Food Christmas Menu

I first posted about real food / GAPS Christmas menu ideas a few years back, so it’s time for an update with lots of new ideas. Most of these recipes are from this recipe blog, but some are from other people’s blogs and we may not have tested them. I may post new ideas to my Pinterest Festive recipes board, even if I don’t have time to try them out or post them here, so check […]

CRISP and CRUNCHY Christmas Cheese Stars

Suitable for gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, egg-free diets, and later stages of GAPS, but not dairy free, strict Paleo or vegan. When I was on Nigella Lawson’s website recently, I came across a recipe for Cheese Stars in her Christmas section. I’ve been meaning to try out cheese straws for a while, and this got me inspired to try some this Christmas. Of course, her stars are made from flour, which is no good for me, or for […]

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 […]

Freezing fruit for smoothies

You probably have a little booklet that came with your fridge / freezer that tells you how to freeze all sorts of different fruit and vegetables. But I bet it doesn’t have these tips in it! You see, I’m all for the quick and easy solution, and when faced with a surplus of feijoas or bananas, the truth is I’m just not going to spend hours prepping them. But these quick and easy methods work! […]

Chocolate Mousse or Cheesecake special occasion desserts

If you’ve seen my last few posts, you’ll have noticed I’ve been hanging out on Steemit a bit recently. This is a new blogging platform, where you have the potential for being paid for your posts. It’s still in Beta, so still in development, but the advantage of getting in early is that you can start to build your audience. Mostly when I come across new recipes I like the look of, I pin them […]

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 […]

Fruit & Nut bar (grain free)

Suitable for GAPS, SCD, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb or other whole food diets. This recipe is a new variation on my Real Food Chocolate and Fudge recipe. The focus in that recipe is the chocolaty or fudgy texture. But this one is more about all the other goodies in it, and the creamed coconut base is just to hold it all together. Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Fruit and Nut Bar I’m calling it […]

Carrot Almond bread (with variations)

Suitable for GAPS, Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian diets I haven’t made this bread for a while, as some members of the household have been doing the AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) diet, which excludes eggs and nuts. Now that we’re all eating those again, I can make this bread. Today I made just a half mix, which is why the photos are of two mini loaves. But the full recipe will make a decent sized loaf. This is […]

My favourite equipment for the real food kitchen

I’m a baby boomer, and back in the day it was expected that girls would know how to cook. When I went to intermediate, once a week we went up to the college (high school) for “manual training”. The girls learnt cooking and sewing and boys learnt woodwork and metalwork. I was the oldest of four, and at the weekend, I often cooked breakfast for my younger siblings. Saturday afternoons were usually spent in the […]

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 […]

Meat jerky, with vegetables and without sugar!

Jerky is a very convenient and portable snack, but bought versions nearly always have sugar in them. This version has no sugar and has the added goodness of vegetables, to make it a more balanced snack. Suitable for GAPS, SCD, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb or other whole food diets. Although it’s obviously no good for vegetarian readers, I’ll suggest some options at the end.   Ingredients These amounts are approximate; […]

Healthy Real Food snacks – Chocolate and Fudge

Suitable for GAPS, SCD, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb or other whole food diets. I first discovered creamed coconut (also known as coconut butter) in a faded orange box, in the international section of our local supermarket, many years before it became trendy. It made the most amazing sugar free date or apricot fudge, and was very popular in our house. It wasn’t always easy to find, so when one of […]

Real food breakfast ideas (having a change from toast and cereal)

Steemit is a new blogging platform where authors can be rewarded for their work. Go check it out! This is a shorter edition of my breakfast lesson from this site, which was originally posted on Steemit, at https://steemit.com/recipes/@kiwideb/real-food-breakfast-ideas-having-a-change-from-toast-and-cereal Grain and sugar free menu ideas for GAPS, Paleo, Whole 30, Clean Eating, SCD, low carb and gluten free eating plans. If you’re changing to any kind of new eating plan, there’s a good chance that you’ll […]

Warming Soup for Fall (Autumn) or Winter

A good way to utilise the bounty of warming vegetables from your late summer garden. If you’re doing any dietary protocol that encourages bone broths, here is a tasty way to have your daily soup. This recipe is compatible with any whole food diet including Paleo, GAPS, SCD, and is gluten, grain and dairy free. It’s not vegetarian, as the nourishment of the bone broth is one of the important healing benefits of it. But […]