Almond Butter Chocolate Graham Bars (gluten-free)

If you’ve been paying attention to Social Media lately, you’ve probably seen all the new food videos appearing everywhere. Nothing motivates me to bake faster than the suggestion of an easy chocolate recipe video crossing my newsfeed at 10:00pm! I saw this recipe from Enjoy Life Foods last night, and knew it had to be made immediately!

We subbed in Burroughs Family Farms organic almond butter, in place of sunflower seed butter, traditional graham crackers, and organic coconut flakes, in place of quinoa flakes. It was really easy to throw together and tastes great. Since these are ingredients I usually have on-hand, this will be something we will make often!

If you need a quick dessert, or a chocolate-fix, this is the recipe for you!

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Almond Butter Chocolate Graham Bars
Serves: 12 bars
This recipe is based on one from Enjoy Life Foods. You can find the original recipe here:
  • ¼ c. Spectrum shortening, softened
  • ¼ c. Burroughs Family Farms organic creamy almond butter
  • 1 c. crushed graham crackers (we like gluten free varieties for this)
  • 2 T. flaked coconut (we use Let's Do Organics)
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • ½ c. Burroughs Family Farms organic creamy almond butter
  • ½ c. Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips
  1. Mix softened shortening*, creamy almond butter, crushed grahams**, coconut flakes and powdered sugar. Press into an 8x8-baking dish.
  2. Warm the remaining almond butter with the chocolate and mix together until completely blended.
  3. Pour the almond butter and chocolate mixture over the graham base and smooth with a spatula.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  5. Once chilled, cut into bars and enjoy!
  6. We loved these in lunch boxes the next day!
*I warmed my shortening up first. I left at room temp for an hour prior to making this.
**I also pulverized my grahams in my Vitamin, because it took seconds.


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Almond Butter Birthday Cake for Dogs (yes, really)

Today is the day my pit bull Cookie was born. I know, I know, a dog’s birthday, really?

Yes, really.

Cookie, the birthday girl!

Cookie, the birthday girl!

If you own a dog, you probably get it. My dog, well, one of three, is just about the gentlest soul ever. Despite what the media tells you about my dog’s breed, most pitbull owners will tell you that they are the best dogs they have ever owned. Cookie, a shepherd and pit mix, is the smartest, sweetest, and silliest dog I have ever had, and we love her like a member of the family. And the day we adopted her, one of my kids was smart enough to ask the Valley Oak SPCA what her birthday was, so that we would always remember to celebrate it. I didn’t think at the time that we would ever really do so, but here we are on year 4, and I baked her another birthday cake today.

So, happy birthday to my favorite pooch and the sunshine in my day, Cookie.

If you need a cake recipe for your dog, this is guaranteed to please! And let’s face it, our dogs bring us so much joy and love, a simple gesture like a special treat would make your dog’s day. Try it!

For this recipe we used Burroughs Family Farms organic eggs, almond butter, and lemon olive oil. 

Cookie's first birthday cake.

Cookie’s first birthday cake.

Almond Butter Birthday Cake for Dogs (yes, really)
Serves: 1
  • CAKE:
  • 2 cups Otto's Cassava Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (or sauerkraut)
  • ½ cup Burroughs Family Farms almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons Burroughs Family Farms organic, lemon olive oil
  • 2 large Burroughs Family Farms eggs
  • ½ cup water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • DECOR:
  • Grainfree doggy treats (or fresh fruit)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. I used a heart shaped cake pan. I greased it with coconut oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the cassava flour and baking soda. Add the shredded carrots, almond butter, honey, olive oil, eggs and water.
  4. Spoon the batter into the cake pan. Smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and cool about 10 minutes. Flip cake onto a cake pan. I used a large bowl so that my dog's crumbs would stay inside the bowl. Well, hopefully, most of them.
  7. To make the frosting, add the cream cheese and honey together and mix thoroughly.
  8. Spread the frosting evenly over the top.
  9. Decorate with the doggy treats, if you're fancy.
  10. Happy Birthday, pooch! Enjoy! Woof!
Instead of doggy treats for decor, you can use fresh fruit. My dog LOVES bananas and we've used those in years past. She really loved the one pictured in the blog post here.

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Cool completely.

Cool completely.

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Flip baked and cooled cake onto large plate or bowl.

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Spread frosting evenly over the cake.

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Woof! Best doggy birthday cake ever!

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Waffle Toad In The Hole (grainfree, glutenfree, dairyfree, paleo)

I try to get my kids to eat as clean as possible, too, so I try to involve them as much as possible and, often, they come up with awesome ideas of their own.

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We absolutely love waffles, but sometimes, a waffle needs to be jazzed up a bit. This idea was from my 13 year old son, Aiden, who helped me talk through a last minute idea of how to make our dinner waffles more exciting. He based this on a version he had at summer camp a few years ago. He had been begging me to recreate it lately, but in toast. Here, we put the egg in the waffle holes instead, letting the yolk fill the waffle when broken, and used as a syrup alternative. I think he knocked it out of the park with this one. It was a huge hit.


The waffle recipe is completely grain-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free. It is very simple to make and can rescue any meal in no time flat. While waffles are a breakfast food, one of the things I love most is breakfast for dinner, so I hope you’ll try this for dinner, too.

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Waffle Toad In The Hole
What you need: a base waffle recipe, one egg for each waffle, and that is it. Your yolks will act as your waffle topping. It is heaven, just trust me. We serve it with the basic breakfast sides, which I always have on hand anyway, but that is for another post.
  • Ingredients
  • 3 eggs (I use Burroughs Family Farms)
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • ⅓ cup full-fat coconut milk (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • dash of vanilla extract (I make my own: Bourbon Vanilla)
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. Combine the eggs, almonds, milk, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil in a food processor (I use a Breville Sous Chef food processor), not necessary although it will make the process easier. You will also yield more waffles if you blend it in a blender or food processor, of some kind. Blend until very smooth and creamy. You may need to stop the blender and push the mixture down the sides a few times to get it all to blend really well.
  3. Add the salt, baking soda, and coconut flour, then blend again for about a minute until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet.
  4. If you’re iron requires oil, spread a little coconut oil on both sides. Pour the batter into the waffle iron so it just covers the bottom portion of the iron, being careful not to overfill it as these do rise quite a bit and will spill over.
  5. Cook the waffles for about a minute, more or less depending on the heat of your waffle iron. If they release easily with a fork when you open the lid, they are probably done.
  6. Repeat until the batter has been used up.1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  7. Line up your waffles on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. Precook your waffle in the oven to crisp it up a tad more, 5 minutes in the oven.
  9. Here is the tricky part: Very slowly, crack your egg, and release the egg slowly over your waffle. This ensures that your yolks do not break into your waffles.
  10. Slowly add your pan to the oven, making sure that your eggs stay on your waffles.
  11. I like my eggs on the runnier side, so I bake mine for about 15-ish minutes. You will want to keep a close eye on them, if you like the yolks runny. If you cook too long, you won’t be able to use the yolk as your waffle topping.
  12. Enjoy and serve with any sides. I prefer bacon and fruit.


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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip (paleo, glutenfree, dairyfree)

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Rejoice, a cookie dough you can eat and NO SALMONELLA! In fact, this is cookie dough you’re supposed to eat with a spoon, scrape out of the bowl, and relive your childhood…without the nagging mom warning you about sickness. This isn’t for cookies, it’s for your face.


And it’s National Almond Day, so let’s celebrate!

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Eat it. Eat the cookie dough!


And guess what else, friends? It’s glutenfree, dairyfree, paleohmygawd, get outta here, slap yo mama, delicious.

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Now…for that recipe.

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip (paleo, glutenfree, dairyfree)
Recipe type: Dessert, Snacks
  • 1 C raw, soaked cashews
  • ½ C Burroughs Family Farms creamy almond butter
  • ¼ C coconut milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp organic coconut sugar, stevia, or alternative sweetener
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ C chocolate chips (I buy the darkest chocolate I can find and no sugar preferably)
  1. Soak cashews for 4 hours minimum.
  2. Add all ingredients, except chocolate, to the food processor.
  3. Blend until cashews thicken and recipe is desired texture, about 90 seconds.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Serve chilled with glutenfree pretzels, glutenfree crackers, or apple slices.

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Maple Cinnamon Glazed Donuts (paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free)

Maple Cinnamon Glazed Donuts can make your dreams come true. At least temporarily. These special donuts are paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, and delicious!

Everyone loves donuts and I like to make them. I also like to make them with a healthy twist because let’s face it, a donut you can feel good about, tastes even better. (You might even be able to eat more than one, so that makes this more enticing.)

In my baking supplies, I have a lot of pans, but the pans that get used the most are my donut and donut hole pans. These can be found these days at most department type stores and kitchen specialty stores. I found mine at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond (don’t forget to use those 20% off coupons!) for reasonable prices and we love to use them for many things.

While we of course make traditional donuts with ours, we have also made bagels, meat bagels, cake pops, pizza cake pops, pigs in a blanket cake pops, etc. with these pans. And I put these creations in lunch boxes too, which my kids really love. Because if I can successfully make a healthy version that my kids love, I don’t feel bad about putting it in a lunch box too.

The nice thing about treats like these is that they are easy to prep and bake, making them a quick-fix. If you are into meal prepping, you can easily make a week’s worth in no time at all.

So get to work and start making these fun donuts, that are extra special because the glaze is baked INSIDE the donut and almost completely guilt-free. You can make these in either a donut pan or donut hole/cake pop pan.


Maple Glazed Donuts

Maple Cinnamon Glazed Donuts (gluten-free and dairy-free)
Recipe type: Breakfast, Kid-Friendly, Gluten-free
Serves: 24 donuts, or 12 donuts and 24 donut holes
This recipe can be made in either a donut pan or cake pop pan. I like to make both at the same time, making the process go faster, and getting more baked faster. Baking time is the same.
  • 1 C coconut flour
  • ½ C almond meal
  • 1 T coconut nectar
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • ½ t baking soda
  • 12 Burroughs Family Farms eggs
  • 1 C grade A maple syrup
  • ½ C ghee
  • 2 T vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Once incorporated, add in dry ingredients and mix together.
  4. Pour into donut pans, each vessel about ⅔ full.
  5. Bake 18-20 minutes.


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Grainfree Gluten free French Crepes

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  • 1 cup sifted Otto’s Cassava flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water … you may need slightly more water/milk mixture to get a good thin consistency depending on how big your eggs are.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs. Gradually add in the milk and water, stirring to combine. Add the salt and butter; beat until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat (Not too hot!!). Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately ¼ cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
  3. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side.
  4. Serve hot with either sweet or savory fillings.
Our favorite toppings: fresh lemon or lime juice with sprinkled sugar or maple syrup; egg, ham and gruyere; spinach and feta... Whatever we happen to have really.

I use them as wraps for lunch boxes, or as dessert with chocolate drizzle.

Really, a crepe is a blank canvas. I've even had them with a hot dog with all the fixings, so go for it.

Note: Don’t try to get fancy here and use all milk. Your batter will turn out too heavy.
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Grainfree Glutenfree French Crepes with vanilla yogurt, banana, almonds, and chocolate drizzle.

Grainfree Glutenfree French Crepes

Grainfree Glutenfree French Crepes with strawberry puree


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