Sunday, October 20, 2013

Amy's Apple Pecan Cake (gluten-free, wheat-free)

There's something about Fall that puts me in a baking mood. For Thanksgiving this year, I wanted to offer a healthier dessert alternative. So, I created my own Apple Pecan Cake which is truly divine!  In fact, it was so popular that people were cutting in line to get a piece of this scrumptious cake at our church potluck.  :)

Happy Baking!


1 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (liquified)

2 cups Xylitol (from birch)

1/2 cup Organic Brown Sugar

3 eggs

3 cups Oat Flour (gluten-free)

1/2 cup Sweet White Sorghum Flour (gluten-free)

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

3 cups Organic Apples (peeled and chopped, 4-5 whole apples)

1 cup Organic Raw Pecans (chopped)

All the ingredients you need for the cake.


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2) Grease a 9x13 glass dish (I use Kelapo EV Coconut Oil Spray)

3) Mix eggs, sugar, and oil

4) Mix in flour and baking soda

5) Mix in vanilla

6) Stir in apples and pecans

7) Spread in baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes

8) Let cool for 2 hours then prepare frosting

This is how the batter should look when mixing.

After you've mixed the batter, spoon in and stir the apples and pecans.

I like to use Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Cooking Spray to grease my baking pans.

Spread the cake batter in a greased 9x13 dish.


1/2 cup Organic Butter (salted)

1 cup Organic Brown Sugar (packed)

1/4 cup Organic Evaporated Milk (preferred)

1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

Ingredients for the frosting


1) Boil all ingredients in a sauce pan for 2 minutes

2) Set pan in bowl filled with ice water

3) Beat icing until spreading consistency forms

4) Spread over top of cake

After the ingredients have boiled for 2 min, set sauce pan in a bowl filled with ice water.

The cake is ready to eat!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pineapple Coconut Chia Pudding (low fat, wheat-free, dairy-free, gluten-free)

There are a lot of great chia pudding recipes online. After reading through several of them, I took some notes, came up with my own ideas, and whipped up a batch. It tastes delicious and the best part is it only took me 5 minutes to prepare!


1 13.5oz can Organic Coconut Milk Light

1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon

1 tsp Organic vanilla extract

4 tbsp Organic raw honey (I'm blessed to have an uncle who runs an apiary and gives me free local honey!)

1/3 cup Organic chia seeds

1/4 cup chopped pineapple (chunks shown in picture, be sure to finely chop)


1) In a large mason jar, combine milk, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

2) Cover and shake vigorously.

3) Add the chia seeds and pineapple.

4) Shake vigorously again.

5) Pour into ramekins.

6) Place in refrigerator for an hour to set-up.

Makes 4 servings.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mango Curry Chicken Salad (gluten-free)

Nothing says "Hello summer!" quite like a chicken salad.  Today I was asked to bring a dish for a friend's birthday party this weekend and I wanted to try something new.  I thought about what would taste good in a chicken salad then visited my local grocery store to gather the items.  When I finished creating this recipe, I was MORE than satisfied with the result!  I can't wait to hear everyone's reaction at the party :).


4 cups organic chicken, cooked & cubed

1 cup organic mayonnaise

3/4 cup Patak's Sweet Mango Chutney

1/2 cup Patak's Korma Curry Simmer Sauce

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp ground turmeric root

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp curry powder

1 cup white onion, chopped

1 cup raw pecans OR raw walnuts, chopped

1 cup seedless red grapes, small slices

1 cup Fuji apples, small chunks


Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Serve on sourdough squares (not gluten-free), gluten-free bread, or gluten-free crackers.

Garnish with mixed greens and swiss cheese.

Enjoy and Happy Summer!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Naomi's Organic Horse Cookies (gluten-free)

My sweet 6-year-old, Naomi, has become quite the equestrian. She's being trained in hunter/jumper and just recently cantered off the lunge line! She asked me if there was a way to make homemade cookies for her favorite pony, Max. Therefore, we researched what foods were okay for horses to eat and whipped up her first batch of Organic Horse Cookies!


1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

1 cup organic gluten-free oats

1.5 cups organic gluten-free oat flour

1 organic apple, roughly chopped

5 small organic carrots, roughly chopped

1 tbsp organic brown sugar

15 Shaklee Alfalfa, crushed to powder

1/4 cup organic unsweetened applesauce

Pinch of salt


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Mix all ingredients.

3) Form into balls and place on a cookie sheet.

4) Lightly spray with organic canola oil.

5) Bake for 15 minutes.

Naomi with her many ingredients.

Naomi crushing the alfalfa tablets.

Naomi chopping the carrots and apples.

Naomi stirring the all ingredients.

Naomi placing the cookie dough on the sheet.

Beware of sticky fingers!

Naomi's so proud of her first batch of Horse Cookies!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Chocolate Chip Vanilla Cupcakes (gluten-free)

Okay, so I generally like to bake everything from scratch. However, when I volunteer to bring a healthy cupcake alternative to our elementary school party, I turn to boxed yellow cake mix. I know, I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Believe it or not, there are some good boxed mixes that aren't loaded with artificial garbage and preservatives and the baked food tastes incredible. After tasting my cupcakes, one mom said to me, "These taste so different from the regular cupcakes. They didn't taste artificial."  I agree with her! Once you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, your taste buds will adjust and thank you!

Now for the fun part, I'm including a picture of the cake mix I like to use.  I've baked both the King Arthur Flour Yellow Cake Mix and Chocolate Cake Mix.  They make phenomenal cupcakes.  In this post, I will outline what you'll need to bake gluten-free chocolate chip vanilla cupcakes.  I've also included two frosting recipes, Chocolate and Cream Cheese, for you below.

Happy Baking!


1/2 cup (1 stick) Grass-fed Salted Butter

2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil, unrefined (use in place of vegetable oil)

4 eggs, Organic & Vegetarian-fed

2/3 cup milk (I prefer soy but you can use dairy, flax, or almond)

1 box King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix

1 cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

18-20 Large Baking Cups (preferably FSC Certified Unbleached Totally Chlorine-free)


Follow the instructions on the back of the box.  Once the batter is prepared and ready to pour, add the chocolate chips and stir with a spoon.  Fill your baking cups and pop into the oven.

***** I C I N G *****


1 cup Powdered Sugar

1/6 cup Dutch (alkalized) Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

Small Pinch Sea Salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) Grass-fed Salted Butter

1-2 tbsp Water (depending on desired consistency)

• In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer.
• Add the cocoa, vanilla, salt and water and continue to beat until smooth.


8 oz Organic Cream Cheese

4 tbsp Grass-fed Salted Butter, melted

2 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract

4 cups Powdered Sugar

• In a medium mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to blend the cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
• Slowly add in the powdered sugar.
• Mix until creamy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Nummy Waffles (gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free)

My family just loves my homemade Belgian Waffles! I've had many people request my recipe so I decided to share it here on my blog.

For added yumminess, sprinkle Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips into the batter!


2 eggs (organic, cage-free, veg fed)

1 cup Whole Grain Spelt Flour (Berlin Bakery) **for wheat- and gluten-free disregard this flour and instead add an additional cup of the oat flour.

1 cup Organic Whole Grain Oat Flour (Bob's Red Mill Wheat- & Gluten-free)

**For an extra 16g of protein, add 2 tbsp of Shaklee Instant Protein Soy.  Make sure your flour is 2 tbsp less than directed above.

1 3/4 milk (soy, rice, almond, flax)

1/2 cup Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

1 tbsp Organic Cane Sugar (Florida Crystals) *can substitute with Xylitol

4 tsp Baking Powder (Rumford Aluminim-free)

1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Sea Salt (Real Salt)

1/2 tsp Organic Pure Vanilla Extract (Singing Dog)


1. Preheat waffle iron.

2. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy.

3. Beat in flour, milk, oil, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and vanilla, just until smooth.

4. If needed, spray preheated waffle iron with Spectrum Canola non-stick cooking spray or Dean Jacob's Grape Seed Oil spray.

5. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot.

6. Top with Raw Agave (Xagave) or Natural Maple Syrup.