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Gluten Free Vegan Banana Blondies



I love having nourishing snacks on hand for kiddos so they fill their bodies with things the provide real nutrition and health benefits.  Of course, they have to like they way something tastes to make it happen, and these gluten free and vegan blondies fit the bill. … Read more

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Raspberry Streusel Muffins – Gluten Free

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These muffins were an instant hit with my kiddos.  They slicked up the whole batch before I was able to snap a picture!!  While we have chosen raspberries…any berry will work well in this muffin!

We imagined these would be a perfect muffin to greet mom with on Mother’s Day morning.… Read more

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Gluten Free & Vegan Empañadas or Hand-Pies

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I am not sure when I figured out that kids love almost anything in a pocket.  It’s novel, it’s cute.

Lately, my son has been totally obsessed with my Homemade Gluten Free Cereal Bars, and since we have been making them frequently, there have been many instances when I have had a touch of dough left.  … Read more

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Fudgey Brownie Bites – Paleo, Nut Free, Egg Free

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Paleo Brownie Bites - Nut & Egg Free-7422Here is a cookie I experimented with to get it just how I wanted.  I have never tried avocado as a fat replacement before…and chocolate and avocado are always amazing together!

These are little morsels of dense chocolate a convenient and packable form. … Read more

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Brown Rice Crisps: Gluten Free & Vegan ‘Wheat’ Thins

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I had the hardest time with crackers.  They are a great snack, but store bought ones are either:

  1. super duper expensive ($8 a box, ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!)
  2. not very tasty
  3. containing something my son can’t eat (which seems like practically EVERYTHING some days)
  4. or weird franken-ingredients that I don’t really want to feed my family

My first cracker recipe was a huge hit, Gluten Free Dairy Free Cheese Crackers.  … Read more

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Gooey S’Mores Blondies – Gluten Free & Vegan

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Here is a recipe I am very excited to share with you!

We eat pretty healthy around here, and since cutting out refined sugars….our sweet threshold has definitely gone down.  It was a gradual process…and really I don’t notice except for when I recreate recipes that used to use 1 1/2 cup-2 cups sugar and now I use a cup or less…almost always split with some stevia.… Read more

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Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart & The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook #Giveaway

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart (1 of 1)

Paleo Chocolate Raspberry Tart (1 of 1)

We have another home run folks!!

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, 3rd Edition is out and better than ever!  (To win your own copy, go the bottom!)

It is THE bible of anyone trying to use food to feel well.  If you want to understand our bodies and the effect of food on them, and then back it all up with amazing recipes to keep you fed well: this is your book!… Read more

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Paleo Banana Bread – Egg & Nut Free

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I am very excited to share this recipe with you all!  I have made it more times than I can count, but each time the muffins get scarfed down so quickly, I don’t get a picture in!  I plan on re-doing these pictures too…but wanted to get this great recipe in your hot little hands.… Read more

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Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle Skillet – Gluten & Dairy Free

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As a mom, I absolutely ADORE one pot (or skillet) meals!  They are convenient and super easy to clean up.

As a child, I loved all the variations of Hamburger Helper…but today the frightening ingredient list means even withOUT allergies, I would not choose to feed those boxes to my family.… Read more

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Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins – Egg & Nut Free w/ Whole 30 Option

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Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins -Paleo, Egg & Nut Free-5239 #Whole 30Another Paleo treat with no nuts and no eggs… newest baking challenge!


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My name is Tessa, and I have learned to cook without almost all major allergens! I have a focus on making family foods as healthy as possible. Real food is my obsession. Gluten free, casein free, vegan, Paleo, sugar free: I have a little of something for anyone with restrictions., Take a peek, you're sure to find something delicious, and if you need any help, I am always willing to help you tweak things to YOUR tastes and dietary needs!

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