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Paleo Chocolate Cherry Cream Smoothie

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Smoothies are a busy mom’s best friend.  They are also a life saver when it comes to getting LOADS of nutrients into our picky kiddos.

My 3rd child has pushed me further than I ever thought I could be when it comes to the finickiness of most children’s palates.  … 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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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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Paleo Pumpkin Bread

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We know I am on a pumpkin kick, and this grain free, dairy free, low sugar pumpkin bread is just another tempting result!!  I love serving this to my kids for a nutritious after school snack.

In paleo baking, blanched almond flour is key…I  like to use Honeyville for the best results.  … 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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Paleo Sweet Potato Muffins- Egg, Nut, & Grain Free!

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This post is part of March Muffin Madness or @ Shirley’s GFE!  There will be a new muffin recipe from a different blogger every day this month…great resource!  I actually created this recipe specifically for this event!


Anyone who cuts out grains knows…..baking without grains almost ALWAYS requires eggs. … Read more

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Paleo Brazil Nut, Lime, & Hemp Power Bars

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Paleo Brazil Nut, Lime, & Hemp Power Bars-4074

This recipe was born of a flavor combo of some shortbread cookie I had in my past.  A magical combination of Brazil nuts and lime.  Before those cookies…Brazil nuts were very under appreciated in my world.  Now I wonder how I didn’t always love them. … Read more

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Paleo Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (Nut Free)

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Perfect timing for Fall!  I have been using this recipe since last Winter and never got around to posting it in time for the season.

I tried more pumpkin pie smoothie recipes than I can count until I finally found one that reminded both me and my husband of our favorite pumpkin pie.… Read more

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Vegan Chocolate Truffles by Ali Larter

Vegan Truffle Balls w/ Paleo Option

Vegan Truffle Balls w/ Paleo Option

Today’s recipe comes to you via Ali Larter, author of a new and upcoming book, Kitchen Revelry. Many of you may know her in a completely different capacity: actress extraordinaire!  My favorite roll of her was in the now gone drama, Heroes. … Read more

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Gluten Free, Vegan, & Ultra Moist!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - GF & Vegan


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - GF & VeganI love oatmeal cookies for their wholesome profile. I struggled finding a recipe that I was pleased with, so I played around with this recipe for awhile.

These cookies are not overly sweet and have a soft, moist crumb (add more sweetener if you like). … Read more

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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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