Almond Goji Energy Bars

These grain-free Almond Goji Energy Bars are made of just nuts, fruit, coconut, eggs and love! (Drizzle with unsweetened chocolate if desired) |

I made a healthy snack today. I'm constantly experimenting with things to grab and chew between the office and the gym, so consider this another recipe in the pre-workout category, although these are delicious any time, with or without a workout. I love a good homemade energy bar in terms of concept, because store-bought ones so frequently disappoint. Loaded with sugar and "gluten-free" trickery, hard-ass dried fruit, chocolate that just doesn’t taste quite right if you close your eyes. I decided to tackle this project myself, using readily-available ingredients like dates and almonds, plus goji berries for a touch of color and exoticism. I forgot that gojis stain a dough orange if you cut them into the other ingredients with a blender, but no harm done... the sunny color of these only ...

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Sun-Dried Tomato Ripe Olive Focaccia

Sundried Tomato Ripe Olive Focaccia (grain-free, dairy-free, paleo) |

Since going grain-free, I miss bread. But probably not in the way you're thinking, and it's more accurate to say that I miss bread-making: those deeply meditative,  repetitive motions of kneading to sink your awareness into, the precise measuring of ingredients, exercising patience while the dough rises, that universally comforting, wholesome warm smell… You see? Bread-making is an exercise of the senses, the intellect, and your body (if given its due).  Working to recreate this age-old experience with new-age grain-free ingredients seems completely badass to me. Providing delicious sustenance that is also allergen-free = a life skill supreme. Grain-free baking may be a special-occasion endeavor for many folks due to its specialty ingredients, but (like other things worth doing) ...

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Dreamboat Pineapple Coconut Cake

This Dreamboat Pineapple Coconut Cake is a slice of tropical paradise on a plate! | #grainfree #nutfree #healthy #paleo #cake

I'll bake you a cake, yes. But you should know that it will likely be a recipe I invented the same day, and its debut for you will be its raison d'être.  That's certainly the case with this Dreamboat Pineapple Coconut Cake. I invented it for my dreamboat's 31st birthday, and named it after him because in some sense... his birthday is this cake's birthday, too. The day of its birth. Anyway, my dreamboat is my chief taste-tester, my personal James Franco, a champion cuddler (among his many other considerable skills)  who makes me laugh until I can't breathe. This is us a few weeks ago, taking a smiling selfie together for no reason at all.   He keeps his cool when I experiment wildly in the kitchen, even on his big day. Nibbling the last little sliver was the first time I tasted this ...

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Easy Chocolate Strawberry Cake

This delicious Chocolate Strawberry Cake (grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free, fruit sweetened) can be as simple or as decadent as you choose!

I know. I know! But trust me when I say that this is a cake that you can throw together on short notice. A cake that goes with coffee, and friends coming over, children and dogs underfoot. It might be breakfast. It is fruit-sweetened, nut-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, sure. It’s not the healthiest thing you can make, it’s a cake. But a cake that understands. Quick and casual, with a tender crumb but enough structural integrity to eat slices with your hands. But... if desired, this cake can be the ride or die, balls-to-the-wall, dank n' sassy witch of your dreams.  I bake it in a little round pan and can't resist peeking at it while it rises in the oven, domed and fragrant. I drizzle some quartered strawberries in honey and vanilla, then when the cake has cooled a bit in its ...

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PlateJoy Review |

Platejoy Review: Paleo Meal-Kit Delivery Service

Is this you? You have a difficult time deciding what to cook for yourself/your family every week. You visit the market or grocery store, but wander through the aisles purchasing a collection of ingredients that may or may not fit together. You throw away whatever you didn’t use a week later and start again. HEAD’s…

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Make-Ahead Pre-Workout Protein Pops (grain free, dairy free, fruit-sweetened) |

Make-Ahead Pre-Workout Snack: Protein Pops

“What’s a great pre-workout snack?” is a question I am asked frequently. While I love my 2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies as a very easy, portable and tasty pre-workout option, this summer I came up with another snack that has quickly become an indispensable part of my pre-workout routine: fruit-sweetened, gluten-free, electrolyte-loaded, protein-rich, super awesome pre-workout pops….

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