My Hubby and I are mega sick with something.. Our coughing has been so bad it’s nearly impossible to sleep at night. So I ran to the grocery store today to grab some ingredients to make some homemade paleo chicken noodle soup..
And well, it turned out INCREDIBLE and has already helped the inflammation in our throats. Try it out if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to a classic cold remedy!
Try it for yourself and tell me if it helped you at all with an illness or if you made any changes! xoxo
I’ve been making a ton of holiday goodies for my Husband’s coworkers this year because I know I’d want some if I was in an office all day! One treat I made that got SO many compliments was my reindeer poop – So much so their was word around the office that I make Christmas Crack, hahaha! People asked for a recipe so decided to post it on here as well! It’s a Christmas tradition and I guess now an office tradition! Obviously this isn’t paleo but we make it for family and friends and they love it so why stop 😉
The cookie butter makes a HUGE difference! It’s usually made with peanut butter but it’s 1,000 times better with cookie butter! I was asked how I managed to squeeze even MORE sugar into the treat but it was really just using the cookie butter!!
We’ve started a new tradition. And it came from the CRAZY craving we’ve had for cinnamon rolls. We had plans this last weekend for a trip to try the most famous cinnamon rolls in Colorado but decided we were feeling so good we didn’t wanna splurge that day.. Especially with all of the holidays coming up, we wanted to save it for something really decadent 😉
SO. On a whim I decided to try and make them myself (They looked so complicated non-paleo so I couldn’t imagine making them paleo but took the risk)
As most of y’all know, paleo dough can be rough but in Colorado at a much higher altitude it can be SO FRUSTRATING. After tweaking and kneading (and kneading, and kneading, adding water and kneading AGAIN) I finally found the PERFECT texture. It rolled like normal dough and I felt like crying.. ⤓⤓ The rest is below in my recipe ⤓⤓
Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
Add your water, sea salt, maple syrup and coconut oil into a small pot on medium until it begins to boil, then remove.
Put mixture into a bowl and mix in your tapioca flour.
Once cooled add your coconut flour and egg.
Mix with your hands til doughy and stickyish (I added 1/4 tsp water to make it moldable and less dry (like coconut flour and tapioca likes to do!)
Now place dough on a piece of wax paper (I sprinkled tapioca starch on top) and knead dough until it feels like it’s ready to be rolled!
Sprinkle tapioca flour on top of dough and place a second sheer of wax paper over the top and then roll the dough to desired length/width. I like mine thicker so I rolled mine to 1/2 inch thick by 7 inches wide and 10 inches long. Was the perfect size!
As stated in the ingredients you can use whatever filling your heart desires – Just make sure it’s thick enough of a mixture so it doesn’t make your dough too moist! – I used toasted coconut flakes, finely chopped roasted pecans, 100% maple syrup, water and cinnamon! It was DELICIOUS (Next time I wanna try an apple and cinnamon one!!)
Now spread your mixture onto your dough just be sure to leave an inch on each edge so it doesn’t come spewing out 😉
Then roll your dough slowly and tightly until you’ve got it completely into your log!
Then cut to your desired thickness (I did 1 inch pieces. And used a serrated knife! I tried the fancy-shmancy floss trick and paleo dough is just too thick.)
Lay down new wax paper onto a pan and place your beautiful (by paleo standards 😉 ) cinnamon roll pieces down flat and put into your 350*F oven for 30 minutes, remove and place on plate.
Mix your frosting in a blender so it gets really whipped (I NEVER knew how amazing this worked til now!)
Once your cinnamon rolls have completely cooled COVER THEM IN FROSTING AND ENJOY!
Obviously they aren’t like normal cinnamon rolls but they tasted INCREDIBLE and stomped out every craving we had! Now for the tradition part. I will officially be making these with/for my family every Christmas morning now. I heard of the tradition but obviously is mainly done with traditional cinnamon rolls. I want to show my kids that healthy eating/cooking can be fun, rewarding AND taste just as delicious!
It’s almost Halloween!! Our kids are SO excited. They’ve nearly got their costumes by the front door hahaha! We’re excited for all of the plans we have starting today til Halloween! Pumpkin carvings, haunted houses, festivals, Boo at the Zoo, and ghoulish treats!
For dinner tonight I decided to make the kids some delicious and hilarious looking goodies – Mummy Dogs and ghost bread! I preheated the oven to 350°Fand grabbed a roll of Crescent Rolls, some cheddar cheese and a pack of Oscar Meyer Weiners!
I opened the dough roll, laid it out flat and cut the dough into long strips to make it easier to wrap the dogs in their Mummy Wrappings (I placed the cheese over the weiner before wrapping it) Obviously they weren’t going to eat ALL the weiners so I used the leftover dough to make Ghost Bread (I didn’t have any Halloween cutters so I used a gingerbread man and joined together his legs hahaha!) and BRAINSS (Which was balled up leftover dough with red food coloring)!
I placed the pan in the oven and cooked for about 13-15 minutes! I kept a watchful eye on the ghost bread since they were a little thin (But they got SO fluffy! So they cooked ALL perfectly at the same amount of time!)
Once they were done I dotted eyes on the mummies and biscuits with ketchup and mustard and the kids DEVOURED them! I added a jack n’ cheese cup to their dinner for a cute Halloween extra 😉
It’s little meals like this that really get the kids excited for Halloween AND helps them eat if they’re being picky hahaha!
Today, we decided to have some family also from Louisiana to come over and root for the LSU Tigers with us! So we wanted to have some good drinks to serve everyone that’s also paleo still! SO I just randomly came up with an idea for a drink and it came out amazing! Try it for yourselves and let me know what you thought or what you did differently ❥
We’re going to be thoroughly enjoying these drinks AND some amazing food I’ve got in the works that I’ll also post tonight! Football is back, y’all!
Y’all.. I’m OBSESSED with our new dehydrator! I’ve used it literally everyday! So far.. I’ve mastered jerky and fruit strips. Fruit strips seemed pretty tough at first and after a few epic failures we’ve finally mastered some adult enjoyed and child approved/LOVED fruit strips/leather! It’s SO good. This is just the recipe for fruit strips but I promise to share my jerky recipe VERY soon (My meat OBSESSED Husband very much approves of my method 😉 )
You can use any dehydrator but we really love our Magic Mill! It’s affordable, quiet and works AMAZING. Most dehydrators will come with a tray specific for fruit strips/leather. I begin by making sure my dehydrator is set at 158°F for 10 hours – I spray my fruit tray with non-stick spray (Just incase) and use whichever fruit is going to go bad! (Used blackberries in one but it was SO texture-y because of the seeds) So far, our favorite is JUST bananas! All you need to do is blend up whichever fruit you’re wanting to use and then pour the mixture into the tray (Ours have lips so they don’t spill out). The more mixture the thicker the strips, we like them either way!
It’s good to check it constantly but once they’ve been in the dehydrator for 10 hours (May need longer if you’ve used a TON of mixture!) you can remove them and let them sit out for about 5-10 minutes then you can cut them longways and make them into “fruit roll-ups” our kids have been LOVING this alternative to the sugar-y snack and they love that they’re “being healthy” for their school snacks!
It’s seriously THAT simple. And instead of spending money on unhealthy snacks or money on one tiny strip at a time you can make your own with any fruit you choose or any fruit that’s going bad to avoid ANY waste – And it makes a TON!
Try it out y’all! You’ll love having a healthy treat to turn to and your kids will love the delicious taste of their healthy lunch snacks!
I’ve always wanted to make Chia Seed Pudding but never had the patience to wait for it to set overnight! But I recently had some wonderful inspiration from Just BE Kitchen and their delicious pudding →
So I was inspired to create a delicious version of my own for my family! Instead of cacao powder I added my favorite chocolate protein from Purely Inspired!
I love this recipe because it’s really versatile. You can eat it for breakfast, as a side with any meal or for dessert! And it’s so sweet the kids LOVE it! It’s also really easy to change up (Vanilla instead of chocolate), can add peanut butter/nut butter, add chocolate chips or just anything you can possibly imagine!
I like to add fruit into a glass then scoop my pudding in – Then top with anything yummy I have in my fridge or pantry 😉