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Raisin Clusters

raisins clusters  

If you like coconut and you like candy - these little treats are the best!

These are GAPS friendly and are actually good for you. You can add a variety of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, or different extracts to give them a variety in taste. Have you tried other no-bake treats? Steph's Energy Bites, or Amee's Date Balls I store these in the freezer. When I want one I take out and let sit for just a couple of minutes and devour.

Ingredients:

1 cup Coconut Butter

1 - 2 TBSP Local Honey

2 TSP Organic Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Raisins

Other Nuts and Seeds Optional

Mix coconut butter, honey, and vanilla until creamy. Add in your raisins. Use your hand or a small scoop to form 1 inch balls. Place the ball on a glass baking dish or a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Press down to flatten the bottom. Repeat with each one. Place the baking dish in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes to allow candies to harden. Once chilled put the into a air-tight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

original recipe inspired by Internal Bliss Cookbook

Homemade Coconut Butter

coconut butter YES!! you Can make your own coconut butter.

All you need is Full Fat Unsweetened Coconut

and a reliable blender

Instructions

Homemade Coconut Butter: Take your shredded coconut  and simply blended it in your blender for about 3-5 minutes. (Note: If you use a food processor, blend for 10-ish minutes.) That's all there is to it!

Side note: Depending on where you live--and the temperature/altitude--you might have trouble with this recipe. It works perfectly for me, just a little patience. Coconut butter is very temperamental and reacts oddly in different climates. So please know before trying that there's a chance this recipe might not work for you. Also, if it refuses to turn to butter for you, it might be worth a shot to add some coconut oil to the blender... sometimes that fixes things right up!

These instructions are provided by Chocolate Covered Kate's Blog. She has a FAQ page to guide you along.

 

Grain Free Nut Free Pumpkin Pancakes

pancake The world according to pumpkin facts over one billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the US.  Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables. Pumpkins are low in calories, 100 grams of pumpkin produces around 26 calories of energy. Thanksgiving is a time that I pull out all my favorite pumpkin recipes.

Pumpkins were an important food source for the pilgrims, as they stored well, which meant they would have a nutritious food source during the winter months. It is documented that pumpkins were served at the second Thanksgiving celebration. When mentally picturing an early Thanksgiving, we usually think of a Pilgrim woman in a bleached starched white apron holding a pumpkin pie with a perfectly fluted crust . The truth is in fact, quite the opposite. The Pilgrims cut the top off of a pumpkin, scooped the seeds out, and filled the cavity with cream, honey, eggs and spices. They placed the top back on and carefully buried it in the hot ashes of a cooking fire. When finished cooking, they lifted this blackened item from the earth with no pastry shell whatsoever. They scooped the contents out along with the cooked flesh of the shell like a custard. Yumm! The Pilgrims were also known to make pumpkin beer. They fermented a combination of persimmons, hops, maple sugar and pumpkin to make this early colonial brew.

I did not make pie or beer but I did create a pumpkin pancake that the kids loved! The best part is they are grain free and nut free. Double bonus!

Let's Get Started

Yields about 8 - 10 3" pancakes.

4 eggs at room temp

2 heaping TBL of pumpkin  I used this kind

1 TBL Honey

1/4 - 1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

cinnamon to taste

nutmeg to taste

ghee or coconut oil to fry your pancake

The down and dirty:

combine your eggs, pumpkin, and honey in a food processor. slowly add in your dry ingredients. You want the batter drippy enough that it comes off the spoon easily, and spreads out in your pan. If you get it to dry - add a little bit of water to thin it out. Fry up in your pan - be cautious when flipping. These were delicious with a serving of honey or maple syrup on top.

Enjoy ~