Homemade Almond Joy Bars (with allergy and sugar free options)

NOTE: This recipe has been updated to be better than ever.  Please hop on over to Homemade Almond Joy Bars - Revised (dairy free with sugar free option) to see the "new and improved" recipe. Got a craving for something sweet and chocolatey?  Do you love candy bars but wish that they were just a bit healthier? We have some pretty intense sweet tooths in my family.  Especially, that is, my kids ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Chocolate or Carob Bar

Here is a great recipe for a homemade chocolate and/or carob bar.This recipe tops everything. :-)What I mean is that you can basically put it on anything (anything that you want to be sweet, that is) that needs a chocolaty topping, or you can just eat it by itself.Yum.I found a version of it on Whole Approach, a website dedicated to helping folks recover from systemic candida.  ...Read The Full Post

Homemade Nut and Seed Butter

One of the best tips I have for saving money on special diets is to make most of your own foods from scratch. We pretty much make everything here--Easiest Coconut Milk, Easiest Almond Milk, Homemade Rice Milk, Homemade Jello, Homemade Ketchup, salad dressing, Liquid Stevia Drops, Homemade Baking Powder, Homemade Powdered Sweetener, and Homemade Protein Bars.Am I crazy?  Not sure, but it sure ...Read The Full Post

Grain-Free No-Bake Protein Bars

I'm always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my family, especially easy recipes since I am pretty busy.  We love my recipes for healthy chocolate truffles, no-bake cookies, and kale chips, but this recipe for homemade protein bars is one of our all time favorites.It's a great grab and go snack and is full of yumminess that you and your family will love.If you've been buying protein ...Read The Full Post

Easiest Ever Homemade Deodorant

This post comes with a warning....DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.Well, really, what I mean is do not eat your regular deodorant.  And no, I do not know the person in this photo.Yes, I know. You are thinking this is one of those over-the-top blogs about getting all kinds of tubes and scales and measuring tools together along with hard-to-find ingredients so that you can save about $.50 per package ...Read The Full Post

Carob or Chocolate-Coated Almonds

If you love Chocolate Coated Nuts like I do, but don't like the health implications of eating an entire bowl of them in one sitting, this recipe is for you.If chocolate nut ANYTHING is in front of me, I can barely keep from eating them. However, the traditional version is not the healthiest snack in the world.  In the past, when I was eating sugar, I would justify eating them by thinking about ...Read The Full Post

Ajwain and Epazote

Ajwain and epazote are two spices that our bean-loving family couldn't live without.I've highlighted both of them in my post on How to De-Gas Beans, but here is more detail about them.Ajwain is one of the spices mentioned in my post on Savory Hummus.  It, along with epazote, helps with the digestion of beans.Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to other cultures and their ...Read The Full Post

Seasoned Nuts and Seeds

One reader recently told me that she has a hard time getting her children to eat nuts.I have had the same problem with one of my children who pretty much refuses to eat pumpkin or sunflower seeds.I wouldn't normally mind this, but he has life-threatening food allergies to almost all nuts, with the exception of almonds and macadamias, so my options for getting good nutrition into him via ...Read The Full Post

Savory Sesame-Free Hummus

I am always on the hunt for quick, easy, frugal, healthy (and tasty) meals and snack ideas. Well, this recipe for Savory Sesame-free Hummus really fits the bill.This recipe is our version based on one that we found in a Cooking Light magazine years ago.  And I mean years.My path to health started (though now I know that it was not in a good direction) back in my teenage days when my ...Read The Full Post

Teff Waffles or Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Have you heard about Teff before?I've got a really great treat for all today--teff waffles, a recipe for gluten-free waffles that are just delectable.Typically we have simpler foods like this Berry Mousse or Healthy Chocolate Pudding for breakfast, but these gluten-free waffles are a real treat that we love for special occasions.A long time before we went completely gluten-free, I ...Read The Full Post