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Tart and Tasty Lemon Bars (Gluten-Free/No Refined Sugar/Nut and Grain-Free Options)

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I picked over two pounds of Meyer lemons last week which could only mean one thing, I needed recipe for lemon bars!

I prefer a more tart, than sweet, filling. I also love a buttery crust. Usually lemon bars are to sweet for me, so if you like them sweeter, use less lemon juice 🙂

I found two recipes to help with my version of paleo lemon bars, one from Against All Grain, and another from Paleo Cupboard.

After reading the comments of Against All Grain’s version, I decided not to use her recipe because the crust was made with coconut flour. I like coconut flour but felt it would end up being to dense for my taste. I did like that her filling used more lemon juice, so I ended up using more than Paleo Cupboard recommended.

My first batch didn’t even last 24 hours, so be prepared to quickly make a second batch!

Makes 9-12 bars   Prep time: 30 minutes  Cook time: 15 – 20 minutes

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Heathy Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free/Nut and Grain-Free Options)

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These are a delicious, quick breakfast option that can easily be eaten on the go, or just as a yummy snack. They are very filling!

I found the recipe for “The Ultimate Breakfast Cookie”  and needed to change it a bit because my sister-in-law is allergic to bananas. I couldn’t make cookies for breakfast that she couldn’t enjoy, I would’ve felt terrible!

Typically, bananas are a substitute for eggs and butter, so I played around with the recipe and figured out how to make it without bananas. I’m including parts of the original recipe in parentheses in case you prefer to make it with bananas, or applesauce.

I added more cinnamon, so they are quite “cinnamony”, if you don’t love cinnamon like I do, only use one tablespoon. I also used sunflower seed flour instead of almond flour, so they had more of a “seedy” taste, if you don’t want that, use almond flour.

Finally, don’t let the shredded coconut be a turn off. I’m not a huge fan of coconut flavor but didn’t find it over powering, if anything I tasted a lot of cinnamon!

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Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Gluten-Free/Nut-Free Option)

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I love this recipe because I typically have all the ingredients on hand! The inspiration for this recipe was found on My Whole Food Life. I made a double batch on Monday, so they’d last all week. I added a bit more chocolate chips so they were more sweet and “chocolatey” than usual.

I also added chia seeds, I add them to most muffin or “baking type” recipe. I prefer them to flaxseeds because they are an unprocessed, whole-grain.

Two tablespoons of chia seeds contains 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5 grams are omega 3), 12 grams carbohydrates, and 11 grams of fiber. In addition, these little seeds contain 18% of your RDA of calcium, 30% manganese, 27% phosphorous.

They also have decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2…that’s amazing for such an itty, bitty seed!

Another item I added was collagen hydrolysate, I also usually add it to baked goods, smoothies, waffles, etc. It is the powdered, and cold water soluble form of gelatin, so you get the benefits of bone broth from this powder.

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Delicious Plum Preserves

Plum preserves are one of my favorites! My plum harvest was much smaller this year. I’m sure the major pruning we last winter and the drought contributed to the smaller harvest. Thankfully, the fruit is still sweet and juicy like last year, and I still had enough to make preserves!

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Peanut (or Almond) Butter Cups

Years ago, candy was almost a food group for me, I’d eat some every day! Working next to a 7-11 helped maintain my sugar habit. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were one of my favorites.

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Amazingly YUMMY and HEALTHY!

I still enjoy homemade, healthy sweets every now and then. I love it when I find a treat has ingredients full of healthy fat, and nothing fake, or processed.

I found a recipe awhile back from Oatmeal with a Fork that I tweaked to satisfy my taste buds. It is quick, easy, and doesn’t even require using your oven!

It’s so simple, I bet many of you have the ingredients in your pantry right now. I usually make a double batch because we practically inhale them! I’ve made them for guests, and they are always a big hit. So don’t file this away for later, make it now, you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading