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Protein Power Balls (GF, Nut Free, Paleo, DF)


Even thought I’m trying to stick with a primarily Paleo diet, I still want to eat treats and I need/want them to be healthy or at least healthier.  My mom (she’s the best) got me some of these Paleo Power Balls, they were ok, a little dry and pretty expensive, there are only TWO balls in each bag!!!  Wow!!  I said I think I could make them myself and I did.



Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls
Orange Cranberry Protein Power Balls


My mom did a recipe detailer and she said that it comes out to about 77 calories per ball.


1 cup coconut butter/coconut manna
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 Tablespoons Collagen Powder
1 teaspoon Beef Gelatin (it is flavorless)
3 Tablespoons Craisins (this keeps it from being AIP and probably not totally Paleo because of the added sugar)
Good pinch of sea salt

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons orange juice

Water or more OJ if needed


I measured the coconut and then I processed in my magic bullet because I wanted it to be fine.  I also processed the craisins, but be careful if you go too far they will start to make a paste, just pulse to desired size, I did mine maybe to rice size or a bit smaller.

Combine in a bowl the processed coconut, craisins, collagen, gelatin, orange zest and salt.  Stir to combine, you might need to kind of knead it a bit with your hand to get it all really combined.  Add in coconut butter, stir/mash around to get incorporated, then stir in the coconut oil and OJ.  Stir and mash around until it is all combined.  The consistency should be similar to cookie dough.

I used this scoop to make the balls and this recipe yielded about 25 power balls.

They will be a little soft but will firm up a bit as they sit.  I like them room temperature but you could put them in the fridge or freezer too, the colder they are the harder/firmer they will be due to the coconut in them.

I made these with bottled OJ and no zest because I didn’t have any oranges on hand and the zest really kicks it up.

If you have a similar or another paleo, nut free protein ball recipe leave a comment and share it!


Gluten Free Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls


First I’d like to say these were way better than I thought they’d be and I thought they would be pretty good.  Also, I was totally surprised at how good they were re-heated…..sometimes/often that is just not true with GF food, especially bread type items.  But these were just as good if not better re-heated.  I saw this on Pinterest, of course, and knew I had to make it GF.  The other thing I love about it is you can switch up the meat and cheese to so many different options.  I didn’t actually make it with ham, I used turkey.  But, I didn’t think hot turkey and cheese sounds as good as hot ham….  So on to the recipe…



1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough – this is mine or in a pinch this one.

3/4 pound deli meat, sliced thin but not shaved (I used turkey)
12 slices of cheese (I used cheddar)


1/2 cup butter
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire (USA Lea & Perrins is GF, other may be too)
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

Heat oven to 375° F
Grease a 9X13 baking dish

Make glaze and set aside.

Roll crust to approximately 13X18 inch rectangle on an oiled sheet of parchment. Oiling is important so your dough doesn’t stick as you roll this up

Top with meat and then the cheese, filling the rectangle, you can overlap if needed.  I should’ve taken a picture of this.  Here’s an image from internet.  I didn’t put mine that close to the edge I left a little room

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Starting on the longer side, begin rolling up tightly.  I used the parchment to do this.  I rolled and then used the parchment to make it as tight as possible. I would roll and then slide my hand across the parchment to set it against itself and then pull the parchment up and roll again, repeating this until the end.  (I hope this makes sense)

Cut into slices 3/4 – 1 inch wide.  Place in prepared pan.

Pour glaze evenly over the rolls.

You can cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours OR bake immediately. I did not try the make ahead, if you do, let me know how that turns out.

I baked immediately for 25-25 minutes, until golden brown.

I think if I refrigerated this I would let it come to room temperature before baking, if not you might need a longer baking time.


Enjoy!!   If you give it a try come back and let me know how it turned out.


Note:  if you use the pizza dough recipe that I shared, this is DF, EF and GF.  So if you used DF cheese this would be DF as well.


Favorite Find Friday – Snacks, Crisps


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Hello!  Back with a favorite find….I know it’s been a while.



This is my newest favorite find.  Off the Eaten Path Rice and Veggie Crisps.

I got this 20 ounce bag at Sam’s Club for less than $6

The are are healthy and delicious snack that I and my kids all love.

They are made with rice, green peas, yellow peas and black beans.

They also contain 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and less the 1 gram of sugars in a 1 ounce serving which is about 15 pieces.  The pieces are a little larger than a half dollar….uh, wait…..I just totally aged myself.  For those of you who remember half dollars, we understand one another!  For, those who don’t know, I’d say about the size of a mini rice cake, only very thin.

They are very crisp and not really flavor packed on first bite, but there’s just something about them that makes you want to eat more!

If you have tried them leave a comment and let me know what you thought.  If you haven’t try to grab a bag and give them a try, unless you can’t eat legumes and then come back and let me know what you thought!  These are GF, DF, Kosher, NF


Happy Gluten Free Snacking.


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Gluten Free Skillet Cookie




This was so good.  I cooked this on the grill but it can be done in the oven too.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or fire up the grill to high.

6 Tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup Mock Better Batter
/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi sweet, but whatever you have on hand)

With a hand mixer cream together the butter and sugars, until creamy.

Add egg and vanilla.  Mix well.

Add flour baking soda and salt.  Mix again until well blended.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spread into 10 inch cast iron skillet.

Bake 10-15 minutes.

On the grill: lower heat just a bit and bake 10-15 minutes.




Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Stuffed Pretzels


sunbutter stuffed pretzels in chocolate


This is a no-recipe recipe.  I haven’t been able to eat peanut butter in years.  I’ve never really been a big fan of sun butter and I can’t eat tree nuts…..Well, I found these honey roasted sunflower kernels at my local Kroger.  One of the best things about these, besides being so tasty, is that their Allergen Statement is: This product is made in a nut free facility. No cross contamination with peanuts, soy nuts or tree nuts has occurred.  I decided that I would make them into seed butter.  With a food processor and a little oil these turn into a fabulous butter.

So for the ingredients:

Seed or nut butter of your choice
GF  pretzel twists (I get mine at Aldi)
Melted Chocolate (I used dark chocolate chips)

Cookie sheet with wax paper

Smear butter on one pretzel, press another atop it, dip in melted chocolate and place on prepared pan.  Chill in fridge if you’re in a hurry and I know I was.

That’s it!  So good.


Favorite Find Friday – Crackers


I found these by chance at Walmart and I was delighted, not only at the taste but the price too…$1.48 for 3 ounce bag.  They are very crisp, light and full of flavor, a little spicy.  They also had plain sea salt crackers, I haven’t tried them yet. 

I found them on the aisle with the regular crackers.  Check out your own grocery and see if they have them.

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Ice Cream)


had my eye on this treat for a while and finally grabbed a box.  They
are definitely a treat $4.99 for a box of three.  It was well worth it. 
The were delicious.  The dark chocolate on the outside was crisp with a
very deep dark flavor and the caramel ice cream was divine, so smooth
and creamy.  These bars are Kosher, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, HFCS Free
and Hormone Free!

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Cookies)


Normally I make my own cookies from scratch.  I just usually like it better that way.  But, every once in a while I just want to eat a cookie and not have to make it.  I grabbed these the other day, after carefully checking the ingredients,  because Pamela’s is notorious for using almond flour.  So, if you have any nut allergies, I’m sure you already check for that.

Funny how things change after you go GF.  Your tastes, your memories of how things tasted.  Things that you didn’t even necessarily like kind of become this fond memory.  Like these cookies…..they remind me of a Chip’s Ahoy cookie, the original one, only mini.  I was never a huge fan of them before, but this is a good imitation of them, and very enjoyable.  I even used them on the S’more Bites, since I didn’t have any graham crackers or cookies.

They aren’t super cheap, which is another reason why I usually make my own cookies.  Any GF cookie that’s worth eating is not too cheap, unless you hit a sale or clearance.    I paid $3.69 for this 7 oz bag at Kroger.

Pamela’s Simplebites
Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Hummus)


I like hummus, it’s good, it’s healthy…..some are better than others (not all are GF).  I usually get Sabra – my favorite is the Roasted Pine Nut.

But, recently my friend, Alex, shared some hummus that was phenomenal.  This is a local company in Asheville, NC called Roots.  They make hummus in eight flavors and also offer salsa and dips.  I can only speak for the hummus, I tried three of the eight flavors (Roasted Garlic, Thai Coconut Curry and Black Bean) and my friends tried a fourth (Extra Hot Chipotle).  I’m not much for hot and spicy, though the Thai Coconut Curry is a tad spicy, it’s so tasty.

The bad news is this is a local company and it’s not available all across the country.  It is definitely worth a look to see if it’s near you.  Even if you’re not a big fan of hummus, this brand could definitely change your mind!  It did for my husband who doesn’t usually like hummus.  He was a big fan of the Thai coconut curry one.


Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Ice Cream Cones)


I was so excited when over a year ago I saw an article in Living Without Magazine that Joy Cones were coming out with  gluten free sugar and cake cones.  Every time I went to the store I would scour the shelves looking for them.  I finally just a couple of months ago found them at Publix.  They were only $2.69 for a box of 12, you can imagine my excitement if you’ve ever bought GF cones before, this was roughly half the price I’ve paid before (a rare treat at that price).  I just found them at Kroger recently too, for $2.48.   I’m sure you will share in my excitement when you find them at your local grocery.  Enjoy your ice cream on a cone!!  If you need a good recipe for homemade ice cream you should give this Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream a try.

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