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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!


Favorite Find Friday – Snacks, Crisps


Favorite Find Friday2


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 Blueberry Biscuits


Gluten Free Blueberry Biscuits
before baking

Have you always been gluten free, or was there a time when you ate gluten? Well, before (since January 2010) I was GF I did eat gluten because I didn’t know that is what was causing all my stomach issues.  Anyway, I digress…. Have you ever had a Bojangles Blueberry Biscuit?  Well, my husband and I were discussing those as well as the cinnamon biscuits they make and that totally inspired me to make some.  I didn’t add the icing to them but that would totally have made them even better than they were and next time I will do it.  This is also a great recipe to get your kids cooking with you.  They can cut biscuits, place on baking sheet, drizzle glaze.  Build memories that will last a lifetime.

1 recipe of your favorite biscuits  ( I used the Angel Biscuits from my
Thanksgiving eBook.)
1 cup blueberries (I used frozen, straight from freezer)
3 Tablespoons softened butter
1/4 cup brown sugar

Make your biscuit dough according to your recipe.
Roll out to between a 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick and about 9 X 13 in size.
Spread 1 Tablespoon of the softened butter over the dough, sprinkle a 1/3 of the brown sugar over that and then a 1/3 of the blueberries.  Fold the dough over the toppings in thirds.  (I wish I’d taken a picture of this.) Then roll out again, it will be more difficult now, work quickly or the blueberries will start to thaw, and repeat the steps.  Cut the biscuits in desired sizes.

Place on parchment lined sheets.  Bake according to your biscuits directions.



Let cool slightly.  While they cool you can whip up the glaze real quick.

Simple powdered sugar glaze:

3/4 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons milk or water
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a bowl put the powdered sugar, 1 Tablespoon of the liquid and the vanilla.  Stir together until smooth add more liquid as needed.  Just do it sparingly because sometimes glazes seem like they need more liquid but keep stirring and be sure it does or then you run into the whole add more powdered sugar – more liquid saga.


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.


Gluten Free Instant Oatmeal Packs




I used the recipe here for making this.  I usually soak my oats the night before I make oatmeal, but needed to send a quick breakfast for my son and this was perfect.  It took less than 15 minutes to put this together.


5 cups GF rolled oats (divided use)

1 cup brown sugar OR sucanat

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)


Put 1 1/2 cups oats in magic bullet/blender/food processor, pulse until ground  up a bit not to powder though.  In a large bowl combine the whole oats and the pulsed oats with sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.  Divide this up into baggies – 1/2 cup mixture in each.

To make the instant oatmeal.  Put “packet” into a bowl and pour 3/4 cup boiling water over it.  Stir.  Cover and let sit 5 minutes.  Stir and eat!

Optional add ins:

Dried fruit (raisins, craisins, cherries)
Cocoa Powder

Shredded coconut
Mashed banana
Fresh or frozen berries



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Gluten Free S’more Rice Krispies Treats


GF S'more Rice Krispies Treats


6 cups GF rice krispies cereal

10.5 oz mini marshmallows

4 Tablespoons butter

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups GF graham cracker pieces

Butter an 11X7 inch pan.

In a large pot melt butter, add marshmallows.  Stir until melted.  Add rice krispies and graham cracker pieces.  Stir well, until fully combined.  Let cool slightly and gently stir in chocolate chips.

Butter your hands and press into buttered pan.


Gluten Free Sausage McGriddler


I have not had anything from McDonald’s in over 4 years.  But, if I were going to have something, which I’m not.  This is one of the things I would get.  I loved these, back in the day – the days before gluten free and  before making healthier food choices.  But, I digress…..I was thinking about breakfast, faster easier, yet still super yummy breakfasts and I thought I can totally recreate this.  These are super delicious, while not an actual recreation, I didn’t make maple syrup bits to put in the pancakes, I just used the syrup.

                                                      McGriddler Shown has the optional egg.

I made a batch of protein pancakes in my cookbook.  I’m sure you could use your favorite recipe.  I made them a bit on the thick side.

I made homemade cooked sausage patties to match the size of the rings.

English Muffin Rings

Optional fried egg.  I prefer mine with no egg.

Maple syrup for drizzling pancake muffins while cooking.

Make the pancake batter.  Heat griddle.  Place rings on there, as many as fit, spray the rings with cooking spray.  Ladle batter into rings, about 2/3 full, drizzle each with a bit of maple syrup.  Cook like you would pancakes, once they are set up and ready to turn pull the rings off.  If they start to stick a bit run a knife carefully around the ring to release them.  These are going to be thicker than pancakes. 

If you want yours with egg you can fry eggs for them.

Put them together:  pancake, sausage, optional egg, pancake. 

Now we ate these right away, but I bet you could make them ahead and freeze them. 

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Favorite Find Friday – Snacks (Muffins)


I am always on the look out for easy to grab and go snacks.  I do not like to get caught out without the ability to eat something if necessary or worse eat something that may or may not be safe.  So, when I saw these muffins in the clearance section (frozen) and Kroger I grabbed a few packs.  I got them on clearance for $1.  Regular price, I’m assuming, is around $2.  Which is a little pricey, but if you have to choose between something you know is safe to eat, not eating or worse, eating something that’s questionable.  I think that $2 is worth it.

These are sold in the frozen section at my Kroger.  I have tried the zucchini and the chocolate chip.  They are both good.  Another benefit for those of us with food allergies is that they are not only gluten free, they are nut free, soy free and dairy free also! 

I would definitely give them a try if you can find them in your area.

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