Week In Review


Monday is here again!

I hope last week went well and your weekend was peaceful, fruitful, and relaxing…as all weekends should be!

A hike in the hills behind our house.

A hike in the hills behind our house.

Our week was a bit hectic with this’s and that’s, Tony traveling here and there for interviews, and a couple of days of us both feeling under the weather. But we still managed to make the most of it.

Friday night we had breakfast for dinner...because bacon is fabulous any time of day.

Friday night we had breakfast for dinner…because bacon is fabulous any time of day.

We had a lovely, relaxing weekend.

Sunday morning breakfast.

Sunday morning breakfast. Sausage and egg scramble with spinach and tomatoes.

Sunday night's dinner grill.

Saturday night’s dinner grill. Grilled veggies with chicken & spinach sausages.

Mornings are getting chilly.

Abigail thinks the mornings are too chilly.

We got some fantastic Monday morning news.

 My husband has accepted an offer with a company and is now once again, employed!

Sunday night's dinner theme, "Go big or go home."

Sunday night’s dinner theme, “Go big or go home.”

It’s been a mixed blessing having Tony out of a job. You may think I’m crazy for thinking being unemployed has been a blessing.

There’s been oodles of stress of course, as we’ve been through so much change over the past three years. But on the other hand, its been an amazing experience to be given the opportunity to step off the merry-go-round and make some important decisions about what we want our lives to look like from here forward. I ran across this quote and I loved it. Because I will tell you with certainty, that no matter what kind of struggles you face, life is packed full of all kinds of blessings all day, every day.


Tony typically travels for work, so with him home, we’ve been able to spend and incredible amount of quality time together. It has been fabulous!

There''s a big rock in the hills behind our property that he has dubbed "smoking rock". Gorgeous views.

There’s a big rock in the hills behind our property that he’s dubbed the “smoking rock”.

The biggest blessing to come out of this crazy life we’ve had for the last couple of years?

The view of our neighborhood from "smoking rock". The neighbors probably think we are looney tunes.

The view of our neighborhood from the “smoking rock”.


The Free Dictionary calls it, “a period at one’s disposal”. And let me tell you, it’s been heavenly.


They say you can never have more of it, but I disagree.

You have to learn to live in the moment and appreciate that experience. That’s the key to making the most of the time we’re given. Just by focusing on the moment, you create the feeling and enjoyment of more time.


So we’ve been focused on soaking up the moments, whatever that may bring.


Our leap of faith to make changes in our life has come back to us tenfold. Being able to focus on what is important makes for a richer, deeper, more incredible life experience. Has it been easy to make a whole heap of life changing decisions? Of course not. Life is not unicorns and rainbows, I don’t need to tell you that!

But, it has been so unbelievably rewarding in so many ways, I wouldn’t trade the stress or uncertainty for anything.

Catching up and visiting with friends.

Catching up and visiting with friends.

Soon we’ll have to get back into the swing of things and learn to manage our time differently again with Tony going back to work. But we’ll take these life lessons we’ve learned over the years and apply them for a more fruitful experience. That’s what so much of life is about. Learning. Learning to tweak and mold and fight for what you want so that you can experience the absolute best of what you’ve been given.

I’m certainly no expert on life, but if I had to give one piece of advice it would be this:

No matter what, take that leap of faith.

My two favorite men in the entire world.

My two favorite men in the entire world.

We’re looking forward to what the next chapter will bring!

Many blessings to you in the week ahead.

~ April


An Attempt At Coconut Milk Yogurt


Last week I found this yogurt maker on Amazon for $24.99.


There’s all kinds of ways to make your own yogurt at home, you don’t necessarily have to have a yogurt maker. You can use your oven light or a cooler with a heating pad. But both of those methods didn’t appeal to me and when I realized I could purchase a yogurt maker for such an inexpensive price, I figured, why not.

Good, dairy free grocery store yogurt is difficult to come by. There are do-able brands like the So Delicious Greek Style Yogurt made with coconut milk and the Amande brand made with almond milk. While both of those are tasty, neither one of them have a real yogurt consistency and they are loaded with refined sugar and additives.


It’s definitely worth it to make your own organic yogurt where you control the sugar and additive content. Making yogurt out of non-dairy milks can be a challenge though. I did the research and there are several methods and all kinds of advice. I wanted it to be as pure as possible so I just added the coconut milk, medicinal honey, and one and a half very high quality probiotic capsules. I take that probiotic daily, so it was convenient to use. If you need to purchase a probiotic for yogurt making (I think that’s the easiest way) make sure you do your research and choose high quality.



The milk needs bacteria to ferment and the bacteria needs sugar to eat and grow.


 I read the simple directions to figure out the quantity of milk I needed, did some research on the internet to try to figure out a good balance between honey and probiotics and I was off to a good start.


You just mix all the ingredients together, pour them in the glass jars (after washing them of course), put the lid on, turn the machine on, and let it sit for 8-12 hours. I let mine sit for 12.


The first thing I noticed after the 12 hours was that the cream had separated to the top.


I could tell that even if I shook it that the cream on top wasn’t thick enough to compensate for all of the liquid on bottom.


So I did a bit more research on “coconut milk separation” and decided to add a bit of gelatin, which I probably should have added at the beginning of the process. Not knowing how much was too much, I just added a little pinch to each jar, gave it a very good shake (1 minute each to dissolve the gelatin), and placed them in the fridge overnight.

By the way, gelatin is excellent for the gut, joints, hair, and nails.


Looked promising when I put them in the fridge…


By mid day the next day they had solidified more than the night before, but still not enough to become yogurt. I shook them again a few times and left them for one more day.


A little improvement but not much. I should have been more generous with the gelatin, but was afraid it would end up too gelantinous.

But all was not lost!


I ended up with a batch of fabulous fermented coconut milk to drink and use in smoothies. Whether it’s solidified in the form of yogurt or not, it’s still excellent for your health. We made vegetable fruit smoothies with some of the fermented milk this morning and they were delicious.

This weekend I’ll try a different brand of organic coconut milk and also increase the gelatin amount.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Paleo Wrap Review



We do not have a good relationship. If we’re talking the meat and vegetables, fruits and seeds kind of Paleo diet, I have no problem with it. But when we start baking things out of coconut flour and almond meal, it all starts going down hill for me.

I’m still learning and experimenting, so I won’t poo-poo the Paleo diet completely, but if you thought going gluten-free was challenging, you’re in for a real treat (enter sarcastic tone here).

So on we go.

Disliking this Paleo-ish adventure I’m on doesn’t stop me from experimenting and trying new things. I ran across these Paleo Wraps (Paleo Inc.) on Amazon a couple of weeks ago and thought, “what the heck, I’ll give them a try.”


They are $10.99 for 7 wraps. That comes out to $1.57 a wrap. If you have a large family ( I do not) of let’s say 2 adults and 4 children, that means you’re going to spend a total of $18.84 for each of you to have 2 wraps. Which of course you would have two or more each if you were making spring rolls or tacos, or that type of meal. I find $19.00 for a family of 6 to have two wraps each, steep. Add the inside ingredients and side dishes and that’s a pretty expensive meal for the average family.

Upon opening them, I was a little shocked to see their lack of moisture and pliability.


They’re extremely thin and kind of remind me of spring roll wraps but not as dry and you don’t have to re-hydrate them. But similar in texture and feel. They smell strongly of coconut which was of no surprise because the ingredients are coconut meat, coconut water, and coconut oil.


Very thin.


The first taste test revealed a sweet and strong coconut flavor. Again, I wasn’t really surprised considering the only ingredients are derived from coconut.


There aren’t any directions on heating the wrap on the back of the bag, just a recipe for a ground beef breakfast wrap where the wrap is not heated or toasted. I was curious to see if it would become more pliable and desirable looking if I browned it in a pan like a regular flour tortilla.


The good news is that the wraps do brown. The bad news is that they become crisp very quickly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. When I tasted the wrap it was crunchy and I immediately thought it would be quite tasty with some dairy free butter melted on top and cinnamon sugar.


For a sandwich wrap though…I would have to start over. With the flame on 4 I very quickly, maybe for 3-4 seconds browned the first side.


Then flipped, and browned for only a couple of seconds.


I removed the Paleo Wrap from the pan and spread olive oil mayo and spicy brown mustard over it.


Then added lettuce, avocado, red onion, home roasted turkey breast, tomato, and bread and butter pickles.


The butter pickles are Bubbie’s brand. My absolute favorite. I ate almost a third of the jar while taking photos. My ankles will not be pleased with the salt this evening.


Once I rolled up the Paleo Wrap, I could pretty much tell it wasn’t going to turn out like I had hoped. Just a bit too stiff. When picked up to take a bite, the wrap doesn’t form around the inside ingredients so has to be held tightly in order to keep things inside.



But still on the somewhat tasty side. Which I think is probably based on 75% of me just wanting something that resembled a real wrap and 25% of really being “tasty”. The ingredients inside the wrap masked the sweet coconut flavor pretty well, which was surprising.

Had I not toasted it, it may have held together a bit better but definitely would have been less appetizing looking and tasting. Toasting it brought some of the oil to the surface which made it seem more like a food item. Without being toasted, my opinion is that the texture and color just falls too far over into the non-food, unappealing category. Kind of like blue jello or that hideous colored ketchup if you know what I mean. It’s still may be ketchup and jello, but something in your brain when it sees that it’s blue is telling you, “don’t eat that!”.

The wrap below is straight out of the package. It does roll, but has to be held together to stay in that form. It’s also possible that if you were to fill it with chopped, smaller items, even if the wrap was toasted, it may stay together a bit easier.


So here’s my overall vote:


3 out of 5. It doesn’t look like food, but neither do spring roll wraps so I’ll give them a break in this category.


Uncooked I will give it a 1 out of 5. I liked that it softened from the ingredients inside, but didn’t become soggy.

 Toasted I will give it a 3 out of 5.


I will give it a 4 out of 5. I think taco ingredients would completely mask the coconut flavor and that the texture of the wrap (very lightly toasted) would work nicely. The only ingredients are coconut, so it is sweet and tastes like coconut. Toasted, even to the crisp point, I think it would be very tasty with some fruit sauce and whipped coconut cream, or like I mentioned above, melted dairy free butter and cinnamon sugar.

Green Tea Golden Milk


Have you tried golden milk? It’s an amazing gut healer and anti-inflammatory.


Lately, I’ve been drinking green tea with half a lemon and medicinal honey first thing every morning. It’s a fantastic liver tonic (gets things flushing through your liver) and a refreshing way to start the day. I neglected to grab lemons at the store yesterday so decided to switch it up a bit this morning.


I’ve just recently started using hemp milk. It took me a long time to embrace anything other than almond milk for drinking. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say? The great thing about hemp milk is that it’s thick and rich, unlike almond or rice milk. So when you make this wonderful green tea golden milk, you’ll feel like you’re having something dessert-ish and special, when you’re really not because you’re loading up on the perfect ratio of omega 3’s and 6’s, plant-based protein, SDA, GLA, and amino acids. And that’s just in the hemp.

The cinnamon’s scent alone boosts brain function (a good thing at the beginning of your day) and ingesting ground cinnamon balances blood sugar. Turmeric is absolutely packed with incredible health benefits. It’s a major anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, lowers your risk of brain diseases, heart disease, and cancer when consumed on a regular basis. 


Manuka honey is a medicinal honey from New Zealand and naturally fights bacteria. It also stimulates your immune system, promotes digestive health, and is also a proven anti-inflammatory.

Organic Coconut Oil also has a large list of benefits. It’s great for gut health, it’s a healthy fat, it kills bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It can improve your cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease.


Have you ever watched the video of the doctor whose husband has Alzheimer’s Disease? She started him on coconut oil and tracked his progress. It’s amazing. It’s an absolute must watch.

And of course, last but not least, green tea. I use decaf because caffeine and I don’t get along. It still has just as many benefits without making me feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin. Green tea burns fat, improves brain function, kills bacteria, lowers your risk of diabetes, and lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

So there you have it.

A simple, amazingly healthy, naturally medicinal, positive, start to your day.

And when you start your day off on such a positive note, it makes it perfectly acceptable to have leftover gluten free, dairy free, pizza for breakfast.


Green Tea Golden Milk

* Makes 1 Serving

1 1/2 Cups of Hemp Milk

1 teaspoon of Organic Ground Turmeric

1 teaspoon of Organic Ground Cinnamon

1 Organic Green Tea Bag (I use decaf)

1 – 1/2 teaspoons of Manuka Honey 400+

1/2 teaspoon of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Bring the milk, turmeric, and cinnamon almost to a boil while whisking until fully incorporated. Once the sides of the pan begin to bubble, reduce the heat to keep a consistent tiny simmer, but do not boil. Add the tea bag. Gently stir for about 5 minutes allowing the tea bag to steep.

Remove from heat, remove the tea bag and squeeze. Add the honey and coconut oil and stir until incorporated.


A Walk In The Park & Chocolate Pots De Creme


How was your weekend? Hopefully it was filled with fun and relaxation. We originally had plans for company but had to cancel because I’ve been feeling under the weather. I couldn’t muster the energy to entertain a house full of people. Typically unlike me because I love that kind of thing, but Lyme Disease changes the rules now and then. I’ve had to learn how to reconsider plans and be honest when I don’t think my energy level is up to certain activities. Doing that without feeling weird and guilty is harder than you would think!

Nishinomiya Japanese Garden ~ Manito Park

Nishinomiya Japanese Garden ~ Manito Park

When I’m having an illness flare up, energy is hard to come by and being bombarded with flu-like symptoms and joint pain make it difficult to visit or do anything but mill around the house and rest. But thankfully, by Sunday I was feeling a little better and wanting  to get out of the house for some fresh air regardless of some lingering symptoms.

The Japanese Gardens symbolize a friendship between our home town and Nishinomiya Japan.

The Japanese Gardens symbolize a friendship between our home town and Nishinomiya Japan.

Lyme flare ups can last anywhere from a couple of days to weeks, to months, and for some people, even years. It’s unsettling, because it’s not like the flu or a cold which you’re pretty much assured will be completely resolved in a week. So when I have a flare up I have to try really hard not to listen to that panicked voice that tries to tell me I could feel like that forever.

There's a huge Koi pond in the middle of the Japanese Gardens.

There’s a huge Koi pond in the middle of the Japanese Gardens.

Luckily, I also have that other voice that has the need to fight it and only give it enough acknowledgement for a very hot shower, some essential oils for nausea, and a potent anti-inflammatory. Maybe some vertigo stretches and possibly a neck massage from my husband. Then I give it the middle finger, and I plan something to do. Even if it’s just that I muster enough energy for a small walk with the dogs to get some fresh air and remind myself there’s a world going on outside of my head.


People with chronic illnesses often have some level of feeling sick and gross every day. I am in that boat, but I’ve gotten used to it and unless I’m having a major flare up, I can usually get past it and typically no one is the wiser. Once I got up and moving on Sunday and drank one of my favorite healthy smoothies, I had talked myself and my husband into a relaxing and beautiful walk at Manito Park with the dogs.


I realized when we moved to NH that I took pictures of all kinds of local, interesting, places, but had very rarely done that in our home town! Nothing like moving away for a couple of years to help you to appreciate the beauty in your own backyard.


I’ve found that a chronic illness also helps you to appreciate all kinds of things that are so easily taken for granted. Even the tiniest of things, like a walk in the park and this beautiful scenery.


So anyhoo, we’re still having absolutely fantastic weather for September. 89 degrees! I can’t remember a time when we had consistent summer weather throughout September. It’s been a wonderful, long, season. And thoroughly enjoyed I might add, without the horrific bug population we had in New Hampshire.


At the park we strolled, and looked at flowers, and smelled the roses in the rose garden.


Without even bending down to smell the roses the entire garden was filled with all types of heady scents.

My iPhone does not do it justice.

My iPhone does not do it justice.


We strolled, and smelled, and soaked in the late summer sun…and  tried to keep the dogs from chasing squirrels. Romeo at one point didn’t even care that he was on leash. Good thing he has a strong neck and Tony has a strong shoulder. After that episode the extendo leash became a short leash.


A small outdoor cafe to grab a snack or a bite to eat for lunch.

A small outdoor cafe to grab a snack or a bite to eat for lunch.

The other half of the park which includes an enormous duck pond, picnic areas, and play areas for children was being worked on. The pond was being drained and reinforced. We’ll have to show you pictures of that area next spring.

Here’s a picture of the pond I found online.

Photo courtesy of Sondahl.com

Photo courtesy of Sondahl.com

Even the storage cottages are beautiful.

Even the storage cottages are beautiful.

There’s a large greenhouse which does not allow pets so I couldn’t take you in there on this visit. It’s really something to see and experience. They have all types of flowers and plants and there are even plants that have been there since I was a child. They decorate for the holidays and do seasonal flowers as well. And the smell…just heavenly. I’ll have to make sure to post pictures during the holidays.


Here’s a peek into the greenhouse I found online.


A very large perennial and butterfly garden.

A very large perennial and butterfly garden behind the greenhouse.

After the beautiful stroll through the park we went to a local grocery store/deli/cafe in that same are of town for a few groceries and some soothing hot soup and antipasto salad for lunch. We ate in the car because we certainly could not leave the dogs in the car in the heat and we were so hungry I forgot to take pictures of the food! Once home the husband went straight to the television to watch the Seahawk’s and Broncos play and I tried to figure out something easy we could have later for dinner and dessert. Dinner was flat bread pizza made with Chebe Focaccia Mix. So good and easy. I order it by the case on Amazon. They sell GF DF (and they are Paleo), mixes.  If you go to the recipe area on their website you can find all kinds of delicious ideas and ways to tweak their recipes to fit your needs.

Make the mix according to the directions (minus the cheese), add a Tablespoon each of dried oregano, basil, and a couple teaspoons of dried garlic. Roll out flat onto a pizza pan. Pre-bake the crust for 12 minutes, add your favorite toppings, and bake for 20 minutes.

Make the mix according to the directions (minus the cheese), add a Tablespoon each of dried oregano, basil, and a couple teaspoons of dried garlic. Roll out flat onto a pizza pan. Pre-bake the crust for 12 minutes, add your favorite sauce toppings, and bake for 20 minutes. Our toppings were tomato paste with herbs, vegan pesto, Diaya cheddar “cheese”, spinach, crumbled sheep feta, GF DF spicy sausage, red onion, mushrooms, bell pepper, goat mozzarella, and GF DF pepperoni.

Dessert was the most simple chocolate pots de creme ever. I mean seriously, maybe 7 minutes prep and then two hours to set in the fridge.


I adapted the Food Network’s recipe for Chocolate Pots De Creme to fit my allergen needs. I love how versatile coconut milk can be. This pudding turned out incredibly creamy and rich.


I was amazed by the whipped coconut cream. This is the first time I’ve used this brand, and it whipped up exactly like regular heavy cow’s cream. In the past when I’ve tried to make coconut whipped cream it’s been a struggle to get it to hold together.

This is a picture of the whipped cream on the 2nd day. It settled only a tiny bit and was still fluffy and creamy. So impressed with it!

This is a picture of the whipped cream on the 2nd day. It settled only a tiny bit and was still fluffy and creamy. So impressed with it!

There’s a lot of little things in life out there waiting to be appreciated that we often take for granted. Even when you’re feeling under the weather it’s possible to focus on the positive and enjoy whatever little adventures the days bring.  I’d say that even though our weekend hadn’t ended up as planned, it still turned out to be enjoyable and delicious.


Chocolate Pots De Creme

1 -10 ounce Bag of Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips (Enjoy Life)

3 Cups of Full Fat Coconut Milk (Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk-Classic)

6 Large Organic Egg Yolks

5 Tablespoons of Coconut Crystals (or granulated sugar or powdered sugar but it won’t be low glycemic)

1/2 teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso granules (I use decaf)

1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt

Place the chocolate in a blender. Whisk the milk, 3 cups of coconut milk, egg yolks, coconut sugar, coffee granules, and salt in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the spatula and almost boiling, 5 to 6 minutes.

Immediately pour the milk mixture over the chocolate in the blender. Let it sit for about 3-4 minutes. Cover and hold the lid with a thick kitchen towel; blend until combined and smooth. Divide the chocolate mixture among ramekins or small cups and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

For the Coconut Milk Whipped Cream: 

Two cans of Full Fat Coconut Milk (I used the Native Forest) Refrigerated for at least 2 hours

2-3 teaspoons of Coconut Crystals 

1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

Open the cans of coconut milk carefully and scoop out ONLY the solid coconut at the top of each can into a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Mine went about 1/3 of the way into the can. (Save the coconut water for smoothies!) Turn the mixer on medium high and whip until it starts getting thick. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip until the sugar is melted, maybe one minute or less. I put leftovers in the fridge and it remained set up and hadn’t separated at all the next day when we had a second helping. This is perfect for making ahead when having guests. 

Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies


It’s that time of year when spicy comfort foods start making their way into the kitchen. Although, we’re still having warmer weather than usual, we’ve started having chilly mornings and evenings.

So chilly in fact, that rather than give up our evenings on the back patio, we purchased a fire pit. Now we can enjoy the chilly evenings and extend patio sitting hopefully well into the end of October…maybe even into November if we’re lucky and willing to bundle up.


I was feeling under the weather Tuesday and Wednesday and didn’t do much but run an errand or two in the morning Wednesday. That tuckered me out so I spent the remainder of the day horizontal on the couch, drinking tons of water and watching movies with the husband. I’m only good for that for about one day unless I’m feeling really terrible. Then I start to feel antsy and the to-do list starts creeping in outweighing the need for rest.

The dough is very sticky and spreads quite a bit while baking.

The dough is very sticky and spreads quite a bit while baking.

Thankfully, once I got up and moving this morning, I realized I was feeling much better. Still clunky, but not nearly enough to endure another horizontal day.

They'll puff in the oven, flatten toward the end of baking time, and then crackle on top.

They’ll puff in the oven, flatten toward the end of baking time, and then crackle on top.

I managed to roast an organic turkey, put the sliced meat in the freezer for sandwiches and turkey pieces in the freezer for soups. Then I wrestled with the carcass and put it in the crockpot for bone broth which will simmer for 24 hours. It’s so good for you, it’s worth the wrestling and once you get it taken apart and into the crockpot, it’s easy peasy from there.


Once that was done and the dogs and I had filled our tummies on little turkey pieces (and that salty skin of course…SO good), I was craving a cookie…which of course, we didn’t have. The only sweet thing I have in the house is a bag full of dairy free chocolate chips and maybe a bag of prunes. Not liking the sound of prunes as my sweet snack I mustered the energy to bake a quick batch of these fabulous Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies.


A productive and tasty day and not too bad for coming off of a couple of sick days.



Lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

Ginger Molasses Chocolate Chip Cookies 

This recipe was adapted from gourmandeinthekitchen and is gluten-free, dairy free, and paleo.

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees, makes 15 cookies

1 Cup of Organic Cashew Butter (or any nut butter)

3 Tablespoons of Unsulphered Molasses

2 Organic Eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons of Freshly Grated Ginger (peeled)

3/4 Cup of Coconut Sugar

1/4 Cup of Coconut Flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 1/4 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of Ground Allspice

1/2 teaspoon of Iodized Sea Salt

2 Grinds of Fresh Pepper

1/2 Cup of Dairy Free Mini Chocolate Chips 

Mix the cashew butter, molasses, eggs, and ginger in a stand mixer until fully combined and smooth. In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, soda, cinnamon, allspice, sea salt, and pepper. With mixer on low, mix the dry with the wet ingredients just until combined, scrape down sides. Add the chocolate chips and beat on medium high for 10-15 seconds until combined. 

Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto parchment covered baking sheets. 7-8 per sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes until edges are just barely beginning to turn golden. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to cooling rack.

Pumpkin Spice Buckwheat Bake


This recipe is adapted from my sister-in-law, Alysia’s recipe for Buckwheat Bake.

She adapted hers from a friend’s recipe.


It’s made with buckwheat groats. You just simply grind them into flour in your blender. I’m not sure why they don’t just use buckwheat flour…I’ll have to ask her that the next time I see her. It does have a different color than the buckwheat flour I have in my pantry. Buckwheat flour when cooked takes on a bit of a purple-ish hue, these buckwheat groats do not. But I must say, there was something very satisfying about making my own flour. I have a Vitamix so it went from seed to flour in under 20 seconds.


You grind the flour, add the salt, water, and chopped nuts before you go to bed. Stir, cover, and let it do its thing while you get your rest. That’s why I don’t have any prep pictures for you. I thought I’d spare you the terrible late night lighting.

Have you read up on why it’s so important to soak nuts? It’s enlightening. For those of you who have issues with nuts, that could very possibly be a thing of the past if you soak them.


I’ll be honest, I had my doubts about this recipe. So far I have not been very impressed with grain free baking.


But this has me surprised and excited…and relieved that it is absolutely delicious! And also very good-looking without being doctored up. So many grain free recipes I’ve run across, I can tell they’re being doctored with other items to hide the unsavory texture or color.


There’s all kinds of sneaky secrets in food blogging and photography. That’s annoying to me and you can always count on me to be honest with you. This is SO versatile. You can add any type of nut, coconut, grated carrots, probably grated zuchini…sweet potato, all different kinds of spices and dried fruits, chocolate, banana, garlic, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes…the options are endless.

It also has me wondering if you can bake it in two bread pans, slice it, and bake it again for biscotti…hmmm…or made in a french bread pan with savory add-ins as more of an artisan baguette…an interesting idea for later.


My sister-in-law adds syrup, nuts, raisins, and cinnamon to hers. Her friend is more of a purist and prefers hers plain.

What I love about it is that it can easily be made sweet or savory.


The texture reminds me a little of carrot cake. Dense but not too dense, a nice crumb, but doesn’t fall apart the minute you touch it like many grain free items.


And for you non-grain purists, please remember that Buckwheat is related to sorrel and rhubarb and comes from the seeds of a flowering plant. It is not a grass and is therefore, not a grain. A fantastic option for grain free eating. Hallelujah and amen. No coconut flour or almond meal  here.


Pumpkin Spice Buckwheat Bake

The night before you want to make the buckwheat bake:

2 1/2 Cups of Organic Buckwheat Groats, ground into flour

3 Cups of Filtered or Bottled Water

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Sea Salt

1/2 Cup of Organic Walnuts, chopped

Grind the buckwheat groats in a high-speed blender until it turns to flour, pour it into a large bowl and add 3 cups of water, sea salt, and chopped walnuts. Stir to combine and cover with plastic wrap.

The next morning: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 Cup of Organic Ground Flax

1 Cup of Organic Raisins

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder

1/2 Cup of Coconut Sugar

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 1/2 teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

Add everything into the wet ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon. Spread batter into a 9×13 inch baking dish and cook for 23-29 (it will vary depending on the ingredients you use) minutes, or until knife comes out clean. Serve with dairy free butter and organic, raw, honey.