Lavender Rosemary Butter Cookies

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Last summer my mother and I braved the tiny, windy roads of Southern France, frequently getting lost, but enjoying mountainside towns, local artisans, and colorful farmers markets.  At one point, we pulled our car off the side of the road to visit a farmer’s lavender stand, which turned out to be his old farm house.  He had buckets of dried lavender and fresh lavender soaps.  As I conversed with him in French, I discovered that he and his father had been farming their whole lives.  We spoke of the traditional ways of extracting oils and how the countryside turns bright purple in the summer during lavender harvest.  He gave us a huge bag of bright red and juicy cherries to munch on the drive home.

Enjoy this buttery cookies or as the French would say les biscuits!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 T coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 8 T butter, softened
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T dried lavender
  • 1 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Raw honey, optional

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl toss together flours, baking soda, and chopped rosemary.
  • Using the back of a wooden spoon (or mortar and pestle) gently crush the lavender to release the oils.  Add this to the dry mixture.
  • Whip butter and maple syrup. Fold in flour and mix until the dough comes together.
  • Shape dough into a log shape and wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Unwrap dough and slice into 1/2 inch round cookies.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • While the cookies are still warm, brush with raw honey if desiring something slightly sweeter.IMG_0013

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Cheesy Bacon Griddle Cakes

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Today is my Dad’s birthday—if it were up to him, he would possibly eat cheese and bacon for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I put together these savory pancakes as a special birthday treat combining his favorite foods!

When I was little, I used to stand at the edge of the kitchen counter helping my dad make pancakes on weekend mornings.  On special occasions we would pack up the car and take our camping stove to the beach to enjoy a hot pancake breakfast.  My dad has inspired me to keep a tradition of relaxing weekend breakfasts.

Sweet maple syrup is the perfect addition to these salty griddle cakes.

Happy Birthday Dad! Thank you for always encouraging me to excellence!

Bon Appetite, Caroline

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup kefir or buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions

  • Warm griddle to medium heat.
  • Melt a pad of butter to grease the griddle.
  • Using a large spoon scoop batter into heated griddle.  Edges should immediately bubble.
  • Flip and cook on the other side—do not overcook as almond flour will quickly dry out.
  • Serve with butter and sweet maple syrup.

I use pastured pork bacon from US Wellness Meats.  The pigs are farm raised and happily forage for grubs and roots.  Their bacon is cured without preservatives or added sugar.IMG_0054

Frozen Chocolate Crunch Bites

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As a little girl, one of my favorite snacks was my mom’s rice krispie treats.  Of course, knowing my mother, she made them without the marshmallows and instead used peanut butter to hold them together.  For a grain-free alternative, the shredded coconut in these rich and creamy treats provides a bit of crunch!

These sweet little bites are packed with protein, quality, and taste!  Quick to make, they are perfect for an afternoon snack on a hot summer day.  Because coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, they will melt quickly in your hands so be sure to keep them cool until ready to enjoy!

Cacao and maca powders are wonderful ancient super foods containing anti-oxidants, minerals, & vitamins and have been shown to enhance moods and focus.  Maca is a root that grows high in the mountains of Peru and as an adaptogen it nourishes the endocrine system and boosts adrenal function.  The combination of cacao and maca will stimulate your energy, boost your stamina, and put a smile on your face.

Enjoy these sweet bites of rich, chocolatey goodness—a perfect grain-free snack for all ages!

Ingredients

*For a sweeter affair, stir in chopped dark chocolate pieces.

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment/waxed paper.
  • Combine all ingredients and mix together.
  • Using cookie/ice cream scoop, drop chocolate balls onto lined baking sheet.
  • Immediately place in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy and store remaining chocolate bites in the refrigerator (if there are any left!).

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