15 Gluten and Sugar Free Holiday Treat Ideas

15 Gluten and Sugar Free Holiday Treat Ideas

It’s the time of year when I go into full on holiday baking mode. Cookies, pies, fudge, you name it. But it still doesn’t mean a plethora of refined junky foods, no thanks. Instead, I look at the holidays as an opportunity to get creative and experiment with new sweeteners and flour substitutes. Technically none of these are completely sugar free but they all contain natural unrefined sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar. Refined sugar free just sounded like a long and annoying title.

Here are some of my favourite treats to make for the holidays, as well as some that I really want to try out this year. I think after I write this post I might run to the kitchen and make those paleo gingerbread cookies. I’m feeling a little blue and lethargic today and I have a feeling the smell of cookies wafting through the house is just the fix.


1. Vanilla Bean Macadamia Nut Fudge

Vanilla bean and macadamia nut fudge




2. Maple Pecan Protein Cookies

Maple Pecan Paleo Protein Cookies




3. 4 Ingredient Superfood Truffles

4 Ingredient Superfood Truffles




4. Raw Creamy Chocolate Tarts with Caramel Hazelnut Crust

Raw Creamy Chocolate Tarts with Caramel Hazelnut Crust




5. Paleo “Oatmeal” Cookies


photo courtesy: mynaturalfamily.com



6. Raw Black and White Chocolate Hemp Seed Bark

raw black and white hemp chocolate




7. Paleo Pumpkin Pie


photo courtesy: thelittlepine.com



8. Homemade Ferrero Rochers

homemade ferrero rochers




9. Salted Caramel “Cheesecake” Bars


photo courtesy: paleogrubs.com



10. Raw Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Raw Chocolate Pomegranate Bark




11. No Bake Cardamom Plum and Berry Tart

Add coconut sugar,vanilla and cardamom




12. Chewy Gingerbread Cookies


photo courtesy: theironyou.com




13. Blueberries and Cream Truffles

blueberries and cream truffles




14. Chocolate dipped grain free shortbread


photo courtesy: Acleanbake.com




15. Creamy Chocolate Crunch Bars

creamy chocolate crunch bars


What are your favourite Gluten and Sugar Free Holiday Treat Ideas ?

wishing you a merry


Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 3

Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 3



Wow, it’s already on to week 3 of the whole30! Last time I only made it to about this point before giving up. It was a difficult time to try and do a whole30 because I had just had my little guy and he was only about 3 months old. Sleep deprivation doesn’t help with food craving to say the least. Now I feel a lot stronger and its not so hard. Here’s to a fabulous third week of delicious nourishing food


Paleo Breakfast Muffins by Gal on a MissionCrockpot Cilantro Chicken (prepare for dinner) from Honey Ghee and ME
Leftovers and fresh salad for lunch
Crockpot Cilantro Chicken
Sausage Stuffed Breakfast Peppers from Mama loves foodChicken and Zucchini Poppers from One Lovely Life Creamy Cauliflower and Ground Beef Skillet from the Healthy Foodie
Scrambled eggs with boiled potatoes and ghee Leftovers with a big salad Tropical Turkey Chili from Paleo Hacks
Paleo Breakfast Burritos from Life Made FullAsian Crack Slaw from Worth Cooking Herb and citrus oven roasted chicken from the Comfort of Cooking
Poached eggs with steamed spinach and slivered almonds Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad from Cook Eat Paleo Blackened Cajun Salmo with Avocado Caesar Salad from me
Eggs in a nest from Our Paleo LifeSopa de pollo from meRed Thai Meatball Curry from me
Sweet Potato Apple and Pancetta Hash from Gutsy by NatureLeftovers with and steamed broccoliSlow Cooker Kalua Pig from Nom Nom Paleo


Week 3 Shopping List


  • 3 dozen eggs
  • 8 ounces breakfast sausage
  • 10 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
  • 10  chicken drumsticks
  • 3 lb ground beef
  • 2 lb pork sausage
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 5 lb boston butt roast, bone in or out
  • Pancetta
  • Bacon
  • Your favourite luncheon meat
  • Salmon fillets x2


  • Bell peppers x9
  • Kale
  • Garlic x4
  • Onions x12
  • Ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Lemongrass
  • Kaffir lime leaves
  • Serraro chile
  • Habanero pepper
  • Jalapeno peppers x4
  • Avocados x6
  • Cauliflower x2
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Parsley
  • Mint
  • Green onions
  • Sweet potatoes x6
  • Squash



  • Apples x6
  • Lemons x3
  • Limes x3
  • Oranges x3


  • Sunflower seed butter
  • Sesame seeds


  • Ghee


  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Cinnamon
  • Sage
  • Hawaiian salt
  • Chipotle
  • Chinese five spice
  • Smoked Paprika


  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut aminos
  • ACV
  • Red thai curry paste

Canned Goods

  • Salsa verde
  • 280z can crushed tomatoes
  • coconut milk x3
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Canned tuna x2




Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 2

Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 2


Wow, hey! It’s been a week already. The hardest part is over and I’m starting to feel like a functioning human again. There were definitely a few days of struggle, even with an abundance of healthy and damn delicious food. Once you get into the groove it feels really good. I’ve kicked my long term late night snacking habit which feel pretty awesome.

How’s everybody else doing? Hope you guys liked the meal plan from week 1 of the whole 30. I’m sure if you did the shopping for week one there will be a lot of things that you can ignore on this shopping list. But for clarities sake and to ensure you’ve got all the ingredients, I included them all. Hope it’s not too overwhelming. Happy week 2!


Whole 30 Meal Plan: Week 2

Make homemade coconut yogurt (takes 3 days) Scrambled eggs, bacon and steamed spinach with coconut oilClean out the fridge stir fry with any leftover ingredients from week 1
Shepherd's Pie with an Indian Twist
Majado de verde (mashed plantains) with egg (omit cheese) from Laylita
fresh veggie sticks and fruit with tuna patties from the Gracious PantrySpicy Shrimp Sweet Potato Boats with Avocado Crema from Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Huevos Rancheros from me (omit feta) Lemon Chicken Kale Soup (in the crockpot for dinner) from AIP Lifestyle
Leftovers for lunch and fresh fruit
Coconut yogurt with fresh fruitSalmon and scallop chowder from me (Naked Cuisine) Grilled shrimp cirtus and fennel salad from three beans on a string
Slow cooker mocha rubbed pot roast from Stupid Easy Paleo (make ahead for the evening) Eggs and steamed veg with coconut oilSweet and Spicy Sesame Chicken Drumsticks
from the Healthy Foodie
Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Salmon Gravlax from the Healthy Foodie Mandarin Kale Salad with Ginger (omit coconut sugar) from yours trulyChicken shwarma with lime avocado mayo from the Iron You (omit yogurt and add extra mayo or coconut milk yogurt)
Shakshouka from me Mango avocado salsa on seared salmon from Nom nom paleoLeftovers and whole 30 chocolate pudding from Accidental farm wife


Week 2 Shopping List 


  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 2 lb beef roast
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 3 dozen free range eggs
  • 75g salmon gravlax or smoked salmon
  • 2 lb. shrimp, tails removed and deveined
  • 1.5 lb sockeye or other wild salmon
  • 1/2 lb scallops
  • Nitrate free luncheon meat



  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potatoes x6
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Kale x2
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Ginger root
  • Peppers x3
  • Fennel x2
  • Shallots x2
  • Dill
  • Fresh thyme
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes x4
  • Red chili x2


  • Oranges x6
  • Limes x3
  • Lemons x6
  • green plantains x4
  • Fresh garlic
  • Avocados x6
  • Mango x2
  • Dried figs
  • Bananas x6



  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds


  • Ghee
  • Sesame oil
  • Unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar


  • Red pepper flakes
  • Garam Masala
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Hot sauce with no additives or sugar


  • Cocoa powder
  • Probiotic capsules (for the coconut yogurt)
  • Date paste
  • Coconut aminos
  • Fish sauce
  • Small package of coffee
  • Tapioca starch
  • Chicken stock
  • Almond flour

Canned Goods

  • Coconut milk x4
  • Tuna (Wild and BPA free) x3
  • Crushed tomatoes x1
  • Tomato paste x1


15 of the Best Paleo and Primal Chocolate Recipes

15 of the Best Paleo and Primal Chocolate Recipes

My mom posted this funny meme today on FB

“Chocolate comes from cocoa, which comes out of a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad. The end.”

Well Chocolate or Cacao in it’s raw form is a power house of super food fury. Cacao pods are sooooo beautiful!

 Benefits of Eating Chocolate

  • High in Potassium, Copper, Magnesium and Iron
  • Increased blood flow to the brain and heart
  • Eases PMS
  • Loaded with cancer and disease fighting antioxidants
  • Theobromine in Cacao prevents tooth decay
  • Increased visual acuity
  • The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that people who eat sweets are more helpful and agreeable

…and that’s just a few!

I’ve compiled a list of my favourite Paleo Chocolate Recipes for you to increase your sweetness in life!

1. The Best Paleo Brownies 

Okay so there are a zillion different paleo brownie recipes out there folks, but trust me, this one is the simplest. Simple is good. Simple is chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges. Simple is almond butter, not tapioca, arrowroot and flax made into an egg swirl. Yes this recipe is sure to delight the simplest of happy folks.


2.Paleo Zuchinni Chocolate Cake

I know you have that friend who grows the hugest 10lb zucchinis that win every year at the fall fair. Maybe you are that friend. In any case, this is the time of year where there is more than enough zucchini going around. What elso to do than to make zucchini chocolate cake, the children will never know, muahaha. This cake is so epic, Sonia never ceases to amaze me with her indulgent paleo creations and the photos are to die for! I just want to pick that cuisinart up right now and lick it clean.




3. Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream 

This is a great secret of many a health nut out there, avocado and chocolate are stunning together. The creamy richness and healthy fats in the avocado, take the cocoa to the next level, plus you’ve just created a powerhouse of nutrients. Pretty sure that’s what Mike was going for when he created this delightful summer treat. I would eat this in all it’s variations- popsicle, pudding, fudge, you name it.

ps.haha “Just imagine what would happened if ice-cream was served during Congress hearings. No more
contentious public battles; only bargain and compromise. Politicians for sure wouldn’t be able to talk so much with their mouths full of ice-cream. ”

Ice Cream CAN save the world.

Fudgy Cocoa Avocado Ice-Cream


4. Mandarin Chocolate Truffles 

Some people hate chocolate and orange, and some love it. Personally I’m in the latter category and proud of it. If someone gave me a box of these gorgeous little truffles I would either run away and eat them all, or share with all chocorange haters and convert them instantly. Cause these aint no Terry’s Chocolate Orange folks.


5. Beetroot Cupcakes with Pink Cheesecake Frosting

These are lovely and filled with an air of celebration. Imagine these were what children brought to school on their birthdays? How awesome would that be. I was driving home today and a few young girls in the community had a cupcake stand, gah, cutest thing ever.


6. Magic Cookies

Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk? Good God, tell me you’ve tried this. Tis the goo of the gods. But really all sorts of grandma style recipes calling for condensed milk can now be converted or “paleoized” as the primal desire would state. This giant cookie bar is magic because it contains all good things, nuts, seeds, coconut and chocolate layered to perfection.



7.Paleo Nutella

I remember the first time I had nutella (who doesn’t?) it was a revelation in my hazelnut free world, and supposedly healthy! The amount of backpackers I’ve met who always carry a jar of nutella with them is astounding. There’s just something about the combination of chocolate and hazelnut that makes people go bonkers. Nutella has been around since the 60’s, can you tell me which came first, ferraro rocher or nutella? This paleo version is a new and improved junk-free version. Love it.


8.Chewy Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

Quintessential chocolate chip cookie recipe-check! These are so yummy, and super simple, again almond butter showing it’s amazing prowess in making chewy perfect treats.  The flaked sea salt is not only beautiful but pries out all those rich flavours for our taste buds to fully experience.


 9. Chocolate & Blackberry Fudge Cake

Dang, what a splendid way to enjoy summers blackberries. Without added sugar and totally vegan and paleo, this would be a perfect summer birthday cake. Fudgy oozy gooey goodness doesn’t always come easy when GF and vegan but these guys nailed it, with cute baby eating chocolate photos and an avocado chocolate icing to boot.


10. Dairy-Free Ice Cream Bars

Creamy cashew goodness on the inside wrapped in a magic shell of crunchy chocolate lovin’. These bars are super easy to whip up, and amazingly nutritious. Did you know a handful of cashews is the therapeutic equivalent to a dose of prozac. Good reason to enjoy the awesome ice cream bars.



11. Raw Chocolate Bars with Pumpkin Seeds and Raisins

This is the sort of thing I would devour after an epic yoga session or high intensity workout. High protein, enzyme rich, easy to digest and energizing. These babies are loaded with sunflower seed butter and pumpkin seeds which are high in zinc. If you’ve ever been to GNC and seen those ZMA (zinc,magnesium,B6) supplements, these bars equal the whole food equivalent.



12.The Ultimate Banana Split

Um, holy eff. Fabulous dairy free, vegan, and oh so gorgeous. With the power vested in me I officially rename Michelle the un-Dairy Queen because this is way better than any typical banana split. Plus it’s free of added sugar!



13. Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries

A sweet little spinoff of chocolate covered strawberries, these little red jewels are filled with a luxurious avocado and banana sugar-free chocolate sauce. Easy to make and a great nosh to satisfy your sweet tooth.



14.Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slice

Raspberries are everywhere right now, and we need to stuff our faces with them while we can. Since razzies and chocolate are meant to be together, this full power, dreamy recipe for layered chocolate raspberry slices should be one of your go to raspberry recipes.



15. Mexican Chocolate Honey-Roasted Cashews

These uniquely flavoured crunchy roasted spicy chocolate cashews would be an excellent addition to any trail mix. Everyone’s a sucker for flavourful roasted cashews.






15 of the best Primal Chocolate recipes




What are your fave chocolate recipes? Let me know, I love hearing from you 🙂




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