Pecan Bark


I’ve been looking through my books and blog posts to see which recipes are already low in vitamin A and which can be easily altered. This one is a winner. It is highly adaptable for everyone with dietary restrictions so we can all have candy for the holidays! You can substitute any nut or seed butter for the coconut manna in the original recipe, just be sure you get one that is not too thin. Almond butter, pecan butter, macadamia butter, etc. are good choices.…

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Family trip to Kauai, 50th Anniversary, Hawaiian recipes: Chocolate Macadamias and Shave Ice. So much catching up to do! I came back from a family trip to Hawaii with stories to tell and ideas to share. Dean and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in June and our kids treated us to a party while we were all together on Kauai. My husband put together a slide show hitting some of the high points of our life together; some that even our kids didn’t know about…

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Good Fat Fudge on Plate 1

“A truly dramatic shift in Americans’ eating behavior is playing out in the area of fat consumption. Animal fats, demonized for decades as prime contributors to obesity and heart disease, are being rehabilitated as new research calls their culpability into question. The emerging generation of Millennial consumers has embraced animal fats for their chemical-free purity, and at the same time the Food and Drug Administration has outlawed artificial, plant-based trans fats. The net result is a big, fat renaissance for classic ingredients like butter, lard,…

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YOU DID WHAT TO THAT EGG? (Chocolate-stuffed, deep-fried eggs)

I came across a recipe for chocolate-stuffed, deep-fried, hard-boiled eggs in a classic Italian cookbook. The instructions were sketchy and the ingredients list didn’t give amounts for some things. I had my doubts, but tried to follow the directions as written; it was a total disaster. (The coating didn’t stick and the filling leaked into the oil making a spluttering mess.) I looked online to see if I could find another version of the recipe, probably passed down from someone’s Italian grandmother, in case it…

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We are most vulnerable to the lure of junk foods when the munchies strike and we just want a quick snack. These handy, healthful, and portable bars can help you resist the doughnuts in the break room or the pizza, pretzels, and cinnamon buns at the food court. I prefer to make my own bars because it is really easy and I can control what is in them. I use quality ingredients and my bars are not cooked so those ingredients stay fresh and the fats…

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I had a request for a recipe for chocolate chips and I realized that I didn’t have one on the blog. This one is adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance. You can pour it out in a sheet and chop it up to make chips or you can make candy cups, bars, or fruit and nut clusters. CHOCOLATE CHIPSAdding liquid to melted chocolate is a big no-no. After years of making my chocolate chips with powdered, dry sweetener, I hit on…

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CHOCOLATE ALMOND PROTEIN BARS These chewy, fudgy bars are made with the same sweetener used in Quest bars, which can now be purchased for home use.  The basic recipe has only two ingredients and can be made in minutes. Endless variations are possible depending on what flavors and add-ins you use. For my first version I used cocoa and chopped nuts. So easy; so good! Ingredients: 2 tbsp cocoa powder 6 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder (I used MRM brand) Tiny pinch of salt ¼…

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These reminds me of the coating on one of my old junk food favorites, Hostess Snowballs, those marshmallow and coconut-coated chocolate cakes with a “cream” center (actually a trans fat and sugar center).  Recipe adapted from Nourished; a Cookbook for Health, Weight Loss, and Metabolic Balance.  Ingredients:  2 ounces frozen or fresh raspberries or strawberries or ¼ ounce dried2 packets (7 grams each) powdered gelatin½ cup cold water ½ cup boiling water High-intensity sugar substitute, such as stevia, monk fruit, or sucralose, equal to 1 cup sugar 4 teaspoons…

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I’ve been making my own snack foods since cutting out all the likely sources of allergens. Most purchased low-carb snacks and bars contain whey, egg, chocolate, and/or almonds. I found several raw, vegan, and Paleo brands, but most of them use dates and flax to hold everything together. Chunks of Energy, pictured above, are pretty good and the Chia Orange flavor has no flax, but lists dates as the first ingredient and also contains raisins. They have 12 net grams of carbs per ounce (two small squares). I thought I could do better. I kept the…

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