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Yep, chocolate AND protein! These Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins are a great breakfast, snack (especially since they are nut-free (if for school)), treat…you name! We made about 16 or so muffins on Sunday and put them in the freezer so the kids, oh okay, so we ALL would have some good little treats around this week and next but I have to say, they are going quick. It’s Thursday now and we only have a couple left. Hmm….

While the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are pretty popular, I know everyone doesn’t love pumpkin (and especially kids some times). But…who doesn’t love chocolate!? I mean, really. Anyway, these things are aaaawwesome!! And again, they are high protein, low glycemic and have lots of good healthy fats. I hope y’all love these as much as we do! Feel free to let me know if you love them, or even if you don’t. I think my comments section is finally back up and working again. Sorry for that long delay!!

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Paleo Protein Muffins
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Serves: 15
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp celtic sea salt
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 9 organic eggs (room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350. Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix the wet ingredients (except for the coconut oil) in a small to medium bowl. Now mix all (but the chocolate chips and coconut oil) ingredients together until blended well. Now stir in the melted coconut oil. Then, fold in the dark chocolate chips. Now fill your silicon muffins cups or paper muffin cups and fill ¾ of the way full. Cook for 21-24 minutes (until butter knife comes out clean) and eat while the chocolate is still melting! Freeze the rest once cool and you'll have a snack ready for the week. Just take it out the night before, throw it into a lunch bag and put in the fridge. They should be thawed by lunchtime!

I sort of fell backwards into this recipe. After making a delicious pork roast with homemade mojo sauce, I realized that I had a ton of extra sauce. Well, I couldn’t let it go to waste because, man, it was really good. I looked in the fridge to see what I had that might go with the meal, and, fortunately, a head of cauliflower was staring me in the face. Perfect! The recipe really turned out well. And it was easy and we all loved it! I think I’ll try it next time using a whole chicken instead.

This is what you need:

  • 2-3 lbs pork loin or roast
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 or 8 garlic cloves, minced
  •  2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh oregano
  • pepper to taste
  • head of cauliflower
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Start by trimming the large pieces of fat off of the pork, if you want. Or you can just peel it off after it is cooked. Then place the meat in a slow cooker or dutch oven. Pour the orange juice, lime (or lemon) juice, and the olive oil over the roast. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the top of the pork. If you’re using a dutch oven, cook it in your oven on 200 for approximately 6 hours. Or if using a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

This picture would have been so much better looking, well maybe not “so much”, but had I added the cumin at the beginning and not the end. Oh well. You get the point. It’s easy to make. Just dump some ingredients and go!!

When your pork is almost done, clean and chop your cauliflower into large chunks. Place the cut cauliflower in a food processor (I just used our favorite ulu knife and chopped it while it was in the colander, but wish I had made it more rice-like for this dish) and blend for about 30-60 seconds until rice like.  Place the cauliflower in a large pot and pour chicken broth or water over it. Once the liquid comes to a boil, cover the pot and let it steam for about 7-8 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Then pour it into a colander to strain it. paleo mojo chicken rice bowl

Once your pork is done, chop up the meat into small bite-sized pieces (and trim your fat then too, if needed). Add the cauliflower “rice” to the pork, stir well so the mojo sauce covers everything and then enjoy!!
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Paleo Mojo Pork & Rice Bowl
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  • 2-3 lbs pork loin or roast
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • ⅓ lime or lemon juice
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 or 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried or fresh oregano
  • pepper to taste
  • head of cauliflower
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  1. Trim the big fat chunks off your pork, if you want. Then place the meat in slow cooker or dutch oven. Pour the orange juice, lime (or lemon) juice, and the olive oil over the roast. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the top of the pork. If you're using a dutch oven, cook it in your oven on 200 for approximately 6 hours. Or if using a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  2. When your pork is almost done, clean and chop your cauliflower into large chunks. Place it in a food processor and blend for about 30-60 seconds until rice like. Place the cauliflower in a large pot and pour chicken broth or water over it. Once the broth or water boils, cover the pot and let it steam for about 7-8 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Then pour it into a colander to strain it.
  3. Once your pork is done, chop up the meat into small bite-sized pieces. Add the cauliflower "rice" to the pork, stir so the mojo sauce covers everything, and enjoy!!

While many say breakfast is the most important meal of the day (and I totally agree), I think that needs a bit of clarification. I believe a protein-filled breakfast is crucial. After all, we are giving our brains fuel to enhance concentration and focus for the school or work day. Would you put water or oil in your gas tank if you were about to take a road trip? No. Well, sugar and processed carbohydrates certainly aren’t your premium gas.

Also, I know we are all rushing around on weekday mornings, so breakfast needs to be quick and easy, and like I said, full of protein. This one checks the box on all three!

This is an easy-to-throw-together meal. If you really want to save time, either cook ahead of time and put in fridge for the next day (or couple of days). Or make the batter ahead of time, put it in a sealed container, and cook it the next morning so it’s warm and fresh.

With 20 grams of protein, and 6 grams of fiber, this gluten-free, low- glycemic (so you’ll have consistent energy levels) breakfast is very filling!

Here is how you make your Big Ole Pancake but you can see the ingredients and directions at the bottom of this post if you want to print it out.

Once you mixed the ingredients together and before you cook the pancake,  make sure the butter covers the pan…

Pour the batter and let it cook about 3-4 minutes on each side and then carefully flip like so…_DSC4599 2Darn it!!_DSC4600 2

Okay so the only problem with the Big Ole Pancake is you really need to get under your pancake with the spatula. But on my 2nd, and 3rd, and even 4th tries, no problem. Yes, I made this a bunch of times but I wanted to make sure the recipe was just right.


Ah-ha! See…


It’s also good with some dark chocolate chips and whip. It doesn’t add that much sugar but makes them even more fun. This was our Saturday morning breakfast.


They are also great with almond butters, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, eggs and bacon (make a sandwich!)…you name it!


If you use a syrup, just be sure to use a good quality maple syrup instead of the bottle high fructose corn syrup also known as “pancake syrup”. Oh and instead of pouring it all over, just put a little on the side so the kids, or you, can dip it. It can save you about 20-30 grams of sugar.

If you don’t have protein powder, you can just skip that part and the pancake will still be fine. We have made them both ways, although to be honest, I did like the taste of it a little better with the Jay Robb Vanilla protein powder. The protein powder itself smells like cake batter! Mmmmm…

Big Ole (Powerhouse) Pancake...
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp canned coconut milk or any milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (you can skip this if you don't have any)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (skip this if you use a vanilla protein powder)
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • Pinch baking soda and salt
  • 1 tbsp grass fed butter or ghee (for cooking)
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl. Mix the eggs and vanilla (you can skip the vanilla if you use vanilla flavored protein powder) together. Mix all of the ingredients together. Turn large pan on high heat, add butter, and pour in batter. Allow to cook 3-4 minutes on each side. Don't flip until the edges are brown. Then really get all the way under it with your spatula, flip and allow it to cook another 3-4 minutes.


Planning food can be tough. But I think most of us get meals….it’s the healthy snacks that are so tricky! Unfortunately most conveniently packaged store-bought snacks are highly refined with preservatives, added sugar and less than ideal (and sometimes even unpronounceable) ingredients. But finding good, healthy, kid (and adult) approved snacks to make can be a challenge as well. I mean have you ever had to come up with, say, 100 really tasty, healthy Paleo snacks? And, then, get these snacks sampled and approved by friends, neighbors and even the pickiest of eaters? You see where I am going with this, right? 🙂

I am really excited and proud to announce Super Paleo Snacks, a book I have been working very hard on for the past nine months. And, as of today, it is now available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Indigo, and Bookish!

Here are a few pictures of some of the snacks that will be in the book!! What’s so fun about these recipes is that while you will see something like “brownies” in the snack book, you will learn that brownies (like some other snacks) don’t have to be just for desserts or special occasions. Brownie CAN be a great snack, low in sugar, high in healthy fats and protein!

Super Paleo Snacks book

Food has a purpose, especially snacks, and if we eat the right foods, it can help us to focus & concentrate, have balanced energy, and keep us full until the next meal. All of my recipes are gluten free, most are low glycemic (so we’ll have sustained energy and won’t get hungry too soon after), many are nut-free (even excluding the nut free section) and most take under 15 minutes to prepare! The chapters are broken out into different times of the day so you can use the right snacks to your benefit. The chapters include snacks for:

  • At Home
  • At Work/School
  • Pre-workout/Exercise/Sports
  • On-the-Road (For commuting, carpool or road trips)
  • Nut Free
  • Sweet Treats

I will share some of the snack recipes this fall but for today, I wanted to share a new snack that my daughter loves. She said “instead of granola bars they are granola balls”.  To be honest, my son isn’t a huge fan of this snack (he “likes them but doesn’t love them”), but Alice, who can be picky about snacks, absolutely loves them.  I don’t usually eat oats but I tried them and think they are really good, too! They’re so easy to make and perfect for a on-the -go snack like a road trip for Labor Day.


Okay before you look at the ingredients and scoff at the Coconut Nectar 🙂 , please, give it a chance.


You can get it at Whole Foods, Amazon or Vitacost for about $7, the same price as honey and even less than maple. I love this stuff!  It is fabulous not only because it’s one of the only liquid sweeteners that is low glycemic and low in fructose (as opposted to agave nectar that has more fructose than HFCS – high fructose corn syrup) but it also has 17 amino acids and it is loaded with nutrients like Vitamins B and C. It’s worth a try! While it doesn’t necessarily smell sweet when you open the bottle, it makes any snack taste amazing!

Chocolate Chip Granola Balls
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  • 1 cup gluten free quick cook oats (we use Bob's Red Mill Quick Cooking)
  • ¼ cup almond or peanut butter
  • ¼ cup coconut nectar (or maple or honey)
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (may not need if you use maple or honey)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  1. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Then add the coconut nectar (or maple or honey) and peanut butter and combine everything together. As your hands get messy, it gets harder to roll into balls. Once you've mixed it, wash my hands off and stick the bowl in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes. Then, start to use both hands to roll into golf ball sized snacks and set aside or enjoy immediately. If they feel a little dry or crumbly at all, just add some extra nectar and nut butter. Stores well in the fridge for about 5- 7 days.

  • Lori - I made these last night just as directed (yes, tried and loved the coconut nectar) and they were delicious – thanks for sharing! Mine seemed to fall apart and crumble in my hands when trying to make into balls, even after refrigerating. Any suggestions to hold them together better so that they roll into “pretty” balls like yours? I just tried to put the crumbles together the best I could and I put them in the freezer to hold. Looks like yours also have almond slivers – yum!ReplyCancel

  • landriav - Hey there Lori!! Hmm. That is so odd!! Im so sorry yours didnt stick! I’ve made them a couple of times now and have not had that problem at all. They’re actually pretty solid little balls. Maybe add a little extra nut butter or nectar? I’ll make them again soon to triple check the consistency and recipe. Glad you liked the taste though! Oh and yes, one time we did almond slivers in them and that was a nice addition! Thanks for commenting!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Is there supposed to be an egg in this recipe?ReplyCancel

    • landriav - Hi Kelsey, no, it’s a raw recipe. You could cook it if you wanted I’m sure with egg and a touch a baking soda, but no the original recipe doesn’t call for egg. If it’s dry at all, just add more nut butter or nectar/maple.ReplyCancel

So to be honest, I was never really that big into cookbooks. I thought, why pay the money for a cookbook when you can just pull up any old recipe online. But then I discovered how a good cookbook allows my kids be a part of the whole cooking and meal process. There is no better way for my kids to take control than by flipping through and bookmarking anything that looks good to them, especially when it’s a book full of healthy meals.

They also help me stay organized. I’m not searching and trying to remember what recipe I found where. Anyway, I’ve come to discover, they just make things so much easier! I have a good collection of recipes from my staple books, which has been so nice, especially because I felt like I was starting to get stuck in such a rut! I’m creative, but I’m not that creative, and I certainly love the new ideas from these wonderful books. I’m just sayin’…maybe something to keep in mind! 🙂

Alice was showing my dad everything she wanted us to try. See, it works!


So tonight we made a recipe from Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain that my daughter had bookmarked.

We made this Sesame-Orange Chicken, with a few changes, and it turned out wonderfully!


Lots of bookmarks. Think I need to invest in some some post-its? We are so unorganized!

The picture doesn’t do this justice, apparently. I will say, I never got to try it because I went out that night, but my daughter and our cute babysitter LOVED it! And, my husband had the rest when he got home and said it was “awesome”.


Sesame-Orange Chicken
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Serves: 4
  • 1.5- 2 lbs chicken thigh/breast
  • ⅓ cup coconut aminos or Tamari gluten free soy
  • ⅓ cup coconut palm sugar (or honey)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • ¼ tsp celtic salt
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp water
  • garnish sesame seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cut chicken in small bit sized pieces and place in a glass oven safe dish. In a small sauce pan, add all of the ingredients sans the arrowroot powder and water. In a small bowl, add the arrowroot and water and stir until completely dissolved. Then pour that in the pan along with the other ingredients and turn the pan on medium high. While continuously stirring, allow it to come to a boil and then immediately pour the sauce over the raw chicken. Bake on 350F for approximately 30 minutes or until no longer pink in the middle. Add some sesame seeds to garnish and enjoy! This also goes great with cauliflower rice, broccoli, kelp noodles (our new favorite stir fry addition that I will post about soon) to soak up the yummy sauce.