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Paleo Chocolate Fudge Haystacks July 2, 2014

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2 cups raw cashews (preferably soaked and dehydrated)

2 cups dates

1 package coconut cream concentrate (you can also you coconut butter)

1 TBSP organic vanilla extract

1/4 cup grassfed butter or ghee

1/8 cup cacao butter

4 TBSP organic cocoa powder

pinch sea salt

1 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut



1. In your food processor combine the dates, cashews and coconut cream (I had to do this in 2 batches given the amount) and blend until dates are smooth and cashews in are fine pieces

2. Place a medium sized pot on the stove on low heat and transfer your cashew-date-coconut mixture to the pot

3. Add the vanilla extract, butter/ghee, cacao butter, cocoa powder and sea salt to the pot

4. Allow the butters to melt and stir to combine the ingredients

5. Once well combined turn off the heat and add the finely shredded coconut to the mix

6. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray/sheet

7. Form 1-1.5″ balls with your hands and place on the parchment lined baking tray (see images)

8. Place the tray in the fridge and allow to cool for approximately 2 hours

 Thanks  to Pure and Simple Nourishment!


Crunchy Coconut Shrimp June 26, 2014

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1 lb. raw shrimp

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut flour

Zest of 3 limes

1.5 Tablespoons chilli powder

1 egg, beaten

Coconut oil



  1. Clean, shell and devein the shrimp (if needed).
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the shredded coconut, coconut flour, lime zest and chilli powder.
  3. Dip the shrimp in the beaten egg.
  4. Coat the shrimp well on all sides with the coconut mixture.
  5. In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt some coconut oil until very hot (but not smoking).
  6. Fry the shrimp for 2-3 minutes on each side without overcrowding the pan. Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess moisture.
  7. Sprinkle the shrimp with a pinch of sea salt and eat while hot.
  8. Squeeze lime juice over the top for more lime flavour.

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Nutrition in 100 Words March 6, 2014

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Nutrition in 100 Words


Bacon Wrapped, Walnut Stuff’d Dates November 26, 2013

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While the idea of this treat may not seem appetizing the results are absolutely incredible and delicious. Everything really is better with bacon!

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10-12 Fresh Medjool Dates

10 Walnut halves

6 Slices uncooked bacon – cut in half


Preheat oven to 350 F

Carefully slit each date lengthwise, open gently and remove pit.

 Place walnut half inside date.

Gently reform date around walnut.

Wrap a half slice of uncooked bacon around the walnut stuff’d date and secure with toothpick.

Arrange on greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes each side or until bacon is crispy.

Let cool slightly and enjoy.


Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes July 9, 2013

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Hey there! Today we are are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Oxbro.medium_2752554211-300x231

No birthday is complete without chocolate cupcakes right? Here is an excellent Paleo friendly recipe taken from “The Food Lovers Make it Paleo” by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason 2011.

Yummy Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes 









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1/2 cup coconut flour
6 eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 F
Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer
Place muffin papers into muffin trays
Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup batter
Bake at 350 F for 35 mins or until toothpick comes out clean
Let cool and enjoy!!

Variations: Add some chocolate chips, coconut, nuts or berries to the batter.
Melt some dark chocolate and use as drizzle for the top of the cupcakes.

Substitutions: Coconut oil can be used in place of Palm oil
Honey, Agave Nectar or Liquid Stevia (less) can replace maple syrup

Yum yum yummmm!!!


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