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Grain Free Granola

This particular recipe is trouble. I put this grain free granola together from a combination of ideas in a effort to get my little girl with food allergies some extra healthy fats into her diet. I was thinking this could be great!

So Many Ideas and Options

-It could be cold and in coconut milk like cereal

-It could be reheated like oatmeal

-It could be eaten dry and straight from the oven like granola

-It could be added to Greek Yogurt (for those that can tolerate dairy)

See?! It really is so versatile and could be such a great alternative to processed and chemical laden foods, right? Are you starting to think that maybe we have had a hang up with this? You are correct. I can not stay out of it. There you have it. I’m only “allowed” to make it every once in awhile because otherwise I just can’t stop eating it!

You must give it a try. Whether you have food allergies or not. It’s GOOD. If your family does have food allergies, what is nice about the recipe is that you can mix in about anything you want! This started out as a recipe with almonds, oats and butter and has evolved a bunch over the years as we have lost “safe” foods. So feel free to change it up! (I only had the idea to add blueberries because we had frozen blueberries that I needed to use. And the banana chips again were something I had in our cabinet and needed to use.)

grain free granola

Mix the dry ingredients

grain free granola

Melt the wet ingredients until bubbly (stir constantly)

grain free granola

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients

grain free granola

Mix together

grain free granola

Spread on parchment paper lined baking sheets and bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

grain free granola

Try not to eat all of it lol

Grain Free Granola

Dry Ingredients:

-3 cups coconut flakes

-1/2 cup ground flax

-1 cup frozen blueberries

-1 cup dried banana chips

-1 cup shredded coconut

-1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1 cup sunflower seeds

Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl

Wet Ingredients:

-2/3 cup maple syrup

-1/4 cup coconut sugar

-4 Tbsp sunbutter

-1 Tsp vanilla extract

-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions: Melt all wet ingredients in a small saucepan.  Stir constantly and remove from heat when bubbly. Pour over dry ingredients and stir. Spread entire mixture on parchment lined baking sheets.

Bake 300 degrees for 35 minutes

Let cool. This recipe can be stored in the freezer.  I just get it out and reheat it a little and eat it warm.

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

It feels good to be back on my little life journal here! I had gotten so frustrated with dealing with silly issues on my blog (hackers). It really had me just disappointed in general. But, as time has passed I have been thinking more and more about my little baby here. And I miss it!

Here is what I have to share with you today. In true Jenn style, I have another accidental recipe that I ended up loving! We had gotten home late from soccer and I was desperately trying not tin stuff my face with chips and makes some GOOD and healthy decisions. I also had no clue what I was going to make because I was really hungry (you know, right then) and also low on food options at the house. Enter ground beef, romaine lettuce and my new favorite ranch seasoning! And honestly my husband came home and he loved the ranch ground beef (darn it…that meant he was going to eat it too. I should have made more but I didn’t have any more meat). Give this a try and see how versatile this beef is!

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Ingredients

1.) 1 lb Lean Groun Beef

2.) 1 yellow onion, diced

3.) 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning

Directions

Add ground beef and diced onion to a pan or wok on stovetop with 2 Tbsp of ranch seasoning.  Cook meat until it is cooked through

Uses

Wraps: place on romaine lettuce leaves with avocado and mustard

Salad: place on salad greens and veggies to make a burger salad

Tortilla: my non Paleo husband wrapped his in a tortilla, added cheese and cooked it in our quesadilla maker

21 Day Fix: Red, Green (Avocado or cheese would add a blue and any tortillas would be yellow)

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

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Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

This particular concoction all started because I was at a birthday party with my 4 year old. I was talking to a friend about foods to eat when we really want something sweet. I adore chocolate and it is so hard for me to stay out  of it when we have it in the house! My problem is that once I start with the chocolate, I can not seem to stop. A few chocolate chips turn into several and then several more. Then I just continue that pattern, because “the damage is already done.” It really isn’t the best way of thinking because obviously it puts me right back where I started.

Until I get this moderation on chocolate thing under control, I have got to find food ideas that seem like a treat but are not doing nearly the damage. The first thing I thought of when we were talking at the bowling alley was “banana ice cream.” It really is awesome and I just don’t take the time to make it often enough. The more we kept talking about banana ice cream led to me thinking about it more and more when I got home. You can guess where this is going, right? Yes, I ate it for dinner. And it was very good.

I started making it like normal from my saved frozen bananas when I saw a bag of frozen strawberries in my freezer too. Now there’s an idea 😊  And that is how this simple yet tasty dessert was born. Some of my best inspiration is on a whim and this was one of them.

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) 2 frozen bananas

2.) handful of strawberries

3.) 1/2-3/4 cup milk of choice (I used So Delicious Unsweet Coconut Milk)

Directions:

Place items in a blender (this is the one I like to use) and start blending. This process is going to feel like it’s getting worse before it gets better……it gets crumbly first, stop the blender scrape down the sides and blend again. Repeat this until the creamy texture takes over. It will happen, just don’t give up!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

You can eat this immediately if you are a soft serve person (me!) or you can put it in the freezer and let it get a litte more firm. Enjoy this simple treat with just 3 ingredients!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

A note on the bananas: I just peel and put half bananas in the freezer as they start getting brown spots to save them.  I received a tip to go ahead and freeze them as slices to make blending easier. I’m going to try that next time!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

We had our most recent meeting with my daughter’s nutritionist a few days before Chirstmas. And I have to be honest, I just finally got around to processing all of the information. We have been working since May to HEAL her little body. A little background is that we have been battling severe eczema and food allergies since she was 2 months old. And while food allergies stink, that darn eczema is more of a daily misery for her.

On the suggestion from some friends, we got her on a waitlist for a functional medicine team. They have been working with us in an attempt to heal her body from the inside out basically. What this means for her as far as eating is a super clean diet. Basically unprocessed or minimally processed, clean foods. Think meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and some grains. So…no dyes, additives, refined sugar, gluten etc. I will be honest, at times it has been tough for all of us (for so many reasons, a lot of them emotional). I can truly sympathize with those who have to basically change their lifestyle over for one reason or another. It’s hard.

But, finally this fall we turned a corner. She is getting better.  The before and after pictures are pretty amazing actually. I can see her sweet little face without red sores and wounds covering it. She hasn’t had an infection since this summer. And she feels better. The proof that there just might be something to healthy living and unprocessed diets is written all over her face (literally).

This most recent appointment brought some new information to us. We have some items to change and start including, but also some to exclude. It looks like she is going to have to give up all grains for awhile which means the loss of one of her few treats (Enjoy Life snack bars). This was definitely a mental setback for us. Not that she has to have them, it’s just nice to have one thing that is easy that she thinks is a treat. Oh well, time to move on and work around it.

Homemade snack bar recipe

The nutritionist and I decided to start researching home made nut free Larabar style snacks.  A Larabar is an awesome product that is made of natural ingredients and sweetened with items such as dates and fruit. We unfortunately can not purchase them due to food allergies.  I found two recipes that included items that I wanted to use as a starting place. What I found is that these bars are easy to make! Several of the ingredients seem like they can be changed or modified to make it work for you needs. For example, in my daughter’s case we needed to add some very specific items (like fats). We are really trying to pack a punch into these little treats. So, if you want less of a caloric load…feel free to omit items or lesson them.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.) 1.5 cups dates

-it helps to soak dates in water first for 10-15 minutes

2.) 1 cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)

3.) 1/4 c pumpkin seeds

4.) 1/4 c sunflower seeds

5.) 2 tbsp chia seeds

6.) 1 tbsp ground flax

7.) 1 cup shredded coconut

8.) 1 tsp cinnamon

9.) 2 tbsp coconut oil

10.) 1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut flour

11.) chocolate chips (optional, we buy these)

**we are trying to add healthy fats into her diet which is the reason for the coconut oil.  I added a bit of coconut flour to thicken the bars.  Always start with less coconut flour and add it a little at a time.  It takes the moisture out of things quickly…you could omit both of these items and be fine!

Directions

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the dates until smooth.  I leave a little water with them from soaking (it seems like it helps while processing them).  Next add items 2-9 and process until smooth.  Add the coconut flour as directed above a little at a time and process.  Remove mix from food processor and stir in any chocolate chips.

Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper or press n seal and flatten the mix into the bottom of the pan.  This was enough for more than one layer, so add more lining right on top and press the remaining in. Freeze for 2 hours and then cut into bars. I cut those in half and wrapped them separately and put in a freezer bag.  Store in freezer.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade snack bar recipe

These are so versatile, so experiment! I want to make some with fruit next. These bars are based in the original recipe from www.nutfreepaleo.com

Homemade snack bar recipe

 

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Coconut Clusters

I have been on an extreme mission this summer to figure out foods that my daughter thinks are treat. Sounds easy right? Not so much. She has been on a strict elimination diet, has several severe food allergies and of course she is picky (why wouldn’t she be, right?).

It seems like we are about 80/20 over here with the clean eating. So, we are trying! It’s definitely not perfect and some of us are more strict than others. I’m sure you can relate. I have a husband who is not quite so on board but he deals with it lol. He’s trying.

In an effort to figure out answers and find a way to relieve her severe eczema, we are currently under the care of some doctors along with a nutritionist that are working on a diet overhaul to heal her body. This elimination diet however meant taking away yet another group of foods and snacks that we were eating for treats and special occasions.

It has honestly been a good way to get the rest of us a bit closer to 80/20 to be honest. Anyway, I had wanted some treats for her. Something she was excited to eat and actually thought was a TREAT when she got it. I was at our local Sam’s and saw something that inspired me to come home and get to work! And, that is how these Coconut Clusters were born. I wanted something yummy that was clean, as unprocessed as possible and safe for her. They are awesome and you and I both know that I can’t stay out of them.

Coconut Clusters

 

Coconut Clusters

Ingredients:

Dry:

1.) 3 cups coconut flakes or chips (it was not tiny shreds)

2.) 1 cup almonds

3.) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

4.) 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Coconut Clusters

Wet:

1.) 2/3 cup Honey (or Maple Syrup)

2.) 2 Tbsp Almond Butter

3.) 2 Tbsp Ghee (or butter)

4.) 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

5.) 1 tbsp Cinnamon

6.) 1/2 tsp sea salt

Coconut Clusters

Directions:

Place all dry ingredients on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for just a few minutes (just enough to get them lightly toasted).  Meanwhile in a small pot on the stovetop, place all wet ingredients and melt.  Whisk these together until bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Add dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, add the wet and stir.  Take spoonfuls of the mix out and place in mini muffin tins.  Place in the refrigerator or freezer for about 30 minutes.

Coconut Clusters

After I made these, I started dreaming about adding some bacon crumbles and mini chocolate chips in someday.  Doesn’t that sound amazing? Those are not on our list of green light food yet…but hopefully someday!

Coconut Clusters

I’ll be honest, I have been hiding these in our downstairs freezer out of my sight.  I have trouble with moderation!  I was super excited about these because I will for sure be making them as a clean alternative for Christmas snacks this year! No sugar icing coma for me this year!

Coconut Clusters

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

21 Day Fix Beef Stew

I really went through an anti chicken phase there for awhile. Chicken burnout. I don’t know. Back to normal now thank goodness…but do you ever just get super bored with the food you are eating?  Don’t get me wrong…it’s good food and some of my favorite recipes. I just get really tired of them sometimes. Well, I really started craving beef stew during my chicken boredom. It’s super cold here and that just sounded really good for once. I finally got around to making it and I was very happy with it!

I did not use a recipe, so feel to improvise and add more seasoning as needed. And I made it like I make most of my soups or crockpot foods…by dumping in whatever I have and in whatever amounts I want. Not very helpful on my end I know. But, it really takes the stress out of things. I already know what I’m going to change next time. So feel free…add what you have. The secret to it is that I cooked it forever. That made the meat super soft and tender (like fall apart with a fork).

21 day fix beef stew

21 Day Fix Beef Stew

Ingredients:

1.) Beef: some type of roast in the amount you need for your family, mine was about 4 lbs

2.) Potatoes (I had some Yukon gold potatoes left from the garden, great size for this)

3.) Carrots (I had baby carrots on hand, so that is what I used)

4.) Salt, Pepper and garlic to taste

5.) Water to cover

Directions:

Trim the fat from the beef roast and place it in the crockpot. Add salt, pepper, and garlic to the meat. Then add the potatoes and carrots and cover with water. Cook on high in the crockpot for 8-10 hours (I cooked it until I could shred it with a fork)

*Next time:

I will add chopped celery and onions to the mix so that there are more vegetables in there. I wasn’t thinking and I just ran out of space in my crockpot! (Maybe I need a bigger crockpot…not sure if they make them bigger than mine though lol)

21 Day Fix: red, green, yellow

I ate this as part of a 21 Day Fix Countdown to Competition meal. So this picture below was actually red: 2, yellow: 1, green: .5

21 day fix beef stew

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Pumpkin Almond Butter Fudge

I am on a mission this holiday season. My goal is to NOT undo all of my hardwork with a string of really bad food decisions. Which by the way is what I have done almost every year of my life so far. Yes, I know..eat in moderation. Well, that seems to be quite an obstacle for me. If only. If only. But, I am who I am and I’m working with what I’ve got. And, I’m ok with that these days!

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

In my mission to stay on track (meaning not go off the deep end on crazy sweets eating basically), I’ve been experimenting with mixtures and creations in the kitchen. I am excited about how this one turned out. It’s going to be perfect for Thanksgiving. It tastes like pumpkin pie with absolutely no baking involved.

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

There are some really good things about this fudge by the way.

✅ Paleo treat..for those of us Paleo people that can handle some grass fed butter

✅ Gluten free

✅ Food allergy friendly (of course! No peanuts, or eggs….you could trade out the Almond butter for Sunbutter if that suits your needs)

✅ No white sugar

Paleo Pumpkin Almond Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

1.) 1/4 cup applesauce

2.) 4 Tbsp butter

3.) 1/2 tsp cinnamon

4.) 2 Tbsp honey

5.) 1/2 cup pumpkin

6.) 2 Tbsp Almond Butter

7.) 1/4 c coconut flour

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the coconut flour in a bowl and use an immersion blender to combine until smooth (or food processor). When combined, add the coconut flour and blend again.

Options: Both are wonderful!!

1.) Eat immediately, like pumpkin pie batter

2.) Freeze in molds and eat later like fudge

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

***trust me, if you have never cooked with coconut flour, do not add more.  You may feel like you need more at first, you don’t! Coconut flour sucks the moisture out of everything, just keep blending and wait a few minutes.  It will thicken.

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Brownie Batter

I’m just going to start off by saying…I counted no calories here. This is for sure NOT 21 Day Fix legal. But, don’t we all have those times where we are staying on track but holy moly if I don’t get a snack or a treat or something sweet I’m going to go off the deep end!?  Yah, I can get a little crazy. Seriously, there are times where there is just no getting around it with me. I have to have something sweet. Other people have to have this issue, right?

Paleo brownie batter

But, what to do when you seriously don’t want to derail all of your progress and hard work?  So, here is what I do. I have what I call “deal breakers.”  Deal Breakers are foods that I absolutely at all cost want to stay away from even during moments of temporary sugar insanity. My deal breakers are sugar and wheat. Why?  I know what they do to me. Once I get started, I can not stop them. And, they also make me feel terrible…terrible before I’m even done eating them and horrible when I quit them again and have terrible sugar withdrawal headaches. You would think that alone would be enough to teach me a lesson. I’m pretty sure at this point it has, finally.

So. I stay away from those for sure, but I usually concoct something else in my kitchen with items that I am ok with eating every once in awhile. So, that is why I’m not pretending these are a diet, low calorie food. They are something to calm the crazy sugar craving without throwing me into an all out binge. They keep me from feeling terrible after, so in moderation…I think they are worth it!  And that is where this concoction came from. I was working with what I had in the kitchen and I was running low on ingredients. I would like to pretend like I made this 2 servings…except I ate it all.  By myself.

Paleo brownie batter

Paleo Brownie Batter

Ingredients:

1.) 1/2 cup applesauce

2.) 4 Tbsp butter

3.) few drops of vanilla

4.) 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

5.) a little less than 1/4 c coconut flour (seriously..no more! Coconut flour sucks the moisture out if everything, and we are not using eggs here, so we don’t have the extra liquid)

Directions:

Warm the applesauce slightly in the microwave, add the butter, cocoa and vanilla and then use an immersion blender (or food processor) to mix these ingredients  then add the coconut flour and blend again. Eat it just like warm brownie batter!

Variations:

you can also freeze this for approximately 30 minutes and turn it into more of a fudge consistency.  Also good!  I just can’t always wait that long

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As as far as Paleo perfection..it depends. It is really stinking close. I used grass fed real butter which is perfectly legal depending on what Paleo person you are talking to.

Food Allergy Friendly..you bet!  This is my house we are talking about and we are food allergy friendly around here. Peanut, tree nut, egg, sunflower and gluten free baby!

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Pizza Bowl

Who doesn’t love pizza, right!? Meat and bread and melted cheese all together. Anything with melted cheese is awesome actually. What to do if you are trying to stay on track with a Paleo diet but helping your husband make pizzas? That was us. And I figured out an answer. Actually, I figured out an answer I was HAPPY with. Hard to imagine, but it is true. And this Paleo Pizza Bowl was amazing!

Just like all of my “recipes” (in quotes bc I’m not sure if they are even recipes…more like throw togethers) this is simple! I made this as one serving and used my 21 Day Fix containers to guess portions. I don’t know how to explain it but it was all of the flavors that I love about pizza without the crust. I happily ate it instead of grouchily eating and scowling at my pizza eating husband. So, let me show you how to make the magic!

Paleo pizza bowl

Paleo Pizza Bowl

Ingredients:

All amounts depend on how much you want to make, it could be a little or a lot

1.) Ground Sausage

2.) Pepperonis (just a few)

3.) Bell Peppers: chopped

4.) Onions: chopped

5.) Banana Peppers: chopped

6.) Pizza Sauce

7.) Mozarella Cheese

Directions:

Brown the sausage in a saucepan on the stovetop.  Set the sausage aside on a few paper towels and push any grease out.  Leave a little bit of sausage in the pan and add the chopped peppers and onions. Sauté those until cooked to your liking.  Add the sausage back in, chopped banana peppers and a little bit of pizza sauce.  Heat until the sauce is warm and then add the cheese to melt on the top. Super good!!

Paleo pizza bowl

I really really tried to eat this without cheese….I couldn’t stand it! I added cheese.

As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that the possibilities could be endless with making this. One of my favorite pizzas is Hawaiian pizza and I’m already drooling about how to make that next!

Paleo pizza bowl

21 Day Fix: Red, Green, Blue

When I made this for myself, it was 1 red, 2 green, and 1 blue…it was big!

A note about whether this is 21 Day Fix perfection…well, it was close. The sausage was lean and I only used a few pepperonis. Would Autumn say that was perfect? I doubt it. But, I’m ok with pretty darn close when it stopped me from having an all out pizza binge!

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Squash

I was in the mood to try some spaghetti squash again with fall here and spaghetti squash easily available. And guess what? I accidentally found a GREAT way to cook and cut it in the process. No cutting a huge raw squash with a knife (scary!).  But, you still get longer “noodles” in the process. Win win. Here are my exact instructions with pictures detailing how to cook and cut spaghetti squash with ease. Really, it’s worth it.

But now, what to do with it?  Lots of options really. Basically I just used what I already had in my refrigerator. I improvised, but it ended up good!  It is a great way to get those green containers in. I had already grilled sausage burgers that week, so I just chopped those up.  In the future, I will cook the sausage while preparing the squash so that I have actual ground sausage.

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

Sausage and Spinach Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

1.) approximately 1.5 lbs of ground meat (I used sausage)

2.) 2 onions, chopped

3.) 1 spaghetti squash (I ended up using about 3/4 of the “noodles” I made. It was huge!)

4.) 3 cups fresh spinach

5.) garlic, salt, and pepper to taste

Directions:

Follow these directions for cooking and cutting your spaghetti squash. With about 30 minutes left on cooking the squash, start browning your ground sausage on the stovetop and cooking your onions (I added the onions to the sausage when it was cooked) When the spaghetti squash is complete and “noodles” and the sausage is cooked through, add both to a large saucepan or wok (the wok worked great). Then add the spinach, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir for 1 minute then remove from heat. Let sit for 2-3 minutes (this is so we don’t over cook the spinach..easy to do!). Enjoy!

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

21 Day Fix: red, green

*I specifically counted this as 1 red and 2 green when I ate it. I ate a big portion lol!  I don’t know that Autumn would technically say sausage is totally 21 Day Fix compliant. But, I have not noticed any detrimental effects with using it here and there. This was a great paleo recipe!!

sausage and spinach spaghetti squash

If you would like some extra help with clean eating and exact steps for meal prep to save time..check this post out.

Are you on your 21 Day Fix journey or thinking about starting but want some extra support and guidance?  That is where I come in. Connect with me on Facebook or contact me through this site for help!

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Jenn Fehrenbacher