Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

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Monday, 27 June 2011

Goji Cookie Bars -- gluten free, vegan, and yummy

I'm not altogether excited about chocolate, so I did a little fancy dance with our cottage cookie bar recipe, and came up with these cookie bars that play with goji berries, walnuts, and pecans, a touch of raw cacao, some chia seeds, and our usual spices and seasonings. To my surprise, my husbands likes them a lot -- he's definitely a chocolate chip cookie kind of guy, so I wasn't expecting him to. I find them to be a tasty and satisfying snack, and especially like the way the texture gets chewier by the next day.


1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup flax meal
1 cup boiling water

1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup coconut nectar
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground vanilla bean
black pepper
1 tsp ground whole leaf stevia (optional)

1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup raw cacao
3 cups almond meal

1 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped pecans


1. combine the chia, flax, and boiling water, and let sit for 10 minutes (at least)
2. mix in the coconut oil so it melt
3. add the apple cider vinegar, and the coconut nectar
4. add the sea salt, cinnamon, black pepper, stevia and vanilla
5. add the coconut, hemp seeds, and raw cacao
6. add the almond meal
7. stir in the goji berries and chopped nuts
8. press the batter into a parchment lined rectangular baking dish
9. bake at 345 for 45 minutes
10. cut into bars
11. store in an airtight container when cool

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