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.

Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.

Many thanks, and come back often. I'm really glad you are here!


Saturday, 7 March 2015

Simple Chocolate Energy Bars for Brooke -- 5 ingredients (not including water, vanilla, or salt)

Kim and I came up with this simple, 5 ingredient recipe. Super easy.

If I look at a lot of my recipes with an objective outside perspective, I can see that many are complex and involved, with a whole lot of ingredients. Sure, they are delicious, and good for you. But not everyone has as many ingredients in their pantry as I. So, I shall be making some simpler recipes. I am looking at my life with the desire to simplify and eliminate unnecessary items. And with that simple desire in my heart, I offer you this simple recipe. Mixed mostly by hand. And made with loving kindness.


1/2 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup hot water

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/2 cup raw cacao

1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground vanilla bean (optional!!!! delicious without. But I love vanilla)

2 cups almond meal or ground almonds

1/4 cup ground chia


1. pulse the dates in the food processor until paste
2. mix dates and hot water in a bowl
3. add the coconut oil and let it melt
4. mix in the cacao, salt, vanilla bean
5. mix in the ground almonds
6. mix in the ground chia
7. press into a silicone pan, using parchment to flatten it nicely
8. cut using the edge of a metal spatula before chilling
9. chill in freezer
10. remove from pan and store in an airtight container in the fridge