Grain Free Apple Butter Bar Cookies


Grain Free Apple Butter Bar Cookies

Grain Free Apple Butter Bar Cookies

The first of many crisp days have come to the mountain. While it is not technically Autumn my thoughts have turned to apples.  Our local orchards are beginning to harvest early varieties of organic and heirloom apples, and the other day we picked up a jar of apple butter.   For those of you who might be unfamiliar with Apple Butter it is heaven on earth!  Apple butter is a concentrated form of apple sauce.  It is produced by slowly cooking apples with apple cider until the sugar in the apples caramelizes and turns a deep brown color.  Apple butter gives these cookies a complexity of flavor as most apple butter is made from a variety of apples.

These cookies are filled with nutrient dense ingredients and are a great source of protein and essential fatty acids.  Serve them as an after school snack, or as a grab and go breakfast.  A little taste of Autumn in the palm of your hand.



¼ Cup pastured Unsalted Butter (softened)
2 Tablespoons Palm Shortening
¾ Cup Coconut or Palm Sugar
2 Small Pastured Eggs
½ Cup Hemp Hearts
½ Cup Organic Apple Butter
¾ Cup Blanched Almond Flour
½ Cup + 2 Tablespoons Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour
1 Tablespoon Organic Ground Cinnamon
2 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger
¼ teaspoon Organic Ground Cloves
½ teaspoon Organic Ground Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Sea Salt
1 – 2 Tablespoons Milk of Choice (I used coconut milk)
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds (or chopped nuts)
½ Cup Organic Raisins (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9×13 pan with pastured butter or coconut oil.

In a small bowl combine the almond flour, tapioca (or arrowroot), spices, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl cream the butter, palm shortening and coconut sugar with an electric hand mixer.

Add the eggs, hemp hearts and apple butter to the butter/sugar mixture and blend until well combined.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and then add the milk blending until incorporated.

Stir in by hand the sunflower seeds (or chopped nuts) and raisins.

Use a spatula and spread the batter into the prepared 9×13 pan making sure it is level.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.


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Gluten Free Baby Wipes

baby diapersA reader contacted me the other day asking if I could help her find Gluten Free Baby Wipes.  Her little girl was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease and she is struggling to find personal care products safe for her precious little baby.

Most baby wipes contain more chemicals than I feel comfortable using, and I honestly believe that if you are at home using a soft baby washcloth and warm water will do the trick.  You can also make your own wipes with a few simple ingredients.  I’ve included a link for a great homemade recipe by Katie better known as Wellness Mama,  For those times when you need the convenience, or if you just prefer to use wipes a little research led me to the following products.  Please note several of these products contain Tocopherols which can be derived from gluten (typically barley).  I have noted those with an asterisk.

NatraCare Organic Wipes (contains corn)

The Honest Company Honest Wipes

gDiapers Biodegradable gWipes

Babyganics Face, Hand and Babywipes

Kinder By Nature Unscented

Treehouse Natural Wipes for Baby and Toddler

Aleva Naturals Bamboo Babywipes

Arm and Hammer by Munchkin Hand and Face

Burt’s Bees Babywipes Fragrance Free

Earth Friendly Baby EcoBaby Wipes

Earths Best Tender Care Chlorine Free

* Pampers Sensitive Baby

* Seventh Generation Chlorine Free

* Walgreens Renew Natural Baby

* Huggies NaturalCare Fragrance Free


Always remember to check the ingredients on labels.  Manufacturers change their ingredients frequently and if you purchased something last month it may contain different ingredients this month.

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Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds

Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds

Grain Free Pasta Salad with Pesto and Sunflower Seeds


The past couple of weeks have been hectic as we celebrated the D-Man’s 11th Birthday!  We split up the festivities and the last of the celebrations was held this past weekend.  With the summers heat and humidity we wanted to serve foods that were light and flavorful because lets be honest who really feels like playing Wii Just Dance after a heavy meal.  This recipe can be made in just a few minutes, and if you don’t have Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta you can substitute your favorite Gluten Free Pasta for this flavorful salad.

For those wondering, I opted to toss in Organic Sunflower Seeds instead of the traditional Pine Nuts because they are an excellent source of Vitamin E, B1, Manganese, Selenium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, B6, Folate, and B3.  Sunflower seeds do not contain phytic acid so it is not necessary to soak, sprout and dehydrate the seeds prior to eating.


1 Package of Cappello’s Fettuccine
½ Cup of Homemade Pesto (add more if needed to lightly coat the pasta)
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest from an organic Lemon
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
¼ to ½ Cup Sunflower Seeds or Pine Nuts
Freshly Ground Black Pepper and Sea Salt to taste
Optional:  Fresh Basil for Garnish


Cook pasta according to package directions

Drain and allow to cool in a large bowl

Add Pesto, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice and Sunflower Seeds and toss together (I use my hands)

Add Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

Cover and refrigerate.

Remove from the refrigerator at least 10 minutes prior to serving as you want to serve this dish to warm up a bit so the flavors really come through.

Serve from a large bowl for parties garnished with Fresh Basil, or plate portions and enjoy!

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