Grain Free Zucchini and Plantain Bread

Grain Free Zucchini Plantain Bread


A nutrient dense moist bread (or muffin) that is free of grains, refined sugars, and casein; but definitely not short on flavor.  The diced green plantain softens while baking, and provides a resistant starch/prebiotic to this bread which is a great way to feed our microbiome.  Plantains are also a great source of Vitamin A (which aids in the health of our mucosal lining), Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Fiber, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Phosphorus.


3 Cups Blanched Almond Flour
1 Tablespoon Organic Ground Cinnamon
3 teaspoons Organic Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Organic Ground Nutmeg
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
6 Pastured Eggs
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (more if you like it sweeter)
1 Medium Sized Green Plantain (peeled and diced)
2 Cups Organic Zucchini, Shredded


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare 9×5 loaf pan (and small pan or muffin tin) by greasing with coconut oil.

Grate the Zucchini and squeeze out as much liquid as possible in a tea towel or paper towels.

Peel and dice the Green Plantain in small pieces, it will soften while baking, but it will appear as chunks in the bread.  The larger the pieces the larger the plantain chunks in the finished product.

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.

Place the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until combined.

Add the grated zucchini and diced plantain, beating just until the ingredients are incorporated.

Slowly add the dry ingredients with the mixer on low speed until the dry mixture has combined with the wet ingredients.

Spoon the batter into a 9×5 loaf pan, remaining batter can be used to make a small loaf or muffins.

Bake for 35 minutes and test the bread by using a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf.  The toothpick should come out clean when fully baked.

Continue baking if crumbs are on the toothpick checking in 5 minute increments.

Muffins should be checked after 20 minutes baking time.

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Grain Free Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumble Topping

Grain Free Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumble Topping

Grain Free Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumble Topping


A simple yet nutrient dense grain free coffee cake that won’t crumble.  Serve for breakfast, pack in a lunch box, or have as an afternoon snack.  This coffee cake freezes well, if you have leftovers.


Coffee Cake

1 Cup Blanched Almond Flour
½ Cup Coconut Flour
¼ Cup Hemp Hearts
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
4 large Pastured Eggs
½ Cup Milk of Choice (I used full fat coconut milk)
¼ Cup Melted Pastured Butter or Coconut Oil
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
¼ Cup Coconut or Palm Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Organic Ground Ginger
2 teaspoons Organic Ground Cinnamon

Crumb Topping

1 ¼ Cups “crispy” Pecans, finely chopped (See NOTE below)
1 Tablespoon Organic Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Organic Ground Ginger
¼ Cup Melted Butter or Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup or Coconut Nectar
1 to 2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar

NOTE:  “crispy” refers to raw nuts that are soaked to remove the phytic acid which makes them easier to digest.  The nuts are then dried in a dehydrator or oven set at the lowest temperature.


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease a 9 inch round or 8×8 square cake pan (I used coconut oil)

Combine the crumb topping ingredients in a small bowl, set aside (keep at room temperature).

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients with a fork or whisk:  almond and coconut flours, hemp hearts, coconut or palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and sea salt.

In a small bowl, use a fork to beat the eggs, then add the milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and melted butter or melted coconut oil. Use your fork to gently beat the liquid ingredients until they are combined.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients.

Using an electric hand mixer beat until the mixture is well combined.

If the mixture seems too thick to spread, add milk a little at a time.

Spoon the mixture into your prepared pan and spread it evenly.

Sprinkle the topping over the cake (I use my hands and go from the outside to the center in a clockwise motion).

Bake for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Gluten Free Lip Balms

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The weather is frightful; it’s bitter cold and the winds are howling.  Being outside for any length of time quickly saps the moisture out of exposed skin, especially your lips.  For those that are industrious you can make your own lip balm, it’s a fairly simple but it can be a laborious process.  For those who want a “grab and go”  lip balm, I have compiled this list of gluten free products.  Please always make sure you read the labels as companies do change their ingredients.   While I have not included every gluten free lip balm produced, this list provides you with a variety of resources so you will be able to find a product that fits your needs.

Hurraw is a small company based in Montana that produces a great line of lip balms.  All natural, gluten free (I contacted the company and confirmed the source of Tocopherols is Sunflower Oil).  Their balms are made from premium raw, organic and fair trade ingredients, and contain natural flavors that are truly natural.  They have a wide variety of lip balms to choose from, 24 to be exact (at this writing).  Choose from one with Sunscreen, Unscented, or fabulous flavors like Black Cherry, Coffee Bean, Chai, Root Beer, Lime, and Cinnamon.  These balms glide on smoothly, and do not feel sticky or gritty, a bonus for children and adults.

Red Apple Lipstick is a company that I have trusted (and personally used) for years. Their commitment to producing a clean product goes above and beyond.  They have two Lip Balm products; Rallye Balm and an Exfoliate Stick.  These are Gluten Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, GMO Free, and Vegan.  For those looking for color, their Lip Gloss and Lipsticks are made with the same amount of care and dedication.  The products are a bit on the pricey side, but they are worth every penny, and last forever.

C & Co adhere to strict production standards during all manufacturing.  Their products are free from petrochemicals, detergents, fillers, GMOs and synthetic preservatives and are still affordable.  They have three gluten free lip balms:  Lavender & Peppermint, Spearmint and Sweet Orange & Ginger.

Beeyoutiful is another company that I love and trust.  High quality products that are reasonably priced.  They have two Lip Balms; Orange and Peppermint.  Both contain a short list of ingredients which include  GrapeSeed Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, and Essential Oils.

Lowen’s Natural Skin Care is a family-owned and operated business located at the foot of the rocky mountains in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Fair Trade ingredients, reasonably priced.  This company provides full ingredient transparency, and has more than fifteen fun lip balm flavors including Peppermint Pouty, Cool Mint Mojito, and Salted Caramel Deep Fried Coffee (wow, say that fast 3 times).

Costal Classic Creations produces Windward Chapstick.  Manufactured with certified organic palm butter, certified organic Argan oil and pure, filtered, and cosmetic grade beeswax.

Green Beauty Natural Skin Care has two products to soothe your lips.  A gluten free Natural Lip Balm as well as a Natural Lip Shine (for just a hint of shine).  Natural ingredients which include Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Soybean Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Cacao Seed Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Tocopherol, Bergamot Fruit Extract, Stevia Extract.

Mary Ann’s Naturals has an unflavored lip balm as well as three flavors; Lemon Coconut, Peppermint, and Orange Vanilla.  They have a short list of natural ingredients; Organic sunflower oil, Organic extra virgin coconut oil, Pure beeswax, and Essential Oils in the flavored balms.   These balms are a bit pricey, but this small company has also received high marks from the Environmental Working Group.

Opa’s Soap another small company that received high marks from the Environmental Working Group.  Opa’s produces five gluten free and well priced Lip Balms, two of which are tinted.  Lemon, Orange, and Spearmint without color,  Beet and Berry with a shimmer of red tint, and Beet and Malva with a light natural red color.  Apricot Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Palm Kernel Oil, Candelilla Wax, Vitamin E (from Sunflower) Stevia, Essential Oils.

Primal Life Organics, Grunt Primal Lip Balm.  This company based in Ohio produces Paleo approved skin products.  Their Grunt Lip Balm contains Shea Butter, Organic Hemp Seed, Avocado, Extra Virgin Olive, and Coconut Oils, Organic Beeswax and Organic Peppermint Oils.

Tropical Traditions Lip Moisturizers have been used by my family for many years.  The Unscented/Unflavored Moisturizer contains Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, and Organic Virgin Palm Oil.  I typically have one of these in my purse year round.  They also produced flavored balms which include:  Cinnamon/Peppermint, Tea Tree Oil, Orange/Cinnamon, Citrus, Coconut, and Vanilla.

For those of you who shop Vitacost their Glonaturals Lip Balm is gluten free and comes in Pina Colada and Citrus flavors.  Made from Coconut Oil, Soy Bean Wax, Apricot Oil,  Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol (vitamin E) and Sunflower seed oil.

Badger Lip Balm has several gluten free options.  The unflavored contains Olive Oil, Beeswax, Castor Seed Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Extract.  Flavored Lip Balms that are also free of gluten include Pink Grapefruit, Vanilla Madagascar, Lavender & Orange, and Tangerine Breeze, Ginger & Lemon, and Highland Mint.  All are USDA Certified Organic and contain no petroleum, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.

Indigo Wild, producers of Zum contain Certified Organic Shea Butter, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, and Certified Organic Beeswax. Free from petroleum by-products, mineral oils, and synthetic preservatives.  Eleven flavors to choose from and variety packs as well.

In a pinch and need to pick up something locally at your grocery or drug store?  The following Lip Balms may be more accessible and of course the are gluten free:

Toms of Maine (Peppermint and Island Paradise).

Kiss My Face (Sunscreen, Ginger Mango, Passion Fruit, Strawberry, Peach, Cranberry Orange, and Coconut Pineapple).

EOS (the little orbs in a multitude of flavors)

Carmex (some of their products contain oats)

Blistex (they have multiple products so please read the labels carefully).

The Honest Company Organic Lip Balm.

Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm.

NOTE:  I have not included Burts Bees on this list as they will not guarantee that their products are Gluten Free.  The following is the statement that appears on their Website:  “We cannot provide a list of Burt’s Bees products that are safe for use with your allergy because our products may have been manufactured on a shared line with products containing gluten, or raw materials used in our products may have been processed in a facility that also processes products containing gluten.  Therefore, we are unable to state that any Burt’s Bees products are “gluten-free.” Several of our products are known to contain certain allergens, because raw materials that contain or are made from the allergen are intentional ingredients in those products.

Please carefully review the ingredient list of any product prior to use, particularly because the listed ingredients for a product may change. If you have a known allergy to gluten, you should always consult with your physician if you have questions regarding whether it is safe for you to use a particular product”.

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