This Grain Free Fig & Vanilla Granola fills the house with the most heavenly scent! I could make it everyday, just for that smell. It is super easy to make, only takes about 10 minutes of hands on time and it is full of fabulous nutrition and taste.
I have many parents coming into the community who's kids are new to the whole foods world. That is why many of the recipes I create err on the sweeter side. Making these homemade-whole food and gut healthy versions of processed foods a little on the sweeter side at first tends to make for an easier transition. Once your taste buds are adjusted you can begin cutting back on the sweetener. This recipe calls for 1/3 cup of honey. You could use half of that amount and still get a great result.
Gut Healthy Easter Treats (GAPS, Paleo, Gluten & Dairy Free)
The Easter Bunny came to our house a little early this year. We will be travelling on Easter Sunday and even though my son no longer believes in a big bunny that hides eggs and chocolates, he still enjoys the fun of the hunt. So today we had a couple of his best friends over and had an Easter egg hunt complete with gut healthy Easter treats. I made my usual chocolate recipe and poured it into the cute little bunny head molds I keep on hand for every year.
I also ventured out and tried to make a new gut healthy Easter treat – coconut and white chocolate Blue Majik ( A blue/green algae) flowers. These took a little massaging to make them work, but they weren’t perfect. Not perfect enough to share that particular recipe with you yet. But here is a general idea of what I was aiming for. I will keep working on that one and share it with you when I get it right!
In the meantime here is my recipe for the chocolate bunnies. If you don’t happen to have any fancy molds at home, no biggie you can still make a nice treat. I would suggest pouring the chocolate mixture into a loaf pan and allowing it to cool enough to slice it into squares. Then freeze. You can place them as is in the plastic eggs that come apart, but if they are going to sit overnight I would recommend you wrap them lest they leave a chocolaty smear all over the inside of your eggs. Micheals the craft store caries candy papers in all kinds of different colours. I had gold on hand so that is what I used.
As you can see from the picture, this is a dark chocolate. If your child is just starting their transition into whole foods you may want to increase the sweetness factor (honey) and cut back a bit on the raw cacao paste. his will be a less robust and intense chocolaty flavour. Once taste buds have had some time to adjust to it however, kids will love the dark, rich goodness of this recipe. Cut the raw cacao paste in half and use the recommended amount of sweetener to melt. Then taste and adjust as you like for your tastes. Add more sweetener a little bit at a time and you can add a bit more cacao too if you feel.
Rich Chocolaty Goodness Recipe
- 1/3 cup raw cacao butter (white)
- 1 cup raw cacao paste
- 1/3 cup lucuma powder or date sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- Pinch of sea salt
- Optional add a tsp of medicinal mushrooms or some Spirulina to increase the nutrient factor.
I place a stainless steel bowl over a medium sized pot filled with water. Set on the stove and warm water over medium high heat. Place all your ingredients in the stainless steel bowl and allow to melt. Careful that it does not get to hot or you will burn your cacao, which changes the flavour and kills off a lot of the cacao goodness. Once it is melted pour it into a measuring cup or other container with a pouring spout. Pour into your molds or line a loaf pan with parchment and pour into the pan. Place in the freezer to set. If you are using the loaf pan, remove from the freezer in about 10 minutes when still soft enough to cut. Make slices and return to the freezer to set completely. Now you can wrap them or just enjoy them as is.
No reason that any holiday need pass us by without enjoying the treats of the season, even when we are doing gut healing, whole foods protocols for our families. Just takes a few minutes in the kitchen to whip up these gut healthy Easter treats and you have a magical experience you children will love!
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I am not a medical doctor. I am a certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, certified GAPS practitioner and certified Counsellor. My experience and personal research in order to help my son has taught me a lot about autoimmune and chronic illness from this holistic and functional medicine perspective and I want to share that information with you. This information is just that. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace medical advice.