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Gluttonous Grain-Free Paleo Apricot Vanilla Bean Granola

1. Ingredients Paleo Apricot Vanilla Granola

     This recipe is for anyone trying to shed some winter weight from the Holidays this year, avoid grain and gluten, or you just want a recipe for a delicious and amazingly aromatic granola snack/cereal. The flavors of the sweet apricot are favoring to the blend of the vanilla bean, coconut, and southern apple butter. I’ve given it to people who aren’t into granola and they loved it. It is really easy to make, this is also a kid friendly cooking lesson because no sharp objects.

Now before I start, I must give credit to the lady who posted this recipe 🙂 Fresh 4 Five .

(Also if you see an ingredient you’d like to learn more about and it’s benefits, click on the green high lighted words)

What You Need : 

2 cups of Raw Almonds 

1 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds

1 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds 

1 cup raw Coconut Flakes

1/4 cup Chia Seeds  

1 Tbsp. Ground Vanilla Bean Good News ! Vanilla bean has lots of mental health benefits 🙂

1-2 Tbsp. Tangerine Zest….the original recipe calls for orange but I like the sweet and tart of the Tangerine rather than the more bitter orange. However, I’ve made it both ways and it is awesome !

1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup 

1/4 cup Olive Oil

1/4 cup Apple Butter I like to use apple butter that isn’t commercialized and has no added sugar.

1 cup Dried Apricots  (or you can always use your creativity and add another kind of dried fruit…cherries….raspberries…pears…etc.)

2. Combine Paleo Apricot Vanilla Granola

1. Pre-heat your oven to 275

2. Slowly break up the almonds by adding 1/2 cup at a time in your blender or food processor until they are broken up, but not too much that they resemble flour.

3. Combine everything in a bowl EXCEPT your apricots

4. Bake Paleo Apricot Vanilla Granola

4. Divide your mixture in a thin layer, use two cookie sheets or make two batches. Bake for 30 minutes and stir every 10 minutes…

5. Once your granola looks golden brown remove it, stir in your chopped apricots. Put it in a container and refrigerate. 🙂

6. Enjoy !5. Serve Paleo Apricot Vanilla Granola

I like to mix mine with full fat coconut milk, a great breakfast ! or meal replacement snack. This is a meal full of brain fuel to enhance your day to its full potential 🙂



Paleo Cottage Pie

This recipe was inspired by Elena’s Pantry, however I added a few things and changed out the ground beef for a chopped slow cooked grass-fed  roast I had leftover from two days earlier. You can always find a recipe and try and think of ways to use what you already have.in the kitchen. This helps keep our food budget under control and promotes creativity in the kitchen 🙂


 What’s Good: Low-Glycemic Index (good for diabetics or those laying low on sugar) or maybe your trying to trick your husband and kids into something healthy without looks of disappointment.  Cooked Cauliflower contains high levels of: vitamin-c, vitamin k, folate, vitamin-B6, Fiber, Omega-3, and is Gluten free.

Health Benefits

While cauliflower is not a well-studied cruciferous vegetable from a health standpoint, you will find several dozen studies linking cauliflower-containing diets to cancer prevention, particularly with respect to the following types of cancer: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer. This connection between cauliflower and cancer prevention should not be surprising, since cauliflower provides special nutrient support for three body systems that are closely connected with cancer development as well as cancer prevention. These three systems are (1) the body’s detox system, (2) its antioxidant system, and (3) its inflammatory/anti-inflammatory system. Chronic imbalances in any of these three systems can increase risk of cancer, and when imbalances in all three systems occur simultaneously, the risk of cancer increases significantly.  To learn more about the long list of health benefits click here .

Cottage Pie Pic. 11. Plated

What You Need: 

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 pound turkey or pork bacon, cut into 2 inch slices
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 pound organic grass fed ground beef why do I choose grass fed? click here
  • ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt  or just sea salt why use sea salt vs. table salt? click here
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth (I recommend buying storage containers and freeze your meat broths, it will save you a lot of money and maximize your meals)
  • 2 large heads cauliflower, trimmed, chopped and steamed until very soft

Cottage Pie Pic. 2 Cauliflower Steamed don’t have a steamer? improvise with a colander, medium sized sauce pot filled half way with water, and a lid

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil see what Dr. Oz has to say about coconut oil, click here
  • 1 table spoon turmeric 
  • 1 table spoon curry

Cottage Pie Pic. 1 The Ingredients

  1. Heat olive oil in a very large frying pan
  2. Saute onion for 15 minutes until soft

Cottage Pie Pic 5. Tenderize the Onions

Let’s Do It !

  1. Add bacon pieces to pan and sauté until cooked, about 10 minutes
  2. Add carrots and celery to pan and sauté in bacon fat (get in the habit of saving your bacon fat, this can be frozen too or refrigerated if its something you use a lot)  for 10 minutes until soft
  3. Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown, just a few minutes.

Cottage Pie

  1. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika

Cottage Pie Pic. 6 The Spices

  1. Add chicken broth and cook down broth until 60% evaporated

Cottage Pie Pic. 7 Combined

  1. Place cauliflower in food processor or a blender and puree with olive oil until smooth
  2. Pour ground beef mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish

Cottage Pie Pic. 8 Evenly Spread Into a Baking Pan    I had to improvise and foil up a ceremaic presentation tray.

  1. Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture

Cottage Pie Pic. 9 Beging Evenly Distributing the Mashed Cauliflower

  1. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes

Cottage Pie Pic. 10. What It Should Look Like

  1. Serve

Cottage Pie Pic. 11. Plated

Yields: 6 Servings

Inspired By:  elenaspantry.com & functionalfoodie.com