Category Tree Nuts

Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Cookies


The other day I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, only I discovered that I didn’t have any chocolate chips. I had white chocolate chips though, so I decided to make macadamia white chocolate chip cookies. Then I discovered that I didn’t have any macadamias! I found some coconut and decided to make do with what I have…and I came out with a gluten free cookie that even my gluten-loving husband ate (and ate lots of them)! These cookies were inspired by Baked by an Introvert.


  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour blend (I use this one. If your flour blend doesn’t include xanthan gum, add some according to package directions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packe...
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Cashew Chicken

cashew chicken

I’m a sucker for Chinese food, but I haven’t been able to really eat any since it is hard to know what ingredients are used at restaurants. I found a recipe that looked good and I modified it to my liking…and my kids devoured it!

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbs. arrowroot starch
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ c. coconut aminos mixed with ¼ c. water (or ½ c. gluten free soy sauce)
  • 4 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. ketchup
  • 2 Tbs. sweet chili sauce
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, shredded with a microplaner
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 4-6 green onions, sliced
  • jasmine rice
  • oil for sautéing chicken


  1. In a bowl, combine coconut aminos (or gluten free soy sauce), rice vinegar, ketchup, sweet chili sauce, ...
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Grain Free (Paleo) Chocolate Zucchini Bread

chocolate zucchini bread

My good friend, Carrie, introduced me to Elena’s Pantry’s Zucchini Bread recipe a few years ago and I loved it. Since then I have made a few tweaks to my liking and the recipe is as follows. Enjoy!


  • 1 1/2 cups superfine almond flour (I use THIS brand)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs (I’ve used flax gel and it turns out okay, but it is very dense)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup local honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled & chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided (I use THIS brand)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Put all ingredients, except chocolate chips, into a food processor and process until smooth...
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Gluten Free Pecan Pie Bars


I’m not a huge pie fan, but I’ve always loved the filling for pecan pie. This past spring I tasted some pecan pie bars that had a shortbread crust, so I thought I’d try making them instead of paying $6 for a small bar made by someone else. These are based on a recipe I found in Better Homes & Gardens; I made these and took them to a friend’s house; they were gone so fast that I didn’t even have a change to take a photo of them out of the pan! These will definitely be served at Thanksgiving this year.

1 1/4 c. gluten free flour blend of your choice (I like THIS one, but it does contain dairy)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. cold butter or nondairy butter, cut into chunks (Earth Balance has a good dairy free butter that is also soy free)

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Knock-off Almond Joy Bars

almond joy bars

This past week I wanted a treat, but wanted to make something that didn’t make me feel guilty afterwards. I LOVE coconut candies, so I decided to do some research on homemade Almond Joy bars. I found two recipes from The Clothes Make the Girl and Living Healthy with Chocolate and merged them. Then, I tested them on my “guinea pig” coworkers and they LOVED them!

To make coconut butter:
Put 1.5-2 c. of unsweetened flaked coconut in a blender or food processor with 1 tsp. melted coconut oil, a sprinkle of sea salt and 1/2 tsp. coconut extract. Process for about 10 minutes, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Put this in a jar and smear it on toast or use it in other recipes. 

Knock-off Almond Joys:
5 Tbs. coconut butter (see above)
1 ½ c...

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