Cookies & Caramel Cream

Caramel Cream Barrels of pure joy.  Love at first Bite!!!  This little treat creates a burst of flavour to enjoy with the sound of a crack with the first bite followed by pure enjoyment.  Ok, I am in love with this little creation and hope you are too.  Enjoy.     Print Recipe Cookies & […]

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Cookies & Caramel Cream
This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the Full GAPS Diet.
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Passive Time 4 - 6 Hours
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Caramel Cream Filling
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Prep Time 1 Hour
Passive Time 4 - 6 Hours
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Biscuit Bottom
  1. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (no hotter)
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, followed by massaging all the contents and squeezing the ingredients in your hands where you can feel the mixture starting to stick together and form shape. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, add more nut butter or coconut oil if it is too dry or more nut flour if it is too moist. You want to create a cookie dough so keep mixing and squeezing the contents with your hands so that the mixture can form a big ball ready for making smaller balls.
  3. When you have rolled the cookie mixture into a ball on the bench top, pinch a section of the dough and roll the section into a ball approximately 4cm in width. Continue this until you have 24 balls ready.
  4. Place each ball into mini round cardboard baking cups. These will be used as the mold for the entire cheesecake and they should be 5cm wide measured from the bottom.
  5. Press the first layer with your thumb by pushing the ball down flat to make a base in the bottom of the cup ensureing it reaches all the sides with good coverage.
  6. Place the baking cups onto a baking tray and place the tray in the preheated oven at no more than 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they do not burn. Almond flour burns easily so do not cook any higher than 150 degrees Celsius.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place them in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool whilst you prepare the next layer.
Caramel Cream Filling
  1. After soaking the Midjool dates for 20 minutes, add them to the thermomix or food processor with the remaining caramel Cream filling ingredients except for the gelatin powder and water.
  2. Mix on a medium to high speed to combine all the ingredients to make a smooth sauce like consistency whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly.
  3. Place the gelatin powder in a small bowl or cup and add the warm water stiring well to make a consistency similar to apple sauce. Add this to the mixture in the thermomix and blend well.
  4. Remove the baking cups from the fridge and add a spoonful of the mixture until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup.
  5. With the back of a teaspoon, level out the cream centre so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
Nut Sprinkles
  1. Place the nuts in the thermomix or blender to chop into the size you prefer to add as a nut sprinkle layer. I like to make ours a little bit chunky. You can also chop them if you wrap them inside a tea towel and bang them with a wooden rolling pin.
  2. Sprinkle the nut mix evenly over the top of the coconut cream filling until distributed evenly in all 24 cups.
Chocolate Top
  1. Simmer some water on a low heat in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the simmering water. I like to use a pyrex jug (size measures 4 cups) for this as it works nicely to pour the ingredients later.
  2. Add the cacao butter to the glass bowl and melt the cacao butter completely. (CAUTION: Keep the heat at a low temperature so that the steam does not cause any water residue within the glass bowl and make sure all your utensils and materials do not have any water on them because any water contaminating the mixture will cause lumps and clumps and spoil the smooth chocolate result).
  3. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocao powder gradually whilst stirring continuously with a bone dry whisk until mixed well with no lumps. Add honey and vanilla essence and continue to whisk. Let the chocoloate topping cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over the top and remember to allow some of the nuts to be exposed at the tops. This gives it character and encourages you not to over fill the top layer. Aim not to make the top layer too thick or it will make it difficult to bite into.
  5. Refrigerate for 4 - 6 hour to fully set.
  6. When all ingredients have set, you can tear the cardboard paper cups and slowly remove the cheesecake medallions from the cup casing to expose them for serving. I recommend you keep them in the baking cups until you are ready to serve or eat.

Coconut Vanilla Fudge

This recipe will show you how to make your own sensational additive free chocolate. CONTAINS NO nuts, dairy, sugar, eggs or other additives.With a soft fudge coconut cream and vanilla flavoured centre, slightly coated in homemade dairy free chocolate, these old family favourites will be consumed quickly in our home. You can make them rough […]

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This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the full GAPS Diet and who do not have serious digestive issues.
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
Passive Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 35 Minutes
Passive Time 45 Minutes
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Cococnut Cream Filling
  1. Mix all coconut meat ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until all ingredients is well combined and melted and then mix in a food processor to grind the dessicated coconut a little finer.
  2. Line a 8×6 inch dish with bleach free baking paper and pour the ingredients into the dish and push down flat.
  3. Place the coconut meat mixture dish into the freezer and leave for 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When the mixture has set hard, pull the sides of the baking paper up to pull out the coconut mixture out of the dish and place it on a chopping board. With a long sharp knife, carefully cut the coconut fudge middle meat into even squares.
  5. Place the squares into a container with a lid back into the freezer for preparation for the chocolate coating step.
Choc Coating
  1. Simmer some water on a low heat in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the simmering water. Add the cacao butter to the glass bowl and melt the cacao butter completely. (CAUTION: Keep the heat at a low temperature so that the steam does not cause any water residue within the glass bowl and make sure all your utensils and materials do not have any water on them because any water contaminating the mixture will cause lumps and clumps and spoil the smooth chocolate result).
  2. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocao powder gradually whilst stirring continuously with a bone dry whisk until mixed well with no lumps. Add honey and vanilla essence and continue to whisk.
  3. When the mixture is lovely and smooth it is ready for the coconut meat fudge dipping.
Coating with chocolate
  1. Take the chopped coconut meat squares from the freezer and place one square on top of a fork.
  2. Dip the square into the chocolate so that it covers only half of the slice. (you can cover the entire slice if you want to and this can be done by dropping it into the choc mixture and then lifting it with the fork from the bottom and let the excess chocolate drip off.
  3. The cold coconut squares will start to harden the outer layer of chocolate as you lay the squares down onto some bleach free baking paper on a tray to set.
  4. Place the choc covered squares into the fridge for 10 minutes to set. These are reasonably stable at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

OPTIONAL: You may wish to add a teaspoon of organic mint flavour to the mixture if desired.

Easter Bunny Bites 

This recipe is easy to make with little preparation time required.   Print Recipe Easter Bunny Bites  This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the Introduction Diet from Stage 3 onwards. Cook Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins Course: Baking at home, Egg free recipesCuisine: Full GAPS Diet Recipes, GAPS Introduction Stages Ingredients2 Cups Organic […]

Choc Top Minty Moments – Cheesecake Medallions

This recipe is an absolute delight if you love chocolate and mint with a splash of coconut cream flavour on a delicious crumbly biscuit bottom.  If you don’t like mint, simply leave that out of the recipe.  Although this recipe is not difficult, it does take some time to prepare but the time taken is […]

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Choc Top Minty Moments Cheesecake Medallions
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Passive Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 1 Hour
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Instructions
Biscuit Bottom
  1. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (no hotter)
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, followed by massaging all the contents and squeezing the ingredients in your hands where you can feel the mixture starting to stick together. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, add more nut butter or coconut oil if it is too dry or more nut flour if it is too moist. You want to create a cookie dough so keep mixing and squeezing the contents with your hands so that the mixture can form a big ball ready for making smaller balls.
  3. When you have rolled the cookie mixture into a ball on the bench top, pinch a section of the dough and roll the section into a ball approximately 4cm in width. Continue this until you have 20 balls ready.
  4. Place each ball into mini round cardboard baking cups. These will be used as the mold for the entire cheesecake and they should be 5cm wide measured from the bottom.
  5. Press the first layer with your thumb by pushing the ball down flat to make a base in the bottom of the cup ensureing it reaches all the sides with good coverage.
  6. Place the baking cups onto a baking tray and place the tray in the preheated oven at no more than 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they do not burn. Almond flour burns easily so do not cook any higher than 150 degrees Celsius.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place them in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool whilst you prepare the next layer.
Mint Cheescake Layer
  1. Soak cashews in water for 20 minutes and then rince them and drain off the water.
  2. Add Cashews to the thermomix or strong mixer and mix on a high speed to break down the nuts into a flour like consistency.
  3. Add coconut oil and coconut milk to the mixture and continue to blend whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly.
  4. Add honey, vanilla essence, mint flavour and mint leaves. The mint leaves are optional because they do require a lot of blending and pulsing to break them down into a paste along with the nut and coconut mixture. They do contribute slightly to the flavour and add some colour.
  5. If you wish to add more colour, add the spirulina powder.
  6. Continue to mix and blend whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly. Keep blending until you establish a nice creamy like texture.
  7. Remove the baking cups from the fridge and add a spoonful of the mixture until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup.
  8. With the back of a teaspoon, level out the mint layer so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Coconut Cream Layer
  1. Mix all coconut meat ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until all ingredients is well combined and melted
  2. Remove from stove and mix ingredients in a food processor to grind the desiccated coconut a little finer.
  3. Add a spoonful of the mixture
  4. With the back of a teaspoon, level out the mint layer so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Chocolate Top
  1. Simmer some water on a low heat in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the simmering water. I like to use a pyrex jug (size measures 4 cups) for this as it works nicely to pour the ingredients later.
  2. Add the cacao butter to the glass bowl and melt the cacao butter completely. (CAUTION: Keep the heat at a low temperature so that the steam does not cause any water residue within the glass bowl and make sure all your utensils and materials do not have any water on them because any water contaminating the mixture will cause lumps and clumps and spoil the smooth chocolate result).
  3. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocao powder gradually whilst stirring continuously with a bone dry whisk until mixed well with no lumps. Add honey and vanilla essence and continue to whisk.
  4. Remove the baking cups from the freezer and pour chocolate mixture over the top until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup to provide good coverage as the top layer. Try not to make the top layer too thick to make it easier to bite into the cheesecake.
  5. Refrigerate for 1hour to set.
  6. When all ingredients have set, you can tear the cardboard paper cups and slowly remove the cheesecake medallions from the cup casing to expose them for serving. I recommend you keep them in the baking cups until you are ready to serve or eat.

Basic GAPS Cookie Dough

I have been making these cookies for over ten years when my son was 3 and first diagnosed with Autism.  We made little faces on them with all kinds of different emotions.  This was to help with understanding the different emotions and prompt communication when eating them.  My son is now 14 and still enjoys […]

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Basic GAPS Cookie Dough
Suitable from Stage 6 onwards You can make little faces on these cookies with a variety of different expressions and call them emotion cookies or you can make small gingerbread men for Christmas.
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
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Strawberry Jam
  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan on a low simmering heat and use a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients whilst applying pressure to the strawberries to squash them into a jam sauce.
  2. Continue to do this for approximately 15 - 20 minutes on a low heat so that the mixture will thicken.
  3. Pour the jam mixture into a jar and refrigerate. This will set when cooled.

Coconut Fudge Slice

This recipe is useful as a reward system for children who are fussy eaters on the intro diet, it is smooth and has the texture of chocolate as it melts in their mouth. About 50% of fatty acids found in coconut oil is Lauric Acid which is one of the ingredients found in human breast […]

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Coconut Fudge Slice
This recipe is appropriate for stage one on the intro diet for fussy eaters only.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
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  1. Place all ingredients into the food processor and blend until all well combined and creamy
  2. line a glass pyrex dish with bleach free baking paper and pour the ingredients into the dish
  3. Place dish into the freezer for 45 minutes to an hour so that it hardens quickly and doesn't separate
  4. Remove from freezer and store in the fridge
  5. Cut small square portions as desired

Nut Butter

The GAPS Diet advocates you make your own nut butters especially if you are just starting out with GAPS.  This way you know exactly what is in it and whether any reactions are specific to the nuts or other hidden ingredients or chemicals.  Store bought nut butter is acceptable so long as it does not […]

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This recipe is appropriate for the Introduction Diet from Stage 3 onward
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  1. Soak and dry nuts as per our recipe provided in the recipe section under condiments
  2. Blanch nuts if required (see almond blanching recipe instructions) This is not usually necessary if the nuts have been soaked but this step can be helpful for extreme sensitivities.
  3. Using a good strong blender, vitamix or thermo mixer, blend nuts and salt for as long as it takes to break down the size of the nuts into a nut butter consistency whilst gradually adding the coconut oil sparingly to begin with and proceed to add additional oil to produce the smooth consistency desired. This can take up to 20 minutes.
  4. If the nuts have been roasted, you may not need any oil or very little. Children love honey added to this spread but this is dependent upon whether you are ready to introduce honey at this stage and whether you are trying to avoid yeast feeding sugars.
  5. Remember: preparing your nuts through drying and soaking first will allow for a better nut butter and easier digestion.
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Nuts and Seeds are fibrous and should not be introduced for GAPS patients until digestive symptoms have shown some signs of improvement. The introduction diet provides a slow introduction to nuts by starting with nut butter followed by baking with nut flour and finally nuts for snacks themselves with encouragement to prepare them and chew them well. The sensitivity test is advised to be carried out first for those who suspect a true nut allergy, however there are many people who express their intolerance for nuts during the introduction diet who may need to determine themselves whether to wait until further healing takes place before introducing them.

Banana Almond and Blueberry Pancakes

I could not tell you how many times we have made these pancakes.  They are simple to make and a great lunch box filler for school or work. Print Recipe Banana Almond and Blueberry Pancakes This recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Stages from Stage 6 onward Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this […]

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Banana Almond and Blueberry Pancakes
This recipe is appropriate for the GAPS Introduction Stages from Stage 6 onward
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  1. Mash bananas and place them into a bowl
  2. Add eggs, almond flour and vanilla essence to the bowl and blend briefly with an electric beater until smooth
  3. Add dried blueberries and hand mix
  4. Heat frying pan on a low heat to ensure you do not burn the nut flour and spoon small pancakes into the fry pan
  5. You will notice some fine bubbles on the top indicating that they may be ready to flip. Use an egg lifter to flip and lightly cook the other side. If the pan is too hot they will burn
  6. You may need some practice in making these before you fry the perfect pancake but they are well worth the effort
  7. Wrap each pancake in sets of two with baking paper and store them in the fridge or freezer. These are great school snacks or morning tea for visitors.
  8. Serve with fresh sour cream, yoghurt or kefir and fresh banana or blueberries
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Clinical Notes

If you are trying to avoid all sugars including mono sugars found in honey and fruit to help combat candida (yeast overgrowth)  it is best to avoid this recipe as it contains honey and fruit.  Please refer to our GAPS101 Online learning course for the GAPS Candida Protocol.