Liquorice Wheels

Adapted and inspired by the craft of Amy Sue, these delightful liquorice wheels taste like the real deal and send your kitchen into a frenzy with the adorable liquorice aroma that sets your patience to the test.  With another dehydrator recipe, you will be left with your mouth watering whilst these nutritious treats take time […]

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Prep Time 40 Minutes
Cook Time 12 Hours
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Cook Time 12 Hours
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  1. Prepare 3-4 dehydrator trays with teflex sheets and put them aside.
  2. Remove the pits from your dates (this is easier when they are at room temperature).
  3. Grind your star anise with a mortar and pestle to a very fine powder (or use anise spice ready prepared).
  4. Add the dates to the food processor or thermomix and add the water and vanilla extract. Process the dates until they form a smooth paste. You may need to run a spoon down the sides a few times to ensure there is an even blend during the processing. When a smooth paste has formed, add the ground anise spice and briefly blend again to ensure it is all mixed evenly.
  5. Add the paste into a piping bag to create long smooth tube like lines. Keep the nozzle end close to the sheets to avoid creating wiggly lines. You may need a little practice first to see what I mean but don't worry if they are not perfect, they are still going to taste great and once they can be smoothed out slightly during the coiling process.
  6. Place the trays in the dehydrator at 115 degrees for approximately 12 hours or until they are ready for shaping but not completely done. Make sure you do not over do it. Some may need to dehydrate less than this and others may need to dehydrate a little longer.
  7. When the liquorice is pliable enough to shape into coils, gently roll them on the dehydrator sheet to un-stick them from the sheet. Start shaping your coils by starting from one end continue to curl them flat on the dehydrator sheet. (They are a little easier to do this if you take the sheet off the tray and lay the sheet flat on the bench).
  8. When the coils are tightly bound, place them onto the dehydrator mesh sheet (without the teflex sheet) to complete the drying process at the same temperature for another 8 hours. The time may differ at times requiring more or less time on different occasions. You know they are ready when they are dry and not sticky.
  9. Don't over dry them to the point that unwinding the coil causes the wheel to break.
  10. Individually wrap your liquorice wheels in baking paper and pin with a staple. If you want to get fancy, you can add your own label and put them in a special bag to give as a special gift made with love.
  11. Alternatively you can make the same recipe in one flat leather slab and cut them with scissors and roll them up. I call these Liquorice Leather Rolls. These take much less time and are easy to wrap and roll. 🙂

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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Coconut Cream Filling
Prep Time 35 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 […]

GAPS Ginger Cookies

These cookies are not your usual ginger snaps because they are light and airy to bite into.  They are great on their own for a snack but make for the perfect combo with a cup of GAPS Ginger Tea.  If you had your heart set on a crispy cookie that looks just like the one […]

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GAPS Ginger Cookies
This recipe is appropriate for people who have reached stage 6 of the Introduction Diet and the Full GAPS Diet
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Passive Time 7 Hours
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Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Passive Time 7 Hours
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Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 150˚C and prepare one large or two medium stainless steel trays by lining them with (bleach free) baking paper.
Mixing and Baking the Cookies
  1. Add all the ingredients into a bowl (except for the desiccated coconut and bicarbonate of soda).
  2. Mix the mixture with electric beaters or other mixer/thermomix. I used electric hand held beaters for this recipe.
  3. When well combined, add the desiccated coconut and add the bicarbonate of soda last.
  4. Spoon a tablespoon of mixture neatly onto the prepared lined baking trays and pat gently with the flat of one finger so that the mixture resembles a rounded semi-flat shape.
  5. Place the baking tray into the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Do not be tempted to cook longer than this as the cookies will burn. If your oven tends to cook quickly, you may want to remove them sooner. The edges and tops should be browned but not burnt.
  6. Once removed from the oven, carefully slide the liner off the tray and onto a cooling tray with the cookies still in place. Let them cool this way for ten minutes to allow the cookies to cool. DO NOT try to pick them up as they will be soft and fall apart.
  7. When they are cool to touch and are becoming more solid, remove the paper lining under the cookies so that the bottoms don’t sweat. Allow the cookies to cool for a further 20 – 30 minutes on the cooling tray.
  8. The cookies will be light, airy and soft to eat. If you like them like this, you may store them in an air tight container. They will be soft to eat similar to a cake like consistency. They can be kept fresh for a week
Recipe Notes

The Excalibur food dehydrator is the best on the market.  I have had mine for ten years and it is still going strong. We have a few Excalibur Dehydrator options available at GAPS Diet Australia based on affordability and specification.  If you do purchase one, I highly recommend the one with a timer.  This helps greatly when dehydrating food on an ongoing basis.

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Raw Vanilla Hearts

This recipe is a great white chocolate alternative and is quick and easy to make requiring no baking what-so ever. Print Recipe Raw Vanilla Hearts This is a recipe for the Introduction Diet from Stage 6 onward. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Baking at home, Deserts, Egg free recipes Cuisine Full […]

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This is a recipe for the Introduction Diet from Stage 6 onward.
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  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or thermomix and mix or pulse until all lumps are completely removed and the mixture becomes smooth for moulding
  2. Using heart silicon moulds or any other shape, press the mixture with your finger tips into the moulds until leveled.
  3. Place in the fridge to set. This can take up to half an hour or longer. Simply pop them out and store in the fridge when complete.

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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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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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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This recipe is appropriate for stage one on the intro diet for fussy eaters only.
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Basic Fudge Recipe
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
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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

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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  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.