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Perfect Grain Free Gingersnap Cookies {gluten free}

TIS THE SEASON! For mistletoe, snow, fine company, and cookies!!! I am obsessed with these perfect grain free gingersnap cookies and so excited to share them with you for your healthier holiday baking party.

Perfect grain free gingersnap cookies! Made with chickpea flour. Perfectly spiced, tender and chewy.
 
I think it’s officially safe to say that we’re in the final stretch of holiday baking, and I’m going to sneak this perfect little grain free gingersnap cookie right into the mix because I just know you guys are going to love them. They are chewy, full of gingery spiced flavor, just sweet enough, and totally GRAIN FREE! Because with all the indulgence that comes along with the holidays, it’s always nice to add some healthier notes to the mix.

What’s the flour I used you might ask? Chickpea flour! This stuff is seriously amazing. If you’ve never tried baking / cooking / playing around with it in the kitchen, I highly recommend picking up a bag and getting busy!

Honestly, some of my favorite grain free cookies that I’ve ever made are with chickpea flour. There’s just something about the simplicity of it and the texture that it lends that are so so good. So good that you probably wouldn’t even notice the healthy flour swap if you didn’t know. I’ve made some salted mocha chocolate cookies (so delish!) with chickpea flour on the blog before if you want another cookie recipe idea for that bag of chickpea flour that you’re about to pick up. And another great place to get ideas is on the ever-so-talented blog of Dolly and Oatmeal. She actually has a cookbook called Chickpea Flour Does It All and while I don’t own the cookbook (yet! it’s on the Christmas list 😉) I have made some of the recipes from the cookbook that she’s shared on her blog and they have all been amaze.

Perfect grain free gingersnap cookies! Made with chickpea flour. Perfectly spiced, tender and chewy.

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Paleo Maple Pecan Scones {paleo + gluten free}

Before this recipe I didn’t even know it was possible to have paleo scones that tasted this good! Holy moly guys. They are something really special, and I’m so so excited to share the goodness of these paleo maple pecan scones with you!

These paleo maple pecan scones are a totally decadent and healthy swap for the bakery shop classic! Brimming with nutty maple flavor and totally refined sugar free. 
 
Back a few years ago before I gave up gluten and made such a major lifestyle change, a maple pecan scone bakery shop score was life to me. They represent all the best things about a coffee date treat –> Tender, a little flaky, slightly crisp on the edges and brimming with nutty pecan maple flavor. YAAAS. Tell me you feel the same.

But then I gave up gluten (and waved farewell to my maple pecan loving scone days), because:

Health > Treats.

(for realz)

But what if I told you that you could have BOTH?! Yep.I think I’ve cracked the code. Health AND treats.

Specifically these deeee-licious paleo maple pecan scones. Because after 3 (maybe 4?) batches they are so ready for your grain free coffee dates + holiday gatherings.

These paleo maple pecan scones are a totally decadent and healthy swap for the bakery shop classic! Brimming with nutty maple flavor and totally refined sugar free. 

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Shaved Carrot and Parsley Salad {paleo + vegan}

Is it just me, or does winter seem to be a hard time to remember to include fresh vegetables in the dinner line up? The allure or roasting every vegetable that crosses my path into a sweet and caramelized nirvana is almost always too much to resist. But once in awhile, a salad comes along that does that perfect little thing of brightening up a hearty rich mid-winter meal like nothing else can. And this shaved carrot and parsley salad is exactly that.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
 
Because even though you’ve bookmarked every recipe for a slow braise you can get your hands on, and you’re making a giant pot of soup once a week, a little fresh veggie salad can still have that magic way of bringing a dinner together and making it feel like a real adult meal.

And adult meals can be hard sometimes.

Maybe I’m feeling especially compelled to share the recipe for this carrot salad with you because all I ate today was scrambled eggs, 1/2 an avocado, and 2 grain free scones (<— Not an adult meal, but it is real life.) And all I really want right now is some yummy healthy food to even out the playing field. You know, so I can eat more cookies. Recipe testing all the holiday goodies for the blog comes at a price, yo.

But in truth, this time of year more than ever, we gotta remember to take care of ourselves. November –> December burnout is a THING, and a good place to start when it comes to staying on track of self care (aka focusing on something other than all the holiday gifts you need to buy, parties you’re attending, all the outfits for said parties that need to be assembled, cookies that need to be baked for the fam, etc etc etc.. all during a season when you’re ALSO just supposed to be grateful for what you have and the people in your life but the world is sending such MIXED MESSAGES. It can be stressful, can’t it? Whew. That was a mouthful.)… is with your FOOD!

So simple, but so powerful.

It reminds us to slow down. It reminds us what is really the most important. It also reminds us that we already have a lot of the tools we need to take care of ourselves.

In last week’s installment of Rob Brezsny’s Astrology letter I was reminded (hiii fellow Virgo’s!) that the question of what I might do to take better care of myself will be a very relevant one in the coming year. That loving oneself is a great way to explore what that might look like, and that there’s still a lot to learn in this department. Which is pretty good advice even if you’re not into the whole astrology thing. Never stop holding the question: How could I do this better? And I just know that food plays an important role in that picture. It always does, right?

Plus, it’s just nice to see some color on your plate.

Shaved carrot and parsley salad! A bright and colorful counterpart to your hearty meals. Made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. Paleo and Vegan.
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