March 31, 2013

Cupcakes with *chocolate frosting* {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, dessert, GAPS friendly, snacks tagged , , , , , , at 8:46 pm by Jordan

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Cupcake recipe is GAPS Diet Birthday Cake from Cheeseslave (makes about 2 dozen)

The original recipe calls for a spring form pan. We don’t have one, so we tried cupcakes (they work great – but they don’t come out of the papers when warm) and a 13×9″ stoneware pan (also worked well).

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Frosting recipe is from Sue Gregg‘s Dessert cookbook. (Joshua was very excited to haveĀ chocolate frosting!)

Chocolate Frosting
1 stick soft butter
1/4 c raw honey
1 egg
1/4 c raw cacao
1 t vanilla

Cream butter and honey. Blend in egg, cacao, and vanilla until spreadable.

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March 5, 2013

Making Ghee {GAPS}

Posted in child-friendly, GAPS friendly, soup tagged , , at 9:27 pm by Jordan

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Ghee is the preferred oil to cook with and to add to food during the healing phase of the GAPS diet. We scramble eggs in it and add it to our bowls of soup or butternut squash “dessert” to get more healthy fat in our diet.

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Josh loves ghee in everything AND he loves to make it! That’s a good thing because we sure go through a lot of it. He fills a crock pot with organic unsalted butter (preferably from pastured cows–thankfully we found some on sale at Sprouts a couple weeks ago).

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After about 7 hours on low it all melts and a foam forms on top.

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The solids on top are skimmed off (supposedly there are recipes using those so we’re saving them for later) and the ghee is ladled out into containers. In the bottom of the crock is another layer of some kind of white substance. After trying a few techniques of straining with strainers and coffee filters and making a huge mess, we just gave up and poured out the last of the ghee with the stuff in the bottom and put it in the fridge. After chilling, it was watery liquid at the bottom and hard ghee on top which was easily lifted out. Ghee doesn’t need to be refrigerated, has a creamy, soft texture when at room temperature, and is SO tasty…yet another thing we never would have discovered if it weren’t for this GAPS adventure!