Paleo Gingerbread Men Cookies

These paleo gingerbread men were roll-out-able and deliciously soft, whether warm or cool. They had all of the gingerbread flavors we loved, and no gums or complicated ingredients.

Continue reading

Anneliese’s Birthday Cake

Anneliese’s birthday is at the end of July, and that means Summer is in full-swing and berries are busting out all over (well, here in Central California anyway!) My girl is a huge fan of fruit, so last year when she turned 1, I sought out a grain-free strawberry cake. I ended up making a variation of Elana’s Coconut Flour Strawberry Cupcakes, which were wonderful (with a homemade marshmallow frosting)! This year for her birthday, Anneliese asked for a Big! Cake! so I decided to translate the recipe to a double layer cake, and hope the texture stayed consistent. It worked fantastically.

Instead of making marshmallow frosting this year, I decided to go with a less-sweet (but still sugary — don’t get me wrong!) cream cheese frosting from Not So Humble Pie. Be sure to click over there and drool at her cinnamon rolls too. The frosting is delicious and not sickeningly sweet, and it pipes beautifully, helping me to actually make a cake that’s pretty for once in my life!

I mean, have you seen my cakes?? They’re often just passable… very frequently not frosted at all… or really freaking ridiculous (I actually really like that one). Oh wait! I did make a pretty cake, ONCE (Back in 2008).


So, this cake… (Don’t worry. Printable recipe is at the bottom.)

Sift together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt, and baking soda in one bowl. In another bowl, beat together eggs, honey, and vanilla bean paste until combined, then add to the dry ingredients. It’s going to be a really thick batter like this. DON’T FREAK OUT. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

Copy of IMG_8404

Get a bunch of strawberries, then slice them so they don’t roll away.

Copy of IMG_8406

Then cut them into little teeny pieces. I just run my chef’s knife through them a bunch of times in different directions. It works swell.

Copy of IMG_8408

Do that until you have a whole bunch of strawberry pieces. And dump them into the batter.

Copy of IMG_8409

Combine until well incorporated. The strawberries add more moisture and make the batter a bit “looser” but it’s still very thick. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

Copy of IMG_8411

Prepare two 9” cake pans by buttering the sides, and laying parchment paper on the bottom. Then, (not pictured) divide the batter between the pans. I smooth it toward the sides with a spatula, and then bang it on the counter really hard to flatten it out nicely. I do this with a lot of my grain free baked goods and it works really well.

Copy of IMG_8412

Bake them until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the cake is just starting to pull away from the edges of the pans.

Copy of IMG_8418

Let the cakes cool in the pans for at least an hour, then loosen the edges with a knife and turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack or whatever you want them on. I wanted mine on a cutting board for frosting and decorating.

Copy of IMG_8432

Once your frosting is made, grab a spoon and eat it , find a spatula. An offset metal spatula would probably be your best tool, but I’m not that fancy yet, so I used a silicone spatula and a metal butter knife, alternating.

Copy of IMG_8434

I put one of my cakes upside down, so the top would be perfectly flat, and spread a thin layer of frosting on it.

Copy of IMG_8437

Then add the other cake, right side up, and you have kind of a giant oreo type thing going on. With the flat sides together, there was no trimming involved, and they stick together perfectly.

Copy of IMG_8438

Then decorate it. You guys, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to decorating cakes. I just slapped frosting all over the thing, then added strawberry pieces and piped the rest of the frosting around to make it pretty. My piping bag is a super-fancy freezer ziploc bag (don’t use a sandwich bag. They explode.) with the very tip of a corner cut off. I do have like 3 actual piping tips, so I screwed on the one with the biggest opening and went to town.

Copy of IMG_8442

I felt inordinately proud of myself for pulling off the “slice a strawberry but not all the way and fan it out” decoration in the center of the cake.

Plus, this cake is really good. The actual cake part has a really nice honey flavor, and the cream cheese frosting makes it almost like eating a strawberry cheesecake. Almost.

Copy of IMG_4075

4 from 1 vote
Author: Joyful Abode (Adapted from Elana's Pantry & Not So Humble Pie)
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • Butter or oil for pans
  • 16 oz cream cheese room temperature, 2 blocks
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream cold
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, salt and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, honey, and vanilla bean paste until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Add your strawberries and mix again.
  6. Prepare two 9" cake pans by buttering the sides, and lining the bottoms with parchment paper.
  7. Divide batter between the pans and spread evenly. Pound them on the counter a few times to level everything. (Really.)
  8. Bake in the center of the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  1. In your electric mixer, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Remove the cream to another bowl if you don't have 2 mixer bowls (I don't). Don't worry about cleaning the bowl or the whisk though.
  2. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture, and beat JUST to combine. If you overbeat it it will loose its fluff and no one wants that.
  4. Frost your cake.
Recipe Notes

Frozen or dried strawberries won't work.
Coconut flour recipes sometimes vary depending on humidity. If you live in a very humid area, consider adding a litttttle bit more coconut flour, or try cooking a bit longer.
Cool in the pans at least an hour before removing.


Grain-Free Microwave Cake with Raspberry Sauce

On Father’s Day, my husband asked for “something sweet.” And after I looked through lots of recipe books, and asked him “What about this? What about that?” He finally told me, “One of those mug cakes you do in the microwave would work just fine. I didn’t mean anything complicated.” So I made us mug cakes.

The next night, he asked for another mug cake. Of course, I wanted one too. But instead of mixing up two separate ones, I decided to see if I could make a quick microwave cake that was several servings. It’s quicker than preheating the oven, and waiting however many minutes for the cake to bake, and it worked great. We ate it with homemade raspberry sauce leftover from Saturday’s waffle breakfast.

Grain-Free Gluten-Free Microwave Chocolate Cake


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, or xylitol
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp water


  1. Mix all of the ingredients well, until batter is smooth. I mixed right in the pie dish.
  2. Microwave about 4-6 minutes or until risen and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Frost or serve with freshly whipped cream, fresh fruit, or warm fruit sauce.


Grain-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

I’ve been so excited about my new donut pan! I even have another one on the way, and even ordered the mini-donut pan too. There’s just something about baked confections with a hole in the middle! Why are they so fun??

So my Mother-in-law is in town this weekend, and since both kids were napping at the same time, I decided to make some donuts. But she isn’t a fan of coconut. A request for chocolate donuts later, and…


Grain-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts

Donut Ingredients:

Donut Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for dark chocolate in a bowl until well-blended (I used my stand mixer with whisk attachment).
  3. Gently stir in the dark chocolate. Let the batter sit for a while. (Coconut flour recipes generally benefit from this because it allows the flour to absorb more, and it’ll give a less grainy texture to the finished product.)
  4. Fill your donut pan with the batter. The original recipe and the pan instructions say 2/3 full, but I filled them all the way… I just made sure to scrape off the “hole” part so they would have nice holes in the middle. I got 12 donuts out of this recipe, which means I had to do them in 2 batches (but when I get my second donut pan, I can do them all at once).
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Allow donuts to cool in the pan about 10 minutes before removing.
  7. Remove donuts and dip the tops in the vanilla glaze.
  8. Eat right away, allow the glaze to “set.



Vanilla Donut Glaze

Glaze Ingredients:

Glaze Method:

  1. Combine the ingredients and mix well.
  2. Gently heat in a double-boiler or microwave at half-power until the glaze is warm and thin enough to dip your donuts in it. There is actually a spot on my stove that gets hot when the oven is on (in the center back) and I just set my bowl of glaze there, stirring occasionally as the donuts baked.
  3. Dip tops of cooled donuts in the glaze, and place on a tray to set for a few minutes.


Grain-Free Triple-Coconut Delight Donuts

I’m a giant Pinterest fan, and when I saw this donut recipe, I had to re-pin it even though I didn’t have a donut pan. But the idea of donuts was sowed in my mind, and I couldn’t stop thinking of them… so I ordered this donut pan (recommended by my twitter friends), and now the donut-seed in my mind has come to fruition. These grain-free triple-coconut delight donuts are husband-approved, and really quick to whip up.


Why triple-coconut? Because they’re made with coconut flour, dried coconut, and coconut oil (My favorite place to get ALL of those coconut products is here – everything is tested and glyphosate/round-up-free). And the flavor is delightfully coconutty without any of that weird fake “imitation coconut extract” flavor. Because that’s coconut you’re tasting.

I will be making them again.

Here’s the recipe, with my changes (of course… I can hardly make anything as-is) and thoughts.

Grain-Free Triple-Coconut Delight Donuts

Donut Ingredients:

Donut Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well-blended (I used my stand mixer with whisk attachment). Let the batter sit for a while. (Coconut flour recipes generally benefit from this because it allows the flour to absorb more, and it’ll give a less grainy texture to the finished product.)
  3. Fill your donut pan with the batter. The original recipe and the pan instructions say 2/3 full, but I filled them all the way… I just made sure to scrape off the “hole” part so they would have nice holes in the middle. I got 10 donuts out of this recipe, which means I had to do them in 2 batches (and may invest in another donut pan soon).
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Allow donuts to cool in the pan about 10 minutes before removing.
  6. Remove donuts and dip the tops in the coconut glaze.
  7. Eat right away, or refrigerate to help “set” the glaze.

Glaze Ingredients:

Glaze Method:

  1. Dump some coconut oil in a bowl.
  2. Dump in some powdered sugar.
  3. Stir well.
  4. You want it to look like a runny frosting, and taste like sweet coconutty goodness. Add more oil or sugar if needed to get to this point.

Joseph’s Grain-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Birth Day Cake

Since I kept torturing people with photos of this cake on twitter and instagram…

I’ve been asked about a zillion times “WHAT IS THAT CAKE!?!” followed by “I MUST MAKE IT AND PUT IT IN MY MOUTH NOWWW!”

Well it’s really really good.

This is the cake I was GOING to make while in labor with Joseph, but that didn’t quite happen… So I made it a few days later (I think he was 3 days old), while Joey slept in a sling.


Before Joseph was born, I decided to try out a different chocolate cake recipe. This one comes from Elana’s Pantry, with some changes because I don’t use all of the same ingredients she does. Topher and I liked it a lot, and I decided to go ahead and make it Joey’s birth day cake.

Elana’s Chocolate Cake (My Way)


  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup xylitol dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Butter for pans


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sift together coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In the stand mixer, blend together eggs, honey, and xylitol-water. Drizzle in the coconut oil while still mixing. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the mixer a bit at a time, until everything is combined.
  5. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans. Be generous.
  6. Pour the batter into the two pans and smack them on the counter a few times to make sure the batter is even and there aren’t bubbles in it. Or just because that’s what I do when I make cakes…
  7. Bake 35ish minutes. Possibly a bit longer, but with coconut flour cakes, I tend to err on the side of less. A toothpick should come out clean when poked in the middle.
  8. Let the cakes cool in the pans all the way, and they’ll come out easily when you need to frost them.

What’s that between the layers and on top? Why that would be my friend Joni’s amazing peanut butter frosting (blogged by my other friend Erin). Except that I used less sugar, and cream instead of milk (because I had it and I love cream, not because I’m anti-milk), and it was quite the yum.

It’s easy.

To-Die-For Peanut Butter Frosting


  • 1/2 cup butter, soft
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • a couple “glugs” of cream (until the frosting is the texture you like)


  1. Toss the first three ingredients into the mixer and whisk until combined and creamy.
  2. Add some cream and continue mixing until it’s smooth and spreadable and delicious.

And that chocolate on the top and the edges? (I’m no frosting expert… please excuse the mess.) That’s my easy microwave dark chocolate ganache.

Dark Chocolate Ganache in the Microwave


  • a few Tablespoons butter
  • a cup or so of dark chocolate chips, or chopped dark chocolate
  • cream


  1. Microwave butter and chocolate about 30 seconds, then remove and stir. If necessary, microwave in 10 second increments, stirring each time until all the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Then pour in cream a little at a time, stirring to completely combine after each addition until the ganache reaches the consistency you want.

And that was Joey’s birth day cake. I have a feeling it will make an appearance again in August for my husband’s birthday. He was a huge fan. He also loves his cake cold, and the ganache and peanut butter frosting both change texture into something marvelous when you put this cake in the fridge (see the top picture for cold cake)! Perfect with a glass of milk.

Grain-Free Sugar-Free Breakfast Cookies: Toddler-Approved

Perusing Pinterest, I found this recipe for oatmeal-raisin breakfast cookies. They looked great, except for the part about the oatmeal. Oh man, the last time I ate oats, I was pregnant with Anneliese and threw them into my grain-free waffles because I wanted the texture. BAD IDEA. There were some huge consequences, tummy-wise… So needless to say, I wasn’t going to be making any oatmeal raisin breakfast cookies.


So I changed it up a bit (or a bit more than a bit), and made the bulk of it coconut. Not the nasty sticky sweet shredded coconut in the grocery store baking aisle.

My favorite dried coconut is from this website. It’s 100% coconut (nothing added), shredded and dehydrated. It’s WONDERFUL. Right now a pound (usually $6) is on sale for $4.50. Before finding this one, the last place I found this type of shredded coconut (and not even organic) was a little gourmet shop that charged $7 for a 6 ounce bag.

It’s awesome and I use it for lots of things. You should totally get some. (And — in the spirit of full disclosure – if you use my link, YOU’LL get a free coconut cookbook, and I’ll get a gift credit to their site.)


So anyway, of course I’m going to share the recipe with you. These cookies were AWESOME right out of the oven. I ate lots of them, with several glasses of milk (I’m on a milk kick), and Anneliese has been enjoying them for snacks and “appetizers” while I cook other food for her meals.


Coconut-Raisin Breakfast Cookies
(Sugar Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)


  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • handful of raisins (3 Tablespoons or so)
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In your food processor, pulse the coconut and raisins together until the raisins are broken up into tiny pieces, so they’ll sweeten the whole cookie.
  3. Add the other ingredients and pulse until well blended.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to drop little mounds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. They won’t spread so you can put them pretty close together.
  5. Bake about 15 minutes or until the edges of the bottom are just starting to brown and the tops look a bit toasty.


The leftover cookies got a little “wet” seeming over the next couple days, but I thought popping them in the oven for a few minutes to reheat made them “just like new” again. If you have a toaster oven, that would be great… we don’t anymore so I had to use the big one.

The same thing happened to some similar breakfast cookies I made before (which were mostly nuts and apples). Any ideas for how to prevent that from happening?

In any case, these are DELICIOUS especially fresh out of the oven (or reheated in the oven), and I hope you enjoy them! If you like the idea or you try it and think they’re awesome, please share this post via facebook, twitter, pinterest, google +, stumbleupon, or however else you prefer to share things. Thanks!