Thursday, September 27, 2012


Yes, I am coming off my high horse and pulling the reins on my rant about our nation's food habits.  But our family's journey continues.  I am so grateful for all of your comments and emails, and I genuinely appreciate all of the advice and suggestions.  Thank you!

While this blog will never become a "foodie" blog, let me just say that we are excited about the changes we are seeing (and feeling).  But we are not leaving God out of this journey.  It is our prayer that He will pour out His wisdom on us as we make these big decisions that will affect our family.  We want to be good stewards of the things He has given us.

I received a few requests for the almond cookie recipe and also wanted to share the unbelievably simple recipe for peanut brownies that we made this afternoon.

Almond Cinnamon Cookie
{Source:  The Comfy Belly -}


Ingredients (makes about 22 cookies)

  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of blanched almond flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Combine the butter with all the other ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend the ingredients until well combined.
  4. With a spoon or your fingers, create small, balls of dough, about an inch in diameter, and place them on a buttered baking sheet (or a baking mat on a baking sheet).
  5. Press each cookie to flatten it using either the palm of your hand or the back of a fork or knife. I criss-cross the top of the cookie with the back of a fork to get the hatch pattern. Optionally, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Turn the cookies over and lower the temperature of the oven to 175 degrees F.
  8. Bake the cookies for another 10 minutes. (For a crunchier cookie, leave them in the oven at 175 degrees F for another 15 minutes or so).
  9. Cool and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Brownies

These were a fun treat; super simple to make; and were unbelievably filling.

-1 cup peanut butter (natural kind consisting of only peanuts and a pinch of salt; I used crunchy)
-1/2 cup honey
-1 egg
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix all ingredients together well and pour into square pan.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

The kids made these after getting home from school.  They ate one (and I ate two) and no one asked for anything else before dinner.

Our large shipment of almond and coconut flours arrived today from Canada.  I'm looking forward to trying out a few different recipes this weekend and will let you know which ones make the cut.

And, to close, I'll leave you with a few glimpses of our little bunhead.



Anna and Brad said...

Hi Lauren! Where did you order the almond and coconut flour? We too are learning more and more and making as many changes as we can. So much to take in and "process" (no pun intended;).

Anonymous said...

I just had my first conversation with Caleb. I heard the change.

Anonymous said...

Miss Ev is so precious!

merlin said...

Oh, don't dismount. You are blessing your family with your new path. There are so many healthy options and fun choices that don't involve mass marketers and colorful packaging. I was just reading a book that reminded me of the most important vitamin, vitamin L, that would be the vitamin of love. I agree love is the best ingredient we can incorporate into our kids food.
Bob's Mills in Oregon can be a great source of obscure grains and mixes, I'm pretty sure they mail order. Also, I'm late to reading these books, but if you want to dabble, you could read about Indigo children and their specific need for healthy foods. Please keep sharing, you are a beacon of light and hope that we do not have to accept what sits in magical packages on the grocers shelves.

Merry Belle said...

Hi my sweet Cousin Lauren! I was so excited to see your blog posts about changing your diet. Believe it or not, Daniel and I started the EXACT SAME THING this Monday! We have gone completely organic, no dairy, and no refined sugars. The Lord has just led us to make some major changes with our diet! Just a couple of helpful resources, you may already have them, that we really like to follow. and We had Lisa's "Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot" last night (organic cage free whole bird with some spices and onion) oh my goodness, it was AMAZING! Well, we are going to be praying for you, as we are taking the same journey with you. Love you! ~Beth