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Recipe: Pecan Shortbread Cookie

Back on the 21st I tried making Elana’s Pantry Version of Pecan Shortbread and…

They tuned out wonderful! Yum. Everyone loved them and all 41 were gone in short order, in our defense they are thin cookies
I made a few changes, but the original recipe is from Elana – I just made it GAPSâ„¢ safe.

[title]GAPS version of Pecan Shortbread[/title]
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup crispy pecans, chopped
1/4 cup raw honey
½ cup butter, melted (if salted use 1/4 tsp of salt instead)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda and pecans
In a small pan gently warm the honey, butter and vanilla until completely melted. Let it cool to room temperature.
Mix wet ingredients into dry
Place dough in the center of a large piece of parchment paper and form into a large log approximately 2½ inches in diameter
Place in freezer for one hour, until firm, unwrap and cut into â…› inch thick slices
Place slices on a parchment lined baking sheet or grease the cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° until lightly golden, 7-10 minutes
Cool and serve

Makes 24 cookies

Here’s what I found:

  • Lard is the best grease on your cookie sheet. They don’t stick unless you try to cut your cookies less than 1/8 of an inch thick.
  • 1/8 inch thick cookies are great, but we also liked it just a little thicker – the butter flavor at that point was amazing.
  • I didn’t have enough pecans for her recipe, but less worked great and didn’t overtake the recipe.

They smell wonderful while cooking and go great with a hot cup of tea.

Definitely give these a try, and leave a comment here or click the link above and leave a nice comment at Elana’s thanking her for this recipe.

[title]Thank you so much Elana, it feels more like Christmas with these in the house![/title]

Pecan Picture

GAPS Christmas Cookie Recipe Round Up

Here’s a list of GAPSâ„¢ safe cookie recipes that I wanted to share with all of you. And if you have a favorite one you would like to share just use the link up. It will be open til January 1st.

Real Food Forager’s Coconut Date Linzer Cookies

Mommypotamus’s Pecan Sandies

Elana’s Pantry (will need some tweaks to make them GAPS safe, like turning agave and yacon into honey)

1. Ginger Cookies
2. Coconut Macaroons
3. Gingerbread Men Cookies
4. Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Now feel free to link to your recipe. The rules are simple:
1. Only GAPS safe recipes or ones that can easily be tweaked to be GAPS safe. (which means grain, sugar, gluten free)
2. Provide a link back
to this post on your site.
3. Please link the URL of your actual blog post
and not your blog’s home page.
4. Be kind and come back and leave a comment
after linking up.

That’s it. Have fun!


Christmas Cookie Cutters

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday.

GAPS Christmas Present Ideas

Hi everybody! It’s that time of year again and I have to say I’m so glad that I’m finished my holiday shopping for this year. But for those of you who still need ideas I thought I would make a list of items you could get for GAPSâ„¢ people or for your foodie friends. Next week I’m going to posting easy homemade gifts you can make.

You can find more items on my Resource Page.

For the person who loves books or some new grain free recipes in the kitchen I would really recommend:


Onion Rolls

Healing Foods Onion Rolls

Those are my top two cookbooks, they are for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) so they need an occasional tweak, but they have some of the best recipes. Like fried chicken in the one by Jodi Bager and wonderful Onion Rolls in the one by Sandra Ramacher. Sandra recommends using the Onion Rolls as Hamburger Buns. Yum!

If you want to get something a little bigger for the kitchen my top 3 tools would have to be:

We use our Vitamix everyday for everything from smoothies, pureeing soups, making frozen yogurt, and many other things. I truly believe the possibilities are endless. Definitely my #1 choice. The Cuisinart is helpful for cutting prep, liver pate, and such. With the Excalibur Dehydrator perfect for crispy nuts, yogurt, sour cream, and dried fruits and veggies. All 3 are excellent.
Of course I have to mention that Christmas would be a perfect time to ask for Gut and Psychology by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. I know several people who’ve found the book a little expensive so this might be the perfect time to ask for one for yourself or buy one for a friend.

What do you want this holiday season?

Some of the links above are Amazon Affiliate links.

Little Girl Retro Christmas
Christmas Stockings

This post is linked to Saturday Snippets.


Are Your Kids Eating Moldy Applesauce

You know it’s bad when FDA regulators found molds “of different colors” in their fruit packets and applesauce. Ugh. This is another reason why you don’t want to eat prepackaged foods.


photo from: MSNBC.com

In fact it is so bad that the Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Snokist Growers of Yamaha, Washington specifically about their applesauce and fruit puree.

According to the regulators they found:

Large, laminated bags of fruit products that were supposed to be sealed and sterile, but instead were broken open and tainted with white, brown, blue, blue-green and black mold. Some of the compromised bags were bloated and one had “a strong fermented odor”.


photo from: Pinterest

Something is dreadfully wrong here, and how can you trust that their other products don’t have the same problems?Especially when Snokist’s spokewoman, Tina Moss, wrote this:

“If rework occurs, our thermal process is more than adequate to render the product commercially sterile.”

I don’t want commercially sterile food. I want living food, clean food, fresh food. Organic, sustainably grown food. It may take more work to get, make, and store it, but after reading this I know it’s worth it.

One of my favorite foods is applesauce, and luckily it’s easy to make so I don’t have to eat the type that may be contaminated with mold.


photo from: Pinterest


Wash, peel, core and quarter your apples and place in a pot. Once your apples in the pot add 1/4-1/3 cup of water and turn it on medium. When they start simmering turn the heat to medium low and cook until they are soft and readily broken up. Mash with a potato masher.

Now you have your own applesauce! Serve warm, with or without cinnamon, or let it cool and store in Mason Jars in the fridge. Keep for 7-10 days in the fridge then you can put them in the freezer. (Make sure there is about an inch of space at the top.)


  • Add butter or coconut ghee to the applesauce while cooking to make it more filling and nutrient dense.
  • Add your own spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for your own twist on it.
  • You can do a small amount of apples (just one) or fill your stockpot with them. Your choice. Also you can use just one type of apple or mix
  • varieties.
  • If you prefer a smoother applesauce place the cooled apples into a blender and puree until smooth, or use a stick blender.

I hope this makes the choice clear to you – let’s feed our families, friends, and kids mold free applesauce! Besides homemade tastes better.

This post is linked to Monday Mania, Fat Tuesday.


Emergency Thanksgiving Recipes

Hi everyone, I’m sure you’re cooking just as much as we are today, but in case you’re scrambling for GAPSâ„¢ safe holiday recipes here are a few links to you.

Thanksgiving Picture

photo from: Pinterest

The stuffing recipes at Cheeseslave, Mommypotamus, and Real Food Forager sound delicious.

Pumpkin Pie is a must have Thanksgiving dish, and Real Food Forager has a good recipe or you can modify the one in Nourishing Traditions if you have the time (that’s what we do).

Then if you need any other recipes Cheeseslave made a great list of GAPS safe Thanksgiving Recipes including one for gravy that can save you scrambling at the last minute for a favorite dish save.

I hope every thing is going well with you. Remember to relax tomorrow. Oh, and just for fun why don’t we say what we’re thankful for this year?

I’m thankful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met online this year through my website. Without you lovely ladies and gents I know Gapalicious wouldn’t be doing as well as it is today. Thank you.

Your turn, I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year.