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Friday, 5 September 2014

Primal Family Blog has moved....

Hi all,

The Primal Family Blog as moved to my website for Simple Tasty Nutrition.

Please follow the link below to read about good nutrition, great food and find some family friendly healthy recipes:

See you there!
Sara :-)

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Chocolate brownie muffins - dairy, nut and gluten free

The perfect little sweet treat that can be eaten on it's own or heated with cream.

Be wary though, these are addictive!

You can make these as 10 muffins or in a loaf/square baking tin, which will need a bit more cooking time.

12 dates, soaked, drained and cut up
2 tablespoons of coconut nectar or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3 eggs

3 tablespoon coconut flour
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup 100% cocoa
1 tablespoon Billies sugar spice
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C
Mix wet ingredients in a food processor until well combined.
Add dry ingredients and mix again. Scrap edges to get all the yummy bits in and mix once again.
Spoon into muffin cups.
Bake for 15 minutes.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Banana & Blueberry Muffins - gluten, dairy & nut free

Trying to think of good finger foods that my children can take to preschool has led me to hunt out, not only grain and dairy free recipes, but also nut free! I'm not keen on Isabel having nuts before she is 1 year old but wow is she keen to eat Elias's muffins. So I started creating.

Banana and blueberry muffins

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup of coconut cream
3 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 ripe mashed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/3 cup coconut flour 
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Sprinkle of sea salt

1/2 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 180degrees C.
Place all ingredients except blueberries, in the food processor and blend together. Scrab down sides to make sure all is combined and whizz again. 
Put in 10-12 muffin cups and then evenly place or push the blueberries into the mixture.
Bake for 30mins

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Raspberry Ice Cream

This easy wee gem is dairy and refined sugar free. You only need three ingredients!

Put it in the freezer and use as ice cream or eat straight away as a mousse. It may need some time to defrost when you pull it out of the freezer as it goes rock hard. 

1 can 400ml chilled coconut cream
2 cups frozen berries, I used raspberries
Dash of vanilla essence

Whiz together with a stick blender and you are done. Easy!

Apricot and Chocolate Muffins

I haven't been able to perfect my hot cross bun recipe yet but instead I made these, which are pretty tasty. Definitely a good treat for over the Easter holidays.

Apricot and Chocolate Muffins

Makes 10 muffins


1 large banana mashed
2 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut milk/cream
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Two Grinds of sea salt
3/4 cup of almond meal
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

6-8 cut dried apricots
6 squares 70% chocolate, chopped or 1/4 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven at 180degrees C.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Add dry ingredients, except for apricots and chocolate.
Combine well then add in apricots and chocolate.

Bake for 20 minutes.
Best eaten when cool.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Looking for a good Butcher in New Zealand?

Today I went to visit "Everybody's Butchery" in Christchurch. I had been told that they do a good range of sugar, preservative and grain free meat products.

I was greeted by Lisa, the owner of the butchery. Lisa has been classically trained in Germany and prides herself in making the highest quality small goods. A friend of Lisa's eats Paleo and it was from her that their range of Paleo small goods evolved, absolutely flour, preservative and MSG free. Not to mention gluten free of course.

All meats in the butchery are sourced in Canterbury and are grass fed.

On top of all these awesome good quality products, they are also a fantastic price, "$2 less per kilo than the supermarket" Lisa says. And she is right, Ribeye for $26kg and Sausages for $14kg - just to name two.

Have a look at the pork products they sell. Just the start of their endless products at great prices.

And looking for Paleo Small Goods, look no further!

Paleo Bacon - $25 / kg
Beef Jerkey - $5 / 100g
Bier sticks - $30 /kg
Paleo Ham - $29.95 /kg
The original German Bratwurst and Snailsausages on the list are particularly Paleo as well.

Now if this all sounds too good to be true, go and visit them yourself! 372 Selwyn Street in Christchurch. For those of you not in Christchurch, I asked if Lisa would courier you a selection of meat on request and she said yes! South Island delivery cost $12 for up to 15kg. Bargain and you don't need to leave the house! She will happily deliver to the North Island too, with the cost probably being just slightly more than $12. 

So my suggestion is to flag the supermarket meat and head on over. I think I am going to make a weekly list and preorder it, pick it up on the same day each week. Really excited. You should do the same! Here is the email address to send your orders or ask questions,

Good on Everybody's Butchery for keeping good quality meats affordable for everyone! Thanks Lisa.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Cocoa Nut Balls

Inspired by the "original Frooze Balls - Raw Energy Snacks", these Cocoa Nut Balls are an awesome little treat that will keep you going! They are simple to make and taste great.

These are gluten and grain free. Also dairy free.

Cocoa Nut Balls

Makes 25-30, depending on the size you want.

1.5 cups of dates, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes, then drained
1 cup cashew pieces, raw
1 cup sliced almonds, raw
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup 100% cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix all ingredients in the whizz or blender and combine well. Whizz for a few minutes.
Squeeze and roll into balls of desired size.
Store in fridge until ready to eat :)

Consume with care, there are a few dates in these - treat as a treat!

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