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Chocolate, Pecan Cookies (Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free)

Last night, I wanted to have some cookies. So, this morning I came up with this egg free (because I did not have any), grain free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free cookies.

They were really delicious and satisfying. These soft cookies having a little crunchiness (pecan), rich cacao and creamy taste (coconut oil) was perfect for me. The only problem was I had them as my breakfast and could not stop myself but eat them. So four out of 6 were gone already. I’ve put the last two in freezer for my cookie crisis (just like last night) in the future. I was afraid that I would eat them too. That is why this small batch (6 pieces) is good for me. If you make them smaller (1 tbs) you will have 10 cookies.

1 Cup Almond meal
Pinch Himalayan salt
¼ tsp Baking soda
2 tbs Coconut oil
2 tbs Maple syrup
1 ½ tbs Cacao (unsweetened)
1/3 cup or more Pecan pieces
1 egg (omit if you would like to have nutty cookie)

Preheat oven 350F
Mix all the ingredients with fork.
Wet your hands and form 6-10 cookies, place them on parchment paper.
Bake 7-10 minutes. I did 10 minutes.


Let the cookies completely cool first, otherwise they will fall apart, crumble. Still tastes good though :)

When I made them again next day, I added some chocolate chips, they melted and burned.

Don’t overcook the cookies. Check after the 7th minute. They get harder once they cool down.

The only sad news about these cookies is because of the almond meal (even though only 1 cup), they are high in calories. But if you keep your diet full of vegetables and protein at least the days you eat these, then you can enjoy them with no guilt :))

Gluten Free Spiced Apple Cake

I was sitting on my couch enjoying the view through my balcony. Everywhere is white;trees, houses … It is snowing. Than I felt the urge of making spiced coffee cake and mate tea+milk to complement this pleasure. I felt really excited :)

I found this recipe (sorry could not find it again to give the credit), wrote in my recipe notebook with my changes and turned out great.

It is soft; perfect sweetness, lots of cinnamon,  warm apple pieces..



Ingredients & instructions:


1+1/4 cup Almond flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cardamom

MIX in another bowl;

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

MIX in another bowl;

2 Granny Smith apple (peeled, cored, diced)

1/2 tbs lemon juice

Combine all of them.

Preheat 350F, put a parchment paper on a round baking pan. Pour the batter, bake 20-25 minutes. Swirl  the cinnamon mixture on it and Enjoy!

Cinnamon Swirl:

1 tbs cinnamon

1 tbs (heaping) coconut oil

1 tbs maple syrup

I must tell you, this cake is so light, soo dangerous, I ate half of it.

As you see in the picture, it is not thick but still fluffy. You can double the batch if you like. I also sprinkled shredded coconut on it. But I realized you do not need it. You do not need the coconut cream too. It is already creamy enough.

Morning Chocolate Pudding

Good morning!

You may wonder, why I call this chocolate pudding “Morning’, because it is meant to be a healthy breakfast replacement that tastes like chocolate pudding but, actually, can be considered as a smoothie with nutritious seeds (chia, hemp, flax), oil (coconut) and nuts (cashew). I love spices a lot and the fruit ‘orange’ a lot lately. So you will see hints of them but of course you can omit them and may be, enjoy it with fresh/frozen raspberries.



It’s sugar-free, vegan, paleo, gluten free :)


Serves 1

1/2 cup cashew meal

1 tbs chia seed

1 tbs hemp seed

1 tbs flax seed

2 tbs cacao

2 tbs coconut oil

1-2 tbs maple syrup

1/3 cup water

1/2 tsp orange zest

pinch cayenne

cacao nibs (garnish)

Blend all in high-speed blender until smooth.

Raw Cacao Pudding




1/3 cup maple syrup, divided
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 cup cashew meal
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup water
Pinch Himalayan salt
Blend everything in high-speed blender until it is smooth. Garnish with raspberries.

If you like, you can use my Raw Bon Bons recipe as a crust and serve this pudding in it. There you have your Raw Chocolate Pie 😀

Mercury Cafe, Denver (CO)

I tagged along to my husband when he came to Denver for business. I am glad that I did. I found a place where I can eat clean & delicious food, listen to poetry and watch people swing (unfortunately i can’t but  enjoyed the music though).  MERCURY CAFE . I am impressed by the community youth who read their own poems with such passion I even felt them (considering i do not have any talent/education on it).

I loved the colors and the paintings (everywhere) done by the employees in the dining, poetry (Jungle Room) and dance (Dance Hall) salons. They have different events everyday Mercury Cafe Events.

We had brunch and light dinner there.

For Brunch: I had two eggs (organic), green chile, grilled potatoes and house made spelt bread. My husband had the vegetarian omelet. I ate every bit of it as my husband did his too. Our brunch plates came with piece of fruit, bread, butter and house made pear preserve (I guess, may be I should say sweetened, softened pear slices).

For dinner: I had small salad with green chile soup (as you can tell I love spicy, hot food) and my husband had Quesadilla (blue corn ) with trout. My bowl of soup was kind of too hot (spicy) and I wanted to mix it with milk so that I can have creamy and little bit less spicy. My server was so kind, she even warmed it up for me and guess what, she said milk was organic, if i am not mistaken, the milk was the kind that I use at home, non-homogenized, good quality of milk that comes in glass.

For me; milk, chicken and eggs are really important. They HAVE TO be ORGANIC. They were organic here, PLUS bread was house made, this means no additives & no unnecessary, hard-to-pronounce ingredients.

They had different varieties of desserts including vegan and Gluten free. After 10 pm, it was half off :)

Well, I will leave the rest to the pictures … By the way, you will see our brunch server’s picture. Her name is Aimee.

Thank you Aimee and Cafe Mercury for the wonderful time and food that you provided us.

P.s: You can’t use credit/debit card there, so have some cash with you.

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Mama Pacha Vegan Cafe ,Santa Fe

As you may know, i live in Los Alamos right now. I am visiting  all ORG/V/VV/GF restaurant/cafes in Santa Fe. Well, what can i say, it is my hobby. I love eating good, clean and allergy free (mine: GF, sugar, yeast) food and i must say after working in a wonderful Mediterranean restaurant when i lived in Norfolk, VA for about 5 years, i started to be a critic myself. Friends and family members around me started to tell me to write reviews, book or a blog.  Every time i go to a restaurant i look at the food, cleanliness and customer service and compare it with my joy, Pasha Mezze Restaurant

At Pasha, everything is cooked from scratch (i know, i was there :). Cooking, training and witnessing others cook ;) All kinds of dishes (Vegan, vegetarian, GF, raw, seafood, red meat, white meat..), olive oil in dishes,  himalayan salt on tables, organic coffee, Mediterranean desserts, Coffee House next door, patio… I missed them ;(

Well, i better come back to my subject:  Mama Pacha. It is a modest, small place with 4-5 tables. Seems like 2 ppl runs the place.

Salad (Mama Pacha Salad, small) and dessert (Chocolate Raspberry cake) that i tried were really tasty. Cashew jalapeno cheese on salad tasted like real cream cheese which is really a good news for me who is trying to cut back on cheese. Raw buckwheat-sunflower croutons were really good too, crunchy, delicious.You don’t have to get large salad ($10), small salad ($6) is enough to fill you up, because of all the nutritious, crunchy things on them. But i think dulse seaweed (which i believe is really good for you) kind of ruined the taste combination, it would be much better without it.

Dessert was worth to price ($7.50) even though expensive. Soooo goood, creamy, guilt free, fulfilling, with real raspberries in it.

I could not try anything else but even these two dishes tell me the overall taste (good) of the other items. Beside the fact that the prices are a little on the high side, the other thing that i can say is they need help. Their food can be really good but customer service, being helpful for the questions you ask (about the food or the classes they offer).. these are really important. I am guessing they are really trying to catch up with the things they do from scratch and i guess other things, they forget about the customer service.

One last thing, they were not wearing gloves when they were preparing the food. This is important, especially if you are handling raw food. I will go back there again. Not everyone can catch the taste that they have. They succeeded in making raw food (especially DESSERT) taste good.

I believe raw food can be really useful to heal our self. As i say if  ‘i am my doctor’, i should eat what is good for my body. Not as a whole diet may be, but raw food (veggies, fruits, soaked nuts..) is  really important for our health.

Love, Peace, Happiness, Clean Food .

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