Full of healthy fats, this easy Mint Chip Fat Bombs recipe has only 7 ingredients! These low-carb fat bombs are incredibly simple to throw together and perfect for holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s day when the sugar is flowing and you want to avoid it by eating something high-fat, healthy, and delicious. They’re so good though that we eat them all year long!
Keto Mint Chip Fat Bombs Recipe
All you need to make this easy sugar-free dessert recipe is coconut oil, coconut butter, macadamia butter, peppermint, dark chocolate, stevia, and salt. Throw these ingredients together and you’re on your way to the type of high-fat healthy eating that will keep your motor running all day.
Easy Fat Bombs Recipe the Perfect Sugar-Free Dessert
Low-carb Mint Chip Fat Bombs are a fantastic keto snack. I love eating them right after one of my easy workouts. I exercise for an hour a day by walking, weight lifting, or doing Pilates or yoga. Although not intensive, I have found this type of exercise very helpful in reducing inflammation. And this low-carb high-fat (LCHF) dessert is perfect for refueling after light or intense workouts.
Reducing Inflammation with a Keto Diet
Packed with healthy coconut oil and high-fat macadamia nut butter, these fat bombs are part of the Keto Diet which is great at reducing inflammation. I love eating keto desserts like this that are packed with coconut oil. Why? Because coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) that boost your metabolism and reduce inflammation in your brain. Now that’s a win-win!
If you are accustomed to eating sweets, you will want to use a bit of honey in this as it may not be sweet enough for you. I based this recipe on one by Diane Sanfillipo that contains a high-glycemic sweetener, but I eliminated it since I’m on a low-carb, high-fat keto (LCHF) diet. The recipe I’ve created here has no sweetener other than stevia, a very healthy keto sweetener that is widely used in low-carb diets. To find out more about the keto diet, check out my Keto Diet Recipes page.
More Low-Carb Dessert Recipes
In addition to a fabulous low-carb recipe, Keto Mint Chip Fat Bombs are a great dairy-free dessert. If you adore the combination of chocolate and mint like I do, you’ll want to check out these easy low-carb chocolate mint recipes!
Recently I’ve become interested in Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy. Why? When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006, I made it my mission to research every neurological disorder under the sun. This investigation helps me to better understand the brain and its path back to health.
What is Epilepsy
Like multiple sclerosis and celiac disease, the term “epilepsy” is a garbage can diagnosis for a condition the medical field cannot pinpoint. The term “epilepsy” simply refers to seizures, and a patient is diagnosed with the condition if they have two or more.
Who Suffers from Epilepsy
Four percent of people in the US suffer from this chronic disorder of the brain at some point in their lives. Incidence is highest among the very young and the very old. After migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the US.1
Traditional Pharmacologic Treatment for Epilepsy
The success of medications in treating seizure disorders is compelling. While 60% of epilepsy cases are controlled with the administration of 1-2 anti-seizure medications, the remaining 40% of patients who suffer from drug-refractory epilepsy are not as lucky. Of this cohort, only 4% become seizure-free with the continued application of drugs.2
Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy
When pharmacological therapies work in treating epilepsy it’s fantastic. However, many children are put on drug after drug until they become zombies. Worse yet is when seizures continue after the child is medicated into a depressive state. Thankfully, a number of alternative treatments are successful for those with drug-refractory epilepsy. They range from diet to supplementation of seizure calming nutrients such as magnesium, and much more.
1. Ketogenic Diet
The Ketogenic Diet is one of the top alternative treatments for epilepsy. It is a high-fat low-carb diet that reduces inflammation in the brain. According to Dr. Dominic D’Agostino:
What the Ketogenic Diet does in a very elegant way is it helps to restore the natural metabolic state of the brain and the neuro-pharmacology of the brain. Ketones have a profound anti-convulsant effect.
My friends at the Charlie Foundation were kind enough to provide me with this video on treating drug-refractory epilepsy with the Ketogenic Diet.
Elaine Wirrell - Outcomes for the Ketogenic Diet for children with epilepsy - YouTube
Physicians everywhere from Johns Hopkins to the Mayo Clinic recommend the Keto Diet for the treatment of drug-refractory epilepsy. Many even find the Keto Diet is a fantastic first line of treatment. If you’re looking for low-carb high-fat recipes check out my Keto Diet page.
2. Charlotte’s Web High CBD Oil
When on book tour I’ve met families who have used CBD oil as a natural treatment for epilepsy for their children. In fact, a number of families have moved to Colorado so their children could get CBD oil called Charlotte’s Web. If you are one of those families please leave a comment below sharing your experience!
Magnesium therapy can reduce muscle and nerve spasticity. It also calms down the brain and reduces pain perception. I’ve personally had great success with high dose magnesium and have seen anecdotal evidence that it may be used to treat epilepsy as well. A group of scientists now hypothesize that magnesium supplementation can reduce seizures in people with epilepsy.
Studies suggest that the modern Western diet may lead to magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a potential modulator of seizure activity because of its ability to antagonize excitation through the N-methyl-d-aspartate receptor. Some studies have shown that people with epilepsy have lower magnesium levels than people without epilepsy. There are case reports of seizures being controlled with magnesium supplementation in people with specific conditions.3
4. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
My colleague, Dr. Barry Miskin, a neurologist who has been treating patients with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for over two decades states, “I have seen success in reducing seizures with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I had the privilege of observing multiple treatments by Dr. Richard Neubauer treating children with intractable seizure disorders. His treatments significantly reduced the rate of seizures and on occasion stopped them completely.” Dr. Miskin is running an FDA approved clinical trial for HBOT. For more information on HBOT, check out my write up, The Complete Guide to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
5. Reduce EMF Exposure
The rise in seizure disorders during the same period as the increased use of wireless technology merits analysis. There are studies indicating that microwave radiation can interfere with brain signaling4 and excitability and increase seizures.5 I know people who notice increased neurological symptoms in high radio-frequency radiation (RFR) environments such as an airport or subway car.
Lack of Research Into Alternative Treatments for Epilepsy
Unlike pharmaceuticals, there are no economic drivers for the majority of alternative treatments for epilepsy. This means that clinicians in the medical world are not kept-up-to-date on alternative therapies. But if we look at the brain as a car and look at seizures as excitability of the brain, or the gas pedal of the car, we see that calming the brain down and turning on the brakes is common sense in epilepsy treatment. That’s a feature of each of the alternative treatments I mention, whether the Keto Diet, magnesium, CBD oil, HBOT, or the elimination of EMFs.
Your Tips for Epilepsy Treatment
Please leave a comment and let us know which alternative treatments have worked if you have a child or loved one with epilepsy or a seizure disorder.
Recently I was paid a visit by the Rebbetzin, Eve. She had gone gluten-free and given up white sugar as well. We had tea in my kitchen and chatted, having such a pleasant time together. A few days later, Eve emailed me looking for a gluten-free Hamantaschen recipe.
Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen
Given how special Eve is, I had to create this Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen recipe in her honor. With 7 ingredients total, it’s the easiest Hamantaschen recipe you’ll ever make. Because of that, we refer to it as “Hamantaschen express,” or “McHamantaschen.” This drive-through gluten-free, dairy-free treat is perfect for your Purim celebrations and Shaloch Manos.
SCD Hamantaschen Recipe
If you make these Hamantaschen with honey they are an SCD compliant treat. They’re like a little grain-free jam cookie or mini-jam tart.
Low-Carb Hamantaschen Recipe
These Hamantaschen are low-carb to begin with. But if you’re following a Ketogenic Diet and need a dessert that is low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) then you can substitute the raspberry jam in the center and use dark chocolate instead. I like this 88% dark chocolate which is made locally, in Boulder.
Drop ½ teaspoon raspberry jam into center of each circle
Fold dough in to create a triangle, pinch corners firmly
Bake at 350°F for 7-9 minutes, until cookies are golden brown around edges
Cool for 30 minutes
How to Make Hamantaschen
I used to use a scalloped cookie cutter (1 ¾-inches in diameter) to make these, but have updated the recipe to make Hamantaschen that are a bit bigger. When I first started making these it was challenging to get an exact yield as my younger son ate them almost as fast as I baked them!
Kid-Friendly Hamantaschen Recipe
Because this recipe is so easy, it’s one I enjoy making with my boys. When my older son and I discussed the ingredients list and method for these Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen he was not happy that I didn’t have an exact measurement for the raspberry jam so I’ve added that measurement. There is a lot of quality control around here.
Elana’s Pantry Quality Control
In some of the first batches, the corners of the Hamantaschen opened up a bit during baking. To remedy this, I pinched the dough firmly and the result was perfect. When my son and I debated which adverb to use to describe this step, he suggested, “pinch the dough a little bit more than tenderly.” He was 10 years old when we had that conversation! I love freshening up old posts like this one because I get to look at my life in a heart-shaped time capsule!
More Gluten-Free Hamantaschen Recipes
I hope you enjoy this Gluten-Free Raspberry Hamantaschen recipe as much as we do! Here are more gluten-free, grain-free Hamantaschen recipes for you.
With black pepper, chili powder, and cumin, my Paleo Spiced Nuts recipe offers incredible supercharged flavors! I’m always looking for high-protein snacks to keep me going during the day, and especially after a good workout. This all-time favorite paleo snack is slightly addictive and totally satisfying.
Nuts are Full of Healthy Fat
I like to eat nuts because they’re full of good fat, fill me up with their healthy fiber, and don’t leave me hungry. In fact, I keep a little tin of roasted almonds in my car at all times, just in case my blood sugar dips when I’m out with the boys or running errands.
Easy Paleo Spiced Nuts Recipe
This low-carb snack recipe is made with 8 ingredients total. While it’s super easy to throw together, the end result is impressive. We love serving it at our Super Bowl party, but it’s also a great appetizer and goes very well with cocktails during the holidays. It’s my go-to spicy nuts recipe without sugar.
Combine chili, cumin, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl
Coat nuts with olive oil, then coat with spice mixture
Low-Carb Nut Recipe
If you’re cutting back on carbs you’ll want to check out my Low-Carb Diets page. For more wonderfully savory dishes like these nuts take a look at my Low-Carb Snack recipes! The idea for this recipe came from a wonderful book called Paleo Comfort Foods, a lovely tome of very useful paleo recipes.
Healthy Low-Carb Grain-Free Recipes
In 1998 I went gluten-free when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I knew that the typical high-carb gluten-free diet would not be my ticket to health and went grain-free shortly thereafter. Since then I’ve written close to 2,000 grain-free recipes. So many of you come to this site for my healthy recipes. I feel much better when I follow a grain-free diet, also referred to as a hunter-gatherer diet or Paleo Diet. That’s why I’ve stuck with it for so many decades!
Do You Follow a Low-Carb Paleo Diet?
Let’s have a little chat. Are you gluten-free? Are you grain-free and paleo too? Do you take it a step further with a Keto Diet? What type of diet works best for you?
This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first published this recipe in 2011.
Here are my favorite Paleo Valentine’s Day recipes. I’m not much of a romantic, so I must confess that Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday, however, there is an upside, and that is chocolate.
Low-Carb Valentine’s Day Recipes
These gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes are full of healthy ingredients such as coconut flour, almond flour, coconut oil, and dark chocolate. So give your loved ones some healthy paleo desserts, and save them from the high-carb hangover of traditional Valentine’s Day candy. If you’re on a hardcore low-carb diet you’ll love my Keto Brownies and Mint Chip Fat Bombs!
Paleo Vegan Recipes
Some of the recipes below use honey or other paleo sweeteners. While a few may offer the option of agave nectar, please note that it is not considered a paleo sweetener. I offer this for the numerous vegans that come to my site for paleo vegan recipes. Please be nice to the vegans, and don’t yell at them about agave! I have an incredible Vegan Chocolate Cupcake recipe in my second book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes, that your vegan loved ones will absolutely adore!
Paleo Valentine’s Day Recipes
You’ll notice there are quite a few brownie recipes below. That’s because my darling husband is quite passionate about brownies and that is what I usually make him for Valentine’s Day. My older son loves them too! My younger son is a big fan of my Paleo Sugar Cookies so I often make those for him during the year, and especially for Valentine’s day!
I love fielding your questions, and I’m often asked, Do Cell Phone Safety Gadgets Work? The answer is fairly simple. They provide a false sense of security. What I’m referring to here is a range of devices including stickers, phone cases, and purses. These gadgets purport to block the radio frequency radiation (RFR) that your cell phone emits.
After I wrote about my life-changing experience with radiation in The Green House That Almost Killed Me, I received hundreds of questions from you. One of the most frequent was about shielding yourself from your cell phone. Below are my thoughts on whether this works and how to protect yourself from RFR.
Phone Shield Devices are a Scam
Unfortunately, phone shielding devices are money making gimmicks. They are not as effective as switching your phone off, which costs nothing. If these shields were effective they would protect you from radiation and thereby block the phone signal. If it’s getting through you are exposed to radiation. Sadly, the levels that come from cell phones are high.
How to Shield Yourself for Free
If you want to shield yourself from RFR set your phone to airplane mode. If you are using a shield and you’re still getting calls and texts then you remain exposed to RFR. It might provide emotional comfort, but is not a real solution.
The Problem with Phone Shields
When your phone is out of range it creates more RFR. This leads to concern that the phone will actually work harder to connect to WiFi or the cellular network and actually emit more RFR.
Are Cell Phones Dangerous?
If you’re wondering whether or not to keep your cell phone on your body you’ll definitely want to hop over to my post called Are Cell Phones Dangerous? In it, I link to everything from Scientific American to research studies conducted by the National Institute of Health.
Do you carry your cell phone on your body? Did you know that the cell phone manufacturer’s manuals advise against this? Leave a comment and let me know what you do to reduce radiation from your cell phone!
Keto Corn Dog Mini Muffins are a delicious mouthful of low-carb goodness. Made with 7 ingredients total, you can whip these up for your Super Bowl parties, children’s birthdays, or even a low-carb Easter brunch. They’re super easy to make and an adorable appetizer or kid-friendly snack.
Keto Corn Dog Mini Muffins Recipe
The base of this easy low-carb snack recipe is almond flour. All you need to make it in addition to the almond flour is flaxmeal, eggs, vinegar, salt, baking soda, and hot dogs. Really, it’s that easy! This Keto Corn Dog Mini Muffin recipe is based on my beloved Low-Carb Cornbread recipe which has only 6 ingredients total!
Low-Carb Serving Suggestions
We like to serve these with mustard which is a great low-carb condiment. I stay away from store-bought ketchup since it often has added sugar, but it’s very easy to make your own low-carb ketchup. The boys like to eat these with Cholula sauce to add a spicy kick!
It’s so hard to find good keto recipes that are dairy-free. But these Keto Corn Dog Mini Muffins are perfect if you’re on a low-carb, dairy-free diet. And although not all keto recipes are gluten-free and paleo, these are, because I made them. I’ve been on a gluten-free diet since 1998. I went on a grain-free diet in 2001 and it’s been so helpful, I’ve stuck with it ever since.
More Low-Carb Snack Recipes
Here are more healthy gluten-free, low-carb snack recipes for you. I spend quite a bit of time developing my recipes so that they have as few ingredients as possible and work every time. All of my recipes are not just gluten-free, but grain-free too. I hope you love all of these low-carb snacks as much as we do!
I know what you’re thinking. Is this a post about the art of organizing? Well, no it’s not. I want to share my thoughts with you on organization as art. Yes, organizing, and well-organized areas can look like a piece of art and provide the same joy that artwork does.
The Beauty of Simplicity
I take aesthetic pleasure in so many of the spaces in my house. Whether it’s a well-organized drawer, spice cabinet, pantry, or an entire room, I love the peaceful serenity that an orderly space provides.
The photo on the left is a quick snap of my pantry, the namesake of this website!
The jars in my pantry are full of herbs like dried ginger, licorice, and dandelion; spices such as cinnamon, star anise, and pepper; and assorted items including poppy seeds, dried orange peel, and whole stevia leaf.
I collected the jars over the years and it still amazes me that they were “free” and came with the food that was purchased in them. The jars shown on the left contained organic olives that my boys and I loved, but you could just as easily collect jars from almond butter or coconut oil. Anything that you use repeatedly will result in a full set when saved over a year or two!
The photo to the left is of my mason jar cabinet. Those are jars I paid for. I keep an entire cabinet of empty mason jars at the ready for food storage, leftover containment, and organizing around the house.
This shot is of the gorgeously simple pulls on the cabinet. They feel great in my hands, are easy to use and elegant in their true simplicity.
The first thing people say when they walk in my kitchen is why so many mason jars?! Some people have a dark cabinet with tons of plastic storage containers that they have to rummage through several times a day. I have an orderly cabinet of mason jars at my fingertips for quick and easy use!
This photo is of my spice drawer. That’s right, I keep my spices in a drawer. This way I can see the top of all of the bottles, which is where I place the labels that identify the contents of each jar of spice.
I use a label maker as specified above to label the jars, but if you have neat handwriting it looks beautiful to hand letter them.
A friend of mine built this organizer, but you could probably turn it into a wonderful DIY project or ask your handyman to make you one.
I find the rhythmic simplicity of this grid that holds the spices so aesthetically satisfying. This drawer system works better than any other that I’ve tried over the years!
Baskets for Laundry Room Shelves
These beautiful, yet totally functional baskets are for the shelves in our laundry room. I bought them over a decade ago and found similar ones for you here. I label the baskets with a label maker and store a variety of items in them from compost bags to stain removal items and much more.
This shot is of my kitchen. If you look closely you can see that the kitchen counter is full of stuff! That’s the way a working kitchen looks.
The basic structures of the kitchen are incredibly simple and symmetrical. I find symmetry to be a wonderfully calming principle whether I’m designing a home (ours), or styling food for a photo shoot.
I think I have good taste, though I don’t know anyone who claims to have poor taste. I’m not sure if I was born with this or developed it in college taking Art History classes. I’ve loved styling our spaces and making them incredibly functional while visually soothing. I met Mr. Pantry in 1992, he has an amazing eye in terms of design and has taught me a lot over the years. His mother is a professional artist with works in the Metropolitan Museum. I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by these types of aesthetes.
Organization as Art
So now you see that art is everywhere in your everyday surroundings. Keeping your home organized is not only functional but creates a thing of beauty. What’s your favorite organizational technique that leads to artful simplicity in your home? Leave a comment and let me know!
If you have a dairy allergy finding a good milk substitute can be quite a challenge. So to make your life easier, I’ve created these healthy dairy-free milk recipes for you. They’re super easy to make and taste so darn good they’ll knock your socks off!
The Dairy-Free Diet
Being diagnosed with a dairy allergy can be totally overwhelming. I’m here to help you with my Dairy-Free Recipes page. I started this blog in 2006 and have hundreds of recipes for dairy-free dinners, desserts, and so much more.
My latest book, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, is the easiest dairy-free cookbook you’ll find. It contains recipes for dairy-free ice creams, creamy dairy-free pasta sauces, and even a dairy-free French toast recipe. If you’re dealing with a nightshade allergy, you’ll love that this cookbook is free of nightshades too.
Store Bought Nut Milks
You can buy almond milk, coconut milk, and other nut milks at the store. This is my favorite full fat coconut milk, it’s rich and creamy and absolutely amazing in my caffeine-free Dandelion Coffee recipe.
Homemade Nut Milk Recipes
While store-bought nut milks can be good, I find that homemade nut milk is far creamier, richer, and tastes all around spectacular. My healthy dairy-free substitutes for milk are made of nuts or coconut. These healthy nut milk recipes are just as rich and creamy as real whole milk and so decadent you won’t miss cow’s milk for a moment!
How to Make Homemade Nut Milk
If you’re wondering how to make homemade nut milk the recipes below are for you. In general, to make nut milk all you need to do is soak 1 cup of nuts overnight, discard the soaking water, rinse the nuts, then place the nuts and a couple of cups of filtered water in a high-powered blender. After that simply blend, then strain out the pulp.
Low-Carb Nut Milk Recipes
My low-carb nut milk recipes do not contain any sweeteners. Feel free to add a few drops of stevia. If you have children or a bit of a sweet tooth, simply blend dates into the milk prior to straining it. You can also add honey or maple syrup. Another fantastic entirely pure and natural low-carb flavor enhancer for nut milks is vanilla powder. I find that a pinch of celtic sea salt also makes my dairy-free nut milk recipes taste even better.
The Quickest Dairy-Free Milk Recipe
The easiest of my Nut Milk recipes is my Cashew Milk. That recipe does not require any straining whatsoever. The cashews blend right in and you have an incredibly smooth, creamy milk in a couple of minutes!
What to Do with the Leftover Pulp from Almond Milk?
You may not know this about me but I’m a bit of an organizing fanatic. Whether it’s keeping the aesthetic of this website clean and user-friendly, or storing leftovers in my refrigerator, I like my surroundings to be very orderly.
One of my favorite organizing tools is glass mason jars. I’ve been a mason jar devotee since the early 1990’s when I took my Ayurvedic training in New York City. Back then we were taught the principles of healthy cooking and food storage and those have stayed with me over the years. I’m still a total enthusiast when it come to glass. The first thing they often say when they walk in my kitchen is, “Why do you have so many glass jars?!” Here you’ll find out why glass is better than plastic!
1. Glass is Healthier than Plastic
I avoid plastic as much as possible for a number of reasons. First, plastic is made of petrochemicals that are full of toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s) known as xeno-estrogens. These chemicals can leach into your food and then your body.
2. Glass is Cheaper
Plastic containers cost a pretty penny. Glass on the other hand is cheaper and a better investment. This sturdy material lasts much longer than plastic. If you don’t want to buy glass jars, you can collect them. It still blows my mind that every time we finish a jar of almond butter or coconut oil, a beautiful piece of glass remains. Save for a year and you’ll have an entire matching set!
3. Easy to Organize
Glass containers are super easy to organize. Your struggle to find matching lids for plastic containers will be a thing of the past when you switch to glass.
4. Easy to Clean
Because of its solid and sturdy surface glass is a breeze to clean. You won’t scrub away at glass until it deteriorates and leaches into your food!
5. Won’t Melt in Dishwasher
Unlike plastic, glass can be safely washed at high temperatures.
6. Doesn’t Stain
Glass doesn’t stain. Unlike plastic, this sturdy material does not absorb oils and spices. I love that I can drink a Golden Turmeric Latte out of a mason jar, then place it in the dishwasher, and pull it out looking brand new!
7. No Flavor Trespassing
Plastic is not a durable substance. Its pliability makes it absorb and retain odor. I wouldn’t want to store my Mustard Lime Chicken in a plastic container. The plastic would smell like the savory mustard and chili in this recipe no matter how much I washed it. Who needs lingering food odors in their storage containers? Everything tastes better in glass.
8. Mystery Food in the Back of the Fridge? No Thanks!
I like to see what’s in my fridge. Visibility makes that space so much easier to maintain. Who wants mystery foods concealed by plastic hiding out in the back of the fridge, turning into a science experiment?! Not me.
9. Saves Space
Glass is fantastic when it comes to using vertical storage space. Tall mason jars fill my fridge shelves and pantry taking up less horizontal real estate by occupying the vertical spaces in our fridge, pantry, and cabinets.
10. Glass is Beautiful
Yes, glass is beautiful. Glass is gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing. Our fridge looks like a work of art when I’m done cleaning it out and organizing it.