Grain-free, Recipes, Uncategorized

Low Carb Roasted Almond Chocolate Bark

Chocolate, yum! Who doesn’t like getting quality chocolate for Christmas? The problem is, most of us eat way too much sugar during the holidays. This recipe is a guilt free treat and it tastes delicious!

There are a few other online, but they use cocao powder, cocoa butter or coconut oil. I wanted to use my unsweetened chocolate from the bulk store, so I made up my own recipe. I have made low carb chocolate from coconut oil and cocoa powder before and I think that this chocolate was a lot tastier and it had a better mouth feel (the creaminess if chocolate!). I will make that again for sure. Here we go:

14 squares of unsweetened chocolate (14 oz)

3/4 cup THM Gentle Sweet (you can make your own by blending 3/4 cup of each erythritol and xylitol as well as 1/2 tsp our stevia in your blender)

1/2 cup roasted almonds

Sprinkle of Himalayan salt

The quantities are easy to adapt, and you can modify to suit your taste. I had 14 chocolate squares from the bulk store, that is why I picked that amount. I melted my chocolate on low heat. I know many would do that on a water bath to avoid cooking he chocolate, but I don’t bother. I just stir constantly and it’s fine.

I roasted more almonds that I needed because they are such a great snack. Roast them at 350F for about 10 minutes. I taste test them and roast them a bit longer if needed.

That is what they look like when they are to my liking.

Mix your sweetener with the chocolate as it is meltin, this will allow it to dissolve well. You can also taste for sweetness at this point.

Pour your melted chocolate in a 8 x 8 inch square pan (20cm x 20 cm). I used silicone. If you use metal, I recommend you line it with parchment paper. Spread your roasted almond on the chocolate and sprinkle with Himalayan salt.

Put in the fridge until set and break up into pieces. This recipe yields enough to divide up for 6 people.

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Essential oils, Homemade products

Natural Face Toner

This face toner is great to use after your Toxin Free Facewash.

You can also spray it on your face anytime, just for a freshener. It feels really invigorating! Also, Apple cider vinegar helps reduce age spots and blemishes on your skin.

Fill up your bottle a quarter with apple cider vinegar (with the mother) and the rest with water. Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of sandalwood essential oil.

That’s it! How simple is that?

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Essential oils, Homemade products

Toxin Free Facewash

This recipe is one that I am particularly excited to try, it makes enough to fill up 6 dollar store bottles (as pictured):

3 cups liquid coconut oil (you could use another oil)

3 tbsp baking soda

20 drops lavender essential oil

20 drops frankincense essential oil

5-10 drops sandalwood

Mix everything and pour in your bottles.

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Essential oils, Homemade products

Eyelash Serum/Eye Makeup Remover

I used small 3 ml sample essential oil bottles that I purchased on Amazon for this. You could use the roller bottles I used in my facial serum recipe, but I wanted to change things up. In fact the recipe is very similar to the facial serum, but here, we are targeting hair growth, that is why we are using vitamin E oil and castor oil. Not only can this used to encourage eyelash growth, but it is a great way to remove your eye makeup if you wear any. Just put a little bit of the concoction on the tip of your finger and rub your eye with it. Alternatively, dip a cotton swab in it and apply to your eyes.

Here is the recipe:

1 tbsp Vitamin E oil

1 tsp castor oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

2 drops of cedarwood essential oil

I filled up 12 sample bottles with this recipe.

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Anti-Aging Facial Serum

I have been wanting to use these little bottles from Amazon for a while! Finally, I get to do it!

Today, we are making another great gift for the women in your life: an anti-aging serum containing some of the best essential oils for skin health.

Here is the recipe:

2 oz of fractionated coconut oil

8 drops of lavender essential oil

8 drops of geranium essential oil

6 drops of cedarwood essential oil

4 drops of Roman chamomile essential oil

Mix the ingredients in a glass measuring cup and pour in your bottles of choice.

Helichrysum and copaiba essential oils would be great additions as they are wonderful for the skin, but since I don’t have them, I went without. Rosemary was also suggested in a recipe I found. This goes to show you, don’t fret it if you are missing an oil or two and be creative with your concoction. Today, I learned that cedarwood was used for cleaning the leper in Bible times. It has cleansing and antioxidant properties. Of course, essential oils as we know them didn’t exist then, but even the Egyptians extracted the oils from cedarwood to embalm pharaohs.

The recipe is enough fill six 1/3 oz bottles. You will love the smell as you pour your liquid into your bottles! Warning: you will want to cover your face with it!

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Homemade Hand Soap

This recipe was meant to be a bubble bath recipe. However, after finding out it was a huge fail, I decided to repurpose it. After researching it, I learned that you can’t really make bubble bath at home because you need a surfactant to make nice big bubbles that stay (that also explains why my toxin free DoTerra dish soap doesn’t make much bubbles). I found that this recipe works great for hand soap.

Here it is:

1 32oz bottle of Castile Soap (Dr. Bronner)

1 cup of vegetable glycerin

1 tbsp of vitamin E oil

10 drops of essential oil of your choice

I bought my soap dispensers at the dollar store. They came in a pack with a lotion bottle and a little spray bottle. I will be using the other bottles for other gift ideas. Since you can’t really label the bottles, I have these cute gift bags that I will use and I will write on the bags to make sure the recipients know what they are receiving.

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Homemade Paper using Stuff from the Recycle Bin

Do you love the texture and the look of homemade paper? It’s actually simple to do and you can make it using all your random pieces of paper from the recycle bin. I bought my frame online, but you can make one using a picture frame and screen mesh from the hardware store. I found some good instructions for this on YouTube.

Step 1: Soak your paper in a bowl of water.

Step 2: Blend some of the paper in the blender, filling it up 3/4 with water. You can also add paint to the mixture to colour your paper.

Step 3: Pour just enough of the mixture in your frame to make a nice thick layer of pulp. Do this in a sink filled with water, your frame floating on the surface. At this point, you can add glitter, herbs, flowers, feathers or anything else you would like to your pulp.

Step 4: Put your frame on a towel and remove the top part of your frame (we keep the two pieces together with an elastic band). Use your other piece of screen mesh and put it on the pulp. Press it with paper towel to absorb some water. Using a sponge would also work well.

Step 5: Cover an ironing board with a towel and put your sheet of paper on it. Cover it with a piece of paper and a towel and iron it.

Step 6; Let your paper air dry for 24 hours.

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DIY Beeswax Wraps

This is probably my favourite idea of all! It turned out so great and it was really easy!

Are you concerned about using plastic to store your food? Do you want to reduce the garbage you send to the landfill? These are for you! Reusable beeswax wraps. The see me make them, check out my a Facebook page, but it is quite simple:

  1. Cut prewashed 100% fabric to size. Using pinking shears will make your wraps look prettier, but it’s not essential, they won’t fray since they will be covered in wax.
  2. Cover your ironing board with parchment paper to protect it and sprinkle your beeswax on your fabric.

3. Put an other piece of parchment paper on it and iron until the beeswax melts.

4. Remove the top piece of parchment paper and iron some more just to spread it more evenly and straighten your fabric. I did that and my iron didn’t end up covered in beeswax. I think it’s too hot for the beeswax to stick to it.

5. Take the other piece of parchment paper off and hold your fabric up to let it dry. This will take less than a minute.

7, Wrap your food. The heat of your hands will help you mold the wrap.

Anytime you need to clean your wraps, use cool water. You don’t need dish soap, beeswax is antibacterial. If your wraps get greasy for some reason, you can use a bit of dish soap.

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Homemade Paleo Chocolate Mix

A healthyfied version of hot chocolate powder for those cold winter days.

1 cup coconut milk powder

1 cup cocoa powder

2 cups organic cane sugar or coconut sugar

1 cup collagen

Mix all the ingredients in the blender.

Put in your dollar store containers and label. This recipe will make enough to fill up four 250 ml containers (8 oz). Make sure to write how much hot chocolate mix one needs to put in a cup of water (3 tablespoons).

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Homemade Beeswax Candles

This present is the easiest you handmade idea will ever find! It cost $19 for 4 candles (Canadian dollars), so roughly $5 per candle. Not a great deal, but keep in mind that beeswax candles are more expensive. You can purchase a pair of beeswax candles online for $14, so you still save some money and it’s a lot more fun for the kids!

Here is what I bought on Amazon, it includes the wick too:

You cut each sheet in two.

Roll them up and enjoy!

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