Autumn/Winter, Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch, Spring/Summer

Tempeh Jambalaya

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Ok y’all, this recipe is another one that I’ve had up my sleeve for quite some time and I’m so excited to finally share it with you!

I love cajun food, it’s one of my absolute favorite types of cuisines. Except, with the heat level turned down a notch lol. I just can’t tolerate flaming hot dishes! Anyone who’s familiar with cajun food knows it’s almost always very spicy, and if it’s not it’s at least a little spicy? So I adjust the spicyness to my liking, easy peasy.

Tempeh is one of my favorite proteins. It’s got a good consistency to it which give it a great bite. I also love the flavor, although sometimes it does tend to be a little on the bitter side, but I don’t mind that. If you tend to not like the bitter taste (which I thiiink gets stronger the longer your tempers been sitting around…anyone?), you could always steam the tempeh for a few minutes before marinating to neutralize the bitterness. Still, I think tempeh is delicious, as well as nutritious, which is why it’s my go to protein other than good ole beans 🙂 The fermentation process makes tempeh healthier, and it becomes like a probiotic food which is good for our guts. I could stand to eat more of it honestly!

So since I have a special place in my heart for Tempeh, I naturally thought to substitute the meat from the classic Jambalaya with the fermented soy cakes. I’ve made vegan jambalaya with homemade sausage, which was great but took a lot of energy and time to make. I have yet to find a store bought sausage that’s both vegan AND gluten free, since they all seem to use wheat gluten as a main ingredient 💁🏻 so for those like myself who have a gluten allergy, I created this Tempeh version of Jambalaya, with all the same bells and whistles as the classic, such as the holy trinity and sweet bell peppers, but sans the animal flesh. The result…deliciousness! This is definitively a dish I’ll be keeping in rotation during the summer/early fall when peppers are in season!

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Tempeh Jambalya

Vegan | Gluten-free | Nut-free |Sugar-free

serves- 6-8

Ingredients:

•8 oz gluten-free tempeh
•Splash of vegetable broth or 1 tbsp EVOO
•3 tsp cajun seasoning
•1 tbsp paprika (smoked or sweet)
•1/2-1 tsp old bay/seafood seasoning
•1/4-1 tsp cayenne powder*
•1 large onion, diced
•1-2 garlic cloves, minced
•3 celery ribs, chopped
•1 green bell pepper, diced
•1 red bell pepper, diced
•1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
•2 cups vegetable broth
•28 oz diced tomatoes
•Salt, to taste

*Notes- adjust cayenne acorrding to your spicy tooth (1/4 tsp is relatively mild in this dish)

Instructions:
In a large pot on medium heat, add broth/oil and cook tempeh until golden brown, about 3 minutes (cook longer if you like your tempeh a little browned).
Add the onion and garlic to the pot, continue cooking on medium heat about 3 minutes. Add the celery, bell peppers, spices, rice, veggie broth, and diced tomatoes in liquid, stir well to incorporate and allow to come to a boil. After coming to a boil put on lid and low heat, allow to simmer about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender (check your rice package for cook time).
Once the rice is tender, taste for seasoning – add salt to your liking. Enjoy!

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Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch, Snacks

Gobi Manchurian “dry” (Indo-Chinese Crispy Cauliflower)

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This spicy Indo-Chinese cauliflower is addictingly good and can be eaten as an appetizer or served with rice and vegetables as a main course. It can be baked or pan fried.

I recently went to an Indian restaurant and tried gobi manchurian for the first time. My only regret is that I didn’t try this dish sooner! I’d seen it on Pinterest and thought it looked good…I generally like every Indian recipe I’ve ever had. On the other hand, I am not a big cauliflower fan. This may be surprising since cauliflower is so trendy these days, especially amongst vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly foodies, many of whom substitute it for meat, mashed potatoes, rice, and well pretty much anything! I’ll admit, it is a super versatile veggie and is pretty neutral in flavor, which can mean you can be as creative as you want when flavoring it up to make it taste like whatever you want. Also it cooks in no time which is a good thing.

This was an instant “omg I want more” as soon as I’m done recipe. Really, it should be called crack cauliflower lol. Needless to say, my mind has officially been changed in regards to cauliflower. I realized I should be more open minded about it, as well as any other vegetables I’m not too fond of. It’s all a matter in how you choose to spice/flavor your veggies, and this recipe is PACKED with flavor, my friends.

I’ve only made this once, and I’ll admit I accidentally made it way too spicy…I will definitely be putting in less chili sauce next time. Keep in mind a little chili sauce goes a long way haha!

Gobi Manchurian “Dry”(Crispy Cauliflower)

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Grain-Free optional Recipe

Ingredients:
•1 medium cauliflower

{batter}
•3 tbsp starch of choice
•1 tbsp rice flour or gf all purpose flour
•1 tsp garam masala
•1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
•1/2 tsp curry powder
•1/4 tsp turmeric powder
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
•1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste (I made my own)
•1 tbsp liquid aminos or tamari
•1/4 cup purified/distilled water

{sauce}
•2 tbsp liquid aminos or tamari
•1/2 tsp- 1 tbsp chili sauce* (see note below)
•3 tbsp ketchup or tomato sauce
•2 cups onion, chopped
•1 tbsp garlic, minced
•1/2-1 green bell pepper, chopped
•1/4 cup scallions, chopped (optional)

*I would start with a small amount of chili sauce and work my way up until desired spiciness is achieved. Unless you’re a fire breather, then by all means go all out! You can even add some minced chilies!

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 F.
Separate the florets into bite size and rinse. Boil a pot of water with a pinch of salt and add cauliflower florets into the boiling water and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Drain the florets.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients from the batter, making sure that the batter is thin. A thicker batter will end up in uncooked flour coating and ruin the dish. Add cauliflower to batter and stir to coat. If any excess batter remains, you can save it for later (be sure to refrigerate and don’t let it sit around for too long!)

Transfer the coated florets onto a bleach-free parchment lined baking sheet(s). Lightly spray cooking oil evenly over cauliflower. Make sure that the florets don’t touch each other and bake for 25-30 minutes by rotating the baking sheets and flipping the sides of the florets in between or till the florets are crispy.
Take a cast iron wok or sautée pan, add the green pepper and sautee for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic and cook for a couple minutes. Now add the sauce. Add the baked cauliflower florets. Mix well in the sauce and cook for 3 – 4 minutes. Garnish with scallions if you’d like. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Vegan, Grain Free

Grain-free Tempeh Reuben

Hii y’all, I’m back!!!! It’s been centuries, or so it feels. You know how life can get crazy and before you know it it’s been over half a year since you posted a recipe? Gosh. As you may have noticed, Strawberries and Sage is now officially A Heartful Harvest! Strawberries and Sage needed a name change. It served its purpose for years when I was going through my strawberry craze phase (it’s OK, I still LOVE dem strawberries 😋). So nothing against the S&S name itself, I just had outgrown it, in a sense. More importantly, though, I feel “A Heartful Harvest” more accurately reflects my food ideals, which is driven by my compassion for the suffering and wellbeing of my fellow animals, and feeling strongly opposed to causing any harm to any living being. Oxford dictionaries definition of Heartful best echos how I feel about eating and using animals –

Characterized by deep emotion or sincerity of expression; genuine, sincere, heartfelt. Of an emotion: deeply or acutely felt; intense.

I think everyone would agree with me if they allow themselves to just be heartful. If people would put themselves in the places of the innocent animals that are tortured and slaughtered every second because of the demand for animals foods. If they truly opened themselves up to feeling what those animals feel, the pain, the despair, the terror…everyone in the planet would be vegan. If people were heartful of the fact that in today’s world, most of us have access to plant based foods, making murdering animals for food completely obsolete…everyone would be vegan. Humans are not meant to get sustenance from animals anyhow, but that’s a topic for a whole other post!

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Today I’m sharing a recipe for a grain-free tempeh reueben which can be eaten as a starter or feautured as the main entree. It may not look like much, but tempeh is very substantial on it’s own, providing 15 grams of protein for 1/2 a cup! The fermented soy (tempeh), and the fermented cabbage (sauerkraut) are a gut-loving duo, so eating this will benefit your tummy- and therefore your overall health.

You can, of course serve this within two slices of vegan, gluten-free bread and eat it more like a traditional reuben…and feel free to add tomato, leafy greens, sprouts, whatever you fancy. For serving as an appetizer, I’d cut the tempeh into cubes and put a toothpick in the center of the stacked cube and voila!

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Grain-free Tempeh Reuben

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free Recipe

Serves: 2-6

Ingredients:

•8oz tempeh, original or flaxseed
•Vegetable broth or grapeseed/avocado/canola oil
•Sauerkraut
•Fresh thyme leaves, optional

{Maple Mustard Sauce}
•Maple syrup
•Dijon mustard

Instructions:

Splash a couple tablespoons of vegetable broth or oil in a medium sautée pan over medium heat. Cook tempeh for 2-4 minutes on each side.
Stack tempeh and sauerkraut and garnish with thyme.

For the maple mustard sauce mix equal part maple syrup and mustard. Drizzle over tempeh. Serve warm or cold. Enjoy!

Autumn/Winter, Cakes/Cupcakes, Gluten Free Vegan

Spiced Streusel Coffee Cake

imageFirst off, I’m soooo sorry I haven’t written a blog post in forever! I myself can’t believe it’s been so long…where does the time go? I’ve been consumed with medical appointments and dealing with one flare-up after the other. I haven’t been getting all the regular treatment I need due to lack of fund$ and unfortunately I’m paying for it in other ways (my health). It’s ok though, I won’t bore you with the gruesome details, well because I’ll get through it somehow, I always do! Instead I’ll just get into talking about this lovely recipe I’ve had up my sleeve for some time now.

For the longest time I use to think coffee cake had coffee in it. I mean after all it is called coffee cake 🙃. It wasn’t till just a couple years ago I realized coffee cakes weren’t actually made with coffee in it, but are meant to be eaten alongside a cup of coffee! Hah! If you’re thinking “duh where has this girl been all her life?”, yes I know I’m so, so very deprived, but it’s just that I’ve never been a coffee drinker. In my early 20’s I had maybe 5-10 cups of cold coffee one year because I thought it was “cool” to drink coffee, but I didn’t even really consider it coffee since it was cold 😂

As tempted as I was to put coffee in my coffee cake I refrained so I wouldn’t look like a coffee nut (or just a nut). I did however put nuts in the streusel to give a nice crunch which balances the soft, creamy, melt in your mouth cake. The brown rice flour makes this coffee cake light and pleasantly delicate, although you can use gluten free all purpose flour which won’t be as light and airy, buts it’s equally as enjoyable.

Make this healthy, delicious coffee cake with any fruit or vegetable your heart desires – pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, pear, let your imagination run wild! My coffee cake goes great with tea, cold coffee, and of course a regular ol’ cup of joe 😉

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Spiced Streusel Coffee Cake

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Soy-free, Yeast-Free Recipe

Yield: 9 servings

Ingredients:
•1½ cups brown rice flour (or gf all-purpose flour for non gain-free option)
•1 tsp baking soda
•1½ tsp ground cinnamon
•1/2 tsp ground ginger or nutmeg
•1/8 tsp ground cloves, optional
•1/2 tsp salt
•1 cup of puréed fruit/vegetable – such as pumpkin, apples, pear, sweet potato, etc.*
*3/4 cup brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or maple syrup
•1/2 cup vegan milk or purified/distilled water
•1/3 cup coconut oil or grapeseed oil
•1 tsp pure vanilla extract
•1 tsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice

{streusel}
•1/3 cup coconut sugar, brown sugar or maple sugar
•1/4 cup gf flour of choice 
•1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
•1/3 cup pecans or walnuts
•1/4 cup vegan butter, melted 

*Note- the pics are pumpkin coffee cake. i’ve also made this with apple and pear, and they’re all delicious. You can use canned purée or purée fruit/vegetable in the blender.

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, or grease if desired. This isn’t required, but if you wanted to pull the whole cake out of the pan to place on a serving tray, it would make things a ot easier.
Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the fruit purée, sweetener, milk, oil, vanilla and vinegar/lemon juice. Mix together by hand, don’t overmix. Pour into pan. In a small-medium bowl add streusel ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle topping evenly over batter. Bake for 40 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Enjoy!

Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Grain Free, Lunch, Spring/Summer

White Bean Veggie Soup

 

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This flavorful, hearty soup was one of the first recipes I created when I started cooking for myself. I was throwing things together in a frenzy one evening when I just so happened to create something pretty delicious, and it has since become a favorite recipe of ours. I never get bored with it.

Until my mid 20’s all I knew how to “cook” was pasta and ramen. When I found out about all my food allergies I knew that had to change. I was clueless about how to make a healthy, simple recipe that wasn’t packaged or processed, the result of growing up with the SAD (Standard American Diet). I grew up with my Brazilian mom always cooking beans, but for some reason my picky childhood, and young adult self shied away from all beans for admittedly way too long.

Now beans are a staple in my diet, as they probably are in most vegans diets due to the high protein, fiber, and array of nutrients beans so generously provide. Plus, they’re so good! I seriously missed out on some yummy bean recipes over the years, but this is one of the many bean recipes that makes up for that.

This soup can be made with any white beans- navy beans, great northern beans, cannelini beans, it’ll all be good. With all the incredibly healthy vegetables and spices that accompany and compliment the beans, this soup is as darn delicious as it is darn nutritious


White Bean Veggie Soup

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free

ingredients:

•1 cup navy beans, soaked overnight (or white bean of choice)
•3 cups vegetable broth
•2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•2-3 cloves garlic, minced
•1 onion, diced, optional 
•1-2 fresh tomatoes, seeded and diced
•1-2 zucchinis &/or golden squash, quartered
•1 red bell pepper, diced
•1 green bell pepper, diced
•2 tsp ground turmeric 
•2 tsp ground cumin 
•2 tsp dried thyme 
•salt & pepper to taste
•2 bay leaves

instructions:

Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often for about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and seasoning, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add drained beans; stir to coat well with the veggie mixture. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the beans are tender; around 60-120 minutes. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Vegan, Grain Free, Raw

Chocolate Pots De Creme

 

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A delicious vegan chocolate pots de creme made from cashew cream – a healthy, cruelty-free twist to the classic french dessert with all the rich, chocolaty goodness.

You can whip this up in a couple minutes with your leftover cashew pulp from homemade cashew milk. It’s so easy and yummy =)


Cashew Pulp Chocolate Pots De Creme

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Soy-Free, Raw

ingredients:

1/2 cup cashew pulp (leftover from homemade cashew milk)
1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil 
1/4 cup coconut nectar or brown rice syrup, or to taste
2 tsp pure vanilla extract (or extract/flavor of choice)

instructions:

blend together until all ingredients are well combined and smooth. pour in ramekin, or small food container and refrigerate for ~1hr. keep refrigerated. enjoy!

Bread, Breakfast

Rustic Pumpkin Bread

 

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This healthy pumpkin oat bread is comforting and delicious.

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Sometimes, not often but every once in a blue moon one of my “brain fog moments” happens for the better. Like the time when I forgot a major ingredient in a bread recipe and thought it was doomed for good only to find out it was the best tasting accident ever.

I’m so glad we forgot the milk in the original recipe and decided to change a few of the ingredients to make it acceptable for all my allergy, health, and nutritional needs, AND to my liking. We were pleasantly surprised with the final product – a surprisingly moist, and incredibly yummy pumpkin loaf! It has a nice hint of lemon, and is reminiscent of carrot cake, which I love. This recipe is going to be a go-to of ours from now on. It’s such a comforting treat for someone who can’t have sugar, gluten, dairy, etc, etc…and yet by the taste and texture you’d never guess this was allergy-friendly at all!!

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Rustic Pumpkin Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Flour-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free

Yield: 1 bread loaf

{recipe adapted from: A Rented Kitchen}

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a flour
1/4 cup xylitol, vegan cane sugar or coconut sugar
3 tsp chia seeds or flax seeds, ground or whole (optional)
1 heaping tbsp gluten-free baking powder
1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp salt
1½ cups pumpkin puree
1/3 cupunrefined coconut oil, softened or melted, or grapeseed oil
1/4 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup (or more granulated sweetener of choice)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice
1/4-1/2 tsp fresh lemon zest

optional add ins: ~1 tbsp walnuts/pecans, pepitas, hemp seeds, golden raisins
optional toppings: pepitas, walnut/pecan crumbs, lemon zest, coconut

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 415˚ and lightly spray/grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper. Blend the whole rolled oats in a food processor or high powered blender until you have two cups of fine powder oat flower. Combine the oat flour, xylitol, chia/flax, salt, baking powder, and spice in a large bowl and mix until blended. Add the wet ingredients in with the dry, mix together until well combined. Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle optional toppings. Bake for 20 minutes at 415˚, then reduce heat to 395˚ and bake for an additional 25 minutes. It should be about 40-50 minutes total. If toothpick comes out clean it’s ready. Allow to cool for 30 mins. Enjoy!


Bread, Breakfast

Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

 

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This strawberry banana oat quickbread is hearty, wholesome, sweet and deelicious!

Let’s talk about oats for a minute. Old-fashioned oats to be specific. In case you didn’t already know, old fashioned oats are also referred to as rolled oats. Rolled oats are darn healthy grains. They are highly nutritious whole grains packed with fiber. In fact one cup is a whole 10 grams! These oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, including  Beta-glucan, a soluble fiber unique to oats. Beta-glucan is associated with a 5 percent reduction in total cholesterol and a 7 percent reduction in LDL cholesterol, the type associated with heart disease. (Read more here.) Oats are low-glycemic, which is important to look for to regulate blood sugar levels, not just for weight loss purposes. These grains happen to be very filling, and that’s why I love them. Apparently, I have a black hole in my stomach and it takes a lot for me to feel full, but it seems that whenever there are oats present I always feel full and satisfied without the sluggish feeling heavy processed foods may leave behind.


Strawberry Banana Oat Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Refined Flour-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Yeast-Free

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Yield: One 9×5 or 8×4 Bread Loaf

ingredients:

2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground to a flour
4 heaping tbsp gluten free rolled oats, whole
1 tsp baking soda
1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, optional
3/4 tsp gluten free baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup fresh strawberries
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3-1 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup or maple syrup
1/3 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9×5 baking/loaf pan. Grind your 2 cups of your rolled oats in a blender or food processor to make into flour. It is perfectly fine is some whole oats remain in the flour. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, and the rest of your dry ingredients well. Puree your strawberries. Now add in strawberry puree and mashed bananas along with the rest of your wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden or plastic spoon (preferably) until blended together evenly. Pour your bread batter into greased loaf pan and bake for 30-50, or until top is golden-brown and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!


Breakfast, Cookies, Grain Free

Granola Raisin Cookies and A little on Sweeteners: Which Ones Are Healthy and Which Are Not (you’ll be surprised)

 

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These granola raisin cookies are my absolute favorite homemade cookie recipe, and I am proud to say I made these babies from scratch…from my own imagination. Ooh, and let me tell you, these babies are so delicious, I can’t believe I came up with them on a whim! I was laying in bed not sleeping (thanks painsomnia!), but instead thinking of sweet treats and I had a wonderful idea to “spice” up the Vanilla Granola that had been sitting in my cupboard getting bored. I had this heaven inspired idea to make a breakfast cookie out of them and mmmm I’m so glad I did, because these are delectable! Even my mother who doesn’t like too many sweets approved and loved them. With they’re light texture they almost melt in your mouth.

The first time I made these cookies I used agave, but a nutritionist later gave a lecture on sweeteners and I was surprised to learn how bad agave really is. Most agave has a higher fructose content than any commercial sweetener — ranging from 55 to 97 percent, depending on the brand, which is FAR HIGHER than high fructose corn syrup, which averages 55 percent, “This Sweetener Is Far Worse Than High Fructose Corn Syrup”. So agave is in fact not a health food but is high glycemic. In other words agave raises your blood sugar levels waay to high within minutes of consumption. I was curious and asked my doc if this was true and she confirmed it was. Now I use coconut nectar or brown rice syrup, which is a far much healthier, lower glysemic alternative than agave and doesn’t overload the cookies with sweetness. Maple syrup is even better than agave, and has a high magnesium content, which is great for muscle and nerve health, amongst many things. Ultimately, stevia is the healthiest doctor approved sweetener out there. Stevia has been praised for many reasons, one being it actually lowers blood sugar levels instead of spikes them. Stevia is also calorie free. If you’re not vegan, feel free to opt for honey, but remember the bees!

Since I love sugar too much I like to add frosting to these cookies when having them as a dessert (vs having them for breakfast) to make them sweeter.


Granola Raisin Cookies

Vegan | Gluten-Free |Nut-Free | Soy-Free

Ingredients for 24 Cookies:

2 1/2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 cup vegan gluten free vanilla granola OR vegan gluten free plaingranola + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract (or sub gluten free rolled oats)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp gluten free baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup virgin unrefined coconut oil (or vegan butter)
1/2 cup coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, or maple syrup
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine all ingredients into large bowl, stirring the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix until thick and spoon up the dough, place on to baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool and enjoy!