5 Recipe Resources for GAPS

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Lettuce Wraps with Herbed Chicken Salad & Pecans

I have been making and finding GAPS recipes for at least a year now.  GAPS is a healing protocol that uses grain- and starch-free meals, bone broths, probiotics, and detoxing to promote optimal health.  You can see a rundown of the diet here.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite sites that have provided tasty recipes and even some inspiration for my creations that I have shared here.

But first of all I can point out that you can find all of my GAPS recipes here.  So far on Our Nourishing Roots, every single recipe has been a GAPS recipes (with the exception of the Maple Oatmeal with Coconut Sprinkles, but even that one is gluten-free!)  I have also only churned out GAPS-legal REAL FOOD 101 posts up until now.  So rest assured that you have plenty to choose from here, and there are more to come!

REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Water Kefir

REAL FOOD 101: How to Make Water Kefir

GAPS Recipe List: 

  1. Health, Home, and Happiness GAPS Recipes: Cara’s blog is completely grain-free and GAPS-compliant for her child’s autism.  I have Cara’s ebook and meal plans and love them both.  I find they help free up time for me, which is very useful when you are on GAPS.  Making everything from scratch can be a lot of work, unless you’re smart about it!  The ebook and meal plans help me do just that.
    Besides that, Cara has lots of good recipes over there on her blog, from Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls to Slow Cooker Baked Apples and back to Homemade Fried Cheese Sticks.  Plus I have found a number of home remedies there as well, homemade salve, elderberry syrup, honey and cinnamon for a cold, garlic ear oil, etc.  Very helpful!

    Crustless Savory Quiche with Caramelized Leeks, Broccoli & Sharp Cheddar


  2. Roostblog Grain- and Gluten-free Recipes: These might be some of the most beautiful food photographs I have ever seen.  I aspire to take some like this!  From what I can tell they are all GAPS-legal, but make sure you read them for yourself.  I am new to this blog, so I still need to try some of these recipes.
    I am eyeing these: Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Bouchons with Toasted Nutmeg Ice Cream, the Almond Flour Thyme Crackers, the Zucchini Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes and Lemon Basil, the Herbed Flatbread with Proscuitto, Arugula Pesto and Sheep’s Milk Cheese, and the Reisling Poached Pear Tart with Chai Spiced Custard & Almond Crust.  I might go to food heaven if I make just one of those gorgeous delicacies!

    Butternut Squash "Sweet Potato" Casserole with Pecan Crunch


  3. Chicken Tender: Chandelle does a beautiful job describing her farm, food, and philosophy over on Chicken Tender.  She has a similar back story to mine, including a love of Health at Every Size, and using food to truly nourish our bodies and heal from emotional upset.  Plus, Chandelle is a damn fine writer.  I cannot get over how beautifully moving some of her writing has been in my life.
    I would to try her Cultured Lemons, especially since I should be able to find some Meyer lemons around here in someone’s backyard.  I am also enamored with these: Spicy Honey Butter, Lemon-Honey Polenta Cake, and Korean kimchi (with a Spicy Kimchi Soup recipe!)  Oh!  And I really want to make all three of these kinds of pickles! 😀

    Smoked Salmon & Herb Cheese Pinwheels


  4. Nourished and Nurtured: Written by Sarah, Nourished and Nurtured is a wonderful resource for several tasty recipes and GAPS posts.  Sarah’s family has been on GAPS for a while now, almost two years!
    I have already tried several of the recipes listed here, such as the BLT Salad or the Apple Clafoutis.  But I would really like to try making these Grain-free Tortillas, and this Crustless Chicken Pizza Casserole.  In fact, I just made chicken, so I have the chicken meat in my fridge.  I might have to make that for dinner tonight!

    Grain-free Banana Bread with Walnut Crumble Topping


  5. Real Food Forager: Jill blogs here, and is another GAPS veteran.  She makes all kinds of delicious goodies, even complete with videos!  That is something I have not considered doing yet, so I admire that ability.
    I have personally made this grain-free Pecan-Crusted Pumpkin Pie and then promptly gone to food heaven.  I still think about that cinnamon crust, and how unprepared I was for it’s holiday goodness.  Even my family members who are, ahem, less than enthusiastic about GAPS and grain-free recipes said that pie was divine.  I am also planning on making these Coconut-Date Linzer Cookies, and this gorgeous Cocoa Butter Layer Cake (especially now that I have such excellent, high-quality cocoa butter available!)

Dark Chocolate Almond Frosty

This post is a part of Weekend Gourmet, Monday Mania, Traditional Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, The Mommy Club, Healthy2Day Wednesdays, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Full Plate Thursday, Fight Back Friday, and Fresh Bites Friday.

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  1. Michelle Holt says:

    These are great, thanks. I had a giggle at the quiche containing ‘shark’ cheddar lol 😉
    I’m paleo so cant eat cheese, I thought cheese wasn’t GAPS either??? Maybe I’m getting confused?

  2. You know, maybe most people that read your blog know this, or maybe you’ve mentioned it on one of your blog posts I didn’t read, but I’ve thought on multiple occasions it would be nice for you to post the first time you use the term in each blog what GAPS stands for, for those of us who do not know or have forgotten. Just a humble suggestion.

    • You know, I was doing that at first, and then I got out of the habit. But I usually do link to a description of the diet. Hopefully that will help in the meantime, as I get back in the habit of explaining GAPS with an asterisk…

    • I added a little bit at the beginning. Thanks for requesting that. I’m sure there were others who had wondered the same thing and will benefit from your suggestion!

  3. Thanks so much for these! I am just reading the GAPS book at the moment and seriously considering this for our family including my son (who has ASD & ADD). These resources will, no doubt, prove very helpful to us!

  4. HI just had a question. I have food allergies and would get itchy bumps on my face and neck after consuming them. I’m on day 29 of GAPS Intro and have been avoiding all foods that I’m allergic to. I do still get an occasional itchy bump and then it usually goes away the next day. Do you think this could be die off?? I’m not on Bio kult yet cause everytime I take it it makes me extremly exhausted. I do eat fermented foods, coconut oil and milk, water and coconut water kefir.

    • You can start with a portion of ONE capsule of Bio-kult. But not until you’re ready!

      I would say that the bumps are most likely die-off or some kind of draining of toxins in your body. Keep up the fermented foods and GAPS foods, and listen to your body. I wouldn’t worry about the bumps. My guess is that they’re on their way out…

      • Not sure how I will know when I’m ready??
        Is water kefir ok to have on GAPS? Some places say yes some no. I let it ferment for about 24hrs cause any longer than that it tastes gross, almost like beer ( I dont like beer,lol).

        • if you go to the Cultures for Health company website, they have an exact water kefir recipe that avoids it becoming alcoholic. If you just guess at times and amounts, you don’t know how much alcohol will be in there (I learned this the hard way).

  5. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Thanks for featuring me!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    Share your great fermented food recipes at my Probiotic Food Linky – open through Februray 6, 2012.

  6. This is so helpful! I already use some of these recipe sources but others are new to me. I am always looking for new GAPS recipes so it’s great to find new resources. I will definitely check them out! Thanks.

  7. Hi Kendahl,
    This is a very informative post and great recipes. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. This is a very useful list for those on the GAPS diet – thanks for sharing with Healthy 2Day Wednesday!


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