Clean Eating, Dessert

Cassava Flour Mug Cakes

I am a sucker for a great mug cake. Usually I make them with almond flour and/or coconut flour, but I wanted to try something different. My oldest child’s birthday is coming up in October so wanted to try a new version of a mug cake.

I have an awful sweet tooth so when it comes to making desserts in the house I try not to make a lot as I would go to town on it! So mug cakes are amazing for portion control. I spit them in half or even into thirds. Now I don’t have to worry about extra cake/dessert laying around the house.

This mug cake is a definite winner in my household. Plus I can make it nut-free by substituting in sunflower seed butter. Let me know what you think!



  1. Whisk egg, vanilla, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup together in mug.img_0751
  2. Whisk in chocolate coconut peanut butter img_0755
  3. Add in baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  4. Add in Cassava Flour. Mixed until combined IMG_0310
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.img_0748
  6. Microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds (depending on your microwave)img_0753

Eat it plain…Top it with fruit…Enjoy with some vanilla ice cream!


Product Reviews

Review of Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour

One of Rob’s favorite filipino dishes is Sio Pao. We have not enjoyed these in over 4 years. Sio Pao is a filipino dish which means steamed buns. The fillings for Sio Pao can be endless. We like them usually with Pork Adobo, hard boiled egg and onions. I have also made them as a breakfast option with bacon and eggs. One things I learned about myself as I have been testing this recipe round and round is I don’t have the patience of a baker. I love to cook, but baking is a different story! I honestly thought it can’t be that hard. Then again I haven’t baked much since going gluten-free/paleo.

When I was given the opportunity to try out Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour, I knew just what I wanted to bake/steam. You guessed it, Sio Pao! Cassava, or Yuca, is a root vegetable. According to Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour differs from others on the market because

“Otto’s Cassava Flour is thoroughly peeled, dried, and ground into wonderfully consistent, delicious flour that you can count on cup after cup. “

Otto’s Cassava Flour is said to be equivalent to using wheat flour 1:1 in most cases. It is also gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, and paleo certified. Finally a win for me when baking/cooking kiddos lunches that need to be nut-free. We are a peanut free household since my daughter is allergic to peanuts. Baking with this has brought back many memories of cooking with traditional flours. Even the smell and texture reminds me of traditional baking flours.

When working with this flour, for me, I noticed I needed a little more liquid. That is honestly the only problem I ran into. Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour is seriously a game changer. You will not be disappointed. Sticker price may be a shocker to some. When I  really when I look at it, I spend more money per pound on almond flour then I would on this flour. So if I had to choose, this would be my first pick. I feel I can get more use out of this flour then out of the almond flour.

That being said, I tried some amazing recipes. First one was tortilla wraps from Fork & Beans. You can find the recipe here.IMG_0161

Also Otto’s NY Style Pizza crust by Alana on her website Planks, Love & Guacamole. You can find the recipe here. Paleo, gluten-free pizza never tasted so good! We made ours on the Traeger and it turned out AMAZING.


I then made my own Paleo Banana Pancakes using Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. You can find the recipe on this blog here.IMG_0320

Used the Cassava Flour also in my Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. You can find the recipe on my blog here.


Finally our favorite dish Sio Pao was born. This really brought back memories and was delicious as ever. Tasted just like the original Sio Pao I remember! You can find the recipe on my blog here.IMG_0435

I am hooked! So much so that I purchased the 5lb bag they just came out with.IMG_0310

I was also truly impressed with their outstanding customer service and quick deliveries. They also offer free shipping on all domestic orders on there website currently (no code needed). So what are you waiting for? Go grab a bag and get to cooking!


Clean Eating

Sio Pao-Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour

It has been a busy week of preparing for end of the school year in my household. So I took some time off from blogging these past couple days to take care of some family things. Kids sure are ready for their short summer break to begin, and the older 3 kiddos first kid triathlon to take place! Today I am sharing a family recipe for a traditional Filipino dish called Sio Pao. A family favorite we sure have missed eating.

Sio Pao is a traditional steam bun filled with pork adobo. Although you can choose any number of filling you would like. We have done chicken and also a breakfast bacon/eggs Sio Pao. We haven’t been able to enjoy them for many years since we changed our eating habits to be gluten-free/paleo. Thanks to Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour, we can now enjoy our family’s favorite recipe!IMG_0310

I can say my hubby is one happy man to be able to finally enjoy one of his family’s recipes he had growing up!IMG_0436

I can say this recipe gave me many headaches trying to figure out the right amount of moisture needed when replacing flour with the cassava flour. I can say though it turned out great and taste just like I remember. I am excited to share the recipe with you today!

Sio Pao- Gluten-free/Nut-free/Paleo



  1. 3/4 cup lukewarm water
  2. 1 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
  3. 1 tsp dry active yeast
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp lard or organic palm shortening
  5. 2 1/4 cups Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour
  6. 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  7. 1 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp himalayan salt

Pork Adobo

  1. 2lbs pork shoulder
  2. 4 garlic cloves-minced
  3. 1 onion
  4. 5 bay leaves
  5. 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  6. cracked pepper and himalayan salt to taste

Make the dough first.

Whisk honey and lukewarm water until combined. Then add yeast and mix until dissolved. Set aside for 15 minutes.IMG_0410

Whisk 1 egg and set aside.IMG_0411

Combine Cassava flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Cut lard or palm shortening ( do not use oil it will not work) into flour mixture.IMG_0412

Mix yeast mixture and egg with dry ingredients. IMG_0413

Knead dough until smooth; about 5-10 minutes.

If dough is still too dry add 1/4 tsp of filtered water at a time and continue to knead. Add a little at a time until  you have smooth texture. (I added in a total of 3/4 tsp water).  Form dough into ball.IMG_0416

Oil a large bowl and and put the ball of dough inside. Cover with cheese cloth and set aside for 1 hour. Dough will slightly rise but not very much.

Divide dough into 12-16 balls. flatten each ball out by hand. Add about 1 tbsp of filling of your choice. If you have kiddos this is a great time to have them help too!

Fold up and pinch off. Cut 2 inch square parchment papers with holes on the bottom. Arrange each Sio Pao on top of a pice of parchment paper.

Arrange Sio Pao with parchment paper in steamer. IMG_0424

Place cheese cloth over steamer and place lid on top. This will prevent condensation from the lid leaking onto the Sio Pao. Steam for 20-25 minutes. Until dough is “springy”IMG_0425

Arrange on wire rack to let cool. Serve warm. Place extras in fridge and steam again to eat, or place leftovers in freezer until later date.


Pork Adobo

You can make the Pork Adobo as the dough is resting for an hour. Cut up pork shoulder into cubes. Place cubed pork shoulder and all remaining ingredients into deep pan. IMG_0444

Cover and let simmer for approx. 1 hour until pork is fork tender (easily pulls apart with fork).IMG_0442

Let cool and then use as filling for Sio Pao with sliced hard boiled eggs. See how I make my hard boiled eggs here. You can also serve this over cauliflower rice for a complete meal!

Clean Eating, Uncategorized

Paleo Banana Pancakes-Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour

I received a bag of Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour (review coming soon) and have been doing some recipe testing. Seriously this flour is a game changer, so much so I just bought myself a bag.  They just came out with a 5lb bag and I couldn’t pass it up! Their flour is Paleo certified, gluten-free, grain-free, and NUT-FREE!  Made with 100% Yuca Root. You seriously need to get yourself some of this.IMG_0310

I whipped up some of my Paleo Banana Pancakes using Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. I am excited to share this recipe with you. I now have another option I can send to school with my kiddos!



  1. 3/4 cup Ottos’ Naturals Cassava Flour
  2. 2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  3. 2 tsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt


  1. 1/2 Mashed Banana
  2. 1 Egg
  3. 3/4 cup Coconut Milk
  4. 2 TBSP Melted Coconut Oil (Click on the link 45% off 1-gallon Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil until 5/5/2016 on Tropical Traditions)


  1. Mixed all dry ingredients in a bowl and set asideIMG_0311
  2. In a separate bowl mash the 1/2 bananaIMG_0312
  3. Add the egg to the mashed banana and mix.IMG_0313
  4. Add the Coconut Milk and whisk until frothyIMG_0314
  5. Add in Melted Coconut Oil to the egg mixtureIMG_0324
  6. Mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. You may have a few small lumps and that is okay!IMG_0316
  7. Heat griddle and add 1tbsp of coconut oil to griddle. Add approximately 2 TBSP of pancake batter per pancake to griddle and spread out. Cook 5 minutes per side.


  8. Served with Kerrygold unsalted butter and Pure Maple Syrup. Topped with bananas or any fruit of your choosing.  Also can serve with sunbutter and honey for school lunch sandwiches.IMG_0320IMG_0321

Enjoy! Keep it simple…With Purpose….With Love

Clean Eating

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

I love cooking wholesome meals for my family. Now that soccer season is over, it is more meal times as a family. With all the hustle and bustle of today’s world, I am trying to slow things down with more family time. Seriously, life is too short to miss out on this precious time. I love that Rob is so involved with our kiddos. The kiddos really look forward to having some dad time on the weekends. Just makes my heart melt watching them love on him! So he headed out with all 5 and took them to the pool while I made dinner. They all played and had fun. I got to enjoy some quite time and prepare dinner for when they got back. Win…Win…

Active kiddos means hungry kiddos and that is exactly what happened when they arrived back home. So I dished up my favorite meal of Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry.

Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry with Cauliflower Rice


  1. 3 heads of broccoli-cup up
  2. 2-3 large carrots-diced
  3. 4 cups of cut up chicken
  4. 1 onion-sliced
  5. 2 tsp fish sauce (this is the kind I use-Red Boat)
  6. handful of baby portobello mushrooms-sliced
  7. unrefined coconut oil
  8. coconut aminos – 1/4 cup plus 1/8 cup
  9. 1 Tbsp Otto’s Naturals -Cassava Flour
  10. himalayan salt/pepper
  11. red pepper flakes-optional
  12. 1 lime-juiced
  13. 2 tbsp minced ginger
  14. 1 head of cauliflower “riced” or 1 bag of riced cauliflower ( I get mine from Trader Joes)

Heat pan on med-med high heat and add 3tbs of coconut oil. Add chicken and sprinkle with himalayan salt and pepper. Sauté until done. Place chicken in bowl and cover to retain juices. Drain rest of the juice from pan. IMG_0285


Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil to the pan. Add the sliced onion and sauté. Add in 1/4 cup of coconut aminos and 2tsp of fish sauce to the pan. Add in the broccoli and carrots and sauté for about 5 minutes. IMG_0284


Whisk together 1/8 cup of coconut aminos with 1 Tbsp of Otto’s Naturals – Cassava Flour Add to the broccoli mixture and stir. This will make a thickener for the sauce. IMG_0286


Add in the mushrooms and sauté for 1 minute. IMG_0283


Add back in the chicken. Sprinkle with a little bit more of himalayan salt and pepper. Stir and remove from heat. IMG_0282

Cauliflower Rice

Heat pan to med-med high heat. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. Add in 2 Tbsp of minced ginger. IMG_0280


Add in juice of 1 lime. IMG_0281


Add in package of cauliflower rice. If you want to rice your own cauliflower (which I do sometimes) click here and it will show a video how to. Sprinkle some more himalayan salt and pepper. Cook and continue to stir for about 4 minutes.IMG_0279

Dish up and serve with chicken and broccoli stir fry.  Top with crushed red pepper flakes – optional.IMG_0278


Quick and easy to put together. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Keep it simple…Keep it clean