Crackers, Crackers and More Crackers….

Crackers, Crackers and More Crackers….

With the Mountain Boy being on a gluten free and casein free diet.  We choose to make everything from scratch.  EVERYTHING!!

Homemade CrackersSomething that he actually requested this weekend was homemade crackers.  Now when I make anything I tend to do what I call DOCTOR it up…  I am always experimenting and adding different things.  So the next time you bake a banana bread be sure to add some sprinkles of cinnamon, raw sugar and slivered almonds on top.  For those with the real sweet tooth you could add half of your batter to the bread pan, add a layer of chocolate chips, add the remaining batter and then add the goodies listed above.  These are the kind of adjustments I am known to make!! 🙂

Now crackers are NO different.  Be creative.  Add spices, cheeze, etc…

To the recipes below I may add cayanne pepper, garlic (a must), salt, pepper, flax seeds, flax meal, chia seeds, etc….  Again – be creative…  Have fun…  And most of all ENJOY!!!

From Scratch Crackers

Below is a list of some of my favorites.  The Cheez It style cracker can be gluten free or wheat flour and they are our favorite.  Thank you Naomi and Nicole for such amazing recipes….

Here is a link to Nicole Hunn’s lastest cookbook. She has 3 different cookbooks available now and they are all AWESOME!

Also Better Batter Gluten Free Flour is my FAVORITE and…

Hope you enjoy the cracker recipes as much as we do.


Tam (MWJ) ♥ <><

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How to make simple & tasty goats milk cheese

Mountain Woman Journals ~ How to make Goats Milk CheeseWell,  most of you know that we have taken on something new here in the wilderness with our milk goats in an effort to aid our Mountain Boy with milk, cheese and all things dairy while still being on the gluten free and casein free diet.

Goats milk casein (milk fat) is different than that of cows milk and often times children and adults with autism and asperger can not have cows milk, but can handle goats milk.

We have started to introduce the goats milk to Austin and he is doing GREAT with it so I am so excited.  I will be able to make our own butter, cheese, ice cream and all things goats milk dairy!!!  Wooohooooing….
This is such a blessing.  Although Daiya makes an amazing dairy free cheese as does Toffuti, we will now be able to eliminate that big expense in our budget.
The gluten free and casein free diet plays a very large role for those on the spectrum.  Most often, those on the spectrum have digestive struggles, behavior and mood swings and bowel troubles.  We have been able to eliminate all of these struggles for our son by changing his diet.
Our desire to get the milk goats was just one more effort to provide our son with the most wholesome options and become even more self sustaining and sufficient.
Below you will find my video on making simple and tasty goats milk cheese.  The other perk is that is doesn’t take much time at all and requires a sauce pan, colander, cheese cloth, goats milk and white vinegar.  It is easy and so very good.  Oh and any seasonings that you are partial to can be added after you have drained it.  We add garlic and a bit of sea salt.
Also the whey that you drain from the cheese can be given to your chickens and nothing is wasted.
Goats milk has many benefits which we will continue to touch on.  It adds so much moisture to the soaps that I make and the health benefits are amazing.
I will continue to post all my recipes, ideas and knowledge as we go.

Stay tuned & God bless you and yours!

Trayer Wilderness Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Trayer Wilderness Chocolate Almond Biscotti

trayer wilderness almond biscotti

Another one of our favorite recipes back here in the wilderness.   I use Xylitol (coconut sugar), Stevia, Sucanat or organic sugar and it is really a low sugar and high protein treat. We have also added our very own FRESH honey to our list of sweetners! This recipe permeates such amazing aromas through my house!

This is a gluten free and dairy free snack for those of you that are on the GFCF diet and if you have to watch your sugar this is perfect for you. This recipe can be doubled – Yeah!

Trayer Wilderness Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Recipe Type: Dessert,biscotti
Author: Tammy Trayer ~
Serves: 12
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix together all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and again mix well. If you are adding the dried fruit you will want to add them now. Line a glass 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper and pour batter in and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and turn oven down to 300 degrees. Allow the biscotti to cool and then pull the parchment paper out and place on a cookie sheet. Cut the biscotti into slices and place on the cookie sheet, keeping the pieces separate from one another. They will resemble the consistency of brownies. Place back in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until relatively crunchy and dried. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Note: You can make your own almond flour by grinding blanched almonds in a food processor. Finely ground is what you are looking for because if you process them too long you will have almond butter. :). Original recipe author was Nicole Hunn of… Check out her cookbooks she has AMAZING recipes!

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Mountain Woman Maple Nut Granola

It is a BEAUTIFUL spring day here in northern Idaho today.  The air smells good, the sun is shining and the house has the aroma of wonderful things being made.

One of the best part of my lifestyle is the “Simple Pleasure” I receive from my “Labors of Love”.   I tend to go after the hearts of the men in my life (Hubby and Son) by means of their stomachs!!  I love making desserts, meals, snacks and candies that tantalize first their sense of smell upon entering the house and then their taste buds .  I enjoy spending time in the kitchen and making new recipes and dishes.

Today’s recipe is for a very healthy and sustainable snack or breakfast.  It is great for a wilderness hike and a great way to start the day.

I wanted to also share a little tidbit of information for those of you that may be gluten sensitive or may be using the gluten free and casein free diet for a loved one with autism or aspergers.  I will be using rolled oats today in the recipe and not everyone realizes that if you are on a gluten free diet you can’t just go out to the store and pick up Quaker Rolled Oats or other brand off the shelf.  Although oats themselves are a gluten free ingredient, when rolled oats are packaged they are taken down a conveyor that has wheat flour therefore tainting them.

I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Rolled Oats and I purchase everything we purchase in bulk which saves you lots of money in the end.  Bob’s Red Mill sells in bulk quantities of 25 lb bags and often if you have a local store that purchases their items they can also order in a bulk bag for you eliminating the shipping cost from their website.  Also if you call Bob’s Red Mill to place your order over the phone your shipping charges will be considerably less because of the shipping calculator on their website.

Purchasing in bulk is a great way to shop.  I am not a shopper and avoid stores other than antique stores and thrift stores at all costs.  Our grocery shopping is done once every three months only if necessary!  🙂  I also stock up in August or September so that no shopping is necessary until February or March of the following year because of our location and the good possibilities that we will be stuck back in our little haven for a while!! YAY!!  Being able to stock up on your raw ingredients allows you to save a lot of money in the long run and enjoy the comforts of your home without have to waste time running around or the fuel.

Mountain Woman Journals ~ Mountain Woman Maple Nut Granola

Mountain Woman Maple Nut Granola
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Snack
Author: Tammy Trayer ~
Makes roughly 10 cups
  • 5 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup each of sliced almonds and chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup each unsalted pepitas and sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup, water and grapeseed or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cranberries or blueberries, raisins and apricots to add after the bake time (see below)
  1. Combine above dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Combine a maple syrup, water and oil in a medium bowl and pour over the oat mixture.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Spread mixture into a large 12 x 15 roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes and remove from the oven, stir well and return to the oven.
  7. Continue baking until golden brown and beginning to crisp. Typically about another 45 minutes. After removing from the oven, stir in 1/2 cup of each dried cranberries, raisins and sliced apricots. Let cool completely before storing.
Did you try this recipe??  What did you think??

Wilderness Maple Roasted Almonds

Ok…  I stated this week that breads baking in the oven was truly one of the best comfort smells within a home and now I think I found a close 2nd…

A great healthy simple treat that is extremely addicting and easy to make.

Wilderness Maple Roasted Almonds ~

Wilderness Maple Roasted Almonds
Recipe Type: snack, dessert
Author: Mountain Woman Journals ~
Wilderness Maple Roasted Almonds
  • 8 C raw whole almonds
  • 4 TBSP melted butter or for non-dairy I use Nucoa
  • 1 C maple syrup
  • 1 TSP coarse salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Place almonds in a large bowl. In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter or Nucoa and maple syrup, whisking until well combined.
  3. Pour over the almonds, stirring well with a wooden spoon or spatula until nuts are evenly coated.
  4. Spread almonds onto the prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, rotating baking sheet and stirring the nuts half-way through to ensure even roasting.
  6. Be careful not to over bake.
  7. Allow the almonds to cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire cooling rack, then transfer to an airtight container.
  8. Maple Roasted Almonds will keep for 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature if they last that long. 🙂