Shanda Blake raises 7 kids to be healthy eaters, Part 2 of 2

Last time I shared the thoughts of Shanda Blake, as she’s in the trenches raising a very large family eating whole foods. These are some of Shanda’s children’s favorite recipes she wanted to share with you.


apple butter15 small apples (a mixture of varieties)

2 cups raw coconut sugar

2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. cloves

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/4 t. sea salt

1/4 cup water

Core and slice apples and put in a crock pot. Add all other ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for about 9 hours or until apples are tender. Stir and let cool (you can blend it in a blender if you want a finer texture). Put in jars or containers leaving ½” head space and freeze. Will keep in freezer up to 1 year.

Makes a wonderful spread, dip or topping…and it makes your house smell amazing!



1 C. almonds

1 C. cashews

1 C. flax seeds

3 T. agave

1T. water

½ t. vanilla extract

Blend almonds, cashews and flax seeds to powder. Transfer to bowl and add agave, water and vanilla. Stir and pour in to a oiled 9×9 in. square pan. Press down evenly to form a crust.


2 mangoes, peeled and chopped

Juice of 2 lemons

¼ C. coconut oil

¼ C. agave

1 banana

½ C. shredded coconut

Combine in the blender: cut up mangoes, juice of lemons, coconut oil, banana and agave. Blend until smooth, then stir in the coconut. Pour onto crust. Freeze until set, about 4 hrs.Cut into squares and enjoy!

raw almond joy LITTLE ALMOND JOYS

½ C. almonds blended into powder

¼ C. coconut oil

3T. raw honey

½ t. vanilla

1 T. cocoa powder (non-alkalized)

¾ C. shredded coconut

12 almonds


Blend almonds to powder. Pour into a bowl and set aside. Mix by hand in another bowl softened coconut oil, honey, vanilla and cocoa powder. Stir in shredded coconut.  Form mixture into balls and place 1 whole almond inside each one. Next, roll the balls in the almond powder. Refrigerate until firm or freeze for another day.

Makes about 12


This is one of my favorite treats to eat after the kids go to bed. But sometimes, one of my 7 kids might need to talk or just need some Mommy time all to herself. We make this treat and go sit on our front porch swing to eat it while we talk.

raw apple crisp1 apple cut into bite size pieces

1/4 cup pecans

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

Cut and place apples in small bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over apple pieces and enjoy.