About Me

Adriana-living-healthy-with-chocolate Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Adriana Harlan and I am one of the lucky people who live in Hawaii. I moved here many years ago from Brazil, where I was born and raised. I love surfing, kitesurfing, diving and the warm weather Hawaii offers year around and this is why I decided to make it my home.

After a few years of eating a healthy Paleo diet, low in carbs, free of grains and refined sugars there was one thing I really missed and that was chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. These have always been my favorite things to eat.

For months, I kept telling myself that there must be a way to enjoy desserts without guilt and without jeopardizing my health. I was determined to dig deep into the latest scientific research and find healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden ingredients that I could use to make chocolate and other sweet treats. I discovered a whole new world of nutrient-dense ingredients in nuts, seeds, cacao, coconut and natural sweeteners like raw honey and stevia. I began playing around with these ingredients and developed numerous recipes. Some of these recipes turned out so good that I decided to create this website to share them with the world.

My diet today is high in fat, moderate in animal protein, low in carbs and not deprived of chocolate and healthy treats. My weekly meals consist of pasture-raised and grass-fed meats and eggs, lots of organic greens and low carb vegetables. I avoid all processed foods, vegetable oils (canola, peanut, soybean, sunflower corn oil, etc), legumes and cereal grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, beans, potatoes, etcโ€ฆ). I mostly eat fruits that are low in sugars, such as strawberries and other berries.

The motivation to change my diet began because I was suffering from severe stomach and joint pain. The pain in my stomach was so bad it was hard to breath at times. Doctors could not pinpoint the problem, but I had a feeling it had something to do with the health of my gut. I was also suffering from debilitating knee & shoulder pain, which were both preventing me from performing well as an athlete (surfing & kitesurfing).

On top of the stomach and joint pain, I had suffered my entire life with poor dental health. I was constantly dealing with cavities and fillings every visit to the dentist. 30% of my teeth currently have fillings unfortunately.

It has been over four years now of continuous research on the healing powers of nutrition and I can happily report that since I changed my diet and specifically learned what the right foods were for my unique body, I have been free of all stomach pain.

My knee & shoulder also feel great and are no longer inflamed like they were before. I can now be in the water surfing for hours without any pain! I was able to free my body from all the inflammation and today I am healthier and happier than ever before.

My dental health today is exceptional and it feels great to hear my dentist say how healthy my mouth and teeth look and I no longer have to deal with those awful needles to the gums.

My mission is to help inspire and coach you on how to improve your life and achieve your health goals by sharing nutritional information on my blog based on the latest scientific research, and by providing mouth-watering Paleo dessert recipes made with wholesome, nutrient-rich ingredients.
If you are struggling with uncontrollable sugar cravings and want discover healthy alternatives to sugar-laden, processed desserts I can show you how!

Thanks for all your support so far. If you have any questions or comments or if you would like to share your own personal story please leave your comments below. I would love to meet you and hear from you!

โ™ฅ,ย Adriana


  1. Susan March 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm Reply

    Aloha Adriana, just purchased the Raw Cacao Nibs through your kitchen link. Thanks for making it so easy to find these quality ingredients!

    • adriana March 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm Reply

      Thank you Susan ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Telma March 10, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply

    Love it!

  3. Helen March 18, 2013 at 9:04 am Reply

    Ola, just want to let you know how happy i am with your website!!!tried the macadamia fudge tonight…….yummiee!!!! haha i was so afraid i couldn’t eat chocolate anymore…..thanx!!!

    • adriana March 18, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply


  4. Daniela March 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Adri amei o seu blog ๐Ÿ˜‰ obrigado por dividir suas novas receitas, vou tentar fazer todas ๐Ÿ˜‰ bjbj Dani Marcal

  5. WhatCherylEatsCheryl April 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm Reply

    I am so happy to have discovered this blog!! Yay!!

  6. Ana April 2, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    Your recipes are prefect! Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. adriana April 2, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Thanks everyone! This means a lot to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Russell Doherty April 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm Reply

    Aloha Adriana

    I have a you you tube channel called The Organic Chef with Russell Doherty.
    I will post your link on the site, as I will be making one of your recipes, with some

    I’ll use amaranth instead of the almond flour, and add carob powder instead of cacao nibs for the macadamia nut cookies.

    I’ll keep you informed of the result.

    Are you on Maui or Kaua’i ? I visited Kaua’i twice in 2011 and there was good wind in poipu and in Hanalei bay and adjacent coastline in August and December.



    • adriana April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

      Hi Russell, thanks for the note and for letting me know. I am looking forward to watching the video! I am on Oahu ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Joy Wisniewski- Colovin April 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm Reply

    I just ran across your blog and I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to try your recipes. You’re living the eatinng life that we are moving toward (almost there) and your recipes will be an amazing addition. Thanks so much! Joy

    • adriana April 12, 2013 at 8:44 am Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Joy

  10. Andrea M. April 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Hi Adriana,
    So thrilled to find your blog. So far I have made the raw cookie dough brownies and the chocolate pecan bars. Getting ready to make the cherry chocolate fudge bars. I am slowly getting my digestive track back in order and therefore just try small bites of your treats, but my children and their friends have enjoyed every last drop. Their grandma brought them some delicious bakery items but guess what they requested….more raw cookie dough brownies! Thanks for your thoughtful, yummy recipes.

    • adriana April 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply

      That is so awesome Andrea, thank you so much!

  11. milla Ferreira May 3, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply

    Adriii !! Parabรฉns ! O blog estรก irado !

    • adriana May 3, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply

      Valeu Milla! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Paleo May 6, 2013 at 7:05 am Reply

    I love! love! Love! all your recipes and presentations.

    • adriana May 6, 2013 at 8:49 am Reply

      Thank you for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Katy Washburn May 11, 2013 at 2:39 am Reply

    Wow. You’re inspirational. Have you tried using agave instead of honey in baking? I can’t have honey, dates,or sugar. I might be able to have coconut palm sugar. Rice syrup in baking? I tried raw as a sweetner and didn’t like it. Also on same eating plan. Thank you! Never been to Hawaii. I’m a beach girl too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • adriana May 13, 2013 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thanks Katy! I don’t use agave because it is highly processed. Can you eat stevia?

  14. Sondra Weidman May 20, 2013 at 6:15 am Reply

    Hello from Delaware. I have just found your site. I share with you the same passion for a Grain Free Diet high fat, minimal meat, low carbs etc etc. and I love chocolate. I too am always making yummy delights to snack on…. from sites like yours. I also love to teach people how to cook healthy grain free/GF meals that are (more than) satisfying!
    (love Elana ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Anne a. May 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply

    I’m so thrilled I found your blog!!!! Thank you so much for sharing all your amazing recipes!!!!

  16. cazza May 29, 2013 at 12:59 am Reply

    Hi Adriana,I found your blog through pinterest,I decided to follow your blog after I realised I was printing out every recipe I was looking at! I own my own cafe and cook all my own food,focus on healthy eating,and use the web for recipes or/and ideas I can tweak.As i will be using a lot of your recipes and ideas I will certainly be passing on your blog site to my customers:) keep up the inspiring work you do with clean ingredients,we ore all appreciative
    Have a great day,Cheers from Australia

    • adriana May 29, 2013 at 8:54 am Reply

      thanks so much for the message and the kind words! I would love to know which of my recipes are most popular in your cafe and for sure if I ever make it to Australia I will to stop by. Email me some updates if you can.

  17. Michael Dettwiler May 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    dear Adriana,
    I’m a baker and pastry-makers in Switzerland
    and I’m looking for lots of healthy recipes for baking!
    Now I have found a super site!
    Thank you very much

    In deep gratitude

    Michael Dettwiler

    ( sorry for my english, Google-translation)

    • adriana May 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Thank you Michael!

  18. Danielle TG May 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply

    You are a life savior!! I am changing my families way of eating due to my son’s medical issues. He does have a horrible sweet tooth but now that I have seen your blog and feel he will still be satisfied!!

  19. Rachel Jarreau June 2, 2013 at 9:42 am Reply

    I am so grateful for your wonderful dessert recipes! I have found a much healthier body and relief from chronic allergies by following a paleo plan for 90% of the time. It’s even better when I go 100%, and I’m slowly making that change.

    Have you ever worked with plantains as an alternative to almond and coconut flours? I found a paleo pancake recipe online using plantains and eggs, and they turned out wonderful. After a little experimentation, I came up with a muffin version too. They are light and fluffy and have the texture of a traditional gluten-filled cake! I couldn’t believe it. Here’s the link to the pancakes: http://www.thepaleomom.com/2012/09/perfect-paleo-pancakes.html

    Here’s my lemon muffin recipe, I’d love to see your version of it, maybe made into a cupcake!
    1 cup raw almonds
    2 plantains
    1/2 banana
    4 drops of stevia or 1-2 tbsp of honey
    4 eggs
    1/4 c oil (I used olive, but any would do)
    1 tsp lemon extract
    1 tsp lemon juice
    1/2 tsp soda
    1.2 tsp salt

    Place almonds in blender and grind. Add rest of ingredients to blender and mix well. Pour into prepared muffin cups and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

    • adriana June 3, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

      thanks Rachel! I haven’t baked with plantains yet. If I find them here in the supermarkets I will buy them and see if I can come up with my version of your lemon muffin recipe

  20. Sarah June 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm Reply

    Loving your adapted recipes , much appreciate your research and effort will be trying all the recipes I have read through today ,keep up the great work , Sarah , Perth Western Australia

  21. Layla June 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Hey from Canada!

    I just discovered your website. I, too, have been trying to cut out as much sugar and processed foods as possible without sacrificing chocolate. The other day someone offered me ice cream and I had some (some=binge because it’s like a drug) and had my first migraine in months. Hmm…. I think I’m going to get my chocolate fix from here too. Back to 85% chocolate!

    • adriana June 7, 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ lol, I know the feeling every time I see a chocolate chip cookie!It was hard for me to say no until now that I have been creating all these recipes. I just don’t need that stuff anymore and am totally turned off by it and especially by the processed grains and sugars. Welcome to Living Healthy With Chocolate!

  22. Heidi June 12, 2013 at 7:48 pm Reply

    New to your site and everything looks amazing! Is there a recipe you recommend? I want to take something to a BBQ this weekend but I am the only one that eats this way? Is there a recipe you would recommend that would be the best for this crowd? Everything looks amazing and I am having trouble deciding what to start with. I will also be traveling so I will be short on time and will use a cooler. Thanks your suggestions will be very helpful!

    • adriana June 13, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

      you can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Banana Fudge Pie. It is super fast and easy to make and tastes amazing. Double or triple the recipe if you don’t have the mini cheesecake pan and make it on a regular 8×8 round or square pan.
      You could also make some almond joy candy bars.
      Both need to be kept cold and the Chocolate Banana Fudge Pie is best frozen

  23. Heidi June 13, 2013 at 10:12 am Reply

    Would the Chocolate Banana Fudge Pie be good with fresh strawberries instead of bananas? and if I keep them in the freezer then in a cooler the day of the BBQ they will be fine? Thanks for your help.

    • adriana June 14, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

      if you use strawberries in place of the bananas it will not work without adjusting the amounts of the other ingredients. How about these Raspberry Chocolate Tarts? Next week I will be posting a few more recipes that you may like

  24. Hanna June 16, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

    Hi Adriana, I just found your blog looking for a brigadeiro recipe and it looks delicious! I actually am an American living in Brazil and was wondering if you know where to find or how to make coconut milk without preservatives. Everything brand I’ve found in the grocery stores in Rio has many preservatives and thickeners and I don’t want to eat that. It’s so sad because, like Hawaii, there are coconuts EVERYWHERE! Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • adriana June 17, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

      you can make your own coconut milk and here is a recipe. I am not sure that homemade coconut milk will work for making brigadeiro, you might want to add half the amount of water when making the coconut milk so that the coconut is thicker. I have not tried to make it this way, so if you do please let me know how it turns out.

  25. Melanie June 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm Reply

    Adriana, thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration.

  26. Sherry July 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful recipes. They are helping me stick to this new way of eating and I’m feeling great! God bless you!

  27. Hannah July 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Your website!!! Oh my goodness, you are a genius. I have tried many various paleo chocolate recipes, and although most of them are great and I love them, I wouldn’t serve them to guests. But yours are totally perfect for pretty much anyone, and what’s more, they’re easier than most of the recipes I’ve come across! God bless you haha! No, I mean it. Thanks for sharing everything.

    • adriana July 9, 2013 at 9:47 am Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you

  28. Beatriz Ramos Jimรฉnez July 13, 2013 at 12:42 pm Reply


    I love your blog!! I was reading more about you and I am an oceanographer as well, and my boyfriend is from Hilo ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Kathy July 14, 2013 at 8:08 am Reply

    Adriana, I was making some Paleo ice cream and wanted a good homemade chocolate sauce. I did a search and found your blog. Wow! This is exactly what I am looking for. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to also try your ice cream recipes too.

  30. Pamela Haack July 15, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

    Adriana, big compliments on your blog! The recipes are wonderful, as are the photos – well done! I live in central Italy where (fortunately!) non-GMO and free-range are the norm. That makes your recipes even more fun to try! Best to you, and keep up the great work you’re doing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Hanna July 18, 2013 at 4:20 am Reply

    I am quite new in discovering paleo world. I love baking and I am so glad I found your blog. ALL your recipes are delicious. I have tried other recipes and I always have to come back to yours. Thank you for this blog. I have spread the good word. My friends in Finland have heard all about your recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward finding more yummy recipes to try.

  32. Spencer St Clair July 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Hi Adriana, Love your kite surfing website and all you do. Wanted to mention one book that has gone viral in the Pacific Northwest (between Seattle and Portland). It’s titled “The Abascal Way” by Cathy Abascal.. This is a food lifestyle shift to a diet that will eliminate the sources of inflammation.. a diet that is similar to yours, though no sweeteners allowed outside dates and overripe bananas. The author really knows her science.. and there is nobody who follows the diet that doesn’t get wonderful results. I have lost 20 lbs in a month (15 to go) and no longer have back pain or joint pain.. my knee that has no cartilage and torn ACL & PCL has stopped hurting… no sneezes or watery eyes during the grass pollen season. .The book comes in a 2 book set, the second one being a cookbook. Thought I would recommend this for you and all your followers I can’t wait to see more updates on your kite surfing career.

  33. Sally August 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Hello Adriana, I found your FB page and now site from some cross-over recipes on Civilized Caveman and Paleo Parents.
    I too live in Hawaii (I’m windward Oahu). Do you ever do cooking demos or that sort of thing? Or – heck – do you ever need taste testers? ๐Ÿ™‚

    But seriously — thanks for having such tasty recipes that feel like cheating but really aren’t. My sweet tooth thanks you!

    • adriana August 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply

      Hi Sally, thanks for the message! I do not do any cooking demos, but if you ever drive out to the NS let me know. I have been thinking of selling my desserts here in Hawaii and possibly online. Do you or do you know anyone that would be interested.

      • Kelly March 2, 2014 at 5:58 am Reply

        I’m coming over to Oahu for spring break- do you sell your desserts anywhere on the island where I could pick one (or more) up? Congrats on the book! Love your recipes!

        • adriana March 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm Reply

          I currently do not sell my desserts but if you tell me what you would like to have I can make it for you when you are here. Send me an email when you are here and we can meet up.
          Thank you, Adriana

  34. Alex August 22, 2013 at 5:11 am Reply

    Amazing Blog! Wonderful recipies!

    Thanks a lot for posting and keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    Greeting from Germany

  35. Barb August 26, 2013 at 5:22 am Reply

    I’m celiac and always looking for healthy grain free recipes. I’m so glad I found your blog. Thank you for posting all this information. My daughter will be joining the lucky who get to live in Hawaii in a few months. Cheers!

  36. Joana September 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Adriana, que maravilha descobrir seu blog! Eu tento fazer essa reeducacao alimentar e adorei suas receitas. Estou esperando meu mel cru para colocar a mao na massa! Seria otimo ver as suas receitas em portugues para ver se minha familia no Brasil se anima tambem!

  37. Angelica September 12, 2013 at 1:10 am Reply

    Hi Adriana

    I just wanted to let you know that I can’t wait to receive your recipes in my inbox. They are just what I am looking for and all of them turn out really well.
    Thank you so much.

    from South Africa

    • adriana September 12, 2013 at 7:03 am Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you

  38. Michele September 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply

    thanks so much for your blog, a few months ago went gluten free but also found out more allergies to grains sadly almonds and cane sugar is also part of that list. have you tried any other flours in your almond flour recipes? love the looks of some of your other recipes so will be trying them. just found your blog a few minutes ago so will be checking into purchasing some ingredients also

    • adriana September 16, 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

      Hi Michele, I have not tried my recipes with a different flour. Are you also allergic to almonds if they are raw and sprouted? Some people say you can substitute the almond flour for sunflower seed flour, but I have not tried. Please let me know if you try any of my recipes with a different flour and how it turns out. Thanks.

  39. Michele September 16, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    blood tests showed almonds so I don’t think it would matter which way they came. I am also allergic to sunflower seed so not many options. I made some hazelnut flour so may try some different combinations. I will surely let you know how my experiments go. thanks for your input.

    • Leanne March 4, 2014 at 11:57 am Reply

      Have just discovered this comment, and thought maybe using coconut flour could help?

  40. Michele September 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

    I found that even organic vanilla that uses alcohol base has corn so I found a vanilla without alcohol it uses glycerin as a base. many people have allergies to corn. (me included) you may let people know there is non corn vanilla available. it cooks the same only I need to use slightly more because the flavor is not quite as strong

  41. Jo September 21, 2013 at 9:30 am Reply

    Dear Adriana,
    Amazing site! I am a chocolatier with a twist – healthier versions of old favourites, plus some of my own inventions…you have given me some great ideas ๐Ÿ˜€
    I am also a vegetarian of nearly 20 years, and for various reasons am transitioning into paleo…your site and George at Civilised Caveman is giving much needed information. When my site is up may I link you to return the favour? Thank you so much!

    • adriana September 23, 2013 at 11:47 am Reply

      Hi Jo, Thank you for the kind message! For sure you can link to my site and I am looking forward to seeing your site and recipes. I am so happy to hear you are transitioning to paleo, I truly believe that there is no substitute for the essential micronutrients found in animal fats.

  42. The Sleepy Time Gal November 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

    have loved, loved, loved pinning so many of your wonderful recipes tonight. i’m loving your blog and getting to know you through it.

  43. e david November 13, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

    My wife has ulcerated colitis, and I do all of the cooking for her, including baking. It is very hard to develop snacks / treats for her diet. Your recipes are a Godsend.

    • adriana November 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

      That is so sweet. Thank you for the kind words I truly appreciate ate it.

  44. Tammy C November 30, 2013 at 10:23 am Reply

    A question rather than a comment…when you include coconut milk in the ingredients, is it always canned coconut milk, or are there some recipes that use the cartoned variety (such as Trader Joe’s brand)?

    • adriana December 2, 2013 at 9:34 am Reply

      I use full fat coconut milk from can, like this one from Natural Value:

      Sometimes I also make my own and when I do I make a special note in the recipe notes.

  45. Inday hami December 7, 2013 at 4:56 am Reply

    Hi Adriana

    Found your blog thru pinterest as I as looking for PALEO desserts to satisfy my cravings and give as Christmas gifts. You are an amazing woman! Your generosity to share these recipes and provide info, links & warm feedback to your readers will be greatly rewarded.

    Being an “on & off paleo,” you and your site will serve as inspiration to stick with it much longer. Plenty of fresh coconuts here in my country, the Phil.

    • adriana December 7, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply

      Thank you for the message and kind words

  46. Maria Elisabeth Silva Villa Alvarez December 10, 2013 at 6:38 am Reply

    Adorei as receitas.Eu conheci o seu site atravรฉs da sua mรฃe que e minha companheira de Academia Pro forma.Vou experimentar para o Natal .Desde jรก agradeรงo por tรฃo maravilhosas receitas que dรฃo รกgua na boca.Elisabeth Alvarez

  47. Fran January 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm Reply

    How long on paleo did it take before your knees were no longer inflamed?

    • adriana January 9, 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

      Hi Fran, I don’t remember exactly, but it took some time to recover. Changing my diet was key, but also straitening the muscle around it helped a lot. For me, eliminating sugars, vegetable oils, grains, eating low carb and drinking bone broth frequently changed my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Sandra January 15, 2014 at 9:18 am Reply

    I am new to your blog, but so far I LOVE it! I love the fact that you put photos of the ingredients you used for the recipe at the end. I am a visual learner and this is so helpful when shopping. Thank you!

    • adriana January 15, 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

      Thank you Sandra! Let me know if you ever have any questions. Adriana

  49. Andrea January 15, 2014 at 10:57 am Reply

    Hi. I just discovered your blog today. I have been eating Paleo since December 3, and like you, I am feeling so much better! I am happy and excited to see that you have a Paleo bread recipe. One of the things I miss most is being able to make sandwiches to take with me when I’m on the go. I am looking forward to trying the bread recipe, and like Sandra, I love the pictures and ingredient information at the end of the recipes. I live in a bit of an isolated area, and sometimes it’s difficult to find what I am seeking. I will let you know how the bread turns out – thanks again!

    • adriana January 15, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply

      Thank you Andrea ๐Ÿ™‚ There are so many great reviews on my bread recipe and I hope you like it as well.

  50. Nina Moore January 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm Reply

    I found your blog via Instagram and have loved looking through your recipes and your blog. Everything looks delicious- I want to make it all!! My husband and I follow a mostly Paleo way of eating and I am always inspired to see how others are making it work in their lives as well.

    • adriana January 23, 2014 at 9:13 am Reply

      Thanks Nina ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Darla Leal January 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm Reply

    GREAT read! Saw your chocolate cake recipe on my FB news feed and had to come check out the recipe and read about the cook ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hats off to the chef. I vacationed in Hawaii my very first time in Sept…LOVED IT. Keep up the GREAT work and HEALTH. Stay Healthy

    • adriana January 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm Reply

      Thank you Darla!

  52. Lee Caleca February 28, 2014 at 4:38 am Reply


    I think you’re awesome in your creativity – recipes, photography, composition, and so on, and congratulations on the ebook. I like hard books, so please, if you get to that point, let us know when it will be printed!

    Thanks so much for all the great recipes. Kindest Regards.

    • adriana February 28, 2014 at 12:23 pm Reply

      Thanks Lee!

  53. Janna Hardy March 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm Reply

    Will your book be in a hard cover version to purchase as well? I would prefer that, myself.

    Excellent job, however. I LOVE your recipes!!!

    Janna Hardy

    • adriana March 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm Reply

      Janna, Thank you so much for the kind words.
      I do plan to come out with a hardcover version so please make sure you are on my mailing list so that you are notified when the pre-orders are available for purchase.
      Thank you,

  54. Adrienne @ Whole New Mom March 3, 2014 at 6:52 am Reply

    Hi Adriana. I heard about your new book and it looks wonderful! I have a large special diet blog and am wondering if you have the option for free copies of your book for folks who would like to promote it. Also, I was wondering if most of the recipes have dates since I tend to have lower glycemic folks following me….but not always.

    Thanks much!

    • adriana March 3, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply

      Adrienne, I just sent you an email with all the details.

  55. Leanne March 4, 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

    Hi – am so glad to have found your most excellent site! Would really appreciate the metric ingredient sizes – eg, 2.5 T cacao butter (which is large and chunky) is how many grams?? Maybe this conversion info could be added to the ingredients page? Thanks!

    • adriana March 5, 2014 at 9:03 am Reply

      Thanks for the suggestion Leanne.

  56. Leanne March 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Hi Adriana, I’m looking for a basic recipe for dark, milk and white chocolate using stevia powder instead of honey, as I’m on an anti-candida diet. Also do you know if lucuma powder feeds candida? I tried to access your lucuma recipes from the ingredients page but the pages aren’t showing. Thanks again from NZ ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Paula March 11, 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

    I have just found out about your web site and look forward to trying the foods at hand. I am in the process and it is a process of eating healthier and becoming a healthier me!

    Thank you for your process and sharing!

  58. Arturo March 15, 2014 at 9:02 am Reply

    Hi Adriana,
    First of all congratulations for your website. It’s a wonderful web.
    In many recipes you use baker’s unsweetened chocolate bar but here in Spain it’s impossible to get it. I only can access to buy Ghirardelli, Premium Baking Bar, 100% Cacao, Unsweetened. Could this bar serve to me to prepare recipes like homemade nutella or mini chocolate cheesecake?

    Thank you

    • adriana March 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm Reply

      Arturo, thank you for the kind words. You can absolutely use a different brand of 100% dark, unsweetened chocolate to make those desserts. The reason I like Baker’s is because it does not contain soy, but any brand will work.

  59. Chris March 16, 2014 at 6:42 am Reply

    Thank very much! I made GF, Paleo brownies with coconut flour. They are fantastic, but wanted to top them with frosting and coconutโ€ฆ.I am going to make your recipe for frosting right now! I appreciate the recipe and that you tried it first.

  60. Lorena March 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm Reply

    Do you make your own almond flour or do you use store bought? If you don’t eat grains, is it because of phytic acid? What about the phytic acid in almonds? I love your recipes but due to my son’s diagnosed tooth decay am considering going completely grain free for at least a couple of months. I wonder though if I can give him a little treat once a week am concerned though ๐Ÿ™

    • adriana April 1, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

      Lorana, I love your question! The reason why is because my entire life I had to deal with tooth decay until I changed my diet in 2009. Since I was little, every 6 months when I went to the dentist I had a new cavity or I had to re-do an old filling that deteriorated. So embarrassing, but most all the teeth in the back of my month had a cavity. The fact that I have not had 1 cavity since 2009 is huge for me! Eliminating all vegetable oils, refined sugars, grains, gluten, soy products and legumes was the answer for me.

  61. Mindy April 15, 2014 at 4:19 am Reply

    Hi Adriana – Just found your blog and love it! Haven’t made anything yet as I don’t have all the right ingredients – need to order a huge shipment from Amazon!! I have the biggest sweet tooth and am trying to cut back. What are your thoughts on xylitol? (I didn’t notice that on your ingredients tab…).

    Also, did you train yourself in how to bake – so was it just trial and error in swapping refined sugars with natural sugars and white flour with almond flour using traditional recipes as a go-by?


    • adriana April 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm Reply

      Hi Mindy,
      Thanks for your comment!
      Regarding xylitol, I think it is fine to use it if your body can tolerate it. Besides the fact that it does not affect your blood sugar, it has also been shown to prevent osteoporosis. However, for some people xylitol may be a problem and may cause bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. If you think xylitol causes you no problems, then you can certainly substitute it in my recipes.

      I did learn how to bake with “paleo-friendly” ingredients by myself. After much research and discovering what my body can tolerate, I started to experiment with mixing ingredients together and I came up with some recipes. It has taken a lot of trial and error with a lot of these recipes. I have always loved to cook and I am still learning, but I am now super excited and committed to sharing my best recipes with everyone.

      If you ever have any questions about a recipe, please let me know.

      • Mindy April 16, 2014 at 3:37 am Reply

        Hi Adriana – thanks for the reply! I didn’t know that about xylitol. I’ll pay attention to see if it has those negative affects on me – wouldn’t have known that was the cause without your explanation!

        I can’t wait to try your recipes!! One of the hardest things for me since trying to eat “paleo-like” (whole foods, etc) is that dark chocolate and natural sugars still have calories! Even though they are better for you than refined sugar and flour, you still shouldn’t eat them 24/7. ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Pepper Culpepper June 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm Reply

    Hello there,

    I just had a chance to read your bio after you emailed me last week. It’s always great to meet people who share the same interests. I, too, love Chocolate but, as you know, the store bought processed treats would always keep me awake at night and depressed and full of aches and pains the next day. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

    Pepper Culpepper

    • adriana June 20, 2014 at 11:05 am Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Pepper. I will check out your blog now ๐Ÿ™‚

  63. Pepper Culpepper June 21, 2014 at 4:38 am Reply

    Hey again,

    I just realized that I didn’t give you the link to the blog I’ve had for almost 2 years, it’s called Primal Zen. The other, Tales from the Dark Roast Side, is a project I just started and it has a long way to go. However, Primal Zen does have a bio page where, like you, I talk briefly about my health problems, struggles with weight and so on. Anyway, thank you for taking the time to contact me and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Primal Zen is here: http://zenpaleoliving.wordpress.com/

  64. Alyssa Budd August 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Hi Adriana,

    I absolutely love your website, how you shared your personal story (so helpful!) and your awesome advice on nutrition. Your positivity shines through in all that you write. I’m curious as to why you don’t eat legumes, but even more so as to what kind of work you get to do as an oceanographer!?

    Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    • adriana August 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm Reply

      Hi Alyssa, thank you so much for your message and kind words ๐Ÿ™‚
      I recently quit my job as an oceanographer (read this post) to focus all my time on helping people eat better and live healthier through this website, which I really love doing. I do miss the work as an oceanographer, especially being out at sea every month. I used to spend a lot of time on a big ship doing research for the University of Hawaii.
      Eating low carb for the most part for me, makes me fell better and this is one way I am able to keep my inflammation down. This is one of the main reasons why I don’t eat legumes.

  65. Laura September 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Hi, Adriana
    I am eating the same way but I do drink non-pasteurized milk straight from the farm. I love chocolate also and I found your web site and youtube where you make the chocolate dreams. Thanks so much. But I would like to know how you stay in shape. Even thought these are super foods they still will put some weight on me if I indulge to much.

    • adriana September 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm Reply

      Hi Laura, thank you for the kind words. I am so happy you found my site and are enjoying my recipes ๐Ÿ™‚
      I don’t indulge in desserts, even the healthy ones. I still consider my healthy desserts treats and I don’t eat too much of it. If I make a batch of something, I might have a very small bite until the dessert if finished. I also eat some dark chocolate everyday and I feel really good. The thing is that what works for me may not work for everyone, and for me to understand how much I could eat of certain foods and the types of foods make me sick took a long time. I think the best thing to stay healthy and in shape is to study every message your body tells you after you eat certain things. For example, if I eat mangoes I get very bloated and my stomach hurts, so I try to not it too much of it (if any) when in season. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Michelle November 14, 2015 at 4:41 am Reply

    I just want you to know that I think your recipes are amazing! I love that you have found a way to balance health and desserts. My littlest one is allergic to peanuts and milk so I always feel like she doesn’t get the same stuff as her sisters and at least she can usually eat some of your stuff which makes me happy. I know I saw a sibling on one of your recipes where you made your own chocolate pieces, and I thought I saved it, but for the life of me I can’t figure out where. Would you mind sharing that with me? Thank you so much!

  67. Anna November 16, 2015 at 12:34 am Reply

    Hello Adriana,

    Thanks to you I found a paleo birthday cake for my mum, Thank you!!

    Greeting Anna

    • adriana November 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm Reply

      How wonderful Anna! Thank you and happy birthday to your mom!

  68. Ellis Carmichael December 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Have you tried to make paleo protein bars?

    • adriana December 28, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply

      Ellis, thank you for your suggestion. I’ll share some protein bar recipes soon!

  69. Nancy February 6, 2016 at 8:26 am Reply

    Hi Adriana,
    My daughter and I have just recently started a modified paleo diet. Meaning, we still have some dairy. I recently found a link to your website and decided to check out a few recipes.
    I just noticed on your blog that you suffered with inflammation and pain in knees. I am a dance instructor and I had several knee surgeries (torn ACL, MCL) in the past 5 years. I am finally a lot stronger and back to teaching and working out regularly. The pain creeps back from time to time so I too decided to look for answers in my diet and ways to correct it. I have never been one to take prescription drugs. Even refused pain killers after surgeries. Its great to hear how successful you have been I hope that my change in diet will prove the same.
    Its been 2 weeks and I already fee l so much better.
    I love your recipes. Just baked the banana muffins(minus the nuts) as my daughter has tree nut/ peanut allergy. We love the paleo bread too. I am not much of a dessert lover but my daughter loves chocolate so we are excited to try them.
    Do you have a recipe for paleo naan? Is it something youโ€™ve tried?

    • adriana February 7, 2016 at 7:53 am Reply

      Hi Nancy, thank you for the kind message. It’s so great to hear you are already feeling better in just 2 weeks! There’s nothing like elimination inflammatory foods to heal or alleviate joint pain. I always see the sticky sugary foods sticking to my tendons and joints, and making them stiff and painful. When I create this image in my head, it reminds me it’s not worth eating the food. This is one of the reasons why I eat low carb ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you again and I hope you an your family continue to enjoy my recipes. I’ll post more that are nut-free so your daughter have more options. I haven’t attempted in creating a recipe for naan bread. I know other bloggers have, but I still have to try it. I’ll see if I can come up with a good one that tastes like the original.

  70. Inday Joy May 4, 2016 at 4:28 am Reply

    Hi Adriana,
    I stumbled into your blog many years ago. Am so happy at its growth, you helping many people with this. I drifted away from eating healthy and almost paleo, giving in to my sweet tooth many times in a day. But with this weight increase that seems hard to come off and the bad knees, I know I must get back on track. That means bookmarking your site and trying out the sweets as alternative to the bad sugars and gluten around. My province, Iloilo, Philippines grows cocoa (though not commercially) and would like to learn how to process them myself and use them in your recipes. Hope you can guide me along the way. Some ingredients too, like flaxseed, almond flour are not available here. So, I would like to replace them with what’s abundant.
    Thank you. More power!

    • adriana May 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Inday ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really happy to know you’re trying to get healthier and my recipes may help you. What are some ingredients you have readily available where you live?

  71. Flรกvia May 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Obrigada por compartilhar todas as receitas maravilhosas!

    • adriana May 11, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Obrigada Flavia.

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