MJ’s Raw Chocolate Cake

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For cake base:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup pecans
1 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup raw cacao powder

For cake icing:
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup agave nectar

  • For Base: Combine walnuts and pecans in food processor until fine. Add dates and cacao powder. Remove from processor and with your hands, shape into cake (1 or 2 layers!)
  • Mix icing ingredients by hand in small bowl. When smooth, cover cake, refrigerate until firm, and enjoy!

Duck Breast

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10 (6 oz.) boneless duck breasts with skin
2 tablespoons water
sea salt, black pepper

  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Score duck skin in a crosshatch pattern with a small sharp knife and season duck all over with salt and pepper.
  • Heat water in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over low heat until hot, then add duck, skin side down. Cook duck, uncovered, over low heat, without turning, until most of fat is rendered (melted) and skin is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  • Transfer duck to a plate and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet.
  • Roast duck in oven until thermometer registers 135°F, about 8 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Holding a sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, cut duck into slices. Serve with preferred chutney. Garnish with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Raw Cherry Pie

by MJ

3 cups macadamia nuts
1/8 tsp sea salt
(set aside part of this crust for lattice)

18 oz pitted cherries, chopped, as well as…
11 1/2 oz pitted cherries
1 1/4 oz irish moss (this serves as a thickener)
1/2 c lemon juice
1/2 c agave
4 TBS vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt

For Crust

  • Combine ingredients in food processor. When mixed well, scoop into pie pan and press firmly down allowing mixture to cover the dish, including up the sides (don’t forget to set some aside for the lattice)

For Filling

  • Combine all ingredients, leaving aside the 18 oz of chopped cherries.
  • Once blended well, pour into bowl and mix in chopped cherries.
  • Pour entire mixture over pie crust, and allow to set in fridge or freezer.

Bonfire Chocolate Mousse

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1 large very ripe banana
2 small ripe avocados
1/3 cup cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
3-4 tablespoons raw honey (or substitute maple syrup, Stevia, or agave nectar)
1 tsp vanilla extract)
Chopped nuts, cacao nibs or unsweetened organic coconut (optional)

  • I food processor, blend avocado, bananas and honey until smooth
  • Add in cacao powder and vanilla extract and blend until mixed
  • Adjust the amount of cocoa or honey to your tastes.
  • Sprinkle with nuts or other topping if desired
  • Enjoy immediately, or chill for later

A Bonfire Thanksgiving – Make it a Healthy, Happy Holiday

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So you’ve made the commitment to change your life and/or the lives of the people in your family. You’ve changed the way you eat, move, and think. It’s awesome. You’re feeling better, and you might even get used to this! But suddenly, you realize…it’s holiday time. The time of year that you cook all the yummy stuff your mom and grandma used to make. The time when you stuff yourself silly, then watch football and pass out in your recliner. How is this going to work? What about tradition? What about my candied yams??

Take a deep breath. Don’t panic. We can help.

First of all, remember that Thanksgiving is intended to be a day to appreciate and give thanks for our gifts. It was not intended to be a day of stress. And one thing Doc always says is “Progress, not perfection.” So if on this one day, you just HAVE to have a slice of Mom’s apple pie, don’t beat yourself up about it too much. The problem is this: one day of cheating can open a floodgate. We’ve all done it before. “I’ll just cheat today, and get back on the wagon tomorrow!” Then tomorrow comes and you tell yourself, “after the weekend.” Before you know it, it’s Christmas and you’re eating a dozen cookies with milk that were meant to be for Santa.

Secondly, the Bonfire way of life is just that – a LIFELONG journey toward health and wellness. That means many, many Thanksgivings! So we’d better figure out how to do it the healthy way from now on. In that spirit, Bonfire presents some Paleo, Bonfire-approved Thanksgiving Day recipes and ideas…enjoy!

FUEL: What to Eat on Turkey Day

AIR: Get Your People Moving!
In the midst of the chaos that big family holidays can bring, make sure that you take some time for yourself to move! Try to get your family members involved…maybe it means a family football game in the yard, or a family walk after dinner to help digest. Or MAYBE, if you’re feeling crazy, you do 5 air squats for every commercial you see involving food! We know that moving helps elevate our serotonin levels and keeps us in a better mood. Couldn’t hurt when dealing with in-laws, right?

SPARK: Bring the “Thanks” back into Thanksgiving
Try starting a new tradition at your house – a gratitude tree! Cut out some leaves from construction paper and have each person write down what they are thankful for when they arrive. We used a jewelry tree and ornament hooks to hang them, but you could use clothespins to hang them on a garland or twine strung over the fireplace, or have people put them into a basket. After dinner ask one of your younger guests to read each one out loud. Have people guess who wrote what, and soak in all the gratitude and positive energy!

Don’t forget to sit back, relax, and enjoy the day. Appreciate your blessings, embrace your family, laugh often, and eat some healthy food that’s going to fuel your body! We hope this post helps make this special day just a little bit healthier and less stressful. And we’re thankful for you!!

Special thanks to Amanda Cannon photography for the pictures!


Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 cup pecans
4 Tablespoons melted, organic, grass-fed butter
Pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the nuts in a food processor and process until the nuts are a flour-like or almond meal-like consistency. Pour into a small mixing bowl, add the butter and salt, and mix into a thick dough. Using your hands, spread evenly into a pie pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.


1 – 14 oz. can of organic pumpkin puree (nothing added, just pumpkin)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 eggs
1/2 cup raw organic honey
1/2 cup coconut milk

While the crust is in the oven, whisk all of the pie filling ingredients together.  Pour into the curst that has been baked for 10 minutes, return to the oven and bake for and additional 45 minutes. Thanks to Every Day Paleo for the recipe!