Hello there!

I’m Raia!

That’s pronounced rye-yuh in case you were wondering. I live in the south with my wonderful husband, six crazy kids, a bunch of backyard chickens, and a gazillion mosquitoes. And this is my blog were I post all my recipes that pass the inspection of said kids and husband. 

A Little About My Recipes

All my recipes are free of gluten, because I am. Most of them are free from refined sweeteners, because sugar hates me. Most are also free from dairy, ’cause I’m dairy (all kinds) intolerant, and eggs, because I was also suuuper sensitive to them for years before my amazing encounter with the GAPS Diet (you can read about that here). Half my recipes are breakfast, because I firmly believe that’s the best meal of the day. The other half contain chocolate in some way, because chocolate is the best thing a person can eat.

(My Buttermilk Chocolate Cake, Buttered Chai Hot Chocolate, and Honey-Sweetened Chocolate Ice Cream pictured.)

All my recipes are as healthy as I can get them while staying within my self-employed, web-designer hubby’s budget. They’re usually as simple as possible too because, hey, I’ve got five kids and not a lot of time to spend in the kitchen!

Me + gluten ≠ true love.

I found out gluten hated my guts (literally) after the birth of my son. My midwife called it “trauma induced gluten intolerance”. I later found out that gluten hates my family, on my dad’s side. My grandma, aunt, and dad are all gluten-intolerant. I haven’t been tested for celiac because it’s too expensive, but all the symptoms point to it. I can’t even smell gluten without feeling sick. 🙁 

A Little About Me

Don’t let the food blog fool you, I really don’t like to cook. I do, however, like to eat, and so I cook. (Thankfully, I actually do like to bake, which works out well with eating also.) In my spare time (what?!) like to do artsy-fartsy things like sew, paint, play musical instruments, and crochet. I also really enjoy photography, but I’m not so good at it. C’est la vie. I like to read, but I never have the time. Again with the French phrase.

My husband is my best friend, I’d rather spend time with him than do pretty much anything. Oooh, and when I grow up I want to be a homesteader with a cow, bees, and a huge garden. As it is, right now I live in the ‘burbs of a nice big southern city where the only homesteadish thing I can do is have chickens. And I can’t garden. I literally kill everything green.

As I already mentioned, we’ve got six kids. A flower-child tom-boy, a nerdy girly-girl, a boy (100% all boy), a princess, a 3 year old monster daughter (nuff said there), and a chunky baby boy whose personality is still to be determined. They were all born at home, because I’m petrified of hospitals. I homeschool them. They are very well socialized, thankyouverymuch. 

These easy and delicious vegan paleo Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies are a wonderful healthy treat! | RaiasRecipes.com

(Four-year olds make the best photo props. Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies pictured with said prop.)

The most interesting thing I’ve ever eaten was horse… on a plane… somewhere over Siberia. (I also lived in Russia yeeears ago when my oldests were little, thus the name Raia.)

The most import thing about me? I firmly believe Jesus is the Messiah. Coming to this realization was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me.


Wanna chat or work together? Please feel free to write me at info[at]raiasrecipes[dot]com, or leave a comment on one of my posts.

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