Berry Gummies~ (Werewolf Antidote)

Matthew eats gummies with almost every meal.

To keep his werewolf tendencies at bay.

Loup Garou

I used to call him loup garou. French for werewolf.

But I can’t anymore.

Because one of the symptoms that has responded most dramatically to his 12+ months on the Autoimmune Protocol has been the werewolf tendencies of his finger & toenails.

Nail Psoriasis



One of the creepier aspects of psoriasis is that is can effect the nails, causing severe overgrowth & deformation, crumbling nailbeds & exposed nerve endings.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes overproduction of cells. Skin cells, usually, resulting in patches of overgrowing skin on the body.

In the case of Nail Psoriasis, finger & toe nail cells proliferate, creating nails that thicken or begin to ripple & buckle like tectonic plates.

The places where the overgrowing nails dig into the nail bed can be excruciatingly painful. And because of the disregulated cell production in surrounding skin and nails, nerve endings can get exposed between the nail & skin at the top of the nail, or on the nail bed where overgrowing nails pit or crumble.

After  months on the AIP


Of all the painful symptoms I have watched Matthew endure over the years, crumbling nailbeds get the top prize. It’s the kind of pain that makes a person curl up in a corner like a hurt animal & want to die.

So it’s not insignificant that his fingernails now look almost like a normal persons and hardly give him any trouble at all. His toenails still have a slight loup garou tendency, but they’ve improved substantially, too.

We credit the gummies. The AIP & the gummies.

This is the everyday gummy recipe we use at our house. Three ingredients. Two, if you only use one kind of berry.

This recipe works best with frozen raspberries, because when they defrost they joyfully give up their juice, which is then used to bloom the gelatin.

To celebrate the power of gelatin, you’ll also find a few links to other AIP-friendly gelatin recipes below~.



Basic Berry Gummies (AIP & low-FODMAP)

 from petra8paleoGummies 2

  • 2 (rounded) cups frozen raspberries
  •  2 (rounded) cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin

Measure the berries frozen, as the raspberries, particularly, deflate when they defrost.

Defrost the berries on the counter or in the fridge. When fully defrosted, put them in a colander or a seive over a mixing bowl & squish the juice out with a wooden spoon.

Now you have a bowl of Berry juice & some squished Berries. Put the Berries in a saucepan on low heat and stir.

Meanwhile, add the Gelatin to the cool or room temperature Berry juice and stir well.

When the Berries are hot & bubbling, put them in a food processor & whirl until smooth. Pour the hot whirled Berry mixture over the prepared Gelatin and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spoon into 2 silicon candy molds or pour into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

If using molds, place them in the freezer for 2 hours until hard (it helps to slide them onto the back of a cookie sheet first to ensure they stay flat). Pop each gummy out of it’s mold.

If using a baking sheet lined with parchment, place it in the fridge all day or overnight, then peel the parchment paper off & cut into bite-sized pieces.

Store in a glass container in the refrigerator.

More ways to eat gelatin~!

Pontefract Cakes (AIP & low-FODMAP)

AIP Pontefract CakesMy ancestors were candy makers. Among other things.

When I was a child, going ‘to town’ always meant a visit to the Sweet Shop. For Pontefract Cakes. As far as my matrilineal family members were concerned, Pontefract cakes were their own food group.

My youthful love of licorice was so pronounced that 30 years later, someone I grew up with had only one question when she learned I’d gone paleo: “But you still eat licorice, right?

No. I said. But: I have licorice lip balm, licorice toothpaste and licorice tea…

liquorice_pontefract_cakesNow I also have Pontefract Cakes! Or a variation thereof.

This recipe’s for my mum, who died in August. And my grandma, who I still miss.

Whenever I want, I can evoke them with licorice.

Pontefract Cakes (AIP & low-FODMAP)

 from petra8paleo

I can still take a packet of Pontefract Cakes to the movies!

  • 3 Licorice Teabags
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 2 cups Blueberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 3 tablespoons (grass-fed) Gelatin

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and steep for four or more hours, until the tea is cool.

In a saucepan, heat the blueberries with half a cup of the licorice tea, the vanilla & salt until the mixture is hot & bubbling.

Meanwhile, pour the remaining half cup of cool licorice tea in a wide bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Stir to combine, pressing out any lumps with the back of the spoon.

Puree the hot blueberry mixture in a food processor.

Pontefract without moulds

No silcon mould…

Add the hot puree to the waiting gelatin. Stir vigorously to combine, ensuring the gelatin is fully dissolved.

Put the silicon mold (if using) on a baking sheet for ease of transport & spoon the blueberry mixture into each shape.

Chill for 4 or more hours in the freezer before popping the frozen cakes out the molds.

Store in the refrigerator.

No silicon mold? No worries…

Line a  baking dish with parchment paper & pour the mixture in. Refrigerate until set & cut (laboriously into coin shapes) with a sharp knife or scissors. (Kidding).

Licorice TeaLicorice Love

My grandmother always had Pontefract Cakes in the sideboard in her dining room. Tucked in the top drawer, with the family silver. Stored in a paper bag, they’d get incredibly tough.

But I loved them that way.

Sitting in the gloom under the dining room table, contemplating the meaning of everything, gnawing on nearly petrified licorice. I did some good thinking that way.

Of course, I was fond soft Pontefract Cakes, fresh from England, too. My grandmother told me were once hand-stamped, every single one, with a picture of a castle & a raven.

Imagine having that job, she’d say.pontefract stamping

I thought it’d be lovely. Surrounded by licorice all day long.

Anytime we went to the movies we always smuggled Pontefract Cakes into the theatre. According to my grandmother this was ethical, because all they inside had was twizzlers.

As far as I’m concerned, it’s still ethical, if all they have inside is twizzlers!

I can still take a packet of Pontefract Cakes to the movies!

A packet of Pontefract Cakes, ready for smuggling

Raspberry~Rosehip Gummies (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

Raspberry~Rosehip Gummies_2

Your ancestors were gatherers.

And hunters. And scavengers.

Mine were, too.


I’ve been communing with my gatherer ancestors lately. By filling my pockets with rosehips, processing them & making these gummies.

I’ve come to appreciate the worth of a sharp knife. When you’re a gatherer~hunter~scavenger a sharp knife is a prized possession.

Admittedly, processing rosehips is time consuming.

But it’s the kind of activity that humans have engaged in from the beginning of time, so it can also be profoundly relational. In an ancient-generational way.

I knew rosehips were supposed to be a fabulous source of vitamin C, but it turns they are also being seriously investigated by researchers as a remedy for symptoms of Rheumatoid and Osteo arthritis.

Rosehips_7So mixing rosehips with grass-fed Gelatin might just be a recipe for superfood for an arthritic guy like Matthew. He has Psoriatic Arthritis, but anything that works for Osteo & Rheumatoid might be efficacious for the Psoriatics, too.

Use the hips from wild dog roses or any other unsprayed roses that create robust hips. Select the firm ones for maximum hipness.

Grass-fed Gelatin

It’s been a month since Matthew has been including Gelatin in his diet on an almost-daily basis & his fingernails are starting to look almost human.

Without oversharing ghastly details about the werewolf tendencies of his Psoriatic fingernails & toenails, including their tendency to disintegrate, exposing the nail beds & the nerve endings that lie there, let’s just agree that having almost normal nails is a beautiful, wonderful thing.

The gatherer~hunter~scavenger ancestors prescribe Raspberry~Rosehip Gummies. Daily. At least they do over here. Ask them yourself & see.

Looking for grass-fed gelatin? You can find Great Lakes gelatin on amazon. But if you’re in Canada, the shipping is prohibitively expensive. Health Essentials mail-orders anywhere in Canada. And is it really grass-fed? Detox-Mama sleuthed that out.

Raspberry~Rosehip Gummies (AIP & WahlsPaleo+)

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 from petra8paleoRaspberry~Rosehip Gummies

  • ½ to 1 cup de-seeded Rosehips (how-to below)
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger
  • 3+ cups water
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen Cranberries
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen Raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons Gelatin

Peel & chop ginger. In a saucepan, simmer the ginger & 3 cups of water gently while you process the rosehips.

Rosehips_5Rosehips: Trim the flower & stem ends with a sharp knife & cut each hip in half. Discard any that have brown flesh. Using your thumbnail or a sharp knife,or probably a combination of the two, remove the seeds & fuzz & trim any brown bits. Persist until you have ½ to 1 cup of de-seeded rosehips.

Strain the ginger from the tea with a seive. Top up the ginger tea with additional water if need be until it measures 1½ cups.

Pour ½ cup of the ginger tea into a medium-sized mixing bowl, to cool.

Return ½ cup of the ginger tea to the saucepan with the de-seeded rosehips & simmer gently until the tea is evaporated & the rosehips are softened. Add the raspberries, cranberries, cinnamon & the final ½ cup of the ginger tea. Heat through.

Next, add the lime juice to the ginger tea waiting in the bowl & sprinkle the gelatin on top. Stir it up, pressing out any lumps of Gelatin with the back of the spoon.

Then, whirl the hot berry mixture in a food processor and add it to the gelatin. Mix thoroughly.

Spoon into silicon molds or line a biking dish with parchment paper & pour the mixture in.

If using silcon molds, freeze for 2 or more hours until the perfectly-shaped gummies can be popped out.

If using parchment and a baking dish, refrigerate until set & cut with scissors into bite-sized pieces.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Have some daily.