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Primal Mango Mimosa

One of the best parts of New Years Eve is waiting for the ball to drop. While you cozy up to your loved ones and anticipate the approach of the New Year, the kids may be excitedly waiting with you, or maybe they’re sleeping, or perhaps you are hosting a gathering with friends. Regardless of your New Years Eve plans, if you’re over the age of 21, a drink or two is bound to ensue. While our Primal ancestors more than likely were not consuming Cosmopolitan mixers or sipping bubbly, alcohol is not completely off limits when following a Paleo lifestyle.

There might be some conflict out there about what is and isn’t acceptable as far as drinking on the Paleo Diet goes. The true essence of being Paleo is really about staying as far away from potentially toxic, processed, and industrialized ingredients as possible, and staying true to nature intended as a life practice. Furthermore, getting to know one’s body and know what does or doesn’t work for you personally is another essential component of the Paleo lifestyle. You can be Paleo and not tolerate bacon (gasp) or meat at all, or heck even fruit. You just need to know what your body likes, or doesn’t like, which sounds simple, but can also take some time to learn.

That being said, there are certain kinds of alcohol that are just better than others. Red Wine, for instance, is almost always the first alcoholic beverage that comes to mind when thinking of “safe drinking,” simply because of the amount of scientific research that have pointed to the health benefits and high antioxidant content of red wine. When choosing a red wine, however, it is important to look for Non-GMO wines, which can usually be found in a Whole Foods, or Organic wines, as grapes are on the dirty naughty list of being highly dosed in pesticides. Furthermore, many red wine companies use food colorings in their wines. If you can, look for wines that are produced out of New Zealand as they have stricter laws on GMOs and the use of pesticides and chemical agriculture. Champagne is a similar story to that of red wine.

This recipe does not actually use red wine; it uses white. White wine is still a much better choice than say, indulging in a beer (gluten, GMO), or hard liquor, which is extremely toxic to your liver.

It should also be noted that drinking in moderation is another consideration when following a Primal lifestyle. It’s important to know your own personal limit, and try not to either exceed that or better yet, cut yourself off at the 2 drink maximum. 

That’s why we love this recipe for Primal Mango Mimosa. This recipe has cleverly been reconstructed from a traditional Mimosa (orange juice and champagne) to be made more Paleo friendly because it actually provides  additional nutrient quality and decreases the alcoholic content by volume, thereby allowing you to consume slightly more than you normally “could” with a glass of full, regular wine. (Win, win!)

Primal Mango Mimosa
A delicious and elegant, Primal twist on a classic holiday adult beverage.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 750 ml bottle of Organic champagne, or 1 bottle of Organic or Non-GMO white wine
  2. 2 Organic, 16 oz Mango Kombuchas, (Editors Pick: GT Dave's Mystic Mango), OR 32 oz Organic Mango juice AND 1 bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water,
  3. Fresh organic orange slices
Instructions
  1. Pour the above ingredients into a large wine pitcher**
  2. Chill for 1-2 hours minimum,
  3. Pour into champagne or wine glasses and enjoy with fresh organic orange slices.
Notes
  1. if using the sparkling water and mango juice mixture, save the sparkling water for when you take the pitcher out of the fridge.
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Dairy Free Coconut Egg Nog

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The Christmas season is filled with holiday traditions and excited anticipation of gift-giving, gift-opening, and food-chowing for all who celebrate. Arguably one of the best parts of the holiday season are the food, and the drinks! If you’re trying to keep an eye on the amount of sugar and “junk” you consume though, it can definitely be really difficult to keep things in check if you aren’t aware of how to create delicious and healthier substitutes for your holiday favorites.

Egg nog is one of those beverages that seems to only surface around the Christmas holiday, often enjoyed at Christmas parties, work parties, or with family. But traditional egg nog isn’t so healthy as it is usually made with heavy cream (from conventional, hormone filled, antibiotic and GMO cows,) and factory farmed eggs, and combined with a ton of GMO sugar. While there are Organic varieties of egg nog in stores, it certainly isn’t Paleo friendly.

Egg nog really is not that difficult to make! Or even that difficult to make Paleo-friendly. This recipe for Paleo Egg Nog is a cinch to whip up at home, and only takes a couple of minutes! It should serve 3-5 people. 

 

Dairy Free Coconut Egg Nog
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Ingredients
  1. 1 33.8 oz carton of Coconut Milk
  2. 8 organic, pastured egg yolks (yes, 8)
  3. 3/4 cup organic coconut sugar (or 1 cup if you prefer sweeter)
  4. 1 teaspoon nutmeg,
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon,
  6. a pinch of pink sea salt
Instructions
  1. Pour the carton of coconut milk in a food processor or blender (the Aroy D brand is perfect for this recipe because it is extremely thick, similar to a heavy cream. We cannot guarantee this recipe will work with other coconut milk brands).
  2. Add your egg yolks, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. Blend on high til everything is combined.
  4. Chill and serve! Top with SoDelicious Coconut Whipped Topping or make homemade coconut cream if you desire a whipped topping.
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Ring In The New Year With A Paleo Chinese-Inspired Menu

Chinese food is most often synonymous with New Years Eve. It is undoubtedly one of the busiest nights of the year for Chinese food restaurants, and if you’re following a Paleo diet or you are trying to eat healthfully this holiday season, springing for Chinese takeout may not be the best option. There is good news though! Tons of Paleo bloggers have created delicious, Paleo friendly versions of Chinese food that you can whip up in a jiffy on New Years Eve so you’re not feeling so left out while your friends and family are chowing down on fried rice. 

We’ve compiled several of the yummiest looking Paleo Chinese food recipes on the web, and created a sample menu you can use for New Years planning. No Googling and scouring for recipes that look appetizing, and trying to figure out what you will serve with what, because we’ve done it all for you!

 

1.)  Paleo Sweet & Sour Chicken – The Domestic Man

paleo sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and sour chicken is technically more of an American interpretation of Chinese food than an actual Chinese dish; it is nonetheless regarded as a Chinese dish in America and is also an extremely popular one at that. We chose The Domestic Man’s recipe because photos don’t lie, and that sweet and sour sauce looks sweet, sour, gooey, and sticky! (Which, we all know, is the best kind of sauce!) While he doesn’t add any veggies to his sweet and sour chicken, we encrouage you to load your plate with colorful veggies like red peppers and snap peas to compliment the sweet and sourness of the chicken. Head on over to The Domestic Man to grab his mouthwatering recipe!

 

2.) Paleo Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry – Wholesomelicious

paleo ginger beef and broccoli stir fry

It goes without saying that you can’t eat some New Years Chinese food and not have beef and broccoli. Beef and broccoli go together like..peanut butter and jelly. This easy recipe for Ginger Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry by Wholesomelicious takes only twenty minutes to prepare before you’re on your way to enjoying some serious deliciousness!

 

3.) Paleo Veggie Lo Mein Noodles – Raising Generation Nourished

paleo veggie lo mein noodles

Lo Mein noodles are one of those Chinese classics you just can’t forget on New Years. Noodles however, are definitely NOT Paleo! No worries though, because spiraled veggies serve as a fabulous substitute for noodles in this recipe for Paleo Veggie Lo Mein Noodles by Raising Generation Nourished. This recipe can also be thrown together in as little as 15 minutes, without sacrificing on taste. For a true Paleo Chinese food experience, visit Raising Generation Nourished to get the deets on this delectable recipe!

 

4.) Slow Cooker Chinese Spare Ribs – Slim Palate

paleo slow cooker chinese spare ribs

Chinese spare ribs are another classic, favorite dish among chinese food aficionados, but traditionally made Chinese spare ribs are usually doused with GMO soy sauce and a whole host of other non-Paleo friendly ingredients that are also loaded with MSG. This recipe for Paleo Chinese Slow Cooker Spare Ribs by Slim Palate is 100% Paleo compliant though, and uses a combination of Chinese 5 Spice, coconut amines, apple cider vinegar, dry white wine, honey and tomato paste to create that classic Chinese spare ribs flavor. The ribs are also browned first and then placed in the slow cooker all day to create a succulent and juicy meat that falls off the bone. This is a great recipe to start in the morning and let cook all day while you prepare the other dishes in this menu! The recipe would also work well served over cauli-rice like pictured, or served alongside the Paleo Fried Rice recipe below.

 

5.) Paleo Fried Rice – Jay’s Baking Me Crazy

paleo cauliflower fried rice - paleo cauli rice

This wouldn’t be a Chinese food roundup without a fried rice recipe included! This recipe for Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice by Jay’s Baking Me Crazy won’t leave any room for disappointment either! It is a very simple, quick recipe you can whip up and then cover and set aside while you prepare the more involved main course. The taste and texture of this fried cauli-rice recipe is incredibly similar to traditional fried rice, but is chock full of healthy ingredients instead like cauliflower (duh), carrots, onions, and green onions. This recipe also tends to go heavier on the ginger, but feel free to adjust seasonings to your personal liking! Head on over to Jay’s Baking Me Crazy for this awesome recipe!

 

8.) Paleo Wontons – Life Made Full

paleo wontons

If you’ve stayed with us so far, you will surely not be disappointed! You probably didn’t think Wontons were ever going to be an option while eating Paleo, did you? Wrong. They totally are on your New Years menu this year! This recipe for Paleo Wontons by Life Made Full is nothing short of a miracle. The crispy dough is replicated by using tapioca flour, almond flour, egg whites, and coconut milk, which is then fried in palm shortening. While this image does depict the wontons filled with cream cheese (which is #NOTPaleo), you are free to fill your wontons with whatever you like! (If you want a Paleo-friendly version of cream cheese, we recommend using cashew cream cheese instead.) Head on over to Life Made Full for this mouthwatering recipe!

 

9.) Paleo Chinese Almond Cookies – Texanerin Baking

paleo chinese almond cookies

After all this Paleo friendly Chinese-inspired fried food, we had to culminate this roundup with a dessert recipe of course! These Paleo Chinese Almond Cookies by Texanerin Baking may not be 100% “Chinese,” but they are pretty darn close when it comes to Paleo baking. These cookies are chewy, delicious, and satisfying! Even if you are a cookie monster, you won’t feel guilty indulging in these cookies because they are full of healthy, filling ingredients like almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil and maple syrup. 

 

10.) Paleo Coconut Mango Pudding – Eat, Heal, Thrive

paleo coconut mango pudding

Mango pudding is a traditional Chinese dessert that will be sure to please everyone. This recipe for Paleo Coconut Mango Pudding by Eat, Heal, Thrive is a close and healthy representation of the dessert traditionally enjoyed in China. This recipe also happens to be AIP (Autoimmune Paleo) friendly as well! It is an extremely simple recipe made with only a few ingredients: gelatin, coconut milk, mango chunks and water (a little bit of honey is optional too!) so you really don’t have to worry about indulging in too much sugar at the end of your meal. Head over to Eat, Heal, Thrive to get the full recipe!

Primal Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Meghan Slocum of Whole Natural Life.

This recipe originated as a vegetarian kale and potato soup from the cookbook Laurel’s Kitchen.

When Jesse and I first started making it together (sometime in 2007ish, I would guess), we soon modified it to include a hearty helping of breakfast sausage. When I make soup, I want it to be filling enough to make up the entire meal, which this recipe certainly accomplishes when you include the sausage. More recently, I also started substituting chicken broth for the water or vegetable stock called for in the original recipe–a modification that makes this soup both more flavorful and more nutritious.

If you don’t think that you particularly like kale, I’d still urge you to give this recipe to try. I’m generally not a big fan of kale, but I absolutely love it in this soup. Steaming it separately mitigates that really strong kale flavor, and something about immersing it in broth makes the texture much appealing than I’ve ever found any kale side dish.

 

Primal Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup
A hearty, Primal soup made of real food ingredients.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion, diced
  2. Unrefined coconut oil or your favorite cooking oil
  3. 1 lb. pork breakfast sausage, ground (spice your own if you can't find any pre-spiced)
  4. 3 large organic potatoes, diced
  5. 1 bunch organic kale, ribs removed and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 5 cups organic, pastured chicken broth, or more to thin soup
  8. Pinch nutmeg, or more to taste
  9. Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onions in coconut oil (or your other cooking oil of choice) in a Dutch oven or soup pot.
  2. When onions begin to turn translucent, add pork breakfast sausage. Cook breakfast sausage, breaking up meat into small clumps as it's cooking, until cooked through.
  3. Add minced garlic and cook for a couple minutes, until the garlic is just barely beginning to brown.
  4. Add broth and the diced potatoes. Bring soup to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are soft.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, steam your chopped kale in a separate pot. (While you can let the kale cook directly in the soup, steaming the kale separately ensures that the kale flavor doesn't overpower the other ingredients.)
  6. After the potatoes are fully cooked, gently mash about half of them with a fork or similar tool to thicken the soup. Add kale to your soup pot. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper. If your soup no longer seems brothy enough (we like it thick, but still definitely liquid), add water or additional broth until you reach your desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!
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whole natural life

Meghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

Paleo Roasted Fall Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

 

This recipe was provided courtesy of Meghan Slocum, of Whole Natural Life.

These cinnamon sweet potatoes are a nice change from typical vegetable side dishes, and are perfect for fall inspired meals. Our daughter, Keira LOVES these, probably because the cinnamon really brings out the sweet potatoes’ natural sweetness. I love that they’re quick to pull together and make great leftovers the next day.

If you decide to start making this recipe regularly, I highly recommend buying your cinnamon by the pound, rather than in the little spice jars. You save a lot of money by buying spices in bulk, and it’s definitely worth it if you go through a lot of cinnamon like we do.

 

Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. Two very large sweet potatoes
  2. 3 tablespoons organic, unrefined coconut oil
  3. 4 teaspoons ceylon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and peel sweet potatoes, then dice into cubes approximately 1.5 inches square. You want them all to be roughly the same size, but don't worry if you have a lot of variation.
  3. Transfer sweet potatoes into a 15" by 10" rectangular baking dish. Add coconut oil and cinnamon and toss to combine. (If your coconut oil is solid, you can put your baking dish in the oven for a few minutes to melt the oil before mixing it in.) Your sweet potatoes should be lightly coated with oil; if they seem too dry, feel free to add extra oil.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.
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whole natural life blogMeghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Marinated Sweet Beets – A Primal Holiday Side Dish

This recipe has been provided courtesy of Meghan Slocum, of Whole Natural Life

Normally our family mostly enjoy beets roasted with carrots and onions, but lately I’ve also been loving them in this simple marinated side dish. I especially like this recipe because it makes a bunch of leftovers that keep well in the fridge and taste good eaten cold. We prepare virtually all of our own meals, but ideally I only like to cook for dinner so leftovers are a huge asset in our house.

My toddler is also a big fan of this recipe. The prunes make this dish taste fairly sweet, which I assume is what she enjoys about it. She doesn’t particularly care for beets on their own, so if I can entice her to eat beets by adding some fruit to them, I’m all for that.

If you have time, this dish tastes best when made at least a few hours in advance. Advance preparation gives time for the marinade to be absorbed by the beets and prunes.

Marinated Sweet and Tangy Beets
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large beets
  2. 8 prunes
  3. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, or to taste
  4. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Trim stems and ends from beets and scrub well. Place in a lidded baking dish and roast until beets are soft. I find that large beets take about 1.5 hours or so, but I'd start checking them after an hour.
  3. Once beets are done, allow them to cool until you can handle them comfortably, then remove the skins. Chop beets into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Chop prunes, then add to beets. Add apple cider vinegar and salt to taste. Mix all to combine.
  5. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
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whole natural life blogMeghan and her family have been eating traditional, real foods since 2010, which, combined with some time on the GAPS diet, has brought them significant health improvements. They love raw milk, grass-fed/pastured meats, tons of healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, and plenty of local fruits and vegetables. The Slocum’s have also been endeavoring to live a more natural life by eliminating disposable products and removing toxins from their home. Meghan honestly doesn’t strive to be perfect–as there are some modern conveniences that she’s just not willing to give up, but she has made a lot of strides in minimizing their use of commercial products that hurt them and the planet, and hopes to inspire you to do the same! You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

Primal Au Gratin Potatoes

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

 

If you are not strict Paleo, you may enjoy a little high quality dairy once in awhile, which is considered perfectly fine if your body tolerates it well. If that’s the case, this recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes will be right up your alley! While this is not a strict Paleo recipe, it can be considered Primal because it does use real food ingredients, like organic potatoes and raw, grass-fed cheese. This is a wonderful side dish for holidays like Thanksgiving, will be be sure to impress and delight your guests!

Au Gratin Potatoes
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 medium red potatoes sliced 3.5 mm thick with a mandolin
  2. 2 c raw, grass fed sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  3. 1 c full fat coconut milk
  4. 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
  5. 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  6. 1 tbsp avocado oil
  7. 3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  9. 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  10. Bacon fat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F and lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish with bacon fat.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a small sauce pan over medium heat then sauté onion for 4 minutes. Add garlic then sauté for 1 more minute.
  3. Add coconut milk and spices to the pan and stir to combine. Turn off heat.
  4. Layer half of the potatoes in the baking dish, then half of the cheese and top with the rest of the potatoes. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the potatoes then spread the rest of the cheese on top.
  5. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. If you see the cheese getting too dark lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes before sprinkling with bacon and digging in.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Grain Free Maple Walnut Banana Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Eating a Paleo breakfast can sometimes be a challenge, especially with little ones who are picky. This recipe for Maple Walnut Banana Nutola is reminiscent of a traditional banana nut granola. Your kids will love munching on this for breakfast by itself, or with almond milk as a replacement cereal. It’s also good for snacking on the go!

Maple Walnut Banana Nutola
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 c walnuts - Soaked if possible
  2. 1 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes (again soaked nuts/seeds if possible)
  3. 1 c banana chips, chopped
  4. 1/4 c maple syrup
  5. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  6. 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  7. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except banana chips, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in banana chips then transfer to airtight container.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
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Paleo, Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Nutola

This recipe was contributed courtesy of Donna Fontaine, of Primal Recipe Tester.

Fall is a favorite season for the flavors of apple and cinnamon, and if you are a fan of the two, this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Nutola will be music to your mouth. It is grain free and Paleo-friendly, as it is full of real food ingredients like honey, and the aroma of it baking in the oven will leave your house smelling lovely.

Apple Cinnamon Nutola
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c mixed nuts, seeds and coconut flakes, soaked nuts/seeds if possible
  2. 1 c dried apples, chopped
  3. 1/4 c raw honey
  4. 1/4 c refined coconut oil, melted + extra for oiling Buy it
  5. 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  6. 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  7. 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Pulse nuts in a food processor until you get your desired size.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients, except dried apples, in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Spread in an even, single layer on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before mixing in dried apples then transfer to airtight container.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerDonna has always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, she knew she wanted to give it a try. She feels the happiest, healthiest and most confident that she has ever had in her life and Donna is convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. Donna loves not only what she is doing for herself but also what she is doing for her family. Donna and her husband have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where she works and try to spend as much time as she can with her family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling.
You can follow Donna on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

A Complete Paleo Thanksgiving Menu Done For You

This post was written by Brian Kavanagh, AKA, The Sophisticated Caveman, and originally appeared on his blog.

Thanksgiving is upon us, a holiday associated with gratitude, family, and over-indulgence.

Many people may assume that to remain “healthy” during the holidays is next to impossible. However, having a Paleo Thanksgiving isn’t as challenging as one may first assume. To help navigate the holiday while avoiding gluten and other no-no Paleo ingredients, I’ve compiled a list of 37 Paleo Thanksgiving recipes from some of my favorite Paleo blogs around the web. You can use one or two of these recipes to add to your holiday traditions, or even use this list to create an entire Thanksgiving menu comprised of Paleo recipes! Without further ado…

Turkeys:

1.) Dry-Brined Turkey – Paleo Comfort Foods

Paleo dry brined turkey

Dry brining turkey is convenient because it doesn’t require a vessel to house the turkey while brining. It also makes for an incredibly tender and moist turkey that isn’t mushy.

 

2.) Spatchcocked Turkey – Nom Nom Paleo

Paleo butterflied turkey

This turkey recipe butterflies the bird and incorporates butter or ghee in the cooking process, making for a deliciously crispy yet succulent turkey your family will be sure to love!

 

3.) Stuffed Turkey Breast – The Primal Desire

Paleo stuffed turkey breast

This recipe for stuffed Turkey breast is an unusual twist on the Thanksgiving classic bird. It incorporates a variety of holiday ingredients like figs, bacon, celery, onion, rosemary and sage to give this bird a ton of flavor! 

 

4.) Paleo Herb Roasted Turkey Leg Dinner for Two – The Modern Butterfly

Paleo roasted herb turkey legs

Having a small Thanksgiving this year? This recipe for roasted turkey legs with all the classic Thanksgiving herbs is perfect for a smaller, quieter holiday without all the massive prep work!

 

5.) Simple Roast Turkey Breast – Cook Eat Paleo

simple Paleo roasted turkey breast

This recipe for simple Paleo roasted turkey breast is another easy recipe to use for Thanksgiving if you are having a smaller holiday.

 

Stuffings:

1.) Best Ever Paleo Stuffing – Zenbelly

paleo thanksgiving stuffing

This stuffing recipe will have you believing it can’t possibly be gluten free, let alone Paleo. It incorporates all the fall favorite flavors, like ground pork, sage, thyme, rosemary, diced apples, cranberries, and pecans. 

 

2.) Paleo Slow Cooker Stuffing – Rubies & Radishes

paleo slow cooker stuffing

Another stuffing recipe  using classic fall flavors like apples, pecans, celery and onions, this stuffing recipe is made in the slow cooker – leaving your oven free for that giant turkey!

 

3.) Grain-Free Homestyle Stuffing – Mommypotamus

paleo homestyle stuffing

This stuffing recipe is a Paleo take on the classic stuffing recipe. It looks and tastes like the homestyle stuffing yo mama used to make! This recipe uses dates and apples to sweeten it a bit.

 

4.) Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Thanksgiving Stuffing – The Whole Smiths

paleo sausage and cauliflower rice stuffing

This recipe for Sausage and Cauliflower Rice Stuffing is a true Paleo recipe that can also be made Whole30 compliant if you use ground pork. This unique recipe utilizes cauliflower rice, parsnips, leeks, collard greens, currants, and slivered almonds for an eclectic variety of ingredients, making it extremely nutrient dense as well! 

 

5.) Grain-free Traditional Stuffing – Palid & Paleo

Paleo traditional stuffing

This is the closest Paleo stuffing recipe you will get to the real deal. This recipe uses a grain free bread recipe, along with the traditional onion, celery, and chicken stock to pull everything together.

 

Sweet Potatoes:

1.) Thanksgiving Maple Rosemary Whipped Yams Topped with Cinnamon Candied Pecans – PaleOMG

paleo maple rosemary whipped yams

This recipe screams Thanksgiving! Most Thanksgiving yam recipes are topped with marshmallows, which are so NOT Paleo, but this recipe uses candied pecans to top the insanely delicious and creamy whipped yams.

 

2.) Sweet Potato Casserole – Paleo Leap

Paleo sweet potato casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a wonderful side option for a Paleo Thanksgiving. Sweet potatoes are much more nutritious than regular white potatoes, and this colorful dish is made extra sweet with chopped cinnamon walnuts.

 

3.) Walnut & Coconut Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole – The Freckled Foodie

Paleo walnut and coconut whipped sweet potatoes

Another sweet potato casserole recipe, this one uses walnuts and coconut flakes as a topping to the casserole. Sweet potatoes are sure to please any crowd!

 

4.) Hasselback Sweet Potatoes – The Wonky Spatula

paleo hassle back sweet potatoes

 This recipe for Hassleback sweet potatoes is a unique recipe one doesnt often see for Thanksgiving, but is delicious nonetheless! It is also much simpler than having to peel, cut, and mash all those sweet potatoes!

 

Other Veggies & Sides:

1.) Mock Mashed Potatoes – Grass Fed Girl

paleo fauxtatoes with cauliflower

These faux “mashed potatoes” are a classic Paleo version of mashed potatoes with an added twist: turnips. Turnips are included in the recipe, but are optional if you want a more traditional Paleo mashed fauxtato. 

 

2.) Beetroot Salad With Garlic and Parsley – Comfort Bites

paleo beetroot salad with garlic and parsley

Beets are a classic Fall vegetable, though not often seen at the Thanksgiving table. Why not jazz your traditional holiday menu up a bit with this recipe and throw in an autumn beetroot salad with garlic and parsley?

 

3.) Easy Paleo Roasted Carrots – Paleo Newbie

paleo roasted carrots

Roasted carrots are a Thanksgiving staple. This recipe is extra special because these are no ordinary roasted carrots. These carrots are seasoned with salt, garlic, savory herbs, and a touch of raw honey to sweeten the deal, (since Thanksgiving just isn’t sweet enough!)

 

4.) Rosemary Balsamic Butternut Squash – Stupid Easy Paleo

paleo rosemary balsamic butternut squash

Thanksgiving is full of orange foods! Butternut squash is a lovely vegetable to have at your Thanksgiving dinner, and this recipe has a gourmet flair to it with the help of the rosemary infused balsamic glaze.

 

5.) Paleo Creamed Spinach – The Sophisticated Caveman

paleo creamed spinach

Creamed spinach just makes you think of a fancy steakhouse, doesn’t it? It can also be a side dish frequently seen during the Fall holiday season. This recipe Paleo-fies the recipe by using coconut cream rather than traditional dairy; though that doesn’t mean this paleo creamed spinach isn’t simply amazing!

 

6.) Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts – Virginia Is For Hunter-Gatherers

paleo oven roasted brussel sprouts

Brussel sprouts may not be the favorite dish at Thanksgiving, but it certainly is a healthy one! This recipe brings out the best flavor in brussel sprouts with the slight nuttiness of avocado oil and ghee paired with pink salt. 

 

7.) Mashed Carrots with Crispy Leeks & Rosemary – Grazed & Enthused

paleo mashed carrots with crispy leeks and rosemary

Mashed carrots are a great lower carb options than starchier veggies like potatoes. This recipe is versatile and delicious, and is topped with leeks and dried rosemary for a savory layer atop the sweetness of the carrots.

 

8.) Easy Mashed Cauliflower – Jay’s Baking Me Crazy

paleo mashed cauliflower

A purely Paleo side dish, mashed cauliflower is another fabulous alternative to white mashed potatoes, and is much lower carb yet does not sacrifice on texture!

 

9.) Baked Maple Mustard Squash – Paleo Gone Sassy

paleo baked maple squash with mustard

Butternut squash paired with maple and mustard – need we say more? Sweet and slightly tangy, this dish would be an absolute hit with any kids!

 

Primal Bread:

1.) Walnut Sweet Potato Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy – Grok Grub

paleo walnut sweet potato biscuits

An interesting take on the classic biscuit, this biscuit recipe uses fresh roasted sweet potatoes and ground walnuts as the flour to create a perfect Fall Paleo biscuit.

 

2.) Thanksgiving Bread – My Heart Beets

thanksgiving paleo bread

Thanksgiving stuffing…in a loaf of bread! That’s what this Paleo bread tastes like. You can smear cranberry sauce on it or cube it up and even try toasting. It subs well for the stuffing and is a cinch to whip up.

 

3.) Paleo Dinner Rolls – Paleo Spirit

paleo dinner rolls

This recipe for Paleo dinner rolls is right on the money. Tapioca starch is a wonderful Paleo friendly flour that lends a stretchiness to Paleo doughs similar to traditional gluten filled flour. This recipe uses a few simple ingredients that work together to create a Paleo dinner roll recipe that can stand up to bread lovers everywhere.

 

Sauces and Gravies:

1.) Cranberry Sauce – The Domestic Man

paleo cranberry sauce

Thanksgiving would just not be Thanksgiving without the cranberry sauce! Even if you’re not a huge fan of the red stuff, this recipe might sway you to the other side. This recipe for Paleo cranberry sauce is made with fresh cranberries and plenty of natural sweeteners like fresh squeezed orange juice, coconut sugar, a hint of ginger and honey, so you can be sure it will be hit with everyone. 

 

2.) Paleo Pear-Ginger Cranberry Sauce – Rubies & Radishes

paleo pear cranberry sauce

This Paleo cranberry sauce adds a sweet and smooth twist to traditional cranberry sauce, as it uses pears and honey as the natural sweeteners. A hint of ginger gives the sauce a bit more depth to its flavor and gives it some holiday zip. 

 

3.) Turkey Gravy – The Domestic Man

primal turkey gravy

Gravy is an absolute necessity at Thanksgiving, Paleo or no. But we prefer Paleo. And this recipe is almost Paleo, with the exception of the whole cream in the recipe. However off the record, coconut cream or homemade cashew milk could be a good substitute for a fully Paleo gravy. 

 

4.) Homemade Bouillon – How We Flourish

paleo condensed bone broth bouillon cubes

Most broth in packages is not so healthy. Even the “Paleo” versions, while they may be Paleo compliant and way healthier, wouldn’t you still reaallyy rather have homemade? This recipe for homemade bouillon cubes is super simple and will keep for months on end until ready to use. It would be fabulous paired with some leftover turkey!

 

5.) Umami Gravy – Nom Nom Paleo

paleo umami bone broth gravy

This Paleo recipe for Umami gravy is packed full of ingredients that boost umami: bone broth, tomato paste, mushrooms, and fish sauce. The ingredients may be surprising for a Thanksgiving meal, but the flavors coalesce and elicit strong gravy-lovin feelings.

 

Dessert:

1.) Apple Crisp – Primal Palate

paleo apple crisp

Fall and apple crisp go together like birthday and cake. This apple crisp is completely Paleo though, so it is gluten free and grain free, and bursting with Fall flavors like maple sugar, butter, apple pie spices, coconut flour, and blanched almond flour.  

 

2.) Paleo Chocolate Pie – Nutrional Grail

paleo chocolate pie

Nothing is more decadent than a simple chocolate silk pie, but the ingredients in it are usually full of sugar and other junk. This chocolate silk pie however, is actually one of the healthiest pies you can eat. Made with protein rich eggs, healthy fat from coconut milk, fiber from almonds and dessicated coconuts, natural sugar from dates, and antioxidants from cacao, literally almost every ingredient has some health benefit or nutritional value to it. Yayy for Primal desserts!

 

3.) Pumpkin Pie Bites – The Whole Smiths

paleo pumpkin pie bites

Another dessert recipe that actually contains nutrients, these Paleo pumpkin pie bites contain real pumpkin, cashew butter, cacao butter, almond flour and ground pecans. 

 

4.) Pumpkin Pie – Personally Paleo

paleo pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving is a given, so why not make it a little healthy? Pumpkin naturally contains lots of Vitamin A and C, and is full of fiber. When you pair that with eggs, coconut milk, classic pumpkin spice, raw honey and maple syrup, you have a real food recipe that your family and guests will savor.

 

5.) Pecan Tart – Peace of Paleo

paleo pecan tart

Pecan tarts are a classic dish down south, and good old southern comfort food during the Fall holiday season is the perfect ending to a meal. This Paleo pecan tart uses heaps of pecans, eggs, dates, molasses, butter, and coconut flour to make one singularly sumptuous pie. 


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20 Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes For Fall

This article was written by Deanna Dorman and appeared in its original form on Paleo Hacks.

Every Paleo enthusiast really should respect the greatness of slow cookers.

Quick and easy crock pot recipes make it a snap to stay Paleo on busy work nights. Slow cooking can make even the toughest of meat (which are usually the cheapest!) moist and delicious. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to a hot, cooked meal with minimal effort.

Here are 20 Paleo Crock Pot recipes for you to enjoy!

1.) Pulled Chicken Wraps

Paleo Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You never thought Pulled Chicken Wraps could be pulled off in a slow cooker, did you? This Paleo dish has a subtle, spicy kick and can perfectly fill in crunchy lettuce wraps for a complete meal.

 

2.) Sweet Short Ribs with Star Anise and Ginger

Paleo slow cooker sweet short ribs

These Sweet Short Ribs are a perfect Paleo one-pot-wonder. The recipe is a hearty meal that works well for dinner for one or the whole family.

 

3.) Slow-Cooked Beef with Root Veggies & Kale

Paleo slow cooker beef with veggies and kale

Nothing says Fall like a meal of meat and veggies. This recipe for Paleo Slow-Cooked Beef with Root Veggies and Kale recipe is a cozy and comforting meal that will satisfy you after a busy day.

 

4.) Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Paleo slow cooker chicken chilli

A Paleo version of Tex Mex Chicken Chili, this recipe is ridiculously easy and delicious. It pairs well served over cauliflower rice, or in a lettuce leaf taco.

 

5.) Perfect Slow Cooker Roast Chicken

Paleo slow cooker whole chicken

A roasted chicken is a classic and simple meal. This recipe yields not only a gorgeous and comforting family dinner, it will leave a beautiful carcass leftover for broth, (see the recipe at the bottom of the post!)

 

6.) Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Paleo Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Italian while Paleo? Most certainly! Paleo Chicken Cacciatore has a short ingredients list and using a slow cooker is the perfect way to produce this Italian favorite meal in six to eight hours without standing over the kitchen stove.

 

7.) Crock Pot Beef Stew

Paleo Slow cooker beef stew

Beef Stew is synonymous with Fall. It is a rich and hearty slow cooker meal that is sure to satisfy everyone’s hunger!

 

8.) Moroccan Lamb Stew

Paleo moroccan lamb stew

Moroccan Lamb Stew is a spicy, delicious crockpot meal that will provide some variety in your standard meat and veggies dinner. Add a little ethnic flair with this flavorful Paleo lamb stew!

 

9.) Paleo Pulled Pork

Paleo crockpot pulled pork

Pulled pork is a great recipe for just yourself or even for a large get together. This recipe for Paleo pulled pork is super simple yet yields phenomenal results!

 

10.) Crock Pot Cabbage and Apples

paleo crockpot cabbage and apples

Crockpots aren’t just for cooking meat dishes. This hearty side dish goes perfectly with the pulled pork recipe above (It’s so good, you may just need to invest in two slow cookers!)

 

11.) Crock Pot Chicken Taco Bowls

crockpotchicken-taco-bowls

A Paleo take on the famous Chipotle bowls, these crock-pot chicken taco bowls are the perfect meal to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters in your home.  

 

12.) Paleo Curry Pumpkin Soup

Paleo curried pumpkin soup in a crockpot

Take a break from the protein and bone up on some veggies! This recipe for Paleo Pumpkin Curry Soup uses just five ingredients! Despite the fact it lacks meat, this soup is still filling, while providing a bit of spice at the same time.

 

13.) Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma

Paleo Vegan slow cooker vegetable korma

Another vegetable packed meal, this slow cooker Korma screams comfort food in a Paleo/Vegan kind of way. This recipe is so packed with flavor, you won’t even notice there is no meat!

 

14.) Paleo Mississippi Roast

paleo crockpot mississippi roast

This recipe for a Mississippi Roast is great because the large cut of tougher meat will turn moist and will fall apart after being cooked for hours in your slow cooker.

 

15.) Paleo Pork Shoulder Ramen

Paleo pork shoulder ramen
Miss ramen noodles? You won’t anymore with this recipe for Pork Shoulder Ramen. It is much heartier than the cheap noodles you get for a dollar in the store. This Paleo recipe is full of much healthier ingredients like meat, mushrooms and zoodles.

 

16.) Applesauce Chicken

paleo slow cooker applesauce chicken

Just two simple ingredients in this Paleo recipe for Applesauce Chicken are infused together seamlessly with the aid of a slow cooker. Savory and sweet, this applesauce chicken recipe will soon become a family favorite, especially with your kids.

 

17.) Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Paleo slow cooker salsa chicken

Fall apart chicken is made spicier and more interesting with this recipe for Paleo Salsa Chicken.  This recipe is super simple to throw together in the crockpot, and makes for a great weeknight meal for hungry families!

 

18.) Rosemary Acorn Squash

paleo slow cooker rosemary acorn squash

Bet you didn’t think you could cook squash in the slow cooker. Well, you can! Make your side dishes a little more interesting with this recipe for Paleo Rosemary and Balsamic Acorn Squash.  It’s a recipe you can use to accompany your meal on a busy weeknight or a holiday side dish!

 

19.) Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup

paleo slow cooker chicken tortilla-less soup

No need for tortilla chips with this soup! This recipe for Paleo Chicken Tortilla-less Soup is a comforting recipe pairs wonderfully with fresh cilantro and homemade guacamole.

 

20.) Crock Pot Chicken Stock

paleo crock pot chicken stock

Packaged chicken stock is not the best option when making homemade soup with all the added ingredients usually present, so if possible, making the stock from scratch is healthier and always shines through in your soups! This recipe for homemade chicken stock is the easiest way to make a good chicken broth. You’ll probably never go back to store bought again!

 


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10 Paleo Treats To Swap Out Your Kid’s Halloween Candy With

Whether you are eating a Paleo Diet or whole foods based diet or not, Halloween trick or treating presents the same problem to most parents: the motherload of candy. Even if you are game for your child eating a couple Snickers and Twix bars on Halloween, the mountain of candy that remains after trick-or-treating often troubles parents as we deal with what to do with the aftermath.

Trick Or Treating

Deciding to let your children eat candy is a personal choice, but what if there were healthier alternatives that taste just as good? If you are committed to being Paleo, and allowing your kids to eat conventional candy and chocolate is just out of the question, fortunately you are not without options! Many Paleo friendly brands have emerged over the past year or two, which means there is a more enticing selection of Paleo treats and Paleo snacks available that just wasn’t there a few years ago. Allowing your children to still partake in trick or treating, and then simply replacing their candy with these Paleo treats instead will leave your kids jubilant that they got to still dress up in costumes, go trick or treating with their friends, AND still indulge in some (healthier) treats.

If you do allow your kids to have a couple bites of the “forbidden fruit” on Halloween, you don’t have to assume the ‘mean parent’ role and just take away the rest of the candy and leave them with nothing. You can play a fun game of Switch Witch, and either replace the remaining candy with a special gift, or opt for some of the delicious and kid friendly Paleo treats instead! 

Swap It Out With…

 

1.) Plantain Stripsartisan tropic gluten free plantain strips with sea salt

2.) Organic Apple Chips

bare fruits organic gluten free baked apple chips

 

3.) Paleo & Organic Dark Chocolate Bars

nohmad snack co paleo organic dark chocolate bars

 

4.) The Paleo ‘Chex’ Mix Replacement

Bubbas Fine Foods Chipotle Honey BBQ snack mix

 

5.) Raw Paleo Vegan Cookie Bites

hail merry bites paleo vegan macaroon cookies

6.) Paleonola Grain Free Granola

paleonola organic grain free paleo granola

7.) Organic Pure Fruit Leathers

paleo pure organic fruit leathers

 

8.) Single Serving Paleo Macaroon Brownies

rickaroons paleo snacks

 

9.) Paleo Sweet Potato Chips

jacksons honest sweet potato chips

 

10.) Mini Paleo Cookies

WB Kitchen Ona cookie Paleo cookies

 

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

This Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe makes you forget all about the bakery. These Primal cookies are crispy on the outside, ooey gooey on the inside, have a hint of butter and are grain free, nut free, and refined-sugar free. You could even make these dairy-free by omitting the clarified butter and using all coconut oil. There is quite a bit of coconut sugar in these, but they are still a much healthier alternative to regular cookies! 

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c Grain-Free AP Flour Blend (see below)
  2. 3/4 c Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  3. 3/4 c Coconut Palm Sugar
  4. 1 pastured egg
  5. 3 tbsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  6. 3 tbsp clarified butter, melted
  7. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  10. 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
For the AP Flour
  1. 3 c Otto's Cassava Flour or Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
  2. 2 c arrowroot starch
  3. 1 c coconut flour
  4. 3 tsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut palm sugar, melted clarified butter and melted coconut oil in a large bowl and mix with a hand blender on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and blend for 1 minute.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend by hand and then on low until combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips then place the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 24 hours is ideal, but who's really going to wait that long?*
  5. Preheat oven to 350 °F with rack in the center.
  6. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.** Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.
  7. Let cookies cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10, if you can wait that long.
Notes
  1. *If you do let the dough rest in the refrigerator for 24 hours, you'll want to increase the bake time by 1-2 minutes.
  2. **To get cookies with an uneven top, roll dough into a ball, gently tear the ball in half then smoosh dough back together with torn sides up.
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow me on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram

Grain Free Paleo Thin Crust Pizza Dough

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

Eureka! I have created a Thin Crust Pizza Dough that tastes just like the real deal with no almond four, eggs, coconut flavor or cauliflower. There’s no pre-baking and the crust turns out crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. This is a simple grain-free pizza dough that’s easy to make and tastes delish.

Paleo Grain Free Thin Crust Pizza Dough
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c warm water between 120-130 °F
  2. 1 1/2 c Grain-Free AP Flour (see below)
  3. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + extra
  4. 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  5. 1 1/2 tsp honey
  6. 1 . 25 oz packet active dry yeast
For the AP Flour
  1. 3 c Otto's Cassava Flour or Bob's Red Mill Super-Fine Almond Flour
  2. 2 c arrowroot starch
  3. 1 c coconut flour
  4. 3 tsp Vital Proteins Grass-Fed Gelatin
For the AP Flour Blend
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
For the Thin Crust Pizza Dough
  1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well then add the olive oil, honey and warm water and mix until dough forms.
  2. Form the dough into a ball and lightly coat with the extra olive oil. Place the dough ball back in the bowl, drape the bowl with a towel and let sit in a warm place for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, preheat the oven with a pizza stone to 550 °F.
  4. Spread the dough about ¼ inch thick on parchment paper and add desired toppings. Trim excess parchment paper, then use a pizza peel to transfer the pizza onto the pizza stone.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Broil on high for 1-2 minutes to brown the toppings if desired.
  6. Buon appetito!
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. 
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Paleo Raw Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

This recipe was provided courtesy of Donna Fountaine of Primal Recipe Tester

 

These nut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls are reminiscent of peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. These cookies are Raw, Paleo, and healthy all around with ingredients like coconut oil, nut butter, and raw honey. The best part is these cookies are super easy and quick to make! Your kids will absolutely gobble them up in a flash, so our advice is to make a double batch! (And possibly hide half for yourself!) You can also feel free to substitute the sunflower seed butter for cashew butte or another nut butter of your choice. 

Raw Paleo Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/8 c Artisana Organics Raw Cashew Nut Butter
  2. 1/4 c Coconut Flour
  3. 2 tbsp Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
  4. 2 tbsp raw honey
  5. 2 tbsp Sunflower Seed Butter
  6. 1 tbsp clarified butter, softened
  7. 1 tbsp refined coconut oil, softened
  8. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and mix well.
  2. Fold in the chocolate chips, have a taste, then place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl and roll the cookie dough into desired sized balls.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and try not to eat them all at once!
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donna fountaine of primal recipe testerHi I’m Donna! I have always loved cooking, trying new recipes and living a healthy lifestyle, so after learning about the Paleo Diet from a close friend in early 2015, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I feel the happiest, healthiest and most confident that I ever have in my life and I’m convinced that it’s from living a primal lifestyle. I love not only what I’m doing for myself but also what I’m doing for my family. My husband and I have a six year old daughter and a five year old son, and although they don’t always love being Primal, I hope they’ll thank me someday. I live in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California where I work and try to spend as much time as I can with my family being active outdoors, exploring and traveling. You can follow me on: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram