Almond Butter Brownies: Try Not to Eat the Whole Pan!

 

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Dr. Erica Lepore, naturopathic doctor and creator of the 21 Day Detox Program, posted this recipe on her Facebook page and I had to try them. She said her family ate the whole pan in one sitting. I had to hurry to get the pictures done before my family ate them all! They’re that good – scout’s honor. The recipe is more like a blondie because it has chocolate chips and no cocoa. With the exception of the chocolate chips, which have a bit of evaporated cane juice to sweeten them, this recipe is Paleo-friendly. It is also gluten free and Vegan. And very addictive. We can not be held responsible for weight gain due to over consumption of these yummy goodies. Good luck not eating the whole pan!

Almond Butter Brownies

recipe from foodbabe.com
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed + 3 tbsp water or 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of “Enjoy Life” mega chocolate chunks

note: If using unsalted almond butter use 1/2 tsp salt

 Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line the bottom of an 8×8 dish with parchment paper or grease it.
  3. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a mixing bowl
  4. Add chocolate chunks, give a few stirs and pour batter into pan
  5. Bake brownies until dark golden brown – 20 to 25 mins
  6. Remove from oven and try to wait at least 10 mins before cutting

Get Your Apples On! My Five Favorite Healthy Apple Recipes

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Apple season is in full swing and I’ve been happily cooking with them all week! My apple obsession started as a kid. I have fond memories of apple picking with just my family and also with extended family. We’d make a day of going out to an orchard and picking a big bag of apples, drinking apple cider, and buying mums and pumpkins. Now, I do the same thing with my family, often times with my sisters and their kids. It’s such a great time.

But, now I have a giant bag of apples that we have to eat! So, I figured I should share some of the yummy recipes I’ve been making. There’s everything from breakfasts to desserts, so go pick some apples and dig in!


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From Perfect Supplements Blog – Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free & Low Carb

Apple Crisp is one of my family’s all time favorite apple recipes and we’ve been making this Paleo Apple Crisp and love it! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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From Officially Gluten Free – Gluten Free

My kids love finger food snacks – and rolling food in rice paper. I substitute coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar to make these Paleo.

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From Paleo Grubs – Paleo 

OMG! These are delish! Another dessert, but can we get too many desserts? Really?

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Easy Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

From Paleo Running Momma – Paleo & Whole 30

I always loved apple chicken sausage, but cut down on sausage in general as I became more health conscious and cut out nitrites and nitrates. These sausage patties are great and the whole family loves them, not just for breakfast!

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From Paleo Newbie – Paleo, Gluten-Free

We love pancakes & they go great with the Apple Sausage recipe above! Who says pancakes are just for breakfast?

More Apple Recipes!

I know, I know – there are only supposed to be five recipes, but other healthy apple recipes kept coming to mind, so here are a few extras!

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From Texanerin – Grain-free, Gluten-free, Paleo

These are great for breakfast or a quick snack. Right out of the oven with real butter smeared all over them – I’m drooling remembering. Make sure you get one before those darn kids eat them all!

Slow Cooker Apple Maple Pork Tenderloinapple_maple_pork_recipe_

From Food & Whine – Can be made Paleo with homemade paleo dijon, coconut aminos & sweet potatoes

Slow cooker meals rock! Toss everything in – the night before even – turn it on when necessary and then shazam – dinner is done!

paleo_curried_waldorf_chicken_salad_recipeCurried Waldorf Chicken Salad

From Peaceful Planet – Paleo, Gluten-free

This is an old recipe that I’ve been making for years, except now I make it with Paleo-friendly mayonnaise. I’ve made this for parties and there are never any leftovers.

Ingredients:

1 c diced free-range cooked chicken
1/3 c diced organic apples
1/3 c diced organic grapes
1/3 c chopped organic pecans or walnuts
2 heaping Tbs organic apple sweetened dried cranberries
1/4 c Primal Kitchen Mayo (made from avocado oil)
1-3 tbs curry powder
salt & pepper to taste
Directions:

Combine all ingredients and serve. I love this on a bed of baby spinach or organic romaine lettuce.

One apple, two apples, three apples, four. We love apple recipes so give us some more!

Have any favorite apple recipes? Let us know so we can share them with the world!

 

Improve Your Energy in One Protein- Packed Bite!

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by Kerrie Bross

So the kids are back in school now and probably feeling a little run down. Boost their energy with snacks that are high in protein and loaded with antioxidants to support the immune system during stressful times, like back-to-school.

Why are these such great snacks?

Aside from being tasty balls of goodness, they are loaded with raw, dried fruits to give an energy  boost. Dates are easily digested, so the energy comes quickly, and they are loaded with gut healthy fiber. They also contain vitamins A and K, as well as B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine). Dates are good sources of some important minerals and trace minerals – potassium, iron, copper, magnesium and manganese. Oh, and lets not forget there are also antioxidants in dates.

Cranberries have long been known for their wealth of antioxidants. But, did you know they are also an excellent source of vitamins B5, C, E and K? And they have manganese and copper. Fiber and anthocyanins are other notable nutrients in cranberries.

Whenever you want an antioxidant boost, turn to Perfect Acai. These berries have the highest ORAC value (measure for antioxidant power) of all fruits and vegetables! But, that’s not all, they are also good sources of vitamin A, fiber, monounsaturated fats, iron, calcium, and anthocyanins.

perfect_collagen_protein_snack_recipeNuts, seeds and collagen give these Protein Energy Balls the protein to keep you going for the long haul, along with many other benefits. Chia seeds contain essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B3, E & D. They are an excellent source of calcium, and contain other minerals and trace minerals such as phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and potassium. And protein.

With over 82% of the RDA in a 1/4 cup serving, sunflower seeds are a powerhouse of vitamin E! They are also great sources of vitamins B1, B3, B6 and B9 (folate). There are plenty of minerals in these babies as well. You’ll find copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorous. And more protein.

Almonds are no slouch in the health department. They are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, the same kind found in olive oil. They are also excellent sources of  vitamins E, B2, and B7 (biotin). The minerals present are manganese, copper, magnesium, phosphorous and molybdenum, an essential trace mineral cofactor that helps the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats. And lets not forget protein.

Pumpkin seeds also pack a powerful health punch. They are a good source of vitamin E and an excellent source of zinc, and other minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, copper and iron. They are a great source of antioxidants as well. And even more protein.

The mega protein boost in these protein balls comes from the addition of Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen. Each scoop contains 10g of protein from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle. Super healthy! Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the human body and is great for bones, joints, digestion, and many other things.

With 4 – 5g of protein in each ball and natural sugars, they are the perfect snack for after lunch when the day starts to drag and your energy starts to lag. I’ve been eating a couple for a quick and easy breakfast!

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Ingredients
1 C organic pitted dates
6 Tbs organic almond butter
3 11g scoops Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
5 3g scoops Perfect Acai Powder
1/2 C raw organic pumpkin seeds
1/4 C juice sweetened organic cranberries
1/4 C raw organic sunflower seeds
1 Tbs chia seeds

Directions
1.Combine the dates, almond butter, Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen and Perfect Acai Powder in a food processor on high until well mixed. The consistency should be a bit moist so it will form good balls that stick together. If it is dry, add more almond butter until desired consistency.
2. Add the pumpkin seeds, cranberries, sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Mix on low just long enough to combine without completely obliterating the nuts and fruit.
3. Form into balls and enjoy!

Makes about 20 depending on how you roll them. I think 2 is a good serving size. Nutritional breakdown for each ball – protein over 4g, fat about 5g, total carbohydrates about 9g with roughly 6g natural sugars and about 2g fiber.

Double Chocolate Protein Balls

Ingredients
1 C organic pitted dates
6 Tbs organic almond butter
3 11g scoops Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
5 3g scoops Perfect Acai Powder
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tsp real vanilla extract
2 Tbs honey
1 C raw organic slivered almonds
1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Directions
1. Combine the dates, almond butter, Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen, Perfect Acai Powder, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and honey in a food processor on high until well mixed. The consistency should be a bit moist so it will form good balls that stick together. If it is dry, add more almond butter until desired consistency.
2. Add the almonds and chocolate chips. Mix on low just long enough to combine without completely obliterating the nuts and fruit.
3. Form into balls and enjoy!

Makes about 20 depending on how you roll them. I think 2 is a good serving size. Nutritional breakdown for each ball – total protein about 5g, fat about 7g, total carbohydrates about 13g with roughly 9g natural sugars and about 3g fiber.

 

Paleo Holiday Recipes

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So, if you’re like me, then most people you know still have a modern diet and holiday parties are filled with lots of enticing foods that are loaded with flour, sugar and processed oils. I feel a little better when I bring something that is both tasty and healthy. I know I can eat that one dish, at least, without any guilt. The chocolate cream pie is now a new favorite and I’ll be making a few over the next couple weeks. Need an easy healthy cookie recipe for your party? The chocolate macaroon cookies below are no-bake and delish! There are links at the end to other recipes we’ve done that would be good for holiday parties, as well. And, if you’re not much of the make-from-scratch kind of person, then a big veggie tray is an easy, healthy addition to any party. My family’s favorites for the veggie tray are snap peas, sliced red peppers, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and cauliflower. I’ve included below an easy ranch dressing made from avocado mayonnaise, so it’s Paleo-friendly. Enjoy your holidays and all the parties!

Easy Paleo/Primal Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup avocado mayonnaise (Try Primal Kitchen MAYO)
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • Optional Primal Ingredient: 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, & Vegan. Inspired by GI365.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, (from the can)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup big flake coconut
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (I used 80% dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes until the caramel thickens, stirring constantly to keep the caramel from sticking.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla, sea salt, and coconut. Stir to combine. If you’re using the almond or cashew butter, mix it in thoroughly.

Finally, add the almonds and chocolate chunks and combine, stirring as little as possible to keep the chunks intact. No worries, though – it’s still very good even if the chocolate melts.

Portion the cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet and let cool. This version of no-bakes takes a full 3-4 hours to fully set up, but you don’t have to wait that long because they’re really good warm and gooey.

Note: To keep this recipe 100% dairy free and vegan, be sure to use a chocolate that is dairy free.

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Paleo Chocolate Silk Pie

I had to find a great chocolate cream pie recipe because it’s my step-father’s favorite. This silky, decadent Paleo chocolate cream pie fits the bill! The pie is dairy-free as long as you use coconut oil instead of butter. This one’s for you Kenny!

Inspired by lafujimama.com.

For the chocolate almond crust:

  • 1 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil or butter

For the chocolate silk pie filling:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or pastured milk

For the coconut whipped cream:

  • 1 (13 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Make the chocolate almond crust first.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar in a medium bowl. Add the egg and coconut oil to the bowl and beat with a mixer until a crumbly dough-like mixture forms. This may seem a little dry or hard to mix, but that’s normal. Just get everything well combined.

Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then let the pie crust cool completely before filling. Refrigerate to speed the cooling process if necessary.

2) Make the chocolate silk filling.

Place the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted; do not overheat the chocolate!

With the blender running on low speed, pour the hot chocolate milk in over the other ingredients. Blend until the mixture is smooth and completely incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

3) Make the coconut whipped cream.

Refrigerate the coconut milk at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream. The makes the thick cream separate from the liquid and firm up. Chill a glass or metal bowl in the freezer 20 minutes before making the whipped cream.

Remove the lid from the can of coconut milk. The coconut cream will be very thick on the top. Gently scoop this part out and put it in the chilled bowl. Save the watery liquid for another recipe.

Using a mixer, whip the coconut cream until it is light and fluffy and peaks form, then mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Scoop on top of the pie and use a spatula to spread, or use a pastry bag to decorate the top of the pie with the whipped cream.


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More Holiday Party Recipes

Check out these delicious, healthy recipes, perfect for your upcoming gatherings!

By Kerrie Bross

Ready To Go Paleo?

Pondering Paleo? Look below for an easy guide to going Paleo.

Nearly four years ago, I sat in a cramped booth at the Chipotle restaurant down the street and ate my first bite of meat in almost 20 years. I was reluctant to dig in, afraid the tiny pieces of chicken that I stabbed with my plastic fork would leave me feeling ill or simply grossed out. And in fact, I was only able to swallow a few pieces that first day. But after 9 years of eating vegan and many more as a vegetarian, I was ready to make a drastic change. Chronic health issues, creeping weight gain, and numerous food allergies led me to decide to give the Paleo diet a spin.

My previous, vegan diet was also gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, plus limited in fruits and nuts due to allergies. I ate mostly vegetables — TONS of vegetables in every form imaginable! As you might expect, I was always starving. I needed mounds of food to feel satisfied, and despite my relatively low-calorie options, I was gaining weight, always feeling bloated and uncomfortable, and I was so tired all the time!

Switching from hardcore vegan to Paleo was a dramatic change for me. The Paleo diet is inspired by our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and relies heavily on meat, seafood, eggs, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. It was — and still is — hard for me to eat substantial amounts of meat. But I’ve learned to like eggs (I spit out the first few attempts!) and bone broths. I’ve added tons of healthy fats to my diet, from fresh avocado to coconut oil. Eliminating grains was not difficult, as I was already eating gluten-free. And overall, I was happy with my results. Within just a few months I was back to a comfortable weight, but more importantly, I had a lot more energy. I was able to get back to the things I loved to do, like playing with my son at the playground and teaching him to play tennis. While my health issues were by no means completely resolved, I enjoyed feeling pretty well for the first time in years.

Since then, I have often strayed from a strict Paleo diet, usually returning to it within a couple of months. Instead of limiting myself to a label and a strict dietary lifestyle, I’ve learned to follow my body’s lead and eat what feels best. The majority of the time, that ends up being mostly Paleo foods. I like to call it “Paleo inspired,” and while years ago I could never imagine giving up veganism, I now can’t imagine going back to it.  I love the balance of the Paleo diet. When I follow the Paleo guidelines, I don’t feel hungry constantly, but instead satisfied. Lifelong struggles with reactive hypoglycemia give way to stable, balanced blood sugar levels. These are the reasons so many have jumped on the Paleo bandwagon.

Eating Paleo can help you:

  • lose fat and gain muscle
  • boost energy
  • improve overall health
  • lower the risk of disease
  • keep blood sugar stable
  • reduce toxin load
  • decrease inflammation
  • reverse digestive problems

…and more.

Getting started on the Paleo diet is not particularly difficult. This is a whole food, unprocessed diet that mimics what our ancestors would’ve eaten in the hunter-gatherer days.

Foods you can eat on the Paleo diet:

  • meat, fish, seafood, and organ meat
  • eggs
  • vegetables, except potato, corn, and legumes
  • healthy oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, clarified butter
  • fruits, in moderate amounts
  • nuts (except peanuts) and seeds, in moderate amounts
  • herbs, spices

Off limits foods to avoid on the Paleo diet:

  • grains (wheat, oats, corn, rice, etc.)
  • legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, soy)
  • dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt)
  • refined sugar or artificial sugar substitutes
  • corn oil, soybean oil, peanut oil
  • alcohol (beer, wine, liquor)
  • processed foods

Paleo purists (one of which I am not!) will stick solidly to these lists, and may also eliminate salt, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beets, and butternut squash, and natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. When you are first starting out, especially if you have a lot of health issues, you are best off adhering as strictly to these food lists as possible. Once you have a good handle on how your body responds to various foods, you may find you can ease up on the restrictions and allow some natural sweeteners and maybe even a bit of dairy. Ideally, the Paleo diet would include no processed or packaged foods, but the realities of modern life can make this standard too difficult to adhere to. Examples of packaged convenience foods that could fit into a laid-back Paleo diet include almond milk, coconut yogurt, grain-free granola bars, beef jerky, applesauce, deli meat, and veggie chips.

Paleo Nutrient Powerhouses

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Bone broth is a mainstay of the Paleo diet. It is loaded with nutrients, collagen, and glucosamine, and can help heal the gut and improve nutrient absorption. To make bone broth, all you need to do is follow the directions found here. I make mine in a crockpot and let it simmer overnight. If you don’t have time to make bone broth or dislike the taste, Perfect Hydrolzed Collagen or Great Lakes Grass-Fed Beef Gelatin are quick and easy alternatives to add to your diet.

Organ meats are another Paleo staple. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors would not have eaten only part of an animal; they would consume the whole thing, right down to the organs. The vitamin and mineral content of organs is higher than that of muscle meat; organ meat is a concentrated source of vitamins A, D, K, and B vitamins, plus numerious minerals and essential fatty acids. If, like me, you are repulsed by the idea of eating organs, try Perfect Desiccated Liver capsules and you won’t even have to taste it. Cod liver oil (or cod liver oil capsules) can also provide the necessary nutrients. Vitamin D is particularly essential, especially for those who live in cooler climates or seldom spend time exposed to the sun. While you can’t obtain adequate vitamin D from foods alone unless you eat liver regularly, desiccated liver and cod liver oil are both excellent alternative whole-food sources of vitamin D.

Aside from vitamin D, the one other nutrient you need to be conscious of on the Paleo diet is magnesium. Our ancestors would have gotten plenty of magnesium from plants found in hearty soil, but over the centuries, our soil has become depleted of this important mineral. As many as 75% of adults are deficient in magnesium due to soil depletion and municipal water supplies. You can get your daily dose of magnesium from Natural Vitality Natural Calm or Ancient Minerals topical magnesium.

So what can I eat on the Paleo diet?

These sample Paleo menu plans offer ideas of the types of meals you can eat on the Paleo diet. Many of your favorite meals are likely already Paleo or can be converted easily by eliminating any unapproved ingredients. One of my favorite things about the Paleo diet is that it forces you to be a bit more creative and to try new foods — don’t hesitate to experiment! For more Paleo meal ideas, check out our Paleo Diet Friendly board on Pinterest.

Sample Paleo Meal Plan #1

Breakfast: Paleo Baked French Toast

Lunch: Tuna salad made with Paleo Mayo, stuffed in lettuce leaves or bell pepper halves

Snacks: apple slices with almond butter, Paleo Almond Crumb Muffins, hard boiled eggs

Dinner: Spicy Chicken and Sausage Soup

Dessert: Paleo Fruit Crisp

Sample Paleo Meal Plan #2

Breakfast: Egg Muffins

Lunch: Salad with Paleo Ranch Dressing

Snacks: Paleo Pumpkin Granola, fresh berries, mixed nuts

Dinner: Zucchini Noodles with Kale Pesto and Artichokes, topped with sauteed shrimp

Dessert: Raw Walnut Fudge

 


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By Ali Wetherbee

Healthy Halloween Treats

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We all know our kids will soon be coming home with bags stuffed with candy full of artificial sweeteners and GMOs. So rather than contribute to the junk food extravaganza, make these healthy Halloween snacks instead! These Halloween treats are perfect for a spooky school event offering, a party spread, or simply a special snack to enjoy at home with the kids.

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Green Apple Monster Snacks

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar, Kid-Friendly Spooky Snack

We cut small green apples into thirds for these, but if you have large apples, then quarters will work. We used almond butter under the strawberry tongue and sunflower seeds for the teeth. We made the candy eyes by following the healthy recipe below.

Adapted from forkandbeans.com

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Candy Eyes

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar Candy Eyeballs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot
  • approx. 4 tsp stevia powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Add the arrowroot powder and some of the stevia powder to a food processor. Combine and taste. Continue adding stevia powder until you get it to a sweetness you like. My stevia powder isn’t very sweet, so we used 4 tsp. My sister needed half that much with her stevia powder.
  2. Once you get the powder to the desired sweetness, whisk it into the coconut nectar and coconut milk. It should be a thick paste-like consistency.
  3. Place paste in a piping bag or plastic baggie with a corner cut.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and make dots on the paper.
  5. Add the mini chocolate chips quickly, before the paste sets. Continue to make dots and add the chips until all the paste is gone.
  6. Allow to set for 24 hours. This made lots of googly eyes. We had plenty left over for more fun food projects!

Adapted from forkandbeans.com

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Spider Deviled Egg

Paleo, Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Treat

These were pretty easy to make without a recipe. I used an egg slicer to cut multiple olives at once. I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo in the deviled eggs. Instead of soy, it is made from avocado oil, which is a much healthier oil.

 

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Bat Snacks

Fun Flying Bat Gluten Free, Sugar-Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvre

Getting these bat snacks to stay together was a bit tricky, but they came out so cute! I recommend breaking the blue corn chips in half or smaller to get them to stay in the grapes. Also, slice the grapes a little with a knife before inserting the corn chips. They stand better on more rectangular cheese cubes than on the true square ones.

Adapted from starneslifefamilylove.blogspot.com

 

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Banana Ghosts & Orange Jack-O-Lanterns

Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Kid-Friendly Halloween Snack

The banana ghosts are simply chocolate chips in halved bananas. Use regular and mini chocolate chips for variety.

These edible Jack-O-Lanterns were made with small oranges and a Sharpie marker. The marker would seem to run out of ink after a bit. We had to scribble on paper to get it going again and it would be fine for a while longer. Then we’d repeat the process. Also, we had to do more than one coat some times. We had fun making these Jack-O-Lanterns and they’ve been great decorations for the Halloween season.

Banana Ghosts adapted from freefunhalloween.com; Orange Jack-O-Lanterns adapted from eathealthyeathappy.com

 

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Edible Eyeballs & Goblin Grins

Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvres

For the edible eyeballs, we started with slices of radishes, parsnips and carrots. Then we added the mozzarella mixture for the white of the eye followed by the ends of the olives left over from the Spider Deviled Eggs. For the open ends, I put small pieces of red pepper inside to make them red.

Mozzarella Eye Mixture

  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 3 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Combine mozzarella and mayo in a food processor until smooth. This will be pretty thick.
  2. Add spices and give it a good stir.
  3. Put in a ziplock baggie with a medium to large hole in the corner to easily squeeze mixture onto veggies.

The Goblin Grins are made from snow peas, slices of pepperoni and sliced almonds. A dab of the mozzarella mixture in the back helps hold them together.

Adapted from starneslifefamilylove.blogspot.com

By Kerrie Bross

Paleo Grain-Free Pumpkin Granola

See that picture above? I took that just a few minutes ago and my bowl is already empty. I only intended to taste a small bite, but this grain-free pumpkin granola is so good — crunchy and flavorful, with just a hint of saltiness, perfectly balanced with sweetness — it’s hard to resist going back for more! Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, this healthy granola has no oats, no refined sugar, and nothing artificial. It’s high in protein and healthy fats, and makes a great breakfast or snack. I used walnuts, almonds, and pecans, but you can certainly substitute other nuts, as well as other seeds in place of the seeds in the recipe. I like my granola in big chunks (easier for snacking!) but you can stir yours halfway through the bake time if you prefer smaller granola clusters. I’ll leave you with the recipe now while I go refill my bowl.

Paleo Pumpkin Granola Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup Perfect Coconut Oil, melted
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

Paleo Pumpkin Granola Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  2. In a food processor, coarsely grind all the nuts and seeds. You can also rough chop them if you prefer.
  3. Thoroughly mix remaining ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Add chopped nuts and seeds to the large bowl and mix everything together so that the nuts and seeds are evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture thinly on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 20-35 minutes. Mine took about 32 minutes, but I always check it frequently so it doesn’t burn.
  7. Remove from oven when granola is golden brown. It will crisp up a bit more as it cools. Transfer to a tightly covered jar when completely cooled.

By Ali Wetherbee