Paleo Valentine’s Day Cookies (guaranteed to make your heart go pit-a-patter)

What you need:

Cookies

(Makes 30)

1/2 cup of coconut oil (melted)

6 eggs

3/4 cup of honey

1 1/2 cup coconut flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

orange zest to taste

2 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 tbs coconut oil (melted)

5 strawberries (pureed)

Method

1. Mix coconut oil, eggs, honey with hand mixer until frothy, using wooden spoon mix in vanilla and orange zest.  Mix in coconut flour and baking soda, set in refrigerator one hour to chill.

2. Preheat oven to 350, roll out dough between two pieces of parchment until 1/4 inch thick, cut out cookie forms and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment.  Bake about ten minutes (or until golden) and transfer to cooling rack.

3. Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in microwave in thirty second intervals, stirring between each cycle until bowl no longer feels hot.  Mix in pureed straweberries and frost your cooled off cookies.

4. ENJOY! Perfect snack for Valentine’s Day parties at school (they were a huge hit with my 2 year old niece and her ENTIRE class…and her Mama…and Da…and Mimi and Popop.  These are just a win all around. I ate twelve. In one sitting.)

xx

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes WITH CHOCOLATE FROSTING

Stop it. I know. I literally can’t even.  Gluten free, paleo,  HEALTHY cupcakes.

Makes 12

What you need:

(cupcakes)

½ cup coconut flour

½ cup cocoa powder

4 eggs

2 medium banana (smashed)

½  cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

½  teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon lemon juice

Pinch of sea salt

(frosting)

2 ripe avovados

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup of honey

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sea salt
  3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, coconut oil, lemon juice, honey, banana
  4. Add dry to wet and mix to combine, fill lined muffin tin ¾ full.
  5. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. While the cupcakes are baking, using a hand mixer beat avacados until smooth and no lumps remain.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until smooth and thick.
  8. Once cupcakes are completely cool, frost them up!

Enjoy!

xx

Paleolithic Parsnips: Sour Cream & Onion Matchsticks

I am, as a rule, not one to jump on ban wagons and follow trendy fads.  But due to my pancreas issues, the Paleo Diet has captured my attention.  While it is an amazing diet for losing weight my goal is to stabilize my blood sugar, spikes and drops of which leave me weak as a kitten.  I’m generally not a fan of meat but I tolerate some chicken cut up on top of my salads etc.  The real pull of this diet, however, are the constraints and the culinary creativity required to create exciting and enticing meals.

That being said prepare yourself for Paleo friendly snacking with my Paleolithic Parsnips, a take on the addicting sour cream and onion chip without ANY guilt…NONE.

Also prepare yourself for few measurements, the beauty of this recipe is to season “to taste”.  Just take it easy on the salt, while there’s no real limit to the salt you can add the parsnips have this beautiful sweet earthy flavor that about two healthy pinches of salt enhance.  Don’t mask the beautiful nature of your foods!

Ingredients

Parsnips (cut down into matchstick sizes, variation is okay as this will add texture later on)

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

To taste: salt, pepper, onion powder, a healthy squeeze of lemon juice

Method

1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all the other ingredients, mix well using your hands (before washing off the oil I rub it in for a few minutes, the spices and salt act like exfoliates and the coconut oil is moisturizing…PALEO)

3. Spread parsnip bits into a single layer on your baking sheet.

4. Bake 15 minutes, remove from oven, stir around the bits and redistribute into a single layer.  Bake an additional 10 minutes.  Keep an eye on your parsnips, I prefer mine with some burned bits as they add an interesting flavor/texture, but remove yours when they start to brown a bit if you must.

5. LET THEM COOL A BIT, I burnt my tongue eating them fresh out of the oven!

I sprinkle these on top of my salads or use for a snack while I’m on a Netflix Binge (did you know they have ten seasons of Friends on there? Yeah…)

Enjoy!

xx