I am currently running our spring nutrition challenge at the gym and we had a potluck this past weekend, so this is what I made for it! A potluck full of delicious Paleo friendly foods... what more could you ask for!? Alright maybe that's just my kind of potluck, but for once I didn't get made fun of for bringing the Paleo dish to the party. Anyways, I selfishly made this one because I've been wanting to try it for a while and it's highest in carbs, which I am always in need of. Not only was this a really simple recipe to make, but it turned out so freakin' delicious! It had more of the consistency of bread rather then a mashed sweet potato and those warm blueberries on top... oh my gosh, just amazing!! The 9x5 loaf pan is small, so I ended up making two loafs for the potluck. I cut each loaf into 8 bars, which put each bar at 13g Carbs, 5g Fat, and 4g Protein (using the measurements I indicated below). I don't know if I would call this breakfast since one bar is definitely not a substantial amount of food, but this was a great snack or post-meal treat. If you think this looks even a little bit yummy, then I definitely recommend you give this one a try! I will for sure be making it again soon.
Paleo Sweet Potato Blueberry Breakfast Bars
Original recipe found here
If you remember my recent Paleo Banana Bread Muffins post then this one will look familiar. I bought my mom banana and blueberry muffin mixes from the Paleo Baking Company for Christmas and I decided it was finally time to give this blueberry one a try. Now she really loved the banana muffins using this mix, so I anticipated her also really enjoying this blueberry version too. Both require a lot of extra coconut oil, honey, and eggs, so make sure to factor those big ingredients in when checking out the nutrition facts on the package. I typically make my mom this Paleo Blueberry Pancake Muffins recipe instead, which is a lot more simple to throw together and lower in overall calories, fat, and carbs. Just throwing that out there as another blueberry muffin option though! Since I bought this mix for my mom as a gift and treat, she gets to enjoy them for breakfast this week. I always add a scoop of protein into these kind of recipes to sneak more protein in them, but you can leave that ingredient out if you wish. These type of baking mixes are a little more expensive, but if you are looking for a delicious tasting muffin or pancake that is dairy-free and gluten-free and easy to whip together then these mixes are worth trying!
Paleo Blueberry Muffins
Recipe from Paleo Baking Company Paleo Blueberry Muffin Mix package
When your best friend texts you a picture of Grain-Free Apple Crumble Bars the day before Thanksgiving... you go to the store for some last minute ingredients so you can make it too! I don't make too many paleo treats, mainly because I will be the only one eating them, but when I do I always go for the simple ingredient recipes. When I glimpsed this recipe over, the ingredient list was too simple and easy to not give this a try. I measured out in grams the apple and dates and actually found that I used about 30 dates to get to 240g. Just throwing that out there since that was such a huge difference. I guess my dates were really small! Anyways, these turned out so delicious and were seriously so easy to make. If you count your macros, I cut mine into 8 bars, which ended up being about 36C/6F/4P per bar. Not going to talk about how many I ate on Thanksgiving though...
Grain-Free Apple Crumble Bars
APPLE DATE PASTE
Original recipe found here
After a couple trips this summer with friends I was finally introduced to the amazing Açaí bowl! Since I haven't come across any places near me that sell these (probably a good thing), I decided to try making my own (definitely a better thing) and they are too awesome not to share! The main ingredient you need to find is the frozen Açaí packets. I found the Sambazon Superfruit Pack (Unsweetened) at my local natural and organic food market. I have also seen these packs at Wegman's and their website lists that they are sold at Whole Food's, Costco, Safeway, and a few other stores. Trader Joe's also sells Unsweetened Organic Açaí Purée Packets, which is another good and unsweetened option. Anyways, once you have that you can blend it with any frozen or unfrozen fruits to get your base. Then, all you need to do is top it with your favorite ingredients! I made my own Rawnola to top this with and provided that recipe below. If you do not feel like making your own Rawnola, here are a few options you can purchase that I have come across:
Homemade Açaí Bowl
Note: This made me about 7 servings at 209 calories, 8 grams of Fat, 28 grams of Carbs, and 7 grams of Protein.
Since making my mother go paleo I have found myself baking and making more treats then I ever have before. I don't typically eat these snacks or treats because that's what they are, snacks and treats, but for the person transitioning into a new lifestyle I see the need for snacks or sweets more often then not. Anyways, it was my mom's birthday, so I made her this delicious paleo cookie cake and I am just sharing the recipe. Don't let the ingredients list and directions scare you, this was seriously so simple and quick to make. This was also legit an amazing cookie cake. Everyone in my family loved it and my mom forgot it was even paleo. I do have to point out though that there is absolutely no nutritional benefit from this cake and making a paleo treat does not mean it is a healthy treat! It's just a treat that uses paleo friendly ingredients for those with food allergies or those who are cutting out certain foods from their diet. After plugging this recipe into MyFitnessPal, 18 servings yields 19g of Carbs, 22g of Fat, and 4g of Protein per serving, and again that's if you can cut this cookie cake into 18 slices. Did I just convince you not to make this now? I am the worst. To make it a little less caloric and high in fat you can definitely remove one of the fudge layers or just cut the fudge ingredients in half - both layers had a TON of fudge when I dumped it on the cake. Also, you can just make chocolate chip cookies out of the "cake" layer if you want too. There, I convinced you that you can still make this and enjoy it a little more guilt-free! Seriously though this dessert was super delicious!
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Chocolate Cashew Fudge
For the "Cake" Layer
Make the cookie cake layer:
Original recipe found here
Sharing the recipes I prepare to help others eat more real food and begin their journey to a healthier life.