Cherry Pie Bars (Paleo, AIP, Vegan, No Sugar Added)

 

cherry pie bars paleo

 

These Cherry Pie Bars have become a classic summertime treat in our household. Perfect for the Fourth of July or any other summer holiday weekend.

 

The crust is made of sweet potatoes and coconut flour and has a buttery shortbread taste. The filling has that classic gooey, sticky fruitiness from cherries, dates and a bit of tartness from lemon. I also love how simple the ingredients are in this recipe!

 

I love how the crust is made from vegetables and the filling from fruit. These are a great option if you’re limiting your sugar intake but still want a little sweet treat to celebrate. I’ll be doing a blog post on a recent liver detox I did that eliminated sweeteners. It really reset my palate so fruit has become a dessert for me now (and one I enjoy every single day).

 

I have a lot of other sweetener-free desserts like my Caramel Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Skillet Apple Crumble, Paleo Baby Birthday Cake, Banana Ice Cream and Frosted Carrot Cupcakes too!

 

 

Want to make this using another summer-y fruit?

Try an equal amount of blueberries, strawberries or blackberries! In fact, ripe mulberries would be awesome here too! We were just in Nebraska this past weekend and I was picking fresh ripe mulberries off the trees on my runs. A little dine and dash, if you will.

 

 

Grain-free crust made from sweet potato AND tastes like shortbread with a sugar-free cherry pie filling… sign me up, sign me up, sign me UP!

 

 

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Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars – with Healing Collagen! (AIP/Paleo)

Collagen Protein Bars

 

The one food I’m sure to eat every single day is Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides.
I will buy 3 to 4 canisters at a time because I get anxious if I’m running low. Having a convenient protein option when you have food allergies is KEY. Protein keeps me from being hangry. I know the Paleo community is all about the fat but for me protein + veggies = life sustained.

 

My favorite way to use Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides right now is in my Pineapple+ Grapefruit Digestive Tonic recipe. I made it this weekend with the addition of strawberries and cucumber. So dang refreshing. As I type this, I’m excited to go to bed so I can wake up for that delicious drink. It’s so full of fiber and it really fills my tummy (known to be an insatiable bottomless pit, quite frankly.)

 

I’ve also added it to my Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars and a whole bunch of smoothies like my Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl. Collagen definitely does what its purported to do… and I can’t say that about most supplements. I find most supplements to be a waste but this stuff has been in my daily rotation for over a year and a half. I really amped it up during pregnancy and with breastfeeding the extra hit of protein is helpful for my supply.

 

These Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars are another great way to get your gut-healing goodies in. I love all the Paleo energy ball recipes out there but a lot of them use dates, and I’ve been keeping my sugar/treat intake lower recently.

 

These Protein Bars are also nut-free so they make the perfect school snack for your kids (just make sure they stay cool)

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Cinnamon Raisin Protein Bars

Preparation 00:10 2017-11-18T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:00 2017-11-18T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 9 squares     adjust servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine the raisins, coconut, sweet potato flour, collagen, cinnamon and sea salt until a fine and moist crumble forms.
  2. Add in the coconut oil and process for 1 to 2 minutes until you achieve a dense mixture that sticks together. Add in water and process to help smooth the ingredients.
  3. Press mixture evenly into a 4"x6" parchment-lined glass dish. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours until solidified. Slice into squares using a sharp knife. Best stored and served from refrigerator.

AIP "Chocolate" Fudge – Two Ways! (AIP/Low-Sugar)

My husband and I celebrated Valentine’s early this year. We were supposed to go to one of my good childhood friend’s wedding, but Grace decided that this weekend was a mighty fine time to cut her first tooth. On Friday evening, she was screaming at the top of her lungs and I couldn’t figure out why. I looked in her mouth once she calmed down, and that poor little tooth was just breaking through! This explains why last week was so difficult.

 

It also explains why I ate more than my fair share of this fudge. We women sure do love to stress eat on some chocolate. I wonder why men don’t do that. It must be some sort of biological mechanism… like when our brain perceives we’re stressed it doesn’t want us to shut down and make fertility a non-priority, so it makes us crave fatty sweet things? Making this up as I type by the way. But if you know why, please share. 

 

We went to the farmer’s market Saturday morning. Our new city has this really amazing produce stand of dozens of vegetables for a good price. They’re all organic and locally grown and fresh as fuhhhh…dge. So I made us grilled local grass-fed flank steak with chimichurri sauce, steamed artichokes with lemon oil, a big salad of baby lettuce and olives, and roasted broccoli with Primal Palate’s new Garam Masala spice blend. Then we drank too much white wine, tried to watch Secret Life of Pets but I fell asleep with my very sexy blue-light blocker safety goggles on. Then my husband texted a picture of me to his friend. Sensual per usual. 

 

Spiced Maple Caramelized Sweet Plantains + Garam Masala Plantains and Apples using Primal Palate Garam Masala blend!

 

So I’m freakin’ obsessed with that spice blend and the Chinese Five Spice blend that are in their new Taste of Asia 3-pack. Those two are both nightshade-free and the accompanying Curry blend has cayenne in it, so I’ll be saving that one for my husband. Their spices are way, way, way better than anything you’ll try from the grocery store. You really need to try them + they’re on Amazon Prime now so no excuses. Prime Up Your Life. I use them everyday, pretty much on every meal. We used the Garam Masala for macaroons, rice, a pork and veggie skillet and this plantain and apple side dish I’m sending out to my newsletter subscribers only. Then the next day I made Spiced Maple Caramelized Sweet Plantains. Holy tropical starch balls, those were good. 

 

FUN FUDGE IDEAS

Strawberry or Raspberry Crust: Crush freeze-dried raspberries or strawberries and press the crushed mixture into the mold once its been filled and before it’s been refrigerated.

Peppermint Fudge: Add 8 to 10 drops (or to taste) of peppermint oil to fudge mixture before setting.

Toasted Coconut Fudge: Refrigerate fudge until hardened and then use your hands to quickly roll fudge into round truffles. Roll in toasted shredded coconut. 

AIP

Preparation 00:10 2017-11-18T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:05 2017-11-18T00:05:00+00:00 Serves 8     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 1 small ripe Haas avocado, chopped
  • 3 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional but recommended*)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil, maple, and coconut milk  together over medium-low heat. Whisk in carob powder until combined. Remove from heat for a few minutes before transferring the still-warm mixture to a food processor.
  2. Add avocado, collagen,  and salt to food processor and blend until you achieve a silky chocolate fudge. Add in the arrowroot and blend briefly until combined.
  3. Spoon fudge mixture into desired silicone molds and place in refrigerator until set (2 to 3 hours). Remove from molds prior to serving. Store in fridge. You may also use the warm fudge as a topping for coconut milk ice cream or fruit.

 

 

35 Fall-Themed AIP Dessert Recipes [Paleo/AIP]

 

 

 

I recently told my husband I am anxiously awaiting the first hint of fall weather in Texas. It may not happen for at least another month but a sweaty girl can dream. I said, “There’s nothing a woman doesn’t enjoy more than whipping the windows open on the first day of cool weather and just [expletive] baking a pie.” Right!? Even if you don’t like baking (I don’t) that first hint of crispness in the air has me searching for my apron and rolling pin and pretending I’m Julia Child.

 

It’s almost like until that weather hits, I won’t be able to make a successful baked goods recipe for you guys. I’ve tried 3 times in the past 2 weeks to make a fall-themed AIP cookie, and they ain’t working out. In fact, they’ve all gone straight to the garbage. Didn’t even need to try them, I could tell they were awful. I figured out it was the fault more of a new brand of coconut flour I am trying from King Arthur. I don’t recommend it obviously. It’s fine and gritty and terrible for AIP baking. It may be better for traditional baking recipes where you use coconut flour in small amounts and not as a main flour. Fair warning, my friends. 

 

After my 3 baking fails, I did some searching for existing fall-themed baked goods recipes from my AIP blogging friends and stumbled upon a crap ton. Maybe the world doesn’t need one more pumpkin or cinnamon flavored AIP cookie, especially since these lovely ladies have already done all the hard work in providing cookies, panna cotta, fudge, bars, tarts, buns and more!

 

So, my dears, whether it’s cool enough to open up those windows or not, it’s pumpkin season and celebrations should not be delayed! These recipes would also double as Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts, so bookmark them or Pin them or print them or take a mental picture because they’ll come in handy all season.

 

And make sure to thank all these ladies for their hard work because a decent AIP baked good is nothing but magical!

 

Be sure to check out my recommended baking products below. They are trustworthy brands that give a consistent result. I prefer Bob’s coconut flour to other varieties I have tried because it’s the lightest, fluffiest, and least gritty of them all. Artisana coconut butter is the smoothest, whereas Nutiva is a little more dense and dry. And Spectrum palm shortening is also my favored brand because it can be found in most health food stores and always on Amazon!

 

 

  1. Pumpkin Spice Granola by Grazed & Enthused
  2. Maple Caramel Fudge by Grazed & Enthused
  3. Skillet Apple Crumble by Grazed & Enthused
  4. Sweet Potato Pie Cheesecake by Grazed & Enthused
  5. Rustic Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Grazed & Enthused
  6. Pumpkin Roll with Cinnamon Molasses Spread by Grazed & Enthused
  7. Upside Down Gingerbread Pear Cake by Eat Heal Thrive
  8. Ginger Chai by Eat Heal Thrive
  9. Maple Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Gingered Pears by Eat Heal Thrive
  10. Citrus Baked Bananas by Eat Heal Thrive
  11. Caramel Banana Bread Pudding by Eat Heal Thrive
  12. Cran-Apple Gingerbread Crumble by Eat Heal Thrive
  13. Shortbread Cookies by Eat Heal Thrive
  14. Pumpkin Mousse by Eat Heal Thrive
  15. Pumpkin Pie Squares by Eat Heal Thrive
  16. Honey Apple Tartlets by Predominantly Paleo
  17. Spooky AIP Halloween Cookies by The Foodie Teen via Predominantly Paleo
  18. Paleo Pumpkin Empanadas with Salted Caramel Drizzle by Predominantly Paleo
  19. Molasses Spice Cookies by Beyond the Bite
  20. Cranberry Chocolate Truffles by Beyond the Bite
  21. Spiced Pumpkin Pie by Beyond the Bite
  22. Frosted Cinnamon Buns by Beyond the Bite
  23. Spiced Carrot Mini Muffins by Beyond the Bite
  24. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
  25. Chewy Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
  26. Acorn Squash Honey Custard by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
  27. Apple Pie Bars by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
  28. Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Gingersnap Macaroon Crust by Sweet Treats
  29. Classic Apple Pie by Mickey Trescott
  30. Pumpkin Spice Cake with Gingersnap Crust by Mickey Trescott
  31. Apple Cinnamon Mini Muffins by Cook it up Paleo
  32. Paleo Pumpkin Bars by Cook it up Paleo
  33. Pumpkin Bars by AIP Lifestyle
  34. Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies by A Girl Worth Saving
  35. AIP Pumpkin Mug Cake by A Girl Worth Saving

BONUS: Perfectly Pumpkin-Spiced Gummies by Joanna Frankham

Crunch Bar Freezer Fudge (Paleo, Vegan)

 

 

I am more than just a little obsessed with this freezer fudge. It never lasts me more than 24 hours. I don’t suggest eating the whole batch in that short of a time frame, but I also will not judge you if you do. I despise baking (that’s why a lot of my treats here are no-bake) because it’s messy, expensive, and I don’t need a whole tray of cookies. I need a whole small personal-sized container of crispy freezer fudge that reminds me of Crunch bars though. Are you thinking that many chocolate chips does not constitute a recipe as personal-sized? I think I will change your mind. 

 

So, I had an emotional  affair between the years 1994 and 1997 with Crunch bars. Halloween we especially became close, and my greedy little fingers often dug through candy baskets for the last remaining royal blue package that fit perfectly in my pocket, so my mother never knew I was carrying chocolate contraband with me at all times. I haven’t thought much of candy bars in the last decade of my life especially because the majority of my teenage years and twenties were spent being incredibly annoying about my food choices and I missed out on way too many years of eating good food just so I could keep my figure. Well, screw that, I say. It’s time to eat chocolate and make up for years of chicken breast, lettuce, and low-fat cheese. Chocolate > Chicken.

 

So the trick with this stupid easy recipe is to use a high quality raw sunflower seed butter that has been lightly sweetened. The butter needs to be finely chunky, almost like wet sand. I know, appetizing. I have terrible analogies. Sunbutter is NOT going to cut it here, unless you want some second-rate yuckfest in your freezer. Frankie V’s is a company in Dallas, Texas that makes the best sunflower seed butter you can find anywhere. You can buy it on Amazon and stores around Texas (not sure if they sell outside of Texas).

 

If you are unwilling to place such an order through Amazon, then you will have to make your own sunflower seed butter. Here is a picture of Frankie V from his website. Poodles are my favorite dog, so obviously I really like Frankie due to his poodle hair do and delicious products. So, if you want to make your own chunky sunflower seed butter, get out your food processor. Grind up several cups of raw sunflower seeds in your food processor with a tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons coconut sugar. Keep that puppy running until you get a wet sandy sunflower seed butter. Puts me in the mood for the beach!

 

​I made this fudge when I was pregnant ALL THE TIME. Enough said!

 

 

Crunch Bar Freezer Fudge

Preparation 01:05 2017-11-18T01:05:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:00 2017-11-18T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 8 to 10     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces lightly sweetened raw sunflower seed butter (chunky version for
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Instructions

1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth and shiny. 

2. Stir in sunflower seed butter and coconut oil until a chunky mixture forms. The chunky sunflower seed butter should clump up into small pieces throughout the mixture and once frozen will create delicious crispy pieces in the fudge. 

3. Pour into a 3''x6'' glass tupperware container that has been lined with parchment paper. 

4. Freeze until solid, about 30 to 60 minutes. Slice into chunks and keep in the freezer until ready to serve. 

 

Sweetener-Free & Dairy-Free Banana Ice Cream (Paleo, AIP, Vegan)


 

I’ve been all up in my new ice cream maker‘s face for the past month since I got it for my birthday. It is SO COOL. I make ice cream for everyone that comes over and make them watch it churn with me. It’s very mesmerizing and also doubles as a white noise machine. Sometimes I even turn it on when I want to nap, so when I wake up I am refreshed AND have coconut milk ice cream waiting for me. After a few batches using dates or honey, I quickly realized I needed to chill the fudge out on making ice cream all the time. I don’t do well on sugar. Even small amounts!  But I do love making and eating treats (not ashamed) so that’s why I have a ton of sugar-free 21dsd-friendly treats on my site for others like me.

 

This banana ice cream isn’t overly sweet at all. In fact it’s a little tarty because I used just-ripened bananas. If you use riper bananas, you will get an awesome natural caramelized flavor. If you would like to replace the vanilla with cinnamon, try adding 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the flaked “chocolate” instead. I like running this in my machine until it’s the texture of a firm soft serve, since there aren’t any thickeners or emulsifiers in homemade ice cream (it can get a little hard).

 

Have you guys caught on to the adult coloring book trend? I bought Enchanted Forest when I was visiting Austin in July and I’m still working on a very intricate 2-page picture. It’s becoming popularized as a stress-reducing activity that reminds adults how to relax like children again. I still feel like a chld. I turned 27 last month, and I still feel 22. Although I have come a long way since then and a lot of people tell me I am “mature for my age” (hence why I call myself an 80-year-old stuck in a 20 year old’s body). At 22 I was working in advertising, going to bars with friends 3 nights a week, and eating bean salads every day for lunch. Now I am finishing up my master’s in a health-related field, get tipsy off 3 sips of wine, and can’t think of anything more disgusting than a can of beans for lunch. How times change. I was probably more fun back then though… and bloated.

 

What do you do for fun while following a whole foods lifestyle? My most fun activities include walking my dog in parks, traveling with my husband, cooking dinner for friends, and coloring in said coloring book. Oh and sprinting. I’ve taken that up again and love it!

 

 

Banana Ice Cream with Flaked “Chocolate”

Sweetener-Free & Dairy-Free

Serves 3-4 | Prep Time 5 minutes | Cook Time varies depending on machine

2 medium bananas, sliced into coins

15 oz coconut milk

½ tsp truffle salt or ¼ tsp sea salt

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp carob powder

½ tsp vanilla bean powder (omit for AIP)

  1. Cook the bananas using your method of choice: 1) sautéing until caramelized in 1 tbsp coconut oil in a pan 2) microwaving for 1-2 minutes until the sugars have broken down or 3) baking in a 350 degree oven until caramelized.
  2. Blend cooked bananas, coconut milk and sea salt together until  smooth.
  3. Pour into ice cream maker and churn per manufacturer’s instructions until you get a firm soft serve texture. This took about 45 minutes in my Whynter Stainless Steel Ice Cream Maker.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together coconut oil, carob, and vanilla until smooth. Pour into a small 3-4 inch bowl and place in freezer until solid. Use the edge of a spoon with force to break up the hardened “chocolate” into small pieces.
  5. Stir in “chocolate” pieces into soft serve ice cream and serve immediately.

Orange-Carob Bliss Balls

 

 

You can add a couple scoops of collagen protein to these Paleo & AIP-friendly energy balls!

 

I was a-hankerin’ for some orange-chocolate flavored something last week while I was working on my cookbook The Healing Kitchen. For someone who is creating several recipes a day, you would think I’d have a fridge chock full of delicious food at all times, but for whatever reason I am usually scrounging but those scrounge-hunts usually turn into the yummiest meals and snacks!

I like to pretend I’m on an episode of Chopped (have I said this before? I feel like I’ve said this before.) and have 3 random ingredients I HAVE to use to produce some elegant dish. Well dates, coconut, chocolate, and orange go really, really well together, so I got lucky on this round. You can really play with the orange flavor in this recipe by upping or decreasing the amount of orange zest. The amount in the recipe as written will give you a nice zing of orange while staying in balance with the carob powder. You can also press the mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan and slice once set to make bars. 

I have a couple other “bliss ball” recipes on G&E because they check off the box for snack, treat, and extra hit of carbs if your body is asking for them – Mint “Chocolate” Truffles & Sticky Antioxidant Energy Bites.

Some of us bloggers recently had a discussion on the prevalence of AIP & Paleo treats. It was a house divided. Half said they self-regulated the amount they put on their blog because they didn’t want readers to perceive them as an allowance to eat treats on a weekly basis. The other half said they felt like they were contributing to the community by doing the hard work being able to provide people following AIP some special recipes to share with friends & family on special occasions.

I was in the latter half. I don’t feel comfortable telling people what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat. I’m a firm believer that we should use the Paleo diet as a vehicle to learn what makes us feel good and what does not. Most of the people that follow AIP are adults able to make discriminating and honest decisions each day. I had a full year of being very restrictive with my treat intake and frankly it ignited my perfectionism and fed some disordered eating habits. I will say I am a very different person than who I was a year ago. I think this Hashi’s flare humanized me and forced me to lose control and release my obsession with diet perfection.

I am much more easy going around food these days and overall keep my diet balanced and healthy but by no means perfect. I made coconut milk ice cream in my new INCREDIBLE ice cream maker this weekend. One was the Sweet Potato Ice Cream that will be in The Healing Kitchen (seriously one of my favorite recipes in the book) and “peanut” butter & chocolate using sunflower seed butter and cocoa powder. Both were so creamy and perfect for a late summer treat! I fully enjoyed them both with my husband and friends, and they did add a little special something to our weekend. Even as a blogger, I get a little overwhelmed by the perceived perfection of social media, and I am here to tell you there is no such thing! Enjoy life, enjoy your food, don’t feel guilty about it, but always keep your eye on the prize (healing & longevity)!

 

 

If you like the combination of orange & chocolate, you’ll love these little energy bites that keep in the fridge!

 

 

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Orange Carob Bliss Balls

Preparation 00:10 + 30 min in fridge 2017-11-18T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 00:00 2017-11-18T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 8-10 balls     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup packed pitted soft medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place dates, 2/3 cup shredded coconut, coconut oil, carob, orange zest and juice, and sea salt in a food processor.
  2. Process until dates are broken down and the mixture is sticky. Stir in the remaining 1/3 cup coconut until combined.
  3. Roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls (or larger) and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. Enjoy straight from the fridge.

 

 

AIP PMS Brownies (Paleo)

 

 

You know that old saying: “You can take the Captain Crunch out of the girl, but you can’t take the girl out of the 8th circle of hell also known as PMS”? That sugar-doused cereal used to be my go-to PMS treat in college. I wanted nothing but sweets, treats, and cheats for exactly ONE day out of the month. And you know what that coincided with…

 

‘Tis no exception in current times as my body tells me “give me all the nutrients” up until that ominous day. This month (yes, I just got that personal) I needed (not wanted)… needed…. chocolate. I’ve cut the real stuff out of my diet for the meantime as I’m eliminating all caffeine to keep my adrenals on the up and up.

 

Carob is the AIP answer to the late-night question “Do I or do I not run to the corner store to buy X Brand of deliciousness?” It may be a moral obligation in fact. Could a murderous, enraged streak erupt if you don’t? Then please run. Fast. [Sprint workout!] Or you can stick to your plan and make these babes.

 

I have not tried this recipe with fresh blueberries, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. The texture may be slightly different but it will still be delicious. The blueberries add moisture without adding a ton of coconut oil or lard for those of us who do not tolerate high density treats. No blueberry flavor is imparted though. Just be sure to measure the blueberries while frozen because they shrink when thawed!

 

There’s no way around it – you BEST serve these brownies with a scoop of vanilla coconut milk ice cream. I had them that way last week and they were just wonderful. And made me such a nicer person afterwards.

 

 

AIP PMS Brownies [Paleo]

Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Bake Time 21-23 minutes

¾ cup frozen blueberries, thawed

½ cup + 2 tbsp Carob powder

¼ cup softened Coconut butter

¼ cup Coconut or maple sugar

1 tsp Cream of tartar

1/2 tsp Baking soda

¼ tsp Sea salt

Gelatin Egg (recipe in instructions)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×5 inch loaf pan lightly with coconut oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the gelatin egg in a high speed blender until smooth.
  3. Prepare the gelatin egg: Whisk together 1 tbsp gelatin and 1 tbsp tepid water. Vigorously whisk in 2 tbsp very hot water until the gelatin has dissolved. Pour gelatin egg into the blender and blend briefly until combined. The batter will look very dark and a bit drier than traditional brownie batters.
  4. Spoon batter into HALF the loaf pan. This creates 4 thicker brownies and are much more delicious than the thinner brownies created if you use the whole loaf pan.
  5. Bake for 21-23 minutes until the top of the brownies have formed a light crust and feel slightly firm.
  6. Let cool at least 15 minutes prior to eating. I really enjoy them cold out of the fridge with a scoop of coconut milk ice cream!

Cinnamon Honey Butter (AIP, Vegan)

 

 

I have two giant containers of Spectrum palm shortening taking up too much room in my pantry, so forgive the indulgence of this recipe. We recently had the Restaurant Steaks and Sauteed Apples from one of my favorite Paleo cookbooks Real Life Paleo. I was unaware that steak and apples were delicious together, but now I must re-make this with my own twist in the near future. We had leftover sauteed apples the next day, and my hub was craving a dessert. These went SO well together, and then we had lots of leftover fluffy whipped butter for him to spread on his disgustingly bland rice cakes all week. How the hell does he eat something that tastes like a fragrance free dryer sheet is beyond me.

 

I found the flavor of the Cinnamon Honey Butter really developed nicely overnight, so if you’re planning on serving this at breakfast, make it the night before! Also let it sit out at room temperature so the fluffy texture is preserved, otherwise the palm shortening will harden at refrigerator temps. It will be particularly good with these delightful AIP recipes: Pumpkin Spice Bread, Banana Muffins, and Banana Cinnamon Tea Cake!

 

I came up with, in my opinion, a really good idea tonight. Doggy cereal boxes filled with grain-free kibble. I’m thinking a giant picture of Rafael with his sloppy/cute tongue hanging out on a brightly colored cardboard box labeled “Doodle-Oh’s” or “Crunchy Poodle Puffs” would sell like hotcakes. You may see me on Shark Tank next week with that one.

 

Cinnamon Honey Butter

Makes 3/4 cup | Ready in 5 minutes

1 cup palm shortening, room temperature

3 T honey

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp sea salt

  1. Using a hand mixer, beat  the palm shortening on medium speed in a mixing bowl for 90 seconds, stopping every 30 seconds to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add honey to the bowl and beat for an additional 60 seconds. Now add cinnamon and sea salt and beat until combined.
  3. Store at room temperature in a covered glass container. The honey butter becomes lighter and fluffier if left on the counter overnight.

Paleo Date-Filled Arabic Cookies (Ma’amoul)


Growing up with a Lebanese father and very traditional Lebanese extended family, our holidays and celebrations were founded on the four major food groups: hummus, tabbouleh, roast chicken, and ma’amoul. Ma’amoul is a very traditional Arabic cookie made from semolina and butter and filled with a variety of sweets like dates, walnuts, and pistachios. The cookie is a dense, crumbly shortbread-like exterior with a sweet, orange-blossom or rose-water scented filling.

 

Have you tried orange blossom before? It is such a delightful eating experience. The smell of it alone reminds me of sunshine and butterflies but it’s unique flowery taste is something to be remembered. You can find it at nice spice stores or at Middle Eastern grocers (or via the Amazon link in the recipe below). My Paleo version of these cookies uses almond flour, coconut flour, and palm shortening, and is less dense and more soft than traditional ma’amoul, but the flavors are still spot-on and bring me back to childhood.

 

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys, and especially with my fellow Middle Easterners who don’t have to go through another holiday season without their beloved ma’amoul. The decorative cookie is formed using a tabi, a beautiful wooden cookie mold. You can find a similar one on Amazon HERE. If you don’t have a cookie mold, you can use the directions below and maybe hand carve some pretty decorations into your molded cookie dough with a butter knife? You know – the ancient art of cookie decorating is making a comeback. Which reminds me: why haven’t hipsters made the cookie the new “It” food yet? Poor cookies got beat out by cronuts and waffle sandwiches.

 

Paleo Date-Filled Arabic Cookies (Ma’amoul)

Makes 8 cookies | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 17 minutes

Date Filling

12 large Medjool dates, pitted

2 T unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp orange zest

1 tsp orange blossom water

1 T water

Pinch sea salt

Cookie

1 ½ c almond flour (I use Honeyville brand)

2 T coconut flour

½ cup palm shortening

1 T gelatin

1 tsp orange blossom water

¼ tsp cinnamon

Pinch sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a baking sheet lightly with palm shortening.
  2. Place Date Filling ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Spoon into a small bowl and set aside. Wipe the processor clean.
  3. Place Cookie ingredients in the food processor and process until a dough forms, about 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides if needed and process a few seconds longer. Remove dough from processor and form into a large ball.
  4. Divide dough ball into 8 even pieces. Flatten each piece of dough in the palm of your hand into 3-inch circles. Place 1 T date filling in the center and fold the dough over the date mixture. Pinch closed to cover the date filling and gently roll the cookie in your hands to form a ball (the date mixture should stay on the inside).
  5. If using a tabi, press dough ball gentle into mold and tap on counter to transfer it to the baking sheet. If not using a tabi, press dough into an ice cream scoop to form a mound shape and release onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining 7 pieces of dough.
  6. Bake 325 degrees for 17 minutes until the bottom is golden brown and the tops of the cookie are lightly browned. Let cool to room temperature completely before serving. Serve at room temperature or cold. I like them straight out of the freezer (they don’t freeze solid).