I’ve been baking chocolate chip cookies like crazy, trying to come up with the perfect paleo friendly chocolate chip cookie recipe. Let me tell you it has not been easy. I still might tweak this recipe a bit, but I’ll update the website if I try something new I like better.
I used to follow the traditional Nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe, before I starting following a healthier diet, and I totally rocked at making chocolate chip cookies. So, my expectations for what it should taste and look like are pretty high. These tasted how I wanted them too, even with the substitutions, but they were very finicky with spreading and over browning.
To reduce spreading I also used a higher temperature and shorter cooking time, and I also chilled it in the freezer for a half hour and then moved the cookie dough to the fridge as I was baking, so the dough would stay nice and firm. I also tried stacking two scoops of cookie dough on top of one another so it created a larger cookie, which I’m happy to say turned out pretty well. Plus, who doesn’t like a larger cookie. My scoops were two tsp each, so when I doubled up the cookie dough it was four tsp total.
I also found that the higher temperature made the edges brown and crispy and left the middle gooey, which is how I like it. I also like my chocolate chip cookies a bit underdone, but you can easily let it cook a bit longer if that is your personal preference. I plan on continuing my quest for the perfect paleo chocolate chip cookie, but I’m liking my results so far, so I thought I would post my progress, and of course my current recipe.
This maple pecan apple crisp is paleo and vegan friendly, and really easy to make. In fact, I think this may be my new favorite fall dessert. This recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and the crust is made with chopped pecans and almond flour. In the future, I would serve it with some vegan vanilla ice cream, but it tastes just as good without. I used Fuji apples, since I had a ton of them in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.
Overall, I’m really happy that this recipe turned out so well, and I will definitely be making more fruit crisps in the future. I’m thinking persimmons or pears might be next.
These marzipan truffles are made with homemade marzipan, and make a perfect holiday gift for the someone who loves chocolate and almonds. They are gluten and dairy free, and made with almond meal, so technically grain free too. They were actually really easy to make, and taste just like store bought ones. Every time we go to World Market, my husband searches out the chocolate covered marzipan, so I’m happy I can now make some that taste just as good.
Why buy marzipan when it is super simple to do it yourself. With Halloween right around the corner, my husband and I wanted to make some chocolate covered marzipan truffles, which is one of our favorite sweet treats. I will post this recipe next guys!
Marzipan is gluten and dairy free, so it’s great if you are allergic or sensitive to either of those things. Personally, my husband and I love anything almond flavored, so naturally marzipan has a special place in our hearts.
The recipe for DIY marzipan does contain confectioner’s sugar, which is obviously not ideal, but I wanted the same taste and texture that you would find in a grocery store. This recipe also contains a raw egg white as a binder, so if you are vegan this recipe isn’t for you. I don’t have an issue with raw eggs, since I make my own paleo friendly mayo all the time, and I like my eggs over easy for breakfast. That said, use common sense, like keeping the marzipan stored in the fridge or cook with it as soon as possible.
October in LA is still pretty warm, so what better way to celebrate the fall than a paleo and vegan friendly pumpkin ice cream. I naturally sweetened this recipe with dates, and used full fat coconut milk to make it dairy free. I also used a pumpkin pie spice blend from Frontier, which is just a mix of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. The end result is an ice cream that tastes just like pumpkin pie filling.
Since this recipe was so thick and creamy, I shortened the amount of time in my ice cream maker by half. I do recommend a high speed blender, since I used dates as a sweetener and you want them completely blended. Dates are one of my favorite ways to sweeten up an ice cream, because they also provide fiber. Not only is fiber great for your health, but it thickens up the ice cream. A thick and creamy ice cream base, means a better end result. I’ve found that the more fiber and fat in the ice cream, the better. The pumpkin puree also provided fiber, so I used less coconut milk than I’ve used in previous recipes.
When summer gives you too much watermelon, make watermelon popsicles! With no sugar added, and just one ingredient, these beauties are super healthy and refreshing treat on a hot summer day. I used seedless watermelons and removed the small white seeds even though a few ending up in the popsicles wouldn’t be a disaster. If you want to get fancy, you can add some lime or mint to them but I honestly don’t think it’s necessary. In season watermelons are delicious on their own, and when frozen taste even better.
You could easily make a bunch of these ahead of time if you are entertaining and store them in the fridge until its time to serve dessert. Or eat them all day long yourself, which is what I end up doing.