Breakfast · Desserts

Paleo Apple Carrot Kugel (nut-free and egg-free)

Kugel is a traditional jewish pudding or casserole. It is most commonly made with egg noodles or potatoes. I apologize for butchering the recipe, but I was asked to make a similar dish that complies with several dietary restrictions and that also hides a few vegetables in it. My paleo kugel variation of this recipe is made with shredded carrots, sweet potato and apples. I made two recipes, one uses almond flour and eggs and the second one uses coconut flour and gelatin instead of eggs. Although kugels are typically a side dish, this one is more like a dessert or a breakfast treat.

For other egg-free treat ideas try my raw coconut macaroons,  banana muffins, raw apple “‘larabar”, raw “rice” pudding, or my chia seed energy bar

Paleo Apple Carrot and Sweet Potato Kugel

Ingredients for the almond flour version:

1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded sweet potato
1 cup shredded apple
2 eggs
8 dates
1 tbsp of coconut oil or butter
1/4 cup of orange or apple juice
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Blend eggs,dates, baking soda, coconut oil, orange juice, and 1 cup of almond flour until smooth.
  • Transfer into a  bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish and  press it down to make and even width layer.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Serve cold or warm

Ingredients for the nut and egg free version:

1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded sweet potato
1 cup shredded apple (keep all the juices)
2 1/2 tbsp of unflavored gelatin. I use this one (or 2 eggs)
1/4 cup of honey
1/3 cup of coconut flour
3 tbsp of coconut oil or butter
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1 or 2 tsp of ground cinnamon (optional)

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and using your hands mix until well combined.
  • Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish and press it down to make and even width layer.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Allow for it to cool down before serving to allow the gelatin to set.
  • Serve cold.
Paleo Apple Carrot Kugel (almond flour version)
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 dates
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil or butter
  • 1/4 cup of orange or apple juice
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Blend eggs,dates, baking soda, coconut oil, orange juice, and 1 cup of almond flour until smooth.
  3. Transfer into a bowl and mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish and press it down to make and even width layer.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. Serve cold or warm
Paleo Apple Carrot Kugel (nut-free and egg-free)
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup shredded sweet potato
  • 1 cup shredded apple (keep all the juices)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp of unflavored gelatin (or 2 eggs)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp of coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 or 2 tsp of ground cinnamon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and using your hands mix until well combined.
  3. Pour into a greased 8×8 baking dish and press it down to make and even width layer.
  4. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  5. Allow for it to cool down before serving to allow the gelatin to set.
  6. Serve cold.

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Desserts

Grain-Free Carrot Cake (Frozen-Themed)

I’ve made this grain-free carrot cake several times last month. My oldest daughter, Lilah turned 5 and I did a couple small-sized trials before I ventured with the 3-tier Disney’s Frozen birthday cake that she requested for her party.

I really liked the fact that it was relatively economical for a grain-free cake. Almond flour tends to be expensive and coconut flour requires a lot of eggs, but the fact that this recipe calls for 4 cups of shredded carrots cuts down a lot on the amount of flour, eggs, and sweetener used. I bought a giant bag of organic carrots at Costco for under $5.

I’ve made it once using coconut oil and a couple of times using butter instead and they both worked out great. I also used a cream cheese frosting and this dairy-free frosting, but I liked the cream cheese frosting better.

For other cake recipes try my strawberry cake, watermelon cake, or (nut-free) pound cake.

Grain-Free Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

4 cups of shredded carrots
5 cups of almond flour
5 eggs
1/2 cup of honey or more to taste
1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
1/2 cup of melted butter or coconut oil
1 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/2 to 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup of raisins (optional)

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and combine using a spatula.
  • Pour the batter into two greased 9″ round cake molds.
  • Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.

Ingredients For The Frosting:

1 cup of cream cheese
1/2 cup of room temperature butter.
1/2 cup of RAW honey. Use the hard one and not the runny one
1/2 tbsp of lemon juice, a few drops of almond extract or 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Preparation :

  • Using an electric mixer combine all the ingredients until uniform.
  • Refrigerate the frosting for an hour before frosting the cake.

To make the carrot roses:

  1. Thinly slice a the top of a thick peeled carrot. You will need about 10 slices.
  2. Place the carrot slices in boiling water for about 10 to 15 seconds to soften them.
  3. Rinse them in cold water and pat them dry using a clean towel.
  4. Arrange the carrots in a straight line overlapping from the middle.
    Carrot Rose
  5. Roll the line of carrot slices.Carrot Rose
  6. Cut the carrot roll in half to make two carrot roses.
    Carrot Rose
  7. Place the carrot roses on top of the cake pushing the base of the rose  in and fanning the top out.
    Grain-Free Carrot Cake

Disney’s Frozen-Themed Birthday Cake

Just like every other little girl her age she wanted to have a Frozen birthday party. To be honest with you I’m ready for this Frozen craze to go away. I’ve heard the sound track at least 2000 times. I’ve spent weeks trying to find an affordable Elsa’s dress, they seem to be out of stock everywhere and the ones on E-bay are several hundreds of dollars. I have attended at least a dozen of Frozen birthday parties this summer. I’m pretty sure we own every single Frozen doll and story book on the market and even my 2.5 year old daughter who has never seen the movie or watched TV, can recite parts of the movie and sing all the songs. Disney’s marketing is just BRILLIANT!

But I just had to “Let it go”. It was HER birthday and this cake really brightened her day.

Paleo Frozen Cake

 

To make my daughters Frozen birthday cake, I multiplied all the ingredients by 2.5 and used the following mold and materials.

  • 3-tier square cake molds. I used these.
  • Blue satin ribbon to wrap each layer. I used this one.
  • Frozen cake topper set. I used this one.
  • Small snowflake ornaments. I used these.
  • Square cake base, I used this one.
  • I also used unsweetened shredded coconut to sprinkle on top.

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Grain-Free Carrot Cake (Frozen-Themed)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 cups of shredded carrots
  • 5 cups of almond flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of honey or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1 cup of raisins (optional)
  • INGREDIENTS FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 1 cup of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of room temperature butter.
  • 1/2 cup of RAW honey. Use the hard one and not the runny one
  • 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice, a few drops of almond extract or 1 tsp of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and combine using a spatula.
  3. Pour the batter into two greased 9″ round cake molds.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry.
  5. FOR THE FROSTING :
  6. Using an electric mixer combine all the ingredients until uniform.
  7. Refrigerate the frosting for an hour before frosting the cake.

 

Paleo Frozen Cake

Desserts

Primal Strawberry Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crust

Looking for an easy-but-tasty  grain-free cheesecake recipe? Look no further! Whether you are looking for a dessert to bring to a gathering or just a treat to satisfy a lazy Sunday craving, this primal strawberry cheesecake is just what you were looking for.

For the crust I used whole hazelnuts and ground them, but you can use any other type of nut you’d like, or you can use any kind of nut flour as well. If you are looking for a NUT-FREE crust use this recipe instead. You can also use blueberries, raspberries, apples, mango or any other fruit for the top layer or omit it altogether.

For other pie ideas try my strawberry rhubarb pie, mint chocolate ice cream pie, pumping cheesecake

grain-free strawberry cheesecake

Ingredients For The Crust

2 cups of hazelnuts or your favorite nut
1 large egg
2 tbsp of honey
2 tbsp of softened coconut oil or butter

 

Ingredients For The Cheesecake

16 ounces of cream cheese
1 cup of honey
½ cup of sour cream
1 tsp of vanilla extract
4 large eggs
½ tsp of lemon zest (optional)

 

Ingredients For The Strawberry Topping

16 ounces of frozen strawberries
1/3 cup of honey
1 tsp of lemon juice

 

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a food processor grind the hazelnuts into a flour-like powder, do not over-grind or it will become hazelnut butter.
  • Mix the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse in to combine.
  • Roll the crust dough into a ball and using your fingers, spread it and press  it at the bottom and sides of a greased pie round mold.
  • Bake for 8  minutes.
  • Clean the food processor and mix in all the ingredients for the cheesecake in it, you can use a blender for this as well.
  • Pour the cheesecake mix on top of the crust.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the cheesecake starts to crack towards the middle or is no longer runny
  • For the strawberry topping, place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer uncovered over medium-low heat until it thickens to a heavy syrup consistency.
  • Allow the sauce to cool down.
  • Pour over the cheesecake and refrigerate.
Primal Strawberry Cheesecake with Hazelnut Crust
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Primal
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Ingredients For The Crust
  • 2 cups of hazelnuts or favorite nut
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 2 tbsp of softened coconut oil or butter
  • Ingredients For The Cheesecake
  • 16 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of honey
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ tsp of lemon zest (optional)
  • Ingredients For The Strawberry Topping
  • 16 ounces of frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a food processor grind the hazelnuts into a flour-like powder, do not over-grind or it will become hazelnut butter.
  3. Mix the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse in to combine.
  4. Roll the crust dough into a ball and using your fingers, spread it and press it at the bottom and sides of a greased pie round mold.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes.
  6. Clean the food processor and mix in all the ingredients for the cheesecake, you can use a blender for this as well.
  7. Pour the cheesecake mix on top of the crust.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until the cheesecake starts to crack towards the middle or os no longer runny
  9. For the strawberry topping, place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer uncovered over medium -low heat until it thickens to a heavy syrup consistency.
  10. Allow the sauce to cool down.
  11. Pour over the cheesecake and refrigerate.

 

 

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Appetizer · Turkey

Cranberry Sage Turkey Meatballs

A perfect appetizer for holiday gatherings, potlucks or any other get-together, Cranberry Sage Turkey Meatballs are a great make ahead dish. I usually keep a batch in my freezer and simply pop them in my toaster over for a few minutes.

This year, my daughter Lilah is on a nontraditional preschool schedule. She goes to school from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. This means that lunch has to be served at 11:30 am,  only 2 hours after she finishes breakfast. I’ve been having a hard time trying to incorporate an early lunch making time in my morning routine, so we have been surviving with salads, frozen homemade chicken nuggets, cucumber roast beef sandwiches and anything that I can put together in 15 minutes or less. These Cranberry Sage Turkey Meatballs have added some variety and the girls just love them.

I recommend you use fresh ground turkey instead of previously frozen because it is much easier to work with. Previously frozen turkey can be watery, mushy and hard to roll into balls, but you can try wrapping the turkey with a kitchen towel and squeezing some of the moisture out. The glaze is optional, as the meatballs themselves are flavorful enough to eat as it.

You can also omit the dry cranberries and replace the glaze with a cranberry sauce.

Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

1 pound of ground turkey
½ cup of dry cranberries
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped sage
¼ cup of pine nuts (optional)
½ tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp of dry thyme
salt to taste
¼ cup arrowroot powder (optional)

Ingredients for the optional glaze:

1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup of coconut aminos
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tsp of arrowroot powder

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs except for the arrowroot powder.
  • Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  • If the turkey is too sticky or hard to roll, dust your hands and rolling surface with arrowroot powder.
  • Place the turkey balls in a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until fully cooked (cut a turkey ball in half to make sure they are no longer pink in the inside).
  • While the turkey balls are baking combine all the ingredients for the glaze un a small saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook uncovered until the sauce has thicken into a gravy-like consistency.
  • Remove the turkey meatballs from the oven, brush lightly with the glaze and serve.
Cranberry Sage Turkey Meatballs
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • ½ cup of dry cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped sage
  • ¼ cup of pine nuts (optional)
  • ½ tsp of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp of dry thyme
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder (optional)
  • Ingredients for the optional glaze:
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of coconut aminos
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tsp of arrowroot powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs except for the arrowroot powder.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  4. If the turkey is too sticky or hard to roll, dust your hands and rolling surface with arrowroot powder.
  5. Place the turkey balls in a greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until fully cooked (cut a turkey ball in half to make sure they are no longer pink in the inside).
  7. While the turkey balls are baking combine all the ingredients for the glaze un a small saucepan.
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook uncovered until the sauce has thicken into a gravy-like consistency.
  9. Remove the turkey meatballs from the oven, brush lightly with the glaze and serve.

 

 

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Appetizer · Desserts · Entree · Sauces and Dips · Side Dish · Turkey

Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

I overheard a conversation in the gym this morning about a woman not wanting to start a gluten-free cleanse so close to Thanksgiving. In her mind, holidays and festivities can only be enjoyed through unhealthy foods.  The truth is that you can enjoy  a delicious holiday meal by just switching some of the ingredients instead of avoiding a dish altogether.  I put together this Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup to help you keep all your recipes for the evening together on one page.

Thanksgiving Turkey

 

Paleo Baked Turkey

This turned out extra moist  and juicy thanks to the brine I marinated it with overnight. I baked it while covered with a moist light cloth to lock in all the moisture. Read full printable recipe here

Sweet Potato Stuffing

 

Blead-less turkey stuffin

 

 

 

 

 

Made with sweet potato, apples, celery, cranberry, walnuts, and spices. Read full recipe here

Cranberry Sauce

Honey Cranberry Sauce

 

 

 

 

 

My recipe for cranberry sauce is sweetened with honey and has a citrus hint to it. It is spiced with ginger and cinnamon and made in under 20 minutes. See full recipe here.

Grain-Free Rolls

Grain-Free Dinner Roll

 

 

 

 

One of the yummiest breads I’ve ever tried, even among the wheat breads I used to eat. The best part about this bread recipe is that I can make several batches of it at the time and freeze them for later, when I am ready to eat them. I just pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes and they are as tasty as when they were first baked. See full recipe here

Asparagus Casserole

Paleo thanksgiving casserole

 

 

 

 

 

Asparagus can also be substituted for green bean for a more traditional can-free, unprocessed side dish. This recipe call for onions mushrooms, broth, arrowroot powder and spices. See recipe here

Garlic Basil Asparagus

Basil Garlic Aparagus

 

 

 

 

 

Another side dish that can be made using green beans as well, much simpler than the asparagus casserole. It only calls for 5 ingredients, asparagus, basil, garlic, oil of preference and salt. See recipe here

Celery  Root Puree 

Paleo Mashed Potatoes (celery root puree)

 

 

 

 

 

Personally I find this much tastier than mashed potatoes, and a lot less starchy. It calls for celery root, cauliflower garlic and either butter, ghee or olive oil. See recipe here.

Pumpkin Cheesecake (Paleo or Primal Version)

Paleo Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

 

 

 

 

I made two different versions for this paleo pumpkin cheesecake recipe, one with regular cream cheese and a dairy free version made with cashews. I personally liked the cheese recipe better, but the second one was still delicious. See recipe here

Cranberry Pumpkin Bread

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

 

 

 

 

 

This Grain-Free Pumpkin Cranberry Bread mixes two of my favorite fall fruits: cranberries and pumpkin. It is also nut free and it is sweetened with dates. See full Recipe here

Pumpkin Custard (dairy-free)

Paleo Pumpkin Custard

 

 

 

 

 

Flavors of fall, a modified traditional European dessert and a hint of coconut merge together in this rich, creamy and spiced dairy-free pumpkin custard. See full recipe here.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

 

 

 

 

 

These are a hybrid between pumpkin pie filling and a muffin, so they are extra moist. I also provide two different frosting recipes, the first one is a fast and easy cream cheese frosting and the second one is made with coconut milk and coconut oil.  It is delicious as well but a little bit more time-consuming, as it requires you to start the frosting the day before. See full recipe here.

Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Paleo Pumpkin Brownie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edible Harmony’s newest recipe, part brownie, part pumpkin bar and part coffee cake, this will please everyone at the table. See full recipe here.

Thanksgiving is around the corner–are you sticking to your grain-free diet during the holidays?

Breakfast · Desserts · Vegetarian

Paleo Nutmeal (oatmeal)(nut-free option)

My grain-free, protein rich version of a traditional comforting breakfast: Paleo Nutmeal

Oatmeal brings me tons of childhood memories. Growing up I was an extremely picky eater, there were about 5 things I could tolerate, but they needed to be spaced out with at least a week in between. Needless to say, meal times were always a torture. There were only three things that I looked forward to regularly: macaroni and cheese, flan, and oatmeal. Since then oatmeal has been sort of a comfort food for me and somehow my oldest daughter now feels the same way about it. Luckily for me, she eats most anything I put on her plate, but Paleo Nutmeal is something she always looks forward to.

If you don’t like cashews or you do not want to use a blender you can replace the cashews, water and dates for 1 1/4 cup of sweetened almond milk, Here is my recipe for it.

For a NUT-FREE version replace the cashew nuts and water for 1 1/4 cup of coconut milk.

For other sweet breakfast treats try my banana scramble, cream of chocolate or crispy paleo waffles

Paleo Breakfast Porridge

Ingredients:

1 large egg
1 tbsp of coconut flour
1 tbsp of  coconut oil
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of cashew or macadamia nuts
3-4 pitted dates or sweetener or choice
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp of hemp seeds (optional)
Optional toppings: raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut, lucuma powder, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, berries

 

Preparation:

  • Using a blender combine all the ingredients together, except the hemp seeds.Blend until the nuts are finely ground.
  • Pour the mixture in small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • When most of the  liquid is absorbed, remove from heat, mix in the hemp seeds and desired toppings, and serve. You may add more water or almond milk if the consistency is too dry.
Paleo Nutmeal (oatmeal)
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp of coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of cashew nuts
  • 3-4 pitted dates or sweetener or choice
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of hemp seeds (optional)
  • Optional toppings: raisins, cinnamon, shredded coconut, lucuma powder, sliced bananas, chopped nuts, berries
Instructions
  1. Using a blender combine all the ingredients together, except the hemp seeds. Blend until the nuts are finely ground.
  2. Pour the mixture in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking at the bottom of the pan.
  3. When most of the liquid is absorbed, remove from heat, mix in the hemp seeds and desired toppings, and serve. You may add more water or almond meal if the consistency is too dry.
Disclosure of Material Connection: The links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a very small percentage. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Breakfast · Desserts

Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake (Paleo)

paleo pumpkin brownieA mixture between a brownie, a pumpkin bar, and a spongy cake, this Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake satisfied the two polar opposite palates in my house: “the chocoholic” and the “spice-junkie”. My husband is a true chocolate lover, everything to him is better with chocolate on top. Me on the other hand, I am a fan of vanilla, cinnamon, and spices.  We can never agree on desserts, but this one was satisfying to both.

My next step is to get him to like spicy foods, curries, organ meats, coconut, avocado… yes AVOCADO! Who doesn’t like avocado? The guy who orders a hamburger with bacon, peanut butter and jelly on a gluten-free bread, or that adds sprite to his red wine. Apparently it is a popular drink in Spain, called “Tinto de Verano”. Someone call the “paleo police”, he can’t behave in restaurants. Do you stick to your  dietary preferences or restrictions even when eating out?

For this recipe I used my immersion blender to combine all the ingredients, because it is the fastest kitchen tool to clean, but you could certainly use your food processor, or electric mixer. The goal is to fully incorporate the coconut oil with the rest of the ingredients until there are no more chunks in the batter. If your coconut oil is melted (but cool) and your eggs are room temperature, you could even mix it all up with just a spatula.

For other pumpkin desserts try my pumpkin cheese cake, pumpkin butter, pumpkin custard, pumpkin ice cream, or pumpkin spice coffee creamer.

Paleo Pumpkin Brownie

Ingredients

2 cups of almond flour
¼ cup of coconut flour
6 large eggs
½ cup of coconut oil
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3/4 cup of honey
½ cup of unsweetened cocoa
½ cup of pumpkin puree
1 large egg
½ tablespoon of pumpkin spice (or 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon,¼ tsp of ground clove,¼ tsp of ground ginger,¼ tsp of ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp of ground cardamom)

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using an electric mixer, food processor, or immersion blender, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, baking soda,  honey and 6 eggs, until well combined.
  • Scoop 2 cups of this batter and place in a separate bowl.
  • Mix in the  2 cups of batter you set aside with the unsweetened cocoa and transfer the chocolate layer into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  • Mix in the pumpkin puree, spices and 1 egg with the remaining batter.
  • Pour the pumpkin layer over the chocolate batter.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry.
Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake (Paleo)
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • ¼ cup of coconut flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3/4 cup of honey
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tablespoon of pumpkin spice (or 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon,¼ tsp of ground clove,¼ tsp of ground ginger,¼ tsp of ground nutmeg, ¼ tsp of ground cardamom)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using an electric mixer, food processor, or immersion blender, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, baking soda, honey and 6 eggs, until well combined.
  3. Scoop 2 cups of this batter and place in a separate bowl.
  4. Mix in the 2 cups of batter you set aside with the unsweetened cocoa and transfer the chocolate layer into a greased 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
  5. Mix in the pumpkin puree, spices and 1 egg with the remaining batter.
  6. Pour the pumpkin layer over the chocolate batter.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry.

 

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Desserts

No-Bake Paleo Almond Joy

Here we have a healthier version of a traditional chocolate bar. These guilt-free paleo almond joy bars are much more tasty than the store-bought ones. You can sweeten them with honey, raw honey, or maple syrup. I like the flavor of maple syrup much better, but if you use raw honey they are a little bit easier to work with and less crumbly.

For the chocolate shell you have several options, you can follow the recipe below using tempered cacao paste or any unsweetened chocolate bar (preferably soy-free), you can make my raw chocolate recipe or you can just melt Enjoy Life Chocolate chips or your favorite sweetened chocolate bar.

For other chocolate treats try my Paleo S’mores, raspberry fudge, chocolate chip cookies or avocado chocolate pudding

 

Ingredients for the Filling:

1 cup of  unsweetened shredded coconut

¼ cup of maple syrup or raw honey

3 tbsp of softened coconut oil

¼ tsp of almond extract

pinch of sea salt

8 -10 almonds

 

Ingredients for the Chocolate

3 tbsp of coconut oil

1/3 cup of tempered cacao paste or unsweetened chocolate

3 tbsp of raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder (optional for a stronger dark chocolate taste)

¼ cup of maple syrup

 Raw Almond Joy

Preparation:

  •  In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond extract and salt until an uniform paste is formed.
  • Wrap a small square container with plastic wrap and pressed the mixture into it forming a layer about ¾ inch thick.paleo coconut bars
  • Press the almonds on top of the mixture, evenly distributed.
  • Freeze for 20-30 minutes and cut the coconut  filling into desired shape.Raw Almond Joy
  • Return filling to the freezer.
  • Meanwhile in a small saucepan, gently melt all the ingredients for the chocolate shell and allow to cool off until the mixtures thickens to a heavy syrup consistency.
  • Dip the coconut bars into the chocolate and freeze until the chocolate is hard.
  • If necessary coat in chocolate one more time.
  • Transfer and store in the refrigerator

Raw Almond Joy

WARNING! Keep away from sneaky children, they may hide in a corner with a tray full of theses

Lucy loves chocolate

Entree · Pork

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork (crock pot)

My slow cooked pulled pork recipe is a mildly spicy hybrid between a barbecue pulled pork and a Kalua pork. It is slightly sweeter than the Kalua pig, but without the overwhelmingly sweetness of a barbecue sauce.

This mouth-watering dish can be prepared in under 5 minutes and it is a great party or potluck dish. It can be prepared a day or two ahead and stored in the refrigerator, or it can even be frozen. The trick to keeping it moist and flavorful is to store the already shredded pork with some of the remaining juices from the slow cooker.

I often get asked for a recommendation on slow cookers, since there have been reports of ceramic pot slow cookers leaching lead into the food. I currently own an old Crock Pot that I purchased at Costco and it has done a great job for many years, but on my wish list (subtle hint for my friends and relatives) I have an “InstantPot“, this is a 6-in-1 cooking device with a stainless steel insert, that  allows you to brown, sauté, steam, pressure cook, slow cook or even cook rice with it. Imagine if you could brown, deglaze and braise a dish in the same pot? This cooking device is just brilliant.

Another alternative is a VitaClay which has an unglazed clay pot, but since the biggest one they make is only 8 cups, I wouldn’t be able to make my favorite roasted chicken in it.

I know what you are going to ask me next… Is that a grain-free bun? and what’s the recipe for it? Well, it is a grain free bun, that is both crispy on the outside and gooey in the inside. But I am not ready to share that recipe yet. These buns are worth money and I am hoping to either sell them some day or put the recipe in the book that I am SLOOOOOWLY working on. If someone has any ideas of how I can get it published please share them with me.

For similar ideas try my roast beef cucumber sandwich, balsamic roast or slow cooked ropa vieja

 

Paleo Pulled Pork

 

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs of pork shoulder
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
¼ to ½ cup of maple syrup
½ medium onion, sliced (optional)
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of chili powder
½ tsp of salt
½ tsp of ground cumin
½ tsp of smoked paprika

Preparation:

  • Slice the pork shoulder into 2 inch slices following the grain of the meat. This step is optional but it ensures that the flavors and spices are evenly distributed throughout the meat.
  • Place the meat into a slow cooker (crock pot)
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. I only use ¼ cup of maple syrup because I don’t like it to be too sweet, but you can add as much as you like.
  • Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat falls apart easily.
  • Place the meat in a large plate or cutting board and shred using two forks to pull the pieces apart.
  • Serve and enjoy

 

Tip: to store the leftover meat, place it in an air tight container, pour some of the juices from the crock pot over to prevent drying and refrigerate or freeze.

Paleo Pulled Pork Sandwich

 

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork (crock pot)
Recipe Type: Entree
Cuisine: Paleo
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 2.5 lbs of pork shoulder
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ to ½ cup of maple syrup
  • ½ medium onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of ground cumin
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Slice the pork shoulder into 2 inch slices following the grain of the meat. This step is optional but it ensures that the flavors and spices are evenly distributed throughout the meat.
  2. Place the meat into a slow cooker (crock pot)
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. I only use ¼ cup of maple syrup because I don’t like it to be too sweet, but you can add as much as you like.
  4. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 8 to 10 hours or until the meat falls apart easily.
  5. Place the meat in a large plate or cutting board and shred using two forks to pull the pieces apart.
  6. Serve and enjoy

 

Breakfast

Blueberry Banana Frittata

This Blueberry Banana Frittata was inspired by one of my most popular breakfast options: “The Banana Scramble” … The perfect healthy fix for a “sugary” breakfast, yet it is protein rich, nutrient dense and really simple and fast to make. My girls just absolutely love it and they ask for it everyday, but after a year plus of having the same breakfast almost daily, I got a little bored and decided to start experimenting with the recipe and adding different ingredients.

I know that the sounds of mixing bananas with eggs doesn’t seem appetizing at first, but if you think about it, eggs and sweeteners are basic ingredients in baking. If you mix the eggs very well with the rest of the ingredients you are not be able to taste them or see them.

The same thing happens here after you mix in the eggs with the banana– it really tastes like some sort of banana bread pudding but it is lot easier to make.

To make this frittata I used my oven to finish cooking the top, but depending on your large-pancake-flipping skills you may get away with cooking the top of the frittata in the pan as well. I’ll give you some tips on how to do it at the end of the recipe but if you are using a cast iron or heavy skillet, this step might be more challenging.

For other sweet breakfast  ideas try my grain-free oatmeal, cream of chocolate, or crispy paleo waffles.

Blueberry Banana Paleo Pancakes

Ingredients:

3 bananas
5 eggs
1/3 cup of almond flour or 2-3 tablespoons of coconut flour
1 tsp of vanilla
½ cup of fresh blueberries
2 tbsp of coconut oil

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. (Read below for a no-bake method)
  • In a medium bowl mash the bananas.
  • Mix in the eggs and whisk until very well combined.
  • Mix in the flour and the blueberries.
  • In a medium oven-safe skillet heat the coconut oil on the stove over medium/low heat.
  • Pour the mixture in the pan.
  • Cook uncovered until the middle of the frittata is cooked.
  • Put the frittata in the oven and cook until is fully done.
  • Turn the broiler on to brown the top (optional step).

Steps to flip the frittata into the pan (No-bake method):

  • Cook one side until the frittata is firm and at least two-thirds of it are cooked.
  • Cover the top of the pan with a large plate.
  • Hold the plate firmly while you turn the pan upside down to drop the frittata onto the plate.
  • Return the pan to the stove and slide the frittata back into the pan with the cooked side up.
  • Continue cooking until it is fully done.

Sweet Paleo Breakfast