Category for desserts

Lemon Basil Cookies

Posted on July 17, 2013

Pick some of the fresh basil that’s exploding in your garden for these zesty grain-free herb-flecked cookies.

I based this recipe (and photo) on one from Bon Appetit for Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies. As you might expect, these are gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free cookies. I used the same flavor profile as the Bon Appetit recipe, though decided not to make mine a shortbread cookie.

I’ve used coconut butter as the fat in this cookie recipe, which I learned to do from Jessica ... read more →

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Posted on July 8, 2013

Melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffles flavored with bioflavanoid-rich orange zest.

These fantastically healthy dark chocolate truffles are full of antioxidant rich cacao powder and sweetened with honey and just a bit of vanilla stevia, which leaves a lot of room for the other flavors to come through.

Although I experimented and made these truffles with vanilla and raspberry, I ended up loving orange the best. I think orange zest and dark chocolate are a wonderful flavor combination.

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Filling:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
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Chocolate Pots de Creme

Posted on June 17, 2013

Dairy-free Chocolate Pots de Creme made with a mere five ingredients.

This recipe for dairy-free Chocolate Pots de Creme is based on an award winning recipe by one of my favorite bloggers, Michelle of Nom Nom Paleo. Michelle is an amazing person and chef, and both she and her recipes are beloved and admired in the Paleo community.

While the name “pot de creme” is quite fancy, don’t be intimidated. This recipe is easy to make with only 5 ingredients –dark chocolate, ... read more →

Egg-Free Paleo Macaroons

Posted on June 11, 2013

Egg-Free Paleo Macaroons made with shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut oil and a touch of honey melt in your mouth.

Macaroons are one of my favorite naturally gluten-free treats. These gluten-free, egg-free macaroons are made with healthy, high-fiber coconut and lightly sweetened with honey.

Usually, macaroons contain eggs, and whenever I post a macaroon recipe I get numerous comments from readers asking for an egg-free version. Well, here you go –egg-free macaroons.

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1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut flour
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Paleo Snickerdoodles

Posted on May 30, 2013

Paleo Snickerdoodles made with antioxidant rich cinnamon and high-protein almond flour are one of my children’s favorite cookies.

Snickerdoodles are a simple, yet delightful cookie, a favorite of children and adults alike. During the past couple of years I’ve received dozens of requests for Paleo Snickerdoodles. In fact, just a couple of days ago I asked my Facebook fans whether they wanted to see a gluten-free, grain-free snickerdoodle recipe here, or an egg-free macaroon recipe –the snickerdoodles won 156 to 88 ... read more →

Banana Cream Pie

Posted on May 16, 2013

Banana Cream Pie –made with coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, dates and stevia– is the perfect after dinner treat.

If you made my Paleo Pie Crust but didn’t fill it with anything yet, fear not. This dairy-free Banana Cream Pie filling is the perfect companion for it. It’s made with five ingredients (coconut milk, coconut oil, bananas, dates, and stevia) and primarily fruit sweetened.

You’ll also appreciate the fact that it’s a quick and easy recipe. Bake your pie crust ahead of ... read more →

Paleo Pie Crust

Posted on May 15, 2013

Paleo Pie Crust made with four ingredients –almond flour, salt, coconut oil, and egg, can cradle fruit or creamy pie filling.

Have you been craving a healthy, yet decadent fluffy pie made with very little added sweetener and all Paleo ingredients? Maybe with an almond flour crust? I have, and I’m sharing my latest inspiration with you in two installments –first comes this easy-to-make Paleo Pie Crust. Next, in a few days, will be a dairy-free Banana Cream filling.

I love baking ... read more →

Paleo Brownies

Posted on April 18, 2013

These dark chocolate brownies are lightly-sweetened with dates and packed with other Paleo perks such as coconut oil.

These Paleo brownies are simply unbelievable- moist, chocolatey, and full of gluten-free goodness. They will knock the socks off of even the most die-hard gluten-full brownie lover. All of my taste testers said they could not believe these Paleo Brownies were not only gluten-free, but grain-free as well.

Sweetened with a mere seven dates in the entire batch of brownies, and a bit of ... read more →

Paleo Peanut Butter Patties – Tagalongs

Posted on March 8, 2013

Paleo, gluten-free Girl Scout cookies made with sunbutter, dark chocolate and an almond flour cookie will rock your world.

These Girl Scout cookies are called Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs, and guess what? I’ve made them gluten-free and Paleo. Now you can enjoy more gluten-free, Paleo Girl Scout Cookies. No need to give in to cravings for the regular (sugar-filled, gluten-filled) Girl Scout Cookies which are everywhere this time of year.

When I was a girl I was in a troupe called ... read more →

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

Posted on February 15, 2013

Gluten-free thin mints are a scrumptious Paleo holiday cookie and make a great gift for friends and neighbors.

Don’t be sad that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, because now it’s gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie season, and you can partake in gluten-free Thin Mints. You can even dive into Paleo Girl Scout Cookies, otherwise known as Paleo Thin Mints.

Give thanks for this to the fabulous Tammy Credicott, author of Paleo Indulgences. Without her book, full of fabulous Paleo recipes (including a couple ... read more →

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Posted on January 15, 2013

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies will rock your world.

This recipe for gluten-free Paleo Girl Scout cookies is based on one from the wonderful cookbook Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott (the book also has a fantastic forward by Robb Wolf). This Paleo cookbook is packed with healthy substitutes for your favorite treats. Tammy has done an amazing job in compiling nutritious, yet mouthwatering recipes that range from all sorts of fun gluten-free baked goods and candies to healthy ... read more →

Cranberry Chocolate Truffles

Posted on December 20, 2012

Paleo Candy for the holidays? Why yes! Healthy Cranberry Chocolate Truffles are chock full of coconut oil.

This “candy” is a healthy holiday snack or dessert. Made with a coconut oil base, dark chocolate, dried cranberries, and a dash of stevia, these truffles are a lovely little pick-me-up in a sea of holiday junk food.

This gluten-free truffle has a deliciously healthy coconut oil base. It is also a wonderful holiday treat if you or your loved ones have a nut allergy.

Paleo Apple Tart

Posted on October 29, 2012

When chilly weather arrives the boys ask for Paleo Apple Tart with Pecan Crust on a nightly basis.

Cold weather means apple pie (or some version thereof) in my house.  Our favorite is this cinnamon-spiked apple tart encased in a pecan crust. Since my boys go gaga for anything involving baked apples, this gluten free apple tart with a high protein, grain free crust doesn’t last long around here.

I love that the boys (and their friends) gobble down a treat high ... read more →

Paleo Pecan Tart Crust

Posted on October 26, 2012

Here’s a healthy paleo tart crust made from pecans, egg and coconut flour –gluten free, of course!

This quick and easy gluten free tart crust holds together very well and has a wonderfully nutty flavor.

The first few times I made this high protein, paleo tart crust, I had it with apple filling. I think it would be even better with the pumpkin pie filling recipe in The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Feel free to experiment and fill this tart crust with ... read more →

Paleo Pumpkin Bars

Posted on October 16, 2012

‘Tis time for all things pumpkin and squash, including velvety Paleo pumpkin bars.

Pumpkin season is my favorite time of year. When the days get shorter, the nights cool and crisp, I indulge in my fascination with those odd shaped, brightly colored vegetables known as winter squash.

Pumpkin is a type of winter squash, and I use a variety of winter squash in my pumpkin recipes. For these Paleo Pumpkin Bars I chose roasted acorn squash, though you could just as easily ... read more →

Paleo Honey Cake

Posted on September 18, 2012

Paleo Honey Cake made with high protein almond flour for your High Holiday celebrations.

Honey Cake, also known as Lebkuchen, is a traditional Jewish dessert eaten during Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year); my family sometimes serves it during Yom Kippur Break Fast as well since it is a warming, comforting food. Traditionally, we eat honey during the High Holidays as this ritual sets the tone for a sweet new year. It is common to dip apples in honey at the ... read more →

Mint Chip Truffles

Posted on September 11, 2012

Gluten free dairy free Mint Chip Truffles are full of healthy fats to keep your motor running.

These low-carb healthy Mint Chip Truffles are a fantastic Paleo snack. In fact, I love to eat them right after I work out (my workouts, which I do several times per week are long walks, very light weight lifting, Pilates and yoga). However, they’re also the perfect post workout snack for high-intensity athletes such as CrossFitters.

On top of that? They’re a great Paleo dessert ... read more →

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted on August 15, 2012

Grain free, gluten free chocolate cupcakes made with coconut oil for your Paleo celebrations.

These grain free Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes are a wonderful occasional treat –perfect for a birthday celebration. I’ve also made this a nut free cupcake for those of you with little ones who have a nut allergy, or go to a school with a nut-free policy. Of course this is a gluten free cupcake.

Made with coconut oil, this treat is dairy free as well. While I’ve been on ... read more →

Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream

Posted on July 27, 2012

Dairy free, gluten free Mint Chip Ice Cream made with coconut milk and dark chocolate chips to cool you off on a hot summer day.

As you may know from my post a couple of weeks ago, I’m a big fan of the new book Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly Broznya. And I mean BIG fan. I love the recipes in this book. So do my boys.

Last week I made a huge dinner of sirloin tip, roasted broccoli and Caesar ... read more →

Dairy Free Ice Cream

Posted on July 4, 2012

Kelly Broznya’s dairy-free coffee ice cream is one of my all time favorite treats. Photo by Kelly Broznya.

I’m hooked on Kelly Broznya’s perfect new summer cookbook Dairy Free Ice Cream. Since obtaining a copy last week, I’ve been working my way through this dairy free tome, and I’ve already made eight recipes.

I’m mighty happy with the gluten-free, dairy-free frozen desserts that I’ve tasted from this book. Thus far, the healthy ice cream flavors I’ve indulged in have included : Pistachio, ... read more →