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Yummy Paleo Treats

Even cavemen had a sweet tooth when they had the chance to get their hands on ripe fruit or honey. These simple frozen treats are good for you but satisfy that sweet craving, especially in the summer when you want a nice frozen treat.

Cut up banana slices and then spread nut butter between two slices. You can use any nut butter you like.

Put them in the freezer for 1 hour to get them nice and cold.

Dip them in melted dark chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. Pop them back in the freezer for another 2-3 hours! Once they are fully frozen you can transfer them to zip bags or storage container and keep frozen. Enjoy!!

Who knew you could have such delicious goodies on the Paleo diet?

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Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Paleo chocolate ice cream recipeDon’t you just love it when you create something awesome totally by accident? That is how this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe came to be. Oh, and it only takes 3 ingredients and about 1 minute to whip up. (except for the chill time)

Originally I was trying to make a pudding and I did…this recipe is actually a double duty recipe because it can be pudding or ice cream. Anyways, I made this yummy pudding for a treat but I knew if I kept it handy I would eat it everyday and because it isn’t exactly low carb I didn’t want that to happen so I decided to see if it would freeze well. A couple of days later I had a chocolate craving and that pudding in the freezer was calling to me! So I grabbed a serving and couldn’t wait for it to thaw….you girls know what I am talking about! To my surprise it was the creamiest and most luscious ice cream ever! Ppppphhhhh…. So much for putting it in the freezer to prevent temptation. 😀

half pint jarsHere is a little tip. Use the little half pint fruit preserve jars to store your pudding/ice cream in. This will do 2 things for you.

  1. Portion control! 🙂 Because it is a “treat” you don’t want to overdo it. If you have just a nice little portion you are less likely to sit and eat a whole batch.
  2. Because it can double duty as pudding, if you store it in little jars it can be taken out of the freezer and popped in a lunch bag. It will keep the rest of your lunch cold and it is a nice dessert treat that will make a boring bagged lunch more exciting.

Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

(yield 4 servings)

Ingredients:

1 c dark chocolate chips (Kraft or Nestle’s are gluten-free)

1 can coconut milk

2 tbsp coconut oil (preferred) or butter

Directions:

Combine everything in a saucepan and warm on medium low heat just until chocolate chips are melted. Stirring constantly. This only takes short time because the chips begin to melt as soon as the temperature gets above room temp. Once the chips are all melted, use a hand mixer or stick blender to blend it thoroughly. Pour into jars making sure you leave enough head space at the top to allow the mixture to expand in the freezer. Allow to cool completely and then freeze at least 4 hours.

I have also substituted butterscotch chips in this Paleo Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe and it was very yummy but I still think chocolate is my favorite. I will be experimenting more in the summer with adding fruit and white chocolate chips to come up with other flavors.

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Paleo Maple Almond Custard Recipe

paleo custard recipeI needed a good basic custard recipe for my Paleo desserts. I developed this Paleo Maple Almond Custard recipe as I was planning my first Paleo diet Christmas dinner. Yes, it still has carbs, any sweet does, but I wanted a dessert that was also protein rich that I could have as a treat. I used this custard to make my Paleo Maple Meringues with Custard and Berries recipe for that Christmas dinner.

The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use it plain as a parfait with a few berries for special treat or you can dress it up even more using it as the base for other yummy Paleo, low carb or gluten free desserts.

Because this custard uses almond milk as it’s main ingredient, it is much lower in fat and a true Paleo dessert although it does contain maple syrup so if you are strict about absolutely no sweeteners, well then you likely won’t be looking at this recipe anyways :).

Paleo Maple Almond Custard Recipe

Makes 4 1/2 cup servings

Ingredients:

2 cups plain unsweetened almond milk (divided)

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp arrowroot flour

1/2 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract

3 egg yokes, beaten

Directions:

Pour your almond milk into a heavy saucepan reserving 1/4 cup to dissolve the arrowroot flour. Add the maple syrup and vanilla bean. (if you are using vanilla extract you will wait and add it at the end of cooking)

On medium-low heat, slowly warm the almond milk until almost boiling. Stir the arrowroot flour into the reserved 1/4 cup of milk and mix till dissolved and smooth.

Stir the flour mixture into the hot almond milk, stirring constantly until thickened and mixture come to a slow boil. This takes a little while so make sure you are not going to be distracted. Don’t be tempted to jack up the heat because that will cause you to have lumpy custard or the flour may stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. Just allow it to slowly come to a boil as you are stirring.

Now slightly beat the egg yokes with a fork or whisk. You need to temper the eggs by adding a tablespoon or two of the hot mixture to the yokes as you are whisking. This prevents them from turning to scrambled eggs in your custard which is not very pleasant. Once they are tempered, pour them into the custard while stirring to mix it all together. Continue cooking for one more minute and you are done. Pour the custard into a bowl, or individual dessert cups and allow to fully cool before refrigerating. To avoid a skim on the top, lay some plastic wrap over the top of the custard. Enjoy!

Let me know how you used this Paleo Maple Almond Custard Recipe by leaving a comment below. I love to hear your ideas.

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Paleo Chocolate Candy Recipe

Paleo chocolate candy recipeIf you are a chocoholic this Paleo Chocolate Candy recipe is for you! So yummy and satisfying and so easy to make. This is another no bake recipe that whips up in no time. You don’t need to know how to bake to make these! They are sweet, gooey and crunchy at the same time but not overly sweet. Sinfully good …so be careful you do not eat too many. They have 6g of carbs per piece but they will give you a little boost of energy when needed or satisfy a serious chocolate craving.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup dates

1 cup almonds

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp water

Directions:

Pop everything into a food processor and buzz until everything is finely chopped.  If it is too dry add just a little more water, if it is too wet, add some more almonds or flax. Shape into tbsp sized balls. One batch should give you about 16-20 pieces. I keep mine in the freezer in a ziplock bag so they are handy when I have a chocolate or sweet craving. I hope you can eat just one!

If you have tried this Paleo Chocolate Candy recipe leave a comment and let me know what you think or any variations you come up with. You can try different nuts or maybe even add in some dried cherries for a Black Forest kind of taste.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: 1 serving (16g)
Calories
64.3
Fat
3.8
g
Saturated Fat
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
2.3
g
Cholesterol
0
mg
Sodium
58.6
mg
Potassium
97.5
mg
Carbohydrate
6.2
g
Dietary Fiber
1.4
g
Sugars
4.2
g
Protein
1.7
g
Alcohol
0.4
g
Vitamin A
0
%
Calcium
2
%
Vitamin D
0
%
Thiamin
2
%
Niacin
2
%
Vitamin B6
1
%
Phosphorus
4
%
Selenium
1
%
Vitamin C
0
%
Iron
2
%
Vitamin E
13
%
Riboflavin
5
%
Vitamin B12
0
%
Manganese
10
%
Copper
5
%
Magnesium
6
%
Zinc
2
%

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Paleo Sesame Fruit Candy Recipe

paleo sesame fruit candy recipeWith Christmas just a few days away I decided I needed to come up with some Paleo sweets recipes so I won’t be tempted to eat forbidden foods LOL. The result was this Paleo Sesame Fruit Candy recipe. These were so easy, no bake (which is always good) and they are soooo yummy! I also made some Paleo chocolate candies too and I will put that recipe on here later tonight.

Now it is important to remember that just because they are Paleo does not mean low carb LOL They are great for a little treat now and again but they do have 5g of carbs per piece so do be careful!

I am keeping a small supply of these and the chocolates in my freezer so I can grab just one whenever I have an intense sweet craving or if I need to bump up my carbs for the day. These would make great energy boosters for after workouts.

Paleo Sesame Fruit Candy Recipe

Ingredients:

3/4 c dried fruit (I used apricots and dried cantaloupe)

1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

1/2 sesame seeds

1/2 c nuts of your choice (I used walnuts)

1/2 c ground flaxseeds

2 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp water

Directions:

Now this is the hardest part..toss it all in a food processor and buzz. Yep, it really is that easy! It should be slightly moist but should form into balls without being too sticky. If it is too sticky add more nuts or coconut.

Now form it into balls and let them sit uncovered for a short time so the outside dries a bit. You should get about 2o pieces of candy from this recipe. I had to put mine right into the freezer because oh….I was tempted LOL If you try this Paleo Sesame Fruit Candy recipe leave me a comment, did you do any interesting combinations of nuts and fruits?

Variation: add a teaspoon or so of chopped fresh ginger for a little zip and a bit of an Asian flavor. They kind of remind me of a ginger candy I bought in my local Asian store a long time ago.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving: 1 serving (16g)
Calories
77.1
Fat
6.2
g
Saturated Fat
3.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1.8
g
Monounsaturated Fat
0.5
g
Cholesterol
0
mg
Sodium
3.1
mg
Potassium
112.5
mg
Carbohydrate
5.3
g
Dietary Fiber
1.9
g
Sugars
3.2
g
Protein
1.3
g
Alcohol
0.1
g
Vitamin A
4
%
Calcium
1
%
Vitamin D
0
%
Thiamin
2
%
Niacin
1
%
Vitamin B6
2
%
Phosphorus
3
%
Selenium
2
%
Vitamin C
0
%
Iron
3
%
Vitamin E
2
%
Riboflavin
1
%
Vitamin B12
0
%
Manganese
15
%
Copper
6
%
Magnesium
4
%
Zinc
2
%

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