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Holiday Baking

24 Dec

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The holidays are upon us and the baker inside of me is just screaming to create delicacies. This year I decided not to go too crazy because 1. paleo friendly ingredients for baking are expensive, and 2. my willpower against over-indulging is honestly not the best. I don’t flinch at a tray of conventional cookies or cakes, but when I personally bake with health-ier ingredients, a little bit of self-control is lost somewhere in the process! Regardless, it’s still fun to have dessert options and more importantly to share them with loved ones.

Here are three of my favorite no-fail recipes that everyone will love, and you will not waste any almond flour** experimenting. Thank you to Elana’s Pantry and Roost Blog for making my holiday baking so much easier for the past two years!

1. Elana’s Pantry Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies

  • Increase the ground coffee content to 3 Tbsp
  • Replace grapeseed oil with melted coconut oil
  • Increase the sea salt content to 3/4 tsp

2. Roost Blog Gingerbread

3. Elana’s Pantry Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Replace grapeseed oil with melted coconut oil or butter
  • Replace agave nectar with raw honey (sometimes I decrease the honey to 1/4 cup depending on my audience)
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They even make great holiday gifts!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Heather

**I always have the best luck with JK Gourmet and Honeyville almond flours. They are worth ordering, despite the convenience of other store brands.

Primal friendly bake sale treats

29 Mar

I love any opportunity to cook or bake for others. When a bake sale comes up I usually jump at the chance. This one was a bit challenging for me since I gave up honey for Lent, but a great exercise in willpower nonetheless!

Here are two easy options sure to please both kiddos and adults, while not compromising your inner desire to free the world from processed sugar and grains. It’s a shame my own kids picked out cake pops instead, but hey—remember it’s all about balance!

1. Almond Flour Honey Sweetened Trail Mix Cookies

  • 2.5 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter, or ghee) melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first three ingredients in large bowl. Mix together vanilla, melted oil, and honey and combine with the dry ingredients. Fold in remaining ingredients. Roll into small balls, flatten slightly and place on parchment lined baking pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen small cookies.

For some versatility:

  • Forego the honey to make a savory scone type treat (did this on accident once and was pleasantly surprised with the results!)
  • Use any “trail mix” ingredients: dark chocolate chips, almond slivers, raisins, chopped apricots…..

2. Homemade Larabar balls

Original Cookie Dough Flavor recipe here. Try adding 1 Tbsp of coconut oil instead of the water for added richness, and to make the mixture stick better.

Mocha Cocoa Flavor

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Pulse nuts in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until finely ground, and mixture starts to clump together. Form into balls OR flatten in parchment lined 8×8 pan, refrigerate 1-2 hours, and cut into bar shapes.

Happy Thursday,

Heather

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