5 Delicious Paleo desserts

Most of these are really easy and relatively low cal. During family holidays its always hard to stay healthy during all the festivities and with all the food laying around. Don’t get me wrong, I love normal old fashioned cake, but with so many unhealthy dishes it might be a good idea to make one or 5 of them that are healthier. Some of the recipe’s aren’t strictly Paleo as Paleo doesn’t call for the use of sugars. In addition if you’re not on a Paleo diet but want to try some of the recipe’s as a healthier option you can most definitely try it.

Pumpkin pie

Its really easy to make and sometimes I even mix equal amounts of pumpkin and sweet potato (yams) to get a pie higher in carbs for the days I do high intensity training and need some more carbs. This recipe is both Paleo and vegan friendly.

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INGREDIENTS

  • Crust:  1 1/4 Cups Walnuts or Pecans

  • 1 Cup of Chestnut or Almond Flour

  • 1 Egg White

  • Sprinkle of salt. (I like to add in a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon here)

    Filling:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Puree (Roast your leftover pumpkin and blend it) or use 1 full can.
  • 2/3 Cup of Walnuts1/3 Cup Cashews
  • 3 Eggs and 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 Cup Honey + 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (Or for indulgence, go for 1/2 cup Maple and reduce the water to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Spice Mix: 1 tsp Ginger, 1 tsp Allspice, 1 tsp Nutmeg, 1/2 tsp Cloves, 1/2 tsp Cardamon, 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegans Omit the eggs and water, Add 1/2 cup Soy/almond milk and 2 TB cornstarch and 1 tsp Arrowroot.

Full instructions at wholefoods.heartspacedundee.co.uk

Raw Apple Pie with Paleo Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t like apple pie. With this Paleo inspired recipe you can keep the calories down, for those on a calorie restrictive diet(not necessarily just for Paleo followers), while getting your daily dose of apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…

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INGREDIENTS.

For the Crust

  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw macadamias
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Filling

  • 6 apples, peeled  (cut 1 of the apples into ½ inch chunks, thinly slice the other 5). I used Pippin apples but Granny Smith or other baking apple would work just fine.
  • 1 cup of pitted dates that have been soaked in apple juice for 30 minutes, then drain the juice into a small measuring cup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 medium orange, seeded, peeled and pulled apart into segments

Full instructions at nutritionyoucantrust

Strawberry Cheesecake (non-dairy and Paleo)

Who doesn’t love a diet where you can still have cheesecake, even if it is dairy free.

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INGREDIENTS

The crust
The filling
Garnish

Full instructions at the healthy foodie

Paleo Brownies

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INGREDIENTS
  • 57 grams (1/2 cup) finely ground almond flour
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) Dutch-process cocoa powder* (see note above)
  • 85 grams (1/2 cup) coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade or grain-free store-bought
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 113 grams (about 2/3 cup) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate or chips, melted
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 85 grams (1/4 cup) honey
  • 3 large eggs (about 150 grams out of the shell)

Full instructions on glutenfreebaking.com

Snickers Pie

(Raw, Vegan, Gluten + Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free)

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INGREDIENTS
Crust
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c nut of choice (I like cashews and almonds best, with walnuts shortly behind – you can even MIX nuts if you’re CRAZY)
  • 1 c unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Caramel Layer
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water for 10 min and then drained
  • 3 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsalted almond butter
Nut Butter Mousse
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 3/4 c peanut butter, almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Additions
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate of choice, for drizzling (optional)

Full instructions at sproutedroots.com

 

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Pepper Steak Pie- A hot meal for cold weekends

This weekend was the first of many expected cold weekends. Its when its not quite winter yet but its already becoming more comfortable to just stay indoors. In the spirit of upcoming winter I decided to make us Pepper-steak pies. The last time I even had a proper pie was before we left home 2 years ago. Its pretty hard to get hold of puff pastry here in Korea so frankly I didn’t even bother with any kind of pie, but since I’ve been craving Pepper steak Pie for over a month now, I’ve decided its time to make it.

I had to start with the puff pastry. I’ve never made my own but I have to say, I don’t think I will ever buy puff pastry again. It just isn’t the same.Home made pastry just melts in your mouth. Admittedly, it takes much longer to make than store bought pastry but if you make a big batch, you can use it more than once.

I used a Rough-puff Pastry recipe from the BBCgoodfoodblog by Gordan Ramsey

TO make this you will need (makes 4 pies)

  • 250g strong plain flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 250g butter , at room temperature, but not soft
  • about 150ml cold water

 

Pepper steak Pie (makes 4 pies)

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For the Pie filling

Ingredients

  • 5oog steak
  • 1/2 cup flour seasoned with salt & pepper ( you can add more if you have more meat)
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Worcester sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup merlot
  • salt to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten ( to brush on top of the pastry)

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Directions. 

  1. Marinade the meat in the Worcester sauce for about 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  3. In a large pan, put a generous amount of olive oil
  4. Coat the meat with the seasoned flour mixture and shake off any excess flour. Put it in the frying pan and fry until golden brown.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. In the same pan fry the onions, garlic and mushrooms.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, merlot, rosemary, thyme, pepper and excess Worcester sauce.
  7. Add the meat back into the pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. The meat should already be soft enough so no need to cook it for longer than that.
  8. Roll out the puff pastry and cut 2 circles for each pie. I used a breakfast bowl and pressed down hard on the pastry as I don’t have any fancy equipment.
  9. Lay the circles on a baking pan, scoop in about 1-2 teaspoons of the meat mixture.
  10. Brush the edges of the dish with beaten egg and roll over the puff pastry. Trim the edges then brush with the remaining egg.
  11. Make an incision at the top of the pastry in order for the steam to escape.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Remove from the oven and serve.

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