One of the struggles I hear from some of my readers is how hard it is to find Paleo friendly recipes for the holidays. You, my faithful readers, have requested paleo friendly recipes and I aim to give you just that. Many of us have heard of the paleo diet, but aren’t familiar with what this kind of diet consists of or what it is. Obviously there’s more to this diet than what I’m about to explain, but here is a brief description in a nut shell:
- Often referred to as the caveman diet based on what foods are allowed.
- Anything that can be hunted or gathered is permitted. Fish, leafy veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, healthy oils, etc.
- Processed foods along with most modern type foods are a no go.
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Let’s be honest for a minute. The majority of diet type foods are absolutely horrible and no one would ever eat them willingly. My husband has referred to some of these foods like eating cardboard. Many of the diet foods have no taste. However, as they say in the paleo community, it isn’t a diet, it is a lifestyle! It IS possible to have healthier options – paleo friendly options – that taste great and are prepared around the holidays! This is how this recipe was born.
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My oldest and I savor gingerbread, especially this time of year! My younger two will eat brownies until only crumbs remain. I decided to merge the two and prepare a recipe that is healthy, fun, festive, kid friendly, and full of holiday cheer!
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3 tablespoons of Coconut Flour
¼ cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ teaspoon of Baking Soda
2 teaspoons of ground Ginger
1 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground Cloves
Pinch of Salt
¼ cup of Coconut Oil, melted
¾ cup Coconut Palm Sugar
3 tablespoons of Black-strap Molasses
3 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, sift together the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves and a pinch of salt. Keep aside.
1. Add ½ cup chocolate chip or chopped nuts of choice to the brownie batter for added texture.
2. Optional step, top the brownies with shredded coconut or whipped coconut cream and a light dusting of cocoa powder for a fancy festive feel.
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Paleo Gingerbread Brownies
- 3 tablespoons of Coconut Flour
- ¼ cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ½ teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 2 teaspoons of ground Ginger
- 1 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of ground Cloves
- Pinch of Salt
- ¼ cup of Coconut Oil, melted
- ¾ cup Coconut Palm Sugar
- 3 tablespoons of Black-strap Molasses
- 3 Large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease an 8x8 pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, sift together the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon and cloves and a pinch of salt. Keep aside.
In a blender or food processor, combine, the eggs, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, molasses, vinegar and the vanilla extract. Blend it on high for a minute or two
Add the sifted dry ingredient to it and blend on high, till everything is well incorporated.
Pour in the prepared pan and smooth it out.
Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
Let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then finish cooling completely on a wire rack
Cut into 9 to 12 squares, depending how big or small you want each square to be.
Note- Add ½ cup chocolate chip or chopped nuts of choice to the brownie batter for added texture. Optional step, top the brownies with shredded coconut or whipped coconut cream and a light dusting of cocoa powder for a fancy festive feel.