All-Purpose Paleo Bread


Bread can be one of those recipes that can intimidate even the most advanced baker. Thankfully, you have nothing to fear with this recipe and you certainly don’t need to be an advanced baker to serve up this amazing bread.

But what exactly is an “all-purpose” bread you ask? Well, our all-purpose paleo bread can be utilized for almost all your paleo “bread” needs. This means that this recipe can be used to make bread for sandwiches, biscuits or just regular toast for breakfast! So, let’s jump in and get our bread baking.


8 ounces + 1-2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 cups “Paleo” flour (we buy ours at Natural Grocers but if you need to make your own, mix equal parts coconut flour, almond flour and tapioca flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons gelatin
7 tablespoons red palm shortening


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
Place 1 tablespoon of palm shortening on a paper towel and coat the inside of a bread pan. Place bread pan to the side.
In a small bowl mix together 8 ounces of coconut milk and 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Place bowl to the side.
In a large bowl mix together paleo flour, baking soda, salt and gelatin.
Add 6 tablespoons of palm shortening to dry mixture. Using a fork “cut” the shortening into the dry mixture, you do this by using the fork to push the shortening into the flour. Continue to do this until you the mixture looks like wet sand.

Add coconut milk, apple cider vinegar mixture to your large bowl. Knead your mixture until you are able to form a ball of dough that doesn’t crumble apart. You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of additional coconut milk to achieve this.

Place dough in your bread pan and cook for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool and then enjoy all your hard work!

Happy Baking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Coconut Pie Crust


For anyone who’s made pie crust you know that it is a “specific” kind of task. You have to use the right ingredients; the right steps and you need to end up with the correct consistency at the end. Furthermore, when you think of making the traditional pie crust recipe into it’s paleo equivalent you may not know where to start because you literally need to replace all the ingredients with something different.

The following is an easy recipe for a paleo pie crust. What’s even better is you most likely already have the ingredients you’ll need. It requires a little more attention but even if you don’t have a ton of baking experience you’ll be able to handle it.


3 cups of shredded coconut (just coconut, it should not be sweetened)
4 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons cashew butter (you can replace this if you’d prefer almond instead)
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place coconut in food processor and process for a few minutes until shredded coconut looks almost like it has been grated.
Place processed coconut into a bowl and set aside.
In a small microwave safe bowl add coconut oil and cashew butter, place in the microwave for 30 seconds or until coconut oil has melted.
Add coconut oil and cashew mixture to the processed coconut; also add the honey and salt.
Mix together until thoroughly combined.

2015-08-28 11.13.00Press coconut mixture into pie dish forming a pie crust.

2015-08-28 11.20.44Place in oven and bake for roughly 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove and let cool before adding filling.

Note that sometimes the pie crust may fall down towards the bottom of the pie dish slightly during baking. If this happens it’s not a problem at all, simple use the back of a spoon to push the crust back into position. As the crust cools it will harden and maintain its intended shape.


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Dealing With Criticism


It’s the holidays which means we’re spending a ton of time with family and friends. Unfortunately, sometimes the people we spend the most time with can be the most critical and the topic of lifestyle is generally fair game. When your friends and family find out that you’re following a paleo lifestyle, you may run into a few critics and probably a load of questions. Here are a few of our recommendations on how to handle both.

Handling Criticism and Questions

Knowing your stuff- if you’ve committed to the paleo lifestyle it’s probably because you understand the impact of clean eating and eating like our ancestors on your body. Brushing up on a few facts of why certain foods, foods not included on paleo; are bad will allow you to make your case. While I’d like to say you can’t argue with science, I know that’s not true. At the minimum it will make you appear to others that you know what you’re talking about, because you do.

Answer questions- remember most people may not know anything about paleo. Try to answer all questions without judging, you may think someone is making fun of you when in reality they simply don’t know.

It’s not that big of a deal- when it comes down to it the best way to end a critics criticism is to act like it’s not a big deal. If someone won’t let it go just ignore the topic.

Ask your own question– ask others what they’re doing to get healthy this coming new year. It’s an easy and simple way to change the conversation.

These are a few tactics to handle criticism and questions. For more examples of how to handle criticism and to hear some of the questions we received take a look at the “FAQ” section in our best selling book PALEO Cleanse

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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