Our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Treats

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It’s Valentine’s day, which means it’s time to treat your special someone to something special. Here are our top 5 valentine’s day treats that are perfectly paleo and easy to whip together if you’re in a last minute time crunch.

Our Top 5 Valentine’s Day Treats

  1. Chocolate Dipped Bananas Bites 
  2. Strawberry Chocolate Protein Shake
  3. Berry Pie
  4. Paleo Pancakes
  5. Cranberry Nut Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Melissa Van Dover

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Pie-Mania

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You may have noticed that we LOVE pie! So we can’t resist making traditional pie recipes Paleo-friendly to enjoy all holiday season long, without the guilt.

For quick and easy access to all our favorite Pie Recipes, here’s a Pie-Mania cheat sheet:

Pie-Mania

Paleo Pie Crust – gluten-free, grain-free pie crust.

Coconut Pie Crust – Paleo Pie crust designed for those with egg-allergies.

Traditional Pumpkin Pie – decadent homemade Pumpkin Pie from scratch.

Egg-free Pumpkin Pie – Pumpkin Pie created especially for those with egg-allergies.

Mango Key Lime Pie – a slightly sweet, slightly tart touch to the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie – a slight twist on the Pumpkin Pie classic.

Christmas Pie – a Mince Pie inspired treat.

Berry Pie – an antioxidant rich dessert.

Apple Pie – an American favorite.

 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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Seasonal Menu

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Dinner party season is headed our way and we know how hard it can be to come up with a Paleo-friendly dinner selection that caters to even the most discerning guest.

So, to make your life easier, we’ve put together a 5 course Seasonal Menu, that you can follow entirely, or pick and choose from to make your own perfect Paleo dinner.

Let’s get started with the first course…simply click the links for each item below to be directed to the easy to follow recipe.

1st COURSE

Pear and Prosciutto Salad – This simple yet decadent salad option is a great light and tasty start to any dinner.

2nd COURSE

Bacon Wrapped Dates with Cashew “Cheese” – A guest post recipe that we adore, this appetizer is a great way to show off how traditional recipes can be adapted to become Paleo-friendly.

3rd COURSE

French Onion Soup – This soup is always a favorite and makes for a great introduction into the main course of a dinner serving.

4th COURSE

Apple Thyme Roast Chicken – A delicious main dish that’s complete with an apple stuffing and can be roasted alongside vegetables of your choice.

Cauliflower Mash – Roast this dish in the oven alongside the chicken and have a heathy substitute to traditional mashed potatoes.

5th COURSE

Sweet Potato Pie – A twist on the ever-popular Pumpkin Pie, this recipe is the perfect end to a seasonal dinner party.

 

Now that should impress your guests this holiday season!

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Our Top 9 Holiday Recipes

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No holiday would be complete without a favorite dish or meal. To help celebrate this year we’ve pulled our top 9 favorite recipes perfect for a holiday meal to share with you. These recipes are exactly what you need to serve the perfect paleo holiday meal.

Our top 8 favorite holiday recipes are…

  1. Paleo Apple Pie
  2. Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie
  3. Paleo Sausage and Fruit Stuffing
  4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  5. Pumpkin Spiced Cookies
  6. How To Make Paleo Gravy
  7. Paleo Roesmary Bread
  8. Christmas Pie
  9. Apple Thyme Roasted Chicken

Try serving up one of these dishes this holiday season and everyone will be happy.

Happy Holidays!

Melissa Van Dover

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Our Top 5 Pie Recipes

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Sometimes a treat is just what you need, especially during the holidays. So in honor of the holidays we’ve created a list of our five favorite pies based on recipes featured on our blog. So in no particular order because picking five was hard enough, here are our 5 favorite pies.

  1. Paleo Apple Pie
  2. Christmas Pie
  3. Paleo Pumpkin Pie
  4. Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie
  5. Mango Key Lime Pie

In addition to our favorite pies we also think they pair perfectly with our Paleo Pie Crust and Coconut Pie Crust recipes!

Happy Baking!

Melissa Van Dover

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Egg-Free, Paleo Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie; in fact it’s basically my whole family’s favorite pie. When I set out to make an egg-free, paleo pumpkin pie I went through a few rounds of pies before I finally got it perfect. On my finally pie, the one where I knew I’d figured it out, I ate a slice before I went to bed convinced that it would be there for breakfast when I woke up.

It wasn’t. The culprit? My brother! I was not happy…he ate the whole pie while I was sleeping! Thankfully it was easy enough to whip up another one.

Here is a quick and easy recipe for egg-free, paleo pumpkin pie.

INGREDIENTS

15 ounce can of pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3/4 cup coconut milk (remove the cream from the can first adding it to a measuring cup then add remaining liquid until you have 3/4 cups needed for the recipe)
1 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoon tapioca flour
gelatin egg (1 tablespoon gelatin, 1/8 cup hot water)
1 pie crust (our coconut pie crust goes great with this)

RECIPE

In a food processor combine everything except the gelatin egg and pie crust.
Pour mixture in a saucepan and heat over low heat for 10 minutes. (you can expect to see an occasional bubble and steam but you do not want a stream of bubbles)
In a small bowl whisk together gelatin and hot water. (add gelatin to water quickly while whisking)
Add pumpkin mixture and gelatin egg to food processor, process until combined.
Pour mixture into pie crust and place into fridge.
Let set for 2 hours.
Serve when ready.

This pie is simple to make and after your first time or two you won’t even need to think about it. Not to mention that when I make this I only usually need to pick up pumpkin as I have everything else in my house, you probably have most of the ingredients too.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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Mango Key Lime Pie

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Pies are such a great treat but when you’re trying to make them paleo and cut out any refined sugars and processed additives it can seem impossible feat. Thankfully paleo pies are often easier to make than normal pies.

Key lime pies have always been a favorite of mine and when I decided to make my own paleo version I wanted to spice it up a little. I had mangos sitting around my house and thought, wouldn’t that be delicious. It was delicious and I’m happy I get to share it with you, here’s an easy recipe for mango, key lime pie.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup mango puree (roughly 1 ½ mangos blended in your food processor)
1/2 cup of blended avocado (ripe avocados work the best, it is roughly 1 avocado blended in your food processor until you have a creamy, smooth mixture)
1/4 cup freshly squeezed key lime juice
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
3/4 cup coconut milk (scoop out the cream at the top of the can first then add the remaining liquid until you reach 3/4 cup)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
rind 2 key limes, grated
2 teaspoons tapioca flour
gelatin eggs (1.5 tablespoon gelatin + 1/4 cup hot water)
1 pie crust (goes great with our coconut pie crust)

RECIPE

Mix all ingredients together in food processor, except gelatin eggs; until thoroughly combined.
Pour mixture into saucepan and heat over low heat for 10 minutes. You’ll see a bubble escape here or there, it should not be bubbling regularly.
In a bowl whisk together 1/4 cup warm water and 1.5 tablespoon gelatin until slightly frothy (sprinkle gelatin over water slowly when whisking).
Pour both mixtures back into processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.
Pour into pie crust, let cool and stick in fridge to set. This will take roughly 3 – 4 hours.
Slice and serve!

There are a lot of ingredients in this pie but it’s nutrition packed. Not to mention that it doesn’t take long to prepare at all, at the most you’re looking at roughly 30 – 40 minutes to prepare your pie. Then all you need to do is let it cool; it’s the best part about a no bake pie.

Enjoy!

Melissa Van Dover

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