Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Paleo treats recipes

01:38 Posted by Dhaval Bhandari
Many people assume that when you start following a more healthy diet that you have to give up desserts. While it is true that you should limit your intake of sweet, high-calorie foods like desserts, you do not need to give them up entirely. There are plenty of ways to stick to your Paleo diet while also enjoying the occasional sweet treat. Rather than reaching for a candy bar or a scoop of ice cream, think about trying some of these fruit-based recipes. Fruit is naturally sweet and contains a variety of healthy nutrients that your body needs. It may be hard to believe but sometimes dessert can actually be good for you!

Paleo treats recipes: Dark Chocolate Brownies

No matter what type of diet you are on, you should still be able to enjoy the occasional treat. The key to sticking to the rules of the paleo diet while still enjoying the occasional dessert is to avoid refine sugars use some type of natural sweetener like honey or agave nectar as a substitute.

paleo treats recipes

Number of Servings:  14
Prep Time:  20 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • ½ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 ½ cups almond flour
  • 8 oz. unsweetened dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. coconut butter
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped


Instructions:


  1. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray then line the bottom with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the brownies.
  2. Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Heat the unsweetened dark chocolate, honey and coconut butter in a double boiler over medium heat. Stir often until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the eggs. Stir in the flour mixture then fold in the walnuts. Do not over-stir.
  5. Pour the batter into the cooker and spread it evenly.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 3 ½ hours. Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes to create a crust on top of the brownies.
  7. Cool completely before removing from cooker to cut and serve.

Nutritional Information:  

330 calories, 216 calories from fat, 9 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates,24  g fat, 21 g sugar

Paleo treats recipes: Pumpkin Pie Pudding

If you are in the mood for pumpkin pie but do not want to go through the hassle of making up a pie crust – or if you have decided to completely omit grains and flours from your diet – this recipe is the perfect solution. This slow cooker paleo treats recipes for pumpkin pie pudding is the perfect way to enjoy a fall favorite while still sticking to your Paleofied diet.

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Number of Servings:  8
Prep Time:  20 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup coconut butter, melted


Instructions:


  1. Coat the inside of the utensil with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, honey and half of the pumpkin pie spice in a medium bowl, stirring to combine. Add the batter to the vessel.
  3. Stir together the almond flour, pecans and remaining pumpkin pie spice in another bowl then sprinkle it over top of the batter in slow cooker.
  4. Drizzle the melted coconut butter over the ingredients in the utensil.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH heat for 2 ½ hours. Turn off the slow cooker and cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information:  

268 calories, 198 calories from fat, 6 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 22 g fat, 11 g sugar.

Paleo treats recipes: Raisin-Stuffed Apples

If you want to enjoy the flavor of decadent apple pie while still sticking to the principles of the paleo diet, this recipe is perfect for you. These raisin-stuffed apples are a snap to prepare and as they cook in your slow cooker they will fill your home with the delicious aroma of apple and cinnamon. Once you try this recipe feel free to experiment with different substitutions to achieve different flavors – try adding some chopped nuts or swap out the raisins for another type of dried fruit.

Raisin-Stuffed Apples

Number of Servings:  4
Prep Time:  20 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • 4 tart apples (Granny Smith)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup organic apple juice
  • 1 tbsp. ghee

Instructions:


  1. Core the apples and place them upright in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Combine the raisins, honey and cinnamon in a small bowl then spoon the mixture into the apples.
  3. Pour the apple juice into the vessel around the apples and top each apple with a small dollop of ghee.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 5 hours or on HIGH heat for 2 ½ hours.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the apples from the bowl and serve hot.

Nutritional Information:  

226 calories, 36 calories from fat, 0 g protein, 52 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat,46 g sugar

Paleo treats recipes: Peach Blackberry Fruit Crisp

Whether you are looking for a sweet summertime dessert or something to bring to a company picnic, this recipe for peach blackberry fruit crisp is perfect. Not only can you customize this recipe to utilize different fruit combinations, but you can also double or triple the recipe very easily to serve a large number of people. Make the most of the summer months by using recipes like this one to enjoy fresh fruit while it is in season.

Peach Blackberry Fruit Crisp


Number ofServings:  6
Prep Time:  10 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • 1lb fresh peaches, sliced
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • 1 ½ cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp. coconut butter
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Drizzle organic honey

Instructions:


  1. Coat the inside of the cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the sliced peaches and blackberries in the bowl.
  3. Pour the almond meal and ground cinnamon into a medium bowl, stirring to combine. Cut in the coconut butter using a pastry cutter. 
  4. Sprinkle the almond meal mixture on top of the fruit in the vessel and drizzle with organic honey.
  5. Cover and heat on LOW for 2 ½ hours. 
  6. Turn off the slow cooker and cool for 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information:  

250 calories, 153 calories from fat, 8 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat, 12 g sugar

Paleo Cooking Tips:  This recipe is the perfect summertime dessert because you can customize it using whatever fruit is in season. If you happen to grow your own fruit or have access to fresh local produce, don’t be afraid to try out a variety of combinations. You be surprised at what you can come up with!

Paleo treats recipes: Spiced Fruit Compote

Spiced fruit compote is a light, healthy dessert that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Rather than relying on refined sugars for its sweetness, however, this recipe plays up the natural sweetness of fresh fruit and berries like pears, strawberries, pineapple and cherries. If you don’t have one of these fruits on hand, feel free to substitute another type of fresh
in-season fruit.

Spiced Fruit Compote


Number of Servings:  10
Prep Time:  15 Minutes

Ingredients:


  • 3 fresh pears, cored and cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cups pineapple, cubed
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 cups pitted cherries
  • 3 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tbsp. organic honey
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Instructions:


  1. Combine the pears, strawberries, pineapple, apricots and cherries in the slow cooker.
  2. Stir together the honey, orange juice concentrate and ground ginger then stir it into the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  3. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top then cover and cook on LOW heat for 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Turn off the slow cooker and cool for 30 minutes before spooning into dishes to serve


Nutritional Information:
197 calories, 72 calories from fat, 3 g protein, 33 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 22 g sugar.