So its that time of the year and I know we are all going to be tempted into eating treats while we are at friend's and family's. What kind of "paleo" sweet treats do plan on bringing to share to all your non-paleo friends?
I've started a small collection but I thought it would be fun to see what you are doing this time of the year? Are you allowing yourself to be a little more flexible on what goes in your mouth given the holiday season?
Here are my favorite:
Macadamia Brittle http://www.thewholekitchen.com/macadamia-brittle/
Peppermint Patties http://www.thewholekitchen.com/peppermint-patties/
I'm coming at the holidays from a different angle.
The most wild and crazy thing my grandson and I have talked about is egg nog and if I make that I won't be putting sugar in it. Otherwise, our holiday treats will be meat-based:
Because of my binge eating disorder, in order to escape the trap of the SAD-based lifestyle I had to change my thinking at a very deep level. I make no attempt to "process" ancestral foods into neolithic desserts because it doesn't fit my new thought process. I'd make an effort for my grandson but he doesn't want me to because, while only about 50% ancestral, he's very weight-conscious.
These are recipes that are easy to make, relatively "healthy" and that go over pretty well with "non-paleo" people.
Paleo "Snowballs" made with organic coconut oil, coconut butter, and coconut flakes...
Almonds (soaked, sprouted, spiced, and then roasted)...
"Buttered" Hazelnuts (soaked, sprouted, coated in ghee, and then roasted)...
Coconut oil and chocolate bacon "bites" with maple and lard "frosting"...
On the savory side, I'm working on a sausage ball made with venison sausage, real cheddar cheese, and a "paleo" version of Bisquick (coconut flour, leavening, etc.) but I don't have any pictures or a post up...yet!
http://www.elanaspantry.com/brownies/ Best Paleo dessert I've found so far. I use honey instead of Agave. I'm bringing these to dinner Christmas day. Everyone welcomes brownies even though it's not a traditional Christmas item. These are better than any traditional recipe I've ever made. My husband who is a chef by trade agrees.
Elana's Mounds Candy Bars are our 2nd favorite Paleo dessert. http://www.elanaspantry.com/mounds-candy-bars/. I make them in WF mini cupcake tins. Pick the tins that are partially foil and not all paper so they can withstand the painting of the chocolate up the sides.
If I was hosting, I'd also do up some Paleo ice-cream, and I'm still looking for a good pumpkin pie recipe. Sisson's recent recipe left much to be desired in the crust but the filling was good. Won't be making that one again.
It seems like we always enjoyed Magic Cookie Bars at this time of year. I modified the traditional recipe to be paleo-friendly using coconut milk sweetened with coconut palm sugar, instead of sweetened condensed milk. They are just as delicious too! The recipe is here!
Wow, those all look awesome! If you don't have time to get in the kitchen and whip up any of these (damn fine looking desserts), take a look at www.paleotreats.com and the Brownie Bombs, Mac Attacks (chocolate macaroons) and the Cacao Now! (chocolate/fruit/nut bar). All are awesome and can be at your door ASAP. Enjoy! Nik & the PT Crew
I love pie! So I make pecan pie and pumpkin pie for both thanksgiving and christmas dinner. http://northwestcavegirls.com/2011/12/pumpkin-and-pecan-pie/
Apple crumble is also a family favorite http://northwestcavegirls.com/2011/12/paleoprimal-apple-crumble/
and for christmas Cavegirl Kate's Christmas puddings hit the spot http://northwestcavegirls.com/2011/12/ho-ho-hopaleo-christmas-puds/
last but not least, eggnog is a must at the holidays http://northwestcavegirls.com/2011/12/a-few-paleo-christmas-recipes/