Halloween fun- Paleo style!

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The kids and I had a great time making some fun Paleo-friendly Halloween treats this weekend. I just love being able to provide them with holiday fun and still be able to maintain our healthy lifestyle! Here’s what we cooked up!

Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 green apples (I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower butter
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Mini cupcake liners (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place sunflower butter and honey in microwave-safe bowl and heat for approx. 1 minute or until the 2 ingredients blend together easily
  2. While your honey concoction is heating up, use a melon baller to scoop out apple balls from your apples. (I was able to get about 10 apple balls per apple)
  3. Remove your honey mixture and mix in the vanilla and coconut milk. This is your caramel!
  4. Stick each apple ball with a lollipop stick and dip in the caramel. Set each finished apple on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or a cupcake liner.
  5. Place in fridge for about 30 minutes to allow it to harden a little.

 

Spider Web Eggs by Babble
The kids had a blast attempting to make these! The finished product was a little disappointing, but we just don’t have a lot of luck with peeling pretty hard-boiled eggs!

 


Crockpot Paleo Applesauce

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After apple picking, I always have tons of apples sitting on my kitchen counter that I am expected to turn into yumminess. In my pre-paleo days, I would bake up a bunch of apple pies. I just don’t really feel that motivated for paleo pie making for some reason, but this applesauce is a win-win. It is a super easy one to make, PLUS it makes your house smell like you have been baking a bunch of apple pies!

My kids LOVE this applesauce. It is sweeter than their usual all-natural, unsweetened applesauce, so I serve it as dessert. You could also eliminate the sugar and make an unsweetened applesauce for snacks!

Crockpot Paleo Applesauce

This is so easy!

Ingredients:

  • approx. 20 apples
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Peel, core, and dice apples (or use an apple peeler/corer)
  2. Throw the apples in your crockpot and top with sugar and spices.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours (or until you can mash everything up into applesauce)
  4. Enjoy!….I told you it was easy!

Frosted Sugar Cookies

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was trying to come up with a fun treat for the kids besides our typical chocolate covered strawberries (which are glorious by the way). A couple months ago, I received a sample of Nikki’s Flavored Coconut Butter to try out. I have to be honest, I have been eating it by the spoonful or in my coffee (which is amazing!) as a treat every now and again. Since I posted the recipe for Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing last week though, I have been dreaming about making a frosting with my Nikki’s Coconut Butter. I used the Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie flavor to make the most wonderful chocolate frosting! I used it to top this Paleo sugar cookie recipe I found. It is the perfect cookie for any occasion! I have a feeling these will be popping up at many birthday parties in the future!

Note: I also made a strawberry frosting (because I needed pink somewhere!) using a regular coconut butter. I don’t have the Vanilla Cake Batter flavor from Nikki’s, but I have a feeling it would be glorious instead!

Paleo Sugar Cookie by The Healthy Gluten-Free Life (I made the soft variation of the recipe)

Chocolate Frosting

Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer and spread over cookies (or cupcakes)

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1/4 cup Coconut Butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoons freeze-dried strawberries

Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer and spread over cookies (or cupcakes)


Paleo Hot Chocolate

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We have been hammered with snow this week. I’m not sure of exact amounts, but it’s a lot of snow. Plus, the temps have gone up dramatically. No, I’m not gonna just give you the weather report today, but obviously with this combo my kids have wanted to basically LIVE outside. We have gone sledding, built snowmen, snow forts, made snow angels…you name it- we’ve done it! When we are done, we pile into the house as cold and wet messes! The old me (the pre-Paleo me), would have just starting ripping open bags of hot cocoa for the kiddos. I decided Paleo hot chocolate couldn’t be that much harder to throw together. I’m so glad I tried it out! It’s delicious! It’s a little thicker and more creamy than the normal stuff, so you might want to add even more water. I like it creamy though!

Paleo Hot Chocolate

Check out that hot chocolate mustache!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Throw everything into a medium saucepan and whisk to mix ingredients.
  2. Heat up over medium heat just until it starts to steam and foam on top.
  3. Make sure to keep an eye on it and whisk throughout! You don’t weant it to burn on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Top with coconut cream! Yum!

Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing

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Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cinnamon Icing by Food Renegade

This is one of those Paleo desserts that you can serve to anyone. I have tested this theory several times. My husband claims this dessert as THE BEST dessert I have ever made. I think I have a clue as to why…Bees all over the world are praying that this recipe doesn’t take off because it uses about an entire bee hive’s worth of honey! So-delicious? Yes! Should it make an everyday occurrence? No! (or yes, but don’t be surprised when your jeans don’t fit after about a week!)

It’s a pretty simple recipe to whip up. Throw all your cake ingredients in a bowl and beat it with an electric mixer. While it’s baking, throw all your icing ingredients into a bowl and beat that. Yes, you can use a whip, but make your life easier and use a hand mixer!

Tweaks: I added 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to icing


Day 12: Magic Bars

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Well, Day 12 is finally here! I hope you have enjoyed all of the wonderful paleo treats I have posted. Personally, I have gained about 5 pounds…sugar is still sugar any way you want to look at it! That being said…I have saved the best for last…Paleo Magic Bars! Let me just say that these little bits of heaven are truly magical! They actually taste exactly like their non-paleo counterpart! These little babies require a little extra work, so not a quick dessert…but definitely worth the time put into them. The most time-consuming part is actually making your own sweetened condensed milk ( which I didn’t even know a Paleo version was possible!). I hope you enjoy these as much as I did (I blame at least 3 pounds on this dessert alone!)

Note: I used coconut cream instead full fat coconut milk for the sweetened condensed milk.

 

Magic Bars by Simply Living Healthy

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Day 11: Chocolate Coconut Stacks

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Another super easy, super yummy, no bake recipe from PaleOMG. Very similar directions to the No Bake Cookies I posted.

Note: After I mixed everything together, I stuck my bowl in the fridge for about 1/2 hour. It seemed to be the perfect consistency then to scoop into balls.

 

Chocolate Coconut Stacks by PaleOMG

 

 

 


Day 10: Triple Chocolate Truffles

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I never though I would hear the words Paleo and Truffles in the same sentence…like EVER. These little truffles are wonderful bits of heaven. I don’t know if my food processor is about to die on me, I have been chopping too many dates, or I am just too impatient and didn’t chop the pumpkin seeds long enough,  but my pumpkin seeds did not turn into a fine meal. They are basically just finely chopped. Nonetheless, they are still amazing.

 

Triple Chocolate Truffles by PaleOMG


Day 9: Coconut Klondike Bites

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Yes, I am totally aware that I missed Day 8. All I can say is…I’m sorry. As my name states, I am a BUSY Paleo Mom. Two kids diagnosed with pink eye equals no Day 8 recipe for you :( Anyway…on to Day 9! Coconut Klondike Bites! These fellas are so easy to make (very similar to the Double Layer Fudge), they are also just super cute! They look like a coconut Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!

 

Coconut Klondike Bites by PaleOMG

 

 

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Day 7: Caramel Pecan Bars

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I am getting seriously fat from all the delicious treats I have been making…straight up fat! I really hope you guys appreciate it! Anywho…here’s another delicious one fromPaleOMG. It doesn’t contain chocolate, but it is very rich and tasty.

Note: I used regular pitted dates (about 15)…I told you I was feeling lazy! You don’t have to soak them, and they are already pitted. :)