Diets usually aren’t fun. They feel stifling, and they remove a lot of treats we really love (and deserve) from our plates. Paleo is an exception. There are a lot of rules, but everything from cakes to brownies to ice cream is still on the menu. You just have to make mindful swaps for healthier ingredients that can help you create delicious paleo sweet treats.
1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Bites
Paleo pie crust can be difficult to make, even with easier methods. Most of the time, it comes out too thick and too chewy. It doesn’t have the crispy crunch that most people have come to expect from their pumpkin pie. Instead of working with a crust that may taste less satisfying, omit the crust altogether. It’s much easier and makes for a dessert that’s much more fun than your standard slice of pie.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and filling a muffin pan with liners. You can use a standard sized muffin pan, but a mini muffin pan is a little more fun. Kids tend to love minis, and adults who have already had a big dinner might enjoy a dessert that’s a little more reasonable in portion size.
Toss 1 ½ cups of plain pumpkin puree into a bowl with two peeled bananas that are on the verge of becoming overripe. The same kind of bananas you would use to make banana bread will fit the bill. Add in an egg and ¼ cup of maple syrup. Finish it off with two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of sea salt.
You can blend it all together with a hand mixer. If you have a stand mixer that you prefer to use, go ahead and use that instead. When the ingredients are evenly incorporated, spoon the mixture into your muffin liners until they’re about half full. Keep in mind that the recipe won’t rise. Your pie bites will come out of the oven the same size they were when you put them in. If you want them a little taller, you’ll have to add a little more of the mixture.
Put them in the oven and check them after about 25 minutes. If they look like they could go a little longer (or if you made them thicker), take them out at the 30 minute mark.
Most pie is served with whipped cream, or in the case of paleo pie, whipped coconut cream. Instead of making your own whip, serve them with a spoonful of Snow Monkey Maple Cinnamon on top. If you spoon it on while your pumpkin pie bites are still a little warm, the Snow Monkey will become delectably melty, mixing into the pumpkin with each forkful.
2. Lemon Matcha Cookie Sandwiches
There’s something so appealing about creme cookie sandwiches and ice cream sandwiches. A sweet center with a crispy, crumbly exterior is the perfect marriage of textures. And let’s face it, it’s also fun to eat with your hands and means less dishes, who doesn’t love that?
These lemon matcha cookie sandwiches are a grown-up version of ice cream sandwiches. Instead of icing your paleo lemon cookies, you’ll be placing a heaping spoonful of matcha ice cream in between them and eating them two at a time. Sometimes more is better.
For the cookies, you’ll need 1 ⅓ cups almond flour mixed with 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. These are your dry ingredients.
For your wet ingredients, combine ⅓ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup melted coconut oil, a tablespoon of lemon zest, and a teaspoon of lemon extract. If you don’t want the coconut flavor to compete with the lemon flavor in your cookies, use refined coconut oil. It doesn’t taste like coconut.
Combine the wet ingredients thoroughly and slowly add in your dry ingredients, stirring as you go. It’s normal for the dough to be a little wet and a little sticky. These cookies will rise to be soft and fluffy. Think about it and get excited.
Place the dough in the fridge to chill for about half an hour, and let your oven preheat to 350 degrees while you’re waiting. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and start preparing your dough balls. Keep in mind you’re going to be eating these cookies two at a time, with ice cream in the middle. Don’t let your eyes get bigger than your stomach. Aim for 12 modestly-sized dough balls, spaced 3 inches apart on the sheet.
These will bake in as little as ten minutes, but you need to keep an eye on them. You’ll know they’re done when the whole surface of the cookie starts to turn gold. When they are done, take them out and don’t touch them. They won’t fully firm up until they reach room temperature.
After they’re cool, flip them upside down. Place a spoonful of Snow Monkey Matcha Green Tea on six of the cookies, and use the other six to top the sandwiches. Freeze them for a couple hours and serve them cold.
3. Paleo “Milk”-shakes
You won’t always have the time to bake. In the summer, the idea of baking can feel dreadful. It’s already a sauna outside. Why turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen? On days made for leisure when you want a cold, sweet treat, paleo shakes are easy to make, easy to clean up, and totally free from heat.
Place 1 cup of your favorite flavor of Snow Monkey in the blender with ¾ cup oat milk (or nut milk if you aren’t a nut-free household) and whatever other ingredients you’d like to combine.
Toss in some fresh strawberries, non-alkalized cocoa powder, shredded coconut, cacao nibs, crushed nuts, nut butter, seed butter, or whatever your heart desires. As long as you aren’t adding refined sugar to your shake, it’s still going to tilt towards the more nutritious end of the spectrum.
These milkshakes can get a little more fun for adults when you begin to play with paleo’s flexibility. Although alcohol technically isn’t permitted on a paleo diet, some dieticians say that the health benefits of wine can add to your paleo diet in moderation. Wine is packed with resveratrol and antioxidants. This means that a strawberry zinfandel milkshake is technically an option, even if only once in a blue moon.
Blend it until smooth and serve it in a glass. Don’t forget the wide reusable straw.
Many people love the benefits of their paleo diets. They feel stronger and healthier. They’re able to manage their weight and their blood sugar more effectively by making smart choices about what they eat and eliminating processed foods from their diets.
Dessert can easily become a part of a healthier lifestyle, especially if it’s a naturally healthy dessert.
Snow Monkey makes paleo desserts simple. Our paleo “ice cream” is made of only fruit, seeds, and superfoods. It’s vegan, gluten-free, and free from all eight major allergens. Snow Monkey is one of the most adaptable, accessible, and delicious desserts you’ll ever taste. Technically, it’s an ice cream. Nutritionally, it’s suitable for any meal from breakfast to dessert.
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