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Paleo Desserts For Dummies

Author:
Adriana Harlan
Published: May 4, 2015

Overview

More than 125 simple and sweet recipes for Paleo-friendly desserts

Following a Paleo Diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite desserts and treats. Paleo Desserts For Dummies offers up more than 125 tasty and delectable dessert recipes that you can enjoy while staying true to the Paleo lifestyle. From chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to maple-walnut ice cream and cookie dough Oreo cookies—there's something to please every palate in this collection of Paleo-friendly desserts.

The Paleo diet is one of the hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches around, as more and more people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets that can lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique, the Paleo diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and markers of inflammation, as well as help promote weight loss and optimal health. Plus, it has become a lifesaver for the millions of Americans with celiac disease who benefit from eating natural and gluten-free foods.

  • Provides recipes that are all made with nourishing, whole foods with no added refined sugars, gluten, grains, or soy
  • Includes Paleo recipes for holiday treats, like chocolate pumpkin pie, Halloween ghost truffles, and a fudgy peppermint bark
  • Gives you access to a handful of additional Paleo dessert recipes on dummies.com
  • Helps you discover the healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden junk food

With the satisfying recipes in Paleo Desserts For Dummies, you'll soon discover how sweet it is to give in to primal cravings!

More than 125 simple and sweet recipes for Paleo-friendly desserts

Following a Paleo Diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite desserts and treats. Paleo Desserts For Dummies offers up more than 125 tasty and delectable dessert recipes that you can enjoy while staying true to the Paleo lifestyle. From chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to maple-walnut ice cream and cookie dough Oreo cookies—there's something to please every palate in this collection of Paleo-friendly desserts.

The Paleo diet is one of the hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches around, as more and more people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets that can lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique, the Paleo diet can lower the risk

of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and markers of inflammation, as well as help promote weight loss and optimal health. Plus, it has become a lifesaver for the millions of Americans with celiac disease who benefit from eating natural and gluten-free foods.

  • Provides recipes that are all made with nourishing, whole foods with no added refined sugars, gluten, grains, or soy
  • Includes Paleo recipes for holiday treats, like chocolate pumpkin pie, Halloween ghost truffles, and a fudgy peppermint bark
  • Gives you access to a handful of additional Paleo dessert recipes on dummies.com
  • Helps you discover the healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden junk food

With the satisfying recipes in Paleo Desserts For Dummies, you'll soon discover how sweet it is to give in to primal cravings!

Paleo Desserts For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Unlike fad diets, Paleo is a lifestyle based on eating wholefoods and avoiding modern, processed, and refined foods. The diet is far from boring and repetitive; it focuses on eating a wide variety of meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, nuts, and seeds, as well as nutrient-dense traditional foods such as organ meats, bone broths, and fermented foods.

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Substituting Coconut Flour for Almond Flour

Coconut flour and almond flour are two of the most commonly used flours in Paleo and grain-free baking. Both these flours produce soft and tender baked goods, and each has its own unique delicious taste.

Baking with coconut or almond flour is very easy and both are great substitutes for wheat and refined white flours. Coconut flour also can be used as a substitute for almond flour in a recipe. Coconut flour can replace almond or wheat flours in any recipe.

However, when making substitutions, the properties of each of these flours have to be taken into consideration. Coconut flour is particularly absorbent and sucks up a lot of moisture. Replacing coconut flour for almond flour (or grain flours) requires that you adjust the amount of liquid and eggs added. A good starting point is to substitute 1 cup of almond flour with 1/4 cup (1 ounce) of coconut flour. You will also need to add 1 egg for every 1/4 cup of coconut flour used in addition to the eggs called for in the original recipe.

Doubling the amount of liquid in the original recipe may also be necessary, but it’s best to add the same amount the recipe calls for first and then add more as needed. If your mixture seems too dry, add more liquid until you get the right consistency, or if your batter is too wet, add more coconut flour one teaspoon at a time until you get the right consistency.

Another way of substituting coconut flour for almond or wheat flours in a recipe that doesn’t require using a large number of eggs is by adding a starch such as arrowroot or tapioca to your recipe. The starch gives baked goods made with coconut flour elasticity and structure. You can use a combination of half coconut flour and half starch, plus a few eggs and enough liquid to make tender Paleo baked goods. For instance, substitute 2 cups of almond flour with 1/2 cup coconut flour and 1/2 cup tapioca starch, 3 eggs, and 1/2 cup coconut milk as a base for your recipes.

Trust your instincts and start experimenting. Begin by making existing recipes made with coconut flour until you get a good feel for how the flour behaves; then substitute the almond flour in a recipe using your own combinations and proportions of coconut flour, starch, eggs, and liquids. Coconut flour may seem difficult to work with at first, but you can adjust the recipe as you go, and soon you’ll get the hang of baking with it.

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The Paleo Diet Guide to Wholefoods

When eating Paleo, modern processed and refined foods such as grains, soy, industrial seed oils, artificial or refined sugar and sweeteners, and pasteurized dairy products should be avoided. This handy guide helps you make good, conscious decisions when choosing ingredients for your meals. Paleo offers so many healthy and incredibly tasty choices!

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Recipe for Paleo Cookie Pie Crust (Grain-Free, Gluten-Free)

When you have a yummy Paleo pie crust, you can fill it with everything from fresh fruit to ice cream to puddings. This cookie-like crust gives you countless options for creating fantastic desserts.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

4 tablespoons room temperature butter, ghee or palm shortening

1/3 cup raw coconut palm sugar

1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 egg, separated

1-1/2 cups almond flour

1 teaspoon arrowroot powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with coconut oil, and place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan.

  3. Using a hand or electrical mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.

  4. Stir in the apple cider vinegar and the egg yolk (reserve the egg white).

  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, arrowroot powder, and salt.

  6. Using a rubber spoon, gently mix the flour mixture with the creamed butter mixture.

  7. Beat the reserved egg white with an electrical mixer until stiff peaks form, then gently fold it into the batter.

  8. Freeze batter for 10 minutes; then press it onto the bottom and sides of the pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust starts to turn brown.