Dark Chocolate Chip Paleo Banana Bread Recipe

Paleo Banana Bread RecipeBanana bread takes me back to my childhood. I love it. It reminds me of my grandmother. And it’s also one of those desserts that for whatever reason it’s totally acceptable to eat it for breakfast. Love that.

This Paleo banana bread recipe is a lot cleaner than the Entenmann’s boxed banana bread that my grandma always had on hand, but it is still delicious. The dark chocolate is optional if that isn’t your thing, but I¬†love, love, love the combination or dark chocolate and banana. Yum.

Eat this with a cup of coffee in the AM or with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream in the PM. It knows no time-appropriateness, which only makes it more appealing. Eat up.

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Healthy Paleo Desserts: Chocolate, Pistachio-Covered Tangerines

Tangerine Pistachio, Healthy DessertsTis’ the season to eat a ton of crap.

Sadly, it’s true.

But try to resist the urge, as it’s not always worth it. One piece of cheesecake has me feeling like shit for a full 24 hours, so I always try to steer clear of dairy-heavy and processed desserts, no matter how tempting the options are.

This super easy little dessert/appetizer can help to satisfy that holiday sweet tooth. It’s super yummy and sweet but without all the processed crap that is in so many other holiday treats.

Three ingredients. And you can easily switch out the fruit and nut combo to your liking. I also sometimes throw in a little diced dried fruit with my nuts for some added flavor; play around with it. Fun. Easy. Healthy.

Happy Holidays!

 

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5-Ingredient Dairy-free Chocolate Banana Ice Cream Recipe

dairy-free ice cream, paleo ice cream, Ice cream. Yum.

I have a little bit of a sweet-tooth, and as a result of that, I’m always on the lookout for a non-dairy ice cream copycat. And, yes, you could do a coconut milk or almond milk version — I know you’ve seen them in your supermarket — but they are still loaded with refined sugars. Not feeling that.

This dairy-free chocolate banana ice cream recipe is actually healthy. Minimal ingredients, only natural sugars, no crap. It’s not as sweet, of course, but it’s still delicious and it is 100 percent clean eating.

You can make this your own by throwing in whatever toppings you’re craving. I sometimes add dark chocolate chips for a little added crunch and sweetness. Dried cherries and chopped nuts are also delicious.

Yum. Pass me a spoon.
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Refreshing Cherry Paleo Sorbet Recipe

Paleo ice cream, paleo shaved iceThis recipe is kind of a cheat. It’s really just a frozen juice/smoothie that I’m trying to pass off as some form of glorified Paleo ice cream, but who cares? It’s delicious, good for you and reminds me of ice cream every time I eat it, so I don’t care if I’m “cheating.” You’ll be happy I did once you make it ūüôā

The recipe is actually similar to a traditional sorbet recipe, hence the name, which are mainly composed of fruit and a ton of added sugar. This is obviously without all that processed sugar, which is completely unnecessary anyway as the fruit is naturally sweet on its own.

You can do this with almost any smoothie or juice recipe. Things that incorporate starchier fruits like bananas tend to have a more ice cream-like consistency, while a straight-up juice — more watery, less smoothie-like in liquid form — will have more of a shaved ice feel, but honestly, either way is really yummy and will totally satisfy that craving of wanting a frozen dessert.

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Three-Ingredient Mango Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

chia seed pudding recipe, chia seed dessertNow that the threat of snow is winding down¬†(fingers crossed), I’ve been getting the itch to move away from making heavier soups and chilis and towards lighter salads and fruity desserts.

Mangos always remind me of the warmer months, and they are my go-to when I’m craving something sweet; I have dried mangos in my pantry at all times. This Chia seed pudding is made almost entirely of mangos. Its super sweet and citrusy without any added crap.

I normally add a little bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup to my Chia seed pudding recipes, and there is always a base of almond milk, but I find the mangos are sweet enough on their own — nix the honey or maple — and when pureed they are thick enough that the almond milk is also not needed. Just mangos, Chia seeds and fresh orange juice — plus whatever you choose to top it with, if anything.¬†It literally doesn’t get any easier than that.

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Date and Nut Butter Chocolate Paleo Dessert ‘Truffles’

Paleo Chocolate Dessert, Healthy Chocolate DessertMy sweet tooth can be pretty bitchy. She’ll hang around until she gets what she wants.

Unfortunately for her, I know processed sugar is the devil and any super-sugary indulgence I give into is never worth the headachy “I feel like shit” aftermath, so I try to stay away. And recipes like this one make that way easier to do. These are sweet, chewy, rich and super filling; they are my go-to when my sweet tooth rears its ugly head, and they have never not satisfied¬†it.

I make these for my family — filled with some not-so-clean, non-Paleo eaters — every holiday, and no one is the wiser of what is — or isn’t — in them; they all get gobbled up every time. Every. Damn. Time.

And they are so quick and easy to boot. Eat up.

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Best Paleo Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

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Me and my husband planned a “drive cross county” vacation a few years back with one goal in mind: Eat. Good. Food. (And drink good beer. Duh.)

I tried to keep most of my choices within the realm of “clean eating” — minus the brews¬†— until we hit a little dive in Kentucky that had the most fantastic-looking fried green tomatoes I’d ever seen. I had to have them. They were beyond delicious — even with the stomach ache that they triggered in my primarily “clean eating” system afterwards.

I sometimes think of them when I’m craving something not so “clean”, which always triggers me to make this Paleo fried green tomatoes recipe. They obviously aren’t as heavy as the classic recipe — which I actually like — but they are yummy, and always seem to satisfy that craving. The bacon is a must with these. I tried the recipe without it and it wasn’t nearly as good — obviously. Eat up!

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Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe: Raspberry and Chocolate Hazelnut

dairy free shake, dairy free smoothieWe all need some sweet in our lives.

And if you can feed that craving without processed sugars or artificial ingredients, you are doing something right.

Ever since I made my diet “clean” I always turn to the natural sugars in fruits, raw honey and maple syrup to sweeten treats, and this recipe is no different. It incorporates chocolate hazelnut butter and an added almond butter “sauce” topper, so it is just the right amount of sweet and is super filling.

As with all my smoothie recipes, using frozen fruits is a must. When you add ice you are essentially adding water; and who wants a watery shake or smoothie? Ick.

I usually make small portions of this, serving in a small glass; this recipes makes about 3 small portions.

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So Yum! Dairy-Free Raspberry Banana Shake Recipe

dairy-free shake, raspberry banana shake, healthy dairy-free shakeSmoothies and shakes are an easy and healthy breakfast or snack option for me.  I love the convenience of simply throwing a few fruits in a blender and pressing a button; easy clean up too.

I have a slew of different smoothie and shake recipes, but one common player in every individual recipe is using all frozen fruits — you can either buy them that way or buy them fresh and freeze them yourself. I often make fruit salads in the summer so I usually just freeze whatever I have left over. Using all frozen fruit and no ice makes these smoothies perfectly thick; I hate a watery smoothie or shake. Yuck.

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‘Tastes Like a Cookie’ Blueberry-Cashew Flax Seed Bars

Flax seed bars, Chia seed bars, flax and chia energy barsI feel like energy and snack bars are all the rage these days.

A new one pops up on the market what feels like every 10 seconds and I get why. There is a market for them. An easy snack/meal that fills you up and gives you a boost? Yes, please.

However, you have to be careful with certain bars if you are trying to stay on the healthy route. Some of them are loaded with processed sugars and ingredients, or have a exorbitantly high calorie count. And while there are some great alternatives on the market with low sugar and high nutrition —¬†Health Warrior Chia bars are my favorite — nothing tastes as good as homemade, which is why I make my own.

I usually make these in all different flavors, but this combo is one of my favorites — everyone says they taste more like a cookie than an energy bar, hence the name — and the fact then when I make a big batch they never kick around for more than a day or two is a testament to their deliciousness. In addition: The Flax and Chia seed on top of the already energy-boosting, antioxidant-filled ingredients make these yummy little bars true powerhouses. Surge up.

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