3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Cashew Clusters With Sea Salt

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3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews Clusters With Sea Salt

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Simple, slightly sweet, a little salty with a roasted cashew crunch!  That’s what you get when you make these Dark Chocolate Covered Cashews With Sea Salt.

This would be a lovely treat to make for Mom on Mother’s Day!!  Place them in a pretty box found at craft stores with a nice hand written note!

They take only 10 minutes to toast , plus a little time to cool.  Then it takes just a couple minutes to dunk them in melted 72% cacao chocolate, a quick sprinkle of fine flaked sea salt and about 15 minutes in the fridge until they are ready to serve!  That is it!  If you are like me, you will have all these ingredients on hand……inventory always includes a variety of nuts, stored in the freezer, dark chocolate bars, a variety of salts and parchment paper!  Trader Joe’s has the best prices on nuts in my opinion. Continue reading

Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes

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Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes

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I am SERIOUS!  Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes was a last minute  dessert for last minute company last night…and was a huge success!  I was the only “clean” eater in the group but EVERYONE raved about this gooey, fudge-y, dark chocolate dessert!  It was so fast, having all the ingredients in stock and literally cooked in 17 minutes (8 for steam to build up and 9 for the actual cooking).  I served the others a small scoop of vanilla ice cream with it, but I enjoyed it just as it was.

Fresh berries or coconut cream would really be wonderful with Paleo Instant Pot Lava Cakes too.  Continue reading

Breakfast Cake

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Breakfast Cake

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Facebook was running a hot Blueberry Lemon Cake video that was all the rage last week.  Of course, it looked wonderful, but, alas, it was not clean.  Not a bit.  It had everything on the “Do Not Eat” list:  dairy, grains, sugar. We had no choice, but to give this a clean up job.  Sooooooo glad we did!

I also used a new flour:  Banana Flour!  It was a gift from my friend Michele.  I have not checked to see if it is available at local grocers yet, but it is available on the internet. If you can’t find it, substitute coconut flour or more almond flour.

My first reaction to tasting this was that it reminded me of a breakfast coffee cake, but a lot more moist!  The fresh blueberries practically melted into the cake, yet there were many of them still round and juicy! The Breakfast Cake is a must try, for breakfast or dessert!

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Chocolate Covered Blackberries

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Chocolate Covered Blackberries

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Blackberries were on sale for 88 cents per pint the other day!  When I got them home, they tasted a little too tart.  “Chocolate”, I said to myself!  That will remedy this situation.  (This is the way I think!) So, Chocolate Covered Blackberries became a reality and although the tartness of the blackberries was still evident, the 71% cacao chocolate more than made up for it! Continue reading

Everything Cookies

Everything Cookies

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These are called Everything Cookies because they are everything I want in a cookie.  No kidding.  They are a tad crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, sweet but not too sweet, chocolate, nuts, vanilla and a little salt to enhance the flavors.  I love these Everything Cookies! Continue reading

Clean Orange Breakfast Cake

Clean Orange Breakfast Cake

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What almost was pitched into the trash is today’s post!  A breakfast cake with an orange marmalade glaze came across my email via the New York Times Cooking site.  This original recipe is by Melissa Clark and she called it Orange Marmalade Cake.

As I usually do, I try to “clean” up recipes so that we paleo and clean eaters can enjoy them without worrying about grains, dairy and processed sugar.  This turned out delicious but not so show-stopping pretty.  One reason is that when coconut sugar is substituted for white sugar, the result is a dark brownish color versus a lovely “yellow cake” look.  The other reason is that due to the conversion, the middle of this cake sunk.  (Although upside down, it is easy to see the middle is deflated!)

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But not to worry, flipping it over then slicing it made it look like the loaf cake it was!

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Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters

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Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters

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Crunchy, chocolate-y, sweet and salty….yummmmmmmmmmmmm.!!  Paleo Chocolate Covered Honey Roasted Pistachio Clusters! And it comes together quickly! Just a few ingredients makes this a terrific and surprisingly fun dessert or snack. Continue reading

Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes

Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes

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This recipe started out to be an experiment for Paleo Lava Cakes.  What I though was going to be a disaster when they came out of the oven, turned into a pretty good thing!  I call them Paleo Rich Chocolate Mini Cakes.  This is the PERFECT dessert for Valentines Day!

I cleaned up a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction but made other changes, too.  For one thing, I used a popover pan instead of ramekins or a muffin pan.  Of course, I substituted almond flour for the regular flour, ghee for the butter, and I used coconut sugar in place of the confectioners sugar.  Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe. Continue reading

Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

Paleo Super Bowl Party Menu

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Why shouldn’t we have great food and flavors and still stay clean?  We can and it is super easy to do!  Let’s make it a Paleo Super Bowl Party!

Whether your team is in the big game this weekend or not, Super Bowl parties are usually fun!  This year, the game is The Atlanta Falcons vs The New England Patriots. Who do you like?  I’d like to see Atlanta win for no big reason other than NE has been in so often and won a lot.  Most people I know don’t care one way or the other.

I saw a funny chart on Facebook the other day:  It was a pie chart almost completely red (90%) with a small sliver of blue (10%).  The legend said:

Blue =  the people rooting for the Falcons.

Red = the people who want to see the Patriots lose!

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Toasted Coconut Almond Fudge Bites

Toasted Coconut Almond Fudge Bites

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Oh the season of sweets is upon us!  Often times I am asked to bring sweets to a dinner or party…and I happily oblige!  This time, I am making Toasted Coconut Almond Fudge Bites for MY party!  A little get together of my friends always ends on a sweet note! Different than traditional fudge, this one has NO REFINED SUGAR nor DAIRY.  For fun, I made the recipe in my little chocolate molds!  A while back I posted some recipes using these chocolate molds and decided to give this recipe a try in them!  They make perfect little bite sized treats!  As a hostess gift, place them in little paper candy cups and arrange them in a pretty box, seal with a frilly bow and there you have it! Continue reading