great paleo holiday treats

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought it would be most appropriate to gather some of the top desserts I’ve made over the year that are excellent paleo choices for the holidays. It’s easy to to stay paleo when you’ve got such delicious treats to choose from. It’s tried and true- paleo or not, these will be a hit.

And, while I’ll certainly be whipping up a few batches of these cookies, squares, and muffins I’ve got some great new treats up my sleeve and cannot wait to share them with you.

My Top Paleo Holiday Choices

cinnamuffin

Coconut Cinnamon Bun Muffins: a great bite¬† sized alternative to gluten laden cinnamon buns. These might be smaller in size, but they certainly don’t lack any flavour!

gingerbread

Paleo Gingerbread Cookies: what’s the holiday season without some gingerbread. I fell madly in love with these men, and I hope you do to.

paleochocolatechip

Chocolate Chip Cookies: a tried and true classic. No dessert tray is ever complete with out a row or two of chocolate chip cookies. Following the paleo lifestyle is no reason not to enjoy!

cookedbrownies

Paleo Fudgy Brownies: the title says it all. Warm, gooey and fudgy muffins. Free of sugar and gluten. What more could you ask for!

cheesecake3

Paleo “Cheese”Cake: recreate this fabulous “cheese” cake for that dinner party or potluck. Even better, make it in a baking dish and serve “cheese”cake squares! The possibilities are endless.

Do you have those “must have” holiday favourites?

a paleo certified cheesecake

It’s no secret that E & I are cheesecake lovers. And so, what better night to create that divine desert. But no, nothing I make is traditional in any way. I think that’s why I have so much fun in the kitchen. Although I eat dairy here & there, I didn’t want to make a desert laden with sugar, cream cheese and gluten. Instead, I wanted a much lighter, but just as tasty Paleo certified cheesecake.

I’ve got the sharing bug and so I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with all my awesome readers! I demand that you immediately drop what you’re doing and go and make this beauty. Oh my gawd. It was good!

E posed for the camera. I promised him I wouldn’t put it on the blog. But I lied. Oh well.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup honey dates (I use this brand)
  • 1/4 t. sea salt

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews, soaked for an hour
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • a little less than 1/3 cup honey (I used creamed honey)
  • 1 T cocoa powder

Directions

For the Crust:

  1. Place almonds, dates and seas salt in a blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency is reached. I left my crust pretty chunky, as to complement the smooth texture of the cheesecake. If you are looking for a smoother crust you may want to use almond meal rather than whole almonds. I would suggest around 1/4 cup.
  2. Press your crust into a 7″ pie plate (wrapped with saran wrap), until it is evenly distributed.
  3. Wash your blender or food processor thoroughly as you will use it to make your filling.

For the filling:

  1. Melt coconut oil, and honey together. Whisk to combine.
  2. In your blender or food processor, blend all “filling” ingredients together except cocoa powder. Blend on high until very smooth. This may take a few minutes.
  3. Once blended smooth, pour about two thirds of the filling onto the crust and smooth with a spatula.
  4. Add the cocoa powder to the rest of the filling and blend until combined.
  5. Pour the remaining filling onto the first layer of the cake. Smooth with a spatula.
  6. Place in the freezer until solid.
  7. To serve, remove from the freezer 30 minutes prior to eating.
  8. Store left overs in the freezer.

What I loved about this cake is that A) it’s paleo, but also B) it’s made with regular ‘ol ingredients. There’s no weird flours or odd sweeteners. It’s fit for those allergy laden people, us paleo’rs or just your average Joe Smo!

Work it.