I’ve been doing a lot of sweets lately and I think it needs to come to an end! My kids would rather I not stop though 🙂 And I agree that outside pressure often gets us to do things that aren’t good for us – a lot of times without realizing. It’s hard to step back and figure out what’s actually good for US on the inside. I struggle with that sort of thing often.
With seafood, wild and sustainably caught is always best, as is sourcing your seafood from areas that are less likely to suffer from pollution and heavy metal contamination. Generally speaking, larger predatory fish are more likely to have higher levels of heavy metals than smaller fish and mollusks. It’s not a reason to avoid larger fish entirely, but it’s good to balance intake between larger and smaller fish varieties if you’re concerned about pollution.
Larabar makes bars and bites filled with nuts, seeds, and other superfoods that make a great, inexpensive travel Paleo snack (one bar typically costs around $1). It’s a good idea to keep a few of these in your car, purse, or desk as a light snack. While not all Larabar products are Paleo, all are GMO-free, minimally processed, and made with all-natural ingredients. Some Paleo-approved Larabar flavors include Pecan Pie, Cashew Cookie, and Apple Pie.
Amanda -I haven’t ever tried them with less baking soda, but you might be able to give it a try. Baking soda often helps cookies spread (baking powder often “puffs,” baking soda often “spreads”), so you’d probably have some spread differences. If they spread too much, you can head this off by adding an additional 1-2 Tbsp of flour to the batter. If they don’t spread, you might be able to use less flour to offset the problem. Again, I don’t know for sure since I haven’t tested them with less baking soda, but I’d love to know what you think if you give them a try. (I just know how expensive paleo baking ingredients are, so I’d hate for you to have to waste any!)
Knowing what to eat is part of it, but following this fairly restrictive lifestyle in a modern environment surrounded by cookies and candy and bagels and pasta is really difficult! Factor in the “carb flu” you might go through in the first few weeks (as your body gets weaned off of carbohydrate fuel and habits), and most people give up on the Paleo diet long before it creates lasting change!

Paleo critics point out that not all grains are created equal—whole grains do not spike your blood sugar as much as refined grains. Even so, paleo dieters still steer clear of grains because they contain different compounds and proteins like gluten, lectins and phytates, which they claim cause inflammation in the body and block other nutrients from being absorbed. Paleo critics say these compounds are not a problem unless you have an allergy or sensitivity.


I just made these and they are so good! I used honey because I made these on a whim and didn’t have coconut sugar (plus it’s snowing here and I didn’t want to go out). My almond butter was very dry so I did have peanut/almond butter. Also had to crush up a dark chocolate bar because no chips on hand. I love how your recipes are so easy to play around with. Thank you again for another great recipe 🙂

It doesn’t matter if you’re Paleo or not — you’re going to want to make these nachos! You’ll start with homemade sweet potato chips, then load ’em up with shredded chicken, pico de gallo and chilies. But the star of this dish is the avocado sauce. It’s your cheese stand-in but trust me, you’re going to want to eat it all the time. A mix of avocado, mayo, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic and cilantro, this will be your new favorite sauce. Serve these on game day, movie night or anytime, really!
Bell peppers are a member of the nightshade family and although some people don’t tolerate digesting them well, they are considered paleo as most people don’t experience any ill effects and only benefit from their high nutrient content. Enjoy these vitamin C loaded vegetables raw or add them to meals for the disease protecting, anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin A, E and potassium content.
Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals.
Yes I’m superstitious and so far I did the same thing to my body this time that I did last year. I never had issues training or running halfs so I’m seriously considering my reasons to marathon… I think if it were just me I’d run halfs. So that tells me I’m letting outside pressure get to me for no reason. I’d rather run forever then hang up my laces. Sorry rant over but I’m really happy to make these powerful discoveries:)
Let’s get this out of the way upfront: I know calling a cookie recipe the “world’s easiest” sounds a bit ridiculous, but I can explain. The name started out innocently enough — one day, I created an easy-to-make almond cookie recipe. I adored this recipe. In my excitement, I’d say to friends, “You have to try these almond cookies; they’re, like, the world’s easiest cookies.” And well, the name stuck.
Stop putting pressure on yourself that’s not warranted. You are in a different place emotionally, physically and overall life then when training for Philly. Give yourself and your MIND a break and relish in your being chosen and ability to run this race. You have two great races in your future–NYC and Boston–what an honor!!!! Cookies look awesome. It was just a major bday for my daughter and son so celebrating this weekend. I will be making these! Btw, been meaning to tell you my whole family loves your recipes so they definitely are majorly enjoyed and appreciated by grown up children. Never was able to throw things together so fast and easy and have them taste and look so good. The taco salad is a fav as well as the chicken salad! Your photography has become really pleasing and extremely photogenic. Have a great weekend and rest your mind.
Stephany – I’m *wish* we could! I prefer baking with coconut oil whenever possible, but when I’ve tried it, the cookies spread so much and didn’t get the crackly top. I couldn’t ever really cobble together the right amounts that would offset the spread and texture change. If you try it and have better luck than me, I’d love to know what other adjustments you make!
Rachel…First, I never…well VERY rarely…less than 1x a year or two…post replies or anything on sites where I find my recipes. These cookies are just delicious! I make them for my house and they are the go-to cookie for us. We never want to wait for them to chill! I roll them into a cookie log, wrap them, and then stick them in the freezer for about 15-20 and then make a few! I keep the roll frozen and cut off “slices” whenever we want them! They freeze exceptionally well! I’m not a big fan of coconut sugar, so when I first made them, I mixed in Florida organic and they were good. I also do most vanilla recipes with 2-3 different kinds of vanilla, and these are no exception. I use Wilton clear vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste and good ole’ McCormick pure vanilla extract, which throw these cookies over the top. Now, I can use the coconut sugar as written and the sweetness is perfect. All that to say Thank you for creating + sharing this awesome recipe!
Take 30 days and give it a shot – cut out the grains and dairy, start eating more vegetables and fruits, eat more humanely raised and non-grain fed meat, cut out the liquid calories and sugar, and see how you feel after the month is up. If you’re analytical and want numbers to use in your final verdict, get your blood work done at the beginning and end of the month.
Grains – especially wheat and anything with gluten. White rice is the least harmful of all grains and is added to dishes on occasions or for variety, it’s also part of the Perfect Health Diet protocol, which is what I follow. Rice is very high in carbohydrates and if you’re not active or trying to lose weight, it should be kept to ‘occasional’ use. Learn more about why grains are avoided in the paleo diet here.
Although pepitas are reasonably high in carbohydrates, they’re also high in healthy fats, fiber and protein which prevents large spikes in blood sugar levels, making them an ideal paleo food to snack on or add to salads. Pepitas are also a good source of magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and the B vitamins so they’ll give you a good energy boost along with providing valuable nutrients.
I gave up paleo baking six months ago when I devoted myself to the 20lb subscription of Better Batter, but you’ve got me re-upping on my almond flour and coconut flour stock, opening my kitchen (and my heart) to paleo baking once again. These look amazing- I always had my paleo chocolate chippers turn out like some kind of sad, crumbly macaroon, but I trust that my children will be happy to share these with their friends. Thank you!
Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract on medium speed and mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chips. If you used brown sugar, skip to the next step. If you used coconut sugar, place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm.
This recipe does its best to replicate the chocolate Hostess brand donuts, but in a way that gets rid of the lousy ingredients and replaces them with wholesome ones. They contain wonderful things like medjool dates, eggs, and coconut flour, rather than what you’ll find in a package of Hostess donettes. The main ingredient in those is sugar, followed by partially hydrogenated vegetable oil which provides trans fat, and wheat flour. Not a good snack to get into the habit of eating, but these replicas won’t set you back.

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While typically considered health foods (who’s ever been angry with a bag of lentils?), legumes have a major downside: phytic acid. According to Paleo Leap, “Phytic acid binds to nutrients in the food, preventing you from absorbing them.” While phytic acid is present in a number of Paleo-friendly foods (like nuts), these foods are generally consumed in smaller quantities. Legumes, however, constitute a staple in many diets around the world, leading to overexposure to phytic acid as well as a host of other antinutrients.
Other food exclusions mandated in the paleo diet do have a clear and proven health benefit for all individuals. “Another group of foods you’ll cut out are processed vegetable oils and refined sugar, including white and brown sugars, agave, corn syrup, and all artificial sweeteners,” Hultin says. Added sugars have been linked in studies to a host of health problems, such as increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. (8)

Whole30 is a diet designed to reset the way your body functions by completely eliminating foods that may be causing problems for 30 days. The rules are firm, and there’s no room for cheating, because it would defeat the resetting process. Paleo, on the other hand, is an ongoing style of eating, and occasional, non-Paleo food is generally considered part of a realistic routine.
FYI Scott Madden the Paleo diet is really just a general blueprint and most people just do the best that they can–some also just eat according to what they can handle or need and still consider it “paleo.” There are also many different options when it comes to protein powder (many people use pea, hemp etc) and not all of them contain wheat, soy, casein or whey.

A strict paleo diet does not allow dairy products because hunter-gatherers did not milk cows. Some paleo dieters say dairy is OK, especially if it is grass-fed because grass-fed butter, for example, has more omega-3s. Fermented dairy products are also OK for some paleo eaters because they have a lower content of lactose and casein, the two concerns paleo dieters have with dairy.
Don’t let the fact that these cookies are Paleo make you think they don’t taste good. These are now my very favorite cookie! They taste like a legit cookie you would get at a bakery. Crispy on the outer edges, just the slightest bit soft and gooey in the center. And since there is no flour, the cookie has an intense almond butter flavor that I can’t get enough of.

Legumes are members of a large family of plants that have a seed or pod. This category includes all beans, peas, lentils, tofu and other soyfoods, and peanuts. Legumes are not allowed on paleo because of their high content of lectins and phytic acid. Similar to grains, this is a point of controversy in the scientific community. In fact, lots of research supports eating legumes as part of a healthy diet because they are low in fat and high in fiber, protein and iron.


Hi! Sorry for just now seeing your question. In US English recipes, almond flour always means what you probably call “ground blanched almonds.” We don’t even have the deoiled / defatted “almond flour” that’s sometimes sold in other countries. Coconut flour is coconut flour. “Coconut flour is a soft flour produced from dried coconut meat.” I hope that helps!
Fasting for a predetermined period of time, shortening the eating window. Popular IF protocols include daily 16 hour fasts with 8 hour feeding windows, or weekly 24 hour fasts. Less of a “diet,” more of a philosophy. You can combine damn near any diet with a practice of intermittent fasting, be it Paleo, Primal, vegan, vegetarian, Bulletproof, Standard American, or anything between.

First of all, these cookies look out of control good. I love the craters of chocolate. As much as I want to take a shortcut most times, I’ve really taken to making the effort to chop up chunks of chocolate for cookies, too. Now..big congrats on wrapping up college! It was a pleasure to read about your last 4 years’ experience. And I’m so glad this blog gave you a creative outlet. You have obviously managed to do so much, so admirably well! Way to go!
Ive made a cople of your desserts now and have been SO impressed!!!!! Thank you for these great recipes!! My husband eats Paleo so I wanted to test these out for him today. Between my parents and my 4 yr old son, they ate almost the whole batch!! My dad even loved them and he has been known to eat 6 crispy kremes in one sitting without thinking twice! 😉 I used our blendtec blender to grind some raw almonds into flour (hadn’t tried that before) and with that the cookies came out delicious!! Thank you for sharing!
I just made these with Stevia. I replaced all coconut sugar with about 1/2 tsp Sweet Leaf Stevia powder then tasted the batter before I divided & baked. I added just a hint more stevia because (true confessions) I LOVE SUGAR! I also went heavy on the vanilla because really, stevia has a little bitter aftertaste and the vanilla helps cloak that. These are delicious. I am expecting that the swap brings the caloric value of the cookie down by approximately 30 calories/cookie if the bath made 12. I only got 10 after sampling a few spoons (heaping) of the batter.
Legumes – beans, lentils, chickpeas and so on. Cashews are not legumes! There are some debates over whether some legumes are safe to consume in moderation, if prepared properly (soaked for 12 hours and then cooked really well to remove the phytic acid and make them easier to digest). You can read this article by Dr. Chris Kresser and this article by Dr. Loren Cordain and make up your own mind like we do. We include green beans and peas but avoid the rest.

Take 30 days and give it a shot – cut out the grains and dairy, start eating more vegetables and fruits, eat more humanely raised and non-grain fed meat, cut out the liquid calories and sugar, and see how you feel after the month is up. If you’re analytical and want numbers to use in your final verdict, get your blood work done at the beginning and end of the month.
Stop putting pressure on yourself that’s not warranted. You are in a different place emotionally, physically and overall life then when training for Philly. Give yourself and your MIND a break and relish in your being chosen and ability to run this race. You have two great races in your future–NYC and Boston–what an honor!!!! Cookies look awesome. It was just a major bday for my daughter and son so celebrating this weekend. I will be making these! Btw, been meaning to tell you my whole family loves your recipes so they definitely are majorly enjoyed and appreciated by grown up children. Never was able to throw things together so fast and easy and have them taste and look so good. The taco salad is a fav as well as the chicken salad! Your photography has become really pleasing and extremely photogenic. Have a great weekend and rest your mind.
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They say that low-fat weight-loss diets have proved in clinical trials and real life to be dismal failures, and that on top of it all, the percentage of fat in the American diet has been decreasing for two decades. Our cholesterol levels have been declining, and we have been smoking less, and yet the incidence of heart disease has not declined as would be expected. ”That is very disconcerting,” Willett says. ”It suggests that something else bad is happening.”
Stephany – I’m *wish* we could! I prefer baking with coconut oil whenever possible, but when I’ve tried it, the cookies spread so much and didn’t get the crackly top. I couldn’t ever really cobble together the right amounts that would offset the spread and texture change. If you try it and have better luck than me, I’d love to know what other adjustments you make!
This step is actually optional if you do not mind having flecks of zucchini visible in your zucchini cookies! However, in my house, my kids would not approve of anything green in their cookies, so I always blend the zucchini with the other wet ingredients! I also really enjoy the texture of these paleo breakfast cookies when the zucchini is fully blended.
These pizza bites don’t need a crust because they’re resting on a slice of uncured pepperoni or salami. This makes them a snack that you can make in a jiffy, because you don’t have to wait around for the crust to bake. It also helps give them a big pizza taste, even if you opt out of the optional organic mozzarella cheese. The sauce is the real kicker here, and it’s made using organic tomato sauce and the necessary ingredients to make it taste like a pizza. Drop a black olive slice right in the middle and these pizza bites are ready to consumption.

High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including magnesium, copper, vitamin E and riboflavin, almonds are a great paleo option that’s been shown to improve cognitive ability and reduce your risk of developing many degenerative disorders. They’re also alkaline which makes them great to improve your body’s ability to process insulin, improve digestion and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and various cancers.
Pork rinds usually get the reputation of being the ultimate form of junk food, but you have to remember that most junk food is junk because it is deep fried in unhealthy oils, and made up of ingredients that act as filler rather than anything that is natural. Here they’re using real pork and frying it up in coconut oil so you’re getting a healthy version of this notorious snack. They even show you how to throw together your own Cajun seasoning so you can make that whenever you’re in the mood of Cajun spiciness.
Grass-fed meat is recommended on the paleo diet because it is leaner than meat from grain-fed animals and has more omega-3 fatty acids, the healthy fats that reduce inflammation in the body and protect your heart. A typical American diet is high in saturated and trans fats and lower in healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, hence the paleo diet's emphasis on grass-fed meats, as well as seafood.
These gummy snacks are billed as being anti-inflammatory and use a host of ingredients that have been shown to help curb inflammation in the body, namely turmeric and ginger. The way they’ve made these into gummy form is through the use of gelatin, which is definitely a go on Paleo. There’s also other healthy items to really make these a vitamin-packed snack, including citrus juice of your choice and raw honey. By using natural ingredients like raw honey you’re eating food that is as close to nature as possible.
Fiber isn’t only essential for regularity. It helps with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, reduces risk of heart disease and diabetes, helps stabilize levels of blood sugar, can lower elevated cholesterol, and helps prevent hemorrhoids and diseases of the colon—but most of us don’t get enough. To see how well you know your fiber facts, try our quiz.
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