Healthy "Bad for You" Food, Paleo/Keto Recipes

For some of us, following a diet that allows you to eat bacon still just isn't enough. We like feeling good. We like the energy and clarity that Paleo and/or Keto provide us. But, we love good food - Good "bad for you" food. 

Baking has historically been one of the biggest challenges. Muffins are a perfect example of certain things that grain-free flours will simply never provide a replacement for. I have experimented with Paleo friendly flour blends for over a decade. And, while I believe I have come as close as anyone to perfecting grain-free muffins, you will always know they are Paleo. Cakes, however, are another story (more on that another day).

There are several incredibly delicious treats that I have successfully passed off to non-Plaeo/Keto people as the "real deal". Full course meals, from appetizers to desserts, that left everyone satisfied, without even knowing they were duped into a healthy eating experience.

Paleo dinner

Some of these healthy options do require more work. But, many of them are actually simpler than their mainstream counterparts (although, admittedly, sometimes more time consuming). I will happily, over the course of time, share every single idea I have had success with, from simple to advanced.

Today, we start with simple. Simple, but yummy! A quick, easy fix for those who Jones for cookies.

paleo cookies

Grain-Free, sugar-free cookies are not only easy, but actually very satisfying. The "No-Oatmeal" recipe I will provide has been approved by one non-believer after another.

We will start with a basic cookie dough, which essentially leaves you a blank slate for any and all experiments. I have used this dough for everything from Chocolate Chip Cookies (using Lily's Stevia sweetened chocolate chips), to Masala Chai Spiced Cookies.

Pair any of these cookie recipes with Sand Creek Restoratives Guilt-free Mocha Latte or Hot Cocoa, and you have a healthy treat that satisfies even the wickedest longing for gluttonous satisfaction!

 

Basic Cookie Dough:

2 Cups             Almond Flour
1 Tablespoon   Cinnamon
1 teaspoon       Sea Salt
1 teaspoon       Basking Soda
1/4 to 1/3 Cup  *Sweetener of Choice
2                        Large Eggs
1/2 Cup             Coconut Oil (melted)
1 teaspoon        Vanilla Extract
* There are different schools of thought on sweeteners and their glycemic indexes. If you choose a "wet" sweetener, like Honey or Maple Syrup, whisk it in with the wet ingredients. Otherwise, blend it with the dry.
Directions: 
Pre-heat your oven to 325 F.
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly.
Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet to dry and mix well.
Fold in any desired optional ingredients, like nuts or chocolate chips.
Roll dough into Tablespoon sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet (you may choose to chill the dough for easier handling).
Flatten the dough balls slightly by gently pressing them down. These cookies hardly expand at all, so you don't need tons of space between them.
Bake at 325 F for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy!   

Again, the options are limited only to your imagination (and better judgement) when it comes to expanding on this basic recipe. My favorite, by far, is the "No-Oatmeal" Cookie. It has everything from texture to flavor.

No-Oatmeal Cookie

2 Cups             Almond Flour
1/2 Cup            Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup            *Raw Pumpkin Seed
1/2 Cup            *Raw Sunflower Seed
1/2 Cup             Ground Flax Seed Meal
1 Tablespoon   Cinnamon
1 teaspoon       Sea Salt
1 teaspoon       Basking Soda
1/4 to 1/3 Cup  *Sweetener of Choice
2                        Large Eggs
1/2 Cup             Coconut Oil (melted)
1 teaspoon        Vanilla Extract
1 Cup                 Raisins (Optional)
* Be sure to use raw, otherwise the taste and texture just aren't right.

 

Directions: 
Pre-heat your oven to 325 F.
Mix all dry ingredients thoroughly (except raisins).
Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet to dry and mix well.
Fold in raisins (if using).
Roll dough into Tablespoon sized balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet (you may choose to chill the dough for easier handling).
Flatten the dough balls slightly by gently pressing them down. These cookies hardly expand at all, so you don't need tons of space between them.
Bake at 325 F for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Enjoy!   

We will be happy to provide all kinds of wonderful health related ideas throughout the coming year. All of our blogs and ideas will be posted to our social media. Follow Sand Creek Restoratives on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay current.

Eat Healthy, but Eat Well!!!

 

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