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Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

I have a few favorite foods that are absolutely not “clean eating” and would also not be considered healthy in most opinions. (Pictures of pizza, chips, chocolate and ice cream are floating through my head right now) I’m not hating on these foods by any means. If I had the ability to be a moderator with my food, then by all means I would eat these! Moderation, however is not my strong point. I’m more of a person where eating a little turns into me going crazy and having to spend several days getting back on track. It’s not good.

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

BUT….what if we can start making healthy replacements for these foods that are actually not “bad” and taste good?  That would solve some problems wouldn’t it? I had been dreaming of ice cream this time. And also wondering what the heck the obsession is with Dole Whips when I decided to figure something out for me and my food allergy kiddos here!

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

I knew I wanted the base of this recipe to be frozen pineapple. I also knew I wanted to add some frozen banana to add some creamy texture. I tossed in strawberries because I needed to use them before they went bad. Enter the idea for Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream. Are you getting the picture that this is an EASY recipe? Because it was! And it was so good. I even had kid approval with this one. (They are picky little rascals sometimes)

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I probably used about 2 cups)

2.) Frozen Bananas (I used 2)

3.) Strawberries (I used about 1 cup)

4.) Unsweet Milk of choice (I used approx 1/2-1 cup unsweet vanilla coconut milk)

Directions:

Just blend all ingredients until smooth. I had to stop the blender a few times and scrape the mix back down the sides.

I loved it right away as soft serve, but you could absolutely place the mix in the freezer and eat it later with making actual scoops.

21 Day Fix Equivalents: it may not be perfect, but I would measure 1 purple container and count it as that too. 

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

This particular concoction all started because I was at a birthday party with my 4 year old. I was talking to a friend about foods to eat when we really want something sweet. I adore chocolate and it is so hard for me to stay out  of it when we have it in the house! My problem is that once I start with the chocolate, I can not seem to stop. A few chocolate chips turn into several and then several more. Then I just continue that pattern, because “the damage is already done.” It really isn’t the best way of thinking because obviously it puts me right back where I started.

Until I get this moderation on chocolate thing under control, I have got to find food ideas that seem like a treat but are not doing nearly the damage. The first thing I thought of when we were talking at the bowling alley was “banana ice cream.” It really is awesome and I just don’t take the time to make it often enough. The more we kept talking about banana ice cream led to me thinking about it more and more when I got home. You can guess where this is going, right? Yes, I ate it for dinner. And it was very good.

I started making it like normal from my saved frozen bananas when I saw a bag of frozen strawberries in my freezer too. Now there’s an idea 😊  And that is how this simple yet tasty dessert was born. Some of my best inspiration is on a whim and this was one of them.

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) 2 frozen bananas

2.) handful of strawberries

3.) 1/2-3/4 cup milk of choice (I used So Delicious Unsweet Coconut Milk)

Directions:

Place items in a blender (this is the one I like to use) and start blending. This process is going to feel like it’s getting worse before it gets better……it gets crumbly first, stop the blender scrape down the sides and blend again. Repeat this until the creamy texture takes over. It will happen, just don’t give up!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

You can eat this immediately if you are a soft serve person (me!) or you can put it in the freezer and let it get a litte more firm. Enjoy this simple treat with just 3 ingredients!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

A note on the bananas: I just peel and put half bananas in the freezer as they start getting brown spots to save them.  I received a tip to go ahead and freeze them as slices to make blending easier. I’m going to try that next time!

Paleo Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

We had our most recent meeting with my daughter’s nutritionist a few days before Chirstmas. And I have to be honest, I just finally got around to processing all of the information. We have been working since May to HEAL her little body. A little background is that we have been battling severe eczema and food allergies since she was 2 months old. And while food allergies stink, that darn eczema is more of a daily misery for her.

On the suggestion from some friends, we got her on a waitlist for a functional medicine team. They have been working with us in an attempt to heal her body from the inside out basically. What this means for her as far as eating is a super clean diet. Basically unprocessed or minimally processed, clean foods. Think meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and some grains. So…no dyes, additives, refined sugar, gluten etc. I will be honest, at times it has been tough for all of us (for so many reasons, a lot of them emotional). I can truly sympathize with those who have to basically change their lifestyle over for one reason or another. It’s hard.

But, finally this fall we turned a corner. She is getting better.  The before and after pictures are pretty amazing actually. I can see her sweet little face without red sores and wounds covering it. She hasn’t had an infection since this summer. And she feels better. The proof that there just might be something to healthy living and unprocessed diets is written all over her face (literally).

This most recent appointment brought some new information to us. We have some items to change and start including, but also some to exclude. It looks like she is going to have to give up all grains for awhile which means the loss of one of her few treats (Enjoy Life snack bars). This was definitely a mental setback for us. Not that she has to have them, it’s just nice to have one thing that is easy that she thinks is a treat. Oh well, time to move on and work around it.

Homemade snack bar recipe

The nutritionist and I decided to start researching home made nut free Larabar style snacks.  A Larabar is an awesome product that is made of natural ingredients and sweetened with items such as dates and fruit. We unfortunately can not purchase them due to food allergies.  I found two recipes that included items that I wanted to use as a starting place. What I found is that these bars are easy to make! Several of the ingredients seem like they can be changed or modified to make it work for you needs. For example, in my daughter’s case we needed to add some very specific items (like fats). We are really trying to pack a punch into these little treats. So, if you want less of a caloric load…feel free to omit items or lesson them.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.) 1.5 cups dates

-it helps to soak dates in water first for 10-15 minutes

2.) 1 cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)

3.) 1/4 c pumpkin seeds

4.) 1/4 c sunflower seeds

5.) 2 tbsp chia seeds

6.) 1 tbsp ground flax

7.) 1 cup shredded coconut

8.) 1 tsp cinnamon

9.) 2 tbsp coconut oil

10.) 1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut flour

11.) chocolate chips (optional, we buy these)

**we are trying to add healthy fats into her diet which is the reason for the coconut oil.  I added a bit of coconut flour to thicken the bars.  Always start with less coconut flour and add it a little at a time.  It takes the moisture out of things quickly…you could omit both of these items and be fine!

Directions

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the dates until smooth.  I leave a little water with them from soaking (it seems like it helps while processing them).  Next add items 2-9 and process until smooth.  Add the coconut flour as directed above a little at a time and process.  Remove mix from food processor and stir in any chocolate chips.

Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper or press n seal and flatten the mix into the bottom of the pan.  This was enough for more than one layer, so add more lining right on top and press the remaining in. Freeze for 2 hours and then cut into bars. I cut those in half and wrapped them separately and put in a freezer bag.  Store in freezer.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade snack bar recipe

These are so versatile, so experiment! I want to make some with fruit next. These bars are based in the original recipe from www.nutfreepaleo.com

Homemade snack bar recipe

 

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

It’s almost Christmas and for me that means doing things a certain way. I love tradition, family and memories and I think that is what makes the holidays feel a certain way in my head and heart. It feels like every year certain things are supposed to happen. For example, I must watch Elf and Home Alone and now that my kids enjoy the traditions with me, we also must watch Arthur Christmas. We decorate the house together and we drive to look at Christmas lights. And we take the time to appreciate the meaning of Christmas together. We share so many wonderful traditions that do not involve food.

However, we do have one major holiday tradition that involves food.  Specifically baking and decorating sugar cookies together. That one goes back to when I was growing up and I of course loved every minute of it. Can’t you just picture me sneaking cookie dough and licking the icing before it ever even makes it to the cookie? Some habits go pretty far back lol.

Here we are at another holiday season but this one is a big deal. I can remember this time one year ago I was praying for a miracle for my 6 year old and praying to find some way to help heal her body. I was desperate and upset and heartbroken watching her be so uncomfortable and watching her body and immune system basically attack itself. (Hate you eczema!!) While we do not have answers this year and we don’t have a cure, we have had some miracles and help along the way. And they almost all stem from her diet. She has finally found some relief and NOT in the form of medicine (finally). It does however mean that she is on a very strict and unprocessed diet. I’m so very proud of how strong she is and how far she has come. And the proof that it is working is all over her face (literally….I can see her beautiful face now, no sores and no wounds and no red).

Chocolate caramel popcorn

So, what do we do this Christmas? How do we mix what we think of as tradition with the new way we are trying to live our lives? The rest  of us are by no means perfect, but we are trying to get better. I also can’t bring myself to make endless amounts of sugar laden cookies with dyes right in front of her little face. Here is how we fix this….we find alternatives and make that a new normal for now. We are experimenting and baking and testing new recipes to find “treats” for the WHOLE family.

And guess what? We have one that is a success. I was watching Food Network and came across a recipe that I had to try. It was sweet, looked like dessert and I had a plan to alter it to make it safe. And it DID work!!  I’m not saying it’s a perfect treat and it’s probably still a little too much sugar for her little body. But, it’s a start and we are learning moderation.  Anything called chocolate caramel popcorn sounds good, doesn’t it? Give it a try and see what you think! I have changed the recipe to clean ingredients and increased the amount of popcorn (by a lot!) so that it is not just soaked in chocolate (not that I wouldn’t secretly enjoy that, because I would).

Chocolate caramel popcorn

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients:

1.) approx 1.5-2 cups popcorn kernels: pop using method of choice (we have a stir crazy popcorn maker)

2.) 3/4 cup honey

3.) 3/4 cup coconut sugar

4) 1 cup Sunbutter (you can use a different nut butter, we are just limited to this one)

5.) 1 tsp vanilla

6.) 10 oz chocolate chips (we use this brand)

7.) sea salt

Directions

Start to boil water in a small pot. Pour the chocolate chips in a measuring cup and place inside the water in the pot. (We are creating a double boiler effect to melt the chocolate).  Remove the chocolate from heat when it is melted and stir. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan on the stovetop, melt together the honey, coconut sugar and sunbutter. When it starts to get bubble, remove from heat and add the vanilla. Stir together and sit to the side. Pour the honey mix over the popcorn (I had it in a large foil baking pan) and mix it together. Then drizzle the chocolate on top.  Sprinkle some sea salt on there if you are a salty/sweet kind of person.  Store in an airtight container.

Chocolate caramel popcorn

I loved how this turned out, modifications and all! The coconut sugar and honey gives the mixture a caramel taste which I love!  Feel free to experiment with what works for your family. The original recipe had cashews, which I’m sure would have been awesome!

Chocolate caramel popcorn

Could this be considered a Paleo-ish treat? I think so! All things considered, we could have done much worse.  It was clean and without artificial ingredients.  We have even made the switch to non gmo popcorn kernels.  Eventually our baby steps will get us there!

Here is the original recipe.  Nothing like learning recipes with Kelly from Saved by the Bell 😊

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Coconut Clusters

I have been on an extreme mission this summer to figure out foods that my daughter thinks are treat. Sounds easy right? Not so much. She has been on a strict elimination diet, has several severe food allergies and of course she is picky (why wouldn’t she be, right?).

It seems like we are about 80/20 over here with the clean eating. So, we are trying! It’s definitely not perfect and some of us are more strict than others. I’m sure you can relate. I have a husband who is not quite so on board but he deals with it lol. He’s trying.

In an effort to figure out answers and find a way to relieve her severe eczema, we are currently under the care of some doctors along with a nutritionist that are working on a diet overhaul to heal her body. This elimination diet however meant taking away yet another group of foods and snacks that we were eating for treats and special occasions.

It has honestly been a good way to get the rest of us a bit closer to 80/20 to be honest. Anyway, I had wanted some treats for her. Something she was excited to eat and actually thought was a TREAT when she got it. I was at our local Sam’s and saw something that inspired me to come home and get to work! And, that is how these Coconut Clusters were born. I wanted something yummy that was clean, as unprocessed as possible and safe for her. They are awesome and you and I both know that I can’t stay out of them.

Coconut Clusters

 

Coconut Clusters

Ingredients:

Dry:

1.) 3 cups coconut flakes or chips (it was not tiny shreds)

2.) 1 cup almonds

3.) 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

4.) 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Coconut Clusters

Wet:

1.) 2/3 cup Honey (or Maple Syrup)

2.) 2 Tbsp Almond Butter

3.) 2 Tbsp Ghee (or butter)

4.) 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

5.) 1 tbsp Cinnamon

6.) 1/2 tsp sea salt

Coconut Clusters

Directions:

Place all dry ingredients on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for just a few minutes (just enough to get them lightly toasted).  Meanwhile in a small pot on the stovetop, place all wet ingredients and melt.  Whisk these together until bubbly.  Remove from heat.  Add dry ingredients to a mixing bowl, add the wet and stir.  Take spoonfuls of the mix out and place in mini muffin tins.  Place in the refrigerator or freezer for about 30 minutes.

Coconut Clusters

After I made these, I started dreaming about adding some bacon crumbles and mini chocolate chips in someday.  Doesn’t that sound amazing? Those are not on our list of green light food yet…but hopefully someday!

Coconut Clusters

I’ll be honest, I have been hiding these in our downstairs freezer out of my sight.  I have trouble with moderation!  I was super excited about these because I will for sure be making them as a clean alternative for Christmas snacks this year! No sugar icing coma for me this year!

Coconut Clusters

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Baked Apples with Almonds and Bacon

I got to hang out with one of my good friends this past Friday and it was such a treat!  You really can’t beat getting to spend time with someone you enjoy getting to see and have her save your sloppy mess of a head of hair at the same time. I think she and I can both agree that the gray hair and ombré that my hair turns into from lack of appointments is scary!! 😂😂

Anyway, we were talking about food and eating and trying to be better. And in the course of our talks, we ended up talking about the 21 Day Sugar Detox and how great it is to have a reset sometimes. The more I kept thinking about it, the more I reflected on my own diet at this point. (And how I have slowly but surely added in some not so great choices…by just eating a bit here and a bit there, and I’ll do better tomorrow kind of thing). Well…I woke up Saturday and decided right then and there that THIS was a new day (crazy, right!? It wasn’t a Monday…but when the motivation is there, you go for it!)

I decided to work extra hard at cleaning up my diet, taking out the cheats and really get things back in order. My body just feels the best when I am adhering to a Paleo diet (and 21 Day Fix Paleo style as well). It just seems like I keep a weight I like, sleep more and feel better when I actually stick with it. Honestly, Satuday was really an eye opener at just how far I had let things go while pretending to myself that it was ok.

Paleo baked apples with almonds and bacon

In the spirit of 21 Day Sugar Detox and 21 Day Fix all rolled into one, I came up with this dandy of a breakfast. And it was a winner! Now, someone got flustered with me on Instagram when I shared the picture because it induced bacon. So let me just say….we use bacon as a treat over here, not a staple. But…it really is awesome to add some flavor to things. (And I’m sure Autumn Calabrese would prefer turkey bacon). But….this day, I was going back to my Paleo roots!

Paleo baked apples with almonds and bacon

Paleo Baked Apples with Almonds and Bacon

Ingredients:

1.) 1 green apple, peel, core and chop

2.) cinnamon

3.) 1 tsp butter

4.) tbsp (approx) almonds chopped

5.) Bacon crumbles (pre-cooked)

Directions:

This was a single serving meal that I placed in one of my small Pyrex baking dishes. Add the chopped Apple, sprinkle on the cinnamon, tsp of butter, and almonds. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Just keep an eye on it!

I had added the bacon as an afterthought on top and it was great!  Crumbled sausage is good to by the way (I tried that already too)

Paleo baked apples

Well…it was a great Paleo breakfast (dessert?) and it is close to being pretty darn good for 21 Day Fix as well. Here is what I would count it as…

21 Day Fix: Purple:1, Blue:1, tsp: 1, Red:1/4

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Single Serving Cookie Dough

I’m all for trying to stay on the straight and narrow with clean eating…but darn there are times when a girl (me!) really wants a treat. Rather than have the treat turn into an all out sugar binge which can easily happen with me when making cookies, why not find an alternative that is a bit more limiting?  Something that makes me happy but doesn’t cause this sugar addict to go crazy!

Paleo single serving cookie dough

Treat Criteria

-as clean as possible

-single serving (meaning I have to stop)

-tasty so that the craving is satisfied

Paleo single serving cookie dough

I am by no means saying it is perfect or low calorie.  In fact it is probably neither.  But, it is a way to stay on track and stay as close to Paleo as possible.  And, it is really tasty!!  It’s so nice to know that I have a back up recipe when a craving that just won’t go away occurs.  You can’t beat that it is really easy to make…as in dump and stir it together and that’s it.

Paleo Single Serving Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

1.) 1 Tbsp almond butter

2.) 1/4 cup almond flour

3.) 1 tsp honey

4.) a few chocolate chunks or chips

Directions:

Add almond butter, almond flour and honey to a cup or bowl. (I like cups…the taller sides make it easier to stir). Microwave for about 15 seconds and then stir it to mix. Then add the chocolate chips. Eat as is or microwave for 15 more seconds to melt the chocolate just a little.

*Have you ever heard of Barney Butter?  It is so exciting for our food allergy family.  It is almond butter made in a peanut free facility!! 🎉🎉  Always double check with the company…but at my last contact, they were free of other tree nuts as well.  Yay!

Paleo single serving cookie dough

Give it a try!  It’s very simple….you could even make changes. Add some coconut, some ground flax. Experiment!

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Shakeology Smoothie Bowl

I have a habit of scrolling through Instagram and drooling over the food pictures. Really…I type in #food and just dream. One of the items that has really been catching my eye lately is the smoothie bowl. Have you ever heard of them? I had not, but the  idea is really simple. Basically make your smoothie or shake of choice and pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon.

I like the idea because of course it reminded me of dessert. And let me tell you…some of these pictures are just downright gorgeous. All of the different fruit combinations and colors that these people were adding to them looked amazing. I decided I had to give it a try.

Well, smoothie bowl experiment #1 was just ok. It reminded me of really tasty cereal basically. Mine was not beautiful. I decided as I was making it, that I am just too practical for a beautiful smoothie bowl. I couldn’t stand the thought of putting full slices of fruit across the top just to make it pretty and then have to cut it up. It just didn’t make sense to me. (I don’t have time for that!)  As I was eating experiment #1, I was already planning modifications for #2. And I decided I did not want tasty “cereal” but something more like the consistency of ice cream (you are not surprised I’m sure).

Shakeology smoothie bowl

Once I get an idea in my head, I can’t let it go….and sure enough I made smoothie bowl round 2 the next evening. And guess what!? This was IT!! It had the right consistency, it tasted great. And it was like soft serve ice cream….BUT, it was like soft serve ice cream that included vitamins, super foods, and a host  of other wonderful ingredients. Salad and veggies in my “ice cream”? Yes please! This was a wonderful recipe to include Shakeology as a key ingredient. And I can not wait to make it again!

Shakeology smoothie bowl

Try this and see what you think. I can not wait to make it again, and I already have plans for a slight modification. Pretty sure I’m going to add some type of crumbled bar to the top next time (Quest bar? Luna Bar?). Sounds amazing….kind of like a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

Shakeology Smoothie Bowl (Ice Cream with Sneaky Veggies)

Ingredients:

2 Frozen Bananas

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology

1 Small Handful of ice

1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk)

Directions:

Place all items in your blender and blend/crush until smooth. That’s it. Enjoy!  My ninja blender worked wonderfully with this. Pour  into a bowl and enjoy with a spoon 😊💕

Shakeology smoothie bowl

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Pumpkin Almond Butter Fudge

I am on a mission this holiday season. My goal is to NOT undo all of my hardwork with a string of really bad food decisions. Which by the way is what I have done almost every year of my life so far. Yes, I know..eat in moderation. Well, that seems to be quite an obstacle for me. If only. If only. But, I am who I am and I’m working with what I’ve got. And, I’m ok with that these days!

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

In my mission to stay on track (meaning not go off the deep end on crazy sweets eating basically), I’ve been experimenting with mixtures and creations in the kitchen. I am excited about how this one turned out. It’s going to be perfect for Thanksgiving. It tastes like pumpkin pie with absolutely no baking involved.

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

There are some really good things about this fudge by the way.

✅ Paleo treat..for those of us Paleo people that can handle some grass fed butter

✅ Gluten free

✅ Food allergy friendly (of course! No peanuts, or eggs….you could trade out the Almond butter for Sunbutter if that suits your needs)

✅ No white sugar

Paleo Pumpkin Almond Butter Fudge

Ingredients:

1.) 1/4 cup applesauce

2.) 4 Tbsp butter

3.) 1/2 tsp cinnamon

4.) 2 Tbsp honey

5.) 1/2 cup pumpkin

6.) 2 Tbsp Almond Butter

7.) 1/4 c coconut flour

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the coconut flour in a bowl and use an immersion blender to combine until smooth (or food processor). When combined, add the coconut flour and blend again.

Options: Both are wonderful!!

1.) Eat immediately, like pumpkin pie batter

2.) Freeze in molds and eat later like fudge

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

***trust me, if you have never cooked with coconut flour, do not add more.  You may feel like you need more at first, you don’t! Coconut flour sucks the moisture out of everything, just keep blending and wait a few minutes.  It will thicken.

Paleo pumpkin almond butter fudge

 

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Paleo Brownie Batter

I’m just going to start off by saying…I counted no calories here. This is for sure NOT 21 Day Fix legal. But, don’t we all have those times where we are staying on track but holy moly if I don’t get a snack or a treat or something sweet I’m going to go off the deep end!?  Yah, I can get a little crazy. Seriously, there are times where there is just no getting around it with me. I have to have something sweet. Other people have to have this issue, right?

Paleo brownie batter

But, what to do when you seriously don’t want to derail all of your progress and hard work?  So, here is what I do. I have what I call “deal breakers.”  Deal Breakers are foods that I absolutely at all cost want to stay away from even during moments of temporary sugar insanity. My deal breakers are sugar and wheat. Why?  I know what they do to me. Once I get started, I can not stop them. And, they also make me feel terrible…terrible before I’m even done eating them and horrible when I quit them again and have terrible sugar withdrawal headaches. You would think that alone would be enough to teach me a lesson. I’m pretty sure at this point it has, finally.

So. I stay away from those for sure, but I usually concoct something else in my kitchen with items that I am ok with eating every once in awhile. So, that is why I’m not pretending these are a diet, low calorie food. They are something to calm the crazy sugar craving without throwing me into an all out binge. They keep me from feeling terrible after, so in moderation…I think they are worth it!  And that is where this concoction came from. I was working with what I had in the kitchen and I was running low on ingredients. I would like to pretend like I made this 2 servings…except I ate it all.  By myself.

Paleo brownie batter

Paleo Brownie Batter

Ingredients:

1.) 1/2 cup applesauce

2.) 4 Tbsp butter

3.) few drops of vanilla

4.) 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa

5.) a little less than 1/4 c coconut flour (seriously..no more! Coconut flour sucks the moisture out if everything, and we are not using eggs here, so we don’t have the extra liquid)

Directions:

Warm the applesauce slightly in the microwave, add the butter, cocoa and vanilla and then use an immersion blender (or food processor) to mix these ingredients  then add the coconut flour and blend again. Eat it just like warm brownie batter!

Variations:

you can also freeze this for approximately 30 minutes and turn it into more of a fudge consistency.  Also good!  I just can’t always wait that long

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As as far as Paleo perfection..it depends. It is really stinking close. I used grass fed real butter which is perfectly legal depending on what Paleo person you are talking to.

Food Allergy Friendly..you bet!  This is my house we are talking about and we are food allergy friendly around here. Peanut, tree nut, egg, sunflower and gluten free baby!

Jenn Fehrenbacher