My Top 3 Holiday Desserts

It’s my favorite time of year… holiday time, and more importantly, time to enjoy some tasty treats! As someone who struggles with dairy and gluten, I am forever grateful to all the amazing Paleo chefs out there creating delicious dairy-free, gluten-free desserts. Heck, they are practically good for you!

Here are my top 3 favorites from this past year, give them a try this holiday season and ‘wow’ your family and friends. Enjoy! (I know I will!)

Stupid Easy Paleo – Dark Chocolate Mint Coconut Butter Cups

Stupid Easy Paleo is a fantastic resource for amazing Paleo meals, training nutrition, and most importantly this time of year… desserts! Check out the ingredients to Stephanie Gaudreau’s Dark Chocolate Mint Coconut Butter Cups, they will knock your holiday socks off:

  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 drops of peppermint extract, or more depending on your taste
  • 12 ounces (350 grams) high quality dark chocolate

To find out how to whip this up into a great dessert, check out this link and enjoy! http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/12/01/dark-chocolate-mint-coconut-butter-cups/ 

The Food Lovers Primal Palate – Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you would like to leave Santa a dairy-free, gluten-free treat this Christmas eve, this recipe is the one to go for. Hayley & Bill from The Food Lover Primal Palate have come up with this amazing recipe that is loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, and chocolate chips!

  • 3 cups Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil, unrefined
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Check out the full instructions on their website here… http://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-blog/chocolate-chip-cookies/ 

Nom Nom Paleo – Poached Pears

This award-winning website is chock-full of great recipes and this one is nice for a holiday treat, as an alternative to pies and cookies, or just to round out your holiday dessert table:

  • 3 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 4 ripe but not mushy pears
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • parchment paper cut to fit the saucepan you’re using
  • zest of one orange

To find out how to turn these ingredients into holiday magic, check out the NOM NOM link here:

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/9870188400/poached-pears-from-paleo-comfort-foods

Enjoy!