Dark Chocolate-covered Macaroons

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I am typing this on my phone, so I won’t be overly verbose, but this is about dessert.  Real dessert.  Not “I am eating paleo so I am going to pretend this tastes as good as real dessert” dessert.

This is decadent, chocolately, coconutty yumminess.  I hope you make these, and I hope you love them.

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Paleo (ish) chocolate-covered macaroons

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted
2 egg whites
2 tbsp honey
Splash of rum

Chocolate sauce:  6 oz 86% dark chocolate, 1 tbsp butter.  Melted together in a double boiler.  You can easily forgo the butter.

Preheat oven to 350 deg F

1. Whip egg whites and rum until stiff, slowly adding honey while whipping
2. Fold in coconut
3. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet
4.  Bake for 15 mins, until cookies are mostly firm but slightly spongey
5.  Cool the cookies
6. Once cool, dip in the chocolate sauce (or drizzle over the top with a spoon)
7. Refrigerate for 1 hour to let chocolate set

Note that, because these have butter, they should be kept cold until serving or the chocolate will get messy.  Enjoy!


Snacks!

When people say you have to COOK EVERY MEAL when you eat paleo, they are wrong.  There are lots of yummy snacks out there that are mostly paleo-friendly.  Since I am a mom of two (in fact, right now my 7 year old is talking my EAR OFF while I try to write this blog), I have to have snacks to eat on the go.  Especially on workout days, otherwise I won’t remember to eat!

I thought I would share some of my favorite snacks and quick-eats with you:

“Food Should Taste Good” sweet potato chips!  Only ingredients are: Sweet Potatoes, Sunflower Oil & Sea Salt

Cherry Pie Larabars – just the right amount of sweet, tangy goodness

Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage (cut up, with a little cut up avocado and some peppers, it’s a meal!)

Just a few tips!  More to come…


Paleo Chocolate Pudding

I have had a major sweet tooth of late.  I’ve tried to be good (really!), but I’ve been consuming fruit like crazy.  I came across this recipe on the diet/lifestyle blog “Delighted Momma”.  I didn’t make any changes, except halving the recipe so it would fit in my teeny tiny food processor.  It was delicious and tasted so decadent!  It’s very rich, just sweet enough, and so satisfying, since unlike regular pudding, this recipe uses fat and protein-packed ingredients.  It’s quick and easy too (I whipped up a batch 5 mins before I left to go to the gym).  Enjoy!

Paleo Chocolate Pudding

1 whole avocado, skins and pit removed

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp honey or 1 tbsp raw honey (or, probably, 1 tbsp maple syrup)

2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 banana (optional, but the pudding will be pretty avocado-ey without the banana)

1. Put everything in a food processor

2. blend until smooth

3. Refrigerate until set (about 1 hour)

4. Try to eat it in 2 sittings instead of 1