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Paleo Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

So… who’s excited for Valentine’s Day? Half of you are probably saying, “Me, me, me!!” and the other half of you are probably rolling your eyes. But hey, no matter whether you are single or have that special someone to celebrate with, I think we can ALL enjoy some sweets and express a bit of love to someone else and/or to ourselves.

And what says L-O-V-E better than a chocolate treat? These sheet pan chocolate chip blondies will definitely fulfill the purpose of giving you all the happy feels without the gluten, soy, and processed sugars. They did for me!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Full disclosure: I made these chocolate chip blondies in a sheet pan for the sole reason that we are in the middle of a move staying at an Airbnb, and a sheet pan was all I had to bake anything in. But hey, I don’t regret a thing because they turned out fan-freakin-tastic! I already tested out popping them in the freezer and defrosting one square at a time and it still tastes amazing. Oh, and they are even better when toasted in the oven for a few minutes after getting defrosted!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

If you want to go full treat mode, you can even make some chocolate frosting to slather on top and make it a sheet pan cake. The blondies are soft and fluffy enough to be pass as cake, and it’ll add another layer (pun intended) of decadence!

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? C and I usually are pretty low-key about it. We don’t exchange presents but we do like to try out a restaurant we haven’t been to before. But, sometimes we just get lazy and I just cook at home. I know… cooking at home is lazy to us, but that’s because we can be our my sweatpants for dinner and there’s something so magical about that. Who’s with me??

No matter what you’ll be doing, I hope these sheet pan chocolate chip blondies will be part of your mini celebration of love, whether you are treating yourself or someone else!

Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Paleo Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies
 
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 18"x13" sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix almond butter, avocado oil, maple syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well until a thick batter is formed.
  5. Fold in 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and spread out evenly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and take the remaining ¼ cup chocolate chips and place them on top of the batter evenly. Bake for additional 10 minutes
  8. Cool completely before cutting into squares, then serve.

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Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Sheet Pan Chocolate Chip Blondies

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Oh man, I’ve had a looooong weekend. We moved out of our apartment yesterday, without a permanent new place. We are still staying in the same area but at an Airbnb until we figure things out. So this past week was a whole lot of putting crap in boxes, driving around in a U-Haul, lifting heavy things, and lugging things into storage. I’m so so tired today so I’m taking it easy. Luckily, our Airbnb is so nice and gorgeous, and I’ll probably share a few photos on Instagram.

Right before the move out day, I prepared by putting together snacks that I could munch on during and after the move. Of course, this consisted of thinking of ways to use up whatever food I had left in the kitchen. This was basically the process of how I came up with this easy but SUPER ADDICTING recipe: spiced bacon cashews.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

I don’t know why I never thought to put cashews and bacon together before. I mean, even the thought about it sounds amazing! Crispy, salty bacon and creamy cashews. What’s not to love? I had to portion this out a handful at a time, because I know I can just finish the entire thing in one sitting. However, it’s actually quite filling so it held me over between meals when I was exerting a lot of energy during the move.

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Also, since it’s coming up, this could also be an amazing Super Bowl snack! If you don’t know, it’s this weekend, and I’m excited to munch on all the game day foods. Plus, if you are in a hurry, these spiced bacon cashews literally comes together in less than 10 minutes. What’s not to love about that? Hope you try out this amazing combo, because it’s just the best!

Spiced Bacon Cashews

Spiced Bacon Cashews
 
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  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (optional)
  • ⅓ cup chopped thick-cut bacon, sugar-free
  • ½ lb raw cashews, about 2 cups
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together sea salt, cinnamon, and cayenne, if using. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Cook the bacon in the skillet for 4-5 minutes, until they are crispy.
  4. Add the cashew and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes, until toasted evenly.
  5. Add the mixed spices and stir together for 1 minute until evenly coated.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to eat.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 Spiced Bacon Cashews

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

 
I remember eating these caramelized sweet potatoes when I was young for every holiday in Korea with my family. I came to the US when I was 6, but I can still recall gathering with my relatives and eating a feast of delicious Korean foods. I especially loved Lunar New Year, because this was when all the kids would bow to the elders to wish them a bountiful New Year, and in return, they would hand the kids money. It was the best part!

Lunar New Year is just around the corner (Jan 28th) and while I don’t celebrate it like I did in Korea, when Christine from Vermilion Roots asked if I would like to join in on a virtual Lunar New Year party with other awesome food bloggers, I had to say yes!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang
 
The recipe I’m contributing is called Goguma Mattang in Korean, and it’s basically deep fried sweet potato wedges that are coated in sweet caramel sauce. They are sticky on the outside and crispy on the inside, and they are pretty much the most addicting dessert ever.

I don’t like to deep fry anything at home, since I like to use stable, heat-resistant oils like coconut oil or duck fat for frying, and it can get super expensive with those healthy oils. So I baked the sweet potatoes in high heat then broiled them to get them extra crispy, and it worked so well!

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang

Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang


 
Even if you don’t celebrate Lunar New Year, I hope you end up making these, because they are absolutely delicious! The honey caramel sauce enhances the sweetness of the potatoes, and this mattang makes me miss my family and Korea so much.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Paleo Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes (Goguma Mattang)
 
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  • 1 lb Japanese sweet potatoes (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, then cut them into thick wedges making sure they are all evenly sized.
  3. Coat and toss the sweet potato wedges with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and sea salt.
  4. Spread the sweet potato wedges on a baking pan and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the sweet potatoes are golden.
  5. Turn up the oven to broil, then broil the sweet potatoes for 2-3 minutes until they are extra crispy.
  6. Once the sweet potatoes are done, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tbsp coconut oil, coconut sugar, and honey.
  7. Once the sauce begins to boil, turn the heat to low to simmer until the coconut sugar is dissolved.
  8. Turn off the heat and add the sweet potatoes to the skillet and stir to coat.
  9. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and lay the coated sweet potatoes on a parchment paper, making sure they don't touch each other.
  10. Cool for at 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy immediately!

#SweetLunarNewYear Virtual Party!

The following food bloggers and I have come together for a virtual #SweetLunarNewYear party, so come join in on the fun! They have all contributed amazing delicious dessert recipes specific to their countries so I think it’ll be a cultural learning experience as well:

Snow Fungus Soup by Vermilion Roots
Indonesian Honeycomb Cake (Bingka Ambon) by What To Cook Today
Chinese Peanut Cookies by Wok & Skillet
Vietnamese Steamed Rice Cakes by A Taste of Joy and Love
Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies by Grits & Chopsticks
Black Sesame Shortbread Cookies by Little Sweet Baker
Ice Cream Mooncakes by Brunch-n-Bites
Coconut Red Bean Pudding by The Missing Lokness
Cashew Nut Cookies by Anncoo Journal
One Bite Pine Nut Cookies by Yummy Workshop
Baked Coconut Walnut Sticky Rice Cake by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Black Sesame Cream Puffs by Pink Wings
Cashew Nut Cookies by Roti n Rice
Mini Peanut Puffs (Kok Chai) by Malaysian Chinese Kitchen
Thousand Layer Cake (Lapis Legit) by Daily Cooking Quest
Pineapple Cookies (Nastar) by V for Veggy
Almond Orange Spiral Cookies by Butter & Type
Three Color Dessert (Che Ba Mau) by The Viet Vegan
Year of the Rooster Mochi by Thirsty for Tea
Korean Tea Cookies (Dasik) by Kimchimari
Sweet Sticky Nian Gao (Kuih Bakul) by Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen
Sweet Rice Balls with Peanut Butter (Tang Yuan) by Omnivore’s Cookbook
Candied Ginger (Mut Gung) by Plant Crush
Chick Egg Tarts by Dessert Girl
Red Bean Soup with Black Glutinous Rice by Nut Free Wok
Orange Scented Sweet Red Bean by Lime and Cilantro

Come join the party on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and share your sweet Lunar New Year recipes by using the hashtag #SweetLunarNewYear. Hope you have a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Paleo Gluten Free Vegan Korean Caramelized Sweet Potatoes Goguma Mattang