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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)

This creamy chimichurri sauce takes minutes to make, and tastes amazing on everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

When people tell me that healthy eating is boring and has no variety, I ask, “Are you experimenting with differences sauces and spices?” The flavor of food can change dramatically depending on what seasoning or dressing you put on it, and you can make multiple dishes with the same base ingredients.

So recently, when I got a bit bored by the same marinade I put on my steak, I decided to switch it up a bit with this creamy chimichurri sauce, and dayuuum, it added SO MUCH flavor and I ended up putting the leftover sauce on everything for the next several days.

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

Yup, these are all ingredients that go into this creamy chimichurri sauce. So simple and healthy, right? I love a good creamy sauce, and the addition of an avocado makes it a perfect texture, not too thick and not too thin. Which is why you can seriously use this sauce for anything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce Paleo Vegan

So far, I have used it as a dipping sauce for steak and veggies, a refreshing dressing on a salad, and even topped my gluten free smoked salmon toast with it for a burst of flavor. I just can’t get enough of it, and I highly recommend you try it out!

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Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo & Vegan)
 
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Serves: About 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, raw and unfiltered
  • 1 large avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, if needed
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except olive oil, in a high-powered blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add more olive oil if you want the sauce to be thinner.
  4. Enjoy as dressing, dip, or sauce over everything!

Creamy Chimichurri Sauce (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30)

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

You’ll want to make these sweet and savory Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes for your next brunch gathering!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

I’ll be honest, I don’t love pancakes. They are good from time to time, but I will always prefer something savory (eggs, always) over sweet for breakfast so I usually end up choosing something else. That is… until I made these sweet and savory apple bacon pancakes. Who knew all it took for me to love pancakes was to add some bacon in it? But let’s be real… bacon can make anything better!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

This recipe came to me just in time for Mother’s Day, and I’m so excited to share something that can satisfy sweet AND savory taste buds. Don’t you think that special lady in your life will love waking up to the smell of these apple bacon pancakes? I know my mom would.

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

So if you are looking for an easy and delicious brunch recipe for the weekend, I highly recommend you try these paleo apple bacon pancakes. It has such great flavors and you can top it off with whatever you like, depending on your style.

I added a little bit of maple syrup and a pat of butter, but I think they would also be delicious with some plain yogurt, coconut cream, or even applesauce to bring out the apple flavor even more. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes

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Paleo Apple Bacon Pancakes
 
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Serves: 12-16 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of thick-cut bacon
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water, or more
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, shredded
  • Coconut oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon slices in a large pan over medium heat until crispy. Remove from heat and crumble. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix together almond meal, coconut flour, and baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, water, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir together until well mixed.
  5. Fold in shredded apples and bacon bits.
  6. If the batter seems too chunky, add more water a tablespoon at a time until it's thick but not runny.
  7. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a griddle over medium low heat.
  8. Drop the pancake batter by ¼ cupfuls into the griddle and spread it out into a circle with a spatula. Cook until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  9. Flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more coconut oil to the pan to grease.
  11. Serve with maple syrup.

Paleo, Gluten Free Apple Bacon Pancakes

 

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

These AIP and paleo cinnamon sugar cookies are so chewy and delicious, you’ll want to make a double batch!

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Mmmmm… sugar cookies. You really can’t go wrong with them. It’s always a crowd favorite!

It’s the first week of quiet after our wedding, now that all the events are over and my parents left to go back to South Korea this past weekend. The past month has been crazy and wonderful at the same time and my parents have contributed so much energy and effort into the wedding events, not to mention traveling an insane amount, that I thanked them by doing what I do best: cooking dinner and baking them treats.

Since my mom has rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s difficult to stick to the autoimmune protocol in Korea, she always requests that I make a dessert for her that she can bring back home and enjoy. And this time, I decided to make a big batch of this AIP cinnamon sugar cookies!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

You can make these without the coconut butter frosting, but it seriously makes such a difference with that moist layer. Plus, it adds a touch of sweetness without added sugar that I love.

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

I truly enjoy creating these recipes for my mom, because it allows me to help others out there who are also on restrictive diets. Just because you can’t have certain foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge in sweet treats from time to time. You just gotta get a bit more creative in the kitchen!

I hope you enjoy these AIP cinnamon sugar cookies as much as my parents did!

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AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: 20-24 cookies
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¾ cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin
  • 1 tbsp room temperature water
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut butter, for frosting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together gelatin and room-temperature water. Add hot water and whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
  5. Add maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the gelatin mixture and whisk together.
  6. Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, while stirring with a fork.
  7. Mix until combined and moldable.
  8. Using rounded tablespoons, drop the cookie dough on the parchment paper. It might seem sticky, but it'll be easier to work once they are dropped.
  9. Wet your hands slightly and roll the dropped dough into balls and flatten them.
  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden, but the cookies are still soft.
  11. Let cool for 15 minutes. The cookies will harden as they cool.
  12. Warm up coconut butter in the microwave or stovetop until slightly melted, but still thick and creamy. Spoon gently over cookies, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Let cool completely before serving.The coconut butter will solidify once cooled.

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Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (AIP, Paleo, Gluten Free)