Category Archives: Snacks

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

So I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets the other day and I found a whole container of matcha powder in the back that I completely forgot about! I believe someone gifted it to me but just never used it. Oops. I’ve been meaning to try using matcha in my cooking for a while now because I love the flavor and the health benefits, so I instantly made these no-bake matcha protein bars with the match powder I found. 

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you don’t know what matcha is, it’s finely ground dehydrated green tea leaves that comes in a bright green powder. In traditional green tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water then discarded, but with matcha, you actually end up eating the tea leaves. This makes it much more beneficial for health than regular green tea, with more antioxidants (almost 3 times!) and nutrients, making it a delicious superfood!

To boost the beneficial effects of this yummy snack or dessert, I also added my favorite protein powder, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is made from grass-fed, pastured-raised bovine hides. It’s one of the best protein powders I have tried and I love how my skin and hair look after regularly consuming it daily!  

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

If you are vegan, feel free to use another protein powder of your choice. It will still be tasty and healthy, because Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides doesn’t have a strong flavor at all. I’ve been eating one of these matcha protein bars after each meal as a dessert, and love that I’m treating myself and giving my body beneficial nutrients at the same time.

The matcha powder I used was this one, and I love the flavor! Always make sure to read the ingredients list to make sure that there’s only one ingredient: Japanese green tea matcha powder, preferably organic. I’ve seen ones with gluten, sugar, or preservatives in them so make sure to avoid those ones with fillers in them!

AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

No-Bake Coconut Matcha Protein Bars (AIP & Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (or other protein powder of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour out the mixture into the pan and flatten it with a spatula. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from the freezer and cut into square.
  5. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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AIP Paleo No Bake Matcha Protein Bars

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

OMG, how good do these look? I made these sweet and sour chicken wings on a whim over the weekend because C requested wings for the NFL playoffs. I don’t much care for the teams that are in the playoffs this year, except for NY Giants, but I was way more excited about eating wings (typical me).

We usually eat my Game Day Baked Chicken Wings, but since my mom is still staying with us and following the AIP diet, I made this new nightshade-free version as well and it turned out pretty fantastic. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

I love the combination of sweet and sour. I usually do not like sweet foods on its own, but the addition of sour really balances the flavors and I enjoyed this a lot. It was such a nice change to the hot wings that we usually eat, and I was happy that my mom really liked it as well. 

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings-11

I highly recommend broiling the wings at the end if you like crispy chicken wings. I love biting into the slight char on the skin, especially when it’s coated in the sticky, yummy sauce.

Also, it’s awards season! Anyone watch the Golden Globes last night? How fun. Seeing from the results, it looks like I really need to go see La La Land. I mean, I don’t need much convincing when it’s a love story with 2 very good looking people starring in it.

Whether it’s a game day or an awards show watching night, I think you’ll love these sweet and sour chicken wings. It definitely was a hit in our household!

AIP Paleo Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings

Sweet and Sour Chicken Wings (AIP, Paleo)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 lb chicken wings, drumettes & flats separated
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup cilantro, packed
  • ¼ cup chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp raw honey (omit for sugar detox)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic (omit for low FODMAP)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle the wings with salt and toss gently to coat.
  3. Place the wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. While the wings are baking, place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour out the sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat. Once boiling, bring the heat to medium low to bring the sauce to simmer.
  6. Whisk the sauce frequently until it's thickened and reduced to half. Pour out the sauce into a large bowl.
  7. Once the chicken is done, add the wings to the sauce and toss until well coated.
  8. Optional: Place back in the oven and broil for 3 minutes for extra crispy skin.
  9. Garnish with more chopped chives before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free AIP Sweet & Sour Chicken Wings

Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

Hello from LA! We are finally at our final destination on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip and I’m seriously loving all the palm trees, sunshine, and the warm weather. I’d rather not got back to NorCal but we’ll be heading back on January 1st. At least that’s the plan for now.

I also plan to do a blog post on this trip with my mom and how we handled being on an AIP diet for almost 2 weeks while on the road, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m excited to share this delicious daikon radish fries with you. These are AIP as well, and I made them so my mom and I can enjoy them together.

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

If you are even a little bit normal, fries are the best, most addicting things ever. I can go to town on them, but I don’t love the crappy oils that they cook them in at restaurants and I can feel the brain fog afterwards. So I try to make them at home often, and these daikon radish fries came together the other day when I had a giant daikon radish leftover after making my slow cooker Korean short ribs.

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

If they look slightly burnt, that’s all good. That just means they crisped up nicely and will give that delicious crunch. My only complaint was that I didn’t make enough! These were dangerously addicting and were gone in no time. My mom couldn’t stop raving about how good they were.

If you are looking for a tasty and addicting fries recipes that’s healthy and lower in carbs, you need to make these daikon radish fries because they are awesome!

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

Daikon Radish Fries
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large daikon radish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a shark knife to cut the radish into fries, about ½ inch thick and 3 inches long.
  3. Soak under water for 20-30 minutes to get rid of excess starch. Drain and pay dry.
  4. Place the radish fries in a large bowl with coconut oil, salt and ½ tsp thyme leaves. Toss until the fries are coated in seasoning.
  5. Lay the fries on a baking sheet in a single layer, making sure the pan isn't too crowded.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, flipping the fries half way through, until the fries are darker in color and crispy.*
  7. Sprinkle with the rest of the thyme leaves and eat with your favorite dipping sauce!
Notes
*Every oven is different, so make sure to watch the fries closely and adjust the time accordingly.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 AIP Daikon Radish Fries