Category Archives: Sweets

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

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

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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  • 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