Category Archives: Sweets

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

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Merry almost Christmas! This is my last recipe before Christmas so I decided I need to fit in one more recipe of everyone’s favorite dessert: chocolate chip cookies!

About 2 weeks ago, I asked on my Instagram what you like to do with chestnuts (’tis the season!), besides just roasting them and eating them. I got several responses which were all great, and one of my friends mentioned that you can use them as flour by grinding them up after roasting them. What a great idea! That’s exactly what I did with my chestnuts to make them into these chocolate chip cookies.

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

I loved the texture of these cookies, and you honestly can’t really taste the chestnuts. They taste like good ol’ chocolate chip cookies, which no one hates at all. I actually sent these to my dad for Christmas all the way to South Korea, and they held together with no broken pieces! 

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

If you are looking for last minute crowd-pleasing recipe for the holidays, I hope you make these because they are absolutely delicious! I think it’s the perfect treat for Santa Claus and if he doesn’t finish it, you can nibble on them while you open those presents he brought. Hope you have a wonderful holiday, filled with cozy and relaxing times with your loved ones!

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies-3

Paleo Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
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Serves: About 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup roasted and peeled chestnuts
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 6 tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 oz 75% (or higher) dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place roasted chestnuts in a food processor, and grind until crumbly and fine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground chestnuts, coconut flour, coconut sugar, and baking soda.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  6. Scoop with a large rounded tablespoon to drop dough onto the lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly golden brown.
  8. Cool completely before serving.

Paleo Gluten Free Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

I don’t eat a lot of sweets, and I don’t even crave it much. I’m still sensitive to candida overgrowth and tend to stay away from dessert as a RESTART sugar detox instructor. I just don’t do well on them, unfortunately. Most of the desserts I make on the blog usually get thrown in the freezer and I’ll take out a piece to enjoy every few weeks or so.

However, I do looooove me some creamy and slightly bitter hot chocolate, especially during the holiday season. What’s different about hot chocolate is that they don’t need much sweetness but still feel indulgent for me, so I don’t feel the after-effects of a sugar binge. It’s a win/win!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

My favorite type of hot chocolate is Mexican hot chocolate. Have you ever had it? It’s amazing and you are missing out if you haven’t (yes, it’s worth being this dramatic about it…)! It uses a combination of spices to brighten up the flavors and also has a nice spicy kick to it that complements with the chocolate SO well. It’s just wonderful and tastes so fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Like I said, I don’t add any sweeteners to this Mexican hot chocolate, because the melted chocolate bar is plenty sweet on its own, but I do give an option to add them below. Don’t you think this would be the perfect thing to drink while unwrapping presents or spending time with family over the holidays? That’s a heck yes.

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot ChocolatePaleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk with no stabilizers like guar gum, chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk (I used ½ almond milk and ½ full fat coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, roughly chopped
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup*
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Options: cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, or cinnamon, for garnish
Instructions
Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Carefully take out the can of coconut milk from the fridge, and turn it upside down.
  2. Open the can. You'll see the coconut water floating at the top. Pour out the coconut water, until you see the thick coconut cream resting on the bottom.
  3. Scoop out the cream into a large bowl. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
  4. Using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whip the cream until it becomes fluffy.
  5. Place back into the fridge until ready to use.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
  1. Pour milk and cinnamon into a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes until fragrant. Whisk occasionally to prevent the milk from burning.
  2. Add cocoa powder, chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk frequently, until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into 2 mugs
  4. Top with coconut whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with cocoa powder, chopped chocolate, and/or cinnamon.
Notes
I don't add like to add sweeteners to my hot chocolate and I really love it that way, but if you need a bit of sweetness, feel free to add some!

Paleo Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate