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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Tostones (also called patacones) are probably one of my favorite things to eat. They are a Caribbean and Latin American dish made with green plantains that are twice fried. They are cut into chunks and fried until they soften and are heated through, and then you smash them into a flat discs before frying them again until they are golden and crispy. It’s just the most addicting snack.

While the fried version is the original method, I recently started experimenting using the air fryer method and I love it. It comes out just as crispy and delicious, and the process is so much easier!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones Recipe

Personally, I feel that using the air fryer requires you to be less “hands-on” during the entire process which makes my life easier and allows me to cook other dishes at the same time. You don’t have to worry about the oil splattering everywhere, and you only have to flip the slices once in the air fryer basket.

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

Less Oil, Less Mess

Anytime there’s a frying or deep frying recipe, it does require a good amount of oil. And it’s so important to use high quality oils with a high smoking point like coconut oil or avocado oil for this purpose, so they don’t oxidize and cause harm to our health. I find that I don’t deep fry often, because it can actually get quite expensive in paleo cooking because these high quality oils are higher in price.

Thankfully, you can use just a fraction of cooking oil if you have an air fryer, and these paleo air fryer tostones still turn out so flavorful and crispy. On top of that, cleanup is just SO much easier because you don’t have to wipe down your countertop and stovetop from the oil splattering everywhere!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

My Favorite Dips with These Paleo Air Fryer Tostones

These tostones are delicious eaten on their own, especially with a splash of lime juice. However, if you want to spice it up even more with a yummy dip, these are some of my favorites:

Hope you enjoy this yummy Whole30 and AIP air fryer recipe. It’s so simple and easy, but so addicting and flavorful. It’s definitely on repeat in our house!

Paleo Air Fryer Tostones
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Paleo Air Fryer Tostones (Whole30, Vegan, AIP, Low FODMAP)

These paleo air fryer tostones make the most addicting snack while being extra easy and crispy in the air fryer! You can use minimal amount of oil for this Whole30 and vegan recipe without any frying or splattering.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Soaking time 1 minute
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 green plantains
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 4 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
  • Optional: Lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes, and combine water and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Cut the ends off the plantains and make a vertical slit through the skin, so you can easily remove the peel. 
  • Cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices.
  • Toss the plantain slices with 2 tsp coconut oil. 
  • Cook in the air fryer in a single layer for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the plantains and smash each slice with the bottom of a jar or a mug while they are hot. 
  • Soak the flattened slices in salt water for 1 minute, then pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Brush each flattened slice generously the rest of the coconut oil (2 tsp) front and back.
  • Place back in the air fryer for 5 minutes, gently flipping them halfway through. 
  • Sprinkle with lime juice, if using, and sea salt. 
  • Serve immediately alone or with your favorite dip like guacamole

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 446mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 20.2% | Vitamin C: 20% | Calcium: 0.6% | Iron: 3%
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Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

This super easy and delicious paleo keto bread is made with all clean ingredients with only 2 grams of net carbs! Such a healthy way to enjoy bread without spiking up your blood sugar.

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my toasts in all forms, especially avocado toasts. I usually just buy gluten free bread because they are easy and convenient, but lately, I’ve been sticking to a lower carb diet because I feel so much better that way. So, in order to keep my toast habit going, I decided to make my own paleo keto bread, and I’ve been loving it!

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread Recipe

This paleo keto bread loaf recipe is so easy and so fluffy. The prep time is so quick, because all you have to do is mix the ingredients together before pouring the batter into the baking pan before throwing it in the oven.

The base is made with low carb almond flour, and I just love how the texture is so much like actual bread! It’ll definitely fulfill your bread cravings without spiking up your blood sugar, whether you eat it alone or top it with your favorite spread and/or toppings.

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

Using the Correct Psyllium Husk

This paleo keto bread recipe uses psyllium husk powder to help with the bread-y texture. It’s actually quite easy to find these days, especially if you search online. However, not all psyllium husk powders are the same. Some of them, when baked, actually imparts a bluish-purple color to the baked good which can be quite off-putting.

I found that this psyllium husk powder is high quality, works well, and doesn’t change the color of my bread, and I’ve baked with it several times now. However, if you have another brand already on hand and the purple color doesn’t bother you, feel free to use it in this recipe because it won’t affect the flavor at all!

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

What to Expect With This Paleo Keto Bread

Just like most grain free breads, this bread will not rise like a regular, flour bread. Yes, it will rise some, but don’t expect it to double in size. Feel free to double the recipe and use the same sized pan if you want a true loaf-sized bread. You may need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

Also, this bread will be light and airy, and not hardy and crusty. I love toasting each slice before serving to give it a little more texture, then topping with mashed avocados or cream cheese.

It’s such a great way to enjoy bread on a low carb diet, so I hope you enjoy!

Yummy Paleo Keto Bread
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Yummy Paleo Keto Bread

This super easy and delicious paleo keto bread is made with all clean ingredients with only 2 grams of net carbs! Such a healthy way to enjoy bread without spiking up your blood sugar.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 131kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together almond flour, flaxseed meal, psyllium husk, baking soda and sea salt.
  • Stir in eggs, ghee, and apple cider vinegar.
  • Add warm water, and mix well to make sure everything is combined.
  • Pour the dough into the prepared baking pan, and smooth out the top. 
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the bread completely before removing from the pan.
  • Slice and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice (16 slices) | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1.2% | Calcium: 4.3% | Iron: 4.5%
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup

With the weather warming up, I’ve been seeing a bounty of asparagus at the farmers market, and it makes me so happy! It’s one of my favorite veggies and my husband and I love it it in all forms as a side dish.

Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup Recipe

However, I never actually made asparagus in a soup! I’ve had asparagus soups at restaurants before and I remember enjoying them, but I’m not sure why I never thought to make it at home until now. It’s just so tasty and easy!

This paleo and Whole30 asparagus soup is a one pot dish that’s done in 30 minutes from start to finish. It uses coconut milk to add that creamy texture, and it just makes such a wonderful and light side or appetizer that goes well with any protein dish. You can even make it vegan or AIP with easy peasy substitutions.

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup

Make It a Main Dish

If you don’t want to cook multiple dishes and want to make this Whole30 asparagus soup a main dish, you totally can! I love adding protein to my veggies soups to make them heartier and more filling. Here are some yummy additions that would go well in this soup:

I would just add these in with the coconut milk at the end and let everything simmer for about 5 more minutes before taking off heat and serving.

Even with the added protein, this dish takes about 30 minutes, and you’ll love the amazing flavor of hearty asparagus that stand out in this soup!

Whole30 Asparagus Soup
Whole30 Asparagus Soup
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Creamy Whole30 Asparagus Soup (Paleo, Low Carb, AIP & Vegan Option)

This healthy Whole30 asparagus soup is so deliciously creamy without any dairy, and makes a wonderful low carb side dish to welcome Spring! You can even make it vegan or AIP-compliant with easy substitutions. 
Course Side Dish, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 202kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs asparagus tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for vegan or AIP
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper omit for AIP
  • 5 cups bone broth or chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegan)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or more taste

Instructions

  • Wash the asparagus and chop in half.
  • In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and onion and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add asparagus, salt, and pepper, and cook stirring for 5 minutes. 
  • Pour in bone broth, cover, and let it come to a simmer.
  • Turn down the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes until the asparagus is cooked through and soft. 
  • Use an immersion blender to blender the contents until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can transfer the contents to a regular blender to blend. Return back to the pot. 
  • Stir in coconut milk and lemon juice. 
  • Taste to add more salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice, before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 22.9% | Vitamin C: 13.6% | Calcium: 4.9% | Iron: 21.8%
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