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Keto Vanilla Wafers (Vegan & Paleo Option)

This keto vanilla wafers recipe uses 5 ingredients (not counting salt) and tastes so much like the original with only 1 gram of carbs per cookie. You can easily adapt it to make it paleo or vegan!

keto vanilla wafers stacked in front of a glass of milk

Do you love Vanilla Wafers, or ‘Nilla Wafers? They may seem like plain, boring cookies, but I loved them. There was something so addicting about those light and crispy cookies, and they weren’t too sweet so you could eat a whole bunch in one sitting. Well, today, I’m bring you homemade vanilla wafers in low carb, keto form and they taste just like the original!

Keto Vanilla Wafers Recipe

While these may seem like simple keto cookies (only 5 ingredients!), I actually had to test them out several times because I really wanted to get the texture just right: light, flaky, and crispy, while being soft in the center.

Making these keto vanilla wafers without eggs was key to making them get to that perfect texture that’s soft and crispy at the same time. Eggs are great for creating moist and chewy cookies, but that’s not what you are going for in these homemade vanilla wafers! You want them a bit more sturdy, especially if you’ll be using them in another recipe like banana pudding, as a cake crust, or even just enjoying them dunked in almond milk or coffee like me.

keto and paleo vanilla wafers fresh out of the oven
homemade vanilla wafers dunked in milk

Easy Substitutions to Make These Into Vegan or Paleo Vanilla Wafers

These simple keto cookies can easily be adjusted to make them vegan or paleo-friendly with simple adjustments and substitutions. I know not everyone needs or wants to be low carb, and would rather not purchase extra ingredients like Swerve (my favorite 0 carb sweetener), so here’s how you can make these keto vanilla wafers paleo and/or vegan!

For paleo vanilla wafers: All you have to do is replace the sweetener with coconut sugar, which most people have in their pantry if they regularly cook and eat paleo. That’s it! The rest of the ingredients will stay the same. Keep in mind that replacing Swerve with coconut sugar may result in darker cookies, because coconut sugar imparts a deep, amber color in baked goods.

For vegan vanilla wafers: Replace the sweetener with coconut sugar like for paleo vanilla wafers, AND replace the ghee with the same amount of coconut oil. Ghee gives these homemade vanilla wafers that rich and buttery flavor that’s present in the original version of these cookies, but using coconut oil will still yield delicious results!

Things to Note About This Keto Vanilla Wafers Recipe

  • Make sure to use blanched almond flour, NOT almond meal. Almond meal will yield crumbly cookies that won’t hold together well.
  • These easy and simple keto cookies won’t spread much during baking. Make sure to flatten them lightly before putting them in the oven. I used the bottom of a bowl to do this.
  • If you decide to make them paleo or vegan and use coconut sugar instead of Swerve, keep in mind that the cookies will turn out darker than you see in the photos. It won’t affect the flavor though!
  • The baking time will be affect the texture of your homemade vanilla wafers. I found that 25 minutes was great if you want to enjoy the cookies alone. If you are making them to add to a dessert recipe that adds moisture to the cookies, bake them for full 30 minutes so they crisp up further.
  • You can store them in an airtight container. Keep in mind that they’ll soften a bit after a day of storage, but will still be delicious!

I honestly couldn’t stop eating these once I made them and they really do taste so much like the original. I hope you enjoy this keto vanilla wafers recipe, and make sure to leave a review below if you end up making them!

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Keto Vanilla Wafers (Vegan & Paleo Option)

This keto vanilla wafers recipe uses 5 ingredients (not counting salt) and tastes so much like the original with only 1 gram of carbs per cookie. You can easily adapt it to make it paleo or vegan!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy keto cookies, easy keto dessert, easy vanilla wafers recipes, homemade vanilla wafers, paleo vanilla wafers, simple keto cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 86kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine almond flour, Swerve (or coconut sugar), baking powder and sea salt, and mix together.
  • Add ghee and vanilla extract and mix until a dough forms.
  • Scoop 1 tablespoon at a time and drop them on the prepared baking sheet, and flatten lightly with the bottom of a bowl. These cookies won't spread much.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown on the edges. If you are using them in another dessert recipe, bake for 30 minutes so they crisp up.
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes before enjoying or transferring to a cooling rack. The cookies will be too soft to handle at first, but will harden as they cool.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie – makes 24 | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 2.1%
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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You’ll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!

I’m one of those people who have always been a kale fan. I just think it’s so versatile and hearty, and I just love that it’s so nutritious as well. When it comes to salads, the best way to incorporate raw kale is to massage them so they soften and wilt, and the leaves turn much more palatable. And that’s exactly what I did for this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad, and it turned out fantastic!

Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

This kale Caesar salad recipe incorporates kale as the base lettuce instead of romaine, making it much more nutritious and hearty. Instead of croutons, you can get the crunchy and addicting texture from toasted and chopped almonds which I actually prefer.

Also. instead of using chicken breasts, I think chicken thighs are way more flavorful and juicy so that’s what I used. However, if you prefer chicken breasts, you can definitely use those instead.

The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

When it comes to Caesar salads, the dressing is the most important part and it’s what gives Caesar salad that zesty tangy flavor that it’s so well-known for. Making a Whole30 version is actually super easy and simple, and you just need some simple ingredients to whisk together:

  • Whole30 mayonnaise – make sure it’s made with avocado or olive oil, and doesn’t have sugar!
  • garlic
  • lemon juice
  • dijon mustard
  • anchovy paste – another one to read the ingredients carefully to make sure it’s Whole30 compliant
  • salt and pepper

The combination of salt, dijon mustard, and lemon juice really gives this Whole30 Caesar dressing that zesty and cheesy flavor without parmesan cheese. You’ll be surprised how much this Whole30 chicken Caesar salad tastes so much like the real deal!

Tips for Making Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

This kale caesar salad recipe is made by preparing different components separately and putting them all together to serve at the end. To make it delicious with the best results, I think these tips will be helpful for you:

  • Kale is tough and crunchy raw, so make sure to massage the leaves very well until they are wilted. I recommend you do this towards the beginning, so the leaves have time to soften and marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • This Whole30 Caesar dressing is on the thick side, and that how traditional version is as well. However, if you want to thin it out, you can do so by whisking in a little bit of dairy-free milk like coconut milk or almond milk.
  • You probably won’t need to use all the dressing to make this kale Caesar salad recipe. The Whole30 Caesar dressing can keep for up to 7 days chilled in the fridge, stored in an airtight container.
  • Traditional Caesar salad uses chicken breasts, but I used chicken thighs because it has way more flavor. Feel free to use whatever cut you prefer.
  • This Whole30 chicken Caesar salad can be made ahead of time and refrigerated. Because the kale leaves are so sturdy and they actually taste better wilted, the texture will still be amazing after sitting in the dressing overnight.

I personally think this kale chicken Caesar salad is way better than the original version. It’s way heartier, healthier, and has so much more flavor. If you can tolerate dairy, feel free add parmesan cheese to your salad if you’d like!

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Whole30 Kale Chicken Caesar Salad + The Best Whole30 Caesar Dressing

You'll love this low carb and Whole30 kale chicken Caesar salad with massaged kale, toasted almonds, perfectly cooked chicken, all covered in the best Whole30 Caesar dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword paleo caesar salad, whole30 chicken salad, whole30 dressing, whole30 salad, whole30 salad recipes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 336kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 cups kale stems removed
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 medium red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whole30 Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Whole30 mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the ingredients for the Whole30 Caesar Dressing and set aside.
  • Bunch up the kale leaves together and slice into thin strands. Transfer to a big bowl.
  • Add olive oil and 1/8 tsp sea salt to the kale leaves and massage for 3-4 minutes with your hands until they start to soften and wilt.
  • Add red onion slices to the kale and toss together. Set aside.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and add the almonds.
  • Stir frequently and toast for 4-5 minutes until golden and fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before roughly chopping.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Generously sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on all sides.
  • Add the chicken in a single layer to the skillet and cook for 6-7 minutes until you can easily flip the chicken.
  • Flip and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Remove from heat and cut into bite-sized slices.
  • Combine kale, onion slices, almonds, and chicken in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with caesar dressing (you'll only need about half) and toss together before serving.

Notes

*Nutrition calculation is based on using 1/2 of the Whole30 Caesar Dressing for the entire recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 5 | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 161.1% | Vitamin C: 118.7% | Calcium: 16.7% | Iron: 13.6%
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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn in a cast iron skillet

I really love cornbread. It’s one of those treats that I couldn’t get enough of since childhood and I recently had a huge craving for it. Now that too much corn can bother my digestion, I decided to create a corn-free, grain-free paleo cornbread recipe and I was surprised by how much it resembled real cornbread!

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

This grain free coconut flour cornbread may not taste EXACTLY like real cornbread, but all the delicious elements are there. It is fluffy and soft in the inside while being crusty and crunchy on the outside, and the combination of coconut flour and honey gives it a wonderful subtle sweetness.

Adding zucchini makes this traditionally cold-weather side dish a summery feel, and it’s an amazing way to sneak in veggies without really being able to taste it much. Plus, it gives this zucchini cornbread recipe pretty green specks and I just love serving this as a BBQ dish side.

Paleo Zucchini Cornbread recipe fresh out of the oven
Coconut Flour Cornbread getting drizzled with honey

How to Make Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

Just like most baked bread recipes, this coconut flour cornbread so easy to make! You mix the dry ingredients together, and then the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Once you combine the two together, all you have to do is fold in the grate zucchini at the end before pouring the batter into the prepared pan. Finally, you bake the whole thing for 40-45 minutes. That’s it! Trust me, this paleo cornbread recipe is definitely worth turning on the oven for even in the hot summer.

paleo cornbread recipe

A Few Things to Note About Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Recipe

  • You don’t have to squeeze out the moisture from the grated zucchini. The water content is actually what gives this paleo cornbread recipe that fluffy, delicious texture that you taste in real cornbread!
  • The batter may seem a bit dry and thick, but that’s perfectly fine. As it bakes in the oven, the zucchini will release its moisture so the final product will definitely not be dry.
  • Make sure to give 30 minutes for the zucchini cornbread to cool before slicing, or it may fall apart.
  • I didn’t make this recipe too sweet, because everyone likes different levels of sweetness. Serve with honey on the side so anyone who like their cornbread a bit sweeter can drizzle some on top before eating.
  • You can’t really taste the flavor or texture of the zucchini, so this is a great way to sneak in healthy veggies for kids!
  • If you want to reheat leftovers, you can gently toast slices on the stovetop with a bit of oil, or you can place it in the oven or even the air fryer for a few minutes!

I personally love to eat these yummy zucchini cornbread slices toasted with a pat of butter. It feels like such a treat while being healthy, and it definitely fulfills my cornbread craving. I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious paleo cornbread recipe as a side for your warm weather BBQs!

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Paleo Zucchini Cornbread Without Corn (Nut Free)

This delicious and easy paleo zucchini cornbread recipe is made without grains or corn, but still has that cornbread flavor, and packed with healthy veggies!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword coconut flour cornbread, cornless cornbread, grain free bread, grain free cornbread, hidden veggie recipes, paleo cornbread
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 188kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease an 8×8 baking pan or a 10" oven-safe skillet generously with ghee or coconut oil. You can also line the pan with parchment paper instead.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and sea salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, ghee, and honey.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Fold in shredded zucchini.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and flatten it out into an even layer. The batter may seem thick but that's okay.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean. The outside should look golden and crusty, but the inside will be soft and fluffy.
  • Cool then slice into smaller pieces, and serve with ghee (or butter) and/or honey.
  • You can reheat leftovers by reheating it gently on the stove top, the oven, or the air fryer!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 9 | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 4.9% | Calcium: 1.4% | Iron: 5.4%
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