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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are not only fun and delicious to eat, but easy to make as well. Topped with runny eggs and avocado lime sauce, they’ll be your new favorite Whole30 breakfast.

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While I love a super simple breakfast with just bacon and eggs on busy mornings, I do like to switch it up once in a while with dishes that take a bit more time and love in the kitchen. I don’t do it often, but adding starches like sweet potatoes to my breakfast makes it so comforting, and they are totally worth the extra effort with how delicious they turn out!

Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of those recipes and I just adore the flavor combo. Sweet potatoes are baked until soft and mashed with cooked chorizo, and the whole thing is baked again topped with an egg. I also like to drizzle each potato half with a creamy and tangy avocado lime sauce, and this with the spicy chorizo, sweetness of the sweet potatoes, and the creaminess of the runny eggs is just perfection in one bite.

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Prep It A Day Ahead

While these breakfast twice baked sweet potatoes do take a bit of baking time, you can definitely prepare them the day before so you can sleep in in the morning. Just follow all the steps and stop before you have to crack the eggs into the sweet potatoes. You can keep the prepared sweet potato halves and the avocado lime sauce in the refrigerator until the morning, when you’ll complete the recipe by baking everything the 2nd time.

The taste will still be fantastic and the sauce color will stay vibrant from the addition of the lime juice. And the best part? You only have to spend 15 minutes on cooking on the day you serve them. So perfect, especially if you are hosting a weekend brunch for a group, like on Mother’s Day or Easter!

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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
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Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (Paleo, Whole30)

These Chorizo Breakfast Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes are not only fun and delicious to eat, but easy to make as well. Topped with runny eggs and avocado lime sauce, they’ll be your new favorite Whole30 breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 359kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 sweet potatoes medium to large
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb chorizo (sugar and nitrate free) removed from casing
  • 8 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Avocado Lime Sauce

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup water or more, if needed

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • Wash and scrub the sweet potatoes, and cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Use 1 tbsp of avocado oil to coat the potato halves and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until tender. 
  • While the sweet potatoes are baking, heat 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until soft and fragrant.
  • Add chorizo, and cook stirring for 10 minutes while breaking it up. Remove from heat when the chorizo is cooked through.
  • Add all ingredients for the avocado lime sauce in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more water if you prefer a thinner consistency, and set aside.
  • Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and scoop out the flesh from the skin into a large bowl (I like to use a grapefruit spoon).
  • Mash the sweet potato flesh with a fork.
  • Add the chorizo mixture, and stir together.
  • Evenly divide the mixture into the sweet potato skins, and make a well in the center.
  • Carefully crack an egg into each well and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Serve drizzled with avocado lime sauce.

Notes

Prep it the day before:
If you’d like, you can complete up to step 12 the day before, and keep everything in the refrigerator until you are ready to finish the rest of the steps the next day. This cuts down on cooking down to just 15 minutes on the day you are serving these!

Nutrition

Serving: 1sweet potato half | Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 779mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 194.6% | Vitamin C: 9% | Calcium: 5.1% | Iron: 13.3%
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Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes

Cooking pancakes for a crowd has never been easier with these baked Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes. They are fluffy and delicious, with only 5 grams of net carbs!

Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes

Pancakes are one of the easier breakfast items to make. You mix together the pancake mix and just cook it up on the griddle. However, it CAN be a bit more work when you are trying to cook for bigger group, when you end up standing next to the stove making a batch after a batch of pancakes. It becomes time-consuming, and the first batches may get cold while trying to get everything on the table at the same time.

Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes Recipe

Well, I found an easy solution for making a big batch of pancakes with the least amount of work: sheet pan pancakes! Instead of pan frying, you bake the pancake batter at one time in a sheet pan, and the result is a big batch of fluffy and soft pancakes done in no time.

I decided to make these pancakes low carb, because regular pancakes are too high in sugar for me and I don’t feel my best afterwards. With these keto sheet pan pancakes, I can enjoy my love for pancakes without a blood sugar crash afterwards, and you won’t even know that these are low carb from the taste and texture!

Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes
Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes

Not Keto? Make These Paleo!

I know many of my readers are just paleo, and they aren’t necessary trying to be keto. If that’s the case of you, you can just omit the stevia drops, and then sweeten the pancakes later by topping with regular maple syrup, OR you can add about 3-4 tbsp of maple syrup to the batter and reduce the coconut milk to 1 cup.

Jazz It Up With Add-ins and Toppings

This Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes recipe makes plain, unflavored pancakes so you can dress it up how you like it. Once you transfer the batter to the sheet pan, you can add fruits, chocolate chips, or any other of your favorite add-ins. Blueberry pancakes are my favorite so I ended up using fresh blueberries, and they turned out delicious.

You can also be creative with your topping choices as well! I like to load up on them because I think toppings make all the difference. Here are some ideas:

  • fruits
  • nuts
  • spices like cinnamon
  • jam
  • nut butter
  • chocolate chips
  • coconut chips or shredded coconut
  • maple syrup (love this keto version)
  • sour cream
  • coconut whipped cream
  • yogurt
  • applesauce
  • and… what else? Tell me your favorite pancake topping in the comments below!
Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes
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Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes

Cooking pancakes for a crowd has never been easier with these baked Paleo & Keto Sheet Pan Pancakes. They are fluffy and delicious, with only 5 grams of net carbs!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 236kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line an 18×13 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix all ingredients (except optional add-ins) until a smooth and creamy batter forms. If the batter is too thick, add more coconut milk until it reaches the right consistency. The batter should be a bit thicker than traditional pancake batter.
  • Pour into the prepared baking sheet and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
  • Top with your favorite optional toppings, if using.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cut into 12 slices. A pizza cutter works well for this purpose.  
  • Enjoy with your favorite toppings! I love sour cream, coconut cream, fruits, nut butter, cinnamon, and/or keto maple syrup.

Notes

*You can replace stevia with 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup, and reduce coconut milk to 1 cup if you are not on a low carb diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 8.6% | Iron: 9%
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Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops (No-Bake)

There paleo & vegan Carrot Cake Pops are so fun and easy, and require no time in the oven! They are a yummy treat for Spring, but you can make them any time of the year.

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Carrot cakes are one of my favorite Springtime desserts. They are so gorgeous, and I love that they are not too sweet most of the time compared to other desserts. While I don’t mind a slice or 2, my husband and I are not big on sweets so it’s always a waste when I make a full cake. We always end up throwing out leftovers or giving them away.

Enter: These Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Cake pops are just the best solution for people like us. Not only do you end up making small bite-sized versions of a full cake, they are so much for fun to eat for both adults and kids! There are also no leftovers because you end up making just 8 of them at a time with this version.

In this recipe, the cake balls are raw and not baked, making them extra easy to make. But, don’t worry, they’ll still taste just like carrot cake, with half the amount of work!

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops
Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

Optional Special Equipments

While these paleo and vegan carrot cake pops are so much more fun to eat on sticks like lollipops in my opinion, the sticks are definitely not necessary. You can just make into cake balls and eat them with your fingers like donut holes!

However, if you want make them into full cake pops and have them look pretty and display them nicely, these are just the 2 things you need:

  • Lollipop sticks: These are super cheap, made with paper, and you get a lot with one purchase. I used these for this recipe and they were sturdy and worked really well!
  • Cake pop stand or styrofoam block: Once you coat the cake pops with the coconut butter glaze, you can always lay them down gently on parchment paper, but that may leave a mark on the side that touches the paper. If you want the glaze to look smooth all around, cake pop stands are a great way to keep them standing while the glaze hardens. Plus, they are great for displaying when you are serving them. For a cost-friendly option. I save styrofoam blocks I receive in packages to stick the cake pops in them, and this works really well too!
Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

How to Store These Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops

These carrot cake pops actually store really well, and you can keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an air tight container. If you need them to last longer, you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 weeks! When you are ready to enjoy them, just take one out and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to defrost before you bite in.

If you need a quick and yummy dessert to serve your guests over Easter or get togethers, I highly recommend these paleo and vegan carrot cake pops because they are so quick and easy, and are always a crowd pleaser!

Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops
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Paleo & Vegan Carrot Cake Pops (No-Bake)

There paleo & vegan Carrot Cake Pops are so fun and easy, and require no time in the oven! They are a yummy treat for Spring, but you can make them any time of the year. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Freezing time 20 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 cake pops
Calories 137kcal

Ingredients

Carrot Cake Balls

  • 1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans*
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Coconut Butter Glaze

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the carrot cake balls in a food processor, and pulse until ground and a sticky dough forms. 
  • Grease your hands and roll the dough into 8 even balls.
  • Place in the freezer for at least 20 minutes so the carrots cake balls harden.
  • While they are freezing, combine coconut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 15 seconds at a time until melted and liquified, OR use a a double boiler over medium low heat to melt the ingredients together.
  • Prepare a plate lined with parchment paper, or I sometimes save styrofoam blocks from packages to stick the cake pops in to.
  • Remove the carrot cake balls from freezer and stick a popsicle stick into each one.
  • Use the sticks as a handle, and roll each ball in the coconut butter glaze so all sides are covered. Tap a few times afterwards to get the excess glaze off.
  • If you’d like, sprinkle some chopped pecans and cinnamon immediately.
  • Place the cake pops on the parchment paper or stick into a styrofoam, and let them cool for 10-15 minutes until the glaze hardens.
  • Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

*You can substitute with walnuts if that’s what you have on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cake pop | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 27% | Vitamin C: 0.6% | Calcium: 1.6% | Iron: 2.6%
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