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Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake

This delicious and easy paleo pear upside down cake is moist, flavorful, and gorgeous the same time. It’s a perfect dessert for the holidays!

Paleo pear upside down cake

As I get my house ready to have my family over the for the holidays, I’m also planning out some of my favorite recipes to make for them. And if I know my dad, he LOVES his sweets. And while I’ll be making my spiced mixed nuts and chocolate chip cookies, I also want to wow them with a dessert that’s decadent and gorgeous at the same time after our Christmas dinner. Enter: this Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake.

Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake Recipe

Upside down cakes are always so pretty to me. With a delicious cake layer underneath a beautiful fruit pattern on top, it’s definitely something that looks fancy while being really easy to make. To use the produce of the current season, I decided to make this Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake since I’ve been seeing a lot of pears during my trips to the farmers market.

Not only is this cake moist and delicious, you can really taste the pear topping which is what I wanted. You don’t need much sweetener to make this cake shine. The ripe pears actually add a lot of flavor and sweetness, and the cake is made with coconut flour to keep it on the lower carb side.

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Tricks to Creating a Beautiful Spiral Topping

Upside down cakes are all about the gorgeous spiral patterned topping. Here are some tips to create this pattern easily:

  • Line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. I use a pencil to trace the pan on the paper then cut it into a circle. You definitely don’t want the pear slices to the stick when you flip the cake upside down.
  • Use ripe pears that are still firm enough to slice easily. Mushy, overripe pears won’t hold their shape well.
  • Try to slice the pears into similar sizes so you have a uniform pattern. It’s also important to use 2 pears that are similar in shape and size as well.
  • Space out the slices evenly. They don’t have to be perfect but you’ll find it much easier to close the pattern into a circle with you do!

Don’t stress out if it doesn’t look as nice as you want it to. The cake layer will press down on the pears as they baking together and it’ll be quite forgiving towards any imperfections you have.

I hope you enjoy this yummy and decadent Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake, especially if you have some delicious seasonal pears on hand!

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Paleo Pear Upside Down Cake

This delicious and easy paleo pear upside down cake is moist, flavorful, and gorgeous the same time. It's a perfect dessert for the holidays!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 392kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Pear Topping

Cake

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 335mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3.8% | Vitamin C: 2.9% | Calcium: 4.4% | Iron: 13.1%

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!

I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season. I looove all the Christmas decorations and lights and seeing my family, but the stress of traveling, gift giving, and hosting can be a bit much. On top of that, it is the busiest time of the year in the blogging world.

HOWEVER, I do love the food that comes with all of it, especially all the delicious side dishes and desserts. And I can’t wait to serve these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms over Christmas for my family because they came out freakin’ fantastic!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms Recipe

I’ve made these roasted mushrooms several times before and they are always a hit and one of my favorite sides to serve. They are so simple and easy to make, but the end result looks so gorgeous on the table and the flavor is just unbeatable from the umami of balsamic vinegar and the smokiness of garlic and thyme.

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Great For a Potluck!

I love to serve these for holiday dinners and get-togethers, but they also do extremely well at potlucks because they travel so well and taste great warm or at room temperature. On top of that, these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms cater to so many dietary needs if you are serving people with food restrictions or allergies.

Not only are they gluten and dairy free, they are also low carb, vegan, and even AIP-friendly! My mom tries to follow the autoimmune protocol, which is why this dish always gets made when we are together, AND because everyone always raves about them!

Keeping it AIP-friendly

There are only a few easy modifications you need to make to make this recipe AIP-friendly. Just substitute the cooking oil with coconut oil instead of ghee, and omit the ground black pepper. That’s it! It’s quite easy to cater to so many dietary needs when you are cooking with real food, and making a side dish like this for a big dinner ensures that everyone has a little bit of something to eat.

Don’t these photos make you drool? I need stop editing photos when I’m hungry because it always makes me want to eat what I shot. Good thing these Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms only take less than 20 minutes to make!

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

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Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP, Vegan)

These Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms are out-of-this-world delicious and flavorful, and they are a perfect side dish to any meal. Make them for the holidays because they cater to so many dietary needs and takes less than 20 minutes to make!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 86kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ghee melted, or coconut oil for AIP or vegan
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Omit for AIP
  • 2 lbs crimini mushroom

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, add in balsamic vinegar, ghee, garlic, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper, and whisk together.
  • Add in the mushroom and toss together until coated.
  • Place the mushroom on a baking sheet in a single layer. 
  • Roast for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden and tender. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 692mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.8% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 3.7%

What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

White Chocolate Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan)

This delicious and creamy White Chocolate Matcha Latte is healthy and decadent, and it’s a perfect paleo and vegan low carb drink for the holidays, or any time you want to cozy up with a warm drink!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Matcha fans! If you love the antioxidant-rich and delicious calm energy that matcha latte brings you, you are going go crazy for this festive and creamy white chocolate matcha latte that’s perfect for the holidays. If you are reading this over the warmer months, you can just pour it over ice to enjoy it cold!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte Recipe

Whether I’m drinking hot chocolate, coffee, or matcha, my taste preference is, the creamier the better. I just love that decadent and foamy taste, which is why you’ll see me adding some kind of dairy-free milk to my drinks. So to make my original matcha latte recipe even more creamy, I thought, “Why not add white chocolate?” Turns out, white chocolate and matcha are a match made in heaven, and this delicious recipe is a proof of that.

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

What Is Cacao Butter?

You’ll notice that I add cacao butter in this recipe, and I get asked often, “What actually is cacao butter?” Cacao butter is what white chocolate is made of and it comes from cacao beans. It’s actually quite healthy and packed with nutrient-rich fats and antioxidants.

While white chocolate is a mixture of cacao butter, sugar, and other additives, cacao butter is less processed while tasting like creamy white chocolate if you use them in recipes the right way. It’s a perfect addition in this white chocolate matcha latte!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha

I recently tried out a new-to-me matcha brand, Pique Tea Sun Goddess Matcha, and it has quickly become my favorite. Not only is it so smooth and tastes amazing, it is the world’s PUREST Ceremonial Grade matcha. It is the FIRST matcha to Quadruple Toxin Screen for:

  • Heavy Metals
  • Fluoride
  • Pesticides
  • Toxic Mold
  • Radioactive Isotopes

Why are these tests needed?

The DISTURBING Truth About Matcha

It probably never crossed your mind, but what if the very drink you’re drinking for health could be a brew of pesticides and other toxins? Turns out, the highest grade ceremonial grade matcha is never organic, and organic matcha is never the highest grade.

Farms in Japan are located very close to each other so ‘pesticide drift’ is a huge problem. Chemical pesticides and herbicides used on one farm get carried by wind to adjacent farms! And hundreds of tons of radioactive water are still being pumped into the water everyday from the site of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

When you’re drinking something to improve your health, the last thing you want to do is introduce toxins along with it, especially if it’s a daily habit. Consuming pesticides and herbicides (glyphosate) every day, even in trace amounts, can have scary cumulative long-term health effects.

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

Why I Chose Pique Sun Goddess Matcha

After studying the matcha-making process and learning from Japanese cultivars and tea masters, Pique finally found the cleanest source. Their matcha comes from a tea farm located in Kagoshima, which neighbors Okinawa, a “Blue Zone” linked to human longevity.

It is also the FURTHEST possible spot from Fukushima’s radioactive and industrial pollution.

In addition, Pique’s matcha leaves are also shaded up to 35% longer than other leaves, which creates a much higher level of l-theanine, aka nature’s chill pill. It’s the ingredient in matcha that gives you calm, focused energy. Raising the level of l-theanine through shading also increases the creamy “umami” flavor of their matcha, which I can definitely taste!

Shading also results in higher levels of chlorophyll which helps flush away heavy metals, toxins and chemicals in your body. How cool is that??

I’m seriously so impressed by this company and the reports that I’ve seen when I asked them for it. No other company has been able to provide me with results to back their claims like Pique has.

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Hope you enjoy this White Chocolate Matcha Latte recipe, and leave a comment below if you have any questions about the importance of matcha quality!

White Chocolate Matcha Latte

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White Chocolate Matcha Latte (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, Vegan)

This delicious and creamy White Chocolate Matcha Latte is healthy and decadent, and it's a perfect paleo and vegan low carb drink for the holidays, or any time you want to cozy up with a warm drink!
Calories 178kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine almond milk and cacao butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until cacao butter is fully melted. 

Immersion blender method

  • Pour about 1/3 of the heated mixture into a mug that's big enough to fit the head of the immersion blender.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, then lower the immersion blender and start blending. Blend for about 1 minute until the matcha is dissolved and foamy.
  • Add the rest of the almond milk/cacao butter mixture to the mug, and enjoy.

Regular blender method

  • Add the heated mixture into a blender, then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and foamy.
  • Pour into a mug, and enjoy!

Notes

Want to enjoy it cold? Just pour it over ice to make iced white chocolate matcha latte!

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 406mg | Calcium: 37.5%

What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.