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Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls (Reishi & Chaga)

Boost your immunity with these antioxidant rich Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls, and learn the amazing health benefits of reishi and chaga mushrooms!

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls

Mushrooms are all the rage right now. I’ve been seeing mushroom coffee and various supplements popping up everywhere, and at first I thought that it was just a food trend that was bound to go away soon. That was until I tried it out myself, and was amazed at the difference I felt in my energy and health!

I’ve been drinking it in tea form for over a week now, and I’ve been gradually sleeping better and feeling better, and it’s become part of my daily self care routine that I really really enjoy.

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls Recipe

While I love the taste of these antioxidant rich mushrooms in tea form, I totally get it if you are not into the medicinal, slightly bitter flavor. I grew up taking traditional herbs from acupuncturists so I’m used to this kind of taste, but if you are not, these Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls are the perfect way to incorporate this superfood into your diet.

These paleo no-bake energy balls are only sweetened with medjool dates, and combined with pecans, cacao powder, shredded coconut, and all healthy, real-food ingredients. I also like to add a scoop of grass-fed collagen for an extra boost of nutrients and protein. It’s so chocolatey and delicious, and you won’t taste the mushrooms at all!

Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls
Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No-Bake Energy Balls

Reishi vs Chaga

Reishi and chaga are 2 of the most popular superfood mushrooms that I use in this recipe, with amazing health benefits. Both of these have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for boosting immune health, promoting longevity, and while increasing the body’s resistance to environmental toxins and stress.

Reishi

Among the two, reishi helps you sleep better, reduces stress level, and even improves symptoms of seasonal allergies and asthma. It’s also known for improving your hormonal health, which is constantly at a risk of being in imbalance with the amount of toxins we are exposed to in the modern world.

I really like taking reishi at night before bed, and I’ve been sleeping noticeably better; much longer and deeper. As someone who has never been a great sleeper, this alone make it a lifesaver in my book. I also think it’s been helping with my nasal congestion during pregnancy, which I’m so thankful for!

Chaga

Chaga is rich source of antioxidants and boosts your immune system like no other by increasing the production of white blood cells! It’s also known to lower inflammation in the body and improve cognitive function by providing calm energy.

I like my matcha latte in the morning, so I take my chaga tea in the afternoon when my brain tends to slow down a bit. It really has been helping a lot with keeping me focused throughout the end of my work day without any caffeine. I’m actually quite sensitive to caffeine after 12pm, so this is the perfect way for me to get my energy up while also helping me relax enough to fall asleep at a proper time at night.

However, the full benefits of Reishi and Chaga can’t be unlocked unless they’re combined with complementary plants.

This is why how you enjoy these two superfoods and their formula actually matter. After looking at various products on the market (there are SO many these days!), I chose Pique Tea’s Mushroom Elixirs to get my daily dose of these medicinal mushrooms. There’s a reason why these elixirs work so well: they have actually designed their tea to maximize their bioavailability and potency.

TCM Mushroom Elixirs

Each of their chaga and reishi teas are combined with other beneficial herbs to boost their health properties so you can absorb all the immune boosting nutrients that your body can take advantage of:

Chaga Energy Elixir

  • Organic wild-harvested chaga: Immune, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral support. Improves brain function and increases energy. Revitalizes the spirit.
  • Organic burdock root: Boost energy and support detoxification, including elimination of heavy metals.
  • Organic N.American ginseng: Boost energy, strength and stamina and enhance brain function.

Reishi Calm Elixir

  • Organic reishi: For immune, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral support. Mood regulation and stress reduction. Replenishes the spirit.
  • Organic jujube date: Replenishes energy, circulation, Qi in blood.
  • Organic goji berry: Combat stress and fatigue. Support eye health.
  • Organic monk fruit: Promote respiratory health and sweeten without raising blood glucose levels.

If you want to try them out yourself, make sure to check them out in the following link. If you don’t like it or if you don’t feel the beneficial health effects, you can return the unused carton for a full refund and free shipping!

Try Pique Tea TCM Mushroom Elixirs

To enjoy, all you have to do is add hot water to each of these elixirs and the tea crystals will dissolve right away. If you want to drink them cold, I add hot water to dissolve the tea first, and then top it with ice after. You can even add a sweetener or your favorite dairy free milk as well.

However, if you just can’t get used to the taste or if you want to enjoy it in a delicious snack/dessert form, these Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls are seriously the tastiest way to enjoy them, without being able to taste the mushroom flavor at all!

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Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls (Reishi & Chaga)

Boost your immunity with these antioxidant rich Chocolate Mushroom Paleo No Bake Energy Balls, and learn the amazing health benefits of reishi and chaga mushrooms!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 15 energy balls
Calories 96kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until crumbly and sticky. You should be able to pinch the mixture into a dough with your fingers.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix well so all the ingredients are well dispersed. 
  • Use your hands to form into 15 even balls.
  • Refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes until they firm up. 
  • Optional: you can roll the balls in cacao powder or shredded coconut before enjoying. 
  • Enjoy right away, or you can refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1energy ball (makes 15) | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 0.4% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 1.3% | Iron: 2.9%
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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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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

I’ve been in love with my air fryer recently. I use it almost everyday to reheat leftovers, cook veggies, and crisp up meat pieces. I’m just so obsessed with how delicious and crispy the results are at a fraction of the time of the oven or the stovetop!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken Recipe

My latest delicious creation in the air fryer is this ultra crispy and flavorful keto popcorn chicken. This is so crunchy and delicious, covered in spices like paprika, garlic, and onion powder. It’s a great snack or meal for both kids and adults!

Best of all, this recipe is Whole30 friendly and paleo as well, and it’s a healthy alternative to a childhood favorite dish!

No Air Fryer?

If you don’t have an air fryer, no worries! You can make these in the oven. They won’t turn out as crispy as an air fryer would make them, but they’ll still be flavorful and yummy. I included both directions under the instructions for the recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Pork Panko for Keto Popcorn Chicken

What makes this recipe keto and low carb is the use of pork panko instead of breadcrumbs or other types of flour. I only recently discovered pork panko, and it’s my new favorite thing. It’s just so perfect to use as breading for fried crispy recipes like this air fryer keto popcorn.

Pork panko is just ground up pork rinds and that’s the only ingredient. No salt or extra oil added! So it’s a delicious high protein, low carb way to add a crunchy texture to a recipe.

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken

Best Sauce for Dipping

You can of course enjoy this air fryer keto popcorn chicken with any sauce you prefer, like ranch, ketchup, tartar sauce, or teriyaki sauce. However, my absolute favorite is with my Whole30 “Honey” Mustard! There’s something so delicious about that tart and slightly sweet flavor with the popcorn chicken.

How to Reheat Leftovers

The best way to eat these keto popcorn chicken is to eat it as soon as it’s cooked for that crispy outer layer with the juicy chicken meat inside. You definitely can reheat them, but the texture won’t be the same because the chicken breast meat will dry out a bit the 2nd time around.

However, I have eaten the leftovers and here’s my favorite way to reheat them so they taste ALMOST as good as the first time around:

  • Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • When ready to reheat, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place keto popcorn chicken in the air fryer basket in a SINGLE LAYER (work in batches if you need to) for 4-5 minutes until they are crispy again.
  • Enjoy!

I wouldn’t reheat them more than once, because the chicken will dry out too much.

This keto popcorn chicken is my new favorite air fryer recipe, so let me know how they turn out for you in the comments!

Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken
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Air Fryer Keto Popcorn Chicken (Paleo, Whole30) – Oven Method Included!

Easy and extra crunchy air fryer keto popcorn chicken that’s perfect for a snack or a meal! It also happens to be Whole30-friendly and you can make it in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups pork panko
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine coconut flour, sea salt, and ground black pepper.
  • In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together.
  • In the 3rd bowl, mix together pork panko, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the coconut flour mixture over the chicken and toss together gently until all of the chicken is covered evenly.
  • Working in batches, dredge the chicken pieces in the egg wash. 
  • Shake off the excess and press into the pork panko mixture. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Air Fryer Method

  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket, then preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken into the air fryer basket in an even layer. If you have a small air fryer, you may need to split it up into 2 batches. 
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes in the air fryer, shaking halfway through.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Oven Method

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with a wire rack.
  • Place the chicken pieces on the wire rack without touching each other.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until crispy and golden.
  • If you’d like, enjoy dipped in Whole30 “honey” mustard!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 7.6% | Vitamin C: 1.7% | Calcium: 2.2% | Iron: 6.3%
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