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Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30) – Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

You ready for the cutest and the most delicious snack for a party? From my experience, the most popular appetizers at get-togethers are finger foods that you can enjoy a bite at time. That way, you aren’t overcommitting to one dish and you can taste a little bit of everything.

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites Recipe

These mini Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are the perfect snack for those get-togethers and they are packed with all the good-for-you ingredients without any dairy or gluten. Not only that, they are fun and easy to make, and you can even get your kids involved because the steps are pretty simple. If you are a sweet potato lover, I know you’ll love this recipe!

Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

Not only are these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites great any time of the year, you can get festive over Halloween by making fun shapes with black olives. Making little spiders with them is actually quite easy to do, and they actually end up look super creepy and realistic.

I mean… what kid wouldn’t go crazy for these? If these are TOO creepy, you can even make jack-o’-lantern faces like I did with these Halloween deviled eggs! Aren’t they so much fun?

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Choose Your Own Toppings!

I’m a huge fan of the pepperoni and olives combo, but if aren’t, you can, of course, choose your own toppings and put anything you want on these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites. Some of my other favorites are: bacon, mushrooms, arugula, prosciutto, and real cheese if your digestion has no problem with it.

The sweet potato crust is quite sturdy, but make sure the toppings aren’t too heavy, because you’ll want to be able pick these up in one hand without the crust falling apart!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

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Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30)

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 pizza bites
Calories 81kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Crust

Cashew Cheese

Pizza Toppings

  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce sugar free
  • 12 pepperoni slices sugar free
  • black olives
  • Optional garnish: red pepper flakes, basil leaves, garlic powder, or your favorite topping

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it lightly.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place sweet potato chunks and coconut flour in the food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a fine texture.
  • Add egg, olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder, and pulse until the dough becomes pasty.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of the dough on the parchment paper and use your hands to shape into a circular crust that's about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, make the cashew cheese by blending all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add more water if the consistency is too thick.
  • Once the crust is done baking, top with 1 tsp marinara sauce.
  • Add the cashew cheese (you might not use all of it), then top with a slice of pepperoni.
  • Add black olive slices, or for Halloween, cut the olives into shapes for spiders before adding them. 
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, then enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pizza bite | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31.6% | Vitamin C: 1.3% | Calcium: 0.7% | Iron: 3.7%

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Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread (With No Corn)

If you are a pumpkin lover, you are going to want to make this Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread made with coconut flour and honey and no grains! It’s amazing drizzled with honey and butter.Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread

My very first pumpkin recipe of this season is here, and it does not disappoint! If you avoid most grains like me and are missing some cornbread in your life, this Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread may just fulfill your cravings. I used to be OBSESSED with cornbread growing up and used to get cornbread muffins anytime I saw them, so I’m so excited that this recipe turned out so well.

Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

These days, corn and gluten bother my stomach, so I have to make my own paleo and grain free version that I can enjoy. And with Fall just around the corner, I thought it would be super tasty to add one of my favorite ingredients this time of year: pumpkin!

The result is pretty darn fantastic, if I do say so myself. While there is no corn in this, the combination of coconut flour and honey really do impart that cornbread flavor well with the slight sweetness, and the added pumpkin creates another level of flavor that goes so well with the rest of the ingredients.

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Texture Difference from Regular Cornbread

Because this Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread is gluten- and grain-free and has pumpkin added in, the texture will be a bit different than regular cornbread that you are familiar with. Pumpkin has a ton of moisture so whenever you add it to a recipe, especially baked goods, you have to expect a moister and denser result.

If you don’t like how moist it turns out, I highly recommend you take individual cut squares and toast them in the oven or on a pan. This will dry it up a bit and firm it up a bit like a regular cornbread. Plus, the toasty crispiness you get from outer layer and edges just makes it even more delicious, which I’m a huge fan of!

This Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread is best served with some chili or soup, but you can eat it alone like I do after toasting it with a pat of butter and a drizzle of honey. I purposely didn’t make it too sweet so I can add a bit more honey to it afterwards, because it’s seriously so good that way!

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Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread (With No Corn)

If you are a pumpkin lover, you are going to want to make this Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread made with coconut flour and honey and no grains! It's amazing drizzled with honey and butter.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup ghee melted and cooled
  • 3 tbsp honey omit for sugar-free option

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How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Handsome Brook Farm. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

Learn how to make the perfect zucchini egg nests that are sturdy, easy, and so yummy! They are a healthy breakfast item that’s paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly.

Now that we finally moved into our new house (YESSSS), we are so excited to have get togethers with friends in our spacious home. Brunch is my favorite meal, so I’m thinking I need to host more weekend brunches for me and my girlfriends over the summer.

Whenever I host, I’m always looking for new recipe ideas that are fun and delicious, and zucchini egg nests have recently been on top of my mind to perfect. I’ve been refining this recipe over and over again because they have come out too watery or too weak to hold their shape while eating.

Zucchini Egg Nests Recipe

Well, after several attempts, I think I finally found a method to making the perfect zucchini egg nests that are not only so pretty to look at (yes, that matters!), but also sturdy, flavorful, and really easy! After you make it this way, I don’t think you’ll go back to any other method. It’s seriously comes out perfect every time.

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How To: Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests

One of the most important part of making the perfect zucchini egg nests is to first sweat the zucchini to squeeze out as much moisture as possible. Without this step, they can come out watery or they won’t be sturdy enough to comfortably eat without falling apart. And another bonus to this method? You end up eating way more veggies in the process because the zucchini will shrink down to half their size after the moisture is squeezed out.

Another step that took my zucchini egg nests to the next level is separating the yolk from the whites, then mixing the egg whites with the zucchini. It might seem tedious but this helps the zucchini firm up really well during the baking process, and makes the yolks pop in color.

Lastly, use a jumbo muffin tin or a ramekin to help the egg nests hold their shape. This seriously helps so much!

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Handsome Brook Farm Eggs

Before I get to the full recipe, I first want to highlight the importance of using the highest quality eggs for their nutrition profile, health benefits, and taste. Eggs are one of my grocery list items that I always try to purchase pasture raised, because there’s such a huge difference in quality when it comes to the different labels.

My recent favorite brand is Handsome Brook Farm, because they are so transparent about how their chickens are raised which I respect so much. Their hens get at least 108 square feet per bird on rotated pastures, and they believe that the happier and healthier the hen, the tastier the egg. Pasture raised is the most humane for the hen and more delicious and nutritious for us! How awesome is that??

If you want to learn more about egg labels and what they exactly mean (and don’t mean), you can read my post here.

Now go pick up some Handsome Brook Farm Organic, Pasture Raised Eggs and make these perfect zucchini egg nests! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Learn how to make the perfect zucchini egg nests that are sturdy, easy, and so yummy! They are a healthy breakfast item that's paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Zucchini Sweating Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 egg nests
Calories 94kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchini or 4 small, enough to yield 6 cups spiralized
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • Ghee or coconut oil, for greasing
  • 6 Handsome Brook Farm eggs
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper, spices, fresh herbs like dill, cilantro, parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Use a vegetable peeler or a spiralizer to slice the zucchini in to noodles. 
  • Place in a colander over a bowl and toss with sea salt until evenly coated.
  • Let the zucchini noodles sit for 20 minutes so they can sweat.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and use ghee or coconut oil to generously grease a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin or 6 ramekins that are at least 3.5 inches in diameter.
  • Use your hands to squeeze the zucchini noodles to release as much moisture as possible. 
  • Place in a bowl and add garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper. 
  • Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolk. The easiest way to do this is crack an egg into your hand over a bowl, then pass the egg yolk from one hand to another until the whites drip down between your fingers into the bowl. 
  • Place the yolks on a plate, and add the whites to the zucchini noodles and mix together. 
  • Divide the zucchini noodles into the prepared muffin tin cups or ramekins. Create a nest and leave an indent in the center.
  • Carefully place a yolk in the center of each zucchini nest. 
  • Sprinkle with more salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the yolks are cooked to your liking. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg nest | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3.9% | Vitamin C: 21.3% | Calcium: 3.6% | Iron: 8%

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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.