Category Archives: Sweets

Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons

These Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons are gluten and refined sugar free, and they’ll be your new favorite healthy dessert that’s super easy to make!

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Hey hey, do you know what’s better than regular macaroons?? Chocolate drizzled paleo coconut macaroons! I really love coconut desserts because the flaky texture is so amazing combined with a sweet flavor. I also love that I don’t have to add too much sugar to them because coconuts are plenty sweet naturally!

Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons Recipe

If you are a coconut lover like me, you definitely need to try this recipe. These macaroons are like light and flaky cookies that taste amazing, and the drizzled chocolate on top adds even more of a yummy sweetness to them to make them super addicting.

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The Key to Sturdy Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons by nature are quite delicate, but in order to help them hold together, make sure to follow these steps when making them:

  1. When forming the balls for the macaroons, make sure they are tightly packed before laying them on the parchment paper. I made the mistake of loosely packing them the first time I made these, and they fell apart when I tried to pick them up at the end.
  2. DO NOT TOUCH the macaroons once they are out of the oven until they are completely cooled. This can take anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. Be gentle with handling them afterwards. If you followed the previous 2 steps, they should hold together pretty firmly, but it doesn’t hurt to take extra care when transferring these macaroons to another container.

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Why Just Date Syrup?

I used Just Date Syrup to sweeten these paleo coconut macaroons and they are my new favorite sweetener for desserts or even salad dressing. It’s literally made with only one ingredient, organic medjool dates, and I love the idea of sweetening my food with just fruit. Here are a few other reasons why I love it:

  • It has lower glycemic index than other sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, agave, and refined sugars, which means it won’t dramatically spike your blood sugar.
  • It’s packed with potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants, and you know I’m always looking to up my nutrient intake!
  • It tastes REALLY good! I’m thinking about using this syrup over some paleo pancakes instead of maple syrup, because I love the way it tastes.

Don’t have Just Date Syrup in your pantry just yet? You can just sub with maple syrup for this recipe, and it’ll still turn out delicious. I hope you love this healthy and easy dessert to help you get through the week!

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Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Cooling time: 1 hour
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 22 macaroons
Calories: 106 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

These Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons are gluten and refined sugar free, and they'll be your new favorite healthy dessert that's super easy to make!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Combine Just Date Syrup, vanilla extract, egg whites, and sea salt a large bowl, and whisk together until frothy.

  3. Add in shredded coconut, and stir together. 

  4. Using rounded tablespoons or 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoops, scoop the mixture then space them out evenly on the parchment paper. Make sure to pack the scoops firmly.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

  6. Remove from the oven and let the macaroons cool completely on the parchment paper, about 1 hour.

  7. While the cookies are cooling, use a double boiler or a heat-safe bowl nestled on top of a pot of simmering water to let the chocolate chips heat up and melt.

  8. Stir until it becomes a smooth consistency. You can also use the microwave to melt the chocolate.

  9. Once the cookies are cooled, use a fork to drizzle the melted chocolate over the macaroons.

  10. Let the chocolate cool and firm up, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Drizzled Paleo Coconut Macaroons
Amount Per Serving (1 macaroon)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Potassium 115mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream (Ben & Jerry’s Copycat!)

This healthy and decadent Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream does not disappoint, and it’s guaranteed to cool you down in the sweltering heat! Vegan Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

It’s about time I came out with a new ice cream recipe on this blog! And I think you might see them more from now on because I just bought an ice cream machine, and my LIFE HAS CHANGED. I have a few no-churn ice cream recipes on here, and while they are delicious, they don’t compare to the texture of the churned version and I’m fully on board with making the switch.

Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Recipe

I was a bit ambitious with my very first churned ice cream, and decided to make a version of Ben & Jerry’s classic favorite. This Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream tastes pretty darn close to the real thing, but it’s made with coconut milk and soaked cashews and is JUST as creamy!

I used to LOVE Cherry Garcia ice cream growing up, and would go crazy over the combination of tart cherries and crunchy chocolate in the sweet vanilla ice cream. While the original version contains guar gum, carrageenan, and soy lecithin, my version is squeaky clean with all REAL ingredients and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

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Finding Vegan and Paleo Chocolate

This Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream recipe uses shaved chocolate that you should NOT omit, but I completely understand that it can be a bit difficult to find dairy free and soy free chocolate bars. After doing some research, I discovered Enjoy Life Chocolate, and I highly recommend you use their chocolate bar for this recipe.

Not only is it delicious (I love to enjoy a piece for dessert), it’s paleo and vegan, free of eggs, wheat, dairy, soy, and nuts, so it’s great for anyone with food allergies.

I hope you love this recipe as much as my husband and I did. We’ve been enjoy a scoop each after dinner, and I love that I can indulge in one of my favorite desserts without a ton of sugar and fake ingredients. It’s the best and most delicious way to #treatyoself in my opinion!

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Paleo & Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soaking & freezing time: 4 hours
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This healthy and decadent Vegan & Paleo Cherry Garcia Ice Cream does not disappoint, and it's guaranteed to cool you down in the sweltering heat! 

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place drained cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. 

  2. Pour this mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Once the ice cream begins to thicken, add shaved dark chocolate and cherries to the ice cream. 

  4. Serve right away for a softer ice cream, or transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container and place in the freezer until ready. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Vegan Cherry Garcia Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Potassium 276mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin C 2.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 9.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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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.

Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

If you are a fan of yummy summer peach desserts, you are going to love this easy and crunchy vegan and paleo peach crisp, with soft sweet filling topped with crispy nutty topping!

Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

It’s summertime which means I’ve been eating peaches nonstop. They are one of my favorite fruits and there’s nothing like taking a bite out of a peach that’s so ripe that the juices run down your chin.

Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp Recipe

After hoarding a giant bag of peaches from the farmers market recently, I was left with some that had gone super ripe and needed to be used up quickly. So I ended up making this vegan and paleo peach crisp, and it might just be my new favorite summer dessert!

Ripe peaches are chopped and tossed with some coconut sugar mixture, then baked under a layer of sweetened pecan and almond crumble to make a light and decadent treat. I know it’s hot out but this recipe is definitely worth turning on the oven for.

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Yummy Ways to Enjoy This Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

This vegan and paleo peach crisp can be eaten warm or chilled. However, I personally love it when it’s hot fresh out of the oven when the topping is nutty and crunchy. It’s delectable on its own, but to make it even better, feel free to serve it topped with something light and creamy like:

  • coconut yogurt
  • vegan ice cream…I bet vanilla would taste divine with it!
  • coconut whipped cream
  • sour cream… I know it sounds weird but I’ve tried this combo before and it’s amazing.

Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

Best Way to Enjoy Leftovers

You’ll find that this vegan and paleo peach crisp is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. However, if you do have leftovers, you can cover it up and store it in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. It’ll stay yummy, but the topping will lose its crunchiness in the fridge.

To get it crisp up again, you can just bake the whole thing in the 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until it firms up. I honestly love the crunchy topping so much that I think it’s worth the extra effort of heating it back up. But if you are feeling lazy (I’ve been there), you can just eat it cold and I bet you’ll still love it!

Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 265 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

If you are a fan of yummy summer peach desserts, you are going to love this easy and crunchy vegan and paleo peach crisp, with soft sweet filling topped with crispy nutty topping!

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Ingredients

Filling

Crisp Topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients for the filling.

  3. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan or a 9-inch pie pan, and evenly spread out.

  4. Place the raw pecan halves in a food processor and pulse until crumbly.

  5. Add the rest of the ingredients for the crisp topping into the food processor and pulse together until sticky. 

  6. Spread out this mixture evenly over the peaches. 

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and crispy.

  8. Serve with dairy free ice cream or coconut whipped cream. 

  9. Store the leftovers in the refrigerator covered, for up to 3 days. The topping won't be as crunchy after you store it, but you can bake it again until it gets crispy again. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan & Paleo Peach Crisp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 265 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Potassium 311mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 8.6%
Vitamin C 10.5%
Calcium 3.1%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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