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Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Whether it’s for a special occasion or you are just looking for a decadent treat, this paleo chocolate cake is rich, moist, and is always a crowd favorite!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Ever since going gluten free, I didn’t eat cake for a LONG time. When I first found out about my intolerance years ago, there weren’t many gluten free bakery options available, and I wasn’t skilled enough for baking one myself back then.

These days, there are SO MANY options and it’s amazing, but now I love getting creative in the kitchen so I can whip up a healthier version at home.

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Recipe

This Paleo Chocolate Cake is coming to you after several attempts in my kitchen. If you’ve been following my blog for a long time, you probably know that I’m not the most skilled baker and it always takes several tries before my dessert recipes are yummy enough to post.

However, all the failed attempts were 100% worth it after I took a bite out of this cake because it turned out of so moist and fluffy, unlike many paleo chocolate cakes I’ve tried before.

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Ganache

Of course, if you are going to make this paleo chocolate cake, you can’t forget the ganache! You can use any frosting you want, but I love this ganache. It’s SO easy to make, spreads well, and makes the cake extra decadent and delicious.

Just make sure that the cake is completely cooked before frosting so the ganache doesn’t melt on you during the process!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Substitutions?

Just because I get asked about substitutions often in baking recipes, I want to address it now. Almond flour and cassava flour work quite differently than other grain free flours, so I don’t recommend you make any substitutions.

Full fat coconut milk (from the can) is necessary to give the paleo chocolate cake that rich and decadent texture and flavor.

Also, I have not tried this recipe with flax eggs or gelatin eggs, so I cannot guarantee results. Please leave me a comment if you try these out and they turn out well for you!

It’s honestly best to follow the directions as is. Baking can be a tricky and each ingredient has a specific purpose so I hope you try the recipe and love it as much as I do!

Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
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Paleo Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Whether it’s for a special occasion or you are just looking for a decadent treat, this paleo chocolate cake is rich, moist, and is always a crowd favorite!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 53 minutes
Servings 16 slices
Calories 363kcal

Ingredients

Cake

Chocolate Ganache

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9-inch spring foam cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, cassava flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and sea salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, water, ghee, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. 
  • Pour wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir together until a batter forms. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and flatten out the top with a spatula. 
  • Bake for 45-48 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  • Allow the cake to cool completely.

Chocolate Ganache

  • While the cake is a cooling, place the coconut milk in a small saucepan and heat on medium low until hot, just before it starts to simmer. You can also heat it up in the microwave.
  • Add in chocolate chips and coconut oil, and stir together until smooth and silky.
  • Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool and thicken. Don’t forget to remove it from the fridge as it’ll harden once it chills too long.
  • Once the cake is cooled completely, spoon the ganache on the top of the cake and smooth it across the top.
  • Slice to serve. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 235mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 6.6% | Iron: 18.2%

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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

A few years back, I used to live in Northern California in Marin County and my husband and I were obsessed with this restaurant in town, where they served really high quality pasture raised and grass fed meats, cooked to perfection.

One of my favorite dishes on the menu was their pork chops served with roasted red pepper sauce. The sauce was so tangy and wonderful, and it was the perfect combo with the meat. Even my husband, who hates peppers, loved that sauce. I recently started thinking about that meal and decided to recreate that sauce at home, and I’m obsessed with the result!

Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

The one thing that made the sauce so special was how deliciously garlicky it tasted! The deep and earthy flavor came from the roasted garlic, and I tried to bring that into this Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce. If you’ve never roasted garlic before, it’s so easy and 100% worth it!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce

Ways to Enjoy This Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

There are SO many ways to enjoy this tasty sauce, but here are some of my favorites:

  • Drizzled over chicken, lamb, pork, or even fish
  • As salad dressing
  • Over roasted veggies
  • As a spread in a sandwich (if you are on the Whole30)
  • On a burger
  • As a pasta sauce with zucchini noodles
  • As a dip for crackers or chips

Tell me: How else would you enjoy this garlicky Whole30 roasted red pepper sauce? It’s so versatile, so make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for when you need a yummy sauce!

garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
garlicky whole30 roasted red pepper sauce
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Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (Paleo, Keto, Vegan)

You’ll want to put this delicious & easy Garlicky Whole30 Roasted Red Pepper Sauce on everything. It’s keto and vegan, and has an amazing addicting flavor!
Course Condiment
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Bell pepper steaming time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 81kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and grease a baking sheet
  • Peel off the outer layer of the garlic head and cut off the top to expose a bit of the garlic cloves.
  • Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tsp of olive oil.
  • Place the bell peppers next to the garlic, cut side down.
  • Roast for 30 minutes until the garlic is tender and the bell peppers are charred on the outside.
  • Remove from the oven, and place the bell peppers in a bowl and cover with a plate so they can steam for 5 minutes.
  • Peel and discard the skin of the bell peppers.
  • Squeeze out the softened garlic cloves in to a blender, along with bell peppers, 2 tbsp olive oil, and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving (about 2 tbsps) | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 113mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15.5% | Vitamin C: 38.6% | Calcium: 0.3% | Iron: 2.2%

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Crispy Whole30 Home Fries

These crispy and flavorful Whole30 home fries are so easy to make and are such a delicious breakfast item for both weekdays and weekends!

Crispy Whole30 Home Fries

Anytime I’m dining out for brunch, how delicious and crispy the home fries are makes or breaks my brunch experience no matter how great the main menu item is. Is anyone else the same way? I really love all different types of fries, but they need to be flavorful and crispy at the same time. I clearly have very strong feelings about this.

So, to ensure that I get my favorite types of fries every time and to add one of my favorite foods in to my meals during my Whole30, this month I decided to make it at home and it’s all I’ve been eating recently!

Crispy Whole30 Home Fries Recipe

These Whole30 home fries are just the way I like them: crispy on the outside, and soft and pillowy on the inside. It’s so comforting and delicious all year around and it’s such a crowd pleaser recipe, because who doesn’t love home fries? If you are planning to host a brunch or you are attending a brunch potluck, this is a must-make.

Crispy Whole30 Home Fries

Crispy Whole30 Home Fries

Easy One Pot Recipe

What makes these crispy Whole30 home fries even more awesome is that it’s a one pot recipe, making cleanup a breeze. Instead of using a separate pot to parboil the potatoes, you can do it in the same skillet, cooking off the water in the process.

Then, you crisp up the potatoes with some oil and ghee, and the result is perfectly textured and crusted home fries you can serve alongside some eggs or sausages!

Crispy Whole30 Home Fries
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Crispy Whole30 Home Fries

These crispy and flavorful Whole30 home fries are so easy to make and are such a delicious breakfast item for both weekdays and weekends!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 248kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp avocado oil divided
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 lb red potatoes scrubbed and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 tbsp ghee or more if needed
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freeze dried chive rings for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat 1 tbsp of avocado oil in a deep 12-inch skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add onion and bell pepper to the skillet and sauté until softened and browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Remove from the skillet and add potatoes with water, apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt.
  • Increase the heat to high and let everything come to a boil. 
  • Let the water boil, while tossing every few minutes, until completely reduced and the potatoes start sticking to the bottom of the pan, about 10-13 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to medium high and add 1 tbsp of avocado oil and ghee to the potatoes and stir to coat. 
  • Make sure the potatoes are in an even layer and turn them every few minutes until they are browned and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  • Once the potatoes are browned, stir in onion and bell pepper.
  • Add 1/2 tsp sea salt, black pepper, paprika, and garlic powder, and stir together. 
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with chive rings before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 505mg | Potassium: 907mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 17.4% | Vitamin C: 57.7% | Calcium: 2.6% | Iron: 8.5%

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