King’s Carrot Cake with Spiced Frosting

How did this recipe get it’s name you are wondering?  Well, there is this sweet blunt woman I workout with every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 6am.  This ‘old’ lady (Mrs. King) is a retired grandma, but that has not stopped her from getting up early and doing burpees, push ups or squat curls.  If anything, she provides our gym with motivation/encouragement.  I’ll be honest, there have been times I thought I would die, only to look over at her in the corner still pushing through strong (then finding a small rest afterwards…sorry…I call her out on it and she will quickly remind me “this is the grandma corner”).

Today is Mrs. King’s birthday and we celebrated it at the gym.  Now, if you do the math (the date is Feb. 29) on today, Mrs. King is a Leap Year baby which makes her very young for her age!  And when you can only celebrate it once every four years, it’s a big deal…like cake for breakfast big deal!  Happy Birthday Mrs. King…you are an amazing woman and I’m glad our paths cross weekly at 6am!!

Kings Carott Cake

King’s Carrot Cake

Ingredients

4 eggs

1/2 cup apple sauce

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tbl pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup & 2 tsp cassava flour

1/2 cup thinly shredded coconut

1 cup sulfate free raisins

1 cup grated carrot Continue reading

Sassy Paleo Jalapeno Poppers

This recipe was recently featured over on Paleo Parents for their anniversary.  You can read the post here.  Happy Anniversary to Matt and Stacy!!!

I took one of our favorite appetizers and made it Paleo, creating Sassy Paleo Jalapeno Poppers.  We serve this recipe as a tailgating item or as a dish to pass at a party.  No matter the place I take it, people are shocked to learn their favorite appetizer is all natural and free of gluten, dairy and soy.  I love the look on people’s faces when I explain to them how we make items with cashew cheese.

In this recipe you will find cassava flour and Jackson’s Honest Potato chips.  The cassava flour helps hold the prosciutto grease and creates the base for the crunchier breading.  You can make this recipe without the flour, but it will not hold together well.  The chip crumbs will be spotty when rolling it to the prosciutto.  I’ve only made this with Jackson’s Honest Potato chips because they are what we have in our house.  We love them for their simple ingredients and healthy cooking oil.  This said, I have not made them with another chip brand, but I think you could.  However, always check your labels and make sure you know what you are putting inside your body…ok…rant is over.

I’ve tried my best to estimate what you will need, but there is a chance you will cheese or chip crumbs left over…if so…DO NOT THROUGH THEM AWAY!  This said, when cooking with all natural ingredients…it can become expensive.  I know Matt and Stacy have talked about how to do Paleo on a budget.  We never let scraps/extras go to waste in our house.  This said, if you have any extra cheese sauce left over, add a little salsa to it and make queso.  Or, if you have some extra chip crumbs left over, toss some chicken pieces in it and make chicken tenders.

SassyPaleoJalapenoPoppers

Yields 12 Jalapeno Poppers Continue reading

Gingerbread Cookies

Ready for the best gingerbread cookie recipe?  I think I’m slowly dying down in the cookie making and this may be my last cookie recipe of the holiday baking season.  My husband informed me today we have enough cookies in our freezer to last us through the winter.  Little does he know all those cookies are heading off to different houses in cookie boxes.  This helps me stay on track while visiting with friends and family, yet also allows other to taste how wonderful Paleo bake goods can be.  My gingerbread cookies are free of dairy.  My sister-in-law does not do dairy well, so I created a recipe using coconut oil versus butter.  If you prefer to use butter, I’m sure the recipe will be great.

Frosting can be done two ways.  To make this recipe 100% Paleo you can use my cashew frosting recipe.  However, I will be taking these to my families Christmas and my sister-in-law is allergic to cashews and I needed an alternative.  I used organic powder sugar (organic powder sugar is free of gluten and corn starch) with vanilla, coconut oil and coconut milk.  I’ll let you in on a decorating tip of mine, I fill a sandwich size Ziploc bag and pipe it through the corner to make decorating easy.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup coconut oil

3 tbsp molasses

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp  cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup coconut sugar

2 1/2 cups almond flour

3/4 cup cassava flour

pinch of salt and pepper Continue reading

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Christmas time makes we want Paleo sugar cookies.  I’m not sure if this is because it brings back childhood memories or because I love cookies.  My recipe for Paleo sugar cookies is for all my Paleo friends.  Now, what you put on top of the cookies is your preference.  You could decorate cookies with my Maple Frosting to make it 100% Paleo, but with cashews it does not hold color very well.  We pick our battles and decided for to make frosting with organic powder sugar.  The reason for organic powder sugar is it is made with tapioca flour versus corn starch.  Yes, the powder sugar is sugar and I do not need the Paleo Police reminding me.  I feel each person has a version of Paleo in their lifestyle.  I never said I’m 100%, I’m a 90-10.  That 10 comes into play when something special happens (ex. Christmas or a date night with friends).  What I always do is eliminate all gluten because that will cause some nasty water weight, foggy mind and sore joints.  To each their own and I’m sure you are comfortable with the decisions you make!

Lets talk flour for one minute.  This recipe is made with two primary ones, almond and cassava flour.  Cassava flour is a 1:1 for white flour.  However, with a high price tag a little will go a long ways.  Cassava flour can not be substituted with another flour.  It’s a unique flour and creates the ‘normal’ dough consistency.  This said, we buy from Otto’s and took advantage of their Black Friday sale to stock up!

When rolling the dough out onto the counter top, do not be shy with your flour.  The flour is what stops the dough from sticking to the counter and will help with an easy lift with the cookie cutters.  As the dough chills, it will become sticky.  Try to work fast.  If it becomes too sticky, place it back in the fridge to harden for a few minutes.

SugarCookies

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 egg

10 tbsp butter (melted)

1/2 cup raw honey

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup cassava flour

2 & 3/4 cups almond flour

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

additional cassava flour for rolling (approx 1/4 cup) Continue reading

Saturday Morning Cinnamon Rolls

Ever go to bed with a craving, only to wake up and have it even worse?  That’s how these Saturday morning cinnamon rolls got created!  I have been wanting a good gluten free cinnamon roll for awhile; however, I have not found one!  Needless to say, when I can not find what I want, I make it!

When creating the dough, you can start with a spoon to blend together.  However, at some point you will just be pushing around chucks on dough.  When this occurs, roll up your sleeves and knead together to form a ball.

My Saturday Morning Cinnamon Rolls are the closest I have come to having an ooey gooey center.  My husband did not stop at one, rather three…and he does not care for sweets and said they were great (and had to be stopped at three).
CinnamonRolls Continue reading