Another Christmas classic and probably the easiest Christmas treat you’ll ever make. Yet so good. That’s Coconut Drops (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto).
And just like that the Christmas season is here again. And like nearly every year it seems like it came from nowhere. Totally unexpected. Am I right? Or am I the only one who’s late with all the baking and cooking and decorating? Although I have to admit, we have had Christmas decorations at home for quite a while now. But I’m slacking with just about everything else. So if you are like me and still looking for inspiration for this seasons goodies (or you are super organised, but still looking for inspiration), I finally got into gear and made these Gingerbread Cookies (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto) to share with you.
Who doesn’t love bliss balls (protein balls, energy bites, you-name-it)? They are the perfect little snack to accommodate your afternoon coffee, to grab when you need to satisfy that sweet craving or simply provide you with little bit of extra energy when needed.
However, most of the bliss balls you get in cafes and shops are just jampacked with sugar and often other unnecessary ingredients too. To be clear, I’m not following a keto lifestyle or saying that all carbs are bad for us. But I do agree with the claim that we eat many more carbs than we need to. And it’s actually super easy to overdo it even with the healthy treats. Because most of them are based on dates or other dried fruits which are super high in carbs and will most likely leave you even hungrier than before. That’s why it’s always good to read labels. Or even better – make the goodies at home. Because there can’t be any easier treat to make at home than bliss balls. Try my Chocolate Cashew Bliss Balls (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan) and see it for yourself 🙂
I know this is not exactly the most classic Easter recipe ever (like the Hot Cross Buns or Carrot Cake I shared earlier). But it’s definitely Easter inspired. And super easy. Which might be handy when you are in a need of snack during the holidays and don’t really want to rely on the empty calories from all the chocolate eggs. I mean, indulging with a bit of chocolate is not that bad. I’m definitely going to have some. But in case you like to munch on something healthier as well, these Carrot Cake Cookies (Paleo, Low Carb) are undoubtedly a good choice.
Pretty much every country which celebrates Easter has special Easter meals. In Czech there are several dishes and treats which are very typical for Easter. And every family would probably pick different one as their favourite. Meanwhile in Australia you can’t possibly not notice what everybody’s most favourite Easter treat is. Unless you don’t go shopping. Ever. Or you don’t have a TV. Or a radio. Honestly. Because hot cross buns are just about everywhere from early January. Oh, I know that Easter is usually in spring (autumn in Australia). But Australians love their hot cross buns so much that they simply replace the Christmas goodies with them in the shops at the beginning of the year.
However, I have to admit, they are really good. Especially toasted and smudged with butter. That’s one yummy treat. But you might be quite surprised if you read the ingredient list on a packet of classic supermarket hot cross buns. It has about one hundred items. Not many good ones. And that’s why I decided to make my own recipe for Hot Cross Buns (Paleo, Low Carb). Because I know that they contain only a few clean ingredients which are good for me, while still being super tasty.
It’s not a secret here that I prefer to follow the Paleo way of eating, concentrating on whole, nutritious foods. That’s why I started this blog and share my kitchen creations regularly on my Instagram too. To collect my own recipes and hopefully inspire others. So I was super thrilled when the creators of Paleo Menu asked me to develop a whole weeks worth of recipes focusing on good whole ingredients for them. A perfect chance for me to show even more people that eating healthy can be fun and really easy too.
They call it Dream Paleo Week and I think not only the name, but the whole idea is amazing. If you sign up to their email list, every week you’ll receive recipes from passionate Paleo foodies like myself. So many fresh ideas every week! And yes, these Savoury Cauliflower Waffles (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb, Vegan) are part of the weekly menu.
This might not be the most classic Christmas recipe you can whip up this year, but that’s the thing. Why not? Why not to make something different? Everyone is making rum balls. Don’t get me wrong, I will still make my version of Rum Balls too. But at a same time I felt like making something new. Something more suitable for the hot Australian weather. Something with refreshing tropical flavour, yet still in small bite sizes perfect for the Christmas nibbling. And with citrus fruits in season I simply couldn’t resist. So here are the Lime Bites (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan), perfect little treat after your Christmas lunch or just during the day to hush the hanger (because no one wants to be hungry and cranky during Christmas).
With Halloween around the corner it’s all about pumpkin lately. And even though I’m not always following the mainstream, this time I don’t want to miss the wagon, because pumpkin is actually my favourite vegetable. It’s so versatile. You can have it just roasted as a perfect side to your meats, pureed for extra fanciness or use it in desserts for a perfect texture and natural sweetness. So here is my recipe for super easy Pumpkin Cocoa Pudding (Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan).
I always thought that making a homemade coconut yoghurt is a little bit of alchemy. All the recipes sounded pretty complicated, included too many ingredients and a lot of work and I just couldn’t be bothered. But store-bought yoghurts usually contain so many unnecessary ingredients like starches and added sugars and also don’t seem to have many of the salutary probiotics which you expect from a yoghurt. And plainly they usually don’t taste very good. Well, unless you spend half of your salary on one tub. There are some very tasty coconut yoghurts out there, but their price can be too much for some of us. So I decided it’s time to give the home fermenting process a proper go.
Ok, this is definitely not a low carb recipe. But no one is perfect, right? And I still believe in the fact that fruit is better for us than some (artificial) sweeteners. In healthy amounts of course. I know that especially banana is super full of natural carbohydrates, so it’s not in my diet very often. But it also contains so many vitamins and minerals. And it’s nice to treat myself every now and then.
And that’s exactly what this Banana Bread (Paleo, Sugar-Free, Vegan) represents for me. Balance. Balance in my lifestyle when I’m not obsessed with every gram of sugar I eat and I enjoy some healthy treat when I feel like it. It’s my version of intuitive eating and food freedom. Because when I don’t forbid myself from eating anything, my choices are actually much better than if I have a feeling that something is not allowed (and therefore super tempting).