The holidays are my FAVORITE time of the year. Growing up in West Virginia, we had a beautiful four season year with a distinct Fall and Winter. Those times, while sometimes uncomfortably cold, were always my favorite because of the holidays, good food, family, and friends. Now I'm in Texas, and while we don't have four seasons (we have "Winter" which is like fall, hot, and scorching) I can bring back all those nostalgia-inducing seasonal feels with my favorite holiday foods, Paleo Holiday Recipes style.
Below I've rounded up some of my favorite paleo holiday recipes that we've created for the blog over the last few years. I hope these paleo holiday recipes become as beloved in your home as they have in ours!
Holiday Spice Latte - this spiced coffee drink is cozy and warm and perfect for snuggling up to on a cold day.
Mulled Apple Cider Smoothie - if you're like us, it's sometimes a little too warm to cozy up with a hot drink, so this is the perfect sip on those warm winter days.
Cheddar Dates - These primal appetizers will become a staple at your holiday gatherings. Sweet, savory, umami little bites of deliciousness.
Ultimate Green Bean Casserole - This is a Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner favorite that I could eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner any time of the year. It's creamy, savory, and has all the yummy fried onion flavor you love.
Real Deal Thanksgiving Stuffing - Stuffing/dressing has always been my favorite Thanksgiving food. I would gladly skip the turkey in lieu of a larger serving of the mushy, crunchy, moist, herby, deliciousness.
Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole - Sweet potato casserole was always served at big family dinners in the fall and winter in my family, topped with candied nuts, toasted marshmallows, and all- except ours was filled with sugar. No more!
Crock Pot Apple Pumpkin Butter - This paleo treat is comforting, sweet, and combines your favorite flavors of fall, all in one jar. It's great for topping grass-fed yogurt, paleo bread, and even homemade cookies and pastries. I've been using it as a "dip" for some filled shortbread cookies I whipped up. This easy recipe will become a favorite!
Chocolate Covered Paleo Chow - Did anyone else grow up looking forward to holidays parties for the "Puppy Chow?" My mom didn't make it in our house, but I wasn't a stranger to this AMAZING (yet overly sweet, insanely overindulgent) treat. I've got your cleaned up alternative.
4 Ingredient Chocolate Cereal Bark - I've seen a million and twelve recipes for chocolate barks this past holiday season, paleo and non paleo alike, and figured it was time to create my own chocolatey goodness. This the perfect contribution to a holiday party, family gathering, or just for vegging out and getting cozy in front of a warm fire.
Paleo Gingerbread Raisin Cookies - Move over pumpkin spice, it's GINGERBREAD time. I made these little chewy, cakey, gingerbread treats while waiting to prepare our Thanksgiving feast so I could enjoy them allllll through December. These are a soft and chewy
Paleo Creamsicle Macaroons - a delicious treat from Predominantly Paleo and Zenbelly's Yiddish Kitchen Cookbook!
and last but not least, these Crustless Pumpkin Pie Bites - When you want all the melt in your mouth goodness of pumpkin pie, without the hassle of baking a crust, these bites will do the trick. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, these will fulfill all your pumpkin pie cravings without the gluten, or time spent at the oven.
We hope you enjoy these paleo holiday recipes, straight from our kitchen to yours.
Posted on November 02, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
Love cheese? Same here. Don't do the best with dairy? I think you'll find many can agree with you on that. Which is why dairy free cheese is so popular, especially among the paleo crowd.
I grew up loving broccoli cheddar soup but haven't had it in years, especially in such a healthy way as I've created here. Using our Beyond Better Non-Dairy Cashew Sauce Mix, you can create your beloved broccoli cheddar soup once again.
1 crown of broccoli, steamed to soft
1/2 Cup milk of choice (coconut milk, almond milk)
1/2 Cup water or broth
Optional: salt, pepper, nutritional yeast
1. Add 1/2 Cup of the cashew sauce and 1 Cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring.
2. When sauce has thickened, add to a blender with broccoli, milk, and water or broth.
3. Blend until thoroughly combined, taste, then salt and pepper as needed. To enhance the cheese flavor, add additional nutritional yeast.
Posted on October 13, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
In our quest of all natural beauty, collagen has been the leader in products emerging to help with skin, hair, and nails and thanks to Vital Proteins products, there are a variety of ways we can get this healthy protein.
Straight from the source, "Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a key constituent of all connective tissues. Collagen provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system, essential for mobility."
Supplementing our diet (we can't live on bone broth alone!) with collagen in the form of peptides, gelatin, or the variety of products Vital Proteins makes, a helpful for a number of reasons, best outlined here by Vital Proteins:
THE BODY BENEFITS:
Collagen peptides are very popular for their ability to be stirred into both hot and cold liquids. Their more solidified counterpart, collagen gelatin, gels up when added to liquid, giving you the ability to use it in fun recipes including custards, jello, etc.
Another fun product that Vital Proteins has created to make collagen more ready to use are their Beauty Waters which combine collagen, hyaluronic acid, probiotics in three flavors, available in single serving packets for sipping and making happy tissue!
I have always loved making homemade gummy bears/fruit snacks using Vital's gelatin so I figured it was only natural to create some more "grown up" flavored bears using their delicious new Beauty Waters.
1 Cup water
2 Tbsp collagen gelatin
2 tsp honey
1. Bring 1 Cup of water to a boil and add 2 teaspoons of honey, mixing well.
2. Set aside and allow to cool completely (so as not to kill any of the probiotics in the Beauty Water.)
3. When cooled, add 1 packet of Beauty Water and 2 Tbsp gelatin, mixing well.
4. Spoon or use an eyedropper/baster to put the liquid into silicon candy molds of your choice.
5. Refrigerate for a few hours, remove from mold and enjoy.
Posted on October 11, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
While browsing Pinterest for inspiration one day, I happened upon this billiant 2 ingredient cereal bars. They looked a bit like a rice krispie treat, or a big Fruit Loop bar, all held in place with frozen yogurt along the bottom.
Thanks to innovation from brands in the natural food world, both cereal and yogurt can be found to fit whatever diet type you follow, cause we've hopefully all graduated from those mallow filled bowls of charm. One of my favorite snacks is coconut milk or almond milk yogurt. There are tons of options for both available in many places now, and range in amount of ingredients (I always try to go with the most simple list.) However, if you can handle dairy, I think a full fat greek (thick!) yogurt would work great for this recipe.
And when it comes to cereal, you know we've got you covered here at Barefoot. Our grain free cereal selection is ever growing, yet remains consciously curated — we only pick the best (the stuff we can't get enough of!) For example, the Lark Ellen Farms granola bites I used to create this recipe is crunchy beyond crunchy. Big nuggets of granola made with not just one, or two, but SIX different kinds of sprouted nuts and seeds fill this bag. Why sprouted? Nutrition, in a nutshell. (Ha!) Sprouting and then drying a nut or seed allows some of the nutrients to develop without the breakdown or damage that can occur when a nut is made crispy by baking at high temperatures. It's the difference between letting your clothes flap in the gentle breeze on a laundry line versus tumbling them at temperatures so hot you can't touch them in a sealed machine.
So rework an old idea. That's the easy way to create delicious new things without the junk your body doesn't like to eat. And that's just what I've done here!
1 Cup of yogurt
1/2-3/4 bag grain free granola, like Lark Ellen Farms' Granola Bites
1. On a sheet of parchment paper on a small cookie sheet or a silicon baking mat, spread 1 Cup of yogurt into a square or rectangle, about 1 cm thick.
2. Sprinkle granola bites on top of the yogurt to cover evenly.
3. Push down slightly so no granola is loose.
4. Freeze for 2-3 hours, remove and carefully slice into bar shape, cutting edges to even them up if desired. Careful not to cut your mat here.
5. Remove and enjoy frozen. These will melt quickly so pop them back in the freezer between snacks.
Posted on October 02, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
The minute we got our new Collagen Creamers from Vital Proteins in the mail, I could already taste these Paleo Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites. I had recently created a Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Bite recipe to share in December, and knew they were the perfect way to make these as well.
At the most simple, it's a delicious, Whole30 Approved coffee creamer that's full of collagen which is touted for it's hair, skin, nails, bones and joints benefits! Add a scoop of this stuff to your coffee, orrrrrr some cookie dough bites, and get creamy, dreamy collagen in three delicious flavors with no sugar added.
Made with just FOUR ingredients, these little fat bombs contain collagen, as well as good fats from ghee, and coconut milk, so they'll fend off your sugar dragon during the holiday season while still letting you enjoy all the delicious flavors.
If you'd like another version of this recipe, try our Snickerdoodle Dough Bites here.
Posted on October 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
Keto is HUGE right now, folks, so it's time for a Perfect Keto Recipe!
If you're unfamiliar, a ketogenic diet is most simply described by Perfect Keto as "Forcing the body into burning fats instead of carbohydrates. Those who follow it eat a diet that contains high amounts of fat, moderate amounts of protein, and low levels of carbohydrates."
You may notice many people eating low carb, high fat, and different variations within paleo and keto, so it can get tricky, but many have found this way of eating helpful to their longterm health goals. Perfect Keto is a company who makes high quality supplements like MCT oil powder, Exogenous Ketones, and now, Keto Collagen Protein, to assist those following a keto diet.
This Perfect Keto recipe from the folks at Perfect Keto is a delicious way to indulge while also keeping it keto, low carb, and high fat. It includes their Keto Collagen which combines MCT's for healthy fat energy, and collagen protein for tissue health.
Posted on October 01, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
I've LONG been a fan of paleo dessert worthy treats in small ball form. Like these cookie dough bites, these date/nut truffles, plus the thousands of recipes I've perused over the internet in the last few years. Something about being able to just grab one bite, without committing to a huge overly sweet or indulgent treat, is such a nice thing to have on hand for me.
When I first tasted this Coconut Almond Butter by Bliss, I knew I had to create some sort of treat with it. As it is, it's a Whole30 nut butter - no sugar, straight up, delicious. It's like my favorite chunky peanut butter, except with almonds, a nice dose of sea salt, combined with coconut butter, which I also LOVE, all mixed up into a chunky yet smooth and creamy butter, perfectly decadent and satisfying without ANY added sugar.
Since it contains no sugar, I figured I'd be best to leave this treat as close to no sugar as possible. I started by thinking protein and good fats, which lead to the creation of these little Bliss Balls. Each contains about 55 calories, and depending which paleo protein powder you use, about 4.5 g fat, 1.2 g carb, .1g sugar, and an awesome 2g protein! These little fat/protein balls are the perfect "treat" to keep on hand when you want something that feels like a treat, without overdoing it. *These aren't Whole 30 compliant, but great for a low sugar snack in life after. However the nut butter alone IS Whole30 friendly since it contains NO sweetener!
(makes 16 teaspoon scooped balls)
1/4 Cup Bliss Almond Coconut Butter
1/4 Cup paleo protein powder of choice (I used a vanilla one, which has stevia in it, that slightly sweetened my balls)
1/4 Cup shredded coconut
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp cacao nibs (optional)
1. Combine 1/4 cup Bliss and protein powder to a small bowl.
2. Stir in 3 Tbsp coconut shreds and cacao nibs.
3. Melt coconut oil on low on the stove top, and stir in slowly, not over saturating the mixture. (You may use less than a tablespoon.) The mixture should be like wet sand and ideally hold together when you scoop it. If it is a little too thin, you can add more protein or coconut to thicken up.
4. Scoop with a teaspoon into the palm of your hand and roll into a compact ball, roll in coconut and place on a small plate. Repeat with remaining mix.
5. Free until firm, and keep stored in the fridge when not eating.
Posted on September 04, 2017 by Barefoot Provisions
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