Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paleo No Bakes!

You know what's really difficult to do when you biceps are strained?....

.....EVERYTHING! I'm actually not sure what is wrong with my arms, but they are sore. Not like "wow that was a good workout" sore, but more like I have to clean a a 45lb bar on to my should because my arms are so shot I couldn't lift it....like "could someone please lift my arm for me so I can write my name on the score board?"....I'm am 98.3% sure that the only reason I was able to hang clean 95# today was because I had good hip thrusting form, the bar just flew up my body and I was able to catch high. (I feel I probably lost some people during this rant because I'm sure a lot of people have no idea what "cleans" are...I assure you, I was not scrubbing the bars with soap, but instead using my hips to allow the weights to glide up my body to my upper chest where it can rest)

Anyway, I hurt.

Now, to what I promised!!!

I have a new favorite indulgence. My sweet tooth is evil and cries for dessert after dinner every night. LUCKILY, I have found a cure that is quick and easy  and delicious...and healthy!!!!

Paleo No Bake Thumbprints
(adapted from friskylemon.com)
I meant to post a picture....but I ate the cookies!!!
  • 1/3 C coconut or almond flour
  • 2/3 C shredded coconut
  • 1/2 C almond butter (chunky works very well here!)
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp Agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 squares of bakers chocolate (or if you aren't doing the Paleo challenge and like dark chocolate or enjoy life, use it instead!)
Mix everything but the chocolate together. Separate into 5-6 balls then push your thumb into each to make a little crater. Put in the fridge while you melt the chocolate. I used a double boiler, but you can melt the chocolate anyway....remember to keep the heat low, otherwise the chocolate will burn and taste icky. Once it's melted, pour a little chocolate into the cookie craters and then put them back in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden.

Now, to the paleo dumplings for your chicken and dumpling soup!!!!
***Some people don't use arrowroot on their paleo diet. It is NOT from a grain and is from the arrowroot plant ground into a flour. 

Paleo Dumplings
The fun part of this recipe is it's hard to screw up! If you mix these together, your goal is to get a thick stricky dough.

  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/4 c coconut flour
  • 1 c arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/8 + 1-2tbsp nut milk
Boil a large pot of water. Mix the dry ingredients into a medium bowl, then add in the egg. Then add 1/8 c of milk and mix, if it seems to dry add more milk by the tbsp until you get a sticky dough that is not too dry. Then spoon 1/2 tbsp size lumps into the boiling water. When the dumplings float, they are done!

Delicious in soups or mixed with fried bacon! Ahhh so yummy!