If you’re not sure how to express your love for your significant other, your children, close friends, parents, or other special people in your life, chocolate is a safe bet. Chocolate is the universal language of love, and a language that we’re particularly fluent in over here at Mark’s Daily Apple.
We put together six Primal, paleo, and grain-free chocolate recipes that you can enjoy with the special people in your life, with zero guilt.
Hello friends, Sadie Radinsky here. I’m a writer, paleo recipe creator, freshman in college, and author of the new book Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food. The book is filled with empowerment insights and advice, wellbeing practices, and 45 delicious gluten-free, paleo treat recipes—all with the goal of helping young women embrace and celebrate our every part of ourselves. I’ve been a part of the paleo community for over six years now, and Mark’s Daily Apple has always been such a huge aspect of that. So, I am over the moon to be connecting with you all today and sharing a special recipe from the book.
I would like to introduce you to Lavender-Rose Truffles. These are silky smooth, rich chocolate truffles flavored with pure lavender oil and rolled in crushed rose petals. They are exactly as luscious as they sound. This is a wonderful treat to make ourselves for Valentine’s Day (or any day!) as an act of self-love. I hope you enjoy these truffles as much as I do.
Next time you want to sip on something warm and comforting, try a London Fog Latte. I’ve been hooked ever since a friend encouraged me to order one at a local coffee shop. As soon as I took my first sip, I was determined to figure out how to make them myself.
A London Fog Latte is now my go-to drink whenever I need a hug in a mug. Start-to-finish, it takes about as long as brewing a cup of coffee, and you probably have all of the ingredients on hand right now.
Around 10 years ago, chia seeds exploded onto the food blog scene as a “superfood” ingredient – both for its tendency to form a viscous gel when soaked, and for its fiber and omega-3 content. While plant-based omega-3s aren’t as useful to the body as an omega-3 you would get from fish or a supplement, it’s still a great way to make a tasty dessert that works with Paleo and Primal guidelines. Because of their neutral flavor, chia seed puddings are fun to experiment with, and a great way to enjoy dessert if you’re avoiding traditional pudding ingredients.
Although our holiday menus revolve around the delicious meats and savory sides, there’s still a soft spot for many of us when it comes to holiday sweets. Whether it’s baking cookies this time of year or serving show-stopping desserts at our holiday tables, we might give a little more leeway for treats as part of the special occasion. Below we’ve got recipes for every taste and preference—from Primal to keto, chocolate to peppermint, candy to mousse, pie to cheesecake…and even a jarred Primal cookie mix for gift-giving. Enjoy, and let us know what treats you’ll be baking and sharing this holiday.
Apple dump cake is one of those desserts that makes everyone ask for your recipe after the first bite. It’s also known for its ease of preparation – all you have to do is layer ingredients and top it with lots and lots of butter before baking.
Apple dump cake is traditionally made with incredibly sugary canned fruit and store bought cake mix. Instead of mixing the cake up with oil or butter and eggs, the fruit and cake mix are layered in a baking dish, and drizzled with a sea of melted butter all over the top.
Our updated take on this cake is most certainly an occasional treat, but made with fresh apples and a paleo-friendly dry mix, it’s a super speedy option for dessert. If you’d like to cut the carbs down, you can use a granulated monk fruit sweetener in lieu of the coconut sugar. And, if you’re short on time and you don’t want to make the dry mix below, you can use a paleo store bought mix, like the one from Simple Mills.
Top this off with your favorite ice cream, keto-friendly or not, and an optional quick caramel sauce (recipe included).
Let’s get started!
Gluten Free, Paleo Apple Dump Cake Recipe
Time in the kitchen: 1 hour, including 45 minutes bake time
3.5 cups diced apples
7 Tbsp. coconut sugar, divided
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup almond flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1/2 Tbsp. coconut flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
5 Tbsp. melted salted butter
1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Dice your apples in small pieces and toss them with 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar and the cinnamon.
In a bowl, combine the remaining coconut sugar, almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut flour and baking soda.
Grease a small baking dish and pour the apples into it. Smooth out the apple layer.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients all over the apples.
Slowly pour the melted butter all over the top of the baking dish, trying to cover as much of the dry ingredients as you can.
If it seems like a lot of butter, you’re doing it right.
Bake the dump cake at 350 degrees for 40-45 degrees, or until the top is golden.
To make the caramel sauce, combine the coconut milk, coconut sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt in a small saucepan over medium low heat.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and can be coated with a spoon. Scoop the dump cake onto plates, drizzle the sauce on top and enjoy!
Nutrition Info (? of recipe, without caramel):
Total Fat: 20g
Total Carbs: 34g
Net Carbs: 30g