Category: Treats

13 Holiday Desserts

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.

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Apple Dump Cake Recipe – Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo

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
Serves: 6

Time in the kitchen: 1 hour, including 45 minutes bake time

Ingredients

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

Optional Caramel:

1/3 cup full fat coconut milk
3 Tbsp. coconut sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions
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):
Calories: 314
Total Fat: 20g
Total Carbs: 34g
Net Carbs: 30g
Protein: 4g

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Creamy Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Recipe

To call this beverage “tea” might be a little misleading. “Creamy Mug of Cozy, Warming Deliciousness” is more accurate. Golden Milk is a delicious way to unwind. The flavor is lightly sweet with a vibrant blend of heated almond (or coconut) milk, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, and honey.

Turmeric tea will perk you up in the morning, calm you down at night, and soothe sniffles and sore throats. It’s also a really pleasant way to end a meal. 

At first glance, the ingredients in turmeric ginger tea might not sound like a combination you’d want to drink. Something magical happens in the mug: the result is richer than regular tea, less intense than coffee, and oddly delicious. 

Turmeric is the dominant flavor and admittedly, one that takes a little getting used to. The main ingredient in curry powder, turmeric is slightly bitter and earthy, making it the perfect backdrop for other spices. The ginger and cayenne in this tea blend when floating in creamy, turmeric milk that’s been lightly sweetened.

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S’Mores (Gluten-Free and Paleo)

There’s nothing like sitting around with a group of friends or family in the evening, sipping on something warm in your mug and ending the night with something sweet.

If you’re eating closer to the way your ancestors did, you would likely politely pass if s’mores were brought out. Now though, you can join in the fun. You’ll never be left wanting toasty s’mores again thanks to these gluten-free graham crackers and  gooey marshmallows.

Making your own crackers may be intimidating, but it’s easy. The dough comes together quickly and is fun to roll and cut out. They would be a great activity to do with kids or friends, and the dough is egg-free so you can taste it before baking.

You can use your brand of choice for the marshmallows, but if you have time, we highly recommend making your own marshmallows.

Here’s how to do it.

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Fudgy Keto Zucchini Brownies Recipe

Brownies are the classic bake sale staple that can take you right back to childhood…the ooey-gooey texture, the overwhelming aroma of chocolate, the fudgy middle. Growing up, the absolute best brownies were a treat for special days at school. Dusted with powdered sugar, these dense squares would taste so good (until you were falling asleep at your desk at 3pm, in a full sugar haze). 

Update the nostalgic classic with Fudgy Keto Zucchini Brownies. This delectable treat is the perfect solution for any leftover zucchini lying around after making zoodles or zucchini bread. With just a ¾ cup of shredded zucchini, eggs, chocolate and a handful of pantry staple items, you can whip mouthwatering chocolate zucchini brownies up in just thirty minutes.

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Keto Chai Ice Cream Bon Bons Recipe

Bon bons sound so fancy, don’t they? It’s like saying “ice cream bites,” but with a French accent and a posh flair. You may get the impression that ice cream bon bons are difficult to make, but here’s a secret: they’re easy. If you can scoop ice cream, you can pull it off. And if you use Keto Pint Ice Cream, you can make low-carb keto ice cream bon bons without churning a thing. Go ahead. Show off a little. We used Primal Kitchen® Chai Tea Collagen Latte Drink Mix to give these keto bon bons a warm, cozy spice flavor against a chilled ice cream backdrop, plus collagen that your skin and hair love as a bonus. Don’t wait for your next opportunity to share a batch of bon bons. Make a tray, keep them in the freezer, and pop one whenever a sweet moment strikes. Keto Chai Ice Cream Bon Bons Recipe Time in the kitchen: 60, including 45 minutes in the freezer Makes: 10 bon bons, or more if you decide to use more ice cream Ingredients 3 oz. coconut butter 2 oz. cacao butter 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1.5 scoops Primal Kitchen Chai Tea Collagen Keto Latte Drink Mix ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1 (or more) pints Keto Pint Ice Cream (Coffee or Sea Salt Caramel) Directions Finely chop the cacao butter. Scoop out the coconut butter and spoon both into a heat-safe bowl. Set up a double boiler by heating a few inches of water in a pot. Once the water is hot, reduce the heat to low and place the bowl over the pot so it’s resting on top of it. Use a whisk and begin mixing the cacao butter and coconut butter to encourage it to melt. Remove the bowl from the heat right before the cacao butter is fully melted, and continue to whisk when it’s removed from the heat. Whisk in the coconut oil until the mixture is uniform. Add the collagen powder and vanilla extract and whisk until combined. Set the mixture aside. Scoop out the ice cream using an ice cream scoop and place each scoop on a sheet pan with a piece of parchment on it. Place the scoops of ice cream in the freezer for 30-45 minutes to harden. Once the scoops of ice cream have set, place a scoop of ice cream on a spoon or spatula and spoon the white chocolate mixture on top. Cover the ice cream twice with white chocolate, allowing the chocolate to coat all sides of the ice cream. Carefully place the finished bon bon on a piece of parchment and repeat with the remaining ice cream. Place the bon bons in the freezer to allow them to set and harden. Dust a little of the chai collagen on top and enjoy!   Tips When setting up the double boiler, set the burner over low heat and only let the coconut butter and cacao butter come near being fully melted before removing … Continue reading “Keto Chai Ice Cream Bon Bons Recipe”

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