Paleo Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I figured since it’s December it’s finally acceptable to start posting all the cozy winter drinks, even if it’s still not that cold in California compared to the rest of the country. I mean it was 40 degrees when I woke up this morning and I kinda felt like I was going to die, ha ha! Well not really but I have become wayyyy too acclimated to California weather after living in basically the North Pole (Idaho) in college.

I remember the very first time I busted my arse slipping on ice while walking to class and having my nose hairs freeze to icicles only to instantly defrost once I walked into my classes, yikes! Oooh the fond memories of living in the arctic lol! I was a California girl through and through though, no matter how long I lived there I still was the crazy girl wearing flip flops in the snow. One thing that got me through the brutal winters there was hot chocolate, lotttts and lotttts of it!!

I wish I had this peppermint white hot chocolate recipe when I was there, I think it would have been the perfect drink on those blustery days! It has such a creamy, buttery flavor with a wonderful pop of peppermint that just makes it outta this world yummy! You can find the RECIPE HERE! You could also add my homemade marshmallows to make this hot chocolate epic!

I had so much fun creating this recipe with my friends over at Vitacost, they always make my shopping experience amazing! So many great paleo options to shop on their site with deals every day and SUPER fast shipping, like Amazon Prime fast you guyssss! I hope you make a mug of this belly warming drink to help you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Vitacost. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

We’re about 2 weeks away from the official start of summer, but it’s 90 degrees here in the Sacramento Valley so summer has pretty much arrived! We’re basically swimming in strawberries at our house because, well, what’s not to love about strawberries?! I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t adore them! You can make just about anything with them from sweet (like my Strawberry Balsamic Coconut Cream Popsicles & Chocolate Strawberry Hearts) to savory dishes, they never let you down, amiright?! These Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats are on the savory side because all I can think about in this heat is fresh juicy strawberries, avocado and seafood! It was only natural to combine them into a fun and fresh new recipe, one that will take you away to Cabo with the first bite.

I always feel like it’s summer as soon as these beautiful ruby red berries start popping up here in Northern California. California Strawberries have my heart, I remember as a kid, we used to grow them in our back yard and I always hated when the snails got ahold of them, like seriously the worst thing to discover as a strawberry loving child, all your strawberries eaten by these little pests! Luckily my grandparents lived just down the street with raised planters full of strawberries, so we never went without. My grandma always made gobs of jam during the summer, some of my fondest memories are making fruit jams in the kitchen with her. As kids my cousins and I used to slather her strawberry jam all over homemade bread and devour it all summer long! My face was always sticky with strawberry jam at grandma’s house, it was a special time and place!

Sadly I don’t have any strawberry plants right in my own backyard anymore, but I really don’t have to worry because they are available year round! California produces 90% of the nations strawberries, so cool right?  I love that I can find my beloved Organic California Strawberries at the farmer’s markets and grocery stores for just a few bucks during the peak season! It’s better than Christmas in my opinion! I picked up a big flat of them at the market to create these dreamy Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats. They’re a perfect no cook recipe to add to your list so you don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the house when it’s unbearable outside!

You may not have thought that strawberries could work in a recipe like this, but I assure you that strawberries make a great substitute for tomatoes. Like tomatoes they are high in acidity and are sweet, but not too sweet! What’s great is that there is an abundance of ripe strawberries right now so they are a wonderful addition to many savory dishes instead of tomatoes.

Here are some reasons (as if you already needed them) to be loving more on these beautiful little berries!

-They are rich in Vitamin C! One serving of 8 Strawberries will give you more than an orange!

-They are lower in sugar compared to other fruits but packed full of flavor!

-These cute little berries are red to remind you they are packed full of nutrients that may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. This is an important one to my family as my husband is a stroke survivor!

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 c. strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut your avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium shallow container add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2017/06/strawberry-ceviche-avocado-boats/

I hope you love the recipe, and don’t for get to get your 8 a day! For more delicious strawberry recipes and inspiration visit the California Strawberries Website!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The California Strawberry Commission. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Paleo Paparazzi possible! I only work with companies I’m passionate about & align with the mission of Paleo Paparazzi. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own.

Whole 30 Chicken Veggie Poppers

Chicken veggie poppers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fun blogger’s retreat in gorgeous Monterey, California. We toured an incredible strawberry farm and ate the most delicious food all made with, you guessed it, strawberries. I cannot wait to share with you what I learned! Stay tuned for that post soon!

While I was there, I was able to reflect on why I eat the way I do, and the healing that has come from years of eating real foods that make my body feel so good. I started my paleo journey with a Whole30, that soon turned into a love of making and eating food the way it was intended to be eaten, preservative & chemical free.

The whole30 really changed my life and I will forever be grateful for that gift. That is why I just adore creating whole30 recipes. They are simple yet so flavorful and they give me the energy I need to get through the day without crashing.

I have gotten so many compliments on this recipe. While I don’t have kids, many moms tell me that their kids LOVE them, and that makes my heart sing! They’re the perfect finger food and once you pop, you can’t stop (I had to) They’re seriously the funnest thing ever to eat!!  They make me feel like a kid all over again, and I love that so, so much!

I think the great thing about them, is that everything is packed into one delicious bite, the protein, fat & veggies! That way you don’t have to worry about you or you little ones eating everything on the plate, because you get it all in each bite you take! How awesome is that?! Finger lickin, chicken good!!

I’m so excited to finally have this recipe on the blog!! It’s one of the many recipes that I have shared on my Instagram, my Facebook page as well as the Whole30 recipes social media pages. I am slowly getting all my Whole30 recipes on here so you can find them easier and also pin them from here to Pinterest. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my little family does…the cat even likes them 😉 Total score!

Chicken veggie poppers-Whole30

Ingredients

    For the poppers
  • 1 lb. boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of grated zucchini
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 2 tbsp. of sliced green onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced & sautéed
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill (can use dried)
  • 1 tsp. coconut aminos (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking
    For the garlic dill aioli sauce
  • 1/4 cup of homemade mayo
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried dill
  • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
  2. Line a pan with foil and grease with a bit of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add a bit of olive oil to a pan and sauté minced garlic until fragrant. Set aside.
  4. Grate zucchini and carrots in a food processor and set aside.
  5. Wash chicken and pat dry.
  6. Put chicken thighs, grated zucchini, grated carrots, green onion, dill, sautéed garlic, cumin, Coconut aminos and salt-and-pepper into your blender/food processor and grind up together for a few minutes until all ingredients are Incorporated.
  7. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of your meat mixture onto your greased baking sheet and use hands to flatten and mold a bit.
  8. Brush tops of chicken poppers with oil.
  9. Bake at 400° for approximately 25 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  10. You can broil for an additional 3 mins. If you want them to brown up a bit more.
  11. Serve with a side of guacamole, salsa or an aioli sauce. I like mine with a garlic dill aioli.
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/06/whole30-chicken-veggie-poppers/

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Paleo Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

chocolate hearts with strawberries

You can’t go wrong with chocolate for Valentine’s day, and if you make said chocolate from scratch, your valentine will be super impressed and all that mushy stuff, wink, wink! This Paleo chocolate hearts recipe is really easy to whip up and requires only 5 ingredients, plus a pinch of salt. If your looking to make something that isn’t complicated and looks like it was purchased from a fancy chocolate shop, I got you covered! Impressing people with simple homemade treats is right up my alley!

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Before we go any further, I feel I must confess. I was that girl. The one who used to eat my weight in store bought waxy chocolate. Man am I glad those days are over, what was I thinking? I was eating fake chocolate and I didn’t even know it, GROSS! How come someone didn’t warn me sooner, shove a piece of REAL chocolate in my mouth and say, “you’re welcome!” ?? Well if they had, I’m sure I would have started singing “A whole new world” from Aladdin, lol! It only took 30+ years, but I’m never going back! Raw chocolate is where it’s at!

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These raw chocolate hearts are the healthi-fied (is that even a word?) version of the chocolate hearts you find in the stores but you won’t even notice because they taste so naughty. They’re made from raw, pure ingredients so you reap all the “love” and goodness from that! Coconut oil is packed full of healthy fats and raw cacao contains of magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and so much more! You can thank me later 😉 Happy Valentine’s day!!

*These are made with freeze dried strawberries, so you can make them any time of the year! Feel free to switch up the ingredients. There are too many yummy combinations you could use such as coconut, raspberries, banana, nuts, mint, etc.

Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 bite sized chocolates

Chocolate Hearts With Strawberries (Raw)

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • Pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup and cacao powder together.
  2. Grease a bite sized heart mold.
  3. Add a few bits of crushed freeze dried strawberries & cacao nibs to the bottom of greased mold.
  4. Pour mixture into greased mini heart mold, add remaining strawberries & nibs on top & cover.
  5. Place mold in the freezer to harden, takes about 20 minutes.
  6. Pop hearts out of the mold and enjoy!

Notes

Try to use a flexible mold, makes it easier to remove. Also, hearts will melt at room temp. so don't leave out. Store in fridge/freezer until ready to serve.

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2016/02/chocolate-hearts-strawberries-raw/

Iced Gingersnap Cookies

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You guys, you guyyyyssss!!  This is seriously one of my favorite cookie recipes of all time. It’s so perfect for “THE most wonderful time of the year”. It has all the yummy nummy warming spices and it tastes amazing with a hot cup o’ cider or cocoa. I created this recipe last year around the same time and posted the recipe to Instagram but not to my blog. It was rather frustrating because every time i wanted to make the recipe, I had to scroll through my feed to find it. I like having it here living on my blog so that I can easily refer to it whenever I want 😉

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This recipe really reminds me of my grandfather. For those of you that don’t know, my grandfather and father owned bakeries up and down the California coast. Baking runs in my blood, but even though I don’t bake exactly like I used to or eat cookies all the time (like I used to) it’s nice to know I can have an occasional treat that brings back many fond memories. Homemade cookies always bring back memories, it was one of the things he always had in surplus inside cookie jars strewn throughout the kitchen. Especially this time of year, we ALWAYS had a cookie (or 3) in our hand!

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My grandfather passed away 7 years ago on the same day my husband suffered a stroke, a story I will leave for another time. But, shortly after he passed we moved into his home, and we haven’t left. I still feel him here, watching over us, it’s a comforting feeling. I feel like he’s still teaching me. Whenever I have an ah ha moment with paleo baking, I feel like he has something to do with it 😉 I used to bake in the same kitchen along side my grandfather and I have many many good food memories in this kitchen. Every time I make these cookies I feel as if he is standing behind me, proud to know that in some way I am carrying on the family tradition of baking and sharing recipes. He was always sharing recipes with others.

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These cookies really taste like the real deal, you almost forget that they are paleo friendly.  So i’m sharing this recipe with you, in hopes that it brings back some fond memories for you too. Memories of when life was a little more carefree. When you could have a cookie and just celebrate without worrying about what’s in it. Happy holidays to you and yours!

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Iced Gingersnap Cookies

Ingredients

    For the Cookie:
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup cashew flour
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
    For the Icing:
  • 4 tablespoons coconut butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

    For the Cookie:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together almond flour, cashew flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, spices, zest, salt and baking soda until combined.
  4. In a small bowl mix together melted coconut butter and oil (cooled), egg, vanilla extract, lemon juice, honey and whisk together.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  6. Toss into a food processor and continue to mix until combined well and a nice ball of dough forms. (you can mix with your hands if you don't have one, it will just take longer)
  7. Roll dough into equal sizes (about 1 inch in diameter) with your hands and place onto lined cookie sheet.
  8. Flatten each cookie to about ¼ inch thickness (if you like your cookie crispy flatten to 1/8 inch) with the palm of your hand or the bottom of a flat cup (greased).
  9. Place in the oven for 10-15 mins. or until the center of the cookies are no longer completely soft. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Let cool on a wire rack before icing.
  10. When cookies have cooled, slather with icing.
  11. If icing is still too wet, place iced cookies into fridge until the icing hardens.
  12. Sprinkle the top of iced cookies with cinnamon, if desired, and enjoy!
    For the Icing:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Place bowl in the fridge for a few mins. to harden up into a spreadable icing consistency.

Notes

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/12/iced-gingersnap-cookies/

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Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

paleo slow cooker chiliHey hey friends! I’ve missed you! I hope you’re enjoying Labor Day with your loved ones!  I’ve got something VERY special to share with you! Remember that yummy chili I’ve been teasing you with on my social media accounts? Well I’m happy to say that today is the day i’m spilling all my chili secrets, woohoo! It’s perfect for Labor day weekend because it can be added to your BBQ’d hot dogs for an amazingly delicious dog! This chili is a slow cooker chili which I love because it’s a no fuss recipe, and I mean who doesn’t like that??

I used to LOVE chili growing up and would order chili cheese nachos with the fake franken food cheese almost daily in high school. All I can say is yikes! I’m glad those days are LONG gone! This recipe was actually created for the Paleo Kitchen Throw Down at Whole Foods a few weekends ago. I used it for the Chili Cheeze Hot Dog I created for the competition. I got a LOT of compliments on this chili. Some cute ladies even asked me what brand of chili I used from Whole Foods, and when I told them it was homemade they said “It’s SO good! You should bottle it, I would buy that chili!!” Of course I blushed, you would too! 😉

So what are you waiting for?? Grab your crock pot and get crackin!!paleo chiliIf you want to enjoy the chili cheeze dog just add the chili to a sliced open grass-fed hot dog, add my red pepper almond cheeze sauce And top with some kraut! Delicious by itself or on a dog!

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It’s the BEST, you’ll want to put it on EVERYTHING! We keep finding new ways to enjoy it, like on top of hasselback avocados with dairy free “sour cream” and on top of hash browns with a drippy egg!

Without further ado…

Paleo Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of organic grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can of organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounce can of organic tomato paste +2 cans of filtered water (1/2 cup)
  • 1 package of preservative & sugar free bacon, sliced into small pieces (see notes)
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of oregano
  • 1 tablespoon of basil
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dehydrated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon pieces and ground beef over medium-high heat until they just begin to brown.
  2. Add onion and lower heat to medium, cover pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Uncover pan and add garlic, cook 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Drain some of the liquid out of the pan and transfer the mixture to your crockpot.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to your crockpot and stir them until mixed well.
  6. Set your crockpot to low add the lid and cook for about 8 to 10 hours.
  7. Spoon chili into bowls, or spoon inside of pasture raised hot dogs.
  8. Garnish with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

*For Bacon,I like the Wellshire brand or pasture raised pork from my local farmer

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/09/paleo-slow-cooker-chili/

 

 

Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

The days have been getting hotter and hotter as summer time settles in the California valley, and sometimes those nostalgic summer treats I used to enjoy as a kid are just calling my name and begging to be recreated, you feel me?

My nieces came over yesterday to hang out and both of them follow a modified paleo diet, so I though it would be perfect to have them help me make some ice cream sandwiches. They helped me make the ice cream, which is made mainly from frozen bananas. I tried to make the ice cream easy enough for them to help me with and they did great! If you are following me on the cool new app Periscope you likely saw us make these together live! If you’re not on Periscope yet, download that baby and hop on there! It’s super fun to watch your fave people on social media broadcast live and chat with them!

For the cookie portion, I modified the recipe for my cinnamon raisin cookies I created a few years back and turned them into a chocolate chunk cookie. They turned out SO GOOD!! I need to keep some dough in the freezer on the regular because the cookies alone are AMAZING and I can’t get enough of them! I also made the chocolate chunks from scratch since I don’t really like my store bought options, but to speed up this recipe use something like Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks/Chips (if you tolerate them) or your fave clean chocolate bar and cut up into chunks. Since my chocolate chunks are homemade and more melty, I try to add them a few minuets before taking the cookies out of the oven. If you would like the recipe for my chocolate chunks, leave me a comment below and I’ll add the recipe on here!

(UPDATE: If you would like the recipe for the homemade chocolate chunks, head to my Chocolate Hearts Recipe. This is the same recipe I use to make the chocolate chunks, minus the strawberries and cacao nibs. Just spread out the chocolate mixture in a shallow pan, put in freezer to harden and chop into chunks!)

So on to what you have been waiting for, the recipe!!

Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients

    FOR CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
  • 2 cups almond flour (I used Honeyville)
  • 6 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus a few pinches more if you like a saltier cookie
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of Enjoy life chocolate chunks (or a clean chocolate bar chopped up)
    FOR CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk, or a little more if needed
  • 4 tbsp Cacao powder, use less or more depending on how chocolatey you want it
    FOR VANILLA ICE CREAM
  • 3 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp coconut or almond milk, or a little more if needed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract/seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean

Instructions

    FOR CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA ICE CREAM
  1. Make the ice cream first so it has time to harden (you can make this a day ahead to speed things up).
  2. Cut up 3 ripe bananas and freeze them.
  3. Place frozen bananas in a food processor and blend for a few mins., scraping down sides as needed.
  4. Add coconut/almond milk and blend until it starts to get smooth.
  5. FOR CHOCOLATE- Add your cacao powder and blend until really smooth and no chunks remain.
  6. FOR VANILLA- Add your vanilla extract/vanilla bean seeds and blend until really smooth and no chunks remain
  7. Scoop into a freezer safe bowl, cover and freeze for about an hour or until it hardens up and is thick enough to scoop.
    FOR CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES
  1. While you're waiting for your ice cream to set up, make the cookies.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium bowl add almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt and mix until combined.
  5. In a small bowl add egg, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla and whisk together.
  6. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until thoroughly incorporated and combined.
  7. Add chocolate pieces and gently mix into dough, reserve a few to decorate with later.
  8. Roll dough into equal sized balls, about an inch in diameter and flatten them to about 1/2 inch thickness and place on the baking sheet.
  9. place in the oven for aprox.12-15 mins. or until the center of cookies are no longer completley soft and have browned on top.
  10. Place on a wire rack until cool enough to handle and transfer to the freezer and let harden for about 15-20 mins.
  11. Take cookies and ice cream out of the freezer.
  12. Scoop a good amount of ice cream on to a cookie and top with another cookie. I use my fingers to clean up the edges and smooth them out.
  13. Next you can add extra chocolate chunks around the sides if you like a lot of chocolate.
  14. You can enjoy them as is, or place them back in the freezer til they harden up and ENJOY!
http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/06/chocolate-chunk-ice-cream-sandwiches-chocolate-dairy-free-ice-cream/

Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Avocado prociutto stuffed mushrooms

Are you looking for a delicious appetizer for your Oscars party this weekend?! Well look no further because I’ve got you covered on this one! These earthy little morsels get a facelift in this recipe after you slather them with a healthy dose of olive oil, bake them, stuff them with a creamy avocado filling and add some salty, crunchy prosciutto to the mix! Holy drool!

olive oil mushroom caps

This appetizer packs an amazing punch of flavor and is so cute to boot! Who doesn’t love crispy pork on top of everything? I mean, they even make bacon flavored ice cream because it rocks! Ok, well maybe if you’re Vegan, but even they miss pork because they make bacon flavored coconut and veggies! Once you pop you really cant stop with these babies, but you don’t have to worry because, unlike Pringles, they’re good for you, shhh!

These could also easily be made into a meal by using portobello mushrooms instead of the baby bellas and be equally if not more delicious! So, give them a go and let me know what you think!

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Avocado Prosciutto Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • -8 oz. pack of baby bella mushrooms, stems removed
  • -1 large avocado
  • -1/2 cup baby spinach
  • -2 to 3 pieces of prosciutto
  • -1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • -1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
  • -1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • -1 tablespoon olive oil (for baking mushrooms)
  • -1/2 clove of garlic
  • -2 teaspoons onion powder
  • -1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
  • -1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Fold pieces of prosciutto in half and bake on lined baking sheet for 5 minutes, flip and bake for another 5 minutes on the other side. If it still isn't crispy enough, set oven to broil and cook for an additional minute. Set aside to cool.
  3. Remove mushroom stems. Gently rinse under cool water and pat dry with paper towel. Place mushrooms gill side up on lined baking sheet and use a basting brush to coat caps and sides of mushrooms with olive oil.Sprinkle salt on each mushroom if desired and place into 425 degree oven for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Remove mushrooms from oven and dump out any moisture that collected inside the mushrooms while baking. Gently pat each mushroom dry with a paper towel. Set aside to cool.
  5. Slice avocado and remove pit. place avocado flesh into a high speed blender (I used a vitamix) or food processor along with baby spinach,lemon juice, basil leaves, parsley, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper and blend until smooth.Taste test and adjust flavor as needed.
  6. Crumble your cooled prosciutto into bite sized pieces and sprinkle a tiny inside your mushrooms. Scoop avocado filling mixture into each mushroom topped with more crumbled prosciutto pieces. Garnish with dried cilantro, flavor god everything spice mix and almond flour.
  7. Serve and Devour!

Notes

To make this AIP friendly, omit pepper and almond flour garnish

http://www.paleopaparazzi.com/2015/02/avocado-prosciutto-stuffed-mushrooms/

 

Chocolate Mousse

We all need a sweet treat every now and then and if you’re like me, it tends to be something with chocolate more often than not! At least I know when I am eating this treat, it isn’t going to make me bloat up like a balloon like a serving of jello pudding would. It’s also free of all the nasties that come along with processed food. I use this recipe over and over again because it’s JUST SO GOOD! It would make a perfect spring time dessert like Easter! I served mine in mini cups as it is very rich, a little goes a loooooong way!

Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • -3 large ripe avocados
  • -1 ripe banana
  • -3/4 cup cacao powder
  • -1/2 cup maple syrup (use more or less depending on the level of sweetness you want)
  • -Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Mix the avocado and banana first in a food processor until well blended.
  2. Add in the cacao powder and blend until incorporated.
  3. Add in your sweetener and blend for a few seconds, taste test and add more sweetener until desired sweetness is reached.
  4. Enjoy right away by scooping into small serving dishes and garnish with your favorite toppings, or place in the fridge to let it thicken up for a few hours for a more mousse like consistency!
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I topped mine with coconut cream, chocolate shavings and edible flowers. You could also top with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. This would be fun to layer with cake or a grain free granola too! There are so many things you could do with this creamy delicious chocolate delight! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!