Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Dough Bars

Happy June, friends! Today I’m bringing you a completely paleo, completely flourless, optionally VEGAN…Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Dough Bar. Oh, and the only sugar that comes from these babies is from the banana and the sweet potato! What?!

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Mic drop.

These guys are SO doughy and sweet and yummy and EASY to throw together whenever you feel like it, but I will recommend that they’re perfect in the morning with some tea and yogurt or at night for dessert with coconut milk ice cream!

You only need about 7 ingredients, one bowl, and a smidge of patience to let these guys bake because man are they worth it!

Happy Baking and happy June!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Dough Bars

Serves 9

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Japanese or regular sweet potato, baked, cooled, and mashed
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 inch vanilla bean pod for seeds
  • ½ cup 100% cacao wafers, broken, or your favorite chocolate chip
  • 3 eggs or 3 flax eggs
  • ½ cup melted raw and organic coconut butter
  • ¼ cup melted ghee or coconut oil
  • More ghee or coconut oil for greasing the pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9×9 baking dish.
  2. Mash sweet potato, banana, vanilla bean seeds, and cinnamon together in a large bowl.
  3. Combine eggs, ghee/coconut oil, and coconut butter to the bowl. Stir thoroughly.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into baking dish and bake 35 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

Paleo Strawberry Coconut Bars

Where did springtime go?! I feel like we just skipped to summer in NYC! This warmer weather is definitely making me crave something refreshing and tropical (if I have to be surrounded by concrete buildings, at least I can close my eyes and pretend I’m on a beach haha!).

Enter in these paleo strawberry coconut bars that are just sweet enough from the natural sweetness in the coconut and strawberries, but still allow for all of the flavors to shine through. They taste like a virgin strawberry daiquiri in bar form to me! As soon as they were out of the oven, I topped with a little coconut milk ice cream and coconut flakes, and WOW was this a dream!

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I highly recommend under-baking them too so that they’re a little gooey in the middle. The best part is that these were so easy to throw together! Literally 10 minutes prep time and then 30-35 minutes to bake! I also love how these are vegan-friendly, don’t require nuts (a.k.a. nut-allergy and AIP friendly!), and don’t use any added sweeteners, not even stevia! The entire sweetness comes from the natural sugars found in the sweet potato, strawberries, and coconut! How’s that for cool?

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So let me know what you think below and how they turned out for you! Enjoy this beautiful weather too!

Paleo Strawberry Coconut Bars

Serves 9

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 large Japanese sweet potato, baked, cooled, and skin removed
  • 2 eggs or 2 flax eggs
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup raw organic coconut butter (I like Artisana Organics!), melted
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ inch of a vanilla bean pod seeds
  • Coconut oil for greasing dish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and grease 9×9 baking dish with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mash sweet potato.
  3. Fold in eggs, coconut oil, and coconut butter.
  4. Next, mix in coconut flour, cinnamon, and vanilla bean seeds.
  5. Fold in the sliced strawberries last and pour batter into the baking dish.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool.
  8. Serve with coconut milk ice cream, nut butter, coconut flakes, and more berries!

Paleo Nut-Free Bagels

If you live in New York City, bagels are kind of a hot commodity. Yeah, it meets the stereotype! But since living here, I actually have not had a New York bagel…say what?!

Being gluten-free kinda does that to ya haha! Lately, though, I’ve really been craving them, especially since it’s sandwich-in-the-park weather (it’s a thing, I swear!). So Sunday, I decided enough was enough. I’m going to have a damn bagel!

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But how do I make it not just gluten-free, but paleo as well? And I’m talking my kind of paleo: easy, simple, whole foods that I’ve already got in my kitchen. Not the paleo that uses some abstract superfood ground into a powder that you can only find in the middle of South America and costs a fortune. Yeah, I like my kind of paleo haha!

So if you know me by now, you know my love of all things sweet potato. They’re nutrient dense, satiating, and truth be told, a great substitute for anything with flour. I’m serious. I use sweet potato as the flour for most of my recipes because it gives you that dough texture without having to go out and buy a bunch of expensive organic flours!

Now, I don’t call them “sweet potato bagels” because honestly, I think I’m going to turn everyone away from sweet potatoes if I keep saying that, AND you don’t call traditional banana bread “flour banana bread,” right? So hear me out. Swap in your sweet p (Japanese, Hannah, jewel, stoke…you name it!) for flour and thank me later 😉

I don’t know about you but I’m getting the lox and cream cheese ready!

Paleo Nut-Free Bagels

Makes 6 halves, 3 whole bagels

Ingredients:

  • 1 extra large Japanese sweet potato, baked, cooled, and skin removed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (or any flour you have on hand)
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. In a large bowl, mash sweet potato.
  3. Add in eggs, flour, sea salt and pepper and combine thoroughly.
  4. Take a small handful and form into a small dough ball, sticking your thumb through the middle to create a hole.
  5. Place on the baking sheet and repeat for the remaining dough.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 30 min.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool, then serve with your favorite spreads!

Paleo Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Decided to whip up a classic recipe over the weekend because who could ever turn down a classic? That’s why it’s CLASSIC, right? *hums “Baby You’re So Classic” to self*

I’m sharing these paleo, no-added-sugar, nut-free, flourless SEA SALT CHOCOLATE CHIP cookies with you today because they will knock your old cookie recipe off the plate! I swear, biting into these felt like I was transported back to childhood with a big glass of milk in front of me for dipping. Now that scene is a little bit different (I swapped in almond and coconut milk instead haha!), but it tastes just the same. You’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a cookie made with flours versus a cookie made with plants!

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Peep the recipe below and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

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Paleo Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves 10-15

Ingredients:

  • 1 large white sweet potato, baked, cooled, and skin removed
  • 2 organic, pastured eggs
  • ½ inch vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped (or 1 tsp vanilla extract…but this tastes better!)
  • ¼ cup melted ghee
  • ¼ cup melted coconut butter
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup Imlak’esh 100% cacao wafers (or your favorite chocolate chip!)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (plus more for topping!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash white sweet potato
  3. Add in eggs, cinnamon, vanilla been seeds, and sea salt, mixing until well combined
  4. Pour melted ghee and coconut butter into the bowl and mix until completely combined
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. With clean hands, form about a tbsp. per ball and place on the baking sheet, giving them enough room to expand
  7. Sprinkle with sea salt
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven, cool, and enjoy!

Paleo Brownie Sweet Potato Loaf

So I did this thing where I took my absolute FAVORITE recipe of mine and I made it again…in loaf form!

Cue the slow jams because this baby is so freaking good, you’re going to want to savor every bite!

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It’s also completely flourless (read: no fancy shmancy flours required), and you most likely have all of the ingredients on hand so this recipe is easy peasy 😉 There’s a reason why I make this every single week as a part of my meal prep: it’s just so dang GOOD!

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Check out the recipe below, and let me know what you think J

Happy Baking!

Brownie Sweet Potato Loaf

Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 2 large white sweet potato, baked and skin removed
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vanilla ghee, melted (I love Fourth & Heart! You can also sub in regular ghee or coconut oil and add vanilla powder or scraped vanilla beans)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder (I love Imlak’esh!)
  • ½ cup raw or roasted coconut butter, melted (I love Artisana Organics, but you can also sub in a nut butter)
  • 1 bar of your favorite dark chocolate (I love Imlak’esh’s cacao wafers)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and grease a 9×4 loaf pan with ghee or coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mash sweet potato.
  3. Pour in eggs, ghee, and coconut butter, and mash to combine.
  4. Add in cinnamon and cacao, mash to combine.
  5. Once the batter is completely mixed, break up the chocolate wafers and fold in the chunks.
  6. Pour batter into the loaf pan and place in the oven.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Remove and let cool before serving.

 

 

Paleo Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Nothing beats the smell of banana bread right? I’ll be honest though, sometimes I have absolutely no desire for the mess and process of baking, and I really just want the yummy taste paired with the sweet aroma…I can be lazy too, ya know!

That’s how I was feeling last weekend! I had the completely browned bananas, all of the ingredients, and the tools, but I wasn’t about to go dirty more pots and pans (Sundays are my recipe testing days, and I had already been through a load of recipes haha!).

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That’s when I realized I had the Birch Bender’s Paleo Banana Pancake & Waffle mix on hand! Let me tell you, this mix has more uses than just for a flapjacks morning! And because I’m a choco-holic, I decided to spin the mix to make it feel more homemade!

So I present to you Paleo Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins!

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Ooey, gooey, and so freaking easy, it’s almost unfair! All you need is:

Birch Bende’s Paleo Banana Pancake Mix

Cacao Powder

Cacao Nibs

Water

Ripe Banana

That’s it! How easy is that? Plus it’s all one in under 30 minutes too! Not bad, huh?

Check out the recipe below, and happy baking!

Paleo Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Makes 6 bakery-style muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups Birch Bender’s Paleo Banana Mix
  • 1 ripe banana (use half for the mix and half to top)
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • ½ cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large 6-muffin tin with muffin cups
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together banana mix and cacao powder
  3. Next, add in mashed banana and water. Stir until well combined
  4. Fold in cacao nibs
  5. Pour about ¼ cup of the mix into each tin
  6. Top each muffin with a banana coin
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean
  8. Remove from oven, cool, and drizzle with almond butter, more cacao nibs, or coconut flakes!
  9. Enjoy!

Paleo Coconut Cake

Easter is quickly approaching, and I have just the recipe for you 🙂

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Paleo Coconut Cake with Paleo Sugar-Free Coconut Frosting! In fact, this whole cake is low sugar…seriously. I used cinnamon to sweeten the entire thing, but you can definitely throw in a teaspoon of ground stevia leaf or a tablespoon or two of maple syrup if you need!

This cake is so easy to make, and was adapted from Primal Palate’s Paleo Coconut Cake. I’ll provide my swaps below, but check out their full recipe on their blog! However, I did make my own coconut frosting, and let me tell you, it is LEGIT!

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Sweet, moist (sorry, but it’s true!), dense, and delicious as ever, you’re going to want to make this cake stat!

Paleo Coconut Cake with Paleo Sugar-Free Coconut Frosting

Serves 12

Cake alterations:

  • Added 2 tsp cinnamon in place of maple syrup
  • Added ¼ cup melted vanilla ghee
  • Used 1 cup coconut flour instead of ¾ cup

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic full fat coconut milk (try to find one without guar gum)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp melted vanilla ghee
  • Optional: 1 tsp ground green leaf stevia or 1 tbsp maple syrup

Frosting Directions:

  1. Flip coconut milk can over (before opening) and place in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes, while coconut cake is baking. This allows the fat to harden in its place.
  2. Remove the can from the fridge and flip over. Open with a can opener on top (should be flipped back to the top) and drain out all of the coconut water.
  3. Place the coconut fat, along with cinnamon, ghee, and optional stevia/maple syrup into a medium mixing bowl and beat on medium-high until fully combined.
  4. Keep in the fridge until ready to frost, when the cake has completely cooled (or else it melts!).
  5. Top with coconut flakes, and enjoy!