Taking inspiration from our Paleolithic­ era, hunter­ gatherer ancestors, the modern paleo template centers around eating plenty of meat and vegetables while avoiding dairy, grains, refined sugar, alcohol, and more—processed foods that, as a result of organized agriculture, were introduced to human diets after the Paleolithic period. The chart below summarizes the essence of the paleo diet.
If you’re craving toast or bread, you probably need more nitrogen. You can get that from high protein meats and fish. Don’t think of meat as a “snack”? Make some jerky. Even if you don’t have a dehydrator you can still make jerky. All you need to make jerky is a bit of time, some mild heat, and a dry environment. If you’ve been buying jerky, save yourself some loads of cash and make it yourself!
Sure, there's a bit of debate as to whether true Paleo-ers can have foods like chocolate (which is made with milk solids and sugar). As articulated on Paleo Leap, an online resource for all things Paleo, "In the true sense of whether our Paleolithic ancestors enjoyed [foods like chocolate], the answer is almost always no, but the real question we should ask ourselves is whether they are healthy when consumed in moderation." In essence, it's up to the individual to decide whether or not to include chocolate in their nutritional regime. Paleo-ers who do say yes to chocolate often choose the dark variety -- it tends to be less processed and lower in sugar.
Oils are trickier. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., founder of The Paleo Diet Movement, breaks down which oils are healthy on the paleo diet: olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado and coconut oils are all allowed because they were gathered directly from the plant. While our hunter-gatherer ancestors probably did not consume flaxseed oil, it is allowed because of its content of high alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq0Ix-Vfoww

I made your cookies and they are great!!! I have been trying different recipes and none of them were just right for me. I did everything by the recipe except one item. When I placed them in the fridge – I decided to try rolling them into a log so that I could just slice and bake and for me – they turned out great and that was so easy to do. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKV90Cs311I
it is rediculous that a “paloe” diet allows stevia, baked goods, Coconut flour , other flowers but claims that grains wouldnt have been ground….so seeds but not grain flowers????? sure…cutting out unhealthy gluten enriched and chemically affected wheat not good for any, processd foods never good but to encourage increased animal protein consumption is just irresponsible
[…] I don't like the word "diet", so I'll say that this is more a way of changing what you eat long-term. It's all based around what our ancestor hunter-gatherers would have eaten, and what we've evolved to be able to process and absorb. The very basic level of it, is that you don't eat carbohydrates, processed meats or sugars, and cut out dairy products. You instead eat plenty of fresh meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts. You can still have oil, provided it's natural – so coconut, peanut & olive oil are all good. The good thing is that you're also allowed to take this to your own level – so if you want a couple of days off a week – say, weekends, you can do it & it will still be a lot healthier for you. This is a really helpful site I've used to make a note on my shopping list of what's allowed: The Ultimate Paleo Diet Food List | Ultimate Paleo Guide […]
Sunflower seed flour is a good replacement for almond flour if he can have seeds, and if you don’t mind it turning slightly green if you’re mixing it in with either baking soda or baking powder, I forget which one. It’s a 1:1 ratio too so you just measure out the same as it calls for with the almond flour. It’s not cheap to buy so I’d recommend learning how to make your own for a fraction of the cost.
I have made this recipe a handful of times now. I use agave instead of honey and put a scoop of my protein powder in them (I have a super hard time getting my daily needs in through food alone). They’re awesome! And Beverly…you’re a nutcase. Kids grow up with a better head on their shoulders when they aren’t cottled in to oblivion like I am sure, sadly, your child is.

Natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol have been extensively studied and don’t impose health risks. Allulose and yacon syrup also appear to be safe according to research studies. Primal (and some paleo adherents’) cooking and baking incorporate them as well as small doses of monk fruit, coconut sugar, maple syrup and wild honey. That said, it’s best to let your taste buds adapt to the natural sweetness and flavor of whole foods. Use these more Primal or paleo friendly very sparingly.
Protein is one of the staple sources of energy on the paleo diet. In fact, it’s likely that meat was the first food that our ancestors ate and, as such, our bodies are primed to run well on it. With a high protein content, moderate to high fat content, low or no carbs and a range of vitamins and minerals to boot, eating plenty of meat is a great way to gain or maintain lean muscle mass, boost your metabolism and make sure that you stay full between meals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jh5J8BCUks
Taking inspiration from our Paleolithic­ era, hunter­ gatherer ancestors, the modern paleo template centers around eating plenty of meat and vegetables while avoiding dairy, grains, refined sugar, alcohol, and more—processed foods that, as a result of organized agriculture, were introduced to human diets after the Paleolithic period. The chart below summarizes the essence of the paleo diet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhW4Cg7Yfuw

There are a lot of errant assumptions with respect to our past. I cringe when I hear “cave man” I think historically only a very small number of humans would have lived in caves… but caves leave evidence behind much better than grasslands do. We probably lived in caves at similar rates to chimps and gorillas today–just a few percent of the population. Milk: Food for infants but not juveniles and adults… evolution gives infants lactase enzyme and casein (opioid-like proteins) to keep them feeding but likely also discourages the juveniles and adult mammals from feeding on milk since they could out compete the infant–enter necessary lactose intolerance and milk protein allergies/sensitivities for the adults of most mammal species (If the older members of the species drink the milk then baby dies and species goes extinct) Nature engineers a solution and consequently human milk is good for a human baby-not adult, bovine milk good for a bovine baby-not adult etc. This engineered solution then plays out it’s subtle consequences over the lifetime of the human that consumes the bovine secretion (even if they’re not lactose intolerant)
Get rid of the temptation – if you’re gonna go at this thing with a full head of steam, remove all the junk food from your house.  It’s going to take a few weeks for your body to adjust to burning fat instead of glucose, and you might want to eat poorly here and there. If there’s no food in your house to tempt you, it will be much easier to stay on target.
We’ve made these a couple times now and the 2nd time they were amazing!! The first time, I tasked my daughter, a self-proclaimed baker, with making them. We didn’t have any eggs in the house so I made an egg replacement using flax/water. She thought she was using parchment paper but actually used wax paper to line the pan. OOPS!! So the 1st batch were a flop. Definitely stick with making them SMALL!! She opted for large cookies and they spread out to cover almost the entire cookie sheet. So the next time, I made them myself with an egg, parchment paper, and kept them small. Like I said, they were amazing!! I’m low carving, so I used Xylitol as my sweetener and didn’t use quite as much as the recipe called for simply because I prefer things a little less sweet these days–I’m turning into my Grandma! When I was in my teens she suggested not adding as much sugar as recipes called for (Grandpa was diabetic at that point) and I thought she was crazy. Now I’m in my 40s and my taste buds have totally changed. But anyway! Thanks so much for a delicious recipe! They definitely hit the sweet spot of my craving! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pN4G7rITNE
Amanda -I haven’t ever tried them with less baking soda, but you might be able to give it a try. Baking soda often helps cookies spread (baking powder often “puffs,” baking soda often “spreads”), so you’d probably have some spread differences. If they spread too much, you can head this off by adding an additional 1-2 Tbsp of flour to the batter. If they don’t spread, you might be able to use less flour to offset the problem. Again, I don’t know for sure since I haven’t tested them with less baking soda, but I’d love to know what you think if you give them a try. (I just know how expensive paleo baking ingredients are, so I’d hate for you to have to waste any!)
Legumes – beans, lentils, chickpeas and so on. Cashews are not legumes! There are some debates over whether some legumes are safe to consume in moderation, if prepared properly (soaked for 12 hours and then cooked really well to remove the phytic acid and make them easier to digest). You can read this article by Dr. Chris Kresser and this article by Dr. Loren Cordain and make up your own mind like we do. We include green beans and peas but avoid the rest.
When we go to the movies, I find myself always bringing healthier snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in awhile we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies. Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy and full of melted dark chocolate puddles.
This is a list of paleo diet meats allowed on the diet. Almost all meats are paleo by definition. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from highly processed meats and meats that are very high in fat (stuff like spam, hot dogs, and other low-quality meats), but if it used to moo, oink, or make some other sound, it’s almost certainly paleo (and, yes, that means you can still have bacon). Here’s the full list of paleo diet meats.

The key difference is fruit is allowed in paleo and some high GI vegetables like Beets/ carrots / sweet potato which are not allowed in the diabetic diet as the sugar from these releases to quickly into the blood stream for it to be controlled (in terms of sweet potato its release into the blood is the same as a potato so interesting to see it allowed in paleo)


Healthy granola is hard to find because most supermarket options are loaded with sugars and unnatural additives, not to mention grains and oats that make them Paleo-unfriendly. Unlike your typical granola, Purely Elizabeth is grain- and oat-free, plus it’s low-sugar. The low-carb granola clusters are perfect for the Paleo diet because they’re high in protein, thanks to cashews, dried coconut flakes, seeds, and cashew butter. The grain-free granola comes in two different flavors—banana nut butter and coconut cashew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzXJvzIe6bw

With seafood, wild and sustainably caught is always best, as is sourcing your seafood from areas that are less likely to suffer from pollution and heavy metal contamination. Generally speaking, larger predatory fish are more likely to have higher levels of heavy metals than smaller fish and mollusks. It’s not a reason to avoid larger fish entirely, but it’s good to balance intake between larger and smaller fish varieties if you’re concerned about pollution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBb060OPegg


I’m back with another copy-cat recipe. I didn’t realize I was on a roll with them until I was editing these pictures and got thinking about the Paleo Brownie Brittle Bark and the Paleo Samoa Cookie Bars. <—- check them out if you haven’t already! These cookies are inspired by the peanut butter cookie with the peanut butter filling. I used almond butter instead, of course, and they came out so good. It’s kind of crazy how much they taste like peanut butter cookies. I do realize it’s a little ironic the my almond butter cookies are shaped like a peanut 😉 You don’t have to make them peanut shape if you don’t want. I’m sure they would work great as circle cookies as well.
Wheat / sugar and simple carbs – have another effect apart from the inflammation effects called out by Paleo – that the carb is so simple it gets converted to glucose / sugar in your mouth by your saliva and continues that rapid absorption into the bloodstream. For those of us who are diabetics we have to take insulin to lower our blood sugar, for non diabetics the body releases a load of insulin quickly (which is also an irritant). too much glucose in the blood is what causes all of the complications for diabetics which are all associate with damage to blood vessels / organs / nerves by the glucose in the blood. Studies are showing that even non diabetics are getting the same damage in smaller doses over longer period (leads to heart attacks)
The hypocritical nature of this diet is out of control. I get it, grains do make people fat. That’s why in a natural cycle they appear at the end of summer and let animals fatten up for the winter. But to rule out foods simply because our ancestors did not eat them is ridiculous. By this rule tomatoes, squash, peppers, avocados, quinoa, and let’s not forget COFFEE and CHOCOLATE were not around during the evolutionary period because they are all new world foods and humans did not make they’re way over here until much later (and anyone of European decent only the last couple hundred years). This is an Atkins diet, plain and simple, repackaged for the modern age. Don’t get me wrong- I totally believe it’s a better way of eating, but the pitch is just ridiculous. Our ancestors also did not use cell phones, drive cars, and use complicated medical technology that has lengthened the lifespan of human 4-5 times the years they lived.
It’s a great plan to have an emergency Paleo kit in your desk at work. This way whether your caught sort, or don’t have time for lunch, you always have a fast Paleo snack at your fingertips. If you’re buying pre packages tins and packets, make sure you check the ingredients and get the best quality available. These options should store and keep well for a while in your desk; perfect for an emergency stash! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKDQrFUQB88
Thank you for being available for questions. I eat an already limited diet. Celiac and Dairy free for over 6 years. I have food intolerance to broccoli, cauliflower, onions, beans, peas and cabbage. My intolerance also extends to any kind of nuts or seeds. I’m struggling to eat enough. I average 1000 calories a day. I’m gaining weight rapidly and would value an opinion to how this way of eating could help me.
Thanks for the suggestions! We loved these so I plan to make another batch and I’ll experiment with the soda. I think I am just sensitive to that taste so pick it up, my husband didn’t at all. Today it was gone so that might be my answer to all things with soda, just wait overnight. Although that will be hard…I tend to try one or three as soon as they are cool enough to hold. I’m trying your double chocolate cookies tomorrow! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og2X4Tb6LdE
Also Dairy, an article was published in “Nature” magazine a few years ago, and then later on in other magazines, stated with the latest DNA Technology, and other fancy stuff, they’ve managed to solve a mystery, about a 9.000 year old “Bathtub” kinda looking thing, with small holes in the bottom, which showed that they did consume Dairy, as the “Tub” was to drain of “Lactose”, so they made Cheese!

The hypocritical nature of this diet is out of control. I get it, grains do make people fat. That’s why in a natural cycle they appear at the end of summer and let animals fatten up for the winter. But to rule out foods simply because our ancestors did not eat them is ridiculous. By this rule tomatoes, squash, peppers, avocados, quinoa, and let’s not forget COFFEE and CHOCOLATE were not around during the evolutionary period because they are all new world foods and humans did not make they’re way over here until much later (and anyone of European decent only the last couple hundred years). This is an Atkins diet, plain and simple, repackaged for the modern age. Don’t get me wrong- I totally believe it’s a better way of eating, but the pitch is just ridiculous. Our ancestors also did not use cell phones, drive cars, and use complicated medical technology that has lengthened the lifespan of human 4-5 times the years they lived. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSvXnAYW4Tg


When it comes to selecting the best fats to include in your paleo diet, almost any natural source is acceptable. This includes refined animal fats (choose naturally-raised, organic varieties), nuts oils (except for peanut which isn’t a nut), avocados and all parts of the coconut. Always avoid processed fats that contain harmful trans fats and try to ensure that you’re consuming a good balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids to minimize inflammation within your body. To help you to do this, avoid seed oils such as canola, soybean and vegetables oils and include fatty fish in your diet regularly.

Just wanted to make sure you’re chilling the dough to make sure it’s very cold and also make sure your pan is cold. If I use two cookie sheets, I eat bwttwre results between batches rather than putting room temp dough on a warm cookie sheet. Take out when baked, the use parchment paper so you can quickly transfer the cookies on top of a cold granite counter top. That’s how mine come out perfect.
Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! My 5 year old son eats Paleo for medical reasons and he’s been going crazy for a cookie! I’ve made some other paleo sweets, none of which have been well received. He was so excited to help me make them and even more excited to help eat them! He ate 2 after they cooled and is already asking for another after dinner. My 7 year old, extremely picky daughter also loved them. Instead of butter we used organic coconut palm shortening and they came absolutely perfect! Thank you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEOLZpj1G8g

Thank you for posting this! I have been practicing the paleo diet on and off for a few months and getting little cravings in between is hard because I know I can’t eat junk. This saves a lot of time and energy and I feel better knowing there are fun and easy paleo snacks to make without breaking your diet! Do you have any other ideas that may be easy and quick to make to save time and energy? Thanks :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj4NJ6v-7A4
I did notice if you let them sit they did appear to have that same “look” however I also realized they are a softer cookie. I had a handful of people try them and all but one could not tell they were not your “typical” chocolate chip cookie. If I wouldn’t have told the one they were grain free/dairy free they would have been on board with the rest. I am very pleased with this recipe and although I commented on the issues I had, I would make these again and again! I was looking for a perfect Paleo snack and I think I may have found it. Thank you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VExW4SNt3Ko
Take 30 days and give it a shot – cut out the grains and dairy, start eating more vegetables and fruits, eat more humanely raised and non-grain fed meat, cut out the liquid calories and sugar, and see how you feel after the month is up. If you’re analytical and want numbers to use in your final verdict, get your blood work done at the beginning and end of the month.

Where do I get a complete list of foods I can eat with Paleo diet? Naturally, I am a skinny person. With this diet, I lost way more than I want. Please, help me how I can gain some weight without grains and starch? I don’t think it is good to eat more than a few fruits a day because of fructose and according to the Paleo answer book, nuts, beef and sea foods have high AGE level, but I still eat fish especially salmon and lamb.


Maroon: White Sweet Potato – Blackberries – Raspberries – Lemon Juice – Coconut Butter – Pink: Strawberries – Orange: Carrots – Oranges – Orange Sweet Potato – Yellow: Parsnips – Lemon – Green: Spinach – Pears – Kiwis – Peas – Avocado – Indigo: Blueberries – Vanilla – Burgundy: Beets – Cherries – Vitamix 750 – Nesco Food Dehydrator – Excalibur Food Dehydrator
With grains excluded from the Paleo diet, nuts and seeds are popular replacements in Paleo versions of bread, cereals, pies, cakes and other baked goods. They form the basis of many dairy-free milks, flours and nut butters. They’re also incredibly popular and sustaining snacks and salad toppings. While nuts open up a range of previously non-Paleo offerings, they’re nevertheless high in calories and undesirable phytic acid. Consume them mindfully.
Unless you drink extremely much, you always gotta remember, that your Liver keeps repairing itself, it is quite a magical Organ! Fructose is hard on the Liver as well… In the end, i’ve heard about people with Cirrhosis Liver, who never Drinks, just like i hear about people with Lung Cancer, who never Smoked!!! Everything is not always what it seems, just use your best judgement 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_gwVHWIsoA
I have been following the paleo diet for about 2 weeks now. The first week i did gain weight , but it was my body bloating. it was in complete shock of the drastic change i made. I was eating fast food once to twice A DAY, i know gross right???!!! anyways I have now been since the pounds drop, but in a healthy manner. Im loving this lifestyle and I highly recommend you give it more time = ] hope this helps! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xblDaUVq55s
Fasting for a predetermined period of time, shortening the eating window. Popular IF protocols include daily 16 hour fasts with 8 hour feeding windows, or weekly 24 hour fasts. Less of a “diet,” more of a philosophy. You can combine damn near any diet with a practice of intermittent fasting, be it Paleo, Primal, vegan, vegetarian, Bulletproof, Standard American, or anything between. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWK8Q6VG20o
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