Hi Steve, coconut flour absolutely will not work here because it’s 3x more absorbent than almond flour. You only want to use coconut flour in recipes that call for it because it performs so uniquely. If you had to use coconut flour, you would want to use 1/3 of the amount, but I would recommend using my coconut flour chocolate chip cookies instead, which have been formulated specifically to use that kind of flour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po3If8ARqDQ
We love nuts and they are decidedly paleo diet friendly. Be careful though, as cashews are high in fat and, for some reason, it’s incredibly easy to eat an entire jar of them in one sitting (that’s not just us, is it?). If you’re trying to lose weight, limit the amount of nuts you’re consuming. Otherwise, have at it. I mean, you can’t beat a good almond/pecan/walnut mix, can you? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JMPLMKoDMA
So grains aren‘t allowed in the paleo diet but seeds are allowed. Grains are seeds. Also I doubt whether the ancestors of Europeans ever ate bananas or sweet potatoes. Some people do have problems after eating dairy products and gluten and too many carbs and too much sugar especially. But eliminating foods just because they are fairly new to our diets doesn‘t make sense. Some new foods are much better tolerated than others. A low carb diet is good for decreasing insulin resistance and a paleo diet would most likely be a lower carb diet than a diet containing lots of grains and refined sugars. So a paleo diet may also be good for decreasing insulin resistance. But it might not be superior to a low grain and low refined sugar diet. There‘s a lot we don‘t know and there are individual differences in food tolerances. Personaly I‘m just experimenting to see what diet works best for me. Grains and sweet potatoes seem to make my health worse. But maybe smaller amounts of both would be ok. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D85tDRhO1Ow
I believe in parchment paper. It’s a DREAM for clean up and prevents burning. I hardly ever bake without it, and these ginger cookies are no exception. Some ginger cookies have a tendency to scorch on the bottom, and I’ve found that a light-colored baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a silicone baking mat) is a fail proof plan for perfectly baked ginger cookies. (I think even Ina would approve.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBt-yRHqajM
My first trick is the combination of flours. The texture is just right, thanks to a blend of almond flour and arrowroot (or tapioca starch). The starchy arrowroot keeps them light and crisp, while the almond flour helps them turn golden and gives them enough body. I love that they fill my house with notes of molasses and zingy ginger. Plus, they freeze like a dream, so you can always bake them ahead of time and pull them out when needed. (Like, every night after you tuck your kids in bed, for instance). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr9Ogyiw4AA
Making these…again!! This time I added shredded coconut. I waited until the cookies were on the sheet and pressed in about 3 cranberries and 3 chocolate chips each per cookie just to make sure they were a little lighter on the chocolate as I keep making these repeatedly for my 2 year old. Sneaky! Also my batter looked a tiny bit on the wet side so I just sprinkled in a few spoonfuls of coconut flour to get them to be the right consistency. Sometimes you just have to tweak any recipe on any given time to make it right.
Your Vitality.  Even healthy individuals (without disease or in their later stages of life) have shown benefits from following a Paleo template. A study of 14 healthy volunteers (Österdahl et al, 2008) found that all participants experienced enhanced blood sugar regulation, an increase in vitamin and mineral status, decreased inflammation and weight, and lowered blood pressure.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEWaInxB4aI

Another fad which will die off soon. If you want a lean, fit body just go out more and start moving. Sitting behind a computer 10 hours a day will not make you lean no matter what you eat. Cavemen didn’t have ipads and tvs and internets. They went out and fought for food, constantly on the move. They slept on bed of rocks, they walked miles and miles everyday. Compare them with us now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ery6ez2M7aw
Just like us, our ancestors couldn’t resist the smell of roasting pork so it’s also on the paleo menu. Containing all-important muscle building protein with energy-filled fat, pork is also rich in the B vitamins, niacin, phosphorus and selenium which all contribute to keeping your body functioning well from the inside out. Naturally cured bacon is generally okay too. Just be wary of processed pork products that are infused with harmful chemicals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-i2oZWK2pM
Juli, I made 5 of your recipes on Sunday. They were all wonderful. On the triple protein burgers I substituted Spicy Italian Sausage for the hot dogs. WOW!!!!! It was awesome….so was the Avocado Chorizo Sweet Potato Skins….that is now my favorite sweet potato recipe! When is the next cookbook coming out? Your first one is being delivered tomorrow…..your favorite recipe?

I just made these not even 20 minutes ago and they were DELICIOUS. It’s the first time I have ever baked paleo cookies and they came out great. I had to bake them a little longer because instead of putting them on parchment I put them in mini cupcake tins to make them into little portable bite sized snacks I added unsweetened coconut flakes to it because I love coconut flakes. All in all, great and super easy recipe! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGuSj4IEdks


Larabar is another bar made from simple ingredients but also higher in the sugar department. That’s because the sugar is the all-natural kind from dates. The other ingredients are just as simple: almonds, unsweetened apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon—super clean and also incredibly tasty. We recommend these before a workout when your body needs more simple carbohydrates for quick energy.

That means eating meat and animal products from animals raised in the most natural (or wild) conditions, eating plenty of varied vegetables and smaller amounts of fruit, nuts and seeds, and not being shy in adding generous amounts of healthy, stable fats to our fresh meats and produce. It also means staying away from grains, processed foods, and compounds that have been modified beyond recognition.


Bell peppers are a member of the nightshade family and although some people don’t tolerate digesting them well, they are considered paleo as most people don’t experience any ill effects and only benefit from their high nutrient content. Enjoy these vitamin C loaded vegetables raw or add them to meals for the disease protecting, anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin A, E and potassium content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XhOJ-Y6zNQ

I have started this diet based on “Paleo Diet for Athletes”. I am 193 lbs as of right now but at my fittest (before hip surgery last year) I was a lean 175 and wish to get back around that weight. I do crossfit 4-5 times per week with accessory work at home. The macros I follow every day are 175 protein/89 Fat/125 carbs. Do you feel these are the correct macros for my goal?
You’re likely having these negative reactions to wheat products, which hide in many different pre-made foods, especially vegetarian foods. Try reducing the number of different ingredients you consume on a daily basis. For example, eat whole fruits and veggies you bought and chopped up yourself, raw nuts (not legumes), organic eggs, and don’t be afraid to try eating free range chicken breasts and grass fed cow meat for a 30 day health experiment. Use healthy oils like olive oil or coconut oil to cook meat and make salad dressings. And check pills, cleaning products, makeup and lotion for wheat based products as well, to eliminate them from your routine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYUx8rBOK-0

Because this diet plan relies heavily on meat you’ll be getting a fair amount of protein to feed your muscles. This helps to promote a leaner physique, and can even help with muscle growth if you engage in weightlifting while on it. When you consider the physique of Stone Age man they didn’t really have a lot of excess baggage in the form of a lot of fat and underdeveloped muscles. They were lean, mean, sabretooth tiger battling machines, and this sort of efficient physique still helps out in our modern world. With a leaner body structure you’ll be able to better handle life’s challenges, including the stresses that occur with a busy 21st century lifestyle.

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)


Hello. This was my first time making a paleo/gf cookie. They came out pretty tasty but are a little too coconut-y for my liking (I think maybe I used too much coconut oil, which I will adjust next time). However, something might have been off with my dough overall b/c it was brown in color, not light like yours. Maybe I just need to use a little more almond flour & a little less coconut sugar, but I welcome any thoughts/suggestions you have. I will definitely be trying again. Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9nD6DEQ1-U


Despite the limited number of categories in this Paleo diet food list, there really is an abundance of things you can eat! Simply put, to avoid confusion, the next time you are making out your Paleo shopping list, avoid processed foods and unpronounceable ingredients. Steer clear of sugar, grains, and high-sugar products. In other words, think like a caveman. (See also How to Customize A Diet Plan to Meet Your Specific Needs.)

You’ve probably seen plantains at the grocery store; they look like funny bananas. But if you haven’t cooked them yet, you’re in for a treat. My favorite way is this one: slice ’em, fry ’em in coconut oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. They make a sweet alternative to potato chips, but also go really well with main dishes if you need them to do double duty.
These are great! I do a lot of gf baking but usually use a gf flour mix (like Bob’s) so was curious about how these would be. Love them. Not too sweet (like so many desserts are) but definitely sweet enough. I used 1/2 butter and 1/2 coconut oil (because I like the richness butter adds, and was low on coconut oil) and texture was perfect (I love that they aren’t greasy like a lot of choc chip cookies.) And I doubled the recipe because when I make cookies I like to have lots! Toddler approved:-)
The upside – and the easy part – is that replacement ingredients can actually produce an easier, more allergy-friendly paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe. Because you’re using melted coconut oil and liquid sweetener (maple syrup), there is no way to cream the fat and sweetener together the way you would as the base of conventional cookie dough. So, the paleo cookies actually require less prep time, less equipment, and fewer dishes.
The perfect cookie for a winter themed, “Frozen” themed or even a Christmas party. Kids love them, especially little girls that love the movie “Frozen”. They are made with only a few ingredients so they are pretty easy to make. I made mine by using a piping bag and a large star tip so you don’t need a cookie press unless you already have one or want to buy one. They are like a crisp butter cookie with almost a shortbread texture. The coconut palm sugar is the only sweetener that will achieve a crisp cookie. So don’t try to replace it with Honey or Maple Syrup.
Place the chocolate shards into a glass mixing bowl. You have two options for melting the chocolate: use a double boiler or a microwave. Most folks don’t own a double boiler, but you can make your own by grabbing a metal or glass bowl that fits snugly in a medium saucepan. Fill the saucepan with about two inches of water and bring it to a simmer. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure that the water never touches the bottom of the bowl. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=631-s67CsyU
Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn’t make you fat; carbs do (and the Standard American Diet contains a ton of them!). Natural oils and fats are your body’s preferred sources of creating energy, so it’s best to give your body what it’s asking for. The following are some of the best types of paleo diet oils and fats that you can give your body if you’re in need of some additional energy.

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
These were awesome! Thank you Monique for the great recipe. I love that they are a nice treat but fill you up so you can have them as a decent snack. I popped one before my workout yesterday morning and it was perfect. I couldn’t get over how great the texture turned out. You must have tested them a lot to get the texture so perfect. Love what you do! Keep’em coming 🙂

These tomatoes are filled with the irresistible taste of buffalo chicken. Even though chicken wings are easy to make on the Paleo diet, it’s still a good idea to even them out by eating a vegetable along with them. Here you can get the taste of buffalo wings but in bite size form, with no bones, and no need to supplement it because the tomato has you covered. Plus you’re getting all of the benefits that come from eating tomatoes, and this snack will hold you over for quite some time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuh1u9cxx0U


In the long term, you have to be sure you’re getting calcium and other nutrients you’re missing by not having dairy products and certain grains. Some paleo-approved foods, such as salmon and spinach, contain calcium, so you have to be sure you’re including them in your diet. It would be a good idea to check with a registered dietitian, too, to make sure you’re meeting your calcium and other nutrient needs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpEgD1Qstko
Much better than expected! I had to use honey instead of maple syrup (I was out)… And I wasn’t sure they were going to turn out well – the batter was super crumbly, so I added 2 more tbsp of coconut oil and then using a cookie scoop, I mashed the batter into it to make rounded balls. The ones I mashed in like that didn’t crumble when they came out of the oven – they stuck together well.
Can we all just agree right now that snacks are the best? Knowing I have a delicious and satisfying snack in my bag just makes me feel better about life, ya know? When it comes to being healthy though, the quality of the snacks you rely on matter. I think we all know there’s a big difference between a bag of Doritos and a bag of healthy jerky when you’re stuck somewhere and hungry. Relying on process and full of garbage snacks every time you find yourself away from your kitchen can be a major hit to your health goals. So what’s a snack-lovin’ girl to do?
I’m new to Diabetes, my blood sugar is 16 , I’m on metformin but haven’t been given a diet plan but am following a mix of Paleo ( but with some low fat dairy asi am vegetarian) and no fruit at all . What are low GI vegetables please- I mainly eat cauliflower, broccoli, okra . No potatoes , yam butternut squash at all as my blood sugar is not stable.

This recipe makes soft, cakey cookies that are also hearty! They held up very well in the freezer! They’re great to have on hand for the mornings when you don’t have the brain power to think about breakfast. You can just pull some out of the freezer, heat in the microwave for about 1 minute, and have a healthy delicious breakfast you and your kids will love!


These fig bars have a lot going on, and your taste buds are sure to thank you for such a nice midday treat. At the same time they are loaded with healthy things like apples, peaches, and the figs themselves. They’ve removed any trace of grains, and are using coconut flour to put them into bar form, with just the right amount of honey to make these sweet but not overly so. The use of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger really balances out the flavor profile for these, and you can eat them between breakfast and lunch, or between lunch and dinner so they’re very good to have handy.
Bell peppers are a member of the nightshade family and although some people don’t tolerate digesting them well, they are considered paleo as most people don’t experience any ill effects and only benefit from their high nutrient content. Enjoy these vitamin C loaded vegetables raw or add them to meals for the disease protecting, anti-inflammatory effects of vitamin A, E and potassium content. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3tXE5vqisA
Eat what you want and move? Really? McD’s? Wendy’s? Foods filled with pesticides? GMO? Our body is NOT made to metabolize genetically modified foods or any of the pesticides Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont are putting in their crops to control the world’s food supply. Think for one second how many women have had difficulties conceiving without IVF or any other types of procedures. Erectile dysfunction or depleted sperm count… all that since the 70′ with the rise of fast food chains and supermarkets. All that to profit themselves, BigPharma, etc.

Now, there are lots of people who feel iffy about snacking. And I get that. The snacks many of us were brought up and traditionally reach for (animal crackers, pretzels, cheese flavored crackers) are kind of just filling up the belly instead of actually feeding the body what it is actually asking for...which is nutrients and protein! Since moving our family to a mostly-Paleo way of eating a few years ago, our snacking game has totally changed!  Out with the starchy crackers. In with real food, nutrient dense nibbles! Nibbles that a little growing body will actually put to good use! That will actually keep them going until their next meal....with their sanity (and your's) intact.
I just got to know about this paleo diet from one of my friend. I have gained some 6-7kgs in 2.5 months that’s because i fractured my leg and no workouts. Now i’m seriously trying to reduce my weight by dieting and excising, but i have vitamin D deficiency and end up getting sprain on my neck or low back while excising . Could you please suggest me the diet that i should be taking.
I have 9 Paleo snack recipes when you’re on the go so you can stay on track with minimal effort. These are good ideas for work, snacks at home, children’s snacks, and vacations. Sometimes eating on the Paleo diet can be kind of hard. Especially when you are traveling or always on the go. And extra EXTRA hard if you are traveling with kids AND doing the paleo diet. Whew! I’m tired just thinking of it.
Beef jerky is no longer the synthetic, smelly, and sticky beef chunks found at your local gas station. Jerky has had a major makeover and is now the darling of health foodies everywhere, thanks to its variety of flavors and meat options, like turkey and chicken, with their high protein and vitamins. Some notable Paleo jerky brands are Sophia’s Survival Foods Jerky Chews, Steve’s Original, and Nick’s Sticks, which all offer grass-fed and organic jerky.
Hi Kate! While I still use blanched almonds occasionally, I do use raw organic almonds, with skins, for most of my almond flour needs! Since I eat raw almonds with skins often, I don’t see how grinding them into flour would make them toxic. I’ve actually never heard of that before! After doing a bit of internet research, I believe the almonds you’re thinking of are called “bitter” almonds, and as I understand it, they are not the type of almonds you’ll find in any grocery store (because they’re toxic!).
Pork rinds usually get the reputation of being the ultimate form of junk food, but you have to remember that most junk food is junk because it is deep fried in unhealthy oils, and made up of ingredients that act as filler rather than anything that is natural. Here they’re using real pork and frying it up in coconut oil so you’re getting a healthy version of this notorious snack. They even show you how to throw together your own Cajun seasoning so you can make that whenever you’re in the mood of Cajun spiciness.
With high amounts of heart-healthy omega-3’s, fish is a great form of protein to regularly include in a paleo diet. Select wild-caught fish to avoid ingesting the harmful chemicals that farmed fish are regularly fed. Both low-fat, white varieties of fish are considered paleo as well as high-fat fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel and should both be included to satisfy your daily protein and fat requirements.
Of course, snacking is completely optional on a Paleo diet. In fact, many people end up naturally eating only two meals per day, but it doesn’t mean that snacking is a bad idea, especially if the snack only contains healthy ingredients and prevents you from indulging with bad foods. They can also be great when on the go or as something to eat post workout. Just remember that your snacks should respect the basic principles of Paleo. This means that most fruits and nuts should be consumed only in moderation. Most fruits are high in the sugar fructose, which is toxic in higher doses and most nuts are high in polyunsaturated fat (PUFA), especially the omega-6 PUFA. Refer to my article on nuts and seeds to know about the best choices. This also means that snacks containing mainly saturated fat or animal protein are usually great.

Hi Anne- thank you for trying them! Coconut sugar in very low glycemic so it’s much better for blood sugar than traditional sugar (of course), but even honey or maple syrup. I do understand that some people have to have sugar free though. I’m not familiar with stevia and I don’t think it converts 1:1. I have had good luck with Swerve sweetener which does evenly convert in recipes and I would suggest she tried that. It’s found in the baking aisle and of course on Amazon. Hope that helps!
Tastes legit. Not some “healthified,” “high proteinified” version of a classic that uses prunes or dates or protein powder. Guys- there’s some crazy ass shit out there in the form of “recipes” for stuff like that. I just so happened to have picked about 5 of them for recent breakfasts. Wednesday’s ended up in a batter explosion and a black waffle with great flavor but the texture of an air puff. Um, wtf? Do people not taste their creations before posting for the world?  I digress.
They did not rise of consequence, but I’m not complaining since they tasted excellent and they were the treat I was seeking. Had never used coconut sugar and it was surprisingly good. Is it truly Paleo? It seemed a bit more sweet than the honey and agave I have used prior in muffins so that was another plus. I’m pleased I happened onto your web site and am now a subscriber. Thanks for these great cookies!
I love this recipe! I’ve been trying to make healthier desserts, and this was spot on. I brought it to work, and everyone loved the cookies and asked for me to make some more. I only used 1/3 cup of Swerve, and used 1/4 cup walnuts instead of pecans. Mine didn’t spread out as flat as yours. I was only able to make 16 cookies, but I also scooped it out with a 1-1/2 inch cookie scoop. I used Kirkland semisweet chocolate morsels, since it needed to get used up, and added 1 tsp of Instant dark roast coffee to bring out the chocolate. It was lovely, and only topped out at 105 cals per cookie, with the ingredients I used. I wonder if it’d still be good if I used coconut oil instead of butter. This might be my weekend experiment! 😁

I’ve been doing a lot of sweets lately and I think it needs to come to an end! My kids would rather I not stop though 🙂 And I agree that outside pressure often gets us to do things that aren’t good for us – a lot of times without realizing. It’s hard to step back and figure out what’s actually good for US on the inside. I struggle with that sort of thing often.


Ive made a cople of your desserts now and have been SO impressed!!!!! Thank you for these great recipes!! My husband eats Paleo so I wanted to test these out for him today. Between my parents and my 4 yr old son, they ate almost the whole batch!! My dad even loved them and he has been known to eat 6 crispy kremes in one sitting without thinking twice! 😉 I used our blendtec blender to grind some raw almonds into flour (hadn’t tried that before) and with that the cookies came out delicious!! Thank you for sharing!
Eat what you want and move? Really? McD’s? Wendy’s? Foods filled with pesticides? GMO? Our body is NOT made to metabolize genetically modified foods or any of the pesticides Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont are putting in their crops to control the world’s food supply. Think for one second how many women have had difficulties conceiving without IVF or any other types of procedures. Erectile dysfunction or depleted sperm count… all that since the 70′ with the rise of fast food chains and supermarkets. All that to profit themselves, BigPharma, etc.
Diabetic here, on Metformin 2x/day (2) 500MG tablets (total of 4 pills a day). My doc has not reduced my dose (yet) but my readings were about 120, then dropped to mid-90’s after being on paleo for a few months, and losing 30 pounds. Was it the paleo diet or the weigh loss? Don’t know. But happy. I ran out of Metformin for a few days and my readings never got to 120. So, doing better without and on paleo than with the Rx and off paleo. Looks like if I drop another 15 pounds I might drop the Metformin. As I lost the weight, I also stopped experiencing the extremity nerve pain.
Well in my opinion nothing should ever be called a diet. It is a lifestyle change. People go on diets to go off them. Again it is a lifestyle change when it comes to eating healthy and losing weight. So I really do not know what you are talking about. All these weight loss gimmicks out here, and that is what they are gimmicks, to get people to buy in to this mess, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wuGt3dNB6g
Oh my gosh…just made these cookies and like another person had said, literally took 5 min to whip up. They turned out sooo delicious!! Im actually stuffing the entire batch of them into my face as I type this on my phone! Thank you for such a great recipe! And PS…your post was just fine and I didn’t find if offensive at all (who likes shitty winter anyway??!) :)
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