I have absolutely loved baking paleo treats for clients this fall/early winter! It has been so much fun trying out different combinations, playing with alternative "flours," enjoying the tasty, yet nutritious, creations, and being able to share more healthful goodies with my clients. If you participated in this session, THANK YOU for your support! I have greatly enjoyed baking for you.
Today each CSB member receives a baker's dozen of assorted paleo cookies. Hopefully these will help Santa feel a little better than the usual butter bombs! A few ingredients are a bit of a stretch for "paleo" baking, but they have their purpose. The Lillie Belle dark chocolate has cane sugar in it (not paleo), but it's vegan, local, organic, and…well, chocolate! The same is true for the Enjoy Life brand mini chocolate chips that I used (except for the local part). I needed to use some tapioca starch in the frosting for the "sugar" cookies, which helps stabilize it, and a bit of organic palm oil. Coconut oil is great, except that it tends to melt, which is not a good property when you want icing to stay put on a cookie! The dried cranberries are organic, but I was unable to locate a juice sweetened variety, so they do have cane sugar as well. I also used a teeny sprinkle of naturally colored sprinkles (cane sugar) to make them a little more festive too. Even so, these cookies offer much more nutrition, and are a much better choice than the regular versions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! (I cannot leave those dang "sugar" cookie cutouts alone!!)
~"Sugar" Cookie Cut-outs: almond meal, tapioca starch, organic maple syrup, organic coconut oil, raw local honey, non hydrogenated organic palm oil shortening, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, sea salt.
~Fig Pinwheels: almond meal, organic pasture raised eggs, organic pure maple syrup, organic coconut oil, organic figs, pomegranate juice, pure vanilla, baking soda, sea salt. (These spread a bit more than expected and so aren't quite a great of a "pinwheel," but they still taste great!)
~Smoky Maple Shortbread Rounds: organic coconut flour, bacon grease from nitrate free, local pasture raised pork, organic maple syrup, pure vanilla.
~Lillie Belle Chocolate Chunk with Fleur de Sel: almond meal, organic coconut oil, organic maple syrup, organic pasture raised eggs, organic dark chocolate, pure vanilla, baking soda, sea salt.
~Cranberry Pistachio & Dark Chocolate: almond meal, organic coconut oil, organic maple syrup, organic pasture raised eggs, dried cranberries, Enjoy Life mini dark chocolate chips, roasted pistachios, pure vanilla, baking soda, sea salt.