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The 9 Best Paleo Recipes

The 9 Best Paleo Recipes

These are the 9 best Paleo recipes I’ve created over the years. The diversity of textures and flavors will amaze and delight!

These are the best Paleo recipes I've created over the years. The diversity of textures and flavors will amaze and delight!

When I first began learning how to bake Paleo recipes, it was like starting all over again with baking. Working with almond flour and coconut flour was so unfamiliar, and my failures were legendary.

Like all purpose gluten free flour blends and ingredients, the Paleo baking ingredients and flours are not all created equal. The most common Paleo baking ingredient is almonds, usually ground into flour.

Almond Flour

Almond flour is made from blanched almonds, which means their skins have been removed, and is finely ground. Almond meal is more coarsely ground, and you’ll find flecks of the almond skins. Like rice flour, when you use an almond flour that isn’t finely ground, even a proper recipe often won’t turn out proper results.

Almond flour has a high fat content, so it tends to become rancid more quickly than rice flours. I store most of my almond flour in the freezer, and a smaller amount in the refrigerator. It clumps when it’s cold, so before baking just leave it on the kitchen counter to thaw.

I have had success baking with almond flour from Honeyville and from nuts.com. There are certainly other reliable brands of almond flour, but I simply haven’t tried them. I recommend you avoid almond flour from Bob’s Red Mill, as it is of inconsistent quality and is coarsely ground.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a very tricky thing indeed. Made from coconut meat that is dried and ground into a fine powder, it’s extremely fibrous. A little goes a long, long way, and it expands during baking as it must be paired with a significant amount of moisture.

I often use coconut flour in small amounts to add structure to a recipe made primarily with almond flour. I have tried a few brands of coconut flour, and don’t have a particular preference for one over another.

Baking Paleo

I know there are some schools of Paleo thought that say that substitute baked goods are just not what this way of life is meant to be. And I totally get that.

Muffins and brownies are not everyday healthy fare, whether they’re Paleo-compliant or not. But my family and I are always going to enjoy treats. I don’t really want to imagine a life entirely without muffins.

My best Paleo recipes taste delicious, and simply don’t kick up carbohydrate cravings the way traditional baked goods can. Sometimes, they taste even better than their traditional counterparts do.

With that in mind, here are my favorite Paleo recipes for basic baked goods, so far. I love every one of them, and my kids beg for them (seriously). What could be bad? (don’t answer that)

These rich and fudgy Paleo Brownies are made with almond flour, honey, eggs and cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The perfect healthy treat!

Super fudgy Paleo brownies, made with plenty of chopped chocolate, almond flour and a touch of coconut flour. They’ll be your new favorite—whether you’re Paleo or not!

Paleo crackers, made with almond flour and a touch of tapioca flour, baked low and slow, make for a truly crispy, crunchy cracker.

Paleo crackers, made with almond flour and a touch of tapioca flour, baked low and slow, make for a truly crispy, crunchy cracker.

Paleo banana bread, made with the perfect combination of almond flour and coconut flour, three bananas and just a touch of honey for added sweetness. Make this easy quick bread batter in the blender!

Paleo banana bread, made with the perfect combination of almond flour and coconut flour, three bananas and just a touch of honey for added sweetness. Make this easy quick bread batter in the blender!

Paleo coconut flour pancakes that are light and fluffy, and made with just a few basic ingredients. A quick and easy, low carb gluten free breakfast!

Coconut flour pancakes that are light and fluffy, and made with just a few basic ingredients. A quick and easy, low carb gluten free breakfast.

Click through and read the comments from readers who have made these pancakes, and can attest to their lightness and fluffiness first hand! 

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

This paleo pizza crust tastes just like the real thing, but is made without gluten, grains, or dairy. It’s the perfect primal canvas for all your favorite toppings!

This paleo pizza crust tastes just like the real thing, but is made without gluten, grains, or dairy. It’s the perfect primal canvas for all your favorite toppings.

I’m kind of desperate for you to try this recipe, so I created this how to video. Won’t you go for it? Just read the comments on that post and tell me you don’t want to try it at least once!

hese Paleo blueberry muffins are the healthy, low-carb gluten free breakfast solution you’ve been looking for. Made with coconut flour, but they’re not eggy, like baked goods made with coconut flour can tend to be.

These Paleo blueberry muffins are the healthy, low-carb gluten free breakfast solution you’ve been looking for. Made with coconut flour, but they’re not eggy, like baked goods made with coconut flour can tend to be.

These Paleo rolls are crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside and have the taste of real bread.

These Paleo rolls are crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside. I’ve tried plenty of recipes for Paleo bread, and this is the only one I’ve ever tried (whether my recipe or not) that actually tastes like real bread—not an eggy sponge. (ew) That’s a real crust you see, and a real crust you’ll taste.

Healthy and Satisfying Paleo Breakfast Cookies

Finally, these very lightly sweet Paleo breakfast cookies are packed with healthy fats and protein. Send your family off for the day the right way (with or without the chocolate chips)!

Like this recipe?

Love,
Nicole

 

Post originally published in 2013. Selection of recipes, text and most photos changed.

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  • Carolyn Mars
    January 15, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    I am so looking forward to trying these recipes! Received my 3 cookbooks too just before Xmas! But moved house this week..awful heat! My pantry is a mess, no idea where my cooking stuff is& I’m going to have to wait…sigh. But thanks Nicole it will make me finish organising my new smaller (😣) pantry faster. Happy New year everyone!!

  • Kay Hendricks
    January 14, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    I have made a pastry with cream cheese filling for years. Since my grandson became gluten I have not had luck with the dough. Used a regular gluten free flour: it flopped! Tried something else, it flopped. The dough’s other ingredients are yeast, sugar, eggs, nothing else that causes problems except the flour. I know it has to do with the yeast but haven’t found the solution yet.

    Thanks!!

    • January 14, 2017 at 11:14 AM

      I’m afraid I’m unable to provide advice about “converting” a recipe to gluten free. Recipe development takes quite a lot of time, and good gluten free baking requires gluten free recipes, as you’re finding out. Feel free to have a look around the site, category by category, to see if I already have a recipe that might be similar! Here is the recipe index: https://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/gluten-free-recipes/

    • bookseller10
      January 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM

      In my experience — and heaven knows, Nicole knows better than I! — gluten-free baking with yeast is an entirely different animal from GF baking without yeast. In fact, King Arthur Flour notes that while their GF flour can be substituted for regular wheat flour in most recipes that don’t call for yeast, they don’t recommend that it be used in recipes involving yeast. Why not take a look at Nicole’s book on baking GF bread — lots of yeast recipes in there, and you could well repurpose one with your cream-cheese filling.

    • Lissette Medwig
      January 15, 2017 at 12:03 PM

      Have you tried an alternate levener? Apple cider vinegar and baking soda, instead of the yeast.

  • Mare Masterson
    January 13, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    As Jennifer stated in the original banana bread post, “you are so good to me”!

    • January 13, 2017 at 2:10 PM

      This one’s for you, Mare! 🎉

  • Soozy
    November 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Hi Nicole! Do you have any advice for bakers like me who would like to incorporate some almond pulp (ie remnants of almonds from homemade almond milk) into your recipes? I opted to purchase a Brod and Taylor bread proofer so unfortunately don’t have any more countertop real estate left for a dehydrator so I’m trying to find ways to use the “wet” almond meal in your delicious paleo recipes. Can’t wait for your bread book!!!!!!! All the best!

  • lauren
    November 8, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Looking forward to your book. I’m sure it’s got great recipes, not full of useless stories like Gluten-Free Girl’s books.

  • Jennifer Sasse
    November 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Here’s what is awesome about these paleo breakfast items. They have TONS of good protein and healthy fats (thanks Donia!) for our kids that need something quick and on the go. This is a win/win situation – thank you Nicole for giving us all these awesome recipes.
    On the other hand, an amazon box showed up on my door step yesterday – I almost fainted. Then I realized my husband ordered something. The anticipation is TOOO MUCH!

    • November 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Jennifer! Your enthusiasm is totally contagious, even though I was already vibrating with excitement on my own. And honestly, it was this comment from you that pushed me right over the edge into deciding to offer up a Day of Baking with me (I will drive or fly to wherever the winner is) as part of the biggest giveaway for Bakes Bread. I hope you win! (the parameters will be announced probably 1 week from Monday on the blog).

      • Jennifer Sasse
        November 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        O.M.G. I hope I win too!!!! or if Anneke wins I’m coming over! I’ll have to start get my winning juju on… oh yes!

      • Anneke
        November 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        If Jennifer wins, I’m coming over!! But I’m winning . . .

      • Donia Robinson
        November 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Oh. my. gosh. I’m driving to Minnesota if either Jennifer or Anneke win, and they can come to my house if I win. Nicole, this is super exciting! I’m beside myself. I’ve never wanted to win something so bad in my life! I played Bunco at a fundraiser last night and had no luck. Hopefully my good luck is saving up for this drawing!!!!

      • Vicki stokes
        January 15, 2017 at 5:06 PM

        Fly to Australia ???? I wish xxx

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