15 Whole 30 Approved Salads

I’ve eaten more salads in my lifetime than I can count.  And even though I consume a salad nearly every day, I’m not sick of them yet.  The key to a delicious, filling and satisfying salad is in the toppings.  I consider any dish with an un-cooked leafy green as the base a salad.  So today, I’m compiling a list of some of my favorite Whole 30 approved salads that are easy to throw together and anything but boring.

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Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

When I think of typical bakery muffins, my mind always forms a picture of a fresh-baked,  buttery blueberry muffin.  I’ve tried only a handful of bakery muffins and although I’ve never tasted one that disappointed me I could never quite get over the insane sugar content.  Plus, I’m gluten-free these days and many bakeries around Boise do not offer gluten free options.

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But these blueberry muffins…oh heavens!  THESE are delicious!  Plus, my muffins are low in sugar and gluten-free…they’re even Paleo friendly.

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Carrot Cake Plantain Bread

My love for plantains has grown immensely over the past few years.  I’m always down for a plate of fried plantains or eating them air-dried, but I also enjoy experimenting with them in breads, muffins, and brownies.

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Today I’m introducing you to my newest obsession: Carrot Cake Plantain Bread.  It’s great plain or dressed up in a savory or sweet fashion (think: avocado toast or drizzled with yogurt and fresh berries).

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This Carrot Cake Plantain Bread is Paleo, Vegan and allergy friendly.  Not only is if free of eggs, nuts, dairy and grains, but it also doesn’t contain any added sugar or sweetener. Read More

No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Torte

This dessert is up there as one of my top 5 favorite desserts of all time.  Not only do I love the taste, but it is such a simple, crowd-pleasing dessert that can be tweaked here and there to your liking.  In other words, the ingredients can easily be swapped and the measurements don’t need to be exact.

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This No-Bake Paleo Chocolate Torte has a crunchy pecan-coconut crust and a thick, rich filling made of chocolate, coconut cream and almond butter.  This recipe doesn’t require any baking, and is both Paleo and Vegan friendly.

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Chocolate Crepes

We tend to go all-out on breakfast during the weekend.  Pancakes, waffles, crepes… all decked out with toppings like coconut butter, chocolate chips, or nut butter.  A little different from our weekday breakfasts.  (Although I do frequently make my son waffles.)

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Sometimes I whip up whatever I want to make, or a recipe I’m interested in trying, but other times I take requests from my boys.  My husband most frequently asks for crepes, while my 3 year old son requests anything chocolate (oh how he takes after his mother 😉 ).

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With these two requests, it only seemed natural to cook up some Paleo- friendly Chocolate Crepes for a decadent, but still some-what healthy treat that would satisfy the cravings of both my husband and son.  And since my 3 year old asked for more after his first crepe, I think it’s safe to say that he enjoyed them!

These Chocolate Crepes are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free and sweetened with coconut sugar.  Even better, they are made with just 6 simple ingredients.

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Chocolate Cassava Muffins

I have a recipe for Cinnamon Cassava Muffins that I love, and they are basically a vanilla cassava muffin…so, I figured it was only appropriate to have a chocolate recipe as well.

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Unlike the vanilla version, these Chocolate Cassava Muffins only require one bowl (no food processor necessary) because they are sweetened with monk fruit, rather than dates.  If you don’t have, or want to use monk fruit sweetener then substituting with coconut sugar is a great alternative.

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This Paleo-friendly chocolate muffin recipe makes 8 fluffy, lightly sweetened muffins using just 8 simple ingredients and they are free of: grains, gluten, dairy and nuts.

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Grain-Free Poppy Seed Bagels

I’ve tried many variations of these poppy seed bagels.  Each variation used the same ingredients, just different quantities.  It’s amazing how changing the amount of one ingredient by even as little as 1/4 tsp (like the baking soda) can make such a huge difference in the taste and texture.

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Admittedly, my favorite texture combination resulted in my least favorite taste (too much baking soda)…BUT, I promise you the final recipe, the one I’m sharing with you today, is both delicious and soft…the perfect Paleo bagel.

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These Grain-Free Poppy Seed Bagels are free of grain, gluten, dairy, soy, corn and added sugar/sweeteners.  They do not have the airy, springy texture of a “regular” wheat flour bagel, but they are still moist, bread-like and fabulous 😉  In fact, I think they are the best gluten-free bagel I’ve ever had (closely follow by my Grain-Free Seedy Bagels).

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Almond Ice Cream Bars

Summer will be here before I know it; the temperatures have already started creeping up and when that happens I tend to use my oven less and less.  I created these Almond Ice Cream Bars as a dessert for my family and I think we all agreed that these are an excellent warm weather treat.

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These bars are no-bake, Paleo friendly and sweetened with honey.  They have an almond shortbread crust, almond butter and coconut cream filling and coconut butter drizzle.

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The coconut butter topping and sprinkle of cinnamon is optional, but gives these bars a more polished, complete look.  (I mean, they look a bit naked without it!)  You could also drizzle with chocolate.

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